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Monday, April 29, 2013

Hele Mei Hoohiwahiwa Kauai

Hele Mei Hoohiwahiwa Kauai - Come Celebrate Kauai!


Preparing for summer season on Kauai is always exciting. All winter, Friends have been planning their vacations and when they arrive at Lihue Airport, they are ready to relax, explore, and let the “magic” of the Garden Island reinvigorate passion in their lives. It is also exciting when people see our Facebook posts and decide “I need a vacation now” – then call us to get their get-away started. Wow!  The power of decisions!

Over the past few days, we have Enjoyed re-reading the messages left by Friends on our Facebook page. They share exactly how they love spending time on Kauai and what they love doing. Each message is exciting to read and they helped us decide to include a sample of our Facebook Friend’s “Top 5 things we love about Kauai” in this new Feature story. We call this edition “Hele Mei Hoohiwahiwa,” which means “Come Celebrate” and explore the many great wonders on Kauai!  

Top 5 Things Our Facebook Friends Love About Kauai!
#1: How Close Kauai Really Is! 
Yes, it is true.  Kauai is less than 6 hours from all West Coast mainland airports: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and more! Currently, there is a 3-hour time change. So let’s say you left around 10 AM… you could find yourself on Kauai in time for lunch at The Beach House in Poipu!

Another great thing Friends love about Kauai is… there are many airlines that fly to Kauai!  Hawaiian Airlines, Delta, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and more! We often talk about www.Kayak.com in our Facebook posts because they do a great job of showing who has the next flight out to Kauai – and that helps you get here faster! :-)

#2: The Fresh Air and Views
Friends often talk about the things they see once they get off the plane at Lihue Airport. Lush green foliage, beautiful flowers, bright blue skies – and then they get to the coastline! 

The ride to their vacation accommodation and the scenery around their destination offers even more amazing views. On the West Side there is Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. On the South Shore, Friends talk about seeing Spouting Horn, the Old Faithful-type geyser that shoots gusts of Pacific Ocean water way up into the air, causing a refreshingly cool spray of water!

On the East Side, we often hear about the miles of white sand beach, called the “Coconut Coast” because of the coconut trees that line the shore. On the North Shore, Princeville, Hanalei, and Haena offer exquisite ocean vistas that include swimming, surfing, golfing, and wonderful dining options to fit every appetite.

#3: The Accommodation Choices
We love reading how much our guests love staying at our accommodations. In fact, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has over 200+ accommodations throughout the island, including luxurious estates, easy get-away condos, oceanview homes, and hillside cottages – all conveniently close to endless activities.  

Every week, we share Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials with our Facebook and Twitter Friends so they can get their travel plans underway at great prices. We also promote Featured Properties (see below) that share ideas on “great places to stay” on Kauai.  

To get your plans started, take a look at our videos on YouTube. They provide great ideas on what to expect, how to choose a vacation rental, and how to Enjoy the North, South, East and West sides of Kauai. Our website is open 24-hours a day and if you want to ask us any questions, just give us a call at 808-245-8841 or 800-367-5025.  We look forward to your call!

#4 – All The Great Things To Do and See
Many of our guests talk about spending time on the beach with family, friends, their children. In fact, US News and World Report’s “Travel” website voted Kauai #2 in the category of “Most Relaxing Beaches” and #2 in the category of “Best Beaches in the World.” 

Our prior Feature story (see it here) also describes many of Kauai’s great beaches and includes ocean safety tips from our website.  As always, we remind you to swim where there are lifeguards and get updated beach reports from www.KauaiExplorer.com.   

We also saw US News and World Report’s review of Poipu Beach (above), saying “…you won't find another beach on Kauai that appeals to everyone quite like Poipu. Snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding, and surfing are all popular here… so is lazing about on the warm golden sand.”  Ahhh… sounds nice to us!  Read more of the review here.

