The heart and soul of Hawaiian culture is in its music, and right now Monday nights are overflowing with hula and harmony at the Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue. Read More →
The heart and soul of Hawaiian culture is in its music, and right now Monday nights are overflowing with hula and harmony at the Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue. Read More →
Guess we’ve had enough winter rains lately to ensure that Kauai will be VERY green this St. Patrick’s Day (sorry, but “no rain, no rainbows”).
Hopefully the luck of the Irish will shine on us in the form of sunny skies, so you’ll be able to tee off on Kauai’s awesome golf greens, or don a green sarong and hit one of our bonny beaches.
But if you celebrate the holiday the traditional way, Rob’s Good Times Grill and Kalapaki Joe’s in Lihue will no doubt be rocking—and Joe’s on the Green is your best bet if you’re staying in Poipu on the south shore.
If you’re in my hometown, be sure to visit the Hanalei Gourmet and say hi to “Big Tim,” who serves up yummy corned beef and cabbage every year along with lots of raucous cheer. Then, at “Happy Hour”—which admittedly may be difficult to gauge on St. Pat’s—head across the street to Tahiti Nui for an all-Irish set with our own Matt Bolton, who really knows his chops. Order a Black & Tan and stick around: Matt will be playing with a full band from 9:30pm to close.
Looking for a super special Christmas gift?
I love supporting local Kauai artists by buying original art at Christmas (or anytime). Kauai is a magnet for gifted artists and photographers, and the work produced here is truly amazing.
If you’re driving out to the north shore, stop in at the new 7 Artists Gallery in Wainiha next to the General Store. Offering an eclectic mix of paintings, photography, glass, clay, jewelry and furniture, this co-operatively run gallery is open seven days a week from 10 am – 6 pm.
Their grand opening celebration is December 18 from 3 – 6pm: drop by for wine and pupus with entertainment by the Ka’aumoana Ohana.
Hamilton is confined to a wheelchair with no use of his legs and minimal use of one arm, but he’s developed into a phenomenal painter… and an inspiration to us all. Check out the Christmas special on his website: any order of $80+ comes with a free 11 x 14 print of his newest work, “Trail of the Golden Bamboo.”
Visitors to Foodland in Princeville and Bubba’s Burgers in Hanalei have been surprised lately by more than the prices.
Yes, folks, the flash mob has come to Kauai:
Want to hear some real Hawaiian music?
If you’re taking a Kauai vacation this winter, don’t miss E Kanikapila Kakou (“let’s play music together”) Monday nights from 6-9 pm at the Kauai Beach Resort.
Now in its 29th year, this grassroots program features some of the best musicians in Hawaii.
The 2012 season opens Sunday, January 29 at 7pm with a concert, Waimaka Helelei ($20 advance/$30 at the door) and continues Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5, 12, 19, 26.
These three hour Monday night jam sessions bring composers, performers and entertainers to Kauai for magical evenings filled with music, song, storytelling and dance.
Ukulele players are welcome to come an hour earlier to get tips from the pros. The Monday events are free, but please, “add a dash of cash to the calabash” to help keep this wonderful program alive.
KAUAI EVENTS: Feb. 27, 2018-
Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% “Excellent, Highlight of our trip!”.
This concert will ‘Tune your world to Aloha’! Award winning concert artists Doug & Sandy McMaster have 11 CDs to perpetuate the knowledge and experience of the endangered artform of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele. Guided by the kupuna (elders), they have dedicated their lives to continuing the family tradition of slack key music.
#1 BEST LIVE SHOW – 2017 Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice.
2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
“Awesome music & talent!” – Kathy
“Soothing to the soul and spirit.” – David & Dianne
“To really feel Hawaii, you must hear slack key. It embodies Aloha!” – Bill
“Touched my heart and filled me with Aloha.” – John
The Princeville community center is easy to find at 4334 Emmalani Drive in Princeville, Kauai. Turning into Princeville community, take the roundabout around and turn right on Emmalani Drive. The center is the first on your right and is located right next to Prince Albert Park. The concert is held in the Aloha Room.
