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)

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.

Koloa Plantation Days 2019

Poipu / Koloa Plantation Days Festival on Kauai's sunny south shoreKoloa Plantation Days

– is held on Kauai’s south shore every year in July. It is to celebrate the many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, and the Hawaiians who welcomed them. They are celebrated through music, dance, costumes, and food throughout this ten-day festival.  2019 marks the 34th year for Koloa Plantation Days, a celebration of Hawaii’s sugar industry and heritage. The Koloa plantation was founded in 1835, the first in the islands. The birth of the sugar industry shaped the lives of everyone in Hawaii forever. Although the mill and fields are idle in Koloa and virtually all of the state, many people in Hawaii are former workers or descendants of plantation workers who came from many lands. Koloa Plantation Days brings people to Koloa and Poipu on Kauai’s south shore to celebrate aspects of the plantation lifestyle that we are still connected to.

Koloa Plantation Days July 19th – 28th 2019

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HAMMERS ‘N ALES Saturday October 12 2019

Hammers ‘N Ales = Oktoberfest Island Style

Hammers 'N Ales 2019 Oktoberfest Island Style
Oktoberfest Island Style

 Come and participate in the Annual Hammers ‘N Ales event on Saturday October 12th 2019 at Poipu Beach Athletic Club Concert Lawn 2p.m. – 6p.m.

Live music – Craft Beer –  Food

Come have fun and support affordable housing on Kauai at the ultimate island Oktoberfest. Kauai Habitat’s Hammers N’Ales will feature great food, cold drinks, music, sunshine, and fun. All food and drink included in ticket price plus logo tasting glass.

Breweries participating in this event include: Kauai Island Brewery, Kohola, Lani Kai, Maui Brewing, Honolulu Beerworks, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, 10 Barrells, Four Peaks, and more.

Food By; The Cabana Bar & Grill, Keoki’s Paradise, Lava Lava Beach Club, Plantation Gardens, Merriman’s Fish House, The Right Slice, The Kitchen at Papaya’s & Ruth Chris.

Live Music by; Cruz Control & Homestead.Hammers ‘N Ales 2019

Tickets – $75.00 in advance through EventBrite

This is a 21 and over event. Must present ID at the Door.

Join Habitat for Humanity Kauai for a fun afternoon at Hammers ‘N Ales and to help support affordable housing on Kauai. For additional Information about the event and how you might lend a hand as a volunteer call Chris Young at 808-635-0411 for any information or email at chrisyoung@kauaihabitat.org.

This is another great event to attend while you are staying at our Poipu Vacation Rental

Currently we have availability for this weekend at our Poipu Vacation Rental. Check our Online Calendar to confirm that it is still available or Contact Us directly for a Reservation. If you Mention this article when you call to reserve  & Let us know that you found out about our Vacation Rental through reading it.  We’ll Donate 10% of your Lodging to Habitat Kauai

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