Princeville Blog

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?

Cliffs 9201 used Dec 2014

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.

Are there any independent film enthusiasts out there? Yes, I know there are. If you are on the island of Kauai, come and check out some films by the people of Kauai. The Independent Filmmakers of Kauai are hosting a free viewing event this Friday. There is more than one venue spot, so no need to worry about crowding and things. So it is this Friday, November 21st at the following locations:

Kilauea Bakery in Kilauea at 7pm

Tiki Iniki in Princeville at 10pm

And then on Saturday November 22nd at 7pm there will be another free showing at Galerie 103 in Poipu

For a sneak peak at the films, check out the Independent Filmmakers of Kauai at their website: http://www.ifok.co. Some of the films are about Kauai and the people of Kauai, while others may have hints of Kauai in the background. The filmmakers are always from or living on the beautiful island of Kauai though. These are short films by the way… they are all less than 10minutes long per requirement. So do not think that you will be going and watching hours upon hours of the same topic–no. It is diverse, full of variety and genres. I encourage you, my readers, to go out and see what these filmmakers have to share… hear and see the stories they want to share…

November 5, 2014 by, Lindsey

If Zumba is not your style, then perhaps a fine arts exhibit is? Options are nice–just saying. This coming weekend on Friday and Saturday is the Annual Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit. It will be held at the Princeville Community Center, located at 4334 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722. If it suits you better, here is the location on Google maps.

It is an indoor event with fine art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other media pieces by arts in the area. Most of the artists will be there; that is my understanding. Friday night from 4-8pm the exhibit will be open, and then Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4pm is the plan. This event is totally free! I love it when I get to say that. :)

From what I hear, last year was a low-key, fun time was had by all kind-of time. All are welcome to attend. This is a great place for conversations to be had, connections made and homemade, handmade art to be enjoyed. This would be the place to go if you are looking for a unique gift for someone, if their art is indeed for sale at the exhibit–not just on display. Talking with the artist makes for a neat atmosphere as well. It puts a new twist on the piece I think, for I think it has become more and more uncommon for someone to meet the artist behind the artwork. After getting to know the creator, it may help you understand their intent or inspiration for the piece. I like the concept of connecting the dots between the artist and his or her artwork.

October 27, 2014 by, Lindsey

I have some great news for Kauai residents and visitors alike. The North Shore Shuttle service has launched earlier this month, and this is such welcoming news.

For residents, this is a shuttle/van system that can conveniently take you places where you want to go. For visitors, this may be even better news! When I travel somewhere new, I don’t know the land, the roads, even a general sense of direction for me is completely gone. My family jokes about this with me, and I have come to laugh along too. So if it were me coming to Kauai, I would be so very thankful for someone else to shuttle me around!

The shuttle service runs on the North Shore, and moves about between Princeville, Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena, and Kee. Fares for visitors are just $2 each way, and residents are charged $1. This is very reasonable… I like it for it is paid transportation and navigation all in one! Experience Kauai is the name of the shuttle service. There are two shuttles and one runs from 6am to 6pm and the other, from 9am to 9pm.

To see the full tours and shuttles schedule, check out their main website at http://kauaishuttles.com/tours-and-shuttles/. You can better see where the shuttles go to and from, as well as see their airport shuttle service. They offer 14 seater vans for most of the commuting, not a bus. They so on-call shuttle service, as well as plan-ahead appointments. I personally vote for the latter, as I am such a planner. This will likely ensure reduced fees instead of doing a last minute call for a higher price if you know what I mean…

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One thing I love is a good book. Kauai has a handful of public libraries across the island, but the one I regularly visit is the one in Princeville. It’s located at 4343 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722. The Princeville Public Library always has something going on it seems! And I love it!

This summer has kicked off with their summer reading program for all ages, from toddler to adult. I signed up and have begun my reading log. ;)

For those who are staying on Kauai’s north shore, stop by the library most Friday’s from 10:30am-11am for Toddler Story Time. This is perfect (and free) for those who are looking for ways to stay active with a toddler while staying on the island. I have been in the library during a story time and they sing songs, do finger-play type of games, and books are read. I think it is a great way to promote early literacy and social skills.

