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September 14, 2014 by, Lindsey

Yikes! Okay, I know this is a bit last minute, but that is how some things in life go! I just found out that in honor of Miss Hawaii, Stephanie Steuri, there will be a viewing celebration at Rob’s Good Time Grill today around the dinnertime hours! This is when the official pageant will air live on television.

This would be perfect if you are heading out of the Lihue airport this evening and were looking for a place to eat before you go. Why not take the time to go get some tasty grill food and to see what the rest of the nation will be watching?

Let me back up a little bit… Remember the one I was telling you about in an earlier blog post? Stephanie Steuri? (See my previous blog post at http://www.kauai-vacation-rentals.com/miss-hawaii-miss-america-2014/ to find out more info.) She is from Kauai and is representing Hawaii in this year’s Miss America Pageant. I am anxious to see not how she does, but to see if the judges can see her inner and outer beauty in the short amount of time there is as they ‘judge’ her. I am not traveling today, but I will likely watch and cheer Stephanie on from home. :)

September 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

Have you ever thought about how you can leave you mark on Kauai? And by mark I do not mean by leaving your carbon footprint. There are many ways that you can take a piece of Kauai with you, through souvenirs, memorable photographs, and simply by having great times with great people. There is a way that you can leave your mark on Kauai in a positive way. Consider donating to receive a personalized brick in the Peace Garden in Hanapepe.

This is a neat way to have your family members names engraved on a brick, that will stay on Kauai in Hanapepe’s Peace Garden. There is enough room for 3 lines of text with up to 15 characters on each line. Be sure to contact the Storybook Theatre to get your name on a stone on the entryway to the garden. Call 808-335-0712 for more information about donating and getting your family’s personalized brick. The deadline is September 19th, so be sure to act on this quickly. I think this is an ideal way to leave an impression on Kauai; something for you, your family, and your friends to come back and visit each time you stay on Kauai. The kids I am sure will love it and almost think of it as something magical when they come back the following year to see their name on the pathway, at such a special place.

Princeville is one of the highlights of Kauai, if I may say so myself. It is attractive in its beauty, the activities it hosts and the vacation rentals. On the outskirts of Princeville, just touching Hanalei, is Hanalei Bay Resort 6302 which boasts of luxurious vacationing. Follow the link I just added and see some jaw-dropping pictures and view from this vacation rental. The lanai, or patio, is more than just an outdoor space, but an outdoor dining option that has a view that will attract your gaze and not let it go. I like getting lost in those views, being fully immersed in the scenery and absorbing it in with all of my senses.

Hanalei Bay Resort 6302 is a vacation rental with beautiful ocean views. It is a one bedroom, one bath rental that sleeps up to 4 people. The master bedroom has an ocean view, private full bath, the lanai I was already talking about, and a flat screen television. Then there is a loft that technically acts as a second bedroom, where there are two twin sized beds. That’s how we get to “sleeps 4 people” in the math.

With your rental, you get air conditioning, wireless internet, a full kitchen, and a clothes washer and dryer. This is like a little home away from home! All of the conveniences of home are here. This is so much more than renting a room… you are able to have a living space that has everything to meet you and your family/friends needs. The option to cook “at home/in your rental” is a huge deal for most people; it is convenient for vacationers with kids, special dietary needs, and those on a strict budget.

For the reasonable base price of #1350 per week, this is a vacation rental that should not be passed up should you have the chance to rent it. Follow the link above in this article to view the availability calendar to see when you can come and stay at Hanalei Bay Resort 6302 .

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow! Saturday (tomorrow) September 6th from 10am to 4pm at the Princeville Public Library, they are having a used book sale. If you are new to my blog, you may not know where this is. I will put your wondering to rest and link their address for you here: 4343 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722.

This is a great opportunity for everyone and anyone to come to the event, buy some books and support the Friends of the North Shore Library. It is a win-win-win situation I think!

Not an avid reader? No worries, I’m sure you know someone who is, or a child you can buy books for. Perhaps if you want to get back into reading, this may be the time that you spy a book that you would be willing to read…? Just a thought. :)

There will be used books, DVD’s, CD’s and puzzles. I heard that all children who come, can select one free book! I think that is pretty special, and a great way to promote literacy for children of all ages (baby through teen).

Wait there’s more?! Yes, after 2pm all items for sale will be half priced! How perfect is that? What a great thing to do to get out in the community on a Saturday. Happy Saturday (tomorrow) everyone!

