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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Walking in Kauai’s Wonderland

 

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Here Comes Your Holiday Season in Paradise! 


Aloha! – and WOW! Can you believe we are already nearing the completion of 2015? This year has flown by and now is a great time for all of us to start visualizing the great things we will accomplish in 2016. For us, the season begins with “Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!” That’s how we say “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” here on Kauai – and this holiday season, all of our guests and Friends are in for a real treat!  We are talking about days and nights of FUN and celebration throughout the island – with a few special visits by Santa Claus himself! 

Yes, the weather has cooled off on the mainland and here on the Garden Island, the sun is shining brightly in the beautiful blue sky. It is time for spending time outdoors, checking out Hanapepe Art night, having Kauai-fresh meals, and taking a leisurely stroll along the Royal Coconut Coast’s multipurpose path. Think about all the FUN you can have building sandcastles in the golden sand while palm trees dot the skies around you. Mmmmm! How great would it be to run down to the beach and put our toes in the sand right now?!

And take a look!  Looks like Santa is already taking a pre-Christmas South Shore ride on his surfboard! Just goes to show us: we all deserve a holiday in the sun and right now, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is ready to help you put your next trip to the Garden Island into your calendar. With 200+ accommodations waiting for you at our website, NOW is a great time to get your plans started!  :- )

‘Tis the season to add an exclamation mark on FUN! in your life this Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and New Year’s season – so let’s take a look at all the great things to do on Kauai during this wonderful time of the year!
CC surf image courtesy of Robert Lindsell / flickr

 


Walking in Kauai’s Wonderland!


Get ready for the vacation you have always dreamed of! Days of golf, afternoons having a massage, and evenings exploring great restaurants all over the Island. The weather on Kauai feels great! If you are in the mood for a scenic drive, head towards the main highway and keep an eye out for waterfalls, ocean vistas, rainbows, and lush landscapes all around you. And just wait until you feel the gentle tropical breeze blowing through your hair. It feels wonderful!  :- )

 

Get into the Groove with the Annual Festival of Lights!


The 19th Annual Festival of Lights continues this month on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights, and also on Christmas Eve and December 26th, from 6 – 8 PM at the Kauai Historic County Building in Lihue! The annual event is a Fun tradition where you can see some pretty cool ornaments made by our own local legend, Auntie Josie Chansky 
The Festival of Lights began at Auntie Josie’s home over 50 years ago on Oahu before it moved to Kauai in 1996.  Local artist Elizabeth Freeman bought all of Chansky’s displays and donated them to the County of Kauai. The County of Kauai, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and the Friends of the Festival of Lights sponsor this year’s exhibition.

Have you ever seen a Christmas tree made of 7,500 green toothpicks? How about holiday wreaths made of egg cartons and soda cans? How about decorations constructed with seed pods, plastic 6-pack holders, Spam cans, bottle caps, antique IBM punch cards, or a chandelier fashioned from wire coat hangers?!!  Wow! Auntie Josie sure was creative – and every weekend in December, you can see all her treasures, plus plenty of local crafts created by Kauai artisans.

The Festival of Lights is a beautiful reflection of Aloha and a great way to spend time outdoors at night, amidst the dazzling color of lights at Kauai’s Historic County Building. And, the FREE event is FUN for the whole family. Are you excited to see the show? Then we will see you there! Click here to get more information!

 
Images courtesy of Auntie Josie’s Collection, on display at Kauai’s Historic County Building


Gather the Family for the Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade!


On Saturday, December 19th, come on over to the West Side for the 21st Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade! Waimea Town transforms into a kaleidoscope of light, color, and sound when this year’s parade celebrates another Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas! Bring the Family for the parade and be sure to stay for the Waimea's Christmas Party at Hofgaard Park, featuring live, on-stage music and entertainment. Come hula and celebrate the Holidays with authentic Hawaiian flair!

This is one of Kauai’s favorite Holiday events and the FUN begins at Waimea Canyon Park, then heads down Kaumualii Highway to Ala Wai Road where it turns inland to Waimea Road, then back west to end at Hofgaard Park in the center of town.

Be sure to arrive early because Waimea Bridge closes at 5:30 PM and the parade begins around 6 PM. No parking is permitted along the Parade Route and planners expect traffic into Waimea to be busy.

Parking? Try the Kekaha side of town and arrive early so you can Relax and Enjoy the FUN! Many businesses and organizations offer food booth items for purchase along the parade route. And for everyone’s safety, remember to keep children on the sidewalks during the parade.
Ready for a night of fun!?!?   We will see you there!

 


Images: the 21st Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade



Join Santa at Storybook Theatre for Storytelling and Nutritious Snacks!

 

Santa Claus returns to Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe Town every Friday night in December from 6 to 8:30 PM. Keiki and adults can chat with Santa, snack on nutritious treats, and explore historic Hanapepe Town’s Friday Night Art Night.

Hanapepe Town inspired the town featured in the Disney film, Lilo and Stitch – and Friday Night Art Night has crafts you can buy, restaurants you can explore, and many ways to Laugh and Enjoy spending time outside on Kauai!

