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Looking for something to do this coming weekend? I have just the event for you. It came up on my facebook feed and I thought I would share the info! Oh and should I mention it is free?! Yes it is a free event! Be sure to pre-register so you can participate, it is required. Now that I have you all wild-up about this event I should probably tell you what it is. There is a free Roping Clinic for young ropers at Farias Cattle Company in Kapaa. If you are staying on the north shore of Kauai, just follow the Kuhio Highway east and then south as it curves with the island. This looks like it will be a fun event for kids to come out and show off some roping skills.
This is an event where parent/guardian participation/supervision is required. There is an orientation on Friday, March 7th at 6pm. The workshop activities begin the follow day, Saturday at 10am and go until 4pm. Sunday is the same schedule with a 10am start and a 4pm finish. Those who will be participating in this roping clinic will need to bring a personal lunch and drink both days. Snacks will not be provided either. Plan accordingly.
Just think about it–a free roping workshop where your youngsters can really learn a thing or two about roping. The highlight speaker and teacher of this event is Rickey Green, horse trainer and team roper from Texas. You can thank The Department of Parks and Recreation for sponsoring this event.
I also want to take the time to tell you more about the Farias Cattle Company where the event is being held. Bobby Farias is the owner of this company and runs his operation for the purpose of land management and also beef production. It rests on three thousand acres of land, and Bobby was given the award for “Green Business Initiative” recently. This is sure to be a good time with good people doing some fun things out in the beautiful country landscape of Kauai. Consider adding it to your trips’ itinerary, drive out, and see what it is all about.
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.
There is just something about going to the beach. It is so relaxing. It is my time away that I take for myself. (That, and the few times I can go and get my nails done!) Some might call it their “me time.” At Haena Beach you are sure to find what you are looking for… I know I do each time I go. Haena Beach is located on Kauai’s North Shore, just west of Hanalei Bay off of Kuhio Highway.
This is one of my favorite beaches on Kauai. There are lifeguards, restrooms, picnic tables, and outdoor showers for rinsing off after a swim in the turquoise water. The water by the way, looks great up against the white sandy beach, then the backdrop of green is just behind that. It is a very picturesque place! I have talked with folks there and some say it is a bit of déjà vu they say–as if they have been here before or seen it in a movie or something. I will have to look into that and see if anything has been filmed here…
Beaches all come with different flavors, as I like to say. Some are good for surfing, others are good for people watching and sunbathing. Probably why I love this beach so much is because it is a very friendly beach for all kinds of water activities. At Haena Beach I have seen surfers, boogie boarders, snorkelers, swimmers, and sunbathers. I have been a few of those titles during my time on Kauai. I have not surfed these waves, but I like to sunbathe and watch those who do.
There are also camp sites available for those who have a permit to camp. I suggest camping in the non-winter months and for those who have been camping more than once in their lifetime. Then again, if you go with an experienced camper it is great for first-timers. Don’t get me wrong–beach camping is a neat experience and I recommend it for those outdoorsy people.
Another part of Haena Beach that I think is neat, is that it is just across the way from “The Dry Cave.” There are several caves in the area and this one is a sight to see! When you pack your beach bag, I suggest packing a flashlight or two for your group so that you can see the walls and ceiling of the cave better. Pack your camera too–if you have not already–you will want to snap some pics of this unique site.
Haena Beach is a great place to go and have a good time. I like to make half day trips out of the experience. It could easily be made into a day trip as well if you really want to soak up the sun. It is nice to have a change of pace, to have a relaxing day at the water’s edge. Maybe bring your own lunch, eat at a picnic table, and have the rest of your day playing in the water. Oh and go see the Dry Cave across the road. So many options on how you want to plan out your day at the beach.
Well, today was the Super Bowl in the wide world of sports. I opted not view the game. Instead, I saw this as an opportunity to get out and do something for myself. I do like to relax every now and then …spa services followed by some evening blogging does the trick for me. After all, I did have had a busy weekend!
