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Weekends, weekends… gotta love the weekends. I like the weekends on Kauai because they never disappoint! There is always something to do if you want to do it, and if you don't feel like doing much of anything but lounging around, well, you can do that too! It's perfect really.
So Saturday from 8am to 2pm at the Church of the Pacific, is a Kauai Island Crafters Fair. It's in Princeville at 5-4280 Kuhio Highway. Ok ,by crafter's fair I mean it is a holiday season type of hand-make crafts and artwork fair. This is the opportunity to get something unique, handmade, that special something for someone on your holiday gift-giving list. I have been to crafter's fairs like this and you will find books, jewelry, hair accessories, quilts, artwork, and much more… believe me!
Admission is free, so feel free to come and look around. If you buy something--cool, great--if not--no worries whatsoever. The event runs most of the day so why not make it a part of your leisurely day? Oh! I will mention that it is an indoor event as well. Just an FYI.
I know the holiday season is right in front of our faces. I am not a last minute shopper, not unless I have absolutely no clue what to get someone! I go to crafting fairs like this because 1) I like them; I like crafts 2) They give me ideas of what to gift family and friends 3) I get to buy things I want to gift to my family and friends 4) I get to meet new people 5) It's a social event in general 6) It supports Kauai crafters. Those I suppose are my top six reasons to go to a crafters fair.
For more information on this event, see the website Craft Fair tab at http://www.churchofthepacific.org/Activities.html
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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…
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Well, I have some more fitness opportunities to blog about! Did anyone go to the Zumbathon? I'd love to hear how it went. Anyways, coming up this Saturday the 15th is the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run. Please, oh please, do not let the word "run" scare you. No, no! This is a very friendly competitive run.
I should still clarify though… there are multiple running events: There is a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a non-competitive 5K walk. See? See how friendly that is for everyone? I like that this run is encouraging exercise and general fitness. The walk would be great for beginners, kids, families, people just wanting to get out there and be a part of this event. The walk is actually something I would like to take part in.
The Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run does require in-person registration. To register, pickup your race packet on Friday, November 14th from 11am to 6pm at the Kukui Grove Shopping Mall in the exhibit area behind the Starbucks. Early registration is required, and there will be no day-of registration available. This is one of those events you need to plan in advance for. ;)
For the day of, the half marathon commences at 7am. The 5K run begins fifteen minutes later, and the 10K will start at 7:30am. For participants, this run costs $30 and includes a continental breakfast and a free shirt. The information I have and have heard about this event is that it ends at 9:30pm. That may be late for breakfast, but nonetheless I applaud those who finish--no matter how long it takes them nor what their official time is at the finish line.
There will be awards for male and female finishers per age group. I do not know the age group ranges at this time, but I do know that this should be more about having fun and getting fit than more so about winning. Those are my thoughts at least.
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A day that is near and dear to my heart is upcoming. Veterans Day. I would like to clear the air about a few things… it is my blog and my platform to talk after all. Ok, so Veterans Day is in honor of veterans. Memorial Day is a different day in which our nation honors and remembers those who died while serving in the Armed Forces. Veterans day is the day in which we honor those living, to thank them and remember their service.
As another point of interest, I wanted to share that Veterans Day is indeed spelled just as I typed it. There is no apostrophe in the word veteran, for there is no possession. Veterans Day is not a day that belongs to the veterans; it is a day to honor all veterans. Glad I got to clear that up! Hopefully that helped my followers as well.
So what is going on Kauai's North Shore for Veterans Day you ask?
Well, in advance to the actual day is a parade on Saturday, November 8th from 9am to 3pm at Kapaa Beach Park. There will be plenty of service members in attendance--there will be plenty of opportunities to thank a veteran for his or her service.
On Veterans Day, November 11th at Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe at 11am is a special ceremony. This is an outdoor event and all are welcome to attend. The Kauai Veterans Center website will have more information about these events, and points of contact should there be any questions left unanswered by the website.
Next weekend is a big weekend. By big I mean that it is packed full of some great events. For this first one, let me just ask: Have you ever tried Zumba? That dancing, aerobics, workout thing that people do? I will proudly say that I have. I actually really love Zumba. For me, it works out well for my preferred way of working out: group exercise. Looking back in my life, I have always done well with group exercise routines, mostly for the motivation and for the friendships formed. Zumba fits the bill and with some good music, it works for me!
