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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Water Adventures on Kauai - Summer Countdown 2014



It is so great seeing comments from our Friends on Facebook.  Many are returning from recent visits, while many more are counting the days until they arrive back on Kauai. Best part is, all the messages and comments seem to have the same theme:  “Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate is the only way to go when coming to Kauai”“Kauai Vacation Rentals provided us with a wonderful honeymoon experience in a magical place…” and “Hey Friends, let’s get one of those Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials and meet up for vacation!”

WOW!  That really puts great big smiles on our faces because, for 35+ years, our mission is to help guests plan and Enjoy a well-deserved vacation on the beautiful island we call home. Thanks for all your feedback, it serves as a reminder that we are achieving our goal – which makes us even more excited to share the wonderful things happening on Kauai this summer in our 5-part Spectacular Summer Countdown!

Watch for our photos and posts. They share highlights from our latest Feature stories that we invite you to share with your Friends. Upcoming summer countdown themes include: Kauai Outdoors, Spa Lounging, Kauai Fitness and Exercise, and Kauai After Dark! This month, we kick off our series with Water Adventures, which is filled with great ideas for everyone! 

Remember, every Wednesday we post Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials on Facebook and Twitter. They provide great travel value for all our Friends – and your Friends’ Friends, too!  So let’s dive into our first summer theme! We know this will get you excited and before you know it, you’ll be chillaxing poolside Enjoying a summer read on the beach, and celebrating “all the good times” that happen every day here on the Garden Island!

Some Basic Water Facts

Kauai has a coastline approximately 90 miles long and is known for white sandy beaches and an uncrowded atmosphere. The Island has 4 main areas that are equally wonderful to explore:

The North Shore has Anini Beach, Hanalei Bay, Tunnels Beach, and Ke'e Beach.

On the South Shore there is Poipu Beach Park.

The East Side has Kalapaki and Lydgate Beach Park.

While The West Side has Salt Pond Beach Park.

Each beach offers a unique experience so be sure to take a look at Kauai Explorer when you are planning your day on the sand – and always choose a beach that has lifeguards on duty, and always wear sunscreen.  It makes your holiday safer and helps prevent sunburn!

Now, let’s take a look at a few great ways of getting wet, exploring, and maximizing your FUN times.


Snorkeling on the South Shore!

Start your summer adventures with a 5-hour tour of the Na Pali coast! Captain Andy’s Snorkel Adventure has received rave reviews on Trip Advisor, including one that says “really, truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The Na Pali coast is one of the most incredible, awe inspiring places on the planet.”

 

Captain Andy’s official website describes the tour saying “You'll see spectacular sea cliffs, enchanting waterfalls and timeless lava tubes. Enjoy the history and legends of the ancient civilizations that once inhabited these verdant valleys. Plus, we'll anchor at a tropical reef to snorkel and explore an underwater ecosystem.”

The tour includes “expert snorkeling instruction, breakfast, lunch, beverages, history and legends, and whale watching (in season). 

Tours departs daily from Port Allen. Remember to bring a Swimsuit, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, a towel, and most importantly a smile!  Here is a link to Captain Andy’s website.
Photo: Official Website, Captain Andy’s

Deep Sea Fishing with Captain Don

Deep sea fishing off Kauai’s beautiful coast is a great way to see the Garden Island – and also catch some great fish!

With Captain Don and his boat the June Louise, you can catch mahi mahi, dorado ahi, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, ono, marlin, sharks, amber jacks, barracuda, giant travalie and much more!
Captain Don says “We treat you like family and if you are looking to have an excellent deep sea fishing experience, we invite you to come along!”

Fishing trips depart Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor from centrally-located Lihue. To learn more, visit the official website here and be sure to wear sunscreen! Have Fun!

Photo: captaindonsfishing.com


Kayaking on Kauai

Kayak Kauai is ready to take you on a fun day of kayaking through the Wailua River. Paddle to the rhythm and melody of chirping birds and feel the gentle Kauai breeze blowing through your hair while surrounded by lush green scenery.  What a wonderful way of immersing yourself in vacation!

 

Kauai’s flowing rivers have a mirror-like quality. They reflect sunlight that shimmers across the surface while you make your way through jungle-like valleys that go deep inside Kauai’s interior. Some of the reviews from Trip Advisor say Kayak Kauai’s tours are “wonderful…” and “fabulous river trip and hike to secret falls…” Overall, reviews give Kayak Kauai 191 excellent reviews!

To book your trip and learn more, visit the official website here.  There is a 3-hour “El Cheapo Tour” and a 5-hour “Sacred Falls Tour”; both available Monday – Saturday.

Photo: Wailua River, from Wikipedia/Creative Commons via Bret Robertson/Flickr

Poolside, Rest and Relaxation 

Some days, lying by the pool and letting your thoughts “drift away” is the perfect way to let go of all the work, chores, and things that remind you of home. :- ) After all, that is what vacation is all about… right?

For example… take a look at the backyard pool at Waiohai Beach House in Poipu. The backyard faces the ocean, offers easy access to the beach, and look at that view! It’s spectacular!

Now, take a dip in the pool and let the Kauai sun dance across your body (sunscreen, yes?), while letting the ocean breeze blow your stress away. How about Enjoying a cool and refreshing tropical beverage? Combine that with the accompaniment of swaying palm trees, singing birds, and the lightly crashing waves… and you’ll be in heaven!
Some of our accommodations have swimming pools and we are happy to find one for you, your family and Friends. You ready for vacation?

Photo: Waiohai Beach House in Poipu, courtesy of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc


Summertime is the Perfect time for Kauai!

