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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Infinite Possibilities For Fun On Kauai!



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

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

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

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

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

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


Spotlight on Kauai’s West Side

 

Waimea Canyon

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

 

Waimea Town Celebration

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

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

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

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



Koke’e State Park

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

 

Hanapepe Town

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

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

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

 

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

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

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

Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki – January 17th


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


Join Us in Celebrating Infinite Possibilities For Fun On Kauai


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

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

- Aloha!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chillaxing in Kauai Wonderland!


Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is sooooo excited to present our Annual Holiday Feature story!  Christmas and New Year’s Eve are some of our favorite Holidays because it is the time of year we get to see so many guests come back to Enjoy Kauai’s sunshine and Fun tropical nights – and also find time to Chillax with the Family! And of course… there are Christmas presents, plenty of opportunities to spend time with Santa, and dancing outside on New Year’s Eve under a sky filled with Fireworks! 

Yes!  On Kauai, the good times blend into a new year filled with infinite possibilities for greatness and the countdown has already begun! For all our Friends who have always wanted to spent their Holidays on Kauai: here is your chance to re-discover The Garden Island and learn about all the Fun things you can see and do during December and January. For all our returning guests: Whooooo hooooo!!!!  We are so excited to see you again AND share great ideas that everyone can Enjoy over the next few weeks.

We call this Feature story “Chillaxing in Kauai Wonderland” because there is plenty of time to chill, relax, sleep, and explore the North and South Shores… East and West sides of Kauai. This is indeed the season for FUN and it gets even better the moment you land at Lihue Airport. So take a moment now to Enjoy your coffee break… chill time by the fireplace… and start getting EXCITED for your Christmas and New Year Holiday Fun on The Garden Island!




The Kauai Tradition Continues!

 


The 18th Annual Festival of Lights is now open at Kauai’s Historic County Building in Lihue, showcasing Aunt Josie’s Holiday Decoration exhibit. Have you ever seen a Christmas tree made of 7,500 green toothpicks? How about wreaths formed from egg cartons?  Table decorations constructed with seed pods? How about a chandelier fashioned from wire coat hangers?!!

According to Wikipedia, Auntie Josie Chansky transformed humble materials into sparkling treasures that she displayed at her homes on Oahu and Kauai.  In 1996 the exhibit moved to the Historic County Building and every year since… Friends, Guests, and Visitors from around the world get to see Auntie Josie’s homemade crafts and feel the presence of her warm spirit.

The exhibit is now open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday though December 21st – as well as Christmas Eve and December 27th!  Admission is FREE and everyone is invited to stop by for a visit. There is plenty of time to browse crafts created by Kauai artisans where many Holiday gifts are waiting for you!

 

Are you excited? So are we! We’ll see you there!

 

Friday Nights with Santa!

Santa Claus is coming to the Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe Town every Friday night throughout the Holiday season! 

On December 19th, and 26th, children can chat with Santa, snack on nutritious treats,  and explore historic Hanapepe Town’s Friday Night Art Night with parents : - )  

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 lots of ways to Laugh and Enjoy spending nights outside on Kauai!

 

 

For more information and directions, click here!

 


Let There Be Music! Spend an Evening with the Kauai Chorale!

On Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 PM, head over to the KCC Performing Arts Center in Lihue and see the 51st Annual “Christmas with the Kauai Chorale” concert! The weekend show happens again on Sunday, December 14th at 5 PM in the St. Regis Hotel Ballroom!



This year’s Holiday song list includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s "Wachet Auf!" ("Sleepers Awake!"); a stirring choral composition called "Hodie" ("This Day") by V. Randall Stroope; lively Christmas pieces in a variety of styles from the classic Bach "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring"; and songs for Hanukkah, spirituals, solo features, and more!

Get your tickets by clicking over to the official website, here!




The Night is Bright at the Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade!

On Saturday, December 20th, Waimea Town transforms into a kaleidoscope of light, color, and sound when this year’s parade celebrates another Mele Kalikimaka!  (Merry Christmas!!) with The 20th Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade
Find your spot by 4 PM and stay for the after party at Hofgaard Park!  Parking is easier on the Kekaha side of town and everyone who comes early can spend the day in Waimea Enjoying parks, beaches, and hiking trails! 


