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Friday, March 13, 2015

Your 2015 Kauai Vacation Guide Starts Now!



Your 2015 Kauai Vacation Guide Starts Now!


One of the great things about answering guest phone calls here at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc – is hearing the excitement in their voices when they have decided: Kauai, here I come!  We know how thankful everyone is when they take time off for a holiday, and assisting them in planning their vacation is always Fun for us!

We love hearing about the things guests plan to do and when they need a few ideas on “how to maximize” the Fun, we are always happy to share great ideas!  This year we are celebrating our 37th year in business here on Kauai and yes, we know how to help you have a good time here on the Garden Island!

That’s why, today… we are happy to share with you 5 Things Everyone Loves About Vacations to help you get excited about your upcoming getaway! Things like:

1.) Staying in a great location with lots of things to see and do… 
2.) Relaxing in a beautiful and comfortable home, cottage, condo and/or estate accommodation… 
3.) Doing FUN activities for kids, adults, and grandparents!
4.) Planning “extra room” for Friends who want to come along with you…
5.) And saving plenty of time for relaxation!
 
With this in mind, we are kicking off our 2015 Kauai Vacation Planning Guide! Yes, all these great things are possible here on Kauai and we are ready to help you get your next holiday confirmed – and that begins with just a few clicks of your mouse and a few gestures with your touchscreen!

And what a great time to visit as we celebrate the birth date and Festival of Prince Kuhio, Hawaii’s first native Hawaiian Prince to become the first and only Hawaiian royal to be elected as a delegate to the United States Congress!
So while you read… think about this: when was the last time YOU took a vacation? Now keep that in mind while you read about all the great things waiting for you on Kauai.  And remember: we are waiting for your calls and emails saying: “here I come!”   :- )

 

Celebrating Prince Kuhio  

Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi was born on March 26, 1871, to the reigning House of Kalākaua. Known for his ever present smile and the twinkle in his eye, he was affectionately known as “Prince Cupid.” – a nickname he retained throughout his life.

According to Wikipedia, Kūhiō was elected delegate to the U.S. Congress in a landslide victory. He served from March 4, 1903 until his death, winning a total of ten elections. During this time, he instituted local government at the county level creating the county system still used today throughout Hawaii.

Prince Kūhiō died on January 7, 1922 and was interred near his royal family at the Royal Mausoleum, known as Mauna ʻAla in Nuʻuanu on the island of Oʻahu. Prince Kūhiō Day, every March 26th, is a state holiday that honors his birth – and all of Kauai celebrates his memory with 2 weeks of activities, and you’re invited to join the FUN.
Photo: Wikipedia

 

Great Things to Do: Prince Kuhio Days… Fun for the Whole Family!

                                                            
The organizers of the 2015 Prince Kuhio Days Celebration have put together two GREAT weeks of activities starting with the Prince Kuhio Commemorative Ceremonies with the Royal Order of Kamehameha at 10 AM, March 21st, at Prince Kuhio Park on Lawai Road. 

The official site invites you to “observe the protocol of honoring Prince Kuhio's birthday with ho`okupu (gifts), hula (dance), and oli (chant). Ceremonies, song and dance reflect Native Hawaiian traditional cultural practices. Open to the public with some tent seating and lawn seating.” 
Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat! : - )

Then on Sunday, March 22nd, come watch Kauai’s youth participate in the Prince Kuhio Rodeo at CJM Stables, from 9 AM to 4 PM. There is barrel racing, pole bending, goat racing; and plenty of horseback riding, an important part of Kauai culture.

This event is FREE and still, there are so many more great events for you to Enjoy! We will share a lot of them on our Facebook page and Twitter feed, so keep an eye out for those – and, if you want to jump right in you can see a detailed list of activities, here!
Photos: PrinceKuhio.net                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Location, Location, Location! Enjoy Staying on the East Side of Kauai!

