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The Shaka

In Hawai‘i, the most popular nonverbal gesture is the “Shaka”, which involves making a fist, extending your thumb and pinky finger and waving your hand from side to side. Often identified with early surf culture, the shaka symbol’s popularity grew in the late 1960s and became as iconic to Hawai‘i as surfing in Waikiki, Duke […]

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Shave Ice: Hawaii’s Favorite Summer Treat

Summer is right around the corner and that means long sun-filled beach days, twilight hours on the golf course, and sweet treats to stay cool – namely Shave Ice. The origin of shave ice dates back to 794 AD in Japan, during the Heian period. At that time, ice was taken from the mountains and […]

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Why we love Kauai

Waving to friends as you pass on the highway or talking story when you see your neighbor in the grocery store are parts of the charming everyday life on Kauai, long since forgotten in busy cities. Potluck dinners at the beach to watch sunset aren’t only for special occasions; gatherings with relatives and coworkers occur […]

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The Juice Bar

Caroline and Jamie have been busy harvesting herbs, fruits and vegetables from our farm, while fine tuning their recipes, and the Juice Bar at Kukuiula is now open.  The welcome drinks, teas and juices at the Spa are made fresh daily from our Farm and Spa Garden produce, and now are available for sale in […]

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Hawaiian Words Everyone Should Know Before Buying A Home On Kauai

The Garden Island of Kauai, as well as the rest of the islands, has a local language all its own. A form of “Pidgin” English (pronounced pid-jin) and old Hawaiian, can be heard across the island. Pidgin is a simplified version of a language that has developed as a means of communication between two or […]

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Where To Find The Best Drinks on Kaua’i

Kauai is a romantic place, filled with breathtaking sights, delicious food and a constantly evolving drink menu. From locally grown coffee and fresh juice to savory wine and tropical cocktails, we’ve covered the spectrum of what you might like to be sipping on (whether your day has just begun or is nearly over). Here is […]

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Kauai’s Best Up-and-Coming Food Trucks

Food is a huge part of living on Kauai. From Kalua pulled pork to fresh ahi poke, every bite offers you a better understanding of what the island (and it’s people) are truly about. While there are a number of great stationary restaurants to try, why not spice up your day (or night!) at one of […]

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Hanapepe Art Night

Hanapepe Art Night  Hanapepe (literally translating to “crushed bay” in Hawaiian, due to landslides in the area) is a small town on the western side of Kauai. One scenic drive away from the south, this sleepy town is filled with art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and a library. The Aloha Spirit hangs heavy here, as though you’ve passed […]

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Kauai’s Best Hiking – Kalalau Trail

Kalalau Trail While the south side of Kauai offers incredible beaches, shopping and dining at The Shops at Kukui’ula, the north shore also holds its special share of wonders. A few of them being its tropical landscape, celebrity homes and magnificent hiking trails. The most popular hiking trail, the Kalalau Trail, features 11 miles of lush jungle […]

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Kukuiula: A name in a nutshell

Kukui‘ula comes from two words: kukui, or candlenut, and ‘ula, red glow. The kukui is never far away here – Kukui‘ula greeter Teva wears his kukui nut lei almost every day – and a smile that lights up the club. In ancient Hawai‘i, kukui was a measure of time.  The nuts were used to produce […]

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