Most Popular Quotes

March 16th, 2014

Here are some of the most well read posts on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hideawaycove.

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In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

Robert Frost

 

Three grand essentials to
happiness in this life are:
something to do
someone to love and
something to hope for.
Joseph Addison

 

#1 Simple Truth Smart People Forget–

Education and intelligence accomplish nothing without action.

 

Not what we say about our blessings,
but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
W.T. Purkiser

 

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

Johann Goethe
Money doesn’t bring you happiness, but it enables you to look for it in more places.

 

Do not take anything for granted —
not one smile or one person or one rainbow
or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed.
Terri Guillemets

 

The trouble with going with the flow is, you might wind up getting sucked down the drain.

 

Age is something that does not matter unless you are a cheese.

 

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Oscar Wilde

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Don’t Miss Out!

March 12th, 2014

Although there’s still another two weeks until the end of our Sweepstakes, we’d hate to have you miss out by procrastinating.

So go ahead, while you’re still thinking about it, and enter.  Who knows, the blue bird of happiness may be about to bless

you with a special present–a free one week stay in our Beachcomber Studio valued at $1260.  Good luck!

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Top Six Essentials To Remember When Visiting Kauai (AKA Proper Etiquette)

March 12th, 2014

If you want to enhance your vacation in Kauai, one of the best ways to do so is to get to know the true Aloha spirit by becoming familiar with common customs and proper etiquette in order to connect better with locals. While each of the islands offers a unique beauty of their own, they share the same Aloha spirit which is quite evident when visiting Kauai.

09Using the words “aloha” and “mahalo”

Two of the most important words to learn before you travel to Kauai are “aloha” and “mahalo,” which should be used with sincerity. You will hear these words spoken often, and locals appreciate travelers who use them too. Aloha is pronounced “ah lo hah,” and has several meanings. Most visitors will use it to say hello and goodbye. Mahalo is pronounced “muh hah lo,” and means thank you.  Use it often!

Respect the environment

Kauai is filled with incredible beauty, and the surrounding waters as well as the land should always be treated with the utmost respect. Never litter and respect all private property by not crossing anyone’s yard to reach the beach. When in the water, do not approach whales, seals or sea turtles as they have no immune system that will protect them against human-transmitted bacteria. By law, visitors are required to keep a 100-yard distance from whales and 15 feet from turtles.

The lei greeting

The lei greeting is a time honored Hawaiian tradition that is also a part of celebrations such as a wedding or graduation. It’s important to avoid removing the lei in front of the person who has given it to you, and it should never be refused. To wear it properly, drape it evenly over the shoulders, across the front and back.

Shoe etiquette

Throughout Hawaii, flip-flops are frequently worn, but here they are referred to as slippers. No matter what type of shoes you wear, always remove them before entering the home of a local resident. To avoid standing out as a poorly dressed tourist, never ever wear black shoes with black socks and shorts.

Communication

One of the easiest ways to spot a tourist is the sound of their voice. Natives are usually fairly soft-spoken while visitors tend to be loud which can be viewed as rude and self-centered. If you’d like to connect more with locals, it’s important to avoid asking direct personal questions such as what someone does for a living. Instead, just listen and take time to develop a friendship by getting to know them.

Driving

Never honk your horn while driving unless an emergency is imminent. The state even has a law against using it as a greeting or as a way to encourage someone to move who hasn’t reacted fast enough for your liking – this is considered extremely rude. Tourists often speed through residential areas while driving well below the speed limit on roads where there is beautiful scenery. Watch your speed in towns and neighborhoods, and if you’re driving less than the speed limit through scenic routes, allow others to pass.

Immersing yourself in Hawaiian customs and being aware of proper etiquette can help ensure that you’ll experience the ultimate getaway that dreams are made of, and perhaps allow you to make a lifelong friend or two.

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Kauai’s Music Scene

January 25th, 2014

Experience the Music Scene on Kauai 

The Garden Isle may be more laid back as compared to some of the other islands, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to go out and enjoy some great live music. In fact, on Kauai you’ll find a live music scene with a wide range of entertainment that includes everything from traditional and contemporary Hawaiian tunes to jazz and much more.

There are also several different music venues throughout our beautiful island, including restaurants, bars, hotels and resorts, festivals and concert halls.

