About Joe Sylvester

Aloha! I have lived on Kauai for 33 years where I have worked as an Agronomist for 17 years, owned an art gallery for 11 years and own a vacation rental for 17 years in the town of Poipu. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer and have been married since 1985.
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Best Things To Do in October | Kauai Hikes

Hiking through the kiawe on our wat to Kipu Kai

October is chock full of great hikes here on the Garden Isle of Kauai. Getting to know the island on foot will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will take home with you. The citizens of Kauai Hawaii respect their aina (land) passionately and it is easy to see why. Verdant mountains that exhibit subtle variations of green that can be observed and reflected upon at a casual pace are why most of us locals take to the solitude of Kokee in the west and Sleeping Giant (Nonou) on our eastern side. Here is a list of fun Kauai Hikes sponsored by the Sierra Club of Hawaii a small donation is required. What I … [Read more...]

Koloa Rum Celebrates its Fourth Anniversary

Drinking rum is must thing to do on Kauai

What would a tropical island like Kauai be without rum? Images of English and American whaler ships entering tiny Keawaloa Bay only steps from our Ocean Suite dance merrily in my head. Native girls and guys swimming out to greet the ship laden with their bounty. Fast forward to 2013 as I sit on the lanai with a cold glass swirling with color and Kauai's finest libation, Koloa Rum, the signature drink of the Garden Isle. Watching the Kukuiula Canoe Club stroke past the house, all six paddlers pulling in unison. Effortlessly. Everyone is welcome to the three day event held on the grounds of Kilohana … [Read more...]

Hawaii Airfare Deals. Travel to Kauai

Kauai Hawaii

Here is another airfare special as the winter season here in Kauai heats up. As Alaska Air continues to set the air fare standard that other carriers must follow to stay relevant in this market. Everyone is benefiting. Some of the best things to do in Kauai happen in the winter season when there is a tour de force of humpback whales frolicking and enjoying the balmy skies. See are Kauai hiking blogs for great ideas. Oakland to Kauai from $159 one way including tax Portland to Kauai from $199 one way including tax San Jose to Kauai from $159 one way including tax All can be found here at the Alaska Air … [Read more...]

Best Things To Do In Hawaii | Kauai Hikes

Mokolea Point

The New Year began yesterday trumpeting majestically on active Northerly trade winds of at least blow you hat off speeds. Not to be outdone, thunderous roars by epic 25 foot waves heralded the January first in the normally placid Hanalei Bay. While one of my best things to do in Hawaii is to enjoy the calm, clear waters of Kauai, I turned my back to the ocean and half hiked, well more strolled to the start of the Okolehao Trail. While there are many great hikes on Kauai detailed in the many guide books written about this magical land I have compiled a list of Kauai hikes in January guided by the local Sierra Club. … [Read more...]

Cheap Tickets | Hawaii Airfare Specials

Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii

The bargains continue as the Hawaii / West Coast market has heated up in the past few weeks. Long time kama'aina (old timer), Hawaiian Air has increasingly seen airlines sprouting to vie for a share of the lucrative Hawaiian market. Depart from San Jose or Oakland on either Hawaiian or Alaska Air and the round trip is only $134 or $151 respectively. This price includes the standard airport taxes. Travel dates are mid January to mid March. We suggest going to the airlines' website to view travel fares. See you in the island. Our March schedule is wide open. … [Read more...]

Travel Deal of the Year | Allegiant Air

jetliner over Kauai

As we promised in our last post on Hawaii Airfare Specials Allegiant Air has jumped into the Fall Specials arena. Not to be outdone by Hawaiian Airlines they are offering travel deals of the year from west coast cities to Honolulu. From the capital city it's just a short flight over to the land of enchantment, Kauai. All fares listed below are inclusive of tax and are just $198 round trip. You must book by October 231, 2012, for travel dates November 2012 to mid April 2013, except for some listed below. Here they are: Boise to Honolulu (starts February 9, 2013) Bellingham to Honolulu Eugene to Honolulu Fresno … [Read more...]

Cheap Tickets | Travel Deals to Kauai

jetliner over Kauai

Hawaiian Airlines has pulled out all the stops for travel between January 8, 2013 and March 6, 2013. It appears that the Fall airline specials will continue into the most desired travel season of Winter. The caveat is that tickets must be purchased by October 29, 2012. So there is little time to dawdle. Here is the current list, all prices are quoted for one way and they include taxes and fees: Los Angeles to all islands: $168 to $174 San Jose or Oakland to all islands: $148 to $154 Pheonix to all islands: $179 to $185 Portland to all islands: $176 to 182 San Francisco to all islands: $168 to $174 Seattle … [Read more...]

Opening Day of National Wildlife Refuge Week | Kilauea Point

Kilauea Point Kauai , Hawaii

The opening day of National Wildlife Refuge week at Kilauea Point could not have been more glorious. The sun shone brightly and the cloudless sky above the 203 acre refuge showcased its winged residents with tours and learning tents, as they sailed effortlessly on unseen trade winds. Every year in October the US Fish and Wildlife proudly celebrates our 556 wildlife refuges throughout the country. It is wonderful opportunity for the department to educate the public on the great work that is being accomplished to preserve native flora and fauna. And to highlight challenges and how the community can help by being … [Read more...]

Kilauea Point | National Wildlife Refuge Week

Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii

One of the best things to do in Kauai is to visit the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in the storybook town of Kilauea. From Lihue, just head north on Kuhio Highway about 24 miles and turn on to Kolo Road and then take the first left onto Kilauea Road. This straight and narrow road will lead to the Kilauea Point Lighthouse and the starting point for an epic afternoon adventure. We hope you will be visiting the island between October 14 - 21, if so, make a special afternoon at the Kilauea Point NWR. This is when the US Fish and Wildlife Department celebrates National Wildlife Refuge week here on Kauai and at … [Read more...]

Commercial Activity on Kauai Beaches

Kauai beaches

How do we balance commercial activities in public areas where visitors and residents flock to enjoy the scenic wonders of Kauai Hawaii? This is the challenge that Lenny Rapozo and the Department of Parks and Recreation are tasked with. Recently Rapozo and his staff have brought forth recommendations to do just that in one of the most visited of Kauai's public parks. Until the Federal court decision in June that allowed local governments to regulate commercial activities in public spaces it was impossible to get a permit from the County to offer beach activities to visitors in Kauai. The County was simply dead set … [Read more...]

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