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.
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.