There are many more FUN things to do on Kauai this year. In February, our Feature story talked about the many ways of planning a Romantic Getaway – and we also explored the North Shore. This month, we are continuing our island tour by exploring the East Side!  Often called the Royal Coconut Coast, the East Side has beautiful homes and condos with ocean views that are ready for your arrival. Let us show you a couple of locations you can confirm right now on our website:

Kealia Landing House sits on a bluff overlooking wide, sandy Kealia Beach with unforgettable panoramic views of Kauai's east coast. This picturesque view extends ten miles to the Hoary Mountain range and from this wonderful cul-de-sac in an historic mill community, recreational possibilities abound!

Walk down the path to a breakwater-protected section of the beach and stroll through secluded beaches “for miles” on Kauai’s newly paved 'Emerald Lei' pedestrian/bike path, right below the house. Two miles on the path in the other direction leads you right into Old Kapaa Town which, according to Forbes Magazine, is one of the 15 Prettiest Towns in America.

WOW!  You ready for floor-to-ceiling windows, ten-foot-high Honduras mahogany ceilings, and warm-stained concrete floors? They are just a few of the features this modern-elegant and very private home waiting for you – plus, it is perfectly designed and furnished for three couples! There is a separate den with great views of the Pacific (also doubles as an office) and the incredible Hawaiian library houses many books about Kauai and its history! Are you Excited? (We know your Friends will be… if you invite them to join you!)
Kauai Beach Villas H-4 is another great place waiting for you! This lovely, two-bedroom oceanfront condominium is located on the second floor – and it helps fill your days and evenings with awesome ocean views. It is spacious and attractively furnished to provide all the comforts of home!

Enjoy tropical breezes and a beautiful garden vista from one of two private lanais with a view that extends for miles! Plus, your spectacular white sandy beach is just a few steps away.  What a great location for watching the sun rise!

Take leisurely walks along the coast and take time to just relax on the beach with eternally peaceful moments. Within the Kauai Beach Villas resort, you can lounge by the swimming pool, luxuriate in the jet spa, and play tennis on one of four courts. A short distance away, golfers can meet the challenge at oceanfront Wailua Golf Course. There are many activities offered nearby (seasonal swimming, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, hiking, sightseeing, shopping) – and spending the day touring the Garden Island's gorgeous sights is a great way of taking a break from all the activities back home.

You ready to come to Kauai?  Great!  Let’s now take a look at some historic sites, sight-seeing locations, and some of Kauai’s beautiful beaches! 

Sightseeing: View an Ancient Fishpond


Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the Alekoko Menehune Fishpond is a great place to experience ancient Kauai history! Located just minutes from Lihue, this pond shows ancient technology that was created to catch fish.

Alekoko Menehune Fishpond is believed to have been built by mythical Menehune, an ancient race of Kauaians who were very small, very skilled, and had supernatural strength. According to story, the pond was built in one night!

This cool feat of ancient engineering is near the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge and can be seen from an overlook on Hulemalu Road.
Photo: CC/flickr: abnormalcy                                


View the Sleeping Giant


Located between Wailua and Kapaa, the Nounou Mountain Range has a nickname: “Sleeping Giant.” Look at the photo above, shared by GoHawaii. Do you see it? The range looks like a giant lying down to take a nap.

According to legend, a giant was fooled into eating rocks and afterwards took a nap from which he never awoke.
When you get to Kauai, be sure to keep your eyes open for this majestic view. Our athletic guests can also hike along the mountain on Nounou Trail. The views are breathtaking and are worth the two-mile hike – and ALWAYS remember to tell your travel mates where you are going, when you plan to return – and bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks for when you get hungry!
Photo: Gohawaii.com

Spend Some Quality Time on the Beach

By now, we can tell the East Side is full of FUN and EXCITING things to do – and when it comes to the beaches, there are plenty of options!

Kauai Beach Scoop has some great descriptions of Anahola Beach Park and Kealia Beach. Plus, Lydgate Park is GREAT for families and first-time snorkelers! So if your idea of “beach time” is playing in the water, building sand castles, exploring sea life under the ocean surface, or riding the waves on the North Shore, Kauai’s beaches have limitless possibilities.

And to remind you: always be safe when swimming, tell your Friends and Family where you are going, only swim at beaches where lifeguards are on duty, and always wear lots of sunscreen! : -)

Now, imagine yourself HERE (below) on Kealia Beach, relaxing along Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast!
 

