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With Mother’s Day almost here, I though it would be a good idea to give a shout out to my own mother. Mom – You taught me so much about how to be a woman and how to live my dreams and love my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you!
And now, for the rest of you reading this, let’s talk brunch.
If you don’t know, brunch is the magical meal between breakfast and lunch, the perfect time to take your mom out for a bite to eat. And this year, I recommend Tortilla Republic for your meal needs. Here’s why.
1. Tortilla Republic is yummy. Seriously, their food is really good. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten something there that I didn’t like. They are a “modern Mexican grill,” which means that their Mexican food is grilled to perfection and has a signature flavor that I simply love. In fact, I’m craving it right now just typing about it.
2. They have drinks! Their margaritas are just about famous in both Hawaii and Hollywood. Plus, they have a plethora of other options for you, including their Mother’s Day “Mom-osas”. These are sure to be a big hit.
3. For Mother’s Day, they are featuring a “Mom-osa and Bellini cart.” And they are serving brunch from 9am-3pm. So you can bring your mom down for food and drinks, enjoying your time together with the assistance of a little alcohol. (Which is sadly a necessity for some of you and your moms.)
Now, here is my question: will you be on Kauai for Mother’s Day? Cause if you are, this is a great choice for a brunch, lunch, or dinner date with Mom. And if you are on Kauai but your mom isn’t here, why not go anyway? You can take pictures of your great time and send them to your mom as a Mother’s Day present. ☺ Or you can take me and I can watch you eat all of the amazing food while I try to stick to my diet. *sigh*
When you have children, the idea of going to an island completely surrounded by water might be a bit scary. After all, the worry that your child can wander out into the water and be swept out to sea is a real one when there is that much water around. But, luckily for you, I have the answer.
Keeping your little ones safe so that they can enjoy the wonder of the ocean is important, so I want to help. And luckily for you, I know some of the safest beaches on Kauai! Is that because I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve been to every beach on Kauai? Well… okay, yes both of those things are true. But I know the safest beaches for kids on Kauai because of the Kauai Visitor’s Bureau, who have an awesome pamphlet about water safety and which beaches to choose.
So here is the information I read on the pamphlet:
Anini Beach – Anini Beach is on the North Side of the island near Princeville. And while this beach does not have a lifeguard (which is a big No No in my world), they do have a protected swimming area. So the water in this area stays calm and, if you keep a sharp eye on your kids, you should be able to have a lot of fun at this beach.
Lydgate Beach – Lydgate is on the East Side of the island and, unlike Anini Beach, it DOES have a lifeguard station. So in addition to a protected swimming area, there are trained professionals on site. (Yes!) Plus, if you are just getting into town, Lydgate Beach is just north of the airport a ways.
Poipu Beach Park – Poipu Beach Park has all of the greatness of Lydgate Beach, except it’s on the South Side of the island.
Salt Pond – Just like Poipu Beach Park, Salt Pond has a protected swimming area, ample room to set up your supplies for the day, a lifeguard on duty, and it’s located on the South Side of the island.
So, as you can see, there are a few beaches with calm, protected ocean waters where your small children can splash around, play with floaties, build sand-castles, and experience the warm tropical waves. And if you have any questions about the beaches listed above, you can contact the Kauai Visitors Bureau or simply write them a note on their Facebook page.
Okay, there is so much more to do before the Prince Kuhio Day celebration ends. But I don’t have enough time to blog about all of it. ☹ (Sometimes it’s hard when the rest of my life interferes with my blogging.)
SO… I’ve decided to give you a brief overview of everything else you can do during this month. Hopefully, you will see something you’re interested in and you can contact the venue for more information. Okay, are you ready to quickly learn about your options? Good!
Cultural Demonstrations (FREE) – Did you miss the crafting sessions and cultural lessons last Friday? Well, good news! There will be more sessions today (March 24) from 9:30am to 3pm. Plus, in addition to the previous lesson choices, you can take ancient hula lessons at 10am! Awesome, right? For more information, contact Stella Burgess at 808-240-6369.