It was refreshing to go out and get a manicure and pedicure. This is something I do not always go out and do. But hey, it is a way I can pamper myself without breaking the bank. I went to Relish in Hanalei and I just love the name, the atmosphere there, and my nails! At first, you may be thinking, “Relish, as in what I put on my hot dog and what goes in potato salad… that relish?” Short answer: no. Not the condiment.
This takes the meaning of relish as a verb, “to take pleasure in” or “to enjoy.” Now that is what this place is all about! I filled my reusable cup with cucumber and lemon infused water and off I went. Sometimes you just have to make time in your schedule to have some “me time.” If you are staying in the Hanalei area and are looking for just that–some me time–I suggest you schedule your manicure, pedicure, and/or hair appointment with them ASAP. It is just respectful, I think, to both your time and theirs to get an appointment on the calendar. This will ensure you are not waiting to be serviced, should there be other customers at that time (then again their waiting area is quite nice).
These friendly people are located at 5-5161 Suite 210 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. It is located right above Barracuda Restaurant on the second story. They are open from 10am to 5pm each day. I recommend calling to schedule an appointment. I did the work for you and got their number: (808) 826-7742. You’re welcome.
Happy New Year! Yes, it is still the start of 2014, and the Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) is this Friday. In honor of this time, Ohana Day at the Kauai Museum is celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 1st. It is the Year of the Horse! (I was born in the year of the Snake, just in case you were wondering.)
If you are flying in soon for your Kauai stay, be sure to visit on your way in, for the museum is near the airport. On second thought, if you are on your way out then you could just as easily stop in prior to your flight. The Kauai Museum is in Lihue and the full physical address is: 4428 Rice Street, Lihue, HI 96766. Follow the link I posted for you to get more detailed directions should you need them. Remember: the front entrance is on Rice Street.
I first heard about this event through one of my family’s friend’s kids having their artwork on display at the exhibit. It is a celebration of the Chinese New Year and the opening of the art exhibit there at the museum. This is the 54th Annual Student Art Exhibit that returns Saturday! Artwork from school children will be on display. I just love seeing that in the community! This news had me searching for more details on the event, and I thought I could pass along the information to you!
The Kauai Museum’s doors open at 10am and the exhibit celebration begins at 10:30am and goes until 1pm that day. This is a one day event so you do not want to miss it! I read that the first fifty or so visitor will receive a door prize!
There will be some unique opportunities at this event. At 10:30am there will be the option for you to learn calligraphy. (That is one thing on my bucket list still to do.) There will also be a fortune stick reading by the lovely Gladice Fujiuchi.
Admission prices are no more than ten dollars to the general public and the prices only go down from there for seniors, students, children, and then kids ages five and under are free. This is a great opportunity for you and your group to learn about and experience Kauai. The museum is full of history, artifacts, and also the special event celebrating The Chinese New Year. Be sure to add this to your event calendar, as I did mine.
So, you are staying or going to stay on Kauai in the Hanalei Bay area, huh? That is a great choice! Let me tell you about one of the fav, dive bars in the area. If you do not drink that is fine. Go there for the pizza at least. The restaurant and cocktail lounge is called Tahiti Nui. If you are on Kauai right this moment here is the street address so you can plug it into your smart phone or GPS system and get there without any problems: 5-5134 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei. Click here to follow turn by turn directions if that is easier for you.
The Mai Tai is popular and so is the pizza. That is what I would say it is best known for. What my favorite part of this restaurant is not just the food, but also the live music. Yes, I said it and I meant it. The live music at dinnertime is simply fantastic and genuine. I like anything really that is genuine and authentic. This is the real deal! Hawaiian music in Hanalei. Perfection.
Something else I should let you know about Tahiti Nui: patio seating. It is not all indoor seating. If you’re willing, I suggest dining outside. Why outside? Here is my take on the topic…
Dining outdoors I am convinced makes my food taste even better! Being outside in the elements with the fresh air filling my lungs makes it so that my experience is more real–more awakening. It is difficult to put words to exactly. Dining on the patio enables me to look around at the scenery and to enjoy the landscape as I savor my food. It may seem silly to some, but I am convinced the setting has a lot to do with the overall experience. Now add the live performers and their music. Again, perfection! This combination with food, setting, and live entertainment makes for a great combination.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are days I suggest to go. Yes, there will be more people there simply because it is the weekend, but from my perspective that is more attractive for as a restaurant-goer it makes for better people watching, meeting new people, and also experiencing the live music as a group. There becomes a sense of community when you are at a restaurant like this. It is a fun, fun thing!
