LIHUE, KAUAI – There’s always something blooming on the Garden Isle. During the spring, Kauai is especially beautiful as the many varieties of flora and fauna flaunt their new blossoms. Recently recognized by National Geographic Traveler magazine on its acclaimed “Best of the World” list of 21 Must-See Destinations in 2017, the island of Kauai provides visitors with numerous ways to find rejuvenation and embark on a tropical getaway.
“Travelers who come to Kauai seek a unique island experience,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “From remarkable, natural beauty, to romantic escapes and thrilling adventures, our destination offers something for everyone.”
Below are updates and information about the newest happenings, special deals and events “blooming” on Kauai this spring.
Sail Off Into the Sunset with New South Shore Tour
Holo Holo Charters recently launched its new Aloha Sunset Tour, an all-inclusive, two-hour boat excursion along Kauai’s sunny south shore that features 1970s classic, mellow music of Hawaii, delicious bites, refreshing Mai Tai cocktails, picturesque sunset views from Poipu and possible marine life sightings. Aloha attire is welcomed. With ample deck space, Leila is a 50-foot sailing catamaran that can accommodate 37 passengers and reach sailing speeds up to 18 knots (approximately 20 miles per hour). The Aloha Sunset Tour is available on Wednesdays and Fridays at $85.00 per person, plus tax. Children must be five years or older. For more information, call (808) 848-6130, or visit www.holoholokauaiboattours.com
Ocean Course Renovation at Hokuala Completed
Timbers Resorts, one of the largest independent developers and operators of private boutique resorts and residence clubs, has completed the renovation of Hokuala’s renowned Ocean Course and expanded the course’s practice facility, which opened to the public in early November 2016. In addition to the substantial improvements to the golf course, formerly known as the Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons, construction has begun on a luxurious new clubhouse featuring an enhanced pro shop, lagoon-side restaurant and bar, and Tennis Garden. Inventive new food and beverage programming for the Golf Club is also set to roll out later this year. For more information, call (808) 241-6000, or visit www.hokualakauai.com.
Aqua Kauai Beach Resort Unveils New Renovations, Wedding Packages and More
The Kauai Beach Resort has recently completed a property refresh to its rooms and public spaces. The beautiful Hawaiian plantation-style resort has rolled out a new renovated deluxe room category – with mountain, lagoon, pool and ocean view rooms – that feature bright and modern décor, as well as private lanais. Public spaces such as the lobby, corridors, ballroom and multiple restaurants now offer an improved guest experience, with contemporary furniture and a light color scheme inspired by Kauai’s sun, sand and surf. On top of these updates, Kauai Beach Resort has launched new, all-inclusive wedding and romance packages, making it easier than ever before to plan a romantic getaway or event. The hotel’s new Alii Maleana or “Hawaiian Royal Wedding” package includes an oceanfront lawn ceremony, seating for 25 guests, officiant, live music, day-of wedding coordinator, florals, wedding cake, 60-minute photography session and more. For more information, call (808) 245-1955, or visit www.kauaibeachresorthawaii.com
Lanai Restaurant & Bar Opens at the Shops at Kukuiula
The Shops at Kukuiula recently welcomed its latest addition to the South Shore dining experience. The Lanai Restaurant & Bar, owned by Jeff Sacchini and Howard Warner, features a selection of sophisticated island-inspired cuisine sourced from the highest quality, sustainably grown and locally harvested items that Kauai has to offer. The restaurant’s specialty dishes include stuffed acorn squash, miso baked mahi mahi, Angus beef burger with brie cheese, as well as a refined, island-style loco moco. To compliment their selection of dishes, the Lanai offers open-air seating in addition to an array of tropical signature cocktails and an extensive international wine list. For more information, call (808) 378-4359, or visit thelanaikauai.com.
