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Makauwahi Cave Reserve

On a property that belongs to Grove Farm Company, you will find a park that was created by Dr. David and Lida Pigott Burney.  This 17 acre park is open for free guided tours daily from 10:00 am -2:00 pm and on Sundays from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm. Led by Reserve Caretaker Joe Kanahele tour guides Linda Kosen, Deborah Flynn, Jerry Keesee, Keakalina Lindsay and with the aid of hundreds of volunteers, the Makauwahi Cave Preserve invites visitors to learn about Hawaii’s rarest creatures, extinct creatures, lost landscapes and ancient Hawaiian culture.  It has been voted one of the 20 best caves in the U.S.

Walk on the sediments that spanned over 10,000 years  ago and learn about the many changes that this area has gone through over time.  The fossil-bearing layers record floods, droughts, a tsunami, hurricanes, and the living and dying of a host of island plant and and animal species in the area. The cave is a huge fossil formed over 400,000 years. The once ancient sand dune turned into stone is a world class site for studying changes in past environments. Created by wind, natural water flowing and condensation over thousands of years, the cave showcases remarkable formations on the ceilings and walls.

In the low maze like passages of the cave where there is total darkness, many rare creatures such as blind invertebrates, pale amphipods and isopods, and eyeless cave spiders make their home.  Many of the areas are off limits to the public out of respect for Hawaiian traditions and to avoid stepping on the rare blind cave organisms that live there.

A freshwater lake can be found in this limestone cave. In this ancient lake preserved fossils tell us a lot about the past and provide an insight to the changes that happened over the years to the prehistoric landscape.

High cave ceilings with limestone stalactites and a natural archway lead to the green interior of a huge sinkhole.  The sinkhole is a natural amphitheatre carved by groundwater and eroded by the elements.

In 1999 Restoration efforts of Makauwahi Cave Reserve began to bring back native plants to the area.  Since that time, nearly 5,000 native and Polynesian plants have been reintroduced to this landscape by using the fossil record as a guide to plant choices. With the help of volunteers, students and staff, many of the scarce species of plants have been planted here and the seeds and cuttings are also used for other native plant restorations around the island.  Through generous donations and efforts to protect and restore this special place, the Makauwahi Cave Reserve is a must see for visitors of all ages when on the island of Kauai.

All information in this post comes from the brochures and website provided by Makauwahi Cave Reserve.    The information being shared is being used to highlight one of Kauai’s exclusive Visitors Attraction for kids to Learn and Discover Kauai’s Past and Present.   For more detailed information visit www.cavereserve.org 

We encourage visitors to donate to the Makauwahi Cave Reserve and their restoration efforts.


Note: Maha’ulepu Road is closed and parking is at the CJM Stables where it is a ten minute walk to your destination.




Makauwahi Cave Trail

When visiting Makauwahi Cave Trail there are 19 posts along the trail

  1. Makauwahi Cave Reserve
  2. Pila’s Point
  3. Offshore Excitement
  4. On top of the Cave
  5. Native “Rock Garden” Plants
  6. Rare Dry Forest Habitat
  7. Rim Trail
  8. View From Cliff
  9. Haole Koa and other invaders
  10. Hawane or Loulu Palm
  11. Restoration History
  12. Sinkhole Overlook
  13. “Soft” Restoration
  14. Trail Junction
  15. North Cave Entrance
  16. Milo Patch
  17. Estuary
  18. View of Haupu Ridge
  19. Lida’s Field of Dreams


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Farmer’s Markets/Mom and Pop Stores on Kauai

EAT L.O.C.A.L

Many Hotels and Resorts provide food service and there are many restaurants nearby, however you don’t want to blow your whole budget on just food especially when prices are pretty steep. When visiting Kauai, many people are not familiar with the island, it’s culture, it’s people and where people shop for food. Whether you are visiting or a L.O.C.A.L on Kauai, eating out can be quite costly.  Therefore, many opt to cook their own meals and find ways to manage their budget by looking for cheap eats. Kauai has Supermarkets such as Safeway, Foodland, Big Save and Costco.  But what other options are there that many of the Locals choose besides these big box stores? What can you do for food options that support L.O.C.A.L farmers and families? Where can you go to find unique Local cuisine, tropical fruits of the island and fresh vegetables?   The answer is Farmer’s Markets and Local Mom and Pop Stores. On Kauai, you can find a Farmer’s Market  everyday of the week. In addition, you can find many of the Local Favorites at Mom and Pop Stores across the island.  Checking these places out and choosing to Eat L.O.C.A.L will definitely enhance your experience while visiting Kauai!

