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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.
That said…. I want to tell you all about the Powerline Trail. This is a hiking and mountain biking trail that spans from Arboretum to Princeville. That is 13 miles on the trail. It is not for a beginner I would say. If you did not pack or last minute buy any sneakers you would be okay getting muddy, then I suggest another trail is for you.
On the other hand if you want to get down and dirty, if you want to see a more rugged side to the island head-on, if you want a good workout, then Powerline Trail is for you! If you want to hike it, bring a good pair of hiking boots or sneakers. It would also be a wise choice to wear a hat of some sort, to keep the sun out of your eyes and the sunburns away. Also, wear sunscreen and bring lots of water. You know, basic things like that. If mountain biking is more your speed, then wear long pants. The terrain is rough and pants are a good enough layer of protection.
If you and your family or friends go on this trail together, you will see some amazing sights. Hint hint… that is a way of suggesting you bring your camera too! You will see a lot of green! From the pictures I have seen from points along the trail, I can see that you will get a more in-depth look at the landscape of Kauai–bold and in your face. I find it to be a bold and beautiful experience to get out and get to know the land better. There is no other place like this on our planet. If you want to go on an adventure, holding nothing back while you’re on Kauai, consider this trail. If not for the exercise, then for the new appreciation you will have for outdoor beauty and Kauai landscapes.
Powerline Trail is called Powerline Trail for the power lines along it. Haha. So if you are not sure about which way the trail bends, just follow the power lines. Not that they are overpowering the scenery, but just that this is a trail on which you can help keep a sense of direction as you travel.
Oh! And don’t forget the bug spray either! Have fun!
Yesterday, I watched part of the 5th Annual Westin Princeville Charity Golf Tournament. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t hear about it until the last minute. So I was unable to blog about it in advance and invite you all to come. However, I was able to go and watch some pretty amazing golfers doing what they love as they helped to raise money for some amazing charities.
Each year, the Westin in Princeville hosts one of these golf tournaments. The tournament usually runs throughout the morning and ends with an awards luncheon on-site for the participants. So not only do the players get a wonderful day of golf, but they also receive lunch, a golf cart rental, their green fees covered, a gift bag of goodies, potential prizes and awards, plus live entertainment throughout the day. It’s a pretty sweet deal, especially since the entrance fee is only $100.
Anyway, I went to watch for a while. I couldn’t stay the whole morning, as I had to work and meet my husband for lunch. But I did want to watch for a while. Why? Well, first of all, I LOVE golf. I used to play all the time when I was young. My brother and I would practice all the time out in the middle of no-where. And then we’d put our skills to the test every other Saturday morning. It was a great life, and these golf tournaments bring back wonderful memories of those days.
Secondly, it’s important to support your local charities. I don’t have a fortune locked away somewhere that I can use to support our local charitable organizations. However, I do have a willingness to help, a desire to do my part, and the ability to flex my schedule to accommodate such events. Perhaps you have a flexible schedule, disposable income, or items you can use to help others. If you do, please consider supporting your local charities. They can cure cancer, save the orphans, feed the homeless, and provide for the elderly. They can save those in your community. And we are all a part of one another, right?
Anyway, today I went to watch the golfers and support their charitable play. As for me, I still play when I can. It isn’t as often as I’d like, especially since I didn’t marry a man who plays as well as I do. But here on Kauai, I am indeed blessed to live by one of the best golf courses in the United States. Our golf courses are World Renown, which makes me feel special whenever I play on them. In fact, I’ve run into a few celebrity players in my time on the green, and I almost never freak out and beg for autographs… almost never. ☺
Anyway, at this tournament, I heard that they gave away a car to the hole-in-one winner! Awesome! So if you have the chance to come to Kauai next August and play, please do! I mean, don’t you want to sign up next year, support our local charities, and perhaps take home a new car!? I know I do… but I always forget to sign up. ☺
Here in Princeville, we have a concert in the park every now and again. Well, the next one is coming up this Sunday (August 18th) from 3-6pm. Admission is free, as this is an outdoor event, and I would recommend showing up a bit early to get good seats.
