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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Few Favorite Activities in Kauai

When vacationing on our beautiful island, there are lots of fantastic places to visit. How do you know which ones are best for you? To help you with this challenge, here are a few of our favorite locations and activities in Kauai.

Hanapepe Art Walk 

Hanapepe is a charming small town located on the southwestern side of the island. One of the most popular events there is the Friday Night Festival and Art Walk. During this weekly Kauai activity, artisans show off a variety of crafts and original art work. Local shops and restaurants tend to stay open late, and vendors set up booths along the main street.

While in Hanapepe, be sure to visit the popular Hanapepe Swinging Bridge. First built in the early 1900s for local residents, this narrow suspension bridge provides spectacular river views. Hanapepe is also home to the Talk Story Bookstore, which holds the title of the western-most bookstore in the United States.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Situated along the northwestern shore of Kauai, the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is a favorite spot for watching wildlife. Established as a refuge in 1985, Kilauea Point protects the nesting sites of both migratory and local seabirds. A large number of species are found here, including the nēnē, or Hawaiian goose. Bird watchers can also expect to see frigatebirds, albatrosses, shearwaters and plovers.

In addition to bird watching, visitors to Kilauea Point often see monk seals and spinner dolphins in the Pacific waters below the steep cliffs. The refuge is also home to the Kilauea Lighthouse, originally built in 1913 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls on the Island of Kauai in Hawaii
Wailua Falls by Brian Snelson

One of the most breath-taking waterfalls in Hawaii, Wailua Falls can be found on the eastern side of Kauai, just north of Lihue. The twin falls plunge over 80 feet to a beautiful pool before splitting into the North and South forks of the Wailua River.

The falls may look familiar to those who remember them from the opening credits of Fantasy Island. The best views are easily seen from the roadside overlook above the falls. Morning visitors are often treated to rainbows when the sun is at the right angle.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Common Hawaiian Phrases

Knowing the meanings behind these common Hawaiian phrases will help you to understand and use them properly while Enjoying your Kauai vacation. 

Hawaiian is a beautiful and very expressive language. By taking the time to learn a few Hawaiian phrases, you can ensure that you understand what is being said and the deeper meanings behind the words.

Common Hawaiian Phrases

Aloha written in the sand of Kauai


One of the most well-known Hawaiian phrases is Aloha. Most visitors from the mainland are familiar with this term before they arrive in Kauai. However, you may want to know more about the full meaning that the word conveys.

In its simplest terms, Aloha is a phrase that is used as both a greeting and a goodbye, though it is not a literal translation of either word. At its core, Aloha is a phrase that embodies the entire way of life on the islands. To live with love in your heart, in a peaceful state with compassion for all – that is Aloha.

When you embrace the feeling of Aloha, you may be moved to spread the spirit of the islands to everyone around you. Hawaiians believe that when you have the Aloha Spirit in you and share it with the world, that love and acceptance will be returned to you over and over again.


Along with Aloha, Mahalo is one of the most powerful words in the Hawaiian language. In everyday conversation it is used similar to the English phrase “thank you,” yet again it has a much deeper meaning than that simple definition implies.

In Hawaiian, Mahalo is a blessing and should be used when you are truly thankful in your heart for what you have received. To feel Mahalo towards someone is to feel a deep respect for them and what they have done for you. Mahalo is to recognize that every day is a gift, and that the people and places we share them with are what makes living in Hawaii so special.

Makai and Mauka

If you ask someone for directions in Kauai, you may hear them use the terms Makai or Mauka to indicate on which side of the road a place is located. Makai means on the mountain side of the road, and Mauka means on the ocean side of the road.

You will find that these terms are much more useful than “right side” or “left side” when navigating Kauai’s winding roads. No matter which direction you are facing, Makai will always be towards the mountain, and Mauka will always be toward the ocean. Easy!

Pau Hana

Pau Hana is a phrase that literally translates to “finished work.” It is used to describe the end of the work day, especially on Aloha Friday when Hawaiians typically leave work a little early. It is a time to gather with friends and family to eat, drink and celebrate while Enjoying the beautiful sunsets for which we are known.

Kane, Wahine and Keiki

These are the Hawaiian words for man, woman and child, respectively. In many establishments you may see the restrooms labeled with Kane (Men) and Wahine (Women). Likewise, you may see playgrounds, kid’s menus and activities geared towards children labeled with the word Keiki.


