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Happening on Kauai 4th of July week

Allure Kauai rental guests can enjoy a tropical 4th of July by partaking in Kauai activities and events.

Friday, July 1, 2016 – Traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history.

#1 BEST LIVE SHOW – 2014 Hawaii Magazine Reader’s Choice. Gift Drawing. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12).

This concert will ‘tune your world to Aloha’! Award winning concert artists Doug & Sandy McMaster have 10 CDs to perpetuate the knowledge and experience of the endangered artform of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele. Guided by the kupuna (elders), they have dedicated their lives to continuing the family tradition of slack key music.

The Hanalei community center is easy to find. In Hanalei, just a block past the shopping center, turn towards the mountains at Malolo Rd. A small Hanalei Community Center sign is on the edge of Waioli Park soccer fields. Go twenty yards & turn left into the gravel parking area. The concert is in the brown building – Pohai Aloha (Circle of Aloha).

Tickets and more information can be found at www.McMasterSlackKey.com/liveshows.html
or call (808) 826-1469.

Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Honoring Raymond Kane
Raymond Kane was one of the all time great ambassadors of ki ho’alu (slack key guitar) and the Aloha spirit. He and his beautiful wife Elodia shared their aloha and the spirit of slack key worldwide. Inspiring new fans and slack key guitar player, they were instrumental in the continuation of this beautiful Hawaiian family music tradition. They rooted our feet to the slack key path.

This concert will ‘tune your world to Aloha’! Award winning concert artists Doug & Sandy McMaster have 10 CDs to perpetuate the knowledge and experience of the endangered artform of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele. Guided by the kupuna (elders), they have dedicated their lives to continuing the family tradition of slack key music.

The Princeville community center is easy to find at 4334 Emmalani Drive in Princeville, Kauai. Turning into Princeville community, take the roundabout around and turn right on Emmalani Drive. The center is the first on your right and is located right next to Prince Albert Park. The concert is held in the Aloha Room.

Tickets and more information can be found at www.McMasterSlackKey.com/liveshows.html or call (808) 826-1469.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 at PMRF -“America’s Most West Freedom Fest 2016” at PMRF (Pacific Missle Range Facility)

Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the event will start at 5 P.M. Admission is free and will take place on the beach adjacent to Shenanigans restaurant

Rides, food, games, craft vendors, live music by Hawaiian bands, KaVibes, Rebel Souljahz, Greenstone Project and a live fireworks display will highlight the celebrations. Mobile ATM facilities will not be available on festival grounds and guests are highly encouraged to bring cash currency to enjoy the many food, refreshment, game and craft booths available at the event.

For more information: (808) 335-4446

July 4th – Kauai Hospice 27th Annual Concert in the Sky in Lihue from 4pm to 9:30pm. Fireworks at 8:30pm.

An annual event hosted by Kauai Hospice at the Vidinha Soccer field in Lihue, featuring popular Hawaii musicians.
Tip: Purchase tickets in advance and save money! Available at all Times/Big Save Markets. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for keiki (free under the age of 5). Tickets at the gate will cost $15 for adults and $7 for keiki.

Driving Directions: Vidinha Soccer Field is located in Lihue next to the Vidinha Stadium off of Highway 51 (near the airport) between Rice Street and Ahukini. Turn “mauka” towards the mountain on Halau Street. Convenient Kapaa condos may be a viable option for you, or choose to stay in a Poipu vacation rental.

4th of July Celebration in Kekaha
Celebrate the 4th of July on the sunny West Side of Kauai in the beautiful town of Kekaha. Bring family and friends to enjoy cultural demonstrations, a variety of crafts, a plantation museum along with games and rides galore for the keiki. Local entertainment is featured throughout the day along with contests, a talent show and much more. Booths provide plenty of ono food and cold refreshing water and soda. Finish the day with a spectacular “OMG” fireworks display accompanied by live music in honor of our Hawaiian military men and women who protect our liberty of our country. This is a non- alcoholic and drug free event so we appreciate no coolers, however you can bring your mat or beach chair. Parking is available adjacent to Faye Park in Kekaha. For more information, please contact Lyndon at 808-634-5248. Allure Kauai Poipu rentals offers convenient accommodations.

Thanksgiving in Hawaii….

Spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii???  Why not treat yourself or your family with a wonderful meal, catered by Allure Kauai’s top notch personal gourmet chef or you might also consider dining out.  During the holidays, the restaurants on Kauai get very busy.  Please be sure that you make reservations well in advance.  Some of our favorite restaurants on the north shore of Kauai are:  Mediterranean Gourmet (oceanfront dining) in Haena, Post Cards Cafe in Hanalei, CJ Steak House (Princeville), and The Tavern (Prince Club House).  Some Kauai restaurants offer the perfect oceanfront setting for a special and unforgettable experience.

