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Monday, September 8, 2014

My Spectacular Summer Vacation on Kauai!












It’s September! Fall is here and there are so many things to be excited about. The leaves are changing colors, in many parts of the world and kids going back to school. Seems like it was only yesterday when we started our Spectacular Summer Vacation Countdown on Kauai and when we think about all our Friends who visited Kauai this year AND chose Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc to help them create an amazing, fun-filled vacation… we grow great big smiles on our faces!

And what a summer of Fun!  Water Adventures, Hiking the Great Outdoors, Relaxing and Unwinding on Kauai, Fun Kauai Nights, and Your Next Kauai Adventure! Days upon days upon nights were spent exploring, having Fun, and celebrating well deserved time off on one of the most beautiful islands in the world!

A great part of all the Fun for us is reading the comments our Friends post on our Facebook wall and the messages they share on Twitter! Like, when one Friend sends to another, “I want YOU to meet me on Kauai!” – and then we get to watch their Friends start assembling their vacation plans right in front of our eyes J And when they call us to book a home, cottage, condo or villa…it’s like we are already part of their vacation!

Today we are sharing a Fun story from one of our Facebook Friends who just got back home after vacationing on the South Shore! She talks about reading our posts and how they kept her and her family excited for their trip and how they look forward to staying with us on their next vacation!

Fall and winter holidays are just around the corner and next month we are sharing information about Kauai’s great golf courses. We also invite you to check out our website and browse for an accommodation you can call you VERY own vacation destination!

My Spectacular Summer Vacation On Kauai!

Ahhhhh.  Just thinking about my vacation makes me want to head back to the airport tomorrow morning! I spent 6 days on the South Shore in August and every day felt like I won a dream vacation right out of a magazine! 

I am a single mom who works around the clock and rarely takes time for vacation. And every day this year I kept seeing these awesome photos posted by Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc and sometimes I would just sit in front of my computer screen rubbing suntan lotion on my arms while drinking iced tea with a little umbrella poking out above the rim of my glass. Then I would close my eyes and imagine myself stand up paddle boarding while Poipu Beach glistens in the background.

Then it dawned on me.  I CAN BE THAT PERSON in the photo!  I WANT to go to the Hukilua! I AM the woman sitting on the boat gliding through paradise watching my kid’s hair blowing in the wind. So without hesitation I called my mom and said “how would you like to go to Kauai with me and my daughter?!?!” 

She howled with excitement and set the phone down suddenly and, before I knew it, she was walking through my front door!  (She lives close by!)  She was already wearing her sun hat talking about the movie “South Pacific” and with that burst of excitement I became even more excited!  The days flew by as we started planning all our adventures, and thanks to all the Fun things Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc shares on Facebook, we knew a fantastic vacation was about to unfold! 

And oh how fun it was!  When my Friends at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc asked me to share my “Top 5 Highlights” from my Spectacular Summer Vacation on Kauai, I did not hesitate. Believe me, if you are looking for a great vacation destination to please a child under 10, a grandma/mom over 70, and a business woman over… eh… well let’s just say “forever 30”… Kauai should be at the top of everyone’s list! 


Highlight 1:  Being Flexible on Island Time!

Before getting to Kauai, I researched lots of Fun things to do and I made a list. Then when I got to Kauai, I just decided to “let each day happen.” That means on some days I got to rise with the sun and meditate and do yoga on the beach. Other days, my daughter woke me up with her own list of things she wanted to do. 

Every day we had options, like Kauai Backcountry Tubing at the former Lihue Plantation, a day at sea with Captain Andy’s Na Pali Coast Tour, and spending time in the glorious sun at Poipu Beach. Yes, the “organizing” side of my brain wanted to plan every moment and every meal in advance – and somehow, letting it all go and “flowing” day-to-day made this Kauai vacation extra special. I know my family and I will remember it forever!

My vote: Be flexible and let things happen! It is Kauai time!

 

Highlight 2: SNUBA!®

Seriously, I had never heard that word before nor did I know what it was until we got there. What a blast!


SNUBA® is a cross between “snorkeling” and shallow water “scuba” – without the need to get certified or having to be an expert underwater diver! For me, that means grandma could have an underwater swim with my daughter and me while being expertly watched by a SNUBA® instructor/guide. 
The website says it is like swimming in a giant aquarium surrounded by tropical fish. It was more like exploring “under the sea” where we would expect to find Ariel (the Little Mermaid) and her underwater friends Flounder and Sebastian. It was so much Fun and the activity includes expert instruction with the convenience of always being 20 feet away from the “security” raft floating on the surface.
My vote:  Thumbs up for family Fun for all ages!


Highlight 3:  Catamaran on Na Pali Coast

Captain Andy knows how to deliver a great time! Trip Advisor ranks it the #1 in tourist attractions on Kauai and getting to see parts of the island that are inaccessible by car made us feel like we were on an adventure, custom-made for us! 

The activity’s official website says “This fifteen-mile stretch of rugged coastline on the northwest shore of Kauai literally means "the Cliffs." Much of Na Pali Coast is inaccessible due to its characteristic sheer cliffs that drop straight down, thousands of feet into the ocean. Sailing, rafting and hiking are the best ways to experience Na Pali's myriad of natural wonders.”

I am so glad we took this tour! We saw dolphins, Flying fish, and everywhere we looked there were amazing views!



On this trip we took the Sunset Cruise, which is great because we got to see Kauai lit up by the twilight sun. There is also a daytime cruise that can be paired with snorkeling, which is exactly what we will be doing for sure on our next trip!