What a perfect way to kick off our Spectacular Summer Adventure Countdown! Spending time in and on the water after a long winter is a reward everyone deserves. Best part, you don’t have to wait ‘till summer because NOW is a great time to Enjoy Kauai!

In our next few Feature stories, see and learn about more great things to do on the Garden Island. With 200+ accommodations and 35+ years of doing business here on Kauai, we are here to help you kick your vacay into high gear! The best news? Your Kauai holiday is only a few mouse clicks away. Yep, it’s that quick – and you can start browsing your next vacation home right here!

Everyone deserves time to unwind. That’s why vacation was invented, right? A break from daily routines where you can Enjoy quality time with family and set your mind free – so new visions can be created. When you are ready to get your holiday plans started, drop us an e-mail or grab your phone and call us at 1-808-245-8841 / 1-800-367-5025.  We always look forward to hearing from you!

-Aloha!


Fun Things to See and Do in April

View Some Stunning Orchids and Local Art


On Friday, April 11th from 1PM to 9PM, and on Saturday, April 12th from 9 AM to 5 PM, join the fun and creativity at the 8th Annual Kauai Orchid and Art Festival in Hanapepe Town. Planned workshops include Orchid Painting with Saim Caglayan, Watercolor Painting with Marionette, a silent auction, and Children’s Musical & Gymnastics Activities with Kindermusik.

Local artist Makana is performing a FREE music concert at 3 PM Saturday with a CD signing meet and great to follow. Ukulele talent Brittni Paiva is also performing.

Enjoy the Exotic orchids on display along and be part of this truly unique Kauai experience. For more information, visit the official website here!

Photo: Hanapepe.org


March for Babies

Saturday, April 12th at Lydgate Park, The March of Dimes is putting on March for Babies, an event that helps raise awareness and promote improved health for newborns.

Family teams, company teams, and people walking with Friends – all coming together to raise money for newborns here on Kauai. To get involved and learn more, click here.

Photo: Marchofdimes.com

Take a Culinary Romp Through Paradise

On Friday, April 18th at the Kilohana Plantation, experience a sumptuous, tasty tour of paradise. Led by local food writer Marta Lane, this tour immerses you in many exotic Kauai flavors.
Stroll through a local fruit orchard and taste seasonal fruit.  Meet Kauai Marriott Resort executive chef Guy Higa during a cooking demonstration. Enjoy a four-course gourmet meal made with seasonal, Kauai-grown ingredients.

Lunch courses change seasonally and have included Kauai Fresh Farms Grilled Eggplant and Lettuce Salad with Chef’s Garden Herbs Vinaigrette; Kaneshiro Farms Crispy Pork Belly Plantation Style; Kauai Shrimp with Wailua Herb Butter and Fresh Pasta; Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with Poha Berry Sauce.

A day that includes a great meal on Kauai is indeed a great day in paradise! : - )  Reservations are required 3 days in advance. For more information and to reserve your spot, click here!

Photo: TastingKauai.com

 

Celebrate Easter on Kauai!

Get your baskets ready because the Easter Bunny is making a special trip to Kauai! On April 19th, the Prince Golf Course Clubhouse is holding an Easter Egg hunt starting at 9 AM. 
This exciting annual event features light refreshments with group activities for ages 1-5 and 6-10. The real Easter Bunny is also available for photo opportunities!

Ready to join the fun? Click here for details! 

Photo Kauaifestivals.com


The Spectacular Summer Countdown is On!

Next month we dry off, put on more sunscreen, and head to the GREAT Kauai outdoors. Hiking, sightseeing, picture taking, and lots of sunshine and happiness.  Sound like the vacation you are looking for? Good!  We look forward to seeing you here!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Springtime on Kauai!


Being on Kauai during spring is like being in a movie that is shot in paradise! Everywhere you look there are signs of “renewal”… Flowers blooming, birds singing, the sun shining overhead. All these beautiful landscapes have a magical way of infusing Joy into the air and a putting smile on everyone’s face.  Especially ours!  :- )

This March, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc – along with everyone else on Kauai – is celebrating 2 weeks of FUN activities that are part of 2014 Prince Kuhio Days, which we are excited to share with our guests so you know “what’s happening on Kauai” before you arrive!

It’s no secret Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has 200+ accommodations throughout the Garden Island that you can call “home” with just a few clicks on your computer! Expansive estates, sprawling homes, spacious condos, and the perfect amount of space for your Family, Friends, or just YOU!

With great enthusiasm we invite you to visit our website to find your next vacation home on the North Shore, South Shore, East and/or West Side! Then let us know who you are bringing and when you want to arrive. We will assist with the rest!
Every day is a great day to be on Kauai! Now let’s have a look at The People’s Prince, Prince Kuhio, and the many accomplishments that lead to his annual celebration!
 

The Story of Prince Kuhio: The People’s Prince *

Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi was born on March 26, 1871, to the reigning House of Kalākaua. He was raised in Koloa and attended the Royal School and Punahou School in Honolulu, Oahu. He is widely remembered for having a perpetual smile and eyes that twinkled, earning him the nickname “Prince Cupid” from a school teacher…. a name that stuck with him the rest of his life.

After the Kingdom of Hawaii became part of the United States, Prince Kuhio was very active in politics. He was elected delegate to the U.S. Congress in a landslide victory and up until his death in 1922, he won a total of 10 elections. During this time, he instituted local government at the county level, a system still in use today.

Prince Kuhio also reorganized the Royal Order of Kamehameha I in 1903, which lead to the observance of Kamehmeha Day holiday in 1904. In 1919, Kuhio introduced in the U.S. Congress the first-ever Hawaii Statehood Act.  Upon his death, Kuhio’s body was interred near his royal family at the Royal Mausoleum, Mauna ʻAla in Nuʻuanu on Oahu. 