Talk Story (FREE) – A talk story (if you haven’t read this blog before) is an oral account of Hawaiian history. And at this Talk Story, you will have the opportunity to listen to our eastside kupuna tell the histories of Kauai. This is also a great chance to ask questions about Kauai and a good chance to get your children some extra credit in their history classes. The talk story is Thursday (March 28th) at 10am. For more information, call 808-632-8202 and talk to the front desk. (This Talk Story will take place at Kauai Lagoons in Lihue.)
Birthday Party – You knew that was coming, right? Okay, so this party will take place at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua on Friday (March 29). From 5-6pm, the life of Prince Kuhio will be showcased, pictures will be shown, and history will be given. Then at 6pm, there will be an abundance of food! So come hungry and bring your wallets, because this will cost money. You can call Smith’s or check their website for more information.
Another Birthday Party (FREE) – This will be a town-wide celebration in Anahola on Saturday (March 30) and will take place mostly at Anahola Beach Park from 11am to 5pm. There will be stories, dancing, art, games, crafts, food, and more. For more information, call 808-639-1754.
Easter Egg Hunts – In all of this celebrating, we can’t forget Easter, right? So, you have options! I have heard about two egg hunts so far: one in Anahola and one at the Prince Clubhouse. The Prince (golf course in Princeville) will be hosting an egg hunt, meet the bunny, and refreshments event from 9-11am. This event is FREE but food will cost money. Anahola’s Easter event will take place at Anahola Baptist Church from 1pm-1am and will include a live bunny petting zoo, games, songs, stories, snacks, an egg hunt, prizes, and more. Free for all ages. You can call 639-9675 for more information.
Okay, that is just a few of the things happening this week. Crazy, right?! And the funny thing is… there is so much more I could have told you about! So if you don’t see something here that sounds like fun, just look around you and ask a resident. We’ll be happy to help you find a concert, craft fair, water sport, rental company, or luau that interests you. ☺
If you are visiting Kauai for the Prince Kuhio Day celebration (or if you plan to come to Kauai and spend some time on the South side of the island), I have another great vacation rental recommendation for you: The Tides in Koloa. Just wait until you hear more about it…
The Tides is a LARGE vacation home for up to eight people. There are 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a ton of living space. Actually, this vacation home is about 2500 square feet! That’s plenty of space to bring a bunch of friends, spread out, and really enjoy your stay. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, which is glorious. And the second bedroom has a queen-sized bed, which is also very comfortable. But the third bedroom is actually located downstairs and has it’s own kitchenette, small living area, private entrance, and more. So your biggest problem with this place might be trying to decide which room you want.
The main living space is very open, creating one large room for you to hang out and visit. The kitchen is like a fairly island of awesome. (If you like to cook, this is the place for you.) It’s surrounded by counter-tops, is equipped with the best kitchen gadgets, and makes your kitchen at home look small. And the dining room has space for everyone in your party, as well as providing the dinnerware you’ll need to actually enjoy your meal. Finally, the living room has comfortable furniture, an entertainment center, and free high speed internet.
In other words, The Tides has everything you’ll need for a luxurious stay on a tropical island. But wait… there’s more!
The Tides is situated right on the water. So from just about every room of the house, you’ll have a view of the ocean. Because of the excellent views, you might want to spend more time than usual outside, which is perfectly possible with so much exterior space. The backyard is large, beautiful, and filled with green grass. So you can play football, croquet, or simply lay a towel outside and sunbathe. Plus, there are two beachfront patios (lanais) off of two of the bedrooms. This means that you can enjoy your fresh cup of Kauai Coffee each morning sitting on your own private patio looking out onto the water. Awesome, right?
Sounds tempting, right? So why not come and check it out. You’ll be glad that you did.
