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Tips for Getting Married on Kauai

 

Getting married on Kauai is a dream come true for many couples. There is no better location for a destination wedding than Kauai. If you want to plan a wedding on Kauai, here are a few tips to help relieve your stress, save you money, and have the best wedding ever. These tips are meant to help you make more informed decisions so that all you have to worry about is showing up.


Hiring a Wedding Coordinator:

The most important part of planning a Kauai wedding is to hire a wedding coordinator. There is nothing more stressful than trying to plan a wedding in an unfamiliar place without one. If you cannot afford to hire a coordinator from start to finish, make sure you hire one for the day of your event, and have a family member on-hand to help with all the other details.

There are many reasons to hire a coordinator. Here are a few.

Wedding coordinators are experts at wedding planning. You cannot rely on your food and beverage staff, your resort, your DJ, or your Kauai photographer to help you with coordinator tasks on your wedding day. Any coordinating duties that are assigned to these folks, will take them away from what they do best. Let your wedding coordinator take care of all your needs on your wedding day.

Wedding coordinators know the local vendors. They know who works well together. They know who lives closest to your wedding destination. Kauai wedding planners know Kauai. They know the culture. They know how to get things done right. They know the weather. They can help you with decorations, suggestions, and working with all the people who make up your wedding team.

Because of their knowledge, it is important to listen to your wedding coordinators suggestions and be open. They may be able to make suggestions that will save you time, money, or even save your marriage. Don’t forget to check out our Kauai Wedding Guide for more information on wedding coordinators.


Choosing a venue for your wedding:

The most popular place for weddings on Kauai is the beach. If you are thinking about walking down the aisle barefoot in the sand, here is an important tip. The Department of Land and Nature Resources requires a permit for all wedding ceremonies held on public beaches. Work with your coordinator to choose a beach near your reception location and to help you with obtaining your permit.

Many other popular wedding locations include waterfalls, gardens, and resorts. A reservations and/or a site fee may be required to hold your ceremony in one of these locations. Our Kauai Wedding Guide can help you find the perfect venue for your wedding.
Planning for Weather:

Kauai has mild weather year round, so it is the perfect place for a June wedding anytime of year. That being said, there are still some things to plan for. First, it rains somewhere on Kauai everyday. Without the rain, Kauai couldn’t be called the Garden Island. To prepare for the weather, avoid the rainiest months (March and April), bring umbrellas, and most important have a Plan B (something your coordinator can help you with).

Secondly, Kauai’s sun is intense from 9am-5pm. If you are getting married on the beach during this time, consider bringing or finding some shade and keep your ceremony short. Grooms will sweat through their suits and blushing brides can melt their makeup. You and your guests can get sunburned, or even heat exhaustion. Make sure to bring plenty of cold water to avoid getting dehydrated.
Photographs:

Photographs are a must have memento of you special day. Choosing a photographer on Kauai is easy due to the large pool of local talent. Photography is an art and getting perfect wedding day photos take time. Tip: If you plan to have a beach wedding, you may be sweaty and wind-blown by the end of the ceremony. Consider having your photos done before your wedding when you are freshly dressed and looking your best. Some couples even opt to have photographs taken the day before the event. Taking your photos before the wedding will also allow you to spend more time with your guests and on the dance floor, since many hotels and dining establishments have strict policies about noise curfews.


Cutting costs on the Toast:

 

The toast is a time when groomsmen roast the groom, and bridesmaids tell sweet stories about the bride. It may be elegant to toast with champagne but did you know that only about one half of the champagne poured will be consumed? Many couples are now opting to toast with “drink in hand” and avoid this extra expense.


Choosing Flowers and Décor:

Extravagant floral arrangements, colorful linen, and other fanciful wedding décor help create the mood for an event so stunning that it will never be forgotten. For couples that desire exotic flower arrangements, there are numerous local florists on Kauai that can provide you with your dream centerpieces and table decor.

Tip: Did you know that flowers are one of the most expensive components of your wedding décor? For couples on a budget, remember that having your wedding at one of Kauai’s spectacular venues will awe your guests with natural beauty by itself. Adding just a few simple decorations can complement the overall experience and cut costs at the same time. Simple, affordable decor like Monstera leaves and pineapples make memorable Hawaiian place settings, and can be taken home by your guests and consumed.


Choosing the perfect favors:

Favors are a nice way to thank your guests for coming all the way to Kauai to share your special day with you. Purchasing favors from local crafters and businesses is a nice way to ensure that your guests take a little Kauai home with them. Popular choices for Kauai-made favors include locally made soaps and candles, coffees and chocolate, and locally grown specialty teas. These gifts are functional and affordable and your guests will love them.

 

Your Kauai wedding will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Check out our wedding guide pages for more ideas to help celebrate your perfect day.

Kauai Skin Clinic Luxurious Body Therapies, Waxing and Beyond

kauai-skin-care-salonWith Kristine’s genuine care and expertise, the treatments offered at Kauai Skin Clinic provide a quality spa-like experience that all her clients enjoy.

As a licensed advanced esthetician, certified deep tissue therapist, reflexology expert and Reiki master teacher (not to mention her scrawling list of certifications), Kristine brings her wellness savvy to the forefront of her Lihue-based business (with therapies also available in Kapaa).

I regularly indulge in Kristine’s proficiency with the art of waxing. In this service, feeling at ease and comfortable is a primary factor, and Kristine has a way of engaging with her clients (including me) that makes everyone feel at home.

From brows, lips, legs and beyond (bikini lovers know what I mean), Kristine uses only the highest quality organic waxes for all of her treatments. Serene music drifts in the background as you relax in her presence and receive your regimen of choice.  After you’ve finished, Kristine nourishes your skin with oils designed to soothe and heal.

In addition to waxing, Kauai Skin Clinic provides treatments such as massage, clinical grade facials, customized reflexology and full body exfoliation. All services boast a foundation in mind-body healing, and use only the finest natural, organic products.

As a holistic health devotee, I have a distinct preference for the products that are used in my spa-inspired indulgences. For this reason, Kristine is my primary choice of estheticians on Kauai. I not only receive the finest organic treatments, but also take note of Kristine’s warm demeanor (truly aloha) and her vast expertise.

Experience Kauai Skin Clinic for yourself! Kauai Skin Clinic is located at Boston Hair Design

Article by Amber Nightingale

Kauai Vacation A Family Destination

Kauai activities with kids

Kauai is a paradise for families and children, a simple place, where flip flops, shorts and t-shirts are everyday attire and running barefoot along white sandy beaches and casual dining where shirts and shoes are optional.

Kauai is a safe place for children with lots of family friendly swimming choices, surf lessons, life-guarded beaches, snorkeling, easy hiking trails, parks and playgrounds. This tropical island boasts mild temperatures year round, driving times from one destination to the next are short and there are countless activities that cater to all ages. Some of the Kauai’s top activities cater to families with children as well as resorts with water slides and kid day camps. Kauai overall is a casual, kid friendly and safe place to vacation with children. Whether you live on Kauai or plan on visiting with children, booking your Kauai Vacation Activities is best done before you arrive.

Plan your vacation on-line and spend your time on Kauai playing, exploring and relaxing. Kauai has a lot to offer families and children of all ages. Check out the Kauai Calendar of Events for current and upcoming Kids Activities and family friendly events.

Top 5 Activities for Kids

The following top 5 Kauai activities offer diverse selection for all ages and level of adventure.

Na Pali Boat Tour and Snorkeling: Sailing off the Na Pali or a whale watch during the winter months is a unforgettable adventure for families with children and an educational experience on marine life and Hawaiian history.

A Kauai Luau and Train Tour Sit back and let the conductor do the driving as you explore the Kilohana Plantation and relaxing historical train ride followed by a traditional luau and spectacular show.

Tubing Adventure Float on inner tubes through irrigation ditches and tunnels. A fun and relaxing adventure for all ages.

Kauai Helicopter A birds eye view of Kauai’s interior. A once in a life time experience that will forever be remembered.

Zip-Line Adventure Now this will get the kids attention. Soaring over the tree tops of a tropical rain-forest with shouts of “Look Mom no hands”, Exhilarating fun! Then a relaxing dip in a fresh water swimming hole and lunch.

It is good to wear them out but don’t book it all in one day!

If your kids are not quite up to speed for the high adventure activities, don’t worry there is no shortage of substitutes. Many mellow Kauai activities cater to children.

Kauai Beaches and Attractions

Want to just sit back in the shade and watch the kids play for hours? Lydgate Beach Park and the Kamalani Playground, a spectacular community built play structure with slides, swings, bridges and tons of fun hiding places, will leave them entertained for hours. If you want to visit a botanical garden that will keep the little ones just as intrigued as you, visit the Na Aina Kai Botanical Garden, an amazing display of botanical wonder , bronze statues and fairytale like children’s garden with shallow wading pool, tree house and rain forest jungle.

Another free activity that incorporates hiking and exploration is Kauai Geo-caching, a world wide treasure hunt using G.P.S and landmark clues.

Body Boarding or body surfing is a fun and inexpensive activity the whole family can enjoy. Rent your boogie board by the day or week and you will quickly catch the wave fever. Please choose from one of the life-guarded beaches and always take precautions during any ocean activity.

The Kauai Coastal Path is safe and picturesque place to rent bikes and explore. Tandem bikes, beach cruisers and child carriers are available to rent, adult and children sized bikes. Along the Kauai Coastal Path you will find many choices for picnic spots, beach exploring and facilities that offer showers, restrooms and along this 4.1 mile scenic coastline.

Try your swing at the new Mini Golf in Kilauea this is a a fun family outing that is designed around a botanical garden with native plants. You can also grab a quick bite to eat and treat yourself to a tropical fruit Gellato after your game.

With countless Kauai activities to choose from you won’t have to worry about finding things to do on Kauai, you just have to start planning your next trip before you even leave.

 

Free Fun Things to Do on Kauai

Kauai free things to do

The top activities to do on Kauai definitely include the Na Pali Boat Tours, a Kauai Helicopter Tour, ATV Tours, Zip-line Tours, and a traditional Hawaiian luau, but there are a few family fun things to do on Kauai you might find to be a nice way to pass a couple hours of your vacation time.

Hula Shows – Most visitors to Kauai include a luau in their top to do list. If hula dancing and Hawaiian music are on your list, here is a chance to get a little preview. If you just can’t get enough of the melodic beat and swaying of hips check out one of the following free Hula shows around the island.

Grand Hyatt Kauai – Torch Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 6:15, Keiki Hula Show on Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm For Information call: 808 742-1234

Poipu Shopping Village – Tahitian and Hula Dancing Thursday and Thursdays at 5:00pm. For Information Call: 808 742-2831

Harbor Mall Lihue – Hawaiian Entertainment and Hula on Wednesdays at 12:15 pmFor Information Call: 808 245-6255

Coconut Marketplace – Wailua Hula Show on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm Call: 808 822-3641

Farmers Markets- Weekly farmers markets island wide sell locally grown produce, exotic tropical fruits and flowers as well as locally made products.

Hanapepe Art Night – Enjoy exploring the many galleries demonstration , performances and local cuisine as you stroll the streets of historic Hanapepe Town. Every Friday night Hanapepe Town comes alive with local artist, musicians and ethnic eats. Every Friday Evening from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Historic Walking Tour of Waimea – Free walking tour of Waimea Town every Monday. Lei Making Workshop Every Friday. Reservation required. Contact the West Kauai Technology Center at 808 338-1322.

88 Shrines at Lawai International Center – Short video and story telling by Lynn Murumoto on the second and last Saturday of the month. Tour Times 10:00 am -12:00pm and 2:00pm call 808 639-4300 Donations Accepted.

Old Town Kapaa First Saturday of the month Art Walk

Free live music, artist, tasty food and entertainment every 1st Saturday of the month in downtown Kapaa. 5:30 -8:30

Kauai Museum – Free guided tours with the cost of admission. 10:30 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Ohana Saturdays – Free admission the first Saturday of the month.

Lydgate State Park – A favorite or generations of locals and their keiki, this east side park (Leho Rd access in Wailua) fronts two wonderful boulder enclosed swimming areas that allow freshwater and fish in and that are well protected from ocean waves. The water is calm and clear and perfect for beginning swimmers and snorkelers with bathrooms, picnic areas, a playground and lifeguards right there as well. The area is also part of an extensive network of archaeological sites in what was a historically significant part of Kauai for Hawaiians. Be prepared for lots of kids and a fun time at the beach!

Geo-caching What is Geo-caching? Geo-caching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called Geo-caches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. There are several hidden treasures all over the island. The best guidelines to follow are Geo caches that are on public property and easy and safe terrain.

And Almost Free…

Kauai Plantation Railway – The Kilohana Plantation Estate is a where you will find an an authentic narrow gauge railway tour that chugs along on a 40 minute ride through almost 100 acres of sugar cane, pineapple, banana, papaya, hardwood trees, tropical flowers and coffee. This fairly new attraction recreates the time of the plantations and is highly informative about Kauai agriculture past, present, and future. Train tours run daily. The train leaves the Depot at 10 & 11 am, 12 Noon, 1 & 2 pm, and 5:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays. Next door, the 16,000 sq ft managers home is open daily with galleries and a courtyard restaurant.

Kilauea Mini Golf – The good folks from Anaina Hou have recently finished up a miniature golf course and botanical garden just a minute or so past Kilauea Town on the north shore. Its 18 holes of fun runs through gardens representing different eras of Hawaiian culture and we can tell you its truly a unique experience for our little island. It’s open every day from 11:00am – 9:00 pm and costs $15 for ages 11 and up, $10 for ages 5-10, and is free for 4 and under. You also have to love the fact that it’s right next to Banana Joe’s fruit and smoothie stand where you can enjoy something tasty after your game!

An Unexpected Kauai Souvenir

Waimea Canyon Kauai DogMy husband and I visited Kauai for a week during March/April of 2011. What a beautiful island! We traveled all over, trying to see as much as we could. There were so many highlights to our trip.  We started the week with a quick trip to the Humane Society (to give a donation and buy a shirt) and a helicopter ride with Blue Hawaiian. What a great way to see the whole Island, especially a bird’s eye view of Waimea  Canyon and the Napali Coast.

We knew after the helicopter ride that we HAD to go out to Waimea Canyon. So, the next day we headed up there.  We stopped briefly in the town of Waimea to find something to eat.  There had been a guy outside the store with some really skinny (too skinny) dog.  We thought it was funny when the dog paid no attention to the employees trying to shoo him back outside. We felt bad for him and bought some food for him. When we headed outside, the guy was still there so we talked to him while we fed the dog a little bit. Turns out the guy was hiking up in the canyon when he found the dog wandering around. The dog had some nasty cuts on his leg and clearly hadn’t had much to eat in quite awhile. Since the guy was only using the bus to get around, he didn’t really know what to do about the dog.

My husband and I decided we could take the time to head back to the Humane Society to drop the dog off. So, after a detour to take care of the dog, we headed back to the Canyon. What an amazing sight! And we had pretty good weather while we were up there, making for some good photo opportunities.

The next day we did an ATV tour with Kipu Ranch Adventures.  What a kick that was!  We had a nice small group and two great guides. It was a little drizzly so we had some nice mud puddles to ride through (my socks are still stained red).  After the tour we thought we’d take a quick trip back to the Humane Society, hoping they had found the owners of the dog we had taken there the day before. No such luck, but at least he was now being taken care of, given food to eat, and had a nice warm place to sleep.

The rest of the week was spent checking out different areas of the island, spending some time on the beaches, and going to the Humane Society every day to play with the dog. As you can probably guess by now, we were completely suckered in by his goofy, long face and he has become our favorite souvenir ever. Through a lot of help and hard work by the wonderful people at the Humane Society we were able to bring Enzo (as we named him) home with us at the end of the week. He is now happily ensconced in our home back in Washington State along with his siblings (3 other dogs and 5 cats)!  Definitely our favorite souvenir! We can’t wait to come back and visit Kauai again, but next time we won’t be coming home with a critter (probably).Kauai Dog Enzo

Aloha,
Joe and Kerry Klein