Tickets and information at www.McMasterSlackKey.com/liveshows.html or call (808) 826-1469
Accessible and Family Friendly Facility: This facility is family friendly with nice grassy area, playground, and park for parents to take restless children during the concert and intermission. Birds in the trees around the center contribute to sweet slack key serenade and tradewinds flow through the windows and doors around the center.
If you’re on Kauai this weekend and want a glimpse into a very interesting part of the island’s history, there’s an event at Art Cafe Hemingway on Saturday at 7pm that you don’t want to miss.
Way back in 1969—allegedly to get revenge on a recalcitrant Building Department—the brother of actress Elizabeth Taylor allowed a whole lotta hippies to camp on his oceanfront land in Haena, and for the next seven years “Taylor Camp” became a pot-friendly, clothing-optional commune.
Vietnam vets, surfers and hippies flocked to Taylor Camp and built elaborate tree houses in the jungle. Babies were born, gardens grew… but eventually the land was condemned by the State and torched to the ground, leaving ashes and memories of what many former residents call “the best days of their lives.”
Using historic footage, photos, and interviews, author/filmmaker John Wehrheim produced a book and a stunning documentary, “Taylor Camp.” On Oct. 6 he’ll host “Homage to Taylor Camp”—a discussion covering the making of film, along with rare and original gelatin silver prints of the era, plus live music (from “back in the day”) by Anahola’s Jeff Caldwell.
Admission is $8 and includes one welcome drink (with or without alcohol). Dinner and drinks (a “market-inspired” menu with locally-grown produce) is available for $45. Art Cafe Hemingway is located at 4-1495 Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. For reservations call 808 822-2250 or email email@example.com
Anyone up for a culinary romp through paradise! Hop in your car and follow the guide on a tasting adventure through Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast. Take a short stroll down an old plantation road and learn about taro farming; sample paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) food and enjoy tastings at some of the East Side’s best farm-to-table restaurants. This food tour is centered around the beauty and creativity of the Royal Coconut Coast and spotlights a founding chef of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.
A highlight of this tour is meeting Jean Marie Josselin, executive chef and owner of Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill and Jo2 (pronounced jay oh two). Jean Marie is a regional legend and a founding chef of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. During this tour, guest enjoy a private tasting at Jo2, celebrating what’s fresh, seasonal and local.
This 4-hour tour begins with a 90-minute tour at a family-owned farm where guests sample some of Hawaii’s traditional foods while learning about plantation history and culture of the Kealia area. The tour ends at a breezy ocean-side restaurant with island-fresh pupus.
These tours are designed by, Marta Lane, founder of Tasting Kauai. Marta, a Kauai-based food and farm writer since 2010, is the author of “Tasting Kauai – An Insider’s Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island.” Tours are expertly led by, Michelle Lemay, a professional tour guide for 10 years who has led adventurous visitors on trips around the world.
These exclusive tours are designed to be small. This allows guests intimate access and personal introductions to some of the best food makers on Kauai. Locally-made products that are available for purchase include, but are not limited to: fresh tropical fruit (seasonal), dried-fruit, honey, organic goat cheese, macadamia nuts, salsa, hot sauce, mustard, ice cream, cookies, pies, pasta and Hawaiian medicinals. Custom tours available too!
I’ll never forget the sinking feeling in my gut when I heard ambulance sirens screaming toward Princeville. It was a perfectly clear, crisp late October morning – way too beautiful of a morning for anything bad to happen.
Kauai has done it again! ‘Travel and Leisure Magazine’ votes’ have just been tallied for their annual ‘World’s Best Awards’… Kauai has topped the charts as the #1 island to visit in Hawaii, and has come in a close 2nd place for most sought after island to visit in the world! Now is your turn to plan your perfect Kauai Vacation and discover why people call our Garden Isle ‘the best place on the planet’!
Some ancient Hawaiian customs may have disappeared, but not the tradition of lei giving.
From airport greetings to weddings and graduations, these fragrant symbols of aloha express love and friendship.