When I was a kid, I was pretty good in school. I loved to read, and so I easily got through my textbooks. Plus, I’m a visual learner. So, if it was in the book, I would pick it up rather quickly. If information was placed on the blackboard, I would remember it. And if I took notes in class, I would even remember what my teacher said. It was great.
However, there was a girl right next to me who simply couldn’t sit still. She was constantly tapping her pencil, bouncing her feet on the floor, cracking her knuckles, and generally moving. She simply had to move. At the time, her parents thought it was ADHD and put her on some low dose meds. But after her grades dropped (and a very good school counselor got involved), she learned that she was simply a kinetic learner. She had to be moving to learn. She really enjoyed building things, doing hands-on projects, and excelled at PE.
I think of her now because there is a Hawaiian cultural demonstration coming up that I think everyone will enjoy. This demonstration is a part of the Prince Kuhio Day celebration, and will involve hands-on arts sessions! So if you have ever wanted to make Hawaiian crafts and arts, now is your chance to learn, no matter your learning style.
Let’s be honest here – it takes more than a lecture to learn something. You have to practice, play, and figure it out in a practical place. Well, this cultural event will highlight the Native Hawaiian culture and art practices by teaching weaving, working with taro, stone-carving, Hawaiian weapons, making drums, making tapa, and the creation of bracelets. There will also be Ukulele lessons. Awesome, right?
Now, not all of these things will involve participation learning, but several will involve activities where you can get hands-on experience. And, the best part, these sessions are FREE!
So, if learning about Hawaiian culture and learning to make fun crafts sounds good to you, come to Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa this Friday from 2pm until 7pm. And, if you want to ensure yourself a seat, you can call the concierge at the hotel early to register for the lessons. Want more information before you decide? No problem! Just call 808-240-6369 and talk to Stella Burgess.
Do you have $10? Do you like archaeology? Are you going to be here on Kauai on Thursday, March 21st, from 9am to 11:30am? Well, if you answered yes to these questions, then I have an event for you!
The Makauwahi Reserve is a fascinating place where explorers can visit and hear all about the past and future of Kauai. Both past and future? Why yes! Let me explain. This reserve has the largest limestone cave on Hawaii, which is pretty cool in and of itself. But add to that an open-air sink hole containing what scientists say is perfectly preserved fossils ranging from 10,000 years ago or more and you have amazing.
To quote the Makauwahi Cave Reserve’s website (which can be found here): “The rich fossil-bearing sediments of Makauwahi Cave, over 10 m (33 feet) thick in some areas, have an unusual chemistry that preserves almost everything that fell in there over the last 10,000 years or more – animal fossils such as shells and bones, as well as plant fossils including seeds, leaves, and wood. Microscopic fossils, including pollen, spores, algae, even DNA fragments, occur by the billions.
So what does this mean? Well, by using the information from fossils found in the cave, scientists have been able to research the past and do some pretty awesome things in the present, like saving species on the brink of extinction. Plus, the place looks really neat. So if you want to come and visit, why not stop by.
As part of the Prince Kuhio Day events, there will be a Makauwahi Reserve Tour starting at 9am on Thursday morning. The tour will give the history of the area, a presentation of the fossils found, and information about how uncovered scientific data is able to preserve the present and future as well as the past. The price for this tour is only $10! So it will be well worth the price. Plus, how cool is ancient history!?
If you’d like to sign up for the tour, simply call 480-225-5604 for more information. And if you go, remember to wear grippy walking shoes and to bring a water bottle. The preserve is 17-acres, and walking in and out will work up a thirst.
As part of the Prince Kuhio Day celebration, there will be a mini rodeo at CJM Stables at 2pm today! So if you want to enjoy some great horseback riding and be a part of a wonderful Kauai tradition, then come and join us.
Rodeos have a long history on our island. They started around the plantation era, where farming families would learn to ride and compete with others from around the island. And ever since then, we have held our horseback-riding heritage in our hearts. That’s why there are rodeo events and horseback riding options all year round on Kauai, especially in Poipu.
