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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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.

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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 Slack Key Festival On Kauai, Hawaii

Slack Key Guitar Concert

November 25, 2018 marks the 26th annual Hawaiian Slack Key Festival on Kauai! This Hawaiian acoustic guitar tradition literally means, “loosen the key.” Artists loosen the strings on their instruments making for a unique sound as they finger-pick the notes. Brother Noland and Ho’okena are two of the sixteen artists performing this year.

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Golf Lessons At The Princeville Makai Golf Course – Kauai – Hawaii

Princeville Makai Golf

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.

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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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Best Bakery On The North Shore Of Kauai – Kilauea Bakery

Kilauea Bakery - Kauai, Hawaii

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.

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