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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chillaxing in Kauai Wonderland!


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

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

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




The Kauai Tradition Continues!

 


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

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

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

 

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

 

Friday Nights with Santa!

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

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

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

 

 

For more information and directions, click here!

 


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

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



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

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




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

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


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

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

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

 

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

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

 

Come to Kapaa for a Market and Swap Meet!

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

 

 

 

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

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

 





Relax and Rejuvenate with Meditation and a Vegan Potluck

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



Chillaxing in Kauai Wonderland!

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

Enjoy a great day – and Aloha!

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

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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



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

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

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

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



Get Some Outdoor Exercise!


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort!


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

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



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


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

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

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



More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 



Join The Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run


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

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

For more information, click here!



Come Experience Kauai’s Local Artisan Fair


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

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

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

Enjoy a Vegan Alternative to Thanksgiving


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

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




Coming in December!


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



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


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Your Kauai View From The Greens


 Your Kauai View from the Greens

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

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

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

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

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

Breathtaking Views on the North Shore


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



On the South Shore: Experience Poipu!


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


The East Side: Oceanside Gems


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


Things to See and Do on Kauai in October


Come see an Award Winning Kauai Artist!


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

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

For more info, visit KauaiMusuem.org



Come Explore Kauai’s Fine Art Festival

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

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


Come to the International Costume Ball 2014!


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

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



Next Month Thanksgiving on Kauai!


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



Monday, September 8, 2014

My Spectacular Summer Vacation on Kauai!












It’s September! Fall is here and there are so many things to be excited about. The leaves are changing colors, in many parts of the world and kids going back to school. Seems like it was only yesterday when we started our Spectacular Summer Vacation Countdown on Kauai and when we think about all our Friends who visited Kauai this year AND chose Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc to help them create an amazing, fun-filled vacation… we grow great big smiles on our faces!

And what a summer of Fun!  Water Adventures, Hiking the Great Outdoors, Relaxing and Unwinding on Kauai, Fun Kauai Nights, and Your Next Kauai Adventure! Days upon days upon nights were spent exploring, having Fun, and celebrating well deserved time off on one of the most beautiful islands in the world!

A great part of all the Fun for us is reading the comments our Friends post on our Facebook wall and the messages they share on Twitter! Like, when one Friend sends to another, “I want YOU to meet me on Kauai!” – and then we get to watch their Friends start assembling their vacation plans right in front of our eyes J And when they call us to book a home, cottage, condo or villa…it’s like we are already part of their vacation!

Today we are sharing a Fun story from one of our Facebook Friends who just got back home after vacationing on the South Shore! She talks about reading our posts and how they kept her and her family excited for their trip and how they look forward to staying with us on their next vacation!

Fall and winter holidays are just around the corner and next month we are sharing information about Kauai’s great golf courses. We also invite you to check out our website and browse for an accommodation you can call you VERY own vacation destination!

My Spectacular Summer Vacation On Kauai!

Ahhhhh.  Just thinking about my vacation makes me want to head back to the airport tomorrow morning! I spent 6 days on the South Shore in August and every day felt like I won a dream vacation right out of a magazine! 

I am a single mom who works around the clock and rarely takes time for vacation. And every day this year I kept seeing these awesome photos posted by Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc and sometimes I would just sit in front of my computer screen rubbing suntan lotion on my arms while drinking iced tea with a little umbrella poking out above the rim of my glass. Then I would close my eyes and imagine myself stand up paddle boarding while Poipu Beach glistens in the background.

Then it dawned on me.  I CAN BE THAT PERSON in the photo!  I WANT to go to the Hukilua! I AM the woman sitting on the boat gliding through paradise watching my kid’s hair blowing in the wind. So without hesitation I called my mom and said “how would you like to go to Kauai with me and my daughter?!?!” 

She howled with excitement and set the phone down suddenly and, before I knew it, she was walking through my front door!  (She lives close by!)  She was already wearing her sun hat talking about the movie “South Pacific” and with that burst of excitement I became even more excited!  The days flew by as we started planning all our adventures, and thanks to all the Fun things Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc shares on Facebook, we knew a fantastic vacation was about to unfold! 

