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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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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Koloa Plantation Days Festival – Kauai – Hawaii

Koloa Plantation Days Festival - Kauai - Hawaii

2018 marks the 33rd year for Koloa Plantation Days Festival, a nine 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 20th to July 29th 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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Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Sail – Captain Andy’s – Kauai – Hawaii

Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Sail - Kauai - Hawaii

I had heard that Captain Andy’s Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Sail is a great way to celebrate any occasion. So Tom and I decided to give it a go for our wedding anniversary. We had been on a two hour sunset sail off the coast of Poipu with Captain Andy’s many years ago but this was a four hour excursion and it went down the Na Pali coast.

There are three of Andy’s boats that go down the Na Pali coast for a sunset dinner cruise. The two custom 65′ Star Class luxury catamarans are the best. We were on the Southern Star which is a sister ship to the Northern Star (pictured above). There were about 50 people on board along with the crew who were ready to serve.

There is seating in the front of the boat, inside a cabin and in the rear. In order to avoid a lot of wind and water spray we found some extremely comfortable seats around a table in the back of the boat.

Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Sail - Kauai - Hawaii

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Hike To A Waterfall – Ho’opi’i Falls – Kauai – Hawaii

Hoopii Falls - Kauai - Hawaii

Lots of visitors who come to Kauai want to hike to a waterfall and I have just the one for you. In fact, on this hike you get two falls for the price of one hike and it is free. Ho’opi’i Falls is on the Kapa’a Stream.

The trail can be very muddy with lots of mosquitoes if there has been a  lot of rainfall. The two times that I went to the falls were in the middle of summer and it was dry and pleasant. This video, taken in July 2017, by Clifton Passow, will give you an idea of what the trail is like:

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Rent Snorkeling Gear, Kayaks, Paddleboards & Bikes On Kauai – Pedal ‘N Paddle

Rent Snorkeling Gear on Kauai

You have make the long journey to the islands and now you are ready to have fun. If you are staying at Honu Point you will find many pieces of snorkeling gear and other equipment ready for your use in the garage. But, if what is there does not work for you, or you need additional items, Pedal ‘N Paddle in Hanalei is the most convenient place to go to for rentals and sales.

Pedal ‘N Paddle will have all you need for a day at the beach. They carry a wide selection of high quality masks and snorkels, swim goggles, sunglasses, Frisbees, waterproof phone/key cases, waterproof cameras, towels, sunblock, SPF sun shirts, umbrellas and more.

Snorkel Rental

Adult Set (Includes mask, snorkel, fins and mesh bag)     $5.00/day     $20/week

Kid Set     $4.00/day     $15/week

Mask & Snorkel     $3.00/day     $10/week

Fins Only     $3.00/day     $10/week

Boogie Board     $5.00/day     $20/week

Boogie Board with Fins     $7.00/day     $25/week

Snorkel Vest     $4.00/day     $15/week

Beach Chair     $4.00/day     $15/week

Floatation Belt     $4.00/day     $15/week

Optic/Corrective snorkel masks available.

Three, four, five day rates are also available.

All rates are based on a 24 hour rental period.

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Windsurfing Lessons On Kauai-Anini Beach-Hawaii

Windsurfing On Kauai-Anini Beach-Hawaii

Now that summer is right around the corner, and the winter swells have left, how about trying your hand at windsurfing on Kauai. Anini Beach is the perfect spot to learn. The generally calm, safe waters of the lagoon allows for smooth sailing. Summer winds blow onshore with enough strength to catch the sail and lift you right out of the water.

Anini Beach - Kauai - Hawaii

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Waves Yoga Kauai in the Princeville Shopping Center – Hawaii

Waves Yoga Kauai - Princeville - Hawaii

Waves Yoga Kauai came to the Princeville Shopping Center last year and since then the instructors have won support from residents and visitors alike. I have not personally been to one of their classes, but I looked up the reviews on Yelp and they were all 5 stars! Here is an example of one of them:

“Ok sometimes u meet people that u just know were born to do what they do. That’s what I felt when I walked into Lulu’s waves studio. Just a feeling of homecoming.

I’ve been visiting from California and suddenly found this studio. It was like a dream come true, especially her rocking, vigorous yet also profound and  relaxing class.  Really one of the top classes  I’ve taken in the last 15 years of practice! was sooo happy to discover, I bought the week-long travelers pass and looked forward to trying all the different class options, sculpt, fusion, c3 and more…

Everything about the class and studio was a completely joyous and profound escapade.  Even the music was fabulous. This studio is so good it makes me want to move here! And who knows? Maybe I will. I’ve done crazier things in my life than move somewhere for the yoga:)”

T.S.  California  10-22-17

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Fire Show At Anaina Hou Community Park – Kilauea – Kauai – Hawaii

Anaina Hou Fire Show - Kilauea - Hawaii

There is a new fire show happening behind the Kilauea Mini Golf at Anaina Hou Community Park on Kauai! This weekly Polynesian ahi lele “fire dancing” show is just a short drive (6 – 10 min) from Honu Point Vacation Rental in Princeville.

Anaina Hou Fire Show - Kilauea - Hawaii

The performance, featuring the amazing artistry of Coppin Colburn and his `ohana, begins at 7:00 pm every Wednesday evening. The new dining patio allows for the show to go on, rain or shine. Seating is limited so reservations are necessary.

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An April Walk On Hanalei Bay – Kauai – Hawaii

Hanalei Bay - Kauai - Hawaii

When I woke up this morning and saw clear skies and sunshine I knew I needed to step away from the computer for awhile and go on a much needed walk. What better place than Hanalei Bay; where the lush, green mountains meet the sea!

Arriving at the bay around 9:00, or so, I found a few people who had the same idea. There was a soft breeze and the sun was slightly veiled by the clouds – perfect for sun bathing. Warning: Don’t let the clouds fool you. I got my worst sunburn on a day just like this.

I felt rather conspicuous carrying my iPhone with me but I wanted to take photos so you could vicariously walk with me. Enjoy.

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