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Shake Those Hips at a Luau

October 26th, 2009 · Attractions

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Luaus are the perfect way for new people to get to know the Hawaiian culture and for old-time residents to become reacquainted with Polynesian tradition.  Kauai is a hotbed for luaus that cater to guests by providing authentic cuisine, tremendous entertainment, and a truly enjoyable evening experience.  Interestingly, a sizeable amount of Kauai MLS real estate has been dedicated to luaus throughout the island.  A traditional luau will start off with an ancient Hawaiian chant, followed by endless buffet lines of Hawaiian cuisine, as well as an interactive night of entertainment.  From fire knife juggling to Tahitian dance, guests of any luau are sure to be amazed from arrival to departure. The Grand Hyatt Kauai’s Havaiki Nui Luau is one of the more popular ones, featuring a gourmet menu, traditional conch shell greeting, and lei for all guests.  Sheraton Kauai Resort’s Surf to Sunset Luau is located just steps from Poipu Beach and is scenically set against the crescent-shaped beach, gentle surf, and swaying palm trees.  A diversified menu caters to guests who are both low-key and adventurous.  Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau is also one of the best because of the beautiful gardens that surround the luau, the magical setting, buffet, and splendid entertainment.

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Kauai Attractions

August 26th, 2009 · Attractions

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Kauai has a number of beaches on its shores, and with it, a number of attractions that go along with the beach. All of the beaches in Kauai are public, giving visitors the ability to roam along the shore and see some of Hawaii’s biggest waves. With great fishing opportunities and beautiful views, the island is the perfect Hawaii destination. The following list has Kauai Activities, on and off shore that are sure to please any eager traveler.

– Parks and Gardens
Kauai has been nicknamed the “Garden Isle” because of the lush greenery that blankets the island, and that doesn’t include the many parks and gardens scattered across it. Some of the parks and gardens that are available for visiting include Kokee State Park, Limahuli Gardens, National Tropical Botanical Garden, and Waimea Canyon State Park. There are colorful tropical fish and beautiful coral reef at Na Pali Coast State Park that will surely captivate you.

– River
The Wailua River is the only navigable river in Hawaii, so it is definitely something you should see while on vacation here. It actually has the following site along its path, giving you the opportunity to see everything here.

– Lava Cave
This is the only lava cave in Kauai, and is a unique site to see with the plants that essentially grow from the roof’s ceiling. There are no other places in the islands like this, so you should consider a stop here.

– Lighthouse
Kilauea Point is Kauai’s northernmost point, where you can find the eponymous lighthouse. Constructed in 1913, this 52-foot long structure once helped guide sailors home.

– Museum
The Kokee Natural History Museum has a collection of Kauai’s flora, fauna, geology and climatology situated on the geological wonder, Waimea Canyon. By visiting the museum, you can learn much on your Hawaii vacation.

– Falls
Kauai has two of Hawaii’s most breathtaking waterfalls, Opaekaa and Wailua. The journey to see them is an experience, as you feel as though you are doing your own personal exploration of Hawaii.

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A Golf Outing From You Kauai Vacation Rental

August 26th, 2009 · Golf

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Kauai is known to have some of the Hawaiian Islands’ best golf courses. In fact, it has three of Hawaii’s top five golf courses. There are 8 courses on the island, four of which have been designed by Robert Trent jones, Jr. and two designed by Jack Nicklaus. One of America’s premium public golf courses, Wailua Municipal Golf Course, is par-72 and plays to 7,020 yards. Wailua hosted the 1996 USGA Public Links Championship. The front 9 begins with two holes that are surrounded by the ocean and riddled with water hazards. It is also considered one of the most picturesque courses in the nation.

Golf enthusiasts may be pleased that it is possible to have a vacation rental nestled near one of these beautiful and challenging courses. Those looking for vacation rentals will have most luck around Poipu Bay, Kauai Lagoons, and Princeville.

The Kiahuna Golf Club is another spot to visit, as it has some remnants of a Hawaiian village, and hosted the LPGA Worldwide Championship. It is one of the courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the designer of Poipu Bay Resort Course. Those looking for a more dramatic course, head to Kalaheo Kukuiolono Golf Course. You’ll have views of the sugarcane fields and experience the kama’aina golf experience at this nine-hole course. If planning to visit all these golf courses, visit HawaiianBeachRentals.com to learn about the Kauai Golf Challenge. This allows avid golfers to experience one round of golf each of these resort courses for one single price.

This special includes a round at Kauai Lagoons, Poipu Bay Golf Course and the Princeville Resort. Because of its setting against Keoneloa Bay, Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Poipu Bay Resort Course has been compared to Pebble Beach. The Kauai Lagoons course is definitely one you will not want to miss, as it is among Golf Digests 100 Greatest Course. The Princeville Resort debuted at number 5 on the top 75 Best Courses in 1992.

