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Flood damaged Kauai highway opens to residents Friday

Flood Damaged Kauai

HONOLULU (KITV) – 5/4/2018

A transportation lifeline for isolated residents on Kauai’s north shore look forward to a bit of relief on Friday. The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the County of Kauai announced on Thursday that they will reopen and restore the 2-mile stretch of Kuhio Highway damaged in April floods, beginning Friday, May 4, 2018.Flood Damage Kauai Vehicle Covered With Water

“This is a significant development, and I’d like to thank our entire team of responders who have worked diligently towards reopening a safe pass way for our isolated residents. However, there is still much work left to be done in the Wainiha-Haena area. And while we continue to conduct these emergency operations, this area will be limited to residents only until further notice. We appreciate everyone’s understanding, residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho.

The roads closed after heavy rains on April 14, 2018 flooded and damaged the highway. HDOT says there are many conditions regarding opening this single lane route on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) from Waikoko to Wainiha, including:

It is for local traffic only, and residents need to prove it before they can get a placard to display on their dashboard. Placards will be issued to Wainiha and Haena residents only.

To receive a placard, residents must bring their vehicle and be prepared to prove residency. Placards may be picked up from Planning Director Mike Dahilig at the County office at the Hanalei Colony Resort between 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Beginning on Thursday, May 3, and between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

There is a 10,000-pound weight restriction, which means only passenger vehicles such as sedans, SUVs and pickup trucks will be allowed on the highway. North Shore residents seeking access to the single lane route are advised to check their individual vehicle weight, which can be found on the vehicle’s registration. All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and Utility Task Vehicles (UTV) will not be permitted to travel on the single lane route.

If you need to access the area for work (like insurance adjusters, utility company personnel, private contractors, and others) must coordinate their travel needs through the Kauai Emergency Management Agency at 808-241-1800. Those people with approved access will need to have their name on a list provided to the personnel at the checkpoints in order to be allowed through.

There’s a timeline for usage of the road:

  • 6 a.m. Waikoko to Wainiha
  • 6:30 a.m. Wainiha to Waikoko, to include shuttle
  • 12 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha, to include shuttle
  • 12:20 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko,
  • 12:40 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha
  • 1 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko to include shuttle
  • 6 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko
  • 6:30 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha, to include shuttle

The road will only open if the weather permits. Should the local access be suspended due to weather.  HDOT and the County of Kauai will provide updated information through the media and social media accounts.

“Safety is our first priority as we continue recovery efforts in the areas that were isolated last month by heavy flooding and numerous landslides. We are actively deploying disaster response resources to help residents and businesses in those areas. I am pleased that work has progressed to allow residents of Wainiha and Haena to safely use the highway.  However, we are asking visitors to enjoy other areas on Kauai to avoid impacting the ongoing recovery efforts. We also ask the same of the general public,” said Gov. David Ige.

The route opened for one-lane emergency access on April 28, 2018. Friday’s opening marks the first time residents can use the highway.

HDOT says $8 million in quick release funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the emergency work helps greatly. The current estimate for total emergency costs for the response and recovery work on Kuhio Highway is $40 million.

HDOT says it will seek FHWA Emergency Relief funding, which is provided on a cost-share basis for repair or reconstruction of highways damaged as a result of natural disasters.

HDOT says future phases of the work will likely require reassessment of and modification to management of public access through the construction site. The full reopening of Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha for two-way traffic is expected within three to four months.

A detailed schedule for the restoration of unrestricted access to Wainiha and Haena will be available following the upgrade of the Waioli, Waipa, and Waikoko scheduled to start in June.

 Posted May 3, 2018 by Diane Ako Hawaii News. More on Flood Damage in Kauai For other news related to Kauai.