The Waimea Bridge closes at 5:30 PM and re-opens around 8 PM after the parade. The route begins at Waimea Canyon Park, heads down Kaumualii Highway to Alawai Road, turns onto Waimea Road, and continues to the Post-Parade festivities at Hofgaard Park. Dance to live music and entertainment all the way to 11 PM!
You going?  See you there!  :- )

Welcome 2015 with Fireworks at the Poipu New Year's Eve Fireworks Show and a Gala at the St. Regis Princeville Resort!

Get your beach blankets, chairs, and smiles ready to Enjoy live entertainment, food, and a spectacular display of fireworks at the Poipu Beach Resort Association’s Annual Fireworks Show! The event is FREE for everyone and the evening is a Wonderful way to Enjoy an exciting show high in the tropical sky!

 

The show starts around 9 PM and we will keep you posted on additional details we share on our Facebook page, so be sure to LIKE our page and SHARE with your Friends! 
There is also a Fun New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration planned at the St. Regis Princeville Resort!  Live music, dancing, and more – starting at 10 PM and wrapping up at 1:30 AM. Child care is available and more information is available here!

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

 

Come to Kapaa for a Market and Swap Meet!

 
On December 13th and every second Saturday of the month, the All Saints’ Church hosts a monthly market 9 AM until 2 PM.  This is a great opportunity for last-minute Holiday shopping for you and your Family.
The market takes place on the lawn outside the church and includes crafts, jewelry, clothing, produce, plants, food trucks, and a Swap Meet section!
Join the Fun and get more information here!

 

 

 

Kids of All Ages LOVE Santa – Meet Him in Princeville!

On Sunday, December 14th, come on down to the Princeville Community Center and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus!
The gathering is FREE and takes place from 5 PM to 6 PM.  Live Holiday harp music and refreshments make this annual event a FUN time for keiki (kids) of all ages! For more info, click here!

 





Relax and Rejuvenate with Meditation and a Vegan Potluck

Here’s another great way to express gratitude for all the great things that arrived in 2014 – and embrace all the great things coming in 2015!
Saturday, December 27th and every last Saturday of the month, Kauai Retreats presents a night of meditation followed by a vegan potluck at Wailua Homesteads. 
The evening follows the tradition of Master Sivananda and Swami Vishnu Devananda, whose Satsang meditation provides healing and rejuvenation for the entire body, mind and spirit. The powerful group vibrations produced in meditation, chanting and study transforms the energy level in which you function in your daily life.
Meditation begins at 4 PM and continues with a tasty vegan potluck at 5:30 PM. For more info, click here!



Chillaxing in Kauai Wonderland!

It feels so good thinking about all the Fun our guests are having this Holiday season on Kauai.  :- )  From everyone at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc we wish you, your Family, and all our Friends the VERY MERRIEST Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, Happy New Year! We are so grateful to know you and we look forward to seeing you here on Kauai on your next vacation! 
If you need some inspiration for planning your next Holiday on the Garden Island, be sure to browse our 200+ accommodations on our website and keep an eye on our Facebook Newsfeed.  That’s where you’ll find our Wiki Wiki Wednesday Specials and the up-to-date information on all the Fun happening on Kauai. 

Enjoy a great day – and Aloha!

Photo credits:  Kauaifestivals.com, The Festival of Lights, the Storybook Theatre, the Kauai Chorale, the Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade, West Kauai Business & Professional Association, Poipu New Year's Eve Fireworks, and the amazing accommodations of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc - come stay with us! :- )

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Your Kauai Getaway! Before, During, and After Thanksgiving!



The grand countdown to New Year’s 2015 is quickly approaching – and that gives all of us at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc *many* things to be excited about!  First comes Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Year’s Eve!  Fun times with Fun people having Fun all across Kauai – and you are invited to join us!

Thanksgiving is a very special time for us. It marks our 36th year in business here on Kauai. When we think about all our guests who stay with us every year, we remember the excitement that begins the moment they confirm their vacation plans with us – and that GREAT feeling gets better every time they return to Kauai!
Our business started with a vision. A desire to share the magical island of Kauai with the world. Today, as more people learn about our Kauai vacation Kauai vacation homes, cottages, condos, and villas – and as they share us with their Friends – we are delighted to have this opportunity to be part of your next holiday vacation plan!
Over the next few months we are sharing more great ideas for maximizing your Fun on the Garden Island, starting with activities and things to do before, during, and after Thanksgiving. Think of us as your BFFs here on Kauai… standing by, ready to confirm a vacation rental home that is perfect for you and your Family.
In the spirit of Gratitude: Thanks for making this another wonderful year. To show our appreciation, be sure to check our Facebook Wall for our weekly Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials. There you will find some of the most beautiful vacation accommodations on Kauai at a special rate. Are you ready for a holiday on the Garden Island? Great! Come join the Fun!