It’s that time of year again… for the USA’s annual Miss America Pageant! I want to give a shout-out to the beautiful and brainy Miss Stephanie Steuri who is this year’s Miss Hawaii! See her video clip and I encourage you to vote for her.

Click here to see her introduction and Vote for Miss Hawaii 2014 Stephanie Steuri.

The contestants from each state have already been selected, what the voting at the link above is for, is for voting come the final round! The rules for voting are as follows “There is a limit of one (1) vote per person per contestant, regardless of method of voting. Voting closes at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, September 11, 2014.” (Miss America Organization, 2014).

The national broadcast will be live on ABC network, Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 3pm HAST. I will probably be working at that time, and I will not be blogging then, so I thought it best to say something about it now.

I’m rooting for my home-team, right? Let’s go Stephanie Steuri, Miss Hawaii 2014! #MissAmerica #MissAmericaCompetition2014

August 26, 2014 by, Lindsey

Staying on Kauai’s north shore is luxurious and beautiful. I also like it so much because of the community events and things to do. This Saturday is the Kilauea Art Night! It came up in my news feed on facebook, and I have linked that page to the phrase above.

Perhaps you do not have a facebook account. No big deal. Let me tell you more…

This event in Kilauea on Kauai is an art night with vendors, live music, tasty treats to eat and delicious drinks to drink. Have you ever had coconut ice cream? Mango? I simply cannot resist…

Anyway, it is Saturday, August 30th from 4 to 8pm. It is located at 4270 Kilauea Rd Stone Building, Kilauea, Hawaii. Some people call it art night, others refer to it as an art walk. Basically, there are monthly art walk nights on some Saturdays in the summer. This Saturday is one of them! It is a great reason to get out on the town, enjoy the weather, the community, and some great art originals. The times I have been, I always see people I know. It is a great atmosphere for both kids and adults alike.

I just saw some gorgeous pictures of Plantation at Princeville 1111 and I just love it! The décor is just gorgeous in my opinion; it is a contemporary Hawaiian Plantation styled condo, and is fully furnished for vacation renters. Everything in this condo is sleek, attractive, and oh so welcoming! It is the perfect place for a family of 4-6 to come and stay. Plantation at Princeville 1111 master

This vacation rental condo is located at 4771 Pepelani Loop, Princeville, HI 96722 which is on Kauai’s luxurious north shore. It is just minutes to the world-famous Hanalei Bay and all of the other north shore beaches. Also in Princeville, are shopping centers to grab some groceries, children’s parks, the public library and it is very close to the Makai and Prince Golf Courses. Did I mention that this was a fantastic location? ;)

As for the insides of this vacation rental, you are all set! It is a fully furnished condo, with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a master bedroom that hosts a king-sized bed, there is another bedroom that hosts 2 twin-sized beds, and there is a sofa sleeper in the living room should you need. In total, you can have up to 6 adults/children.

Kauai has great temperatures… in fact Kauai has such comfortable temperatures most homes do not have air conditioning. This may be news to some folks. Anyway, for the comfort of the vacation renters, there are two air conditioning units in the master bedroom as well as in the living room. Plantation at Princeville 1111 is wired with cable TV and a DVD player. The kitchen is gorgeous and ready to go. Just pop into town for some groceries and you are set!

There is also a full-sized (yes, I said full-sized) washer and dryer in unit as well. This works out well for families with kids, as well as those who just want to get their laundry done and not have to do it all post-vacation. How neat is that? This condo really is luxurious, and for the low weekly price of about $1170 it is very affordable and provides the family or group with all of the comforts and conveniences of a home. I find this to be a highly desirable vacation rental!

Alright… those of you who are into fitness, pay attention. Those of you who are not into fitness but like to have fun, pay attention. Fitness meets fun at this upcoming event that I just saw on the calendar. For those who are coming to Kauai as visitors, please come and join in the fun! Consider this your personal invitation from me :)

Saturday, August 30th from 7am to 3pm at Wai’oli Beach Park “Pinetrees” Hanalei on Kauai’s North Shore is this year’s Fitness Fair and SUP Sprint. That title might sound intimidating, but trust me, it is not. It really is a fitness fair for all people or all ages.

There are two main events (besides the live music which I will get to as well). First is the SUP Sprint on Hanalei Bay. This is a BYO-SUP (bring your own SUP) event for a half mile route. It is all in good fun.