My vote:  Stunning scenery a GREAT way to see the beauty of Kauai : - ) 


Highlight 4: Surf Lessons and Poipu Beach

I was determined to learn how to surf on this trip and my daughter was like, “you’re doing it – I am doing it!” So we were excited to book with Kauai Surf School



The waves on the South Shore were perfect and the instructors are very friendly! This school is great for people of all ages and although my mom didn’t hang ten on the surf board, she had a great time taking lots of pictures!
After our day of surfing, we took time to “relax” and kick back on Poipu Beach. I did the research and the tips Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc share on Twitter are true! It is a GREAT beach for families! Body surfing, snorkeling, and the shallow protected area is ideal for kids. We had turtle sightings every day and the Nukumoi Surf Shop across the street is convenient for water shoes or anything else you may need for a day at the beach!



My vote:  The instructors at Kauai Surf School are awesome and Poipu Beach is also a perfect spot for sunrise yoga and morning runs!


Highlight 5: Good Drive and Stops

I love that we rented a car on Kauai. It really gave us the ability to do whatever we wanted and Enjoy our vacation “family time.”  Another highlight is the 2-mile hike we took at Shipwrecks Beach.  It is part of the Mahaulepu Heritage Beach Trail.

According to the website: it is the last stretch of undeveloped coastline on the South Shore. The Mahaulepu Heritage Beach Trail is a great coastal hike that takes you from the southeast corner of Shipwrecks Beach / Keoiloa Bay along sand-dune cliffs, Kiawe trees, limestone formations and rocky inlets where you can see sea turtles and Hawaiian Monk Seals.

My photo on the right shows the terrain and I want to say… when you are standing here, you feel a majestic sense of peace and tranquility that makes you feel like you are really on vacation in a place far from the routines back home.

Another great spot we visited is Spouting Horn. Also on the South Shore, waves push water through a rock formation and water then sprays up into the air, like a Hawaiian Old Faithful. Nearby shops are totally cute and a great place to buy souvenirs and jewelry, which I am wearing now!  : - )



Then there is Wailua Falls. The beautiful water flowing overhead made me feel like I was in the opening shot of “Fantasy Island!” The plane, the plane! The double waterfall is magical!

My vote: Rent a car. It will allow you the freedom to fully explore Kauai!


Already Looking Forward to My Next Trip Back!

I have been home for about 2 weeks now and every morning when I wake up, I think about the smile on my face, my daughter’s face, and my mom’s face.  Kauai is a wonderful vacation destination with hiking and activities we all Enjoyed. In the back of my mind, I pictured Kauai as a perfect place to chill, kick back on the ocean, and do nothing. Well…. There was certainly “chill” time, and there are also plenty of FUN activities for everyone – and being outdoors spending quality time with my family was a reward and a spectacular treat.

We did “chill” one day, and for the most part I started my day at 6 AM with yoga, then did a big activity at 9 AM or 1 PM or 3 PM (that's when the tour-type things leave). I probably spent at least 2 hours a day in the pool or at the beach. And yes, we definitely found time for shopping!

We love Poipu Shopping Village and The Shops at Kukui'ula Village, where we bought clothes, souvenirs, and ate some fabulous meals. I would say I was pretty active on this 6-day holiday and I still found time to read, take a nap, and keep my 10-year old moving and having Fun.

I now know where I want to vacation every chance I can! My daughter wants to move there and says it was the best trip ever. She basically lived in the water and even though our schedule was busy, it didn’t feel over programmed. In fact, it was exquisitely perfect.  : -)

Now, the memories of making leis, taking hula lessons, feeding koi, surfing, snuba’ing, shopping, tubing, and hiking have me smiling and counting the days till our next visit.
I am looking forward to Kauai any time of year!

Things to See and Do on Kauai in the Next Few Weeks!

Enjoy a Culinary Romp Through Paradise
Ready for a mouth-watering meal made of fresh, local ingredients? Then join us for a unique culinary romp through paradise, led by Marta Lane. This wonderful tour introduces you to some of Kauai’s food growers and makers. Stroll through an exotic fruit orchard, taste local seasonal fruit, and meet executive chef Guy Higa during a cooking demonstration.


Stroll through an exotic fruit orchard, taste local seasonal fruit, and meet executive chef Guy Higa during a cooking demonstration. 

Enjoy a four-course gourmet meal that is made from local Kauai ingredients! Meal choices change seasonally and have included Kauai Fresh Farms Grilled Eggplant and Lettuce Salad with Chef’s Garden Herbs Vinaigrette; Kaneshiro Farms Crispy Pork Belly Plantation Style; Kauai Shrimp with Wailua Herb Butter and Fresh Pasta; Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with Poha Berry Sauce.

The tour concludes when you meet either the distiller or brewer and learn about artesian rum and beer while you drink handcrafted Kauai cocktails!  
Tickets are $140 and more info is available here!

Photo: Tasting Kauai

Check out the Kauai Mokihana Festival!

Get ready for the week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, staring September 21st!
Music, a hula competition, a craft fair, and workshops are happening throughout the island. Sounds like fun?
Grab tickets and additional information, here!

Photo: Kauai Festivals


Next Month We Celebrate Kauai’s Wonderful Golf Courses! 


Thanks for visiting us today!  We look forward to seeing you soon here on the Garden Island!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Your Kauai Adventure!








Every day we feel Joy the moment our guests book their Kauai vacation. We actually hear the Joy in their voice! A feeling of accomplishment. Working hard all year, thinking about when and where to take a vacation, and then the planning! Who has which day off… who will water the plants… where should we go… where should we stay? Then they call us!

Thinking about these phone calls gets us excited every time the phone rings! We know the moment our guests land on the Garden Island, their focus turns to REST, RELAXATION, and ADVENTURE!  Those magic moments when they let go, unwind, and let their mind embrace the “idea” of being on vacation – and oh, there are so many ways to have on Kauai!