For more information and directions, click here!

Image: Storybook Theatre Hapapepe Town



Celebrate Christmas Wishes with the Kauai Chorale and Two Performances!



Get ready to clap, dance, and have your Holiday spirit lifted up in celebration! This year the Kauai Chorale is doing two shows! Here are the details:

The first show takes place Saturday, December 19th at the KCC Performing Arts Center, 7:30 PM. The second show takes place at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on Sunday, December 20th, at 5 PM. The Choir is performing many holiday favorites, including “The Reluctant Dragon.” See soloists perform and also see this year’s special guests, the Tongan Youth Choir!

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door ($5 for students) – and you can get them while supplies last at Wrangler’s Restaurant in Waimea, The Bookstore in Hanapepe, Kalaheo Cafe in Kalaheo, Lappert’s Kukuiula and Princeville, Pono Market in Kapaa, North Shore Pharmacy in Kilauea –and there is more information on the official site, here.

See!  Everyone on Kauai is excited for the shows!  We look forward to seeing you there!
Image: Kauai Chorale 

Ring in the New Year with Fireworks on Kauai!


Remember that familiar question, “What Are You Doing for New Year’s Eve?”  Well we have the answer – and here are the details on what to do on Kauai!

After Santa heads back to the North Pole and all the presents are opened, The Hawaii Tourism Authority is hosting a FREE fireworks event at Poipu Beach Park. The FUN starts around 5 PM, so bring your beach blankets, beach chairs, and Enjoy the awesome Fireworks Show starting around 9 PM. 

Come have fun on the last day of 2015 with live music, food trucks and stands throughout the park, and an unforgettable night of welcoming 2016, outdoors! This is a FUN way of celebrating the New Year and you can learn more information here!

 

Images: Kauaifestivals.com

New Year’s Eve At the St. Regis Princeville Resort

 
Every year the St. Regis Princeville Resort prepares an exceptionally wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner and this year the menu sounds amazing! Kauai Grill’s Chef,  Noelani Planas, has planned the evening’s menu to include Chilled White Asparagus, Kona Lobster Bisque, Roasted Mero, Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef Tenderloin, and Cranberry Pistachio Nougat.

Make your reservation ahead of time – and even if you already have other plans, be sure to stop by and have lunch. This is one the most beautiful locations to have a great meal with Friends and Family while immersing yourselves in the lush splendor and magic of the Garden Island.

 
Image: St. Regis Princeville Resort

More Exciting Activities Happening on Kauai This Holiday Season!



Shop for Local Arts and Crafts at the Island Grown Artisan Fair!


Just like Frank Sinatra crooned in his classic, “The Christmas Waltz,” presents are a big part of the holiday season. This year, find authentic Hawaiian arts and crafts to fill your Friends’ and Family’s Christmas Stockings, made by local Kauai artists.

The Island Grown Artisan Fair is happening on Sunday, December 20th, 2015 from 11 AM to 6 PM at the Princeville Community Center, next to the playground. See paintings, ceramics, photography, wood products, shell and gemstone crafts, and many more Garden Island souvenirs.

You can see more information here!
Image: Kauai Festivals



Sample the Authentic Flavors of the Garden Island with Tasting Kauai!


On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 from 3 to 4 PM, bring your Friends and Family and get a unique taste of Kauai’s fresh flavors. The Kauai Food Tour at the Sunshine Markets in Kapaa is a super event for foodies, for Friends with a sweet tooth, and everyone seeking some new tastes for your Holiday dinners.

This event is $30 per person, and includes a one-hour “Tasting Kauai” Farmer’s Market class. Meet local farmers and chefs sharing tips on how to select perfect produce by season, and how to cook authentic local Hawaiian dishes.

Marta Lane, founder of Tasting Kauai and the Island’s food and farm authority since 2010, is this event’s tour guide. Sounds yummy, yeah?  :- D

 

Learn more about the event on the Official website, here.
Photo: TastingKauai.com

Walking in Kauai’s Wonderland!


Yes, it is the time for all of us to celebrate and congratulate each other on having an amazing 2015. Think back to a year ago when the Holiday season was just beginning – and all the Fun you have had since then! This year and every day, we invite you to take a look at our website and discover over 200 accommodations that we can get ready for your next vacation.

For 38+ years, we have made new Friends from around the world who return year after year for an amazing Garden Island vacation. This coming year, remember to reward yourself for all you accomplish – and take a break now and then from the computer.

Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is always ready to help you plan your next New Year Getaway and a Romantic Valentine’s Rendezvous. Plus… before you know it… the kids will be out of school for the summer and ready to join you at the beach making sandcastles, swimming, and relaxing under the golden sun. 

Mahalo (Thank you) for making us your #1 vacation choice every year. We wish you a wonderful season filled with Laughs, Love, and Great Adventures.

And now… let the countdown to Christmas and New Year’s Day 2016 begin!

- Aloha!


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Celebrating Thanksgiving and the Holidays on Kauai!

