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WHY KAUAI’S SOUTH SHORE ROCKS

I’ll bet your family has debated which side of Kauai is the best to stay on — the North Shore or the South Shore. You love the North because it manages to be both laid back and spectacular — with dramatic green cliffs, world-class surf, and predictably unpredictable rains. But this time you were all in for a luxurious beach villa on Kauai’s South Shore, and it does not disappoint.

The moment you steer your rented Jeep into that unmistakable tunnel of trees on Maluhia Road you feel the magic. They’re just trees . . . right? So then why do they make you so happy? A gift to Kauai from a pineapple baron more than a century ago, these Eucalyptus form a fluttering green entryway that welcomes every visitor to the South Shore — an aloha to one of the most stunning natural wonderlands on earth.
To say the South Shore is loved for being “the sunny side” is like saying a beer is loved for being cold. There is that, of course – but there is so much more. Here are a few reasons why you think the South Shore rocks:

  1. Abundant Sunshine
    The random rain showers happen all over a tropical island, but Kauai’s South Shore gets about 35 inches of rain annually versus the 85 inches the North gets. The North is wetter due to the tradewinds and the mountains. Kauai’s South Shore is drier which means more bright, warm, picture-perfect beach days.
  2. Beautiful Beaches
    South Shore beaches look straight out of a movie: White Sand Beaches, the Turquoise Water, Palm Trees swaying, and with More Sea Life Than Humans. From the calmer-gentler Kalapaki all the way to exclusive-and-pristine little Lawai. Each beach along the way offers something unique and unforgettable and most are within easy reach from wherever you find yourself on the South Shore. The southernmost beach, Poipu (which means “crashing waves” in Hawaiian), was dubbed “The Best Beach in America” by the Travel Channel for its cozy snorkeling cove, vast wading pools, surf-and-swim-friendly vibe, and the adjacent grassy park. You do some quick research on the beaches before you go and discover that each is ideal for different activities.
  3. Ease of Walk-ability
    It’s not an easy feat for some to decide which side of Kauai is the best to stay on, but having to jump into the car every time you want to go somewhere can kill that back-to-nature feeling you’re craving on vacation. Kauai’s South Shore offers plenty of beaches, shops, restaurants and other amenities within an easy stroll, especially around Poipu. You’re staying at My Kauai Vacation Rental where there is world-class snorkeling right outside your door. You also find loads of activities and plenty of nearby restaurants. The Shops at Kukui’ula Village have gift and clothing stores, art galleries, an ice cream parlor and even a farmer’s market featuring a spectacular array of local produce and specialties. You need to try the white sugarloaf pineapples to slice up once you get back to the Condos’ kitchen.
  4. The Quaint Local Town, Koloa
    In addition to the amenities, a quick car ride just two miles up the road gets you to historic Old Koloa Town. The quaint plantation buildings house art, music and clothing shops, and the beloved mom-and-pop restaurants. You also find the post office, food trucks, and grocery store. My personal favorite the Koloa Fish Market where the fish is so fresh it’s irresistible. Best when it’s grilled alongside that pineapple at the barbecue just outside the front door.
  5. Simply Convenient for Families
    In addition to several grand hotels complete with pools, spas, dining and kids clubs, there are full-service condominiums and resort villas large enough to be affordable for families. My Kauai Vacation Rental is one of the largest 1 bedroom Condos on all of Kauai — with a full kitchen, washer-dryer and all the comforts of home — plus a beautifully designed pool that is directly across from Brennecke’s Beach which rivals the Hawaiian Islands’ best.
  6. Lots of Adventure
    Surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, horseback riding, kayaking, golf, and sailing are just a few of Kauai’s South Shore favorites.  The nearby Koloa Zipline takes you through the heart of a rainforest and boasts the longest ride on the island: clocking in at half a mile. You can hike the magnificent Heritage Trail bordering the crashing waves of the ocean. You can climb amid the roots of the same prehistoric Australian fig tree seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” at the Allerton Gardens in Koloa or head to McBryde Garden in the Lawai Valley to gawk at unbelievable flora and waterfalls. Then you realize, Kauai isn’t known as the Garden State for nothing! A can’t miss are the lava tube formations at Spouting Horn. Witness pluming spouts up to 30 feet in the air. Enjoy a perfect night out at Kauai’s Luau Kalamaku at Kiohuna Plantation. A true spectacle with a full buffet & open bar every Tuesday & Friday evening.
    You enjoy your days on the sunny side . . . and your cold beers as well.

