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Looking for something to do this coming weekend? I have just the event for you. It came up on my facebook feed and I thought I would share the info! Oh and should I mention it is free?! Yes it is a free event! Be sure to pre-register so you can participate, it is required. Now that I have you all wild-up about this event I should probably tell you what it is. There is a free Roping Clinic for young ropers at Farias Cattle Company in Kapaa. If you are staying on the north shore of Kauai, just follow the Kuhio Highway east and then south as it curves with the island. This looks like it will be a fun event for kids to come out and show off some roping skills.
This is an event where parent/guardian participation/supervision is required. There is an orientation on Friday, March 7th at 6pm. The workshop activities begin the follow day, Saturday at 10am and go until 4pm. Sunday is the same schedule with a 10am start and a 4pm finish. Those who will be participating in this roping clinic will need to bring a personal lunch and drink both days. Snacks will not be provided either. Plan accordingly.
Just think about it–a free roping workshop where your youngsters can really learn a thing or two about roping. The highlight speaker and teacher of this event is Rickey Green, horse trainer and team roper from Texas. You can thank The Department of Parks and Recreation for sponsoring this event.
I also want to take the time to tell you more about the Farias Cattle Company where the event is being held. Bobby Farias is the owner of this company and runs his operation for the purpose of land management and also beef production. It rests on three thousand acres of land, and Bobby was given the award for “Green Business Initiative” recently. This is sure to be a good time with good people doing some fun things out in the beautiful country landscape of Kauai. Consider adding it to your trips’ itinerary, drive out, and see what it is all about.
Tomorrow, February 28th is Read Across Kauai Day ! It has already turned into a week-long affair promoting literacy, but tomorrow is the official day. Every day is a good day to promote literacy I think. Even reading online, like a blog, is a good thing. Read Across America Day is officially March 2nd. That is a Sunday this year, so schools are participating this week, the week prior. This is also Dr. Seuss Day; this tradition started for his birthday is the second of March. (Now you know the back story!)
In honor of Read Across Kauai Day , I thought it would be fitting to share with you readers, some books from Kauai authors. “King of the Beach” written by Mark Huff and illustrated by Swapan Debnath, is a children’s book about cooperation and imagination as a boy pretends that he is the king of the beach, with his little sister at his side playing along too. This dynamic duo have also put together a children’s book entitled, “The Sheltering Place” which tells the tale of three animals that live on Kauai. It shares a lesson on selfishness.
There is also an adorable book for kids that I have read, called, “Knuckles The Hound of Hanalei.” It s written by Susan Dierker and is illustrated by Melinda Sandler. What I love about this colorful children’s book is that it has a glossary at the back to help children know and understand Hawaiian words used in the book. What a great teaching book! For preschool, kindergarten, and even early elementary school teachers, I recommend this as a great teacher’s gift for the classroom.
These authors ,as well as others, will be out and about doing book readings at schools tomorrow, all across the island. Thanks to the members of the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild, hundreds of children on Kauai will be receiving books to take home! It is a day to celebrate reading and literacy.
Kauai has made great improvements over the years to cater to alternative forms of transportation. One of which is the North Shore Path for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and others. Back in 2012, the North Shore Path (NSP) was unveiled. It is a beautiful paved path connecting the communities of Kilauea, Princeville, and Hanalei along the North Shore. Now that you know some basics of this nature-filled path, let me tell you more…
This path has been something welcomed by the community. It offers an alternative to motorized vehicles as a way for transportation. It promotes exercise, health and wellness, and a more united sense of community. I have been out on the NSP and I like it when I come across others on the path, along the way to my destination. I always see friendly faces when I am on it. Sometimes I go out and bike on it for pure exercise. Other times I have used it to make a leisurely commute on my bicycle.
The path really is an extensive trail that is composed of some road sharing and some alternative paths so you can more efficiently get to your destination. In the Princeville area on into Hanalei Bay there are some parts of the path near the water, too. If you have a bike and you are anywhere near the North Shore, this is something you must do.
Perhaps you are going to be vacationing in the Hanalei area and you will not have a bicycle with you. Not to worry! There are bicycle rental shops in the area! In Hanalei there is Pedal n Paddle. Click on the link to see prices and cruise their site to get their exact physical address. The folks there are very nice and helpful–I recommend them!