Are you coming to stay in the Hanalei area on Kauai? Please let me help you make plans for your upcoming stay! After all, you are looking for things to do in the area, things that are fun and entertaining. I know just the thing for you and your family. This would also make for a great couples or adult outing. Experience A Taste of Kauai, Yesterday and Today. This is more than a meal, it is a tour, an outdoor event, a learning experience for everyone who is a part of the event.
Ok so mark your calendars for Friday, January 24th. Tours usually start at 9:30am and end about 1:00pm. Note that reservations for tours must be made three or more days in advance, thus me telling you all about it now. I try to plan ahead so I thought I would give you lovely folks a heads up.
What is this cultural festival all about? This is a culinary tour unlike any other! You will get to learn about how ancient Hawaiian farming and food preparation techniques relate to this modern day. You will get to tour a taro and market garden as well as a fishpond. This all takes place in the beautiful Hanalei Valley Wildlife Refuge.
Now for the food part–the eating part–you do get to experience the taro tasting and a four course lunch at the breath-taking Hanalei Bay. What is on the menu? Local, fresh, and delicious cuisine. Organic chicken, local fish, handmade raviolis, and fresh vegetables are on the menu. For dessert Passion Fruit Cheesecake and Banana Lumpia will be served. Banana Lumpia is a fried banana dessert topped with brown sugar or sometimes caramel. It does depend on the time of year you go to get what is locally grown and in-season at that time.
I have heard wonderful reports about this cultural festival in Hanalei. If you are staying nearby this would be an ideal addition to your vacation stay. The Hanalei Valley Wildlife Refuge is a place where you will not only experience and see the culinary side of Kauai but you will also be able to see endangered birds, indigenous fish and many, many native plants. Be sure to bring your camera for this one! I also suggest wearing comfortable shoes for this event for it is a walking tour along farmland and also on the beach when it comes time for lunch.
Like I mentioned already, you do need reservations for this event. Tickets cost $115 plus tax for this once in a lifetime experience. To hold your reservation, call 808-635-0257 and leave a message if they do not pickup. Upon registering you will be emailed an itinerary of the festival.
Imagine a world in harmony. It makes for a nice thought, and here on Kauai it will become a reality this coming weekend. This event is close enough on the calendar that I should get to telling you about it! Kauai Voices is putting on an indoor concert this weekend of January 17th and 18th (Friday and Saturday). Their performance is titled, A World In Harmony. I am so looking forward to this event! Events like this give me hope, joy, and inspiration.
So what is this all about? Kauai Voices is putting on a performance of live music at St. Michael’s Church Friday and Saturday night. There is a forty voice vocal ensemble and many cultures will be celebrated at this time through music. Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets at the door are 15 dollars. If you plan on attending, get your tickets early for just ten dollars. Contact Melissa for more information at 822-0545. Oh! Bonus for you students: it is only ten dollars to attend, even at the door.
It is said that “music is a universal language” and I believe it. Music through either song or instrument is something that connects us all. Even if the performance is in a language you do not understand the spoken words–the lyrics, the tone, the emotions speak volumes. I was told that there will be Hawaiian, Jamaican, Korean, and other languages being sung. To hear and appreciate another language is something that binds us all a bit closer together. We are all neighbors in this world after all!
The instruments are fascinating to me too. I am like a child in a toy store when it comes to instruments. From all over the world, there are so many instruments that I would like to try. They all make unique sounds, and I am so curious about them all. It is a beautiful thing to watch and listen to a performer and his or her instrument play the melodies that are dear to their hearts. Musicians have a special place in my heart; they have a way of putting my heart and mind at peace. Live music amps up the passion so much more too. That is why this event is so perfect.
This will be a great time of unity, community, and family. I am going to take my family on Friday night. Which night do you plan to attend? This is a beautiful, fun, and family friendly event to go to this coming weekend. Make it a special night out with your family. Why not? We could all use some more endorphins. What a beautiful addition to the start of a new year.