A relaxing day at the beach. A hike along one of Kauai’s many scenic trails. A morning seaside Yoga session. Watching the tranquil sunset. A deep, calming massage. And capping it all off with a night on the town. Yes, that is what vacation is all about and that’s what we help our guests achieve.

In this new Feature story, we are happy to share another chapter in our Spectacular Summer Countdown! This time it’s all about Adventure! Being active, being outdoors, having as many great laughs and smiles as possible.  :- )   

So start thinking about your bike-riding gear, where you left your tennis racquet, and see yourself doing stand-up paddle boarding. Now is a great time to come to Kauai – and remember: your Friends at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc have over 35 years of experience helping guests create vacations they cherish forever – and we here ready to help get your vacation plans started, too! 

Now… are you ready for Adventure?  Great!! Let’s get started!

Grab a Bike and Explore the Garden Island!

Many of our guests Enjoy spending the day outside, riding bicycles along Kauai’s East Side! Ke Ala Hele Makalae (The Path that Goes by the Coast) is a picturesque, multi-purpose path trail that runs 4.1 miles between the Lihi Boat Ramp in central Kapaa and Ahihi Point in Kealia.

The trail also has 2.5 miles that run through Lydgate Beach Park, letting everyone have a wonderful day while peddling through paradise! Many people talk about the path being a wonderful way to walk, ride bikes, and explore Kauai’s breathtaking Royal Coconut Coast with Friends and Family. Let us know how you like to use the path!

For a more challenging ride, take a look at the Waimea Canyon Bicycle Downhill Tour presented by Outfitters Kauai!  The half-day exhilarating ride begins at an altitude of 3,600 feet and goes all the way to sea level. The website says the tour stops to “marvel at the dramatic canyon cliffs and dazzling Pacific,” and says the tour includes “the best views you can get, without even breaking a sweat!” 

That sounds Fun – and look at the view in the photo on the right! Looks like another beautiful way to spend time outdoors. Just remember to always be safe, wear a helmet, and bring water and snacks to sustain your energy!
Outfitters Kauai provides single-speed cruisers for their tours, with wide, comfy saddles (seats), high-rise handlebars, and disc brakes that are Fun and Easy to ride. On the East side, you can find bike rentals, safety gear, tips, and more fun ideas at Coconut Coasters!

Images courtesy: GoHawaii and Outfitters Kauai.


Grab Your Racquet and Head to the Tennis Court!

Wake your Friends and tell them to meet you on the court! Kauai has many tennis courts where you can have a rousing game of singles or doubles. Options include public courts, private lessons, and some of our accommodations have courts on site! Be sure to ask when you call!

Tennis is a great way of being active during your vacation. Lush tropical landscapes provide a stunning backdrop and the Kauai breeze helps keep you energized while scoring points. Tennis is also a Fun way to bond with Friends before having a wonderful dinner at your amazing Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation!

Photo courtesy KauaiTennis
  

Explore the Ocean on a Stand-up Paddle Board!

Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP for short, is an ancient Hawaiian tradition that is catching on all over. In the picture to the right, you can see it is the art of “Balance” and “Adventure” as you cascade across the Pacific Ocean!

Kauai is unique because you have the choice of practicing in the ocean or in calmer bay waters.  Hanalei Stand-Up Paddle offers boarding lessons for both beginners and experienced riders seeking to brush up on their skills. Lessons are available Monday through Saturday and fees range from $100 for one person, up to $260 for (4) students with an instructor included!
Want to learn more? Visit the information page, here

“Your kids might look at you differently when they find out you can walk on water!” That’s the catchy tag-line offered by the Jungle Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure from Outfitters Kauai! After receiving instruction on how to paddle, your tour begins with a hike to the “blue pool.” The web site says “Paddle and glide as we cruise downwind 2 miles along a tranquil jungle stream. While you’re perfecting your technique, Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge, ringed by the majestic Hau’pu Mountains.”

Sound like Fun? This unique Kauai experience is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost is $126 per adult and $96 for kids. You can book your tour and get more information, here!

Photos: Courtesy AdventureInHawaii.com and Outfitters Kauai

 

Hang 10 and Surf Kauai!

Now it’s time to grab our surfboard, wax it up, and hit the surf! If you are a beginner and have always wanted to learn how to hang ten, check out Kauai Surf School.  Located in Poipu, they offer private lessons, group lessons, and private 3-day clinics for groups of 3 to 6 people.

Established in 1999, Kauai Surf School is a GREAT place to learn the “ins and outs” of surfing, with tips on how to catch great waves.  Small class sizes ensure all attendees receive personal instruction in a Fun environment. Imagine the JOY you and your family will feel when you catch your first wave together.  : - )

When you are ready, Kauai has many GREAT places to catch waves.  From the South Shore beaches of Poipu to the North Shore and Hanalei, each beach has varying degrees of difficulty. Just remember: always be safe, stay in sight of lifeguards, and bring a Friend! Learn more about surfing on Kauai, here!

Photo: Courtesy KauaiSurfSchool


Run the Kauai Marathon!

Sunday, August 31st, the Kauai Marathon is coming to Poipu on the South Shore! Run past hula dancers and Taiko drummers who cheer you on while you run through Kauai’s beautiful countryside. The marathon and half marathon offer some of the most picturesque views of the Garden Island.

Look at the smiles on the faces of the runners shown below! They want YOU to share the Joy of accomplishment when you cross the finish line!  Want more information?  Great! Click here!



Photo: Courtesy KauaiMarathon

Relaxing After an Active Day!

After a fun day of playing tennis, paddleboarding, biking and/or surfing… grab a tropical beverage and relax! You earned this vacation, and August is the time to share Kauai with your Family and Friends – before everyone goes back to school in the fall. Great thing is… many of our accommodations have private lanais where you can lounge, admire the view, and reward yourself for a great year!

