What To Do On Kauai – Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival – Hanapepe

Kaua'i Chocolate & Coffee Festival - Hanapepe

If you are on Kaua’i October 18th and 19th, 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.

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Kauai Theater – A Tuna Christmas – Hawaii

Kauai Theater - A Tuna Christmas

Who says there is no nightlife or culture on Kauai? Kauai theater is alive and well! This month Women in Theatre are presenting, “A Tuna Christmas,” a play which the New York Post claims, “It’s far too good for just Christmas.” I have been to several productions by the Women in Theatre group and I can not wait for this one. Three of my girlfriends and I have already bought our tickets. It sounds like a night of good fun.

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Kauai Food Truck – Saenz Ohana – A Hidden Gem – Hawaii

Kauai Food Truck - Saenz Ohana - Eggs Benedict
Update (October 11, 2019): From the Owners – Ok Kauai so because Breakfast has been so busy for us we are gonna stop serving Tacos for a while and start serving breakfast longer! Starting next Thursday we will be serving Breakfast and Breakfast only from 7a-1pm Thursday-Monday! We want to focus on what we do best and offer it so Breakfast is available for longer hours! So sorry again no more tacos starting today!

Looking for a Kauai food truck with outstanding breakfasts and occasional tacos? Saenz Ohana, a hidden gem on the north shore, is sure to please. You may have seen this food truck in Hanalei before, but now it is at its new location behind the Makana North Shore Urgent Care Center (in back of the police and fire station, just off the highway, past the Princeville Shopping Center on your way to Hanalei).

Saenz Ohana is owned and operated by the owners, Juan Saenz & Noelle Wong. I spoke with Juan who is very excited about his new location as it is close to where he lives with his wife and four children. He says he gets up at 4:00 each morning to start preparing fresh sauces and salsas to serve with his breakfasts and tacos. Learning his trade at the Culinary Institute, and then working for some of Kauai’s best restaurants, he loves using locally-sourced, farm fresh ingredients in his preparations and is thrilled to be serving Kauai’s north shore community.

Kauai Food Truck - Saenz Ohana

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Update On Kauai Road Opening (North Shore) – September 5, 2019

Kalalau Trail Kauai-Haena Park

Update as of September 5, 2019: Parking reservations may be made one month in advance. There are three time periods for parking reservations: 6:30 to 12:30, 12:30 to 5:30, and 4:30 to sunset. For each time period the cost is $5.00. If all three time periods are available, you may reserve all three for $15.00 and park from 6:30 AM to sunset. If you arrive prior to 6:30 AM, leave the parking reservation under the windshield for the parking attendant to see. The shuttle is now $15.00/person.

The road is open! There is no better way of knowing how the new regulations work than to actually drive there and that is just what my husband and I did one morning in June (we have since been back a second time). We left our house in Princeville at about 7:15 AM. We had a smooth ride, breezing through Hanalei and crossing the bridges on the north end of the bay. It was a beautiful ride as we passed the enormous amount of work that has been done over the last 15 months since the 2018 flood.

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Ohana Fit Fest – October 5th – Register Early To Save – Kauai, Hawaii

Ohana Fit Fest - Kauai, Hawaii

Organized by the Kauai North Shore Community Foundation, in partnership with Anaina Hou Community Park, the Ohana Fit Fest will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, at 7:30 AM. The Ohana Fit Fest is truly a community event that’s all about fun, family and friends. The Community Expo is at the Anaina Hou Porter Pavilion; the obstacle trail run/walk is on the beautiful Wai Koa Loop Trail.

Run the 5K or the 10K. Obstacles along the way will excite residents and guests to the island. You may climb and crawl, testing your coordination and balance. For those that would like a real challenge, the 10K run will have tougher obstacles. Walk the 5K and you can skip the obstacles. 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 2019 Ohana Fit Fest will fund the Fit Fund.

