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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kauai Nights!


Fun Summer Days on Kauai Lead to Amazing Summer Nights!

Our countdown to your AWESOME summer vacation continues this month with Kauai Nights! It is true: All day, every day… there are wonderful activities to Enjoy throughout Kauai, including swimming, hiking, and walking along our breathtaking beaches – and the sun setting does not mean the end of adventures on Kauai! Oh yes, the adventures continue when the Garden Island lights-up the tiki torches with FUN FUN FUN nighttime activities for Everyone in the family!
Photo courtesy Jody Kono

If you are just joining us for the first time in our Feature story series, Welcome! We are in the middle of our Spectacular Summer on Kauai Countdown, having already covered Water Adventures on Kauai, Hiking the Great Outdoors, and Relax and Unwind on the Garden Island. If you want to catch up, click any of those links and you’ll find the complete story on our Blogger site.  Plus, we post tips of “what’s happening now on Kauai” every day on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Want to get more Fun ideas in your News Feed? Be sure to click LIKE and Follow!

Now! This month… Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is counting the days till 4th of July and continuing on with many Fun ways to Enjoy Kauai after the sun sets over your very own lanai. What is a lanai?  It is an outdoor patio where you can relax, barbeque fresh local food, and Enjoy tropical beverages while vacationing at your own private home, condo, or cottage on Kauai!  In fact, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has over 200+ accommodations located throughout the island just waiting for you to arrive! Want some details? Just browse our website or give us a call at 1-800-367-5025.  You can even drop us an e-mail here. We take pride in helping our guests create magical vacations on one of the world’s most beautiful island destinations! 

So let’s get right to the nighttime Fun! And remember, when you pack… bring your talent, your boogie shoes, and your excitement for a true Hawaiian experience.  

Before the Night Begins, Keep Your Eye on the Green Flash!

Some say it is a legend. Some say they have seen it with their own two eyes. Here on Kauai, watching the sun set over the ocean brings many opportunities to see and experience this cool phenomenon with your own eyes!

The Green Flash occurs at sunset, just when the sun descends below the horizon. On a clear day, many people talk about seeing a green “flash” of light that lingers for only a second, before the sun sets completely at dusk. Another great way to experience this flash is overlooking the water with your sweetheart, sitting close, as you Enjoy a beverage and each other’s company. Sounds romantic…right?

A few great locations to watch the sun set on Kauai include beaches on the West Side, the South Shore coast near Poipu, and on the North Shore at Hanalei Bay. The sun sets in a different part of the horizon every day as the earth travels around the sun, and that creates infinite possibilities for catching a Kauai-colorful sunset! Make sure if you are near the water to keep an eye out for the flash!  

Have you seen it before?  Know anyone who has?  Share your favorite story on our Facebook wall!

Sing for Your Supper at Rob’s Good Times Grill!


Located on the East Side in Lihue, Rob’s Good Times Grill is a Fun place to kick back and Enjoy Kauai – especially if you love singing and entertaining your Friends! Every night from 7 PM to 2 AM, grab the mic and perform your best karaoke! The words fill the screen, and the music fills the room, and your voice brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Want your Friends to participate? Here’s an idea… Challenge them to a sing-off!  The person who does the best job, buys dinner for everyone else!  Now that’s a friendly competition for everyone to Enjoy!



Over 10,000 songs from classic rock to modern contemporary hits, plus… Rob’s has live music and a sumptuous menu and sushi bar. It is also a great place to catch your favorite sporting event!  Want to learn more?  Visit their website!

Photo courtesy of Rob’s Good Times Grill

 

Browse Art in Historic Hanapepe

Every Friday night, on the West Side, Hanapepe Town stays open late hosting an art walk from 6 PM to 9 PM. Known as “Kauai’ Biggest Little Town” and as the inspiration for the hometown in Disney’s “Lilo and Stich,” Hanapepe lights up on Friday nights offering a great evening of Fun where you can take a leisurely stroll and experience local Kauai talent.

Music is played and stores stay open late. Many local artists stop by and set up kiosks where you can browse and buy memorable souvenirs to take home and cherish forever! Be sure to come back during the day, too, for the Historic Hanapepe Walking Tour. According to the official website:

Over 43 locations meet the State or National Historic Register Criteria. Many people start their walk at the swinging bridge, and… you can begin at any point along Hanapepe Road. For more information on the walking tour, visit Storybook Theatre.
Ready to join the Fun? Get more details on the official website, here!

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Get Fired up for a Theatrical Luau!

Located at historical Kilohana Plantation, Luau Kalamaku is the only theatrical luau on the Island of Kauai. Combining traditional and contemporary elements along with hula and fire dancers, this Luau is a sight to behold that helps create a Kauai night to remember!

