March is a wonderful time on Kauai with many events scheduled to honor Prince Kuhio. The Garden Isle Artisan Faire is held at Poipu Beach Park on March 15th and the festivities continue through March 29th and include a Rodeo and Long distance Canoe Race. Enjoy Native Hawaiian cultural demonstrations including weaving, working with kalo (taro), stone-carving, Hawaiian weapons, making drums, making tapa (kappa) and creation of kupe`e (bracelets). You can learn Pa`akai (the art and culture of Hawaiian salt making) at Salt pond in Hanapepe on March 17th. Join `Anake (Aunty) Janet Kahalekomo and her `ohana (family) as they share their history and knowledge of cultivating Kaua'i's red salt, a prized product among cooks and local families on Kaua'i.
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick's Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. 
Spring is in the air and we are offering every 3rd night Free through June 15th in select vacation rental properties on the south shore. See our coupon in this newsletter!
Prince Kuhio Celebration  

Prince Kuhio Day is an official holiday in the state of Hawaiʻi. It is celebrated annually on March 26, to mark the birth of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole.


Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole was prince of the reigning House of Kalakaua when the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893. A year later, Kuhio and brother Kawananakoa joined other native Hawaiians in an attempt to restore the monarchy. The attempt was unsuccessful, and Prince Kuhio was sentenced to a year in prison while others were executed for treason against the republic. After getting out of prison, Kuhio left Hawaii and traveled in South Africa for a few years, vowing never to return to a Hawaii that appeared inhospitable to Hawaiians. During his time away from home, he joined the British Army to fight in the Boer War.


After returning home, Hawaii had already been annexed as territory of the United States. Had the Hawaiian monarchy continued, Prince Kuhio probably would have become King of Hawaii upon the death of Queen Liliuokalani. Instead, he was elected as Hawaii's congressional delegate for 10 consecutive terms. Kuhio was often called Ke Ali'i Makaainana (Prince of People), and is well known for his efforts to preserve and strengthen the Hawaiian people. While a delegate of Congress, he authored the first Hawaii Statehood bill in 1919. He also won passage of the Hawaiian Homes Act, creating the Hawaiian Homes Commission and setting aside 200,000 acres of land for Hawaiian homesteaders. 


Prince Kuhio Day is one of only two holidays in the United States dedicated to royalty, the other being Hawaiʻi's King Kamehameha Day on June 11th.

Prince Kuhio's birthplace.  Prince Kuhio Park on Kauai's south shore.

 To learn more about the Hawaii monarchy visit

Prince Kuhio Celebration Events scheduled March 15 - March 29
Prince Kuhio was instrumental in launching international Hawaiian canoe racing, 
commissioning the construction of the first racing-purpose built outrigger canoe in 1906 

by Kahuna Kalaiwa'a Moku'ohai (master canoe builder in Kona). Kuhio's canoe won championship races consecutively from 1907 through 1910. Many consider Kuhio the father of Hawaii canoe racing as an internationally-recognized sport.

The 44th annual Prince Kuhio Long Distance Canoe Race takes place on March 22nd. The Men's Division will paddle from Kalapaki Beach to just outside Kukui`ula Harbor.  At 10:30 a.m., the Women's teams will paddle from just outside of Kukui`ula Harbor to Salt Pond Park. An awards ceremony will be held at Salt Pond BeachPark. 

For a full itinerary of Prince Kuhio Celebration events scheduled between March 15th and March 29th please visit


42nd Prince Kuhio Long Distance Canoe Race
The men's race starts at Kalapaki Bay, Nawiliwili Harbor
Kukui'ula Harbor Kauai South Shore

"Kukui'ula Harbor" by talented local plein-air artist Eileen Kechloian. Can you spot Spouting Horn in the background? This area of Kauai is known for its crashing waves (nearby Poipu translates to "crashing"). These waves erode lava rocks on the coastline which can create narrow openings, as is the case with Spouting Horn. With every wave, water shoots upward when it is forced through an opening and creates a sound suggestive of hissing. The spray can shoot as high as 50 feet in the air!
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Cone Snails and Puka Shells
Cone Snail Variety (Photo by Pet/Wikimedia Commons)

Puka shells are found on some beaches in Hawaii. They are beachworn pieces of various cone snail shells.

 Puka is the Hawaiian word for "hole" and refers to the naturally occurring hole in the middle of these rounded shell fragments.

Numerous inexpensive imitations are now widely sold however, the majority of which are not made from cone shells but from other shells or even from plastic. 


  Puka jewelry first became popular in Hawaii, though many species of cone snails are found in tropical oceans worldwide. In Hawaii, the wearing of puka shells was traditionally thought to ensure a peaceful and safe voyage, especially for sailors on a long journey, so puka shell necklaces were worn by those who had to travel at sea.

This beautiful Puka Shell necklace with a Sunrise shell can be found at


JUNE 15th

puka" in Hawaii means gap or little hole such as the ones found in the puka shell...  If your vacation time is flexible see if you can fill a "puka" and qualify for a special Discount! Book before March 31st to qualify!