I am going to admit to something right off the bat: I’m not going to this event. ☺ My husband and I have plans on Saturday with our family, and I typically don’t drive all the way to Waimea for a party, even a Christmas party. However, for those of you who are here visiting and want to see the canyon and the West Shore anyway (or for those of you who live on the West side of our island), this event is for you.
Each year in Waimea, there is a Christmas parade. No seriously, each and every year since 1996. In fact, I’ve heard that this tradition of big Christmas celebrations dates back to 1786! And if they’ve been doing it that long, I’m guessing that it is awesome!
This year, the parade will start at 6:15pm on Saturday, December 21st. Why so late? Well, this is a LIGHTED Christmas Parade. This means that each float will be lit up with lights and wonder, adding to the overall affect of the parade. The parade caravan will start at Waimea Canyon Park and will travel down the highway to Ala Wai Raod, at which point it will turn to Waimea Road and head back west to end at Hofgaard Park (town center). You can stand anywhere along the route, but I would recommend finding a place near the Kekaha side of town.
Now, a few additional bonuses for this Waimea Christmas celebration… The entire town will be decorated like a winter wonderland in the heart of a tropical climate. It will be overflowing with lights and Christmas cheer, and will put you in the holiday spirit immediately upon arrival. Plus, many vendors will be offering free beverages and baked treats to those who come by. So be sure to come early, walk around this historic town, and enjoy the hospitality of the residents there.
Oh and one more thing! Be sure to go early in order to get a place along the parade route. Traffic will be VERY slow getting in and out of town, and the entire route will be closed down early so it’s clear for those in the parade. My recommendation would be to get there by 4pm at the latest. My additional recommendation would be to get there in the morning and spend the day visiting the historical sites, seeing the amazing Waimea Canyon, and eating at the local restaurants. This really is a wonderful place to visit and you’ll be glad of the chance to see it in all of its glory.
Enjoy the parade!
If you have kids, sometimes it’s hard to find things to do that are new, interesting, and fun for them. That is especially true around the holidays. While adults often like to attend parties, go to nice restaurants, and see the Christmas lights, kids aren’t always that interested in those things. Parties are just old people talking, restaurants are just opportunities to behave and sit quietly, and lights are cool for a while… and then they’re just lights.
At least, that has been my experience with the kids I know. Maybe your kids are different. If that’s the case, good! Every child is different. But if your kids are like the ones I know, then this holiday reading schedule is for you.
It’s very important to read to children. It gives them a better vocabulary, teaching them that reading is fun, and stimulates their brains and creativity. So when there is an opportunity to have someone read to your children, my recommendation is to take it. After all, the books will be new and fun and most authors who come in to read will make a real event of it.
And this holiday season, there will be two more opportunities for you and your children to enjoy a special holiday reading series. (I say two more because I heard about it through a friend and her children who went to the first reading. They told me to mention it here, and so I am!)
Wednesday (December 18th) and Tuesday (December 24th) there will be reading times outside the Coldwell Banker Makai Properties office. (That’s in Poipu at The Shops at Kukuiula.) Both days, the readings will begin at 3:30pm and go for a little over an hour. And both days are absolutely FREE!
On December 18th, Mark Huff will be reading. He is the author of the books “King of the Beach” and “The Sheltering Place.” And on December 24th, Monika Mira will be reading. She is the author of “The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book.” Both authors will be around for book signings if you want to purchase some of their work, and each author will be reading their stories as well as their favorite holiday stories to the kids.
And, to make it even better, there will be ornament decorating after the December 24th reading! So if you want to go out on Christmas Eve for a holiday reading, this would be the one to attend! ☺
I’ve always loved book readings. After all, I’ve always loved books. And if you haven’t been to a holiday book reading in the past, I encourage you to come for a while. You will truly enjoy it.
I will admit it. Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day. Of course, I don’t always eat it at breakfast time, but I love it none-the-less. While coffee can keep me going for a few hours, a good breakfast can keep me going for half a day! And maybe that’s why I love breakfast events. Not only do I get to attend a fun event, but I get to eat a delicious breakfast.
