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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Two October Events Happening in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Princeville Events - Art Show

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).

Princeville Event - Movie

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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Princeville Library Sales – North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii

Princeville Library Sales – North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii

North Shore residents are extremely proud of their Princeville Library, built 19 years ago. This fully stocked, air-conditioned source for books is perfect for borrowing adult and children’s books while on vacation. A large magazine section and DVD rentals are an added bonus. Computer access and wifi make this an important resource for visitors and locals alike.

The Princeville Library is a perfect place to take your children to pick out books to read while visiting the Garden Island. This saves you from having to pack and carry heavy books when traveling. If rain is keeping you from the beach, this quiet sanctuary may be just the spot to while away a few hours.

Friends of the North Shore Library at Princeville is the local affiliate of Friends of the Library of Hawaii, an active group of library users and advocates which for years has supported Hawaii’s public libraries through funding for programs, books and supplemental materials. Four times a year this group offers books, puzzles, cds and dvds for sale at very reasonable prices. Book sales are held on the FIRST Saturday of March, June, September (first Sat. after labor day), and December. The selection is huge and is held in the back room of the library. If you are on island for one of these dates, do not miss it! The Princeville Library sale starts at 9:00 for members and 10:00 for nonmembers.

Princeville Library - Kauai, Hawaii

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Koloa Plantation Days Festival – Kauai – Hawaii

Koloa Plantation Days Festival - Kauai - Hawaii

2018 marks the 33rd year for Koloa Plantation Days Festival, a nine day celebration of Hawaii’s sugar industry and heritage. Koloa plantation was founded in 1835, the first in the islands. The birth of the sugar industry shaped the lives of everyone in Hawaii forever. Although the mill and fields are idle in Koloa as well as virtually all over the state, many people in Hawaii are former workers themselves or descendants of plantation workers. Koloa Plantation Days Festival brings people to Koloa and Poipu on Kauai’s south shore to celebrate aspects of the plantation lifestyle.

Koloa Plantation Days Festival is held every year in July. The many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, and the Hawaiians who welcomed them, are celebrated through music, dance, costumes, and food throughout this ten-day festival. This year the Koloa Plantation Days Festival is from July 20th to July 29th and every day is packed with events and activities. Offering parades, rodeos, runs, gaming, shows and more, you are sure to find plenty of ways to enjoy your time on the south shore.

Koloa Plantation Days Festival Schedule

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Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Sail – Captain Andy’s – Kauai – Hawaii

Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Sail - Kauai - Hawaii

I had heard that Captain Andy’s Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Sail is a great way to celebrate any occasion. So Tom and I decided to give it a go for our wedding anniversary. We had been on a two hour sunset sail off the coast of Poipu with Captain Andy’s many years ago but this was a four hour excursion and it went down the Na Pali coast.

There are three of Andy’s boats that go down the Na Pali coast for a sunset dinner cruise. The two custom 65′ Star Class luxury catamarans are the best. We were on the Southern Star which is a sister ship to the Northern Star (pictured above). There were about 50 people on board along with the crew who were ready to serve.

There is seating in the front of the boat, inside a cabin and in the rear. In order to avoid a lot of wind and water spray we found some extremely comfortable seats around a table in the back of the boat.

Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Sail - Kauai - Hawaii

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Photo Tips And Tricks While Visiting Kauai, Hawaii

Photo Tips And Tricks While Visiting Kauai, Hawaii

 

Last week I ran across an article by Jefferson Graham in the USA Today newspaper called, “Photo Tour: Kauai, Hawaii’s Magical Garden Island.” Apparently Mr. Graham has a blog where he shares photo tips from all over the world. Sounds to me like a pretty good excuse to travel! Within the article there is a video called “Photowalk” which shows where and how to get the best shots on Kauai. Despite the fact that he mispronounced Na Pali, I thought it was worth sharing.

Of all the reasons to love Kauai, Mr. Graham narrowed it down to five.

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Salsa Dancing on the North Shore of Kauai – Hawaii

Salsa Dancing-Kauai-Hawaii

Update (September 2018) – This event is no longer being held at Anaina Hou, but there are plenty of other places to dance salsa on the island.  Email kauaidancing@gmail.com or check out the Facebook group Latin Dancer’s Kauai.

