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The Perfect Kauai Vacation Rental?

The Perfect Kauai Vacation Rental?

When I say, "you won't want to leave," I really mean you won't want to leave this spectacular new Kauai vacation rental on the bluffs above Anini Beach. It's not just the infinity pool, where you can do laps under azure skies while gazing on forever... or the quiet, secluded location (yet close to...

Paddle for the Pali

Paddle for the Pali

Registration is open for the second annual SUP/Paddleboard Na Pali Race, August 7 on Kauai. With amazing views of mountains, caves, cliffs and waterfalls, paddlers call this 17-mile race "unforgettable." The race kicks off at the Haena Beach Park and finishes at Polihale State Beach Park on the...

Flash Mob… or Flash Hula?

Flash Mob… or Flash Hula?

Visitors to Foodland in Princeville and Bubba’s Burgers in Hanalei have been surprised lately by more than the prices. Yes, folks, the flash mob has come to Kauai:   Spearheaded by Julianna of Dance Class Kauai, dozens of dancers have “spontaneously” performed to Michael Franti's "Say Hey, I...

Mini-Golfing on Kauai

Mini-Golfing on Kauai

Kauai Mini-Golf is what our 5 yr. old lives for... well, maybe not lives for, but gosh, that boy is hooked! After one round of the island-style, 18-hole golf experience he wants to go every weekend, holiday, birthday, you name it! (Needless to say, we have played quite a few rounds.) Not only is...

Kauai Weddings (and Hanalei by Moonlight)

Kauai Weddings (and Hanalei by Moonlight)

Could there be a more idyllic place to say, "I do" than Hanalei Bay, Kauai? We don't think so, and legions of happy brides agree. Must have something to do with kissing under a rainbow, or a waterfall, or seeing Hanalei by moonlight…? If you are looking for an awesome wedding photographer, Sara...

Taro Trippin’ in Hanalei

Taro Trippin’ in Hanalei

Though I’ve seen it a thousand times, the view of Hanalei Valley's emerald green taro fields still takes my breath away. If you're interested in learning more about our agricultural staple - and checking out the last surviving rice mill in Hawaii - take a tour of the Ho’opulapula Rice Mill and...

Kauai Island Grocery Stores

Kauai Island Grocery Stores

You're just settling in to your incredible Kauai vacation rental, reclining into your comfy beach chair, warm sun bathing you, tropic breezes carrying the sweet scent of plumeria, lazy waves lap up to meet your feet, but something is missing! Of course!  A cool beverage, a bag of your favorite...

Kauai’s Bethany Hamilton in “Soul Surfer”

Kauai’s Bethany Hamilton in “Soul Surfer”

I’ll never forget the sinking feeling in my gut when I heard ambulance sirens screaming toward Princeville. It was a perfectly clear, crisp late October morning – way too beautiful of a morning for anything bad to happen. Only later did we discover that one of our daughter’s best friends had...

88 Shrines Lawai, Kauai

88 Shrines Lawai, Kauai

You will find, as you spend time on Kauai that this little island is full of inspiration - great and small.  The obvious include sand, sea and surf;  mother nature's gift and artistry.  Then there are those man-made interpretations/tributes to the unseen energies that surround us. In an earlier...

Ultimate Kauai Waterfall Hike

Ultimate Kauai Waterfall Hike

It’s been described as long, challenging, strenuous, muddy, rocky, steep, wet, treacherous, slippery—and the most beautiful place in the world. The 2nd Loveliest Waterfall... We’re talking about the trail leading to Hanakapi’ai, the Kauai waterfall CNN Travel just named second loveliest on the...

Kauai Beachfront Rentals + Hawaii Airfare Sale

Kauai Beachfront Rentals + Hawaii Airfare Sale

Towering kamani trees, swaying palms, a sprawling front lawn… the Kauai beachfront homes at Hale O’ Naue are an escape to “old Hawaii.” With views of Bali Hai—made famous in the movie South Pacific —these two luxury air-conditioned vacation homes are just steps from world-renowned Tunnels Beach, a...

Everybody Loves the “Nui”

Everybody Loves the “Nui”

“Our food is awesome: Our pizzas are awesome, our pastas are awesome, our Chef is awesome.” Our server Darcelle basically thought everything at Tahiti Nui, Hanalei's landmark restaurant, was awesome. The only problem was actually getting the awesome items: The Ahi Tartare wasn’t available, so...

Hole-in-the-Wall Grinds Kauai II

Hole-in-the-Wall Grinds Kauai II

E Komo Mai! Welcome to our second installment of Hole-in-the-Wall-Grinds, those little tucked away spots that are our local favorites when  “jone-zin’” for great food at an affordable price.   If you missed the last post be sure to check out part one of  Hole-in-the-Wall Grinds on Kauai's...

A REALLY Good Restaurant Tip

A REALLY Good Restaurant Tip

Rainbows. Waterfalls. Hanalei Bay. No Kauai vacation is complete without seeing the view from the St. Regis in Princeville.  Valet your car and visit the lobby bar—watch a sunset over Bali Hai—or have breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Makana Terrace.  Or better yet, splurge at Chef Jean-Georges...

Best Hawaiian Music on Kauai

Best Hawaiian Music on Kauai

The heart and soul of Hawaiian culture is in its music, and right now Monday nights are overflowing with hula and harmony at the Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue.I hope you go to a luau while you’re vacationing on Kauai—there are many,  and all are entertaining—but E Kanikapila Kakou (“Let’s play music...

Kauai Hole-in-the-Wall Grinds

Kauai Hole-in-the-Wall Grinds

You know them, those little tucked away spots that are your special secrets, those places you think no one else knows about; and you harbor that sense of accomplishment that it was you that found it and you’ll only share it with a cherished few. Kauai is one of those places. Many will agree that...

Nanea – One of Best Places to Eat in Princeville

Nanea – One of Best Places to Eat in Princeville

The Nanea Restaurant & Bar—tucked away below the lobby of the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas—is one of the best “undiscovered” restaurants on the north shore. They have a super wine list, but really, if you're on vacation on Kauai, how can you resist a lilikoi mojito or an Aninitini –...

The Churches of Kauai

The Churches of Kauai

The Hawaiian Islands' diverse cultural heritage and history is inevitably entwined with its diverse religious philosophies. Kauai has been considered by many ‘spiritual’ seekers as place of great power and connection to the Infinite and is home to religious and spiritual communities that span...

Remembering Andy Irons

Remembering Andy Irons

Lots of happenings on Kauai next month, but one that’s near and dear to my heart is a tribute: “Remembering Andy,” Jan. 7-9 at the Amy Laurens Gallery in Hanalei. Andy Irons, a three-time world surfing champion, was a Hanalei boy through and through—a great friend and an amazing guy who died much...

Babymoons: New Excuse for Kauai Vacation

Babymoons: New Excuse for Kauai Vacation

Babymoon? Huh? What's a babymoon? After hearing the word pop up several times I did a little checking. Evidently “babymoons” are the hottest new travel trend—“pre-baby” vacations—to give prospective parents time to relax and reconnect before birth—or “post-baby” getaways to give the new family...