Ohana Fit Fest - Kauai, Hawaii

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Where to view the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (Honu) on Kauai, Hawaii

Honu Sea Turtle

Frequently, guests who come to Kauai want to know where they can find the Hawaiian green sea turtle which has the Hawaiian name of “Honu.” Whether viewing from a cliff, snorkeling at certain beaches, or walking on the sand, there is a good chance you will come across one at some point during your stay on the Garden Island.

The Hawaiian green sea turtle is one of the oldest living animals in the world and Hawaii is one of the only places on earth where divers and swimmers have the unique experience of viewing them in the wild. To the Hawaiian people, sea turtles or “Honu” are sacred creatures and should be respected. They embody patience, wisdom, endurance, good luck and long life.

Fortunately for the species, Hawaiian green sea turtles are fully protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Therefore, feeding or touching turtles in any way, including shining a light on them, is considered a disturbance and is illegal. Federal penalties include jail time and fines up to $15,000 for each offense.

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Sunrise Yoga At The Makai Golf Course – Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Sunrise Yoga at Makai - Kauai

Ready for a unique, sunrise yoga experience while overlooking one of the most picturesque views in the world? Tulasi Adeva offers this chance to practice in Paradise twice a week on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii.

This outdoor yoga event starts at the Makai Golf Course Pro Shop. After a short golf cart ride, students arrive on a Princeville bluff overlooking Queen’s Bath and Hideaway’s Beach. In the distance is Bali Hai (Makana), a mountain protruding above Haena State Park, popularized in the movie, South Pacific.

During the winter months whales can often be seen spouting from the bluff. Albatross sometimes wander by from November to June, and light rain just might provide practitioners with a rainbow or two. It is always pleasant to practice yoga when the trade winds, coming off the ocean, help to keep one cool.

Sunrise Yoga at Makai - Kauai

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New Drone Videos Of Honu Point Vacation Rental – Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai Vacation Rental at Honu Point

Most summers our friends from San Diego visit the island and bring their drone along. This summer Honu Point was open for a few nights so we spent the late afternoon together swimming in the pool and watching the sunset. During these times Dave shot several drone videos of the property.

If you have been a guest at Honu Point, these just might make you want to book another stay. If you are scheduled to come within the next year, here’s a taste of where you will be. Enjoy!

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PV Eats – Specialty Market & Restaurant Opens On Kauai’s North Shore

PV Eats - Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

We have been waiting a LONG time to see what was going to take the space of the athletic club in the Prince Golf Clubhouse on the north shore of Kauai. The Prince golf course has been closed for several years and the clubhouse has not been open to the public for the same amount of time. When it became clear that work was being done inside the left-hand side of the building, rumors started circulating that there was going to be a coffee shop and market. Finally, after months of anticipation, two weeks ago PV Eats opened.

PV Eats is far more than a coffee shop and market. Yes, it has a coffee and juice bar. And, yes, it has a market. But this venue also offers a full bar and restaurant with a killer view of the Prince Golf Course.

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Kauai Sport Fishing – The Best Fishing Day Ever! – Hawaii

Kauai Deep Sea Fishing - Chris

It was almost a year prior to my brother-in-law’s retirement celebration and he was already calling me about going on a sport fishing trip with his three adult sons (my nephews). I suggested he might want to wait until a couple of months before their scheduled arrival to start contacting companies on the island. When that time arrived, I checked with a few of my fishing friends and they suggested Captain Don’s Kauai Sport Fishing. I knew this was super important to my brother-in-law, so I hoped my friends were not leading me astray.

Captain Don, and his boat the Happy Ryder, leave out of the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor in Lihue. The company offers specialty sportfishing charters and whale-watching expeditions. On their website they claim you can catch mahi mahi, dorado ahi, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, ono, marlin, sharks, amber jacks, barracuda, giant travalie and much more.

My family arrived on Saturday in July and the guys were checking the weather hourly in the hopes that Monday would bring clear skies and calm waters. Leaving the north shore in the wee hours of the morning, they headed to Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor. By sunrise they were motoring four to five miles away from the Kauai coast to look for ahi. It wasn’t long before the wives started receiving photos like this on their phones:

Kauai Deep Sea Fishing - Zach

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