What to Bring:
Chairs (preferably low-rising chairs)
An umbrella or hats for shade
A cooler with food/beverages
Your family and friends
This particular concert will feature Powerhound, the Mysterious Pearl Band, and Mark Langford. Now, if you aren’t from around here and you don’t know who these bands are, don’t worry. I can tell you a bit about them so you know what to expect.
Powerhound is an electronic, funk, world music band. Like old time jazz musicians who play to a set rhythm and let the music take them, these talented artists play a concept of music instead of set songs. So their concerts are always entertaining, different, melodic, and you’ll never hear the same thing twice. Fun, right? You can find out more about them HERE.
Mysterious Pearl Band is just what the name indicates… a mystery. Why? Well, because I’ve never heard them play before! ☺ I honestly don’t know anything about them. But they have been put on the roster, so they must be good, right?
Mark Langford is a Spanish guitarist. Okay, that’s like saying that the Mona Lisa is a painting. It’s true, but it doesn’t communicate the depth of his talent. Mark is like a gift to the music industry. Growing up in California, his own playing came as a result of years of practice combined with learning from World Renown experts in both classical and flamenco guitar. As a teenager, he had a rock band. Now, he is a solo artist who has performed for Kings, Presidents, Saints, and small gatherings of people on tropical islands. We are truly blessed to have him come and play for us. You can find out more about him HERE.
So if any of this sounds interesting, please join us at Prince Albert Park for a time of great music and family fun. I hope to see you there!
It’s July 4th, the day that Americans all over the world celebrate the Independence of our great nation. It is a day of remembering our past, of thinking back and truly appreciating the work done by our forefathers. It is a day to look to the future and renew our efforts at making America all that we want it to be. And it is a day to celebrate in the present, knowing the rich heritage that is ours and the hope it gives us here and now.
It’s also a day to light small sticks on fire and shoot them into the sky!
So, since we have many here who are visiting the island, I just wanted to post the safety warnings that all residents and visitors alike must follow if they want to have some firework fun in Princeville.
Just so you know, fireworks can be purchased at any number of locations right here in Princeville. They are not illegal here (like they are in some places), but precautions must be taken to ensure that everyone has a fun, festive, and safe holiday. So if you purchase fireworks, keep these things in mind:
1. Fireworks may be lighted and enjoyed by any family on private property (with permission if the property isn’t yours). Public property (like the park or on the road) however is off limits. So if you want to set off fireworks and you are visiting Kauai, make some friends and only fire your fireworks in a safe and legal place.
2. Fireworks may be fired any time between 1-9pm today!
3. Some fireworks require a permit to fire. However, small fireworks like snakes, sparklers, fountains, cone fountains, whistles, smoke devices, wheels, and ground spinners do NOT require permits. As long as you fire them safely and upon private property, you will be within the letter of the law.
4. Do not light fireworks around dry grass, trees, small children, flammable liquids, your car, etc. Use common sense and you should be fine.
5. HAVE FUN!
I hope each and every one of you has a safe and fun Independence Day! And now, I’m off to set some sparklers on fire! ☺
When I was growing up, there were few things that I could find to discuss with my grandmother. She was a stubborn woman who was a little gruff around the edges, but in an almost endearing way, you know? It’s odd to describe her now. Even with all of my words, there is little I can truly say to capture the woman. She was like a jagged cliff holding up the Kilauea Lighthouse. Sure, she was tough and stormbattered, but she had weathered much, seen much, and lived much. And that is eventually what made me like her.
You see, she lived with us when I was very small. My grandfather had passed away some years before and my parents decided she shouldn’t live by herself. She threw a fit. I never thought they’d get her to stay, especially since she was so capable in her own right and thrived on independence. Mom used to say that she wasn’t sure how grandpa tamed her, but somehow he captured her heart like a tropical storm in a bottle. And after he died, that storm was released… on my house.
