Kauai: What’s Blooming on the Garden Isle
LIHUE, KAUAI – As the weather warms up, Hawaii’s Garden Isle offers perfect ways to stay cool this summer.
“Outdoor activities take the spotlight during the summer months. Kayaking along the Wailua River, hiking to Uluwehi Falls, sailing along the beautiful Napali Coast and zipping on the state’s longest zipline are just a few adventures visitors can partake in,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “Stop at Wailua Shave Ice with the entire family to beat the heat or enjoy a scoop of delicious Lappert’s Ice Cream.”
Below are updates and information about the newest happenings, special deals and events “blooming” on the Garden Isle of Kauai this summer season.
Lihue to Receive Direct Service from Dallas/Fort Worth
American Airlines recently announced direct, nonstop service to Lihue from the Lone Star State of Texas. Seasonal service out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is slated to launch in December and continue through March 2018, just in time for Hawaii whale-watching season. Direct flights to the Garden Island like this one make Destination Kauai even more accessible for prospective, first-time and returning visitors.
United Airlines Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary in Hawaii with Additional Service to the Islands
United Airlines will increase service from various mainland U.S. hubs to Hawaii beginning on December 20. For Kauai, Lihue Airport will welcome daily, year-round service from Denver, Colorado, a route previously offered only seasonally. Kauai flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco, California will also increase to two flights daily. The additional Hawaii flights arrive as United marks its 70th anniversary of service to the Aloha State. Coming this summer, premium cabin customers on all overnight flights between Hawaii and Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Denver, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C., will enjoy 180-degree flat-bed seats – with custom-designed duvets and pillows provided by leading luxury specialty store and New York-based retailer Saks Fifth Avenue – for a more relaxing and sleep-enhancing flight. For more information, contact United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations at (872) 825-8640, or email [email protected].
Kauai Adventure Company Introduces State’s Longest Zip Line
Outfitters Kauai, one of Hawaii’s first adventure tour providers, recently debuted the state’s longest zip line and tallest launching pad. Spanning 4,000 feet in length and launching from a 50-foot-high launch pad, the FlyLine zip line features two side-by-side lines providing an intense, high-speed flight with breathtaking scenery beneath Hinaiuka peak and other towering peaks of the Haupu mountain range. Located on Kipu Ranch, the zip line showcases backdrops featured in several blockbuster Kauai-filmed movies, including Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Descendants. Standalone rides on the FlyLine start at an introductory price of $50 per person. Multi-zip line packages are also available. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (808) 742-9667, or visit www.outfitterskauai.com.
Koloa Landing Welcomes Kauai’s First Sam Choy Restaurant
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu recently opened Holoholo Grill, a collaboration with James Beard Award-winning Hawaii chef Sam Choy. The menu features a selection of island cuisine dishes incorporating fresh, local ingredients and original recipes crafted by Choy. Complimenting the menu’s variety of island favorites are a selection of signature cocktails including the Molada – featuring Old Lahaina White Rum and pina colada mix, fresh mint and lime – crafted by skilled bartenders. For more information, call (808) 240-6600, or visit www.koloalandingresort.com.
Princeville Makai Golf Club Introduces New Sunset Golf Cart Tour Dinner Experience
Guests can now enjoy Princeville Makai Golf Club’s Sunset Golf Cart Tour Experience daily, from 4:45 p.m. until sunset. In addition, beginning June 29 and continuing on the last Thursday of every month, the club will offer its Sunset Golf Cart Tour Dinner Experience as a complement to the tour. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling (808) 826-1912. On June 25, Princeville Makai Golf Club will hold its ninth annual Westin Princeville Charity Golf Tournament, beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and ending with a 1:30 p.m. award luncheon. The entry fee for the tournament is $125 per player and includes a cart, green fees, gift bag and entry to the 19th hole awards luncheon featuring live entertainment and prizes. All profits from the tournament will benefit Kaua’i charitable organizations. For more information, call James L. Walker at (808) 651-5259, or email [email protected].
