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Emele Freiberg
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Email: Emele.Freiberg@AnthologyGroup.com

For Immediate Release

April 01, 2011

KAUAI: WHAT'S BLOOMING ON THE GARDEN ISLE (2nd Quarter)

LIHUE, KAUAI – Summer is on the way and that’s always a time of year to let the outdoors rejuvenate the body and revitalize the spirit. Kauai’s lush natural beauty and spectacular scenery offers unforgettable settings to comfortably match every age and activity level. The experience of enjoying Kauai – is experiencing Kauai’s outdoors and how it invigorates the senses.

“We know from speaking with travelers that Kauai rejuvenates them, that they leave here happier and more relaxed than when they arrived, and many can’t wait to return and recapture that sense of serenity,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau.

Following are events and news items that are “blooming” this summer on the beautiful Garden Isle of Kauai, including a host of special offers for visitors this coming travel season.

WHAT’S NEW
Kauai’s Kanani Akina is the American Girl of the Year
All this year, young girls everywhere are learning about the uniqueness of Kauai’s special qualities, cultural appeal, and close-knit spirit of ohana (family), as told through the story of Kanani Akina, the 2011 American Girl of the Year. The Kanani doll conveys Hawaii’s multi-cultural diversity and comes with two books that tell her story about life on Kauai, including the rescue of an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. In support of educational programs raising awareness about protecting endangered animals, American Girl is donating $1 for every Kanani plush monk seal sold in 2011 to the National Wildlife Federation (up to $100,000). www.americangirl.com/girloftheyear/2011

New Koloa Landing Resort Opens at Poipu Beach
Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach was officially unveiled on April 12. The first phase of its opening features 85 guest villas, two resort pools, a lounge and bar, and an upscale gourmet marketplace. The resort’s second phase will include an additional 29 villas, full service spa, and restaurant. Köloa Landing is located on 25 acres of lush tropical oasis with meandering lagoons and cascading waterfalls. For information, contact mward@mbennettspr.net or marje@mbennettspr.net

Southern Star Yacht Offers New Tours
Southern Star Yacht has added two new tours for guests: a three-hour Sunset Prime Rib Dinner Cruise off the south shore, and a six-hour hour Napali Snorkel BBQ Sail. These new adventures ensure that smaller groups – and those with smaller budgets – can enjoy the yachting experience, complete with gourmet food and visits to amazing destinations. Southern Star is a custom, 65-foot luxury sailing catamaran that delivers a new genre of the Hawaiian ocean experience. Each trip is tailored to an individual’s desires and activity options, such as paddling into Näpali sea caves, catching and grilling fresh fish, or diving near the island of Niihau. www.sskauai.com

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Completes Renovation
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has finished its guest room renovations. Inspired by Kauai’s ambiance, the guest rooms now feature new mahogany furniture, with marble entryways, and upgraded bathrooms that have marble counter tops, double sinks, and rain-style showers. www.kauai.hyatt.com

Kauai Marriott Resort Completes $50M Renovation
Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach recently completed a nine-month, $50-million renovation that has brought improvements to all areas of the hotel. Highlights included a transformation of the 356 guest rooms with a timeless island elegance, a refurbishment of Kukui’s restaurant and Aupaka Terrace lobby lounge, a newly built children’s pool with a slide and water spout features, and an expanded porte cochere and improved main lobby. The 800-acre oceanfront resort also offers the island’s most impressive swimming pool with five saunas, as well as a Jack Nicklaus signature golf experience at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club. www.kauaimarriott.com

Sheraton Kauai Resort Undergoes $15M Renovation
Sheraton Kauai Resort is in the midst of a $15-million renovation to transform its ocean wing pool, courtyard, front desk, lobby and porte cochere. It will be combining its two on-property restaurant spaces into a new RumFire restaurant. The 394-room resort was built in 1968 and is located in Po‘ipü on the south shore. www.sheraton-kauai.com

Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach Undergoes New Management and Major Renovation
Davidson Hotel Company has been selected to manage the beachfront 311-room Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach. Formerly the Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa, the hotel is converting to the Courtyard by Marriott brand and undergoing a comprehensive renovation to enhance the exterior look of the hotel, including lush landscaping and a reconfigured pool. All public areas, including the restaurant, lounge and meeting spaces, will be upgraded. Completion is scheduled for July. For more information, email jdatzrice@yahoo.com.

