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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Celebrating Thanksgiving and the Holidays on Kauai!


Celebrating Thanksgiving and the Holidays on Kauai!

What a great day it is here on Kauai! The sun is shining and the lush tropical landscapes really put a smile on our faces as we move about the island. There is also a feeling of gratitude that we are focusing on today, because the Holiday season is here and that brings a lot of excitement to the Garden Island. Yes, we just Enjoyed another Halloween with kids trick-or-treating in costumes and, in just a few weeks people all across the country are gathering with Friends and Family to celebrate Thanksgiving!  That is definitely something to smile about!  :- )

Think back to prior Thanksgivings and all the FUN memories that come to mind. Being with Family and Friends, cooking your favorite recipes in the kitchen, watching your favorite football team score another touchdown – and let’s also remember the all-time favorite A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving where kids of all ages discover the real meaning of community and friendship!  :- )

Today in our first Holiday 2015 Feature Story, we are excited to share Tips for having a Great Thanksgiving here on Kauai AND a Preview of Christmas Activities that are happening this year. We also have the inside scoop on how to prepare a great Thanksgiving meal, which restaurants are having special dinners, and of course… how to get our FAVORITE annual delicacy: Imu Turkey! Just wait till you hear about that! 

This year, instead of collecting leaves… let’s collect your suntan lotion and beach gear and spend the day on one of Kauai’s breathtaking beaches. Take a long scenic walk on one of Kauai’s many unique trails. Spend the morning at the spa, the afternoon shopping, the next morning golfing. And let us show you how to spend all your vacations basking in the beauty of Kauai and relaxing on your own lanai!

It is true: Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is known around the world for 38+ years of assisting guests in having a wonderful Garden Island getaway at our 200+ accommodations – and we look forward to assisting you too!  So let’s start confirming your next vacation plans today so we can see you here in Paradise!

Ready? Ok then!  Let’s take a look at some of the great things happening on Kauai this holiday season!

Images: Charlie Brown courtesy of Warner Bros. Television, Awesome Thanksgiving Meal courtesy of, and Poipu Sunset courtesy of James Abbot

Enjoy A Delicious, Island-Style Imu Turkey Dinner At Home!

Let’s jump right in and talk about one of Kauai’s most savory secrets: Imu Turkey!  An Imu is an underground oven that has been part of Hawaiian cuisine for centuries. It includes a deep pit about six feet long and four feet wide, with a fire built at the bottom and covered with rocks. These rocks retain heat after the embers burn out and once it becomes really hot, the pit is lined with traditional vegetation including banana leaves and palms.

Then, the magic happens! A fresh turkey from one of Kauai’s local markets is placed into the imu, along with Hawaiian herbs and spices where they Kalua (bake in the steaming process) until the proper meat temperature is achieved. Then, your amazing meal is pulled out of the imu and ready for your Thanksgiving dinner plate where the oh-so-moist turkey slides of the bone and into your watering mouth! 

OMG!  That sounds awesome! Imu Turkey absorbs the most exquisite flavors from this method of underground slow-cooking, resulting in a feast with palate-pleasing flavor! YUMMM!

Now here is more great news: How to get your own Imu Turkey!

The Kauai Robotics Aliance is ready to make YOUR Imu Turkey (and other meats of your choosing) for you – and what a great Thanksgiving treat that is!  And it is easy to become part of the tradition!

Just make a reservation by calling (808) 635 7377. Then, for a $25 donation, bring your thawed, un-stuffed turkey (maximum weight of 16 pounds) to the drop-off location at 3504 Ili Road in Kalaheo – on Wednesday, November 25th! The Kauai Robotics Alliance will then transport your turkey to the imu and return it to your drop-off site the next morning.

The annual Imu Turkey Fundraiser is sponsored by the The Kauai Robotics Alliance, which presents educational programs that teach members how to build robots!  How cool is that!?!  Here is even more cool news!

Event organizers Kate Mink and Charlene Steuri told us, if any of our guests want to come out and see how the Imu Turkey cooking process is done, they are welcome to do so!  Just be sure to contact Kate ( or Charlene ( ahead of time!

The cooking team spends all Wednesday preparing the pit and doing the burn, getting the turkeys in the oven around dusk, and then opens the pit a little after dawn the next day. The plan is to have the turkeys out by 10 AM so they can be returned to your drop-off site, where you can pick them up in time for your VERY OWN Imu Turkey celebration!

Here is a recap of the important details:  1) Make a reservation; 2) wrap your turkey, ham, pork butts, and chicken in 2 layers of heavy-duty foil and place into a foil pan; 3) season your feast with spices from one of Kauai’s farmers markets and grocery stores; 4) remove the giblets, add butter, salt – and remember… DO NOT stuff the turkey!  Save your fixins’ for when you get home!  :- )    5) Then drop your turkey off between 1-2 PM on Wednesday, November 25th, at 3504 Ili Road in Kalaheo, c/o James Massaro; 6) Then get ready for an amazing FEAST when you pick up your imu-meal on Thursday, November 26th, 2015 from 9 AM to 10 AM!