Prince Kuhio is memorialized by streets, beaches, a shopping center, and the Federal Building all named in his honor. Every year in March, Kauai celebrates Prince Kuhio Days with a 2-week celebration that brings honor to the “The People’s Prince” and Food and Fun for attendees! 

*Thanks, Wikipedia for a great history lesson about Prince Kuhio. To learn more about his entire life, click here.


Come One, Come All! Celebrate Prince Kuhio Days: March 15-29

Organizers of the 2014 Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai have lined up 2 weeks of events, Fun, and more FUN – starting March 15th with the Garden Isle Artisan Fair at Poipu Beach Park. See collections from over 40 of Kauai’s fine artisans including photography, jewelry, Aloha wear, wood carvings, and more!



March 16th, Prince Kuhio Rodeo takes place at CJM Stables at the eastern end of Poipu.  See barrel racing, pole bending, goat racing, and more! Rodeos and horseback riding are a longstanding tradition in Hawaii, since the early days of the plantation era.



And there are still so MANY GREAT ACTIVITIES coming!  To see the entire schedule, we invite you to visit the Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai 2014 official website where you can learn all about the Royal Dinner at Plantation Gardens; Talk Story at the Marriott Waiohai Beach Club; a tour of the archaeological site, Makuawahi Cave; Prince Kuhio Commemorative Ceremonies with the Royal Order of Kamehameha; the 43rd annual Prince Kuhio Long Distance Canoe Race; and so much more!

Sound like fun?  Here is a link to the official website


More Fun Things to See and Do in March

Friday, March 7th  - Come On Over to the Hawaiian Pa'ina Festival

The annual Pa’ina festival at the Kauai Museum is a great opportunity to Enjoy impromptu “live” entertainment, savor delicious Ono cuisine, and hear local Kauai music. The “First Friday” Pa’ina happens March 7th from 11:30 AM to 1 PM and admission is $20. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Guest are encouraged to act fast!  For more information visit the Kauai Museum

Friday, March 21st – Learn About Local Hawaiian Cultural Practices
Weaving, working with kalo (taro), stone carving, making drums, and making tapa (kapa). On Saturday March 21st, you can learn authentic cultural and art practices through hands on teaching sessions. The event runs from 2 PM to 7 PM in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

Then, stay for an evening of Hawaiian entertainment with a torchlighting ceremony at 6 PM followed by an evening of music. Friends say this is one of the coolest activities during Prince Kuhio Days.  Want to go? For more information click here.



Saturday, March 22nd – Commemorating Prince Kuhio
Join the ceremony commemorating Prince Kuhio with the Royal Order of Kamehameha, March 22nd at 10 AM. Ceremonies that include song and dance reflect Native Hawaiian traditional cultural practices in honor of “The People’s Prince.” 

Ho`okupu (gifts), hula (dance), and oli (chant) unfold in a beautiful ceremony at Prince Kuhio Park on Lawai Road, west of Poipu.
Bring sunscreen and a hat!  :- ) 

 For more information, click here.

Friday, March 28th – It’s a Special Prince Kuhio Birthday Celebration Lu'au
Starting at 5 PM in Wailua, Smith’s Tropical Paradise presents a very special evening! Kumu Kaha'i Topolinski is showcasing photos and stories of Prince Kuhio and his family, followed by Talk Story with Kauai’s East Side kupuna.

Learn local history, legends, and the cooking style known as “kalua” at the imu ceremony at 6 PM. Then Enjoy a bounty of island food, drinks, songs and dances from Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.  Mmmmm… that sounds nice!

The Smith family has shared Kauai with visitors for over 60 years and this year’s Special Prince Kuhio Birthday Celebration is something you’ll always remember. For more information and reservations, visit the Smith family website, here.


Springtime on Kauai – Who are you bringing with you?  :- )

Wow! It is Fun talking about the great events happening on Kauai in March! Everywhere you look, adventure awaits  your Family, your Friends, and especially YOU! Swimming, hiking, a day at the spa, and even more Fun once the sun goes down! This spring is a wonderful time to reward yourself with a vacation and we look forward to assisting you in making it happen. 

To see our vacation planning videos, click here! You’ll see our company Founder, Lucy Kawaihalau, as she guides you through topics like: how to select your home and condominium; an overview of the different areas of Kauai; how to compare resort communities and local neighborhoods; plus many insider tips to customize your Kauai dream vacation.  Then invite your friends to help select your next vacation home, cottage, condo, or villa. You’ll see we have a price range that fits just about any budget on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.  See you soon!


Coming Next Month

Learn all about all the adventures the Garden Island has to offer in our 2014 Kauai Adventure series! Aloha!

Special Thanks and Image Credits:  Margy Parker, DFujimoto, PrinceKuhio.net, Wikiedia, MattWright, kauaimuseum.org, smithskauai.com, and the amazing collection of vacation accommodations on KauaiVacationRentals.com.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Feel the Love of Kauai


Can you feel it? That special tingle in your smile that quickens your pulse and adds a little pep to your step? It can likely mean one thing… February is here and Love is in the air!  Lucky for us, Kauai is one of cupid’s favorite islands and an ideal place to have a romantic getaway! 

You see… here on Kauai, every breathtaking sunset, every fresh sea breeze, every special moonlit stroll on the beach (sigh), and every laugh is a memory waiting for you to Enjoy. Romance is abundant on the Garden Island and thankfully, Lihue Airport is a short plane ride away from all west coast airports. So open your eyes, open your spirit, and Feel the Love of Kauai! Every moment is a great time to say “I love you” and a Kauai vacation is another great way of saying it!  

