Introducing Pela – A Laysan Albatross on Kauai – Hawaii

Pela - Laysan Albatross - Kauai

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

The Spot North Shore Frozen Yogurt Kauai

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

Saim Caglayan - Artist - Kauai

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

Ice Cream Shop On Kauai - 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.

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Movie Night at Anaina Hou – Kilauea – Kauai – Hawaii

Movie Night at Anaina Hou - Kauai

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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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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The First Albatross Of The Year Returns To Kauai – Hawaii

Albatross on Kauai

They’re back! Each year Hob Osterlund, author of Holy Moli, Albatross and Other Ancestors, has a contest to guess when the first albatross will return to Kauai. This year one eager bird (not the one shown in the photo) was spotted at a Kilauea property on Thursday, November 8th! A second sighting happened at the Kilauea Lighthouse on Friday. That means many more will follow over the next few weeks. We can hardly wait to see who shows up on Kaweonui Road.

Those of you who have been following my blogs know how crazy I am about the Laysan albatross. In fact, if you go to my blog category list you will see that I have already written ten blogs about these birds. Therefore, I won’t go into much detail, here, about what makes these birds so special to me and others on Kauai. You can read about that in my other blogs. But, I did want to share with you a short documentary that Hob Osterlund has created, Kalama’s Journey. She has been working on the footage for this video for a couple of years. Those of you who have been to our vacation rental, Honu Point, will recognize the opening shots.

Kalama’s Journey from Hob on Vimeo

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