Mark your calendars for the library’s encore performance of “Peter Rabbit and the Garden.” Saturday, June 14th at 10:30am there will be a special encore presentation. I need to check with my family, but I want to take my niece to it.

Since I was a kid I always loved the library, from the books to the special events that were held there. Good times and good memories! While you are visiting Princeville this summer, why not check out the public library? I highly suggest it, no matter what age you are.

Don’t blink– it’s June already! Most schools are out for the summer, and here we are at the tail end of spring with summer just on the horizon. Now is the perfect time to come to beautiful Kauai and to make the most of your summer vacation. I myself, was looking up some things to do this summer, and thought I might highlight some to share during this month.

The one I want to highlight for today, is the Princeville Ranch Zip Express Tour. Yes, I did say “zip” as in “zip-lining!” This is a three hour zip lining tour that is part hiking to get to the zip-lining site, and part zip-lining. The hike is just over one mile long and rated moderate difficulty.

Tour is at Princeville Ranch, a private ranch that has a series of beautiful zip line tours. Nine in total. That is certainly enough to make it a tour to my standards. ;) The view I am reading about (and pictures I am seeing) are of the Kauai rainforest and mountainous landscapes. There is also a suspension bridge I am reading about.

This is a summer tour highlight! They have daily tours starting and multiple, staggered start times. The tour starts at the Princeville Rancho Office. Here is their address on Google Maps. They suggest arriving 30 minutes prior to your departure time… so okay, make the whole outing 3.5 hours…

Bring your camera, water, and voucher ticket. Wear sunscreen, other sun protective attire, and shorts or pants to ensure comfort when in the zip-lining harness. Oh, and this activity costs $125 per person. It looks like an unforgettable experience! I’m adding it to my summer to do list!

May 4, 2014 by, Lindsey

Ok, ok, so I know that I posted yesterday about breakfast. Now I am posting about lunch and dinner! What can I say? Food is on my mind these days! Let me tell you about Tikiiniki in Princeville. They are a Tiki hut kind of place, with cocktails and island fresh cuisine.

On their lunch menu, they have salads, burgers, and wraps. Prices of these range from 8 dollars to 14. Do not let 14 dollars frighten you though, that is for the Grilled Fish Burger and Fries. Did I say fresh? Ask what the daily catch is, and that is the kind of fish that will be your burger. I love love love fresh cuisine.

Now for dinner, there are many options on the menu. Don’t worry, it is no so many that the choices are overwhelming. They offer dinner salads, and entrees with different meats as the main course. There are also dietary friendly items to order, such as the Roasted Vegetables with Tofu. I, myself eat meat, but I can very well understand and respect those who do not eat meat. Again, I have seen this restaurant accommodate special dietary need customers. I have a friend who is gluten intolerant and she was able to order a tasty meal–she was satisfied!

They also have a late night menu for after 9:30pm. Speaking of late night, they have a pleasant dessert menu as well. Try the Coconut Haupia! It has a mango sorbet with a Macadamia nut shortbread cookie crust… yummy yummy.

Tikiiniki is a cocktail place, too. I know, I mentioned that a moment ago, I just did not share about their drinks yet. They have the classics, the Mai Tai, Pina Colada, and a very nice Daiquiri. New on the menu I saw was the “Zombie” and for a drink to share is the “Famous Flaming Zombie Bowl” which is to be shared between 2 or more people. I personally have not tried that… not yet at least. All in all, if you are looking to go out to eat on Kauai’s north shore in Princeville, and looking for something fresh and flavorful to eat, come to Tikiiniki. Follow the link I just added to go to their webpage for more information including their menus, map and directions on how to get there, as well as their phone number.

Easter is in the air! It is that time of year again and I am getting excited! I just love the community here, the events, the activities… in other words everything. Let me tell you about the Easter Parade and Egg Hunt at Prince Albert Park this Saturday the 12th.

This is a family fun event hosted by the Princeville Community Association. It is a free event. Free and fun. I love it when those two words wind up in the same sentence! ;)

Anyway, it is at Prince Albert Park in Princeville. The park by itself is designed for children ages one through eight, and it is a clean and well maintained park and play structure. (I was there recently–I know these things!) It is right across the street from the Princeville Library, too. Here is the address for those who wish to know the street address so they can better navigate there: 4304 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, Hawaii.