If you come across a sign reading Kapu on your adventures in Kauai, treat it as you would a “no trespassing” notice. Meaning taboo, forbidden or sacred, Kapu originally referred to the strict set of ancient rules that governed all aspects of life in Hawaii.

There are many types of sites on Kauai that are Kapu: ancestral burial grounds, sites reserved for religious ceremonies, and private property not open to the public. Please be sure to respect these areas with the reverence they deserve.

Monday, June 13, 2016

What to Pack for your Kauai Vacation

Here are our suggestions for what to pack for your Kauai vacation to make sure you bring everything you need, and nothing you don’t!

Most of us have been guilty of packing too much for a vacation at one time or another. We get it, nobody wants to be the most under-dressed at an event. And ever since your scouting days you have prided yourself on being prepared for whatever comes your way.

However, your back and your wallet both will thank you if you bring only what you are likely to actually use. Having a lighter suitcase will not only be easier to carry, it can avoid the costly overweight luggage fees charged by most airlines. 
Kauai Vacation Rentals Pro Tip: Weigh your suitcases on your bathroom scale before leaving for the airport! The weight limit is 50 pounds per bag for most airlines today. Check with your airline to get the exact details, then make sure you are at or under that limit to avoid overage fees (which can run from $25 to well over $100!).
When you are planning what to pack for your Kauai vacation, follow these suggested guidelines:

What to Pack for your Kauai Vacation: Clothing and Shoes

There is one guiding principle to follow when deciding what to pack for your Kauai vacation: keep it casual! You will find very few circumstances that call for fancy dress in Hawaii. Indeed, the most common daily wear in Kauai is a short sleeved shirt, shorts, and flip flops (locally referred to as “slippahs”) or sandals.

With comfortable temperatures and generally mild weather, a light jacket will typically be all you need to keep comfortable in evening breezes. And for the occasional rain shower we see in the coastal regions, bringing a light poncho can keep you dry when you are out exploring.

One of the main reasons visitors spend their vacations on Kauai is to Enjoy time in our beautiful waters. We suggest bringing two swim suits with you. That way, you can leave one at your rental to dry while you head out for a day on the water in the other.

In addition to flip-flops or sandals, we recommend bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes if you like to get off the beaten path. Hiking through our tropical landscape will be much more Enjoyable with good support and covered toes.

What to Pack for your Kauai Vacation: Equipment and Accessories

The islands of Hawaii are one of the best places in the world to Enjoy outdoor activities. From snorkeling to surfing, paddle boarding to sunbathing, you will be hard pressed to find a better location.

Having the right equipment and accessories is vital to many of these activities. However, unless you are a seasoned pro that needs specialized or custom-fit equipment, you are generally better off renting what you need here.

Masks, fins and snorkels are available for rent at many stores and resorts, often at lower rates than you can find on the mainland. And if you are looking to ride the surf, there are just as many shops offering boards (and lessons) for all skill levels.

For other activities, we again suggest that it is often much more reasonable and easier to rent what you need on the island. If you need some assistance, give us a call! We will be happy to speak with you and point you in the right direction. See you in Kauai!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Walking in Kauai’s Wonderland


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

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

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

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

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


Walking in Kauai’s Wonderland!

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


Get into the Groove with the Annual Festival of Lights!

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

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

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

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

Gather the Family for the Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade!

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

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

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

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


Images: the 21st Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade

Join Santa at Storybook Theatre for Storytelling and Nutritious Snacks!


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

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

For more information and directions, click here!

Image: Storybook Theatre Hapapepe Town

Celebrate Christmas Wishes with the Kauai Chorale and Two Performances!

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

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

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

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

Ring in the New Year with Fireworks on Kauai!

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

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

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



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

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

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

Image: St. Regis Princeville Resort

More Exciting Activities Happening on Kauai This Holiday Season!

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

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

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

You can see more information here!
Image: Kauai Festivals

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

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

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

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


Learn more about the event on the Official website, here.

Walking in Kauai’s Wonderland!

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

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

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

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

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

- Aloha!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Celebrating Thanksgiving and the Holidays on Kauai!


Celebrating Thanksgiving and the Holidays on Kauai!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another Thanksgiving Feast for Friends and Family at the Naupaka Terrace

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giving Thanks with Your Family and Friends - Kauai Style!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka from the Kauai Museum!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos: Kauai Festivals and Lights on Rice Parade Official Site

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

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

Experience the Kauai Island Crafters Fair in Lihue

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

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

Photo: Kauai Festivals

Kilauea Art Night at the Kilauea Historic Stone Building!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

- Aloha!

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