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When you are coming to stay on Kauai, you want both a quality place and a reasonable price. I can understand this, as I myself live on a budget. What I like about Kamahana 12, a vacation rental in Princeville, is that it fits the bill when it comes to needs and wants.

Kamahana is an all-ground level vacation rental in a resort community in Princeville. It is a one bedroom, one bath unit hosting a queen sized bed in the bedroom and also a bonus queen sized futon in the living room. Therefore, 2-4 people could easily sleep here.

It hosts a full kitchen, and for the price of $840 per week I think the folks who stay here are coming out ahead. Talk about getting your money’s worth! That is a great deal all things considered. Oh and there is a shared pool area and BBQ. Something else I find attractive about this unit is the back patio (lanai) faces the ocean… and yes you have an ocean view! Being this close, there is a seasonal hiker’s trail to the water’s edge that can be used.

Kamahana 12 makes for a great place to call home while you are visiting “The Garden Island.” While there is plenty to do on Kauai’s north shore, Princeville is what I would call the highlight city. This is the place where you can do all of your shopping and recreational activities just about. It will be nice to be staying in Princeville for that is where a lot of the activities are. Popular beaches are just a few minutes’ drive away, as are the two golf courses. There is a children’s park nearby as well as many dining and shopping venues.

If you are anything like me, you simply love the beach. The ocean, the waves, the sand, the sun, the whole package! I am pleased to share that one of my favorite events is back this year, back on the beach. The Sand Castle Contest in Hanalei is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd from 11am to 4pm.

I am excited to watch these artists at work. I do not compete myself, no, I am one to observe and appreciate the skill and effort put into these pieces of art. This is a free contest and all artists are welcome. Yes, that means kids through adults, all are welcome to compete. Years past have been very easy going where it comes not feel like a competition at all, more like groups coming out and ‘playing’ in the sand. Individuals are welcome, as well as teams of any size and age range. I love that about this friendly competition. Note that there are prizes, but really I think the experience is the gemstone here.

This is a family friendly event in Hanalei Bay. Schedule it into your plans that Saturday and enjoy some good times out by the water’s edge with some great sand art. I am adding this to my planner, that’s for sure.

Want to volunteer? There are many jobs to do to help prepare for this event before, during and after. Click here if you want to know more about this neat opportunity, or to know more about the event in general. Also see some pictures from past years contests. :)

This Saturday the 26th is the annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge! Staying on Kauai’s north shore? Do you like to swim in races or maybe just like to cheer on the swimmers? This event is perfect to attend. If you have a swimmer in your family, click here for Race Registration. This is a family friendly event, and all swimmers are welcome. For more general information for attendees, read more at this link for General Information.

I personally have not competed in the swim challenge, but I know plenty of folks who have. It is a good time and a high energy environment. I like that they have spots for the kids as well. I was cruising around on their website, and I found that there is indeed a 1000 meter route and a 3000 meter course for adults. The start of this event is near Hanalei Pier, just next to Hanalei Beach Park.

This is the ocean, and safety is the first priority. This event has been and will be well monitored both from the shoreline and out in the water with jet skis and paddle boards. With as much media attention as this swim challenge gets, there is sure to be more than enough lifeguards and other safety officials there.

July 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well the school year is coming for those who have children in that age range. About a month out now. For those who attend a college, the fall semester is coming up as well. I suppose there is always summer school, too. Ok, enough about the reminders…

What I have been thinking about lately is a bucket list. You know, that list of things you want to do before you die? Sometimes I think of my bucket list in terms of years, as in, things I want to do before the end of the year. Summer is beginning to wrap up and there are still so many summer things that I want to do! It’s a good thing Kauai hosts a long, warm summer.

If Kauai is on your bucket list of places to go and explore, consider making it out here before the end of summer, or the end of the year. There is room for you, I promise.