Second is the fit challenge consisting of three 1-minute timed events. How easy is that? The three events are jump rope, push-ups and sit-ups. Did I mention it is all in good fun? I cannot do that many push-ups…really though, I max-out after about 10 seconds. On that note, let me mention there are both male and female friendly competitions that also breaks down by age group: kids 12 and under, teen 13-19, adult 20-39, and adult over 40.

Click here for the registration form.

Last but not least, this is a family friendly competition, but it is noteworthy that there are prizes based on registration. Participation waivers will need to be signed upon check in on the day of the event, Saturday. Now I just need to decide if I am going to participate or not…. :) maybe?

August 19, 2014 by, Lindsey

Do you recall my previous post about how Kauai vacationers can take a dog on a field trip while they are staying on the Garden Island? If you do not, check it out here, “A Doggie Vacation.” What can happen is the Kauai Humane Society will have dogs (and cats I believe) that are available to go on long-term field trips while tourists stay on Kauai. At the end of their trip, the dog (or cat) can then be adopted or returned to the shelter, no strings attached. If anything, it is a benefit for the dog (or cat) to live a little and for the vacationers to host a lovely pet while they are on staying on Kauai. It’s a real win-win situation.

What new information I wanted to blog about, is that there is a leash-free North Shore Dog Park! Like most dog parks, there is a section for large dogs and a section for small dogs. The North Shore Dog Park is located at 5445 Kahiliholo Road in Kilauea, just off of Kuhio Hwy 56. This is a very nice dog park I must say! It is ADA accessible I should also note. It is a dawn till dusk park, and is open year-round. This is a great way to get out, exercise your dog and talk with other dog-lovers in the community. I highly recommended it. See here for the Dog Park Rules. I reviewed them myself and they are typical of any dog park, really. Good to know nonetheless.

August 15, 2014 by, Lindsey

EEK!! :D Ok, I may be a little late to the game, but I absolutely without a doubt had to share this video with you all. (Better late than never, right?)

Check your volume, turn it up, and get ready to make your viewing screen full screen for whatever device you are viewing this on!

Here is Jason Mraz – I’m Yours [Official Music Video].

This is a popular song, but I am just now seeing the music video! Without a doubt this is Kauai! There are some great shots and views of Kauai in this music video. Check it out, and sing a long if you know the song. Yep, I knew I always liked this tune!

I have the perfect event for a Sunday Funday this coming weekend. It is the 2nd Annual Music & Mango Festival brought to you by the Waipa Foundation. This organization has been going strong now for over 20 years, connecting the community with hands on sustainable farming. They are all about the land and the resources, and using them responsibly. Here’s their webpage if you’d like to learn more about this great organization: www.waipafoundation.org

So this Sunday, August 17th at the Halulu Fishpond in Hanalei is where the festival will be held. Activities begin at 11am and it goes until 5pm. Adults admission is $10 and kids ages 3-18 are just $1. It is a family friendly event, and it is also noteworthy that it is held outdoors. There will still be easy handicap access though.

What is all of the hype about? Well, mangos and some good music! There will be food booths, crafts, auctions going on, mini-classes and hands-on workshops. There will be cultural displays as well as live entertainment and live music, of course.

Here’s what I suggest you bring if you are planning to attend: Admission money, spending money, a beach blanket or lawn chairs for the family to relax in, protection from the sun such as a hat and sunscreen, and other specialty needs as it pertains to your family or group (ie stroller, extra water bottles, etc). See you there?!

August 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

I saw this in my newsfeed this morning, and knew I had to blog about it. I think it is so neat and something that we could all learn from! Here’s the specs on this upcoming event…

What It’s a free class on Hawaiian Medicinal Plants (La’au Lapa’au). Here is the link to the facebook site.

Who This class is hosted and taught by Gabriel Monaghan. (I wonder how long he has been doing this, and what credential backing he has to prove his research and everything. Well, I guess I’ll find out!)

Where It is this Wednesday night at the Hanalei Community Center (also referred to as Hale Halawai ‘Ohana ‘OHanalei). 55299 Kuhio Hwy C, Hanalei, Hawaii 96714 is the address.

When The free first class is this Wednesday, August 13th from 5pm to about 6:30pm. The post I saw says there are 12 classes for a fee, but this first introductory class is free and open to the public.

Why Why is this news worthy? I know there are medicinal healing abilities in plants. I am oh so curious to know more about the plants around us and how I can use them. At the very minimum, my curiosity has peaked and I want to know what kind of info this guy has to say.

