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Monday, April 23, 2012

New Feature Story: Explore Kauai’s Museums, Exhibits, and Cultural Events

Countdown to Summer 2012: Exploring Kauai's Museums, Exhibits, and Cultural Events
Have you seen all the great comments our Friends leave us on our Facebook page? Life is good on the Garden Island and it is so great seeing how much fun our guests are having on their vacations. Summer is just around the corner and there are always so many things to do here on Kauai. With direct flights arriving every day, imagine this… with a few clicks and a few calls, we can have you set-up in an amazing condo, home, or cottage in a matter of minutes! WOW! Think about it! You, your honey, your friends, or just you… enjoying a wonderful holiday on one of the world's most beautiful islands. That's something to get excited about!
Part 3 in our "Countdown to Summer 2012" Feature story is loaded with information about museums to visit, food and products to Enjoy, and cultural events that provide a lifetime of memories. Every day there is something going on, so "lei" back, relax, and let our Kauai Vacation Rentals sandcastles highlight the way!
Garden Island Delight
When you visit Kauai, the fresh air, green landscapes, and mountain vistas create an atmosphere of inspiration. The Kauai Coffee Company is one of the places that helps put a spark in your step every morning, afternoon and evening. They plant, grow, harvest, process, roast, package, and ship their premium coffee beans to coffee drinkers worldwide! The Kauai Coffee Company has a Visitor Center in Ele'ele, just 17 miles from the airport in Lihue. Here you can Enjoy tastings, walk through the coffee orchard, and grab your favorite beans in the gift shop. Take a virtual tour now and take a guided tour when you get here! Mmmmm… can you smell the coffee, already?
Nearby, the Kauai Chocolate Company offers a delicious compliment to your cup of Joe. Kauai Chocolate Company's kitchen and storefront, also located in Ele'ele, allows guests to Enjoy yummy chocolate and see how the tasty treats are made. The local family business, owned and operated by Don and Marlene Greer (right), has created confectionary delights since 2003. Be sure to try their popular candy creations called 'The Chocolate Opihi' and 'Da Brick.' More Mmmmmm… come by for a visit!
Kauai's Museums
Learning about the rich history of Kauai can take a lifetime. Thankfully, the Kauai Museum in Lihue has galleries and exhibits on display that bring the customs and artifacts of the indigenous and immigrated peoples of Kauai to life for over 40,000 visitors each year! See the "rare and exquisite" Ni'i hau shell lei and other possessions once owned by monarchs and Kauai "ali'i," the ancient Hawaiian royalty. View original Asian china, sculptures, and paintings owned by families on Kauai. See "The Story of Kauai," highlighting the geographical wonders of the island and the development of Kauaian culture over the years. Plus, beginning May 3rd, the new "Spring Juried Art Exhibit – Na Pua o Kauai," opens to the public!
Moving back to the left on your Kauai map, the West Side town of Waimea has a wealth of exhibits and opportunities to further your knowledge of Kauai. The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center conducts the Historic Waimea Walking Tour every Monday at 9:30 a.m. and the Koke'e History Museum at Koke'e State Park houses exhibits that spotlight Kauai's forest trees, game animals, and birds. Want to see more? Click here for a full list of Kauai museums.
Cultural Events on Kauai
Speaking of museums, the Kauai Museum showcases two spectacular events in May! Enjoy a stroll on the museum grounds and learn how to make a traditional Hawaiian lei from lei masters at The 32nd Annual Lei Contest and May Celebration on May 5th. Enjoy food vendors, auctions, and an award ceremony for lei makers. Mark your calendars!
Oh, and who is the pretty lady on the right, who sings like an angel? On May 10th, the Kauai Museum presents A Treasured Evening With Marlene Sai. Marlene is an accomplished singer and actress entertaining audiences for over 50 years. She has received numerous awards and was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2007. On this night, Marlene will be singing and talking story about her amazing life and career! Proceeds of the event go to the Kauai Museum's cultural and educational department. Thank you, Marlene!
If music is your thing, have fun at several slack-key performances and festivals on the island during your "May-Stay." Click here for more details!
The Kauai Experience
So… are you ready to plan your next vacation? Let Kauai Vacation Rentals help you experience heaven on earth. Give us a call at 800-367-5025, and you can also email us at aloha@kvrre.com. We will help you find a great accommodation at a great price in a beautiful location. That's what we do, and we love it!

This week, our Featured Properties (below) spotlight the West Side of Kauai, close to all the fun places and events we mention in our Feature story! For a complete listing of island-wide accommodations, we invite you to visit our website! We are happy to help you find the perfect condo, home, or cottage that suits your needs.

And by the way… we truly Enjoy all your fun comments and stories you share on our Facebook page and Twitter. It makes us smile knowing you are having a great time and reminding your Friends to also take a break and Enjoy Kauai. Remember, our Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials share upcoming specials that are perfect for everyone, so be sure to tell your Friends!

We are here to help you have FUN, so come on over!
- Aloha!

