Archive for the ‘Kauai Travel’ Category
Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Hanapepe bills itself as the “biggest little town” on Kauai, and on Friday nights from 6.p.m to 9 p.m. it really comes alive with a fun and festive atmosphere featuring local works of art, live music and entertainment with local performers, as well as a wide variety of fantastic cuisine.
This charming historic town that is home to more art galleries than any other spot on Kauai was the inspiration for the Disney film, “Lilo & Stitch,” giving visitors the chance to embark on a journey into an era that is long gone in most places. On Fridays, sculptors and craftsmen keep their galleries open late and many local artists arrive to set up kiosks to display their work while local performers play Hawaiian music and other tunes in the streets.
Why should you attend Hanapepe Art Night?
There is an amazing variety of tasty and affordable food to be found on Friday nights in Hanapepe. Mele’s Kusina offers local favorites for just $7 a plate such as the Longanisa Plate with homemade vinegar pork sausage deep fried to a juicy golden brown and served with two scoops of rice and potato salad.
You’ll also find roadside truck vendors like the Monster Taco Truck and the Silver Elephant with Thai food. Little Fish Coffee not only offers coffee, but some of the best shaved ice on the island.
Many come to Hanapepe on Friday night just for the pie; the “Right Slice” offers heavenly slices of to-die-for pies. Bobbie’s is known for some of the best Hawaiian barbecue on the island and delicious plates including Korean fried chicken, kalbi short ribs, breaded mahi mahi, teriyaki beef, Spam, loco moco and much more.
The musical entertainment here features everything from string trios to solo ukulele to slack key guitar and more. Westside Smitty is a favorite, belting out rockabilly tunes with a guitar slung in front and a harmonica propped near his mouth – you can’t miss him. He plays well-known ballads as well as outstanding original songs such as “Kekaha Rooster” and can often be found in front of the Storybook Theater or the Talk Story Book Store.
Of course the main feature of Hanapepe Art Night is the art! Located across from the Monster Tacos truck and the Talk Story Bookstore, Amy-Lauren’s Gallery is a favorite of many. Her collection is considered a “must-see,” featuring some of the most unique originals that showcase local artists.
Camille Fontaine is just one of the artists with works found here; she is the daughter of the famed local artist, James Doyle as well as the half-sister of the gallery owner, Amy-Lauren Jones. Her paintings are often comprised of vibrant colors complemented by an impressionist style similar to her father’s. Gallery manager Michael Sieradzki notes her work is like “Van Gogh with a twist of Mardis Gras.”
Friday nights in Hanapepe will also give visitors the chance to meet with some of these wonderful local artists and gallery owners. Don’t miss it!
Monday, August 26th, 2013
The 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.
Monday, August 26th, 2013
It’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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
172 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.
Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Travelers looking for the ultimate tropical escape often choose the island of Kauai as their destination; in fact, the Garden Isle has frequently been named as the number one island in the U.S. to visit by readers of Travel and Leisure magazine. It’s hard to beat with its awe-inspiring beauty and peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.
Many of those same travelers expect the same when it comes to lodgings on the island. What are some of the top amenities they look when making a decision on which Poipu Beach vacation rental to choose?
Wi-Fi is an obvious choice for business travelers, but some may be surprised to find that it’s ranked number one as the most important amenity for all types of travelers and a variety of accommodation options including Poipu Beach vacation rental, hotels and resorts.
Even travelers on a romantic vacation want to be able to stay in touch with family and friends, upload photos, get travel updates and more. At Hideaway Cove, high speed wireless internet is available property wide. If you didn’t bring your laptop, you’ll even find a staffed Business Center with a computer, fax, copier and printer available for guests at no charge.
Outdoor living space
An outdoor living space such as a porch, patio, lanai or balcony with a view is also highly desired. Travelers want to be able to enjoy the warm climate, watch the birds or even glimpse dolphins as they leap from the water.
All of the vacation rentals at Hideaway Cove offer an outdoor dining area on covered lanais that even include a stainless steel gas barbecue; some also included that coveted ocean view while all offer a lush garden setting.
Private hot tub
A private hot tub is also an important amenity to many travelers. The ability to soak your cares away, or soothe sore muscles after a long day hiking, surfing or taking part in other outdoor pursuits greatly enhances any vacation experience.
Can you imagine enjoying a magnificent ocean view while relaxing in your own hot tub? A Poipu Beach vacation rental at Hideaway Cove can make this dream a reality too.
High-quality bed linens
It’s hard to have a truly enjoyable experience if you don’t sleep well at night. When it comes to a comfortable stay, linens with high-thread counts are a must for many travelers. You’ll find all the luxurious beds in the vacation rentals at Hideaway Cove feature super comfy pillow-top mattresses and high thread count Egyptian cotton linens.
Concierge services are an important yet often-missed amenity in even some of the finest establishments. Even if you are vacationing in paradise, there are times you might want to spend the day indoors and have delicious meals delivered to your door. Are your muscles craving a massage after a challenging hike on the Nepali Coast or other thrilling adventure?
