Every time we share news and information about Kauai, we have a big smile on our face. That’s because we know our guests are about to have one of the most memorable vacations they have ever experienced. Kauai’s gorgeous lush green landscapes. Long walks on white sand beaches. Spending time with Family and Friends. It is all quite amazing.Then there is the “end of the day” when the time comes for a relaxing nap on the lanai, or a comfortable slumber in a bed with views of the mountains, ocean, and valley. One of the best parts is awakening just in time to see the sun setting over paradise. And then, it’s time to explore Kauai after dark!
Kauai After DarkThat’s right! On Kauai, you can maintain a smooth, mellow pace all day long. Then, when the sun goes down and you have that urge to put on the “going out” clothes you brought along on your trip, Kauai is just as magical by night! Musicals, Luaus, Lounges, Art Walks – just a few of the exciting things to do and see after dark that keep adding to your amazing Kauai vacation.
In this Feature story, we are sharing some of the fun things our guests Enjoy on Kauai “after dark.” We look forward to hearing about the best parts of your holiday on our Facebook page, so be sure to say “hi” to us on our Wall and on Twitter. If you see a home, cottage, condo, or fabulous vista photo while visiting us, be sure to leave a comment, click “LIKE,” and select “Send” this page to a Friend. That way you can get your Friends excited about taking a vacation WITH you!
It is true. There is something quite special about rewarding yourself with a wonderful vacation. This summer, treat yourself to an amazing Kauai experience. With so many things to see and do, we look forward to hearing all about YOUR vacation!
On The East Side: The Stars Shine With Karoke!Karoke is so much fun. Have you ever done it? Here’s the thing. For everyone who has a favorite song, loves to sing, or just sings in the shower at home – here’s your opportunity to be a star for the night!
Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night, Rob’s Good Times Grill rolls out the Karaoke lyrics in an atmosphere of fun with music. Known as “Kauai’s Only Real Sports Bar,” Rob’s is also a great place to hear “live” music, Enjoy swing dancing, grab a tasty meal, and watch your favorite game.
Pool tables, fun, music, and lots of memories are waiting to be created, so c’mon… Let your hair down and let us all hear your wonderful voice. A star is born every minute. Here comes your turn!
East Side: Dinner & Musical Theatre“Your own special hopes, Your own special dreams, Bloom on the hillside, And shine in the streams.”That’s a famous lyric from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Bali-Hai” from the play, “South Pacific,” now playing at the South Pacific Dinner & Theatre at the Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue.In the musical, Bali Ha’i is a volcanic island within sight of an island where the story unfolds. Wikipedia’s description says:
“Troops think of Bali Ha’i as an exotic paradise, but it is off-limits – except to officers. The matriarch of Bali Ha’i, Bloody Mary, does a lot of business with the troops, and she meets Lt. Joseph Cable right after he arrives. She sings her mysterious song that has a haunting choral accompaniment, Bali Ha’I, to him because she wants to entice him into visiting her island. She doesn’t tell him that she wants him to meet, and fall in love with, her young daughter, Liat.”
According the official website: “South Pacific” is a classic and one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest works. The production has all of the unforgettable songs, such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” “Bloody Mary Is the Girl I Love,” “Bali Hai,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” and many more. The original Broadway show won nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction and Best Score.
Before the play, Enjoy a dinner buffet that includes assorted island greens, fruit salad, fresh pasta salad, tomato basil salad, chicken teriyaki, island fish with lemon caper sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables and more! The show runs every Wednesday. Check in starting at 5:15 PM, doors open at 5:30 PM, dinner at 5:45 PM, and the show runs from 6:45 PM until 9:15 PM.
For more information and how to get tickets, click here!
The East Side: Luau Kalamaku“Get Fired Up” for Kauai’s only theatrical Luau at the Historic Kilohana Plantation! A Luau is a great way to celebrate the Kauai nightlife with the family. According to Luau Kalamuku’s website, performances are “the hippest thing since the hula.”
Here is how visitor “Isabel” from Columbia, South America describes the night:
I never imagined that the Lu'au Kalamaku experience would be so magical! Starting off with the lovely [kukui] nut lei gift, to the food, the show, the store, everything was authentic. During the show, through the storyteller, I felt transported to the times of the ancient explorers, the lands and the people. The dancing, the costumes, lighting and music... everything was amazing!
Bring the Family and ignite your Kauai night with an exciting fire dance. Packages include a visit of the Kilohana Plantation and a ride on the Kilohana Plantation Train.
Luau Kalamuku combines ancient and contemporary Hawaiian performances that leave you in awe.
To learn more, click here!
The East Side: Enjoy Smooth Jazz At The HukilauThe Hukilau is a wonderful restaurant that features ingredients and products from Kauai and neighboring islands. Handcrafted cuisine is made from scratch and the restaurant also serves a gluten-free menu that includes food, wine, deserts, and more!
On your night out, Enjoy lobster curry bisque, BBQ short ribs, and calamari appetizers before jumping into a Hukilau Mixed Grill platter of seafood. After dinner, join the fun in the Lounge called Wally’s Lobby.
On Tuesdays, Enjoy Smooth Jazz by Helen Turner and Jeff Iglesia. Wednesday nights feature melodic Hawaiian serenades by Mike Keale. Thursdays, Island-favorite Dennis Chun plays Hawaiian music and slack key guitar. Fridays, Pancho Graham performs elegant Hawaiian-style slack key guitar and vocals.
On Saturdays, Enjoy Wally and Polei Palmeira; and on alternating Sundays, Tim Laranio and Billy Paul bring great “live” entertainment to the stage for your musical enjoyment.
