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    Kauai’s “go to guy” according to the San Francisco Gate

     cave entranceAlthough his pictures adorn large canvases in his office in Hanalei and smaller versions are for sale on tours of the nearby taro farm, it doesn’t seem like Kauai jack-of-all-trades Mike Lyons actually has time to take photos.

    The former property manager of the largest home on the Garden Island—one rented by Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Hollywood executives, among others—and a frequent liaison with movie crews, Lyons has long been Kauai’s go-to guy for exclusive experiences that draw on his island heritage and wide-ranging work history.

    His father, grandparents and great-grandmother, a Native Hawaiian, are from Kauai; Lyons was born on Oahu, graduated from Punahou (a year ahead of President Obama) and returned to Kauai 10 years ago. Along the way he became a certified lomilomi masseur, worked as an emergency medical technician and firefighter for Maui County, served as a lifeguard on Oahu, assisted Roy Yamaguchi in opening his first three restaurants in the islands, and helped launch SpaBar in San Francisco. Since moving back to Kauai, Lyons has taught surfing, led zipline tours, acted as first mate on a Na Pali cruise, and worked in guest services, along with facilitating production of movies such as “Just Go With It” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

    Two years ago, he opened his own concierge business “to kokua (help) and kahiau (offer selfless generosity to) guests wanting hands on safe and fun adventures here with me as their guide,” Lyons said. An avid outdoorsman, Lyons leads hikes and camps, surfs and snorkels with guests in his favorite, often hidden places; he also arranges catering from a network of personal chefs and coordinates private sessions of yoga and Pilates with local experts. After so many clients asked him for help finding beachfront cottages and hideaways, he also got his real estate license — “only to rent, not to sell the ‘āina,” noted Lyons, who also only works with properties licensed as vacation rentals.

    Kauai Style is the name of both his vacation rental and concierge services company, based out of the Kauai Tropical Properties office in Hanalei. It’s not far from the taro patches of Hanalei Valley, where some of his most striking photos have been taken, including one from last November that features three of Hawaii’s state bird, the endangered nene, in wetlands that mirror the fog and green mountains above.

    “I was heading down to Hanalei to dawn-patrol surf before meeting a family, and the little nene scene opened up in front of me. I noticed the low-hanging valley fog, pulled over to allow the sun to hit the tips of Na Molokama and Hihimanu, and the three nene jumped out of the weeds,” Lyons recalled, adding, “I had to sing to them to keep them still.”

    In another of Lyons’ photos, some of which he sells at his office, a rare Hawaiian monk seal smiles blissfully while hauled out on Larsen’s Beach, a secluded North Shore beach that only has hike-in access. Lyons has captured other unique images while visiting other uncrowded areas, such as Kauapea (Secret) and Pilaa beaches, with his family, including daughter Alyssa, wife Loretta and dog Koa. “I’ve learned to always keep my camera and phone with me no matter how muddy or rainy it is,” Lyons said. “Magic moments appear unannounced.”

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    Kauai intimate wedding

    I will be forever grateful to Mike Lyons for making our wedding celebration more magical and more beautiful than I ever imagined. Mike brought together the most amazing people (wedding officiant, slack key guitarist, caterer, cake creator and florist) to make this an evening that far surpassed our expectations. Mike found us the most intimate, private and spectacular location to exchange our vows. Mike’s vision and extra attention to details went above and beyond what I ever would have expected. This will be a moment in time that we will remember forever. I highly recommend giving Mike your vision and allowing him to turn it into your dream. You will not be disappointed!!! Aloha…

    Kimberly B Santa Barbara,Ca

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    Kauai’s best “local” places…

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    When you want to get to know a destination, seek out a true local. KauaiStyleConcierge.com.  We live, work and thrive within the heart of our home in Hanalei. Our daily interactions with the best our island has to offer is unsurpassed. Our first hand wisdom and lifelong experiences comes from actually enjoying all the amazing places our home has to offer. From trends to traditions, we’ve savored and explored around our island and throughout the other hawaiian islands. If you are lookng for a great date night locale, a perfect beach to picnic or excercise away from the hordes, heres our list of best and favorite places that never miss a beat!