If you do not wish to bike the NSP then please, walk it! If you have little ones, stroll on it! It is something outdoorsy, free to do and it keeps us all moving. I know I look for ways to add exercise into my day. If you are on vacation, this is a great way to help keep fit.
What a beautiful ending to a great couple of weeks watching the Olympics Games. Closing ceremonies are a time of reflection, appreciation, and celebration. These Sochi 2014 Games were fierce! For those who played in the games, congratulations on your achievements. I marvel at both the summer and winter games when they come around. Personally, I enjoy the summer Olympics simply for the fact that I am on Kauai–love the water, love the sun, and love to watch some good competition that I am more familiar with. hehe!
All of this hype around the Sochi 2014 Games lead me to think about all of the Olympians who have come out of Hawaii.
I came across Lindsey Berg, a two-time Olympian in Beijing and London wining silver medals at both of those games. She also has won two gold medals with her team in the FIVB World Grand Prix women’s volleyball competition. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii! I look forward to see if she will be at the Summer Games in Rio 2016.
Another bright star out of Hawaii is the young and talented gymnast, Kyla Ross. She won the gold medal with her team in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She is just eighteen years old, so I hope we get to see her compete in the upcoming games.
This next lady is pretty amazing. She is the first female Hawaiian wrestler to medal at the Olympics. Pretty impressive! She won bronze at the London Games and in other competitions placed in first. I wonder if we will see her again or not. Either way, she has already has created a legacy.
The last but not least stand-out star from Hawaii is Clay Stanley. He attended the University of Hawai’i and plays competitively (very competitively) on the United States’ Men’s Volleyball Team. In Beijing 2008 he won gold with his teammates. Another neat fact I found out about him, is that his father was also an Olympian. How neat is that? Father-son Olympians both in U.S.A. men’s volleyball.
Up next on the Olympiad Calendar is the Summer Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. There is already a webpage up. Check it out. Those who have that Olympic dream set on their hearts and minds are already training for these games. As this season comes to a close I look forward to watching athletes compete in Rio 2016.
Taking a family vacation is one of the best ways to relax. It is a great way to make memories that last a lifetime. Inviting extended family can exponentially increase the memories. Time is precious, as all of us adults have come to realize. Take a family vacation to Hawaii, and stay at a Kauai vacation rental, Villas of Kamalii 11. Click on the link and see these gorgeous pictures! This is the best location of the Villas of Kamalii. Let me tell you…
The location of this rental condo is perfect. It is located on a private greenbelt and golf course! There are no other buildings in view. You will feel like you are in your own private three bedroom, three bath fully furnished home. The golf course, garden and mountain views will make you feel like you have the hillside all to yourself. Do not get the wrong impression though! Although you are away from society as far as views and noise, you are located close to the Princeville Center, the Makai Golf Course, and a two-mile walking trail. It is the right mix of privacy and closeness to society in a vacation rental.
Again, this 3 bed 3 bath condo sleeps six people comfortably (not including couch space for those little ones who wiggle into the head count). The décor is contemporary and comfortable. The rooms are fully furnished with linens, dishes, hand soap, TP… the whole deal. There are flat screen TV’s, internet, full sized washer and dryer and a barbeque as well. Bonus–it comes stocked with beach toys! I told you it would feel like a vacation home.
Kamalii 11 rents for $1080 per week plus applicable taxes and a refundable deposit. For all that you are getting for your stay, this is worth it. If you are coming with a large family or an extended family, the price then becomes completely reasonable for each family going. To split up the price in halves or thirds makes it outrageously affordable.
Check your calendars and check online at the link above in this post to see available dates for Villas of Kamalii 11. Click Book Now and then the Rates & Availability tab. April is when the next availabilities are, so call up your family and plan your vacation now. It may work well for you and your children to come over their Spring Break from school, which will be the latter half of April.
Grilling is a popular way to cook food. I love to grill food. I am not the greatest chef nor grill master, but I sure do try! Grilling food is a great way to cook food. Think about it… there is a recipe to follow but it is not quite as technical as baking. Baking is an edible science experiment. Grilling is much more forgiving. Once someone gains enough experience in grilling, that person is worth his or her weight in gold. Let me tell you the grill food on Kauai is worth its weight in gold! So divine.
Now, grill food is a comfort food to most people. There are classics that are cooked on the grill like burgers, fish, vegetables, and more. Comfort food does not necessarily mean hearty and overly-filling, either. Kabobs are one of my favorites to grill. It makes for such a nice medley of meat meets vegetables. What beautiful colors, too.