Sure, my parent did the right thing. But I’m pretty sure she drove them nuts. And I might have been driven nuts too had it not been for one place: the Napali Coast.
The Napali Coast is a place on Kauai’s North Shore that has captured the hearts and minds of visitors and residents alike for generations. It is a breathtaking area, 17 miles of coastline encompassing everything from the lush landscapes and the ragged cliff sides to the cascading waterfalls and wild ocean waves. Directors have made movies on it, poets have written sonnets about it, and couples have gotten married for centuries in its presence. It’s timeless. And my grandmother loved it.
When I was small, she used to take me by the hand and we would walk along the shore for hours. And there she would tell me stories of the old day, in the times before written records were kept. She would tell me stories of island villagers, kings and queens of the nation, folk tales, and stories of fairies. And we would watch the ocean, glory in the nature around us, and be free of everything unpleasant in this world. The coast was ours. The sea was ours. And it called to us.
While my grandmother might have been a crotchety old woman with a sly streak, she was my world on those days. She made history come alive and is the reason why I love island history and cultural tradition to this day. She made them real, and she used this, the most beautiful place on earth, to do it.
Today, I take my husband to the Napali coast and we play in the sand, explore the sea caves, stare up at the jagged cliffs, and enjoy the ocean waves. And someday we will bring our children here to do the same, and I will walk with them and tell them the stories of our ancestors. How lucky are we to live here and have this natural wonderful for a backyard? And how lucky are the visitors to our island who get the chance to walk along these same paths and experience the amazing scenes around them. What better place in the world than here?
So, have you ever seen the Napali Coast? If not, it is a necessity in life. Trust me – place it on your bucket list. Because once you’ve seen it for yourself, you will never forget it.
The best part about living on an island is the fact that you get to be surrounded by the ocean. And while rivers and lakes are nice, the ocean is a truly amazing place filled with unique life, large fish, teeming reefs, beautiful spaces, and magical ambiance. In other words, it’s worth spending time in and around. And if you get the chance to scuba dive, then you will truly understand the majesty of this aquatic world.
Scuba diving is a fun and professional way of getting a glimpse of the underwater kingdom surrounding Kauai. And, if you aren’t a professional scuba diver just yet, you don’t need to worry. There are tours you can pay for and lessons you can take, earning your right to enter the water and swim with the fishes. Plus, if you take a tour, there will always be a certified scuba instructor with you to help with all your needs, as well as showing you the truly unique places near the island for exploration and fun.
Back in the day when I used to scuba dive, I would go with a group of friends in a tour group. We went with Seasport Divers and always had a good time. So I figure I can recommend them to you now. After all, they are still under the same ownership, so I’m sure their instructors are still top notch.
Seasport is located in Koloa on the North side of the island. (They also have locations in Poipu and Kapaa for those who are vacationing on a different side of Kauai.) You can email them for more information by using this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by visiting their website (click HERE). But to give you a quick overview, you can just read below.
First time divers need to be given the proper training. And at Seasport Divers, there is a class for that. They offer free pool lessons 7 days a week, so you can practice before getting into the ocean. But once you get good, you’ll want to head to the water immediately, which is why they have a shore dive program and a boat trip you can take.
Now, if you are new, you will not be allowed to dive below 40 feet. That’s just the rule. Non-certified divers must be closely monitored and not allowed to place themselves into a position that will get them hurt. But don’t fret. 40 feet is still a long way under the water, and you will be surprised by just how amazing the underwater world can be.
Now, if you are a certified scuba diver, you can just go out on your own. But, if you are visiting Kauai, you probably didn’t bring your scuba stuff with you on the plane. And you might not know where the best diver spots are located. Well, no worries! You can rent scuba gear from Seasport and get all the information about the waterways from them.
So have you always wanted to learn to scuba dive, but you just weren’t sure you had the time or the proximity to the ocean? Well, now is your chance! Come and visit Kauai, and get to know a different part of the island, the part that not many see… the part under the sea.