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Countdown To Summer 2012: Golfer’s Paradise

Countdown to Summer 2012: A Golfer's Paradise
Aloha! Rise and shine, it's spring time on the Garden Island! How would you like to wake up, stretch, and start your day on Kauai? What's more, how would you like to step out into the tropical morning air, sling your golf bag onto your shoulder, and head to a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.- or Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course? Well, it's time. "Tee" time to be exact!
Welcome to your dream golf vacation, where you can play 18 holes in the AM, relax on a white sandy beach in the early afternoon, and rejuvenate with a wonderful massage before dinner. Whether you're taking a planned vacation with your golf buddies, a family trip with your loved ones, or some time away on your own, fairways and putting greens await you amidst the lush forests, gentle streams, and mountain views on Kauai!
This is Part 2 of our "Countdown to Summer 2012," showcasing some of Kauai's beautiful golf courses and spas. You are working hard this year, right? Give yourself a break and enjoy something you really love. While you're at it… pamper yourself with a Swedish and lomi-lomi massage! Think of this as your Kauai guide to your happiness and joy. Once again, look for the KVR Sandcastle signaling fun activities and travel tips for your upcoming visit. Remember, you can print this page and hang it on your refrigerator (or tie to your golf bag) for inspiration!
Play Like a Prince in Princeville
Walk out onto the Princeville Makai Golf Course and experience the impeccable course-design by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (his first of four on Kauai), often referred to as "majestic, surreal and stunning." The track, re-turfed and renovated in 2010, is recognized by Golf, Inc. as the Top Renovation of the Year for 2011! The Makai Golf Club's awards (among several others) include the 25 Gold Medal Resorts in America by Golf Magazine and the Top 5 Great Golf Settings by National Geographic Traveler. It may be interesting to know that Robert has a home on Kauai and we manage it! Many guests have enjoyed staying at the golf course designer's home and playing his courses while on the Garden Island.
Are you bringing your golf clubs from the mainland? Each airline has different rules on checking golf bags as luggage. Most limit the number of clubs, golf balls, and pairs of golf shoes you can bring. Check with your airline for their specifications and consider packing your golf equipment inside a hard cover case for maximum protection. Some of the most common airline golf bag policies are listed here. Rent clubs from the Pro Shop if you choose to leave yours at home. Princeville Makai Golf Club offers Callaway golf club rentals for men, women, and juniors!
Have you ever wanted to step onto the grounds of royalty? Prince Golf Course at Princeville is named for Prince Albert, son of Hawaii's King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. Called an "unforgettable golf experience," Prince Golf Course features natural elements of the Kauai environment such as a tropical jungle, ravines, streams, and even a waterfall. Like the Princeville Makai Golf Club, Prince Golf Course underwent a multi-million dollar renovation overseen by original architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The course is now open for play as of 1 March. Call for tee times at (808) 826-5001! Tip: Pack your rangefinder to measure yardage, a camera to take pictures of the breathtaking scenery, and sunblock to protect yourself from the sun's rays!
Okay, so there's a lot of talk about golfing, but what about the spa treatments?! Halele'a Spa at the St. Regis Princeville Resort is magnificent. Let go and relax in a steam room infused with tropical essences. Experience a waterfall shower and sit in a relaxation room designed to rest your body and mind. The Spa Services at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas features both outdoor (cabana) and indoor spa treatments that make you feel great. Enjoy several types of massage, including lomi-lomi, Swedish, sports, reflexology, deep tissue, and deep lomi-lomi. Feeling refreshed? Good! Because Poipu Bay Golf Course is waiting for you on the South Shore!
Poipu Is On Par!
Poipu Bay Golf Course is known for hosting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2006 and has both gorgeous ocean and mountain views to share! Specifically, the distant rock formation called "Mahualepu" is a sight to see! The mound looks like a giant reclining Hawaiian god resting near the course. How cool! Other course characteristics include firm fairways and open fronts that allow the ball to roll onto the green, as well as ancient stone walls and remnants of structures called heiau (Ancient Hawaiian shrines). Oh, and here are a couple tips for Poipu Bay Golf Course: Be sure to utilize the satellite navigation system on your golf carts and make use of daily clinics and video instruction by the resident golf pros!

There are so many more award-winning courses to share with you! Where can we find room? Click here for a complete listing of Kauai golf courses and always remember to drink plenty of water and sports drinks on the course.
Whew! All this talk about playing golf and enjoying the outdoors inspires us to truly appreciate the beauty and splendor of Kauai. This month, there are so many great things to do after golfing. The Kauai Community College 4th Annual Earth Day Festival is on April 19th and the St. Theresa School Carnival celebrates the Aloha Spirit on the 20th and 21st!

Now… are you really ready for your Kauai vacation? Give us a call at 800-367-5025, or email us at aloha@kvrre.com and we will hook you up with a great accommodation in a great location, where all your vacation dreams come true! Thanks for participation in our Facebook and Twitter promotions and remember to jump on our Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials. After all, we want to see you soon! ☺

- Aloha!

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