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So maybe you want to visit Hawaii but you do not know where to start. Where do you begin when it comes to a place that you have heard to many marvelous things about? It can even seem a bit overwhelming at first. For those of you who are planners, here is site, supposedly Kauai’s Official Travel Site at http://www.gohawaii.com/en/kauai/. I poked around on it and it was accurate enough and easy to navigate. The pictures… oh the pictures are what always get me. Love ‘em!
Anyway, if you are thinking about, entertaining the thought, or simply wishing to visit Hawaii one day sooner or later, take a gander at this website. They refer to Kauai as “Hawaii’s Island of Discovery” and I like that. I know it as “The Garden Island” but Hawaii’s Island of Discovery is suiting as well. I like it. On this site they provide links to other places, so you can find out about topics that interest you.
It is neat how this site approaches things… for example you can search by guidebooks, regions, experiences, or you can plan a trip. I went ahead and clicked on experiences because that peaked my curiosity the most. There was quite a list to choose from, and I thought it was so neat. Do you want a romantic experience? Perhaps a wedding or a honeymoon experience? There are ecotourism, adventures, and family experiences to choose from. Very neat stuff and I like the categories of how they break-down Kauai into experiences you can make into a reality. Again, my inner-planner found it nice to think of Kauai like this, where I could plan out the experience I desire. Hmmm I wonder if I should learn more about these links and have one of these “experiences” for myself! Ha! I’m entertaining the thought
Looking to get involved and do something hands-on and memorable while staying on Kauai? Of course you are! Each day will have its highlights I’m sure. It’s those memories that are made that are so near and dear to people’s hearts.
It is not all about the pictures, although I really do like those too. It is the activities, the moments shared with family and friends that are the most pleasurable, the most treasured. Looking back on those times and reminiscing is what makes them so great.
Ok, so starting today: January 11th from 5-7pm are free beginners and intermediate classes for kids to learn the ukulele! How cool is that? Let me break it down for you:
Classes start today like I just mentioned. Not to worry if you missed it or cannot make it. There are other opportunities. It is a first come, first serve basis anyway. Oh, and did I mention it is free? Yes, free!
Here are the other dates for the free ukulele classes: January 25, February 8, 22, March 8, 22. These are all Sundays, and they are all held from 5-7pm. Dinner will even be provided. This is a sponsored event, it is great that they could provide this opportunity to kids.
The beginners class is for kids aged 6-11. There are enough spots for up to 12 students. If you have a ukulele go ahead and bring it! If not, please do you best to bring one, if it comes to it there are a few that can be loaned out for the duration of the class.
Now for the intermediate class, it is for children aged 11-18. For this class, students must bring their own ukulele–no exceptions. There are more spots available in this class though, at 15 opening.
If you are interested, have questions, want more information or anything of that nature, contact Keola at 808-245-1873. Oh, and it is at the Anahola Clubhouse.
I will just come on out and say it. I am an animal lover. I have loved animals since as far back as I can remember. There was never a time when I would not be excited to see or to care for an animal. Over the course of my life I like to help out when and where I can.
That being said, I absolutely must share this YouTube video that came across my path. I want to share this to help spread the word about what people can do to help pet populations. Here is the link the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzNOXKvaOTQ
If you are unable to view the short clip for whatever reason, allow me to explain in text. The Kauai Humane Society has a Pet Transfer Program linked with Alaska Airlines. The basic idea is that puppies, kittens, dogs and cats that are living on Kauai who are not adopted out are able to fly to shelters that have high adoption rates on the mainland. Very cool, right?!
So why it is important to spread the word, is that the Kauai Humane Society is looking for volunteers to escort the animal during the flight. When it is time to check-in for your flight, a volunteer will meet you with the dog or cat. Then on the other receiving side of your flight, a volunteer will meet you there to pick up the pet. Escorts are what they are looking for and needing! Oh, and for those flying Alaska Airlines this is pre-arranged and they have successfully completed these trips before.
There are high adoption rated shelters across the United States, but for purposes of the Pet Transfer Program on Kauai, they are seeking escorts who are flying into one of the following airports: Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington. If you are on a non-stop flight to the mainland, give the Kauai Humane Society a call and see if you can help! Here is their phone number for more info: 808-632-0610.