The event starts at 2pm and there will be a parade to kick it off. Bring a bike, wagon, stroller… something child friendly for the parade. Dress it up and dazzle it out before hand so the parade can sparkle and shine as the procession carries on. There will also be an opportunity for the children to meet the Easter Bunny. Now how perfect is that?! Furthermore, there will be an egg hunt at the park. Festivities are anticipated to end around 4pm. I got the flyer just the other day and thought I would pass along the info. You’re welcome.

Today was the grand opening of Fish Eye Kauai in Princeville! Fish Eye Kauai is an art gallery that has on display a variety of art mediums. The grand opening today was a big success. The atmosphere was great, the weather was just right (there were some light showers, but no big deal) and the live music was welcoming. I enjoyed touring through the gallery and snacking on some hors d’oeuvres (yes I had to spell check that one…). This is a family friendly art gallery that has pieces on display for purchase. I think it is a great tribute to Princeville to have a place like this nestled into the community.

At Fish Eye they specialize in photographic prints featuring underwater photographs of Kauai by Scuba Tom. Also known as Thomas Green, this is his first gallery! How exciting to be a part of such a great gallery at the grand opening. Tom shares the gallery with a few other local artists. There are a lot of photographs (my personal favorite) and also carvings and creations. Oh–and there is jewelry as well!

Princeville is one of the best places to come and stay on Kauai, in my opinion. Hmm perhaps that is why I am living on the north shore! Come check out this place if you are wanting to see some talented artists’ work. Fish Eye is on the Kuhio Highway in Princeville. Check out their webpage here for directions, hours of operation, the whole thing…

March 23, 2014 by, Lindsey

For those who are staying or will be staying in Princeville, let me tell you about two great eateries nearby. Both CJ’s Steak & Seafood and Federico’s are located in the Princeville Shopping Center (5-4280 Kuhio Hwy, Princeville). I am always a fan of a good place to eat, so I thought I would blog about these two.

CJ’s Steak & Seafood is a great option if you are looking for seafood, steak, or a variety to please the group you are with. It give everyone an option and I know I have never been disappointed! Monday is Meatloaf day… and let me tell you… this meatloaf is out of this world! Now I get why people wait for Mondays. Oh and Prime Rib is on Friday’s. ;)

Now for Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine… this really is authentic Mexican cuisine here on Kauai’s north shore. I like it for they have the option to dine in or to take your food to go. They also offer breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner. Whether you are visiting or are living on Kauai, this is a place to go get some fresh Mexican food. The food is affordable but does not compromise on quality. Their avocados and tomatoes are locally grown, as well a number of other ingredients in their recipes. Again, Federico’s is located at the food court at the Princeville Shopping Center behind the Post Office.

I am always trying new eateries and returning to the oldies but goodies that I love. As I try more places I will blog about them! As for now, I am calling it a night… Monday is just around the corner now!

Looking to stay on Kauai’s north shore soon? The gorgeous Hale Waileia is available as a vacation home. Check your calendars and see what dates this home is still available for. At just $1,350 per week, this vacation rental home is worth it all. Click on the link I added above to see pictures of the home–both inside and out!

This home is modern, with clean lines. It has an open floor plan so it is great for entertaining a large family or a group of friends for a Kauai vacation. It sleeps six with two queen sized beds and two twin sized beds for a total of three bedrooms. There are also two full sized baths. If you need space to add that extra person, there is a single folding bed to sleep just one more person. If you are needing to sleep an infant or small child, Hale Waileia comes stocked with a pack ‘n play as well. Look how many people this house can sleep now?!

The accommodations are all there: TV with DVD player, high speed internet and it is fully stocked with quality, updated furnishings. Check out the pictures of the kitchen and bathrooms–you will be impressed I am sure. What I like about a vacation rental home, is that while you are there, you have the luxury of coming back and relaxing to a place where everything you need is at your fingertips. There’s the kitchen you stock with foods and drinks, and you can have some late night fun while the kids are safe and soundly asleep in the room down the hall. Having a home while on vacation makes it all the more relaxing.

