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Kauai news and current events.

The Kauai Marathon 2014

Put on your running shoes Kauai because The Kauai Marathon is less than three weeks away. This is the fourth year for the Kauai Marathon and with every year the momentum and participation have brought some exciting exposure to the Garden Island. The Kauai Marathon is set amongst some of the most picturesque and beautiful landmarks on Kauai where backdrops of lush rainforest and dormant volcanoes capture Kauai’s diverse landscapes.

The course begins in Poipu and will lead runners along the scenic coastline of the sunny south side, through the Old Plantation Town of Koloa, and a gradual climb to the cool shade of the Tunnel of Trees. Those athletes participating in the full marathon will continue onto Lawai and to the top of Kalaheo where spectacular ocean views welcome runners to the gradual downhill run back to Poipu Beach and the finish line.

So if you haven’t yet signed up for this fun event or just want to be a spectator, mark your calendars for August 31, 2014 and enjoy a fabulous Kauai day.

The Voyaging Canoe Hokulea Arrives on Kauai

Hokulea arrives on Kauai

Hokulea Arriving in Hanalei

Clouds hung low over the peaks of Namolokama as the remnants of the passing tropical storm moved slowly out to sea. Along the horizon the Hokulea voyaging canoe and crew made their way into Hanalei Bay Saturday morning. Blowing the conch shell from the bow of the boat signaled to the spectators and welcoming crew on shore that they had arrived.

The Hokulea is now tied up to the Hanalei Pier. This a great opportunity to get up close and view the canoe as well as ask questions and learn a little about their vision and upcoming voyages.

The Hokulea is an important part of Polynesian culture and the Polynesian Voyaging Society does a great job sharing the craft of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through their program.  For more information on the Hokulea check out the website www.http://hokulea.org/

Hunger Games “Catching Fire” Finds Kauai

Quarter Quell Kuai FilmingWith the recent big screen hits “The Descendents” starring George Clooney and “Pirates Of The Caribbean On Stranger Tides” with Johnny Depp, today’s announcement by Hawaii News Now doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Hollywood movie scouts may have chosen the Garden Island of Kauai as one of the filming locations for the movie based on the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Film scouts have been searching out locations within the Hawaiian Islands and have zeroed in on Kauai. With the natural beauty, rugged terrain, isolated valleys, lush green jungles, turquoise waters and wildlife, it is no wonder Hollywood may have again made a smart choice in picking Kauai.

“Catching Fire,” Finnick Odair and the Third Quarter Quell is set to hit theaters late November 2013.

Here are some photos that show you why Kauai is the perfect Film Location:

 

 

Where On Kauai? How does Google Capture Pathview?

We all know or have seen how the funny little Google car with cameras mounted on the roof captures street view. But have you figured out how they captured Kauai hikes, trails, island golf courses and hotel properties where a car can’t go? Well here is one of the Google trikes caught passing a mirrored window at one of Kauai’s resorts. Have fun cruising Kauai!
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Google Launches Kauai and Hawaii Street View

Kauai Google Street ViewWarning! Do not read this post unless you have ample free time and are ready to start planning your next Kauai vacation. Google has has just released the latest Eco-tourism technology that will enhance your Kauai travel planning or just let you visit virtually from wherever you are.

While checking out some Google maps of Kauai today I discovered Google Earth has just uploaded the Kauai street view map images. Holoholo through Kapaa town and then across to the Waimea Canyon look-out and back down to Poipu and then walk the streets of Hanalei town, explore the island golf courses and multiple walking paths all in less than 5 minutes.

Now visitors to Kauai no longer need to rent a car to experience the beauty of Kauai, instead they can simply fire up an i pad or laptop and off they go exploring the island.

So what are you waiting for? Start exploring the sunny shores of Poipu, the enchanted valley of Hanalei, Waimea Canyon, or cruise the path at Lydgate State Park.

But really can Google give you sand between the toes, warm saltwater lapping on the shores, the refreshing taste of shave ice on a hot sunny day or the Aloha Spirit? You will definitely need to be here to experience that.

BEWARE! You will be planning a trip to Kauai real soon.  Don’t get lost!

