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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Our 2015 Kauai Vacation Guide – Come Experience a Wonderful Summer of FUN on Kauai!

Come Experience a Wonderful Summer of FUN on Kauai!  

Take a moment and think about your next vacation here on Kauai – and all the FUN ways of filling your days with adventure! Enjoying a leisurely swim at Poipu Beach Park, gathering the Family and seeing the breathtaking sights of Waimea Canyon, and strolling along the Wonderful shops in Kapaa! All these activities are GREAT ways of spending your days – and there is even MORE FUN happening on Kauai after the sun goes down!

This month our 2015 Kauai Vacation Planning Guide continues with Kauai Nights!  Yes, once the sun sets over the Garden Island it is time for delicious dining, FUN cultural experiences, and activities Everyone in the family will Enjoy! And this July, get ready for Theatrical Luaus, 4th of July Fireworks shows, Koloa Plantation Days, and great places to Eat and Enjoy Kauai’s summer nightlife!

Sound exciting? We think so too – and the best part: You can stay with us on your next vacation!!!  With 37+ years of experience being in business here on the Garden Island, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has 200+ accommodations located all over the island and we look forward to assisting you in planning your next vacation here in paradise. We have many options to get your plans started, including a visit to our website, a call to 1-800-367-5025, and you can email us here.

Summer is in full-swing with days AND nights of Fun waiting for your arrival. Now… are you ready for some FUN after dark? Then let’s get the Kauai Summer Party started!

Photos courtesy: Nanette Saylor, Kauai Hospice, Luau Kalamaku 

When the Sun Sets – Kauai’s Skies Light Up!

The Kauai Hospice Presents the “26th Annual Concert in the Sky” 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at Vidinha Stadium


Grab the Family and head to Lihue for the largest 
3-D Fireworks show on Kauai – choreographed to a 20-minute soundtrack prepared exclusively by Kauai Hospice… just for Kauai!

This year’s Fireworks Event begins at 4 PM – with the fireworks show scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM.  Then, the FUN continues until the event closes at 9:30 PM.

Come early and Enjoy Keiki (kids) Games, water slides, bounce houses, and more! According to Kauai Festivals, there is “all the food you can imagine at affordable Family prices!” – plus, you’ll hear great Hawaiian entertainment by local musicians and see beautiful hula dancers!

The Concert in the Sky is a shining example of what public and private partnerships can achieve on Kauai – and the proceeds benefit a great cause: Kauai Hospice. Tell your Friends and come join our national holiday celebration, flavored with local cultural experiences that Kauai is ready to share with Everyone!

Here are more details: Advance tickets are available at all Times/Big Save Markets and the Kaua’i Hospice Office from June 1st – July 3rd for $10 Adults and $5 for Children ages 6-12. At the gate, tickets are $15 Adults and $7 Children ages 6-12.

Learn more at the official siteand thanks for supporting Kauai Hospice.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

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More Fun in the Sky with The 4th of July Celebration at Faye Park in Kekaha

There are plenty of options for entertainment – especially when staying on Kauai’s West Side!

Get ready for another great 4th of July Celebration happening at Faye Park in the beautiful town of Kekaha. This FREE event starts at 4 PM on Saturday, July 4th, 2015 – and you are invited!

See cultural demonstrations, check out exhibits and crafts, tour the Kekaha Sugar Plantation Museum and Railway before the fireworks show – and Enjoy numerous game booths and rides for the kids! There are also plenty of Ono food booths, cold water, and soda, too!  (This is a non-alcoholic event).

Then – as the sun sets and darkness paints the tropical sky – get your mats, chairs, and eyes ready for the Spectacular "OMG" Fireworks Display! – accompanied by live music honoring the Military Men and Women of Hawaii who serve and protect our Liberty and our Country.

Come join the FUN in Kekaha during the day with local entertainment and contests, a talent show, and more FUN to be announced the day of the Event – and Celebrate the 4th of July, Kauai-style!  Kauai Festivals has more information right here!

Yes! More FUN Awaits You, After Dark

Come Explore Art, Music, Food and FUN in Historic Hanapepe Town

Ready to experience Kauai’s authentic local flavor? Then we have the place for you! Take a ride to Hanapepe Town and see a world-famous historical area on Kauai’s West Side. Known as “Kauai’s Biggest Little Town,” this area is surrounded by fertile fields that were once the center of crop exports for many years. In fact, salt trading was the earliest entrepreneurial legacy of the town, a harvest tradition passed from generation to generation that still continues to this day.


When you visit you will notice the town’s architecture has an “old west” feel to it. Actually, according to the town’s official website, the reason why Hanapepe looks so much like the “American West” is because many of the carpenters and architects who built the town also built many other historical sites on the continental U.S.! And once the sun goes down, Hanapepe Town lights up with an Art Walk every Friday from 6 PM to 9 PM.

Come experience a Fun evening of local Kauai talent playing live music, and see a variety of artist offerings among the many colorful kiosks and shops.  Come early – before the Art Walk – and take the Historic Hanapepe Walking Tour. See local attractions including the Swinging Bridge and multiple points of interest along Hanapepe Road.

