19 Jul Kauai News and Updates
Maui Man stand up paddes from Big Island to Kauai alone
Bart de Zwart had expected to be in more pain after paddling 480km or 300 miles from Hawaii’s Big Island to Kauai. “I’m not even sore,” he said after arriving at Kalapaki Beach on board a stand-up paddleboard. The 41-year-old Maui man spent five days alone at sea with no escort boat. He had to inflate a raft around his stand up paddle board to keep from rolling off while he tried to sleep. He packed about 120 pounds of water, food and gear on his board, eating freeze-dried meals he prepared in a special “oven” that used a chemical reaction to create heat. During the day, he snacked on granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate and sports drinks. His wife and young daughter waited for him to arrive at Kalapaki Bay but winds delayed his expected arrival. They were very relieved when he appeared on the horizon. Bart owns a dive shop on Maui and was looking for a challenge that hadn’t been done. I’d say he found one.
Alana Blanchard named the sexiest woman in Men’s Health Magazine
Alana Blanchard, 21, doesn’t like wearing a wetsuit surfing.”I can wear a bikini on the beach. Why not in the water?” said the 21-year-old from Kauai, Hawaii. “Besides, my best asset is my butt, because surfing requires a lot of squatting.” She makes Men’s Health list of top 10 sexiest women in sports, which is being released on Tuesday.
Another swimmer drowns at Kipu Falls.
The Kauai Fire Department says the man from Irvine jumped off the top of Kipu Falls Sunday afternoon. He was swimming toward the shore when he went underwater and did not resurface. Rescuers found his body at the bottom of the pool. This is actually the 5th person to drown the very same way at Kipu Falls. Apparently there is a down draft some where in the middle of the pond that forces swimmers under and holds them at the bottom. Because Kipu Falls is in all of the guide Books of Kauai, this very dangerous swimming hole gets entirely too much exposure.
Nene geese pose threat to Kauai aircraft
Nene geese has found a safe home among the green golf course fairways and ponds of a Kauai resort, and they are thriving — exploding to some 400 today from just 18 birds in 1999. In fact, the population at Kauai Lagoons has grown so much, the geese are now considered the threat. They pose a public safety hazard to the commercial airliners taking off and landing at the airport next door, forcing the state to scramble to devise a plan to move them somewhere else. Just where to move them and how to make them stay there is the problem. So far the state has only moved 10 to Maui. I think the birds are winning on this issues. Plus we Kauaians love our Nenes
Martha Stewarts Wedding picks Kauai Honeymoon Retreat
Only one USA vacation rental made Martha Stewart Weddings list of “Honeymoon Retreats You Can Rent” in the Summer 2011 issue. Their choice is The Parrish Collection Kauai’s romantic cottage set on a lush nine acre oceanfront estate on the island’s North Shore. This is the second time in twelve months that a property from The Parrish Collection Kauai has received national acclaim. Their Sandy Beach House was named a top ten best villa in the 2010 July/August issue of Islands Magazine. The one-bedroom Kilauea cottage chosen by Martha Stewart Weddings has spectacular ocean views from its perch above Kahili Beach. With a gated entry and private beach path, honeymooners have seclusion while being close to historic Kilauea town. “We’re pleased to have our Kilauea Cottage recognized by Martha Stewart Weddings,” said Jonathan “JP” Parrish, owner of The Parrish Collection Kauai. The other listings included locations in Mexico, Italy, Morocco and Bali. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/22/prweb8588067.DTL#ixzz1SVoQmnmS