You ready to make your Kauai dream a reality? All it takes is a click over to our website where you can choose a home, villa, condo, cottage, or estate. Then, drop us an email or call us at (808) 245-8841 and toll-free at 800-367-5025 – and we will help you get your vacation plans confirmed!

We look forward to seeing you! 

- Aloha!


For more great inspiration, see our earlier Feature stories on Blogger: Water Adventures on KauaiHiking the Great Outdoors on Kauai, Relax and Unwind on Kauai, and Kauai Nights!

Things to See and Do on Kauai During the Next Few Weeks!


See Works of Art at the Kauai Sand Festival!

Saturday, August 2nd, head down to Black Pot Beach and join the Fun at this year’s Kauai Sand Festival.  See the finest sand/art sculptures made by Fun-loving guests and residents!  Want to participate? Great!  

Everyone is welcome to join in the day of activities!
Learn more, here!

Photo: Courtesy KauaiFestivals.com  


Enjoy Moonlight & Music in the Garden!

On Saturday, August 9th, dine under the stars “old Hawaii” style at Moonlight & Music! Starting at 6 PM, Enjoy a fabulous Poi supper while sipping tropical beverages!

This year’s event celebrates the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s 50th Anniversary of the Congressional Charter. Scheduled performers include Grammy-nominated group Ho‘okena, world-class ‘ōlapa hula (hula stylist) Nani Dudoit, two-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner, Brother Noland, Kaua'i favorites Wailoa, and a Special Appearance by Miss Hawai'i 2014 Stephanie Steuri.
Tickets are $150 and you can get more info here.

Photo: Courtesy KauaiFestivals.com 

Check out the Waipa Music and Mango Festival!

Join the Waipa Foundation on Sunday, August 17th for their 2nd annual Music and Mango Festival. Starting at 11 AM and running until 5 PM, the Festival features amazing music and yummy treats inspired by the summer mango harvest. 

Believe us, you will taste some of the freshest, juiciest treats on the island! Admission is $10 for adults and just $1 for children.

Photo: Courtesy KauaiFestivals.com 

 

Join the Island’s Biggest Event: The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair

Yes, it’s that time again! Starting Thursday, August 21st and running until Sunday, August 24th – come have FUN at The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair! This year's celebratory theme is “Back To Our Roots" and the event kicks off at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue.
The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair consists of 4 FUN-FILLED days with rides, farm animals, a bonsai display, and lots of yummy Kauai food!  :- )    To see a clip from last year’s Hula Hoop contest and to get the Entertainment schedule, click over and see the official schedule, here!

Entry is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for keiki (children) and complete event activities are here on the official site!

Next Month We Welcome Fall                                                                        

 Thanks for visiting us today!  We look forward to seeing you soon here on the Garden Island!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kauai Nights!


Fun Summer Days on Kauai Lead to Amazing Summer Nights!

Our countdown to your AWESOME summer vacation continues this month with Kauai Nights! It is true: All day, every day… there are wonderful activities to Enjoy throughout Kauai, including swimming, hiking, and walking along our breathtaking beaches – and the sun setting does not mean the end of adventures on Kauai! Oh yes, the adventures continue when the Garden Island lights-up the tiki torches with FUN FUN FUN nighttime activities for Everyone in the family!
Photo courtesy Jody Kono

If you are just joining us for the first time in our Feature story series, Welcome! We are in the middle of our Spectacular Summer on Kauai Countdown, having already covered Water Adventures on Kauai, Hiking the Great Outdoors, and Relax and Unwind on the Garden Island. If you want to catch up, click any of those links and you’ll find the complete story on our Blogger site.  Plus, we post tips of “what’s happening now on Kauai” every day on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Want to get more Fun ideas in your News Feed? Be sure to click LIKE and Follow!

Now! This month… Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is counting the days till 4th of July and continuing on with many Fun ways to Enjoy Kauai after the sun sets over your very own lanai. What is a lanai?  It is an outdoor patio where you can relax, barbeque fresh local food, and Enjoy tropical beverages while vacationing at your own private home, condo, or cottage on Kauai!  In fact, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has over 200+ accommodations located throughout the island just waiting for you to arrive! Want some details? Just browse our website or give us a call at 1-800-367-5025.  You can even drop us an e-mail here. We take pride in helping our guests create magical vacations on one of the world’s most beautiful island destinations! 

So let’s get right to the nighttime Fun! And remember, when you pack… bring your talent, your boogie shoes, and your excitement for a true Hawaiian experience.  

Before the Night Begins, Keep Your Eye on the Green Flash!

Some say it is a legend. Some say they have seen it with their own two eyes. Here on Kauai, watching the sun set over the ocean brings many opportunities to see and experience this cool phenomenon with your own eyes!

The Green Flash occurs at sunset, just when the sun descends below the horizon. On a clear day, many people talk about seeing a green “flash” of light that lingers for only a second, before the sun sets completely at dusk. Another great way to experience this flash is overlooking the water with your sweetheart, sitting close, as you Enjoy a beverage and each other’s company. Sounds romantic…right?

A few great locations to watch the sun set on Kauai include beaches on the West Side, the South Shore coast near Poipu, and on the North Shore at Hanalei Bay. The sun sets in a different part of the horizon every day as the earth travels around the sun, and that creates infinite possibilities for catching a Kauai-colorful sunset! Make sure if you are near the water to keep an eye out for the flash!  

Have you seen it before?  Know anyone who has?  Share your favorite story on our Facebook wall!

Sing for Your Supper at Rob’s Good Times Grill!


Located on the East Side in Lihue, Rob’s Good Times Grill is a Fun place to kick back and Enjoy Kauai – especially if you love singing and entertaining your Friends! Every night from 7 PM to 2 AM, grab the mic and perform your best karaoke! The words fill the screen, and the music fills the room, and your voice brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Want your Friends to participate? Here’s an idea… Challenge them to a sing-off!  The person who does the best job, buys dinner for everyone else!  Now that’s a friendly competition for everyone to Enjoy!