I have always wanted to take a spontaneous vacation, book a seat on a plane and just go. I am such a planner and I get hyped up on the revving up to the event that I don’t know if I ever could do a spontaneous trip. Then again, if someone else planned it and surprised it on me (and they had all of the trip’s details worked out ) then I suppose I could go along.

What I am trying to say, is that I encourage you to check off some of those things on your life’s bucket list. Going to Hawaii is on a lot of people’s list, as it should be, and now is as good as time as any.

July 18, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well, I am still on cloud 9 a little bit for our Island rankings on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Best of 2014 List. On that note, I thought I might share about another great beach on Kauai, Kee Beach!

Kee Beach is in Haena, on Kauai’s north shore. The beach starts the beginning of the Napali Coast, and Kee has a reef that keeps it inclusive, if you will. The reef makes for great snorkeling and swimming adventures. The water is clear, clean, and shallow for most of it. More good news: this beach is great for children and families. There is a lifeguard on duty, and there are restrooms and showers.

Where is this beautiful beach? It’s at the end of Highway 560. There is parking available, but know that this parking lot is also used by Kalalau trail hikers. If you prefer to hike, this is a great base camp; if you prefer to go in the water, go out and have a good time in the water or simply soaking in the sun and the view. Let me tell you though, the sand on this beach is divine! It is extra fine, which I love.

Guess what I just read online? Kauai has been named by the internationally acclaimed Travel + Leisure Magazine as the 3rd Best Overall Island… in the world! This is big news I think, to get this kind of recognition. Then again, when I see that sunset on the north shore, why am I not surprised? As I understand it, this is an award based on all aspects of the islands from the city life, country life, eateries on the island, etc.

I am so lucky and blessed to be able to live here. I am thankful that my life has lead up to this very moment. Living on Kauai is the greatest and I am happy to see tourists come and soak up some of Kauai. If you are reading this and have not yet come to Kauai, I encourage you to get it on your to do list… or your bucket list.

Kauai North Shore

Staying on Kauai’s gorgeous north shore is easier than you may think. There are vacation rentals available… even ground level condos with a view. It may sound unheard of, but really such a place does exist! Emmalani Court 212 is a fantastic example of this. Let me explain…

Emmalani Court 212 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo that houses a king, queen, and twin sized bed as well as a sofa-sleeper. If you add it all up, this place sleeps 5-7 people. It is just across from the Makai Golf Course, and you have ocean views as well. How neat is that?!

The vacation rental has air conditioning, large flat screen TVs, books (yay!), games, beach toys and a cooler to borrow. It has a full kitchen and is complete with a washer and dryer. Sounds like a home away from home if you ask me.

The complex Emmalani Court 212 is in offers a nicely landscaped yard, a pool, Jaccuzi, barbeque, and a clubhouse room for any large gathering or special occasion. There is no road noise at this unit, for it sits back off the road and behind other units. If you were to step out the back patio you would hear birds and distant waves. When I was there meeting up with some old friends I am pretty sure I heard some chickens when we were out back.

For all that you get for this place, the price is very affordable if you ask me. Click on the link in this article and I have linked it to the page for more information and the calendar of available rental dates. I want to go on and say more good things about it, but I am going to call it a day on the blog. ;)

Summertime is always full of so many wonderful activities. There is bound to be something going on, on Kauai’s north shore. This coming Saturday, July 12th there is a “Super Summer Event” at the Princeville Golf Course. If you golf, this is the perfect excuse to come on out! If you do not golf, or your family or friends do not golf, not to worry. There is a craft fair, live music, a wine and beer garden, and food trucks. I hear the Princeville Golf Shop will be having a sale there as well…

All of these activities have windows throughout the day of when they will be going on:

– The craft fair will begin at 9am and end at 4pm.

– The Princeville Golf Club Shop will have their sale from 8am to 5pm.

– The events on the lawn with the food vendors and live music commences at 11am and goes until 4pm.