Enjoy a Splendid, Fall Kauai Day… Relaxing!
When was the last time you took a day off and truly relaxed?  You know… when you had no schedule and could kick back and Enjoy some peace and quiet! On Kauai, you can spend the day relaxing in a number of ways! Imagine waking up to a beautiful ocean view where all you  see is the blue water coastline, relaxing to the sound of waves splashing on the shore… with an occasional sighting of dolphins or whales in the distance.
Every morning on Kauai, you can take your time “easing” into the day. Forget about your normal workday! Instead, grab a book, a towel, and head on down to the beach! Your first Kauai Travel Tip is all about relaxing – and your options are endless!
Relax by the pool one day and catch up on your Favorite book! Head down to the beach on another day, and chill on your own lanai with a nap while listening to music. And on another day, just throw a pillow onto the couch and set your mind free with a powerful, meditation session. 

Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has wonderful accommodations to fit everyone’s idea of an awesome vacation. Just like the home shown in the photo to the right. It happens to be one of November’s Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials. Amneus Home on the South Shore has stunning ocean views that you can see from your upstairs and downstairs lanai. 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8, and if you’re ready for a vacation – call us and let us know when you want to arrive! 



Get Some Outdoor Exercise!


After your power nap, head over to Poipu Beach and spend the day building sandcastles! This is a fun and leisurely activity for families with small children and the beach area has a natural wading pool that children love! There are lifeguards on duty at Poipu Beach and remember! Always swim where lifeguards are on duty and be sure to wear sunscreen! 

The Kauai Surf School on the South Shore is another option for getting exercise while riding the waves. Learn techniques for hanging ten from instructors who love the water as much as you! And if you’re looking for a great path where you can go for a run along Kauai’s Coconut Coast. Be sure to check out the multi-purpose path that goes right through Lydgate Beach Park!

See what we mean? This Fall is a great time to Relax, get some exercise, and get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, Kauai-style!

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


Now that you are thinking about your next vacation on Kauai, let us share the secret to having an amazing local Kauai delicacy called Imu turkey. An Imu is an underground oven used throughout Polynesia since ancient times. Many of Kauai’s luaus use Imu ovens to roast the pig for your gourmet feast. However… when you cook your Thanksgiving turkey in an Imu, the result is a mouthwatering delicacy!

Imagine how delighted your Family will be when you serve them succulent, juicy-moist turkey that falls from the bone and onto your Thanksgiving dinner plate. Sounds delish, yeah? Your Imu turkey dinner can be flavored with pineapple and basted with Soy sauce.

The result? A unique blend of island flavors that tickles your taste buds and gives a whole new meaning to Hau'oli La Ho'omaika'i.  That’s how we say Thanksgiving in Hawaiian!  Now, are you ready to join us for this awesome feast?  Here’s the secret tip!

This year, the Kauai Robotics Alliance is hosting the 4th Annual Kauai Imu Turkey cookout! This fundraiser lets you drop off your turkey between 1 PM and 2 PM on Wednesday, November 26th – and pick it up Thursday, November 27th, cooked and ready for your own Imu dinner at your Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation! Your Family will thank you and so will your tummy!

To make your reservation, click this link and email Kauaibots – or give them a call at (808) 635-7377. What a wonderful way to Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast with minimal effort and MAXIMUM JOY!


Another Great Place for Thanksgiving Dinner:  The Beach House Restaurant!

The Beach House Restaurant on the South Shore has a special Thanksgiving menu that includes Honey Roasted Turkey served with Pancetta, Garlic & Green Bean Sauté, Shiitake Sage Stuffing, Roasted Sweet Onion Mashed PotatoesFresh Pan Giblet Gravy, and Pumpkin Flan for everyone who loves desert!  OMG that sounds great!


Located on the South Shore, The Beach House Restaurant is known for breathtaking views and excellent meals. Their award winning philosophy is: “Take some good old-fashioned Hawaiian hospitality, blend it with a Pacific Rim food experience, and add an outstanding view to deliver an experience that delights all the senses.”