In Poipu, the Bamboo Bar at Keoki’s Paradise features live contemporary Hawaiian music every night, while Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort offers nightly music at 8 p.m. with the chance to listen to Hawaiian and jazz.

The Point at Sheraton Kauai Resort features everything from rock ‘n roll to more traditional island tunes each night as well as a torch lighting ceremony and a “Surf to Sunset” Luau at beachfront on Friday evenings.

en5kIlima Terrace at the Grand Hyatt features a variety of different music from slack key guitar to keiki hula.  Come before sunset and watch the torch lighting ceremony then stay for the music.

Stevenson’s Bar at the Grand Hyatt has live music many nights.  Call the front desk and ask what’s playing that night.  The bar also features pool tables and a sushi bar.

Tortilla Republic at Kuku’iula in Poipu  has live music many nights of the week and great mexican food.  There’s a lively bar downstairs and more subdued dining upstairs.

Every Wednesday evening there is a gourmet farmers market at the Shops at Kuku’iula.  What makes this one unique is the wine and beer garden with live music.  At five p.m, one of the local chefs does a cooking demonstration, complete with recipes and samples that’s not to be missed.

The Kalaheo Steak House in, you guessed it, Kalaheo features live music on the weekends.  Also a great place to dine.

If you venture to the eastside, you’ll find live music seven nights a week at Shutters at the Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue in a beautiful open-air lounge setting that also provides for views of the spectacular island sunsets. Duke’s Barefoot Bar on the sand at the Kauai Marriott in Lihue frequently has local performers entertain guests on the weekend and during happy hour with fantastic Hawaiian music.

Dukes Restaurant, owned by the same company that owns Keokis, is right on the water in Kalapaki Bay and features live music most nights.  Try the bar menu downstairs for a quick snack.

In Kapaa, on the first Saturday of every month the Aloha Beach Hotel features “Hot Latin Nights” with live music from 9 p.m. to midnight. Trees Lounge, also in Kapaa, has live entertainment with a variety of various artists as well as open mic nights starting at 7 p.m. every evening.

Up on the North Shore, the St. Regis Princeville Resort offers easy listening piano and guitar music at the St. Regis Bar from 6:30 to 9 p.m., while the Tahiti Nui Restaurant and Lounge in Hanalei features live Hawaiian music, often accompanied by hula from around 6 to 9 p.m. in a cozy, romantic setting.  From 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., guests can dance to rock ‘n roll.  Tahiti Nui was featured in the movie “The Descendants”.

The Mediterranean Gourmet in the Hanalei Colony Resort, not only serves a wide variety of cuisine, but it also frequently serves as a venue for fantastic live music. They’ve featured artists like musician and singer Anjela Rose, who is known for her haunting voice and soft guitar, Kauai Music Festival award winner Sara Thompson, a passionate jazz vocalist.

Of course, Friday nights in the old plantation community of Hanapepe, the Hanapepe Art Night is something that is not-to-be-missed. The town comes alive from 6 to 9 p.m. with a fun and festive atmosphere featuring local works of art, live music and entertainment with local performers, as well as a wide range of delicious cuisine.

For musical entertainment, you might find slack key guitar, solo ukulele, string trios, or something completely different such as Westside Smitty and his rockabilly tunes.

There is no shortage of musical entertainment to enjoy during your Kauai vacation.

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Improve Your Health – Escape To Kauai!

January 19th, 2014

How an Escape to Kauai Can Improve Your Health

Did you know that just the thought of an upcoming vacation can be beneficial to your health? Picturing a gentle tropical breeze and the sights and sounds of dazzling turquoise waters can instantly bring a smile to anyone’s face, reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

The opportunity to slow down and get away from the chaos of everyday life is likely to leave you feeling refreshed and reenergized and ready to face the world when it’s time to go home. Kauai is known as the best of the best when it comes to an idyllic spot for relaxing, yet you’ll also find outstanding opportunities for hiking and other physical activities to help improve both your physical and emotional health.

Kauai offers a much slower pace of life as compared to the mainland, while here many visitors rediscover what’s really important in life, and bring a more relaxed attitude back home.

De-stressing

Getting away from a fast paced life has the power to melt away stress and fatigue. If you’re feeling frantic and frazzled, take time to de-stress with a holiday on Kauai.