Now today, there will be barrel racing. This event will be divided up into three separate divisions: open, senior, and youth. So no matter your age or riding style, you could join us. And, if you don’t want to race, you can certainly watch the fun. After all, admission to this event is FREE!! So you can come, watch a day of horsing around, and enjoy yourselves for no cost.
And if you have kids, there will also be pony rides available. So everyone wins!
For more information on this event, you can visit CJM Stables online or call 808-639-6695. And if you don’t like horses, don’t worry. There will be many more events this month as we move toward Prince Kuhio Day.
If you visit Kauai sometime before the end of this month, chances are that you will hear about Prince Kuhio’s birthday. And you will think, “Well, happy birthday to him” and then go about your merry way, enjoying the sand, the surf, and the special events on our lovely island. But there is more to this event than you think.
First of all, Prince Kuhio is dead. I know – shocker, right? So don’t feel too bad if you can’t find him to wish him a happy birthday in person. So why are we celebrating? Well, Prince Kuhio Day is a statewide holiday on Hawaii, and on Kauai we like to build up the celebration a bit. So while the Prince’s official birthday is on March 26th and his full name is actually Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Piikoi, we have a bunch of celebratory events all throughout the end of March.
Secondly, we aren’t just celebrating a birthday here. Just like President’s day is actually President George Washington’s birthday, Prince Kuhio Day is a day to celebrate the life and achievements of our dear Prince. You see, Prince Kuhio was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii. He was prince of the House of Kalakaua. And he was, by all rights and accounts, a great man.
But you see, the United States was forming and our set of tiny islands needed unity and protection. So, when Hawaii entered the United States of America and became an official state, we could no longer have a King. We had a President.
That didn’t stop Prince Kuhio, however. Our prince did not consider himself so important that he would block our entrance into the United States. Instead, he desired the good of all of our people. He worked hard to ensure that Hawaii was well-represented in Congress. He authored the Hawaii Statehood bill in 1919. And he worked hard to provide for his people. By going through the US government, he did more for his people that we could have ever imagined. And he looked good doing it! ☺
And so we celebrate Prince Kuhio Day (his birthday) as a memorial to this great man and a celebration of his legacy. Plus, it’s always a good day for a party of two, right?
Now, if you are on Kauai and you see a PK Day celebration going on, join us! We welcome all tourists and residents alike. And we look forward to celebrating our freedom, our island heritage, and our culture with you.
You know, if you plan on going to the art fair in Poipu, you might as well stay at a beautiful vacation house while you’re there. And one of the best vacation homes in Poipu is Hale Huna off Kelaukia Street. Let me tell you a bit about it.
First of all, this place is gorgeous. Designed and furnished to let in as much natural light as possible, this vacation home is always bright and sunny. Mirrors located in strategic locations reflect light into other parts of the house, making sure you can always glimpse a little bit of tropical paradise. And all of the windows allow you to see a beautiful garden paradise all around you, including your private garden and mountain views.
Secondly, Hale Huna is soothing. With soft colors and textures, beautiful hardwood floors, large open rooms, and ceiling fans in each room to combat the humidity, you will truly be living in comfort. The kitchen is set up with a large island, lots of counter space, and an abundance of appliances for easy use. The breakfast bar has free Wifi and DSL. And the living room is set up with comfortable furniture and a 47” HDTV and DVD, so you can relax with a movie at the end of a long day.
Now, let’s discuss room. This home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, giving you enough space for 8 adults to sleep comfortably. And since this home is located at the end of a cul-de-sac, there will be enough privacy for you to truly enjoy yourself. The house has a dining room table large enough for 8 to sit comfortably and large rooms so you don’t feel cramped. Plus, there is a large area outside with patio furniture, a table, lounges, and a BBQ for grilling up dinner.