Oh! Let me also tell you about the location of Hale Waileia. The home is at 4240 Waileia Place, Princeville, HI 96722. It is in a residential community just a couple minutes’ drive (or a few minutes’ walk) from being in town. This way you are close to activities in town, restaurants, shopping; and then in the other direction you are just a short drive from the beach. The view in the backyard is luscious and oh so green! The greenery and the garden life is simply divine. Hale Waileia is a great vacation rental home in Princeville–great for a family or large group who wants some space to relax and spread out. It makes for a great home-base while staying active with all of the sights to see and things to do on “The Garden Island.”

March 14, 2014 by, Lindsey

Weekends are always busy for me. I can only imagine this is also true for you folks. This weekend is packed for me, but I am also looking ahead to the following weekend! Can you tell I like to plan? And I like to look forward to fun things to do? And on top of that I love free events? (I also like sharing my knowledge through blogging!)

Saturday the 22nd could not get any better, for all of you golfing fans with children. On Kauai there is a Free Kids Clinic by PGA and LPGA Professionals. It is the 3rd Annual Junior Golf Day put on by the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. This is exclusively a children’s beginning golf event for kids ages five through eighteen. They are advertising for new and beginner golfers only. Of course parents will need to accompany their children, but they will not be golfing at this event. The focus is on the kids–getting them involved, getting them active, and having fun.

Hit the greens of Kauai’s Princeville Makai Golf Club for this upcoming event. The lead contact person for this opportunity is Alex Nakajima. I went ahead and attached the online registration link here, for your convenience. If you are wondering where to go exactly, here is the address of the Makai Golf Club at Princeville: 4080 Lei O Papa Rd, Princeville, HI 96722. That should work out perfectly if you are using a smart phone or other GPS device.

Why is this event opportunity going on? Why not! It is a fun way to get kids outdoors and to try a new sport. Just like with new foods, you will never know if you like it until you try it. Same goes with sports. This sounds like a great opportunity to get outside and try out golfing for your children.

I highly suggest this outing for those who are staying on Kauai’s north shore, like in a Princeville vacation rental. What a way to have a day out on the greens and to make some family memories. The first forty children to register online will receive a free tee gift. Glad I am telling you about this early, hmm? You’re welcome. :)

As you may know, I am always looking for things to do on Kauai, and I love to blog and share my findings! To keep up with all that is happening on Kauai’s north shore, staying on the north end of the island is best. I came across the Princeville Nalu House! This house is great… I am confident you will enjoy your stay while here. From $1,200 per week, you do not want to pass up this rental opportunity.

Location

The Nalu House is in Princeville, a major city on Kauai, filled with shopping centers, restaurants, golf courses and it is ridiculously close to the beach. The house is a single-story home on a residential street. It is at: 5112 Kapiolani Loop, Princeville, HI. Thought some folks may want to look it up for themselves. It is on a quiet, residential loop. How perfect is that for a family vacation?

The House

Okay, the house itself is a single story dwelling. This is ideal for families with small children and also those with elderly family members. By having no stairs, this makes for a safer and more family-friendly environment where everyone can move about the home with ease. The house has a garage to house your rental car (should you opt to get one).

Inside

Princeville Nalu House gets to boast of two bathrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a California King bed (that’s the largest kind bed I know of) and it has a spacious on-suite bathroom. The other bedroom holds a queen bed. Now there is an additional room off of the garage that has a full sized bed. So really, this home sleeps six people when all of the beds are full.

The floor plan in welcoming and has a logical flow to it. I like it when floor plans and the general set up are logical! It also has high ceilings which are great for ambiance and the breeze to have room to flow on into your living space. From inside the home, you get to look out onto lush garden views. Nearby homes are not too close either. They are a comfortable and appropriate distance away. There is a relaxing sense of privacy at this vacation rental home.

This home is fully functioning as you would expect any other home to be. It has a full sized washer and dryer. That will be nice to not have to go home and have suitcases full of dirty clothes. Oh! The kitchen is gorgeous and fully stocked for use. There is Wi-Fi! See, told you it was an up and running rental home with all of the details you may take for granted.

Outside

If you step out the back sliding door onto the lanai (deck), you will get to experience the outdoors in full! There is outdoor furniture and a grill for use. It is so tempting just to lay out there and sunbathe. Do it! ;) Something else I really liked about this place, is that there are fruit trees on the property. Yes–you can help yourself to them! I love touches like that to a rental home. You just cannot beat the whole house–the whole property–effect!