My mom always taught me that it never hurts to ask. I’d go ahead and ask on this one if you have a non-stop Alaska Airlines flight leaving Kauai going to your final destination.
I am just a little bit late to the game. I had it set to record on my DVR and I just watched it this evening. The Biggest Loser Kauai, part 2 just happened! If you missed it, you can watch it online on NBC.com until the network chooses to take it offline. Here is the link for your viewing: http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/episode-guide/season-16/kauai-part-2/1604
If you follow the television show, you know that it can get emotional and deep when it comes to the contestants and the transformations that they go through. Week after week they have weigh-ins and they are challenged to face their fears and past trust issues.
In this week’s Kauai episode the contestants are challenged. One gentleman is to repel down a waterfall. He is nervous at first and not focused, but then he and his trainer/coach are able to do it with ease. How neat would that be to be able to repel down a waterfall? Kauai presents the opportunity! It really is the place for the great outdoors.
Other contestants on the show were faced with rope course type of exercises. They sure got an adrenaline rush on those activities! It is so neat to watch them accomplish those thrilling tasks. Did you know that Kauai offers these kinds of activities to not just Biggest Loser contestants but also to visitors and residents alike? If you look for these kinds of adventures to go on, it will not take you long at all to find them on Kauai. From rope swings, balance walks and other rope related thrilling activities, there are plenty of things to do for those adrenaline junkies.
New year. New beginnings. Fresh starts. I love the feeling of a new year. It make me feel like I just got a haircut, or just got the house cleaned or something. Is it just me or does a new year somehow feel refreshing?
I saw this post today in my news feed on Facebook, and it reminded me yet again of that new beginnings feeling. Check out the photo by Mike Williams. It was taken today at the Kilauea Point Natural History Association. The lighthouse in the back ground is Kilauea Point. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Of course the whale in the photo is just minding his or her own business in the water, but regardless I like the whale and the lighthouse in the backdrop.
To learn more about Kilauea Point, visit their website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kilauea_point/. There is an easy to navigate section for visitors, seasonal wildlife, an about page and more. The whale photo–I know I keep going back to it–but it sure is a majestic image to behold. It is not every day you get to see a whale do that. Of course it is more common to see that off of Kauai’s north shore coast than other places I suppose!
Hope you and yours had a happy new year! And may this year be a happy year indeed.
Here is a photo I took and managed to get on my blog here. I like to think I am best at sharing with my words and thoughts, but then I see a picture or take a picture and I am reminded that a pictures says a thousand words.
It has come time again for the end of the year to wind up and for the new year to begin. I cannot believe how fast it seems time goes these days. When I am with family and friends, those moments are what I hold onto. Then time passes and when I do not see the little ones for a time, and then I see them again in a month or so I notice how much they have grown! The little ones change so much faster than the adults. That is the largest factor I think, of why time seems to go by so quickly.
So here it is, the end of 2014 with 2015 just on the horizon. Which, by the way, I love the horizon. Something about sunrises and sunsets are what get me the most. Get me to thinking is what they do. A time for reflection and self-reflection at that. I think about what I want to accomplish in the next year. If I can, I try to even have goals for five to ten years out. Then I step back and see what I can do right now, in the moment to make that dream a reality for the future.
I am not one to make new year’s resolutions. I am not going to lie though, I think about it. I think about what lifestyle changes I want to make. I think about what changes I wish to soon implement. I cannot restrict myself to calendar days for those types of things though. When the timing is right in my life and I am motivated to make a change, then I just do it. I do not wait for the new year.
What I like most about this time of year is the time with family, the time to re-focus my sights, the time of self-reflection. I would encourage everyone to take the time to think about what changes, goals, ambitions, even what pleasures they wish to pursue in the new year. It might even be a trip to Kauai that is on your bucket list!
Alright, so if you are going to be visiting Kauai in the new year, be sure to stop by Lihue (where you will more than likely be flying into and/or out of). Friday, January 2nd of 2015 is the date. (Note: I am typing out the year just so I can try to get used to purposefully writing out the right year.)