Be sure to make a reservation in advance!  To see their Thanksgiving menu, click here!

Enjoy Your Meal and the View from the St. Regis Resort in Princeville


Here is another opportunity to experience an amazing buffet feast at the Makana Terrace, with gourmet items that include Roasted Kabocha Squash Bisque, Signature Cured Meats, a selection of Garden Delights, and hot entres that include Parmesan Herbs Crusted Turkey Breast, Cajun Spiced Pan Seared Snapper, and a special menu for Keiki! (Children)

If you prefer a more traditional sit-down experience, there is a 4-course meal option at The Kauai Grill! This year’s menu includes Butternut Squash Soup, Shimeji Mushroom Stuffed Turkey, plus Fall Vegetables and Parsnip Puree with Cranberry Sauce.

OMG! Each of these meal ideas is enough to want to come to Kauai and stay for a very long time!  :- ) And to top it all off: look at this view!
 


Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort!


The Westin Princeville's culinary experts are once again preparing a delicious and savory meal that you and your Family will love! The Nanea Restaurant and Bar is serving a four-course dinner menu with multiple options that include Rainbow Chard Risotto, Crab Cake with Truffle Oil, Kalua Duck, Roasted Turkey Breast and Kalua Turkey, with Pumpkin Crunch Ice Cream!

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort is also home to the Princeville Makai Golf Club (below) which is close to Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc North Shore accommodations! Just imagine how great Thanksgiving can be this year when you reward yourself with a well-deserved vacation!



So Much to be Thankful For – Every Day, Every Year!


The holidays on Kauai are always special. We know Thanksgiving kicks off the season of spending time with Friends and Family. We also know how much Joy we help our guests have every time they return to Kauai. It is our home and we want it to be your home away from home. That’s why we invite you to browse our website  where you will find over 200+ accommodations throughout the North and South Shores, East and West Sides.

Most of all, thank you for making us your #1 choice for vacation rental accommodations. We look forward to confirming your plans throughout the holiday season and throughout the upcoming years.  Mahalo nui loa – thank you very much – from all your Friends at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc for spending time with us today.

We look forward to seeing you here on Kauai!!! :)



More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 



Join The Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run


On Saturday November 15th, come join one of Kauai’s favorite traditions! The Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run includes a 5k, non-competitive walk AND a 10k half marathon run!

Organized by the Rotary Club of Kauai, participants can choose their level of participation by registering online before November 13th ($35) and at Kukui Grove on November 14th ($40).

For more information, click here!



Come Experience Kauai’s Local Artisan Fair


Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Kauai Island Crafters Fair! Starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 22nd at Church of the Pacific in Princeville and running until 2:00 PM – this event is a GREAT opportunity to find unique and wonderful presents!

Sale Items include beautifully hand-made bags, notebooks, carved bone jewelry, floral hair pins, fabric angels, quilts, futons, sunrise shell jewelry, and lots more!

E Komo Mai – Welcome! Proceeds benefit The Church of the Pacific – and gifts benefit all your Friends who are waiting to hear about your vacation!

Enjoy a Vegan Alternative to Thanksgiving


If you prefer a Vegan Thanksgiving, Bhakti Yoga Shack is hosting a 5:30 PM dinner with vegan food and spiritual delight! The night begins with an uplifting mediation circle set to live music that concludes with your 2014 vegan feast.

Bhakti Yoga Shack says to bring a Vegan feast to share at this Family-style gathering! For more information contact Radha at (808) 551-6610.




Coming in December!


Get ready for Auntie Josie’s and Kauai’s Festival of Lights, the Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade, and a special visit by Santa Claus himself! Are you excited for the holidays? Come join the Kauai Fun!



Special Thanks and Photo Credits: Hawaii Magazine, The Beach House Restaurant, St. Regis Resort in Princeville, Kauaifestivals.com, Church of the Pacific in Princeville, and the amazing collection of vacation accommodations of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc. Come stay with us!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Your Kauai View From The Greens


 Your Kauai View from the Greens

Fall is here on Kauai and that means something very special for all of us at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc: The Upcoming Season of Family Time. A special time when kids come home from school and when parents take time off work to pay attention to the important things, like laughter, the warm feeling of the sun, and meeting-up with close Friends… Enjoying each other’s company.

