Kauai was recently in national news again – all for the right reasons. The Garden Island is still a top destination for globe trotters.

The latest National Geographic magazine chose Kauai as one of THE nature destinations in its 21 must-see places to visit in 2017. Of the 21 destinations only 3 were in the United States; the other two destinations were Anchorage (city category) and Georgia (for culture).

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay

All of us that live here can understand the allure of Kauai because of its natural glory. It’s spectacular! Hanalei Bay framed by waterfalls cascading down majestic mountains rising up from the sea. Kalalau Valley, a natural cathedral with its towering jagged cliffs and spires, will surely make you feel spiritual. Read the rest of this entry »

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Janell Kopesky and Lana Olson recently attended the Airbnb Festival in LA. Here’s a recap of their adventures:

Lana and Janell attending the Airbnb Festival

Lana and Janell attending the Airbnb Festival

Airbnb began in 2007 with a small website renting floor space in the co-founders’ San Francisco apartment and has since revolutionized the hospitality and vacation rental industry offering everything from rooms to mansions across the world. It appeals to travelers looking for a ‘live like a local’ experience and since we, at the Bali Hai Vacation Rental team, endeavor to provide our guests with the most comfortable and welcoming experience on Kauai, we have found it a natural fit for our marketing efforts.

For the last few years, Airbnb has organized a conference for its hosts, selecting a different city each year. The Airbnb Open Spotlight as it’s called, was held in Downtown LA, and to the delight of Janell and I, who were sent as representatives to bring back fresh insights, it was more of a festival than a conference. Airbnb didn’t just sit us in a conference room and show slides about being a good host, they took over the entire strip of historic downtown LA theaters and they showed us through the experience provided. There were 7,000 people in attendance from about 500 countries so they had to be creative about the process. Ahead of the ‘Festival’ they provided us with a customizable website where we could review the events, speakers, and schedule and plan our itinerary for the trip. Each day they also gave us a newspaper with brief and relevant articles as well as a recap of the daily schedule, a map of downtown LA, suggestions for great food in the area, and tips on getting the most out of the conference. We were able to maximize the networking opportunities with wristbands that could instantly exchange contact information and store it in our website profile.

One of the many Airbnb venues.

One of the many Airbnb venues.

We spent our days running up and down S. Broadway between The Palace, The Orpheum, The Theater at The Ace Hotel, The Downtown Los Read the rest of this entry »

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The Bali Hai Ohana spends a day helping at the Kauai Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Lihue.

Arriving at the Kauai Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

Arriving at the Kauai Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

Twice a year, our office volunteers to help cook, serve and clean up at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Lihue. It’s something we’ve enjoyed doing through the years and one of the many ways we give back to our community. Christopher Ordonez is the resident expert as he has volunteered for practically every one. A few days ago, he took Sunny, Melinda and Ian under his wing and showed them the ropes for our volunteer day at the Soup Kitchen.

Melinda, Sunny, Christopher & Ian preparing food.

Melinda, Sunny, Christopher & Ian preparing food.

Christopher & Ian prepping dinner plates.

Christopher & Ian prepping dinner plates.

They served fish, rice, mac salad and macaroni & cheese to approximately 40 hungry recipients – since the weather was beautiful and sunny, they served indoor and out. It was heartening to see that those in need of food had decreased from previous visits.

Melinda ready to hand out the freshly prepared meals.

Melinda ready to serve the freshly prepared meals.

The Kauai Salvation Army Soup Kitchen can always use your help, whether it’s in sweat equity by helping in the kitchen or via food or monetary donations. Don’t be shy! See what you can do to help. Contact Charito via phone at 808-278-8005 or via email at CharitoLontoc.814@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bali Hai Ohana extends heartfelt wishes to our loyal clients and customers, business associates, family and friends. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.

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The Bali Hai Ohana has had a great relationship with the Kauai Independent Food Bank for many many years.

When Kelvin Moniz, Executive Director, stopped by our office the other day for an impromptu visit, we surprised him with a check from the Bali Hai Ohana. We raised funds within the office – from agents and staff – and the office then matched our donations.

Michael, Lisa, Lois, Kelvin, Leilani, Ruth and John. Thanks to Malia for taking the photo!

Michael, Lisa, Lois, Kelvin, Leilani, Ruth and John. Thanks to Malia for taking the photo!

The Kauai Independent Food Bank relies onThe Kauai Independent Food Bank’s mission is to educate, provide nutritious food for the hungry, and respond to emergencies. Thousands of people on Kauai live with the threat of hunger. The Kauai Independent Food Bank exists to provide not just food, but hope for the community. They rely on monetary donations, grants and other gifts, as well as food donations to support their operations and program initiatives. They also depend on volunteers. Please contact them to see what you can do to make a difference in our community!

Here’s just a few of our other Kauai Independent Food Bank stories:

http://www.balihai.com/Blog/central-pacific-bank-donates-to-kauai-independent-food-bank/

http://www.balihai.com/Blog/woody-and-the-kauai-independent-food-bank-hanalei/

http://www.balihai.com/Blog/support-the-kauai-independent-food-bank-dine-out/

http://www.balihai.com/Blog/hamming-it-up-for-christmas/

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Melinda Kelley

Melinda Kelley

The Bali Hai Ohana welcomes Melinda Kelley!

Melinda is a malahini – a newcomer – to our beautiful Kauai! She adventurously packed up, picked up and moved to Kauai without ever having been here. She’s so new, she hasn’t figured out what Polynesian paralysis is! Melinda just traded the scenic mountains of Colorado for the scenic mountains and beaches of Kauai, and she’s not disappointed at all.  She’s a nature girl at heart and loves the outdoors and has enjoyed getting to know Kauai.

We are so happy to have Melinda join us. She teams up with Ian in Marketing and Public Relations to assist our real estate and property management divisions.  Stop by and say hello to our spunky, fast talking, newest member of our ohana.

Welcome Melinda!

 

 

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The Bali Hai Ohana welcomes Sunny Namordi!

Nicole "Sunny" Namordi

Nicole “Sunny” Namordi

Sunny comes to us by way of the Big Island where she spent most of her life. For the past few years she has shared her time between the Big Island and Kauai, and now calls the Garden Island home.

A Hawaii girl through and through, she definitely enjoys all that living in the Hawaiian Islands has to offer. She’s an avid surfer and is now taking on the challenge of kite surfing. Sunny also enjoys Kauai’s great outdoors – camping, horseback riding, etc.; and she has a wealth of knowledge about our tropical vegetation.

She looks forward to meeting all of you, making new friends and clients, sharing the Kauai lifesetyle, and assisting you with real estate on our beautiful island.

Welcome Sunny!

 

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The Discussion Draft of the General Plan is now available for public review and comment.  The plan can be downloaded at www.plankauai.com. Printed copies will be also be on reserve at the public libraries.  Community Open Houses are scheduled throughout Kauai this month.

Image courtesy of planKauai.com, County of Kauai Planning Department

Image courtesy of planKauai.com, County of Kauai Planning Department

The Discussion Draft is based on input provided during public outreach events over the course of 16 months including community, small group, neighborhood association, major landowners, and government agencies meetings as well as at special events and via social media.  The Draft contains a vision, goals, policies, actions and land use maps that our intended to guide Kaua‘i’s future growth.

HOW TO COMMENT
Comments to the draft can be emailed to plankauai@kauai.gov, shared at the upcoming meetings or mailed to: Kaua‘i County Planning Department, Attn: Long Range Division; 4444 Rice Street, Suite A473, Līhu‘e, HI 96766.

The comment period will end on Friday, Dec. 2.

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