Here’s a chance to learn one of Hawaii’s greatest art forms during your Kauai vacation: Read More →
‘Tis the season, so if you love mangos—and who doesn’t?—head to the north shore on August 19. Next Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm, the Waipa Mango Festival (just north of Hanalei town) will celebrate the “king of fruits” with all things mango.
That means mangos for sale, along with mango-inspired products by local artisans, cooking demos, music, and even workshops in tree care and grafting.
When you’ve had your fill of our favorite tropical fruit, drive up to Princeville for a free concert on the lawn at the Prince Albert Park from 3 to 6 pm featuring local musicians Madison with Tyler Nina… and the Nectar Mystery Band.
Nectar? That sounds like it might have something to do with mangos. Could be a sweet way to spend a summer afternoon.
Kauai has been recently named #1 for ‘Best Trips 2017’ by National Geographic Travel! Gotta check out the incredible article… the garden isle continues to make us so proud!
“No-filter Kauai stole the show in the Jurassic movies and more than 60 other feature films. The island’s ubiquitous aerial tours do deliver jaw-dropping views of the towering Na Pali Coast sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and other blockbuster locations. But plunging deep into the Garden Island’s wild side requires hitting a trail. Marked hiking paths lead onto the floor of Waimea Canyon, through the shallow bogs of Alakai Swamp, and across unbelievably lush landscapes. One newer route, the five-mile Wai Koa Loop Trail, passes through North America’s largest mahogany forest. For off-the-beaten-path treks, go with a local, says Hike Kaua’i With Me owner Eric Rohlffs. “A guide can take you to less traveled spots while keeping you safe, and educating you on all things Hawaii, such as identifying instead of trampling plants found nowhere else.”
— MARYELLEN KENNEDY DUCKETT
Family, fun, fireworks, the beach… if you’re looking for a great place to “camp out” this Fourth of July, this five bedroom “old Hawaii” style beachfront estate has it all (and it sleeps up to ten).
Adjacent to a white sand beach and swimming cove, this Poipu vacation home has a spacious covered lanai, a large lawn sloping to the sea, and views up and down the coast. (Heck, you might even see the fireworks at the Pacific Missile Range Facility from the deck of Hale Ohana.)
Actually, if you’re anywhere on Kauai on July 3rd, consider attending the free annual Stars and Stripes Freedom Celebration at Barking Sands. It takes place from 5 -11pm on the PMRF base… food, games, fireworks… and live entertainment by Anuhea, the Greenstone Project, Revival, and The Quake.
Enter via the Kokole Point Gate adjacent to the Kekaha landfill (there will be signs on the highway). This being a military base, all vehicles are subject to search. Check here for a list of prohibited items, or call 808 335-4346 for more information.
Lots of happenings on Kauai next month, but one that’s near and dear to my heart is a tribute: “Remembering Andy,” Jan. 7-9 at the Amy Laurens Gallery in Hanalei.
Andy Irons, a three-time world surfing champion, was a Hanalei boy through and through—a great friend and an amazing guy who died much too soon. Local artists who surf—including Mark Daniells, Pierre Bouret, and Saim Caglayan—will celebrate Andy’s life through their paintings, with 90% of the proceeds donated to his family.
“Surfing,” Andy once said, “is the closest thing you can feel to being kissed by God.”
Aloha ‘oe, Andy. We will always miss you.
My perfect Valentine’s Day? Hmmmm, let’s see, with three boys under six… maybe my husband could take the kids so I could have a little “me” time? Just kidding (I think). Seriously, here’s my idea of a dream date:
Are you planning a romantic Kauai vacation with your Valentine? These two properties are off the beaten path and right on the beach:
The Ginger Beach House is brand new, with five star amenities and 150′ of beach frontage.
This 4 bedroom/3 bath is located between Lihue and Hanalei in Anahola on Kauai’s “Coconut Coast”—an area that’s definitely retained its old-style Hawaiian charm.
A perfect sandy crescent framing turquoise water, Moloa’a Bay is another of Kauai’s “special” places. This 3 bedroom/3 bath home and detached guest house may be rented separately or together.
Call or email if you need more info. And Happy V-Day!
