Aloha from all of us at GVR! 

We live in one of the most beautiful places in all the world and are always eager to share the Hawaiian Islands with you in our monthly newsletter! Many of you have visited the Garden Island of Kauai and have been guests in our vacation rental accommodations. Some of you are still dreaming about planning to visit - hopefully one day soon. The beauty of the islands and the spirit of aloha is easily shared through social media. We post our island pictures on Instagram @alohashare and @kauaivacations 
To immerse yourself in some of our favorite local Instagram galleries explore the following hashtags  
#luckywelivehawaii   #hilife   #hnnsunrise    #hiig    #glimpseofhawaii
#alohashare   #kauaivacations  #lethawaiihappen

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The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB)
 is inviting travelers to tag #LetHawaiiHappen in their social media posts to share your personal Hawaii vacation memories with the rest of the world, and also to see how others enjoyed their days and nights across the islands.

HVCB is encouraging residents and visitors to show how the best part of traveling throughout The Hawaiian Islands can often be those wonderful unplanned moments of a "planned" vacation.

You may see these signs while exploring Kauai.  What do they mean?

As part of an island-wide effort to revitalize Kauai's rich cultural heritage,
Kauai Nui Kuapapa was launched to identify and provide prominent signage to highlight the island's five major land districts (moku), with Niihau as the island's sixth district. Also identified are Kauai's 54 ahupuaa (subdivision within a moku), as well as waterways touching the island's main roadways. The project was developed by Na Hoku Welo LLC, in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor of the County of Kauai to educate visitors and residents about place names, stories, and cultural aspects found on Kauai. 

e.g. The moku "Halele'a" identifies the area from Princeville to Kē'ē Beach on the north shore of the island. The plant icon designated for the moku of Halele'a is the native laua'e, a rare fern that has a beautiful scent like maile, another famous iconic plant of Kaua'i. This logo serves as a reminder of the fragile state of Kaua'i's native flora and fauna and the beautiful scent of this laua'e serves as a reminder as to why Kauai's people should care about preserving something so beautiful.

The fish designation for Halele'a is the akule, a common and well-loved fish that often swarms in large numbers off-shore. The is intended as a counter to the rarity of the laua'e, again, a reminder about the fragile balancing act in Kauai's ecology that requires constant attention in order not to let human carelessness lead to environmental catastrophe.

The color designation is the predominant color of the land of Halele'a.  There is no place in this moku (district) that is not green.

Click here to learn the meanings behind these moku that represent Kauai's six major land districts

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's primary focus is the graceful humpback whales which arrive in sanctuary waters to breed, calve, and nurse their young before returning north to the colder waters of the Bering Sea. However, the sanctuary also provides harbor for fin, minke, pygmy, false killer, and right whales. The warm waters teem with many species of dolphin including bottlenose, spinner, striped and rough-toothed. In addition, Hawaiian waters and beaches are home to the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a solitary species that can be found feeding around coral reefs, or resting on beaches. Sanctuary waters provide critical habitat for all of these unique mammals.
Counting Whales for the 20th year in Hawaii 

The Sanctuary Ocean Count project offers the community a chance to monitor humpback whales from the shores of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi. The count is held the last Saturday of January, February, and March (during peak whale season) of each year from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is looking for volunteers for its 2015 Sanctuary Ocean Count.

Now in its 20th year, this project utilizes volunteers to count whales and record their behaviors from more than 60 shore sites on the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii.

The project allows the public to learn more about humpback whale population, distribution, and behavioral trends while being involved in a volunteer monitoring effort. The Sanctuary Ocean Count will be held on Feb 28th and March 28th at selected sites from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

Interested volunteers can register online or call 808-725-5917 (Oahu and Hawaii Island) and 246-2860 (Kauai) up to one week prior to the event date. All volunteers must register prior to participating.

Sea shells and whimsy

Susan Leininger's watercolors of seascapes and whimsical mermaids are inspired by living in the island paradise of Poipu Kai where she was fortunate to raise two beautiful daughters, Mattie and Nani. Her mermaid prints make delightful gifts for daughters and grand-daughters! We love Honu Dreams, Fishful Thinking and Lily Koi; her Polynesian mermaid playfully contemplating Lilikoi fruit and Koi fish! Find Susan's entire Mermaid Collection in our shop at Aloha Share.


The natural beauty of the Garden Island and the ocean inspire her daily. The magical outdoor adventures that await from sunrise to sunset beckon her imagination. Preserving the beauty of Hawaii's wildlife heritage and especially protecting the honu and the monk seals and Kauai's pristine beaches, is important to Susan.  Our shop at Aloha Share features her artwork where a portion of all proceeds benefits Kauai SURFRIDER and HAWAII WILDLIFE FUND.  Save a turtle! Click to purchase Susan's artwork! 

Hawaii Home Spa Experience

Taking advantage of Hawaii's unique agriculture, spas around the islands are incorporating locally grown natural healing ingredients into their menus. Here are a few samples of unique spa treatments offered in Hawaii:

  •  a foot soak with alaea salt (Hawaiian sea salt) 
  • Treat yourself to a Maui Sugar Cane exfoliation with coconut and macadamia nut oils.
  • Pamper your body with a treatment utilizing Hawaiian noni, coconut, kukui, volcanic clay, and ti leaves.

Hawaiian Alaea salt, an unrefined sea salt that gets its pinkish-brown color from Hawaiian clay ('alaea'). The clay is composed of over 80 separate minerals and is rich in iron oxide. 

Noni, Morinda citrifolia, has been used extensively in folk medicine by Polynesians for over 2,000 years. Noni is a traditional food and medicine in many tropical areas including the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India, and the Philippines. Ancient Hawaiians used Noni fruit for both internal and topical applications. Noni is still used by the local population in Hawaii for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart health maintenance, abnormal growths, and other chronic disorders, though no controlled human clinical studies exist to support these uses.
Book your Kauai vacation - Fly direct to Kauai

If possible, save yourself a 2-hour layover in Honolulu and another plane ride by flying directly to Kauai.

The following airlines offer direct flights to Lihue, Kauai all year round:
* United from Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco
* Alaska Airlines from Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Seattle
* Hawaiian from Honolulu and Kahalui, Maui
* American Airlines from Los Angeles
* US Airways from Phoenix
* Delta Airlines from Los Angeles
* WestJet from Vancouver, Canada 
* Island Airlines from Honolulu

For part of the year Alaska offers a direct flight from Portland and Hawaiian from Los Angeles and Oakland.

There are no direct international flights into Kauai. You must go through Honolulu to clear Customs and Immigration if you are flying from a foreign country. From Honolulu, take an inter-island plane on Hawaiian Airlines or Island Airlines to Lihue, Kauai.
Real Estate on Kauai 

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


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