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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Breathe In the Love of Kauai – Your Romance Guide for 2015!

Every Valentine’s Day we pause for a moment and think about all of our guests who return to Kauai each year to rekindle their romance with a Fun-filled vacation and some much needed rest and relaxation. We also think about our new Friends coming to Kauai for the first time with their sweetheart, in search a one-of-a-kind paradise vacation. This month, we are excited to present our new Feature story and 2015 Romance Guide to help everyone prepare for an awesome, 3-day island Romance tour that you can have any time of the year! 

You see, cupid made a special stop on Kauai to help us expand the thrill of Romance all over the island – and we can all feel it, from the East Side to the West Side and from the North Shore to the South Shore. NOW is a perfect time to come and Enjoy Kauai’s great locations for holding hands, sunset gazing, and elegant dining. Plus, this month is the 39th Annual Waimea Town Celebration of CommUnity, adding even more Fun and smiles around every corner!  

Consider turning on some romantic music while reading this page and be sure to download and post our checklist on your refrigerator AND share on your Facebook page. That way you and your mate can start getting excited for your next Garden Island vacation in 2015!

So cue the music and let’s put you in the mood for a walk on the beach, a romantic dinner, and a little “home time” where you can experience Ma'ane'i No Ke Aloha Ke'ia – a Hawaiian phrase that invites you to experience the many ways of Sharing and Being in Love on Kauai!

Spotlight on the North Shore – Romance and So Much More!

Let’s start our “3-Day Love Tour” taking in the North Shore’s awe-inspiring beauty: white sandy beaches, bountiful taro fields, and picturesque mountain views. There is so much to explore and every day you’ll be amazed and inspired by the many ways of having a unique and romantic adventure that you’ll always remember. And, when you feel like relaxing, stay home and Enjoy a romantic dinner in your cozy, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc accommodation!  Sounds nice, yeah?  Let’s get our Romance tour started! : -)

Day 1: Exploring Hanalei Town

Start your romantic island tour on the North Shore in beautiful Hanalei Town. Known for its colorful shops, museums and restaurants… Hanalei has plenty of activities for you and your mate to discover, starting with the Waioli Mission House Museum. Constructed in 1837 as a residence for Christian missionaries, the restored home and grounds showcase beautiful furnishings, period artifacts, and Hawaiian memorabilia that lets us see what life was like during 19th century Kauai!

USA Today names Waioli Mission House Museum in its “10 Best” historic sites on Kauai and an early morning visit is a great way of settling into the sweet and rhythmic pace of “island time” – a feeling that helps you slow down and appreciate every moment of being with your sweetheart. 

Photo: CC Wikipedia

Hanalei Valley Lookout

Continue your first day with a short drive to Hanalei Valley Lookout. Located off Highway 560, make sure to look for a “pull out” on the mauka (mountain) side of the road, just past the Princeville shopping center while heading west. This great lookout spot features sweeping views of Hanalei Bay, the mountains, and the lush valley in between.

If you and your special someone love being surrounded by natural beauty, get ready for some “cuddle time” while taking in some of the most breathtaking views of Kauai with an occasional rainbow.  :- )

Photo: CC Wikipedia

Hanalei Bay and Pier

After a day of seeing Kauai’s natural and historic wonders, grab lunch at one of the many fun restaurants in Hanalei followed by a walk on Hanalei Bay’s two-mile beach. Romance abounds when you’re surrounded by lush mountain landscapes. 

According to WikipediaThe wetlands of Hanalei Bay were used to grow taro by ancient Hawaiians. By the 1860s, the new crop was rice, which was shipped to Honolulu to become the second largest export crop of the islands. The Hanalei Pier was built to help Hanalei farmers move their crops to market. The covered pier's location near the mouth of the Hanalei River and Black Pot Beach has long been a favorite family gathering place for fishing, picnicking, swimming, and playing.

Take a look at the photo above, shared from Wikipedia CC contributor Jawed Karim. At the end of a wonderful day of sightseeing along Hanalei Bay Beach Park, experience a beautiful sunset while standing on the world-famous Hanalei Pier.

Wow! Sounds like a perfect day in paradise… just wait until Day 2!

Day 2: Touring Princeville and the North Shore

To the east of Hanalei Town is world-renowned Princeville. Named in honor of a visit by Prince Albert Kamehameha in the year 1860, Princeville is known for its elegant resorts, championship golf courses, and world-class hospitality. Just outside of town, take a journey to family-owned Princeville Ranch for a romantic hike and/or horseback ride to Kalihiwai Falls. For lunch, load your backpack with poetry plus snacks and sandwiches you can pick up at Princeville Market. You’ll find great meals like super food smoothies and daily fresh-made sandwiches!  Yum!  Here’s a peek at the menu!

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

After your morning outdoors, take a 16-minute drive from Princeville to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of the best places on Kauai to view animals in their natural habitat, including some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds, spinner dolphins, monk seals, and Hawaii’s state bird, the nēnē. This setting is a nature enthusiast’s dream! 

Next, take a stroll to Kauai’s northernmost point and explore the centerpiece of this treasured area, the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse. Gaze out to the Pacific Ocean view and expand your love in Kauai’s sweet fresh air. One breath in while admiring the view will reveal why this is one of Kauai’s most popular tourist attractions!

Enjoy An Early Dinner at Makana Terrace

It is true. Makana Terrace is one of our favorite spots to Enjoy a great meal. The menu is scrumptious and the view is mesmerizing. Check out the picture below!  Can you see yourself sitting here with your mate, sipping a delicious tropical beverage while the sounds of the ocean help you lose yourself in the surroundings of paradise? 