P.S. You can reach Kauai Island Cuisine at 808.635.2727, or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you happen to be one of the lucky ones to be visiting Kauai for the Christmas Holiday, please come join us and welcome Santa to the island on December 16th between 10 and 1 1 aM.
“Expanding visual reality” is photographer Aaron Feinberg’s motto—and wowza, does he ever!
You may have seen this photo (“Kaboom!”) before, since it’s been featured in National Geographic, and won all kinds of awards.
I think you’ll agree, Aaron has the most uncanny ability to capture the mystical beauty of our mystically beautiful island. Do yourself a favor and check out his magical Kauai images at the aFeinberg Gallery (three locations):
Things to do on Kauai:
Mai Tais. Check.
On Kauai? Yes, actually. This island is brimming with talent, so after watching a glorious sunset (with Mai Tai in hand, of course), head out to Women in Theatre’s latest production, “Kauai Briefs,” weekends through August 5.
The program—two new short plays by Kauai playwrights, plus “The Guest Lecturer,” a one act by A.R. Gurney—will be performed at the WIT’s End theater in the Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa (next to Sole Mates). Tickets are $15 at the door.
Performance Dates and Times:
Need more info? Call 808 826-9755
Your trip to Kauai is an opening to nature’s exquisite art. Cascading skies of blue meet their counterparts in surf and sand, luscious green mountain landscapes are festooned with breathtaking flora and fauna that have aptly nicknamed Kauai; the Garden Isle. Kauai also boasts multinational “human beauty”; residents and visitors add to it’s canvas of diversity.
Trying to capture all this beauty even for a moment is no simple task, but an intrepid band of Kauai artists make it their passion to interpret Kauai’s infinite energies on a multitude of mediums. And there is arguably no better place to experience this abundance of talent than to take a stroll on one of (or all) of Kauai’s eclectic “Art Walks’ .
Perhaps the oldest of the art walks is the weekly happening in Kauai’s “Biggest Little Town”, Hanapepe. Every Friday night is “Art Night in Hanapepe” and this sleepy little town wakes at 5pm and winds up around 9 pm. Around 15 galleries proudly display local artisan wares for local and visitor alike. Local talent serenade you as you stroll down main street. The Hanapepe Cafe (#808-335-5011) offers a way to start off and/or complete the experience with culinary art of their own. Set in a vintage 50’s style drug store, the cafe offers an ever-changing menu. Bring your favorite bottle of wine ($5 corkage) and enjoy their delicious cuisine.
Moving from the west side down to the south side, every third Thursday from 6-9pm is Kukui`ula Village’s turn to invite those wanting to whet their artistic appetite complete with live music, wine tasting, and pupus. Galerie 103, the Red Bamboo Collection, Scott Hanft Photography, Hawaiian Salt and Palm provide the venue for the local artisan while Living Food Market and Cafe host a formal wine tasting and pupus (appetizers) from 6-8pm.
Last but certainly not least the east side of the island in Kapaa town hosts it’s art walk on the first Saturday of the Month. Artists set up their stands between the Alley Cat Art and A. Ell Atelier. Angelique Ell, the driving force behind the Kapaa Art Walk and owner of A. Ell Atelier, features a different artist in her boutique every month. Entertainment runs the gamut from music groups, solo artists to even fire dancers!
Enjoy a day of fun in the sun and surf and then experience an evening of Kauai culture, art and entertainment at one of these Island art walks. You won’t have far to”walk” to enjoy and admire Kauai’s considerable artistic talent as well as unique opportunities for gifts and memorabilia to take home.
Schedule a tour or charter a boat with our concierge to spot these magnificent creatures! Treat yourself to scenic ocean views as guides take you to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. Regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale and you should never swim with or touch whales or any other marine animals.
You can also spot whales from Kauai’s many beautiful beaches, including Poipu Beach on the South Shore, and from scenic spots like Kilauea Lighthouse and the Napali Coast’s Kalalau Trail on the North Shore. On the East Side, the Kapaa Overlook between Kapaa Town and Kealia Beach is another notable viewing spot. Whales are attracted to Hawaii’s warm, shallow waters, so keep your eyes open on the sands of Kauai.
Provided by Go Kauai.