All of that being said… leads me to my first event: a Zumbathon! For $15 there is a Zumbathon at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School at 10am. The proceeds go towards the students at this school going to San Diego, California for the 2015 Student Television Network National Convention. In other words, it supports the middle schoolers in this club to go to a big national event.
If you have never tried Zumba, I encourage you to come on out, support a great cause, and get your groove on with some Zumba. If you have tried Zumba before, come on out and get your work out on. This is a fun thing to do, and it is supporting a good cause. It is a fundraiser. Oh! And tickets can be bought at the door.
Ok, so the other day I shared about a family friendly fall festival on Kauai, and that started a domino or a snowball effect in my mind! I wanted to share about more Halloween happenings on Kauai. Here are my tips:
If you are staying on Kauai, as a visitor, I suggest trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. If you are staying at a resort or a hotel or something of that nature, you will be in like-company. What I am trying to say, is that trick-or-treating there will be unfruitful. Your kids will likely be disappointed. What I suggest is staying at a vacation rental and trick-or-treating in that more traditional neighborhood. That will ensure your kids are happy; on Halloween night that is part of the whole goal!
There are other community events going on. Depending on your preferences--and likely you children's ages--there are events going on all over Kauai. From haunted houses to harvest festivals, there is something for everyone. You just have to be on the lookout for an event near you. If you want to have a night in, easy! Just pick up some candy from the store, leave your porch or front light on, and plan for trick-or-treaters to stop on by.
Happy Halloween from me to you and yours!
Fall is in the air, and I just heard of a local fall festival going on this Friday and Saturday. It's the 14th Annual Kauai Christian Academy's Fall Festival hosted at their campus at 4000 Lighthouse Road, Kilaueua. If you thought it, you guessed right--the school is located on the side, on the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse. If you have not been there, I encourage you to check it out and in the daylight ;)
For little ones, this will be something special. I have family who have gone to this in years past and they have enjoyed it. There are plenty of activities:
...and Kettle Corn and Shave Ice, of course! There will also be a silent auction to benefit the school.
Halloween is just around the corner at this point, and it can be fun to extend the holiday out to the surrounding weekends. Why not, after all? This event I know is a family friendly, carnival themed atmosphere for families to dress up, come out and have a good time. On both days, the 24th and the 25th activities start at 4pm and go til 9pm.
Ok, now this is a super family fun worthy event, and all towards a good cause! At Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Gardens is Kilauea is a Mini Golf Fundraiser this Saturday, October 18th from 11am to 3pm. It is a fundraiser for the Aloha School Early Learning Center. They are a non-profit organization that offer early learning education to young children. The school is in Hanalei, and Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Gardens is in Kilauea (5-2723 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI 96754 to be exact).
I heard about the event from a co-worker, and I thought I would share! It is a fundraiser for the school, and it costs $15 per person or $50 for a family of four; children ages 3 and under are free. This entrance fee includes all activities and mini golf itself, games, crafts, face painting, and --wait for it-- glitter tattoos! How much fun is that. Most kids love to get those fake tattoos, and now add glitter-- that is taking it to a new level. ;) Yay for the kids… I love it when the kids win! (Glitter tattoos and helping out the early education Aloha School.) What a win-win situation.
On the flyer I got, it says there will also be a silent auction, as well as a lucky drawing (tickets are $5 each). I'm not sure what is being auctioned, nor what the lucky drawing prize is--I suppose you and I will have to go there and find out now, won't we?!
Well, this weekend is wrapping up, but my mind is already onto next weekend. On Saturday, October 11th is the Eo e Emalani i Alakai, also referred to as the Emalani Festival. It is an annual procession and festival the second Saturday of October. The festival is like a step back in time when traditional Hawaiian music and traditional chants will be performed. There is a royal procession on horseback!
All are welcome to attend, and it is free! Yes, it is fully free to attend. It is at the Kokee State Park. Festivities begin at 10am but the procession commences at 12noon. This is a traditional festival, for there are royal processions and traditional acknowledgements. Things should be wrapped up by 4pm that afternoon.
