About Kauai Island Vacations • Who We Are
|Don & Holly Lazo|
auai Island Vacations is a local, family-owned and operated business committed to delivering excellent luxury vacations while providing the authentic Hawaiian experience in beautiful Kauai. We offer a unique assortment of properties and incredible, all-inclusive services for the discriminating visitor. Let us take care of all the details while you simply enjoy creating a lifetime of memories! We also broker, manage and maintain an extraordinary collection of estate properties for our guests who desire the indulgence of owning year-round homes here on the Garden Island.
We take great pride in the art of hospitality at Kauai Island Vacations. Our mission each day is to support and assist our clients with integrity, discrimination, and care. We truly enjoy offering that personal touch that means so much: fresh flowers greeting your arrival, spotless accommodations, and environmentally-friendly amenities. We strive to sustain our breathtaking scenery and the community we live in by helping our guests reduce their carbon-footprint while enjoying the very best vacations available. At KIV, we aspire to be as green as our beautiful island home!
Our estate and vacation villa management division offers the highest standard of support for our homeowners. Each and every client rests assured that their beautiful homes and considerable investments are protected and well cared for. We provide these services for off-island owners of vacation rentals and private residences alike. We custom design packages offering concierge, cleaning, maintenance, bill payment, hurricane preparedness, annual environmental assessments, and so much more. Please contact us for a complete introduction to our quality, comprehensive services. For our vacation rental owners, we can also determine your home's value in the current vacation rental market, as well as prepare and manage your property in our select collection of vacation listings.
Throughout your Kauai experience, whether you visit every year or decide to stay awhile, our family team is gladly at your service. Wherever your voyage leads, we are here for you before, during, and even after your trip is a fondly cherished memory. At Kauai Island Vacations we sincerely pride ourselves on being available around the clock to ensure that you don't have to think about anything but enjoying the time of your lives. The greatest compliments we receive are when our guests return year after year! Let Kauai Island Vacations be your ultimate island host!
Greening the Vacation Rental Business One Step at a Time By Kevin Kirby
Hanalei BayEverybody loves the colors of Kaua'i. The daily rainbows, golden sands and ocean blues draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, but keeping tourism on the garden island "green" can be very challenging.
Nobody knows this better than Holly Lazo of Kauai Island Vacations, Inc. When she and her husband, Don, entered the vacation rental business ten years ago, they were astounded by the veritable tsunami of plastic water bottles, molded packaging, and cardboard boxes that swept through each of the houses they manage. Despite the many challenges, Holly decided to swim against the current of this wasteful tide and do her part to clean up the industry.
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First came the convenient canvas shopping bags offered with the suggestion to support the local economy by visiting the farmer's market to see and taste the local color. Of course, Holly has her on-call staff of talented chefs create their marvelous fare using local organic produce, too. Then she introduced the option of providing filtered water in each home, along with reusable stainless steel bottles to help guests kick the habit that has Americans throwing away two million plastic bottles every five minutes; and, for those still addicted, private recycling bins came next. Along with these measures came more subtle strategies for helping visitors reduce their carbon footprint, things like using non-toxic cleaning supplies, utilizing environmentally friendly plant-based pesticides, and installing energy efficient light bulbs where possible. The latest innovation idea is to eliminate single-serving amenities and install refillable dispensers for aromatherapy shampoos and conditioners.
"Aloha spirit is here for everybody to share," Holly says, "but it's up to us to take responsibility for our impact on the environmentand that of our clients, too."
The plan is working well and the tsunami is slowly receding. In fact, the overwhelming response from guests is that they are ready to embrace a "green" vacationand lifestyle, too. Together, with the help of Holly and Kaua'i Island Vacations, they have learned that taking a vacation here doesn't have to mean leaving good habits behind. Today, Kaua'i is greener than ever.