    Best Food on Kauai

    1)”Baracuda” in Hanalei town continues to dominate with contemporary faire unlike anywhere else on Kauai. Simply plated yet instantly delicious tapas served in a cozy open aire decor, this is our favorite place to bring our Hollywood friends and spontaneous date nights.  The menu changes often and showcases farm to fork local organic ingredients expertly prepared. Smaller portions allow more choices and sharing is necessary and expected. The bistro style open kitchen and constant movement by staff and patrons creates a lively and positive experience. A MUST to try!!

    2)”Dolphin” sushi bar is our favorite close to home tiny hole in the wall. The main Dolphin restaurant is extremely popular for its fresh fish and simple presentation and outdoor seating by the hanalei river BUT the sushi bar is where we sneak into. Always fresh off the boat fish and ast service, we dine here often.  Go early, eat slow, and enjoy the warm mochi dessert!

    3) “Pau Hana Pizza” Kilauea serves home made from scratch pizzas to delight the most hard core pizza lover.  We always get the Pomodoro with artichoke and goat cheese, fresh basil tomato and olives. Smoked ono and parmesan, and others mouth watering choices abound. Best part is you can sip on wine n the court yard and the kids love to wander and pick flowers while waiting for their food.

    4) “Palate” Wine Bar Kilauea is the new kid on the block. Smart and stylish, as if youre in a San Francisco eatery, this classic place has us hooked! Offering wonderful pairings of exceptional wines with pupu style food, we visit often and love to introduce our out of town guests to our neighborhood spot.

    5) Haraguchi “Taro” Truck Hanalei dishes out the best authentic hawaiian food on Kauai!  This family grows and processes their own poi, “kalua” roast the delicious pig, creates the laulaus for beyond delicious plate lunches. Heres where i take my guests new to Kauai and wanting to eat real luau food without the huge expense.

    Best Beaches

    1) Secret “Kauapea” Kilauea, down a fairly steep and gorgeous trail, this 2 mile white sand beach is where we run, swim, surf and explore on a regular basis. The trail keeps many away, especially after a rainy night, yet those who venture are amazed. Its our local beach and we know the conditions and its best to ask to be aware of potential dangers. If in doubt, dont go out.

    2) Pila’a Kilauea  Always uncrowded, absolutely crystal clean water, amazing in its placement away from the hordes.   Down a steep trail, we pack lunches and snorkel gear to spend the afternoon.  Sometimes not a footprint is found.

    3) Hideaways Princeville.  perfect little setup with a huge Kamane tree for shade, clean approachable water for snorkeling and surfing, this little nugget is found by more and more as its close to the resorts even though the trail is challenging.

    These are just a few of our amazing beaches and eateries…

    Find out more by contacting KauaiStyleConcierge.com

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    Kauai…the true definition of luxury travel destination.

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPure Luxury is experienced every moment on my birth home of Kauai. On a daily basis in my work of sharing kokua “being of gracious service”, the simple essence of what luxury means is felt first hand with guests living their dreams. Many equate luxury with a hotels thread count, vanishing edge pool, the decorative accommodations and stylish amenities.True luxury is a warm sense of place, an intuituive sense of exquisite being.

    There is nothing in the world i love more than living on this absolutely gorgeous, stunning, soul refreshing island paradise called Kauai. This lush isle has raised me, enthralled me, continually tests my resolve on whats most important in life. It is pure joy to be an ambassador to the multitudes of world visitors i get to assit and meet on a daily basis. Luxury means the sweet essence of adventure, purist pursuit into tranquility.
    Stylish tropical hideaways strive to accommodate every angle and needs of the guests are considered before they even know what they are. Anticipating from knowing is luxury.
    A voyage to relax, and adventure to be moved, a journey to rediscover to have it all is luxury.

    As are impeccable attention to detail, savoring your favorite indulgences every desire, every need, every wish…

    You’re here for the beach, soothing neutral environment
    sitting quietly still for a sunset. Luxury resonates on its own terms…

    Kauai Style Concierge lives the authentic island moments…we’re here to assist you!