Kauai Recycles Electronic Waste Event

We all need to do our part to keep Kauai beautiful. One of our biggest problems on Kauai is trash and what we do with it. Recycling on Kauai is not very convenient, but with a bit of planning you will be contributing to the efforts to keeping Kauai beautiful.

Do your your part by bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store and farmers markets, as well as make it a routine to recycle your plastics, glass cardboard and aluminum cans. For convenient island recycle locations check out Kauai Recycle Locations.

Do you have obsolete or unwanted electronics and want to get rid of them responsibly? Well during the next two weeks on Kauai you will have 6 days and three locations island-wide to do just that. Pacific Corporate Solutions, Sims Recycling and the County of Kauai are partnering to provide an easy and smart solution to getting rid of your out dated electronics while keeping it out of our landfills.

Material  that is being accepted include: computers, laptops, back up batteries, printers, fax machines, servers, telcom equipment TV’s and Misc Electronic waste. They will not be accepting home appliances alkaline batteries, washer, dryers or air conditioning units.

E Waste Kauai Recycling Event

North Shore
June 18th & 19th
8:00am to 4:00 pm
Anaina Hou Community
Kaua Mini Golf Lower Parking Lot

West Side
June 20 & 21
8:00am to 4:00 pm
Eleele Shopping Center

East Side
June 22 &23
8:00am to 4:00 pm
Vidinha Stadium

For more information you can contact Pacific Corporate Solutions toll free 888-906-5865

Keeping Kauai Green and Sustainable

Kauai Taro farmers marketsEco-Tourism is a relatively new concept in the world of tourism, though it’s gaining popularity and for good reason. Eco tourism, or sustainable tourism, is a concept that is began in the 1950’s, but has started to become more popular in the early 1990’s with the upsurging of the planetary green movement. Concentrations on lowering the negative impact of tourism is becoming more and more important as we are starting to see the ramifications on non-renewable, or slowly renewable, resources especially in remote and delicately balanced environments.

Kauai, being one of Hawaii’s smallest islands– only 25 miles wide by 33 miles long – is particularly susceptible to long term and irreversible environmental damage should the over 1 million tourists that visit Kauai’s shores and inland rain forests treat the island carelessly. With a local consistent population base of only about 60,000, it’s easy to see how much responsibility lies on a a relative small number of people to care for such a large influx of human needs and travel desires.

Support Kauai GrownFortunately, the Hawaiian islands and Kauai in particular have a strong community dedicated to Eco-tourism, and the Kauai County Government has formally adopted a Sustainable Tourism Program to better assist the tourism industry in this endeavor. Through this program, businesses are offered encouragement, education, and incentives to find ways to lessen their environmental impact, and offer services and accommodations in an environmentally conscious manner.

Practicing and supporting sustainable tourism is the surest way to ensure that Kauai will be around indefinitely as the unique, geographically stunning and environmentally diverse island that it is today. As a visitor, there are many things you can do that can make a measurable and positive difference to the island of Kauai. Shopping for locally made products, supporting small businesses, supporting our agriculture by shopping at our local farmers markets and treading lightly of our natural landmarks, that have a rich history and cultural importance.

Alekoko Fish PondsAs of January 11, 2011 Kauai  adopted a law that requires all retail establishments to provide recyclable paper bags or reusable bags to their customers. This will reduce the significant impacts of plastic checkout bags on the environment, which include litter and an increasing burden on our islands landfill and threats to marine life. We encourage all locals and visitors to bring their own reusable bags while shopping.

 

 

Recycling Locations

Check out our Kauai Recycling Page for locations and maps. Do your part to keep Kauai sustainable.  Kauai Recycling Bin Locations are located in the following locations:

  • Kilauea Behind the Mini Golf 5-2723 Kuhio Hwy
  • Kapaa the end of Kahau Road past the Kapa’a Skate Park: 4900 Kahau Rd
  • Lihue in the back of the K-Mart parking lot 4303 Nawiliwili Rd
  • Poipu in the Brenneke’s Parking Lot: 2100 Hoone Rd
  • Lawai Post Office: 2-3675 Kaumualii Hwy
  • Eleele at the Eleele Shopping Center
  • Waimea at the Waimea Canyon Park: 4643 Waimea Canyon Drive
  • Kekaha at the Kekaha Landfill 6900-D Kaumualii Hwy

We all need to do our part to keep Kauai the Kauai we know and love.
Kauai thanks you for your efforts, which are of hugely collective importance.