Westin Princeville Receives Excellence Award at National Conference
In March, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas received the prestigious Circle of Excellence ACE Community Service and Philanthropic Award at the American Resort Development Association convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award, which recognizes an outstanding community contribution, was given to The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas for its numerous charitable efforts in support of the local community on Kauai. The resort has raised more than $400,000 for various charitable programs since opening in 2008. For more information, visit www.westinprinceville.com.
Sheraton Kauai Charity Program Benefits Hawaii Hospital for Women and Children
In April, Sheraton Kauai Resort announced the launch of a new charity program benefitting Children’s Miracle Network member hospital Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Proceeds from rentals of one of the resort’s eight private poolside bungalows overlooking the resort’s Ocean Pool and beachfront will be given to the Oahu medical center. Renamed the Children’s Miracle Bungalow, it may be rented in advance by resort guests and the public for a minimum $150 donation. The suggested donation for same-day use is $150 as well, with the bungalow offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.sheraton-kauai.com.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Showcases Renovated Ilima Terrace Restaurant
Ilima Terrace at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa recently completed a full dining-area renovation. The popular Kauai buffet and brunch spot still features sweeping ocean views from its bright, newly refreshed open-air dining room. And new seating options allow guests to dine al fresco in comfortable booths ideal for larger parties and bistro bar tables maximizing the restaurant’s view. The Ilima Terrace also features new tables, chairs, area rugs and artwork by Kauai artists. For more information, call Diann Hartmann at (808) 240-6436, or email [email protected].
New Family Tours Available at Limahuli Garden and Preserve
This summer, families from around the world will be traveling to Kauai to connect with each other, the aina (land) and Hawaii’s Spirit of Aloha. Limahuli Garden and Preserve offers a tour allowing the entire family to share in their Hawaii experiences together. Your family, which may be joined on the tour by other family groups, will walk through Limahuli Valley, interactively experiencing the landscape as you touch, taste and explore it. Limahuli Garden and Preserve offers a chance for kids to be kids and grown ups to be kids, too, in a mutual adventure of discovery. The tour requires participation from at least one child under age 12. Tour prices for $5 for kids and $30 for grown-ups. Advance reservations are required and tours are offered at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. For reservations, call the Limahuli Garden and Preserve Visitor Center at (808) 826-1053. For more information, visit www.ntbg.org/gardens/limahuli.
Holo Holo Charters Partners with Koloa Rum
Holo Holo Charters recently announced that its tours will offer world-class Hawaii rum made exclusively on Kauai by Koloa Rum Co. Tour guests will be invited to enjoy delicious Polynesian-style mai tai cocktails as they cruise alongside some of the island’s most beautiful scenic landscapes aboard Holo Holo Charters’ vessels. The partnership between Holo Holo and Koloa Rum Co. supports local businesses and products on Kauai. For more information, call Cindy Kauanui at (808) 335-0815.
New Complimentary Experiences For Guests at South Shore Kauai Hotel
The Koa Kea Hotel and Resort, one of Kauai’s premier boutique hotels located on the island’s south shore, has introduced a new lineup of complimentary recreation, wellness and cultural experiences for guests. Offerings include seaside yoga, botanical tours, ukulele lessons, a manager’s mai tai welcome reception and a daily island orientation offering hotel staff an opportunity to share their favorite hiking trails, must-see sights and other local recommendations. All activities are included in guestroom rates and are offered year-round. For more information, call Dana Flower at (858) 694-6525, or email at [email protected].
KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS
Enjoy New Summer Fun Package at the Westin Princeville
Cruise into summer with The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas’ new Summer Fun package. Book your next adventure in paradise by August 31 – for stay dates between June 1 and August 31 – with free car rental package and receive a four-night minimum stay in a two-bedroom premium villa, with free midsize Alamo rental car and daily resort activities for two. Resort activities include The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas’ new Fire up the Fun culinary and cocktail demonstration, and The Cure For Island Fever live-action puzzle experience. Book your stay online at www.westinprinceville.com, or call (866) 716-8140 and mention rate plan LBPKG1.