Our Kauai Vacation Guide to Romance 

We sometimes get giddy when we talk about Love with our visitors. Each of us has our own unique idea of what love is… and for us the fun part is helping our visitors create love-filled holidays! That can mean sharing special time, a thoughtful gesture or gift that makes your mate’s face light up, or just relaxing while having a quiet moment in each other’s company. It’s a nice feeling to have and to share. That’s why, this month… Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is sharing with YOU ways to help get you ready for the month of love. They are all EASY to ENJOY while here on the Garden Island.  

So this year, we thought…  “what would Cupid say?” … and all that great inspiration went directly into our new Feature story. We hope it inspires you to create a special holiday on Kauai for your special person. This new Feature story celebrates many ways to create and share Love on Kauai so remember to print it, email it, and study it wisely! Our Love Arrows will kindle that loving feeling and when you get here, you’ll already have lots of ideas for romantic things to see and do and don’t wait too long! Love is in the air, and it’s calling YOU to Kauai, NOW! :- )


Love Arrow One: Enjoy an Eye-Opening Jolt of Java! 

The first stop on our Kauai Love Tour is a delightful coffee shop in Princeville on the North Shore. Lappert’s Hawaii  serves flavored Lattés that brighten your eyes as the sun rises over paradise at the start of an exciting day. Feel the tropical Kauai breeze gently caress your face and flow through your hair as the sun warms the ground you stand upon. Sound fun?   

Lappert’s serve delicious, fresh-roasted coffee and blends Kauai coffee beans with beans from around the world. The friendly and helpful staff takes pride in being “ambassadors of the Aloha Spirit” and they Love sharing the warmth of Kauai by providing GREAT service and tips on how to Enjoy your day. And remember to swing by again in the afternoon for a deliciously sweet Big Island Inspiration ice cream cone!  Yummy!

Love Arrow Two: Take a Stroll on the Hanalei Bay Pier 

As the day gets going, take a short drive from Princeville and see the Hanalei Bay Pier, located at Black Pot Beach Park. Originally built out of wood in 1892, the pier underwent renovations in the 1900s, the 1940s, and again in 2013.  

Walking out over the water gives you and your sweetheart an opportunity to see the coastline and majestic mountain range. You might even recognize the pier from classic movies like Beachhead (1954) and South Pacific (1957). In the distance, you can see the mountain peak called Makana, also known by many as Bali Hai!


Love Arrow Three: Have Lunch at the Kilauea Fish Market 

After spending the morning exploring Princeville and Hanalei, take a drive along the North Shore and grab lunch at Kilauea Fish Market in Kilauea. Scrumptious wraps with fresh fish make you feel like you’re in heaven!

Now is the time to Enjoy a feeling where there is no schedule, there are no distractions, and there is only the “now” moment, created just for you and your mate. 
Sounds pretty good, yeah? Now Enjoy your lunch! People rave about the fish tacos! This in-house specialty is a “must try” even if you usually prefer chicken or beef. You can even place an order “to go” so you can make the most of your Romantic day!


Love Arrow Four: Share a Romantic Hike 

Being outdoors in the middle of winter is something we can all appreciate. Especially for our Friends coming from colder climates! At Princeville Ranch, you can Enjoy a guided tour to one of the coolest waterfalls on Kauai. 

Corinne at the Princeville Ranch says “this photo is exactly what guests get to see when visiting.” You can also have a swim, feel the spray of the waterfall, and have lunch while surrounded by Kauai’s lush tropical beauty. 

Other options include horseback riding and a number of other adventures. Note: Remember to wear hiking boots or athletic shoes, always wear sunscreen, and learn from your tour guides. We all have your safety in mind. Bring a towel and your bathing suit!  

Love Arrow Five: Enjoy a Romantic Dinner  

Time to skip ahead and talk about dinner! Yum!  One of the most beautiful locations to have a romantic meal for two is at Makana Terrace at St. Regis Princeville! The photo below shows an example of a private meal you can arrange on the sand. Such a wonderful…. location is to share a tropical beverage with amazing food, while gazing into your mate’s eyes. 


Makana Terrace offers an exquisite, four-course meal along with spot-on wine pairings that are a special treat. The staff’s excellent service… the designer stemware, flatware, and china provide a luxurious feeling that helps you feel like you are in paradise. See yourself in the picture? Gazing out into the ocean after your final course, holding hands, and feeling perfectly at ease as the Love on Kauai nourishes your soul; what a lovely way to Enjoy an evening.

For Love is Here and Now


Ma'ane'i No Ke Aloha Ke'ia! It’s a phrase that invites you to experience the many ways of Sharing and Being in Love on Kauai.  And there is still so much more to see and do!  Creating romance on Kauai is FUN and the best part? Flights arrive at Lihue Airport daily, from an airport very close to you! That means you can take off in the morning and be on Kauai in time for lunch with your sweetie :- ) And remember, you can stay with us! 

So take a moment and visit our website. We have homes, cottages, condos and villas that fit everyone’s budget. 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. We are always excited to hear from you!   

Things to See and Do in Next Few Weeks


February 8th – Come Support the American Cancer Society 

We mentioned this in January and it is finally here! Colors for Cancer is a 3-mile color run that is a blast and also benefits a GREAT cause! Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, so come out and support the runners! 

Better yet… lace up those running shoes and join the fun! 
The race is February 8th and the participation fee is $30 for adults and $20 for children. Registration is required so if you want to participate go to www.racesonline.com and search for Colors for Cancer (Photo:  Heidi, Colorful Run) 


February 11th – See The Katinas in Concert! 

