Blue Horizons: Oceanfront Poipu Vacation Rental

February 11th, 2013
Oceanview Poipu vacation rental home

Hana Hou means “one more time” – it’s what we say in Hawaii when we want an artist to perform an encore – and that’s exactly what you’re going to request after a luxurious vacation in this oceanfront Poipu beach rental. Wake up and stretch your eyes: it’s like being on a ship at sea. Make yourself a papaya smoothie…

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Where Do the Locals Eat on Kauai? (And Valentine’s Tips)

February 3rd, 2013
Where to eat on Kauai

If you’re staying in a Kauai vacation rental, that probably includes at least one trip to Costco in Lihue to stock up, right? So here’s a tip: stop by Mark’s Place in Puhi before or after. Mark’s is where we get plate lunches (with a gourmet twist), fresh salads, desserts and all kinds of good stuff. Mark’s daily specials are…

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Kauai Love Shack

January 26th, 2013
Haena vacation rental

Check out the view from this bathtub! If you’re looking for a beachfront Kauai vacation rental, you can’t get much closer to the ocean than this sweet little beach shack on the north shore of Kauai. Stylish, contemporary, but steeped with Hawaiian flair, this cozy Haena cottage has been renovated from top to bottom. Sit on the front porch with…

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Keali’i Reichel on Kauai

January 19th, 2013
Kealii Reichel music on kauai

He’s opened for Celine Dion and Sting. He’s played Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. And on Friday night, January 25, you can hear him right here on Kauai. One of Hawaii’s most popular recording artists, Keali’i Reichel promotes Hawaii’s living culture through music, chant and hula—and his original compositions (in Hawaiian) are spellbinding. Reichel’s concert is the kick-off event…

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Hot Tip: New Year’s Eve on Kauai

December 30th, 2012
New Year's Eve on Kauai

It’s official: favorite local musicians Matt Bolton, Vito Truglio, and Rhett Pierce will ring in 2013 Kauai-style at Tahiti Nui in Hanalei (with a very special, “almost-confirmed” guest from Vermont on electric guitar). And next door, in the Luau Room, “it’s gonna be crazy,” with a huge DJ party and laser light show. In demand all over the world for…

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Christmas Dinner on Kauai

December 16th, 2012
Where to Eat Christmas Dinner on Kauai

Kalua Turkey? Cranberry Lilikoi Sauce? Macadamia nut pie? Make reservations early if you’re taking a Kauai vacation over Christmas. If you’re staying in Poipu, there will be tons of kau-kau at the Grand Hyatt on Dec. 25: Breakfast Buffet, Poipu Bay Golf Course, 7 am – 12 pm $28 adults, $14 keiki ages 6-12 Holiday Buffet, ‘Ilima Terrace, 11 am…

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Princeville Vacation Rentals from $1,400/week

December 10th, 2012
Princeville condo for rent

Looking for a view to stir your soul? “We were quite literally shaken by the breathtaking view overlooking the ocean,” reports one former Pali Ke Kua guest. We couldn’t agree more: the views at these one and two bedroom bluff-top Princeville condos keep guests coming back year after year. The best units face Bali Hai or straight out to sea:…

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Culinary Tours on Kauai: Seed to Table and Farm to Fork

December 4th, 2012
Fresh food on Kauai

A culinary romp through paradise? Why not? Tasting Kauai’s day-long “Farm to Fork” expeditions include a farm tour, a four-course lunch, a cooking demonstration, and, on December 11, a tasting at Nani Moon Mead. (Nani Moon produces luscious tropical wines right here on Kauai with raw Hawaiian honey, local fruit and spices—no sulfites or chemical additives.) On January 14, the…

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Yes, We Have Christmas on Kauai!

November 30th, 2012
Christmas Events on Kauai

And it all starts Dec. 7 with the “Lights on Rice” Christmas Parade. (No, not that kind of rice… this parade takes place on Rice Street in downtown Lihue at 6:30 pm.) The celebration continues with the annual “Festival of Lights” at the historic County Building every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6-8 pm through Dec. 24. The trunks of…

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Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner on Kauai?

November 16th, 2012
Kauai Restaurant Thanksgiving

If you can get a reservation, the Hukilau Lanai at the Kauai Coast Resort is one of my favorites. They’ll be serving an (almost) traditional dinner with roast turkey, mashed potatoes, Hamakua mushroom stuffing, purple sweet potatoes and cranberry lilikoi sauce—but they’ll offer a special menu too. Starters include Lobster and Goat Cheese Wonton with guava plum sauce, Ahi Poke…

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