Luau Kalamaku happens twice each week on Tuesdays and Fridays – and now through August 18th, shows on Mondays are added! See the Map on the right and consider arriving early so you can explore Kilohana Plantation before the show!

The luau story is a feast for the eyes and is also a moving story! Learn all about Kauai, see hula dances, and Enjoy a true Hawaiian experience! Book ahead and get more details here

Photos courtesy of Luau Kalamaku

 

Live Music on Kauai!

Now that we have sung our favorite songs, enriched ourselves at the art walk, and participated in a theatrical luau – let’s take in some LIVE music on Kauai. Another great thing about the Garden Island is the range of music available, from jazz to traditional Hawaiian music and more! This means you can spend the day by the pool, in the ocean surfing, or hiking all over Kauai – then adventure out after dark for some amazing music with Friends!
Here are some Fun places to hear local music:

- The Point at the Sheraton Kauai in Poipu has happy hour and is known to host an eclectic array of music genres, ranging from Rock to traditional Island music. Schedules vary.
- In addition to Karaoke, Rob’s Good Times Grill in the Rice Shopping Center in Lihue has live music during the week with happy hour specials and great meals.

- Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa serves meals with food grown on Kauai and neighboring islands, and features music every night from 6PM to 9PM – as a perfect accompaniment to their lobster bisque.

Do you have a favorite place for music on Kauai to share with our Facebook Friends?  Let us know on our wall! As you can see, Kauai’s lush musical landscape is waiting for you to Enjoy!  You ready to join us? J

Kauai Nights are Calling – You Ready to Answer?

This summer on Kauai continues to inspire and amaze. It is just waiting on… YOU!

Well, you… and your Family… and your Friends!  : - )   It is already July and that makes NOW a great time to get your vacation plans confirmed.  And remember, we have over 200+ accommodations throughout the island waiting for you to call home!

So during your next coffee break, head over to our website and start browsing. Below we have included a few Featured Properties to get you excited!  We also post weekly Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials on our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed, so be sure to keep an eye out for these great deals!
Have a great 4th of July and we look forward to having you stay with us, here on Kauai!

- Aloha!


Things to See and Do in the Next Few Weeks

 Experience the 4th of July Kauai-style!

If you are on the Island of Kauai during the 4th of July, head over to Vidinha Soccer Stadium for the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky. 6,000 people are expected to attend this Event to celebrate and watch fireworks.  Tickets are $15 and this is a perfect way to experience the 4th of July, Kauai-style!
For tickets and more information, click here.

Photo courtesy of KauaiHospice.org

 

Enjoy The Kauai Kua Wela Summer Festival

Starting July 5th and running 2 days, The Kauai Kua Wela Summer Festival comes to Kauai! As described by presenters:
The Event begins on Friday, July 5th at 5 PM at Kukui Grove Shopping Mall in Lihue with the Keiki royal court, Ilima Hula Studio, Polynesian Crafts, Live Tahitian drummers, displays, and more!  The festival also includes a solo Hula and Tahitian dance competition from 10:30 AM to 4 PM at Kukui Grove Shopping Mall Center Stage.

Then on Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM, the event continues at Kamokila Hawaiian Village in Kapaa. Come see the Ukulele competition, live entertainment, Polynesian crafts, Hawaiian food, ancient chants, hula, Tahitian dancing, activities and games, canoe rides and more!  For Sunday’s events, there is a $10 fee for adults and the fee for keiki (children) aged 3-12 is $5.00.

This truly unique Kauai festival is a perfect way to Enjoy Kauai after July 4th fireworks!  For more information click here.

Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com

 

Experience Slack Key Delight!

Hawaii Magazine names Kauai’s Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concerts the #1 best live show in Hawaii! According to Aloha Plenty, this is the longest running concert of its kind set in a relaxed, family-style building in the hamlet of Hanalei on the North Shore.

Experience slack key music in the real “old style” performed by Doug & Sandy McMaster. Learn about Kauai history, legendary players, and the history, culture, and natural resources of old Hawaii. 
Concerts take place Fridays at 4 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Adult tickets are $20, keiki and seniors are $15, and small keiki under 3 are FREE! Make sure to come early in the month because the last show this month is July 20th!  Sounds awesome! Learn more here.
Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com

Koloa Plantation Days

Every year we all get excited for Koloa Plantation Days and this year marks the 29th annual celebration in sunny Poipu! According to the official site, more than 25 events over a 10-day period celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Kauai’s South Shore communities of Koloa and Poipu.




The Fun starts on Friday, July 18th with Plantation Days Rodeo at 11 AM followed by the Paniolo BBQ & Music in the Country event at 4 PM – both events at CJM Stables.  Movies in the Park follows at 8 PM with the animated feature, “Surf’s Up,” at Poipu Beach Park!