Renowned Christian Music artists The Katinas are performing a concert in Lihue on February 11th. The Katinas are 5 brothers from Samoa who Share their message of Love through song. 

The Katinas have performed with Quincy Jones, Amy Grant, Vince Gill and many others. The concert takes place at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall and tickets are $15 (Photo: KauaiFestivals.com)


February 19th – See the Ambassador of Aloha!   

If you Love local Hawaiian music, you are in luck! February 19th from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Waimea Theatre, Enjoy an evening of music, hula and celebration with Kumu Hula Puna Kalama Dawson and Kaipuha'a o Kekauilani Na Pua Hala o Kaua'i.  

Known as the "Ambassador of Aloha," feel the performer’s generous spirit overtake the theatre, leaving you with feelings of peace and wisdom. The price of admission is $10 and refreshments are provided!

February 15-22: The 2014 Waimea Town Celebration 

We shared information about this AWESOME event in last month’s Feature story and now… our excitement and anticipation is being rewarded! Get ready for an experience of a lifetime with all the Fun, Music, and Events taking place during the 2014 Waimea Town Celebration on Kauai’s West Side, February 15-22, 2014. 

To re-cap: there is LIVE entertainment, a Hawaiian rodeo, canoe and stand-up paddle races, a celebration for Kaumualiʻi (Kauaʻiʻs last king), a film festival, softball, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, a Fun Run (10K, 5K, 2K), ukulele and lei contests, cultural exhibits, and more! 



The event culminates in a 2-day CELEBRATION on February 21st and 22nd with continuous entertainment on the big stage, food booths, games, and rides for the keiki (kids!), plus craft vendors and a beverage garden.

Waimea Town Celebration is Kauaiʻs largest and oldest annual festival where friends and families come together and celebrate the Garden Island’s rich history of plantation living, while promoting community unity and economic development! This is a really special celebration and we encourage all our guests to check it out! 
Ready to join the fun and be part of our commUNITY tradition! Great! Get more info here

Coming Next Month


Learn about Prince Kuhio and the Festival honoring the life and generosity of Kauai’s beloved monarch! It’s a true Kauai treat and another great way for you to Enjoy Kauai!


Special Thanks and Photo Credits: Lappert’s Hawaii, Hanalei Bay Pier (Wikipedia/Ralf Beier), Corinne at Princeville Ranch, Makana Terrace at St. Regis, Heidi and the “Colorful Run,” KauaiFestivals.com, the 2014 Waimea Town Celebration, and the great collection of homes, cottages, condos and villas from Kauai Vacation Rentals &  Real Estate, Inc. There is always something great happening on Kauai. Come stay with us! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Promise of a New Year – See the Possibilities!


The Promise of a New Year – See the Possibilities!


Hau'oli Makahiki Hou, Everyone!  That’s the way we say “Happy New Year” on Kauai and we want to know… how is your New Year going so far? Every January, we think about all the resolutions people have made around the world. Like, spending more time with family… spending more time outdoors… and starting a new exercise program. All of these are great, plus there are a few more to consider! Like… Having more FUN and RELAXATION time!  And guess what? Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has 35+ years of experience helping guests achieve Fun and Relaxing Kauai holidays!

Yes, we have 200+ accommodations island-wide where you can Enjoy time outdoors on one of the most beautiful islands in the world! You can have a BBQ, swim in a pool, lie out in the sun, read a book, and admire the bright blue ocean; and of course… take a long walk and Explore Kauai with your special someone! 





2014 is off to a great start and we are excited for all fun activities happening on Kauai this year. This March we have the Prince Kuhio Celebration. In June we have King Kamehameha Celebration and Parade. In July, it’s Koloa Plantation Days. And in August we have the Kauai Music Festival! And of course… on any day in any month you can have a relaxing day building sand castles on the beach in paradise! 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 of being on Kauai that we will share in our upcoming Summer Countdown series, What Kind of Kauai Visitor Are You?  That’s where we showcase the many great things to do in the water, on the land, at the spa, and how to Enjoy Kauai after dark! And there is so much more!

Every week we offer Wiki Wiki Wednesday Specials on our Facebook Wall and Twitter Page. We also share Featured Properties that let you explore spacious homes, condos and cottages throughout the island! North, South, East and West – in every area, we have a perfect place waiting for you!





So start thinking about where you stashed your luggage because 2014 on Kauai is a fun time waiting for you. Unique cultural events provide unforgettable memories and Kauai is only hours from all west coast airports. So let’s get your New Year’s resolution into action with a few events coming in the next few weeks. Then, let us help you decide when you want to arrive!


Events on Kauai in the Next Few Weeks! 

Voices Together in Harmony


Cue the lights, take your seats, and get ready for “Kauai Voices – A World in Harmony!” Kauai’s 40-piece chorale group presents a music event created and presented by Artistic Director, Randall Leonard, with Alan Van Zee as accompanist. Kauai Voices celebrate different cultures from around the world.

“Music is the universal language,” says Leonard, “Whether it’s Korean, Slovak, Hawaiian, Swahili, Celtic, Jamaican, Hispanic, Hebrew or American music and language, we connect with the sounds and spirit of the songs.” Concerts feature multiple instrumentalists of varied cultures who join the singers of Kauai Voices for an authentic sound experience as they perform songs of hope, peace, pride, and joy from around the globe.


Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door/$10 students.  If you are ready to be enchanted and entertained, come on by! Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th, at St. Michael's and All Angels Church in Lihue!




Come Have Fun at the Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Makahiki!