There are so many ways you can enjoy Thanksgiving on Kauai.  Now that you’ve secured your favorite Kauai vacation rental all you have to do is plan a fun week of activities and adventures.  The islands offer an array of things to do.  So make the best out of your stay here and experience Kauai in every way possible.

Some of our most favorite Kauai activities are…a Napali Sunset Tour, Zip-Lining on the north shore, Kauai Island Helicopter tour, just to name a few.

On this very special day let us remember to be thankful for all of the many things in life that we are blessed with.  A time to relax and rejuvinate.  No matter where you are on Kauai whether staying in a Hanalei vacation rental,  Poipu beach house, or Princeville condo rental a beach is usually within a very short walk or just minutes away.  Wake up in the morning and take a nice walk on the beach.  You will feel so refreshed and happy on a day that is so special…Thanksgiving!  Eat healthy, play safe, be thankful, enjoy your holiday, and don’t forget to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vacation on Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay in my opinion is among the top beaches in the world.  It is the largest bay on the north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii. The town of Hanalei is at the mid-point of the bay.

Hanalei Bay consists of nearly two miles of beach, surrounded by mountains. In the summer, the bay is like glass, offering excellent mooring for sailboats, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. The Princeville community overlooks from the northeast entrance to the bay of Hanalei river, 22°12′52″N 159°29′52″W / 22.21444°N 159.49778°W / 22.21444; -159.49778Coordinates: 22°12′52″N 159°29′52″W / 22.21444°N 159.49778°W / 22.21444; -159.49778. During the winter the surf becomes large and is a favorite surf location.

The Hanalei Pier was first built in 1892 to help Hanalei farmers move their taro crops to market. The covered pier’s location near the mouth of the Hanalei River and Black Pot beach has long been a favorite family gathering place for fishing, picnicking, swimming, and playing.  Hanalei Bay Sunset

On April 5, 1824, King Kamehameha II’s royal yacht, Pride of Hawaii, sank near the mouth of the Waiʻoli River, 22°12′14″N 159°30′37″W / 22.20389°N 159.51028°W / 22.20389; -159.51028 (Waioli River mouth), on the southwest corner of the bay after its crew struck a five-foot deep reef a hundred yards offshore. It is believed the captain and crew were drunk at the time. A large section of the ship’s hull washed ashore in 1844 in a winter storm surge, but most of this historic wreck remains buried in silt in the bay. In 1995-2000, archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Museum of American History excavated the wreck and recovered more than 1,200 artifacts. During this excavation, a 40 foot section of the stern was discovered, documented, and then re-buried where it was discovered.[1]

Japanese author Haruki Murakami wrote a short story entitled “Hanalei Bay” set in the area. The story is included in the collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.

This is why Hanalei vacation rentals have become so popular over the years.  You’ll find a variety of accommodations in Kauai at price ranges that fit every budget.  So whether you come alone for business, with family, or friends Allure Kauai Vacation Rentals have a perfect place for you.

Kauai is a tropical Pacific paradise and one of the most romantic places on earth. Thousands of couples visit the island to get married and spend quality time together every year. Several activities are available for the ultimate experience such as golfing, sightseeing, hiking and swimming. There are places that cater to special events that will truly give you the Kauai wedding and honeymoon worth remembering. (more…)

President Obama’s Hawaii Vacation

Barack Obama recently vacationed in Hawaii, just outside the island’s capital of Honolulu.  Obama was born on O’ahu and spent the first fourteen years of his life on the island.  It was also the home of his late grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who raised Obama through much of his youth. Dunham passed away only two days before her grandson’s historic election.

Obama and his family enjoyed the beauty of Oahu’s Kailua area, a place well-known for windsurfing and white sand beaches.  The small-town feeling of Kailua, with a population of about 50,000 residents, seems a fitting choice for a holiday reprieve for the Obama family after a long campaign in the public eye. With the majority of Hawaiians showing their support for Obama in the presidential election, it may have been difficult for locals to give the family the privacy and space they deserved. However, most residents of this mellow enclave are used to public figures and celebrities coming to Kailua for a little anonymity in paradise. Most likely the greatest attention Obama received from the locals were a few shakas in the aloha spirit.

Only a 20 minute flight from the island of Kauai, known as the ‘Garden Isle’.  Kauai, aka the ‘Island of Discovery’ boasts white sand beaches have been voted some of the most beautiful places in the world.

Obama mentions his own past connection with Kailua in his memoir, “Dreams From My Father”, in which he recalls a boyhood spearfishing trip there with his grandfather. Obama continues to foster his relationship to Kailua.  Every president has his place of choice for respite from the toughest job in the world. It looks as though this Hawaiian native may choose Kailua as his place to rejuvenate and rest throughout his presidency.  Understandably so. Kailua’s beauty is some of the most picturesque in all the islands and the land there holds the history of great chiefs.

Should the nation’s new President continue to return to the Hawaiian Islands for some R&R,  Hawaiians would welcome it with plenty of aloha.