Another way to mix it up is by having some grilled surf and turf. This is a way of mixing and matching meat combos to cover the whole flavor spectrum to meet your fancy. By having complimentary flavors, you will be making a marvelous spread for you and your guests to enjoy. Just like “sweet” pairs with “salty” nicely, so does surf match well with turf. Grilling is a great way to enhance flavors, so you can get the most juicy flavors out of your fish and meat… and don’t forget your veggies!
Grill food is something you cannot mimic. The different types of food you can put on a grill are seemingly endless. Any kind of meat on a grill turns out as fabulous as ever once you can perfect your technique. Vegetables roast on the grill nicely as well. Grilling food is a great cooking method for traditional foods, but can also make surprisingly well cooked food out of others you might first think are good choices.
Fruits heat up well on the grill too, believe it or not. They top desserts nicely and your friends and family will be coming back for more! Ever tried grilled pineapple? Here is a recipe for Grilled Pineapple Dessert that I love. While the coals are still hot, go ahead and heat up your pineapple rings for this recipe. I like to think of it as getting the most out of my hot coals.
Perhaps you are a grill master yourself? While staying on Kauai, the north shore has some perfect vacation rental homes where you can grill out! This is a genius way to save money and still eat your delicious grill food. Invite friends, invite family. I just love coming together at meal time…
What a lovely weekend it has been. I hope your Valentine’s Day was as pleasant as it could be. The weekend was full of activities for me, as you can see from following my blog
On Sundays I usually look at my calendar for the week ahead, and make some plans here and there to keep myself busy with fun things to do. Again, this is the planner in me! One activity I like to do often is visit one of the Sunshine Markets on Kauai. This is also known by others as a Farmers Market. If you are looking for the freshest produce, this is the place to go! I really like the atmosphere there as well; good food and good people!
I suggest Tuesday’s market at Hanalei at Waipa. It starts at 2 o’clock pm and goes until about 4pm. It is held at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Papalina Road just after the fire station. This is the place to go if you are looking for organic produce, fresh tropical fruits, exotic tropical flowers, and herbs. I have seen the majority of the foods there to be organic. There are also some non-food vendors there selling things like jewelry or other cute little crafts and souvenirs.
If you are in the area, staying in Princeville, Hanalei, or Haena I suggest adding this to your to do list for Tuesday. If you are arriving to your vacation rental on the north shore, stop by this market to fill up your kitchen with healthy, local, delicious food for your stay. And it is every Tuesday–not just this upcoming one. I do not get around to going every week… it is more like every other week for me I suppose. My tips if you are planning to go are: wear comfortable walking shoes, bring reusable bags for your purchases, and if you can, use small bills for your purchases.
It is that time of year again! The Waimea Town Celebration is back this year. 37 years and it is still going strong! This is Kauaiʻs oldest and largest annual festival on the west side of the island. If you are in the area or perhaps staying on the north shore, come make the day trip down to experience some great entertainment.
This is a weeklong event starting Saturday, February 15th and going through to the following Saturday. This leaves you ample time to come and see what all the hype is about! There are activities for everyone–young and old–to participate in or to simply come, watch, and be entertained.
Perhaps you are interested in the line-up for the week. Events and activities start daily around 9am and end around 5pm each day. It is a family friendly festival and does not go on into the late night hours. At the Historic Waimea Theater there is a film festival going on too. Prices vary per person, per age. Let me share with you what else will be happening at this great town celebration.
There will be a long distance canoe race, a roundup rodeo, softball and basketball tournaments, fun runs of varying distances, an ice cream eating contest, and a ukulele contest. There are some other events going on to fill the week right up with entertainment and activities.
Live entertainment is the name of the game the way I see it–there will be continuous vocal and instrumental artist performing throughout the time of the festival. Let me just say that this is reason enough to come and spend some time out in the community. I love live entertainment and the sense of community all over the island. Oh! And did I mention the live entertainment is free?
Now that you know what is going on, you are sure to know that there will be tasty local food there as well. How could there be such a large gathering, a festival, without it? There will be vendors with food as well as a beer garden for those of legal drinking age.
Since there is so much going on with water and sporting events to film festivals viewing and live entertainment, locations vary per event. It is all held in Waimea. I’ve looked up the contact info for the Waimea Town Festival and you can see it here. Add to your adventure by adding this community event to your vacation calendar. I know I am going to make some of these events! I have in years past and I keep coming back for more.