You can?  So can we! : -)

And here’s a preview of the menu that awaits you!

- From 5:30 PM and on, feast on Hand-Crafted Sushi

- Sundays, make a reservation for champagne brunch from 11AM until 2:30PM

- For dinner, take a look at the Makana Terrace menu that includes Lobster Summer Rolls, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Fennel Spiced Grilled Ahi, and Filet Mignon! 

OMGosh. We’ll be right back.  We’re gonna run out and make a reservation for ourselves, really fast.  ;- )   Have a fun and magical evening as we get ready for…

Day 3: Your Adventure to the Na Pali Coast

For one of the most breathtaking views in all of Hawaii, spend some time seeing Na Pali Coast. Words can barely describe its majestic views and lush landscapes and we can assure you, you’ll have fun telling your Friends all about it!

There are a few ways to see our beautiful coastline: by air, by boat, and by hiking – and soon, in the upcoming film, “Jurassic World” – the latest installment of the dinosaur adventure movie series, opening June 12, 2015!

 Photo:  CC Wikipedia

You can shape your day based on the mode of transportation you choose. Make this an all-day event, take a morning or afternoon air tour, and/or take a sunset boating adventure. Every option lets you spend time outdoors with your sweetheart on an exquisite tropical day on an island surrounded by the crystal blue Pacific Ocean.

It is quite possible that by Day 3, the Garden Island will help you forget about your daily routines back home while helping you spring forward into a relaxing, romance-filled vacation with your one and only Valentine! And if you stay longer, you’ll discover more and more Fun things to see and do – and you’ll want to return to Kauai over and over again!

Beyond the North Shore – Romance Abounds All Over Kauai! 

Everywhere you look on Kauai, a perfect spot awaits your opportunity to expand a new relationship, energize a romantic flame, and bask in Kauai’s natural beauty. More North Shore beaches for you to Enjoy include Lumahai Beach and Ke’e Beach, and a South Shore beach favorite is Poipu Beach,where you can snuggle on the sand with a picnic lunch for two.

Speaking of food, here are a few more places to Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner:

- In the morning, grab a cup of Kauai Coffee at Lappert’s Hawaii – and stop by again in the afternoon for some of their delicious ice cream.

- Duke’s Kauai is a classic spot for a casual lunch with a menu that features both Island and American cuisine.

- For the ultimate romantic culinary adventure, consider a private candle-lit dinner from a private chef.

Love is always in the air all over Kauai and the best part is:  we have a place for you to stay! In fact, Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc has over 200+ accommodations that fit everyone’s idea of a perfect island getaway – and our website is just a click away!

Imagine the look in your sweetheart’s eyes when you surprise them with a relaxing and romantic vacation on Kauai. You ready?  Let’s get your vacation plans started!

More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks! 

The 2015 Waimea Town Celebration!

The 2015 Waimea Town Celebration is a week-long Festival full of live entertainment and recreational events for adults and keiki (children). From February 14th through the 21st, the Waimea community celebrates the proud culture and history of Kauai with a Hawaiian rodeo, canoe races, stand-up paddle races, a Fun Run, ice cream eating, ukulele contests, cultural exhibits, and so much more! 


The Fun culminates in a two-day Heritage of Aloha Hoʻolauleʻa, February 20th through 21st, featuring entertainment on a big stage with local food booths, games and rides, craft vendors, and a beverage garden.

For a full schedule of activities, visit the official site here and check out the video below. The 2015 Waimea Town Celebration is presented by West Kauai Business & Professional Association!

Celebration of the Year of the King Kaumuali'i

The year’s Festival honoring Kauai's last king, Kaumuali’i, features local musical artists on Sunday, February 15th at Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park. Makahiki games and guided tours begin at 11 AM with a formal program taking place from 12 noon until 5 PM.

The Festival includes a play depicting historic events of the King’s life, special hula performances by Kauai halau, and original songs written for Kaumuali’i, performed live by their composers… including Kimo Keaulana, Keikilani Lindsey, Leo Lindsey, Cindy Combs and other haku mele.  

Admission is Free and food and drinks are available for purchase. For more info, click here!

Come Learn Hula at the 17th Annual E Pili Kakou I Ho`okahi Lahui!

Have you always wanted to learn hula? On February 20th, 21st, and 22nd – your opportunity awaits you! Come join non-hula dancers, hula students, leaders, experts and teachers in an open event that teaches everyone how to celebrate the hula!

Learn and experience new dances, meet new friends, learn several levels of hula, and sign up for specialized classes for all ages and levels of experience. This year’s event is expected to attract over 400 attendees from all over Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, as well as Japan, Canada, and Europe!

This year’s workshop in Lihue takes place at The Kauai Beach Resort. For more info, visit the official site, here!

Take Some of Kauai Home at the Kauai Island Crafters Fair

E Komo Mai – Welcome, come in! The Kauai Island Crafters Fair is the place to be on Saturday, February 28 from 8 AM to 2 PM, where you’ll find an amazing array of quality, hand-made products from Kauai’s own artisan community.

Take home beautifully crafted handbags, Hawaiian quilts, Kauai scenic photography and paintings, carved hardwood tikis, bone and shell jewelry, Kauai souvenirs, and much more. The event takes place at Church of the Pacific, 5-4280 Kuhio Highway, Princeville.

For more details, click here.

Breathe In the Love of Kauai

The thrill of Romance awaits you around every corner on Kauai and to help get your vacation plans started, start browsing our website today! You’ll find a perfect accommodation waiting for you to call it home! 

We look forward to seeing you here on the Garden Island, and remember to get your FREE Kauai Romance Guide by clicking here.

See you soon!