Now that sounds amazing – and THANKS to The Kauai Robotics Alliance… you’re all set for a new Kauai Thanksgiving Tradition at your own Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation!

Hau'oli La Ho'omaika'i  – Happy Thanksgiving!  Now, make your reservation by contacting or by calling 808 635 7377!

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Another Thanksgiving Feast for Friends and Family at the Naupaka Terrace

Let the good times continue! If you and your Friends prefer a restaurant-prepared meal at an excellent destination, make a reservation at the Naupaka Terrace Restaurant located at the Aqua Beach Resort in Lihue! Friends on Yelp! rave about the fantastic restaurant with a truly Kauai-style ambiance, where you can dine under the stars with views of torch-lit waterfalls, fishponds, sparkling pools, and the ocean!

Naupaka Terrace features creative Hawaiian and Pan Pacific cuisine that the restaurant is putting into this year’s Thanksgiving menu. From 5 PM to 9 PM on Thanksgiving Day, Enjoy a mix of traditional Thanksgiving dishes along with Asian-inspired holiday dishes! This buffet is $48 for Adults and $23.50 for Children, and it includes appetizers of poke and peel and eat shrimp! There is also roast sirloin, ham, turkey, island-flavored stuffing, yams, and more!

Is your mouth watering yet? We love this time of year, too!  :- )  You can make your reservation on Open Table right here, or call the Naupaka Terrace at 808-245-1955.


Another Great Place for Thanksgiving Dinner – Merriman’s in Poipu!

On the South Shore in Poipu, Merriman's Fish House is a beautiful restaurant that features a casual and elegant setting on an old Hawaiian plantation. Chef-Owner Peter Merriman is a pioneer in “Farm to Table” cuisine and he prepares his dishes using the freshest products. At least 90% of items on the menu are grown locally or caught using only sustainable methods.

What’s for dinner this Thanksgiving? Merriman’s has a four-course, prix-fixe menu on Thursday, November 26th that includes Fresh Island Ono Sashimi, Kauai Shrimp “Mac & Cheese,” Keahole Lobster, Whole Roasted Prime Tenderloin of Beef, and “The Harvest Plate” that includes Roasted Fresh Organic Turkey, Whipped Potatoes, Sausage-Sage Stuffing, Local Carrots & Green Beans, Pineapple-Cranberry Relish, and Natural Gravy!

Ooooooooh!  Our mouths are watering again! Bring your Family, your Friends, and your appetite to this lovely venue and Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast you are certain to love. For more information and to make a reservation, call Merriman’s at 808-742-8385, or click here!

A Succulent Thanksgiving Buffet at the St. Regis Resort in Princeville!

Even the title of this section sounds tasty! Are you ready for a “succulent,” mouth-watering Thanksgiving experience with luxurious surroundings? Then check out The Makana Terrace at The St. Regis Princeville Resort on the North Shore! You’ll be amazed at the splendor and beauty everywhere you look – and just wait till you taste the food on the menu!

A full Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet is being served from 4 PM to 9 PM pn Thursday, November 26, 2015. The price is $98 per person and that includes nearly every taste imaginable. Soups, salads, and chilled seafood appetizers. Also experience the great tasting artichoke and mushroom salad followed by King crab legs.  Yum!  From there, be ready for Slow Roasted Ribs, Roast Turkey, Spiral Sliced Ham, a fresh Pasta Station, and plenty of vegetable sides. Save room for dessert, too!

The St. Regis Princeville Resort also has another option for your Thanksgiving feast at The Kauai Grill!  This fine dining restaurant has a November 26th prix-fixe menu of $118 per person from 5:30 PM to 9 PM. The menu includes your choice of appetizer followed by turkey, miso black cod, or tenderloin as an entree.  For a delicious dessert, choose between chocolate caramel pecan pie or a gelato sundae.  WOW that sounds good!

The Makana Terrace and The Kauai Grill are wonderful destinations for your Thanksgiving party and the memories of this beautiful location will give you so many topics to share with Friends. Take a look at the photo above and think … with a few phone calls and a few clicks on your device, you can be on your way to Kauai!

Giving Thanks with Your Family and Friends - Kauai Style!

So, now you have the inside scoop on all the great things happening this Thanksgiving season on Kauai – and there is still so much to see and do!  Take a look below and see more great things you can do in the coming weeks and remember, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc is your #1 choice for an amazing accommodation on the Garden Island. This is our 38th year in business here on Kauai, and we are known for having amazing condos for your romantic getaway, homes that fit your entire Family, and Wiki Wiki Wednesday Specials that we share with everyone on our Facebook page.

Here’s the part where you jump into action! Call your Friends and Family and tell them, “let’s go to Kauai for a vacation!” Watch how excited everyone gets!  :- )

Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks: More Festive Kauai Holiday Traditions!

Immerse Yourself in the Holiday Spirit at the Annual Festival of Lights!

Get ready for The 19th Annual Festival of Lights coming to the Kauai Historic County Building in Lihue! This is one of Kauai’s most loved traditions and it only happens during December! Everyone on the Garden Island looks forward to this event and this is how you can join the FUN with your Family and Friends.