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Presents Aina to Aina
Previously available by invite only, this activity provides a morning tour of Kauai Kunana Dairy, which includes interacting with a family of goats and strolling through organic tropical orchards. The group will meet again in the evening for a private Chef’s dinner featuring dishes utilizing ingredients sourced at Kunana Dairy and around Kauai, prepared by The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas culinary team. $140 per person includes farm tour, dinner with wine pairings and tax & gratuity. For more information, call (808) 827-8700, or visit www.westinprinceville.com.
Live-Action Puzzle Experience Debuts at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Entitled The Cure for Island Fever, participants race against the clock to solve a series of puzzles in order to find the answer to a riddle. The premise for the game is: Guests have wandered into The Doctor’s lab, where he has discovered a cure for Island Fever. The cure has been locked away in a safe place, and it’s your mission to find it by following various clues. The Cure for Island Fever is currently available exclusively for registered Westin Princeville guests by reservation. Held each Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, the live-action puzzle experience is recommended for ages 12 and older, and groups of four to six participants. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call (808) 827-8700, or visit www.westinprinceville.com.
New Culinary Era and In-Suite Spa Experiences at Poipu Restaurant
Koa Kea Resort’s signature restaurant Red Salt welcomed a new executive chef in late 2016 to usher in a new culinary era at the hotel. A Kauai native, Noelani Planas began her career on the island under Jean Marie Josselin at Pacific Cafe, then went on to train under Joel Robuchon, Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas. Planas will debut a new dinner menu at Red Salt beginning in March. It will continue to offer the fresh, contemporary Hawaiian fare that Red Salt is beloved for, but with a refreshed perspective only a local can provide. Couples staying at the Koa Kea can also try the new in-room spa experiences. Romantic and relaxing, enjoy a bath for two in the privacy of a guestroom suite. A therapist from The Spa at Koa Kea draws the bath in the suite’s large marble soaking tub, using a sensual blend of local salt, clay, tropical flowers, herbs and exotic nut oils. For more information, call (808) 828-8888, or visit www.meritagecollection.com/
Limahuli Garden & Preserve Debuts New Tours
Located on Kauai’s North Shore, Limahuli Garden & Preserve, part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, focuses on mountain-to-sea biocultural conservation, ecotourism and sustainability. The Garden has debuted two news experiences for visitors to enjoy. The Family Tour available Tuesdaythrough Friday at 9:30 a.m., allows for families of various ages and sizes. Family group must include at least one child 17 years or younger. The new Specialty Tour, available Tuesday through Friday, is recommended for adult groups. The tour is approximately 2.5 hours and reservation time is flexible based on needs. Private tours are also available which features a guided experience with a senior staff member or the Garden’s director. Prices vary by tour and age. For more information, call (808) 826-1053, or visit www.ntbg.org/gardens/limahuli.
Hanalei Colony Resort Offers New, Weekly Prime Rib Dinner
Hanalei Colony Resort, an intimate beachfront plantation-style resort on Kauai’s north shore, has launched a weekly Prime Rib Dinner. Held on Thursdays at the hotel’s Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant, the new dining offering features a 10-ounce Queen Cut for $26.95 and 14-ounce King Cut for $31.95. Mediterranean Gourmet is the only restaurant offering prime rib on the north shore. For reservations, call (808) 826-9875.
KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS
Blue Dolphin Charters Offers Discounted Rate for Couples
Specializing in tours of the Napali Coast and “Forbidden Island” of Niihau, Blue Dolphin Charters is offering $20 off per couple on its diverse range of ocean experiences. Visitors seeking any level of adventure can board the 65-foot, deluxe catamarans and enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, rafting or a sunset dinner cruise with Blue Dolphin Charters. For more information, call (808) 335-5553, or visit www.bluedolphinkauai.com.