Hideaway Cove offers concierge services that include an option for a private chef as well as an in-room massage. They can make recommendations as to activities, restaurants, entertainment and shopping or even help make that hard-to-get reservation.
If you thought staying in a Poipu Beach vacation rental meant having to go without some of your favorite amenities, think again. You’ll have everything you want and much more by choosing Hideaway Cove.
Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Our Seabreeze Two Bedroom Two Bath is Hideaway Cove’s most popular accommodation, so reservations should be made at least six months in advance. Enjoy ocean views from your spacious 1600 sq. ft with everything you’ll need for a relaxing stay. Your two lanais offer options–one for relaxing and outdoor dining and the other for your private hot tub. The Seabreeze is a favorite of honeymooners, who enjoy the ocean views, hot tub and private hot tub. New additions include a fifty inch HDTV and entertainment center plus HDTVs in both bedrooms.
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Monday, July 8th, 2013
There are many reasons to choose Kauai over Hawaii’s other islands, including its spectacular landscape filled with an abundance of waterfalls, lush gardens and picturesque beaches. The opportunity to participate in nearly an endless number of outdoor activities can be found here, and just a few years ago yet another was added to that already long list.
The Kauai Coastal Path offers the opportunity to take a gentle stroll or a casual bike ride along the island’s spectacular shores with expansive views of the dazzling Pacific. The path begins at Kappa town north of Wailua on the island’s east side and heads north past Kealia – it continues to be extended each year.
While there are opportunities for more thrilling, challenging bike rides such as through Wailua Canyon, this path is fairly flat with few hills, making it ideal for people of all ages and abilities who want to get out and cycle
Walk, ride or run and experience breathtaking scenery as it stretches the coastline for miles. From December to May, when the magnificent humpback whales are in the area you might just see these gentle giants put on an exciting display as they tail slap or breech through the water.
is a prime place found along the Kauai Coastal Path for whale watching while dolphins and turtles can be seen year round.
Don’t forget your bathing suit as well as a picnic lunch. Kealia Beach is a beautiful crescent shaped beach over a half-mile long offering sheltered picnic tables. This is also a popular place to swim when the surf is calm. You might remember this beach from the film “The Descendants.”
Along the entire Kauai Coast Path you’ll find numerous pavilions with the opportunity to enjoy outdoor dining and stunning ocean views.
At the end of the path, be sure to take the short hike to Secluded Cove, a beautiful spot filled with brilliantly-colored fish among black lava rock and coral formations.
You’ll find a number of bike rental shops in the area, including Coconut Coasters. Rent a classic style cruiser starting at $8.50 per hour, with special deals for a half-day, full-day or even an entire week. For a romantic ride, check out the bicycle built for two!
Those with small children can rent a trailer that attaches to an adult bike, while kids ages six through 12 can choose from bikes meant especially for their size.
Kapaa Beach Shop is another great place to rent bikes. Most shops require you to return your bikes by 4pm, which means having to miss the beautiful sunsets at the beach. Owner Janie and her husband live behind their shop, so bringing their bikes back after the sun sets is no problem. Just let them know when you leave that you’ll be coming back after dark. If you are going to watch the sunset and ride home afterward, please be sure and bring a flashlight as the bike path does not have lights and is very dark in places.
Come to Kauai and see for yourself why so many travelers return to the island again and again.
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Top Things to Do at Poipu Beach: The Options are Nearly Endless
Kauai’s stunning South Shore offers visitors nearly endless options for things to do at Poipu Beach. Its breathtaking coastline and expansive climate often lures travelers from other islands. Here you’ll find everything from heart-pounding adventures to more gentle pursuits, with activities to suit the tastes and requirements of nearly all.
Consider these top things to do at Poipu Beach as a great start for creating your “must-do” activities list.
The island’s only oceanfront luaus can be found right at Poipu Beach via the Grand Hyatt and Sheraton Kauai Resorts; both are excellent. When the White House put together a luau, they called in the performers from the Grand Hyatt Luau as the evening’s entertainment.
A luau is a must experience for travelers to Hawaii and an ideal way to delve into the rich Hawaiian culture and traditions. Enjoy music, dance, incredible traditional cuisine like kalua pig, poi, fresh fruit and lomi lomi salmon, and of course, most importantly, the Aloha spirit.
The amazing hula performers and fire dancers make for what many refer to as the best luau throughout all of the islands – with the unsurpassed sunsets of Kauai and the dazzling Pacific as the backdrop.
Swimming at Poipu Beach
The Garden Isle’s alluring southern coastline offers some of the most pristine white sand beaches in the islands. Some of the best swimming, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and boogie boarding can all be found within a one mile stretch of shoreline. Poipu Beach has a large protected area and is the only beach on the south shore that is lifeguarded seven days a week. This ideal place for young children and infants is sometimes called “baby beach.”
Poipu Beach was also named “America’s Best Beach” by the Travel Channel as well as Dr. Beach with its series of golden sand crescents that are strung together to create an idyllic place to advantage of the many water activities available. A lifeguard keeps a watchful eye here seven days a week.
