April News
Aloha from Kauai and our Great Vacation Retreats Ohana.

Mahalo to everyone who has expressed their concern and asked how they can help to assist the residents and communities that have been hard hit by the record rainfall we received this last weekend. We appreciate your kokua.
Historic Flooding
A historic torrent of rain pounded our island this weekend with more than two feet of rain recorded in 24 hours. The rain gauge in the town of Hanalei collected 27.52 inches of rain from early Saturday morning into Sunday morning. Kauai is, of course, no stranger to rain. It is one of the rainiest places on Earth, with the 5,148-foot-tall Mount Waialeale receiving more than 400 inches of rain annually. Hanalei, where the 24-hour rainfall record was set, averages 78 inches per year.

The deluge we experienced resulted in flash flooding and mudslides that caused major damage to roads and bridges mainly on the North Shore and some communities remain completely cut off except by helicopter or boat. The heavy rainfall damaged or flooded dozens of homes in Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena, Anahola and Kealia Valley farmlands. The swollen Hanalei River burst its seams and tore up parts of Weke Road fronting Hanalei Bay. The restroom facility at Black Pot Beach was destroyed and the entrance to the Pier is unrecognizable. Sadly many pets and animals were lost.

On the far east side of Koloa, unsuspecting residents along Aloha Place and Waihohonu Road experienced flooding in their small neighborhood from a sudden surge as two streams overflowed and quickly filled the two block area. Local community clean up crews have been going door to door to access the damages and to help in clean up and restoration efforts. Volunteer Food Donation Drives have already amassed generous supplies to support those in need and GoFundMe has created a centralized hub for all Hawaii flood relief efforts.
"Buffalo" at the Bay
PC credit - Follow @ianisonline
This iconic photo by Ian Nelson went viral as people started sharing this strange site on social media as "buffalo" were found roaming around Hanalei after the storm struck. These animals are from a herd of around 200 Bison from Hanalei Bison Ranch and fully grown can weigh around 1400 pounds. Paniolo wrangled up the bison from roadways and beaches while some watercraft were used to round them up out of the ocean.
Ohana is "family"
Hawaii and its people are defined by the spirit of aloha and the concept of "Ohana" which is an ancient Hawaiian term that means "family". The Hawaiian culture is fused with the idea of connectedness with the "aina" land, and with ourselves and each other. Ohana speaks to the concept of a larger family that is not necessarily connected by blood. A person’s ohana can include their best friends, neighbors, or anyone else who is special in their life and their community. The people within it are bound together by genuine compassion, culture, support, loyalty, and love for each other. Within an ohana, you are never isolated or alone.

In times of trouble and natural disaster the beauty and value of "Ohana" is highlighted when you witness entire communities coming together to share resources and to give a helping hand. Friends and family are connected in part by social media but also on a deep personal level by caring for each other and the island as a whole.
Malama Pono
Malama means to care for and to protect and pono is the adverb meaning completely, wholly and carefully. Malama Kaua’i is a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on advocating, educating, and driving action towards a sustainable Kaua’i. For more information on how to support their flood relief effort visit their website:
Kokua
Kokua is a Hawaiian word that means help, aid or provide assistance. In the Hawaiian Islands, it is as indigenous as the plants and land themselves. We believe that because of the interconnectedness of us all, everyone’s success depends on all of our ability to work together as captured by this instagram PC @napalikai and his crew @goblueadventures who along with many other volunteers helped load and transport relief supplies all day long to those in need.
Bee Kind! My Kauai Honey
Mike has been strong despite the devastation the weather has caused with his bee farm at Kealia Farms. His bee farm and the rest of the farmers at Kealia took a beating this weekend. Mike’s honey house, bee equipment, and hives were all submerged and floated away. The other farmers also lost crops and animals. Any donations are appreciated by My Kauai Honey and/or help support Mike's business at his farmer markets: Anahola, Kealia, & Waipa. Donate on Facebook
Historic Hanalei Pier
A Rite of Passage

Local island keiki and visitors have been jumping off the pier at Hanalei for years. Hanalei Pier is a landmark and favorite recreation spot for water-sports and watching the sun set over Bali Hai. Unfortunately the heavy rains have shifted so much sand, silt and mud into the surrounding area that it will take some time before the pier is once again restored to its former glory.
BEFORE and AFTER the storm pics of the pier at Hanalei Bay
Visit "We love Hanalei" - fundraiser auction
follow @welovehanalei
"We love Hanalei" Instagram auction ends April 30th! Check out the awesome variety of products and services and make your bid in the comments. Have fun for a great cause! They have amazing brands contributing so please bid generously. They are still looking for brands and artists to make donations. If you would like to donate please email wehearthanalei@gmail.com
Winning bidders will donate the winning dollar amount directly to @waipa_ohana. Please share so they can raise as much money as possible.You can also contribute directly at
April 21st Surfrider Beach Clean Up
Help Surfrider Kauai with their recovery efforts - including debris removal along some of the most affected shorelines, possible increased water quality monitoring, and other activities to be determined. Because of the flood relief focus the Lydgate Park Earth Day event on Saturday 4/21 is canceled.

Instead Surfrider is hosting a flood cleanup in Anahola on Saturday 4/21
Other volunteer opportunities can be found at this volunteer connection group by our friends at Malama Kauai.
 
April 22nd is Earth Day
Take Personal Responsibility to End Plastic Pollution

Currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.

Earth Day Network is asking governments, businesses, and individuals to End Plastic Pollution. Plastic pollution is not only impacting our waters and marine life, but also the food chain and our overall health.
Island Happenings
The Kauai Brewers Festival will be held Saturday afternoon 2pm to 6pm April 28th, 2018 at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Everyone knows that there will be a ton of ice cold beer at the Kauai Brewers Festival, but there will also be some amazing food that you won't want to miss! Merriman's Kaua'i is bringing Niihau Lamb Alobondigas, with hearts of palm, mushroom, and tomato Jam. Yum! Enjoy live music from Cruz Control and Revival. Event is 21 and over only. More Info
Don't forget Mother's Day - Sunday May 13th
Surprise her with a Monkeypod Jam Mothers Day Brunch Basket. To pre-order call the Jam shop (808) 378-4208 by 4:00pm Tuesday, May 8th 
Small Basket - $50 Serves 2-3

1 2oz. Jar Seasonal Monkeypod Jam
2 Sweet and 2 Savory Mini Scones
8oz. House Granola
1 Mini Coffee Cake
Walnut + Honey Compound Butter
1 Fresh Papaya
Pint of our House White Pineapple Juice
2 Carrot Muffins
3 French Macarons
1 Flower Bouquet
1 Card
1 Basket
Who's a Big Boy? Horton that's Who!
For all of our extended Ohana that require their monthly Horton update, we are pleased to report that he is now weighing in at a whopping 66 pounds at 5 months old! His chin is now at table top level and absolutely nothing is safe from wineglasses to sunglasses and down to every crumb left on the kitchen counter! He is goofy and loving and becoming very strong. He hates it when Presley has to go to school and has discovered that by sitting on her he is able to delay her departure!
South Side Sunsets
See them for yourselves!
We make it easy for you to see spectacular sunsets every night on your Kauai Vacation. Many of our oceanfront vacation rental condos look towards juicy orange skies that light up the evening with a rosy golden glow. Special springtime rates that often include a free mid-size car rental can be found on our website.
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