Archive for March, 2011

Upcoming Kauai Paradise Found Sweepstakes

Monday, March 28th, 2011

In a few more days we will be posting the winner of our latest sweepstakes, Escape To Paradise.  The winner will receive a $1.225 credit toward a stay at Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach.  The credit can be used  in any of our seven villas, space available.  The $1.225 dollar amount will purchase a week in our Beachcomber Studio, with four poster carved pineapple bed and a Jacuzzi tub.

Our next sweepstakes,begins April 1st  and ends June 30th, and is called “Kauai Paradise Found!” The prize will be another free week stay at Hideaway Cove valued at $1225.

I gave some thought to doing a contest, rather than a sweepstakes.  I thought that entrants could post reasons why they wanted to win a free trip and have everyone vote on the winner.  Fortunately, I decided to ask our existing fans what they thought of the idea.  Boy, did I get an earful and an education to boot.  The education was how important it is to ask the people who you hope will benefit from something you intend to do, what they think of it.  In this case it saved me making a big mistake of doing a contest.  I had not idea that these contests could be “gamed” and that there are even sites on Facebook where you can post “I’ll vote for yours if you vote for mine”.  Kind of like when I was a little kid and my friend Sally said “I’ll show you mine if you…”  Oh, I guess that was different. :-)

Anyway, I owe a giant debt of gratitude to all of our Facebook fans who took the time to educate me about contests.  As a result, we will not be doing any “stinking contests”, we’ll be sticking to sweepstakes.  When I asked for ways to improve the sweepstakes and also achieve our goal of increasing our number of Facebook fans, several of you suggested giving additional entries to those who had their friends sign up.  I like that idea because it gives more entries to those whose friends sign up and doesn’t penalize those who don’t want to ask their friends to sign up.   The drawing for the winner would remain a random drawing at the end of the contest.

What I need now is a tip from someone that knows what software program, if there is one out there, could run this sweepstakes.  If you know of one, please comment here or email me at  Thanks.


I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you with your suggestions.  You can also email your ideas to




Kauai Tsunami Update March 25, 2011

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Photo by Peter Liu-Maui                       Maui damage                                       Maui home

To get a better idea of the extent of damage to the Hawaiian Islands and Kauai specifically by the recent tsunami, it is helpful to look at the damage estimates for each island.  According to the State Civil Defense, the preliminary damage estimates from the tsunami that hit Hawaii after the Honshu earthquake in Japan totals $30.6 million.

An estimated $2.3 mission of damage was incurred by public infrastructure on the Big Island.  Maui suffered $2.7 million in public damage while Honolulu had $3.4 million.  Kauai had $60,400 in damage to its public infrastructure.  The damage to businesses and private property was estimated separately.  Big Island businesses suffered $13.5 million in losses and $2.5 million in damages was reported to Big Island homes.  On Maui, the damage figures were $5.5 million to private property, including boats and $600,000 to private homes.

As can be seen by these numbers, the largest amount of damages were on the Big Island, representing under 60% of the total losses in the state.  Maui had the second highest total of damages followed by Honolulu and Kauai.

I reported in an earlier blog that the tsunami had been a non event here on Kauai.  These loss estimate numbers bear that out, at least in relation to the damages to the other major Hawaiian islands. This in no way is meant to minimize the losses by Kauai residents who suffered some flooding and damages to their boats.  Fortunately those losses did not include any loss of life.


Tsunami Update from Kauai

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

This photo by Garden Island Photographer Dennis Fujimoto is of the crowds in the King Kaumuali‘i

Elementary School cafeteria in Hanama‘ulu while waiting out the tsunami warning in the early morning

hours, Friday. The holding area reached its capacity just before 2 a.m. with lines overflowing the cafeteria

while others spent the night sleeping in their vehicles parked in the school’s parking lot.

The Tsunami sirens sounded for the first time at 10pm and all residents in low lying areas had to evacuate.


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This included all of our guests at Hideaway Cove, so after calling everyone and letting them know what

was happening, we invited everyone up to our home.  The first wave was not due to arrive until 3am, so

there was plenty of time.  Our 18 guests starting arriving around 11pm and everyone was here by midnight.

In these photos you can see everyone enjoying the buffet breakfast we cooked up at 7am.  The all clear signal

was given at 8am and everyone was able to return to Hideaway soon after.


For the most part Kauai did not suffer significant damage.  This photo, also by Dennis Fujimoto of the

Garden Island shows a pier area at Nawiliwili Harbor with the water at unusually low levels.  Properties

that suffered the most water damage were located close to the ocean and built right a sea level.  If you ever

wonder why you see so many house on the north shore of Kauai that appear to be built on stilts, now you

know why.


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