Kauai’s New Reality During Coronavirus Pandemic – Hawaii Update

coronavirus on kauai

Aloha to all of my subscribers: to past and future guests of our vacation rental, Honu Point, and to those who subscribe to find out more about the beautiful island of which I am lucky enough to call home – Kauai. This is, most definitely, the hardest blog post I have ever written. The coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting every color of skin, every socio-economic level, and every walk of life. Kauai is not exempt. We are suffering too.

Because the first case on Hawaii came a couple of weeks after the virus hit the mainland, we did have a bit more time to prepare. Our governor and mayors of each county (island) acted quickly, enacting, first suggestions, and then orders, to prevent the spread of the virus. The first cases were travel related, either visitors coming to the islands or residents returning home. As feared, now some of the cases on Oahu are a result of community interaction with virus carriers. As of today there have been 224 confirmed cases in Hawaii and we had our very first virus-related death today.

Kauai, and it’s leadership under Mayor Kawakami, have been extremely proactive in keeping the virus from being spread throughout the community. As of yesterday, we have had twelve cases; all travel related. Six people with confirmed cases have recovered and returned home. The six remaining are residents who traveled back from the mainland. Five are in isolation at home and one has been hospitalized. Last Thursday, March 26th, a 14-day self-quarantine order was issued for anyone arriving in Hawaii, both visitors and tourists alike.

For those on island, we have been mandated to “stay at home” unless you must leave for essential needs. There is a 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew in effect. Restaurants, nonessential businesses and tourist activities are closed except for take-out food. Grocery stores are fairly well stocked, but limiting the number of people in each store at any given time is common practice now. Exercise (walking, swimming, surfing) is allowed if maintaining a six foot social distance is possible.

Kauai, like many of your hometowns, is not open for business. The island is on vacation.

For past guests of Honu Point who have checked in with us to see how we are doing, mahalo. For future guests, I am trying to stay positive in the hopes that we will beat the curve and be able to welcome you with open arms in the not-to-distant future. Even though we have had our share of rain this winter, Kauai is as beautiful as ever. She deserves to be seen and enjoyed.

And, we have four albatross chicks in the neighborhood to show off this year. Meet Kobe.

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We can not wait to share our vacation rental again with future guests. In the meantime, Tom and I are staying on our home property collecting eggs from our hens and cuddling with our cat, Bandit. We feel grateful to be on the Garden Island. We hope that wherever you are on this earth that you are finding ways to make this crisis tolerable. There are some positives. Many families are back together and a long phone conversation with a friend can be comforting. Stay safe. Be well. Come see us when all of this is over. This, too, shall pass.

For updates on Kauai, go to http://www.kauai.gov/covid-19

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These ladies (6 out of 8) tap on the sliding glass door when they’re ready for dinner. Right now we’re getting 5 to 8 eggs a day!

Bandit

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So You Say You Want To Dance On Kauai?

Dance On Kauai

So you think you can dance? Good news! Dance on Kauai is alive and well. Whether it is ballroom, swing, Latin, tango, zouk or dancing with your partner on the sand, we have you covered. But, before I tell you what is happening on the Garden Island, check out this video that was created by one of the Oahu dance groups last year. The basic moves are West Coast Swing.

I have been involved with the swing dance community on Kauai for about 15 years. Our passion is west coast swing but that does not keep us from moving our hips to other forms of dance (cha cha, hustle, east coast swing, country 2-Step, nite club 2-Step, salsa). Every Tuesday evening a small group of us meet up at Rob’s Good Times Grill in Lihue for some companionship and dancing. Our leaders are really considerate about dancing with all the followers so no one gets left out. For years the owner of the grill has graciously allowed us to play our music through his sound system from 7:30 to 10:00. Many come early to eat in order to support our host. The food is yummy and relatively inexpensive. Visitors occasionally find us online and join in on the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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March Events (And A Special Concert In April) At Anaina Hou – Kauai

Anaina Hou - Live Music

Anaina Hou, home of the Kilauea Mini Golf and Porter Pavilion, continues to host Kauai events for residents and travelers alike. We are lucky to have this venue on the north shore. Following are the events scheduled for March 2020, with an added concert on April 2nd. Come join the fun!

Every Wednesday (Except Christmas) – Ahi Lele Luau Fire Show

Fire Dancing, Storytelling, and the Exhilarating Beat of Polynesian Drumming. Every Wednesday at Anaina Hou Porter Pavilion. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Arrive early to reserve your seats. Seating is limited and the show does sell out, so book your tickets in advance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://anainahou.org/events/fire-show/

Friday, March 6th

Trivia Night! Generally the first Friday of the month is Trivia Night at Anaina Hou. Get in the game just for fun, or get competitive and bring your trivia expert friends and family to win the ultimate bragging rights! Visitors and residents join up at tables to answer 40 questions. Doors open at 5:00; Gaming starts at 6:00 and runs for two hours. Tables may be reserved here, or just drop in and join a team. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Food truck(s) on site. It’s free!