And oh how fun it was!  When my Friends at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc asked me to share my “Top 5 Highlights” from my Spectacular Summer Vacation on Kauai, I did not hesitate. Believe me, if you are looking for a great vacation destination to please a child under 10, a grandma/mom over 70, and a business woman over… eh… well let’s just say “forever 30”… Kauai should be at the top of everyone’s list! 


Highlight 1:  Being Flexible on Island Time!

Before getting to Kauai, I researched lots of Fun things to do and I made a list. Then when I got to Kauai, I just decided to “let each day happen.” That means on some days I got to rise with the sun and meditate and do yoga on the beach. Other days, my daughter woke me up with her own list of things she wanted to do. 

Every day we had options, like Kauai Backcountry Tubing at the former Lihue Plantation, a day at sea with Captain Andy’s Na Pali Coast Tour, and spending time in the glorious sun at Poipu Beach. Yes, the “organizing” side of my brain wanted to plan every moment and every meal in advance – and somehow, letting it all go and “flowing” day-to-day made this Kauai vacation extra special. I know my family and I will remember it forever!

My vote: Be flexible and let things happen! It is Kauai time!

 

Highlight 2: SNUBA!®

Seriously, I had never heard that word before nor did I know what it was until we got there. What a blast!


SNUBA® is a cross between “snorkeling” and shallow water “scuba” – without the need to get certified or having to be an expert underwater diver! For me, that means grandma could have an underwater swim with my daughter and me while being expertly watched by a SNUBA® instructor/guide. 
The website says it is like swimming in a giant aquarium surrounded by tropical fish. It was more like exploring “under the sea” where we would expect to find Ariel (the Little Mermaid) and her underwater friends Flounder and Sebastian. It was so much Fun and the activity includes expert instruction with the convenience of always being 20 feet away from the “security” raft floating on the surface.
My vote:  Thumbs up for family Fun for all ages!


Highlight 3:  Catamaran on Na Pali Coast

Captain Andy knows how to deliver a great time! Trip Advisor ranks it the #1 in tourist attractions on Kauai and getting to see parts of the island that are inaccessible by car made us feel like we were on an adventure, custom-made for us! 

The activity’s official website says “This fifteen-mile stretch of rugged coastline on the northwest shore of Kauai literally means "the Cliffs." Much of Na Pali Coast is inaccessible due to its characteristic sheer cliffs that drop straight down, thousands of feet into the ocean. Sailing, rafting and hiking are the best ways to experience Na Pali's myriad of natural wonders.”

I am so glad we took this tour! We saw dolphins, Flying fish, and everywhere we looked there were amazing views!



On this trip we took the Sunset Cruise, which is great because we got to see Kauai lit up by the twilight sun. There is also a daytime cruise that can be paired with snorkeling, which is exactly what we will be doing for sure on our next trip!

My vote:  Stunning scenery a GREAT way to see the beauty of Kauai : - ) 


Highlight 4: Surf Lessons and Poipu Beach

I was determined to learn how to surf on this trip and my daughter was like, “you’re doing it – I am doing it!” So we were excited to book with Kauai Surf School



The waves on the South Shore were perfect and the instructors are very friendly! This school is great for people of all ages and although my mom didn’t hang ten on the surf board, she had a great time taking lots of pictures!
After our day of surfing, we took time to “relax” and kick back on Poipu Beach. I did the research and the tips Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc share on Twitter are true! It is a GREAT beach for families! Body surfing, snorkeling, and the shallow protected area is ideal for kids. We had turtle sightings every day and the Nukumoi Surf Shop across the street is convenient for water shoes or anything else you may need for a day at the beach!



My vote:  The instructors at Kauai Surf School are awesome and Poipu Beach is also a perfect spot for sunrise yoga and morning runs!