Receive a Free Sleeve of Pro V1 Golf Balls at the Poipu Bay Golf Course
Professional and serious golfers have called the Titleist Pro V1 one of the highest-quality golf balls in the world. Book a tee time at Poipu Bay Golf Course online with promo code PROV1 and you’ll receive a free sleeve of the new 2017 10th generation Pro V1 golf balls. According to Titleist, the new generation of Pro V1 are the best-performing and most technologically advanced golf balls ever produced by the company. This offer is good while supplies last. Restrictions may apply. For reservations, visit www.poipubaygolf.com. For more information, call Lori Michimoto at (808) 636-3263, or email [email protected].
Instant 15 Percent Discount at the Aston Islander on the Beach
Located on Kauai’s Coconut Coast, the Aston Islander on the Beach hotel is situated on six acres of landscaped gardens and swaying palm trees. Both contemporary and nostalgic in design, Aston Islander on the Beach features thatched huts, hand-carved furnishings and plantation-style decor. The beachfront pool area offers barbecue areas, a large pool, a jet spa and a poolside bar. Explore the hotel’s oceanfront often enough and you may even catch a glimpse of Hawaiian monk seals, which frequent the shoreline and sunbathe on the beach. Use the promo code SPLASH to book your stay now through December 22 and receive 15 percent off during Aston Islander on the Beach’s Summer Splash Sale. Please note that the offer is subject to availability. For more information, call (808) 822-7417, or visit www.astonislander.com.
UPCOMING KAUAI EVENTS
Koloa Plantation Days, July 21-30
The annual Koloa Plantation Days festival commemorates the multiple cultures and peoples who immigrated to Hawaii during its sugar and pineapple plantation era, and contributed their traditions, music, dance and cuisine to the rich melting pot of cultures that make up the Islands today. Festival events celebrate the present-day vitality of the south shore’s Koloa and Poipu areas, both vital Kauai visitor destinations. Resorts and businesses welcome visitors and residents to enjoy the festival’s guided walks and talk story sessions, outdoor sports, and a variety of themed keiki (children’s) activities, as well as live entertainment. The fest’s annual rodeo showcases top competitors from Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. For more information, call (808) 652-3217, or visit www.koloaplantationdays.com.
Heiva I Kauai 2017, August 5 and 6
Heiva I Kaua’i is a colorful two-day Tahitian cultural festival presented annually on the first weekend of August featuring competitions for children and adults (ages 4 to 50-plus) in solo Tahitian dancing, and group competition in traditional and contemporary Tahitian dancing and drumming. Favorite festival events also include its Tahitian dance audience participation segment and coconut-husking contests. The 16th annual Heiva I Kauai happens August 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kapaa Beach Park. An array of Polynesian arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing and food will be sold at the event, with special emphasis on Tahitian products. Entry is $7 per person per day, with children ages 12 and under admitted free. Tickets are available on event days at the gate. For more information, call Sally Jo Manea at (808) 822-9447, or email [email protected].
Fifth Annual Waipa Music and Mango Festival, August 13
The Waipa Foundation will present its fifth annual Music and Mango Festival on August 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the nonprofit’s Halulu Fishpond on Kauai’s north shore. The fest promises a relaxing day of live homegrown music, hands-on activities, local artisans and crafts, and Kauai chefs and food vendors offering up tasty food inspired by the area’s summer mango harvest. Expect contests searching for the best mango recipes and biggest mangoes, cultural and educational displays, and more. Bring a beach blanket or chair and stick around for the entire day at Waipa, located a half-mile out of Hanalei town along Hanalei Bay. Admission is $10 for adults and $1 for keiki (children) up to age 17. The Music and Mango Festival is a fundraising benefit supporting the work of The Waipa Foundation, a living learning center focused on taking care of the island’s natural resources, practicing Hawaiian culture and values, and inspiring healthy keiki and community. For more information about The Waipa Foundation, visit www.waipafoundation.org. For more information on the Music and Mango Festival, contact Kalen Kelekoma at (808) 826-9969, or email at [email protected].