 Image:  Wikipedia CC

Yes, There is PLENTY of Room for your Friends!

Friends make GREAT companions on vacation! They add more Fun when it comes to sharing laughs, admiring the views, and making special moments with the people who are closest to you. In fact, when you let them know you are coming to Kauai, watch how their faces get excited for you.  Then, when you invite them to come along, watch how that look of amazement grows stronger!

Many of our accommodations work great for couples traveling together. If you have any special questions, give us a call and we will assist you in finding a GREAT vacation residence close to all the things you love to do. : -)

Now, Let’s Put Your 2015 Travel Guide to Work!

2015 is in full swing.  Remember those resolutions you made on New Year’s Eve? Your commitment to self, Family, and Relaxation? Now is a great time to keep making all these things come true!

On your next break and after the kids are tucked in, and just before you power off the computer for the day… come visit our website and let us help you start planning your next vacation!  Good thing for all of us, the Internet is open 24/7!

Now… stop day dreaming and let’s get you ready for Kauai! Below, we are sharing a couple more Featured Properties AND all our Friends know we share Wiki Wiki Wednesday Specials every week on Facebook and Twitter, where we post AMAZING accommodations that are Fun, accessible, and waiting for you! 

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

Come Catch the Play Matilda’s Waltz

The Kauai Community Players are putting on the play, Matilda’s Waltz, on March 13th, 14th and 15th. The play is about the millions of armed service men who waited in Hawaii before being shipped off to World War II.  The play also explores a local family, the Whitney Family, and their struggles during this time.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here!

Prince Kuhio Artisan Fair

Come Explore and pick up an authentic Kauai souvenir at Poipu Beach Park in Poipu. Celebrate Prince Kuhio Days by visiting the Garden Isle Artisan Fair, from 9 AM to 3 PM!

Forty different Kauai artisans are showcasing their amazing work… come get something to help you always remember your time on Kauai!



Check out the Kauai Orchid and Art Festival

The 9th annual Kauai Orchid and Art Festival is happening in Historic Hanapepe Town, March 27th and 28th.  Enjoy GREAT food and a FREE CONCERT while admiring plenty of unique and beautiful orchids.

The event takes place at Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church and more info is available here

More Fun at Prince Kuhio Days!


Join the celebration March 21st  through March 29th  and celebrate Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole's birthday! Many events are free of charge and below, we have a video that will help you get you excited!


Video: Princekuhio.net

We know 2015 is the year for YOU to be on Kauai – and NOW is the time to treat yourself. So let’s start the fun!

 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Breathe In the Love of Kauai – Your Romance Guide for 2015!


Every Valentine’s Day we pause for a moment and think about all of our guests who return to Kauai each year to rekindle their romance with a Fun-filled vacation and some much needed rest and relaxation. We also think about our new Friends coming to Kauai for the first time with their sweetheart, in search a one-of-a-kind paradise vacation. This month, we are excited to present our new Feature story and 2015 Romance Guide to help everyone prepare for an awesome, 3-day island Romance tour that you can have any time of the year! 

You see, cupid made a special stop on Kauai to help us expand the thrill of Romance all over the island – and we can all feel it, from the East Side to the West Side and from the North Shore to the South Shore. NOW is a perfect time to come and Enjoy Kauai’s great locations for holding hands, sunset gazing, and elegant dining. Plus, this month is the 39th Annual Waimea Town Celebration of CommUnity, adding even more Fun and smiles around every corner!  

Consider turning on some romantic music while reading this page and be sure to download and post our checklist on your refrigerator AND share on your Facebook page. That way you and your mate can start getting excited for your next Garden Island vacation in 2015!

So cue the music and let’s put you in the mood for a walk on the beach, a romantic dinner, and a little “home time” where you can experience Ma'ane'i No Ke Aloha Ke'ia – a Hawaiian phrase that invites you to experience the many ways of Sharing and Being in Love on Kauai!



Spotlight on the North Shore – Romance and So Much More!



