Kilauea Lighthouse Face Lift Continues

Kilauea Lighthouse turns 100 next year

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced additional funds for the continued renovations to the Kilauea Lighthouse. This is great news for residents and visitors alike who will see the historic structure as it was designed in 1913. The monies made available will be directed at much needed repairs. The contract was awarded to McMillen LLC a family owned business who will sub contract out some of the work to local contractors. This work will continue the progress that was begun with the first phase of the restoration that also identified areas that need to be addressed to the now 99 year old structure. The … [Read more...]

Best Restaurants in Kauai | Where To Eat In Poipu

Tapa's Bar and Grill in Poipu

Produce a list of the best restaurants in Kauai and it will be received with skepticism by local residents who will defend their favorites with the aplomb of a preacher. Not surprisingly, where to eat in Poipu is a question most often asked by guests at our Kauai vacation rentals. I respond with, do you want something simple? Do you like fish? Or, is an ocean view important? This produces a blank stare and I soon realize I've asked too many questions to someone who has just arrived following a 6 hour flight. We completely understand the fuzziness and to help you decide where to eat in Poipu, here is our list of the … [Read more...]

Kauai County Defers Smoking Bill

Kauai County defers bill to ban smoking on the beach

With the tenacity equal only to a starving dog with a bone. The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii pushes on in its efforts to make all parks and beaches in Kauai smoke free. Kauai members of Tobacco Free Hawaii offered facts on the dangers of first and second hand smoking. There was no opposition in the room to the scientific data brought forth. Everyone was in agreement on the health issues and the litter caused by discarded cigaret butts in the sand and the water. Of note, there were two speakers opposed to the bill. A member of Open Spaces Kauai, who reserved her right to speak until the Council meets in … [Read more...]

The Island of Lanai is in Escrow

Oracle's Ellison buys Lanai

It didn't take too long to find a buyer for the tiny island of Lanai. The sixth largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago is only 141 square miles in size. With only two major hotels on the island it employs a majority of the 3200 full time residents. Mainly former Dole pineapple workers who long ago lost employment when Dole Co. switched production overseas too the Philippines and Thailand. He will be buying the island from Robert Murdoch who has owned the Lanai for quite a few years having developed the Manaele Bay Hotel and the Lodge at Koele. Murdoch did develop a small resort subdivision that catered to off … [Read more...]

A Grand Plan for McBryde Gardens in Poipu Beach

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If you have visited the National Tropical Botanical Garden's (NTBG) McBryde Garden lately you have seen a whirlwind of activity from new plantings to the roar of heavy equipment improving and creating trails deep into the reserve. All this energy is focused on bringing greater accessibility and an increased understanding of the importance of tropical plants to the planet. If this will be your first visit, the Gardens are easy to reach from our Kauai vacation rental. Located on Lawai Road just a few yards before you reach Spouting Horn. The Visitor center offers a guided tour of Allerton Gardens which is the section … [Read more...]

Best Things To Do On Kauai In April

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Kauai Festivals, Events, Hikes, and Outings With Spring in full regalia the island of Kauai pulls out all the stops to embrace the new season. We have compiled a calendar of events, festivals and great hikes to consider prior to your arrival. Take time to plan, some of these best things to do on Kauai in April will fill quickly. April 1: The 9th Biannual Kauai Plant and Seed Exchange from 12pm to 7pm next to Papaya's Whole Food in Kapaa. Although you will not be able to bring back seeds from Kauai to the mainland there is still plenty to experience at this event. Presentations on Hawaiian herbal medicine and the … [Read more...]

Prince Kuhio Celebration | Events Schedule 2012

In Honor of the Gentleman Price

The Prince Kuhio Celebration is just days away beginning on March 11, 2012. The celebration has expanded this year to 14 days of entertainment and great things to do in the Poipu Beach area. Here is our events schedule for your convenience: Pacific International Free Diving and Spearfishing Championships Sunday March 11 through Friday March 16, 2012 This event is new this year. Kauai will host teams from Australia, New Zealand, Guam, New Caledonia, and Tahiti. Catch the Awards Banquet at Joe's on the Green on Friday March 16 at 5pm Prince Kuhio Rodeo Sunday March 18 at CJM Stables at 10am This popular event … [Read more...]

Walking into Kauai’s Agricultural Past | Ancient Hawaiian Farming

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Bob and Linda approached me as they were wiping splotches of ferrous red Kokee mud from the fender of their blue Jeep. "Don't want to get stuck with an additional cleaning fee from Hertz", he sheepishly grinned. They had stayed 2 weeks with us in our Kauai vacation rental and it was sad for me to be saying Aloha. Finishing up he smiled cunningly and asked, "We have two hours before we depart, "What is the best thing to do on Kauai?" Knowing they had hiked all over the island I replied, "Why not take a walk into Kauai's agricultural past?" The advantages are the proximity to Turtle Cove Suites and an opportunity to … [Read more...]

A Mahaulepu Moonrise Hike | Best Things To Do In Kauai

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I admit, there is a deep sense of satisfaction when I can keep my husband off balance. The look on his face when he hears an unexpected answer to his question is priceless. Mouth agape, eyebrows arched, followed by a bewildered stare into space. Oh, he does come back but I have never seen a re-entry in under 30 minutes. That's exactly how it transpired when I answered yes to a moonrise hike along the south coast of Kauai Hawaii with the Sierra Club. It was billed as a late afternoon hike along the majestic coastline of the Mahaulepu Trail to watch the moonrise, and to observe the whales. As it turned out it was … [Read more...]

Poipu Beach | The Golf Club at Kukuiula

New Golf Course in Poipu

The respected Golf Magazine has announced that The Golf Club at Kukuiula has earned its highest honor as the best new private golf course in the country. This recently completed 7000 yard course, designed by former touring professional Tom Weiskopf, is just steps away from our Kauai vacation rentals in Poipu Beach. The golf course earned the accolades for its verdant wide fairways that play amidst coffee fields on former sugarcane land in Poipu. Expansive vistas of the south shore that reveal landmarks like Spouting Horn and the National Tropical Botanical Garden's, McBryde and Allerton Gardens highlight this … [Read more...]

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