Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: 17 Palms Kauai, Wailua, Maui, Kauai

Author: , May 17th, 2014

17 Palms Kauai

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A Conde Nast Traveler Top 20 Hawaiian Pick: 17 Palms Kauai is a vacation rental in a garden setting named by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as “one of the 20 perfect places to stay in Hawaii” – a private garden oasis adjacent to Wailua Bay, one of Kauai’s most popular beaches (made famous in Elvis’ Blue Hawaii). Everything you need during your Hawaii vacation.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Princeville Paradise Found, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Author: , October 24th, 2013

Princeville Paradise Found - Princeville, Kauai, HawaiiPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

New 2br/2ba Beautifully Appointed Condo: Our brand new two bedroom, two bathroom home – more than 1,300 square feet – includes a gourmet kitchen, a private lanai and a comfortable, tastefully appointed decor. The view from the lanai overlooks one of Princeville Resort’s three golf courses with gorgeous mountain vistas in the background.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Kauai Ocean Escape, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Author: , April 3rd, 2013

Kauai Ocean Escape - Lihue, Kauai, HawaiiPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Ocean Views on Uour Private Lanai: Situated on the sandy shore of one of Kauai’s most exclusive properties, Kauai Ocean Escape (KOE) offers luxury, elegance, convenience and affordability all in one destination. Just 2 miles from the Lihue Airport (Kauai’s main airport), KOE is part of the Kauai Beach Resort Hotel and, as guests, you have carte blanche to all of its amenities.

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How to “Do” Kauai in 7 Days

Author: , March 24th, 2013

There are many reasons to visit Kauai on your next Hawaiian vacation. While many people may choose Oahu because of it’s shopping, hotels and vibrant nightlife, or Maui because of its beautiful beaches, Kauai has several advantages over the others. Known as the “garden island” Kauai is the most lush of all the islands. It is also the oldest, so wind and erosion have sculpted some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific.

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Poipu VentWhat then are the things that you “have” to do when visiting Kauai? Below is a list of must do’s and see’s and a general order in which they should be done.

1. Helicopter tour – Before you get to know the island on an up close and personal level, its fun to see it as a whole. Kauai is known for its beautiful helicopter tours. 90% of Kauai’s waterfalls can only be seen from helicopter. The helicopter will circle the island in a clockwise direction and by placing you on the right side of the aircraft you will be able to see everything! There are several different options for helicopter rides. Learn more about them at this website.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai2. Hike the Alaki Swamp Trail – After you get a general tour of the island up top, get to know its details by taking a scenic hike. There are several impressive trails on the island but many feel the Alaki Swamp Trail, also known as the Pihea Trail, is one of the best. It takes you from the coastal cliffs to the beautiful inland swamps. For a comprehensive list of the trails on the island visit this website.

3. Watch the sunrise over Haleakala Crater – The name of this crater literally means “the house of the sun”. You’ll have to get up early to make the drive to the summit, but it’s well worth it. The drive will take you 10,000 feet above sea level (so bring a warm jacket) but the view is once in a lifetime.

Napali Coast, Kauai4. Snorkeling at Tunnels – While snorkeling can be enjoyable almost anywhere on the island, one of the most popular spots is Tunnels. This beach is a crescent shaped bay with golden sand beaches and a lush jungle backdrop. The name “tunnels” comes from the underwater caverns formed by lava tubes. These caverns make it a great place for underwater exploration. This can also be a day to relax a little on the beautiful beach.

5. Kauai Mountain Tubing Adventure – In the 1870’s Chinese laborers built a series of canals to divert water from the rainforests to the sugar cane fields. Recently these canals were opened to public. Just grab a tube and enjoy the relaxing ride through Kauai’s backcountry. The water is knee deep in most places and moves along at a relatively swift pace.

Kauai Luau6. Shop in Hanalei – There are many places to shop on Kauai but the North shore especially has an abundance of unique shops and boutiques. There are also several small museums and contemporary art galleries. Get a little culture and a few souvenirs on this day.

7. Smiths Tropical Paradise Luau – One thing that hasn’t been mentioned yet is food. At Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau you will have the chance to sit comfortably on the Waialua River and enjoy some of Hawaii’s best cuisine and culture. After dinner head over to the amphitheater to witness cultural dances, songs and celebrations.

About the Author: Vincent Stokes is an avid traveler and freelance writer from Portland. He can be seen a few times a year at the Hanalei Bay.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Fern Grotto In, Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii

Author: , April 8th, 2012

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Fern Grotto Inn, Kapaa, Kauai, HawaiiCome stay with us at Kauai’s Fern Grotto Inn, a refreshing change from the usual resort atmosphere. Our grounds are private and very peaceful – gay and lesbian families and couples alike will find our Hawaii vacation rental cottages well appointed, with all the conveniences of home.

Our cottages come with all the beach toys for entertainment, and couples will enjoy the quiet, romantic ambiance of our romantically lit grounds at night.

We’re situated on the East side of Kauai, next to Wailua River in the charming plantation town of Kapaa. Our Kauai vacation rental cottages are just a five minute walk from uncrowded, sandy beaches all along this part of Kauai’s tropical coastline.