On that night, from 5pm until 10pm there will be free laxer lights train rides. There will be food for purchase, as well as music and entertainment and other vendors. It is on Lihue Mill Road. If you are seeking more information, the flyer I saw has a contact number of 808-639-8222.
Here is a link to the flyer I saw. It’s on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204159432599781&set=gm.835717936499142&type=1
I know it seems weird to be making plans for the new year, but I’m sure you readers have other things already on the calendar. Perhaps it is the closeness to the new year that is making it seem so all-of-a-sudden.
Kauai is ready for the new year. I think I can go ahead and say that on behalf of Kauai. Kauai is ready for you, too! You may have been thinking about it for quite some time, or perhaps you are more of the spontaneous type and you make plans on a whim. I myself and more of the planner. But from time to time I enjoy spontaneity!
Kauai’s Puu Poa 312 is glamorous. It has what you have been dreaming of. Follow the link I put in and check out these pictures. It is the perfect size for a family of 4, or for a double-date couple’s getaway time. The bedrooms break-down into two rooms: 1 with a King, 1 with a Queen. There are two full baths as well, so that easily accommodates the renters. On that note, I should add that there are two private lanais. A lanai is a porch, balcony, or veranda. This one has not one but two! How romantic is that? I can only imagine… Each couple can easily have their own privacy while spending time with their spouse, and then for other outings the time can be spent as “girl time” to the beach or “guy time” to the golf course for example. Imagine the possibilities here! If it were couples at this vacation rental, I might add that that is one excellent way to cut the budget significantly. One roof, two families. It is literally like cutting the vacation rental condo rent in half! And you know the other roommates who are there. Is it just me, or can you too see the visual landscape I am painting of this condo?
This unit is a condo on the bluff of Princeville overlooking Bali Hai and the Kilauea Lighthouse. This condo offers all of the expected: HD TV, CD, DVD, high speed internet, etc. As well as it offers the amenities such as a shared pool and tennis courts.
Well, the holiday is coming! I am not sure which holiday you celebrate in particular, but whether it be Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza or another holiday, I hope you have a wonderful time with family and loved ones.
I wanted to share with everyone this version of the song, “Mele Kalikimaka” meaning “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian. The song itself has been performed and recorded by The Beach Boys, Bing Crosby, a The Andrews Sisters, as well as others. The lyrics and music have changed over the years too. Robert Alex Anderson is the one who wrote the original lyrics back in 1949.
Here is a fun version I like by Walk Off The Earth.
Maybe you are dreaming of being on Hawaii and need some cheering up. Maybe you are on Hawaii this holiday and you are excited to be spending some time on the island. No matter where you are in your life journey, I wish you a Happy Holidays and a Merry New Year!
Looking for somewhere to go for Christmas Dinner? All are welcome to join the Christmas Feast, December 25th at 4:00 pm at the Anaina Hou Community Park.
When I say all are welcome, I mean that all are welcome! That includes residents, visitors, everyone. They are not even asking for RSVP’s to the event. If you need somewhere to go or are looking for some family-like people to be with that day, I suggest coming to this dinner. They will be serving turkeys and hams as the main course.
This kind of community outreach is made possible by the support and patronage of all of those supporting Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens as well as the Anaina Hou Community Park which serves in the fields of education, recreation, and agriculture. It is so very kind and thoughtful that they would host such a meal, especially on Christmas day. Again, the food is free, the company will be splendid, there will be live music and a whole community to engage with. Especially if you are a people person and you do not yet have a place to go for Christmas dinner, then consider coming to the feast.
Please pass the word around announcing this meal. To anyone and everyone really. I think the more the merrier!
Did you hear the one about “The Biggest Loser?” The episodes are airing now of the weight loss contestants competing and training on The Garden Island. They call it “Kauai, Biggest Loser Style.”
