Top Five Kauai Must Sees

July 12, 2010 by  
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Kauai is the fourth largest island in Hawaii and is known as the Garden Isle. It is also known for being the home to some of the most beautifully natural places like orchid filled Moir Gardens and McBryde Gardens. Any trip made to Kauai should be highlighted by certain recommended locations. Have you ever heard the saying, you haven’t known until you’ve seen? Well you haven’t known Kaui until you’ve seen these places. These are the top five must see destinations on the island of Kaui.

1. Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls present travelers with the gift of a majestic double-tiered waterfall. The falls overflow from the side of an earthy cliff at a height of a massive 80 feet. Anyone who is interested is allowed to view it because of its easily accessible location close to a roadside lookout. Depending on the flow of the river and the rain, the Wailua Falls change appearance. It is recommended to view this sight during the early morning so that the sun can shine on the fall. The cool mountain water can also be waded in by visitors who decide to take the trail to where the bottom of the waterfall is located. Ah, so beautiful.

2. Fern Grotto

An exploration of Fern Grotto promises a strange Hawaiian adventure. Strange, but beautiful. Located along the Wailua River, is a collection of lava rocks in the setting of a grotto now covered completely with ferns from the tropics. But the grotto is not only a beautiful location, but is also a soothing one because once you arrive, you begin to get serenaded by traditional Hawaiian music played live by musicians. The overall trip is about 40 minutes, but the sights you see and experience is so worth it.

3. National Tropical Botanical Gardens

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens located in Kauai is not one, but two gardens, the Lawa’i Garden and the Alberton Garden. This is truly a must see not only because it is appealing to the eye, but also because it happens to be the location of the world’s biggest anthology of rare plants. The immaculate gardens include flowers, sculptures, and fountains. Tours can be taken throughout 100+ acre garden. It’s truly a sight to see.

4. Hanalei

Hanalei is the northern part of Kauai and is quite breathtakingly surrounded by majestic mountains. From those mountains flow beautiful waterfalls that provide the valley below the mountains with an overabundance of water. Hanalei is beautiful for its plentiful greenery and its beauty also encompasses the bay, city, river, valley, and beach that share its name.

5. Kipu Falls

Don’t let its smallness fool you! Although Kipu Falls is not nearly as big as the other waterfalls that inhabit the island, it is still quite beautiful. Tourists and residents of the island both find the sight a very joyful one indeed. Kipu Falls is surrounded by a 20-rock wall and comes included with a rope swing for those adventurous enough to swing from it and dive into the water below. The pool is wide enough for groups of people, deep enough to kick back and enjoy the coolness of the water, and clear enough that nothing inside of it will surprise you. It is a great way to cool off and a great way to enjoy some of Kauai’s beautiful natural sites.

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Princeville at Hanalei

June 25, 2010 by  
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The Princeville Resort at Hanalei is a world famous resort that delivers everything you could dream for your resort to consist of. The ocean view location gives it a view to be admired, and you’re sure to wish you never had to leave. If you’re traveling during or after the spring of 2008, you’ll want to look for the St. Regis Princeville Resort, as after the current, new construction, this is what its name will be changed to. ?The Princeville Resort has several types of rooms to choose for to fit any situation and taste. Rooms available are listed below.?Mountain Garden Rooms (547 square feet): ?• Mountain or Garden View?• Found on floors 2-7, and floor 9?• One king size or two queen size beds?• Marble bathroom, double vanity?Ocean View Rooms (547 square feet):?• Hanalei Bay and Pacific Ocean views?• Found on floors 4-11?• One king size or two queen size beds?• Marble bathroom, double vanity?Premium Ocean View Rooms (547 square feet):?• Panoramic Hanalei Bay and Pacific Ocean views?• Found on floors 4-11?• One king size or two queen size beds?• Marble bathroom, double vanity?Prince Junior Ocean View Rooms (820 square feet):?• Hanalei Bay, Bali Hai and the Pacific Ocean views?• Marble bath with ocean views?• Spa tub?• Foyer entry?• Dining area for four?St. Regis Ocean View suites (1,200 square feet):?• Foyer that leads to sitting area?• Bedroom and dining area for four are combined?• Separate tub, shower, dressing table?Presidential Suites (1,800 square feet):?• Full kitchen?• Butler’s entrance?• Formal dining area?• Living room with fireplace?• King size bed?• Bedroom opens to a breakfast nook for six?• Large picture window in the bathroom?Royal Suite (2,400 square feet): ?• Panoramic view of Hanalei Bay?• King size bed?• Spa tub?• Entire room opens to the view with expanding window?• Dining/meeting area for eight?• Wet bar?• Full kitchen?• Separate breakfast nook den?If the rooms aren’t at the top of your priority, don’t worry, there’s much more to this resort than their newly designed rooms. Golf lovers will find their perfect paradise here, as their many gold courses offer some of the best golf found anywhere in the world. In fact, many of them have been featured and listed on the top lists of Golf Digest, Golf Weekly, and more.?You can also indulge in pampering services from the professional spa staff. The Princeton Resort spa has world-class services. You can enjoy an array of massages such as Swedish massages, sports massages, hot stone, and deep tissue massages. Get your daily exercise on any one of their top-of-the-line fitness machines or weights, and then top it off with a relaxing visit to the sauna, whirlpool, or steam room. Rejuvenate by treating yourself to facial or body wrap.

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Lihue real estate market

June 16, 2010 by  
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Forest near Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
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The Lihue real estate market is showing increasing sales, although the overall economy of the Garden Isle remains stagnant and home prices continue to decline. According to a June 7, 2010 article in the Pacific Business News, “Single-family home sales on Kauai were up by 80 percent in May, while condo sales were up 38 percent compared to the same month last year. There were 27 homes sold on the Garden Isle last month, up from 15 in May of 2009, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service.” The piece went on to state that “The median price for a single-family home, however, fell 30 percent in May to $420,000, down from $600,000 in May 2009. Condo sales were up last month, with 18 units sold compared to 13 units sold in May 2009. But the median price dropped 50 percent to $164,000, down from $330,000 in 2009.”

The overall economic recovery of Kauai, however, remains unimpressive, and a stronger rally will likely be necessary for encouraging the purchase of Lihue homes for sale. According to a June 8, 2010 article in Hawaii News Now, “The latest state report on tax revenues and building permits shows a decidedly slower economic recovery on neighbor islands than on Oahu.” The piece, composed by Howard Dicus, went on to state that “General excise tax revenues the single strongest indicator of consumer and business spending, fell 4.4% statewide in the first quarter despite March coming in 2.3% higher than year-before levels….Excise taxes were down 2% on Oahu, down 8% on Kauai, down 16% on Maui County, and down 18% on the Big Island, compared to the first quarter of 2009.”

Even the tourist sector, traditionally one of the largest components of the island economy and by extension an indicator of the Lihue real estate market, showed mixed signals in the most recent tracking period. According to a May 28, 2010 article in the Maui News, “Kauai, although its head count fell 1.1 percent to 75,509, saw spending rocket up by 14.4 percent to $75.8 million. That makes the Kauai math easy: Each visitor spent just about $1,000…”

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