Then, every day through July 27th, Enjoy a schedule of miniature golf tournaments, craft fairs, a Polynesian Revue with Fire Dancing, Talk Story, the Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade, and the Family Fun Run/Walk with 5k, 10k, 10 Mile and 1 Mile Keiki Run! 

WOW! What a FUN time for Everyone! Each year, the festival brings visitors and residents together to learn about Koloa's multicultural history; experience a diverse range of local foods, culture and activities; explore the area's unique ecology and archaeology; and Enjoy the warm hospitality of the South Shore's resorts, golf courses, and other neighborhood venues.

For a complete schedule of events and info about times and fees, check out their website here.

Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com  

 

Come Swim in the Hanalei Bay Challenge!

It is known as the Only Race of its Kind – and it happens Saturday, July 26th in Hanalei!

From 8-and-under children, to veteran champions of the sport – hundreds of swimmers of all ages and experience from around the world take the plunge for the Eighth Annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge - and this is the year to join them!!

First, second, and third place medals will be awarded to the men and women winners in multiple categories. The event starts at 7 AM at Hanalei Pier and tickets are $10 for kids, $40 for adults.

Want to add some sport to your vacation activities? Great! Click here and sign up today!

Photo courtesy of Kauaifestivals.com and Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge 

 

Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues!                         

See why we are so excited for your Summer 2014 vacation on Kauai!  There are great things happening every day AND the Fun continues after the sun goes down! We are having a GREAT time this summer and as the saying goes… “The more the merrier.” So… come join us! 

Kauai offers unique adventures for all travelers with things to do on land, in the water, and at your Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation. With this in mind, we invite you to take a moment while sipping your morning coffee and imagine yourself relaxing in the cool tropical breeze, right here on the Garden Island. Close your eyes now and concentrate a little harder… thinking about the tropical breeze and crystal blue Pacific Ocean. They are calling you to come home to Kauai. Are you ready to answer the call?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Relax and Unwind on Kauai!


Relax and Unwind on Kauai! Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues!

It’s here!  Summer on Kauai!  Time to let your hair down, gather up the family and “bust out” the summer clothes for a vacation to remember! Kids are getting out of school and college students are leaving campus and heading home… now is the perfect time for an escape to Kauai! 

In this Summer Countdown Feature story, we share Fun ways for everyone to kick back and chillax on the Garden Island. You know, Fun ways to chill, Fun ways to relax, and Fun ways to embrace the “now” moment. Close your eyes for a second and see yourself walking along a white sand beach. … Can you feel Kauai calling? J  

Take a quick break and read some of our great ideas on how to Explore, Enjoy, and Discover Kauai throughout the upcoming weeks. If this is your first time visiting Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, IncWelcome! We invite you to browse our website and watch our vacation planning videos. We have over 200 accommodations throughout Kauai that are available for you, your Family, and your Friends all year ‘round.  

For our return guests, Welcome Back! We look forward to your next visit! Now, let’s take a look at Relaxing on Kauai. You’re gonna love this!

 

The Relaxation Begins the Moment You Get Off the Plane!

Gather your things and get ready for the brilliant colors and cool tropical breeze that await you outside! Just grab your car, head to the main road and get ready to explore the North Shore, East Side, West Side, and South Shore areas. Something you may feel immediately are the cool, calm waves of energy rustling through the palm trees and lush green landscapes seen in every direction. This is the moment to set your watch to Kauai time… where all your thoughts of a daily routine fade away and your vacation vibration takes over.  It is time to Relax… let it all go… and immerse yourself in paradise! Welcome to Kauai!

 

Take a Relaxing Stroll in Poipu!

Once you are settled, start Exploring! One of the best ways of connecting with the peace and tranquility of Kauai is to take a relaxing walk along the Maha’ulepu Herritage Trail in Poipu. Friends on Trip Adivisor give the trail excellent reviews and talk about the “gorgeous beach” at the end. You can also read more on the official site, which says:

“Kauai’s southern coastline, stretching from Keoneloa Bay to Kawailoa Bay, features a fascinating hike along the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail, with a treasure-trove of geological and cultural sites.”

For more information and to see the virtual tour, click here!

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.com

 

Enjoy a Beautiful and Relaxing Meal at The Beach House Restaurant

Having lunch at The Beach House Restaurant in Poipu is a wonderful way of seeing the splendor of Kauai’s breathtaking coastline. Having dinner takes the experience to another level! Imagine overlooking the Pacific Ocean as you relax and Enjoy a delicious meal in paradise!

Owners Roy Dunn and Mike Hooks, along with Executive Chef Marshall Blanchard have this philosophy: 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.

Miso Glazed Fresh Island Catch… Chicken & Mango Wrap… Kalua Pork Sandwich… Braised Lamb Shank… Angus Filet Mignon… just reading the menu makes our mouths water! And when you look around, you’ll know you are someplace far from home.  We like to call it paradise. J

Click here to learn more about The Beach House and book a reservation! 