If you have not seen or heard of the popular television show, that is okay. It is a weight loss show where people’s lifestyles are turned upside-down and they are taught new healthy habits of both exercise and diet. The contestants train all week long, and then once a week they weigh-in to measure progress. What makes it a game is that the person who is not performing the best in term of percentage of body weight loss, they get eliminated each week. The last person at the end of it all who has lost the most total percentage of weight is deemed the biggest loser. They win cash prizes too I think, so that is the extra incentive to win, next to getting fit and healthy.
If you want to see what I am talking about, NBC airs the show and you can see the first Kauai episode at this link: http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/episode-guide/season-16/kauai-part-1/1613
Note it says it’s available for viewing until the end of February 2015.
So what I am excited about is that the show has come to Kauai to film and have their contestants train on the white sandy beaches and everything. The video footage is breathtaking. You’ll get to see the terrain of Kauai like you may have never seen it before. The views and the footage they got is pretty amazing. I’m just not used to seeing the island from the views the producers and videographers have captured!
Oh–and what the contestants do is all pretty amazing. They get to stay two weeks on Kauai, and I read that they are on the beach working out, kayaking, and facing some inner emotions rope swinging and rappelling down a waterfall. Very fun stuff and I will be tuning in to see how everything goes…
This lovely announcement popped up in my facebook news feed and I wanted to share it with you all! At the Healthy Hut Market & Cafe in Kilauea, HI they are having samples, giveaways and demos as a way of customer appreciation TODAY from 11am to 4pm. This is for today, Thursday December 18th only.
If this is the first time hear of the place, then trust me, this is the absolutely perfect time to come and try it all out. If you have been going here for forever, you know this too is the perfect time to come out and join in the fun. It is a juice bar meets a health market. Healthy Hut Market & Cafe has fresh, organic foods to indulge in. And trust me, oh I indulge!
It’s located at 4480 Ho’okui Road, Kilauea, HI. Here is the Healthy Hut Market & Cafe yelp page too, if you want to get some more feedback from others who have visited there. (Four out of five stars is pretty good!) They have been in business for over two years now, and I foresee them having many more to come. The kind people there are doing a great job, and they are providing me something I am a bit passionate about: health food.
By health food I do not mean diet foods or low cal this or that. I mean they have real, wholesome and fresh food that nourishes your body. They are a store that sells natural products and they promote local farmers markets. Do not even get me started on the GMO food topics either… these folks understand what foods are actually good for you. I need more Healthy Hut’s in my life.
I just came across this article by the Huffington Post. It is not super recent, but I found it entertaining, so I thought I could blog about it and entertain the rest of you with it. It is informational and educational after all!
It’s called: “27 Words To Learn Before You Visit Hawaii”
Feel free to follow the link above for the full article. As for now, I’d like to highlight some of my favorite words. They are my favorites off the list for a variety of reasons. Some I just like. Some are commonly misunderstood by travelers and I’d like to shed some light on them. Some words are just interesting, and some are important to know. Ok, enough of the jib-jab, let’s talk….
Mahalo. It means thank you. You will see this a lot of places, even on trash bins. It’s in context as in “thank you” for not littering.
Aloha. This is very common. It is a greeting of good intentions, feelings, and welcoming saying.
Ohana. Yes, as the Disney Lilo & Stich movie interprets it, “ohana” does mean family. Please know that ohana can mean more than family, like the relationship beyond blood, like close friends and loved ones.
Ono. Delicious, tasty, good food. When food is ono, it is very good. When you see this word near food terms, it is a good thing.
Da kine. Have you heard of a whatchamacallit? A widget? It’s like another word for thing or item.
Have a looksie at the other words on the list. Too bad the comments got closed on that article, I was going through it and enjoying the comments listed of words that were left out and other comments. Let me know in the comments below… I won’t close them.
Kauai is a great place to come and stay. Some folks come and stay, and stay, and stay and simply cannot go away. Kauai has a certain draw to it that people cannot get enough of. I get it. I love Kauai for all that it is. If you are wanting to come and stay, like a vacation, do it! The perfect one bedroom, two bath vacation rental condo is just right. It hosts a king sized bed, fully equipped kitchen and laundry services.
The Cliffs 9201 is a modern, clean styled condo with magnificent oceanfront views. I think there are extra windows in this place just so you can enjoy and see more of that brilliant blue water. Am I right or am I right?
