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Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair

You’ve probably already noticed the big excitement going on at the Vidinha Stadium in Lihue.  Yes, it’s here again the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair.  The four-day fair begins this evening, Thursday August 25th and runs til Sunday, August 28th matinee.

The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair is the larges annual event on Kauai which supports both agriculture and the Kauai community as a whole.  It is a community wide event with a strong focus on Kauai’s diverse agricultural industry.  This year’s fair will feature agriculture displays, commercial displays, a petting zoo the 4-H livestock display, EK Fernandez rides and games, great food, and the best entertainment on the island.

The event is open to the public.  So bring your entire family to this fun event.

Top 10 Restaurant Recommendations

We all love to eat, especially while on vacation.  Here are some of my favorite recommendations that I feel you will absolutely love.  I guess it all depends whether you’re taste is Mexican, Pacific Rim, Asian, Hawaiian, or whatever your desires are you will enjoy!

1) Monico’s Taqueria

2) Kauai Pasta

3) Dolphin Restaurant Sushi Bar

4) Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant

5) Brick Oven Pizza

6) Kauai Grill at St. Regis

7) Hamura Saimin

8) Post Cards Cafe

9)  Yum Cha

10) Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill

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…

Easter on the beach in Kauai

Happy Easter!  What more could we ask for?  Spending Easter on the beach in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, Kauai.  Here we celebrate Hawaiian style with all of our family and friends. It is a time to be grateful for all the wonderful things we are blessed with.  Most importantly family and friends that are here to support and love us.

Perhaps, you’re visiting or live here full time, spending Easter in Kauai is always so special.  Especially, for those visiting.  How often do our children egg hunt on the beach?  Not that often, right.  You might consider planning your next Easter vacation in a Kauai rental.  You will absolutely love Kauai and will find yourself coming back year after year.

What is Easter?  On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.

Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.

(For a more detailed explanation about his death and resurrection, see Why Did Jesus Have to Die? and Timeline of Jesus’ Final Hours.)

Easter Season

In Western Christianity, Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Eastern Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Easter. Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday and Ash Wednesday is not observed.

Because of Easter’s pagan origins, and also because of the commercialization of Easter, many Christian churches choose to refer to the holiday as Resurrection Day.

Easter in the Bible

The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28:8; Mark 15:16-16:19; Luke 23:26-24:35; and John 19:16-20:30.

Determining the Date of Easter

In Western Christianity, Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon. I had previously, and somewhat erroneously stated, “Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox.” This statement was true prior to 325 AD; however, over the course of history (beginning in 325 AD with the Council of Nicea), the Western Church decided to established a more standardized system for determining the date of Easter.

There are, in fact, as many misunderstandings about the calculation of Easter dates, as there are reasons for confusion. To clear up at least some of the confusion visit:
Why Do the Dates for Easter Change Every Year?