– Then there is one more added event from 10am to 2pm that I want to tell you about. There will be professional golf club fitters on the greens to help participants get fitted for a club. They are calling it “Demo Day.” I, myself do not golf, but I can appreciate something like this where professionals are out helping those new to the game or testing the waters on a new set of clubs. I like it when people help other people. :)

I say come one, come all, come beginners, come seasoned pros. Come residents of Kauai, come travelers alike. The more the merrier. Call the Princeville Golf Shop for more information (808) 826-5001.

July 9, 2014 by, Lindsey

What is your favorite movie? Do you know where it was filmed? You might just be surprised at how many movies have been filmed on the strikingly gorgeous landscape of Kauai.

Here are some of my favorite movies that have been filmed here:

• Avatar (2011)

• Soul Surfer (2011)

• Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Ties (2011)

• Dragonfly (2002)

• Jurassic Park (1993); The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997); Jurassic Park III (2001)

• Mighty Joe Young (1998)

• Lord of the Flies (1990)

For the complete list, click on this link: http://filmkauai.com/movies-made-on-kauai/. It encompasses all films from 1934 up to 2011.

I have been on the lookout for the next film to make this list! Just as I carry on with my day, watching the news, and going to the beach I sometimes think to myself if anyone is filming. Sometimes I see things that make me suspicious, as if folks were filming, and then I wait to hear about it later on. It’s not something I seek out, but I am mindful of it and it is sort of a little game I play by myself and keep an eye out for. While you stay on Kauai you might just see some paparazzi action for yourself. It wouldn’t be the first time that has happened here.

July 7, 2014 by, Lindsey

Ok, I know I just shared the other day about the acai bowl, and it lead me to thinking about other favorites I have on Hawaii. Have you ever had the pleasure of drinking POG? It is a n acronym for Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava. It is a delicious mixture of juice and fruit puree into a tasty drink. I looked up POG and educated myself a little bit more about the product. (Click on POG nutritional facts for more detailed product information.) It is a Meadow Gold product and it can be found for sale on the Hawaiian Islands. I believe you could find it for sale online, but it may be tricky to find. I recommend buying some POG while you are staying in Kauai. Go to your local grocery, and look for it and try it! I’ve heard the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” And I am going to borrow that wording and apply it to Hawaii. ;) When in Hawaii, do as the Hawaiians do. On that note, try POG!

I know it may seem silly to blog about POG, but really, it is one thing in my life that has good memories attached to it. I grew up with the drink, love it to this day, and cannot imagine some breakfast meals without it. It is like a family tradition, if you will, to have it in the house. If you are wanting the full experience of Hawaii, come on out, stay awhile at a vacation home on Kauai, and stock up on groceries for your stay. When you do go shopping, be sure to pick up a jug or a can of POG. It will be one of those nice little details that makes your trip a beautiful immersion experience.

July 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

On this beautiful Sunday morning, I’d like to share a little bit about breakfast. I have always liked breakfast foods since I was little. I really like it when we have breakfast for dinner. Have you ever done that? Well, I thought it would be fun to tell you about one of my favorite breakfast meals: acai bowls.

What is an acai bowl, you may ask? It is a tasty all in one kind of meal that is craveable at any time of the day, really. I have an acai bowl for dinner some nights. The acai bowl uses acai berries which are mashed up and purred into the consistency of a thick smoothie. You can add milk and other thinners if you’d like. Then on top goes, well, whatever you’d like! I have topped my acai bowl with granola, berries, nuts, coconut, and other fruits I have in the house. Fruit and granola seem to be the most popular on acai bowls at restaurants I have noticed.

I have learned how to make an acai bowl over the years. For newbies, I suggest going to a juice or smoothie bar and having them serve one up for you. Try it! If you like it, begin to make one at home for yourself. The technique and process will take time to get a hang of, but I know that in time you will improve (I did)!