This is a very desirable condo rental. Click on the link above and see the pictures for yourself. With ceiling fans, the views, the space, the accommodations…. I could go on and on and on. With the view you will catch some great sunrises and sunsets. It is very romantic I might add! For one week it is just $1050 starting plus taxes and a cleaning fee. Seven nights, that’s starting as low as 150 per night. On Kauai? I think you get the picture of what I am getting at. This is a fabulous deal.
It is located on Kauai’s North Shore in Princeville, which is full of fun things to do. Hanalei Bay is just a few miles away, and the water is well, right there as well. Beaches are nearby; after all you can see the ocean from your room.
Check out the Cliffs condo 9201 for the Hawaiian experience you have been dreaming of going on. I think it makes for a great honeymoon spot, anniversary spot, or simply a couple’s getaway time. Even with a young child this condo is very comfortable and you would be able to get just as much out of your stay.
Holiday storytelling and nutritious snacks? Oh I’m there! It’s that time of year again for Friday Nights with Santa in Hanapepe. Ok, so I’m just a little bit late to the game, as one of the Friday nights has already passed. There will be events this Friday the 12th, the 19th, and the 26th. They all start at 6:30pm and go until 8pm. For more information see the link to the flyer here: http://www.storybook.org/santa-visits-storybook-theatre-friday-nights-in-december/.
Where is it you ask? It’s at the Story Book Theatre located at 3814 Hanapepe Road. As a kind note, I do want to add that this is a free event. If you are able to give, they are accepting donations. There will be storytelling, pictures with Santa, and healthy snacks served. Please bring your own camera so you can snap your own pics and have them on-hand for yourself. If you get in soon enough, to the event this Saturday, you should be able to get holiday cards made to send out to loved ones? Just a thought.
Holiday cards are something of a tradition that I have carried on with me through my adult years. I find a nostalgia, an ambiance of sending out handwritten cards that I just love. I get to send my love to those I care about. I get to personalize each one and it is times like this when I get to share my heart with the receiving family. I love to receive cards as well! I cherish them and probably display them way too long most would consider. Holiday cards after New Year’s? Yeah, that may be extending it a bit too long, but I just love the cards and the kind words that are in them.
I want to take a moment to encourage you, yes YOU to spend time with family, friends, loved ones this holiday season. It may mean going to a Storybook Theatre on a Friday night with the family, or sending out holiday cards. It may mean baking cookies for the neighbors or inviting them over for tea, cider, or hot chocolate one evening. May your holidays be filled with love this season. I mean that in the most sincere way possible. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
It is that time of year again, for the annual Waipa Kalo Festival!
To some, this may make perfect sense. I also understand that some folks may not know what Waipa and Kalo mean. First things first. Waipa refers to the foundation that is putting on this event. The Waipa Foundation values connecting people with the land and natural resources around them. Secondly, Kalo is part of the taro plant. It is an edible, starchy, nutrient rich plant that is grown in Hawaii as well as other places around the world.
Ok, so back to the festival… this is like a strawberry festival or an orange festival, but it is a kalo festival. Get it?
The festival is for everything kalo! It is happening this Sunday, December 7th on Hanalei Bay. Activities commence at 11am and go until about 5pm. There will be live entertainment and music. It is very family friendly I might add. Some of the highlighted events include a waterslide and a recipe contest. Of course there will be other activities for kids to keep them entertained and busy.
For just $5 for adults ages 18 and up, and $1 for kids, this is an event you do not want to miss. It is an affordable price for all of the fun you get! Bring a beach blanket, sunwear, and enjoy the day on the beach and with some good community company. Proceeds benefit the Waipa Foundation.
Well, just like that it is December. We all saw it coming. After all December does come every year. On that note, breakfast with Santa is on the horizon. I just love events that extend the holiday season!
Breakfast with Santa is this Saturday, December 6th from 8am to 10am at Gaylords at Kilohana. Reservations are required… call 808-639-5656 to save your seat. Kids costs $18 to attend, and adults it is $23. This price includes breakfast, photos, and activities. This is something fun to do for your family, especially for the little ones. All proceeds support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai. What a good cause, and a win-win situation.
