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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Relax and Unwind on Kauai!

Relax and Unwind on Kauai! Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues!

It’s here!  Summer on Kauai!  Time to let your hair down, gather up the family and “bust out” the summer clothes for a vacation to remember! Kids are getting out of school and college students are leaving campus and heading home… now is the perfect time for an escape to Kauai! 

In this Summer Countdown Feature story, we share Fun ways for everyone to kick back and chillax on the Garden Island. You know, Fun ways to chill, Fun ways to relax, and Fun ways to embrace the “now” moment. Close your eyes for a second and see yourself walking along a white sand beach. … Can you feel Kauai calling? J  

Take a quick break and read some of our great ideas on how to Explore, Enjoy, and Discover Kauai throughout the upcoming weeks. If this is your first time visiting Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, IncWelcome! We invite you to browse our website and watch our vacation planning videos. We have over 200 accommodations throughout Kauai that are available for you, your Family, and your Friends all year ‘round.  

For our return guests, Welcome Back! We look forward to your next visit! Now, let’s take a look at Relaxing on Kauai. You’re gonna love this!


The Relaxation Begins the Moment You Get Off the Plane!

Gather your things and get ready for the brilliant colors and cool tropical breeze that await you outside! Just grab your car, head to the main road and get ready to explore the North Shore, East Side, West Side, and South Shore areas. Something you may feel immediately are the cool, calm waves of energy rustling through the palm trees and lush green landscapes seen in every direction. This is the moment to set your watch to Kauai time… where all your thoughts of a daily routine fade away and your vacation vibration takes over.  It is time to Relax… let it all go… and immerse yourself in paradise! Welcome to Kauai!


Take a Relaxing Stroll in Poipu!

Once you are settled, start Exploring! One of the best ways of connecting with the peace and tranquility of Kauai is to take a relaxing walk along the Maha’ulepu Herritage Trail in Poipu. Friends on Trip Adivisor give the trail excellent reviews and talk about the “gorgeous beach” at the end. You can also read more on the official site, which says:

“Kauai’s southern coastline, stretching from Keoneloa Bay to Kawailoa Bay, features a fascinating hike along the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail, with a treasure-trove of geological and cultural sites.”

For more information and to see the virtual tour, click here!

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Enjoy a Beautiful and Relaxing Meal at The Beach House Restaurant

Having lunch at The Beach House Restaurant in Poipu is a wonderful way of seeing the splendor of Kauai’s breathtaking coastline. Having dinner takes the experience to another level! Imagine overlooking the Pacific Ocean as you relax and Enjoy a delicious meal in paradise!

Owners Roy Dunn and Mike Hooks, along with Executive Chef Marshall Blanchard have this philosophy: 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.

Miso Glazed Fresh Island Catch… Chicken & Mango Wrap… Kalua Pork Sandwich… Braised Lamb Shank… Angus Filet Mignon… just reading the menu makes our mouths water! And when you look around, you’ll know you are someplace far from home.  We like to call it paradise. J

Click here to learn more about The Beach House and book a reservation! 

Photo courtesy of The Beach House


Chillaxing Poolside ;-)

Take a breath, grab your music player, a book, and your sunscreen. It’s time to kick back by the pool and be present in the moment. Enjoy a tropical beverage while the gentle Kauai breeze dances all around you – and check this out: we have many great accommodations on the beach, with swimming pools, and some with both!


Photo courtesy of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc

The photo above is from one of our great condos at Kaha Lani on the East Side in Wailua.  Below is another great place to stay:  Waiohai Beach House on the South Shore in Poipu.  Can you see yourself here with Friends and Family? We can!



Photo courtesy of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc

Now on to the Spa Tour!

Ahhhhh…. The moment we have all waited for! Pampering, massage, and head-to-toe bliss J  Our first stop on the Spa Tour is The Beauty Shop in Kapaa and Kilohana. Owner Laura says on the website you can stop by and you get your hair and nails done at either the East Side or on the way to the South Shore.

Need a mani-pedi? They got you! Want a new hair style? Give The Beauty Shop a call and your makeover is in the works. Afterwards you will find yourself recharged and ready to continue your Kauai vacation at the spa!

Now, let’s get your mind and body in alignment while you relax and let go of all the ideas and daily routines you left at home. The Spa Makaiwa is located at Kauai Coast Resort in Kapaa Town and it is a perfect place to have some me time J

Service options include the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi – which is a nurturing, releasing combination of continuous touch and full-length body strokes. The moment your session begins, you will start feeling calmness from head to toe! 

Another option is the Pohaku Lomi Hot Stone Massage, which “uses specially chosen river stones that are heated and used to enhance a nurturing full body hot rock massage. Allow yourself to relax and let go as you melt with the energy of each stone working its magic. Sinking through each layer, you will journey into tranquility.” OMG! That sounds heavenly!