One of the best ways to enjoy the crisp ocean breeze and spectacular beauty of Poipu Beach is to get out on a bike. Outfitters Kauai, located at the traffic circle (look for the yellow submarine) has bicycles and helmets available for rent.
For a heart-pounding thrill, join Outfitters Kauai on their guided downhill bike ride through nearby Waimea Canyon. They’ll drive you there in an air conditioned Mercedes van while your bikes are towed in a trailer behind. At the top, your guide takes the lead on her bike while the van follows the last rider in line, blocking traffic and making this a very safe ride. You’ll take in the magnificent views of “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” a breathtakingly beautiful canyon that is ten miles long, a mile wide and over 3,500-feet deep.
Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach is an excellent location to shore dive. Rent gear and tanks from Seasport Divers (located next door to Outfitters Kauai. Remember the yellow submarine just after the traffic circle. If you prefer a boat dive or would like lessons, Bubbles offers both plus a certification program.
Surfing and Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons
Poipu Beach is a great spot to learn to surf and stand up paddle board (SUP). Charlie, a former professional surfer, is one of the most patient instructors we know. With an hour to cover the basics, you’ll be “hanging ten” in no time. Nu Ka Moi Surf Shop, right at Poipu Beach, also rents surfboards and offers lessons.
Dine Alfresco at Brenneckes Beach Broiler
Enjoy open air dining with a fabulous view of all of Poipu Beach at this popular restaurant. It features a varied menu with everything from burgers to fresh fish. Speaking of fish, you can’t go wrong with the fish tacos. There is also a large bar area with lots of HDTVs for sporting events.
Eat a Shave Ice
One of the most popular taste treats in the Hawaiian Islands is shave ice and it’s available right at Poipu Beach at Brenneckes Deli. Located downstairs from the restaurant, the deli also has sub sandwiches, sodas, potato chips and beer. What more could you ask for? Try one of the giant brownies at the counter where you pay for your purchases; homemade and very good.
Watch the Sunset by Land or by Sea
The best place to watch the sun set into the water is at The Beach House Restaurant. You can sit in the newly redecorated bar, have a pupu (appetizer) and a glass of wine and watch the sun sink into the sea. If you’d like to stay for dinner, be sure and call for reservations first. Or you can bring your beach towel and sit on the grassy area in front of The Beach House. If you’d like to watch the sunset from the sea, there are sunset sailing trips that depart from the Kukuiula small boat harbor in Poipu Beach.
With nearly an endless number of things to do at Poipu Beach, you’ll likely be planning your return trip before you embark on your journey back home.
Monday, May 13th, 2013
If you’ve made the decision to visit the Garden Isle for your romantic escape, you probably already know that the breathtaking isle is often referred to as the best when it comes to a tranquil, romantic setting filled with spectacular scenic wonders. From awe-inspiring sunsets to cascading falls, translucent freshwater pools, picturesque beaches and emerald colored-mountains that dip dramatically down to turquoise waters, the scenery is hard to beat.
When it comes time to choose the idyllic place to stay, there is no doubt you’ll want accommodations that meet or exceed the best of what the island has to offer for the ultimate Kauai romantic getaway, including a blend of the ultimate in relaxation as well as romantic activities and more thrilling adventures.
We believe Hideaway Cove is the ideal answer for honeymooners, those who are celebrating an anniversary, or any type of romantic holiday – here is a look at just four of the reasons why.
A special vacation deserves special treatment and the ultimate in pampering. We’ll go out of our way to ensure each guest has an unforgettable, fantastic experience by providing the services that will help you to do just that.
Looking for the best beach to view the most gorgeous sunsets on the island? Do you desire an intimate, upscale dining experience? Want to know where the best tours or activities can be found? Our concierge services will make recommendations based on your needs and even make the reservations for you so that you can spend your time enjoying each other’s company and your ideal Kauai romantic getaway.
Have you ever fantasized about having a private chef? You can make that dream come true at Hideaway Cove – what better time to utilize this incredible amenity than on a Kauai romantic getaway? Concierge Services will make all the arrangements while you indulge in Hawaiian-inspired cuisine featuring fresh, local ingredients without having to leave the comfort of your home away from home.
A couples’ massage is an especially enjoyable way to spend time relaxing together, allowing your cares to melt away in the presence of each other’s company. If you don’t want to head out to a spa, an in-room massage is another option you can choose at Hideaway Cove. A side-by-side massage is a wonderfully romantic experience.
Of course, your ultimate Poipu Beach romantic vacation must include a luxurious room to come back to after a day of enjoying what the island has to offer. Elegant furnishings here are top of the line including four-poster carved pineapple, canopy and sleigh beds with high thread count Egyptian cotton linens. Baths offer Jacuzzi tubs and rainfall showers, just right for two.
Enjoy the endless sunshine by dining outdoors in your covered lanai, or cuddle up together indoors and enjoy the entertainment center featuring a large cable television, cable radio, CD player and DVD player.
We think you’ll agree that Hideaway Cove is the best choice for a romantic getaway on the Garden Isle.