I remember going to Santa breakfast events in the past, when I was a kid. Most memories I have are from when I was an older-kid though. My family and I would go, and my younger siblings eyes would light up when Santa made his grand appearance. It was absolutely priceless to see those expressions on their faces. What a neat event to be a part of. If we are being totally honest, I do still enjoy a Santa breakfast. I pay particular attention to the younger kids. Sure, some have stranger-danger at certain ages, but for the most part the kids want to see Santa and have their picture taken.
What a way to kick of the holiday season. Come one, come all and enjoy a family friendly good time at the Breakfast with Santa event.
I know that some people are sensitive to what topics are brought up and when. For some it is a rule not to decorate, play music, or to prepare for the next holiday when there is still a holiday coming up first. I am talking about the Thanksgiving and Christmas matter. So, I waited until Thanksgiving was officially over before I shared my next holiday-type of event here on my blog.
The Festival of Lights has come to Kauai’s Historic county building! Here is the street address for your reference, direction needs, GPS navigation, etc. 4396 Rice St, Lihue. Since it is in Lihue, this is perfect for as you are coming or going to the airport. I highly recommend staying on Kauai’s North Shore, and this makes for something fun and that “little something extra” to do on your way coming or going on Kauai. I have gone in years past and it is neat to see the people’s faces (kids especially) light up with the magic of the holiday. It is something special to be a part of, to view and share with others. I remember it like being in a magical land and the others around me were happy, and were a part of my dream-like state with me. The lights make it a magical, special time for all who go and see.
You’d like to know when it is exactly? Let me tell you! It is Friday, December 5th from 6-8pm. There are other times to go and see it. The parade is the first night, on the 5th, and then on all Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights thereafter until December 24th in the evening the lights will be on display. I say if you can make it to at least one of the showings, go!
Hello Thanksgiving Day fans out there! If there’s one thing I like to blog about, it’s food. I also have been trying to become more active. For the sake of my health, feeling better, fitting into my clothes better, I have been trying to exercise more.
So there is Kauai’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day morning. It makes sense right? Exercise in the morning, then feast in the afternoon. It seems logical to me. This way when I am enjoying all of the delicious food at the dinner table, I won’t have to feel so guilty as if I have been stuffing my face all day (no pun intended with the stuffing joke!
It is a bit of an early rise, at 6:45am. It is at the Kapaa Beach Park. It is FREE! It is not too late to register either. You could decide the night before that you’d like to participate. Why? Because it is onsite registration only! Even if you wake up early Thanksgiving morning (really early I mean) you can still go and join in the turkey trot.
It is an informal, non-competitive 5k, 10k, fun walk, fun run, or bike ride course. I like that it is minimal pressure and really just something motivating to get out with a group of people to exercise. I like that the purpose is to get out there and exercise. I am not over the top competitive and it is intimidating for me to participate in things like this when others are so over the top aggressive in competing. This is not the case with the Turkey Trot.
If possible, on the flyer I saw, it suggests (or asks) that participants bring canned food for donation. Very appropriate is what I have to say about that! It is a suggestion, not a requirement. Why not though? When you are able to give, I say do it. The cans will add up.
Thanksgiving. Is. Coming.
It is the middle to end of November. It’s all downhill from here…
Where will you be this Thanksgiving? Let me share with you one option that might fit your fancy on Kauai. At the Bhakti Yoga Shack at 5:30pm is a vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Not everyone eats meat, and so this is very accommodating for those who would like to partake in a Thanksgiving meal without any animal products (and is therefore vegan).
Contact Radha at 808-551-6610 for more information. Let me tell you more about what I know though… This is a potluck-style Thanksgiving. In other words, bring a vegan dish to share with others as they will bring a dish to share with you as well. The evening starts with a meditation circle with live music, then the Thanksgiving dinner will be shared among friends. This is a family-friendly event, and everyone is welcome. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with a group of people who are welcoming and friendly? That is something I love about Thanksgiving.
No matter where or when or how or with whom you are partaking in Thanksgiving with this season, I wish you a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving!