Kauai

Bats in Hawaii

Bats in Hawaii

If it comes as a surprise to you that there are bats in Hawaii, you aren’t alone. I’ve lived here for a long time and had never seen one until recently. Then one evening while walking along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, I noticed what I thought were birds flying at sunset over the shoreline. Upon closer [...]

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Swimming From Oahu to Kauai

Swimming From Oahu to Kauai

Updated 11/10.  KITV is reporting that the swim has been stopped.  While I’ve seen nothing from her official team, Penny apparently encountered man-o-wars again, just as she had earlier in the year. Updated 11/9. The swim began today as scheduled. Her arrival on Kauai is now anticipated to be later than first thought, perhaps Thursday [...]

Posted in: Culture and Events, Kauai, Oahu

Why Kauai Is #1

Why Kauai Is #1

The secret is out. Travel and Leisure recently named Kauai as the top island in the United States and the second best world-wide.  It comes as no surprise to Beat of Hawaii, since you’ll find us on Kauai most days of the week. Our Kauai Favorites: Hiking Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks. I recently [...]

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New Kauai Flights From Oakland, San Jose

New Kauai Flights From Oakland, San Jose

Starting in March, getting to Kauai will be easier and likely cheaper than before.  This thanks to new service announced today by Alaska Airlines. And for those of you adverse as I am to flying overnight, the return flights to the mainland will operate in the morning. Introductory fares are $179 each way, but I [...]

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Your Comments on VRBO and My Stay at 105 Pali Ke Kua

Your Comments on VRBO and My Stay at 105 Pali Ke Kua

Last week I discussed my experience using VRBO to locate a vacation rental on Kauai’s North Shore. Many of you commented with helpful tips of your own which I appreciate. Here’s a sampling of your ideas: Check MLS listings to make sure the rental is not for sale. (Dodge and Sharon) Descriptions that have rules [...]

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“The Complete History of America” On Kauai

With the nickname, “funniest show on Kauai, honest!” I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the play, The Complete History of America (abridged). The show takes center stage every Tuesday night at the Kauai Aston Aloha Beach Hotel near Kapaa. Be prepared to laugh as the trio of Ross Martineau, Jeff Demma and Nellie [...]

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Hawaii Beach Visitor Facilities

This week our visitor guide to Hanalei Beach caught the attention of Kauai’s Garden Island Newspaper. We think the beach is sensational and deserves to be rated number one in the USA. The condition of the restrooms, however, at this beach as well as others, concerned us greatly. It seems important that money be spent [...]

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On The Road to Polihale Beach

Thanks to volunteer efforts, the access road to Polihale Beach on Kauai’s West Side reopened last year. We drove our not recalled Toyota Highlander SUV on the road last weekend for the first time in years. Fasten your seat belts for this ride; it’s going to get bumpy. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GixnOV7URpg&hl The five mile dirt road takes [...]

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Visitor Drownings: How To Stay Safe

This week saw two additional beach drownings on Kauai.  A 20-year old visitor from North Carolina drowned while snorkeling at Poipu on the South Shore.  A 41-year old from Oregon drowned in strong current at the North Shore’s Secret Beach. Beach drownings in Hawaii are unfortunately common for the following reasons: Lack of familiarity with [...]

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Lights on Rice: One of The Best Small Town Parades

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQnhlz8hIfk In case you missed the annual Lights on Rice Christmas parade on Kauai, here’s a short video I took to put you in our island style holiday mood. This year’s parade took place on December 4, and as always was one of the best-attended events on Kauai.  It runs the length of Rice Street [...]

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