Kauai’s First and Only Food Tours – Tasting Kauai – Hawaii

Kauai’s First and Only Food Tours – Tasting Kauai – Hawaii

Looking for an unusual way to spend the afternoon while tasting some of the best that Kauai has to offer? Try taking a food tour with Tasting Kauai. I knew little about this company until Stephanie Michel (photo above), a fabulous concierge that I recommend to my Honu Point guests, raved about the experience she had while taking each of the five food tours around the island.

This is what stephanie posted on her Facebook page: “This is new FAVORITE TOUR!!! It’s a FOOD TOUR! They have several tours and I DID THEM ALL. They have them Saturdays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays and Fridays. NO EXCUSES! 5 TOURS TO CHOOSE FROM. (FIVE!) This is the best way to meet locals/See places there’s NO WAY you could otherwise see and get an insiders EDUCATION on what is going on here on Kauai. AND THE FOOD IS THE CHERRY ON TOP. IT’S ALL DELICIOUS! Not to mention the sweetest most knowledgeable guides I HAVE EVER MET ON KAUAI. I am going to scream this tour off my roof top!”  Yes, Stephanie tends to get very excited about Kauai activities.

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Best Kauai Helicopter Tour? Try Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Best Kauai Helicopter Tour? Try Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

I oftentimes get asked the question, “What is the best Kauai helicopter tour company?” I have been hesitant to answer in the past because I have not personally been on a Kauai helicopter tour since the 80s. Last week, however, a good friend of mine who owns a condo in Princeville, went on the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour out of the Princeville Airport and came back raving about it. “We FINALLY experienced this March 2019 – and WOW!  It is by far the BEST way to get a sense of the whole island.  It was spectacular!”

Kauai is unique in that there is no road which circles the island. Therefore 70% of the lush interior, along with the Na Pali Coast is inaccessible by car. This is, without question, the most beautiful part of the island. The tropical rain-forests, lush valleys and cascading waterfalls are what dreams are made of. Parts of the Waimea Canyon can be seem by driving to the west side of the island and up to Kokee State Park (about a two hour drive from Princeville). The 17 mile Na Pali Coast, with 3000 foot sea cliffs, is stunning by boat. However, ocean swells often keep boats from touring during winter months. A Kauai helicopter tour, on the other hand, will give you a bird’s eye view of this spectacular scenery and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters fly year-round, weather permitting of course.

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A Walk With Cathy Granholm – Princeville – Kauai – Hawaii

A Walk With Cathy Granholm – Princeville – Kauai – Hawaii

If you find yourself falling in love with the albatross in Honu Point’s neighborhood, consider a walk with Cathy Granholm. She lives just down the street and checks on the albatross almost daily. With her computerized list of tag numbers handy, she scouts the neighborhood (and Princeville in general) to see which adults have flown in. She has been following some of these adults for years and has a family tree showing the lineage of many of the birds. She also checks each nest to make sure the chicks are progressing as they should.

Cathy’s walks are fascinating, filled with facts, theories, and lots of stories about birds she has observed over time. Because albatross return to where they are born and where they nest, it is much like a family reunion each year when the birds return from the north. She, like I, and many of the neighbors, feel totally invested in their welfare. Cathy has anecdotes about who has paired up with who (not all mate for life apparently) and about times when she has had to step in and help out a fledgling trying to fly for the first time. There are some funny stories as well as some sad ones. I keep telling her she needs to write a book.

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“Beers For A Cause” At A Local Kauai Brewery

“Beers For A Cause” At A Local Kauai Brewery

On March 18th, a popular Kauai brewery, Kauai Beer Company, will be hosting “Beers For A Cause.” Not that most people need a reason to have a beer or two, on this day $1.00 spent on every pint or goblet will go to help Kauai’s animals in need. The Kauai Humane Society and Kauai Beer Company have joined forces to support this important cause.

Kauai Beer Company, in Lihue, is a social place to be, with locally made craft brews, good food and friendly people. From the website we learn, “Opened in Fall 2013, the Kauai Beer Company has become a destination for residents and guests. Our neighborhood microbrewery produces artisan batches of high-quality craft beer, served in a relaxed atmosphere, making all our friends feel completely at home. The creative food menu rivals the brew and stands on its own as a reason to visit.” Hear about this family’s passion for making beer directly from the father and son owners:

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Daniel Hsu Comes To Kauai – March 8, 2019

Daniel Hsu Comes To Kauai – March 8, 2019

Daniel Hsu, bronze medal winner at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will be performing on Kauai, March 8th. Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” Daniel Hsu is the latest of the exceptionally talented performers the Kauai Concert Association brings to the island each year.

We are lucky to have the Kauai Concert Association on our tiny island of Kauai. A large part of KCA’s mission is to provide music education outreach opportunities to Kauai’s students. The Education Services Committee works with school administrators and visiting artists to deliver live performances and master classes all over the island. KCA’s goal is to make world class music available to everyone on Kauai. Performances are held at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center and parking is easy and free.