If you are looking to try an acai bowl on Kauai, look up a nearby Jamba Juice–they have ‘em. If you nearby Kapaa, checkout the all organic “The Coconut Cup Juice Bar & Café” for one. Then, if you have tried one, like it, or are willing to give another try at home, look up some recipes online. Here is a beginner acai recipe that I have used and altered to my liking over the years. I feel like an artist when I put together an acai bowl for myself. There is an art to acai I have found. ;)

July 3, 2014 by, Lindsey

There is a relatively new tradition that I want to share about, and invite you to come to. It is this Saturday, July 5th at the Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park. It is the annual “After the Fireworks” event. This is a time where we as a community can come together and clean up the Bay from all of the fireworks litter and debris left behind from the night before. I love a good fireworks show, but I will readily admit that I love Hanalei Bay more, much, much more.

The gathering of helpers to commence the cleanup will meet at 9am. I was told to bring gloves and a shovel if you have one. I suggest wearing a hat of some sort, and to wear sunscreen. There will be other cleanup supplies provided. Contact Kelly at 808-826-2218 if you have any further questions. She is the point of contact for this event.

I chose to blog about this to inform more of our community about this productive annual tradition. For those who are living here and those who are visiting, please come on out and lend a helping hand. In years past I heard there are light refreshments served as well. Very thoughtful for the sponsors of this little event to have something like that. Hope to see you there!

June 29, 2014 by, Lindsey

Kauai has been named by USA Today readers and 10Best as one of the top best U.S. Islands of 2014! I am a bit shocked that none of the other Hawaiian Islands were named on this list. It doesn’t surprise me that Kauai made the top ten though! Way to go, Garden Island!

I read the article by USA Today, and for 2014 Kauai came in 8th place. When you stop and think about how many islands there actually are in the United States, it makes eighth place sound great! According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 18,617 named islands that are a part of the U.S. and its territories. The excerpt the article explains on Kauai, explains that Kauai has some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the country, from cliffs and deep gorges to waterfalls and the coastline. The beaches are seemingly on another realm of their own greatness and glory. The underwater world surrounding the island is colorful and attractive to divers from all corners of our planet.

I am so proud that Kauai made this list! I am not surprised, but I am mostly humbled at this honor. It was a reader’s choice vote that lead to this conclusion. Kauai is a gorgeous place to visit, travel, explore, and to live. I am so thankful to call this place home. I try and make a point to cherish each day here. For those who have not yet visited this famous island, I highly suggest flying out. You may fall in love with it and wish to never leave, you may make it a point to have an annual family and friends trip to Kauai, or maybe, you will keep Kauai in the back of your mind for a vacation wedding spot. No matter the reason, I hope for your sake that you can come and experience Kauai in all of its glory.

I sure wish I lived on the shoreline of Kauai’s north shore. The view gets me every time! There is a condo in Princeville that sits on the bluffs and overlooks the ocean. It is a great location with views you can gaze at for days. It never gets old to me, then again I wonder if it can really ever get old for anyone?! Alii Kai 5103 vacation rental has a lot of bragging points.

Alii Kai 5103

It is a two bedroom, two bath condo with a full sized kitchen. The bedrooms are both hosts to king sized beds. This makes it a perfect double-date vacation for couples, or a family of four where two kids do not mind sharing a bed. If you need just a bit more room, there is a living space where a couch sits. To save on costs of rooms for the total head count, this may make for an alright option for those who have a larger family or party of 4.

What else is there you say? The complex hosts a gorgeous and spacious pool on site as well. The kitchen, like I mentioned, is full sized and ready to accommodate your every meal if you so choose. The rooms are Hawaiian themed and in modern, contemporary taste. There is a patio or lanai on the back where you will be able to sit out and relax on your private condo vacation rental.