Yes, Fall reminds us to take time to be with the people we care about – and when we think about all the Fun we have helped our guests have over the past 35+ years, we immediately think about the laughs, the memories, and the way Kauai helps bring everyone closer together.

In this Feature story, we share some wonderful ideas for an ultimate golf vacation on Kauai: Your view from the greens! While you read, think about your favorite people in your life. Think about you how much Fun you would have together on Kauai. Then have a look at our Featured Properties and ask yourself:  How soon can I get over to the Garden Island?  :- )

Fall is a great time to start planning your next vacation. Sharing this story and getting your Family and Friends excited about a vacation on one of the most beautiful islands in the world is the next step. :- )  

Let’s take a look at the many things a day on the golf course can mean for you! :- )

Breathtaking Views on the North Shore


Kauai’s North Shore is famous for breathtaking ocean views, shops, beaches and surfing. The North Shore is also where you and your Family can spend hours on the golf course and be amazed by the natural beauty all around you. Let us introduce you to the Prince Golf Course in Princeville.


This stunning golf course combines the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean with beautiful views of Kauai’s Mountains to the north. The multi-million dollar renovation was overseen by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., who originally designed this course. The results put this course high on the list of “must-play” locations for avid golfers. 

Named after Prince Albert, son of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, the Prince Golf Course will help you feel like royalty. The award-winning par-72 course is ranked by Golf Digest as the “#1 Golf Course in Hawaii” and “one of America’s Top 100 Greatest Courses.” Golf Week also rates the course among “America’s “Best 100 Resort Courses” and Golf Magazine includes it in the “Top 100 Courses.” 

From the first tee to the 18th green, you will know why this course is a golfer’s dream! Lucky for all of us, there are more great golf courses to explore on the North Shore!


The Makai Golf Club (above) offers one of Hawaii’s premier championship layouts with 27 holes, located at the Princeville Resort.  Also designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Makai opened in 1971 and is consistently ranked as one of Hawaii’s top golf experiences.

The Makai Golf Club was reopened in early 2010 after a wonderful renovation and now consists of two uniquely individual courses. The 18-hole Makai Course incorporates original Lake and Ocean nines, and plays to a par 72 with four sets of tees extending the course to more than 7,200 yards. The signature 7th hole on this course plays to 213 yards from the back tees.  It opens with a difficult tee shot over scenic cliffs onto a green surrounded by sandy bunkers and a backdrop of the mountains and Pacific Ocean.

Sounds like a golfer’s dream, yeah?  : -)

For casual golfers, the 9-hole Woods Course offers a leisurely game in a more relaxed layout. The course winds through the native woodlands of Kauai’s North Shore and provides a Fun, scenic afternoon for everyone. 

In the mood to tighten up your game? The updated facility features 2 large new practice tees, a practice fairway bunker, a short game practice center, and seven target greens. Combined with its knowledgeable staff, the Makai Golf Club is a premier destination for all golfers!



On the South Shore: Experience Poipu!


Poipu Bay Golf Course was home to the PGA Championship from 1994-2006, and is the only course that provides a stunning view of “Mahaulepu,” an undeveloped part of Kauai’s coastline where you get a distant view of rock formations over 5 million years old. This amazing view helps fill your golf day with Fun and Amazement.
 

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (can you tell he knows his golf courses?) –  Poipu Bay Golf Course features 210 oceanfront acres that meander and weave along Kauai’s coastline. Within this course sits 85 bunkers, 5 ‘water hazards,’ and winds that change daily – making each round a unique and individual experience! Combine this with 30 acres of tropical plants, flowers, and coastal views of humpback whales spouting in the distance (during winter months) and we have a golf course that is exceptionally Kauai! Also, the golf carts feature satellite navigation so you never will get lost looking for your ball!

Poipu Bay Golf Course  also has historical and cultural significance. It is designed around ancient places of worship (heiau) and handmade stone walls estimated to be over 500 years old. Golfers may find peace of mind while playing their ball around these special areas. 


Also on the South Shore, The Kiahuna Golf Club offers a newly renovated 18-hole golf course.
 

Situated in Poipu, it is another amazing course designed by the one and only Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  It too features remnants of an authentic Hawaiian village built into this unique course that also showcases beautiful scenery in a challenging golf environment.

One cool thing about The Kiahuna Golf Club’s website is that it offers tips from their golf pros on how to play each of their holes. Before your trip, visit the site and view the pictures and watch the videos so you’ll have a head start on conquering this challenging course.

