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Kauai’s Hindu Monastery & Temple

Kauai’s Hindu Monastery & Temple

Kauai has many special ‘gems’ that are worth your visit here on the Garden Island. ‘Natural’ ‘wonders abound with sunny white sand beaches, magnificent surf and snorkel spots, and mountain trails that lead to the idyllic waterfall.  But there are some marvels that are quietly tucked away,  just...

Baby, It’s “Kinda” Cold Outside!

Baby, It’s “Kinda” Cold Outside!

Well, actually, it’s about 75 degrees, but it might dip all the way down to 67 tonight! If you’re considering booking a winter vacation on Kauai, your best bet for consistently sunny weather is on the south shore. Like Hale Kai, a quaint two bedroom beachfront cottage with spectacular views of the...

Lei: The Beauty & Tradition of Aloha

Lei: The Beauty & Tradition of Aloha

When one thinks of Hawaii, certain images come to mind; the swaying palms, hula skirts, warm sun, azure blue water and sandy beaches and blue tropical drinks with little umbrellas.  But arguably the signature image that comes to many is the garland of flowers bestowed to the arriving visitor that...

Where to Eat in Hanalei

Where to Eat in Hanalei

Below are some of the choices for dining on Kauai's North Shore in Hanalei Town. Zelo's (Kalypso Island Bar & Grill) One of our very  favorite, hands down is Zelo's Kalypso Island Bar & Grill. Lunch, dinner, casual or a nice dinner out it's by far the best food and service on the north...

Heavenly Anini Bluff Vacation Rental

Heavenly Anini Bluff Vacation Rental

People say if there's a heaven on Earth it must be Kauai, and this Anini Bluff vacation rental is nothing short of celestial.  Located above Anini Beach, this is such a great location - the ocean views are awesome, and it's safe, quiet, and just minutes from the great beaches and all the amenities...

Honey Moonin’ on Kauai

Honey Moonin’ on Kauai

Do you know the origin of the word “honeymoon?” In days gone by, newlyweds drank honey wine for one whole “moon cycle” after their wedding to promote fertility and prosperity. Romantic, huh? If you’re planning a wedding or a honeymoon on Kauai, check out this Hawaiian cottage at Anini Beach on the...

Ultimate Greens: Golfing on Kauai

Ultimate Greens: Golfing on Kauai

Golf aficionados are chomping at the bit (foaming at the tee?) awaiting the opening of the new 18-hole Tom Weiskopf course at Kukui'ula on the south shore. Slated to open in 2011, the 216-acre course is more challenging than traditional resort layouts and promises to be a uniquely “island-style”...

Boot Camp and Bikinis!

Boot Camp and Bikinis!

Our beloved Prince Spa is closing for renovations Oct. 29 (boo hoo), but there's a new workout studio above Bank of Hawaii in the Princeville Shopping Center: Summer Lawton's "Fit Kauai." I've been going to Summer for personal training and OMG, she is amazing... so knowledgeable. I had a hurt knee...

Oskar’s Boutique in Kilauea Town

Oskar’s Boutique in Kilauea Town

Oskars Boutique, renowned for its extensive collection of unique & hard-to-find clothing & accessories.  This little Boutique has made it's name on Kauai's North Shore as the 'hot spot' to quench the shopping thirst for visitors and local folks alike (especially ME!)... Within the brick...

Paradise and Chocolate = Heaven on Earth.

Paradise and Chocolate = Heaven on Earth.

Recently we found one of those ‘hidden gems’ of a tour on Kauai that is not only fun for all ages,  but delicious,  educational and in tune with our shift to sustainability and organically grown food. Garden Island Chocolate, a fledgling company, has the only locally grown and produced chocolate...

Yes, We Have Bananas (and SO much more…)

Yes, We Have Bananas (and SO much more…)

Banana Joe's, the sweet and funky yellow fruit stand on the mauka (mountain) side of the main highway just north of Kilauea is a Kauai institution. It's one of my favorite places to pick up fresh produce, and my boys love their “frosties”—a healthy alternative to ice cream. They put frozen fruits...

My Parents Went to Kauai & All I Got…

My Parents Went to Kauai & All I Got…

Ever since the 1950’s when Marlon Brando showcased the T-shirt in the movie On the Waterfront the Beefy-T walking billboard has been adorned with every slogan, and example of artwork known to man and without a doubt is the most popular ’traveling gift’ for vacationers. The MOST Popular Traveling...

Poipu Beach Vacation: Memories Are Made of This

Poipu Beach Vacation: Memories Are Made of This

When people look back on their lives, they rarely remember traffic jams, carpools and laundry—but they do remember special times with family and friends. If you’d like to make some memories with your loved ones, consider Hale Hali’a: house of “cherished memories and fond recollections." This light...

One Square Mile of Hanalei

One Square Mile of Hanalei

Our lovely Hanalei was featured on OneSquareMile.tv.  If you are planning a visit to Kauai's North Shore and its  most famous town on the Bay, or if you're missing this place because you already know how special it is, you are going to love this entertaining  "slice of life" video on Hanalei....

Kokua: That’s the Spirit

Kokua: That’s the Spirit

International Forgiveness Day was celebrated in over 80 countries in August – and that got me to thinking about kokua, the Hawaiian word for aid, assist, and cooperate. It also means "extending loving help to others without personal gain." Kokua is why William Porter is building Anaina Hou, an...

Best Workout on Kauai’s North Shore

Best Workout on Kauai’s North Shore

With floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the Prince Course, the Pacific, and Bali Hai, time on the treadmill just flies by at the Princeville Health Club & Spa, which has to be one of the most beautiful “gyms” in the world. Open everyday, the Club features over thirty classes a week, from...

Featured Recipe: Pineapple Date Bars

Featured Recipe: Pineapple Date Bars

A dear friend of mine recommended that I  check out this cookbook , 'Hawaiian Style Cooking',  by local Kauai resident, Rhonda Lizama.  I have not had a chance to purchase the cookbook which includes over 600 Hawaiian Food Recipes, but I have checked it out online... and tonight just finished...

Hanalei Bay Beach House

Hanalei Bay Beach House

I like every detail of this Hanalei beach house: from the antique pine floors to the wraparound lanai...and it’s in one of my all time favorite locations: Hanalei Bay, where I learned how to surf. The owners gave a lot of thought to this house, and it shows: white board and batten walls evoke the...

Best Places to Snorkel on Kauai

Best Places to Snorkel on Kauai

Summertime is Snorkelin’ Time… winter swells are months away, and calm waters rule the day.  Three of the ten best places to snorkel in Hawaii are right here on Kauai:  Ke’e, Anini, and Poipu Beach. Ke’e Beach is at the very end of the road in Haena, at the gateway to the NaPali Coast. Get there...

Kauai App!

Kauai App!

Ok, so here it is... A must for all iPhone and iPad Kauai Travelers, the 'FREE KAUAI' App! What is it? Where do you get? Why is it a 'must have'? Ok, it is a app for all you iPhone and iPad users (smart people... Love our Apples!!) that gives you the total low-down & awesome money saving tips...