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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
Looking for something last minute to do today? Check out the 10th Annual Just for Dads Auto Show today. Not to worry, it starts at 10am and goes until about 2:30pm today. Come and go as you please. This show will feature cars, trucks, and bikes I hear!
This would be a great thing to do with your dad with father's day. It would be great for any car enthusiast, actually. It will be held at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center parking lot in Lihue. Are you leaving today? Not to worry, this is right on your way out, near the airport in Lihue. Make one more fun last stop before your visit comes to an end.
On a budget? I get it, I totally understand. It is a good thing this event is free! If you have been staying at a vacation rental, most likely on Kauai's north shore, why not bring your extra canned goods and unopened food to donate? The Kauai Independent Food Bank will be there collecting donations, which will be greatly appreciated.
See how this is turning out to be a perfect set-up? It's on the way, and you donate the food you did not use to a good cause. The auto show will be fun in itself too, I am confident. There will be prizes, give always, and live entertainment. This sounds like the perfect thing to do with the dad in your life who loves some autos! ;)
If you do not know what this coming Saturday is, please keep reading. It is that time of year when state-wide we celebrate Kamehameha! King Kamehameha, or Kamehameha the Great, was the one who conquered the Hawaiian Islands and established the Kingdom of Hawaii back in 1810. I do not consider myself a history buff, but I do know the basics!
Anyway, this weekend is the time we honor, reflect, and celebrate those who have pioneered the way before us. There will be a floral parade procession down streets in Lihue, near the airport. In the parade, the Kamehameha Court arrives typically on horse. This is pretty neat to see people on horseback, all decorated with traditional satin garments, and also the horses flaunting handmade flower leis.
This event begins at 9 am and usually it is an all-day event, as I recall from years past. There will be live entertainment, crafts to do, food to eat, drinks to drink, and demonstrations to see. For those visiting Kauai, I encourage you to strike up a conversation with someone about Kamehameha day and see what their plans are. There are events going on all over the Hawaiian Islands this weekend in honor of Kamehameha Day.
Looking for something to do this Sunday, May 25th? My friends were telling me about it and I knew right away that I should blog about it. ;) So it is called the Banana Poka Round-Up. "What is that?" you may be asking yourself? It is a forest education fair!
Here's the back story… the Banana Poka vine is an invasive, weed-like plant that grows pretty pink blossoms. It makes for a great craft material. Baskets are often made out of it. Like I mentioned, it is an invasive, weed-like plant, and so by using it as a crafting material it is no way harming or disrupting the wildlife on Kauai. By using it as basket-making material, it is in a way reusing or repurposing this over-abundant plant!
This is a free event! There will be live music, exhibits, activities for kids such as basket making and face painting. But wait--there's more! This location is the finish line to the Pedal to the Meadow hill climb bicycle race. There really is a lot going on, it is an action packed day of events.
It is at Kauai's Kokee State Park, at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow. To drive there, take Highway 50 west to Waimea. Turn right and follow the road up along the canyon rim for about 16 miles. Note: the bicycle race is from 8am-11am, so drive with extra caution.
The Banana Poka Round-Up starts at 10am with events and activities, and ends at 4pm. I looked up more info online than what I heard, so I could be sure to share fully accurate data with you all. :)
Let's talk beaches! Which one to go to? What to expect? I can understand it may be overwhelming to select a beach to go to. You want to go to one that meets your needs. Some are private, some are more busy and populated. Some are high on the bluffs, others have some smooth sand. There is quite a variety on Kauai. Today I want to spotlight Lumahai Beach in Hanalei. This north shore beach is one you may just fall in love with. ;)
Have you ever seen the movie "South Pacific?" If so, you have seen Lumahai Beach! This is a good beach for photographs, beach walking, sunset viewing, and some snorkeling. There is a lifeguard on duty during normal hours.
There are magnificent black lava rocks around and in the water. The contrast, the colors, it is all just so picturesque. The sand is so white. Did I mention the colors already? Blue, black, white, add in some green from the trees and some white from the clouds (if any) and you have got yourself a perfect picture! The sand--that is what I wanted to talk about before I got carried away--the sand is a dream. I do not know how else to say it really. If you are looking for a beach to walk and talk along, feel the wind in your hair, and watch a beautiful sunset at--Lumahai Beach is perfect for you. Memories and special moments are made here!