Let’s start our “3-Day Love Tour” taking in the North Shore’s awe-inspiring beauty: white sandy beaches, bountiful taro fields, and picturesque mountain views. There is so much to explore and every day you’ll be amazed and inspired by the many ways of having a unique and romantic adventure that you’ll always remember. And, when you feel like relaxing, stay home and Enjoy a romantic dinner in your cozy, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation!  Sounds nice, yeah?  Let’s get our Romance tour started! : -)

Day 1: Exploring Hanalei Town


Start your romantic island tour on the North Shore in beautiful Hanalei Town. Known for its colorful shops, museums and restaurants… Hanalei has plenty of activities for you and your mate to discover, starting with the Waioli Mission House Museum. Constructed in 1837 as a residence for Christian missionaries, the restored home and grounds showcase beautiful furnishings, period artifacts, and Hawaiian memorabilia that lets us see what life was like during 19th century Kauai!

USA Today names Waioli Mission House Museum in its “10 Best” historic sites on Kauai and an early morning visit is a great way of settling into the sweet and rhythmic pace of “island time” – a feeling that helps you slow down and appreciate every moment of being with your sweetheart. 

Photo: CC Wikipedia



Hanalei Valley Lookout


Continue your first day with a short drive to Hanalei Valley Lookout. Located off Highway 560, make sure to look for a “pull out” on the mauka (mountain) side of the road, just past the Princeville shopping center while heading west. This great lookout spot features sweeping views of Hanalei Bay, the mountains, and the lush valley in between.

If you and your special someone love being surrounded by natural beauty, get ready for some “cuddle time” while taking in some of the most breathtaking views of Kauai with an occasional rainbow.  :- )
 


Photo: CC Wikipedia




Hanalei Bay and Pier


After a day of seeing Kauai’s natural and historic wonders, grab lunch at one of the many fun restaurants in Hanalei followed by a walk on Hanalei Bay’s two-mile beach. Romance abounds when you’re surrounded by lush mountain landscapes. 

According to WikipediaThe wetlands of Hanalei Bay were used to grow taro by ancient Hawaiians. By the 1860s, the new crop was rice, which was shipped to Honolulu to become the second largest export crop of the islands. The Hanalei Pier was built to help Hanalei farmers move their crops to market. The covered pier's location near the mouth of the Hanalei River and Black Pot Beach has long been a favorite family gathering place for fishing, picnicking, swimming, and playing.


Take a look at the photo above, shared from Wikipedia CC contributor Jawed Karim. At the end of a wonderful day of sightseeing along Hanalei Bay Beach Park, experience a beautiful sunset while standing on the world-famous Hanalei Pier.

Wow! Sounds like a perfect day in paradise… just wait until Day 2!

Day 2: Touring Princeville and the North Shore



To the east of Hanalei Town is world-renowned Princeville. Named in honor of a visit by Prince Albert Kamehameha in the year 1860, Princeville is known for its elegant resorts, championship golf courses, and world-class hospitality. Just outside of town, take a journey to family-owned Princeville Ranch for a romantic hike and/or horseback ride to Kalihiwai Falls. For lunch, load your backpack with poetry plus snacks and sandwiches you can pick up at Princeville Market. You’ll find great meals like super food smoothies and daily fresh-made sandwiches!  Yum!  Here’s a peek at the menu!


Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge



After your morning outdoors, take a 16-minute drive from Princeville to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of the best places on Kauai to view animals in their natural habitat, including some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds, spinner dolphins, monk seals, and Hawaii’s state bird, the nēnē. This setting is a nature enthusiast’s dream! 

Next, take a stroll to Kauai’s northernmost point and explore the centerpiece of this treasured area, the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse. Gaze out to the Pacific Ocean view and expand your love in Kauai’s sweet fresh air. One breath in while admiring the view will reveal why this is one of Kauai’s most popular tourist attractions!

Enjoy An Early Dinner at Makana Terrace


It is true. Makana Terrace is one of our favorite spots to Enjoy a great meal. The menu is scrumptious and the view is mesmerizing. Check out the picture below!  Can you see yourself sitting here with your mate, sipping a delicious tropical beverage while the sounds of the ocean help you lose yourself in the surroundings of paradise? 

You can?  So can we! : -)


And here’s a preview of the menu that awaits you!

