Aloha from all of us at GVR! 

Halloween is on a Friday this year - something that won't happen again until 2025 due to a Leap Year coming up in 2016. That means anticipation for weekend gatherings is already sending more shoppers hunting for decorations, candy and costumes than any Halloween in recent memory.
On the south side of Kauai, our GVR families traditionally gather up their keiki and trick or treat along popular Kipuka Rd and Weli Weli tract. In anticipation of the surge of ghouls, vampires and super-heroes crowding their neighborhood on the evening of October 31st, these homeowners are eerily-lit up for the festivities and stocked with an abundance of wrapped chocolates and candy.  
Be prepared to FREAK OUT when you see how we have Slashed the Rates for our Halloween vacation rental specials!  Use this newsletter's coupon to book before October 31st for travel between now and Dec 15th.
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Origin of the Hawaiian Islands
Kilauea Volcano, Big Island

The Hawaiian Islands are the tops of gigantic volcanic mountains formed by countless eruptions of fluid lava over several million years; some tower more than 30,000 feet above the seafloor.

These volcanic peaks rising above the ocean surface represent only the tiny, visible part of an immense submarine ridge, the Hawaiian Ridge-Emperor Seamount Chain, composed of more than 80 large volcanoes. 

Each Hawaiian island is made up of at least one primary volcano, although many islands are composites of more than one. 

The Big Island is constructed of 5 major volcanoes: Kilauea which has been actively erupting since 1983, Mauna Loa which last erupted in 1984 and is building for a new eruption in the next few years, Mauna Kea, Hualalai and Kohala. Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on Earth. Kilauea is presently one of the most productive volcanoes on Earth in terms of how much lava it erupts each year.

Volcano Update: Kilauea continues to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone. The June 27th flow along the East Rift Zone remains active and continues to advance toward the northeast (Puna District). Vegetation is burning along the edges of the flow.
 Pele, Goddess of Volcanoes in Hawaiian Mythology
 Arthur Johnsen's Pele.

Pele is one of many gods and goddesses found within Hawaiian mythology, story, hula, chant and prayers.  She is believed to live at Hale Ma'uma'u on the volcano of Kilauea using her famous digging stick known in Hawaiian as o'o or pa'oa to churn up the molten lava from the depths of the earth. She has been sending ribbons of fiery lava down the mountainside and adding new land around the southeastern shore almost continuously since 1983. 

Ancient Hawaiian chants describe her as "She-Who-Shapes-The-Sacred-Land". Oral traditions tell in veiled form of many eruptions formed by an angry Pele before the first European, the missionary Rev. William Ellis, saw the summit in 1823. The caldera was the site of nearly continuous activity during the 19th century and the early part of this century. Since 1952 there have been 34 eruptions, and since January 1983 eruptive activity has been continuous along the east rift zone. 
Volcanoes erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii
Volcanoes erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii


Leikokauai - authentic Aloha gifts from Kauai

Local designer, Julie Lopez, creates one-of-a-kind, hand cut and sewn Vintage Clutches on the North Shore of Kauai. Her LEIKO Vintage line captures the life essence of the 1960's era. Her Aloha Print Fabrics come from Tutu's old dresses or uncles favorite aloha shirts. She explains "These vintage fabrics are really great memories- Its a special part of our lives when things were simple, wholesome and stress free. Its truly an emotional connection to family and awesome friends that have made our lives in Hawaii so special."

 Not just another BAG... The history of the ALOHA SHIRT..

Other than a fragrant flower lei, nothing says aloha like a bright, floral aloha shirt. Worn by locals and visitors alike, the aloha shirt has become the most enduring and visible ambassador of Hawai'i's island life style. As immigrants flocked to Hawai'i in the 1920s and '30s to work in the sugar and pineapple fields, they brought with them a variety of clothing styles that evolved into the famous eye-catching printed shirt. Among the influences were the bright kimonos of Japan, elegant colored silk from China, and Hawaiian geometric, block patterns. Tailored collars from the US and the casual barong Tagalog style of the Philippines led to the untucked, casual comfort of the modern aloha shirt.

By the 1930s, thanks to the manufacturing and marketing of Ellery Chun and "Musahiya the Shirt Maker," sales quickly escalated. From Hollywood movie stars to Waikiki beach boys and surfers, everyone wanted to dress island style. Today, the aloha shirt has become a statement of love and special bond to this extraordinary place-Hawai'i.


Leiko clutches celebrate the Hawaiian Aloha Shirt by featuring vintage Hawaiian-print material and multicultural designs from local fabric shops. Experience big aloha - and value - in a little bag. 


Click here to Purchase Leiko Clutches on Aloha Share where 10% of all proceeds are donated to benefit Hawaii's ocean, reef and wildlife heritage. Shop. Share. Aloha.

Photo by Jeff, Modern Twist Photography 
 Famous Aloha Shirts 

Test Your Knowledge! 

Can you name these famous Actors and the Movie in which they are wearing these Aloha Print Shirts? 

Torch Ginger
Torch Ginger is also known as Philippine Wax-flower.

Torch Ginger is one of the tallest, if not the tallest ginger found here in Hawaii. It grows up to 5 feet (1.5m) tall. The inflorescences have waxy, red to pink, white-edged bracts and are pinecone-shaped with a skirt of larger bracts. The individual flowers emerge from between the colorful bracts and have a dark red labellum (lip petal) with a bright yellow margin. The flowers are followed by green to reddish fruit.  The flowers make nice, long lasting cut flowers for tropical flower arrangements.


The unopened flower buds are edible and very flavorful, and they are used in Southeast Asian cooking.


Real Estate on Kauai 

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We welcome you to call us with all your real estate needs and questions. 


DEC 15th
Treat Please!
Treat yourself to a Kauai Vacation 

KUHIO SHORES 201  (1 BDRM oceanfront - reduced from $215 to $125/night) 

KAHALA 214  (1 BDRM on greenbelt close to Brennecke's Beach reduced from $175 to $125/night)

 MAKAHUENA 2305 (3 BDRM condo with pool and tennis, sleeps 8, reduced from $250 to $175/night)

 MANAKO HALE (1 BDRM private guest house in Poipu, reduced from $299 to $150/night)

Offer Expires 10/31/2014. May not be combined with any other special offers.