Now is the time – you are on vacation after all – to learn how to salsa dance on Kauai. Salsa Night, under Anaina Hou’s beautifully renovated covered patio, will lift your spirits and get your body moving. You may learn to dance salsa and/or bachata from great teachers, or just watch dance routines performed by a friendly group of seasoned dancers, our own Kauai Salsa Ohana, on the portable dance floor.

Salsa Night is every Thursday night from 5:00 to 8:30. There are fresh fruit sangria specials and delicious tapas prepared by Chef Joseph for purchase. Dancing starts at 7:00. The best part is that it is FREE, so what do you have to lose? Go by yourself or with a partner – all ages and experience levels are welcome.

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Hike To A Waterfall – Ho’opi’i Falls – Kauai – Hawaii

Hoopii Falls - Kauai - Hawaii

Lots of visitors who come to Kauai want to hike to a waterfall and I have just the one for you. In fact, on this hike you get two falls for the price of one hike and it is free. Ho’opi’i Falls is on the Kapa’a Stream.

The trail can be very muddy with lots of mosquitoes if there has been a  lot of rainfall. The two times that I went to the falls were in the middle of summer and it was dry and pleasant. This video, taken in July 2017, by Clifton Passow, will give you an idea of what the trail is like:

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Fire Show At Anaina Hou Community Park – Kilauea – Kauai – Hawaii

Anaina Hou Fire Show - Kilauea - Hawaii

There is a new fire show happening behind the Kilauea Mini Golf at Anaina Hou Community Park on Kauai! This weekly Polynesian ahi lele “fire dancing” show is just a short drive (6 – 10 min) from Honu Point Vacation Rental in Princeville.

Anaina Hou Fire Show - Kilauea - Hawaii

The performance, featuring the amazing artistry of Coppin Colburn and his `ohana, begins at 7:00 pm every Wednesday evening. The new dining patio allows for the show to go on, rain or shine. Seating is limited so reservations are necessary.

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Two Charity Walks Coming Up On Kauai – Hawaii

Charity Walk - Kauai - Hawaii

There are two charity walks coming up on Kauai within the next month. Residents and Visitors are welcome to join either one.  The first requires a “mutt” but, no problem, you may borrow a dog from the Kauai Humane Society. See my blog at https://honupointvacationrental.com/kauai-humane-society-field-trip/

Details:

– Sign up to Strut Your Mutt on the 2.6-mile Waikoa Trail Loop.
– Starting and ending at the North Shore Dog Park, Kahiliholo Road, Kilauea
– All proceeds go to maintaining the Dog Park. 
– Saturday, May 19th at 9 AM – 12 PM
– Awards for Dogs who earn $200 or more in sponsorships.
– $35 entry fee requested
– Wear good walking shoes
– All dogs participating in the walk must be leashed.

Hosted by Kauai North Shore Community Foundation and North Shore Dog Park

To sign up, please contact April McGinnis at the Princeville at Hanalei Community Association.  Website: http://www.princevillecommunity.com/

Charity Walk - Kauai - Hawaii

The second charity walk coming up is the Hawaii Visitor Industry’s 40th Annual Charity Walk. As you can see from the poster there is a walk on every island. For Kauai it is on Saturday, May 17, 2018, at 7:00 AM. This event raises funds to help finance local community projects. The Kauai Charity Walk supports 60 non-profit organizations on Kauai. All the proceeds raised on Kauai stay on Kauai.

There are two ways to participate:

  1. Pledge to support a team for the Kauai Charity Walk. Find your team page and click “Pledge to this Team” to register for the walk or simply make a donation.
  2. Not participating through a team? Participate or donate in the Charity Walk as a general supporter.

Either way, go to http://www.charitywalkhawaii.org/kauai.html to register, donate, or to find out more information.

General Information

Saturday
May 12, 2018

1. Start – Hoolako Street
2.  Hoolako Street & Rice Street
3. Rice Street &  Umi Street
4. Umi Street
5. Umi Street & Ahukini Road
6. Ahukini Road & Kapule Highway
8. Unnamed Road
9. FINISH

WALK START & FINISH
Vidinha Soccer Field

REGISTRATION
6:30 a.m.

START TIME
7:00 a.m.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles

For further information, call the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association office at  (808) 855-5321.The Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association invites everyone of every age to walk. Those under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult and walkers under the age of 18 must have this application signed by a parent or guardian. All walkers should have minimum donations regardless of age (see front of form). Please note that ALL pets are NOT allowed on the Charity Walk.

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