And do you want to know the best part? Well, this home is located right near the beach! In fact, all beaches in the area are a simple 10 minute walk away, giving you access to white sand, surf, snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming, and more. The house has beach towels for you to use and a convenient outdoor shower, in case you come back salty and sandy. So you can enjoy a day by the ocean whenever you want.
Need more amenities? Well, how about access to all of the amenities at Poipu Kai Resort, such as tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a spa? There are also great restaurants in town and shops galore. And, when you want to see the sights, you are in a prime location to start.
So why not consider Hale Huna. I think you’ll really enjoy it!
If you like art, then you will want to visit Poipu Beach Park on Saturday, March 16th. Why? Well, over 40 of Kauai’s top artists will be there, working artist booths and showing their wares. From photography and paintings to jewelry and wood carvings, you can find it all at one of our artisan fairs. And this one is no exception.
One of my favorite things to do is window shop. I admit that I don’t have a ton of cash to spend on things I like, but I do enjoy looking at the things that I like and knowing how lovely they would be in my house. So when an artisan fair comes up on the schedule, I get excited.
I love art because I love beautiful things. And you can clearly see that when you walk into my house. Paintings cover the walls, specialty baskets hold my belongings, wood carvings are the centerpieces on my table, and I have several photography books lying around on coffee tables. In other words, if it’s pretty, I want it. And I save up my money until I can buy it.
I also know a few artisans here on Kauai and request their work as my birthday and Christmas presents. So my life is always full of color, creativity, crafts, and created things. It makes me happy and my fiancée puts up with it nicely. ☺
So if you are anything like me (or if you just want something fun and easy-going to do on a Saturday morning), come to Poipu Beach Park. Walk along the sand, check out the beautiful works of art, and find something new. There will be clothes, carvings, pounded mulberry bark, oil paintings, linens, and much more to buy. Plus, you can see some of the best artists on Kauai, ask them questions, and get to know their work.
If you are vacationing here, what better souvenir can you bring back for your friends that a special piece of art made by a local artist right here on Kauai? Sure, it’s no plastic surfboard keychain, but I think a piece of art would make a great gift. So come and see for yourselves. The Prince Kuhio Garden Isle Artisan Fair will begin promptly at 9am and will continue until 3pm. Entrance to the park is free, so you can stop by and visit at any time.
It’s New Years Eve! I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed by. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting down to write a similar post to this one… exactly one year ago. Weird.
Well, today I am sitting here to write about the fun things that are planned on Kauai for New Years. And, if you are a visitor to or a resident of our fair island, you should know by now that Kauai knows how to plan a party. So regardless of your reasons for ringing in the New Year, come and enjoy a few popular parties.
First of all, if you have a family, you should head to Poipu at 5pm! Why? Well, Poipu Beach Park is going to be hopping with a New Years Eve celebration for children and adults of all ages. There will be live music, food booths, children’s activities, craft booths, cultural displays, and games. PLUS, this entire event is free and ends with a spectacular fireworks display! What a way to ring in the new year, am I right? The fireworks will take place at 9:20, leaving plenty of time for you to get those kids home and in bed on time.
Of course, not everyone wants to go to bed early. So if you don’t have to stay at home with the kiddos, stay in Poipu after the fireworks are over. Tortilla Republic (in the Kukuiula Shopping Village) will be hosting a New Years Eve party as well. The party starts at 10pm and the cover charge is $10/person. And once you’re inside, take advantage of the great food, special New Years Eve menu, drinks, live music, dancing, and New Years entertainment. But if you want a table, you’ll have to call Tortilla Republic (808-742-8884) in advance for reservations. After all, this place is going to fill up fast.
OR, if you don’t want to do either of these things, you can make a party all your own. There are typically quite a few parties going on around the North part of the island, especially around Princeville. So head to the beach, find a nice restaurant, go clubbing, or simply stay at home and enjoy each other as the midnight countdown commences. Because, whatever you do, it’s important to be with the ones you love if you can.
Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2013!
It’s the end of the world!!! … or at least that’s what some people think.
Regardless of what you believe, this is the perfect time to party. After all, if the world is going to end, you might as well die happy, right? (Yes, I am making light of this. But if you truly believe that the Mayan calendar foretells our doom, all the more reason to drink, right?.)
So, come and party with us! Tortilla Republic in Poipu (in the Kukuiula Shopping Center) is having an end of the world Mayan Fiesta on Thursday and Friday (December 20th and 21st). They have created a new cocktail for the occasion and are offering specialty priced small plates from 3-5pm each afternoon.
Why tell you this? Well, I often write about festivals, pastimes, cultural references, and other community events here on Kauai. But I’m also known for writing about good food when I find it. And I like the food at Tortilla Republic. They are a wonderful Mexican restaurant with high end food and upscale location design. In other words, this is a great place to eat regardless of whether the world is ending. And, if the world does end, you’ll want to have a really great last meal, right?
So, if you’re in the neighborhood on Thursday or Friday from 3-10pm, stop by Tortilla Republic in Poipu. Enjoy a drink, eat some great food, spend time with some of the world’s best people, and help us send this world off with a bang.
Halloween is almost here. Are you ready for some awesome parties? Well, this year I’ve heard of two parties that have the chance of being epic. Wanna know more? Well good then. I’ll tell you.
First off is the Tortilla Republic’s “Angels and Diablos” Halloween Fiesta. (I’ll give you a hint: this means you should dress as an angel or a devil.) This party will be at Tortilla Republic in Koloa from9pm-1am and will feature live “Black Widow” aerial silk performers. Best of all, there will be drink specials going throughout the night, so you can loosen up and enjoy the evening. (Let’s just say this party is not for children.) And, sometime during the night, there will be a contest to see who is the most angelic and who is the most devilish. Want to go to this party? Well, then you should know that women get in free, but there is a $10 cover charge for men. So dress up, bring cash, and enjoy.
The second party starts at 10pm at the Sheraton Kauai in Poipu and goes until 1am. The theme of this one: The Captains Monster Ball. For this party, RumFire and Captain Morgan have teamed up to host a wild and awesome Halloween event. There will be a Captain contest, a costume contest, prizes, drinks, and a live DJ. And, for you guys out there, one of the main features will be the Captain’s Morganettes. (As you can tell, this party is also not for children.) Which party is better? Well, I can’t really tell you that. But I can tell you that this party has no cover charge, so keep that in mind men.
And there you have it. Those are the two big parties I’ve heard about so far. So if you are kid-free and looking for a fun evening, head South to Koloa or Poipu and have a great night.
Need some “adult time” with the one you love? Want to go to a nice dinner in a place that offers good food, special reservations, and live music while you eat? Want to sneak away to somewhere romantic? Well, have you been to Keoki’s Paradise yet?
If you are visiting Kauai, I would recommend eating at least one meal at Keoki’s. It’s a great restaurant near Poipu Beach that you will just love. I’ve eaten there a few times myself, and I can tell you that it’s great. I truly enjoyed the times I have gone, and I typically take visitors there during their stay.
And, if you are a resident here on Kauai, did you know that Keoki’s does event planning? It’s true! They have a great set-up for renting their space, serving food in either plated or a buffet style, and making everyone feel at home. They are great for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, etc.
Now, if you are going there for dinner, I would recommend making reservations. They are a nice place, so they fill up quickly and it’s never fun to wait. But if you are heading there for lunch, I vote that you just show up and chance it. Enjoy the ambiance, eat the yummy food, and take some time to just be with the person that you love.
Did you watch Finding Nemo and say to yourself: Man, I wish I could talk to a sea turtle. Well, here’s your chance, though I’m pretty sure they won’t be talking back. Here on Kauai, there is a place where you can snorkel with sea turtles, getting up close and personal with these fun and fascinating animals. And you can easily sign up for a private tour for just you and your family if you want, allowing you to stick together and learn together. Let me tell you more.
