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Make it a special Valentine’s Day…

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  Why not treat yourself and/or loved ones to an amazing Hawaiian vacation in Kauai.  Imagine gentle trade winds, palm trees swaying, picturesque ocean views, and the sounds of waves rolling up on shore.  No more dreaming of paradise……make it happen, it’s possible.

Perhaps, giving a gift that matters may mean a lot more to you than a vacation.  Every year Allure Kauai donates to honorable charities and good cause.  Why we believe you should donate towards good cause?  It’s Good for you, it makes your world a better place, and tax deductions!!  Be sure to contact the Better Business Bureau for very important information before doing so.

Make this Valentine’s Day a very special one…

North Shore Fishing Tourney

Clay Abubo and his crew watch as their ahi tips the scale at 199.2 on Saturday, July 16, 2011

Clay Abubo and his crew watch as their ahi tips the scale at 199.2 on Saturday, July 16, 2011

Source:  Garden Island Newpaper

HANALEI — The crowd screamed when an ahi brought in by an angler known as Ziggy settled at 192.2 pounds, Saturday at the Hanalei Pier.

“They’re going to go nuts when the other big one comes in,” one of the weigh crew said, smiling at the reaction of the spectators who pushed their way to the yellow caution tape, working their cell phones for a photo while others simply wanted a better look at the big boy.

Two early entries tipped the scales at 134.2 pounds and 136.4 pounds leading spectators to comment about how people already missed a lot of the action.

But that was not the case at the 3rd annual North Shore Fishing Tournament as Eddie Abubo eased his way to the front of the taped off area.

Waiting on the outside, Clay Abubo and his crew were unassuming, working their boat to the floating dock and working the fish box, extracting gasps from the audience as a big tail tumbled onto the deck.

The hitch was fastened and Wayne Tanji worked the remote to hoist the catch.

As predicted by the weigh crew, the audience went wild with screams and cheers as Gary Pacheco, manning the microphone, announced the weight of 199.2.

That proved to be the winning entry in the ahi category.

It was followed just minutes later when a shuttle brought in another ahi and an ono by Stan Morinaka, the ono soaring to the top with a reading of 41.2 pounds.

Jordan Kahananui topped the aku category on a 28.4-pound fish and a 16.8-pound mahimahi topped that category for Jim Spencer.

But the top fish in the categories were not the only thing going home with the 50 boats entered in the tournament.

Chad Pacheco, chair of the tournament for the third year, said the purpose of the tournament is to build camaraderie among the fishermen and the community.

“Every boat which checked in received either a pair of binoculars or a lure head, courtesy of an anonymous donor,” he said.

“In addition to the prizes at this tournament, there is the Mike Sakamoto Challenge, a state competition where the grand prize is a trip for four to Las Vegas. The category in that Challenge is aku.”

Chad Pacheco said the Garden Island Trollers also put up a side pot for a random pull following the tournament as a surprise prize.

Another fun prize was the bouy, signed by all of the committee members and released by a boater, the finder of that bouy earning a special prize.

Nine hours after being released, one of the boats called in the find.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the tournament,” Chad Pacheco said. “This year, the committee decided on the fun prize as kind of a scavenger hunt for fishermen.”

He said over the years, they’ve had dialog with the fishermen, resulting in the introduction of the floating dock at this year’s weigh in.

Another aspect for this year’s tournament was longer fishing times.

“This is what they wanted,” Chad Pacheco said, announcing additional minutes of fishing via the radio. “But I’m only the captain. The crew (committee) makes it easy for me because they want to build this tournament to be known as ‘the tournament to be in.’”

This year’s tournament featured 50 boats, an improvement over the 45 boats in the first tournament and 38 boats from last year’s tournament.

Celebrate 4th of July on Kauai

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IMG_0168Imagine  a fun day in the sun, with gentle trade winds, palm trees swaying, blue skies, and a turquoise blue ocean to jump in to.  Just beautiful!  Celebrate the 4th of July in Hawaii.  So you might just plan a spur of the moment vacation and start booking your trip over to the Garden Island of Kauai.  If that’s your plan consider staying in a Kauai vacation home or condo.  There are a few Kauai accommodations I recommend.  A private home on the beach in Hanalei Bay.  The Pine Trees Beach Villa is a wonderful oceanfront choice .  Otherwise, a great home located in Haena called Hale Manoa is a wonderful option as well.  It is located within a short walk to Tunnels Beach Kauai.  So it really depends on what is most important to you.  If you’re lucky enough to jump on a plane and head right on over, great!