There is a double person hammock out on the grass. I opted to take the hammock all to myself and cozy with a light blanket and my current book in the evening. It was just the right combination of everything: the breeze, the smells, the sounds, the sway of the hammock… it was all I wanted. I got to take this rental for a test-drive and it sooooo passed.

February 24, 2014 by, Lindsey

Kauai has made great improvements over the years to cater to alternative forms of transportation. One of which is the North Shore Path for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and others. Back in 2012, the North Shore Path (NSP) was unveiled. It is a beautiful paved path connecting the communities of Kilauea, Princeville, and Hanalei along the North Shore. Now that you know some basics of this nature-filled path, let me tell you more…

This path has been something welcomed by the community. It offers an alternative to motorized vehicles as a way for transportation. It promotes exercise, health and wellness, and a more united sense of community. I have been out on the NSP and I like it when I come across others on the path, along the way to my destination. I always see friendly faces when I am on it. Sometimes I go out and bike on it for pure exercise. Other times I have used it to make a leisurely commute on my bicycle.

The path really is an extensive trail that is composed of some road sharing and some alternative paths so you can more efficiently get to your destination. In the Princeville area on into Hanalei Bay there are some parts of the path near the water, too. If you have a bike and you are anywhere near the North Shore, this is something you must do.

Perhaps you are going to be vacationing in the Hanalei area and you will not have a bicycle with you. Not to worry! There are bicycle rental shops in the area! In Hanalei there is Pedal n Paddle. Click on the link to see prices and cruise their site to get their exact physical address. The folks there are very nice and helpful–I recommend them! :)

If you do not wish to bike the NSP then please, walk it! If you have little ones, stroll on it! It is something outdoorsy, free to do and it keeps us all moving. I know I look for ways to add exercise into my day. If you are on vacation, this is a great way to help keep fit.

When you think “Hawaii vacation” you most likely think “beach” right off the bat. The beaches on Kauai are really what draw people from near and far. The beach is where you go to relax, getaway, have fun with your family and friends, and really have some time to just hang out by the water. I know just the beach for you: Pali Ke Kua Beach. This is one beach that you are sure to have a good time at!

What better way to bring a day to a close than at the water’s edge watching a sunset? I really should not say “watching a sunset,” it is more of an experience that you are a part of. The water, the waves, the sound of the ocean is magnificent! Add a sunset on the beach and you will find yourself in such a place of serenity. The constant waves of the ocean make for such a soothing sound. Just to be silent at the water’s edge for a moment can bring peace to your life and your thoughts. If this is not therapeutic I do not know what is! Talk about a way to release stress and reflect on recent and upcoming events in your life.

Not all beaches are created equal. Kauai’s Hideaway Beach also known as Pali Ke Kua Beach is one a bit more on the adventurous side. What makes it a hideaway? Well, the path to get to the beach does I suppose. It is a bit of a hike that most anyone is capable of doing. This past Christmas Eve I was headed to this beach when I immediately noticed at the beginning of the trail that a wedding ceremony was going to be held at this beach. Yes–the bride was on the path and if she can make it up and down that path barefoot and in a full length dress then I am sure most others can make the hike as well. That was a fun night. :)

Anyway, this beach is known to some but I am sharing this Hideaway Beach with all of you my readers so that you too can enjoy and experience this wonderful site. Sunsets are my favorite but really it is enjoyable any time of day. The sand is pure and desirable too. It is relatively private like I mentioned so this makes it great for sun bathers. ;)

Another point of interest that makes this beach one of a kind is the location. There are shade trees all around (do not worry though you sun bathers have plenty of sun) and there are many large black rocks that add interest. It is such a pretty beach. If you have not yet been to this beach I highly recommend it. If you are living or vacationing near the Princeville or Pali Ke Kua area: perfect! If I were you I would add this beach to my “to experience list.”

When I was a kid, I would take 1 liter soda bottles, strip them of their stickers and wrappings, and fill them with multi-colored sand and shells. There is sand of all colors on Kauai, and I would also dye white sand into bright colors with food dye, which was fun. I would make layers and swirls and add shells at just the right moments. And then I would give those bottles away as Christmas presents. It’s just the right gift to give as a child with no money.