When was the last time you sat back and watched a spectacular sunset, without a care or worry in the world? On the Garden Isle, you can take time to feel the sand between your toes, take in the magnificent scenery and remember what truly living life is all about.

Spending time outdoors in a beautiful place offers a wide range of stress reducing benefits that can support heart health, reduce anxiety and lift away clouds of depression.

By visiting one of the many outstanding spas on the island, you can enhance relaxation even more with a massage or a variety of healing treatments.

en5iGetting fit

Of course with the wide range of opportunities for activities here, Kauai also provides an incredible setting in which to spark inspiration for getting physically fit, or to improve current fitness levels. There are numerous hiking trails that wind throughout the island, with treks suitable for just about every level of fitness. Here, the reward for the effort is often unsurpassed when it comes to breathtaking views.

There is an twelve foot wide oceanside path on the west side of the island (Kapaa), that continues to expand its reach each year.  You can walk or bike the mostly flat path, that includes covered picnic pavilions with breath taking views of the ocean.  You’ll want to rent a bike with a basket to bring along your picnic lunch and several bike rental shops are located along the path.

Other land activities include bike riding, horseback riding and even yoga on the beach. Of course, taking advantage of the warm waters that surround Kauai is practically a must. There are numerous fun activities that also promote fitness, including kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddling, surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and more.

Delicious, nutritious foods

You don’t have to worry about blowing your diet here; there are many delicious and healthy food options on Kauai. Of course you’ll find an abundance of fresh seafood, as well as heavenly fresh fruits like mangos, sugarloaf white pineapples, sunrise and strawberry papaya, rose and mountain apples, rambutan, mangosteens, litchis, guava and more. You’ll also find a number of markets and cafés that specialize in healthy, organic foods.  You’ll also find many of these fruits at the farmers markets located around the island

Papaya’s Natural Foods is a family-owned store in Kapaa with a large natural selection. It features an organic salad bar as well as hot entrees, including vegan dishes. Living Foods Market in Poipu offers an expansive selection of organic, sustainable and locally grown produce as well as specialty gourmet foods and organic wine.

Who knew that a vacation could be so good for you?

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Packing Essentials For Your Kauai Vacation

January 12th, 2014

Packing Essentials for Your Kauai Vacation

“What to pack?” is a question that is on the minds of almost every traveler. It’s an important part of any travel experience, no matter what the destination. There are few travelers who have ever returned from a vacation wishing their bags had been heavier, but what is really necessary for a holiday on Kauai?

The Garden Isle is a very casual, relaxed place. Unless you’ll be attending a wedding or part of the ceremony, there is no reason for ties, sports jackets or formal dresses.

There are several items that every Kauai vacationer should bring.

en5hSun and bug protection

In Kauai as well as throughout the Hawaiian Islands, sun protection is a must.  The islands are located near the equator which means the sun can be intense, even on days that are cloudy. This includes a strong, water-proof sunscreen that is 30 SPF or higher, sunglasses and a light hat. Of course, these items are all available on the island, but they tend to be quite a bit pricier than they are on the mainland.

If you plan to hike – and you should with much of the island inaccessible by vehicle, bring a mosquito repellant that contains Deet.

Necessary shoes

Beach sandals or flip-flops are the standard footwear in the islands, including Kauai, although they are referred to as “slippers” here. For any serious hiking into the Island’s spectacular rainforest areas, hiking boots are also a necessity. You may also want to bring comfortable, casual walking shoes for exploring Kauai’s towns or taking a stroll on one of the scenic walking paths.

You should probably leave your high heels at home, the odds are they’ll just take up room in your suitcase and never be used. Blisters can quickly ruin a vacation and there is just way too much to see on this beautiful island. You shouldn’t chance wasting the opportunity to enjoy it all by ending up forced to stay off your feet.

Bathing suits

If you plan to spend a lot of time in the water, bring at least two bathing suits. They don’t take up much room in the suitcase and this way you’ll have a dry suit to wear when the other is wet. You might want to spend time swimming or snorkeling in the ocean and then visit one of Kauai’s fabulous spas to take a dip in the pool or relax in a hot tub.

Clothing necessities

Pack light, comfortable clothing like shorts, sundresses and sleeveless shirts that allow the body to breathe in the tropical heat. Men might want to bring a polo shirt and khakis for going out at night as well. Bring one sweatshirt or light jacket and a pair of long pants for cooler, breezy nights. A light, long sleeve cover-up to wear when you feel like you’ve had too much sun is also a good idea.

