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#1 Rated Golf Course in Hawaii: Kauai’s Prince Re-opens

#1 Rated Golf Course in Hawaii: Kauai’s Prince Re-opens

The Prince, the Prince, the beautiful Prince Golf Course on Kauai has just re-opened after a $5 million renovation overseen by the original architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. All the greens and practice areas have been replanted with Seashore Paspalum, the tee boxes are either new or renovated,...

Kauai’s Fauna

Kauai’s Fauna

Like much of the flora flourishing on the island Kauai's animal and mammal species have arrived via sea and air along with their  human counterpart as far back as Captain Cook (possibly even further) and we've come to embrace their presence on the island as one of our own. There are very few...

Kauai Flora

Kauai Flora

Aptly named the Garden Isle, Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian island chain has taken advantage of it's "ripe old age" and an average 400 plus inches of rain a year pouring down onto Mt. Waialeale,  to develop Kauai's flora into one of the most bountiful, lush, tropical environments  in all the...

Pidgin, da language of Hawaii brah!

Pidgin, da language of Hawaii brah!

Much of the joy in visiting Kauai and the islands in general for that matter is to observe and even immerse oneself in the culture; like going to a hula show, experiencing a luau, even  hanging out at a popular local grinds spot. Language is another way to experience true Hawaii.  In an earlier...

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on a Very Green Island (Kauai)

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on a Very Green Island (Kauai)

Guess we've had enough winter rains lately to ensure that Kauai will be VERY green this St. Patrick's Day (sorry, but "no rain, no rainbows"). Hopefully the luck of the Irish will shine on us in the form of sunny skies, so you'll be able to tee off on Kauai's awesome golf greens, or don a green...

Getting Married on Kauai?

Getting Married on Kauai?

Looking for a vacation rental on Kauai large enough for a special gathering, like a wedding or a reunion? Here's a setting that evokes every fantasy you've ever had about a tropical vacation. Swaying palms, golden sands, and an exquisite home with a separate cottage right on the beach. Kayak,...

Island Dancing, Tropical Terpsichory

Island Dancing, Tropical Terpsichory

Terpsichore, terpsichory: ORIGIN: Greek, literally ‘delighting in dancing.’ Getting the urge to “trip the light fantastic”?  Is Dancing a way of life for you and even on vacation you must find a way to get your “Fred and Ginger”– on? Want to learn a dance step or two while you’re here?  A little...

S.W.A.K. (Sealed with a Kiss)

S.W.A.K. (Sealed with a Kiss)

My perfect Valentine's Day? Hmmmm, let's see, with three boys under six... maybe my husband could take the kids so I could have a little "me" time? Just kidding (I think). Seriously, here's my idea of a dream date: Call Jessica Lindman of Kauai Island Cuisine. Order one of Jessica's fabulous...

Kauai Skate Ohana

Kauai Skate Ohana

Jean & Abbott Properties is ALL for positive activities for our Kauai Keiki!  I am SO excited to let you know about a wonderful foundation that has sprouted on our island... the Kauai Skate Ohana.  Their vision encompasses raising the funds to build quality skateparks for every side of the...

Real Hawaiian Hula on Kauai

Real Hawaiian Hula on Kauai

We've told you about E Kanikapila Kakou - a chance to hear real Hawaiian music. Now we're going to tell you where to see real Hawaiian dance: Because there's gonna be a whole lotta shakin' going on February 4th at Hula Hoike 2012 when Leilani Rivera and Halau Hula o Leilani perform hula, Tahitian...

Hawaiian Music on Kauai

Hawaiian Music on Kauai

Want to hear some real Hawaiian music? If you're taking a Kauai vacation this winter, don't miss E Kanikapila Kakou (“let’s play music together”) Monday nights from 6-9 pm at the Kauai Beach Resort. Now in its 29th year, this grassroots program features some of the best musicians in Hawaii. The...

Calling All Elves!

Calling All Elves!

Who wouldn't want to go to Elfland? If you and your family are vacationing on Kauai this month, the Montessori School in Kapaa is holding a special event December 19-23 for children ages 5-12.  Because sometimes you just can't spend the whole day at the beach. From 8am–3pm at "Elfland," children...

Christmas Shopping on Kauai

Christmas Shopping on Kauai

Looking for a super special Christmas gift? I love supporting local Kauai artists by buying original art at Christmas (or anytime). Kauai is a magnet for gifted artists and photographers, and the work produced here is truly amazing. If you're driving out to the north shore, stop in at the new 7...

Hanalei Surf Swap Meet

Hanalei Surf Swap Meet

Ever had the urge to pick up a new language? Well there’s plenty of opportunity here on Kauai. Cultural diversity abound with Japanese, Portuguese, dialects of Chinese, Tagoleg,  Hawaiian, ‘Pidgin’ and a fairly new ‘Romance’ language known as “Surf-ese”. On the first Saturday of every month one...

Pot Pie on Kauai: New Bakery Opens in Lihue

Pot Pie on Kauai: New Bakery Opens in Lihue

Kauai's very popular purveyor of fresh pies - The Right Slice Bakery -  now has a retail location in the Puhi Industrial Park in Lihue. They just had their grand opening (sorry, you missed the pie-eating contest), but you can pick up fresh pies daily from 11-6, or enjoy a slice and a cup of coffee...

He’s Here! Our Baby Bundle of Boy

He’s Here! Our Baby Bundle of Boy

Zack and I are officially outnumbered! Baby #3, seven pound Kona Colt Abubo, arrived on Sept. 15th and WE ARE SO IN LOVE! We named him Kona because Zack and I were married on the Big Island, and it holds a special place in our hearts. And we just found out that in Hawaiian, kona means "calm," so...

Make a Lei on Your Kauai Vacation

Make a Lei on Your Kauai Vacation

Some ancient Hawaiian customs may have disappeared, but not the tradition of lei giving. From airport greetings to weddings and graduations, these fragrant symbols of aloha express love and friendship. Here's a chance to learn one of Hawaii's greatest art forms during your Kauai vacation: On Sept....

Wanna Take an ‘Art Walk’?

Wanna Take an ‘Art Walk’?

Your trip to Kauai is an opening to nature's exquisite art. Cascading skies of blue meet their counterparts in surf and sand, luscious green mountain landscapes are festooned with breathtaking flora and fauna that have aptly nicknamed Kauai; the Garden Isle. Kauai also boasts multinational "human...

Martha Stewart’s Kauai Honeymoon Pick

Martha Stewart’s Kauai Honeymoon Pick

What more can I say? If Martha likes it, you're gonna love it. One of our favorite Kauai vacation rentals, the Hawaiian Romantic Cottage was a recent pick in Martha Stewart Weddings. A secluded retreat on an ocean bluff with a private path to the beach, this northshore gem at Anini Beach is...

You Say Kipu… I Say Kapu!

You Say Kipu… I Say Kapu!

Kauai like legends of old, holds the siren song for many travelers with her lush tropical splendor that assault all the senses. Her 'aina' (land), her natural surroundings has many secrets and lessons for us, and along with that splendor and beauty is also a dark side that is an exacting teacher...