To have this location in Princeville, the view, the sleeping quarters, the kitchen and lanai, it comes to a weekly total of about $1,170. Split that in half with another couple and it comes to $585 per couple (for one entire week’s stay). Per night? That’s less than $90 per night, per couple. That is an awesome price considering all that this place has to offer. Everything you need is at your fingertips and the vacation rental is like your vacation home away from home. This would make for a great annual couples getaway location! You wouldn’t have to ask me twice…

June 26, 2014 by, Lindsey

Here we are nearing the end of the month of June, and I am already thinking about July! What are your plans come this Independence Day? At Vidinha Stadium there will be the 25th Annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky. How neat does that sound? Live music, fireworks, dancers, and more. This show is sure to be jaw-dropping. This is a great family-friendly environment if you are looking to take your youngsters out for maybe their first ever 4th of July. For those who have been in years past, it is sure to please as well.

I am not set on my plans for Friday the 4th just yet, but this one is in the running. Let me tell you a bit more about the event… the price range is between $7-15 dollars as it varies per age. Proceeds go towards the Kauai Hospice and their goodwill efforts they are doing here. Events start at 4pm in the evening, and the show ends at 9:30pm. There will be local musicians, hula dancers, and what I am told is the largest aerial fireworks show on Kauai. Oh, and there are drawings for prizes as well!

For more information about the event itself and tickets, go here: http://kauaihospice.org/kauai-concert-in-the-sky/. Have a great 4th of July this year, everyone!

June 23, 2014 by, Lindsey

Going on a vacation to Kauai is wonderful thing. A great time is had by all, really. I heard about a way to make it even *that* much better, and now I just the article to prove it. I knew it was a trending thing to do, but I wasn’t sure how it was really going.

So what am I talking about? Well, the Kauai Humane Society allows people to borrow a shelter dog during their stay on the island. How neat is that?! That’s right, you can borrow a shelter dog from the local animal rescue group. If things work out well, really well, vacationers and their furry friends might just be on the same flight back home!

I think it is just so neat that this borrowing program is going on, and then pets can more likely than not, find their forever home. A simple little field trip can turn into a lifelong friendship. The program is called “Shelter Dogs on Field Trips.” Please follow the link here: http://kauaihumane.org/volunteer/dogfieldtrips to find out more about it.

There are more a more stories coming out of visitors falling in love with these animals (especially the dogs). Just like how I was mentioning the win-win situation with the sea turtles, this is a win-win situation for the animals and for the vacationers. At the very minimum, this program allows for dogs to get some life experience and lets them live a little on the island. Just how you, the vacationer, may be living a little too. ;)

June 21, 2014 by, Lindsey

And here we are. Summer! Yes, yes, yes maybe you thought it already was summer, but now you can officially say it is summer. June 21st rolls around and well, there you have it. Summer Solstice! Happy longest day of the year everyone (in daylight hours that is). From here on out the daylight hours will be getting minutely less and less.

With summer on my mind, all I can think about is the beach! When you are an island as beautiful as Kauai, I find myself day dreaming of the beach often. When I am not on the beach, I am thinking of it pretty often. Just being honest!

With the summer months drawing people to vacation here on the lovely Garden Island, I thought it a good idea to share something that I care a lot about. Wildlife. There are turtles that call Kauai their home. It is in the best interest of beach-goers, and for that of the turtles, that they be viewed from a distance. Do not harm or go near these creatures. I was just reading in an article about how sea turtles are legally protected by both the state of Hawaii and by the federal government.

If you see a sea turtle in the water, get out of the water and view from a distance until you are certain the turtle has left. When you see a turtle on-land, do not touch them. Turtles come onto shore to bask in the sun and/or to lay eggs. Be mindful of turtle nests and do not touch or harm them. These are basic pointers on how to deal with a sea turtle upon seeing them. If anything, stand back, watch, and take some great pictures! That is what I would do.

Most beach goers know about wildlife (particularly sea turtles) and know to respect these magnificent creatures. For those who have not seen a turtle onshore like this, be mindful of their whereabouts and help young children to learn what to do. It really can be a great win-win time when a turtles comes up on shore and both the animals and the people are respectful of the others.