Kauai’s tropical nights and Hanapepe Town welcome you to an evening the whole Family will love! Get more details on the official website, here!

Photo courtesy of Kauai Fun


The Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana Plantation!

Another memorable Fun Night on Kauai happens at Luau Kalamaku at the historic Kilohana Plantation. In fact, this luau is the only theatrical luau on the Island where you’ll see Exciting fire dancers and Elegant hula dancers, while sampling delicious food under Kauai’s tropical night skies.

Choose from three great packages designed to give you and your party the most of the Luau Kalamaku adventure. Come early and explore the plantation shops, take a train ride through the plantation and Enjoy the scenery – and as the skies darken, see the luau cast take the stage “to tell the amazing story of the epic voyage between Hawaii and Tahiti, along one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia.”

This unique entertainment experience operates every Tuesday and Fridayand every Monday from June 29 to August 10!  Make the Luau Kalamaku part of your Summer Vacation on Kauai and Learn all about the Garden Island, see Exciting Performances, and Enjoy a truly special Hawaiian Experience!  

See the map on the official site – and arrive early so you can explore Kilohana Plantation before the show!

Photos courtesy of Luau Kalamaku

 Enjoy Great Nighttime Dining Experiences in Hanalei on the North Shore

All this talk of FUN is making us hungry!  And good thing there are many choices for dinner on Kauai!

Hanalei on the North Shore is a Fantastic area for watching the sunset, sipping a tropical drink, and taking memorable photos with Family and Friends. And, like so many places throughout the Garden Island, Hanalei offers tasty cuisine to suit many palates!

So, after spending your days lounging by the pool, having FUN at the beach, surfing, and hiking scenic trails – get ready for great nights of dining out!

Photo courtesy of  Gillfoto / Commons.Wikimedia 

In the mood for a relaxing dinner on the North Shore? Check out these FUN places in Hanalei:

    For a night of atmosphere and sophisticated tastes, Bar Acuda offers a diverse menu from Chef and Owner, Jim Moffat. Located at 5-5161 Kuhio Highway in Hanalei, Bar Acuda is open daily from 5:30 PM and the kitchen closes at 9:30 PM.

Have a seat at the wood bar, marvel at the artistic complexity of the kitchen, and sample some delicious food in this highly reviewed North Shore restaurant. Want a peek at the menu? Consider the Seared Hawaiian Fish, Shrimp Romesco, Grilled Beef Tenderloin – and wait till you see the desserts! Mmmmmmm!!!!  To make reservations (recommended), click here and visit the official site!

Bar Acuda Photo Courtesy of

      In the mood for local food and live music? Bring your crew to Tahiti Nui! This restaurant is featured in the George Clooney movie, The Descendants – and is well-known for being a favorite local hangout.

All of Tahiti Nui’s fish is caught in Hawaiian waters, and favorite menu items include the Oh So Ono Roll, Aunty Louise’s Tahitian Poisson Cru, and the Rib Eye Beef Poke Bowl!

Wow! Let’s go get some now!  :- D 

To see the full menu and a schedule of performances, check out the website here.
Tahiti Nui Photo courtesy of
    For your seafood cravings, including sushi, a fresh local catch, and something to take back and grill at your Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc home, The Dolphin is sure to satisfy! Since the early 1970s, The Dolphin Restaurant is a local favorite known for the freshest cuts in seafood, impeccable service, and nostalgic riverside ambiance.  

What’s on the dinner menu?  Seafood Chowder, Teriyaki Ahi, Alaskan King Crab, Hawaiian Chicken, and more!  Yumm!!!!

You’ll find the restaurant in Hanalei Dolphin Center, 5-5016 Kuhio Highway!

Dolphin Restaurant Photo courtesy of

Do you have a favorite place for dining in Hanalei? Share it with us on our Facebook wall!  

More FUN Things to See and Do This Summer on Kauai!

Come Experience Kauai’s Annual Koloa Plantation Days on the South Shore

Come join the FUN at the 30th annual Koloa Plantation Days and be part of a unique cultural event you’ll remember as one of the highlights of your magnificent Kauai Summer Vacation! This year’s theme is “The Legacy Lives On, Plantation Style… on the sunny South Shore of Kauai” and that means 10 FUN DAYS of Events that already have the whole island excited!


Koloa Plantation Days celebrates the rich history of Kauai and the diverse people who came to work on sugar plantations. Every year, we celebrate the heritage of these people from all over the world and the Hawaiians who welcomed them. In fact, the festival is held in the area where Hawaii’s first sugar plantation was founded in 1835 – and there are 10 days of live music, dance, cultural performances, and wonderful food waiting for you to Experience.