Another option is the Raindrop Therapy Massage, where you “Feel the pitter patter of pure essential oils that are dropped onto your spine and massaged into your skin, slowly and soothingly. Warm stones are then placed on your back to assist “in the absorption of these therapeutic oils which aide in the structural realignment and energy of the spine.” A full body massage follows, taking you to a deeper sense of peace. Enjoy the lasting effects of this powerful treatment for several days.” 

WOW.  Makes us want to take the rest of the day off and book an appointment right now! Want to learn more? Here are some testimonials. Perhaps we will see you there!  : - )

Photo Courtesy of spa makaiwa


The St. Regis Princeville Spa


Ready to spend the day at the St. Regis Princeville Luxury Spa?  So are we! Check out this description of services available for you to Enjoy!

At The St. Regis Princeville Resort, we acknowledge the therapeutic properties of birdsong and morning sun. We find the caress of a tradewind as renewing as the hand of a masseur. And we believe that pure water holds miraculous power to cleanse the spirit. A day at Halele'a Spa revitalizes your every sense.

Sounds nice, yeah? The St. Regis Princeville Spa has services that include: Essence of Aloha Massage, Sport/Deep Tissue Massage, Wawae Relaxing Foot Massage, and a Couples Massage!


In ancient times, the land where The St. Regis Princeville Resort resides was known as Halele'a, the house of joy. This magnificent place was noted in chant and hula for its ethereal beauty and rejuvenating qualities. The Halele'a Spa at The St. Regis Princeville Resort is the namesake of this revered Ahupua'a that encompassed the land from mountain to sea.

We feel more relaxed already! Shall we all go together? Click here to learn more!


Your Chillaxing Vacation is Waiting – Are You Ready to Relax and Unwind?


Looking at the calendar, it is hard to believe we are already in June! Summer is in FULL SWING and now is a great time to make your Kauai dream a reality! For more exciting ways of being on Kauai, check out prior Feature stories on our blog, including: Water Adventures on Kauai and Hiking the Great Outdoors on Kauai – all part of our Countdown to Summer 2014  on Kauai!

So now that you know how great it is to Relax on Kauai, let’s also consider some FUN things to do after your pampering.  We also have a few Featured Properties where you may want to stay. Each provides great value that helps shape your lasting memories of Kauai!

From the moment you set foot in your Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation, you are at home. So come on over, you can stay with us! To get you excited for your arrival, check out our Vacation Planning Videos featured on the main page of our website.

See you soon!


- Aloha!


Things to See and Do in the Next Few Weeks


Experience the Bon Dance in Kapaa

This June, the Kauai Buddhist Council coordinates the Bon Dance at nine temples throughout Kauai. This year’s events begin with the Hatsubon Service (First Obon Service) at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 20th. This religious ceremony honors lost loved ones and then, at 7:30 PM the Bon Dance begins.

The second day of Bon Dance celebration starts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, June 21st. To learn more, and to see the complete summer schedule of events, click here!  

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Have Fun at the King Kamehameha Day Parade

Saturday, June 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM, come on down to Rice Street and the Historic Building Lawn for the 2014 King Kamehameha Day Parade! This fabulous floral parade features traditional Pa’u riders who represent each island of Hawaii.

The Kamehameha Court is led by Ali'i Nui, Thomas Lindsey Sr. and Grand Marshall, Ambrose Smith, with Pa'u Queen, Lady Haumea.

The parade is a feast for the eyes and the theme is Kaua'i: Moku ka `ili La: Kaua'i: Island that Catches the Sun! There is also plenty of local entertainment, crafts, demonstrations, food, and lots of FUN! To learn more, click here!

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Check Out the Happiness Planting Festival

On Saturday June 21st from 9 AM to 4 PM, come support our kupuna, our keiki, and our community at the second annual "Happiness Planting Festival.”  It is a full day of planting seeds of Joy, Peace, and Love.

Share in the activities and Enjoy the fusion of Japanese culture. The event’s goal is to grow the community through “the core values of health, beauty, knowledge, enlightenment, spiritual education, and the gentle experiences that lead to each person’s own happiness”. 

Indoor/outdoor events include games, vender booths with crafts, food goods, kimono & clothing, and so much more. Want to join the fun? Learn more here.

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And… This Year’s Red Clay Festival is an Event to Experience!

The 7th Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival is happening June 25th through the 28th bringing award-winning blues and jazz to venues throughout the island! This year's line-up features the 6-time Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur; the nationally acclaimed blues band, Mississippi Heat; Hawaii jazz legends, Jimmy Borges and Betty Loo Taylor; and Hawaiian slack key and steel guitar musicians, Ken Emerson and Will Bernard.

