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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Springtime on Kauai!


Being on Kauai during spring is like being in a movie that is shot in paradise! Everywhere you look there are signs of “renewal”… Flowers blooming, birds singing, the sun shining overhead. All these beautiful landscapes have a magical way of infusing Joy into the air and a putting smile on everyone’s face.  Especially ours!  :- )

This March, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc – along with everyone else on Kauai – is celebrating 2 weeks of FUN activities that are part of 2014 Prince Kuhio Days, which we are excited to share with our guests so you know “what’s happening on Kauai” before you arrive!

It’s no secret Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has 200+ accommodations throughout the Garden Island that you can call “home” with just a few clicks on your computer! Expansive estates, sprawling homes, spacious condos, and the perfect amount of space for your Family, Friends, or just YOU!

With great enthusiasm we invite you to visit our website to find your next vacation home on the North Shore, South Shore, East and/or West Side! Then let us know who you are bringing and when you want to arrive. We will assist with the rest!
Every day is a great day to be on Kauai! Now let’s have a look at The People’s Prince, Prince Kuhio, and the many accomplishments that lead to his annual celebration!
 

The Story of Prince Kuhio: The People’s Prince *

Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi was born on March 26, 1871, to the reigning House of Kalākaua. He was raised in Koloa and attended the Royal School and Punahou School in Honolulu, Oahu. He is widely remembered for having a perpetual smile and eyes that twinkled, earning him the nickname “Prince Cupid” from a school teacher…. a name that stuck with him the rest of his life.

After the Kingdom of Hawaii became part of the United States, Prince Kuhio was very active in politics. He was elected delegate to the U.S. Congress in a landslide victory and up until his death in 1922, he won a total of 10 elections. During this time, he instituted local government at the county level, a system still in use today.

Prince Kuhio also reorganized the Royal Order of Kamehameha I in 1903, which lead to the observance of Kamehmeha Day holiday in 1904. In 1919, Kuhio introduced in the U.S. Congress the first-ever Hawaii Statehood Act.  Upon his death, Kuhio’s body was interred near his royal family at the Royal Mausoleum, Mauna ʻAla in Nuʻuanu on Oahu. 

Prince Kuhio is memorialized by streets, beaches, a shopping center, and the Federal Building all named in his honor. Every year in March, Kauai celebrates Prince Kuhio Days with a 2-week celebration that brings honor to the “The People’s Prince” and Food and Fun for attendees! 

*Thanks, Wikipedia for a great history lesson about Prince Kuhio. To learn more about his entire life, click here.


Come One, Come All! Celebrate Prince Kuhio Days: March 15-29

Organizers of the 2014 Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai have lined up 2 weeks of events, Fun, and more FUN – starting March 15th with the Garden Isle Artisan Fair at Poipu Beach Park. See collections from over 40 of Kauai’s fine artisans including photography, jewelry, Aloha wear, wood carvings, and more!



March 16th, Prince Kuhio Rodeo takes place at CJM Stables at the eastern end of Poipu.  See barrel racing, pole bending, goat racing, and more! Rodeos and horseback riding are a longstanding tradition in Hawaii, since the early days of the plantation era.



And there are still so MANY GREAT ACTIVITIES coming!  To see the entire schedule, we invite you to visit the Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai 2014 official website where you can learn all about the Royal Dinner at Plantation Gardens; Talk Story at the Marriott Waiohai Beach Club; a tour of the archaeological site, Makuawahi Cave; Prince Kuhio Commemorative Ceremonies with the Royal Order of Kamehameha; the 43rd annual Prince Kuhio Long Distance Canoe Race; and so much more!

Sound like fun?  Here is a link to the official website


More Fun Things to See and Do in March

Friday, March 7th  - Come On Over to the Hawaiian Pa'ina Festival

The annual Pa’ina festival at the Kauai Museum is a great opportunity to Enjoy impromptu “live” entertainment, savor delicious Ono cuisine, and hear local Kauai music. The “First Friday” Pa’ina happens March 7th from 11:30 AM to 1 PM and admission is $20. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Guest are encouraged to act fast!  For more information visit the Kauai Museum

Friday, March 21st – Learn About Local Hawaiian Cultural Practices
Weaving, working with kalo (taro), stone carving, making drums, and making tapa (kapa). On Saturday March 21st, you can learn authentic cultural and art practices through hands on teaching sessions. The event runs from 2 PM to 7 PM in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

Then, stay for an evening of Hawaiian entertainment with a torchlighting ceremony at 6 PM followed by an evening of music. Friends say this is one of the coolest activities during Prince Kuhio Days.  Want to go? For more information click here.



Saturday, March 22nd – Commemorating Prince Kuhio
Join the ceremony commemorating Prince Kuhio with the Royal Order of Kamehameha, March 22nd at 10 AM. Ceremonies that include song and dance reflect Native Hawaiian traditional cultural practices in honor of “The People’s Prince.” 

Ho`okupu (gifts), hula (dance), and oli (chant) unfold in a beautiful ceremony at Prince Kuhio Park on Lawai Road, west of Poipu.
Bring sunscreen and a hat!  :- ) 

 For more information, click here.

Friday, March 28th – It’s a Special Prince Kuhio Birthday Celebration Lu'au
Starting at 5 PM in Wailua, Smith’s Tropical Paradise presents a very special evening! Kumu Kaha'i Topolinski is showcasing photos and stories of Prince Kuhio and his family, followed by Talk Story with Kauai’s East Side kupuna.

Learn local history, legends, and the cooking style known as “kalua” at the imu ceremony at 6 PM. Then Enjoy a bounty of island food, drinks, songs and dances from Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.  Mmmmm… that sounds nice!

The Smith family has shared Kauai with visitors for over 60 years and this year’s Special Prince Kuhio Birthday Celebration is something you’ll always remember. For more information and reservations, visit the Smith family website, here.


Springtime on Kauai – Who are you bringing with you?  :- )

Wow! It is Fun talking about the great events happening on Kauai in March! Everywhere you look, adventure awaits  your Family, your Friends, and especially YOU! Swimming, hiking, a day at the spa, and even more Fun once the sun goes down! This spring is a wonderful time to reward yourself with a vacation and we look forward to assisting you in making it happen. 

To see our vacation planning videos, click here! You’ll see our company Founder, Lucy Kawaihalau, as she guides you through topics like: how to select your home and condominium; an overview of the different areas of Kauai; how to compare resort communities and local neighborhoods; plus many insider tips to customize your Kauai dream vacation.  Then invite your friends to help select your next vacation home, cottage, condo, or villa. You’ll see we have a price range that fits just about any budget on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.  See you soon!


Coming Next Month

Learn all about all the adventures the Garden Island has to offer in our 2014 Kauai Adventure series! Aloha!

Special Thanks and Image Credits:  Margy Parker, DFujimoto, PrinceKuhio.net, Wikiedia, MattWright, kauaimuseum.org, smithskauai.com, and the amazing collection of vacation accommodations on KauaiVacationRentals.com.

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