- From 5:30 PM and on, feast on Hand-Crafted Sushi

- Sundays, make a reservation for champagne brunch from 11AM until 2:30PM

- For dinner, take a look at the Makana Terrace menu that includes Lobster Summer Rolls, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Fennel Spiced Grilled Ahi, and Filet Mignon! 

OMGosh. We’ll be right back.  We’re gonna run out and make a reservation for ourselves, really fast.  ;- )   Have a fun and magical evening as we get ready for…


Day 3: Your Adventure to the Na Pali Coast

For one of the most breathtaking views in all of Hawaii, spend some time seeing Na Pali Coast. Words can barely describe its majestic views and lush landscapes and we can assure you, you’ll have fun telling your Friends all about it!

There are a few ways to see our beautiful coastline: by air, by boat, and by hiking – and soon, in the upcoming film, “Jurassic World” – the latest installment of the dinosaur adventure movie series, opening June 12, 2015!
 

 Photo:  CC Wikipedia

You can shape your day based on the mode of transportation you choose. Make this an all-day event, take a morning or afternoon air tour, and/or take a sunset boating adventure. Every option lets you spend time outdoors with your sweetheart on an exquisite tropical day on an island surrounded by the crystal blue Pacific Ocean.

It is quite possible that by Day 3, the Garden Island will help you forget about your daily routines back home while helping you spring forward into a relaxing, romance-filled vacation with your one and only Valentine! And if you stay longer, you’ll discover more and more Fun things to see and do – and you’ll want to return to Kauai over and over again!

Beyond the North Shore – Romance Abounds All Over Kauai! 


Everywhere you look on Kauai, a perfect spot awaits your opportunity to expand a new relationship, energize a romantic flame, and bask in Kauai’s natural beauty. More North Shore beaches for you to Enjoy include Lumahai Beach and Ke’e Beach, and a South Shore beach favorite is Poipu Beach,where you can snuggle on the sand with a picnic lunch for two.

Speaking of food, here are a few more places to Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner:

- In the morning, grab a cup of Kauai Coffee at Lappert’s Hawaii – and stop by again in the afternoon for some of their delicious ice cream.

- Duke’s Kauai is a classic spot for a casual lunch with a menu that features both Island and American cuisine.

- For the ultimate romantic culinary adventure, consider a private candle-lit dinner from a private chef.

Love is always in the air all over Kauai and the best part is:  we have a place for you to stay! In fact, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has over 200+ accommodations that fit everyone’s idea of a perfect island getaway – and our website is just a click away!

Imagine the look in your sweetheart’s eyes when you surprise them with a relaxing and romantic vacation on Kauai. You ready?  Let’s get your vacation plans started!


More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 


The 2015 Waimea Town Celebration!


The 2015 Waimea Town Celebration is a week-long Festival full of live entertainment and recreational events for adults and keiki (children). From February 14th through the 21st, the Waimea community celebrates the proud culture and history of Kauai with a Hawaiian rodeo, canoe races, stand-up paddle races, a Fun Run, ice cream eating, ukulele contests, cultural exhibits, and so much more! 

 

The Fun culminates in a two-day Heritage of Aloha Hoʻolauleʻa, February 20th through 21st, featuring entertainment on a big stage with local food booths, games and rides, craft vendors, and a beverage garden.


For a full schedule of activities, visit the official site here and check out the video below. The 2015 Waimea Town Celebration is presented by West Kauai Business & Professional Association!



Celebration of the Year of the King Kaumuali'i



The year’s Festival honoring Kauai's last king, Kaumuali’i, features local musical artists on Sunday, February 15th at Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park. Makahiki games and guided tours begin at 11 AM with a formal program taking place from 12 noon until 5 PM.

The Festival includes a play depicting historic events of the King’s life, special hula performances by Kauai halau, and original songs written for Kaumuali’i, performed live by their composers… including Kimo Keaulana, Keikilani Lindsey, Leo Lindsey, Cindy Combs and other haku mele.  

Admission is Free and food and drinks are available for purchase. For more info, click here!

Come Learn Hula at the 17th Annual E Pili Kakou I Ho`okahi Lahui!