 

Celebrating Thanksgiving and the Holidays on Kauai!


What a great day it is here on Kauai! The sun is shining and the lush tropical landscapes really put a smile on our faces as we move about the island. There is also a feeling of gratitude that we are focusing on today, because the Holiday season is here and that brings a lot of excitement to the Garden Island. Yes, we just Enjoyed another Halloween with kids trick-or-treating in costumes and, in just a few weeks people all across the country are gathering with Friends and Family to celebrate Thanksgiving!  That is definitely something to smile about!  :- )

Think back to prior Thanksgivings and all the FUN memories that come to mind. Being with Family and Friends, cooking your favorite recipes in the kitchen, watching your favorite football team score another touchdown – and let’s also remember the all-time favorite A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving where kids of all ages discover the real meaning of community and friendship!  :- )


Today in our first Holiday 2015 Feature Story, we are excited to share Tips for having a Great Thanksgiving here on Kauai AND a Preview of Christmas Activities that are happening this year. We also have the inside scoop on how to prepare a great Thanksgiving meal, which restaurants are having special dinners, and of course… how to get our FAVORITE annual delicacy: Imu Turkey! Just wait till you hear about that! 


This year, instead of collecting leaves… let’s collect your suntan lotion and beach gear and spend the day on one of Kauai’s breathtaking beaches. Take a long scenic walk on one of Kauai’s many unique trails. Spend the morning at the spa, the afternoon shopping, the next morning golfing. And let us show you how to spend all your vacations basking in the beauty of Kauai and relaxing on your own lanai!


It is true: Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is known around the world for 38+ years of assisting guests in having a wonderful Garden Island getaway at our 200+ accommodations – and we look forward to assisting you too!  So let’s start confirming your next vacation plans today so we can see you here in Paradise!


Ready? Ok then!  Let’s take a look at some of the great things happening on Kauai this holiday season!


Images: Charlie Brown courtesy of Warner Bros. Television, Awesome Thanksgiving Meal courtesy of soniatasteshawaii.com, and Poipu Sunset courtesy of James Abbot



Enjoy A Delicious, Island-Style Imu Turkey Dinner At Home!


Let’s jump right in and talk about one of Kauai’s most savory secrets: Imu Turkey!  An Imu is an underground oven that has been part of Hawaiian cuisine for centuries. It includes a deep pit about six feet long and four feet wide, with a fire built at the bottom and covered with rocks. These rocks retain heat after the embers burn out and once it becomes really hot, the pit is lined with traditional vegetation including banana leaves and palms.


Then, the magic happens! A fresh turkey from one of Kauai’s local markets is placed into the imu, along with Hawaiian herbs and spices where they Kalua (bake in the steaming process) until the proper meat temperature is achieved. Then, your amazing meal is pulled out of the imu and ready for your Thanksgiving dinner plate where the oh-so-moist turkey slides of the bone and into your watering mouth! 


OMG!  That sounds awesome! Imu Turkey absorbs the most exquisite flavors from this method of underground slow-cooking, resulting in a feast with palate-pleasing flavor! YUMMM!

Now here is more great news: How to get your own Imu Turkey!



The Kauai Robotics Aliance is ready to make YOUR Imu Turkey (and other meats of your choosing) for you – and what a great Thanksgiving treat that is!  And it is easy to become part of the tradition!

 
Just make a reservation by calling (808) 635 7377. Then, for a $25 donation, bring your thawed, un-stuffed turkey (maximum weight of 16 pounds) to the drop-off location at 3504 Ili Road in Kalaheo – on Wednesday, November 25th! The Kauai Robotics Alliance will then transport your turkey to the imu and return it to your drop-off site the next morning.


The annual Imu Turkey Fundraiser is sponsored by the The Kauai Robotics Alliance, which presents educational programs that teach members how to build robots!  How cool is that!?!  Here is even more cool news!


Event organizers Kate Mink and Charlene Steuri told us, if any of our guests want to come out and see how the Imu Turkey cooking process is done, they are welcome to do so!  Just be sure to contact Kate (kauaibots2465@gmail.com) or Charlene (chasteuri@gmail.com) ahead of time!


The cooking team spends all Wednesday preparing the pit and doing the burn, getting the turkeys in the oven around dusk, and then opens the pit a little after dawn the next day. The plan is to have the turkeys out by 10 AM so they can be returned to your drop-off site, where you can pick them up in time for your VERY OWN Imu Turkey celebration!


Here is a recap of the important details:  1) Make a reservation; 2) wrap your turkey, ham, pork butts, and chicken in 2 layers of heavy-duty foil and place into a foil pan; 3) season your feast with spices from one of Kauai’s farmers markets and grocery stores; 4) remove the giblets, add butter, salt – and remember… DO NOT stuff the turkey!  Save your fixins’ for when you get home!  :- )    5) Then drop your turkey off between 1-2 PM on Wednesday, November 25th, at 3504 Ili Road in Kalaheo, c/o James Massaro; 6) Then get ready for an amazing FEAST when you pick up your imu-meal on Thursday, November 26th, 2015 from 9 AM to 10 AM!