So you are going to be staying in Princeville, at a lovely vacation rental home (say the Plantation at Princeville)? You are on your way to saving money while going on a Hawaiian vacation. I can understand the excitement! You may be wondering what other ways you can save money to cut down the total cost of your vacation. Since you are staying at a vacation home, you are off to a great start. Another way to keep costs low is by buying your own food and then cooking it back at the house! Let me tell you about a grocery store in the Princeville area, in the same neighborhood nearest the Plantation at Princeville.
Foodland in Princeville. It is in the (appropriately named) Princeville Shopping Center. They are open at 6am for you early risers, and close at 11pm each day. What I like about Foodland stores is that they offer DVD and video rental services. This is great to have nearby if you are staying at a vacation rental, especially with little kids. The store is a fully functioning grocery store with a bakery, deli, and meat department. There is a Western Union and a pharmacy in this location as well. For directions from the Plantation at Princeville to this Foodland grocery store, click here for driving directions.
If you are looking for something a bit more specialty, take a car trip east into Kilauea to the Kilauea Town Market & Deli. They are open 8am-8pm daily. This place has a large variety of wines, beers, and other alcoholic beverages. They offer free-range meats, specialty cheeses, and other scrumptious foodie finds! To get there from Princeville, get on the Kuhio Highway headed east. Turn left at the Menehune Mart/Shell Gas Station on Kolo Road. Take a left onto Kilauea Road. Look for the Historic Kong Lung Market Center less than a half of a mile. It will be on the right.
It always makes me feel better when I can know the area that I will be staying in. Then I can plan and have places in mind to go. Knowing “what is what” also helps me. I am such a planner!
Princeville is a lovely, luxurious place to be! It is one of the major cities on the island of Kauai. Princeville gets to brag of not one but two championship golf courses. If you are looking to stay somewhere with a city buzz to it, Princeville is your place. Staying in a vacation rental is what I suggest for your lodging needs. I have talked with too many people over the years and vacation rentals are the way to go. Let me introduce you to Plantation at Princeville and you will see why a vacation rental is the best way to go when vacationing or visiting Kauai’s north shore.
First off, Princeville is a major city on Kauai, but the Plantation at Princeville is not smack in the middle of downtown. It is just the right mix of being close to things to do on the island, while also having privacy at the vacation home. Furthermore, the beach is just a few minutes’ drive. Staying at the Plantation at Princeville leads you to Anini Beach, that’s the closest one. Hanalei Bay is also just a drive down the coast too. It’s a win-win-win for you. One nearby attraction (literally down the short road) is the Princeville Golf Club-Makai Course. If you or anyone in your group staying at this vacation home plays golf, you are in luck!
Here is the street address if you would like to see for yourself the location on a map: 4771 Pepelani Loop Suite 211, Princeville, HI 96722. This rental home has a homey-meets-luxury feel to it. Let me tell you…
It comfortably hosts a family of four. Keep in mind, if this is not a family trip it makes for a great couples getaway for a vacation double date. There is a room (master) with 1 King sized bed and another bedroom with a Queen sized bed. It is equipped with what you’d expect in a home: air-conditioning, wireless internet, TVs in every room, a stackable washer and dryer, and a fully equipped kitchen. On top of a kitchen ready to go, is a gas grill for you to use at your convenience. Sounding like a home yet, that you can live in and relax in? There is also a one car garage–perfect for the rental car you have while on Kauai.
I saved the best piece of information for last. The price! Really, all of this is priced for just $960 per week plus tax. How reasonable is that? All you need, right at home at your vacation rental. There are seasonal rates, as well as discounted times of the year, so be sure to book your trip before your desired dates fill up.
I am pleased to announce the 6th Annual American Cancer Society’s Gala event: Hoedown For Hope is coming up Saturday, February 15th! The American Cancer Society puts on fabulous events like this one; they are an organization dedicated to saving lives, eliminating cancer, preventing cancer, and diminishing suffering from cancer. They are a national organization who do research, education and service projects all in the name of fighting cancer.
So this Western-styled Hoedown will be on Saturday the 15th at the Kilohana Luau Pavilion. They have a fun night planned! It starts at 5:30pm and ends with a night of dancing. I love dancing and am excited to see some Western dancing and games. There will also be an auction with some of the hottest gifts and getaways around.