Highlight 5: Good Drive and Stops

I love that we rented a car on Kauai. It really gave us the ability to do whatever we wanted and Enjoy our vacation “family time.”  Another highlight is the 2-mile hike we took at Shipwrecks Beach.  It is part of the Mahaulepu Heritage Beach Trail.

According to the website: it is the last stretch of undeveloped coastline on the South Shore. The Mahaulepu Heritage Beach Trail is a great coastal hike that takes you from the southeast corner of Shipwrecks Beach / Keoiloa Bay along sand-dune cliffs, Kiawe trees, limestone formations and rocky inlets where you can see sea turtles and Hawaiian Monk Seals.

My photo on the right shows the terrain and I want to say… when you are standing here, you feel a majestic sense of peace and tranquility that makes you feel like you are really on vacation in a place far from the routines back home.

Another great spot we visited is Spouting Horn. Also on the South Shore, waves push water through a rock formation and water then sprays up into the air, like a Hawaiian Old Faithful. Nearby shops are totally cute and a great place to buy souvenirs and jewelry, which I am wearing now!  : - )



Then there is Wailua Falls. The beautiful water flowing overhead made me feel like I was in the opening shot of “Fantasy Island!” The plane, the plane! The double waterfall is magical!

My vote: Rent a car. It will allow you the freedom to fully explore Kauai!


Already Looking Forward to My Next Trip Back!

I have been home for about 2 weeks now and every morning when I wake up, I think about the smile on my face, my daughter’s face, and my mom’s face.  Kauai is a wonderful vacation destination with hiking and activities we all Enjoyed. In the back of my mind, I pictured Kauai as a perfect place to chill, kick back on the ocean, and do nothing. Well…. There was certainly “chill” time, and there are also plenty of FUN activities for everyone – and being outdoors spending quality time with my family was a reward and a spectacular treat.

We did “chill” one day, and for the most part I started my day at 6 AM with yoga, then did a big activity at 9 AM or 1 PM or 3 PM (that's when the tour-type things leave). I probably spent at least 2 hours a day in the pool or at the beach. And yes, we definitely found time for shopping!

We love Poipu Shopping Village and The Shops at Kukui'ula Village, where we bought clothes, souvenirs, and ate some fabulous meals. I would say I was pretty active on this 6-day holiday and I still found time to read, take a nap, and keep my 10-year old moving and having Fun.

I now know where I want to vacation every chance I can! My daughter wants to move there and says it was the best trip ever. She basically lived in the water and even though our schedule was busy, it didn’t feel over programmed. In fact, it was exquisitely perfect.  : -)

Now, the memories of making leis, taking hula lessons, feeding koi, surfing, snuba’ing, shopping, tubing, and hiking have me smiling and counting the days till our next visit.
I am looking forward to Kauai any time of year!

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

Enjoy a Culinary Romp Through Paradise
Ready for a mouth-watering meal made of fresh, local ingredients? Then join us for a unique culinary romp through paradise, led by Marta Lane. This wonderful tour introduces you to some of Kauai’s food growers and makers. Stroll through an exotic fruit orchard, taste local seasonal fruit, and meet executive chef Guy Higa during a cooking demonstration.


Stroll through an exotic fruit orchard, taste local seasonal fruit, and meet executive chef Guy Higa during a cooking demonstration. 

Enjoy a four-course gourmet meal that is made from local Kauai ingredients! Meal choices 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.

The tour concludes when you meet either the distiller or brewer and learn about artesian rum and beer while you drink handcrafted Kauai cocktails!  
Tickets are $140 and more info is available here!

Photo: Tasting Kauai

Check out the Kauai Mokihana Festival!

Get ready for the week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, staring September 21st!
Music, a hula competition, a craft fair, and workshops are happening throughout the island. Sounds like fun?
Grab tickets and additional information, here!

Photo: Kauai Festivals


Next Month We Celebrate Kauai’s Wonderful Golf Courses! 


Thanks for visiting us today!  We look forward to seeing you soon here on the Garden Island!