Update On Kauai North Shore Road Closures – June 11, 2019

Kalalau Trail Kauai-Haena Park

Update as of June 11, 2019: “As a result of shifting resources to this project (emergency slope stabilization on Kuhio Highway at mile marker 1, the hill approaching Hanalei Bridge), HDOT is targeting Monday, June 17, at 5:00 AM, for the full opening of Kuhio Highway past Waipa Bridge.” For the full update, go to Hawaii Department of Transportation.

As many of you know, the road west of Hanalei Bay to Ke’e has been closed since the April 2018 Kauai flood. Many people, residents and guests, have been anxiously awaiting its reopening. Lumahai Beach, Tunnels, Ke’e and the Kalalau Trail have been closed off for over a year to all except the people who live in Wainiha and Haena. A convoy schedule has been in effect for these residents.

But, before you get too excited, the announcement that there will be a reopening on June 17th is not all that it seems. The repairs to numerous landslide and road collapse areas as a result of the 2018 flood will be largely complete by that date. Due to a landslide last month at mile marker 1, however, the Lihue-bound lane coming up from Hanalei to Princeville will remain closed for 4 to 5 months causing delays going to and from Hanalei as workers try to stabilize the hillside. The continuing restrictions will make actually using the highway challenging for both residents and visitors.

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Daniel Hsu Comes To Kauai – March 8, 2019

Daniel Hsu - Kauai Concert Association

Daniel Hsu, bronze medal winner at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will be performing on Kauai, March 8th. Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” Daniel Hsu is the latest of the exceptionally talented performers the Kauai Concert Association brings to the island each year.

We are lucky to have the Kauai Concert Association on our tiny island of Kauai. A large part of KCA’s mission is to provide music education outreach opportunities to Kauai’s students. The Education Services Committee works with school administrators and visiting artists to deliver live performances and master classes all over the island. KCA’s goal is to make world class music available to everyone on Kauai. Performances are held at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center and parking is easy and free.

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Update On Kuhio Highway And Haena Park Openings – Kauai – Hawaii

Saim Caglayan - Artist - Kauai

The repercussions of the 2018 Kauai floods are still being felt on the north shore of Kauai. In April of last year torrential rains (50 inches in 24 hours) and landslides washed out roads around the island and the repairs have been extensive and slow coming. The most common question I get asked is, “When will the Kuhio Highway be open to the end of the road (Ke’e Beach).” I wish I knew the answer.

The north shore of Kauai is full of wonder. It is what you think of when you think of a tropical island – lush, green, undeveloped beauty. The stretch of highway between Hanalei Bay and Ke’e has some of the most beautiful scenery and gorgeous beaches on the island. Although you will find plenty of special, scenic places all over Kauai, not being able to go here is a disappointment to many.

In the January 10th addition of The Garden Island (TGI) newspaper, an article entitled, “Kuhio Highway Opening Extended”, suggests that the opening date is still uncertain:

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Movie Night at Anaina Hou – Kilauea – Kauai – Hawaii

Movie Night at Anaina Hou - Kauai

It is going to be a fun night this Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at the Anaina Hou Porter Pavilion. Two movies will be projected onto the big screen: Incredibles 2 and Crazy Rich Asians! The best part is that Movie Night is FREE!

The Anaina Hou Porter Pavilion is behind the Mini Golf just outside of Kilauea, a very short drive from Honu Point Vacation Rental. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Dinner and drinks are available for purchase. Go early for good seats: there is limited seating in the Pavilion. Overflow is on the lawn. Due to the liquor license, no outside food or beverage is allowed, including water bottles.

If you are willing to set up or break down chairs, come anytime on movie day, 10:00 to noon OR at 4:00 PM to set up, and help after the last movie. As a volunteer, you get first pick of the seats and free popcorn. To volunteer, email maile@anainahou.org.

Movie Night Movies:

Incredibles 2

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.

So, go to one movie or go to both. Either way you are sure to have a good time.

Anaina Hou is a nonprofit and relies on volunteers to enhance services to the community. Check out the new playground and Farmers’ Markets on Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning.

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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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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.

David Sedaris Tour - Kauai - Hawaii

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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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Holiday Craft Fairs On Kauai – Hawaii

Holiday Craft Fairs On Kauai – Hawaii

The holidays are right around the corner. If you are visiting our beautiful island during the next two months you might want to visit one of these Holiday Craft Fairs on Kauai. Whether you are shopping for holiday presents or a gift for yourself, you may find just the right locally made item at one of these sales.

Holiday Craft Fairs - Kauai

 

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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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