The 2012 Kauai World Challenge Canoe Race

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One of the best things to do in Kauai is try your hand at kayaking on one of our serene and enchanting streams such as the Huilea in Hanalei or the Kapaa Stream. Another great choice is cruising the Wailua river as it turns and cuts back on itself, in a path carved by a millenia worth of rainfall. For the more adventurous ocean canoe racing may be just the adrenaline rush required before tackling a few ginger martinis or beers later in the day. Ocean canoe racing is gaining in popularity around the world, it offers the participant the thrill of riding waves and the introspection required of a long distance … [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...]

Island Gym and Fitness in Kauai | Stay Fit

Stay Fit at Island Gym and Fitness is Hanapepe

I love the opportunity to travel to an exotic getaway to experience new cultures. Experiencing Kauai means sampling new cuisine, savoring local brews, and sipping our own Koloa Rum. For me there is only one catch. How do you stay fit when the weather here demands ice cold local beer and Hawaiian taro chips? The answer is Island Gym and Fitness. There is something almost redemptive about an hour workout. Yes, even while on vacation. It a license to eat drink and be merry, knowing that this is one part of my routine that I do not have to abandon while away from home. And when I am attacking that 5th beer, it's a … [Read more...]

The 2012 Prince Kuhio Commemorative Ceremony

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All week we had been expecting rain with a possibility of thunderstorms predicted for the state, perhaps throwing a wet rag on the upcoming commemorative ceremony for the 2012 Prince Kuhio Festival. Like an unwanted but expected guest, you rehearse encounters at their upcoming arrival and none of them are good. Perhaps it was self inflicted anxiety. After 31 years here I should know to treat the television weather reports with a degree of uncertainty. Reports tend to focus on the island of Oahu, and even though we are only 100 nautical miles from the island, Kauai weather can be quite fickle. With seven micro … [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

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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...]

Counting Humpback Whales On Kauai Hawaii

Whale Watching on Kauai

Before the rains set in yesterday about 150 volunteers participated in the second whale count of the season led by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The counts are held on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii and Kauai where participation helps NOAA gather information about the whales and their behavior in Hawaiian waters. This data led our Governor, Neil Abercrombie to declare the month of February as Humpback Whales Awareness Month. Conditions at Makahuena Point yesterday were very good despite inclement weather and vog being brought up from the Big Island due to the southerly winds. … [Read more...]

Kauai Marathon 2012 | Things To Do In Hawaii

Finishing the Kauai Marathon

A significant sporting milestone was reached quietly yet inexorably this morning while the gentle denizens of Kauai Hawaii were sleeping. The Kauai Marathon 2012 is less than 200 days away and while most aspiring contestants will remind themselves that they have plenty of time to train. They should move forward on reserving their Kauai vacation rental for this storied event. Accommodations close to the start and finish lines are already receiving calls for the race which will be held on September 2, 2012. With the rich alternative to traditional hotels available in the area there will be choices ranging from B and … [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 Rotary Club | Making a Difference in Kauai

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Want to make a difference while you are on a romantic getaway to Kauai Hawaii? Taste a bit of the local flavor, sip great wines and help an even greater cause? If so, you need to mark your vacation calendar next year for the Rotary Club of Poipu wine extravaganza held annually. It's one of the best things to do on Kauai for oenophiles. This is the Club’s primary fundraiser of the year and it is always a memorable event. The crowd was entertained with the sweet melodies of Hawaiian music interspersed with unexpected rock and roll, and hip jazz interludes. A highlight of this year's event was an art display … [Read more...]

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