Farmer’s Markets on Kauai

Hanapepe Park (Hanapepe) Westside

> Thursday at 3:00 pm

Kekaha Neighborhood Center (Kekaha) Westside

> Saturday at 9:00 am

Koloa/ Knudsen Ball Park (Koloa) Southside

> Mondays at Noon-1:30 pm

Kalaheo Neighborhood Center (Kalaheo) Southside

> Tuesday at 3:00 pm

The Shops at Kukuiula (Poipu) Southside

> Wednesday at 3:30 pm

Kauai Community College Farmers Market (Lihue) Eastside

> Saturdays from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lihue Historic County Building (Front Lawn Area off Rice Street)

> 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Kukui Grove Shopping Center Farmers Market (Lihue) Eastside

> Monday at 3:00 pm

Vidhina Stadium (Lihue) Eastside

> Friday at 3:00 pm

Kapaa New Town Park (Kapaa) Eastside

> Wednesday at 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm

Kealia Farmers Market (Kapaa) Eastside

> Monday from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm

Kilauea Neighborhood Center (Kilauea) Northside

>Thursday at 3:30 pm

Kilauea Agricultural Center (Lighthouse Road) Northside

>Thursday at 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Hanalei Farmers Market (Hanalei)Northside

>Saturday at 9:30 am

Waipa Farmers Market

>Tuesday at 1:30 pm

 

Mom and Pop Stores

The list of stores are places where many Locals can find quick snacks such as musubi, plate lunches and refreshments. We like to stop at these places before heading to the beach or when cruising around these parts of the island.  Some of these places are favorites for Locals to get specialty items such as raw fish (poke) as well as poi, taro or island grown beef, pork and chicken as well as fresh fish.  

Ishihara Market (Waimea) Westside

> Local Favorite

Thrifty Mart (Kekaha) Westside

Thrifty Mart (Kaumakani) Westside

Menehune Food Mart (Kekaha) Westside

Whalers General Store (Poipu) Southside

Koloa Fish Market (Koloa) Southside

> Local Favorite

Sueoka Market (Koloa) Southside

> Local Favorite

Kukuiula Market (Poipu) Southside

> Local Favorite

Pono Market (Kapaa) Eastside

> Local Favorite

Whalers General Store (Anahola) Northside

Whole Food Stores and Natural Markets

Organic and Whole Foods Stores (LOCAL grown products)

Living Foods (Koloa) Southside

Hoku Food Natural Market (Kapaa) Eastside

Papaya’s Natural Foods (Kapaa) Eastside

Healthy Hut Market (Kilauea) Northside

Harvest Market Hanalei (Hanalei) Northside


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December 2018 Events for Kids and Family on Kauai

Hanapepe Friday Night Art Night

Every Friday, the Historic Hanapepe Town turns into one of the most vibrant places to be on Kauai.  Artists showcase their work throughout the galleries and entertainment can be found throughout the historic main street. A popular food truck post on a Friday night, you can find the best Food Trucks staking there spot here.  With restaurants and food trucks lining the streets there are lots of food choices to satisfy anyone’s palette. It is definitely a great place to come if you are looking for a bite to eat. Furthermore, there are many pop up shops, galleries and stores that is a great way to find local made gifts for the family back home.  The Art Night has been growing significantly over the years and is a must do when visiting Kauai. A one stop shop for food, fun and gift finding. It’s fun for the whole family to enjoy!

Where: Historic Hanapepe Town (Main Street)

When: Fridays from 6:00-9:00 pm

This is a FREE event.