Island Helicopters Kauai Extends Special Tour Rate
Island Helicopters Kauai has extended the special summer rate on its signature Kauai Grand Deluxe Circle Island Tour! The 50 to 55-minute tour is available at a discounted rate of $145.00 per person, plus surcharges and fees, for reservations through March 2017. Guests will be amazed by the aerial views, covering the Garden Isle’s scenic areas such as the Jurassic Falls, Olokele Canyon, Waimea Canyon, Napali Coast, Mount Waialeale Crater and more. Visit the company’s new location and retail outlet, which features new merchandise and logo items. Kauai-owned and operated, Island Helicopters Kauai has been providing deluxe helicopter tours for more than 36 years from the Lihue Airport. For more information, call (808) 245-8588, or visitwww.islandhelicopters.com.
Hit the Greens with “Ocean Eleven” Program at Poipu Bay Golf Course
With sun-soaked days on an island known for its myriad activities, Kauai visitors have a lot to fit into their schedules. Poipu Bay Golf Course’s new “Ocean Eleven” program allows golfers to tee off on some of the island’s best holes while still leaving time for other experiences. Featuring 11 holes with tee times from 7 to 8 a.m., golfers will play holes 8 to 18, with the green fee, cart fee, GPS and bottled water included in the program rate. The price is $115 per person. Special club rentals are available at $35. Tee times can be booked at (800) 858-6300 or www.poipubaygolf.com.
South Shore Property Welcomes Executive Meetings & Retreats With New Packages
Companies looking to celebrate their teams are now able to do so on Kauai’s South Shore at the Koa Kea Resort. New catering menus by acclaimed Executive Chef Noelani Planas and a new executive meeting package conveniently priced per person are now available, making Koa Kea a more intimate and inconspicuous hotel option for executive retreats and corporate incentive trips in Hawaii. For more information, call (808) 828-8888, or visitwww.meritagecollection.com/
Enjoy Double Points For Group Bookings at Courtyard Kauai on Coconut Beach
The Courtyard Kauai on Coconut Beach is offering double Marriott Reward Points for group reservations with arrival from June 1 through August 31. A one-hour complimentary welcome reception with beer, wine, soft drinks and dry snacks is also included. One complimentary upgrade will be provided for every 20 rooms utilized. Nightly rates start at $119/room. A 15% discount on food for meetings and catering events is also available. Reduced daily meeting package starting at $65/day, includes morning and afternoon breaks, lunch and room rental. Must reserve a minimum of 10 rooms. Offer not applicable to current bookings and subject to availability. For more information, call (808) 320-3687, or visit www.marriott.com/hotels/
Book Online and Save at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens
Located in Poipu across from Spouting Horn at 4425 Lawai Rd., the South Shore Visitors Center is the gateway to McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden, the two National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG) located on the South Shore of Kauai. McBryde and Allerton are adjacent gardens tucked into the picturesque Lawai Valley a short shuttle bus ride from the South Shore Visitors Center. Learn more about these two must-see gardens and select a guided, self-guided, or specialty tour. Book online at least 24 hours in advance and earn a 10% discount on the price of admission. For more information, call (808) 742-2623, or visit www.Ntbg.org/tours.
UPCOMING KAUAI EVENTS
Annual Celebration Honors Beloved Alii
To honor and commemorate one Hawaii’s most beloved alii (royalty) and statesmen, Prince Kuhio, this annual celebration features events located in Anahola, Poipu, Eleele, Lihue, and Wailua to provide interactive educational sessions about Hawaiian cultural practices, arts and crafts. On March 18 in Anahola, the festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. During this particular celebration, the late Moses Kapalekilahao Keale, Sr. will also be honored for his contributions as a leader and strong advocate for the Native Hawaiian people. For more information, contact La Contrades at firstname.lastname@example.org. FromMarch 25-28, the community is invited to Prince Kuhio Park and the Grand Hyatt Kauai to enjoy local food and live entertainment as well as craft booths, view cultural traditions and ceremonies, and attend luaus, a rodeo and an outrigger canoe race. For more information, please call (808) 240-6452 or visitwww.princekuhio.net.