One of the best tour companies on the island is Kauai Vacation Tours. They specialize in helping visitors have a great time by offering tours on helicopters, boats, horseback, paddle boards, feet, and more. If you want to take a specific tour, they are probably the company to choose. (And yes, I’m talking them up a bit. But no, they didn’t ask me to do so.
They have one specific tour to see the sea turtles that I would recommend for families with school-aged children and older. It’s a private tour that charges per person, though they often offer specials and coupons for families. Plus, unless many turtle tours that involve learning to scuba (which is not easy or safe for young children), this tour uses snorkeling equipment instead. So you can see the turtles without having to deal with oxygen tanks and heavy equipment.
On this private snorkeling adventure, you can get up close and personal with the turtles, swimming with them and playing with them. You can also see several varieties of fish and other sea life, experiencing Kauai’s unique underwater world. If you have never been scuba diving or snorkeling, I highly recommend it. The world under the sea is an amazing place of wonder and exquisite landmarks. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. So choose this tour if you want an aquatic adventure while you’re here. But keep in mind that it is best to only take strong swimmers on this tour, as it happens in the ocean with few resting places. It’s also a good idea to practice some snorkeling in calm and shallow waters before taking a tour out to sea.
Okay, so I just wrote about plantation days and the fun involved. However, I wanted to take an extra few minutes and expound upon one of my favorite parts of Plantation Days: the rodeo!
I know that I’m not the only one who pictures the rodeo when I talk about Plantation Days. In fact, many of my friends, when asked if they were going for a day or two this year, told me that they wouldn’t miss the rodeo for the world. Yeah, it’s that popular, which is funny since it is only the 13th year that the rodeo has been a part of the Plantation Days festival.
Anyway, if you like going to the rodeo (or if you have never been before and enjoy watching grown men in tight jeans ride horses), then this is your opportunity to have some fun. This year, the rodeo is from Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22. Each day’s activities will start at 11am at the CJM Stables Rodeo Arena, but the entrance fee and closing times for each day differ. Here’s why:
Friday (July 20) is the longest day of the rodeo, with closing time being around 9pm. So the entrance fee will be a bit higher. Plus, there will be a BBQ for anyone purchasing a ticket. So the fee will be $5 a person, with the BBQ starting at 4pm. Then, on Saturday, closing time will be 5pm instead of 9pm. On this day, there will be the slack roping and riding events. There is no fee to enter, so if you live on the island and want to participate (or if you are visiting and want to show off your skills), you can enter the contest.
Sunday will be the last and shortest day of the rodeo, so the entrance fee is only $2 for adults. (Children will be free.) From 11am until 3:30pm, the rodeo will continue on and the champions will impress us with their skill. The Kauai All Girls Rodeo Drill team will also be demonstrating their skill, with ceremonies wrapping up the event.
Of course, you can find more information about the rodeo on the website I mentioned in my last blog. But I wanted to entice you a bit to attend if you can. This rodeo is sure to be fun. And, after the day’s rodeo festivities, you can spend your time investigating the towns of Poipu and Koloa, viewing a much-appreciated aspect of our cultural heritage and our lives.
The South Shore is not typically a center of excitement and adventure, unlike the North Shore. However, it is a place of rich cultural heritage, hard-working individuals, and glorious representations of the best nature on Kauai has to offer. And in this area of cultural heritage and natural wonder, you will find the towns of Koloa and Poipu.
I have mentioned these towns before, as cultural festivals happen there and I’m a big fan of reporting on events tourists and residents alike would enjoy. And this blog entry is no different. So if you are going to be on the island from July 20-29 (or anywhere in-between those dates), come and join us for the annual Koloa Plantation Days cultural festival!