Kukui Grove 25th Annual Christmas Parade

Where: Kukui Grove Center

When: November 24 from 4:00-6:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

Waimea Tree Lighting

Where: C.B Hofgaard Park right in the center of Waimea Town

When: December 1 at 6:00 PM

Mayor Bernard Carvalho will light the Community Christmas Tree in the park.  Keiki activities will be provided. This is a FREE event.

Kukui Grove’s “Holiday Light Specatacular”

Where: Kukui Grove

When: Starts December 1 and runs each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

The Kauai Coffee Holiday Open House

Where: Kauai Coffee Visitors Center

When: December 8 from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Fun for the whole family, this event will have bounce houses, entertainment, farm tours and Santa for the keiki.  This is a FREE event.

Jazz Ensemble and Wind Symphony

Where: KCC Performing Arts Center

When: December 14 at 7:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade

Where: Waimea Town; Entertainment at Hofgaard Park

When: December 15 from 6:15 until pau

Fun for the whole family, this event will have community organizations, families and schools lighting up Waimea town with their unique custom made floats.  To kickoff the festivities

Fire engines take the lead of this Lighted parade.  There will be live entertainment at Hofgaard Park and many will be out celebrating their Christmas cheer on the main street of Waimea Town.  It is one of the biggest events on the Westside that you surely can’t miss! This is a FREE event.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Where: Poipu Beach Park

When: December 31 from 5:00-9:00 PM

Fun for the whole family, this event will have food trucks, live entertainment, movie in the park and activities for the keiki.  Rounding out the celebration will be a spectacular fireworks display. This is a FREE event.






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October Events for Kids and Family on Kauai

Hanapepe Friday Night Art Night

Every Friday, the Historic Hanapepe Town turns into one of the most vibrant places to be on Kauai.  Artists showcase their work throughout the galleries and entertainment can be found throughout the historic main street. A popular food truck post on a Friday night, you can find the best Food Trucks staking there spot here.  With restaurants and food trucks lining the streets there are lots of food choices to satisfy anyone’s palette. It is definitely a great place to come if you are looking for a bite to ear. Furthermore, there are many pop up shops, galleries and stores that is a great way to find local made gifts for the family back home.  The Art Night has been growing significantly over the years and is a must do when visiting Kauai. A one stop shop for food, fun and shopping. It’s fun for the whole family to enjoy!

Where: Historic Hanapepe Town (Main Street)

When: Fridays from 6:00-9:00 pm from October 5-27

Kukui Grove Center Haunted House and Freaky Fridays

Where: Kukui Grove Center

When: Fridays from 5:00-9:00 pm from October 5-27

On October 27, Kukui Grove also has its Halloween Festival where keiki can trick or treat around the center, enter a costume contest and win prizes.

Emalani Festival Kauai: Eo e Emalani i Alakai

Celebrate Emalani and step back in time to 1871 through song and pageantry in the uplands of Kokee.  There will be food, exhibits, entertainment and a silent auction. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

Where: Kokee State Park (Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow)

When: October 13 from 9:00 am -4:00 pm

Queen Emma rides on horseback and enters meadow at 11:00 am

Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival

Where: Historic Hanapepe Town

When: October 19 and October 20 from 5:00-9:00 pm

Movie Night at the Gardens

COCO will be playing.  Movie starts shortly after sunset.

Where: South Side Visitors Center

When: October 20 at 5:00 pm

5th Annual Kauai Harvest Ag Festival

Ono food supporting local non-profits, live music and entertainment, FREE rides, FREE games, FREE waterslides, FREE pumpkins and more.  

Where: Waimea Canyon Park, Waimea

When: October 21 from 11:00 am-5:00pm

Nightmare in Waimea Haunted Village

An annual tradition on the Westside, a Nightmare in Waimea provides a maze of scary ghouls and Halloween decor that is fun for the whole family.  Suited for the younger keiki, the non-scary maze allows the younger children to experience a haunted house without the spooks and scares that the scary maze offers later in the night. There are also movies on the lawn after sunset on October 26 and October 27.