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Introducing Pela – A Laysan Albatross on Kauai – Hawaii

Introducing Pela – A Laysan Albatross on Kauai – Hawaii

I’ve written thirteen blog posts about the Laysan Albatross at our Honu Point Vacation Rental on Kauai, but, by far, this is the one I am most excited about. I have always appreciated these graceful creatures but it was while building our vacation rental that I fell in love with them. Being on the property on a daily basis and watching them soar overhead was magical. Hearing and seeing the mating dances of young birds and eyeing nesting couples snuggling along Kaweonui Road made them even more endearing to me.

Each year I have been jealous when neighbors up and down the street are given the “right” to name a new chick because of it being born on their property. Our bluff property is not safe enough for nests and fledglings wait until they are six months old to waddle down our driveway ready for their first flight.

This year one pair, Larry and Dora, returned and scouted the area for the perfect spot to nest. They eventually decided on the interior of the cul-de-sac at the foot of our driveway. This was my chance! Because the property is not private I asked (okay, begged) our resident albatross historian, Cathy, if I might have the honor of naming this chick. She agreed!

Spending lots of time on Google translator and waiting not so patiently, I searched for the perfect name. An egg was laid and about a month later “my” precious chick started pipping its egg in order to meet his/her surrounding world.

Pela -Laysan Albatross - Kauai

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Organic Frozen Yogurt – The Spot – Princeville – Kauai – Hawaii

Organic Frozen Yogurt – The Spot – Princeville – Kauai – Hawaii

The Spot has been a popular organic frozen yogurt shop in the heart of Kapaa for several years. Recently they opened their second store right in the Princeville Shopping Center! Now visitors to the north shore can treat themselves to this unique twist on a frozen treat. Create your own or choose from a wide variety of Signature Bowls. Following is a short video describing what makes this yogurt shop different from others:

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Update On Kuhio Highway And Haena Park Openings – Kauai – Hawaii

Update On Kuhio Highway And Haena Park Openings – Kauai – Hawaii

The repercussions of the 2018 Kauai floods are still being felt on the north shore of Kauai. In April of last year torrential rains (50 inches in 24 hours) and landslides washed out roads around the island and the repairs have been extensive and slow coming. The most common question I get asked is, “When will the Kuhio Highway be open to the end of the road (Ke’e Beach).” I wish I knew the answer.

The north shore of Kauai is full of wonder. It is what you think of when you think of a tropical island – lush, green, undeveloped beauty. The stretch of highway between Hanalei Bay and Ke’e has some of the most beautiful scenery and gorgeous beaches on the island. Although you will find plenty of special, scenic places all over Kauai, not being able to go here is a disappointment to many.

In the January 10th addition of The Garden Island (TGI) newspaper, an article entitled, “Kuhio Highway Opening Extended”, suggests that the opening date is still uncertain:

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A Yummy Ice Cream Shop On Kauai – Pink’s – Hanalei

A Yummy Ice Cream Shop On Kauai – Pink’s – Hanalei

Tucked in the middle of a small strip-mall this tiny ice cream shop on Kauai is becoming a very popular spot in Hanalei town. Pink’s is a hole-in-the-wall creamery which claims to sell “comfort food by the bay.” According to my friends, they are doing a great job of just that.

Ice Cream Shop On Kauai - Hanalei

Matt and Yvonne drove over from their vacation rental in Poipu to spend the day on the north shore. They stopped for lunch at Pink’s and enjoyed a custom-made milkshake with one of their famous Hawaiian Grilled Cheese sandwiches. When they stopped by our vacation rental, Honu Point, to say hi they were still talking about their delicious lunch.

Ice Cream Shop On Kauai - Pink's - Hanalei

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Movie Night at Anaina Hou – Kilauea – Kauai – Hawaii

Movie Night at Anaina Hou – Kilauea – Kauai – Hawaii

It is going to be a fun night this Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at the Anaina Hou Porter Pavilion. Two movies will be projected onto the big screen: Incredibles 2 and Crazy Rich Asians! The best part is that Movie Night is FREE!

The Anaina Hou Porter Pavilion is behind the Mini Golf just outside of Kilauea, a very short drive from Honu Point Vacation Rental. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Dinner and drinks are available for purchase. Go early for good seats: there is limited seating in the Pavilion. Overflow is on the lawn. Due to the liquor license, no outside food or beverage is allowed, including water bottles.

If you are willing to set up or break down chairs, come anytime on movie day, 10:00 to noon OR at 4:00 PM to set up, and help after the last movie. As a volunteer, you get first pick of the seats and free popcorn. To volunteer, email maile@anainahou.org.

Movie Night Movies:

Incredibles 2

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.

So, go to one movie or go to both. Either way you are sure to have a good time.

Anaina Hou is a nonprofit and relies on volunteers to enhance services to the community. Check out the new playground and Farmers’ Markets on Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning.

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