Makahiki is a traditional time of year from October through January when Lono, the god of agriculture and peace, ruled the land. One of the ways Lono was honored is through friendly competition. As the ancient Hawaiian tradition goes, people stopped work, made offerings to the chief or aliʻi, and spent their time practicing sports, feasting, dancing, and having a good time.


The Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Makahiki is Saturday, January 24th from 9 AM to 6 PM. It includes Haka Moa, 'Ulu Maika, O'o Ihe, Moa Pahe'e, Pa Uma, Uma, kukini, Pohaku Ho'oikaika and Hukihuki. There is also a Konane tournament, hula, cultural practitioners, and Hawaiian food.


Keiki (kids) ages 9 and up are welcome to compete in multiple events. Visitors also have the opportunity to play the games once the official competition is over. No fee for competitors, gate fee to enter of $5.00.  For more information, click here!


The 2014 Wailua Artist Sale


There is beauty on Kauai everywhere you look and here is your chance to take some home! On January 25th, local artists Donia Lilly, Suzy Staulz, and Leslie & Leo Hagen are showing their crafts and paintings, which are available for sale from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  There are two locations in Wailua Homesteads (look for the signs), at 6581 Kuamoo Road (call 808 822-1558) and 188 Lilia Place (off Kuamoo) (call 808 651-4563). See fabulous art and homemade gifts, including paintings, mugs, carved birds, metal prints, greeting cards, yarn bowls & more!

This is a perfect place to find authentic Kauai souvenirs to place in your home as a reminder of the wonderful vacation you had on Kauai!  For more info, click here!

The Colorful Run in Lihue

This year’s 3-mile Colorful Run in Lihue is in support of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life! The race begins at 7:30 AM at Vidinha soccer fields in Lihue for participants 5 years and older. Registration is required and you can sign up here, keyword: COLORS FOR CANCER.




The 2014 Waimea Town Celebration

Yes, here it comes! The Fun, the Music, the Events – all at this year’s Waimea Town Celebration on Kauai’s West Side, February 15-22, 2014.

LIVE entertainment, a Hawaiian rodeo, canoe and stand up paddle races, a celebration for Kaumualiʻi (Kauaʻiʻs last king), a film festival, softball, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, a Fun Run (10K, 5K, 2K), hat lei and ʻukulele contests, cultural exhibits, and more!





The event culminates in a 2-day CELEBRATION, February 21-22, 2014, with continuous entertainment on the big stage, food booths, games, and rides for the keiki (kids!), plus craft vendors and a beverage garden.


Waimea Town Celebration is Kauaiʻs largest and oldest annual festival where friends and families come together to celebrate the rich history of plantation living while promoting community unity and economic development! Ready to join the fun and be part of our commUNITY tradition! Great! Get more info here!


The Promise of a New Year – See All the Possibilities, on Kauai!


Yes it’s true… there are flights leaving to Kauai’s Lihue Airport every day from west coast airports. That means you can take off in the morning and be on Kauai in time for lunch. From there, every day unfolds into an adventure you can Enjoy, Share, and Experience with Friends and Family.  And remember, you can stay with us!

Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is excited to help you plan a vacation you remember forever! We have over 200+ accommodations throughout the Garden Island that put you right in the middle of all the things you love to see and do. Want to get started? Take a moment to visit our website 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. We are excited to hear from you! 


Coming next month: Your Guide to a Romantic Kauai Valentine’s Getaway!  That sounds nice!

Aloha!

Special Thanks and Photo Credits: Creative Commons images courtesy of: Carolyn Coles, spencer341b, jsmjr, Doug Brown 37; and Kauai Festivals, Kauai Voices, Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Makahiki, Wailua Artist Sale, Waimea Town Celebration, Heidi Herr, Kauai Colorful Run, and the amazing collection of homes, cottages, condos and estates of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc... Come stay with us!

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Merry Kauai Christmas!


A Merry Kauai Christmas! 


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and that brings such a great big smile to all our faces! Kauai’s annual Festival of Lights Celebration just kicked off our “season to be jolly” with an appearance by two very special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus! Plus, Auntie Josie’s crafts and creations are now on display and that means the Christmas spirit is revving up all over the island!  And guess what? It’s just the beginning of a month-long celebration of Aloha-Holiday festivities happening here on Kauai!  

 

These past few weeks our Facebook and Twitter Friends started asking “what’s happening this season on the Garden Island?” Well, once again, we have Santa’s “Kauai List of Great Things to Do” to get you excited for your upcoming vacation. Yes, the weather on Kauai continues being amazing. Sunny days and nice breezes greet you as you arrive at Lihue Airport and every day is tropically wonderful. Then, a long list of Kauai activities let you “jingle all the way” through Christmas and New Year’s in Paradise!  

We know Santa Enjoys spending time on the Garden Island, too… so get ready to be pleasantly surprised when you see him spreading Christmas cheer during our month-long holiday celebrations! Is this a great way to reward you and your family at the end of 2013? We think so! :- )

 

So, in the spirit of “ka-jingling all the way” to Ka-uai… here’s our annual list of things to do on Kauai this holiday season. It’s our way of saying thanks for visiting, thanks for sharing with your Friends, and thanks for being part of our 35 years of business here on Kauai. Mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka – MERRY CHRISTMAS!     We look forward to seeing you! 