There will be exhibits, crafting demonstrations, hula dancers, live music, and snacks for sale. It is a great time for the family, both young and old, visitors and residents, to come out and learn more about the traditional Hawaiian culture. A good time should be had by all. :) The weather report looks good as well. Then again, I have heard that it is a "rain or mist" kind of event. It may rain, but it's not in the forecast. If it does rain, it may very well be a warm sprinkle rather than a "rain" per say.
For more information about this event, visit Kokee State Park's webpage that I linked. Have a great week, and look forward to the weekend with me!
Does the term "sea cave" excite you? It may strike an inner chord of your adventurous side! I thought it might! Let me tell you more…
There are a number of opportunities to kayak Kauai, from rivers to along the shoreline. The Na Pali coast is a great place for those eager to get out there and face the water. I highly suggest and recommend taking a guide with you, however. Here are a couple guides that I will help lead you to:
Kauai Kayak at http://kayakkauai.com/sea-kayak-tour-na-pali/
Na Pali Kayak at http://www.napalikayak.com/napali-day-trip/
I'll reiterate in case I wasn't clear; this is for adults or persons over the age of 16. Children under age will be considered per the guide's recommendation. In general though, individual's ages 16+ only. This is a rigorous adventure, and an all day trip. The guides are helpful and very knowledgeable. This is a neat way to see Kauai up close and personal. On outing like this, the sights and animals you come across are one of a kind. You will get to see a side of Kauai that you would have likely not seen like this--from the perspective of a kayak!
No, you do not have to be an "ironman" but you do need to be comfortable in the water, and in good physical condition/health. If you are nervous about this, I say contact the tour guides and ask them just by giving them some honest basics about your health and overall build. It is easy to get excited, nervous, anxious, etc about this kind of thing. What I suggest doing (and what I have recently been doing) is reading up reviews on the tours. I am reading about people's experiences and how their preparedness helped or not. I like to learn from others experiences as much as I can.
I have heard so many good things about these tours. I have a few friends who have done this, and they tell me I should go! I want to, but I just haven't… not yet. One of my friends said she would go with me, so I am going to take her up on it! I will blog about it afterwards, of course. Ok, I say "Part 1" because there will be a Part 2 with my story! Ready...set...go!
It's coming, so I'm blogging about it now! Coming up October 4th and 5th is the 18th Annual Coconut Festival. This festival is about all things coconut. From games to entertainment, to games and cooking demonstrations, this is the place to be that weekend! Events and activities start at 9am on Saturday, and then 10am on Sunday. It is at Kapaa Beach Park, which is next to the library.
This is an affordable family friendly event (in my opinion). Kids ages 12 and under are free, and all others it's just $5. It is an outdoor event, so plan accordingly with sunscreen and things as you wish.
I have been to this annual event in the past, and I remember nonstop live music, hula dancers, and other live entertainment that is all family friendly. There was also a petting zoo for kids and inflatable bounce houses/obstacle course bouncers. Oh, and it's called the coconut festival, right? There are all things coconut everywhere, too! Have you tried coconut ice cream? I highly recommend it. What about coconut pie? There's a pie eating contest for that :D
There really is something there for everyone. From food to fun to history, I'm confident you will walk away from this festival knowing something that you didn't know before. It's part of being a lifelong learner. And I like that.
For more info on this event, check out the KBA, which is the Kapaa Business Association who is sponsoring this event. Here's their website: http://www.kbakauai.org/Pages/coconut-festival.html
Waterfalls are simply breath-taking (in a good sense of the phrase) and gorgeous. I can get lost in a waterfall oh so easily. And by lost, I mean one of those awe-striking moments where you are completely absorbed by it. If awesome means "awe inspiring" then Opaekaa is awesome to its core!
Opaekaa Falls is one of the major waterfalls on Kauai that is most easily accessible for viewing. It is literally a drive, park, view kind of access. There is even parking and restrooms for visitors of the falls.
If you are on Kauai's east side, up Kuamoo Road, you will see signs indicating the Falls are coming up. It is technically in Wailua. If you are looking for it, you will find it. If you are not looking for it, but are paying attention to the roadways, signs, and natural beauty surrounding you, you will find it. Here is what Trip Advisor has to say about the falls...
For those history buffs who are wondering the meaning of or origin of the name Opaekaa, it means "rolling shrimp." At one point in time, the stream that flows from the falls had a lot of shrimp in it.
