Friday, January 15, 2016

Kauai Farmers Market Schedule

kauai farmers market schedule
Kauai's Farmers Markets are the best place to get fresh fruits and vegetables on Kauai. Many farmers markets offer fresh baked goods, fish, shrimp, jellies and jams and even live music. Save the Kauai Farmers Market Schedule as a pin so you will know where to get your fresh local veggies. And remember you are supporting local farmers, locally grown food, and the local economy by buying local. Besides, where else can you get fresh starfruit, rambutan, lychee, avocado, papaya, apple banana, coconut, and many other unique exotic fruits.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Read Across Kauai Day

The Kauai Children’s Authors Guild in partnership with the Storybook Theatre of Hawaii will be holding their annual Read Across Kauai Literacy Day event on February 27th, 2015. However, because of the large number of children that will be read to this year, the event will be extended from February 15-April 15, to allow schools and libraries to schedule local authors to come visit their classrooms and reading groups.

To complement Read Across Kauai Day, a special storytelling event will also be held at the Storybook Theatre on Wednesday, February 25th at 10:30 am. This event will take place in the Peace Garden Amphitheatre and will feature local authors and storytellers. The event will also be filmed as an episode of the Russell the Rooster show. This event will cater to younger toddler and preschool-age audiences that won’t be able to attend school performances.

This year’s theme for Read Across Kauai Day is environmental literacy. Many of the local authors have written books about Hawaiian wildlife and its importance to us here on Kauai. In fact, author Susan Dierker’s new book, Albatross of Kauai, the Story of Kaloakulua, teaches children about Kauai’s albatross from hatchling to fledgling. Thanks to generous donation from the Betlach Family Foundation, hundreds of children on Kauai will be receiving a copy of this book, during the Read Across Kauai Day event.

Last year, members of the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild made appearances in schools to promote the importance of literacy and read to more than 400 hundred children across the Garden Island. This year, the guild expects the numbers to double.

The Read Across Kauai Day event was modeled after the national event, Read Across America Day, but guild members recognized that Kauai is uniquely special place so they designed Read Across Kauai Day to be a little more personal, a little more “Kauai Style”. The event provides an opportunity for children to interact with local authors and establish a personal connections with the books that are read to them. The authors also share their experiences about writing and publishing books in order to inspire children to become better writers. The guild members hope to reinforce the importance of reading by encouraging creativity through writing and artistic expression.

One of the most valuable components of the project is the distribution of an information sheet that is sent home to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children. Since Read Across Kauai Day was devoted to literacy, guild members wanted to make sure that this significant information be disseminated to the children’s parents.

For more information about Read Across Kauai Day, visit or

To participate in the Storybook Theatre event, please call for reservations (808)335-0712,

Friday, October 3, 2014

Kauai Children's Author's Book Makes Amazon Best Seller List

"I just can't believe it!" Kauai, author, Monika Mira is just stunned that this simple coloring book made it to Amazon's best seller list in just a few weeks.

"I knew I should release it in time for the holiday, but I never expected it to become a best seller!" says Mira.

According to the author and illustrator,  the book started as party game that she put together for a group of neighborhood kids a couple of years ago. The collection of sugar skull illustration began to grow, and the children looked forward to coming over for the annual Dia de los Muertos party. Each year, Mira would add new designs and new features. Last year, she added the life-size skeleton, which she buried in a mock graveyard outside. She had the kids dig through piles of leaves in the yard to find the pieces of the skeleton. Then the kids brought the pieces inside to assemble the skeleton. 

Mira decided to offer it to teachers as download on TeachersPayTeachers and it did well last season. Lucid Publishing decided to offer it on Amazon this year, and as they say, the rest is history.

The Day of the Dead Coloring Book features ten original sugar skulls designs that can be colored in and used to string banners, decorate an alter, make masks, or for a cultural activities in the classroom. A blank skull template is provided for artists who want to create their own designs. Intricately designed sugar skulls are not all that the book has to offer. Also included is a 4’ child life-sized skeleton. The skeleton takes up about ten pages of the book and can be colored in, cut out and assembled by a child. The life-sized skeleton is perfect for Halloween decorations, party games, or even an anatomy lesson.

The Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book is available on Amazon. More information about the book and the author's other books is available at

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Fest to be held October 17th - 19th in Hanapepe Town

The Storybook Theatre of Hawaii will hold the 9th annual Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Fest in Hanapepe Town this October and it promises to be the most colorful and culturally exciting event on Kauai for young people and their families this year.

The family friendly festival features local food and fun, enriching activities that are sponsored by schools and non-profit organizations. This years theme is ‘Honoring the Ali’i of Old’ and will feature children’s artwork and stories about Hawaii’s past. As always, the event is free and open to the public.

On Friday night at 7pm, October 17th, 2014, the feature film, ‘In the Footsteps of our Princess’ will be shown at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church where there will also be live music and a small reception.

On Saturday, October 18th, 2014 the festival will run from 12-4pm. Attendees will experience cultural events such as hula, Hawaiian music, and a costumed children’s parade down main street. After the parade, the Princess will stop and read a story in the theatre before attending her party. The Princess’ commemorative birthday party will take place in Sparky’s Garden at 2pm, and children of all ages are invited to celebrate with the Princess.

On Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 10am, the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church will hold special service dedicated to Princess Victoria Ka’iulani.

This year’s princess is Wailenalena Andrea Kaohi. Wailenalena is the daughter of Galen and Andrea Kaohi of Waimea.  In September, Wai turned nine years old. She is a fourth grade student at Eleʻele Elementary School and an active member of the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church Sunday School.  Wailenalena loves riding horses and bikes in her free time.  She also discovered a love for track and field at the Mayorʻs Annual Track meet this past Spring, where she received a medal for her role in winning the baton race with three other students/friends. She looks forward to the next meet!  Wailenalena is proud of her Hawaiian heritage and is very excited about portraying Hawaiiʻs Princess, Kaʻiulani.

More information about the festival is available at .

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Kauai, A Guide for Visitors

Need more info about Kauai? Check out this new ebook by children's author Mark Huff. Available exclusively on Amazon, just follow the link.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hurricane Preparedness

This above list is for entertainment only and not meant to be a comprehensive hurricane preparedness list.

It is recommended that families have enough drinking water for seven days, one gallon per person per day. Jugs and buckets can also be filled for washing and toilet flushing. Families should have enough food on-hand for seven days, non-parishable items in airtight containers are recommended. Don't forget the can opener.

Make sure to have a battery-powered radio and plenty of extra batteries and gather prescriptions, medications and extra eye glasses. Gather important documents like: birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, passports etc., you can keep them in Ziplock bags for dry storage.

You may also need to prepare kit with dry clothes, toiletries, and blankets if you are asked to evacuate. Tools, cash, a whistle, camping gear, and plastic storage boxes are also recommended for keeping stuff safe and dry.

The Red Cross publishes a comprehensive checklist that can be accessed from the link.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Travel Advisory: Monstrous Surf Closes North Shore Beaches on Kauai

The biggest swell of the season is supposed to hit today, BIG WEDNESDAY (January 22, 2014), with surf heights expected to rise above advisory levels. Strong winds are making the conditions especially dangerous. Surf is already in the ten foot range this morning and on the rise. Wave heights are expected to top thirty feet on the outer reefs. All beaches from Kee to Anahola are closed! This is not a day for the beach. Dangerous shore breaks make even a walk on the beach dangerous.

If you must go to the beach today, please choose a south shore beach like Poipu, and check in with the lifeguards. The weather is expected to be ugly today. If you are visiting, you might want to hit the Kauai Humane Society, the Kauai Museum or take a stroll through Hanapepe town. If you are traveling without the kids, head over to Nani Moon Mead for a special wine tasting. Whatever you do, just steer clear of those North Shore Beaches