 

Celebrating Christmas on Kauai 

 

It was 1786 when British explorers Captain Nathaniel Portlock (pictured) and Captain George Dixon first brought Christmas cheer to Hawaiians. According to Wikipedia, both arrived with daydreams of adventure in their heads a day or two before Christmas Eve. They anchored their vessels, “King George” and “Queen Charlotte,” off the coast of Waimea not knowing what kind of welcome they would receive. Thankfully, they mingled peacefully with the islanders and shared Christmas with them during the local Mokihana festival. Christmas became an official holiday for the people of Kauai in the next couple of decades with the first Christmas celebrated sometime in the mid 1800’s. 

Thanks Wikipedia for the cool story to share! Since 1786, Christmas on Kauai keeps getting better every year so let’s take a look at some of the fun that awaits you during the next few weeks!

 

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th: Enjoy the Kauai Festival of Lights 

It’s free and it happens every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6PM to 8PM – plus Christmas Eve and December 26th! The Kauai Festival of Lights has plenty of things for the whole Family to experience this season. Hear stories about Kauai’s past, learn about Kauai’s traditions, see Aunt Josie’s craft collection – and be dazzled by the nighttime light show!  

The tradition of displaying Christmas folk art began more than 18 years ago when “Auntie” Josie Chansky moved from Oahu to Kauai. She opened her home to neighbors, strangers, tourists – and everyone who wanted to see the decorations she created and displayed inside and outside her home.  

Things like: a Christmas tree made up of 7500 green toothpicks, wreaths created with egg cartons, a chandelier made from wire coat hangers, and several other creations made from everyday items.


Every year, visitors returned to her home to see marvelous holiday creations. With great joy, her house became known as the “Christmas House.” In 1996, Elizabeth Freeman acquired Auntie Josie’s collection and donated it to the County of Kauai… and in 1996 the first Festival of Lights began. Auntie Josie was later honored by both the Hawaii Senate and Office of the Mayor for her 50 years of contributing to Hawaii’s holiday season. What a great story!

 

This year, come explore Auntie Josie’s collection of one-of-a-kind treasures along with the 17th Annual Festival of Lights at Kauai’s Historic County Building. For more information, click here

 

Here Comes Santa!

He’s back and he’s making an appearance at the 4th Annual Hanapepe Christmas Festival! Have fun with Kris Kringle along with music, singing, balloon animals, food, Christmas crafts, and face painting!  You are invited to come say HI to Santa and give him your wish list – and if that includes a great place to stay on Kauai, Santa has a direct hotline to Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc – and we are ready to help!

The 4th Annual Festival takes place at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregation Church in Old Town Hanapepe from 5PM to 8PM, in conjunction with the weekly Friday Night Festival and Art Walk!  


Tis the season to let your Kauai vacation come to life! You ready?

 

Kauai Chorale Concerts

Since 1963, the Kauai Chorale presents programs for locals and visitors alike – and this year is the 50th anniversary! After a day of relaxing in the warm Kauai sun, jump into the holiday spirit with some live Holiday classics! The next shows are Saturday December 14th at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Puhi, and Sunday December 15th at the St. Regis Princeville Resort Ballroom. 

 

What a wonderful way to welcome in the holiday season!  Live music & fun for all. :- ) Get more info here

 

Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade – Dec 21st

We love parades!  Kids love parades.  SANTA loves parades – and here he comes again, right down Kaumualii Lane! Actually, it’s Kaumualii Highway – and the route starts at Waimea Canyon Park and ends in Hofgaard Park at the center of Waimea town. The wonderland of color starts at 6PM and event organizers encourage guests to arrive between 3PM and 4PM to get a good position along the route.

Parking is available at Waimea Canyon Athletic Field, the Russian Fort, Waimea Sugar Mill, and Waimea Technology & Visitors Center Field 14. 




The Parade is free and Everyone is welcome to join this Exciting community event. The town of Waimea erupts into color, dripping with lights as the parade moves down its route bringing Joy and Holiday Cheer to kids of all ages  :- ) That means us! 

Afterwards, let the good times continue with live music, beverages and baked goods provided by WKPA member businesses. Ready to join the fun?  Great!  We will see you there!

 

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

We are very happy and excited to wish you “Mele Kalikimaka” with best wishes for a safe and very Merry Christmas! Wherever you may be this season, remember to be thankful for Friends, Family, and new people you meet every day. We are always thankful to see your notes on our Facebook page about the anticipation building for your next Kauai visit!

Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc wants you to know you are always welcome to come stay with us. We have 200+ accommodations island-wide and can help you find an outstanding-value rental home, condo, cottage, and estate on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. If you have not yet made Christmas and New Year’s plans, take a look at our website and when you see something you like, drop us e-mail here or call us at 1-800-367-5025. 

 

We look forward to seeing you.  Aloha! 

 

Special Thanks: Photos from Wikipedia, Kauai Festival of Lights, Lights on Rice Street, Kauai Museum, Kauai Chorale, Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade, and Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc’s winter wonderland accommodations. Ho ho ho! 

 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Giving Thanks on Kauai


 

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It marks the coming of Fun winter vacations when folks trade their sweaters & fireplaces for flip flops & a walk on a beach in Paradise! Thanksgiving is also a wonderful time to spend with Family acknowledging everyone’s accomplishments AND re-connecting with Friends. You know, those Fun nights of laughing at treasured stories that brought us closer together. All in all, now is the ideal time to “make time” for appreciating all of life’s special moments and for taking notice of how fast everyone’s kids are growing!

And guess what? Here at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc, we want to share something WE are thankful for. It was 35 years ago when we first started our business here on Kauai and ever since that special day, we have met thousands of guests from all over the world – each bringing countless memories that flow outward from one of the most beautiful islands in the world! It all began with a vision… a desire to share Kauai with the world and 35 years later, we’re still doing it! That is why we are SO thankful every time you visit and when you take time to you share your vacation stories on Facebook, our Blog, and Twitter.