Malama ‘Aina (care for the land)

Kauai Farm to Host Outstanding in the Field – Dinner Without Walls

            Outstanding in the Field
celebrates the New Year with first-ever visit to Hawaii~ Four islands ~ Four farms ~ Four dinners ~

In January, Outstanding in the Field, the California-based “restaurant without walls” that has inspired pop-up supper clubs across North America and around the world, makes its first-ever visit to Hawaii to celebrate the New Year with four dinner events at four farms on four islands with four fabulous local chefs:Outstanding in the FieldJanuary 14 ~Olana Farm, Kilauea, Kauai ~

Guest chef: Aaron Leikam Host Farmer: Tim O”connor and guest chef Aaron Leikam share both a latitude and a deep appreciation for fresh tropical ingredients. Combined with Aaron’s experience working with some of the best in the farm-to-table movement, including Rick Bayless, Jan Birnbaum and Melissa Kelly, that’s a recipe for a fabulous outdoor feast.

January 17 ~ Kupa’a Coffee Farm, Kula, Maui ~ Guest chef: Justin Pardo, Market Fresh Bistro, Makawao
Farmers Gerry Ross & Jane Simpson are our hosts for OitF’s first dinner on a coffee plantation. Kupa’a coffee is outstanding, named best coffee on Maui two years in a row. Guest chef Justin Pardo does popular twice-a-month farm dinners in his restaurant. That’s how OitF started — for us, farm-to-table is now table-to-farm.

January 21 ~ Ma’o Organic Farms, Wai’anae, Oahu ~ Guest chef: Ed Kenney, Town and Downtown, Honolulu
Farmer Gary & Kukui Maunakea-Forth are dedicated to organic farming and to inspiring the next generation of young people to celebrate their connections to the land. Gary and guest chef Ed Kenney are great friends, and Ed’s son Duke does kids cooking demonstrations at Ma’o.

January 25 ~ Kekala Farms, Waimea, Hawaii ~ Guest chef: Edwin Goto, Village Burger, Kamuela
Farmer Paul Johnston is a leader in the Hawaii local farms movement and grows more than 100 different kinds of vegetables at Kekala. Guest chef Edwin Goto recently opened up his burger shack with all local meats and produce. We’ve never paired up with a burger shack, but the locals tell us he’s the man.

Outstanding in the Field Dinner without WallsThe Hawaii dinners kick off Outstanding in the Field’s 13th season; founding chef Jim Denevan did his first farm dinner in his hometown of Santa Cruz, California in 1999. In 2011, OitF staged 87 dinners across North America from Vancouver to Virginia and, for the first time, in Europe.

“Our dinner season traditionally starts in Spring, but when we decided to add Winter dates in 2012, we knew it was finally time to go to Hawaii,” said Denevan, who became a chef because it gave him time to surf during the day. “Over the years, we’ve had many requests to come, and we can’t wait to meet island farmers, see what new tropical-climate foods we discover, and catch a few waves.”

Since 1999, Denevan and the Outstanding crew have created outdoor dining events at country farms and urban gardens, on mountain tops and sea caves, on islands and ranches. Wherever the location, the mission is the same: To re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food and introduce them to the local farmers and food artisans whose good work brings nourishment to the table. Ingredients for the meal are almost all local, often sourced within inches of the table, and prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the host site, everyone settles in:  farmers, culinary artisans and diners serving each other at the long communal table.Outstanding in the Field TableDenevan is also an environmental artist, known for the large-scale drawings he creates on beaches, dry lakebeds and frozen surfaces. A temporary piece or two on Hawaiian sand, destined to disappear with the tide, is likely to appear during his visit.

Many Outstanding in the Field dates sell out within hours of being announced. The Hawaii events in January start at 3pm with a glass of wine and welcome hors d’oeuvres, followed by a tour of the host farm and a family-style, four-course meal paired with wines. Ticket price of $190 per person includes the farm tour, multi-course meal with wine and all gratuities.

To learn more and reserve a seat at the Outstanding table, please visit www.outstandinginthefield.com