The Festival of Lights began over 50 years ago on Oahu, then moved to Kauai for the past 19 years. Founded by “Auntie” Josie Chansky, the Festival was once held at her house where she displayed her festive crafts for everyone to Enjoy. In 1996, Auntie Josie had a yard sale and sold her ornaments and decorations. Good thing local artist Elizabeth Freeman bought all of Auntie Josie’s displays and donated them to the County of Kauai, which is how the Festival moved to Lihue in 1996.

What can you see? A Christmas Tree made from 7,500 green toothpicks. Wreaths made of egg cartons. A twinkling carousel and revolving Ferris Wheel crafted to resemble magical treasures of Christmas festivities.  And more!

Friends and visitors from all over the world come to the Festival and depart with their holiday spirits soaring! This year, the Festival of Lights begins Friday, December 4, 2015 and runs the entire month of December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 PM to 8 PM. There are plenty of local crafts created by Kauai artisans for you to browse, so come on out and find one-of-a-kind Holiday gifts!

The annual event is sponsored by the County of Kauai, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and the Friends of the Festival of Lights. This is another beautiful reflection of Kauai’s Aloha spirit and the event is FREE!

Are you excited? We will see you there! Click here for more information.

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Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka from the Kauai Museum!

The Kauai Museum extends an invitation to be part of the annual Christmas Craft Fair on Friday, December 4th!  The annual event showcases crafts, food booths, and History of Kapaa book signing. 

The Kauai Museum is located at 4428 Rice Street in Lihue and every day there are great things to see and do. This year, come for the Christmas Crafts Fair, and stay for the Parade!

The Holiday Season Lights Up with the Lights on Rice Street Parade!

Yes, the annual Lights on Rice Street Parade is happening Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6 PM, and coincides with the Kauai Festival of Lights and lighting of the Historic County Building and Royal PalmsAll of Rice Street is closed from 5:30 PM onward for the bustling event that is one of Kauai’s largest attractions!

Event organizers call it the “must-see event that you want to bring your whole Family to see!” with over 60 units and 2,000 performers! 

Bring your Friends & Family and kick off your holiday celebration, Kauai- style!  The parade starts at Vidinha Stadium Parking lot and continues down Rice Street, ending at the Historic County Building. Santa is in the parade and afterwards, the whole Family can stay for food booths at the Kauai Museum craft fair that runs until 9 PM.

What a FUN way to celebrate the holidays! Remember to arrive early to avoid the street closures. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information click here!

Photos: Kauai Festivals and Lights on Rice Parade Official Site

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

One of the great things about visiting Kauai is there is ALWAYS so much to explore and experience – and the next few weeks have lots of activities for everyone in the Family! 

Experience the Kauai Island Crafters Fair in Lihue

On Saturday, November 21st 2015 from 8 AM to 2 PM, come visit the Kauai Veteran’s Center for a day of arts and crafts at the Kauai Island Crafters Fair! Kauai’s artists and crafters are displaying their authentic goods, including an array of quality, hand-made products from handbags and floral hairpins to Hawaiian quilts. You’ll also find professional photographs of Kauai’s scenery plus beachwear and more crafts with Hawaiian flare.  

And the best part is: proceeds from the sales benefit the Kauai Veteran’s Museum – so, shop early and find great gifts while on vacation! This indoor event is FREE and you can get information here!

Photo: Kauai Festivals

Kilauea Art Night at the Kilauea Historic Stone Building!

Every last Saturday of the month, Kilauea Town presents Kilauea Art Night where you can discover locally made pottery, wood work, original fine art, jewelry, organic skincare, handmade soaps, wish trees, apparel, chocolates, and more! There is also a great variety of food vendors from around Kauai, including: The Right Slice, Kickshaws, Porky's Hot Dog Cart, Hanalei Pasta, Akamai Juice, Makai Jellies & Jam, locally made ice cream and more.

Enjoy dinner while listening to live music, with 3 musical offerings each month on the grounds of the historic stone building. There is also the Keiki Fire & Light performance at 7pm on the back lawn!

Kilauea Art Night is another great way of spending time outdoors and exploring all of the great things happening on the Garden Island. For more information, check out the Official Page on Facebook!


Next Month We Celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays! 

This Thanksgiving holiday, join us in taking time to reach out to Friends and Family members and let them know how much you appreciate them.  Think of all the Fun you have together spending time in the kitchen and laughing at the same stories they share every year. And remember to call thocharse you have not spoken with in a while, and let them know you are thinking of them and you’re thankful for all the good times they have brought to your life.

Every day is a great time to come to Kauai – especially when the kids have time off from school and when YOU need a quick getaway.  There is always a good time waiting for you with lots of things to see and do and when you are ready to start making your next vacation a reality, just give us a call at (808) 245-8841 and (800) 367-5025. We always look forward to hearing from you – and you can also start browsing over 200 accommodations, 24 hours a day, from our website and mobile site, here.

Next month we will all be celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Hawaiian style! That means more time spent outdoors, relaxing on the lanai, shopping, hiking, swimming, golfing, and more!  Yes, it is another great day in Paradise.  We invite you to come join the Fun. You can stay with us!

- Aloha!

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