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. . .
Book Your Trip at one of the best places to stay on Kauai today! We are more than happy to answer any questions, make suggestions, and help you design a trip that’s perfect for you. MyKauaiVacatrionRental.com or (808) 346-1788

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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The King’s Parade & Celebration, Kauai

The King’s Parade & Celebration

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

2018 The King’s Parade & Celebration

Once a year with the King’s Parade, Hawaii celebrates one of the greatest kings in it’s history: King Kamehameha. He is remembered for uniting the islands in 1810.  He was a fierce warrior, and for ushering in an era of peace, prosperity, and unity to the Hawaiian Islands we know today. King Kamehameha Day is a celebration of everything he stood for and accomplished for the islands. This June will mark the 147th celebration of King Kamehameha, and each island celebrates the day a little bit differently.

In Kauai, we celebrate with the fabulous King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade in Lihue starting at Vidinha Stadium and ending at the lawn of the Historic County Building on Rice Street. The parade celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) traditions and is full of beautiful colors and dancers.

After the parade, there is a Hoʻolauleʻa (Hawaiian festival) on the lawn of the Historic County Building. There will be hula dancers, live Hawaiian entertainment, delicious food booths, craft vendors, and more!

Information:

The event is free, and is a great experience for the whole family. If you’re in Kauai on June 8th, we highly recommend you attend.

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Fabulous Floral Kings parade starts at 9:00am starting at the Vidinha Stadium. It heading up onto Rice Street ending at the Historic County Building. Pa’u Island Horse Units, Floats, Walking & Riding Units and much more. At the end of the Parade our Ho’olaule’a will begin with lots of Hawaiian entertainment.

Stop by and visit our Food booths, Crafts, Hawaiian Cultural Demonstrations while enjoying the hula and music.

Mark your calendars for the King’s Parade on King Kamehameha Day!

King’s Parade Details:

Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

Category:

Art & Crafts
Community
Entertainment

For More Info:

Contact: Melissia Sugai
Phone: (808) 635-7205

Supported By:

County of Kauai Hawaii Tourism Authority

Event Location:

Historic County Building
4396 Rice St
Lihue, HI 96766

Koloa Plantation Days

Koloa Plantation Days 2018Koloa Plantation Days

– is held on Kauai’s south shore 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.

Koloa Plantation Days July 20th – 29th 2018

 The Festival is held in the area where Hawaii’s first sugar plantation was founded in 1835. Koloa Plantation Days comprises a lively, family-oriented slate of events that showcase the area’s social history. Its natural history, and its diverse cultural traditions. Most events are outdoors and free of charge.  The Plantation Days also celebrates the immigrants who came from Philippines, Europe, the Azores, Japan, Korea, China, and elsewhere. Each who contributed traditions, music, dances, and foods. along with the Hawaiian culture, traditions, crafts, and music which are the foundation of this island. The various events will remind us and teach us about this culture and history.

With different events through out the festival for all ages check the event daily schedule at: http://www.koloaplantationdays.com/eventlist.php where you are sure to find something the whole family will enjoy. There are events for Sports & Active Lifestyle, Kids & Family Fun, Local Foods & Shopping, Island Culture & History and Events like the Annual Historic Kola Plantation Days Parade.

If you would like to find out how you can become a part of Koloa Plantation Days, please contact the Event Coordinator.

There’s still time to get involved and participate.
For the Parade, Craft Booths and Food Booths on July 28th,
Contribute to the Silent Auction or Buy a Commemorative T shirt!,
Join our volunteers to bring the festival to visitors & community.

Advance registration now available:
Koloa Plantation Days Rodeo,
Family Fun Run,
Keiki Ukulele Contest,
Koloa Rum Plantation Heritage Dinner,
For inquiries, please email info@koloaplantationdays.com.

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.