Over 10,000 songs from classic rock to modern contemporary hits, plus… Rob’s has live music and a sumptuous menu and sushi bar. It is also a great place to catch your favorite sporting event!  Want to learn more?  Visit their website!

Photo courtesy of Rob’s Good Times Grill

 

Browse Art in Historic Hanapepe

Every Friday night, on the West Side, Hanapepe Town stays open late hosting an art walk from 6 PM to 9 PM. Known as “Kauai’ Biggest Little Town” and as the inspiration for the hometown in Disney’s “Lilo and Stich,” Hanapepe lights up on Friday nights offering a great evening of Fun where you can take a leisurely stroll and experience local Kauai talent.

Music is played and stores stay open late. Many local artists stop by and set up kiosks where you can browse and buy memorable souvenirs to take home and cherish forever! Be sure to come back during the day, too, for the Historic Hanapepe Walking Tour. According to the official website:

Over 43 locations meet the State or National Historic Register Criteria. Many people start their walk at the swinging bridge, and… you can begin at any point along Hanapepe Road. For more information on the walking tour, visit Storybook Theatre.
Ready to join the Fun? Get more details on the official website, here!

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Get Fired up for a Theatrical Luau!

Located at historical Kilohana Plantation, Luau Kalamaku is the only theatrical luau on the Island of Kauai. Combining traditional and contemporary elements along with hula and fire dancers, this Luau is a sight to behold that helps create a Kauai night to remember!

Luau Kalamaku happens twice each week on Tuesdays and Fridays – and now through August 18th, shows on Mondays are added! See the Map on the right and consider arriving early so you can explore Kilohana Plantation before the show!

The luau story is a feast for the eyes and is also a moving story! Learn all about Kauai, see hula dances, and Enjoy a true Hawaiian experience! Book ahead and get more details here

Photos courtesy of Luau Kalamaku

 

Live Music on Kauai!

Now that we have sung our favorite songs, enriched ourselves at the art walk, and participated in a theatrical luau – let’s take in some LIVE music on Kauai. Another great thing about the Garden Island is the range of music available, from jazz to traditional Hawaiian music and more! This means you can spend the day by the pool, in the ocean surfing, or hiking all over Kauai – then adventure out after dark for some amazing music with Friends!
Here are some Fun places to hear local music:

- The Point at the Sheraton Kauai in Poipu has happy hour and is known to host an eclectic array of music genres, ranging from Rock to traditional Island music. Schedules vary.
- In addition to Karaoke, Rob’s Good Times Grill in the Rice Shopping Center in Lihue has live music during the week with happy hour specials and great meals.

- Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa serves meals with food grown on Kauai and neighboring islands, and features music every night from 6PM to 9PM – as a perfect accompaniment to their lobster bisque.

Do you have a favorite place for music on Kauai to share with our Facebook Friends?  Let us know on our wall! As you can see, Kauai’s lush musical landscape is waiting for you to Enjoy!  You ready to join us? J

Kauai Nights are Calling – You Ready to Answer?

This summer on Kauai continues to inspire and amaze. It is just waiting on… YOU!

Well, you… and your Family… and your Friends!  : - )   It is already July and that makes NOW a great time to get your vacation plans confirmed.  And remember, we have over 200+ accommodations throughout the island waiting for you to call home!

So during your next coffee break, head over to our website and start browsing. Below we have included a few Featured Properties to get you excited!  We also post weekly Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials on our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed, so be sure to keep an eye out for these great deals!
Have a great 4th of July and we look forward to having you stay with us, here on Kauai!

- Aloha!


Things to See and Do in the Next Few Weeks

 Experience the 4th of July Kauai-style!

If you are on the Island of Kauai during the 4th of July, head over to Vidinha Soccer Stadium for the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky. 6,000 people are expected to attend this Event to celebrate and watch fireworks.  Tickets are $15 and this is a perfect way to experience the 4th of July, Kauai-style!
For tickets and more information, click here.

Photo courtesy of KauaiHospice.org

 

Enjoy The Kauai Kua Wela Summer Festival

Starting July 5th and running 2 days, The Kauai Kua Wela Summer Festival comes to Kauai! As described by presenters:
The Event begins on Friday, July 5th at 5 PM at Kukui Grove Shopping Mall in Lihue with the Keiki royal court, Ilima Hula Studio, Polynesian Crafts, Live Tahitian drummers, displays, and more!  The festival also includes a solo Hula and Tahitian dance competition from 10:30 AM to 4 PM at Kukui Grove Shopping Mall Center Stage.

Then on Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM, the event continues at Kamokila Hawaiian Village in Kapaa. Come see the Ukulele competition, live entertainment, Polynesian crafts, Hawaiian food, ancient chants, hula, Tahitian dancing, activities and games, canoe rides and more!  For Sunday’s events, there is a $10 fee for adults and the fee for keiki (children) aged 3-12 is $5.00.

This truly unique Kauai festival is a perfect way to Enjoy Kauai after July 4th fireworks!  For more information click here.

Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com

 

Experience Slack Key Delight!

Hawaii Magazine names Kauai’s Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concerts the #1 best live show in Hawaii! According to Aloha Plenty, this is the longest running concert of its kind set in a relaxed, family-style building in the hamlet of Hanalei on the North Shore.

