Aloha from Great Vacation Retreats!
Our monthly newsletter is a little window where we share island life on Kauai offering a glimpse into Hawaiian culture, food, local style, Aloha Share Vendors, artisans and events. Our Spring Fling EXPLORE coupon this month encourages you to visit the "Garden Island" of Kauai. The coupon includes a FREE Rental Car and membership to Poipu Beach Athletic Club during your stay at select south shore vacation condos in Poipu.
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Surf Cams on Kauai
Aloha Surf Cam is located at Kuhio Shores and overlooks the popular surf breaks PK's and Centers on the south side of Kauai. Lately the waves are small as the bigger winter swells are wrapping around the North Shore of the island, however, this makes the bay in front of the Beach House restaurant ideal for swimming, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding. Witness a beautiful island sunset every night.

 Click here to watch the waves on  Aloha Surf Cam
For a directory that links to all the surf cams on Kauai and Maui visit our site Kauai Web Cams
The Wine Shop in Koloa 

The O'Connell Family opened The Wine Shop in December of 2006 in the heart of Koloa Town on Kauai. Their vision for the shop was simply to provide an amazing assortment of wines to guests and residents on the Southside of the island.  Over the last 8 years the store has evolved expanding its offerings to include wine, champagne, spirits, beer, gourmet items and gift baskets, as well as a place to get your marriage license. 

The shop's friendly and knowledgeable staff, the husband and wife team of Dan and Ellen O'Connell are prepared to help you find the perfect choice to please your palate and pocketbook. Whether you are dropping in for an old favorite, putting together the perfect picnic basket, shopping for a special occasion, or simply rounding out your gourmet pantry, The Wine Shop has it all.    

The Wine Shop is open 10am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday. 

The Wine Shop hosts a monthly wine tasting the first Saturday of each month from 5-7 pm.


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For some great W.O.W. DanO (words of wisdom from shop owner DanO) like them on Facebook and enjoy informative clips on everything from the differences in wineglasses to tequilas!

Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls
courtesy Hawaii Gaga
This majestic, 80-foot double tiered waterfall is located on the east side of Kauai. The falls was made famous when it was featured in the opening scene of the popular television show, Fanasty Island. The falls can dramatically change appearance depending on rain and the river's flow. The best time to view this spectacular site is early morning as the sun shines on the falls. The brave and sure-footed can can take a slippery trail down to the bottom of the falls and take a dip in the cool, mountain water.  
Cafe Nirvana in Wailua
Discover a state of perfect happiness in the Madras Thali from Cafe Nirvana. Savor the taste of lemon cashew rice combined with a flavorful Cauliflower Coconut Curry Korma or vibrant Tomato Dal. Try the Spicy Peas and Tofu Curry with Potato Stir-fry and Veggie Masal...  Robin Parmley offers you 3 choices from an array of delicious vegetarian dishes to go along with your rice for $8. Robin prepares his curries from scratch and in the tradition of Ayurvedic and South India cuisine.

For more than twenty years, fans of the Parmley family's cooking have frequented the India Bazaar, in the Manoa/University district, which is Robin's first restaurant on Oahu.  Now we can experience Robin's authentic Indian food right here on Kauai at Cafe Nirvana in the Wailua Shopping Plaza! This little cafe is a vegetarians delight! We look forward to Robin adding Indian breads, crispy chapati and paratha, mango chutney and samosa. Robin plans to offer catering and Ayurvedic Vegan cooking classes.

Cafe Nirvana is open from 11am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday


Why is Indian Food So Delicious? Scientists have found the answer! Researchers have data crunched 2,500 recipes and found the secret to their success. 

Read more in this recent article in the The Washington Post

Real Estate
According to recents stats from the Kauai Board of Realtors, there were fewer sales, though at mostly higher prices, for the month of February, 2015 compared to February of last year.
The median sale price for single-family houses on Kauai last month spiked 46% to $730,000 compared to $499,000 from February, 2014. There were 25 home sales compared to 35 in the previous year.
The median condominium price spiked 16 percent to $353,500 last month from $304,500 a year earlier based on 22 sales in both periods.

We invite you to call us with all of your real estate needs.
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Discover Hawaiian Gelato 
Eating Papalani Gelato® is like sending your taste buds on a vacation! They have mixed old-world Italian craftsmanship with the unique flavors of Hawaii to create one-of-a-kind frozen delights. Tropical ingredients like mango, coconut, macadamia nuts, papaya, and lychee meet traditional favorites like pistachio and fine Belgian chocolate in an explosion of smooth, dense, rich flavors.
Handmade in small batches each day from fresh, Hawaii-inspired ingredients, their gelato has been a hit with customers since they opened their first Papalani Gelato® shop in 2008.

Guests of Great Vacation Retreats receive a 10% discount at Papalani Gelato in Poipu Shopping Village and at Anchor Cove in Lihue. We believe in taking your taste buds on vacation too!

 Kauai Event Calendar 
Prince Kuhio Celebration Rodeo
March 14th
CJM Stables, Poipu
Rodeos and horseback riding have long-been a tradition in Hawaii, since the early days of the plantation era. Our junior and high school members compete with barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway roping, bull riding and double mugging. Open to the public at no charge.

To view upcoming events on the Island explore the Kauai Festivals Calendar.

See more events at KAUAIFESTIVALS.COM
Great Vacation Retreats Rated Excellent on FlipKey and TripAdvisor
For the fifth year in a row Great Vacation Retreats has been recognized by FlipKey and TripAdvisor with their annual Rated Excellent Award. This designation acknowledges that we go above and beyond in service and that past guests review our company as one of the best in the vacation rental industry. 
Mahalo to our past guests that have posted reviews!

FREE Rental Car & Exclusive Membership to Poipu Beach Athletic Club during your stay at select vacation condos on the South Shore for a 5 night minimum stay between May 1st and June 15th, 2015. 

Call 808-742-9202 to reserve!
Offer Expires 03/30/15. 
Offer subject to availability. 
May not be used in combination with any other offers.
See below for a list of Poipu Beach Athletic Club Amenities available for your enjoyment.