This Saturday morning (December 14), there will be a couple of great opportunities for you to attend a fun event and eat a delicious breakfast. Want to know more? GOOD! Let me tell you about some upcoming awesomeness.
Koloa Elementary – This wonderful school is having a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning from 7:30-noon. Each breakfast plate costs $7, and the proceeds go directly to the school. (So it’s for the kids and a great cause.) PLUS, there will be a craft fair and silent auction as well. So after you eat a big plate of pancakes, you can browse around. Check out the holiday crafts, bid on some silent auction items, and maybe even win a gift certificate or two. Yea for presents and breakfast!
Storybook Theater – Of course, if you want a bit more of a balanced breakfast, you can come to Storybook Theater in Hanapepe between 9am and 11am for a breakfast with Santa. Now, on Kauai, we have “Aloha Santa.” And for this breakfast, “Aloha Santa” will be attending (played by Phil Worwa) and giving a Talk Story while we consume a nutritious and delicious breakfast made by Master Chef Auntie Helen Lacono. (A bit better than pancakes, right? But the cost is higher as well. $25/couple) There will also be Christmas singing, coloring, story telling, etc.
Now, Koloa Elementary’s pancake breakfast is open to all, so you can just show up with your family and $7/person. However, Storybook Theater requires you to make a reservation for your spot. So please call Phil Worwa (619-417-0050) or go to their website to reserve your spot before Saturday morning.
I hope you have a wonderful Saturday morning breakfast!
For the 4th year in a row, Hanapepe will be hosting a Christmas Festival to ring in the holiday season. This festival will take place in Old Town Hanapepe at Hawaiian Congregational Church from 5-8pm THIS FRIDAY and will be FREE for everyone, both attendees and visitors alike. So if you want a fun family activity this Friday evening, I recommend visiting Old Town.
Family Fun – As with all Kauai festivals, this festival will involve music and fun. There will be Christmas carols and singing, as well as Christmas crafts for adults and kids alike. The children will have fun with face painting and balloon animals, and everyone will go home happy after tasting some of the delicious food.
Santa – Hey, it’s Christmas! And Santa would never miss a Christmas event here on Kauai. He’s quite fond of tropical climates, you know. Plus, this will be another opportunity for him to gather kids’ holiday wish lists.
Tree Lighting – And if you want to see a place decked out in holiday lights with a large tree lighting up the night, this is your event. There will be a tree lighting ceremony at sunset.
Doesn’t’ this sound like fun? The answer: oh yeah! This should be a good evening for fun and Aloha. Plus, this event will be held in conjunction with the weekly Friday Night Festival and Art Walk that takes place every Friday. So there will be additional things to do as well.
So come and join us for a night of Santa, celebration, and sensational holiday cheer. December 13th from 5-8pm at the Hawaiian Congregational Church in Old Town Hanapepe. ☺
One of my favorite places on Kauai is the Kilauea Lighthouse. I used to go there every week and sit with a pen and paper. I would write for hours. I learned to play my guitar there. I have just always loved it. It is a part of me as a person.
Of course, the lighthouse isn’t the only reason to visit Kilauea. And TODAY there is a great reason to visit: the Kilauea Christmas Tree Lighting Feast!!
I’m sorry I didn’t write about this sooner in the week so you had some warning. But if you’re seeing this and you don’t have plans tonight, I encourage you to go. It should be fun. Tonight (December 7th) from 4-8pm this Feast will take place at Kilauea Dispensary Park. And it will be FREE!
What does this event entail? Well, I’m not quite sure myself. I only just found out there were doing it this morning. BUT I know that there will be a big Christmas Tree that will be lit up with amazing lights. I know that Santa will be there to meet the kids and check out our Christmas spirit. I know that there will be a massive GIVEAWAY! (6 kids bikes will be given away during the course of the evening!) And I know that there will be plenty to do. There always is with any Kauai event.
Because of the kid-oriented nature of the tree lighting, there will be activities for kids to do. But if you don’t have kids (or like kids), this is probably not the event for you. Though, there will be live music, hula, FREE FOOD, and more. So if you can be there, it will be totally worth it no matter your age!