Now that sounds amazing – and THANKS to The Kauai Robotics Alliance… you’re all set for a new Kauai Thanksgiving Tradition at your own Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation!


Hau'oli La Ho'omaika'i  – Happy Thanksgiving!  Now, make your reservation by contacting kauaibots2465@gmail.com or by calling 808 635 7377!



Photo: withinthekstreets.wordpress.com - Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalua



Another Thanksgiving Feast for Friends and Family at the Naupaka Terrace


Let the good times continue! If you and your Friends prefer a restaurant-prepared meal at an excellent destination, make a reservation at the Naupaka Terrace Restaurant located at the Aqua Beach Resort in Lihue! Friends on Yelp! rave about the fantastic restaurant with a truly Kauai-style ambiance, where you can dine under the stars with views of torch-lit waterfalls, fishponds, sparkling pools, and the ocean!

Naupaka Terrace features creative Hawaiian and Pan Pacific cuisine that the restaurant is putting into this year’s Thanksgiving menu. From 5 PM to 9 PM on Thanksgiving Day, Enjoy a mix of traditional Thanksgiving dishes along with Asian-inspired holiday dishes! This buffet is $48 for Adults and $23.50 for Children, and it includes appetizers of poke and peel and eat shrimp! There is also roast sirloin, ham, turkey, island-flavored stuffing, yams, and more!


Is your mouth watering yet? We love this time of year, too!  :- )  You can make your reservation on Open Table right here, or call the Naupaka Terrace at 808-245-1955.

Photo: Yelp.com

Another Great Place for Thanksgiving Dinner – Merriman’s in Poipu!


On the South Shore in Poipu, Merriman's Fish House is a beautiful restaurant that features a casual and elegant setting on an old Hawaiian plantation. Chef-Owner Peter Merriman is a pioneer in “Farm to Table” cuisine and he prepares his dishes using the freshest products. At least 90% of items on the menu are grown locally or caught using only sustainable methods.


What’s for dinner this Thanksgiving? Merriman’s has a four-course, prix-fixe menu on Thursday, November 26th that includes Fresh Island Ono Sashimi, Kauai Shrimp “Mac & Cheese,” Keahole Lobster, Whole Roasted Prime Tenderloin of Beef, and “The Harvest Plate” that includes Roasted Fresh Organic Turkey, Whipped Potatoes, Sausage-Sage Stuffing, Local Carrots & Green Beans, Pineapple-Cranberry Relish, and Natural Gravy!


Ooooooooh!  Our mouths are watering again! Bring your Family, your Friends, and your appetite to this lovely venue and Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast you are certain to love. For more information and to make a reservation, call Merriman’s at 808-742-8385, or click here!



A Succulent Thanksgiving Buffet at the St. Regis Resort in Princeville!


Even the title of this section sounds tasty! Are you ready for a “succulent,” mouth-watering Thanksgiving experience with luxurious surroundings? Then check out The Makana Terrace at The St. Regis Princeville Resort on the North Shore! You’ll be amazed at the splendor and beauty everywhere you look – and just wait till you taste the food on the menu!


A full Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet is being served from 4 PM to 9 PM pn Thursday, November 26, 2015. The price is $98 per person and that includes nearly every taste imaginable. Soups, salads, and chilled seafood appetizers. Also experience the great tasting artichoke and mushroom salad followed by King crab legs.  Yum!  From there, be ready for Slow Roasted Ribs, Roast Turkey, Spiral Sliced Ham, a fresh Pasta Station, and plenty of vegetable sides. Save room for dessert, too!

The St. Regis Princeville Resort also has another option for your Thanksgiving feast at The Kauai Grill!  This fine dining restaurant has a November 26th prix-fixe menu of $118 per person from 5:30 PM to 9 PM. The menu includes your choice of appetizer followed by turkey, miso black cod, or tenderloin as an entree.  For a delicious dessert, choose between chocolate caramel pecan pie or a gelato sundae.  WOW that sounds good!


The Makana Terrace and The Kauai Grill are wonderful destinations for your Thanksgiving party and the memories of this beautiful location will give you so many topics to share with Friends. Take a look at the photo above and think … with a few phone calls and a few clicks on your device, you can be on your way to Kauai!



Giving Thanks with Your Family and Friends - Kauai Style!


So, now you have the inside scoop on all the great things happening this Thanksgiving season on Kauai – and there is still so much to see and do!  Take a look below and see more great things you can do in the coming weeks and remember, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is your #1 choice for an amazing accommodation on the Garden Island. This is our 38th year in business here on Kauai, and we are known for having amazing condos for your romantic getaway, homes that fit your entire Family, and Wiki Wiki Wednesday Specials that we share with everyone on our Facebook page.


Here’s the part where you jump into action! Call your Friends and Family and tell them, “let’s go to Kauai for a vacation!” Watch how excited everyone gets!  :- )



Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks: More Festive Kauai Holiday Traditions!




Immerse Yourself in the Holiday Spirit at the Annual Festival of Lights!



