Archive for August, 2013

Koloa Heritage Trail: More than Just an Oceanside Walk

Monday, August 26th, 2013

en45The Koloa Heritage Trail is a self-guided 10-mile walk, bike ride or drive that will take you to some of the Poipu and Koloa region’s most significant cultural, historical and geological sites. Along the way you’ll find informative plagues describing the importance of each of the 14 spots.

This is a pleasant walk on fairly flat terrain, making it doable for most all ages and fitness levels.

Spouting Horn Park is home to the awe-inspiring Spouting Horn blowhole. This is one of the most photographed spots on the island. Here the water rushes into the narrow opening of a natural lava tube, releasing a huge spout of water as the ocean swells. The hissing and roaring sound gave birth to a Hawaiian legend of a lizard that was caught in the lava tube. It is said to be the lizard’s roar and her breath that sprays from the blowhole.

Next you’ll see the site of Prince Kuhio’s birth. Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole was the last royal heir to the throne and as a delegate to Congress he worked diligently for the rights of native Hawaiians. The foundation of his royal home remains can be found here at Prince Kuhio Birthplace & Park.

The third spot, Hanakaape Bay & Koloa Landing, was the site where as many as 60 ships were anchored each year during Hawaii’s 19th century whaling boom. At Moir Gardens you’ll see what began as a hobby garden and was transformed into one of the best in the world of its kind, featuring water lilly-filled rock ponds, orchid, a variety of cactus and more.

Just east at stop number five, the ancient temple that once stood here, Kihahouna Heiau was dedicated to several Hawaiian gods, including Kane the god of creation. The temple was 130 feet by 90feet and today, three hala-lihilihi-ula trees mark the heiau perimeter.

Poipu Beach Park is a popular attraction with the opportunity to see the endangered native Hawaiian monk seal as well as Green sea turtles. From December through April, this is also a good spot to view majestic humpback whales.

Keoneloa Bay is the home to some of the island’s oldest occupied sites, dating back to 200-600 AD. At stop number 8 you’ll come to the Makawehi & Pa’a Dunes and one that many feel is a highlight on the trail. The sand dunes are made up of fossilized bird bones, plant roots, crab claws and other substances. You’ll find many birds nesting and roosting here, especially from March to November.

Next, the Pu’uwanawana Volcanic Cone is one of the younger cones that make up the 5-million-year-old island. Number 10, Hapa Road was utilized as a supply and emergency evacuation route during World War II and there is also evidence that Hawaiians have lived in the area since 1200 AD. The Koloa Jodo Mission is a Buddhist Temple built in 1910, providing Japanese immigrants a place to worship, study their language, learn martial arts and take part in social events.

Finally, the Sugar Monument commemorates Hawaii’s first sugar mill, opened here in 1835 and just across the street is the Yammamoto Store & Koloa Hotel which was a booming establishment during the region’s sugar-plantation area. The last stop, number 14, is the Koloa Missionary Church, the first congregational church in Kauai and part of a homestead once owned by medical missionary Dr. James W. Smith.

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The Unique “Royalty” Three Bedroom, Three Bath With Two Master Suites

Monday, August 26th, 2013

en42It’s not often that you see a three bedroom, three bath accommodation with two master suites.  The Royalty at Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach is one of those times.  Not only does each master suite have its own Jacuzzi tub, one of the master suites has a kitchenette and own private entrance.  This is an ideal location for three couples traveling together.  Or how about bring mom and dad (they stay in the master suite with the private entrance) the kids (if you have more than two we’ll provide an aero bed) are in the second bedroom and mom and dad are in the other master suite with the huge Jacuzzi tub for two.  Enjoy a fifty inch HDTV in the living room and HDTVs in all three bedrooms.  The dining table seats eight or enjoy your meals alfresco on the outdoor dining table with umbrella.  This is a single story accommodation, so there is no one above or below you.  Enjoy the solitude!