Have you always wanted to learn hula? On February 20th, 21st, and 22nd – your opportunity awaits you! Come join non-hula dancers, hula students, leaders, experts and teachers in an open event that teaches everyone how to celebrate the hula!

Learn and experience new dances, meet new friends, learn several levels of hula, and sign up for specialized classes for all ages and levels of experience. This year’s event is expected to attract over 400 attendees from all over Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, as well as Japan, Canada, and Europe!

This year’s workshop in Lihue takes place at The Kauai Beach Resort. For more info, visit the official site, here!

Take Some of Kauai Home at the Kauai Island Crafters Fair

E Komo Mai – Welcome, come in! The Kauai Island Crafters Fair is the place to be on Saturday, February 28 from 8 AM to 2 PM, where you’ll find an amazing array of quality, hand-made products from Kauai’s own artisan community.

Take home beautifully crafted handbags, Hawaiian quilts, Kauai scenic photography and paintings, carved hardwood tikis, bone and shell jewelry, Kauai souvenirs, and much more. The event takes place at Church of the Pacific, 5-4280 Kuhio Highway, Princeville.

For more details, click here.

Breathe In the Love of Kauai

The thrill of Romance awaits you around every corner on Kauai and to help get your vacation plans started, start browsing our website today! You’ll find a perfect accommodation waiting for you to call it home! 

We look forward to seeing you here on the Garden Island, and remember to get your FREE Kauai Romance Guide by clicking here.



See you soon!

Aloha!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Infinite Possibilities For Fun On Kauai!



Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!!! That’s how we say “Happy New Year” in Hawaiian and we want to wish YOU a very Happy 2015! The year is off to a great start and we are excited to share some of the many wonderful events coming to the Garden Island in the upcoming weeks and months ahead – so you can start getting excited for your next, well deserved vacation!

In this month’s Feature story we are shining the spotlight on Kauai’s West Side, where you can hike, bike, discover art, and do so much more! Then in February, come Enjoy the Waimea Town Festival, followed by Prince Kuhio Celebrations in March! In June, come back for the King Kamehameha Celebration and Parade. In July, come have fun with us at Koloa Plantation Days. And in August… come rock the night away at the Kauai Music Festival!

Wow!  What a Fun year ahead!  And yes, there is always plenty of time to kick back, build sand castles, take a walk on the beach, take a fishing expedition, and play a round of golf in paradise. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can do all of these things in one day! Then again… having one new adventure each day is a GREAT way to celebrate your awesome New Year – and all these activities are just a mouse click away! 

Are you starting to feel the rhythm of Kauai?! In addition to this year’s Festivals, we have more exciting ways to Enjoy Kauai that we will share in our upcoming Feature stories! And the best part is: you can stay with us!  

Be sure to keep an eye on our Wiki Wiki Wednesday Specials and Featured Properties that we post on our Facebook Wall and Twitter Page. They help you learn about homes, condos and cottages we have available throughout the North and South Shores, East and West Sides!

All across Kauai, we have a place ready for your arrival and we look forward to seeing you very soon!  :- )
 


Spotlight on Kauai’s West Side

 

Waimea Canyon

Do you know Kauai’s West Side is home to some of the most historic and scenic places in Hawaii? The most famous is Waimea Canyon. Often called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it is nearly ten miles long and in some places more than 3,000 feet deep! The word Waimea means “red water” in Hawaiian, in reference to the canyon’s red soil, which creates beautiful vistas alongside green vegetation. 

 

Waimea Town Celebration

Coming February 14th through the 21st, the annual Waimea Town Celebration brings live entertainment and FUN for adults and keiki (children) of all ages. This is the largest and oldest celebration on Kauai’s West Side, highlighting the proud history of “commUNITY" with a week of cultural and recreational events.

Waimea Town Celebration events include a Hawaiian rodeo, canoe races and stand-up paddle races, a celebration for Kaumualiʻi (Kauai's last king), a film festival, softball and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, a Fun Run (10K, 5K, 2K), hat lei, ice cream eating and ukulele contests, cultural exhibits and more!  Wow that sounds Fun!!