I have long thought that the North side of Kauai is the absolute best side to visit. We have shopping centers, beautiful beaches, mountains, world renown golf courses, and some of the best restaurants in the world. And at the northernmost tip of our fair island is the Kilauea Lighthouse, standing proudly since 1913.
Now, back in the day when I first started this blog, I blogged about the Kilauea Lighthouse. And who wouldn’t? If you live in the north, the lighthouse is one of the most famous landmarks there is, along with the famous crescent shape of Hanalei Bay. Visitors to the island love to visit this pillar of our community, now 100 years old, and stare into the sea like the lighthouse keepers of old. And I don’t blame them. I used to do it myself… frequently.
After all, there was a time in my life when I didn’t have much of a life outside of writing in my journal, playing my guitar, sitting in beautiful places, and dreaming of the future. And I admit: that was a great life! I would take my notebook and head to a beautiful place to write about what was happening around me. Sometimes it would be my thoughts and feelings filling the paper, and other times it would be chapters of a book or snippets of long-forgotten stories.
The lighthouse was always a huge draw. After all, there were places to sit and write and a beautiful ocean to watch as the hours passed. And more than that, just imagine the stories that the lighthouse could tell! Stories of sea captains, fair maidens, island princesses, and lighthouse keepers past. From a lighthouse, you can see the whole world or just a portion of an idea in a dream. I used to sit there for hours each week, planning for the future and writing everything I could.
Of course, today I don’t do that anymore. I have a job, responsibilities, a husband, a life, and this wonderful blog to write. And each month, I search the island for festivals to tell you about, movies to watch, events to attend, secret places to wander, and more. Why? Because I love my life and I love giving you a glimpse of our beautiful island. This blog has led me to explore a large portion of this beautiful island, places that you typically don’t see. And that has led to quite a few blog posts over the years. But my first love (and maybe yours) has always been this lighthouse.
As I mentioned, this year the lighthouse turns 100 years old. So if you can, I encourage you to make the trek up the hill and see it. Sure, it might not hold the same importance as it did before the light was turned off in the 70’s. But it’s history and the stories it can tell are more important than you can know. Plus, it’s just plain cool.
So if you have some free time and you are visiting Kauai this summer, stop by Kilauea Lighthouse. You’ll be glad that you did.
All throughout the summer, the Princeville Community Association puts on a monthly family movie night at Prince Albert Park in Princeville. These nights are typically fun, family-friendly, and an enjoyable experience for parents and children alike. Plus, you get to experience a great movie while being on the most wonderful island in the world! Seriously, how can it get much better?
This month, movie night will take place on the 16th. That’s a Saturday, in case you didn’t know. I’m not sure what the movie will be, but I’ve never known a family to complain about the movie shown. And all films are family-oriented, so you don’t have to worry about the rating or the content. In fact, you just need to worry about getting there in time. ☺
The tentative schedule for movie night is 3-6pm. However, the movie never starts that early. Everyone generally arrives around 3pm and finds a good spot on the lawn to set up. The idea is to have a family fun night, so you’ll want to bring food, a blanket, low-seated chairs, and maybe a cooler with some drinks. Once you have your spot and get comfortable, the kids can play for a while and you can eat your dinner. Then, at dusk, the movie starts.
Entrance to this movie night is always free, so you don’t have to worry about that either. Just come, have a good time, and maybe make a few new friends. I’ve gone several times and have really enjoyed watching the kids play, eating with friends and family, and then watching an easy-going film as the sun settles behind the hills. It’s a beautiful place and an enchanting time for all. Plus, FREE MOVIE!!
The next movie night will be July 20th at 5pm. This movie night is special because it includes a BBQ diner for a small fee of $5/plate. And, like always, the movie starts at dusk. In August, the date will be the 18th from 3-6pm, and in September the last movie will be shown at dusk on the 21st.
Some come out and enjoy the movie. And if you’re a bit late, find someone who looks nice and join them. ☺
Do you like deep-fried breaded bacon?