Experience slack key music in the real “old style” performed by Doug & Sandy McMaster. Learn about Kauai history, legendary players, and the history, culture, and natural resources of old Hawaii. 
Concerts take place Fridays at 4 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Adult tickets are $20, keiki and seniors are $15, and small keiki under 3 are FREE! Make sure to come early in the month because the last show this month is July 20th!  Sounds awesome! Learn more here.
Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com

Koloa Plantation Days

Every year we all get excited for Koloa Plantation Days and this year marks the 29th annual celebration in sunny Poipu! According to the official site, more than 25 events over a 10-day period celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Kauai’s South Shore communities of Koloa and Poipu.




The Fun starts on Friday, July 18th with Plantation Days Rodeo at 11 AM followed by the Paniolo BBQ & Music in the Country event at 4 PM – both events at CJM Stables.  Movies in the Park follows at 8 PM with the animated feature, “Surf’s Up,” at Poipu Beach Park!

Then, every day through July 27th, Enjoy a schedule of miniature golf tournaments, craft fairs, a Polynesian Revue with Fire Dancing, Talk Story, the Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade, and the Family Fun Run/Walk with 5k, 10k, 10 Mile and 1 Mile Keiki Run! 

WOW! What a FUN time for Everyone! Each year, the festival brings visitors and residents together to learn about Koloa's multicultural history; experience a diverse range of local foods, culture and activities; explore the area's unique ecology and archaeology; and Enjoy the warm hospitality of the South Shore's resorts, golf courses, and other neighborhood venues.

For a complete schedule of events and info about times and fees, check out their website here.

Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com  

 

Come Swim in the Hanalei Bay Challenge!

It is known as the Only Race of its Kind – and it happens Saturday, July 26th in Hanalei!

From 8-and-under children, to veteran champions of the sport – hundreds of swimmers of all ages and experience from around the world take the plunge for the Eighth Annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge - and this is the year to join them!!

First, second, and third place medals will be awarded to the men and women winners in multiple categories. The event starts at 7 AM at Hanalei Pier and tickets are $10 for kids, $40 for adults.

Want to add some sport to your vacation activities? Great! Click here and sign up today!

Photo courtesy of Kauaifestivals.com and Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge 

 

Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues!                         

See why we are so excited for your Summer 2014 vacation on Kauai!  There are great things happening every day AND the Fun continues after the sun goes down! We are having a GREAT time this summer and as the saying goes… “The more the merrier.” So… come join us! 

Kauai offers unique adventures for all travelers with things to do on land, in the water, and at your Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation. With this in mind, we invite you to take a moment while sipping your morning coffee and imagine yourself relaxing in the cool tropical breeze, right here on the Garden Island. Close your eyes now and concentrate a little harder… thinking about the tropical breeze and crystal blue Pacific Ocean. They are calling you to come home to Kauai. Are you ready to answer the call?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Relax and Unwind on Kauai!


Relax and Unwind on Kauai! Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues!

It’s here!  Summer on Kauai!  Time to let your hair down, gather up the family and “bust out” the summer clothes for a vacation to remember! Kids are getting out of school and college students are leaving campus and heading home… now is the perfect time for an escape to Kauai! 

In this Summer Countdown Feature story, we share Fun ways for everyone to kick back and chillax on the Garden Island. You know, Fun ways to chill, Fun ways to relax, and Fun ways to embrace the “now” moment. Close your eyes for a second and see yourself walking along a white sand beach. … Can you feel Kauai calling? J  

Take a quick break and read some of our great ideas on how to Explore, Enjoy, and Discover Kauai throughout the upcoming weeks. If this is your first time visiting Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, IncWelcome! We invite you to browse our website and watch our vacation planning videos. We have over 200 accommodations throughout Kauai that are available for you, your Family, and your Friends all year ‘round.  

For our return guests, Welcome Back! We look forward to your next visit! Now, let’s take a look at Relaxing on Kauai. You’re gonna love this!

 

The Relaxation Begins the Moment You Get Off the Plane!

Gather your things and get ready for the brilliant colors and cool tropical breeze that await you outside! Just grab your car, head to the main road and get ready to explore the North Shore, East Side, West Side, and South Shore areas. Something you may feel immediately are the cool, calm waves of energy rustling through the palm trees and lush green landscapes seen in every direction. This is the moment to set your watch to Kauai time… where all your thoughts of a daily routine fade away and your vacation vibration takes over.  It is time to Relax… let it all go… and immerse yourself in paradise! Welcome to Kauai!

 

Take a Relaxing Stroll in Poipu!

Once you are settled, start Exploring! One of the best ways of connecting with the peace and tranquility of Kauai is to take a relaxing walk along the Maha’ulepu Herritage Trail in Poipu. Friends on Trip Adivisor give the trail excellent reviews and talk about the “gorgeous beach” at the end. You can also read more on the official site, which says:

“Kauai’s southern coastline, stretching from Keoneloa Bay to Kawailoa Bay, features a fascinating hike along the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail, with a treasure-trove of geological and cultural sites.”

For more information and to see the virtual tour, click here!

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.com

 

Enjoy a Beautiful and Relaxing Meal at The Beach House Restaurant

Having lunch at The Beach House Restaurant in Poipu is a wonderful way of seeing the splendor of Kauai’s breathtaking coastline. Having dinner takes the experience to another level! Imagine overlooking the Pacific Ocean as you relax and Enjoy a delicious meal in paradise!

Owners Roy Dunn and Mike Hooks, along with Executive Chef Marshall Blanchard have this philosophy: take some good old-fashioned Hawaiian hospitality, blend it with a Pacific Rim food experience and add an outstanding view to deliver an experience that delights all the senses.

Miso Glazed Fresh Island Catch… Chicken & Mango Wrap… Kalua Pork Sandwich… Braised Lamb Shank… Angus Filet Mignon… just reading the menu makes our mouths water! And when you look around, you’ll know you are someplace far from home.  We like to call it paradise. J

Click here to learn more about The Beach House and book a reservation! 

