Mahalo 2016 and E Komo Mai 2017!  Celebrate the New Year, Kauai Style!  Our top 5 picks to Celebrate the New Year. 

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Kaweonui Ocean Bluff – a Kauai Vacation Rental Home

  1. Stay in a beautiful Kauai vacation rental home:  Book one of Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty’s exclusive vacation rental homes and receive 10% off available and selected vacation rental accommodations now through the end of February.
  2. Lei, a Hawaiian symbol:  as a symbol of our warmest aloha and friendship, we welcome you as our guest.  Enjoy a complimentary lei greeting upon arriving at your vacation rental property.
  3. Kick back and Relax!  Kauai is magical, you can feel it! Breathtaking views, waterfalls, beaches, hiking, snorkeling, luau.  There is so much to do!!  Our concierge specialist and island hosts are ready to help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.
  4. Experience the island local style:  island information, best places to eat, where to go and what to do.  We love Kauai and love sharing our top island recommendations.
  5. Want to stay longer?  Consider purchasing your own perfect island – home yours to keep! Stop in, our office is located in the town of Hanalei.  Come, talk story and one of our Real Estate Professionals will help you find your own piece of paradise.
Hale Nalani - a Kauai Vacation Rental Home

Hale Nalani – a Kauai Vacation Rental Home

Kauai Vacation Rentals, Realty Services and Concierge Read the rest of this entry »

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The Bali Hai Ohana wishes you a healthy, happy and successful 2017!

 

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From our Ohana to your Ohana

We wish you a blessed and joyful holiday!

The Bali Hai Team and Ohana

The Bali Hai Team and Ohana

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Aloha Angels, initiated and founded in 2013 by Ric Cox, a Hanalei Rotary Club Member, is now a donor advised fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation.

With donations from individuals, businesses and foundations, Aloha Angels currently supports several youth-related programs on Kauai such as Adopt a Teacher, Adopt an After-School Club, Adopt a Teacher Candidate (Growing Our Own Teachers), Adopt a Computer, and Adopt a Teacher’s Project (DonorsChoose.org).

Aloha Angels is soon celebrating its Million-Dollar milestone and is in the process of creating an endowment to secure additional, substantial funding for Kauai’s public schools in the future. Hawaii is one of the only states where local school boards have no authority over the distribution of state and federal funds but all is controlled and directed by the State’s Department of Education in Honolulu. Small, rural schools on Kauai such as Hanalei or Kilauea typically miss out and don’t get the necessary funds needed. For many years, the Hanalei and Kilauea PTSA organizations have stepped in to raise funds to support programs such as art, music, and sports that otherwise wouldn’t be provided due to lack of funding.

Aloha Angels has taken the school fundraising efforts to a truly “angelic” level, still with grass root efforts and from the bottom up but with large wings to fly and lofty goals to reach generous individuals, philanthropists and businesses that care about Kauai’s Keiki. For additional information, please take a look at Ric Cox’s letter below, you may email him at AlohaAngelsFund@gmail.com, visit Facebook.com/AlohaAngels or simply make a contribution with a credit card on the following website tinyurl.com/alohaangels.

 

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Thank you for your contribution and Happy Holidays!

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2nd Annual Kilauea Christmas Concert this Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Free for the community.

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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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