#5 Perfecting Your Golf Game

Our Kauai guests LOVE golf.  In fact, Kauai has seven 18-hole golf courses and each offers breathtaking views that help reinvigorate your game. The Kiahuna Golf Club (above) was recently renovated by architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and includes passage by the remains of an ancient Hawaiian village.

Another wonderful course is the Prince Golf Course at Princeville (right), often called “one of the most beautiful courses in the world.” Golf Digest ranks it the #1 Golf Course in Hawaii and one of “America’s Top 100 Greatest Courses.” 

 The par 72 course was also designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and is situated on “pristine land” overlooking the ocean and mountains.  To see a virtual “flyover” of the Prince Golf Course, click here!



Hele Mei Hoohiwahiwa Kauai - Come Celebrate Kauai
Every day is a great day to explore Kauai.  In fact, when you read our prior Feature stories, you’ll see we love sharing Kauai ideas with our guests. Yes, you can spend your time hiking, swimming, and being outdoors. You can also kick back in one of our wonderful vacation accommodations and just RELAX.  Sleep in. Make a tasty meal. Catch up on your favorite books and TV shows. Meditate, sleep, and “let yourself go” on one of the world’s most beautiful island vacation destinations.

Right now, folks all around the world are starting to put away their winter clothes and pull out their sandals, shorts, and beach towels. Spring is emerging and here on Kauai, we are rev’d up with excitement for another awesome Garden Island summer. 

Are you ready to get your vacation plans underway? Here are a few ideas of what to do when you arrive!


Events Happening on Kauai During The Next Few Weeks

100TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE KILAUEA LIGHTHOUSE

Join the fun, May 1st through the 5th, as Kauai celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the Kilauea Lighthouse. Five days of festivities include the official opening ceremony on May 1st, with the lighthouse re-dedication and guided tours! Saturday, May 4th, the light will be turned on at 6:30 PM and admission is FREE all day.  

On May 5th, join the community celebration with a parade through Kilauea town. It ends at Kilauea Park with a concert, food, water slides, hula halau, and so much more!  Learn more from the Kilauea Point Natural History Association!

KAUAI OKINAWAN DANCE FESTIVAL
Love dancing? You are in luck! Friday, May 10th and Saturday May 11th, stop by the Kauai Veterans Center at 3125 Kapule Hwy, in Lihue, for a festival celebrating Okinawan culture. Enjoy live entertainment and treat yourself to delicious Okinawan foods. The celebration is FREE and everyone is invited!  :)


PEDAL TO THE MEADOW
Ready for a challenge?! Pedal to the Meadow is the race for you! May 16th at Kekaha Neighborhood Center, participate in the most challenging, “official” bicycle race on Kauai! Starting in Kekaha, ride 15.75 miles at an elevation gain of 3,835 feet and finish in Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow, in Kokee State Park. The race begins at 6:00 AM and participation is FREE. Challenge accepted? Learn more about Pedal To The Meadow “The bicycle hill climb race on Kauai,” here!


A TASTE OF OLD KAUAI
Here is your chance for a whole new experience in food! Join “A Culinary Romp Through Paradise” on the East Side of Kauai, May 10th, followed by “A Taste of Old Kauai” on May 17th on the North Shore. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the beauty of “old Kauai” and learn about the taro plant, a staple of Hawaiian tradition, complete with a yummy lunch filled with fresh seasonal vegetables and locally acquired meats and fishes. Click here to learn more and to make your reservations!


2013 KAUAI POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL
This year’s Kauai Polynesian Festival takes place during Memorial Weekend, May 24-26, 2013. The Vidinha Stadium soccer field hosts this year’s celebration of Tahitian, Maori, Samoan, and Hawaiian entertainment – kicking off Friday with “Polynesian Experience,” a hands-on cultural crafts & dance event. Learn weaving techniques using the fronds of the coconut and hala tree; learn how to husk a coconut; learn spear throwing; and let pros teach you how to dance the hula.

The 3-day festival has so much more going on and we invite you to visit the official site and see the updated schedule.

Ready For Kauai? See Our Featured Properties, Below!

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

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