This festival will have stations, events, and family-oriented fun all over the Koloa and Poipu areas in celebrations of the plantation heritage in these areas. As you know, plantations are large farms, and here on Kauai they have provided the backbone of our existence and exorts. We owe much to these plantation towns and this celebration will be a small part of a big thank you to them.
Now, during this festival, there will be a lot to do. Seriously, this is 10 days of something to do, with new experiences to be had by all. So if you feel like visiting food booths, shopping at craft booths, participating in workshops and classes, witnessing cultural displays, practicing Hawaiian dance, learning about our culture, competing in sporting events and games, going on rides, listening to live music, learning to hula, or hanging out at a rodeo with your friends and family, then come hang out with us in Koloa.
For more information on the schedule of events, you can visit their website.
Okay, you remember me talking about Duffy Bishop last month and saying how excited I was about her concert? Well, I had every right to be excited; It was AWESOME!
However, I also know that some of you couldn’t make the concert. You had other plans, you weren’t on the island that day, or you simply didn’t believe me when I said how good it was going to be. And now maybe you regret not going, you are going to be on the island, or your sick of hearing me talk about how great it was.
Don’t worry – I have a solution for you.
Duffy Bishop is having ANOTHER concert! It will be this Friday (February 3rd) at 6:30 down in Poipu at Joes on the Green. Admission is only $20 and, if you go, I won’t have to bug you about it for the next several months. Sounds good, right? Seriously, if you missed her last show, make an effort to make it to this one.
Now here is an event for those of us who love a good game of golf. The 7th Annual KVMH Charitable Golf Tournament will be taking place in Poipu on Saturday, November 19th, from 7am until 1pm.
This sporting event will not be at my favorite golf course in Princeville, but will instead be taking place at Poipu Bay Golf Course. The entrance fee is only $100 and will include green fees, lunch at the Grand Hyatt, use of a golf cart, and much more. There will be prize drawings, door prizes, prizes for the best dressed golf bag, awards, food, and free mulligans to those who dress their best golf club in a Thanksgiving outfit!
Seriously, what could be more fun than a day of golf on a tropical island with a large lunch served afterward? It’s like heaven, right? So come to Kauai and check it out. You might just win a prize or two!
If you are on Kauai for a family vacation, chances are that you worry about your kids and their proximity to the water. While I don’t have children myself, I know from growing up on the island that the ocean is a beautiful and dangerous thing. While we enjoy its refreshing waters, the beautiful view, and the golden sand, we must also keep watch for undertow, large waves, and wandering out further than we can swim.
I’ve talked with several parents who know the dangers of the ocean and let those dangers overpower them while visiting the beach, especially when they have children under 5 years old. They fear their child getting lost in the crowd of tourists, of undertow snatching them away, of accidental drowning and other terrible things. Their minds conjure up scary ideas and their common sense tells them that small children should be kept away from the water.
Well, I’m not here to argue that. I know that parents have a responsibility to protect their children and keep them safe. And I applaud parents who think these things through. However, I also know that the beach can be perfectly safe with a few precautions. I also know that there are beaches where parents can feel completely comfortable letting their children play in the water.
If you have never been to Baby Beach, this is a site I would recommend for any family with small children. It isn’t a large beach, only a few hundred yards across at best, but it has great features. For instance, there is a natural breakwater stretching from one end of the beach to the other. This means that, no matter the time of year, the waves don’t get large. In fact, the ocean stays calm and peaceful here, giving your children the perfect opportunity to play in the water safely.
Since the beach is small, larger families, typical tourists, and those who want to experience the adventure of water sports avoid it. On a typical day, only a few families can be found here in this remote spot. So you are guaranteed not to lose your child in a crowd. You are also more likely to experience privacy and a quiet place to enjoy your family. You can bring a picnic lunch to eat up on the sand, teach your children about the ocean and let them play in the water, and then head back to your vacation rental feeling good about the day.
When I have children, this is going to be the first beaches we enjoy together. I hope that this beach serves as a good experience for your family as well.