From the lookout you will get a grand view of these falls. If you choose to, you can walk uphill a ways and on the other side of the road you will get a nice view of the Wailua River and the valley that it rest in.
Charge your camera battery! You will not want to miss out on capturing this kind of beauty. As a rule of thumb, I suggest charging your camera and cell phone battery each night so that the next day you have plenty of life in your devices to snap some great photos.
Have you ever thought about how you can leave you mark on Kauai? And by mark I do not mean by leaving your carbon footprint. There are many ways that you can take a piece of Kauai with you, through souvenirs, memorable photographs, and simply by having great times with great people. There is a way that you can leave your mark on Kauai in a positive way. Consider donating to receive a personalized brick in the Peace Garden in Hanapepe.
This is a neat way to have your family members names engraved on a brick, that will stay on Kauai in Hanapepe's Peace Garden. There is enough room for 3 lines of text with up to 15 characters on each line. Be sure to contact the Storybook Theatre to get your name on a stone on the entryway to the garden. Call 808-335-0712 for more information about donating and getting your family's personalized brick. The deadline is September 19th, so be sure to act on this quickly. I think this is an ideal way to leave an impression on Kauai; something for you, your family, and your friends to come back and visit each time you stay on Kauai. The kids I am sure will love it and almost think of it as something magical when they come back the following year to see their name on the pathway, at such a special place.
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 north shore is luxurious and beautiful. I also like it so much because of the community events and things to do. This Saturday is the Kilauea Art Night! It came up in my news feed on facebook, and I have linked that page to the phrase above.
Perhaps you do not have a facebook account. No big deal. Let me tell you more…
This event in Kilauea on Kauai is an art night with vendors, live music, tasty treats to eat and delicious drinks to drink. Have you ever had coconut ice cream? Mango? I simply cannot resist…
Anyway, it is Saturday, August 30th from 4 to 8pm. It is located at 4270 Kilauea Rd Stone Building, Kilauea, Hawaii. Some people call it art night, others refer to it as an art walk. Basically, there are monthly art walk nights on some Saturdays in the summer. This Saturday is one of them! It is a great reason to get out on the town, enjoy the weather, the community, and some great art originals. The times I have been, I always see people I know. It is a great atmosphere for both kids and adults alike.
Alright… those of you who are into fitness, pay attention. Those of you who are not into fitness but like to have fun, pay attention. Fitness meets fun at this upcoming event that I just saw on the calendar. For those who are coming to Kauai as visitors, please come and join in the fun! Consider this your personal invitation from me :)
Saturday, August 30th from 7am to 3pm at Wai'oli Beach Park "Pinetrees" Hanalei on Kauai's North Shore is this year's Fitness Fair and SUP Sprint. That title might sound intimidating, but trust me, it is not. It really is a fitness fair for all people or all ages.
There are two main events (besides the live music which I will get to as well). First is the SUP Sprint on Hanalei Bay. This is a BYO-SUP (bring your own SUP) event for a half mile route. It is all in good fun.
Second is the fit challenge consisting of three 1-minute timed events. How easy is that? The three events are jump rope, push-ups and sit-ups. Did I mention it is all in good fun? I cannot do that many push-ups…really though, I max-out after about 10 seconds. On that note, let me mention there are both male and female friendly competitions that also breaks down by age group: kids 12 and under, teen 13-19, adult 20-39, and adult over 40.
Last but not least, this is a family friendly competition, but it is noteworthy that there are prizes based on registration. Participation waivers will need to be signed upon check in on the day of the event, Saturday. Now I just need to decide if I am going to participate or not…. :) maybe?
I have the perfect event for a Sunday Funday this coming weekend. It is the 2nd Annual Music & Mango Festival brought to you by the Waipa Foundation. This organization has been going strong now for over 20 years, connecting the community with hands on sustainable farming. They are all about the land and the resources, and using them responsibly. Here's their webpage if you'd like to learn more about this great organization: www.waipafoundation.org
So this Sunday, August 17th at the Halulu Fishpond in Hanalei is where the festival will be held. Activities begin at 11am and it goes until 5pm. Adults admission is $10 and kids ages 3-18 are just $1. It is a family friendly event, and it is also noteworthy that it is held outdoors. There will still be easy handicap access though.