So, which side of Kauai is the best to stay on? The good news is that you are actually quite close to the North Shore and to all points in between. It hardly has to be an “either/or” situation. In fact, you can drive from Koloa all the way to the end-of-the-road at Ke’e Beach in about 90 minutes if you drive straight through. We ordinarily make a day trip out of it taking in all the spots along the way. . .
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Kilauea Market & Cafe Opens!

The residents of Kauai’s north shore have been waiting a long time for the Kilauea Market and its adjoining stores to open. Kilaeua Market CafeStarted in 2016, the project ran into planning and road issues, as well as lots of rainy weather (remember the 2018 Kauai Flood?). So, the opening of the first new shopping center on the north shore in 30 years was delayed for over a year. Last month the North Shore Animal Clinic and the Kilauea Market & Cafe finally opened their doors. It is unclear when the rest of the shopping center, known as “Ahuimanu” will open.

Tenants who have signed up for space at Ahuimanu include: Grande’s Gems Hawaii, Island Soap & Candle Works, Kai Bar Coffee Roasters, Kauai Boba & BBQ, the Kauai Government Employees Credit Union, Shipwrecked Kauai Lifestyle Boutique and Wyland Galleries. There is also talk of two more sit-down eateries, one offering fine dining.

The Kilauea Market & Cafe is a new concept developed by the parent company of the Foodland supermarket chain. In it you will find the small version of a typical food market, offering grocery, meat, seafood, wine, beer, bakery items and produce. But, in addition to this, the market emphasizes prepared foods, a beer and wine bar, gourmet coffee and pastries, and a ‘create your own’ poke bowl counter.

Kilauea Market & Cafe The Kilaua Market & Cafe allows you to Grab a quick meal and go, or eat in. There is seating for 70 customers in a cafeteria-style section of the market. Picnic tables are outside for additional seating.

Kilauea Market & Cafe Menus

Breakfast – Served Daily from 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Baked Goods at the Kilauea Market & Cafe

  • Waffles and Pancakes – Four choices, including a “Banana Bread” waffle (caramel sauce, bananas, banana bread crumble, and vanilla cream): Prices range from $8.99 to $13.99
  • Eggs and Things – Four choices, including a Kalua Hash Patty (Kalua pig, spinach, potato, sweet potato, 2 eggs over easy): Prices range from $9.99 to $15.99
  • Sandwiches – Three choices, including a Breakfast Sandwich (pretzel croissant, pipikaula, farm egg, cheddar, tomato, watercress pesto): Prices range from $6.99 to $10.99
  • Grains and Berries – Two choices
  • Sides, Roasted Coffees and Smoothies

Lunch and Dinner – Served Daily from 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM

  • Pizza – Five choices, including Kahuna (Kalua pig, pickled onions, lomi tomato, boursin): Prices range from $12.49 to $15.99Kilauea Market Cafeteria
  • Plate Lunch – Five choices (Kauai Shrimp Truck, Pulehu Ribs, Poi Stew, Braised Shoyu Chicken and Grilled Ahi): Prices range from $14.99 to market price for Ahi
  • Kilauea Specialties – Three choices (Kilauea Moco, Kalua Hash Patty, Fried Saimin): Prices range from $12.99 to $15.99
  • Burgers and Sandwiches – Four choices (Kubano, Lighthouse burger, Hanalei taro burger, Ahi sandwich): Prices range from $13.99 to market price for Ahi
  • Beer Food (hapa fries, nachos, sticky wings), Salads (chop chop, tofu watercress), Desserts (Malasadas By Da Bag, Cake Slice of the Day)

Kilauea Market & Cafe is open daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PMKilauea Market & Cafe Liquor

Location: The Ahuimanu shopping center is located at the corner of Lighthouse Road and Keneke Street in Kilauea. Look for the stone buildings which used to be owned by the Kilauea Plantation, a sugar cane company. This new shopping center is a convenient stop on your way to and from the Kilauea Lighthouse.