Other essentials

A camera, of course, is a must. There are practically an endless amount of picture-perfect opportunities on Kauai. If possible, put it into your carry-on bag so that it’s easily accessible when you need it as well as in the rare chance that your luggage is lost. A pair of binoculars is handy for whale-watching and other wildlife viewing.

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New Sweepstakes Winner Announced!

January 6th, 2014

en17Congratulations to Jamey Fitzpatrick, the lucky winner of our latest Sweepstakes.  She wins a free one week stay, valued at $1260, in our Beachcomber at Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach.  We don’t know yet whether she’s coming with a friend or will be upgrading to a larger accommodation and using her $1260 credit.  Either way, we’ll be happy to welcome the ninth winner of a free one week stay with us.

For those of you that didn’t win, don’t despair.  Our new Sweepstakes begins right now.  So click this link to throw your name in the hat and you could be our next winner!

 

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Five Fantastic Kauai Hikes

January 5th, 2014

Top 5 Hikes on Kauai

Nearly nine-tenths of the Garden Isle is inaccessible by road, which means getting out and hiking is practically a must for Kauai visitors. The island is filled with natural wonders just waiting to be explored, from the rainforest of Kokee to the hanging valleys of the Na Pali Coast. There are trails to suit just about every age and ability.

Kalalau Trail

The Kalalau Trail is one of the most challenging hikes on Kauai, but also one of the most spectacular. It can be hiked in several different ways. It’s best accomplished early in the day to avoid bumping elbows with others as well as the intense mid-afternoon heat. The trail follows the footsteps of ancient Hawaiians along an 11-mile stretch of coast, originally used by Hawaiians who lived in Kalalau Valley and the surrounding valleys on the Na Pali coast.

The first two miles of the trail of the Kalalau end at Hanakapi’ai Beach.  This four mile round trip hike is considered moderate.  Do not go in the water at this beach as it is not safe and there have been many drownings.  Also, after a period of heavy rain, crossing the stream just prior to the beach should not be attempted.  Hikers have been swept out to sea under these conditions.  When the stream is calm, hikers can cross and go off the Kalalau  an additional two miles to Hanakapi’ai falls.  The falls top 100 feet and are breath taking.

If you plan to hike this additional two miles, take a picnic lunch and take a swim in the pool below the falls. These additional two miles are much more difficult than the first two miles of the trail, making the eight mile hike to the falls challenging.

The entire eleven miles of the Kalalau can be done in a day but be prepared. The Sierra Club gives this hike its most difficult rating.  You will also need to camp overnight, as there are not many that will be able to do the 22 miles round trip in one day.  Camping requires a permit and the campsite is checked by rangers, so be sure and apply for a permit before coming to Kauai.

It is also possible to arrange for a rubber raft to drop you off at the beach at the end of this eleven mile hike.  Then you can either have the raft pick you up in a couple of days, or when the raft comes back, gie them your gear and then hike out the eleven miles back to the trail head.

The trail provides the only land access to this breathtaking part of the wild coast. It traverses five valleys, ultimately ending at Kalalau Beach; the trail is almost never level, crossing towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys, dropping to sea level at the beaches of Kalalau and Hanakapi’ai.

en5gNounou East Sleeping Giant Trail

The Nounou East Trail is often referred to as the Sleeping Giant trail as the shape of the mountain has a profile that appears to be a giant lying down. This 3 ½ mile round trip hike is fairly easy, although it does have a rapid elevation gain of 1,000 feet. The trail ascends through forested mountains and gorgeous views, including of Kapa’a and Waipouli. This is a great hike on a warm, sunny day as the trail is shaded throughout much of the trek.

Pihea Trail

This trail located in Kokee State Park, is a moderate 8-mile round trip hike that is also known as the Alakai Swamp trail, crossing over bogs on a wooden boardwalk along the swamp. Shortly after the trail begins, hikers are rewarded with incredible inland views that stretch to Mount Waialeale from atop a land bridge that straddles 4,000 feet above the Kalauau Valley and the Alakai Swamp.

The swamp is the highest in the world, with its location susceptible to quick moving weather. On a rare, clear day Wainiha Valley, Hanalei Bay and even the Kilauea Lighthouse can be seen.

Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls

Kauai is blessed with activities that reap great rewards with just a small effort, and this is one of those. The Waipoo Falls Trail, also in Kokee State Park, is an easy 3.6 mile roundtrip hike that culminates at this magnificent 800-foot waterfall, featuring panoramic views of the canyon and the fragrant scent of an Awapuhi Ginger-lined stream.

The trek also includes views of the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The awe-inspiring canyon features an ever-changing array of colors that are illuminated at sunset. Along the trail you’ll enjoy breathtaking views into the 3,000-foot deep chasm. Be aware that the cliffs along the way have extreme drop-offs, if you’re afraid of heights you may want to rethink this one. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes with lots of traction as the trail can get quite muddy and slippery.

Berry Flats

This meandering two mile trail (four miles round trip) gets its name from the many berry bushes along the way.  Although there is an easy uphill climb at the beginning, the majority of the trail is level.  You’ll also pass through a grove of Sugi Pine trees, which were brought to Kauai forty years ago and planted here.

The Kokee Museum is the place to go for a trail map, that will include Berry Flats.  A private non-profit funs the museum, so be sure and make a small donation when you go in.  They’re supported entirely by donations and volunteer efforts.

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A Heart Warming Story For The Holidays

December 22nd, 2013

Happy Holidays to one and all!

My best wishes to all of our readers and their loved ones this Holiday Season. Following is s story that brings tears to my eyes each time I read it. I’ve sent it out during the holidays for several years, so if you’ve seen it before, take the time to read it again. You won’t be disappointed.

Aloha,
Herb

 

The Christmas Rifle

Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or for those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors.

It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving. It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn’t been enough money to buy me the hunting rifle that I’d wanted so badly that year for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible.

So after supper was over, I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace, waiting for Pa to get down the old Bible. I was still feeling sorry for myself and, to be honest, I wasn’t in much of a mood to read Scriptures. But Pa didn’t get the Bible; instead he bundled up again and went outside. I couldn’t figure it out because we had already done all the chores. I didn’t worry about it long though; I was too busy wallowing in self-pity.

en5fSoon Pa came back in. It was a cold clear night out and there was ice in his beard “Come on, Matt,” he said. “Bundle up good, it’s cold out tonight.” I was really upset then. Not only wasn’t I getting my hunting rifle for Christmas, but, now Pa was dragging me out in the cold, and for no earthly reason that I could see. We’d already done all the chores, and I couldn’t think of anything else that needed doing, especially not on a night like this.

But I knew Pa was not very patient at one dragging one’s feet when he’d told them to do something, so I got up, put my boots back on, and got my cap, coat, and mittens. Ma gave me a mysterious smile as I opened the door to leave the house. Something was up, but I didn’t know what.

Outside, I became even more dismayed. There in front of the house was the work team, already hitched to the big sled. Whatever it was we were going to do wasn’t going to be a short or quick or little job, I could tell. We never hitched up this sled unless we were going to haul a big load. Pa was already up on the seat, reins in hand. I reluctantly climbed up beside him.

The cold was already biting at me, and I wasn’t happy. When I was on, Pa pulled the sled around the house and stopped in front of the woodshed. He got off and I followed. “I think we’ll put on the high sideboards,” he said. “Here, help me.” The high sideboards! It had been a bigger job than I wanted to do with just the low sideboards on, but whatever it was we were going to do would be a lot bigger with the high sideboards on.

After we had exchanged the sideboards, Pa went into the woodshed and came out with an armload of wood – the wood I’d spent all summer hauling down from the mountain and all fall sawing into blocks and splitting. What was he doing? Finally I said something.

“Pa,” I asked, “what are you doing?”

“You been by the Widow Jensen’s lately?” he asked. The Widow Jensen lived about two miles down the road. Her husband had died a year or so before and left her with three children, the oldest being eight. Sure, I’d been by, but so what? “Yeah,” I said, “Why?” “I rode by just today,” Pa said. “Little Jakey was out digging around in the woodpile trying to find a few chips. They’re out of wood, Matt.” That was all he said.

He then turned and went back into the woodshed for another armload of wood. I followed him. We loaded the sled so high that I began to wonder if the horses would be able to pull it. Finally, Pa called a halt to our loading and went to the smokehouse where he took down a big ham and a side of bacon. He handed them to me and told me to put them in the sled and wait.