Get ready for The 19th Annual Festival of Lights coming to the Kauai Historic County Building in Lihue! This is one of Kauai’s most loved traditions and it only happens during December! Everyone on the Garden Island looks forward to this event and this is how you can join the FUN with your Family and Friends.

The Festival of Lights began over 50 years ago on Oahu, then moved to Kauai for the past 19 years. Founded by “Auntie” Josie Chansky, the Festival was once held at her house where she displayed her festive crafts for everyone to Enjoy. In 1996, Auntie Josie had a yard sale and sold her ornaments and decorations. Good thing local artist Elizabeth Freeman bought all of Auntie Josie’s displays and donated them to the County of Kauai, which is how the Festival moved to Lihue in 1996.


What can you see? A Christmas Tree made from 7,500 green toothpicks. Wreaths made of egg cartons. A twinkling carousel and revolving Ferris Wheel crafted to resemble magical treasures of Christmas festivities.  And more!


Friends and visitors from all over the world come to the Festival and depart with their holiday spirits soaring! This year, the Festival of Lights begins Friday, December 4, 2015 and runs the entire month of December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 PM to 8 PM. There are plenty of local crafts created by Kauai artisans for you to browse, so come on out and find one-of-a-kind Holiday gifts!


The annual event is sponsored by the County of Kauai, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and the Friends of the Festival of Lights. This is another beautiful reflection of Kauai’s Aloha spirit and the event is FREE!


Are you excited? We will see you there! Click here for more information.

Images courtesy of kauaifestivaloflights.com

 


Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka from the Kauai Museum!


The Kauai Museum extends an invitation to be part of the annual Christmas Craft Fair on Friday, December 4th!  The annual event showcases crafts, food booths, and History of Kapaa book signing. 


The Kauai Museum is located at 4428 Rice Street in Lihue and every day there are great things to see and do. This year, come for the Christmas Crafts Fair, and stay for the Parade!



The Holiday Season Lights Up with the Lights on Rice Street Parade!




Yes, the annual Lights on Rice Street Parade is happening Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6 PM, and coincides with the Kauai Festival of Lights and lighting of the Historic County Building and Royal PalmsAll of Rice Street is closed from 5:30 PM onward for the bustling event that is one of Kauai’s largest attractions!


Event organizers call it the “must-see event that you want to bring your whole Family to see!” with over 60 units and 2,000 performers! 

 
Bring your Friends & Family and kick off your holiday celebration, Kauai- style!  The parade starts at Vidinha Stadium Parking lot and continues down Rice Street, ending at the Historic County Building. Santa is in the parade and afterwards, the whole Family can stay for food booths at the Kauai Museum craft fair that runs until 9 PM.


What a FUN way to celebrate the holidays! Remember to arrive early to avoid the street closures. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information click here!

Photos: Kauai Festivals and Lights on Rice Parade Official Site



More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 


One of the great things about visiting Kauai is there is ALWAYS so much to explore and experience – and the next few weeks have lots of activities for everyone in the Family! 

Experience the Kauai Island Crafters Fair in Lihue



On Saturday, November 21st 2015 from 8 AM to 2 PM, come visit the Kauai Veteran’s Center for a day of arts and crafts at the Kauai Island Crafters Fair! Kauai’s artists and crafters are displaying their authentic goods, including an array of quality, hand-made products from handbags and floral hairpins to Hawaiian quilts. You’ll also find professional photographs of Kauai’s scenery plus beachwear and more crafts with Hawaiian flare.  


And the best part is: proceeds from the sales benefit the Kauai Veteran’s Museum – so, shop early and find great gifts while on vacation! This indoor event is FREE and you can get information here!

Photo: Kauai Festivals






Kilauea Art Night at the Kilauea Historic Stone Building!


Every last Saturday of the month, Kilauea Town presents Kilauea Art Night where you can discover locally made pottery, wood work, original fine art, jewelry, organic skincare, handmade soaps, wish trees, apparel, chocolates, and more! There is also a great variety of food vendors from around Kauai, including: The Right Slice, Kickshaws, Porky's Hot Dog Cart, Hanalei Pasta, Akamai Juice, Makai Jellies & Jam, locally made ice cream and more.


Enjoy dinner while listening to live music, with 3 musical offerings each month on the grounds of the historic stone building. There is also the Keiki Fire & Light performance at 7pm on the back lawn!


Kilauea Art Night is another great way of spending time outdoors and exploring all of the great things happening on the Garden Island. For more information, check out the Official Page on Facebook!

 


Next Month We Celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays! 


This Thanksgiving holiday, join us in taking time to reach out to Friends and Family members and let them know how much you appreciate them.  Think of all the Fun you have together spending time in the kitchen and laughing at the same stories they share every year. And remember to call thocharse you have not spoken with in a while, and let them know you are thinking of them and you’re thankful for all the good times they have brought to your life.


