Archive for January, 2011

Win Free One Week Stay on Kauai

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Enter our Escape to Paradise sweepstakes on Facebook and win a one week free stay at Hideaway Cove.  This isn’t some ginormous (as my daughter would say) sweepstakes with little chance of winning.  In order to win you need to be a Hideaway Cove Facebook fan, which you can do by “liking” Hideaway Cove on Facebook.  We’ve already awarded two free one week stays in prior sweepstakes and this time it could be you!  Currently there are only 497 entires.  What are you waiting for?

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Donderos Restaurant in Poipu at Sunset

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Donderos is located at the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa in Poipu Beach.  Although the majority of the restaurant is inside and air conditioned, if you call ahead in advance for reservations, ask for one of the few outdoor tables shown here.  You’ll have a view of the ocean as well as verdant landscaping of the Grand Hyatt.  This is a really romantic spot, especially if you get there in time to watch the sunset.

This is an upscale restaurant with prices to match and the food quality and service is first class.  If Jose is working the evening you dine, be sure and ask for one of his tables.  He is the best!  The cuisine is northern Italian and the restaurant recently added “small plates” that allow you to taste many of their wonderful offerings without ordering a full entre.

Donderos is located a short five minute drive from Hideaway Cove Villas Poipu Beach.  These seven air conditioned studio, one, two, three and five bedroom villas are located on a half acre of lush tropical landscaping a five minute walk from the white sands of Poipu Beach.

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Irish Prayer

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

May those who love us love us,

and those who do not love us,

may God turn their hearts,

and if He cannot turn their hearts

may He turn their ankles

that we may know them by their limping.

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Missing Sign Found

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Earlier in the week, Kauai resident Janos Samos reported a sign had been stolen.  He said a community group cleaned up the Hanapepe lookout area, located on Kaumuali‘i Highway. The area beyond the guardrail had been full of trash for years, he said. The cleanup crew erected an aluminum sign with an educational message, greeting the visitors with Aloha. On or about Dec. 28, the sign, along with its concrete footing, was stolen. The group was asking for help to recover the sign.  Here is what the sign looked like:

On the surface this seemed to me to be a pretty reasonable request.  The sign is missing, they’d like it back. After all, who would want to steal a good looking sign like this?  Then I decided to read the sign, although the print was pretty small.  As best I can tell it reads “This area was cleaned ukp by the local citizens and supporters of the Lawful Hawaiian Government who love their ‘aina (land).  Please keep our beautiful island clean.  Take your trash back home or dispose of it in the containers, and remember (Next part written in both Hawaiian and English) Kauai is not America and never will be.  Enjoy your stay on Kauai!

Whoa!  What was that part about Kauai not being a part of America? Now I’m getting the sense this was no ordinary sign, and sure enough a follow up article in the newspaper a few days later said that the sign was not, in fact, stolen.  The mayor’s office had received a complaint of a sign being placed on State land and the sign was removed by the state Department of Transportation  No mention was ever made in the paper of the wording on the sign.

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Hawaii November Visitor Spending Increases 30%

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, total spending by visitors who came to Hawai’i in November 2010 rose 30.4 percent, or $227.8 million, from November 2009, to $976 million. Total expenditures for the first 11 months of 2010 were $10.3 billion, a 16 percent increase compared to the same periodlast year, according to preliminary statistics released.
For the third consecutive month (since September 2010) total visitor spending increased by double digits on all islands.
The growth in visitor spending for November 2010 was due to higher average daily visitor spending (+10.5%), and an 18.2 percent increase in total arrivals to 577,540 visitors. Total arrivals by air grew 17.6 per-
cent from November 2009 to 560,588 visitors. Canada (+28.2%), U.S. West (+23%) and U.S. East (+18.1%) showed double-digit growth, while arrivals from Japan rose 3.3 percent from last November. Arrivals by cruise ships increased 43.5 percent to 16,952 visitors.
For the first 11 months of 2010, total visitor days for all visitors increased 8.9 percent compared to year-to- date 2009, and total arrivals rose 8.6 percent, to 6,450,795 visitors.
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Quotable Sayings

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

Life isn’t about waiting for storms to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

When you get older, lack of pep is often mistaken for patience.

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Science ideas from our future leaders-today’s children

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

The following ideas about science were obtained from essays, exams and classroom discussions of 5th and 6th graders.

They illustrate Mark Twain’s contention that the “most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”

  • A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.
  • A vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which way it wants to go.
  • In spring, the salmon swim upstream to spoon.
  • Marie Curie did her research at the Sore Buns Institute in France.
  • One on the main causes of dust is janitors.
  • Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot.
  • Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers.
  • The four seasons are salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
  • The general direction of the Alps is straight up.
  • To keep milk from turning sour: Keep it in the cow.
  • Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.
  • Wind is like the air, only pushier.
  • Humidity is the experience of looking for air and finding water.
  • Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars.
  • Mushrooms always grow in damp places so they look like umbrellas.
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