Photo courtesy of The Beach House

 

Chillaxing Poolside ;-)

Take a breath, grab your music player, a book, and your sunscreen. It’s time to kick back by the pool and be present in the moment. Enjoy a tropical beverage while the gentle Kauai breeze dances all around you – and check this out: we have many great accommodations on the beach, with swimming pools, and some with both!

 

Photo courtesy of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc

The photo above is from one of our great condos at Kaha Lani on the East Side in Wailua.  Below is another great place to stay:  Waiohai Beach House on the South Shore in Poipu.  Can you see yourself here with Friends and Family? We can!

 

 

Photo courtesy of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc


Now on to the Spa Tour!

Ahhhhh…. The moment we have all waited for! Pampering, massage, and head-to-toe bliss J  Our first stop on the Spa Tour is The Beauty Shop in Kapaa and Kilohana. Owner Laura says on the website you can stop by and you get your hair and nails done at either the East Side or on the way to the South Shore.

Need a mani-pedi? They got you! Want a new hair style? Give The Beauty Shop a call and your makeover is in the works. Afterwards you will find yourself recharged and ready to continue your Kauai vacation at the spa!

Now, let’s get your mind and body in alignment while you relax and let go of all the ideas and daily routines you left at home. The Spa Makaiwa is located at Kauai Coast Resort in Kapaa Town and it is a perfect place to have some me time J

Service options include the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi – which is a nurturing, releasing combination of continuous touch and full-length body strokes. The moment your session begins, you will start feeling calmness from head to toe! 

Another option is the Pohaku Lomi Hot Stone Massage, which “uses specially chosen river stones that are heated and used to enhance a nurturing full body hot rock massage. Allow yourself to relax and let go as you melt with the energy of each stone working its magic. Sinking through each layer, you will journey into tranquility.” OMG! That sounds heavenly!

Another option is the Raindrop Therapy Massage, where you “Feel the pitter patter of pure essential oils that are dropped onto your spine and massaged into your skin, slowly and soothingly. Warm stones are then placed on your back to assist “in the absorption of these therapeutic oils which aide in the structural realignment and energy of the spine.” A full body massage follows, taking you to a deeper sense of peace. Enjoy the lasting effects of this powerful treatment for several days.” 

WOW.  Makes us want to take the rest of the day off and book an appointment right now! Want to learn more? Here are some testimonials. Perhaps we will see you there!  : - )

Photo Courtesy of spa makaiwa

 

The St. Regis Princeville Spa

 

Ready to spend the day at the St. Regis Princeville Luxury Spa?  So are we! Check out this description of services available for you to Enjoy!

At The St. Regis Princeville Resort, we acknowledge the therapeutic properties of birdsong and morning sun. We find the caress of a tradewind as renewing as the hand of a masseur. And we believe that pure water holds miraculous power to cleanse the spirit. A day at Halele'a Spa revitalizes your every sense.

Sounds nice, yeah? The St. Regis Princeville Spa has services that include: Essence of Aloha Massage, Sport/Deep Tissue Massage, Wawae Relaxing Foot Massage, and a Couples Massage!

 

In ancient times, the land where The St. Regis Princeville Resort resides was known as Halele'a, the house of joy. This magnificent place was noted in chant and hula for its ethereal beauty and rejuvenating qualities. The Halele'a Spa at The St. Regis Princeville Resort is the namesake of this revered Ahupua'a that encompassed the land from mountain to sea.

We feel more relaxed already! Shall we all go together? Click here to learn more!

 

Your Chillaxing Vacation is Waiting – Are You Ready to Relax and Unwind?

 

Looking at the calendar, it is hard to believe we are already in June! Summer is in FULL SWING and now is a great time to make your Kauai dream a reality! For more exciting ways of being on Kauai, check out prior Feature stories on our blog, including: Water Adventures on Kauai and Hiking the Great Outdoors on Kauai – all part of our Countdown to Summer 2014  on Kauai!

So now that you know how great it is to Relax on Kauai, let’s also consider some FUN things to do after your pampering.  We also have a few Featured Properties where you may want to stay. Each provides great value that helps shape your lasting memories of Kauai!

From the moment you set foot in your Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation, you are at home. So come on over, you can stay with us! To get you excited for your arrival, check out our Vacation Planning Videos featured on the main page of our website.

See you soon!

 

- Aloha!

 

Things to See and Do in the Next Few Weeks

 

Experience the Bon Dance in Kapaa

This June, the Kauai Buddhist Council coordinates the Bon Dance at nine temples throughout Kauai. This year’s events begin with the Hatsubon Service (First Obon Service) at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 20th. This religious ceremony honors lost loved ones and then, at 7:30 PM the Bon Dance begins.

The second day of Bon Dance celebration starts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, June 21st. To learn more, and to see the complete summer schedule of events, click here!  

Photo courtesy of Kauaifestivals.com

 

Have Fun at the King Kamehameha Day Parade

Saturday, June 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM, come on down to Rice Street and the Historic Building Lawn for the 2014 King Kamehameha Day Parade! This fabulous floral parade features traditional Pa’u riders who represent each island of Hawaii.

The Kamehameha Court is led by Ali'i Nui, Thomas Lindsey Sr. and Grand Marshall, Ambrose Smith, with Pa'u Queen, Lady Haumea.

The parade is a feast for the eyes and the theme is Kaua'i: Moku ka `ili La: Kaua'i: Island that Catches the Sun! There is also plenty of local entertainment, crafts, demonstrations, food, and lots of FUN! To learn more, click here!

Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com

 

Check Out the Happiness Planting Festival

On Saturday June 21st from 9 AM to 4 PM, come support our kupuna, our keiki, and our community at the second annual "Happiness Planting Festival.”  It is a full day of planting seeds of Joy, Peace, and Love.