Have I mentioned everything at this event is FREE??? Anyway, my husband and I are planning to be there, and I hope you can join us. And again, I’m sorry this is last minute. Merry Christmas!
Have you ever heard of Kalo? Honestly, not a lot of people have. But have you heard of Taro? This term is a bit more common, but both refer to the same plant!
Here on Kauai, Kalo is a very important crop. It was first brought to the Hawaiian islands in 300 different varieties, each of which was different and relatively unique. Today, there are only 100 varieties grown amongst the islands, with quite a few varieties growing right here on Kauai. (After all, we’re the garden isle, right? We have the perfect weather for the Kalo crop!)
The type of Kalo we grow tends to grow best in tropical environments where it can get plenty of water. Here on Kauai, lush vegetation is easy to grow because the mountains bring the mist and the light rains throughout the year. So growing Karo is easier for us than it is for most. Plus, we also have lo’I, which are kalo patches sustained by constant flows of water. (If you want to see such a place and how the irrigation systems work, take a tour of one of our Taro/Kalo plantations. You will be amazed at the engineering involved!)
Now, if you’ve ever eaten Kalo/Taro, then you might have an idea of how it is grown and cooked. But for those of you who don’t know, these plants are long-stemmed with big rounded leaves. They are planted invidiually in the ground, not found as a bush or a tree. And they are poisonous.
Yep. Poisonous. ☺
Of course, we don’t eat them in that state! You see, the leaves need to be plucked off and the root must be WELL cooked in order to remove the calcium oxianate contained in each one. (If you try to eat Kalo raw, you will be in for an unpleasant surprise when your mouth feels like razors are slicing it to pieces and starts to burn. Not good.) In fact, those who harvest Kalo must be very careful as well. They use gloves so the roots don’t irritate their hands.
I’ve often wondered who it was that first looked on such an unpleasant little plant and said, “I bet it wouldn’t be so bad if I cooked it.” Yep. Brave human being, that was. But now we eat Taro/Kalo all the time. It has become a part of our histories and our traditions.
AND, in order to celebrate the amazing plant we call Karo, we are having a FESTIVAL!
This Saturday (December 7th) we will be having our 4th Annual Waipa Kalo Festival! The Festival will run from 10am-5pm and is only $5 for adults and $1 for children. (Entrance fees will go to support the Waipa Foundation. Look them up online for more information.) The fun will take place around the Halulu Fishpond in Waipa (near Hanalei Bay) and will include things to do for every member of your family.
For those who are educationally minded, there will be displays and histories of the Kalo plant and its uses, including demonstrations of harvesting and cooking. There will also be hands-on activities for kids, artist booths for cultural crafts, and great food made of this fabulous plant! (So if you’ve never tasted Kalo/Taro before, now is your chance!) And, of course, there will be live music played ALL DAY LONG! (What’s a Kauai festival without a little music, right?)
It really is going to be a wonderful day. So if you are in Hanalei this weekend, please come by the festival. This Saturday! Halulu Fishpond! 10-5! See you there!
If you really want a day of fun, let me outline a plan for you. In my last post, I talked about the Festival of Lights, which begins this Friday (December 6th). However, you don’t have to be there the very first night. The festival continues on Saturday and Sunday and comes back again the next weekend. So, if you want something to do on Friday that goes beyond the Festival of Lights, I have a few thoughts for you.
First of all, you can head to the Kauai Museum for a Christmas Craft Fair! This craft fair starts at 9am and continues into the evening. Plus, it’s free to anyone who wants to walk in and peruse the wares. Each year the venders make it special by being Christmas themed. So not only is it a fun craft fair, it is a great place to get into the Christmas spirit!
The Kauai Museum is off of Rice Street, a street filled with Christmas cheer and amazing lights. So getting there will be a pleasure. Then, once you’re inside, feel free to browse through the vender stalls as local artists, crafters, and food venders vie for your attention. But keep in mind that it will also be packed, as it is hugely popular.