Photo courtesy of The Beach House

 

Chillaxing Poolside ;-)

Take a breath, grab your music player, a book, and your sunscreen. It’s time to kick back by the pool and be present in the moment. Enjoy a tropical beverage while the gentle Kauai breeze dances all around you – and check this out: we have many great accommodations on the beach, with swimming pools, and some with both!

 

Photo courtesy of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc

The photo above is from one of our great condos at Kaha Lani on the East Side in Wailua.  Below is another great place to stay:  Waiohai Beach House on the South Shore in Poipu.  Can you see yourself here with Friends and Family? We can!

 

 

Photo courtesy of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc


Now on to the Spa Tour!

Ahhhhh…. The moment we have all waited for! Pampering, massage, and head-to-toe bliss J  Our first stop on the Spa Tour is The Beauty Shop in Kapaa and Kilohana. Owner Laura says on the website you can stop by and you get your hair and nails done at either the East Side or on the way to the South Shore.

Need a mani-pedi? They got you! Want a new hair style? Give The Beauty Shop a call and your makeover is in the works. Afterwards you will find yourself recharged and ready to continue your Kauai vacation at the spa!

Now, let’s get your mind and body in alignment while you relax and let go of all the ideas and daily routines you left at home. The Spa Makaiwa is located at Kauai Coast Resort in Kapaa Town and it is a perfect place to have some me time J

Service options include the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi – which is a nurturing, releasing combination of continuous touch and full-length body strokes. The moment your session begins, you will start feeling calmness from head to toe! 

Another option is the Pohaku Lomi Hot Stone Massage, which “uses specially chosen river stones that are heated and used to enhance a nurturing full body hot rock massage. Allow yourself to relax and let go as you melt with the energy of each stone working its magic. Sinking through each layer, you will journey into tranquility.” OMG! That sounds heavenly!

Another option is the Raindrop Therapy Massage, where you “Feel the pitter patter of pure essential oils that are dropped onto your spine and massaged into your skin, slowly and soothingly. Warm stones are then placed on your back to assist “in the absorption of these therapeutic oils which aide in the structural realignment and energy of the spine.” A full body massage follows, taking you to a deeper sense of peace. Enjoy the lasting effects of this powerful treatment for several days.” 

WOW.  Makes us want to take the rest of the day off and book an appointment right now! Want to learn more? Here are some testimonials. Perhaps we will see you there!  : - )

Photo Courtesy of spa makaiwa

 

The St. Regis Princeville Spa

 

Ready to spend the day at the St. Regis Princeville Luxury Spa?  So are we! Check out this description of services available for you to Enjoy!

At The St. Regis Princeville Resort, we acknowledge the therapeutic properties of birdsong and morning sun. We find the caress of a tradewind as renewing as the hand of a masseur. And we believe that pure water holds miraculous power to cleanse the spirit. A day at Halele'a Spa revitalizes your every sense.

Sounds nice, yeah? The St. Regis Princeville Spa has services that include: Essence of Aloha Massage, Sport/Deep Tissue Massage, Wawae Relaxing Foot Massage, and a Couples Massage!

 

In ancient times, the land where The St. Regis Princeville Resort resides was known as Halele'a, the house of joy. This magnificent place was noted in chant and hula for its ethereal beauty and rejuvenating qualities. The Halele'a Spa at The St. Regis Princeville Resort is the namesake of this revered Ahupua'a that encompassed the land from mountain to sea.

We feel more relaxed already! Shall we all go together? Click here to learn more!

 

Your Chillaxing Vacation is Waiting – Are You Ready to Relax and Unwind?

 

Looking at the calendar, it is hard to believe we are already in June! Summer is in FULL SWING and now is a great time to make your Kauai dream a reality! For more exciting ways of being on Kauai, check out prior Feature stories on our blog, including: Water Adventures on Kauai and Hiking the Great Outdoors on Kauai – all part of our Countdown to Summer 2014  on Kauai!

So now that you know how great it is to Relax on Kauai, let’s also consider some FUN things to do after your pampering.  We also have a few Featured Properties where you may want to stay. Each provides great value that helps shape your lasting memories of Kauai!

From the moment you set foot in your Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation, you are at home. So come on over, you can stay with us! To get you excited for your arrival, check out our Vacation Planning Videos featured on the main page of our website.

See you soon!

 

- Aloha!

 

Things to See and Do in the Next Few Weeks

 

Experience the Bon Dance in Kapaa

This June, the Kauai Buddhist Council coordinates the Bon Dance at nine temples throughout Kauai. This year’s events begin with the Hatsubon Service (First Obon Service) at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 20th. This religious ceremony honors lost loved ones and then, at 7:30 PM the Bon Dance begins.