Every day is a great time to come to Kauai – especially when the kids have time off from school and when YOU need a quick getaway.  There is always a good time waiting for you with lots of things to see and do and when you are ready to start making your next vacation a reality, just give us a call at (808) 245-8841 and (800) 367-5025. We always look forward to hearing from you – and you can also start browsing over 200 accommodations, 24 hours a day, from our website and mobile site, here.


Next month we will all be celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Hawaiian style! That means more time spent outdoors, relaxing on the lanai, shopping, hiking, swimming, golfing, and more!  Yes, it is another great day in Paradise.  We invite you to come join the Fun. You can stay with us!



- Aloha!






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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2015 Golf & Fun Vacation Guide

 


Ho`olaule`a – Celebrating 38 Years with a Kauai Golf & Relaxation Tour!


Join us for a moment as we think back on all the FUN things happening in 1978.  “Laverne & Shirley” was the top rated TV show. “MacArthur Park,” written by our friend, Jimmy Web, and sung by Donna Summer, was a top song on the radio. And that was the same year Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc opened its doors for business!  


Funny how so much has changed over the years – and even more impressive… how some things just keep getting better! 


That’s right!  Thirty-eight marks the beginning of another great milestone for your Friends here on Kauai. Thirty-eight years of assisting guests in planning their dream vacations. Thirty-eight years of meeting new Friends from around the world – who return year after year to stay with us again. Thirty-eight years of watching their Families grow up and meeting the new Friends they bring to Kauai! And thirty-eight years of our expanding, heart-felt gratitude for making our company known as “the only way to go when coming to Kauai.” 


Thank you for all the great memories and especially for all the new ones that are coming! As we “Ho`olaule`a (celebrate) our 38th year of business we are excited to share with you our 2015 Kauai Golf & Relaxation Guide. It is true: every day is a GREAT time to be on Kauai and now is a great time to plan this year’s holiday vacation. So while you read make sure to close your eyes and see yourself outdoors breathing in fresh tropical air, chillaxing under the bright sky, and strolling along a white sandy beach in between swimming, snorkeling, and centering yourself in Paradise! 


Seasons are changing all over the world and here on Kauai, today is another beautiful day waiting for you to explore. With flights leaving your local airport and landing at Lihue Airport every day, let’s help you get excited about being on the next one – starting with a tour of Kauai’s amazing golf courses!


The Ultimate Guide to Golf and Relaxation on Kauai: World-Class Courses and Breath-Taking Scenery!


Call your Friends, pack up the Family, grab your clubs, and get ready for an awesome Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc golf vacation. Kauai has 10 great courses at seven breathtaking locations, many designed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  You can golf all day, have wonderful meals in the evenings, and get a full night of sleep in your relaxing vacation home. Then after a good night’s sleep, you can grab a massage, make plans to attend a luau, and start exploring the Garden Island. Every day can be unique and special, and we have 10 exciting tips on how to maximize your vacation starting with the cool new way of getting around the golf course!



This is the “GolfBoard,” which is developed in part by well known Hawaii big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. The idea is to add more adrenaline to your round of golf while speeding up the pace of play and attracting more young people to the sport. The fun, battery-operated machine enables surfers to "surf the earth" between shots on an impressively agile set of four wheels. 


Travel Weekly featured the new transportation on their website where the creator said, “When you carve left and right down a decent slope, you really get a sensation of snowboarding or surfing or even wakeboarding… and it's very intuitive. It's also easy to learn."  Look for the GolfBoard on Kauai at Princeville Makai Golf Club and see this video for more information!



World-Class Golf at The Makai Golf Club 

 

For one of the most unique golfing experiences in the world, indulge yourself with a round of golf at the Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course opened in 1971 and had a grand renovation in 2009.
According to the official site, the course “features the introduction of Seashore Paspalum turf grass on all fairways and greens, providing spectacular playing surfaces for golfers of all skill levels. The course plays to a par 72 with four different sets of tees that can be stretched to more than 7,200 yards from the tips – and the signature 7th hole plays to 213 yards from the back tees. 


Makai Golf Club rents new Callaway golf clubs for men, women, and juniors looking to play a great course with great equipment. Spend a few days mastering your game amidst scenic cliffs, tranquil lakes, native forests, and spectacular coastline views of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay. If you’re ready to get your vacation plans started, click here!


Travel Tip #1: The Makai provides an excellent challenge to golfers of all skill levels with its unique terrain and turf. For casual golfers who prefer a leisurely round with Friends and Family, try the 9-hole Woods course! It has a fun and relaxed layout, winding through the native woodlands of Kauai’s North Shore. Makai Golf Club also has a practice tee, fairway bunker, target greens, and short game practice complex. Come and play one of golf’s “Top Five Most Scenic Courses,” according to National Geographic’s Traveler magazine.


Tip #2: For Friends who would rather “chillax” than golf, The Makai Grill offers a perfect hangout spot. Enjoy a delicious lunch and sip tropical beverages while Friends Enjoy their game. Breakfast is served from 7 AM to 11 AM with options that include an omelet of your choice, fruit smoothies, and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch is served from 11 AM to 4 PM with tasty items including a Turkey Cheddar Wrap, the Makai Burger, Classic BLT, Club Sandwiches, and more!


Mmmmmm… great food, golf, and a vacation in paradise. What a GREAT reward for all your hard work this year. You ready to join the fun? Come on over! For more information about Makai Golf Club, click here!

Photo: Makagolf.com and Princeville Makai Golf Club on Facebook


 

Tip #3: Spend a few days exploring Princeville Ranch and see a real, working cattle ranch that offers tours of its 2,500 acre facility. Enjoy horseback riding tours that showcase more of the great North Shore. There are also kayaking tours through the rainforest and guided hikes to the Kalihiwai Stream! And check out this video for more information about the Picnic Ride! Here is a link with more information!





Breathtaking Scenery and Challenging Golf on the South Shore


The Kiahuna Golf Club is another great course designed by world-renowned golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  Located in Poipu, Kiahuna offers 18-holes with a par 70 and 6,925 yards of play. The lush course is surrounded by Kauai’s natural beauty and weaves through ancient ruins along your way to the final hole. For example, to the left of the fifteenth fairway you’ll see the remains of a house that was inhabited by a Portuguese immigrant in the early 19th century.


The Kiahunua Golf Club is an amazing golf course and the official site has an introduction video by Matt Torey, head golf pro, who introduces the course and shows a great aerial flyover video. To see the clip, click here!
 


Tip #4: Hawaii’s natural beauty and wildlife are on royal display at Kiahuna! There is a small outcrop of lava tubes to the left of the second fairway. The Club also provides a sanctuary for many of Kauai’s endangered species, including the Nene, the official bird of the State of Hawaii. As you play your round, keep an eye out and see interesting wildlife including the Hawaiian Stilt, the Black-Crowned Night Heron, and the shy Moorhen along the Waikomo Stream!

 

Tip #5:  Joe’s on the Green is a great place to grab a meal before and after the game. Yummy breakfast items include Cinnamon Rolls, Homemade Tropical Granola, Half Papaya, and Buttermilk Pancakes!  Mmmmmm!  :- )   Lunch specials include the Joe Mama Cheeseburger, Fresh Island Fish Sandwich, BBQ Ribs, Turkey Foccacia, desserts, and Happy Hour from 3 PM to 6 PM. 


Need another reason to come? The Kiahuna Golf course has a gentle balance of scenic beauty and challenging golf – and the course’s official site is full of helpful information. Select “The Course” from the website’s top menu and you’ll see a layout of each hole. There are also links to golf tips for each hole and a look inside the pro shop.


Excited?  Awesome! We look forward to seeing you at Kiahuna! 

Photo: Kiahuna Golf Club


9 Holes on Kalaheo Golf Course Are Fun and Accessible!

 

One of Kauai’s best value golf courses is the 9-hole Kukuiolono Golf Course in Kalaheo. This semi-private golf course on the South Shore opened in 1928 and is designed by Toyo Shirai.


The course measures 2,981 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 113 and a 70 USGA rating. It also has 2 sets of tees for different skill levels, with greens and fairways grown from Bermuda grass.


Players on Yelp! have said it is the “Best golf value on the island--$9 for a 9-hole round!!  Totaled out at $100 for rentals, balls, tees, carts, and the round, plus a whole lotta fun for all four of us---yes--four!!  Played there many times, and can't remember ever having a better time on a course.”  The small, 9-hole course is settled nicely in the hills above Kalaheo town, near Koloa. It was originally built as the private course of sugar king, Walter McBride.


Tip #6: Today, Kukuiolono is a public course perfect for beginners or a quick round. McBride, who had over 180 acres of land to his name, donated the course to Kauai in 1919. Golfers can give their “Aloha” to his final resting place near the 8th tee.

 

Tip #7: Near the golf course, there is Kukuiolono Park, which is perfect for guests who want to explore while others golf!  :- )  

There is a newly renovated Japanese garden to stroll through, with fountains, statues, and bonsai trees. See garden paths leading to a collection of Hawaiian lava rocks and a newly constructed meditation pavilion. This photo is an ancient stone from the garden!


You can also run/jog on one of the many paved paths and hike trails that showcase the Eucalyptus forest and ironwood trees. You might even see whales in the distance, right from the park!


Sound fun? We think so too! For an ideal day of golfing and spending time outdoors, learn more about Kukuiolono Park here! And, for a video tour of this course, check out this link - Kukuiolono Golf Tour.


Kauai Lagoons – a “Nicklaus-Designed Course” on the East Side!


Kauai Lagoons Golf Club in Lihue features 18-holes of Jack Nicklaus-inspired golf and includes over a ½ mile of breathtaking oceanfront golf on the inward nine. In fact, it is such a great course, here is how the official website describes part of the course:

Measuring 219 yards from the back and requiring a tee shot over a valley of mango and guava trees, the fifth hole tests each golfer’s skill and nerve. This hole is third of a four-hole span, and the Kauai Lagoons golf staff refer to it as the “amen corner” – one you make it past that, say “amen” and keep going!

 

The course’s links are situated with the coast of the Pacific on one side, and the picturesque mountains of the inner Island on the opposite side.