Where: Waimea Canyon Park, Waimea

When: October 25-27

Non-Scary Maze from 5:30-7:30 pm

Scary Maze from 7:30-11:00 pm

 

Ohana Movie Night: Disney Pixar’s “COCO”

Where: The Shops at Kuku’iula

When: October 26 at 6:30 pm

 

National Make A Difference Day at Lydgate Park

This is a family workday suited to all ages.  Help contribute and make a difference to one of Kauai’s favorite parks.  Bring water bottle, work gloves, sun protection and shoes.

Where: Lydgate Park

When: October 27 at 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

Fast and Furriest Festival 2018

FREE Family Fun Event with Food Trucks, Vendors, Pet Products, Games, Contests and Face Painting

Where: Kauai Humane Society’s Freddies Dog Park

When: October 27 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

 

St. Theresa School Annual Trunk or Treat

Wear your best costume! There will be Games, contests, food and prizes during an annual event where keiki can go around and trick or treat out of themed decorated vehicle trunks. The themed areas are decorated by students and family of St. Theresa School and is an annual family event that always kickstarts the Halloween spirit!  A movie will be shown on the lawn following the Trunk-or Treat and a concession of food, drinks and popcorn will be available to purchase. Also happening on the school grounds is the annual Book Fair in the school library.

Where: St. Theresa Catholic School and Parish Grounds

When: October 27 from 6:00-7:45 pm

Kauai Christian Academy 18th Annual Fall Festival

At the ending of October anyone who lives on the North Shore of Kauai happens to know about the KCA Fall Festival.  An annual event that is lots of fun for all keiki and keiki at heart,this fall themed carnival event offers bounce houses, pony rides, pumpkin patches, games,ono food and entertainment.  

Where: Kauai Christian Academy campus near the Kilauea Lighthouse.

When: Friday and Saturday October 26 and October 27 from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

For more information visit: www.kcaschool.org

 

Glow Show and Trunk or Treat

Where: King’s Chapel Eleele

When: October 28 at 6:30 pm

Wilcox Health Halloween Babies Parade

Where: Wilcox Medical Center

When: October 31 from 12:00-1:00 pm

 

Ghoulish Golf Halloween

Dress in costume and enjoy a free round of mini golf.

Where: Anaina Hou Community Park

When: October 31 during hours of operation 9:00 am-6:00 pm



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The Hungry Menehune Food Truck

About The Hungry Menuhune

Aloha! The Hungry Menehune is a Food Truck that is locally owned.  The owner grew up in Waimea Valley and is a proud alumni of the Waimea High School Menehunes.  Growing up in Hawaii he has experienced a diverse array of cooking styles and had the chance to taste a lot of amazing foods from different cultures. He uses the dishes and ingredients from the different ethnicities to create his own versions of fusion foods.  The fusion food creations at the Hungry Menehune is “local food” created by the owner and hopes all enjoy the unique tastes.

The owner of The Hungry Menehune’s goal is to give a little something back to the island that was so good to his upbringing and to support as many local businesses as he can to prepare his own dishes.  The fish served at The Hungry Menehune Food Truck comes from local Kauai and neighbor island fishermen. He does not use previously frozen fish or fish from other countries.

Open Wednesday-Friday from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm @ Kekaha Boat Harbor

Phone orders 808-661-7676

Something to Taco bout (Choice of Corn or Flour Tortilla for Tacos)

Brunch Taco…$4.50

Soft scrambled eggs with chorizo sausage, topped with mexican cheese blend and sriracha-cream sauce

Fresh Fish Taco… $4.75

Grilled fresh catch seasoned with salt and pepper. Served with shredded cabbage mix and garlic-lime-cilantro cream sauce.


Kalua Pork Tacos… $4.50

Shredded Kalua Pork topped with pineapple coleslaw and fresh cilantro.  Served with Garlic-lime-cilantro cream sauce.

Bahn Mi Style Taco… $4.75

Crispy Pork Belly Chopped and served with fresh cilantro and pickled asian style veggies with hoisin drizzle.

Lighter Choices

The Healthy Menehune…$12.00

Furikake crusted fresh catch pane seared and placed on top of soba noodles and mixed greens.  Garnished with edamame, cucumbers, green onions and shredded carrots. Dressings: Sweet Wasabi soy or Menehune special sweet onion.

