Rum Fire Restaurant in Poipu Kauai

Kauai Dining Guide

The Sheraton Hotel recently emerged from an extensive renovation this year. They upgraded their rooms on the Ocean side of the property and they reconfigured and renamed their ocean front restaurant. The newest restaurant in Poipu is called RumFire. It is located only steps from our Kauai rentals in Poipu so it is an amenity that is only steps from our home. Prior to this evening, eating at the Sheraton Hotel always came with regrets. In four previous visits in the past 25 years. I would walk away promising never to return. There are few places where the kitchen and the service competed for worst dining experience. … [Read more...]

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...]

An Update on Dealing With Solid Waste in Kauai

Endangered Hawaiian coastal birds

July 31, 2012 Update As the wrangling continues it appears inevitable that the site of the new Kauai landfill or recycle center will be Ma'alo. But it comes at quite a price. A recent study... yes one more please, details the pros and cons of Ma'alo which is located 2.5 miles north of Lihue. The plus is that it is centrally located on the island, has a low nuisance factor, it is situated at a distance from any communities. Additionally there is no active agricultural pursuits on this site. This was a contentious point in 4 other sites selected by an independent study in 2010 and a major sticking point with … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Mango Season in Kauai

Buy fresh juicy mangoes at the sunshine market on Kauai

After thirty years in Kauai Hawaii I have long stopped referring to seasons of the year as main landers do in the northern climes. Our seasons do not portend pronounced climatic changes as are seen above the 30th parallel. They are more subtle and can catch you by surprise when you glance at a calendar or hear from a sister that the kids are a bit overwhelming and how she can't wait till the summer has ended. I tend to gauge seasons by organic changes in my surroundings and not by dates. Winters are defined more by the ocean, the monster waves begin invading our north shore 4-6 weeks before any winter solstice date. … [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...]

Protecting the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Monk Seals at Rest

A decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to define areas around the main Hawaiian islands for the protection of the Hawaiian Monk Seal has been delayed for 6 months to permit public comments. The delay was self imposed by the agency who will be responsible for designating area around Hawaii's most populated islands for Seal protection. They have promised a decision no later than December 2, 2012. The push by environmental groups to create protected areas for the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal has been a unifying mission. One of the rarest mammals in the world with an estimated population of … [Read more...]

Kilauea Lighthouse Village

Kilauea Lighthouse village a new shopping center for Kilauea Kauai

Last night the Kauai Planning Commission green lighted a controversial project for the former sugar town of Kilauea. Known for its quaint cracker box style plantation homes that speaks of a bygone era when cane was king. With manicured yards that reveal a sense of pride in community and their shared history. My visceral reaction to the news was one of horror. Would the development burden the community with a significant increase in traffic, on a road that is long overdue for repair? Would we lose the originality and spirit that local businesses bring to a neighborhood? Exchanging them for cookie cutter national … [Read more...]

Epic Kauai Hikes

Kauai Adventure Club on the trail to Kipu Kai

The stars were aligned in perfect formation for me when The Kauai Adventure Club announced a hike beyond Mahaulepu Beach to Kipu Kai. Of all the epic Kauai hikes, this is a trek beyond the well traveled scenic south shore trail and it was held on a week day when most responsible people are working. The Kauai Adventure Club is a group of residents who have an affinity for hiking and Aloha and the members today ranged from 13 to 60 years young. Shipwrecks beach, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai, is a convenient starting point. There is ample parking, clean restrooms and water, all important elements to a great Kauai … [Read more...]

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