The event culminates in a two-day Heritage of Aloha Hoʻolauleʻa (February 20th to 21st) featuring continuous entertainment on a big stage with local food booths, games and rides for the keiki, craft vendors, and a beverage garden.

Ready to join the Fun? Check out this video preview, presented by West Kauai Business & Professional Association! 



Koke’e State Park

Just north of Waimea is another Kauai West Side gem for your list of things to see and do. Koke’e State Park is known for its lush native vegetation, forest birds, and waterfalls – and can be explored in detail at the Koke’e Natural History Museum. Entrance to the museum is Free and open to the public 365 days a year. The park has panoramic views of the Kalalau Valley, several tent camping locations, and beautiful hiking trails that provide breathtaking views of Waimea Canyon.

 

Hanapepe Town

Another great place to visit on Kauai’s West Side is the beautiful coastal town, Hanapepe. Widely considered the art capitol of Kauai, Hanapepe features several local art galleries and is the backdrop for films including The Thornbirds and Flight of the Intruder. It is also the inspiration for the hometown of the main characters in Disney’s Lilo & Stitch.

After visiting the galleries, take a walk on the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge and be sure to stop by Talk Story Bookstore, the western-most bookstore in the United States!

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

 

Kauai Community Players Present: The Last Five Years – through January 31st

Kauai’s premier performing troupe the Kauai Community Players is presenting a play called The Last Five Years. A contemporary, song-cycle musical, the performance chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up -- or from break-up to meeting, depending on your perspective!

The show is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress, told from his point of view going forward in time and hers going backwards, until they meet in the middle at their wedding.
Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7PM p.m. and Sundays at 4PM.   For tickets and more info, click here!

Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki – January 17th


Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki is a sporting event at Kapa'a Beach Park honoring the traditional time of year, from November through February, when Lono, the god of agriculture and peace, ruled the land. One of the ways that Lono is honored is through friendly competition.
This year’s event features 10 traditional Hawaiian games, including Haka Moa, Ulu Maika, O'oihe, Moa Pahe'e, Pa Uma Uma, Kukini, Pohaku Ho'oikaika, and Hukihuki – plus a Konane tournament. Everyone above the age of 5 is invited to participate in multiple events. Awards are given for first through third place overall, as well as for each event and division. There are also cultural demonstrations, community displays, a Kauai-made craft fair, and Ono Hawaiian food.

Kauai Voices: Music of the Heart – January 16th & 17th 


Kauai Voices is the Garden Island’s popular 40-voice choral ensemble. This January, they present a remarkable musical journey of love -- good love, bad love, new love, love gained, love lost – and more! Featuring songs from movies including Rent, West Side Story, Chicago, and The Pajama Game. Music from beloved composers Bernstein, Sondheim, Gershwin, The Eagles, The Beatles, and James Taylor make this live performance a great way of having Fun while Enjoying your vacation. 

Concerts take place in Lihue at St. Michael and All Angels Church on January 16th and 17th.


The 11th Annual Kauai Wellness Expo – January 24th – 25th

The 11th Annual Kauai Wellness Expo inspires all of us to take care of ourselves, our ohana, and the land. This year’s theme is Mahalo – Gratitude and Appreciation, celebrating men’s wellness. Explore various issues facing our island men today: health, career, retirement and aging, and more.

Learn Hawaiian healing arts and how each one connects to the land and the Hawaiian people’s origins – la’au lapa’au, ho’oponopono, lomilomi, hula, and other wellness aspects in the Hawaiian culture. Lectures, workshops and demonstrations will take place on both days of the Expo at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Center in Lihue on Kauai.  We’ll see you there!


Join Us in Celebrating Infinite Possibilities For Fun On Kauai


What an exciting year we have ahead of us! Every month, every day, and every hour on Kauai is a great opportunity to Explore, Relax, Enjoy, and Share adventures all over the Garden Island. Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming Feature stories so you’ll know exactly what to do when you arrive for your next vacation. 

Also, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for weekly specials we call “Wiki Wiki Wednesday”! That’s where you’ll find great places to stay at special rates for all of our guests. Cheers to a great 2015 and remember… all of us at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc are ready assist you in creating your amazing vacation!  See you soon!

- Aloha!