If you’re looking for a night on the town, check out Hukilau Lanai on the East Side in Kapaa. For more info click here.
The North Shore: Tahiti Nui In HanaleiAccording to the website Tahiti Nui is “the most beautiful place on Earth!” For fifty years and still goes strong, Tahiti Nui still provides visitors a place to go for a good time, to hear good music, feel completely at home – and get a taste of the "local Hanalei" while having a phenomenal dinner.
Located on the main road that goes through Hanalei, the sign is easy to see. Inside, Enjoy Fresh Seared Island Ahi Steak with Wasabi Cream Sauce; 4 Cheese Organic Chicken Tortellini with a Butter Garlic Cream Sauce; or the Delightful Creme Brulee with Fresh Local Fruit and Kaua'i Banana Lilikoi Ice Cream.
Yes, the menu is mouth-watering and the Lounge features nightly dinner entertainment Monday to Sunday, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Kanak Attack with Coco & Daryl & special guests, Aunty Bev & her hula halau & ukulele band, plus many others!
Tahiti Nui adds some nighttime fun to your “Kauai After Dark” vacation and Chef Miguel is doing some amazing things in the kitchen! To see the menu and read more info, click here!
The West Side: Hanapepe Friday Night Festival & Art WalkEvery Friday evening in Old Town Hanapepe from 6 PM to 9 PM, Enjoy “Friday Night Festival & Art Walk.” The town lights up with a festive atmosphere where you can meet local artists and gallery owners. The Official website invites you to “Enjoy the music, a snack and good company as you stroll down Hanapepe Road.”
Discover a variety of shopping, local crafters, excellent restaurants, a dozen art galleries, stilt walkers, classic cars, “live” music and entertainment, and more! There is always something for the whole family to Enjoy and Hanapepe Town, “Kauai’s Biggest Little Town,” is a wonderful place to see Kauai after dark.
For more details, click here!
The South Shore: Dinner At The Beach HouseWant to have an delicious dinner with a wonderful sunset and amazing view of the South Shore? Get ready to dine in style at the Beach House! Enjoy crispy calamari, succulent braised pork, and some heavenly crab cakes that make your mouth water.
According to the website “Our philosophy at the Beach House is simple – 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.”
Fish is sourced directly from Island fisherman, and the beef and coffee come from neighboring ranches. The Beach House adds local fruits and vegetables whenever possible and delights in finding new and innovative ways to include surrounding resources from artisan bakers and folk artists. During the summer season, dinner is served from 6 PM to 10 PM and the lounge serves pupus (appetizers) and beverages until 10 PM.
Does that sound wonderful? Get more information here!
Kauai After DarkWe know there are SOOO many ways to have a special vacation on Kauai with Family and friends. Quick getaways are also fun for folks who need a moment to stop, relax, and re-freshen their perspective. Yes, it is fun spending the day at local markets, swimming at the beach, hiking, golfing, and relaxing. In fact, our Blog shows so many great ways of creating a vacation you’ll remember forever. And for our Friends who LOVE exploring at night, get ready to have some fun!
Theatrical performances, “live” entertainment and wonderful restaurants are found all over the island and while we suggested a few you may like, Kauai is a place where you can invent your own vacation experience with so many great things to see and do.
So are you ready for a trip to the Garden Island? Great – because we have 200+ accommodations Island-wide that put you right in the middle of all the things you love about vacation. To select your vacation home, visit our website here. When you see something you like, just drop us an email by clicking here – or give us a call at +1 (808) 245-8841 or +1 (800) 367-5025.
Things to Do and See in the Next Few Weeks!
Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair – August 22-25
Enjoy 4 days of food, farming, family and Fun at the 2013 Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair. Have fun begins August 22-25, 2013 at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue, on the East Side.
Enjoy rides like the Century Wheel, where the entire family can get a bird's eye view of the midway from 60 feet above the ground. The Jungle Twist is a new kiddie ride coming to the fair, along with the Speedway returning from previous years. Test your driving skills on the Scooter bumper cars, rotate back and forth on a large circular track until you're turned upside down on the FireBall, and get that "lose-your-stomach-on-a-rollercoaster" feeling on the Pharaoh's Fury.
To see the daily schedule, get more information, and to see the “highlights from 2012” video, click here!
Veterans Center Bon Festival – August 30th to 31stImmerse yourself in a cultural celebration for Japanese ancestors and gods at the “last” Bon dance festival of this year’s season.
Observe the wondrous festival or take part in the dancing and drumming on August 30th and 31st, starting at 5PM at the Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue! For more information, click here.
Kilauea Art Night – August 31st
Join the Fun on Saturday, August 31st from 5-8 PM. Kilauea Art Night takes place at the Stone Building in Kilauea Town. Discover original art, handmade apparel, jewelry, photography, custom slippers, painted glass bottles, ice cream, “live” music, and one of a kind creations from our talented Artisans of Kauai. Get your face painted, or a henna tattoo and stop by the Kilauea Fish Market for dinner.
For more information, click here!
The Kauai Marathon – September 1stThe Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon take place in one of the most beautiful destination races in the world, on September 1, 2013. This race is a great way to combine a marathon experience with your Kauai get-away. Participants pass hula dancers and Taiko drum troupes along the course while viewing striking mountain views. Each runner concludes his or her journey along one of the most beautiful oceanfront finish lines in road racing.
For more information and to register, click here!
In Our Next Feature:Learn how to create a Kauai Island Adventure with golf, Fun, and friends. See “The Golfing Enthusiast,” coming next from Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc.
Special Thanks to: The Kauai Museum, Wikipedia, Kauai Festivals.com, hanapepe.org, The Kauai Marathon, Friends on Photobucket, and Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc’s amazing collection of vacation accommodations.