The one lane Hanalei Bridge is a nostalgic and much loved entry into the quaint town of Hanalei and the often celebrated Hanalei Bay. One of Kauai’s most recognizable man-made landmarks, the original 113 foot American made through-truss steel bridge would be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It was built in 1912, the same […]
Kauai Life and HistoryThe best of Kauai life includes finding a Hawaiian Monk Seal on our Kauai beaches. See our latest post about this endangered mammal and ways that you can help protect it on your Kauai vacation.
Even though Kauai has one of the wettest spots on earth at Mount Waialeale, most days are filled with sunshine. Kauai has seven main micro-climates ranging from the lush interior regions to a more arid Westside. Mount Waialeale at an elevation of 5,148 feet is the center of Kauai’s unspoiled interior and is a tropical […]
Tortilla Republic recently opened near our Poipu Beach Collection in the Shops at Kukui`ula. I’ve become a big fan of its cool vibe and sophisticated flavors served up with a fresh island twist. Being that Tortilla Republic has become one of the trendiest spots for Kauai dining, it was the perfect choice for our recent staff […]
Are you excited to see The Descendants starring George Clooney? I am but I’ll have to wait. Even though the movie was filmed close to our Hanalei vacation rentals, it’s playing everywhere across the country except here. If you’ve had a chance to see the movie, tell me your favorite scenes. I plan to write about the locations […]
Only ten minutes west of our Poipu vacation rentals is the quaint upcountry town of Kalaheo. There you’ll find fabulous food and home cooking at the Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee Company. This neighborhood gem uses local ingredients whenever possible and their coffee is estate roasted here on Kauai. I recommend going early for fresh pastries that sell out […]
“In Shades of Green,” a new CD with Hawaiian music and Celtic influences, has close ties to our Kauai vacation rentals. The vocalist, musician and composer is the talented Madeleine Brandli who owns House of The Cherished Seacoast managed by Parrish Kauai. If you watched our Kauai wedding video you heard Madeleine’s beautiful voice in the […]
Five helpful tips for first time visitors to Kauai looking for the right location.
As a child, I learned from my grandma and my parents how to work the salt beds (flats) of which my Uncle and his family continue to preserve today. It is located in the western side of Kauai in an area called Salt Pond Beach Park, named for the traditional Hawaiian sea salt produced in salt […]
As the last accessible, undeveloped coastline on the south shore of Kauai, Maha`ulepu still remains a quiet and unique refuge. Kauai residents and their families come here to relax, picnic, hike, fish, dive, surf and windsurf and to observe the sea life along the coast. Visitors say that the area – pristine, inspiring and still […]
The Hawaiian taro fields (kalo lo’i) of Hanalei are one the main sources of cultivation for Hawaii’s favorite starch, the taro (kalo) root. This respected plant can be prepared many ways and is eaten in its entirety. The lo’í or irrigated terrace is the vast paddy that feeds and nurtures the kalo. These colorful paddy’s […]
The island of Kauai is home to a wide variety of endemic (natural to a specific place), indigenous (native to a particular region including Kauai), migratory, and introduced birds. More than 80 species of birds are present on our Garden Island. Whether a casual or expert bird-watcher, you are certain to find Kauai a captivating […]
Just an hour from Poipu on the South Shore of Kauai is museum, a lodge serving delicious Koke’e chili and cornbread, and rustic cabins for rent. The park is just north of Waimea Canyon State Park and includes 4,345 acres of mountainous terrain. The main attractions of Koke’e’s hiking trails are the native vegetation, native forest […]