Lawai International Center Pilgrimage of Compassion, August 13
The Lawai International Center welcomes everyone to its 17th annual Pilgrimage of Compassion, set for August 13, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The program will celebrate the center’s longtime Lawai Valley healing sanctuary, and feature grand master-level shakuhachi flutist Riley Lee and drumbeats by members of Taiko Kauai. The day’s events will also include a bonsai exhibit, ikebana and calligraphy demos, bake sale, silent auction, mochi and taro pounding, and cultural and culinary demonstrations. Lawai International Center is a volunteer-driven nonprofit, nondenominational community project and international center focused on compassion, education and cultural understanding. The center encourages guests to bring an umbrella and wear comfortable shoes for the pilgrimage’s hillside walk and, if possible, carpool and arrive early to help facilitate parking. Gates to the center, demonstrations and exhibits will open at 1 p.m.; the program will start at 2:30 p.m. Donations are gratefully accepted. To learn more about the Lawai International Center, visit www.lawaicenter.org. For more information about the Pilgrimage of Compassion, contact Lynn Muramoto at (808) 639-5952 or email her at [email protected].
The Kauai Marathon, September 3
Avid runners rejoice! The ninth annual Kauai Marathon and Half-Marathon will send participants past hula dancers and taiko drum troupes as its USA Track and Field-certified course traces the scenic landscape of the island’s south shore. Along the way, participants will take in magnificent views of the area’s picturesque beaches, rugged volcanic peaks and lush tropical rainforests. Runners completing the course will do so at one of the most beautiful oceanfront finish lines in road racing. The marathon will also host a Keiki Run on September 2 at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa with age-specific grass courses for children ages 2 to 12. Every Kauai Marathon, Half-Marathon and Keiki Run finisher will receive a commemorative medal and T-shirt. For more information, visit www.thekauaimarathon.com, or email [email protected].
Kauai Mokihana Festival, September 24-30
Held annually at the historic Kapaa First Hawaiian Church, founded by Kauai’s last queen Deborah Kapule in 1879, the Malie Foundation’s Kauai Mokihana Festival is a celebration of Hawaiian culture. The mission of the Malie Foundation is offering events designed to educate, promote, preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through a variety of activities for all people. The foundation invites locals and visitors to join the Mokihana Festival’s week of events, which will include a composer’s concert and contest, craft fair, educational and cultural lectures, and much more. The event culminates with a hula competition finale on September 30 for solo dancers and halau hula (hula schools). For more information, call (808) 822-2166, or visit www.maliefoundation.org.
Powwow in Paradise, September 22-24
Powwow in Paradise, organized by the Kauai Powwow Council (KPC), is an annual celebration of the culture and traditions of Native Americans through song, dance and art. KPC is a nonprofit group with a focus on providing Native American educational outreach to children. Of particular importance to KPC are cultural exchanges between Native American and Polynesian cultures. Powwow in Paradise will feature cultural crafting and education tents, ethnic food booths, and handmade one-of-a-kind Native American arts and crafts. The event will also feature a Hawaiian blessing and Grand Entry parade. For more information, call (808) 647-4285, or visit www.kauaipowwow.com.
KAUAI – HAWAII’S ISLAND OF DISCOVERY
Also known as the Garden Island, much of Kauai is green and lush with flora found from mountain to ocean. The island offers more than 50 miles of white sand beach, adding up to more beach per mile than any island in Hawaii. Other Kauai natural wonders include 3,567-foot-deep Waimea Canyon, often called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and the towering 3,000-foot sea cliffs of the Napali Coast.
Kauai’s abundance of outdoor activities – which includes kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline tours, and helicopter and boat tours – offer memorable vacation experiences for the entire family.
For information about Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery – visit www.kauaidiscovery.com, or call the Kauai Visitors Bureau at (800) 262-1400. You can also follow updates about Kauai on Twitter (@kauaidiscovery), Instagram (@kauaidiscovery) or by liking the Facebook page of the Kauai Visitors Bureau.
The Kauai Visitors Bureau is a division of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, which is contracted for marketing management services in North America by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.