At your doorstep you’ll find the wide, lazy Wailua River, perfect for kayaking – a short paddle upriver, you’ll find Kamokila Village, a recreated Hawaiian village, as well as the lovely Fern Grotto and the easy hike to Secret falls, with a natural swimming hole at its base.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hale Kua Guests, Lawai, Kauai

Author: , March 28th, 2012

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Hale Kua, Kauai, HawaiiWe invite you to be our guests on the south side of the lush tropical “Garden Island” of Kauai. We’re just minutes from the beaches of Poipu, yet located on the cool hillside of Lawai Valley. Our convenient location is a short drive to Waimea Canyon, Lihue Airport and the east and north shores of Kauai. Imagine all the amenities of home with the comfort and convenience of your own private tropical setting.

Hawaiian accommodations include a secluded one bedroom guest cottage, one bedroom guest condo overlooking our cottage, both with lovely ocean views. We also offer a choice of two additional one bedroom apartment-style units as well as a spacious three bedroom, two bath home located in our Hillside “Tree House.” All are completely self-contained and private. Our one bedroom units over between 500 and 600 sq. ft. of living space and our three bedroom unit has over 1300 sq. ft. of space. All offer wrap around lanais and beautiful views.

Each one bedroom unit includes a separate bedroom with a queen size bed, ample closet and dresser space, kitchen, full bath, queen size sleep sofa in the living room, cable TV, dvd, VCR, phone and washer/dryer in unit. Our spacious three bedroom unit offers a full kitchen, master suite with queen bed and bath, second bedroom with queen bed and third bedroom with two twin beds. These two bedrooms share a second full bath. Also available is a queen futon in an overhead sleeping loft. Barbecue facilities, beach gear are also available for your use.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bird Song Cottage, Kilauea, Hawaii

Author: , February 23rd, 2012

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Bird Song Cottage, KauaiPrivate, free-standing Kauai vacation rental cottage with wrap around lanai, outdoor shower and tub, and its own driveway.

Our Kilauea vacation rental cottage is decorated with Asian and Balinese furniture, including some unique antique pieces. You’ll be surrounded by flowers, fruit orchards, and tropical hardwoods, and the mele (song) of the many local manu (bird).

Every detail of Birdsong Cottage was carefully designed with quality and care by the designer and our landscape architects. This Hawaiian vacation rental cottage include many many windows and high ceilings for great air flow and lush tropical views.

The furniture is made of hardwoods and is both beautiful and comfortable. The granite which graces the kitchen and bathroom is imported from India. You’ll feel so at home that you may find it hard to return to reality.

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Secrets of the Hawaiian Islands

Author: , February 16th, 2012

Hidden HawaiiThe choices are countless and the difficulty is not finding a beautiful spot to romance your loved one, it is in the decision of which to choose. The focus here is not on the well-travelled or popular, but more on the secret gems hidden from view.

The Big Island: Hawaii

The island that is continuously growing and continuously changing-volcanic activity add square mileage to this beautiful hunk of rock almost continuously, ever evolving and changing. You can find anything you wish, city life, country life, sand, surf and pretty much any clime you can imagine-11 of the 13 climate zones are represented.

HIDDEN SPOT: Ahalanui Pool – Known locally as “Pele’s Bath” – this is a naturally heated pool that the 1960 Kapoho volcanic eruption created. Secluded, it is heated to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit and is surrounded by palm trees-your own tropical paradise. You can find Ahalanui Pool east of Pahoa on the Big Island’s east side on Highway 137 past the ten-mile marker.

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Kauai’s Amazing Napali Coast

Author: , November 14th, 2011

Kauai's Napali CoastI was barefoot and drenched, holding fast to the railing of the 34-foot Sea Breeze as it zipped through the water. The jagged cliffs of the Napali Coast jutted to my right and the Pacific, in limitless shades of blue, stretched over the horizon to my left.

Kauai is the northernmost of Hawaii’s islands and gets fewer visitors than Oahu, the Big Island or Maui. Many of those who do visit see it only through the lens of a kitschy luau or a dinner theater production of “South Pacific,” where they’re herded directly from cruise ships. But there are other ways to experience Kauai, untamed and authentic. One of them is to tour the island’s northwest coast as I did, aboard a catamaran.

The Napali Coast is mostly a collection of cliffs, weathered and unscalable. You can’t tour it by car because there aren’t any roads. You can see it by helicopter, but it can be pricey. Some adventurous visitors kayak, but the coastal route is some 16 miles long. Or you could hike the dramatic and scenic Kalalau Trail, but it’s steep and can be muddy and slippery as you climb from high cliffs and back down to the ocean.

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Waimea: The Grand Canyon of the Pacific

Author: , October 13th, 2011

Waimea Canyon, Kauaiby Eyal Feldman, owner and creator of Boy Butter Lubricants

One of the most popular places to visit in Kauai is the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon. From the southern resort area of the island it takes about 45 minutes to reach. Waimea is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold.

The canyon is about 10 miles long and a mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale’s summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries.

Even though smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, Waimea Canyon rivals the beauty. There are numerous lookouts and hikes offering terrific views of every aspect of this natural wonder. It is highly recommended to do this if you ever find yourself in this corner of paradise.

Reposted with permission from the Boy Butter Blog.