Ready to join in the FUN?  Check out these highlights of activities happening from Friday, July 17th through Sunday, July 26th:

·         The Festival kicks off on Friday, July 17th with the Plantation Days Rodeo’s Preliminary Roping at CJM Stables, starting at 11 AM

·         On Sunday, July 19th, see a variety of local musicians performing live starting at 5 PM in Old Koloa Town Courtyard

·         Ever see a Polynesian Revue & Fire Dancing performance? Now you can! – in the Courtyard at Poipu Shopping Village, Tuesday, July 21st at 7:30 PM

So many more events are part of this year’s Koloa Plantation Days, including a charity tennis tournament, a golf putting challenge, a “Talk Story” celebrating the memories of Old Koloa – and the always popular Annual Historic Koloa Plantation Days Parade starting at 10 AM on Saturday, July 25th!


Every July, the Festival brings visitors and residents together to learn about Koloa's dynamic cultural history.  Everyone is invited to come experience an assorted range of local foods, culture, and activities that celebrate the plantation’s heritage and the modern-day vitality of Kauai’s South Shore!

For more details on this year’s Events, see the Schedule on the official Koloa Planation Days website!

Photos courtesy of 

Now that you have great things to look forward to these summer nights on Kauai, let’s take a look at more FUN ways to Enjoy the Garden Island during the daytime! 

Explore with The Shops and Tastes of Kukui’ula on the South Shore

Located in Poipu on the South Shore, the Shops at Kukui’ula offer a lively shopping experience and a Fun way of spending afternoons before your big night out! Take a leisurely stroll through this plush collection of shops and eateries and Enjoy your beautiful, Kauai Summer Vacation!

In the mood for sampling some exotic Garden Island specialties too? Step into Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill. Dinner starts at 5 PM nightly with Salmon Opakapaka Ceviche, Organic Beet Ravioli, Poached Pork Dumpling Tapas, Makaweli Ranch Braised Short Ribs, and more!

If you feel like a more casual eating environment, check out Bubba Burgers, Savage Shrimp, and the Garden Island’s local favorite, Lappert’s Ice Cream all at located at… the Shops at Kukui’ula!

There is also a weekly Kauai Culinary Market on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM to 6 PM, where you can stroll through Kauai’s ultimate farmer’s market while live music plays and local chefs show off their culinary skills! 

Some weeks at the Culinary Market, there are even ribs to sample!

Is your mouth watering yet? To plan your day of FUN, click here and visit the official website – and see a video of the Farmer’s Market!

Food Tours on the North Shore, South Shore, and Royal Coconut Coast

Ready to sample some savory Hawaiian barbeque? How about a refreshing shave ice? All these fresh island favorites await you with three yummy culinary events happening throughout July! 

The Kauai Food Tour on the North Shore takes place July 7th from 11 AM to 3 PM – and what a treat it is!  Hosted by an experienced local guide, this tasting adventure explores the flavors of the lush North Shore, in and around Princeville.

This unique tour costs $120 per person, includes five stops, and concludes at a local farmer’s market. Designed by Marta Lane, founder of Tasting Kauai, and managed by Michelle Lemay, a professional tour guide for 10 years – this tour experience includes exotic fruit, Hawaiian food, and the opportunity to meet local farmers and food artisans!

Want more information? Check out the website here!

There is another Food Tour happening on Wednesday, July 15th from 1:15 PM to 5 PM.  This one is called the Kauai Food Tour on the South Shore and it is another opportunity to experience the sights and flavors of Hawaii’s diverse cultures.

Enjoy Japanese food, discover Kauai-style street tacos, sample tropical gelato, and meet more Kauai farmers and local artisans.

This food tour concludes at the Kauai Culinary Market in the The Shops at Kukuiula and the price is $120 per person. This tour has six stops, an experienced guide, and lots of tasty surprises in between.

Ready to spend the day tasting these amazing Hawaiian specialties? Click here for more information!
And! … if you are still hungry like us :- ) here comes another great Food Tour!  Get your “eating clothes” ready for Thursday, July 23 – from 11 AM to 4:30 PM when the Kauai Food Tour on the Royal Coconut Coast takes you across Kapaa! 

Hop in the car and follow your guide on a tasting journey through Kauai’s East Side. Enjoy a short stroll down an old plantation road, learn about taro farming, and sample Hawaiian tastings that will leave you smiling the whole afternoon! 

This outdoor event costs $120 per attendee, and you can find more details right here!

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By Day and Night - Your Spectacular Summer of Fun Continues!

See!  We told you... July is a GREAT month for vacationing on Kauai! So much is happening right NOW on the Garden Island and your Kauai Vacation Guide is ready for PRINTING and SHARING with your Friends! Come have a star-spangled 4th of July, Explore Kauai After Dark, and Enjoy the many dining options from the North Shore to the South Shore, the East Side to the West Side.  Kauai has something for Everyone – and that includes you, your Family, and your Friends!

So take a moment and close your eyes… and see yourself relaxing on the beach, snapping photos, and feeling the Island breeze while you chillax on the beach, sipping a tropical beverage!

We look forward to seeing you this summer on Kauai and if you have any questions… we welcome your calls and emails. Now, be sure to check out our website and follow us on Facebook so you can see this week’s Wiki Wiki Wednesday Specials!


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