Wanting to get involved? Here are some ways you can participate and ultimately help out this great organization. Whenever I volunteer or give to a charity of my choice, I get that good-all-over feeling. I love being a part of the community here on Kauai!
They are still in need of volunteers for this event! If you’d like to volunteer, click volunteer here.
Single tickets are $125 or a table for ten people starts at $1500. This is a charity event, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. If you are wanting to buy tickets, click purchase tickets here. Registration closes on Friday, the 14th, just FYI.
Another option you have is to donate an auction item. If this interests you, click donate an item to auction here. If you have any questions regarding donations (or any other questions really,) the lead contact person is Arthur Grau and he can be reached at 808-432-9156.
Finally, the Hoedown for Hope Gala has an option to make a general donation. Perhaps you already have plans that night, perhaps you are more comfortable behind the scenes so-to-speak. Making an online general donation is an option for you. Follow the link: donate here if you would like to make a general gift donation.
There is just something about going to the beach. It is so relaxing. It is my time away that I take for myself. (That, and the few times I can go and get my nails done!) Some might call it their “me time.” At Haena Beach you are sure to find what you are looking for… I know I do each time I go. Haena Beach is located on Kauai’s North Shore, just west of Hanalei Bay off of Kuhio Highway.
This is one of my favorite beaches on Kauai. There are lifeguards, restrooms, picnic tables, and outdoor showers for rinsing off after a swim in the turquoise water. The water by the way, looks great up against the white sandy beach, then the backdrop of green is just behind that. It is a very picturesque place! I have talked with folks there and some say it is a bit of déjà vu they say–as if they have been here before or seen it in a movie or something. I will have to look into that and see if anything has been filmed here…
Beaches all come with different flavors, as I like to say. Some are good for surfing, others are good for people watching and sunbathing. Probably why I love this beach so much is because it is a very friendly beach for all kinds of water activities. At Haena Beach I have seen surfers, boogie boarders, snorkelers, swimmers, and sunbathers. I have been a few of those titles during my time on Kauai. I have not surfed these waves, but I like to sunbathe and watch those who do.
There are also camp sites available for those who have a permit to camp. I suggest camping in the non-winter months and for those who have been camping more than once in their lifetime. Then again, if you go with an experienced camper it is great for first-timers. Don’t get me wrong–beach camping is a neat experience and I recommend it for those outdoorsy people.
Another part of Haena Beach that I think is neat, is that it is just across the way from “The Dry Cave.” There are several caves in the area and this one is a sight to see! When you pack your beach bag, I suggest packing a flashlight or two for your group so that you can see the walls and ceiling of the cave better. Pack your camera too–if you have not already–you will want to snap some pics of this unique site.
Haena Beach is a great place to go and have a good time. I like to make half day trips out of the experience. It could easily be made into a day trip as well if you really want to soak up the sun. It is nice to have a change of pace, to have a relaxing day at the water’s edge. Maybe bring your own lunch, eat at a picnic table, and have the rest of your day playing in the water. Oh and go see the Dry Cave across the road. So many options on how you want to plan out your day at the beach.
Well, today was the Super Bowl in the wide world of sports. I opted not view the game. Instead, I saw this as an opportunity to get out and do something for myself. I do like to relax every now and then …spa services followed by some evening blogging does the trick for me. After all, I did have had a busy weekend!
It was refreshing to go out and get a manicure and pedicure. This is something I do not always go out and do. But hey, it is a way I can pamper myself without breaking the bank. I went to Relish in Hanalei and I just love the name, the atmosphere there, and my nails! At first, you may be thinking, “Relish, as in what I put on my hot dog and what goes in potato salad… that relish?” Short answer: no. Not the condiment.
This takes the meaning of relish as a verb, “to take pleasure in” or “to enjoy.” Now that is what this place is all about! I filled my reusable cup with cucumber and lemon infused water and off I went. Sometimes you just have to make time in your schedule to have some “me time.” If you are staying in the Hanalei area and are looking for just that–some me time–I suggest you schedule your manicure, pedicure, and/or hair appointment with them ASAP. It is just respectful, I think, to both your time and theirs to get an appointment on the calendar. This will ensure you are not waiting to be serviced, should there be other customers at that time (then again their waiting area is quite nice).
These friendly people are located at 5-5161 Suite 210 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. It is located right above Barracuda Restaurant on the second story. They are open from 10am to 5pm each day. I recommend calling to schedule an appointment. I did the work for you and got their number: (808) 826-7742. You’re welcome.