A key feature of Saturday’s “big event” concert is a host of food and beverage booths with a mix of locally grown organic and specialty foods and beverages. Restaurants featuring specialty dishes include The Right Slice, Nanea Restaurant, Kauai Marriott, Passion Café, and Powerhouse Creamery. Tent seating is available for Saturday’s concert or attendees may bring beach chairs.

See the schedule below for FREE events as well Friday and Saturday events that require tickets! :- ) To learn more about the 2-day pass and other details, visit the official site here!

Wednesday, June 25th

Enjoy straight ahead Jazz with Treysara, one of Kauai’s exceptional jazz trios featuring Trey Thompson on Bass, Tony Rodarte on Drums and Rick Avallone on keyboard along with vocalist Sara Thompson. This event is Free and takes place at Common Ground Garden Café from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM: 4900 Kuawa Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754

And… more music awaits you when the Mark Pulice Trio play their straight ahead jazz at Kukuiula Shopping Village, with Pulice on drums accompanied by bass and keyboard. The trio plays the outdoor courtyard from 5:30 PM to 7 PM, next to Merriman's restaurant. And get this: there is no charge!  WOW! 

Thursday, June 26th

Come experience the Red Clay Jazz Festival Educational Workshop – The Art of Song, Slide Guitar and Harmonica. Three workshops are on tap for aspiring song-writers, slide guitar musicians and harmonica players. Jimmy Borges, one of Hawaii's premier jazz performers, conducts a workshop titled, "Song the Perfect Language.” Another workshop by master lap guitar and slack key musicians Ken Emerson and Will Bernard surround the art of slide guitar jazz. Pierre Lacocque, leader of the Chicago-based blues band, Mississipi Heat, is leading a hands-on workshop about various harmonica techniques.  The workshop fee is $10 and you can get tickets online, here!

Two additional events on this day include “Rumba De Fuego,” a 7 piece Latin band that is ready to spice up your evening at the Aloha Beach Resort Kuhio Lounge, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM – and there is no charge! Really??? Yes!

The Hank Curtis Trio is also performing Traditional Jazz this day at the Kauai Marriott Aupaka Bar from 5 PM to 7 PM.  How much? No charge!  WOW!  What a great Festival! 

Friday June 27th

Come on down to the Kauai Beach Resort Jasmine Ball Room at 7 PM to see Jimmy Borges & Betty Loo Taylor and Ken Emerson and Will Bernard!

Hawaii's premier jazz performer Jimmy Borges, 74, has seen more and lived more than most. He also knows more people, from all walks of life – the famous, the infamous, great musicians and singers.

Betty Loo Taylor, otherwise known as "Lady Fingers," is known as a unique, a full orchestra, an icon, a rascal, a character... oh yes, a Chinese-American Jazz Musician.

Will Bernard broke out as a bandleader in 1998 with the release of Medicine Hat, showcasing his expert chops and flair for funky, bottom-heavy soul-jazz. He followed up with two self-produced albums and earned a Grammy® nomination in Best Contemporary Jazz for his 2007 album, Party Hats.

Hawaiian island bred guitarist Ken Emerson has carved out a dual-career between traditional Hawaiian music and vintage American jazz & blues. Ken has maintained a long standing as a blues and jazz guitarist touring with artists Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop & Norton Buffalo, and New Orleans stride pianist David Paquette. Ken was a featured performer on Hawaii's first Grammy album "Slack Key Guitar" and also on jazz/rock icon Donald Fagen's Grammy winning "Morph the Cat" album.

Saturday June 28th

Saturday is the festival’s grand finale at Kauai Lagoons, with Diane Schuur, Mississippi Heat, and Swing Shift!

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the '40s and '50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents' generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and '60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur's music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.

Come feel the Mississippi Heat: traditional blues with a unique sound!

As band leader and composer, Pierre's vision has never wavered since he founded his band in 1991. His mantra is clear and focused. The band has always had an ensemble sound: all musicians are featured and welcome to contribute on stage and on recordings. His music is traditional because it is steeped in Chicago's golden sounds of the 1950's, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, all the great harp players... Big and Little Walter, The Sonny Boy Williamsons, Junior Wells, George Smith, and many extraordinary contemporaries such as Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza and Paul deLay.

Saturday at the Red Clay Jazz Festival is off the charts, and tickets are still available now!

Event and artist photos courtesy of Margy Parker & Red Clay Jazz Festival


Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues

Wow! What a great summer we are having here on Kauai!  You ready to join us?  From relaxation, massage, pool chillaxing, and long walks in paradise – to the thriving Fun that is happening all across the island, Kauai is ready for you and your Friends!  Consider the Garden Island your home away from home, and if you put your ear against your computer screen… you just might hear waves, music, and the sound of a tropical breeze in the distant background. And if you do not hear it, we know how to fix that!

Come stay with us!  With 35+ years in business here on Kauai, we know how to help YOU have a great vacation!


See you soon!