I know, I know… Who doesn’t, right?? And if you like bacon (and just about any other breakfast or brunch food), you need to visit The Tavern on your journeys through Kauai.
The Tavern is located off Kuhio Hwy in Princeville and is a great place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner while you’re in town. Why? Well, they serve breaded bacon for starters! And to be honest, they are one of the best places to grab breakfast while you’re in town.
Many places on Kauai are open for lunch and dinner, but The Tavern is open for breakfast as well. So you don’t have to eat at the hotel restaurant (where you will be overcharged) or in your rental home (though fresh fruit in the mornings is a great choice). You can choose to go out to a nice breakfast, eat a perfectly proportioned meal, and leave satisfied to start a big day of sunbathing, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, horseback riding, touring, tasting, etc.
Of course, if you’re expecting a 5-star formal restaurant, you will be sorely mistaken. As with my last post (about a food truck), this place isn’t exactly the type of place to put out nice tablecloths and call you sir when you order. This is a tavern. The tables will be sturdy, the food will be good, the drinks will be perfectly mixed, but there will be no fluff and no finery. These people mean business, and the business of the day is a good time.
So, what should you order? Well, that’s a good question. The last time I was there (aka. before the diet), I was there for dinner, and I ordered the fried chicken. It was SO good. Home-style cooking with all of these gloriously fluffy mashed potatoes served on the side. Mmmmmmm… just thinking about it is starting to make me hungry. Oh and I splurged and had the “pie.” Now, I’m not going to give much about the “pie” away, except to tell you that it’s wonderful, it’s not really a pie, and you will LOVE it.
Of course, that isn’t the only good thing on the menu. I’ve had the calamari, the greens, the burger, and the ribs before, and I’ve loved them all. So I recommend going for just about any meal and ordering whatever fits your fancy. I’m sure you will find something on the menu that sounds fantastic, and that it will be every bit as good as you imagined.
No, this post will not be about which queens in Kauai’s history were known to use bubble bath. ☺ In fact, this post isn’t about a real bath at all. Rather, it is about a beautiful spot on Kauai that is rather dangerous. While I would normally write a post encouraging travel to lovely spots on Kauai, this blog will be more of a warning.
The Queen’s Bath is actually a tide pool in Princeville. It’s about the size of a swimming pool and is listed on many blogs for tourists as a beautiful spot to hike, swim, snorkel, and watch the surf. According to these other posts, the path down to the pool itself is a bit steep, but the walk is only about 10 minutes long and the view is worth it.
Well, this particular blogger disagrees with what is said on the other blogs. You see, anyone living on Kauai knows that this is a dangerous area, even if it is lovely. Every year, people die while trying to get down the slick, water-covered path to the tide pool, and even more drown as a result of swimming in and near this pool. While some websites will just tell you to wear grippy shoes and avoid high tide, I think this place should be a no-visit spot on Kauai for everyone, including those with grippy shoes.
The last time I visited the Queen’s Bath, I was much younger than I am now. I wore my swimsuit and got into the water. As always, the water was a perfect 75-80 degrees, so swimming was comfortable. Some friends and I went together and we laughed, talked, swam, and played in the water. The problem came when we were leaving.
A good friend of mine slipped from the rocks and fell into the water. She almost drowned. The tide was pulling at her and slammed her against the rocks. She was under for a while. Luckily, we had a trained lifeguard with us (a bonus of having such amazing friends) and he dove into the water after her. When we all made it back up to our cars, we made a pact: no more visits to the Queen’s Bath.
And I’m not the only one who has experienced problems with this area. Over 30 people have died there in the past several years, both from rouge waves and from slipping on the rocks. In fact, Queen’s Bath has been labeled one of the three most dangerous places to visit on Kauai. So, to put it plainly, don’t go there.
I bring this up because we have had a string of tourists visiting this swim spot in the last few months, and not all of them have come back unscathed. And while I want you all to experience everything Kauai has to offer, I also don’t want to see anything happen to you. So please do me a favor and take the following advice:
1. Don’t ever swim without a lifeguard present.
2. Don’t go to the Queen’s Bath and expect a fun day with no problems.
3. And never assume the water is safe and couldn’t hurt you just because you’re a strong swimmer at home and the waves look calm at the moment.
