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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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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The Hottest Places to Dine in Kauai

The Top 10 Restaurants Everyone’s Talking About on OpenTable

You don’t have to take it from us, these spots were picked by diners like you. Every body likes to eat at the restaurants all a buzz so check these places out.

Top 10 Diners’ Choice Awards Winners in Kauai

Tidepools – Grand Hyatt Kauai – Exceptional Rating (2843) 92% Recommend – Seafood
The most romantic setting on Kauai. For the ultimate in ambiance, delectable food and stellar service, Tidepools is the place. This quintessential Hawaiian setting has a backdrop of waterfalls with thatched roof bungalows that seemingly float above tropical lagoons. Savor contemporary Hawaiian style cuisine in this distinctive open-air setting. Diners rave about the exceptional service and fresh fish and steak options with a unique island flair including macadamia nut crusted mahimahi, grilled opah or a succulent steak. Salads feature greens grown at our hydroponic farm on site and the desserts are luscious. Don’t miss this delightful experience. Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table

Keoke’s Paradise – Exceptional Rating (2679) 94% Recommend – Seafood
Keoki’s Paradise invites you to relax in a lush tropical paradise with delicious island style cooking, exotic drinks & live music. Cascading waterfalls, meandering streams and lush foliage make this open-air restaurant one of the Island’s most striking. Seafood is the main attraction at Keoki’s and guests are treated to a variety of fresh fish selections and preparations. In addition, the contemporary menu offers prime rib, prime steaks and lobster. Keoki’s tropical ambiance, moderate prices and family friendly service have made it one of the most popular restaurants on Kauai. The lively Bamboo Bar features more casual fare serving both lunch and dinner and is seated on a walk-in basis only. Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table.

Sam’s Ocean View – Exceptional Rating (777) 95% Recommend – Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Welcome to Sams Ocean View Bar and Restaurant located on the water on the East side of Kauai just at the edge of Kapaa town. One of the best views on Kauai, SOV restaurant and Bar is open for Sunday Brunch 9 am to 3 pm and 6 days for happy hour and dinner, and closed Tuesdays. The SOV menu is inventive and globally inspired featuring some Italian, Spanish, Hawaiian, Latin American and North American Favorites. The décor is eclectic and warmly inviting with a beach theme, and the Bar is top class using only the freshest ingredients and best mixers. The Mai Tai is superb! Sam’s Ocean View is fun, friendly and cozy, and of course beautiful! Come for the view and stay for the food and service. Moonlit evenings and beautiful brunch views, Sam’s Ocean View has it all! Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table

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