I love a room with a view. I love a vacation rental with a view! If you are thinking about coming to stay on Kauai, consider my recommendation as follows: Puu Poa 410 on Kauai’s north shore. On the edge where Princeville meets the ocean, is Puu Poa there with the view and also the Bali Hai views as well.

For a vacation rental that comfortably sleeps up to six people, the price is right. It starts as low as $1950 per week. With two bedrooms–one with a King sized bed, and one with twin sized beds–your family or group is sure to embrace the sleeping arrangements. There is also a sofa sleeper, so that adds two more people to your party. I like the diversity this vacation rental has to offer. It would suit a family of four to six people, as well as an extended family group.

Ok, bedrooms are covered… there are also two full bathrooms, which works out perfectly. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready to go. All it needs are some guests! There is Wi-Fi, a TV and a DVD player. This can come in handy if your group has young children and they absolutely must have their favorite recorded shows and movies. It makes for some easy going down-time while at your vacation rental. While the show is playing, or they are napping, the adults can be on the patio. The view alone is attractive and will draw you outside toward it.

There are other Pua Poa rooms, but they share a common area of tennis courts and a swimming pool. Here is a view of the pool… oh and yes, that is the ocean right there, too. :)

Pua Poa 410 Pool

August 8, 2014 by, Lindsey

Happy Aloha Friday, everyone! Fridays are nice, they are the end of the work week for most people. That is what makes them so pleasant and welcoming. Fridays are like the gateway to the weekend, full of fun and exciting or laid-back and easy going days. These are the days off from work that are so desirable.

Most Fridays on Kauai are days when the “aloha shirt” is welcomed. Actually, aloha shirts are commonplace most any day of the week, but Fridays I think I can count just a few more than usual. An aloha shirt is a lightweight shirt with a bright Hawaiian print on it. There are some vintage ones that are more toned-down colors, but they still have great Hawaiian prints on them. Flowers are common, others may have surf boards, turtles, or palm trees for example. For a better visual, I Google-image searched “aloha shirt” and here are the results.

Here’s a fun fact for you on this Aloha Friday… the aloha shirt became trademarked in 1937. Everywhere you go on the Islands of Hawaii you will see these fun shirts, aloha shirts. If you do not have an aloha shirt (yet), you can be sure to find one when you visit Kauai.

Most people love live music. There is a certain ambiance that is created and you realize how alive and invigorating it is to have a live performance rather than hearing songs on the radio. What I am trying to say, is that I have really come to enjoy live music over the years. As my maturity in music has evolved as I have gotten older, I am much more appreciative of live performances.

This Friday, August 8th at the Hanalei Community Center there will be the “Mountain to Sea Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert” that is the show you do not want to miss! Really, this has gotten high ratings and good reviews on sites like TripAdvisor. I heard about this concert coming to town, and I find it odd that I have not been to one of their live shows before. Anyway, the show starts at 4PM at the Hanalei Community Center. Tickets are priced for adults at $20 per person, and then seniors and kids are $15 each, children age 5 and under are free admission.

For more information and to purchase your tickets online, follow this link. This is the Number One Best Live Show in Hawaii after all, as voted by Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice. I think this is the year I make my debut at this concert! How about you?

August 3, 2014 by, Lindsey

Here is a darling place I wanted to blog about and share with the world, the Banana Patch Studio at Kong Lung Center in Kilauea. This is the place to go if you are looking for something homemade or hand painted. You will find a souvenir (or two or three or four) for someone or perhaps for yourself. They have home décor as well and the style is all things Hawaiian.

One of my favorite items they have are the “Hawaiian Style” little placards that say something like, “Mahalo for removing your shoes” and then you place that in the entry way of your home so visitors can see it. It is a very kind way to let them know that you would like them to enter your home with no shoes. I have seen these in people’s homes, and I like the different styles I have seen, with the hand painted images on them. Check out the Banana Patch Studio website and you can see what I am talking about. :)

Did I mention? This company is a Kauai Made member, meaning that all that they sell is made here on Kauai. I love homemade. If you are coming to Kauai and looking for something authentic from Kauai, go to a shop like this and you will not be disappointed.

Banana Patch Studio has two locations. One is a studio and gallery in Hanapepe, and the other is on Kauai’s north shore at 2474 Kaneke Street, Kilauea, Kauai. HI 96754. I looked up their store hours, too: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and then Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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.