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.
Why not shed all the anxiousness about Hurricane Lane and walk/run in the Ohana Fit Fest coming up soon! Yes, residents of Kauai are more than grateful that we escaped the blow that was heading our way last weekend. We are experiencing some heavy rains again, but by October 6th this weather system will be past us and residents and guests to the island will be sharing the Wai Koa Loop as they walk or run through the obstacle course for a good cause.
Organized by the Kauai North Shore Community Foundation and presented by Wilcox Health, the Ohana Fit Fest will be held on Saturday, October 6th. Run the 5K or the 10K, or walk the 5K. Obstacles along the way will excite you. You will climb and crawl, testing your coordination and balance. Sunny or rainy (fun in the mud), the race is a go on the Wai Koa Loop trail.
For the 5K and 10K Run, medals go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each age division by gender. Challenge yourself and/or just enjoy the experience. Proceeds of the 2018 Ohana Fit Fest will fund the Fit Fund; priority will be given to organizations affected by the April 2018 Kauai flood.
Not going to be on Kauai for this event? You may walk or run the Wai Koa Loop trail, minus the obstacles, any day of the year.
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.
A must-see for anyone visiting Kauai, especially if you are a bird or whale lover, is the Kilauea Lighthouse. It is a photographer’s dream location. Sweeping, panoramic, whitewater views, with sea birds circling above and burrowing on land, one can not help but get an impressive shot of the beauty that makes Kauai so special. Even more exciting are the humpback whales that cruise by in their pods during whale season (November to April). It is not uncommon to witness humpback whales breaching or pounding their fins on the surface of the ocean at this north shore whale sanctuary.
If you are staying at Honu Point, the Kilauea Lighthouse can be seen from the house. It sits 180 feet above sea level on the most northern piece of property on Kauai. The original lighthouse (circa 1913) is no longer in use but it is an historical landmark. Today a modern light shines out to sea. Here is an early morning winter view from Honu Point.
If you are lucky enough to be on the Garden Island next weekend you will have the opportunity to go to the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair. Every year, as a tribute to the agricultural and ranching businesses on the island, the Kauai Farm Fair brings together residents and guests from all over the island for a weekend of fun, food, entertainment and farming.
It may not be as big as some the fairs on the mainland, but at Kauai’s Farm Fair you will definitely notice the island culture and favors mixed in with traditional fair offerings. For a taste of what you will experience here is a short video of the fair from 2009. It is pretty much the same every year except for the entertainment.
For the first time, on the north shore of Kauai, Aquatic Bodywork sessions are offered by my friend, Kalaya Delmars, an Aquatic Specialist certified in four water therapies (Watsu, Jaraha, Water Dance, Healing Dance). This exclusive kind of therapy is offered at only the very elite hotel spas in the world. Imagine floating in a warm water pool while being massaged and stretched by an expert!
This Sunday, August 5th, the Princeville Community Association is hosting Music in the Park, a family concert open to everyone. If the weather cooperates there will be craft booths open all afternoon and music from 2:00 on. Lots of local talent featuring slack key guitar. Bring the kids and enjoy!
| 2.00pm ~ Music Begins (artist times & lineup subject to change)|
Ho’onani (Ukulele Duo) Not My First Rodeo (Country)
Mango Brothers (Hawaiian) Pancho Graham (Slack Key Guitar)
Lindsay Maclean (Family Music Therapy)
6.00pm Honored Guest James Keli’ipio Kahea Mawae (Slack Key Guitar)
Island Grown Aritsan Faire will be held from 1-6pm featuring locally made art- paintings, jewelry, soaps, ceramics, photography, fabric art & wood products.
Bring your beach chairs and blankets. There will be food for purchase.
4334 Emmalani Drive – Across from the Princeville Library; next to the playground
The number one question I get asked most often by travelers is, “When is the best time to visit Kauai?” I always have a difficult time answering this question. My first impulse is to say anytime, but I realize this response is not helpful. Although we do not have the traditional seasons that much of the country experiences, we do have changes throughout the year that could make a difference as to when you make your trip to Paradise.
Weather, animal migrations, crowds and airline prices are all factors that should be considered when deciding the best time to visit Kauai. And, of course, it depends on what you want. For example, if you want to see the humpback whales, then November to April is your best bet. If a boat ride down the Na Pali coast is a priority, months when the swells die down (April to October) are a must. Hikers may want drier weather. Sun bathers will choose different months from people who prefer to stay cool. And, if money is a concern, airline prices definitely fluctuate throughout the year.
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.