Happy New Year! Yes, it is still the start of 2014, and the Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) is this Friday. In honor of this time, Ohana Day at the Kauai Museum is celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 1st. It is the Year of the Horse! (I was born in the year of the Snake, just in case you were wondering.)
If you are flying in soon for your Kauai stay, be sure to visit on your way in, for the museum is near the airport. On second thought, if you are on your way out then you could just as easily stop in prior to your flight. The Kauai Museum is in Lihue and the full physical address is: 4428 Rice Street, Lihue, HI 96766. Follow the link I posted for you to get more detailed directions should you need them. Remember: the front entrance is on Rice Street.
I first heard about this event through one of my family’s friend’s kids having their artwork on display at the exhibit. It is a celebration of the Chinese New Year and the opening of the art exhibit there at the museum. This is the 54th Annual Student Art Exhibit that returns Saturday! Artwork from school children will be on display. I just love seeing that in the community! This news had me searching for more details on the event, and I thought I could pass along the information to you!
The Kauai Museum’s doors open at 10am and the exhibit celebration begins at 10:30am and goes until 1pm that day. This is a one day event so you do not want to miss it! I read that the first fifty or so visitor will receive a door prize!
There will be some unique opportunities at this event. At 10:30am there will be the option for you to learn calligraphy. (That is one thing on my bucket list still to do.) There will also be a fortune stick reading by the lovely Gladice Fujiuchi.
Admission prices are no more than ten dollars to the general public and the prices only go down from there for seniors, students, children, and then kids ages five and under are free. This is a great opportunity for you and your group to learn about and experience Kauai. The museum is full of history, artifacts, and also the special event celebrating The Chinese New Year. Be sure to add this to your event calendar, as I did mine.
Before I came to live on Kauai, I visited it. I had many questions about it and I wanted to be prepared for my stay. I would assume that many of you lovely folks who have not yet visited Kauai have some questions about your upcoming trip. Please let me help you along, and answer some of those burning questions that you may have. Consider this a FAQ.
You may be wondering, “When is a good time to visit Kauai?” Anytime is a good time! The weather is good and it makes for a fantastic vacation spot all year round.
Allow me to answer the question, “When and where can I see whales?” Good news–we are in prime time whale watching season right now. Humpback whales begin arriving just off of Kauai’s shores in December and can still be seen through until April. Also, you can see whales from aboard boats or from the beach.
On a more practical note, you may be wondering, “What clothes to pack/wear for my trip?” Great question! Pack comfortable summer clothes. Casual attire. For ladies, dresses, skirts, shorts and capris are all suitable with casual tops. Tee-shirts are fine, and swimwear is a must to pack! For gentlemen, leave the suits and ties at home unless you are on a business trip or something. Collared shirts or Aloha shirts are acceptable for just about every outing. Slippers/Flip-flops/Sandals are accepted at most every establishment with the exception of some clubs. I suggest packing hiking shoes if you plan to hike any of Kauai’s trails. If you forget something, do not fret, Kauai has stores and malls to provide what you need.
“Is there easy banking access on Kauai?” Yes. ATM’s are frequent and there are full service banks as well.
You may also be thinking about renting a car. “Do you need a car to move about on Kauai?” No, you do not need a car but it would be nice for your convenience to have one. You can also get around by shuttle, taxi, or tour bus. My suggestion lies more with what you plan to do when you get here, and how much of the island you would like to see.
I hope you find this information helpful. Please comment below if you have questions that you would like me to respond to. I will do more of these FAQ posts to help you plan and prepare for your upcoming Kauai vacation.
Hawaii is a beautiful place to go and stay. You may have already figured that out either through seeing pictures online, looking in a travel guide, or by coming and staying on Kauai. I thought it would be nice to take some time to reveal some interesting facts about Hawaii and Kauai in particular.
Hawaii is known as the “Aloha State,” and very fitting, the state motto: “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”
Hawaii’s soil is fertile, and so tropical fruits and vegetables grow very well here. Hawaii grows pineapples, bananas, nuts (macadamias are my favorite), coffee (my other favorite) just to highlight a few items. Cane sugar is also another primary agricultural crop that Hawaii grows.
The state flower is the Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus. It is very popular and pretty. If you cannot picture it in your mind’s eye, you are sure to recognize it after someone shows you a picture or you see it live and in person.
