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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Kauai – Tourists can still visit the Island

HONOLULU (AP) 5/28/2018 — KAUAI WEATHER RELATED – Residents and businesses are still cleaning up from flooding that deluged parts of Kauai, but community leaders are urging tourists to keep coming so residents don’t suffer an economic calamity on top of record-breaking rains that smothered a normally green landscape in reddish-brown water.As Kauai Weather Creates Flooding April 2018

Some travelers are cancelling their reservations after getting the wrong impression the mid-April flooding damaged the entire Hawaiian island. Although landslides blocked roads and floods tore apart homes and uprooted trees, most of the island is unscathed. Nearly 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain fell in one 24-hour period.

Some tourists are avoiding the island’s north shore where fast-moving waters swept away cars, even though many businesses have reopened.

Tourism is the biggest industry on the island there and most restaurants and shops rely on spending by visitors to stay afloat, providing jobs for thousands of Kauai residents.

Kauai County Council Chairman Mel Rapozo, who works as a hotel night auditor, said some visitors have been talked out of canceling their trips but that others cancel them online without speaking to anyone.

“My concern is the economic impact should those businesses start closing up — even temporarily — because they do employ a significant amount of our residents,” Rapozo said. “A lot of people will lose their jobs. And that’s going to cause another situation here for Kauai.”

He said it would be an “economic disaster” if Kauai were to lose many jobs to a flood-induced tourism slowdown.

Tourists have been avoiding hard-hit Hanalei. A historic small town and the commercial center of the island’s north shore even though many restaurants and shops on the town’s pedestrian-friendly main street are operating or reopening.

Rapozo said visitors should stick to the highway and avoid side roads, where tourists are likely to get in the way of repair crews.

Mina Morita, the president of the Hanalei Community Center, said the damaged narrow road leading to her home is now busy with heavy equipment and residents trying to clean up. She hopes visitors will respect the “local traffic only” sign posted on her street but wants them in the center of town because people whose homes were damaged “definitely need their jobs at this time.”

The Weather and flood reports didn’t deter Christina Zhu of Seattle, who hopes to snorkel and hike when she and her boyfriend visit Kauai early next month.

Rescheduling isn’t an option because their tickets aren’t refundable. Plus, they’ve already requested the time off work. She’s been researching what to do by reading guides and checking the Reddit page for Kauai for the latest weather and flooding news.

One activity she’s looking forward to: taking a shelter dog from the Kauai Humane Society on a field trip, perhaps on a dog-friendly hike. The human society has allowed visitors to take a dog on such excursions since 2012.

“Flood or not, I’m sure there will be plenty of things to do on the island, and hopefully as a tourist I will be able to help out somehow as well,” she said.

Jan Snarski of Vancouver, British Columbia said his family was a little worried when they saw how much water was on the ground when they arrived a day after the storm. But they found places to surf, hike and swim.

Snarksi said Kauai was “business as usual” when he left Wednesday.

“The weather was perfect and we had a fabulous last day on the island,” Snarksi said in an email while flying home.

The National Weather Service said preliminary data indicates Kauai’s Weather broke a national rainfall record after a gauge one mile west of Hanalei recorded 49.69 inches (126.21 centimeters) during the 24-hour period ending at 12:45 p.m. on April 15. If certified, that would break the current record of 43 inches (109 centimeters) recorded in Alvin, Texas in 1979.

The island’s north shore towns of Haena and Wainiha will be off-limits until at least next month because landslides cut off Kuhio Highway, the only road connecting them to the rest of the island. Officials hope to open one lane by May 7 but only for emergency vehicles at first.

The blocked highway will prevent access to hiking trails hugging dramatic cliffs along the Napali Coast and popular beach parks at Haena.

Visitors can still gaze across Hanalei valley for a postcard-picture view of taro patches fronting verdant mountains.

And there was no damage to favored sites elsewhere, like the white sands of Poipu Beach, spots overlooking Wailea’s waterfalls and Waimea Canyon — a deep gorge dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” We are seeing clear skies, warm weather at our Kauai Vacation Rental on the South Side of the Island and there is plenty to do on the South Island. More About This Story

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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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