June 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Usually I am on my game and can share about some fun and interesting things to do on Kauai, but this one is last minute! I have just the thing for folks to do on Kauai’s north shore for tomorrow night, Saturday, June 21st. At Tahiti Nui, a great eatery, there will be a live performance by Guadi! They are calling it a Summer Solstice Show. After all, it is the first day of summer tomorrow. ;)

Tahiti Nui is in Hanalei, located at 5-5134 Kuhio Highway. This public concert begins in the evening (9pm), and I suggest getting there sooner rather than later. Get something tasty to eat at Tahiti Nui like their baby back ribs, or their Garden Isle salad. They are also a cocktail lounge, so if that is something you would like to purchase, for those age 21 and up go right on ahead. Also on the menu are beer and wine.

If you are in the area, I think this would be a great thing to go to, for you night owls. If you are not in the area, it is worth your time to come on up and check out Guadi, Tahiti Nui, and the rest of Kauai’s north shore. Here in Hanalei with the bay and everything, it is not a place you should pass on through. Come on over, stay awhile!

Looking for something last minute to do today? Check out the 10th Annual Just for Dads Auto Show today. Not to worry, it starts at 10am and goes until about 2:30pm today. Come and go as you please. This show will feature cars, trucks, and bikes I hear!

This would be a great thing to do with your dad with father’s day. It would be great for any car enthusiast, actually. It will be held at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center parking lot in Lihue. Are you leaving today? Not to worry, this is right on your way out, near the airport in Lihue. Make one more fun last stop before your visit comes to an end.

On a budget? I get it, I totally understand. It is a good thing this event is free! If you have been staying at a vacation rental, most likely on Kauai’s north shore, why not bring your extra canned goods and unopened food to donate? The Kauai Independent Food Bank will be there collecting donations, which will be greatly appreciated.

See how this is turning out to be a perfect set-up? It’s on the way, and you donate the food you did not use to a good cause. The auto show will be fun in itself too, I am confident. There will be prizes, give always, and live entertainment. This sounds like the perfect thing to do with the dad in your life who loves some autos! ;)

What a great time to come to Kauai and have some time away. Vacations are valuable! What other time in your life do you get to go somewhere other than your home, relax, do fun things, and not have to be responsible for your homely or work duties? See why a vacation is worth it? It is time invest into you relaxing, rejuvenating, and getting your focus back. After I go on a vacation I always feel recharged and ready for the next big thing!

The Cliffs in Princeville allow for such a vacation as this, without breaking your vacation budget! The Cliffs 5201 vacation rental on Kauai rents for under 1,000 per week. Yes, under one thousand dollars for a whole 7 day stay. I did the math and that is under $150 per night for a full-on living space. Let me explain…

For the price, you get a one bedroom, two bath condo on Kauai with mountain and distant ocean views! Oh, and the Cliffs 5201 has a sofa bed, so this rental will comfortably sleep a family of 4. There is a kitchen. Yes, full sized, and with all of the necessary appliances. The stainless steel in the kitchen looks pretty sleek and oh so new! The dining space and overall décor of the condo is modern. I think it is very pleasing to the eye, and I would be ready to rent this for my next vacation get away at the drop of a hat!

What else? Oh, yes there is more. There is an HD flat screen TV in the living room, and also a TV with DVD player in the master bedroom. Wireless internet? Of course there is free Wi-Fi! There is even a bit of a library this condo gets to brag of, so you are welcome to pleasure read during your stay.

For the price, the view, the amenities of the condo, the location in Princeville… this is a winning place for anyone to come and stay. There are so many good things going for this place. I wish I could get it for a couple nights just for the experience alone. The back patio (lanai) is ideal. Know that I have got myself going on this, I want to borrow a book and go read out on the patio even now…