 

Tip #8: Kauai Lagoons has had several renovations in the past five years and the new surfaces, bunkers, and three new holes are Fun and breathtakingly beautiful. One of the new holes offers a breathtaking ocean view that joins three other holes to create the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes of any course in Hawaii – with an amazing half mile of ocean vistas!


The Kauai Lagoons official site has more information and there is no fee to set a tee time online. Kauai Lagoons also has a driving range and putting green available to all golfers. Be sure to have a look at the site’s “Outings” and “Improve” sections. Ready to play Mr. Nicklaus’s course? We will see you on the links!


 A Place to Call Home: Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc – and the Puakea Golf Club. A match made in heaven!

Golfers, time to get more exited!  There is yet another world-class course on Kauai’s East Side: The Puakea Golf Club. Golf architect Robin Nelson is quoted saying, “… this might be one of the most fun courses to play in the entire state. The course rides up, then down, and around deep ravines. There are amazing pali views for three quarters of the course and ocean views for the remainder!”  Sounds good to us!  : - )



Tip #9: Puakea is open to the public as a daily fee course and is more economical than other courses on the island. It is built on over 200 acres of historic property, which was formerly a sugarcane plantation. As you play, you see volcanic cliffs, huge ravines, and plush tropical vegetation! Following an extensive renovation in 2003, there is also a state-of-the-art practice facility, complete with a driving range, putting green, and ample short-game practice area.

 


Ready to book your tee time on Puakea? Click here for more information on tee times, hosting an event or enjoying lunch at the Ho’okipa CafĂ©, open from 7 AM to sunset!


Tip #10: If you are looking for more ways of exploring Kauai while your golfers Enjoy their rounds, check out the Royal Coconut Coast for shopping, spas, and historic sight-seeing. You can go to the roadside lookout and see Opaekaa Falls, one of the island’s most accessible waterfalls. You can also rent a kayak and take a tour of the Wailua River! There are all kinds of FUN things to see and do on Kauai’s East Side!

 

 

Image:  Courtesy of Wikipedia, a view of Opaekaa Falls, meaning "rolling shrimp," fed by the Wailua River and located along the Royal Coconut Coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

 

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

After a few rounds of world-class golf on Kauai’s gorgeous links, take your vacation to the next level with some exciting “things to see and do” on Kauai.  Below we are sharing some exciting things happening over the next few weeks. Plus, you can take a look at all our previous Feature stories by clicking the Blogger link on our website!

Ready to join the FUN? We are ready to make your next vacation a reality!


Enjoy the Princess Ka’iulani Keiki (Kids) Festival!


Bring the whole Family to the annual “Royal Birthday Party” festival in Hanapepe! This FREE festival happens at The Storybook Theater, Saturday, October 17th, 2015 from 12 PM to 4 PM.
The theme of this year’s event is “Honoring the Ali’I of Old,” and features live entertainment and hula dancing. There are also children’s activities, children’s art exhibits, performances, and taiko drumming. The royal procession parade and children’s story time are always a treat to see!


The FUN culminates with the Princess’s Birthday Party in Sparky’s Garden at the Storybook Theater. This is a Family-friendly event so come on out and join us!  For more information, click here.

Indulge Your Senses at the Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival!



Our mouths are watering just writing the headline for this next event!  If you love chocolate and if you love coffee – this is a festival for you!


Come on out for the inaugural Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival on Friday, October, 23rd, 2015 from 10 AM to 9 PM – and on Saturday, October 24th, from 10 AM to 5 PM.


The festival is happening in historic Hanapepe and features all kinds of chocolate and coffee sampling. See workshops, demonstrations, entertainment, and exhibitions surrounding these delightful treats – and meet local farmers who cultivate the world famous coffee and cocoa beans.


See how these crops evolve from the field to your coffee cup or dessert tray! Ready to taste the chocolate and coffee? Then we will see you there!

More information on this 1st annual event can be found here – and here , too!

Next Month We Celebrate Thanksgiving – the Kauai Way! 


Taking the time to assist you in planning a memorable vacation and helping you create loving memories is what we love to do. This month kicks off our 38th year in business and for all the kind wishes, Ho'omaika'i 'ana (congratulations), and Friends we have met … Mahalo nui loa – thank you very much.  :- )  We are excited and happy to celebrate this amazing anniversary and as always, we invite you to Ho'olu komo la kaua (Please join us) on Kauai! 


Golf is one of the many FUN activities to Enjoy on Kauai and we invite you to come stay with us in Paradise!  Visit our website today and browse 200+ accommodations. Oceanfront homes with a view, condos on the Royal Coconut Coast, golf-adjacent villas, and cozy cottages are our specialty – and we always look forward to seeing you.


If you have any questions, drop us an e-mail by clicking here and give us a call at 1 (808) 245-8841 or 1 (800) 367-5025.  Have a great day!

Next month: Get ready for extra helpings of Imu Turkey when we celebrate Thanksgiving on Kauai – coming soon –  :- )

-Aloha!