An Insider’s Guide When Visiting Poipu Kauai

The wine shop in Kauai

Knowing a few local tips makes the travel experience a great deal more enjoyable, and heck its fun sharing a great find with friends. Here are a few insider tips while visiting Poipu that I share with our guests at our Kauai vacation rentals. The Wine Shop This friendly and inviting old world style emporium of wine and spirits prides itself on stocking great wines from boutique vineyards around the world. Whatever your having for dinner they have great ideas to compliment the meal. Just going to the beach for the afternoon? Their beer offerings will delight and surprise the most jaundiced suds enthusiast. … [Read more...]

Music, Moonlight and Romance in McBryde Garden

Fun at last years Moonlight and Music event for the NTBG

The stage is set for the 5th annual Moonlight and Music event in Poipu Kauai. The gala is hosted by the National Tropical Botanical Garden and it is their primary fundraising event for the year. Saturday August 25, 2012 is the date for this very special affair in the historic McBryde Garden under the moonlight. The evening begins at 6pm with tours into the Garden that will be dramatically lit to showcase this unique Kauai treasure. If you have only seen the Garden during a daylight tour you are in for a treat. The landscape lighting offers a dramatic perspective to this lush valley. Lights play off gnarly trunks … [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...]

What You Need to Know For a Hawaiian Beach Wedding

Hawaiian wedding in Keoneloa beach, Kauai

After months of uncertainty you've decided that saying I do on the beach in Kauai will be the ultimate in a destination wedding. Amidst all of the fun decisions of selecting a beach, and whether to go to the altar barefoot and adorned in colorful leis. There are the pragmatic governmental requirements that will require your attention. Here is what you need to know for a Hawaiian beach wedding. Obtain a Permit Accessing a permit on line is easy, just click here. The good news is that everyone who applies and follows the DLNR's requirements will receive a permit for a beach wedding. The form is straightforward, … [Read more...]

Learn Not To Burn | Hot Fun in the Summertime

Water sports are a popular Poipu Beach activity

Man it's hot one, like 7 inches from the midday sun.... Like that popular song from a few years ago we can already feel the intensity of the sun in late May here in Kauai Hawaii. Our Spring is typically short. One day cool with remnants of the last winter rains only to be fooled the following day by fierce death rays. As if our earth repositioned itself overnight, exposing its sensitive side to the brightest star in our solar system. It's a capricious heat too. With our cooling trades whisking away any moisture from your skin you can hardly feel the sun's rays. Hey, I know it's an important reason that you came to … [Read more...]

The Haena to Hanalei Fun Run | Best Things to do in Kauai

Haena to Hanalei Road Race

The 31st annual Haena to Hanalei Fun Run/Walk was held June 2, 2012. This 8 mile trek has to be one of the most scenic runs in the world. Sponsored by the Hanalei Canoe Club, this well organized and well executed run/walk is fun for the whole family. There is the actual walk/run that is 8 miles from Haena to Hanalei and a 5K for the less motivated and a 1K for the kids. The hills are a long grueling grade but you have the downs as well as the ups. The ocean scenery is so stunning the entire way you forget that “Hey , I am in a serious race and I want to win”. You cannot help but be distracted by the ocean … [Read more...]

5 Things You Must Do In Kauai

Kiss by a waterfall

Warning! This post will not suggest that you visit a specific beach while exploring the island. Nope, sorry, please accept my apologies right now. Beaches are not part of the 5 things you must do in Kauai. The fact is the island is known for beaches of unmatched beauty, and with more beaches per mile of shoreline than anywhere else in Hawaii. You won't need my help finding that special piece of paradise for just the two of you. These suggestions are for the traveler that seeks cultural immersion whenever they visit a new destination. Sample Local Food You can understand a culture through the food that they eat. … [Read more...]

Best Things To Do in June | Fun on Kauai

The Suites offer luxury affordable poipu beach rentals with oceaviews and deep plunge jacuzzi

It will be a busy month of June here in Kauai Hawaii. School is complete and the families will arrive with kids in tow. The universal question that all parents have is, how do we keep the kids entertained. We're here to help with our monthly activities guide for the Garden Island. June 1, 8, 30 Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Celebration at the Kauai Village (near Safeway) 4-6pm except on the 30th 5-7pm. Honoring some great local music icons on the 8th celebrating Herb Kane and on the 30th Hawaiian cowboy music. June 1, 8, 30 Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Celebration at the Kauai Village (near … [Read more...]

The Four Best Things To Do In Poipu Kauai

Romantic, secluded and some with lifeguards, our beach guide is ideal to explore before you set out from our poipu rentals.

How do you cram as much of Kauai Hawaii in just a seven day stay? A popular game plan among the hardy is to split their stay between the North and the South sides of the island. They share a common philosophy, resting is something they can do when they return home. While not our cup of tea when traveling, here is our game plan for the four best things to do in Poipu and in the burning western side of this magical island. Spend three nights on the North side of the island and four in the South shore. While you are staying here in Poipu Beach, all of these destinations are within an 1 hour drive of our Kauai vacation … [Read more...]

Best Things To Do in May | Kauai Festivals

romantic hawaiian getaway

Planning a last minute romantic getaway to Kauai Hawaii? Terrific! here is a list of the best things to do in May. From Kauai festivals to cultural events, fun outings and hikes all celebrating this special island that we call home. May 4 Na Lei Hiwahiwa Elima at the Kauai Beach Resort, 808.246-2111 for tickets, 6-9pm. A May Day celebration like no other that you have experienced. The Hawaiians celebrate this annual event with all the colors and splendor of our island. Contemporary Hawaiian entertainment will accompany the beauty of the lei. St. Catherine School Carnival 5-11 pm May 4 and May 5 on the campus. … [Read more...]

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