The second day of Bon Dance celebration starts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, June 21st. To learn more, and to see the complete summer schedule of events, click here!  

Photo courtesy of Kauaifestivals.com

 

Have Fun at the King Kamehameha Day Parade

Saturday, June 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM, come on down to Rice Street and the Historic Building Lawn for the 2014 King Kamehameha Day Parade! This fabulous floral parade features traditional Pa’u riders who represent each island of Hawaii.

The Kamehameha Court is led by Ali'i Nui, Thomas Lindsey Sr. and Grand Marshall, Ambrose Smith, with Pa'u Queen, Lady Haumea.

The parade is a feast for the eyes and the theme is Kaua'i: Moku ka `ili La: Kaua'i: Island that Catches the Sun! There is also plenty of local entertainment, crafts, demonstrations, food, and lots of FUN! To learn more, click here!

Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com

 

Check Out the Happiness Planting Festival

On Saturday June 21st from 9 AM to 4 PM, come support our kupuna, our keiki, and our community at the second annual "Happiness Planting Festival.”  It is a full day of planting seeds of Joy, Peace, and Love.

Share in the activities and Enjoy the fusion of Japanese culture. The event’s goal is to grow the community through “the core values of health, beauty, knowledge, enlightenment, spiritual education, and the gentle experiences that lead to each person’s own happiness”. 

Indoor/outdoor events include games, vender booths with crafts, food goods, kimono & clothing, and so much more. Want to join the fun? Learn more here.

Photo courtesy of Kauaifestivals.com  

 

And… This Year’s Red Clay Festival is an Event to Experience!


The 7th Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival is happening June 25th through the 28th bringing award-winning blues and jazz to venues throughout the island! This year's line-up features the 6-time Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur; the nationally acclaimed blues band, Mississippi Heat; Hawaii jazz legends, Jimmy Borges and Betty Loo Taylor; and Hawaiian slack key and steel guitar musicians, Ken Emerson and Will Bernard.

A key feature of Saturday’s “big event” concert is a host of food and beverage booths with a mix of locally grown organic and specialty foods and beverages. Restaurants featuring specialty dishes include The Right Slice, Nanea Restaurant, Kauai Marriott, Passion Café, and Powerhouse Creamery. Tent seating is available for Saturday’s concert or attendees may bring beach chairs.

See the schedule below for FREE events as well Friday and Saturday events that require tickets! :- ) To learn more about the 2-day pass and other details, visit the official site here!


Wednesday, June 25th

Enjoy straight ahead Jazz with Treysara, one of Kauai’s exceptional jazz trios featuring Trey Thompson on Bass, Tony Rodarte on Drums and Rick Avallone on keyboard along with vocalist Sara Thompson. This event is Free and takes place at Common Ground Garden Café from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM: 4900 Kuawa Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754

And… more music awaits you when the Mark Pulice Trio play their straight ahead jazz at Kukuiula Shopping Village, with Pulice on drums accompanied by bass and keyboard. The trio plays the outdoor courtyard from 5:30 PM to 7 PM, next to Merriman's restaurant. And get this: there is no charge!  WOW! 


Thursday, June 26th

Come experience the Red Clay Jazz Festival Educational Workshop – The Art of Song, Slide Guitar and Harmonica. Three workshops are on tap for aspiring song-writers, slide guitar musicians and harmonica players. Jimmy Borges, one of Hawaii's premier jazz performers, conducts a workshop titled, "Song the Perfect Language.” Another workshop by master lap guitar and slack key musicians Ken Emerson and Will Bernard surround the art of slide guitar jazz. Pierre Lacocque, leader of the Chicago-based blues band, Mississipi Heat, is leading a hands-on workshop about various harmonica techniques.  The workshop fee is $10 and you can get tickets online, here!

Two additional events on this day include “Rumba De Fuego,” a 7 piece Latin band that is ready to spice up your evening at the Aloha Beach Resort Kuhio Lounge, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM – and there is no charge! Really??? Yes!

The Hank Curtis Trio is also performing Traditional Jazz this day at the Kauai Marriott Aupaka Bar from 5 PM to 7 PM.  How much? No charge!  WOW!  What a great Festival! 


Friday June 27th

Come on down to the Kauai Beach Resort Jasmine Ball Room at 7 PM to see Jimmy Borges & Betty Loo Taylor and Ken Emerson and Will Bernard!

Hawaii's premier jazz performer Jimmy Borges, 74, has seen more and lived more than most. He also knows more people, from all walks of life – the famous, the infamous, great musicians and singers.

Betty Loo Taylor, otherwise known as "Lady Fingers," is known as a unique, a full orchestra, an icon, a rascal, a character... oh yes, a Chinese-American Jazz Musician.