Okay guys, I’m sorry to be so fervent with this post, but I have lived here a long time and want everyone to stay here in safety. There are many beautiful beaches with fun tide pools, white sand, and calm waters that you can visit while on Kauai. And if you need information about any particular beach, just ask me! I would be glad to talk to you about everything you need to know.
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. ☺
When my brother moved to New York, he was so impressed with the buildings, the city life, and the play options. Being raised on Kauai, he grew up loving live entertainment. So moving to New York was a great thing for him. In a big city, there is always something going on and always a play to go and see.
Well, being on Kauai is similar to that. We always have something going on. There are carnivals, street fairs, cultural exhibits, craft shows, luaus, parties, plays, concerts, and more. There is always something to do, especially if you love live entertainment.
So every now and then, we get the opportunity to go to a unique dance show or concert, and I call my brother and brag about it. After all, there is a lot to do in New York, but you just can’t beat a good performance on a tropical island, right? And the upcoming Silence of the Nile show is one of the reasons why I called my brother this week.
I have always wanted to know how to belly dance. It was something that I tried as a child, and I was okay. I never really had the coordination for the more complicated belly dancing, but it was fun to learn and to perform. I read once that belly dancing is great for exercise, stretching, building the right muscles prior to childbirth, fun, and presentation. And with all of the good that comes from it, why not give it a shot!
And perhaps that’s why the Garden Nile Belly Dancers decided to learn as well. But, not only did they learn and find it fun to do, they also became very good and decided to put on shows. And this upcoming show features a prominent belly dancer from Germany: Khalida. (Other performers include Gypsy Rose, Sudeeka, Al Farashat, Cheryl, Sweih, and Laura from the Big Island. So there is sure to be a lot of talented people at this show.)
So here is my question for you: have you ever wanted to belly dance? And what about you men… have you ever wanted to watch a belly dancing show? Well, if you answered yes to either of those questions, then visit Church of the Pacific in Princeville on Friday, March 15, from 7pm-1am for Silence of the Nile! The show costs only $15 at the door ($10 in advance from their website) and will be well worth the minimal cost. Plus… BELLY DANCING!! Awesome, right!?
If you enjoy craft fairs and are staying on the North side of the island, you should visit Church of the Pacific tomorrow. At least once a month, Church of the Pacific holds a craft fair for the whole neighborhood, featuring crafters from all parts of Kauai. And this Saturday (February 2nd) the next craft fair will be taking place.
So what can you expect? Well, I don’t know exactly. Each craft fair is a bit different. But the last time I was there, I shopped for an eclectic collection of things, mostly gifts for friends and family. There were wood workers, jewelry booths, paintings, home made jams and organic vegetables, things sewn and things crocheted, shirts, gadgets, and more. In other words, there was a TON of stuff to look through and choose from and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Do you know my favorite part about craft fairs? Well, typically the artist themselves man the booths. So, if you see a painting you particularly like or a wood carving, you can ask the artist directly about it and how it was made. If you like the produce or the candles, the same rules apply. While a few vendors have a friend or family member in their booth for the day, most local crafters come out themselves for a chance to get to know the community and answer any questions you might have.
You know, many times throughout my life, I have wished to be craftier. (Okay, maybe not “crafty” as much as “talented.”) I have tried to make sweaters and scarves. I have tried painting in a variety of mediums. I have sculpted, glued, beaded, and boiled (for home made preserves), and I failed just about every time. The times I succeeded were typically times I had a friend over, and that friend did a large majority of the work. I’m just not a talented person in most situations.
However, the people at North Shore craft fairs are extremely talented. They make their own instruments, they take photographs, they paint, they bead, they sew, they quilt, and they are awesome. I love perusing their wares and chatting with each individual artist. And, this Saturday at Church of the Pacific, you can to!
