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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Giving Thanks on Kauai


Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It marks the coming of Fun winter vacations when folks trade their sweaters & fireplaces for flip flops & a walk on a beach in Paradise! Thanksgiving is also a wonderful time to spend with Family acknowledging everyone’s accomplishments AND re-connecting with Friends. You know, those Fun nights of laughing at treasured stories that brought us closer together. All in all, now is the ideal time to “make time” for appreciating all of life’s special moments and for taking notice of how fast everyone’s kids are growing!

And guess what? Here at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc, we want to share something WE are thankful for. It was 35 years ago when we first started our business here on Kauai and ever since that special day, we have met thousands of guests from all over the world – each bringing countless memories that flow outward from one of the most beautiful islands in the world! It all began with a vision… a desire to share Kauai with the world and 35 years later, we’re still doing it! That is why we are SO thankful every time you visit and when you take time to you share your vacation stories on Facebook, our Blog, and Twitter.

With this spirit of gratitude, we are excited to share some great ideas of how you can spend your next Thanksgiving here on Kauai. Yes, every day is a great day to visit Kauai with Friends and Family. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

So Much to Be Grateful For – So Much to Do! 

For our Friends who are about to experience Kauai for the first time, here are some interesting facts that will help you prepare for your vacation!  J 
Kauai has four main areas, each offering a unique and special vacation experience.
The North Shore has amazing spas, great surf, wonderful restaurants, and some of the highest rated golf courses in the world.

The South Shore has many family-friendly activities including swimming, snorkeling with schools of fish, and plenty of white sandy beaches perfect for building sandcastles!

The West Side is great for folks who love art and hiking, and are always thinking about their next fishing expedition.

The East Side, also known as the “Coconut Coast,” is a great central location with long stretches of white sandy beaches, condos that overlook the Pacific Ocean, and beautiful homes waiting to be discovered!

Kauai has one main road that connects Mana on the West Side with the “end of the road” at Kee Beach on the North Shore. Take the drive! Everywhere you look there is something amazing to see. Waterfalls, green valleys, flowers, ocean vistas, and happy people with great big smiles.  

Things to Do on Thanksgiving!

Some of the most amazing meals to Enjoy are right here on Kauai! One of our favorites that we talk about all the time is imu turkey. 

Yuuummmm mmmmm! Our taste buds are already excited just thinking about it!  An imu is an underground oven that is often used to roast pig for luaus. When you have turkey prepared imu-style on Kauai, you are in for a treat! Deliciously roasted with lemon, pineapple, garlic, basted with soy sauce, and then cooked underground. The result is a moist, fine turkey meat that slides right off the bone! OMG!

In addition to imu turkey, a traditional Kauai Thanksgiving dinner can also include fish, Japanese rice, Portuguese sausage stuffing, and Okinawan sweet potatoes. This Garden Island fusion of traditions makes Thanksgiving unique and a delight for all to Enjoy. Believe us. You’ll be thinking about Kauai all the way through Christmas! We are still savoring last year’s meal!

Want some more ideas?

Thanksgiving on the Town!

Another great thing about Kauai is that there are SO many options for Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, from high-end restaurants to casual locations. Some menus to explore include The Beach House in Poipu, serving Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey with pancetta, garlic & green bean sauté, shiitake-sage stuffing, roasted sweet onion mashed potatoes, and fresh pan giblet gravy!  Save room for dessert! 

The St. Regis Princeville Resort also has a special menu planned at Makana Terrace. It includes Sage Roasted Whole Turkey with Housemade Cranberry Orange Chutney and Taro Rolls. (YUM!) 

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is having a special $60 dinner with wine pairing for an additional $20.  Some of the delectable items on the menu include field greens, shellfish risotto, gingered butternut squash soup, slow roasted beef, roasted turkey, sweet potato mash, and Portuguese sausage!  The concierge says “reservations are highly recommended.”

Another idea to consider is having your own, home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, Kauai-style! Spend the morning at one of Kauai’s Farmers Markets buying “fresh fixings” and then prepare it in your own vacation home’s kitchen while watching the ocean! You can also pack up your feast and head to the beach for a picnic on the sand. Imagine sharing the tastes of Kauai with your loved ones lying on a blanket in the sand, the sun shining overhead. Ahhh… that sea-breeze is going to reinvigorate your day as it unfolds on one of Kauai’s pristine beaches!

Giving Thanks on Kauai

Mahalo for visiting us again today. Our first 35 years in business have been an amazing experience and we are truly blessed to have helped create so many great Kauai memories. Thank you for your business, thank you for telling your Friends about us, and thank you for coming to see us very soon!

See our Featured Properties below and visit our website to see the largest selection and variety of vacation rental homes on Kauai! When you’re ready to join us, say Aloha and call us at 1-800-367-5025 or e-mail us here!

Mahalo and have a Fun day!

Things to See and Do on Kauai

Feast on Local Kauai Fare

The Garden Island Range and Food Festival is happening Sunday November 17th from 11 AM to 2 PM. According to the official website, the Festival brings together the Kauai Community and local cattlemen, farmers and chefs to taste healthy, local and nutritious foods and meals. Sounds yummy! 
If you have ever wondered what locally produced Kauai foods taste like – this Festival is for you!
More information at: (808) 245-5126

Catch a Great Exhibit before It Is Gone! 
Saturday November 23rd marks the final day of the Makahiki Exhibit at the Kauai Museum, in the Albert Spencer Wilcox Building.

The Makahiki season was the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, in honor of the god Lono of the Hawaiian religion. This special display includes storyboards and the history of the games played during Makahiki. For more information, the Kauai museum can be reached at (808) 245-6931.

A Vegetarian Alternative to Traditional Thanksgiving

If you are looking for a spiritual alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving, join the Kauai Yoga community for a vegetarian gathering of giving thanks.  

“Radha and Gopal will take you on a spiritual journey exploring the ancient sacred chants to live music.” The event also has some lighthearted fun planned with their funky island style ukelele tune & Haribol Nitai Gaur.
Come prepared for a wonderful evening followed by campfire (weather permitting). Admission is free and it will be at the Bhakti Yoga Shack.
Contact for directions to location:  (808) 551-6610.

Ready for a Trip to Kauai!  See Our Featured Properties Below!

Special Thanks: Photos from: Kauai visitors on Flickr (The Consortium, Imu; Collin Harvey, Kauai Farmers Market); The Beach House in Poipu; The St. Regis Princeville Resort; The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas; Kauai; and Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc’s wonderful vacation accommodations.

2 Responses to “Giving Thanks on Kauai”

samsmom said...

Thanks for all the tips. Thanksgiving on Kauai sounds amazing. I can't wait to try the turkey Luau style. Yum!

Katie Henderson said...

Can't wait to try me some imu turkey! Yum!

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