Will Bernard broke out as a bandleader in 1998 with the release of Medicine Hat, showcasing his expert chops and flair for funky, bottom-heavy soul-jazz. He followed up with two self-produced albums and earned a Grammy® nomination in Best Contemporary Jazz for his 2007 album, Party Hats.

Hawaiian island bred guitarist Ken Emerson has carved out a dual-career between traditional Hawaiian music and vintage American jazz & blues. Ken has maintained a long standing as a blues and jazz guitarist touring with artists Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop & Norton Buffalo, and New Orleans stride pianist David Paquette. Ken was a featured performer on Hawaii's first Grammy album "Slack Key Guitar" and also on jazz/rock icon Donald Fagen's Grammy winning "Morph the Cat" album.


Saturday June 28th

Saturday is the festival’s grand finale at Kauai Lagoons, with Diane Schuur, Mississippi Heat, and Swing Shift!

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the '40s and '50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents' generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and '60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur's music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.

Come feel the Mississippi Heat: traditional blues with a unique sound!

As band leader and composer, Pierre's vision has never wavered since he founded his band in 1991. His mantra is clear and focused. The band has always had an ensemble sound: all musicians are featured and welcome to contribute on stage and on recordings. His music is traditional because it is steeped in Chicago's golden sounds of the 1950's, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, all the great harp players... Big and Little Walter, The Sonny Boy Williamsons, Junior Wells, George Smith, and many extraordinary contemporaries such as Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza and Paul deLay.

Saturday at the Red Clay Jazz Festival is off the charts, and tickets are still available now!

Event and artist photos courtesy of Margy Parker & Red Clay Jazz Festival

 

Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues

Wow! What a great summer we are having here on Kauai!  You ready to join us?  From relaxation, massage, pool chillaxing, and long walks in paradise – to the thriving Fun that is happening all across the island, Kauai is ready for you and your Friends!  Consider the Garden Island your home away from home, and if you put your ear against your computer screen… you just might hear waves, music, and the sound of a tropical breeze in the distant background. And if you do not hear it, we know how to fix that!

Come stay with us!  With 35+ years in business here on Kauai, we know how to help YOU have a great vacation!

 

See you soon!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hiking the Great Outdoors on Kauai


Your Spectacular Summer of Fun on Kauai

There is something truly amazing about being outdoors, especially with the weather warming-up all over the world. The time has come for backyard barbeques, brisk walks in the sunshine while chatting with Friends, and the invigorating rush of energy that comes with a leisurely hike on one of your favorite trails, roads, or outdoor shopping malls. Yes! These are all great ways of being in the “moment” where laughter, exercise, and fresh air elevate our senses and reaffirm our connection with Happiness and Joy. And when we can do all these things on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, we have a grand recipe for one of the best vacations ever!

This summer, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc invites you to see yourself with your Friends, Family, and new acquaintances Enjoying the vacation you have always dreamed about. Waking up when you feel like it. Experiencing the casual pace of island time. Creating new memories with people you love, while surrounded by beauty everywhere you go.  Sound like a great idea? We think so too – and the great news is: you are just a few mouse clicks away from having an amazing vacation in paradise!

Today, we invite you to have a look at our website where you can browse 200+ accommodations throughout the island. Need a condo for a quick getaway? How about a spacious home where you can relax and see the ocean from your own lanai? With 35+ years of experience helping guests create magical, life-expanding tropical holiday vacations, we are ready to help you book an accommodation in the middle of all things FUN, RELAXING, and ADVENTUROUS.
In this Feature story we are sharing great ways of being outdoors as part of our Spectacular Summer on Kauai Countdown.  For our Friends who love to hike, this story is for you!  And for our Friends who like to hike while they shop, this story is for you, too.  :- ) And remember… you are ALWAYS invited to come stay with us!  Sound like a plan?

Hiking the Great Outdoors on Kauai!

After settling into your vacation accommodation, have a look at our Blog for great ideas on how to maximize your holiday. For guests wanting explore Kauai outdoors, hiking is one way that lets you immerse yourself in the Garden Island’s natural beauty while getting a little exercise. Every step, every climb, every resting point reveals breathtaking views and vistas that come to life before your eyes.
If you are an expert climber, a Sunday stroller, or a Shopping Sprinter, Kauai has a path and location for you. Now, let’s take a look at some great trails for you to explore – and remember, always bring a friend or family member with you. Tell others where you are going. Bring your phone and lots of water. Safety is the most important thing to keep in mind. It helps you get the most out of your vacation.  : -)

Hiking on the North Shore

For all our Fitness Friends, here is an “expert” 2.5 mile hike that climbs to 1,500 feet in elevation where you can Enjoy bird watching, waterfalls, and see great views of Kilauea Lighthouse, Hanalei Bay, and the Napali Coast. Yes, this hike starts on the North Shore and Okolehao Trail and is ideal for Friends who love a hiking challenge.