Updating Images of the Kauai Vacation Rental

Kauai Vacation Rental Update

Last year we got the images of the condo redone.  When we purchased the Kauai Vacation Rental in April 2018, my son and I only had 24 hours to change out some of the furniture especially the Sofa Sleeper, hang new draperies, clean out the owner & hall closet and swap the contents of them from each other. We wanted the guests to be able to access the beach chairs, umbrellas, ice chest and other things without falling over everything or everything falling out of the closet when they opened the door. We replaced the WiFi router, installed a new safe as well as other minor repairs while the housekeeping crew got the condo ready for a new guest the following afternoon.

Although the images you see now of the condo are pretty nice, imagine the living room with the brand new Lazy Boy Queen Sleeper Sofa & new Draperies in the bedroom instead of the blinds. We made these changes to help upgrade the home a bit more and because the old sleeper sofa frame was bent  up enough that it took two grown men to close it last.  It’s going to take a few weeks to have availability of time to photograph and then to have them developed. We wanted them to be better than one guy wanted to do (take with his cell phone).  As soon as we get copies we’ll change out the ones on all websites and let you know. Stay Tuned.

If you’re interested in stay in the Kauai Vacation Rental, you can check online for availability and book it or just send me a not or call (951) 527-7368.

The list of amenities has gotten more thorough:

General: Clothes Dryer, Hair Dryer, Internet, Iron & Board, Linens Provided, Living Room, Parking Free, Telephone, Towels Provided, Washing Machine
Kitchen: Coffee Maker, Dishes & Utensils, Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven, Pantry Items, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster
Dining: Dining Area seating for 4 people
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Bedroom  1 – 1 king, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa
Entertainment: Books, DVD Player, Music& DVD Library, Satellite / Cable, Stereo, Television,
Outside: Golf, Ice Chest, Lanai / Gazebo, Lawn / Garden, Outdoor Grill, Tennis, Water Sports Gear,
Pool / Spa: Communal Pool, Hot Tub
Attractions: Botanical garden, Playground,
Leisure Activities: Beach combing, Bird watching, Boating, Eco Tourism, Horseback Riding, Luaus, Scenic drives, Shopping, Sight Seeing, Sun Bathing, Walking, Whale watching, Wildlife viewing,
Local Services & Businesses: ATM/bank, Fitness center, Groceries, Hospital, Massage therapist, Medical services, Restaurants,
Sports & Adventure Activities: Deep-Sea Fishing, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Scuba diving or snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis.

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Kauai Interesting Facts

Interesting facts of Kauai

  • Kauai is the fourth-largest Hawaiian island.Kauai Island Map and Interesting Facts
  • It is the least populated of the state’s four counties with roughly 62,000 residents. The island itself is not heavily populated. according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). The island receives nearly 1,000,000 tourists each year! On average, over 80,000 visitors come to Kauai.
  • The island is 33 miles long and 25 miles wide.
  • There are three major resort areas. 1. Poipu (south shore) is the driest and sunniest area 2. Kapaa on the east side has central access to both sides of the island and 3. Hanalei / Princeville (north shore) is wetter but very beautiful.
  • Other Interesting Facts Kauai is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It’s nicknamed “the Garden Isle” thanks to the tropical rain-forest covering much of its surface. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films. While 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are favored hiking destinations.
  • The island’s main airport is in Lihue and the airport code is LIH.
  • Kauai is a favorite destination for Hollywood filmmakers. Everything from South Pacific and Blue Hawaii to Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Descendants. Even the animated cartoon South Park had an episode based here!
  • Kauai was the only island never conquered by King Kamehameha the Great. Instead, a treaty was negotiated allowing Kauai’s ruler to remain in power until his death in 1810.
  • Kauai had its own dialect in ancient times; they pronounced K like T … so the original pronunciation was Tauai. No one knows what it means.
  • Wild chickens are found all over this island; rumor states they were involuntarily released from a chicken farm destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. It has more to do though with the lack of natural predators. This island doesn’t have mongoose. For the same reason Nene, the state bird, continues to thrive here.

