Southwest Airlines Close To Nonstop Flights To Kauai!

Southwest Airlines-Nonstop Flights to Kauai

Yes, we have been waiting, not so patiently, for Southwest Airlines to start their nonstop flights to Kauai and now the company says they are VERY CLOSE. This is good news for anyone with a Southwest credit card or who is part of their Rapid Rewards program. Because, in some cases, a traveling partner flies free.

Southwest Airlines initially proposed routes to Hawaii way back in October 2017. Southwest will operate to Hawaii from Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose, and will serve Honolulu, Lihue, Kona, and Kahului. They also want to run an inter-island service, which would bring some much needed competition to this market.

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The Laysan Albatross Are Busy In Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Laysan Albatross - Kauai - Hawaii

You know how excited I get when the Laysan albatross arrive back on Kaweonui Road in Princeville. For the last couple of weeks partners who have not seen each other for months are reuniting and it is a happy scene.

There is lots of preening and affection happening up and down the street. The couples are deciding on the perfect spot for their nest and then starting its construction. Females are laying their eggs (one per bird) while the males take one last period at sea before having the first, long sit on the egg. From that point on, the two partners take turns on the egg while the other flies a thousand miles for food.

Meet Dora. She arrived first this year and patiently waited until Larry showed up. Together they decided to nest in the cul-de-sac at the foot of Honu Point’s driveway. I captured this short video of Dora as she started to build a nest around herself just one day before she laid her egg (one of the landscapers witnessed the event).

Larry is at sea for a few days. When he takes over Dora will be off to find food. If this egg is fertile we can expect a chick the fourth week of January. In the meantime Dora seems pretty content.

Laysan Albatross - Kauai

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David Sedaris Tour Comes To Kauai – Hawaii

David Sedaris Tour - Kauai - Hawaii

Fans of David Sedaris will be happy to learn that he is coming to Kauai! David Sedaris, a humorist, comedian, author and radio contributor, will be reading and signing at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Lihue on January 27, 2019.

Much of David Sedaris’s humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating and often concerns his family life, his middle-class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, his Greek heritage, homosexuality, jobs, education, drug use, obsessive behaviors, and his life in France, London, and the English South Downs. His latest book, Calypso, is possibly his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

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Holiday Events On Kauai, Hawaii

Holiday Events On Kauai, Hawaii

We may not have snow, but we have plenty of events on Kauai to keep you and your family in the holiday spirit! Here are just a few of them:

November 24
25th Annual Christmas Parade

4:00pm- 6:00pm
Kukui Grove Center

December 1
Waimea Tree Lighting

Mayor Bernard Carvalho will light the Community Christmas Tree at C.B. Hofgaard Park at 6:00pm with
Keiki activities.

December 1
Kauai Family Magazine’s 7th Annual Kauai’s Breakfast with Santa 

8:00am-10:00am
Full Breakfast Buffet, Visit with Santa, Storytelling with a gift from Santa, Train Ride discounts, Face Painting, Craft Making, Games, Live Entertainment.
Catered by Mark & Wendy Oyama at Gaylords at Kilohana.
Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kauai
By Reservations Only. Advanced ticket purchases required. Seating is Limited.
Call 808-639-5656 or email
info@KauaiFamilyMagazine.com

December 1- 23
Kukui Grove’s

“Holiday Light Spectacular“
7 p.m.
Runs each Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday evening

December 2
Christmas Sing-Along with Harps Concerts

4:00PM
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Lihue
Christmas harp solo, caroling, and fun surprises.
Tickets: $15 at the door.
Sylviawoods@yahoo.com

December 7
Lights on Rice Street Parade

Parade starts at 6pm and starts from the Vidinha Stadium and travels up Rice Street to the Historic County Building. There is also a craft fair at the Kauai Museum that lasts all day starting at 9am with food vendors. Get there early for best seats and bring a chair and please pick up your trash after the parade.

December 8
Kauai Family Magazine’s Annual Fam Jam 

5:00pm-6:30pm
Kukui Grove Center
Holiday Song Contest for All Ages
Grand Prize: $250. Kukui Grove Gift Card and more!!
Register online at
KauaiFamilyMagazine.com
Call 808-639-5656

December 8
Kauai Sings Christmas

7:00pm
Kilohana Luau Pavillion
Join Kauai’s favorite singers as they croon your favorite holiday songs in a benefit concert for Malama Pono Health Services.

December 8
The Kauai Coffee Holiday Open House

10am- 2pm
Bounce Houses, Santa, Farm Tours, Entertainment.
Fun for the whole family!
A gift shop is located on the premises where you can buy those last-minute gifts.

December 8
Holiday Hula Celebration

5:00pm-8:30pm
Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani
Kauai Marriott Resort
Music by Na Kapu Mele
Tickets: 808-651-3099

December 14
Jazz Ensemble & Wind Symphony

7:00pm
KCC Performing Arts Center FREE

December 15
Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade

6:15pm- 8:30pm
To kick off the festivities, fire engines take the lead of this lighted parade brigade.
Hofgaard Park

December 31
New Years Eve Celebration 

Po‘ipu Beach Park event includes food trucks, live entertainment or a movie in the park, activities for the keiki and spectacular display of fireworks. The event is free (except for food/drink) and open to the public. Bring beach chairs and arrive early. 5pm-9pm.

Enjoy!

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Hawaiian Monk Seal – Another Kauai Treasure – Hawaii

Hawaiian Monk Seal - Kauai

It is always fun to be walking along a Kauai beach and discover a Hawaiian monk seal sunning on the sand. Residents are very protective of Hawaii’s state mammal because they are one of the only two remaining monk seal species on Earth and their habitat is limited to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and the main Hawaiian Islands, especially Kauai, Oahu and Molokai.

The Hawaiian monk seal is the only seal native to Hawaii, and, along with the Hawaiian hoary bat, is one of only two mammals endemic to the islands. They are on the endangered species list with a total population of approximately 1,400. The bad news is that the larger population that inhabits the northwest islands is declining. The good news is that over recent years the number of pups born in the Hawaiian chain has slightly increased.

Hawaiian monk seals spend most of their time at sea foraging in deeper water outside of shallow lagoon reefs. They hunt fish, lobster, octopus and squid in deep water coral beds. Tiger sharks, great white sharks and Galapagos sharks are their predators. To rest and breed they move onto the sand and volcanic rock. This is when we humans get the chance to observe them.

Sandy beaches are also used for pupping. Females reach maturity at age four and bear one pup a year.  Births occur between March and June. Mother monk seals are dedicated to their pups and remain with them for the first five or six weeks of their lives. The pups nurse but the mothers don’t eat anything during this time consequently losing hundreds of pounds. Once the pup is weened, the mother deserts the pup, leaving it on its own, and returns to the sea to forage for the first time since the pup’s arrival. Following is a video reflecting just how protective a mother monk seal can be when confronted by an intruder.

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Hawaiian Slack Key Festival On Kauai, Hawaii

Slack Key Guitar Concert

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.

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Holiday Craft Fairs On Kauai – Hawaii

Holiday Craft Fairs On Kauai – Hawaii

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.

Holiday Craft Fairs - Kauai

 

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Kela’s Glass Gallery – Glass Art Shopping on Kauai, Hawaii

Kela's Glass Gallery - Kauai, Hawaii

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.

Kela's Glass Gallery - Kauai, Hawaii

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Sports Bar With A View – Happy Talk Lounge – Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Happy Talk Lounge - Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

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.

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Golf Lessons At The Princeville Makai Golf Course – Kauai – Hawaii

Princeville Makai Golf

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.

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