So you want to come here? Here is the Google Map results of Lumahai Beach. After following that link click on directions and you should be able to navigate how to get there from your location on Kauai.
Well, here it is, Wednesday, and I am already thinking about what I am going to be doing this weekend…
Did you know that the first Saturday of each month is Ohana Day at Kauai's Museum? Admission is free, free, free! The museum is open for some good family fun, demonstrations, and lectures on these Ohana Days. Saturday, May 3rd is the next Ohana Day. That is why I am sharing this info with you now!
The Kauai Museum is located at 4428 Rice St, Lihue, HI 96766. Doors open at 10:30am.
On this special day, the museum is special host for the 3rd Annual Keiki La Lei Contest. This too, starts at 10:30am and will go until about 12noon. If you are in the area, will be visiting, or will be flying into or out of Kauai on this Saturday, I would suggest stopping by the museum and immersing yourself in some history, tradition, and community here on Kauai. This is a very family friendly event! Come one, come all, come old and young. The museum is handicapped accessible as well.
Last month history was made, yet again. Remember Bethany Hamilton? The one whose real life story was written about in the book, Soul Surfer? And then it was turned into a feature film in 2011? Well, the latest on this amazing young woman's story is that she has taken first place at this year's Surf n Sea Pipeline Women's Pro hosted here in Hawaii!
She has not let life's hurdles get in her way. Check out this article on her winning this year's big event. http://surf.transworld.net/1000167400/photos/bethany-hamilton-wins-surf-n-sea-pipeline-pro/. The ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) results are at the bottom of the article, too, for scoring purposes. Check it out!
If you have not been to a surfing competition, let me tell you it is something to do at least once in a lifetime. If at all possible, do it more than once. I saw this in my morning's news feed from "The Garden Island" paper, and I thought I would share. Here is the article on "Hawaii surf championship opens today at Ala Moana Bowls" which highlights the four sites for the competition along the way. I want to try and make the event at Pine Trees in Hanalei!
Saturday. The day before Easter! Tomorrow is the 13th Annual Pine Trees Classic surf contest in Hanalei. Surfing begins early in the morning at 7am. This is an event for kids ages 5 through 12. It is located at Pine Trees beach.
This is a great family event to go to. Thousands of people show up and it makes for a welcoming atmosphere. I have gone in the past, and I had a good time. There have been sponsors there years prior, and they will likely be back giving away free things from hats and shirts to posters and backpacks (just like the year I went with family). In years past I have seen sponsors give away surfboards, too! I wonder if that will happen again this year?! I guess we will have to find out tomorrow…
For those who are not participating in the surfing contest, there are other booths and things for kids to do. I doubt anyone would feel left out. There is simply too much to do and see. It is a time for the community to come together. When I was there last year I did not see unhappy faces. The contest is fun and competitive, but really it is more about the kids, having fun, and getting some surfing in.
As for those in the contest, they have given out trophies in the past, and I would assume that they would do the same again this year. It is an everybody wins kind of encouraging and motivational time for the kids.
Easter is in the air! It is that time of year again and I am getting excited! I just love the community here, the events, the activities… in other words everything. Let me tell you about the Easter Parade and Egg Hunt at Prince Albert Park this Saturday the 12th.
This is a family fun event hosted by the Princeville Community Association. It is a free event. Free and fun. I love it when those two words wind up in the same sentence! ;)
Anyway, it is at Prince Albert Park in Princeville. The park by itself is designed for children ages one through eight, and it is a clean and well maintained park and play structure. (I was there recently--I know these things!) It is right across the street from the Princeville Library, too. Here is the address for those who wish to know the street address so they can better navigate there: 4304 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, Hawaii.