While your vacation rental may be comfortable and relaxing, be sure to venture out and enjoy the great golf courses that Kauai is home to. Just be sure to bring your clubs.

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Kauai Beaches

August 26th, 2009 · Beaches

Hanakapiai Beach, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
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Kauai is one of Hawaii’s most popular tourist destinations. Because of volcanic eruptions six million years ago, this 550 square-mile island was formed. Aside from being one of the northernmost islands, it is also the oldest and most beautiful. With many unique plant species and beautiful blue waters, you’ll definitely want to visit this place. After all, it is only a 20 minute plane ride from Honolulu. This island is divided into five regions: the North Shore, South Shore, Coconut Coast, Hanamalau Beach Park, and the Lihue Kalapaki. These regions are a great place to know especially if you’re looking to visit the island’s famed beaches.

At the North Shore, you will find most of Kauai’s famously gorgeous beaches. One of them, Anini Beach, is actually a park, and has restrooms, showers, tables and barbeque facilities. Hanalei Bay is another one of these beaches. With a crescent-shaped shore, it looks as though it has been carved into the side of a cliff. The westernmost part of this bay has calm waters which is great to keep in mind as many of the north shore waters are too rough for swimming. Two other great beaches are Kee Beach and the Honopu Valley.

The South Shore is home to the Kipu Kai Beach and has wonderful views of the ocean lined with golden sands. The Hoary Head mountain range frames this beach only emphasizing its beauty. Because this beach is only accessible by boat, fewer tourists visit it, making it one of the cleanest beaches on the island. While here, you can also visit Kukuiolono Park, Mahaulepu Beach, and Poipu Beach Park.

The Coconut Coast attracts moonlight beachgoers. Its beaches include Hanamaulu Beach Park, Kalapaki Beach, Lydgate State Park, Ninini or Running waters Beach, niumalu Beach Park, and Niumale harbor. Lihue Kalapaki Wailua River State Park is another place to visit, as it offers surf, sand and sun alongside many ocean activities.

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Kauai Weather

August 26th, 2009 · Weather

Bali Hai on the North Coast of Kauai
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Kauai weather has always been a little unpredictable; in fact, it is reported as having one of the fastest changing weather trends in the world. As the northernmost island in the Hawaiian Islands archipelago, Kauai has cooler weather when compared to the younger islands.

The weather normally changes according to the season; however, this isn’t quite true for Kauai. When vacationing here, many find that the location of their stay is what determines the weather. Highland and mountain regions like Kokee are much cooler than the coastal regions, while the northern shore is colder than the southern. With every 1000 feet you rise above sea level, the temperature drops by 3.5 degrees.

The climate is classified as subtropical with winter daytime temperatures between 76 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and night temperatures between 60-64 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer, the temperature range rises and is 60-64 degrees Fahrenheit, and the nighttime ranges between 70 and 72 Degrees. The waters here are always refreshingly cool, ranging from 73 to 80 degrees.

The humidity in Kauai is quite high; despite this, the weather here is hardly oppressive. Trade winds are often found on this island, with the hurricane months that spans from June to November. The island’s deadliest hurricanes were Hurricane Iwa in 1982 and Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

Annual rainfall on Kauai can get up to about 40 inches. The rain patterns are seasonal and often accompany the trade winds. You can see the differences between the windward and leeward coasts of the island as well as the eastern and western shores. While visiting this island, you will find that the southwestern coast receives more rain than the northeastern areas. Despite all these differences, you will find the wettest spot of the island at its center. Mount Waialeale receives 500 inches of rain a year, making it the island’s wettest spot.

If you visit Kauai, you will notice that much of the rainfall occurs at night, and particularly in the mountains. In the summer, the shores are partly sunny and partly cloudy. Rain tends to occur periodically through the months of November all the way to March.

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Kauai Island

August 24th, 2009 · Kauai Island

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As the fourth largest and oldest major island of the Hawaiian island chain, the island of Kauai is an inherently special place to live, work, and play. For those people looking into Hawaii real estate on Kauai, the ability to enjoy scenic beauty, work, and comfortably reside in a well-appointed home on the island is a pleasure limited only to a lucky few. Because the island’s origins are volcanic, the wondrous island is mountainous and at times mysterious. The hanging cliffs and towering peaks add to the dynamic backdrop that Kauai has become known for.

Kawaikini, the highest peak on Kauai, stands at 5,148 feet while Mount Waialeale, the second highest peak, is 5,148 feet tall. As one of the wettest places on earth, Mount Waialeale sees an annual rainfall exceeding 460 inches. However, this rain does not bother residents or scare away prospective homeowners. The high annual rainfall has created deep valleys in the central Kauai mountains and dug canyons with rushing rivers and scenic waterfalls. The most notable one is Waimea River, part of Waimea Canyon State Park. Known to many as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea River is perfect for those looking for a leisurely kayak up the river. The forests are ripe for hunting, hiking, and exploring, too.

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