Okolehao Trail begins near the iron bridge at Hanalei River. It has multiple places to stop to admire the view and remember: always be safe on your vacation.  To see a review of Okolehao Trail, visit All Trails/National Georgraphic’s page here.
Photo courtesy CC Larry Loos Flickr


Hiking on the East Side

If you are more of a “moderate” hiker, the East Side has another great trail that that provides hours of fun. The Sleeping Giant Trail, also known as the Nounou Trail, begins at Haleilio Road in Wailua and has a walking distance of 2 miles each way. The first part of the trail ascends rapidly to an elevation of 1,000 feet with breathtaking ocean views that can be seen behind you.
Nounou Mountain earned the nickname “Sleeping Giant” from its resemblance to a “reclining human figure” and Hawaiian legend talks about “a giant who, after great labor or overeating, lay to rest and is yet to awaken” (Wikipedia). Hiking trails lead to the highest point of the ridge, which resembles the giant’s forehead. :- )
Photo courtesy CC G. Pedersen/Wikipedia.

Here is an aerial view of the trail looking back towards the East Side:


 Photo courtesy CC Rick McCharles/Flickr

An Easier Hike on the South Shore

Kauai Beach Explorer says the Mahaulepu Beach Trail is cool because “the terrain is millions of years old on this undeveloped coastline.” In fact, this 2-mile heritage trail is an “easier” trail that starts near Shipwreck Beach.
Mahaulepu Beach is known to be a remote and rugged trail with ocean views mostly suitable for whale watching, Enjoying the sandy beach, and hiking. The Malama Mahaulepu Preserve Kauai’s Wilderness Heritage says “this undeveloped watershed is a living museum - a research site and habitat for rare and endangered plants and animals. Mahaulepu is sacred and legendary to Native Hawaiians, many of whom are connected to this area by ancestral ties and by continuing cultural uses including fishing and gathering."

To learn more about the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail, see the Virtual Tour here.


Mahaulepu Beach photo courtesy DarTar and Wikipedia/cc.

 

Great Hiking on the West Side – Kokee State Park 

Now let’s have a look at some of the 19 trails accessible from Kokee State Park on the West Side. Alakai Swamp Trail is 3.5 miles through the wet forest to the rim of Wainiha Pali.  Canyon Trail is 1.8 miles of popular scenic trail with great views of Waimea and Poomau Canyons, following the rim of Waimea Canyon, crossing Kokee Stream.

Below is a photo of Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It is approximately ten miles long and 3,000 feet deep.  “Waimea” is Hawaiian for “reddish water,” a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil.


Photo courtesy CC Kyle Pearce, Wikpedia/Flickr

Another great trail hikers Enjoy from Kokee State Park is the Pihea Trail, which is 3.7 miles of scenic views of the Kalalau Valley, traversing an ohia montane wet forest.


Photo courtesy CC Gh5046 and Wikipedia
Access to these and other great hiking trails begins at Kokee State Park, about 1 ½ hours by car from Lihue and 1 ¼ hours from Poipu.  To read more about the great hikes, directions, and to browse the online museum, visit the official Kokee Musuem and State Park website, here.

Now for the FUN HIKE: 4 FUN Shopping Areas on Kauai


Hiking in the mountains and by the ocean is a great way to spend time outdoors and get exercise. And there is still another great way of getting exercise while picking up great souvenirs, food, and snacks! 

On the North Shore, Hanalei has a Fun shopping area called Ching Young Village in the Heart of Hanalei. The area has a photo gallery, juice bar, gift shop, Hanalei River Healing & Body Work, Hanalei Surf Backdoor, and many great places to grab a meal.
Photo courtesy of CC Wally Gobetz/Flickr

On the East Side, Kapaa Town is another great area for shopping and the Coconut MarketPlace is a unique open-air center where you can find apparel, souvenirs, snacks, dinners, galleries, and more!

Located on Highway 56 in Wailia, the MarketPlace is open from 9AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday and 9AM to 6PM on Sunday.  There is also a Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM to noon.
Photo courtesy CC Eric Schmuttenmaer Flickr

The Kinipopo Shopping Village in also located on Kauai’s Coconut Coast, about 10 minutes north of Lihue Airport. If you are hungry, this is a great place to start your Kauai Adventure. Korean BBQ, Monico’s Taqueria, Passion Bakery Café, and Cakes by Kristin. The peaceful tropical garden setting is a great place to relax and have a snack. 
Photo courtesy of Kinipopo Shopping Village

Spend the day exploring Old Koloa Town and on Kauai’s South Shore and explore the former sugar plantation that dates back to 1835! Old fashioned storefronts, gift shops, and so much to see. The Koloa Heritage Trail includes 14 cultural, historical and geological sites that stretch all the way to Poipu. The beautiful Tree Tunnel section of Maluhia Road is lined with eucalyptus trees first planted more than a century ago. 