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    Kauai’s Pure Essence… authentic Kauai Style vacations

    Kauai, our lush tranquil island home continues to amaze, deeply move, captivate those who visit. Authentic pure moments endlessly occur for anyone who chooses to immerse into the exquisite beauty of our home. To sit quietly still by the shoreline, trek into the moist jungle canopy, plunge into a warm hidden sea cave, and ride your first wave are a few of the boundless experiences that guests savor on a daily basis.

    The pure joy of our island has to be experienced with an open heart, a playful spirit and a constant appreciation that this is truly a sacred place like no other.

    Island impressions

    Hollywood portrayals tend to showcase the flowery edges with diluted scenes and fake accents to appease an obligatory sense of what many “think” island life is about. Paying tribute with outdated impressions of meaningless tourist shows while proclaiming them authentic is not only disingenous but damaging by perpetuating untruths. I’ve had the pleasure of hosting many hollywood movie stars and families and while they perfect their art while filming movies on Kauai, they themselves seek a pure connection while vacationing here.

    False portrayls

    Countless mainland companies promote the best of our island, enticing with discount delights and two for one pancake meals as long as you book with them. The random sidewalk chalk board sales pitch with misspelled Kauai names should be a give away that they are profit seeking above local wisdom.
    Opinion based websites such as Tripadvisor and Yelp bank on proported first hand experiences to assist future others in making decisions to do “the best” and avoid “the worst” while forgetting that each persons experince is unique and specific regardless of outcome.
    Its amazing to me the majority of vacation companies that seek to quantify their deals with quirky mottos and glossy promises while cramming their guests into concrete condos, content to maroon their guests and indifferent to complaints.

    Kokua “being of gracious service”
    I am forever grateful to have been taught by loving example, living through selfless generosity in all i accomplish in life.
    To be ideally located within Kauai’s awe inspring community keeps me endlessly grateful to my hawaiian heritage and family who gave birth and raised me here.
    Living and sharing my islands treasures is who i am. Creating a service to assist visitors is deeply satisfying to my belief that i am on this planet to be of gracious service. there is no higher reward.

    I invite you to unwind, be inspired, loose count of rainbows and sunsets!
    Celebrate Kauai Style…pure authentic amazing!2015 hanalei

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    What to Watch Out For in the Kauai Waters

    Our spectacular Kauai is filled to the brim with amazing sights, inspiring adventures and unique out of the way locales for visitors to enjoy. Our island, being the soul of all the Hawaiian islands as well as the most remote, can unexpectantly put visitors in harms way. Read more →

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    What makes Kauai Locals so Different

    The true meaning of being a local has to do with not only staking claim to ones birthplace. Its an all encompassing term incorporating multiple character specific traits that are based on grace, being friendly, full of shared knowledge, approachable and above all …Aloha. Read more →

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    This is why the Kauai Ocean is so special to me

    Many times throughout my life, the ocean has saved me. Literally pulled me back from the brink of going over the edge in grief and sadness.  Losing my sweet mother to ovarian cancer and then a year later watching my older brothers last breath to a brain tumor conspired to push me deep into the dark. All I wanted was to be back in Kauai by the ocean. Read more →

  • Kauai family vacation…amazing!

    P1010640Back in September, a friend recommended Mike at Kauai Style Vacations to help us out with finding a rental in Kauai.  Little did we know that Kauai was already packed!  Mike was still able to find us the PERFECT place for our family.  We were thrilled!  He was very responsive to my emails and set us up beautifully.  He gave us great tips, came over to meet us personally when we arrived, and always checked in to see how our stay was going!  His connections and personal touch with getting things coordinated was really wonderful.  I would recommend him and HAVE recommended him to everyone that I shared our trip with.  We love Kauai and will always call Mike when we have a chance to return to Kauai.

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    Beautiful Wedding in Kauai

    We recently hired Mike as our concierge and all-around go-to guy for all our vacation needs in Hawaii. Besides having great knowledge of the area and people, Mike was probably the most responsive vendor we worked with. Read more →