The event starts at 2pm and there will be a parade to kick it off. Bring a bike, wagon, stroller… something child friendly for the parade. Dress it up and dazzle it out before hand so the parade can sparkle and shine as the procession carries on. There will also be an opportunity for the children to meet the Easter Bunny. Now how perfect is that?! Furthermore, there will be an egg hunt at the park. Festivities are anticipated to end around 4pm. I got the flyer just the other day and thought I would pass along the info. You're welcome.
Have you ever seen beautiful Hawaiian leis? I am convinced there is nothing else like them. Flower leis have become quite an iconic symbol relating to Hawaii. I found the perfect event for you and your family to attend to, this upcoming weekend, Saturday the 15th. At the Kauai Museum in Lihue, there is a children's lei workshop. Called, the Keiki La Lei Workshop, this $5 per family event will certainly be a memorable one.
There are actually six different lei making techniques. One is "kui" which is by stringing, "kipu'u" is another method by knotting, "wili" uses twisting, and "humu papa" is a method where it uses sewing on the backing. "Haku" uses a braiding technique and "hili" lei making utilizes a plaited approach. It might sound complicated, but I hear some award-winning lei makers will be there to lead the class.
The first session of instruction starting at 9:30am will cover kui, kipu'u and wili. The second class commences at 10:30am and will be on the other three methods.
This sure sounds like a fun-filled event! I got word that participants must bring their own lei making materials. This should not be a problem, for any floral shop will be able to provide what goods you need. Perhaps you already have some flowers on your property and you could use. This is a special event for the kids and will be worth the trip to Lihue. With this advanced notice, you should easily be able to make it to the event on-time.
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.
It is that time of year again! The Waimea Town Celebration is back this year. 37 years and it is still going strong! This is Kauaiʻs oldest and largest annual festival on the west side of the island. If you are in the area or perhaps staying on the north shore, come make the day trip down to experience some great entertainment.
This is a weeklong event starting Saturday, February 15th and going through to the following Saturday. This leaves you ample time to come and see what all the hype is about! There are activities for everyone--young and old--to participate in or to simply come, watch, and be entertained.
Perhaps you are interested in the line-up for the week. Events and activities start daily around 9am and end around 5pm each day. It is a family friendly festival and does not go on into the late night hours. At the Historic Waimea Theater there is a film festival going on too. Prices vary per person, per age. Let me share with you what else will be happening at this great town celebration.
There will be a long distance canoe race, a roundup rodeo, softball and basketball tournaments, fun runs of varying distances, an ice cream eating contest, and a ukulele contest. There are some other events going on to fill the week right up with entertainment and activities.
Live entertainment is the name of the game the way I see it--there will be continuous vocal and instrumental artist performing throughout the time of the festival. Let me just say that this is reason enough to come and spend some time out in the community. I love live entertainment and the sense of community all over the island. Oh! And did I mention the live entertainment is free?
Now that you know what is going on, you are sure to know that there will be tasty local food there as well. How could there be such a large gathering, a festival, without it? :) There will be vendors with food as well as a beer garden for those of legal drinking age.
Since there is so much going on with water and sporting events to film festivals viewing and live entertainment, locations vary per event. It is all held in Waimea. I've looked up the contact info for the Waimea Town Festival and you can see it here. Add to your adventure by adding this community event to your vacation calendar. I know I am going to make some of these events! I have in years past and I keep coming back for more.
Yikes! Okay, I know this is a bit last minute, but that is how some things in life go! I just found out that in honor of Miss Hawaii, Stephanie Steuri, there will be a viewing celebration at Rob’s Good Time Grill today around the dinnertime hours! This is when the official pageant will air live on television.
This would be perfect if you are heading out of the Lihue airport this evening and were looking for a place to eat before you go. Why not take the time to go get some tasty grill food and to see what the rest of the nation will be watching?
Let me back up a little bit… Remember the one I was telling you about in an earlier blog post? Stephanie Steuri? (See my previous blog post at http://www.kauai-vacation-rentals.com/miss-hawaii-miss-america-2014/ to find out more info.) She is from Kauai and is representing Hawaii in this year’s Miss America Pageant. I am anxious to see not how she does, but to see if the judges can see her inner and outer beauty in the short amount of time there is as they ‘judge’ her. I am not traveling today, but I will likely watch and cheer Stephanie on from home.