The “Faceless” Option…$9.00

The “Healthy Menehune” but with firm tofu instead of fish.  Dressings: Sweet Wasabi soy or Menehune special sweet onion.

 

Fresh Caught Ahi Poke Bowls… $12.00

(Served with choice of sushi rice, hot rice or mixed greens)

  1. “Karai” (Spicy)- mixed with cucumber, tobiko and green onions.
  2. “Hawaiian”- Hawaiian salt, green onions, limu kohu (red sesame) and inamona (roasted kukui nut), tossed in sesame oil.

 

Menehune Fish Pond (Build Your Own Poke Bowl)…$14.00

(Served with choice of sushi rice, hot rice or mixed greens)

Pick one sauce and any four toppings. ($0.50 each additional topping)

Add Side Kalua Pig for $2.00

 

Choice of Sauces:

Spicy

Sweet Soy

Sesame Oil

Creamy Wasabi

 

Choice of Toppings:

Sweet onion, Green onion, Hawaiian Salt, inamona, limu kohu, furikake flakes, edamame, pickled ginger, cucumbers, kimchi, potato crab mac, tofu, tobiko, seaweed salad or imitation crab salad

Da Plate Lunches

Hawaiian Chili-Pepper Chicken…$12.00

Boneless chicken thighs deep fried and tossed in a secret chili pepper sauce.  Sweet, Spicy and Savory! (Choice of White rice, mixed greens, or potato mac and crab salad included in plate lunch.)

Deep Fried Pork Belly…$13.00

Dry Brined, Braised and finished off in the deep fryer.  Served with Hoisin dipping sauce or soy vinegar sauce with fresh tomato, onion and garlic. (Choice of White rice, mixed greens, or potato mac and crab salad included in plate lunch.)

Grilled “Fresh Catch of the Day”…$14.00

Grilled fresh catch seasoned with salt and pepper, served with house tartar sauce and a lemon wedge. (Choice of White rice, mixed greens, or potato mac and crab salad included in plate lunch.)

Hawaiian Style Kalua Pig…$11.00

Pork seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt and slowly braised. (Choice of White rice, mixed greens, or potato mac and crab salad included in plate lunch.)

For the “Mini-Hunes”…$8.50

Mini portion plate lunch and choice of any two sides. (White rice, mixed greens, or potato mac and crab salad)

Side Orders:

Garlic Pork belly fried rice…$2.00

Scoop of any style poke…$3.00



Da Menehune Moco…$13.50

Kalua Pig piled on 2 scoops of our garlic pork belly fried rice.  Topped with 2 eggs, sauteed onions and brown gravy. Choice of mac salad or mixed greens on side.

Don’t Forget to ask for special “Ahi Assassins Fish Dip”.

Open Wednesday-Friday from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm @ Kekaha Boat Harbor

Phone orders 808-661-7676



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Kauai Mini Golf

Learn and Discover the Hawaiian Islands while playing at Kauai Mini Golf

This miniature golf course is like no other.

Whether you are looking for something recreational to do or just visiting the North Shore.  Kauai Mini Golf is a great place to take your keiki. In addition, it is a perfect stop when visiting the Kilauea Lighthouse. Open from 9:00 am to 6:00pm this Par 47 miniature golf course is ADA accessible and is fun for the whole family. Located at Anaina Hou Community Park you will find Kauai Mini Golf. Furthermore, besides the playground and the skate park, the Kauai Mini Golf is another feature that Anaina Hou provides the community.

Educational displays are provided that offer fun facts about the islands.

Each hole at Kauai Mini Golf provides an informative fact about the Hawaiian Islands and its culture.  Moreover, the themes provide an insight to Hawaii’s history providing a combination of education and recreation throughout the course. Additionally, throughout the the course, tropical plants are displayed and origins of the plants are provided.


