Monthly Kauai Night Market Highlights Local Artists and Vendors
The Princeville Night Market, held at the Princeville Shopping Center every second Sunday of the month, allows locals and visitors alike to discover over 40 local artists and vendors. Guests can browse through fine photography and paintings, handmade jewelry, pottery, wood workers, and many other creations. Listen entertainment is also provided by local artists such as Jivan & Bryn, Alessia Sanchez and Renee Janton. Food trucks and vendors include Kickshaws, Haole Girl Island Sweets, Po’okela Sausage Co., Kettle Pop Corn, and Ono Pops. Join in the festivities on March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 11. For more information, contact Courtney Puig at (808) 635-2572.
Naupaka Terrace Hosts Bravo’s Top Chef Finalist to Dinner Showdown This April
The Aqua Kauai Beach Resort’s Naupaka Terrace will host a chef showdown dinner between the restaurant’s Chef Rodman Machado and Bravo’s Top Chef finalist and “Fan Favorite”, Sheldon Simeon. This collaborative, ticketed dinner will include 6-courses and wine pairings. For more information, please call(808) 245-1955, or visit www.kauaibeachresorthawaii.com
Third Annual 5K Showcases Beautiful Garden Views
In partnership, the Kauai Marathon and NTBG presents the annual Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Held on the lush tropical grounds of McBryde Garden, this 5k family-friendly event fundraises to benefit the Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program and other non-profit organizations. Following the Fun Run participants can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast sponsored by Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe along with coffee provided by Kauai Coffee Company. New to the event in 2017, a champagne brunch in McBryde Garden following the run is available for additional purchase. For more information, call (808) 742-2623, or visit www.NTBG.org/tours/events.
Celebrate Lei Day with Hula Performances in Hanalei
Experience a daylong cultural festival in Hanalei at Waioli Beach Park. May Day by the Bay features live music and entertainment, hula, cultural practitioners, displays by community groups, a silent auction, ono food and more! Local Kauai made products will also be available for purchase. Admission is $5. For more information, please call Julie Kanealii at (808) 635-9028.
Beautiful Varieties of Lei Displayed During Kauai Museum Contest
Over 35 years ago, Imralee and Walter Pomroy founded the Kauai Museum’s first annual May Day Lei Day contest. Today, their son Paul and daughter-in-law Noelani Pomroy continue to support the annual contest and honor the cultural tradition of lei making. On May 1 at the Kauai Marriott, guests can view and purchase a wide variety of beautifully crafted and ornate lei by all age groups. A panel judges will rank lei submissions based on complexity, design and more within specific categories. Awards will be presented to the highest ranking lei in each category, the most coveted honors include the Director’s Choice Award and Kauai Museum 56th Anniversary Award. For more information, call (808) 245-6931, or visit www.kauaimuseum.org.
Guests Encouraged to Spend Mother’s Day Together at the South Shore Gardens
On Sunday, May 14, treat your mom to a special day in the garden and a beautiful outdoor brunch with NTBG. Brunch tickets include free admission to McBryde Garden and discounted guided Allerton Tours. Visitors that are not able to attend brunch can still treat mom to free admission to McBryde Garden with a suggested donation of $10/person. Kahanu Garden, NTBG’s Garden in Hana, Maui will also be celebrating Mother’s Day with a similar event onSaturday, May 13. For more information, call (808) 742-2623, or visit www.NTBG.org/tours/events.
Banana Poka Round Up Aids Cleanup of Harmful, Invasive Plant Species
This environmental fair is a free and festive event that the whole family can enjoy. Held on Memorial Day Sunday, in Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow, the free event features basket making, a variety of live music entertainment, exhibits by environmental organizations and agencies, along with lots of activities for kids including face painting and Banana Poka basket making. Guided tours of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Kokee State Park will also be available. For more information, contact (808) 335-9975 or visit www.kokee.org.
Silver Screen Favorites Featured at McBryde Garden
Beginning in May through August, NTBG will host various movie nights under the stars in McBryde Garden. Perfect for a date night or family outing, the silver screen will feature must-see favorites. A variety of food tucks and vendors will also be available. For more information, call (808) 742-2623, or visitwww.NTBG.org/tours/events.
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.