What is all of the hype about? Well, mangos and some good music! There will be food booths, crafts, auctions going on, mini-classes and hands-on workshops. There will be cultural displays as well as live entertainment and live music, of course.
Here's what I suggest you bring if you are planning to attend: Admission money, spending money, a beach blanket or lawn chairs for the family to relax in, protection from the sun such as a hat and sunscreen, and other specialty needs as it pertains to your family or group (ie stroller, extra water bottles, etc). See you there?!
Most people love live music. There is a certain ambiance that is created and you realize how alive and invigorating it is to have a live performance rather than hearing songs on the radio. What I am trying to say, is that I have really come to enjoy live music over the years. As my maturity in music has evolved as I have gotten older, I am much more appreciative of live performances.
This Friday, August 8th at the Hanalei Community Center there will be the "Mountain to Sea Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert" that is the show you do not want to miss! Really, this has gotten high ratings and good reviews on sites like TripAdvisor. I heard about this concert coming to town, and I find it odd that I have not been to one of their live shows before. Anyway, the show starts at 4PM at the Hanalei Community Center. Tickets are priced for adults at $20 per person, and then seniors and kids are $15 each, children age 5 and under are free admission.
For more information and to purchase your tickets online, follow this link. This is the Number One Best Live Show in Hawaii after all, as voted by Hawaii Magazine Readers' Choice. I think this is the year I make my debut at this concert! How about you?
If you are anything like me, you simply love the beach. The ocean, the waves, the sand, the sun, the whole package! I am pleased to share that one of my favorite events is back this year, back on the beach. The Sand Castle Contest in Hanalei is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd from 11am to 4pm.
I am excited to watch these artists at work. I do not compete myself, no, I am one to observe and appreciate the skill and effort put into these pieces of art. This is a free contest and all artists are welcome. Yes, that means kids through adults, all are welcome to compete. Years past have been very easy going where it comes not feel like a competition at all, more like groups coming out and 'playing' in the sand. Individuals are welcome, as well as teams of any size and age range. I love that about this friendly competition. Note that there are prizes, but really I think the experience is the gemstone here.
This is a family friendly event in Hanalei Bay. Schedule it into your plans that Saturday and enjoy some good times out by the water's edge with some great sand art. I am adding this to my planner, that's for sure.
Want to volunteer? There are many jobs to do to help prepare for this event before, during and after. Click here if you want to know more about this neat opportunity, or to know more about the event in general. Also see some pictures from past years contests. :)
This Saturday the 26th is the annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge! Staying on Kauai's north shore? Do you like to swim in races or maybe just like to cheer on the swimmers? This event is perfect to attend. If you have a swimmer in your family, click here for Race Registration. This is a family friendly event, and all swimmers are welcome. For more general information for attendees, read more at this link for General Information.
I personally have not competed in the swim challenge, but I know plenty of folks who have. It is a good time and a high energy environment. I like that they have spots for the kids as well. I was cruising around on their website, and I found that there is indeed a 1000 meter route and a 3000 meter course for adults. The start of this event is near Hanalei Pier, just next to Hanalei Beach Park.
This is the ocean, and safety is the first priority. This event has been and will be well monitored both from the shoreline and out in the water with jet skis and paddle boards. With as much media attention as this swim challenge gets, there is sure to be more than enough lifeguards and other safety officials there.
Thanksgiving. Is. Coming.
It is the middle to end of November. It’s all downhill from here…
Where will you be this Thanksgiving? Let me share with you one option that might fit your fancy on Kauai. At the Bhakti Yoga Shack at 5:30pm is a vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Not everyone eats meat, and so this is very accommodating for those who would like to partake in a Thanksgiving meal without any animal products (and is therefore vegan).
Contact Radha at 808-551-6610 for more information. Let me tell you more about what I know though… This is a potluck-style Thanksgiving. In other words, bring a vegan dish to share with others as they will bring a dish to share with you as well. The evening starts with a meditation circle with live music, then the Thanksgiving dinner will be shared among friends. This is a family-friendly event, and everyone is welcome. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with a group of people who are welcoming and friendly? That is something I love about Thanksgiving.
No matter where or when or how or with whom you are partaking in Thanksgiving with this season, I wish you a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving!