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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, 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 ( or Charlene ( 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 or by calling 808 635 7377!

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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.


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.

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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: 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 –  :- )




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Our Fall 2015 Kauai Vacation Planning Guide – Part 1

Our Fall 2015 Kauai Vacation Planning Guide – Part

This morning we were looking through our Blogger site at all the great Feature stories we have shared with our guests. So many Fun stories about all the great things you could be doing if you were on Kauai right now, based on the things you like to do, and the many choices you can make to maximize your vacation in paradise.

Think about that for a moment. Do you Love the water? On Kauai, you can fish, swim, kayak, snuba, snorkel, splash and swim all day long, every day – and the next day you can wake up and do something completely different! We know some of our guests just want to get away and Chillax – that glorious feeling of chillin’ in paradise combined with the amazing feeling of relaxing while being pampered with massages, mani-pedis, and reading a great book by the pool.

So this month we are excited to share our Top 10 Tips for Chillaxing on Kauai, starting with a day at the spa. Which spa? Well that’s the fun part. :- ) Today’s tour begins with a look at some of Kauai’s most adored relaxation and rejuvenation spots so you can decide where to begin. Then, when you realize – “Hey! I should be doing that!” … look for our Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc Featured Properties at the bottom of this story. We have many great accommodations you can call home, and all you have to do is pick up the phone and tell us when you want to arrive. Yes, it is that easy :- )

When you finish reading, close your eyes and imagine yourself chillaxing on your North Shore lanai overlooking a tropical garden. See yourself admiring the ocean view from your South Shore home. Hear the ocean call you from a distance at your East Side Royal Coconut Coast retreat. And count the stars in the nighttime sky while you release all your thoughts and settle into tranquil paradise.

Your well deserved vacation is just a few clicks away and right now, you can choose your vacation home on your computer, iPad, and even your mobile phone!  So, are you ready for vacation? Let’s jump right into our Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc Vacation Planning Guide for Fall 2015


The Ultimate Spa Guide On Kauai – Get Ready for Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation!

Take a moment and let go of all your distractions, and really let your mind be still. Now, imagine yourself lying on a comfortable bed having a gentle scalp massage. The smell of fresh flowers and tropical scented candles filling the air with an ocean breeze gently kissing your cheek. Your day of calmness and tranquility awaits you and the first stop on our Kauai Spa Tour: the Anara Spa.

Relax and Let Go at the Anara Spa on the South Shore

Located in Poipu on the South Shore, Anara Spa uses traditional Hawaiian healing customs to inspire “Lokahi,” which translates as “unity, harmony and balance.”

Anara Spa is 45,000 square feet complete with a state-of-the-art gym, areas for open-air yoga and fitness classes, and plenty of massage, body treatment, and facial options. And each treatment room opens to a unique tropical garden.

Tip Number 1: Try a Kauai Clay Treatment, which uses local roots, oils, and warm stones. Tip Number 2: The Organic Lilikoi Massage uses locally grown passion fruit to hydrate your skin and elevate your spirit. And, if you want to spend the entire day, consider
Tip Number 3: The Lokahi, which is a full day of baths, massages, foot scrubs and scalp massages – complete with lunch! Options are also available for couples.

The best news… The Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt is close to all Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodations on the South Shore. So, are you ready for a day of pampering at the Anara? We are! Click here to make a reservation and we will see you there!

Rejuvenate on the North Shore at Halele’a Spa

For another tremendous spa experience in a truly unique environment, spend the day at Halele’a Spa at the St. Regis Hotel. Take a look at the photo below and consider: how amazing would it be to awaken on Kauai in your own private home, sip your Kauai coffee while admiring the ocean, and then head to Halele’a in the afternoon? I think we can all agree the answer to that question is “it would be SO amazing, sign me up!” :- )  (Really, sign us up!)

Here comes your ultimate chillax day filled with a pampering spa treatment, a mani-pedi, followed by a wonderful massage. Are you ready? The Halele’a has you covered! You can even book a couples massage in their plush facility and be immersed in the tropical scents of local fruits and flora.

Tip Number 4: Halele’a Spa also has outdoors services available where you can Enjoy a poolside massage and indulge in the splendor of an Oceanside Cabana. The spa also has yoga, Pilates, and personal training services available. There are meditation and wellness retreats you can book, too.

Sounds like an awesome time, yeah? And just think… we are just getting started!

Spend a Day of Relaxation at The Hanalei Day Spa on the North Shore

Up the road from Princeville on the North Shore is Hanalei Bay where you can Explore and Discover one of the best-reviewed spas on the Garden Island: Hanalei Day Spa.

In business since 2003, the Hanalei Day Spa has plenty of options for you to choose and tailor your ideal spa experience. Start with a relaxing beach-side massage with therapeutic deep tissue relief, while breathing in wonderful aromatherapy. Hanalei Day Spa also has Kauai Couples Massage for guests celebrating their honeymoon and anniversary, and for Friends who want to be treated like Hawaiian Royalty with a Royal Couple Massage.

Tip Number 5: The 110-minute beach-side Hawaiian Lomi Massage uses organic coconut oil, deep conditioning treatments for hair and scalp, and lots of magical tension relief. Be sure to visit the boutique for products you can take home. 

With a gorgeous atmosphere on the North Shore and an experienced staff of professionals, this boutique day spa is waiting for your appointment! Ready to chillax? Click here for more information.

Make Your Day “Easy on the East Side” at Spa Makaiwa  

The Royal Coconut Coast has white sand beaches, great ocean view condos, and the Ke Ala Hele Makalae (the Path that Goes by the Coast) where you can ride bikes, skateboards, and take a refreshing walk along the Pacific Ocean. And before you step outside for a relaxing day on the beach, make an appointment at Spa Makaiwa, located at the Kauai Coast Resort across the lobby from the Hukilau Lanai Restaurant.

Open daily, locally owned and operated, The Spa Makaiwa’s highly-trained therapists offer massages, facials, and treatments customized especially for you. In addition to massage services, Makaiwa also has acupuncture, body treatments, and waxing.

The Spa’s menu has a host of options, many of which combine a specific treatment with an hour massage and an hour facial, too. Tip Number 6: The Polihale Glow combines a Hawaiian Sea Salt Glow with a 60-minute massage and then a 60-minute facial. Tip Number 7: There are also packages with hot stones, raindrop therapy, and rainforest body wrap.

Wow! Can you see yourself having the most relaxing time you have had in a long time, here on Kauai?  We can!  And whatever you are in the mood for, the Spa Makaiwa has got a package that helps you maximize your visit on the Garden Island. 

Photo: Spa Makaiwa

Your Relaxing Vacation in Paradise Has More for You!

Now that we have explored some of the world-famous Spas available for you on Kauai, let’s take a look at more ways to relax and explore the peace and tranquility of Garden Island!

Learn More About Kauai Culture and History at The Kauai Museum

Founded in 1960, The Kauai Museum is located in the heart of Lihue. Now celebrating their 55th year, the Museum staff is proud to live the spirit of “Aloha” starting with the way they welcome guests all the way through the way they present informative tours and exhibits. The Museum is a welcoming space that displays the rich cultural history of Kauai, with plenty of opportunities for guests to learn and participate in Hawaiian activities. Come see the exhibits and stay for “Talk Story,” live concerts, and Hawaiian craft-making demonstrations.

Guided tours are FREE with paid admission ($10 for general admission, $8 for seniors) and The Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM (except Sunday).  

Are you ready to spend an afternoon learning about the history of the Garden Island? Come see The Kauai Museum’s unique exhibits, Enjoy their special events, and take a Hula class! We look forward to seeing you there!

Image: Kauai Museum

Experience the Calm Feeling of Nature on the Mahaulepu Coastal Trail

There are numerous walking trails on Kauai, which is part of what makes exploring Kauai so much FUN! Some are very easy to walk while others can be formidable even for experienced hikers. Whatever you skill level, they all provide a scenic, peaceful experience for you to Enjoy. Just remember to always hike with a buddy, tell your Friends where you are going, and take lots of water with you. Kauai’s outdoor parks are Fun and always remember: Safety First!

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One of the most tranquil and accessible trails on Kauai is the Mahaulepu Coastal Trail, known for its unique location on the last stretch of undeveloped coastline on the South Shore. In fact, local organizations strive to keep this space undeveloped to preserve its natural beauty for generations to come.

From a starting point near Poipu at Shipwreck Beach (Keoneloa Bay), take a walk along Mahaulepu Coastal Trail and immerse yourself in the beautiful terrain. Keep an eye out for sea turtles and other marine life visible in the path’s rocky inlets. The trail is two miles each way with a lovely beach where you can take a “time out” at the end! Tip Number 9: Learn more about the Mahaulepu Coastal Trail, including maps, right here.

Center Yourself in Paradise

Kauai has many places where you can rejuvenate your spirit in unique and peaceful settings. One of these is the Hindu Monastery called Himalayan Academy. Hindu monks live at this authentic, South Indian Monastery located on the East Side in Kapaa.  Tip Number 10: Check out the website and learn about the Academy here.