Share in the activities and Enjoy the fusion of Japanese culture. The event’s goal is to grow the community through “the core values of health, beauty, knowledge, enlightenment, spiritual education, and the gentle experiences that lead to each person’s own happiness”. 

Indoor/outdoor events include games, vender booths with crafts, food goods, kimono & clothing, and so much more. Want to join the fun? Learn more here.

Photo courtesy of Kauaifestivals.com  

 

And… This Year’s Red Clay Festival is an Event to Experience!


The 7th Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival is happening June 25th through the 28th bringing award-winning blues and jazz to venues throughout the island! This year's line-up features the 6-time Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur; the nationally acclaimed blues band, Mississippi Heat; Hawaii jazz legends, Jimmy Borges and Betty Loo Taylor; and Hawaiian slack key and steel guitar musicians, Ken Emerson and Will Bernard.

A key feature of Saturday’s “big event” concert is a host of food and beverage booths with a mix of locally grown organic and specialty foods and beverages. Restaurants featuring specialty dishes include The Right Slice, Nanea Restaurant, Kauai Marriott, Passion Café, and Powerhouse Creamery. Tent seating is available for Saturday’s concert or attendees may bring beach chairs.

See the schedule below for FREE events as well Friday and Saturday events that require tickets! :- ) To learn more about the 2-day pass and other details, visit the official site here!


Wednesday, June 25th

Enjoy straight ahead Jazz with Treysara, one of Kauai’s exceptional jazz trios featuring Trey Thompson on Bass, Tony Rodarte on Drums and Rick Avallone on keyboard along with vocalist Sara Thompson. This event is Free and takes place at Common Ground Garden Café from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM: 4900 Kuawa Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754

And… more music awaits you when the Mark Pulice Trio play their straight ahead jazz at Kukuiula Shopping Village, with Pulice on drums accompanied by bass and keyboard. The trio plays the outdoor courtyard from 5:30 PM to 7 PM, next to Merriman's restaurant. And get this: there is no charge!  WOW! 


Thursday, June 26th

Come experience the Red Clay Jazz Festival Educational Workshop – The Art of Song, Slide Guitar and Harmonica. Three workshops are on tap for aspiring song-writers, slide guitar musicians and harmonica players. Jimmy Borges, one of Hawaii's premier jazz performers, conducts a workshop titled, "Song the Perfect Language.” Another workshop by master lap guitar and slack key musicians Ken Emerson and Will Bernard surround the art of slide guitar jazz. Pierre Lacocque, leader of the Chicago-based blues band, Mississipi Heat, is leading a hands-on workshop about various harmonica techniques.  The workshop fee is $10 and you can get tickets online, here!

Two additional events on this day include “Rumba De Fuego,” a 7 piece Latin band that is ready to spice up your evening at the Aloha Beach Resort Kuhio Lounge, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM – and there is no charge! Really??? Yes!

The Hank Curtis Trio is also performing Traditional Jazz this day at the Kauai Marriott Aupaka Bar from 5 PM to 7 PM.  How much? No charge!  WOW!  What a great Festival! 


Friday June 27th

Come on down to the Kauai Beach Resort Jasmine Ball Room at 7 PM to see Jimmy Borges & Betty Loo Taylor and Ken Emerson and Will Bernard!

Hawaii's premier jazz performer Jimmy Borges, 74, has seen more and lived more than most. He also knows more people, from all walks of life – the famous, the infamous, great musicians and singers.

Betty Loo Taylor, otherwise known as "Lady Fingers," is known as a unique, a full orchestra, an icon, a rascal, a character... oh yes, a Chinese-American Jazz Musician.

Will Bernard broke out as a bandleader in 1998 with the release of Medicine Hat, showcasing his expert chops and flair for funky, bottom-heavy soul-jazz. He followed up with two self-produced albums and earned a Grammy® nomination in Best Contemporary Jazz for his 2007 album, Party Hats.

Hawaiian island bred guitarist Ken Emerson has carved out a dual-career between traditional Hawaiian music and vintage American jazz & blues. Ken has maintained a long standing as a blues and jazz guitarist touring with artists Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop & Norton Buffalo, and New Orleans stride pianist David Paquette. Ken was a featured performer on Hawaii's first Grammy album "Slack Key Guitar" and also on jazz/rock icon Donald Fagen's Grammy winning "Morph the Cat" album.


Saturday June 28th

Saturday is the festival’s grand finale at Kauai Lagoons, with Diane Schuur, Mississippi Heat, and Swing Shift!

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the '40s and '50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents' generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and '60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur's music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.

Come feel the Mississippi Heat: traditional blues with a unique sound!

As band leader and composer, Pierre's vision has never wavered since he founded his band in 1991. His mantra is clear and focused. The band has always had an ensemble sound: all musicians are featured and welcome to contribute on stage and on recordings. His music is traditional because it is steeped in Chicago's golden sounds of the 1950's, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, all the great harp players... Big and Little Walter, The Sonny Boy Williamsons, Junior Wells, George Smith, and many extraordinary contemporaries such as Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza and Paul deLay.

Saturday at the Red Clay Jazz Festival is off the charts, and tickets are still available now!

Event and artist photos courtesy of Margy Parker & Red Clay Jazz Festival

 

Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues

Wow! What a great summer we are having here on Kauai!  You ready to join us?  From relaxation, massage, pool chillaxing, and long walks in paradise – to the thriving Fun that is happening all across the island, Kauai is ready for you and your Friends!  Consider the Garden Island your home away from home, and if you put your ear against your computer screen… you just might hear waves, music, and the sound of a tropical breeze in the distant background. And if you do not hear it, we know how to fix that!

Come stay with us!  With 35+ years in business here on Kauai, we know how to help YOU have a great vacation!

 

See you soon!