Themes include: In the Beginning,
Journey to the islands,
Explorers in Hawaii,
Cultural diversity and Hawaiian Cultural renaissance





A great place to take pictures of the keiki

Both native and invasive plants are present in the garden, providing an insight and education to Kauai’s plant diversity. Nestled within a tropical botanical garden, the lush scenery and beautiful tropical flora creates a beautiful setting and provides a truly unique experience for both kama’aina and visitors. In addition, there are water features and a koi pond that provides a tranquil setting for those looking for a place to relax.




Fun for the Whole Family

Water hazards, pipe shots, obstacles and different slope grades make the putting style green a fun and challenging experience.  Choose your own putter and colored ball. Let the adventure begin at Kauai Mini Golf!



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South Side Visitors Center: National Tropical Botanical Garden

The South Side Visitors Center is located near the Spouting Blowhole just across the street. At the South Side Visitors Center, visit the grounds and check out the many beautiful flowers and native Hawaiian plants. In addition, amenities at the South Side Visitors Center include: restrooms, picnic area, snack shop and store. Furthermore, the South Side Visitors Center is a gateway to Allerton and McBryde Gardens Tour (two gems that exist only on Kauai).



National Tropical Botanical Gardens

While only 5 National Tropical Botanical Gardens in the world exist. There are three National Tropical Botanical Gardens on the island of Kauai. One is at Limahuli on the North Shore while the Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden can be found on Kauai’s South Shore.  Both Allerton Garden and McBryde Gardens can be accessed at the South Side Visiors Center.  



Allerton Garden

Probably, popularized by the film industry, the Moreton Bay fig trees that find their home in the Allerton garden is a major tourist attraction. Featured in blockbuster movies such as the original Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean, many flock to the garden for picture-taking of the trees and artifacts on the property. The Allerton Garden rests between the Pacific Ocean and the McBryde Garden offering spectacular views. While visiting the Allerton Garden, a beautifu landscape of native and endangered plants await. In addition, hidden gems only found at the Allerton Garden include: Diana’s fountain, the three pools, the mermaid room and the riparian area.



Information and Pricing for Allerton Gardens

The Allerton Garden tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Ticket prices for adults is $50.00; Children 6 to 12 is $25.00 and children under 5 are Free.

McBryde Garden

Another tour offered is the McBryde Garden. The McBryde Garden lies in the southern part of the Lawai Valley and has 50 acres of diverse plant collections for visitors to explore.  The McBryde Garden is a self-guided tour.  In addition, the McBryde garden includes: the Spice of Life Trail, Canoe Plant Garden and Biodiversity Trail.  At the Biodiversity Trail learn and discover the evolution of plants for the past 400 million years.  With that being said, the McBryde Garden is a great place for your future Botanist or Biologist to visit.   

Furthermore, many plants from tropical regions around the world are brought to the garden for research and cultivation. As a result, the McBryde garden offers the largest collection of native hawaiian flora in existence. Consequently due to the expansive land area, expect the tour of duration for the McBryde Garden to be approximately 1.5 hours. 


Information and Pricing for McBryde Gardens

After departing the South Shore Visitors Center, a shuttle will drop you off at the McBryde garden. Tour the garden at your own pace and catch a return shuttle to the South Shore’s Visitor Center. Ticket prices for the McBryde Garden: Adults $30.00; Children 6-12 $15.00 and Children under 5 are Free.



Allerton Garden: Sunset Tour

The Allerton Garden also offers a sunset tour. Allerton Garden at Sunset; Adults $95.00; Children 6-12 $45.00 and Children 5 and under Free. Consequently, the guided tour must be a minimum of four participants. Tour times 3:30-4:30. Additionally, The Sunset Tour comes with a tour of the Allertons property with beverages and a light dinner. Once for the rich and famous, Allerton Sunset Tour provides all with an opportunity to admire, indulge and unwind

Free Hula Shows: Thursdays from 2:00-2:45pm

National Tropical Botanical Garden invites you to experience a traditional hula show by Kauai’s award winning Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala.  The show highlights the wahi pane (sacred places) of Kauai with intriguing stories of our Hawaiian people, their connection to and dependence on plants both wild and cultivated.  Hula shows are free to attend and is a great opportunity to visit the gift shop and register for a tour at one of the nearby Allerton and McBryde Gardens. Taking a tour earlier in the morning and watching the hula show in the afternoon is recommended.