Anaina Hou - Trivia Night

Friday, March 20th – Pau Hana Friday – Vic and the Victimz

“From the West Coast Swing of T-Bone Walker and the South-Side Chicago Grind of Muddy Waters to the Blues/Rock Stylings of Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Allman Brothers, and Carlos Santana, Vic & The Victimz offer a Blues-Infused selection of dance music for audiences of all ages.” Most of these musicians have been playing together for 20 years on Kauai. Bring a date, a friend, or your whole family. Here are a couple of videos to get you in the mood to dance!

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“Knee Deep” – Zac Brown Band – Theme Song for Honu Point

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Every Tuesday night my girlfriends and I head into Lihue to go dancing (Tom is not a fan so he stays home). For years Rob’s Good Times Grill (think “Cheers”) on Rice Street has allowed our dance group to play our music from 7:30 to 10:00. We have fun dancing Swing, Cha Cha, Niteclub 2-Step, Country 2-Step, Salsa and more. For the rest of the people at the restaurant, we are quite the entertainment.

Darrel and I take turns creating a musical playlist each week. One song Darrel always includes is “Knee Deep” by the Zac Brown Band (featuring Jimmy Buffet). Every time it comes on my girlfriend starts singing and says, “That should be the theme song for Honu Point.” So, finally, I thought I would share it with you, just for fun. I have included two videos and the lyrics. Let me know what you think.

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Kauai Events for February – Anaina Hou – Porter Pavilion – Hawaii

Anaina Hou - Live Music

Anaina Hou, home of the Kilauea Mini Golf and Porter Pavilion, continues to host Kauai events for residents and travelers alike. We are lucky to have this venue on the north shore. Following are the events scheduled for February 2020. Come join the fun!

Every Wednesday (Except Christmas) – Ahi Lele Luau Fire Show

Fire Dancing, Storytelling, and the Exhilarating Beat of Polynesian Drumming. Every Wednesday at Anaina Hou Porter Pavilion. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Arrive early to reserve your seats. Seating is limited and the show does sell out, so book your tickets in advance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://anainahou.org/events/fire-show/

Friday, February 7th

Trivia Night! Generally the first Friday of the month is Trivia Night at Anaina Hou. Get in the game just for fun, or get competitive and bring your trivia expert friends and family to win the ultimate bragging rights! Visitors and residents join up at tables to answer 40 questions. Doors open at 5:00; Gaming starts at 6:00 and runs for two hours. Tables may be reserved here, or just drop in and join a team. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Food truck(s) on site. It’s free!

Anaina Hou - Trivia Night

Friday, February 14th

Live music by Melvin Seals & JGB, featuring John Kadlecik. From their website:

“Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Melvin and JGB brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Dave Hebert’s guitar and vocals, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin’ helpin’ of the wizard’s magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with backing vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours.

In addition to the often played staples, the band has recently been exploring the back catalog and performing a ton of super rare tunes, some of which The Jerry Garcia Band played only a few times over all those years.
Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him “Master of the Universe”. Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!”

Doors open at 6:00, Music starts at 7:00. Food trucks available.

Tickets are $39 for the first 100 sold; then $45. Buy tickets here.

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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 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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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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Koloa Plantation Days Festival – Kauai – Hawaii

Koloa Plantation Days Festival - Kauai - Hawaii

2019 marks the 34th year for Koloa Plantation Days Festival, a ten day celebration of Hawaii’s sugar industry and heritage. Koloa plantation was founded in 1835, the first in the islands. The birth of the sugar industry shaped the lives of everyone in Hawaii forever. Although the mill and fields are idle in Koloa as well as virtually all over the state, many people in Hawaii are former workers themselves or descendants of plantation workers. Koloa Plantation Days Festival brings people to Koloa and Poipu on Kauai’s south shore to celebrate aspects of the plantation lifestyle.

Koloa Plantation Days Festival is held every year in July. The many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, and the Hawaiians who welcomed them, are celebrated through music, dance, costumes, and food throughout this ten-day festival. This year the Koloa Plantation Days Festival is from July 19th to July 28th and every day is packed with events and activities. Offering parades, rodeos, runs, gaming, shows and more, you are sure to find plenty of ways to enjoy your time on the south shore.

Koloa Plantation Days Festival Schedule

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