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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kauai Nights!

Fun Summer Days on Kauai Lead to Amazing Summer Nights!

Our countdown to your AWESOME summer vacation continues this month with Kauai Nights! It is true: All day, every day… there are wonderful activities to Enjoy throughout Kauai, including swimming, hiking, and walking along our breathtaking beaches – and the sun setting does not mean the end of adventures on Kauai! Oh yes, the adventures continue when the Garden Island lights-up the tiki torches with FUN FUN FUN nighttime activities for Everyone in the family!
Photo courtesy Jody Kono

If you are just joining us for the first time in our Feature story series, Welcome! We are in the middle of our Spectacular Summer on Kauai Countdown, having already covered Water Adventures on Kauai, Hiking the Great Outdoors, and Relax and Unwind on the Garden Island. If you want to catch up, click any of those links and you’ll find the complete story on our Blogger site.  Plus, we post tips of “what’s happening now on Kauai” every day on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Want to get more Fun ideas in your News Feed? Be sure to click LIKE and Follow!

Now! This month… Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is counting the days till 4th of July and continuing on with many Fun ways to Enjoy Kauai after the sun sets over your very own lanai. What is a lanai?  It is an outdoor patio where you can relax, barbeque fresh local food, and Enjoy tropical beverages while vacationing at your own private home, condo, or cottage on Kauai!  In fact, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has over 200+ accommodations located throughout the island just waiting for you to arrive! Want some details? Just browse our website or give us a call at 1-800-367-5025.  You can even drop us an e-mail here. We take pride in helping our guests create magical vacations on one of the world’s most beautiful island destinations! 

So let’s get right to the nighttime Fun! And remember, when you pack… bring your talent, your boogie shoes, and your excitement for a true Hawaiian experience.  

Before the Night Begins, Keep Your Eye on the Green Flash!

Some say it is a legend. Some say they have seen it with their own two eyes. Here on Kauai, watching the sun set over the ocean brings many opportunities to see and experience this cool phenomenon with your own eyes!

The Green Flash occurs at sunset, just when the sun descends below the horizon. On a clear day, many people talk about seeing a green “flash” of light that lingers for only a second, before the sun sets completely at dusk. Another great way to experience this flash is overlooking the water with your sweetheart, sitting close, as you Enjoy a beverage and each other’s company. Sounds romantic…right?

A few great locations to watch the sun set on Kauai include beaches on the West Side, the South Shore coast near Poipu, and on the North Shore at Hanalei Bay. The sun sets in a different part of the horizon every day as the earth travels around the sun, and that creates infinite possibilities for catching a Kauai-colorful sunset! Make sure if you are near the water to keep an eye out for the flash!  

Have you seen it before?  Know anyone who has?  Share your favorite story on our Facebook wall!

Sing for Your Supper at Rob’s Good Times Grill!

Located on the East Side in Lihue, Rob’s Good Times Grill is a Fun place to kick back and Enjoy Kauai – especially if you love singing and entertaining your Friends! Every night from 7 PM to 2 AM, grab the mic and perform your best karaoke! The words fill the screen, and the music fills the room, and your voice brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Want your Friends to participate? Here’s an idea… Challenge them to a sing-off!  The person who does the best job, buys dinner for everyone else!  Now that’s a friendly competition for everyone to Enjoy!

Over 10,000 songs from classic rock to modern contemporary hits, plus… Rob’s has live music and a sumptuous menu and sushi bar. It is also a great place to catch your favorite sporting event!  Want to learn more?  Visit their website!

Photo courtesy of Rob’s Good Times Grill


Browse Art in Historic Hanapepe

Every Friday night, on the West Side, Hanapepe Town stays open late hosting an art walk from 6 PM to 9 PM. Known as “Kauai’ Biggest Little Town” and as the inspiration for the hometown in Disney’s “Lilo and Stich,” Hanapepe lights up on Friday nights offering a great evening of Fun where you can take a leisurely stroll and experience local Kauai talent.

Music is played and stores stay open late. Many local artists stop by and set up kiosks where you can browse and buy memorable souvenirs to take home and cherish forever! Be sure to come back during the day, too, for the Historic Hanapepe Walking Tour. According to the official website:

Over 43 locations meet the State or National Historic Register Criteria. Many people start their walk at the swinging bridge, and… you can begin at any point along Hanapepe Road. For more information on the walking tour, visit Storybook Theatre.
Ready to join the Fun? Get more details on the official website, here!

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor


Get Fired up for a Theatrical Luau!

Located at historical Kilohana Plantation, Luau Kalamaku is the only theatrical luau on the Island of Kauai. Combining traditional and contemporary elements along with hula and fire dancers, this Luau is a sight to behold that helps create a Kauai night to remember!

Luau Kalamaku happens twice each week on Tuesdays and Fridays – and now through August 18th, shows on Mondays are added! See the Map on the right and consider arriving early so you can explore Kilohana Plantation before the show!

The luau story is a feast for the eyes and is also a moving story! Learn all about Kauai, see hula dances, and Enjoy a true Hawaiian experience! Book ahead and get more details here

Photos courtesy of Luau Kalamaku


Live Music on Kauai!

Now that we have sung our favorite songs, enriched ourselves at the art walk, and participated in a theatrical luau – let’s take in some LIVE music on Kauai. Another great thing about the Garden Island is the range of music available, from jazz to traditional Hawaiian music and more! This means you can spend the day by the pool, in the ocean surfing, or hiking all over Kauai – then adventure out after dark for some amazing music with Friends!
Here are some Fun places to hear local music:

- The Point at the Sheraton Kauai in Poipu has happy hour and is known to host an eclectic array of music genres, ranging from Rock to traditional Island music. Schedules vary.
- In addition to Karaoke, Rob’s Good Times Grill in the Rice Shopping Center in Lihue has live music during the week with happy hour specials and great meals.

- Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa serves meals with food grown on Kauai and neighboring islands, and features music every night from 6PM to 9PM – as a perfect accompaniment to their lobster bisque.

Do you have a favorite place for music on Kauai to share with our Facebook Friends?  Let us know on our wall! As you can see, Kauai’s lush musical landscape is waiting for you to Enjoy!  You ready to join us? J

Kauai Nights are Calling – You Ready to Answer?

This summer on Kauai continues to inspire and amaze. It is just waiting on… YOU!

Well, you… and your Family… and your Friends!  : - )   It is already July and that makes NOW a great time to get your vacation plans confirmed.  And remember, we have over 200+ accommodations throughout the island waiting for you to call home!

So during your next coffee break, head over to our website and start browsing. Below we have included a few Featured Properties to get you excited!  We also post weekly Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials on our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed, so be sure to keep an eye out for these great deals!
Have a great 4th of July and we look forward to having you stay with us, here on Kauai!

- Aloha!

Things to See and Do in the Next Few Weeks

 Experience the 4th of July Kauai-style!

If you are on the Island of Kauai during the 4th of July, head over to Vidinha Soccer Stadium for the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky. 6,000 people are expected to attend this Event to celebrate and watch fireworks.  Tickets are $15 and this is a perfect way to experience the 4th of July, Kauai-style!
For tickets and more information, click here.

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Enjoy The Kauai Kua Wela Summer Festival

Starting July 5th and running 2 days, The Kauai Kua Wela Summer Festival comes to Kauai! As described by presenters:
The Event begins on Friday, July 5th at 5 PM at Kukui Grove Shopping Mall in Lihue with the Keiki royal court, Ilima Hula Studio, Polynesian Crafts, Live Tahitian drummers, displays, and more!  The festival also includes a solo Hula and Tahitian dance competition from 10:30 AM to 4 PM at Kukui Grove Shopping Mall Center Stage.

Then on Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM, the event continues at Kamokila Hawaiian Village in Kapaa. Come see the Ukulele competition, live entertainment, Polynesian crafts, Hawaiian food, ancient chants, hula, Tahitian dancing, activities and games, canoe rides and more!  For Sunday’s events, there is a $10 fee for adults and the fee for keiki (children) aged 3-12 is $5.00.

This truly unique Kauai festival is a perfect way to Enjoy Kauai after July 4th fireworks!  For more information click here.

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Experience Slack Key Delight!

Hawaii Magazine names Kauai’s Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concerts the #1 best live show in Hawaii! According to Aloha Plenty, this is the longest running concert of its kind set in a relaxed, family-style building in the hamlet of Hanalei on the North Shore.

Experience slack key music in the real “old style” performed by Doug & Sandy McMaster. Learn about Kauai history, legendary players, and the history, culture, and natural resources of old Hawaii. 
Concerts take place Fridays at 4 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Adult tickets are $20, keiki and seniors are $15, and small keiki under 3 are FREE! Make sure to come early in the month because the last show this month is July 20th!  Sounds awesome! Learn more here.
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Koloa Plantation Days

Every year we all get excited for Koloa Plantation Days and this year marks the 29th annual celebration in sunny Poipu! According to the official site, more than 25 events over a 10-day period celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Kauai’s South Shore communities of Koloa and Poipu.

The Fun starts on Friday, July 18th with Plantation Days Rodeo at 11 AM followed by the Paniolo BBQ & Music in the Country event at 4 PM – both events at CJM Stables.  Movies in the Park follows at 8 PM with the animated feature, “Surf’s Up,” at Poipu Beach Park!

Then, every day through July 27th, Enjoy a schedule of miniature golf tournaments, craft fairs, a Polynesian Revue with Fire Dancing, Talk Story, the Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade, and the Family Fun Run/Walk with 5k, 10k, 10 Mile and 1 Mile Keiki Run! 

WOW! What a FUN time for Everyone! Each year, the festival brings visitors and residents together to learn about Koloa's multicultural history; experience a diverse range of local foods, culture and activities; explore the area's unique ecology and archaeology; and Enjoy the warm hospitality of the South Shore's resorts, golf courses, and other neighborhood venues.

For a complete schedule of events and info about times and fees, check out their website here.

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Come Swim in the Hanalei Bay Challenge!

It is known as the Only Race of its Kind – and it happens Saturday, July 26th in Hanalei!

From 8-and-under children, to veteran champions of the sport – hundreds of swimmers of all ages and experience from around the world take the plunge for the Eighth Annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge - and this is the year to join them!!

First, second, and third place medals will be awarded to the men and women winners in multiple categories. The event starts at 7 AM at Hanalei Pier and tickets are $10 for kids, $40 for adults.

Want to add some sport to your vacation activities? Great! Click here and sign up today!

Photo courtesy of and Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge 


Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues!                         

See why we are so excited for your Summer 2014 vacation on Kauai!  There are great things happening every day AND the Fun continues after the sun goes down! We are having a GREAT time this summer and as the saying goes… “The more the merrier.” So… come join us! 

Kauai offers unique adventures for all travelers with things to do on land, in the water, and at your Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation. With this in mind, we invite you to take a moment while sipping your morning coffee and imagine yourself relaxing in the cool tropical breeze, right here on the Garden Island. Close your eyes now and concentrate a little harder… thinking about the tropical breeze and crystal blue Pacific Ocean. They are calling you to come home to Kauai. Are you ready to answer the call?

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