Aloha from all of us at GVR! 

The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, closely followed by the Sunday after the big day when travelers tear themselves away from the leftovers and football to make the journey home. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and
a safe journey to those who are braving the airports and driving long distances to be with family and friends. 
 Hau'oli La Ho'omakika'i (Happy Thanksgiving)
(pronounced how-oh-lay la ho-o-ma-key-kah-ee)
Top Honors for Kauai
Sunset at Poipu Beach Park

Once again the Garden Island receives international acclaim!

Travel + Leisure magazine announced its World's Best Awards for 2014, which include everything from best islands and cities to hotels, airlines, cruises and more. 

Last year, Kauai placed 7th out of the best islands on the planet but moved up to 3rd place this year! Three out of the top 5 Islands in the world were from Hawaii.

The small island of Santorini, Greece topped the list, followed by Maui in second. Other Hawaiian islands in the Top 10 are Big Island (4th) and Oahu (6th).

 Scene on Kauai
Test your knowledge of Kauai's famously beautiful scenery. Can you name these Garden Island landscapes? Read below for interesting facts about these popular tourist attractions.


The monk seal napping on the rocks in the foreground of the first picture of Shipwrecks Beach is RK30. She's identifiable due to her many large scars, including a neck entanglement scar, numerous cookie cutter shark pit scars, one large shark scar on her flank and propeller scars on her belly. RK30 delivered the island's third pup of the season this year, which was tagged as RF30. Kauai is home to only about 40 monk seals.

The unmistakable profile of Bali Hai, or Makana Mountain on Kauai's north shore is where the last sunset in the United States takes place each evening. The name Bali Hai comes from the movie South Pacific in which the pyramid-shaped Makana represented a mystical distant island by that name.

The wetland taro fields that stretch out green and glimmering as you cross the one-lane metal bridge into Hanalei is Haraguchi Farm, the largest taro farm in the state. Taro grows in flooded fields called lo'i, and the taro shoots are planted, tended and harvested by hand while wading in water and mud. It's backbreaking labor.


Beside the Spouting Horn, you can see a large rectangular opening in the lava shelf, and the sea churning below. This used to be the Kukuiula Seaplume, which was known to throw a spray of water 200 feet into the air at times, however, in the 1920s a sugarcane company manager had the blowhole destroyed with blasting powder because salt spray from the plume was damaging the crops on a few acres of his land.


Manawaiopuna Falls is more famously known as the Jurassic Falls because it was featured in the movie Jurassic Park.

Tunnels Beach (Makua) is unique for having an inner and an outer reef. About an eighth of a mile offshore is a half-moon shaped reef. This is the inner reef and it is shallow. This area is ideal for novice snorkelers, while advanced divers and snorkelers explore the outer reef, which has more lava tubes, arches and coral formations.

 Flavors of Kukui'ula

Flavors of Kukui'ula event scheduled for Friday, November 21st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. 

 Kauai's favorite pau hana party features upscale "street food" from Kukui'ula's fine restaurants, shopping specials, and live island music. This Flavors spotlights music from Kapena & Lilo. 

 Taste offerings from Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill, Merriman's Fish House, Tortilla Republic, Dolphin Restaurant Fishmarket & Sushi Lounge, Lappert's Hawaii and Living Foods Market & Cafe

 This has become a favorite event among visitors and the community. If you are on island be sure to attend and enjoy offerings from Kukui'ula's fine restaurants, shops and galleries. The whole family will love the fun and festive "street festival" atmosphere at The Shops at Kukui'ula. 

Sweet gift idea for daughters and granddaughters
Who doesn't love mermaids? These Mermaid Art 11"x14" matted laser prints, from local artist Susan Leininger, are sure to bring delight to any little girl! 
Susan is offering 50% off each matted print (reduced from $30 to $15) to help Aloha Share support local non-profits to protect Hawaii's ocean, reef and marine  life.

 The beautiful mermaid to the right is named "Mahina" which means moonlight in Hawaiian. 

Collect the whole set! Use the 50% off coupon at checkout.   Code is  MERMAID15
(coupon code is entered at the end of the check-out process)

"Tiare Oe No Tahiti" by Kapena
Kapena, considered to be one of Hawaii's premier island bands has 20 Hawaiian Music CD's to their credit. Although the band has been through some changes, its founding member, Kelly Boy De Lima is still the band leader. Kapena continues to be an institution that embraces what islanders fell in love with when fans first heard the unique sound of their "electrifying" Kapena music. In 1998, Kelly Boy introduced his fans to the next musical generation, his three children: Kapena, Kalena, and Lilo who sing, dance, and play multiple instruments. The children, who are now adults, are taking initiative to bring forth new music and contribute a new sound for the next generation.
has been around for over 20 years and Kelly Boy believes that alongside his children, the group will be producing island music in Hawaii and around the world for many years to come. True to form all their works are still called "Island Music" because their songs are from all the Pacific Islands like Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, Tahiti, and of course, Hawaii!  
Click the YouTube video below to hear the island slck-key sounds of Polynesia from their album "Wild Heart" released in 1995. 

Tiare Oe No Tahiti - Kapena
Tiare Oe No Tahiti - Kapena

Find great deals! Shop for gifts!

The Poipu Beach Resort Association's second annual Online Holiday Auction is scheduled to take place December 5-6, 2014. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts donated by Poipu businesses, members and friends via Facebook during the two day period. 

The auction is designed to assist with the fundraising efforts for the New Year's Eve Music Festival & Fireworks Celebration at Poipu Beach Park. 


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Aerial view of Poipu Beach Park credit Poipu Beach Resort Association


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Add Hawaiian Flair to your Thanksgiving Fare
recipe from
Sweet potatoes are a very old food in Hawaii, thought to have been transported to the islands by the earliest Polynesian settlers. Okinawa sweet potatoes, so named because they're native to the Japanese island of Okinawa, turn a stunning deep purple when cooked and have a dense, starchy texture.

4 pounds Okinawa (purple) sweet potatoes or white sweet potatoes
1/4 cup butter
Hawaiian red clay salt or sea salt

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork and boil until tender when pierced, 30 to 35 minutes. Drain.

2. While potatoes are boiling, grate zest from limes and set aside; then squeeze juice from limes and set aside.

3. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel and slice into 1/2-in.-thick slices. Arrange on a platter, cover with foil, and put in a 200 oven to keep warm.

4. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Stir in zest and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Drizzle lime butter over potatoes and sprinkle with salt.

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