The state fish is the Humuhumunukunukuapua. Can you say that three times fast? I can! It is also known as the Hawaiian Trigger Fish. Check out its neat lips and colorings here. Hawaii’s state animal is the Humpback Whale.
Kauai has some pretty awesome facts too. It is known as, “The Garden Isle.” That makes sense for there is a significant amount of greenery here along with the numereous state parks on Kauai. The climate is comfortable at 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Ocean temperatures are 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit … year round! In my opinion, this makes Kauai a very desirable spot to come and visit no matter the time of year. Anytime is a good time!
Kauai is my favorite. I do live here so I have a bit of a bias! Kauai has more hiking trails and more miles of beaches than any of the other Hawaiian Islands. Another admirable fact that I relish in, is that buildings cannot be taller than four stories. Why, do you ask? That is the maximum height of a coconut tree. I like that.
I know it is only January, but with the whole year ahead of us it seems only fitting to make plans for the months ahead. Now is a fantastic time to plan your spring break vacation. Easter falls late in April this year. If you have children in school check the academic calendar to see where their break falls. Once that has been established, plan your vacation to beautiful Kauai, Hawaii. For a family of three to a family of five I suggest Princeville’s Puu Poa 207. This is a vacation rental condominium that comes with all of the bells and whistles. Puu Poa 207 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath rental that comes at $1,770 per week.
The master bedroom hosts a king sized bed and the secondary bedroom hosts a queen… Comfortably! It is not like some places that have a small room with a huge bed stuffed in it–no. This is a vacation rental that accounts for extra space for luggage and walking room around furniture.
The kitchen has been recently updated and it sparkles with new, high end appliances and granite countertops. When you are staying at a vacation rental, life is easier because you have your own kitchen. If you are looking to save some money, eating-in a few meals or so can really keep you on budget. Especially if you have children with you and they are always wanting to snack then this is an ideal situation: kitchen in your condo. Furthermore, there is a barbeque on the lanai so you can grill at your convenience.
Of course there is also a TV, DVD player, and free high speed internet access. Again, when traveling with children it is nice to be able to bring along their favorite movies so that they can have some time to wind-down from their day. After all, on Kauai with all of its outdoor activity available, a rest or movie back at your vacation rental can make for some good down-time.
This condo comes with a pool and a tennis court onsite. Both come with all the fixings such as pool noodles, beach toys, etc. There is a welcoming sunroom for any of your leisurely activities like reading, napping, meditating, etc.
The ocean front view is what sold me on this place! If you are going to stay on Hawaii then you should really get a place with a view. You can go all out without breaking the bank. The views, the sounds of the ocean, it is all a part of the vacation experience that is just wonderful to be immersed in. Talk about stress-reducing and relaxing!
Outside of the property, it is an easy walk to the beach. For other sites to see, it is a 10 minute drive into Hanalei. Shopping is close by as are restaurants. It is all here and for such a reasonable price. Look at your family calendar and see when is the best time for you to come and stay at Puu Poa 207 this spring or summer. Check availability here where you will also find pictures and more information.
So, you are staying or going to stay on Kauai in the Hanalei Bay area, huh? That is a great choice! Let me tell you about one of the fav, dive bars in the area. If you do not drink that is fine. Go there for the pizza at least. The restaurant and cocktail lounge is called Tahiti Nui. If you are on Kauai right this moment here is the street address so you can plug it into your smart phone or GPS system and get there without any problems: 5-5134 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei. Click here to follow turn by turn directions if that is easier for you.
The Mai Tai is popular and so is the pizza. That is what I would say it is best known for. What my favorite part of this restaurant is not just the food, but also the live music. Yes, I said it and I meant it. The live music at dinnertime is simply fantastic and genuine. I like anything really that is genuine and authentic. This is the real deal! Hawaiian music in Hanalei. Perfection.
Something else I should let you know about Tahiti Nui: patio seating. It is not all indoor seating. If you’re willing, I suggest dining outside. Why outside? Here is my take on the topic…
Dining outdoors I am convinced makes my food taste even better! Being outside in the elements with the fresh air filling my lungs makes it so that my experience is more real–more awakening. It is difficult to put words to exactly. Dining on the patio enables me to look around at the scenery and to enjoy the landscape as I savor my food. It may seem silly to some, but I am convinced the setting has a lot to do with the overall experience. Now add the live performers and their music. Again, perfection! This combination with food, setting, and live entertainment makes for a great combination.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are days I suggest to go. Yes, there will be more people there simply because it is the weekend, but from my perspective that is more attractive for as a restaurant-goer it makes for better people watching, meeting new people, and also experiencing the live music as a group. There becomes a sense of community when you are at a restaurant like this. It is a fun, fun thing!