When he returned he was carrying a sack of flour over his right shoulder and a smaller sack of something in his left hand. “What’s in the little sack?” I asked. “Shoes. They’re out of shoes. Little Jakey just had gunnysacks wrapped around his feet when he was out in the woodpile this morning. I got the children a little candy too. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a little candy.

“We rode the two miles to Widow Jensen’s pretty much in silence. I tried to think through what Pa was doing. We didn’t have much by worldly standards. Of course, we did have a big woodpile, though most of what was left now was still in the form of logs that I would have to saw into blocks and split before we could use it. We also had meat and flour, so we could spare that, but I knew we didn’t have any money, so why was Pa buying them shoes and candy? Really, why was he doing any of this? Widow Jensen had closer neighbors than us; it shouldn’t have been our concern.

We came in from the blind side of the Jensen house, unloaded the wood as quietly as possible, and took the meat and flour and shoes around to the front door. We knocked. The door opened a crack and a timid voice said, “Who is it?” “Lucas Miles, Ma’am, and my son, Matt. Could we come in for a bit?” Widow Jensen opened the door and let us in. She had a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. The children were wrapped in another and were sitting in front of the fireplace by a very small fire that hardly gave off any heat at all.

Widow Jensen fumbled with a match and finally lit the lamp. “We brought you a few things, Ma’am,” Pa said and set down the sack of flour. I put the meat on the table. Then Pa handed her the sack that had the shoes in it. She opened it hesitantly and took the shoes out one pair at a time. There was a pair for her and one for each of the children – sturdy shoes, the best, shoes that would last. I watched her carefully. She bit her lower lip to keep it from trembling and then tears filled her eyes and started running down her cheeks.

She looked up at Pa like she wanted to say something, but it wouldn’t come out. “We brought a load of wood too, Ma’am,” Pa said. He turned to me and said, “Matt, go bring in enough to last awhile. Let’s get that fire up to size and heat this place up.” I wasn’t the same person when I went back out to bring in the wood. I had a big lump in my throat and, as much as I hate to admit it, there were tears in my eyes, too. In my mind, I kept seeing those three kids huddled around the fireplace and their mother standing there with tears running down her cheeks with so much gratitude in her heart that she couldn’t speak.

My heart swelled within me and a joy that I’d never known before filled my soul. I had given at Christmas many times before, but never when it had made so much difference. I could see we were literally saving the lives of these people. I soon had the fire blazing and everyone’s spirits soared. The kids started giggling when Pa handed them each a piece of candy, and Widow Jensen looked on with a smile that probably hadn’t crossed her face for a long time.

She finally turned to us. “God bless you,” she said. “The children and I have been praying that he would send one of his angels to spare us.” In spite of myself, the lump returned to my throat and the tears welled up in my eyes again. I’d never thought of Pa in those exact terms before, but after Widow Jensen mentioned it, I could see that it was probably true. I was sure that a better man than Pa had never walked the earth.

I started remembering all the times he had gone out of his way for Ma and me, and many others. The list seemed endless as I thought on it. Pa insisted that everyone try on the shoes before we left. I was amazed when they all fit and I wondered how he had known what sizes to get. Tears were running down Widow Jensen’s face again when we stood up to leave. Pa took each of the kids in his big arms and gave them a hug. They clung to him and didn’t want us to go.

I could see that they missed their pa, and I was glad that I still had mine. At the door, Pa turned to Widow Jensen and said, “The Mrs. wanted me to invite you and the children over for Christmas dinner tomorrow. The turkey will be more than the three of us can eat, and a man can get cantankerous if he has to eat turkey for too many meals. We’ll be by to get you about eleven. It’ll be nice to have some little ones around again. Matt, here, hasn’t been little for quite a spell.” I was the youngest. My two brothers and two sisters had all married and had moved away. Widow Jensen nodded and said, “Thank you”. Out on the sled, I felt warmth that came from deep within and I didn’t even notice the cold.