Koloa Town is about 20 minutes west of Lihue and a great place to spend the day.  To see the official website, click here



Photo courtesy of GoHawaii.com



Now, grab your sneakers and visit Hanapepe on Kauai’s West Side. Every Friday night from 6PM to 9PM, experience “Art Night” when the town lights up with a festive atmosphere. Local artists and gallery owners gather and create a fun night of “strolling” down the street where you’ll hear music, Enjoy snacks, and have an overall great time outdoors.

When you come to Hanapepe during the day, be sure to grab a map of the Historic Walking Tour, available at most stores in the area. It will guide you to the Swinging Bridge, Hanapepe River, and the Talk Story Bookstore & Café. 

The official “tour” page talks about the 43 locations that meet State/National Historic Register Criteria.  It’s a fun way of learning the history of Kauai, while having a leisure “hike” through a fun, small town on Kauai!

Photo courtesy of Hanapepe.org


Your Spectacular Summer of Fun on Kauai is Ready – Are You?


Looking at the calendar it is hard to believe we are already in May. In a matter of weeks school is letting out for the summer and that means kids are about to have a lot of free time. It also means VACATION time is upon us and we are ready to help you confirm a well deserved holiday.
Below we are sharing MORE Fun activities happening in May, plus we are sharing a few Featured Properties that provide great value for families looking to spend time together, with all the conveniences of “home.” All of the hiking and shopping excursions mentioned in this Feature story are close to our 200+ accommodations on the North and South Shores, East and West Sides. When you get to Kauai, check our blog for more great ideas on how to Enjoy your vacation. Before you arrive, be sure to check out our Vacation Planning Videos featured on the main page of our website.

We look forward to seeing you on Kauai this summer!

- Aloha!
Special thanks to AllTrails/National Geographic, Wikipedia, and Kokee State Park for sharing their information & details about hiking on Kauai.  Remember to respect the Land, have a hiking plan, bring supplies (water, food, first aid), check the weather, wear proper clothing, and have proper hiking shoes. For more great hiking tips, visit Kauai Explorer here.


Fun Things to See and Do in May

 

Hear Kauai Music at May Day by the Bay

Come Enjoy Hawaiian music performed by groups from all over Hawaii. The theme for 2014 is “Keeping the Culture Alive,” and this year’s event features cultural demonstrations by local practitioners, a craft fair of Kauai-made products, Hawaiian food, displays from local non-profit groups, and a silent auction.
The event begins promptly at 9 AM, Saturday May 10thwith the blowing of the pu (conch shell) at Waioli Beach Park in Hanalei Bay.

A $5 donation is welcomed by event organizers and a great time awaits everyone.
Photo courtesy of May Day by the Bay

The 2014 Visitor Industry Charity Walk

The 36th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk is happening Saturday, May 17th from 7AM to 11AM. Presented by The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association Kauai Chapter, the walk begins at the Historic County Building and ends in Lihue on a 2.9 mile route.
The Walk is open to the public and everyone is welcome to participate. A minimum pledge of $35 includes breakfast, a t-shirt, and lots of camaraderie with folks who help keep Kauai Tourism Fun for everyone. 
Photo courtesy of KauaiFestivals.com

Awaken Your Inner Self at the Kirtan Yoga Retreat

Join the Bhakti Yoga Shack for an awakening weekend, May 24th and 25th in Anahola. Deepen your experience, live your practice, and share healthy food, joy and laughter with a group of like-minded yogis.
Enjoy Yoga classes, nourishing & delicious vegan food, joyful ecstatic kirtans, Mantra meditation workshops, and more!  Two days, two nights, event organizers invite you to come and have a great time!

$60 per person and $90 per couple. To RSVP and get more info, visit Kauaifestivals.com.

Image courtesy Kirtan & Yoga

Put Your Pedal to the Meadow!

Pedal to the Meadow is the official bicycle hill climb race on Kauai and this year’s USAC-sanctioned event is happening Sunday, May 25th. Presented by the Tradewind Cycling Team, this ride starts in Kekaha town and climbs along the Waimea Canyon rim to Kokee State Park.
The scenic and challenging climb is 15.75 miles long, starting at a warm dry sea level and ending at 3,835 feet elevation in the cool upland forest of the island's interior. At the finish line, Enjoy live music, food, and family Fun at the Banana Poka Round-up festival.

For more information about the hospitality tent, live music, kid Fun, basket-making, fees and more… visit the official website here. Online registration closes May 21st at 6 PM Kauai time!
Photo courtesy Pedal to the Meadow

Have a great time on Kauai!  We look forward to seeing you!

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!