Of course, I’m not the only person who has ever turned trash into treasure. Recycling turns used products into new products, saving our natural resources. I have a friend who finds sea glass and turns it into mosaic artwork. And my husband reuses coffee grounds to grow a garden. (And I help by drinking as much wonderful coffee as possible.)

Trash is only worthless if we choose not to reuse it. And maybe that’s what Elizabeth Freeman discovered, because she is leading an upcoming workshop you might be interested in.

This Wednesday (November 13) from 6-7:30pm, there will be a free workshop offered at the Princeville Public Library. This workshop is called “Turning Trash into Treasure at Festival of Lights” and will be taught by Elizabeth Freeman. (Elizabeth is the Festival of Lights Founder and an Art Director.)

Now, if you don’t know much about the Festival of Lights here on Kauai, then you might not understand what this workshop will be all about. And I’ll be honest – I have no idea what exactly we will be doing at this workshop. But I do know that the Festival of Lights is a part of our tradition involving hand-made “up-cycled” ornaments for Christmas. And, from what I can tell, this workshop will go over the history of the Festival of Lights, the ornaments that are the most popular, and how to make your own “up-cycled” ornaments this Christmas season.

For me, coming from a background that was filled with reusable items and making presents from discarded bottles, I’m excited about this workshop. I think it will be a great opportunity for everyone to get into the Christmas spirit and learn how to make ornaments. I’m also thrilled with any workshop that is free. And this one is most definitely free.

So please join us for an evening of slides, demonstrations, and decorations. The Princeville Public Library is located at 4343 Emmalani Drive in Princeville.

Now, I’ve been recommending a lot of tours, which are fun, challenging, exciting, adventurous, and not exactly free. And if you’re worried about spending all of your vacation money on tours, please don’t. I have a simple and easy way of saving you money on your vacation. All you have to do is stay at Kamahana 18 instead of in a hotel.

Now, hotels are great. I mean, there are a million rooms, so you’ll probably get one if you ask. And there is typically a ballroom or event room downstairs where they sometimes host entertainers, for a price. But the downside is that each room is $200-$500 a night! Yikes! And if you have a large family, you might need a couple of rooms. Plus, those rooms are tiny little things with a bedroom and bathroom only. You’ll have no room to stretch, relax, and enjoy your evening.

On the other hand, Kamahana 18 is a vacation condo that you can rent per night or by the week. For an entire week’s stay, you will only have to pay $810. That’s 7 days of vacation lodging for only $810 plus tax. Can you believe it? But it gets better.

Renting your own condo means you can have privacy and a place to stretch out and relax. Instead of one bedroom and a bathroom, this vacation rental has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a dining room, and your own private patio! In other words, you get an entire house to make your own for the week. And that house has some great amenities.

Location – Sure, a hotel might be in the city near the beach. And if you are on a high enough floor and facing the right direction, you can see the ocean. But Kamahana 18 is on the golf course with an excellent view of the cliffs and the Kilauea Lighthouse! (Which is a great place to visit, by the way. The history and beauty of the place really shouldn’t be ignored.) So while relaxing on your patio, you can star out into the ocean’s soothing blues and enjoy the manicured greens.

Size – If you have kids, this place is perfect. You’ll have your own master suite with a Queen-sized bed and a private bathroom, so you get some privacy during your stay. And your kids can share the other bathroom and the 2nd bedroom, which has 2 twin beds. Plus, there is a family area with a kitchen, dining room, and comfortable living room furniture to hang out during the day with your kids and watch TV.

Extras – And if the price, location, and size aren’t selling points on their own, keep in mind that you will also have access to a fully-equipped kitchen. This means that all the utensils, dinnerware, cookware, and appliances you’ll need are right there, waiting to be used. The laundry room has a washer and dryer, so you don’t have to worry about taking a bunch of dirty clothes home in your luggage. And there is free high speed internet, so you can check my blog for fun activities and festival ideas while you’re here!

Do you see why this condo is SO much better than a hotel? And it’s clearly a WHOLE lot cheaper. So if you want to go on a bunch of tours or spend your money on nice restaurants in town, you can!!

It’s always important to use your money wisely. And renting a condo is a great way to accomplish that.