After your game, grab your Friends and head to Joe’s on the Green where you can relax and have a nice tropical beverage and share stories about your day on the links.


The East Side: Oceanside Gems


The Kauai Lagoons Golf Club  in Lihue offers 27 holes designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. “The Kiele Course” is an 18-hole course that weaves through mango trees and takes golfers through Kauai’s “Amen Corner.” (That’s an area that once you make it past, folks often say 'amen' and keep going!)
 

The outward nine boasts the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes on Hawaii. WOW! Look at the photo above. Can you smell the ocean air already? We can!   

The Waikane Nine, also at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, is a more ‘forgiving’ course that is especially suited for juniors and families. At 12 noon you can combine the Waikane Nine with the Kiele Mauka Nine for an affordable 18-hole round of golf.  This is GREAT for Kauai travelers who want to golf and maintain a set budget. Either way, the views and experience of playing this unique course will stay with you long after your visit. : - )

Another great course on the East Side is the Puakea Golf Course with its majestic views of Mount Haupu and the Pacific! 
 

Designed by one of Hawaii’s most renowned architects, Robin Nelson, this course utilizes deep ravines and mountain water-fed streams to challenge players and surround them in Kauai’s natural beauty splendor! Each round is different at Puakea as the position of the sun, direction of the wind, and course characteristics help you and your Friends have the best day ever. : )


A Quick Piece of Advice for Traveling with Golf Clubs :)


Before you leave for Kauai, check your airline’s policy on golf clubs. Some airlines place limits on checked items and a hard golf case is recommended to protect your clubs. For more useful advice for flying with clubs, visit GolfLink here. Another idea is shipping your clubs to Kauai.

If you prefer to leave your clubs at home, the golf pro shop at Makai Golf Club in Princeville has knowledgeable staff who can assist you in finding a perfect set of clubs for your Golf adventure!


Now That You Know, Let’s Make Time For Family and Friends on Kauai!


WOW! There is sooooo much for golfers to experience on Kauai. And the great news? There is still plenty more to do! While you are on the golf course and after your game, join the Family for splashing in the water, going on a hike, relaxing at the spa, and after the day is done… Enjoy a fun night on the town!

Taking time to create Fun, loving memories with Family and Friends is one of the best things we can do to reward ourselves for our year-long work – and golfing is just one of the many FUN activities to Enjoy on Kauai! So take a moment now to visit our website and browse our 200+ accommodations. We have homes, condos, villas, and cottages that you can have as your very own home away from home – and when you see an accommodation you like, drop us an e-mail by clicking here – or give us a call at 1 (808) 245-8841 or 1 (800) 367-5025 – and we can help get your vacation plans started!

Have a great day – we look forward to seeing you on Kauai!!! :)


Things to See and Do on Kauai in October


Come see an Award Winning Kauai Artist!


The Kauai museum welcomes multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning vocalist and musician, Kauna Torres Kahele, when he gives his second performance on Friday, October 10th.

This performance is part of the museums’ “music on Kauai” series. The event is Free and offers a unique opportunity to experience local Kauai music!

For more info, visit KauaiMusuem.org



Come Explore Kauai’s Fine Art Festival

 
On October 18th, head over to St. Michael’s Church for a Fine Art exhibit featuring work by professional female artists from Kauai. Original prints are available for sale and you will have an opportunity to meet talented local artists and a percentage of the proceeds benefit scholarships for ReSource offerings in the coming year.

The event takes place from 10 AM to 4 PM and admission is Free! For more information, click here!


Come to the International Costume Ball 2014!


On Oct. 25th head to The Kauai Marriot Resort’s Grand Ballroom is home to this year’s Kauai Visayan Club International Costume Ball. What a Fun way to dress up and Enjoy a great Saturday night with dancing and celebration!

Part of the proceeds benefit the great work done by Kauai Habitat for Humanity. Doors open Saturday October 25th at 6 PM and tickets are $65.00 for each adult and $35.00 for children. Come out and have a GREAT time for a GREAT cause on Kauai!  For more information, call (808) 651-6297!



Next Month Thanksgiving on Kauai!


You ready for an extra helping of Imu Turkey? Kauai is filled with gratitude and celebration this year with Thanksgiving, Kauai-style! And we have the upcoming scoop on what to do – coming soon!  :- )