Website: https://www.kilaueamarket.com/

Phone Number: (808) 828-2182

Kauai Folk Festival Sept 28-29, 2019

The Kauai Folk Festival will be held on the Grove Farm grounds in Lihue providing a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past. Kauai Folk FestivalFounded in 1864, this 100-acre, historic site showcases life during Kauai’s plantation era more than a century ago. The Kauai Folk Festival is a fundraiser for the preservation efforts for the Grove Farm Museum. With more than 34 performers over the 2 day festival.

SEPT 28-29, 2019
THE KAUAI FOLK FESTIVAL IS FINALLY HERE!

NEXT WEEKEND! Come for Two Days of Folk-n-Aloha featuring Americana and Hawaii roots music, workshops and more at historic Grove Farm Museum, Lihue! It’s here! 34 performers, on five stages, activities / workshops For the event schedule, Tickets and event news. Download the event map & lineup!

DATE, TIME AND LOCATION

SAT, SEP 28, 2019, 10AM-10PM
SUN, SEP 29, 2019, 10AM-10PM

LOCATION:

GROVE FARM MUSEUM
LIHUE, HI

(Google Map)

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Kauai Snorkeling Tours

Self-Guided

Snorkeling Tours, those who enjoy snorkeling are in for a treat. Kauai’s pristine oceans are home to thousands of fish and different marine life.  Along the many crescent shaped beaches you will be able to find opportunities to swim with the many tropical fish that frequent the reefs. Na Pali Coast Snorkeling TourFor those who prefer to casually participate in snorkeling the local beaches like Anini Beach, Poipu Beach and Salt Pond Park Beach provide protected beach areas that both snorkelers and the tropical fish prefer. Anini, on the east side of the island is home of the largest reef, Poipu Beach is a protected area where the tropical fish prefer as well as the Hawaiian Monk Seal and the Green Sea Turtle. The monk seal and sea turtles frequent the sand to take a nap along the beach in Poipu. Salt Pond beach is a favorite of locals, and if you are visiting be prepared to pack in what you will need for the day as services other than the bathrooms and a few covered picnic tables is sparse. Salt Pond Beach is a large protected area which right up along the sand are rarely waves of any size. Snorkelers will swim out toward the natural breakwater to view the tropical fish that decide to come in from the waves and there you can also see corals among the rocky bottom.

Guided Excursions

Those who wish to take an excursion there are many opportunities to join in on a snorkeling tour. Kauai Searider has their South Shore Snorkeling Tour which they claim a “Whole Day of Fun packed into 3 hours” where they take you on their Zodiac boats from Kukui’ula Harbor to a couple of unspoiled snorkel sites. Kauai Searider also has a Na Pali Coast Snorkeling Tour. This tour is a 4.5 hour tour. This tour starts off at the closest harbor to the Na Pali Coast (Kekaha Harbor) which provides more time in the water. Na Pali offers spectacular views and you will create memories for a lifetime!

Snorkel Bob’s not only rents snorkel equipment for those who didn’t bring their own from home but they have a couple of snorkeling excursions of their own. The Liko Kauai | Na Pali Catamaran Snorkel trip consists of a 5 hour tour aboard the 49′ powered catamaran takes you out to see Sea Caves, waterfalls, Kauai’s lush valleys from a different viewpoint, white sand beaches and Dolphin watching with a 1 hour snorkeling stop to round out the adventure. A trip out to see Napali Coats in itself is well worth the trip.

Check out this article if you are looking for other Water sports while vacationing in Kauai. Here you can find more about information about Kauai’s Beaches. Don’t forget that if you are looking for a place to stay our Poipu Beach Condo is only steps from Poipu & Brennecke’s beaches on the south side of Kauai.