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Sunday, February 8, 2015

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


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

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

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

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



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



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

Day 1: Exploring Hanalei Town


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

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

Photo: CC Wikipedia



Hanalei Valley Lookout


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

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


Photo: CC Wikipedia




Hanalei Bay and Pier


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

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


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

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

Day 2: Touring Princeville and the North Shore



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


Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge



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

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

Enjoy An Early Dinner at Makana Terrace


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

You can?  So can we! : -)


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

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

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

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

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


Day 3: Your Adventure to the Na Pali Coast

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

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

 Photo:  CC Wikipedia

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

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

Beyond the North Shore – Romance Abounds All Over Kauai! 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 


The 2015 Waimea Town Celebration!


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

 

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


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



Celebration of the Year of the King Kaumuali'i



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Take Some of Kauai Home at the Kauai Island Crafters Fair

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

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

For more details, click here.

Breathe In the Love of Kauai

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

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



See you soon!

Aloha!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Infinite Possibilities For Fun On Kauai!



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

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

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

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

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

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


Spotlight on Kauai’s West Side

 

Waimea Canyon

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

 

Waimea Town Celebration

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

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

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

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



Koke’e State Park

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

 

Hanapepe Town

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

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

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

 

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

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

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

Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki – January 17th


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


Join Us in Celebrating Infinite Possibilities For Fun On Kauai


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

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

- Aloha!

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!