So, if you get the chance, drop by and visit the craft fair. You can click here for directions to the church grounds.
Marlin. Yellow Fin Tuna. Wahoo. Mahi-Mahi.
Kauai is a tropical island, right? We are located out here in the big blue ocean, surrounded by warm waters, deep sea reefs, and fish. Lots and lots of fish.
And do you know what else we have? Boats. Yep, we have boats, fishing equipment, and lots of bate options. So if you want to catch a large Marlin or some Mahi-Mahi for dinner, why not come to Kauai?
Around here, fishing is a major sport. And if you want to go sports fishing, there are several companies on Kauai who specialize in taking tourists out for a day on the water, places like Captain Don’s in Princeville. All you have to do is pay the fees and they do the rest for you, from providing the equipment to sailing the boat.
Of course, that leaves you with the hard part: you have to catch the fish.
Now, if you are an avid fisherman, you have probably investigated the best fishing waters, planned a full few days of fishing into your vacation, and are currently looking to take in the maximum fish allowance. However, if you are new to fishing, here is my advice: put your line in the water, sit back, and enjoy your trip. And if you catch something, consider that a bonus.
Foodland, right here in Princeville, will be collecting used and unwanted eyeglasses and sunglasses this Saturday (January 26th) from 8am to 2pm. These glasses will be sent to those in need in developing countries. Why? Well, in many countries today, there are no eye doctors that a seeing-impaired person can turn to for help. And even when there are optometrists to visit, often times the local population doesn’t have the financial resources necessary to buy glasses or pay for the appointment.
But here on Kauai, we want to support those who might not be able to support themselves. And one way that we do this is to send our used eyeglasses and sunglasses to those who need them! It’s a wonderful system, and we would love it if you were able to participate.
Of course, while you are in Princeville dropping off your glasses (or hearing aids – I hear they are expanding and accepting used hearing aids as well this year), there are many things you can do. For instance, Princeville is home to two of the best golf courses in the world! (Okay, that’s a personal opinion, but they are world renown.) And the Princeville spa is there to relax and comfort you during your time in town. Plus, there is an epic shopping center, some great beaches, and quite a few water sports rental equipment companies. So you will have plenty to do!
So, if you are interested in helping the needy and you find yourself already participating in an activity in Princeville this Saturday, please stop by Foodland and donate your old glasses or hearing aids. Again, the drop off times are between 8am and 2pm. Thanks!
If you are coming to visit Kauai for the holidays, then you need a place to stay! And if you want a beautiful 3 bedroom/3 bathroom condo in one of the best towns on Kauai for under $1100/week, then I have the place for you: Villas of Kamalii 11.
The Villas of Kamalii are a group of villas right in Princeville near the world famous Makai Golf Course, Princeville Resort, Princeville Center, and some of the best beaches on the island. And the best of these villas is Unit 11. Why? Well, for one thing, it’s nice.
Talk about elegant design and good use of space. This villa has everything you need, and several things you probably don’t need that are used for accent pieces. There is a fully decked out kitchen, dining room, living room, three large bedrooms (two of which are master suites), three bathrooms, and more space than you can shake a stick at! (Pardon my odd wording choice, but I grew up hearing the stick thing and it kind of stuck.)
The master suites have it all, from large beds to private bathrooms. Each of the suites has its own flat screen television and a private lanai (patio) as well. So, other than needing to come out for food, you can be pretty well set in one of these suites. Of course, if you are visiting the island with another couple, you will have to fight over the King sized bed. The second master only has a queen.
And then there is the amazing amount of amenities this villa has. The living room has a flat screen TV and DVD player. The garage (yes, it has one for your rental car) has an assortment of beach toys for the kids. There is a washer/dryer unit as well and a nice BBQ on the back patio for grilling up burgers, some nice deep sea fish, or even a sausage or two. And there is Internet access, so everyone can surf their favorite websites or check in on work if they want.