When we had gone a ways, Pa turned to me and said, “Matt, I want you to know something. Your ma and me have been tucking a little money away here and there all year so we could buy that rifle for you, but we didn’t have quite enough. Then yesterday, a man who owed me a little money from years back came by to make things square. Your ma and me were real excited, thinking that now we could get you that rifle, and I started into town this morning to do just that. But on the way I saw little Jakey out scratching in the woodpile with his feet wrapped in those gunnysacks and I knew what I had to do. Son, I spent your rifle money for shoes and a little candy for those children. I hope you understand.” I understood, and my eyes became wet with tears again. I understood very well, and I was so glad Pa had done it.

Now the rifle seemed very low on my list of priorities. Pa had given me a lot more. He had given me the look on Widow Jensen’s face and the radiant smiles of her three children. For the rest of my life, whenever I saw any of the Jensens, or split a block of wood, I remembered, and remembering brought back that same joy I felt riding home beside Pa that night. Pa had given me much more than a rifle that night; he had given me the best Christmas of my life.

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Need Room For Fourteen? The Big Kahuna’s The Answer!

December 15th, 2013

Hideaway Cove’s Big Kahuna Sleeps 14–An Ideal Space for Family Reunions, Wedding Parties and Large Groups.

When making the decision as to where to hold your family reunion, some of the things many people consider are the weather, the surroundings, available attractions or activities, and the type of accommodations available.
We might just have the perfect solution. The tropical climate of the Hawaiian Islands makes it an ideal destination for a family reunion any time of the year, and on Kauai’s stunning South Shore, there are a wide variety of adventures and activities to suit all ages and tastes. Of course you’ll also be surrounded by spectacular scenery including unsurpassed sunsets, picturesque beaches and dazzling turquoise waters.

When it comes to available accommodations, Hideaway Cove offers the ideal option for large groups with the 3,650 square foot “Big Kahuna.” This 5-bedroom, 4-bath ocean view vacation rental sleeps up to 10 in beds, or up to 14 with 4 additional aero beds. The unique feature not found in any other five bedroom vacation rental in Poipu, is that the Big Kahuna combines a 2300 sq. ft. three bedroom two bath upstairs with a 1650 sq. ft. two bedroom two bath downstairs by means of an internal staircase. Both the upstairs and downstairs also have entrances to the outside and can be rented individually as well.

This gives large groups the convenience and privacy of having four to six guests downstairs with their own master suite, kitchen, living and dining areas and outside covered lanai. en5eUpstairs is much larger, so six to eight guests can sleep there while also enjoying their own master suite, kitchen, living and dining rooms.

The upstairs indoor dining table seats eight and the outdoor table seats six, so everyone can enjoy meals together. This arrangement provides two master suites, one with a Jacuzzi tub and the other with a deep soak tub and two shower heads–unusual features in a five bedroom home.  Both living rooms have fifty inch HDTVs and there are HDTVs in all five bedrooms. They will never be any arguing here about who gets to watch which program.

The Big Kahuna is ideal for any group that wants to save money on accommodations and spend a little time together while still having room to spread out and enjoy some privacy.

Home away from home

The Big Kahuna offers a “home away from home” environment – much more comfortable than forcing everyone into individual stuffy hotel rooms. With two fully equipped kitchens completely stocked with everything you need, you can choose to save money on dining out by making your own meals too.
Of course, many celebrations include grilling out, and we haven’t forgotten that detail either with two BBQ gas grills. If the kids want to watch cartoons or a member of your party can’t miss that big game, there are no worries here with plenty of TVs for all.

Worried that with so many people there will be piles of dirty laundry that will need to be taken to the Laundromat or hauled back home? That won’t be a problem here, with a laundry room with two washers and dryers in the building, complete with detergent and fabric softener sheets.

With so many people finding it difficult to leave work behind these days, guests love that Hideaway Cove offers high speed wireless Internet at no extra cost as well as access to our business office 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A desk complete with supplies, computer, printer and fax machine are all available for use which is especially handy for printing boarding passes.
One destination

Centralizing your destination by having all family members stay in the Big Kahuna, or throughout Hideaway Cove’s property for larger parties, helps to promote the feeling of togetherness and reconnecting that reunions are all about. Being split up at a large resort or hotel defeats the purpose and usually costs more too.
Staying at Hideaway Cove is usually much less expensive than paying for individual rooms; here costs can be shared evenly and you’ll get a lot more amenities too.

Are you ready to include Hideaway Cove in your reunion, wedding or family vacation plans? Give us a call on our toll free line at 866-849-2426 and ask about availability.

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