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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Kauai Folk Festival Is Coming In September! Live Music in Hawaii!

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The 2019 Kauai Folk Festival is a weekend full of music, dance, food, drink, craft and good times for Kauai residents and visitors to the Garden Island. This year more than 34 performers (multiple Grammy-winning artists and more than twelve international acts) will be playing continuously on five music stages. The Kauai Folk Festival blends traditional music and dance from all over the world with its Hawaiian counterpart. And, for the first time, this event will be held at the Historic Grove Farm Museum in Lihue.

The Kauai Folk Festival showcases Old Time, Americana,  Tropical, and Hawaiian music. Former Kauai resident, and Grammy winner, Taj Mahal, will be one of the more than 34 musical acts filling the air from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on September 28th and 29th, 2019 (rain or shine).

2019 Kauai Folk Festival Musical Line-Up (from the website):

Taj Mahal – Blues legend Taj Mahal has a long history in Hawaii.  As a historian, he has studied the nuances of Hawaiian history and culture.  As a resident performer, he has come to know, play with, and record with countless Hawaiian artists.  His Hula Blues Band is a rotating cast of Hawaiian musicians fusing blues, folk, and Hawaiian music in the inimitable Taj Mahal style!

Kauai Folk Festival - Taj Majal

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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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Nourish Hanalei – Healthy Food With A View – Kauai, Hawaii

Nourish Hanalei - Kauai, Hawaii

For a tasty, guilt-free lunch in an off-the-beaten-path location, try Nourish Hanalei and you will not be disappointed. Recently I met two of my friends for lunch at this unexpected area of Princeville on the north shore of Kauai. I had been seeing the Instagram posts for Nourish and was excited to try out the food they had to offer.

Sitting on a tiny piece of land, shaded by huge mango trees and overlooking the Hanalei Valley, the view is spectacular! From the valley, to the mountains, to the river, to the bay, this panoramic site is hard to beat. Two circular tables and some benches give visitors a place to sit and eat their lunch choices.

Nourish Hanalei - Kauai, Hawaii

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Pela,

Pela, albatross chick - Princeville, Kauai, HI

We knew it was going to happen soon because this precious Laysan albatross chick was sooooooo ready. Pela (born January 30th, 2019) had been fed by both mom (Dora) and dad (Larry) last week so her tummy was plenty full.

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A Morning Walk On Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

A Morning Walk On Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

I woke up to a gorgeous morning on Kauai with a walk on Hanalei Bay calling out to me. Just down the road from Princeville, I was slowed for a few minutes by the flag people stopping traffic on the hill where they are reinforcing the road. I found the first parking lot full at 8:00 but the second virtually empty. There were a handful of people on the sand and a few novice surfers waiting for the summer “surf” to arrive. Plenty of boats were anchored in the bay with kayaks and paddle boards floating by. The water was crystal clear. It was a pretty idyllic scene, so I thought I would share a few photos with you.

Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

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Two Kauai Driving Guide Apps You Might Want To Try!

Two Kauai Driving Guide Apps You Might Want To Try!

I have been hearing a lot about these two Kauai driving guide apps lately. I must admit I have not downloaded them to my phone to check them out, but people are raving about them on social media. I did look them up and they both get good reviews. They might come in handy as you drive around the Garden Island.

Both apps use your device’s location abilities to play the commentary AUTOMATICALLY. Once you download the app to your device over Wi-Fi, no data, cellular or even wireless network connection is needed while traveling. Anyone can use them with no need for roaming data – even when visiting from another country.

It is like traveling with a local tour guide in your car!

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Two Albatross Chicks Take Their Giant Leap Into The Air – Kauai, Hawaii

albatross chick, June 2019

Two of the seventeen albatross chicks born in Princeville have taken flight. All of these chicks were born the end of January and have stayed close to their nests until now. Mom and Dad have been bringing them sustenance for months. Now it is time for each of them to head out to sea to find their own food thousands of miles away.

Pela (Hawaiian for “soar”), the chick I was lucky enough to name, is still in the cul-de-sac just at the foot of Honu Point’s driveway. He/she, like the others, has much of her body covered in flight feathers but still maintains the baby fluff around her head and chest. It is not her best look.

Albatross Chick, Kauai, Hawaii

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New Parking Fees At State Parks – Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai state parks parking fees

The reasons are clear but the timing is questionable. The State Department of Land and Natural Resources announced on Monday that new parking fees at Waimea Canyon State Park and Koke’e State Park will start on Friday, June 28, 2019. It is unclear how the parking will be managed but no reservations will be required.

Visitors will be charged $5.00 per vehicle for parking. One $5 ticket gets you into all four lookouts: Waimea Canyon, Puu Hina Hina, Kalalau, and Puu o Kila. For those on a moped or motorcycle, the cost will be $1.00 per person. Pedestrians in the two state parks will be charged $1.00. There will be fees for commercial vehicles and tours as well. Residents, with a Hawaii driver’s license, will not be charged.

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Update On Kauai Road Opening (North Shore) – August 6, 2019

Kalalau Trail Kauai-Haena Park

Update as of August 6, 2019:  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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