Locals and tourist alike enjoy the 4th at the beach, while grilling up some fresh island fish, surfing, swimming, and simply relaxing.  If you like firework shows, The Concert in the Sky is worth checking out.  There are Kauai festivities happening in the month of July.  So be sure not to miss out all all the good events happening.  There are there aren’t much of that going on here.  If you like Your options are endless, if you truly love the outdoors.  Kauai may just be your favorite destination spot.  So why not treat yourself to a last minute vacation to Hawaii.  It is worth it.  The weather in July is amazing, rain or shine.

Happy 4th of July!  Have fun and be safe…

31st Annual Ha’ena to Hanalei 8 mile Run/Walk

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Every year Kauai residents and visitors look forward to the Annual Ha’ena to Hanalei 8 mile Run/Walk, organized by the Hanalei Canoe Club.  This is a wonderful fundraiser event that has been held for the last 31 years. It will be held on June 4th, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. We have runners participate from all over the world.

The 8-mile course begins at the end of the road in beautiful Ha’ena, traversing the scenic stretch of road and one-lane bridges along the breathtaking North Shore towards Hanalei Town. Turn left at Anae Road after the Waioli Bridge, and then turn right at Weke Road to the finish at the Hanalei Pier. The 5K Run starts and ends at the Hanalei Pier. The Youth Run starts and ends at the Pier.

Start time: 8-mile Runners – 7:00 a.m., Walkers – 6:00 a.m. There will be a free shuttle bus to the starting line in Ha’ena, leaving the Hanalei Pier beginning at 5:15 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier. The Youth Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier..

Awards: Male & Female runners: 1st through 3rd for overall and each age group. Awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club. Age groups: 1 mile: 6 & under, 7 – 10, 11 – 14. 8-mile Run/Walk & 5K Run: 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 & over.

Pancake Breakfast: $7.00 per person, all you can eat, 7:00 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club.

ALL RUNNERS EAT FREE!  Yummy.

If you’re a resident of Kauai, visiting, or just planning a vacation during the Summer, this is a wonderful fundraiser to partake in.  Choosing to stay in a Hanalei vacation rental or a Haena home rental is a good choice.  Maybe you prefer a Princeville.  It is just up the hill from Hanalei, about a 5-minute drive.  There are many luxury Kauai vacation rentals to choose from as well.   For more information and to sign up please go to www.hanaleicanoeclub.com.

This is a fun event that has been held for the last 31 years. It will be held on June 4th, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. We have runners participate from all over the world.
Course: The 8-mile course begins at the end of the road in Ha’ena, traversing the scenic stretch of road and one-lane bridges along the breathtaking North Shore towards Hanalei Town. Turn left at Anae Road after the Waioli Bridge, and then turn right at Weke Road to the finish at the Hanalei Pier. The 5K Run starts and ends at the Hanalei Pier. The Youth Run starts and ends at the Pier.
Start time: 8-mile Runners – 7:00 a.m., Walkers – 6:00 a.m. There will be a free shuttle bus to the starting line in Ha’ena, leaving the Hanalei Pier beginning at 5:15 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier. The Youth Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier..
Awards: Male & Female runners: 1st through 3rd for overall and each age group. Awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club. Age groups: 1 mile: 6 & under, 7 – 10, 11 – 14. 8-mile Run/Walk & 5K Run: 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 & over.
Pancake Breakfast: $7.00 per person, all you can eat, 7:00 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club.
ALL RUNNERS EAT FREE!

Prince Course on Kauai Closed For Renovation

Prince Course, Kauai

Prince Course, Kauai

Many Kauai residents and visitors were saddened to hear the closing of the Prince Golf Course.  As of January 29, 2011 the Prince Course shut down business to undergo several months of renovation.  A complete renovation of the bunkers began in September 2010, and the course is now closed to allow completion of the project along with other planned upgrades.  Reopening is planning for October 2011.

The Tavern Retaurant by Roy Yamaguchi and the Prince Golf Shop, both located in the 60,000 square foot Prince Clubhouse, will continue to operate during the renovation.  The Tavern is open for lunch starting at 11 am and dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm daily.  If you enjoy rich comfort food, you’ll absolutely love it.  Unique dishes, wonderful ambiance, and great service.

The Golf Shop’s operating hour are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.

For all of you who love to golf on Kauai, there are many amazing golf courses to choose from.  So if you’re vacationing in a Poipu beach rental or a Luxury Kauai Vacation Rental on the north shore be sure to play the golf courses near you.