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Friday, March 29, 2013

Kauai Adventure: Hali'a Milimili - Cherished Memories

ALOHA FROM KAUAI!
Spring is revving up on Kauai and what a great time to head to the beach. And what a great number of beaches we have to choose from here on the Garden Island!  You know that Beach Boys song where they name beach after beach? Well imagine that tune when you read the following!

All over the Island… it’s a bright sunny day.  Everybody’s gone surfin… surfin’ Kauai! 
We’ll be starting at Anini, then to Hanalei Bay.
Ke’e Beach off Hwy 560, then to Lumahai. 
Lydgate Beach Park is great for children; so is Kalapaki... Kealia has a half-mile of golden sand… and lifeguards all day.
Then we’re heading down to Poipu, where you can watch the waves. Then to Salt Pond Beach Park… in Hanapepe.
Kekaha Beach is great for sun-bathing, and that’s a mighty fine day… Everybody’s Enjoying beach days… across Kauai!

Well, how did we do? Were you tapping your feet like us? Here is the best beach tip we can give all our Friends:  Always swim where there are lifeguards and use caution when Enjoying Kauai’s beautiful beaches. Your safety is paramount to us and we want you to have an amazing Kauai vacation. So use caution, check with lifeguards on duty, and see the Ocean Safety Tips on our website for helpful information.  

A WORD FROM OUR FRIENDS!
Every day, we get messages from our Facebook Friends sharing all the great times they have had on Kauai – and how excited they are to be coming back!  Some talk about their weddings, some talk about their favorite shopping, and others talk about the cool people they met. Many talk about the great time they had at one of our awesome vacation rental accommodations, like our beach front condos, sprawling estates – and the homes they have seen featured on TV shows like “House Hunters on Vacation.”  

And you know what? We absolutely love it!In fact, here are a few comments Friends have sent us recently:

Delaina says:  “Having the time of our lives here!!!!”
Misty says:  “32 more days and I will be there for my 3rd time…”
Kay says:  “Our first visit was in 2000 and we have been going back every year since. I love it!”
Gerrie says: “Coming in August for 3 glorious weeks. My favorite place in the world”

It is so awesome to be sitting here at work reading these messages as they pop in.  Thanks for sending, everyone! It makes us happy knowing we help our guests create amazing vacations, for over 35 years!  And when your Facebook messages come in, it just makes our day!  

So, to show our appreciation, every Wednesday we share with our Facebook and Twitter Friends “Wiki Wiki Wednesday” – special offers that help our Friends save money on their next Kauai vacation. If you see something you like, be sure to share it with your Friends. We look forward to seeing you all here very soon! 
Now… we are excited to present the third part in our Friend-shared story: Kauai Adventure #3.  We also have new featured properties below AND some tips on great things to do on Kauai in the next few weeks.

Are you ready to get your 2013 vacation plans underway? So are we! Just give us a call at 800-367-5025 and we will help you get things started! Mahalo!

KAUAI ADVENTURE #3: MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME
My first vacation on Kauai was indeed an adventure. Beach time, incredible cuisine, unforgettable sights – and great opportunities for shopping.  In fact, when my group of pals left our Princeville condo for the last time (at least for this trip) we headed over to the East Side town of Kapa’a for one last day of fun. 

Our flight departed Lihue Airport in the evening so we had all day to do as we pleased.  When we reached Kapa’a, we parked our rental cars and split up with a plan to meet for lunch in a couple of hours to decide our next move.

I headed off to check out the local shops right away in search of a "dirt shirt" as a souvenir.  You see, Kauai is covered with this “iron-rich” soil that looks red when you see it up close and when you are out hiking. There is also a great chance you’ll bring some home on your clothes.  Not to say you will get dirt on you just by visiting, it’s just one of those cool things about Kauai that makes you want to bring some home. 

I found a "dirt shirt shop” pretty quickly in town and the salesman was nice enough to give me some advice.  "Be sure to rinse this out with a hose or in a tub you don't care about before mixing it with other wash," he said with a smile.  And he was right. 

Shopping on Kauai’s East Side was fun! I bought chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, playing cards, beach towels, t- shirts, and more from nearby shops in the town. Everything was affordable and now I have many great things to remind me of my awesome Kauai Adventure.  There are lots of great specialty shops in Kapa’a as well as art galleries to explore.  There is also a shave ice stand at Ono Family Restaurant, a cute glass-blowing shop, and small cafes all within a 2-block walk from the ocean.


You may recall my first story about “Kauai through the eyes of a first-time visitor” was about hiking along Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park and the breathtaking drive from the West Side all the way to Princeville.  Then my second story was about My Amazing Beach Day, which included snorkeling and seeing lots of underwater fishes. (Both stories are located on the Kauai Vacation Rentals Blog, located here). 

And now, on my last day on Kauai, it was truly special to spend time with Friends reminiscing about all the great times we had, how relaxed we were, and how we could not wait to come back to Kauai again. Seriously!

Following a scrumptious lunch with dishes ranging from fish tacos to juicy burgers at the Olympic CafĂ©, we all decided to do our own thing again. A couple of pals drove down to Poipu to see the Spouting Horn geyser, a natural blow hole reminiscent of those in Yellowstone. I chose to take a nice little walk to digest my meal. Later, when I drove down to the South Shore, I found my pals hanging out on the beach beside The Beach House Enjoying the view.  

It was truly a wonderful day. The beautiful ocean, the soft sun, and the pristine weather made it nearly impossible to leave. And as if this perfect day could get any better, we even caught sight of an impressive rainbow on our way back to the airport shortly before sunset.

My first time on Kauai was truly amazing. Even while I write this story, I have a smile on my face and I can still see how great my pals looked on our last day.  In Hawaiian, the word for Cherished Memories is Hali’a Milimili – and that’s exactly what Kauai delivered.  Was it hard getting on the airplane and heading home? You bet – and you can also bet I’ll be coming back!

THINGS TO DO AND SEE ON KAUAI IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

The Spring Fantasy Orchid Show
For all orchid lovers, the Garden Island Orchid Society is having their annual Spring Fantasy Orchid Show on April 5th and 6th, 2013 at the United Church of Christ in Hanapepe (across from the fire station). Hours are 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on the April 5th and 9:00AM until 4:00PM on April 6th.  In addition to the show, there are orchid plants, orchid crafts, and food for sale. No entrance fee, learn more here!


A Culinary Romp Through Paradise

Take a culinary romp through paradise with Kauai’s Celebration Festival in Lihue, at Kilohana Plantation on April 19th. The day-long event takes you from “farm to fork” with a plantation-style train ride through an exotic fruit orchard, followed by a gourmet four-course lunch. Yum! End your day with an exclusive tour of Hawai‘i`s only meadery (a winery that produces honey wines or meads). Learn all about it here!



Spring Soaker Ohana Day
Ohana means family! What a great way to spend the day with your ohana at The Koloa Early School’s “Spring Soaker Ohana Day.” Activities for keiki (children) include multiple waterslides, a large bounce house, a crafts tent, food booths, a lucky drawing, and more! The event is $15 for children ages 3 to 18. Children 2 and under and adults over 18 are free! Come join the fun Saturday, April 20th at the Koloa Ballpark from 11AM to 3PM. Learn more here!




Special Thanks to: Burke and RonHamProd, MC, Wikipedia, Kauai Festivals.com, Friends on Flickr, and Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc’s amazing collection of vacation accommodations.

One response to “Kauai Adventure: Hali'a Milimili - Cherished Memories”

M Rob said...

I've been 3 times and I am always blown away by the value and service that Kauai Vacation Rentals provides!

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