Southwest Airlines Close To Nonstop Flights To Kauai!

Southwest Airlines-Nonstop Flights to Kauai

Yes, we have been waiting, not so patiently, for Southwest Airlines to start their nonstop flights to Kauai and now the company says they are VERY CLOSE. This is good news for anyone with a Southwest credit card or who is part of their Rapid Rewards program. Because, in some cases, a traveling partner flies free.

Southwest Airlines initially proposed routes to Hawaii way back in October 2017. Southwest will operate to Hawaii from Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose, and will serve Honolulu, Lihue, Kona, and Kahului. They also want to run an inter-island service, which would bring some much needed competition to this market.

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

Kaua'i Chocolate & Coffee Festival - Hanapepe

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.

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Kauai Farm Fair Next Weekend – August 16-19, 2018 – Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai Farm Fair 2018

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.

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Aquatic Bodywork Sessions On Kauai, Hawaii – Kalaya Delmars

Aquatic Body Work On Kauai - Kalaya Delmars

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!

The warm water embrace of Aquatic Bodywork invites the muscles to relax and the spine to open with each movement. The buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure of the water supports and increases blood circulation and lymphatic flow helping with range of motion, muscle tightness, weakness and emotional stress. Aquatic Bodywork helps break the pain cycle. What better time to try out this therapy than when on vacation?

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Kauai, Hawaii?

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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.

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Laysan Albatross on Kaweonui Road – Kauai – Hawaii

Albatross on Kaweonui Road - Kauai - Hawaii

It is a special time of year for guests staying at Honu Point on Kaweonui Road in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. The Laysan albatross chicks who were born in January are very busy practicing to fly. We have ten in the neighborhood and it seems that no matter what time of day you drive by one of them is spreading its wings to test the air flow.

Yesterday I stopped to take three videos. The first two are right from my car as you can tell when the chick decided to check out a piece of frond in the road.

These chicks have stayed very close to their nests for six months with mom and dad flying in to bring them food. The only baby fluff left is on their chest and head. The rest of the body is covered in flight feathers. They have not seen the ocean yet but in a couple of weeks they will find their way to the bluff and take a giant leap of faith. From there they will head out to sea for three to four years, flying about 1000 miles to find and catch their first live food.

To get ready the albatross chick raises and lowers its huge wingspan to test the wind, running down the side of the road. You can see how unsteady they are at this point.

The cutest part is when they start taking little hops to get airborne. Keep in mind that they never actually fly until they jump off the bluff. In years past we have had at least one chick per year jump from our property, Honu Point.

Each albatross chick is banded and, if they stay safe for their years out to sea, they will return to where they were born to find a mate. Our neighbor, Cathy, is compiling a family tree of the birds who have been born and raised in the Kaweonui Road neighborhood since the late seventies. It is always a celebration when one comes “home.”

Vinney fledged from just outside Honu Point’s master bedroom in 2015. An author and neighbor took this great shot. We are waiting for Vinney to come back.

Albatross Fledging on Kaweonui Road - Kauai

Photo by Robert Waid, author of Majestic Albatross of Kauai

So, if you are visiting Kauai from January to July, be sure to take a drive around Princeville to get an up-close and personal view of these amazing birds. If you are lucky enough to watch one fledge it will be an event to remember, for sure.

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