There is also the Himalayan Academy is the Kauai Dharma Center, a Buddhist Temple also located in Kapaa. The Center’s goal is to help visitors find emotional balance and inner peace. They embrace the daily practice of Dharma rituals and meditations, while recognizing all spiritual paths are valuable. Learn more about the Center here.

Another great way to refresh your mind is doing sunrise yoga! Awaken to legendary, breathtaking sunrises with Kauai Yoga on the Beach every Monday through Wednesday and Friday at 6 AM. Classes are $20 and include a yoga mat. You can also take an afternoon class in other areas on the island, and you can see the class schedule and get more information here.


Photos courtesy of Himalayan Academy, Kauai Dharma Center, and Kauai Yoga on the Beach

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

After a relaxing spa visit and a few days of resting at home, you might be ready to venture out and see what everyone else is doing on Kauai. The answer:  Everyone is having a GREAT TIME exploring the Garden Island while laughing, exercising, and hearing great music. We invite you to take a look at all of our Blogs so you can learn more about the many ways you can create your own Kauai adventure. Plus, in the next few weeks, there are more great activities awaiting you. So take a look below and then preview the Featured properties we told you about. Then give us a call and come join the Fun!

Enjoy the Princeville Artisan Fair and Concert in the Park

On Sunday, September 13th from 1 PM to 6 PM, come Enjoy a day of local arts and performances on the North Shore at the Princeville Artisan Fair and Concert in the Park. Browse handmade items for sale by local artisans including wood products, ceramics, photography, and authentic fabrics and clothing made with local flavor by Kauai’s own artists.
Come for the arts and crafts, and the scrumptious local food – then stay for the FREE concert! This is a Family-friendly event and you can get more information here.
Photo: Kauai Festivals

Experience Kauai Culture at the Mokihana Festival!

Ready for a taste of Kauai culture and customs? Come on out for the week-long Mokihana Festival that kicks off with a Hawaiian church service at the Kapaa First Hawaiian Church on Sunday, September, 20th, 2015 at 10 AM.

Then throughout the following week, experience a variety of performances taking place at venues all over the island. Come see the Composer’s Contest and Concert at the Waimea Theater on Monday, September 21st at 7 PM. On Thursday, September 24th, come see the Solo and Group Kahiko Nei Hula Competition at the Kauai Beach Resort at 6 PM. Additional Hula competitions take place in the same location on Friday and Saturday the same week.

This Festival has it all! Hear authentic Hawaiian music, see the beauty of Hula dancing, and Enjoy the Children & Youth Music competition.

With multiple events taking place during the week of Sunday, September 20th through Saturday, September 26, 2015, you have plenty of opportunities to see a variety of performances! For a flavor of this year’s festival, have a look at the video below:

If you want to attend more than one event at the Mokihana Festival, click here and learn about the Mokihana Pass. For $75, you receive a transferrable pass to all events at the Festival. Sound FUN? We will see you there! 

Join the Fun at the 17th Annual Kauai Powwow in Paradise at Kapaa Beach Park!

Come out to Kapaa Beach Park from Friday, September 25th to Sunday, September 27th for the annual Powwow event co-sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, The County of Kauai, and The Beauty of the Four Directions Native American Church of Kauai.

The Powwow in Paradise is a FREE, Family-friendly event that promotes Native American cultural awareness. This year’s event features organic Native American food booths, hand-made arts and crafts, and special dance performances!

One of the highlights of this annual event is the Drum competition – and this year see performances by The Wildhorse Singers from Los Angeles and the 808DNZ from Oahu. Come for the drums, the dancing, and the food – a true Native American cultural experience awaits you! For more information, click here!
Photo: Kauai Festivals

Next Month We Celebrate Kauai’s Wonderful Golf Courses! 

When we think about all our Friends who visited Kauai this year AND chose Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc to assist them in creating an amazing, Fun-filled vacation… our spirits soar with Joy and Happiness. We started our company over 37 years ago with the mission of sharing Kauai with guests from all around the world – and we look forward to the next 37 years as well.  :- )

Fall and winter holidays are just around the corner and next month we are sharing information about Kauai’s wonderful golf courses. We will also share more great ideas for having a fabulous vacation here on the Garden Island. We also invite you to check out our website and browse for an accommodation you can call home. Just let us know when you are arriving and we will have the keys ready. 

Thanks for visiting us today!  See you here on the Garden Island!


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