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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Infinite Possibilities For Fun On Kauai!

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!!! That’s how we say “Happy New Year” in Hawaiian and we want to wish YOU a very Happy 2015! The year is off to a great start and we are excited to share some of the many wonderful events coming to the Garden Island in the upcoming weeks and months ahead – so you can start getting excited for your next, well deserved vacation!

In this month’s Feature story we are shining the spotlight on Kauai’s West Side, where you can hike, bike, discover art, and do so much more! Then in February, come Enjoy the Waimea Town Festival, followed by Prince Kuhio Celebrations in March! In June, come back for the King Kamehameha Celebration and Parade. In July, come have fun with us at Koloa Plantation Days. And in August… come rock the night away at the Kauai Music Festival!

Wow!  What a Fun year ahead!  And yes, there is always plenty of time to kick back, build sand castles, take a walk on the beach, take a fishing expedition, and play a round of golf in paradise. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can do all of these things in one day! Then again… having one new adventure each day is a GREAT way to celebrate your awesome New Year – and all these activities are just a mouse click away! 

Are you starting to feel the rhythm of Kauai?! In addition to this year’s Festivals, we have more exciting ways to Enjoy Kauai that we will share in our upcoming Feature stories! And the best part is: you can stay with us!  

Be sure to keep an eye on our Wiki Wiki Wednesday Specials and Featured Properties that we post on our Facebook Wall and Twitter Page. They help you learn about homes, condos and cottages we have available throughout the North and South Shores, East and West Sides!

All across Kauai, we have a place ready for your arrival and we look forward to seeing you very soon!  :- )

Spotlight on Kauai’s West Side


Waimea Canyon

Do you know Kauai’s West Side is home to some of the most historic and scenic places in Hawaii? The most famous is Waimea Canyon. Often called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it is nearly ten miles long and in some places more than 3,000 feet deep! The word Waimea means “red water” in Hawaiian, in reference to the canyon’s red soil, which creates beautiful vistas alongside green vegetation. 


Waimea Town Celebration

Coming February 14th through the 21st, the annual Waimea Town Celebration brings live entertainment and FUN for adults and keiki (children) of all ages. This is the largest and oldest celebration on Kauai’s West Side, highlighting the proud history of “commUNITY" with a week of cultural and recreational events.

Waimea Town Celebration events include a Hawaiian rodeo, canoe races and stand-up paddle races, a celebration for Kaumualiʻi (Kauai's last king), a film festival, softball and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, a Fun Run (10K, 5K, 2K), hat lei, ice cream eating and ukulele contests, cultural exhibits and more!  Wow that sounds Fun!!

The event culminates in a two-day Heritage of Aloha Hoʻolauleʻa (February 20th to 21st) featuring continuous entertainment on a big stage with local food booths, games and rides for the keiki, craft vendors, and a beverage garden.

Ready to join the Fun? Check out this video preview, presented by West Kauai Business & Professional Association! 

Koke’e State Park

Just north of Waimea is another Kauai West Side gem for your list of things to see and do. Koke’e State Park is known for its lush native vegetation, forest birds, and waterfalls – and can be explored in detail at the Koke’e Natural History Museum. Entrance to the museum is Free and open to the public 365 days a year. The park has panoramic views of the Kalalau Valley, several tent camping locations, and beautiful hiking trails that provide breathtaking views of Waimea Canyon.


Hanapepe Town

Another great place to visit on Kauai’s West Side is the beautiful coastal town, Hanapepe. Widely considered the art capitol of Kauai, Hanapepe features several local art galleries and is the backdrop for films including The Thornbirds and Flight of the Intruder. It is also the inspiration for the hometown of the main characters in Disney’s Lilo & Stitch.

After visiting the galleries, take a walk on the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge and be sure to stop by Talk Story Bookstore, the western-most bookstore in the United States!

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 


Kauai Community Players Present: The Last Five Years – through January 31st

Kauai’s premier performing troupe the Kauai Community Players is presenting a play called The Last Five Years. A contemporary, song-cycle musical, the performance chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up -- or from break-up to meeting, depending on your perspective!

The show is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress, told from his point of view going forward in time and hers going backwards, until they meet in the middle at their wedding.
Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7PM p.m. and Sundays at 4PM.   For tickets and more info, click here!

Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki – January 17th

Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki is a sporting event at Kapa'a Beach Park honoring the traditional time of year, from November through February, when Lono, the god of agriculture and peace, ruled the land. One of the ways that Lono is honored is through friendly competition.
This year’s event features 10 traditional Hawaiian games, including Haka Moa, Ulu Maika, O'oihe, Moa Pahe'e, Pa Uma Uma, Kukini, Pohaku Ho'oikaika, and Hukihuki – plus a Konane tournament. Everyone above the age of 5 is invited to participate in multiple events. Awards are given for first through third place overall, as well as for each event and division. There are also cultural demonstrations, community displays, a Kauai-made craft fair, and Ono Hawaiian food.

Kauai Voices: Music of the Heart – January 16th & 17th 

Kauai Voices is the Garden Island’s popular 40-voice choral ensemble. This January, they present a remarkable musical journey of love -- good love, bad love, new love, love gained, love lost – and more! Featuring songs from movies including Rent, West Side Story, Chicago, and The Pajama Game. Music from beloved composers Bernstein, Sondheim, Gershwin, The Eagles, The Beatles, and James Taylor make this live performance a great way of having Fun while Enjoying your vacation. 

Concerts take place in Lihue at St. Michael and All Angels Church on January 16th and 17th.

The 11th Annual Kauai Wellness Expo – January 24th – 25th

The 11th Annual Kauai Wellness Expo inspires all of us to take care of ourselves, our ohana, and the land. This year’s theme is Mahalo – Gratitude and Appreciation, celebrating men’s wellness. Explore various issues facing our island men today: health, career, retirement and aging, and more.

Learn Hawaiian healing arts and how each one connects to the land and the Hawaiian people’s origins – la’au lapa’au, ho’oponopono, lomilomi, hula, and other wellness aspects in the Hawaiian culture. Lectures, workshops and demonstrations will take place on both days of the Expo at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Center in Lihue on Kauai.  We’ll see you there!

Join Us in Celebrating Infinite Possibilities For Fun On Kauai

What an exciting year we have ahead of us! Every month, every day, and every hour on Kauai is a great opportunity to Explore, Relax, Enjoy, and Share adventures all over the Garden Island. Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming Feature stories so you’ll know exactly what to do when you arrive for your next vacation. 

Also, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for weekly specials we call “Wiki Wiki Wednesday”! That’s where you’ll find great places to stay at special rates for all of our guests. Cheers to a great 2015 and remember… all of us at Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc are ready assist you in creating your amazing vacation!  See you soon!

- Aloha!