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

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

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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Snorkeling Kauai

As one of the oldest Hawaiian Islands, Kaua‘i is fringed with beautiful and pristine coral reefs that host countless numbers of beautiful tropical reef fish. While the strong winter waves can make swimming and snorkeling in Kauai a challenge, there are plenty of incredible Kauai snorkeling beaches accessible at various times of the year. All of which can be enjoyed right from shore. Beginning on Kaua‘i’s magnificent North Shore and working our way south, these are some of our favorites. Here are some of the best Kauai Snorkeling.

Kauai Snorkeling: Ke`e Beach

The last beach above Hanalei, the snorkeling at this popular spot can be overlooked due to unsafe conditions in winter time and most visitors coming to enjoy glimpses of the stunning Na Pali Coast (this is the starting point for the world famous Kalalau Trail). In summertime, however, the ocean currents abate and the offshore reef provides exceptional snorkeling along the undersea boulders and plateaus. Avoid the rocky channel to the left (strong currents remain here, year round) and instead enjoy the countless butterfly fish, unicorn fish, goat fish, and green sea turtles that frolic in the center of the swimming area.

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Scuba Diving Kauai

With some of Hawai‘i’s largest and oldest coral reefs, fascinating underwater topography, and abundant (and colorful) marine life, Kaua‘i may be one of the better destinations for scuba diving in Hawai‘i, even if it doesn’t get the same hype as Maui and Big Island. Here you can choose from shore dives to underwater rock gardens and lively reefs, boat dives to hidden gems on Kaua‘i’s southern shore, and even day-trips to the private island marine sanctuary of Ni‘ihau. With multiple dive operators to choose from, Kaua‘i is perfect for those looking to get certified and participate in Kauai scuba diving, beginning divers and veterans alike.

Kauai Scuba Diving Charters

The best way to experience the beautiful waters around Kaua‘i is with a boat charter. Most dive shops offer two daily boat charters (each with 2 dives), with an early morning (~7am) departure and an afternoon trip that tends to cater more to beginning divers and certification courses. Either way, you can count on a beautiful day on the water as you race dolphins to your dive sites. Keep an eye out for whales (in season) frolicking in the deep blue waters, then gear up and explore popular dive sites like Brennecke’s Ledge, Ice Box, Fast Lanes, the General Store, and Sheraton Caverns (dives range from 60-100’). Spend your surface intervals swapping fish stories with other divers and learning about Hawaiians’ cultural ties to the sea and the natural history of the islands from your guides. Once you are back underwater, make sure to pose for the underwater videographers who capture your dive in HD video for viewing back at the dive shop. Top-shelf rental gear from ScubaPro and Mares are included with your charter when you scuba Kauai, as well as dive computers and optional underwater cameras.

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