And once you’re done looking around, your best bet would be to step out onto the street for the parade! Yep, there will be a Christmas parade down Rice Street that is scheduled to last from 6-9pm. The parade will begin once the grounds light up at the Historic County Building (ie The Festival of Lights) at 6pm. However, the County Building will be the ending destination, not the start. To be one of the first people on the parade route, you will need to head to Vidinha Stadium.
Lihue really will be a fun place to hang out this Friday, so I hope to see you all there!
Here it is! The post you’ve all been waiting for! My yearly shout out for the Festival of Lights. ☺
Every year I mention the Festival of Lights because, if you’re lucky enough to be on Kauai to see it, I know you will truly enjoy it. And this year starting on December 6th, you’ll get your chance. So make sure you’re in Lihue from 6-8pm on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday sometime before December 24th and you can attend!
Of course, like all good festivals, this event is free. It will take place, as it always does, at Kauai’s Historic County Building each night and will include a Talk Story, traditional decorations, stories of Auntie Josie, elves, candy canes, and an entire Christmas wonderland!
And the best part of the event?: hand-made, ornate Christmas ornaments made by Auntie Josie from discarded trash! Talk about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure! Josie delighted her community by recycling everything into beautiful Christmas decorations. And for 20 years, she made her home the most holiday-themed location on Kauai, going above and beyond to ensure everyone got a taste of holiday spirit.
She was amazing.
Worried you’ll miss all of the fun because you won’t be available on the weekends? Well, that’s not entirely true. The entire park will be lit up all night, every night until Christmas Day. So, even if you can’t come to the showings, you can still see the lights (which are gorgeous). Plus, Christmas Eve is on a Tuesday this year. And on Chrismas Eve, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos and cookies. And there will be one final showing on December 28th as well.
So please come if you can. I just know you’ll love it. And if you need more information about the event, please check out their website: HERE.
AHHHHHH! Christmas is sneaking up on me quickly this year! In fact, a lot of fun Christmas celebrations here on Kauai will be starting tomorrow on the 30th! So while I have a minute, let me list a few of them for you.
Tree Lighting – If you enjoy tree lighting events, you will really love the Waimea Tree Lighting Event. It will take place in the town of Waimea at 6pm and the celebration will continue until 1am the following morning. This event is FREE.
Christmas Parade – This year is the 20th anniversary of the Kauai Christmas Parade in Lihue. The parade will begin at 4:30pm at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center and will run for an hour. It’s a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas, and it’s FREE.
Holiday Fine Arts Festival – From 10am-4pm in the town of Hanapepe, there will be a holiday art festival featuring the work of women artists from all over the island. Art will include paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, and more. (At least that’s what their website told me.) For more information, you can visit their website. This event will take place at the Hanapepe United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall and is FREE.
Christmas Craft Fair – There will be a Christmas-themed craft fair at the Wilcox Elementary School in Lihue from 8:30am-1pm. This event is FREE.
Willie K for Christmas – There will be an awesome concert Saturday night from 6:30-8:30pm at KCC Performing Arts Center (in Lihue). If you don’t know much about Willie K, I suggest you check out his website: HERE. But I can tell you that he’s incredibly talented and only visits our fair island once or twice a year. So don’t miss this chance. Admission will be $35 and premium tickets will be $45.
SPAM – Okay, this technically isn’t a Christmas themed event, but it will still be great. The Church of the Pacific in Kilauea will be hosting a night of Art and Music called “SPAM.” This concert will raise money to replace a worn and broken play structure at Kilauea School, a local public elementary school. Plus, extra money raised will go to the music, arts, and physical education aspects of the school. So please come and support our local children. There will be bands performing, belly dancing, fire dancing, hula, singing, and a silent auction. This event costs $30 at the door.
And there you have it. I’m sorry to put them all together like this without giving you any additional information, but I wanted to make sure that you had options this Saturday. ☺ I hope you have fun this weekend! Let’s get ready for Christmas!
Okay, so if you were reading my previous post about the craft fair happening at King Kaumualii Elementary School this Saturday, then you don’t want to miss this. There will be a secondary craft fair of sorts at Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue on Sunday. So if you like craft fairs and the Holiday Craft Fair was tempting for you, you will LOVE this!
Unless you’re a man. Sorry guys.