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The Cozy and Romantic One Bedroom “Coral” Poipu Accommodation

Monday, August 19th, 2013

en39Our Coral One Bedroom might very well be the most romantic place to stay in Poipu.  You’ll sleep well on a super comfortable pillow top mattress with Egyptian cotton linens.  The light from matching Tiffany lamps on each nightstand set the mood.  Air conditioning, of course.  A love seat in the living room compliments the unique beveled glass top table that sits on top of a canoe, complete with paddles.  You have to see it to really appreciate it.  Cook anything you want in the full kitchen or use your stainless steel barbecue on your covered lanai for some fresh fish from the nearby Koloa Fish Market.  Chairs with ottomans are provided on the lanai for just relaxing and enjoying the vast expanse of lawn in front of you.  With all of the tropical landscaping surrounding you, enjoy the sounds of the birds chirping. View the video tour of the one-bedroom romantic poipu accommodation now.

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5 Reasons to Choose Kauai over the Other Hawaiian Islands

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

If you’re planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands for the first time, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed as to which island, or islands, to vacation on.  Consider that the Garden Isle has a habit of stealing travelers from other islands once they’ve discovered it.

With 97 percent of Kauai undeveloped, it’s filled with incredible scenic beauty sans the skyscrapers. The island has frequently been named the very best in the world to visit, including Travel and Leisure magazine with “World’s Best” recognitions chosen by their readers.

Here are just five of the reasons to choose Kauai over the other islands to help make that decision a little easier.

The only island with a navigable river

The Garden isle is the only one of the Hawaiian Islands with a navigable river. Join experienced guides who bring paddlers by canoe or kayak on the Wailua River that meanders through lush, tropical jungle filled with waterfalls and large rocks with ancient petroglyph carvings.

en40Surfing

Many travelers visit the islands expecting to try their hand at surfing, forgetting that the surf throughout Hawaii can be rough. In Kauai, beginners will find Kalapaki Beach at the Nawiliwili Harbor ideal with its shallow left and right sandbar break.

Experienced surfers can also find a great spot with the challenging waves at Hanalei Bay or Lawai Beach, depending on the time of year.

The most beaches

Choose Kauai for its over 50 miles of picturesque sandy shores, more than any other Hawaiian Island. It’s also home to a beach that was named the best in the entire nation, Hanalei Bay Beach Park. With a long, crescent-shaped beach that is remote, pristine and left untouched by development, many refer to it as “heaven on earth.”

Hiking the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon

Another reason to choose Kauai is the incredible opportunities for hiking. Na Pali coast can only be accessed by hiking, sea or air tours, decreasing the odds for bumping elbows with others on its 45 miles of trails. Wander through rainforests, past scenic falls and up to mountain peaks.

Trails bring hikers to 4,000-foot cliffs towering over the Pacific as well as into Waimea Canyon via the Waipoo Falls Trail. Visiting this “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is only possible on Kauai. The magnificent canyon features an ever-changing array of colors that are illuminated at sunset.

Botanical Gardens

Choose Kauai for its botanical gardens with three of four botanical gardens in Hawaii found here. Stroll through a brilliant landscape of flowers and lush vegetation, featuring an unparalleled diversity of native and exotic plants.

Discover towering palm trees skyrocketing 60 feet in the sky as well as bronze sculptures and tropical flora at Na Aina Kai with its fairy-tale book-like setting or walk through Allerton Gardens with its expansive ocean views and stunning landscape that includes the giant Moreton Figs made famous in the film “Jurassic Park.” Hollywood chose the location to film several scenes in “Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides.”

It’s no wonder that so many choose Kauai. Are you ready to pack your bags?

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Have You Entered Our Sweepstakes To Win A Free Week?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

en37There’s still time to become our next winner of a free one week stay at our Beachcomber at Hideaway Cove valued at $1260.  Join the thousands of fans who follow our Facebook page and you could become our next winner of the Summer Fun Sweepstakes.

In addition to great air conditioned accommodations, Hideaway Cove guests enjoy the services of Kauai Vacation Helpers.  They provide our guests with a Best Price Guarantee.  If you find a lower written activity price they’ll match or beat it! We also have off street parking, high speed wi-fi property wide, the use of a computer and printer 24/7 in our office, beach chairs, beach towels and coolers, plus the use of laundry rooms with detergent and dryer sheets.  All are complimentary.

You can’t win if you don’t enter, so ENTER NOW to become the eighth winner of our Sweepstakes.