But even with all of that, you are only scratching the surface of why this villa is so great. You see, this villa is in an area of villas, all sharing some great community property. So, do you love the ocean but don’t like to swim in the salt? Well, there is a community swimming pool and a hot tub for anyone staying on-site. Plus, this neighborhood is close to many of Princeville’s main attractions, ensuring that you will always have something to do. Combine that with the nearby Hanalei Bay and you have a trip made in heaven.
So come and visit us for the holidays and bring your friends. Believe me – Villas of Kamalii 11 has room for them.
If you have wanted to visit Kauai and stay directly on the beach, but you weren’t sure you could afford it, I completely understand. Hotels directly on the beach are SO expensive, and you only get one small room for your expense. But what if I told you that there is a vacation condo directly on the beach, just steps from the water, that will only cost you $900/week? Would you like to see it? Well, if so, check out Sealodge A6 in Princeville!
This particular Sealodge is part of a larger condo unit. However, each lodge is a private oasis for travelers, with peaceful beachfront surroundings for each member of your party to enjoy. It’s great for a small family with older kids or for a group of friends. However, I would caution families with young children to avoid this particular condo. Condos on the beach are wonderful, unless you have children who like to wander and are bad swimmers. Since there is no fence between this unit and the beach, it’s important that, if you do choose this condo for your trip, you watch your young children at all times.
The configuration of this house is simple, designed for comfort but not as a large house. There is one bedroom with a Queen-sized bed that is set apart from the main living area. However, the other beds are directly in the living room, off in their own nooks and crannies. The sofa turns into a bed, which can sleep two, and there is also a daybed that sleeps one. So, in total, you can have up to 5 people sleeping comfortably in this condo.
Of course, since this is a home and not a hotel room, you will have a living room, dining area, and a kitchen full of gadgets, equipment, and utensils. In fact, other than the food itself, your kitchen should have everything you need to make your stay an enjoyable one. In addition to the regular household amenities, there is also a pool onsite, as well as a shared washer/dryer room for condo visitors. But you didn’t really choose a condo on the beach in order to sit around in your house doing laundry, did you?
So let’s face it – the best part of this condo is its location. It is literally a short meander down to the water. You could go swimming several times a day and watch the waves when you’re in the house. You don’t have to drive anywhere. You don’t need to pay to visit a private beach. You have one right in front of you for your entire stay. Enjoy it.
Stainless steel appliances. Comfortable furniture and beds. Fully stocked kitchen. Large master bathroom with shower and bath. Outdoor patio. Tropical island. Sound good? Well, why not come and stay at Plantation at Princeville 1111 then!
I talk about vacation rental condos a lot on this blog. Honestly, that’s mostly because hotels are overpriced for what you get. Hotels give you one bedroom with a small bathroom. Sure, you can use the lounge downstairs and there are sometimes restaurants on site. But you have to pay extra for the food and anyone (regardless of where they are staying) can use those facilities.
Wouldn’t it be better to have an entire house with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a dining room all to yourself and spend less money doing it? And what if that house was in Princeville, right at the center of the action where you can find restaurants, spas, a children’s park, a library, great beaches, rental gear for water sports, grocery stores and souvenir shops, and much more. Epic, right?
Plantation at Princeville 1111 is a rental condo with so much going for it. To put it frankly – this place is nice. I mean, you get an entire house that sleeps 4-6 comfortably plus the added comforts of air conditioning, cable tv, a DVD player, a full-sized washer/dryer, a fully equipped kitchen, and beach toys in the garage! It’s walking distance to Princeville Resort, so you can enjoy the restaurant there, as well as the local entertainment lounge. You are also right by the world famous Makai and Prince golf courses, so you can set a tee time and play a few rounds while you’re here.
Now, I know that you might be sick of me saying so, but you should get a vacation rental when you come to visit us on Kauai. And if you have a family of 4-6, choose this place. It’s much nicer than a hotel room and only costs %980 a week! Seriously, You can’t find hotel rooms for your family of 6 for less than that, and typically you’d have to spend a lot more. So come and visit, and enjoy some of our beautiful local rental homes while you’re here.