When you think “Hawaii vacation” you most likely think “beach” right off the bat. The beaches on Kauai are really what draw people from near and far. The beach is where you go to relax, getaway, have fun with your family and friends, and really have some time to just hang out by the water. I know just the beach for you: Pali Ke Kua Beach. This is one beach that you are sure to have a good time at!
What better way to bring a day to a close than at the water’s edge watching a sunset? I really should not say “watching a sunset,” it is more of an experience that you are a part of. The water, the waves, the sound of the ocean is magnificent! Add a sunset on the beach and you will find yourself in such a place of serenity. The constant waves of the ocean make for such a soothing sound. Just to be silent at the water’s edge for a moment can bring peace to your life and your thoughts. If this is not therapeutic I do not know what is! Talk about a way to release stress and reflect on recent and upcoming events in your life.
Not all beaches are created equal. Kauai’s Hideaway Beach also known as Pali Ke Kua Beach is one a bit more on the adventurous side. What makes it a hideaway? Well, the path to get to the beach does I suppose. It is a bit of a hike that most anyone is capable of doing. This past Christmas Eve I was headed to this beach when I immediately noticed at the beginning of the trail that a wedding ceremony was going to be held at this beach. Yes–the bride was on the path and if she can make it up and down that path barefoot and in a full length dress then I am sure most others can make the hike as well. That was a fun night.
Anyway, this beach is known to some but I am sharing this Hideaway Beach with all of you my readers so that you too can enjoy and experience this wonderful site. Sunsets are my favorite but really it is enjoyable any time of day. The sand is pure and desirable too. It is relatively private like I mentioned so this makes it great for sun bathers.
Another point of interest that makes this beach one of a kind is the location. There are shade trees all around (do not worry though you sun bathers have plenty of sun) and there are many large black rocks that add interest. It is such a pretty beach. If you have not yet been to this beach I highly recommend it. If you are living or vacationing near the Princeville or Pali Ke Kua area: perfect! If I were you I would add this beach to my “to experience list.”
Are you coming to stay in the Hanalei area on Kauai? Please let me help you make plans for your upcoming stay! After all, you are looking for things to do in the area, things that are fun and entertaining. I know just the thing for you and your family. This would also make for a great couples or adult outing. Experience A Taste of Kauai, Yesterday and Today. This is more than a meal, it is a tour, an outdoor event, a learning experience for everyone who is a part of the event.
Ok so mark your calendars for Friday, January 24th. Tours usually start at 9:30am and end about 1:00pm. Note that reservations for tours must be made three or more days in advance, thus me telling you all about it now. I try to plan ahead so I thought I would give you lovely folks a heads up.
What is this cultural festival all about? This is a culinary tour unlike any other! You will get to learn about how ancient Hawaiian farming and food preparation techniques relate to this modern day. You will get to tour a taro and market garden as well as a fishpond. This all takes place in the beautiful Hanalei Valley Wildlife Refuge.
Now for the food part–the eating part–you do get to experience the taro tasting and a four course lunch at the breath-taking Hanalei Bay. What is on the menu? Local, fresh, and delicious cuisine. Organic chicken, local fish, handmade raviolis, and fresh vegetables are on the menu. For dessert Passion Fruit Cheesecake and Banana Lumpia will be served. Banana Lumpia is a fried banana dessert topped with brown sugar or sometimes caramel. It does depend on the time of year you go to get what is locally grown and in-season at that time.
I have heard wonderful reports about this cultural festival in Hanalei. If you are staying nearby this would be an ideal addition to your vacation stay. The Hanalei Valley Wildlife Refuge is a place where you will not only experience and see the culinary side of Kauai but you will also be able to see endangered birds, indigenous fish and many, many native plants. Be sure to bring your camera for this one! I also suggest wearing comfortable shoes for this event for it is a walking tour along farmland and also on the beach when it comes time for lunch.
Like I mentioned already, you do need reservations for this event. Tickets cost $115 plus tax for this once in a lifetime experience. To hold your reservation, call 808-635-0257 and leave a message if they do not pickup. Upon registering you will be emailed an itinerary of the festival.