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Top 10 Notable Quotes

Monday, August 12th, 2013

If you follow our Facebook page, we post a quote and picture of a Kauai tropical flower most every day.  Here are some of the most popular.

Politicians and diapers have one thing
in common. They should both be changed
regularly, and for the same reason.

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

en35When you get older, lack of pep
is often mistaken for patience

Be yourself.
Everyone else is taken.
Oscar Wilde

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

I have found that if you love life,
life will love you back.
Arthur Rubinstein

Never love anybody
who treats you like
you’re ordinary.
Oscar Wilde

Why moms should not text:

Mom, got a A in chem.
WTF, way to go!
Mom, what do you think WTF means?
Well That’s Fantastic!

If you’re feeling blue,
try painting yourself
a different color.
Hannah Cheatem

When tempted to fight fire with fire,
remember that the Fire Department
usually uses water.

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Private Single Story Cottage With A Jacuzzi Tub For Two

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

en30Our Royal Palm Two Bedroom Two Bath Kauai Vacation Rental is unique because it is our only accommodation that is single story–there’s no one above or below you.  So, although it has one connecting wall with our Beachcomber Studio, it’s in the dining room.  And the second connecting wall is from the bedrooms to our office.  And last we knew, there wasn’t very much noise coming from the office in the evenings.

If you’ve stayed in the Royal Palm more than two years ago, you’ll see almost everything new, including a new dining room table, new couch, new fifty five inch HDTV with accompanying entertainment center, new casual seating chairs on the lanai plus new outdoor dining table with a large umbrella

This is our second furniture replacement in eight years and we think you’ll like the results.  Also, that candid shot of the newlyweds in the large Jacuzzi tub, is really something isn’t it?  Just kidding.  Click here to see the Royal Palm video.

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The Old Koloa Mill Marks the Beginning of 172 Years of Sugar Cane Production on Kauai

Monday, August 5th, 2013

In 1835, the first successful sugarcane plantation was started at Koloa, Kauai with the Old Koloa Sugar Mill. William Hooper cleared 12 acres, planting the first sugar cane ever in the Hawaiian Islands.  Its first harvest in 1837 produced 2 tons of raw sugar and was sold for $200.

While sugarcane had been raised by ancient Hawaiians previously, it was done on small individual plots; it was the first large-scale commercial production in the Islands.

The sugar era also opened the door to a wave of immigrants that are today part of the Islands’ multicultural population.

en33172 years later, on October 30, 2009, Kauai’s last sugar cane company, Gary and Robinson made its final harvest on the island. With the end of sugar production on Kauai, there is just one producer of sugar cane left in Hawaii, Maui’s Alexander & Baldwin’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar co. Many feel that Hawaii’s sugar industry may be entering its final chapter and that within only a few short years it will be a thing of the past.

What remains of the very first sugar mill can be seen today in the grass park of historic Old Koloa Town. The mill began with large stone sugar grinders with plantation cut-cane hauled here by ox-cart until 1882 when the train tracks were built.  All that is left is part of its foundation and a 30-foot stone brick smoke stack, representing the rich history of sugar cane in Hawaii.

In 1912, the old mill was replaced by a much larger one to the east, with management changing hands several times, becoming a part of the Grove Farm Company in 1948. That plantation was shut down in 1996.

The site of the old building and its remains was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 29, 1962 with a plaque erected in 1965 stating that the site “possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States.”

Koloa was developed as the company town for the sugar mill with a number of informative signs throughout the town describing the history of the area with most of the architecture refurbished while still remaining unique to a typical sugar plantation town.

Every year in July, Koloa Plantation Days is held to commemorate this rich past. For nine or ten days, depending on the year, the festival celebrates the ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work the sugar plantations as well as the Hawaiians who welcomed them through music, dance, costumes and food. In 2013, the event takes place from July 19-28 with the 2014 festival to be held July 21-29.

If you aren’t fortunate enough to be in Kauai for this fun celebration, you can find out more about the history of sugar here by visiting the History Center in Old Koloa Town. The center allows visitors to trace the history of Koloa, the sugar industry and life in the plantation era through artifacts and photographs.

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