Plan your Trip

Allerton Garden is intermingled with the McBryde Garden. However, the Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden are separate tours. Significantly, The Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden tours both depart the South Shore Visitors Center every hour from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the top of the hour.

The South Shore Visitors Center is on 4425 Lawai Road, Koloa, HI. It is located before reaching the Spouting Horn Blowhole on your right hand side. For reservations or inquiries call 808-742-2623

In Conclusion, before heading to the gardens, please be prepared as the weather can be unpredictable on Kauai.  Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and terrain. In addition, the following items are suggested: comfortable walking shoes, rain and sun protection, water bottle, insect repellent.  



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Warehouse 3540

When you are driving on Koloa Road coming from or heading to Koloa, have you ever wondered why all those cars are parked on the side of the road for? From passing, it looks like there are some food trucks and some people eating shave ice. But why are there are a lot of people walking in and out of the warehouse? What exactly is going on there? The answer is Warehouse 3540. A hidden gem on the Southside of Kauai, Warehouse 3540 is a creative community marketplace where there are great gifts and products made by locals on the island. It is a great stop for shopping and a great place to get those one of a kind gifts from local vendors. At Warehouse 3540 get a special gift for yourself or for the special people back home. Warehouse 3540 is a must see on the Southside of Kauai.


Don’t Judge the Book by it’s Cover: A Creative Space Indeed

It was a surprise going into the warehouse as I never knew that the Warehouse was transformed. Yeah I heard stories about how cool and hip this place was, but I didn’t realize how cool it was until actually going in.  As a local, my first thought was that it was an abandon space and people were going to be selling stuff, like a garage sale or something.  Not only was I caught by surprise with the numerous pop up shops and variety, I was astounded by the mix of artists, designers and up and coming entrepreneurs here on the island. One of the things that surprised me the most was the functionality of space of the warehouse and what they had done to this building that was once falling a part.  The layout of the warehouse made total sense and the marketplace theme fits perfectly into our LOCAL culture. The open floor plan of the warehouse allows for vendors to sell their local products in a casual atmosphere. Shopping here was quite peaceful and the vendors were very friendly and willing to talk story. There was a lot of space to walk around and there was a lot of items to see. It was definitely a “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” experience.


Location and Parking

Located on 3540 Koloa Road, near the intersection of Koloa Road and Iwipoo Road.  For Safe Parking for the keiki, it is recommended that you find parking in the back or directly in front of the warehouse.


Friendly and Passionate Local Vendors

I found that the vendors were very passionate about their products and were willing to share their stories of how they came up with the products they are selling and there inspirations.   There was no pressure to buy products and the vendors looked very happy to be there, engaging everyone with a smile and even posing for pictures when asked. Warehouse 3540 is definitely L.O.C.A.L (Loving Our Community And Lifestyle) and a recommendation for all visiting Kauai.






What You will Find at Warehouse 3540

Reva Canali Baby: Handmade Baby Products

Live Hawaii Gallery: Oceanic Fine Arts and Prints

Aphrodite’s Treasures: All kinds of goodies and souvenirs

West Kauai Farms

Janath Collections Kauai: Vintage Kimono Handbags, etc.

Kahanananea: Soaps and Local handmade products

Workshop: Artist studio and Storefront featuring Machine Machine, Naisish Handmade and Goofy Foot Press

IVY & CO.: Mixes Retro Hawaiana with Hip Accents

Navy Dylan: Slinging Art, Home Decor and Unique Gifts with a Purpose

Lily Koi: Exclusively Designed Pearls and Jewelry

Robin McCoy’s Fine Arts

Ocean Paper: Beautiful artwork that represent our island and lifestyle

Dark Roost Coffee: Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Americano, Espresso, Chai, Tea

Tommy’s Sharpening Service: Tom Renaltner has Knives and will sharpen cleavers, serrated knives, food processor blades, etc.










Looking for Something to Eat?