Manualoha at Poipu Kai Resort, Kauai

Manualoha 601 at Poipu Kai Resort

Manualoha Is an 11 building condo development in the Poipu Kai Resort and technically the closest condo development to Brennecke’s beach (depending on the unit you’re staying in). Manualoha 601 is our Vacation Rental. Featuring unique architecture, the spacious units range in size from 1000 – 1700 square feet and have nice garden or ocean views. The Manualoha complex has a lovely pool that is just 100 yards from Brennecke’s beach (great for extra fun before or after visiting the beach).Manualoha at Poipu Kai Resort

Manualoha 601 at Poipu Kai Resort PoolManualoha Condo 601 is a Single bedroom unit that has a private entry and lanai.  One of the nicer things is that it is on the first floor. There is no one above or below you. The entire Condo has been completely updated, it has one of the best Kitchens’ and Bathrooms’ in the complex especially considering all of the Vacation Rental Units there. More information on Manualoha Condo 601 our Kauai Vacation Rental on the South Side of the Island of Kauai.

Decisions, decisions..

Choose Manualoha if you want to be close to the beach and enjoy large comfortable accommodations with garden and ocean views. The tennis facilities of Poipu Kai Resort are right across from Manualoha, and walking paths lead through the resort’s pleasant grounds to the beach and other attractions. There are also 2 Restaurants / Bars adjacent to the complex. One Kalapaki Joes, and the other is Brennecke’s Broiler.

If you are still contemplating staying at a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel, There is a very good article that may help you choose. Our Blog of Articles has a growing list of activities you can participate in during your stay. You can also look online for availability so you can spend your next vacation at the Poipu Kai Resort.

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Whale Watching in Kauai

Whale Watching in Kauai

Whale Watching Season KauaiFrom December to May, you are likely to catch a glimpse of a majestic Kohola, or humpback whale, off Kauai’s shorelines. These gentle giants come to the warm Hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves.

Schedule a tour or charter a boat to spot these magnificent creatures. Treat yourself to scenic ocean views as guides take you to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. Regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale and you should never swim with or touch whales or any other marine animals.

You can also spot whales from Kauai’s many beautiful beaches, including Poipu Beach on the South Shore, and from scenic spots like Kilauea Lighthouse and the Napali Coast’s Kalalau Trail on the North Shore. On the East Side, the Kapaa Overlook between Kapaa Town and Kealia Beach is another notable viewing spot. Whales are attracted to Hawaii’s warm, shallow waters, so keep your eyes open on the sands of Kauai.

While staying at our vacation rental on the South side near Poipu Beach it will give you easy access to the beaches and a perfect opportunity for whale watching along with spotting a green giant turtle or frolicking monk seals.  Your more likely to see the monk seals sleeping on the warm sand along Poipu Beach Park. See information on the Vacation rental in Poipu Kauai.Whale Breaching the Pacific Ocean

We’re not the only ones who journey thousands of miles to enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters during wintertime.  The humpback whale, or kohola in Hawaiian, swim the thousands of miles each year from the cold waters of the North Pacific to breed, calve and nurse their young in the warm shallow waters of Hawaii. And while they are here, they really know how to put on a show!

Whale watching season in Hawaii typically begins in late November

however peak season is January through March. Some whales enjoy their vacation so much that they will extend their stay through May before making their way home.

Read more at https://poipubeach.org

Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, the humpback whale population has grown in the last 20 years from 6,000 whales in the North Pacific Ocean, with 4,000 coming to Hawaii, to more than 21,000 whales existing today with approximately 10,000 traveling to Hawaii each year.

There is something inspiring about watching a humpback whale, which as an adult can weigh up to 45 tons, play off-shore. Even more exciting is seeing a baby whale take breaching lessons from their mother and learn to splash and play, similar to a baby in a bathtub.

Like all of our visitors, we look forward each year to the arrival of our guests, the humpback whales, who seem to know how to enjoy paradise just as much as we do. Setup your next get-away during Whale watching season at our Poipu Vacation Rental. You can do additional browsing and learn about Kauai Beaches, Snorkeling in Kauai, or Scuba Diving in Kauai.