With this spirit of gratitude, we are excited to share some great ideas of how you can spend your next Thanksgiving here on Kauai. Yes, every day is a great day to visit Kauai with Friends and Family. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

So Much to Be Grateful For – So Much to Do! 

For our Friends who are about to experience Kauai for the first time, here are some interesting facts that will help you prepare for your vacation!  J 
Kauai has four main areas, each offering a unique and special vacation experience.
The North Shore has amazing spas, great surf, wonderful restaurants, and some of the highest rated golf courses in the world.

The South Shore has many family-friendly activities including swimming, snorkeling with schools of fish, and plenty of white sandy beaches perfect for building sandcastles!

The West Side is great for folks who love art and hiking, and are always thinking about their next fishing expedition.

The East Side, also known as the “Coconut Coast,” is a great central location with long stretches of white sandy beaches, condos that overlook the Pacific Ocean, and beautiful homes waiting to be discovered!

Kauai has one main road that connects Mana on the West Side with the “end of the road” at Kee Beach on the North Shore. Take the drive! Everywhere you look there is something amazing to see. Waterfalls, green valleys, flowers, ocean vistas, and happy people with great big smiles.  

Things to Do on Thanksgiving!

Some of the most amazing meals to Enjoy are right here on Kauai! One of our favorites that we talk about all the time is imu turkey. 

Yuuummmm mmmmm! Our taste buds are already excited just thinking about it!  An imu is an underground oven that is often used to roast pig for luaus. When you have turkey prepared imu-style on Kauai, you are in for a treat! Deliciously roasted with lemon, pineapple, garlic, basted with soy sauce, and then cooked underground. The result is a moist, fine turkey meat that slides right off the bone! OMG!

In addition to imu turkey, a traditional Kauai Thanksgiving dinner can also include fish, Japanese rice, Portuguese sausage stuffing, and Okinawan sweet potatoes. This Garden Island fusion of traditions makes Thanksgiving unique and a delight for all to Enjoy. Believe us. You’ll be thinking about Kauai all the way through Christmas! We are still savoring last year’s meal!

Want some more ideas?

Thanksgiving on the Town!

Another great thing about Kauai is that there are SO many options for Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, from high-end restaurants to casual locations. Some menus to explore include The Beach House in Poipu, serving Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey with pancetta, garlic & green bean sauté, shiitake-sage stuffing, roasted sweet onion mashed potatoes, and fresh pan giblet gravy!  Save room for dessert! 




The St. Regis Princeville Resort also has a special menu planned at Makana Terrace. It includes Sage Roasted Whole Turkey with Housemade Cranberry Orange Chutney and Taro Rolls. (YUM!) 




The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is having a special $60 dinner with wine pairing for an additional $20.  Some of the delectable items on the menu include field greens, shellfish risotto, gingered butternut squash soup, slow roasted beef, roasted turkey, sweet potato mash, and Portuguese sausage!  The concierge says “reservations are highly recommended.”




Another idea to consider is having your own, home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, Kauai-style! Spend the morning at one of Kauai’s Farmers Markets buying “fresh fixings” and then prepare it in your own vacation home’s kitchen while watching the ocean! You can also pack up your feast and head to the beach for a picnic on the sand. Imagine sharing the tastes of Kauai with your loved ones lying on a blanket in the sand, the sun shining overhead. Ahhh… that sea-breeze is going to reinvigorate your day as it unfolds on one of Kauai’s pristine beaches!




Giving Thanks on Kauai

Mahalo for visiting us again today. Our first 35 years in business have been an amazing experience and we are truly blessed to have helped create so many great Kauai memories. Thank you for your business, thank you for telling your Friends about us, and thank you for coming to see us very soon!

See our Featured Properties below and visit our website to see the largest selection and variety of vacation rental homes on Kauai! When you’re ready to join us, say Aloha and call us at 1-800-367-5025 or e-mail us here!

Mahalo and have a Fun day!

Things to See and Do on Kauai



Feast on Local Kauai Fare

The Garden Island Range and Food Festival is happening Sunday November 17th from 11 AM to 2 PM. According to the official website, the Festival brings together the Kauai Community and local cattlemen, farmers and chefs to taste healthy, local and nutritious foods and meals. Sounds yummy! 
If you have ever wondered what locally produced Kauai foods taste like – this Festival is for you!
More information at: (808) 245-5126



Catch a Great Exhibit before It Is Gone! 
Saturday November 23rd marks the final day of the Makahiki Exhibit at the Kauai Museum, in the Albert Spencer Wilcox Building.



The Makahiki season was the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, in honor of the god Lono of the Hawaiian religion. This special display includes storyboards and the history of the games played during Makahiki. For more information, the Kauai museum can be reached at (808) 245-6931.

A Vegetarian Alternative to Traditional Thanksgiving

If you are looking for a spiritual alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving, join the Kauai Yoga community for a vegetarian gathering of giving thanks.  


“Radha and Gopal will take you on a spiritual journey exploring the ancient sacred chants to live music.” The event also has some lighthearted fun planned with their funky island style ukelele tune & Haribol Nitai Gaur.
Come prepared for a wonderful evening followed by campfire (weather permitting). Admission is free and it will be at the Bhakti Yoga Shack.
Contact for directions to location:  (808) 551-6610.


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Special Thanks: Photos from: Kauai visitors on Flickr (The Consortium, Imu; Collin Harvey, Kauai Farmers Market); The Beach House in Poipu; The St. Regis Princeville Resort; The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas; Kauai Festivals.com; and Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc’s wonderful vacation accommodations.