On Sunday (November 24) from 9am-3pm, the Kauai Veterans Center will host the First Annual YWCA Kauai Women’s Expo. This expo will feature booths of all shapes and sizes, as women from all over Kauai get together to show their art, crafts, exhibits, products, and more. It is the first ever expo for women that features all woman-made products! And it’s happening this Sunday!
They are already calling this Sunday “Pink Sunday.”
Now, arts and crafts will be featured. However, there are many other types of booths as well. For instance, there will be health and wellness exhibits, teaching woman how to stay healthy and offering products for that purpose. There will be cooking products and demonstrations, as well as beauty products and demonstrations. Home and garden exhibits are also welcome and food booths will keep us well sustained for the day. All in all, there will be tons of opportunity and everyone should find something they are interested in.
Of course, if you need to bring your kids, that’s okay. There will be bounce houses for the kids, hula lessons for all ages, dancing, music, and more. Plus, there will be a mother-daughter fashion show featuring the designs of Kauai most talented female apparel makers. It will be fun for women of all ages.
Want even more reason to go? Well, the proceeds of this expo will benefit programs designed to help women and their families. So by attending and even purchasing something from the vendors, you will be supporting women all over the world.
So please join us for a Women’s Expo this Sunday from 9am-3pm at the Kauai Veterans Center. Admission is FREE! Hope to see you there!
With Thanksgiving approaching and Christmas just around the corner, there is a lot to celebrate. And one of the best ways we can celebrate (in my opinion) is to have a craft fair!
Yes, I like craft fairs. I love looking at all of the interesting crafts, finding just the right Christmas present for a friend or finding just the right accent item for my living room, and chatting with all of the venders and artists. It’s my idea of fun, and you can join me if it’s yours too.
This Saturday (November 23) from 9am-1pm, there will be a holiday craft fair at King Kaumualii Elementary School. (Warning: This craft fair is in Lihue, so it might be a bit of a drive.) And, the best part, it’s free! So you can come down, browse through the crafting booths, and have a lovely time shopping without having to spend money! … unless you find something super cute that you absolutely need to have. Then you will need to buy it. That’s how craft fairs work. ☺
Of course, all items in this craft fair will be quality products, hand-crafted right here on Kauai. From jewelry to clothing, from art to accent pieces, from Christmas ornaments to harvest-themed centerpieces, you will find it all at this craft fair. There will also be booths set up so kids can make their own crafts, so it should be fun for the whole family!
And if you are a resident, you can come to support the local businesses that will be present. It’s important to shop local if you can, to save on importing fees and to show our local farms and families that we love them. So please come out and support the local crafters, artisans, and farmers of our dear island.
This Sunday (November 17th) is the 21st Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. The festival starts at noon and continues until 6pm with music performed in the traditional slack key style. What’s more, the festival is free to attendees! So, if you want something interesting to do on Sunday, please come!
The performance will be at Kauai Beach Resort and Spa in Kapaa, which is an over-priced hotel with a nice concert stage. And the theme this year is “Kauai Style.” So you can look forward to the sounds of Kauai and the overwhelming feeling of Aloha while you listen.
Now, the concert is indeed free. However, if you do want to donate to the Ki-Hoalu Foundation, you can. There will be a $10 suggested donation for this all day concert that will be accepted at the door, if my information is correct.
Don’t know what the Ki-Hoalu Foundation is? Well, it’s a non-profit organization established back in 2004 to help promote Hawaiian style guitar, specifically slack key. Slack key is a style of guitar playing that originated in Hawaii and is found no where else in the world, outside of those who came here to learn it. It is a part of our traditions and our culture, and it is beautiful. So if you are Hawaiian, then you know how important it is to support this non-profit and their efforts. And if you’re not Hawaiian, then you can take my word for it. It’s worth it. ☺
Now for the list of performers. Doug and Sandy McMaster will be there, of course. I’ve mentioned them on this blog several times before, as they are probably the best masters of the slack key style on Kauai. Plus, they perform often, so they are the most heard. But there will be other artists there as well, including:
and Mike Young
So if you want a day of music and fun, please come to Kapaa (outside Lihue) for the Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. It will be an inspiration and joy.