November 25, 2018 marks the 26th annual Hawaiian Slack Key Festival on Kauai! This Hawaiian acoustic guitar tradition literally means, “loosen the key.” Artists loosen the strings on their instruments making for a unique sound as they finger-pick the notes. Brother Noland and Ho’okena are two of the sixteen artists performing this year.
The holidays are right around the corner. If you are visiting our beautiful island during the next two months you might want to visit one of these Holiday Craft Fairs on Kauai. Whether you are shopping for holiday presents or a gift for yourself, you may find just the right locally made item at one of these sales.
For the finest glass art on Kauai, be sure to stop by Kela’s Glass Gallery in Kapaa. Now in their new location across from the Kapaa sports field, Kela’s offers individually, hand-crafted glass made by domestic artists, including 15 from local artists. The owners pride themselves on selling no foreign imports. I stopped by the other day and was blown away by their selection.
Walking through the gallery I was impressed by the variety of glass art. There are glass sculptures, fish and sea life, platters, bowls, paperweights, vases, candles and perfume bottles.
With the exception of the Saint Regis Hotel, you will not find a restaurant in Princeville with a better view than the Happy Talk Lounge. Whether you are in need of an island cocktail, a light dinner or a place to watch the game, this sports bar overlooking the grounds of Hanalei Bay Resort is the perfect spot to witness a Kauai sunset (other than from Honu Point, of course).
The Happy Talk Lounge also offers live entertainment every night of the week. Local musicians perform from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. While the music can be a bit loud, depending on the kind of music and number of musicians, it definitely adds to the ambiance and keeps the place lively. One of my favorites is Michael Ruff who plays the keyboard and sings.
If you are visiting Kauai, there is no better place to tee up than the Princeville Makai Golf Course. This video will surely get you in the mood.
As you can see from the video, the Princeville Makai Golf Course wraps in and out of the Princeville Resort Community. The views of the ocean, mountains and Hanalei Bay are spectacular. Besides the golfing activities I mentioned in a previous blog, there are now lessons available with the golf pro, Andrew Schmidt.
If you are on Kauai October 19th and 20th, do not miss the fourth annual Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival in Hanapepe, Kaua’i. Yes, it is a bit of a drive from Honu Point (about 90 minutes), but it will give you a chance to see our Historic Hanapepe Town and indulge in two of my favorite treats. This is a celebration of all things chocolate and coffee featuring a variety of these products from around the state.
The Kaua’i Chocolate & Coffee Festival spans over two days beginning on Friday with tours and workshops continuing into the evening. Then it picks up again on Saturday morning in order to highlight all the attributes of these two favorite local crops. The street festival takes place in Historic Hanapepe Town and includes farm tours, informative classes, workshops/demonstrations, live entertainment, a chocolate & coffee pampering station, a silent auction, keiki activities, sampling and much more.
Two Princeville events will be taking place at the Princeville Community Center later this month. The first features local, north shore artists who will be exhibiting their recent creations. It is a three day event starting with an opening gala night with pupus (appetizers) on Friday, October 26th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The show continues on Saturday, October 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and on Sunday, October 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. There are so many talented artists who live on the north shore of Kauai. Make sure you stop by to be inspired by their work. The Princeville Community Center is located at 4334 Emmalani Drive (across from the library and next to the playground).
A second Princeville event will be held on Saturday, October 19th (weather permitting). A giant screening of the movie, “The Secret Life of Pets” will be shown in Prince Albert Park (in front of the playground). Bring a picnic basket full of goodies and some chairs for a fun evening with the locals. The movie begins at dusk.
These two Princeville events are sponsored by the Princeville Hanalei Fine Arts Committee and the Princeville Hanalei Events Committee.
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When I picked up a friend from the airport recently I suggested we eat lunch at Cafe Hemingway in Kapaa. Another friend had just recommended it to me and it was a chance for me to check it out. The restaurant has been open since 2011 but it has gone through several reiterations since then. I always thought it was simply a coffee shop with some breakfast items. I discovered there is much more to Cafe Hemingway than coffee.
Walking into the restaurant one might think you have been dropped into a European bistro. Antique furniture and cozy settings are a welcome relief from the busy highway just outside its doors.
I must admit that I am not a sushi aficionado, but I trust that Sushi Girl has the best sushi on the north shore of Kauai because I have heard it from so many people. Starting out in a tiny hole-in-the-wall space in Wainiha, Sushi Girl relocated to a cute kiosk in the Kong Lung Market Center a couple of years ago.
One of my favorite bakeries on the north shore of Kauai is the Kilauea Bakery. Nestled in the courtyard of the Kong Lung Shopping center, it is a perfect stop before or after your trip to the Kilauea Lighthouse.
For breakfast, the Kilauea Bakery has a wide selection of Hawaiian style Danish and French pastries. Choose from lilikoi, guava, coconut, chocolate or cinnamon croissants, scones, or eclairs. Their macadamia nut sticky buns are a local favorite. Or, have a toasted fresh bagel with one of their specialty spreads (olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato pesto, salmon cream cheese, ulu (breadfruit) hummus, artichoke blue cheese) for a savory choice. The breakfast stromboli, fritatta or ham cheddar rolls are other options from which to choose.