Not only is Warehouse 3540 a great stop for shopping, it is a one stop shop where you can get something to eat.  While there, you can get some food from Kickshaw’s and Kauai Poke Co.  Kickshaw’s is a family favorite which we feel everything on the menu is worth a try (The Awesome Burger is 100% Awesome). Even if just wanting to stop by for some food, these two food trucks are worth the stop at Warehouse 3540.  Not that hungry…cool off with some shave ice.





Warehouse 3540 Hours

Mondays 10:00-3:00

Tuesdays 10:00-3:00 (Storytime for Keiki 9:15am)

Wednesdays 10:00-3:00

Thursdays 10:00-3:00

Fridays 10:00-3:00 (Friday Farmers Market 10:00-2:00)

Saturdays 11:00-3:00

Sundays Closed



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Poipu Beach Park Playground

A Playground at the Beach

On the sunny south side of Kauai, Poipu Beach Park offers keiki a great place to play.   Ranked among one of the 10 best beaches, Poipu Beach Park provides keiki with a play structure, plenty of open space to run around and a shallow swimming area.  Furthermore, Poipu Beach Park Playground is the newest playground structure built on the island of Kauai.


Welcome to a Biba Playground

In addition, the new playground structure is a “Biba” Playground. The Biba app is a Free downloadable App on Google play and Available on the Apple App Store.  This App includes games that keiki can play. Games include Biba Drive, Biba Relay, Biba Collectobots, Biba Butterfly Bounty and Biba Dino Dig. Exclusive to the playground structure, the Biba App enhances the playground experience at Poipu Beach Park.

Playground Open for Play in February 2018

The upgraded playground structure has definitely been a long wait coming for locals, as the area remained vacant for quite some time.  In addition, the updated playground structure is also accompanied by newly renovated restrooms nearby. These renovations have made Poipu Beach Park one of the best places to take keiki and has rejuvenated the area because of the improvements.


Renovations leads to Rejuvenation

Besides the Playground and Restroom renovations, ironwood trees and other trees in the grassy park were also cut and trimmed. The landscape provides a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and still provides shade in the area for hot sunny days.  Furthermore, shade can be found along the ironwood trees near the beach, picnic tables under coconut trees and shaded pavilions provide the extra comfort.

Lifeguards Provide Safety for All

Although a Poipu Beach Park can get crowded, lifeguard stands on the beach have made Poipu Beach Park safer for keiki and adults.  The lifeguard stand centering the beach has now moved closer to the kiddie area. An additional lifeguard stand was added to the western end of the beach towards Waiohai Beach Resort.  The additional lifeguard stand on the western end provides beach safety for those crossing to the island near Nukumoi Point and for those swimming at Waiohai Beach.


Kauai’s Most Popular Hang out on the South Side

Poipu Beach Park is a favorite place for parties, community events as well as for family activities.  The most popular beach on the South Side of Kauai, Poipu Beach Park is a central meeting place and hangout.  Those who are L.O.C.A.L flock to the south shore for great surf during the summer months. The Sunny South Side has many amenities and accommodations nearby Poipu Beach Park.  Brennecke’s Restaurant and Deli provide snacks, drinks and food. Nukumoi surf Company is also nearby, selling and renting beach gear and equipment.

Parking and Shopping Nearby

Poipu Beach Park has an expansive parking area that can be found near the Waiohai Resort, next to Brennecke’s Restaurant and Deli as well as next to Brennecke’s beach. Although crowded during any time and any day of the week, patience is the best solution for finding a parking near to the beach.  In addition, if Poipu Beach Park is crowded head to the nearest shopping area down the road. Poipu Shopping Village is a great place to kill some time before going back for better parking. Moreover, Restaurants and stores can be found in the Shopping Village. In addition, this is also a great stop to get snacks and drinks at Whalers General Store. Starbuck’s is also located in the Shopping Village.

Beach Safety

Remember to follow the beach safety guidelines, check surf and weather reports for current conditions, and observe posted signage.  Keep a constant watch on keiki who are playing in or around the water.  Never leave children unattended.  Small children should wear safety floatation devices unless they are avid swimmers and are being closely supervised.  



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