New Weekly Kauai Culinary Market
Kukuiula Village has introduced the Kauai Culinary Market, featuring live music, live cooking demonstrations, ocean views from the wine and beer garden, and locally grown produce and other foods. This special new market experience is open every Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. www.kukuiulavillage.com/calendar

KAUAI WINTER DEALS
Hanalei Colony Resort
Hanalei Colony Resort is offering a special “Rainbow of Savings” through June 3. With a two-night minimum stay, premium, oceanfront rooms at this hideaway on Kauai’s lush north shore are discounted to $316 per night, with ocean-view rooms at $240. Guests also receive discounts on dining and spa treatments, and the seventh night is free. www.HCR.com

The Point at Poipu – Diamond Resorts International
These spacious island-style two-bedroom suites offer ocean or garden views in sunny Poipu. All the suites have master baths with deep soaking tubs, kitchens, and washer/dryer. A third-night-free special is valid for stays through June 10, 2011. www.thepointatpoipu.com

Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages
Save up to 25% for a private seaside cottage on a historic 27-acre coconut plantation near Kauai’s famous Näpali Coast and Waimea Canyon. Special spring rates reduced from $293, are now starting at $220 for a one-bedroom garden-view cottage and good through June 20, 2011. www.AstonHotels.com

Koa Kea Hotel and Resort
Experience the romance of Koa Kea Hotel and Resort and its ideal setting on Poipu Beach with unmatched proximity to the Pacific Ocean. For the discounted rate of $439 per night, a couple can enjoy an ocean-view room, with champagne and breakfast daily. www.KoaKea.com

Castle Kiahuna Plantation and The Beach Bungalows Resort
Located on award-winning Poipu Beach, this oceanside resort offers the comforts of spacious one- and two-bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens. Guests can enjoy the many resort amenities, including tennis and a beach activity center. Book a one-bedroom garden view suite for the discounted rate of $179 per night. www.KiahunaPlantation.com

For more great travel deals offered on Kauai, visit www.gohawaii.com/kauai/special-offers.

UPCOMING EVENTS
30th Annual Kauai Museum May Day Celebration and Lei Contest – May 1
This event is a showcase of floral lei and the best in traditional and contemporary lei making by Kaua‘i artists. Enjoy activities, demonstrations, hands-on lei making, silent auction, live auction, entertainment and more! Free and open to the public.

Kauai Polynesian Festival 2011 – May 26-29
The 9th Annual Kauai Polynesian Festival is a cultural celebration of Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand, and Hawai‘i, featuring folklore, language, dance, music, and crafts. Enjoy a Polynesian pageant, various competitions (e.g., poi ball, hula, Tahitian dance, and fore knife), fashion show, workshops, and craft booths. www.KauaiFestivals.com

Banana Polka Roundup – May 29
Come to beautiful Kokee State Park to enjoy this outdoor, family-friendly event, with activities that include a forest education fair, live music, exhibitors, basket-making workshops, hikes, and a rooster-crowing contest. Free and open to the public.

2011 King Kamehameha Celebration Parade – June 18
Enjoy this annual holiday parade through Lihue, featuring marching bands, decorated vehicles and pa‘u horse riders dressed in the tradition of Hawaiian culture. The parade starts at Vidinha Stadium and follows Rice Street to the historic County Building for a ho‘olaule‘a (celebration) on the front lawn. Enjoy local food while entertainers perform and artisans showcase their crafts.

Third Annual Kauai Kau Wela Festival – July 1
Fans of Polynesian dance will love this festival, as wahine (women) and kane (men) compete in solo, ancient hula, modern hula and solo Tahitian dance at Kukui Grove Shopping Mall from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Kekaha’s 4th of July Celebration – July 4
Enjoy the Independence Day holiday on Kauai’s westside at the Fourth Annual Kekaha 4th of July Celebration. This daylong festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will offer food, games, local crafts, exhibits, and entertainment before topping off the holiday with a spectacular fireworks display. Free and open to the public.

Concert in the Sky – July 4
A local-style celebration of July 4th will be held at Lihue’s Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., featuring food by various Kaua‘i restaurants, music, entertainment, and hula hālau. Activities for keiki include face painting, inflatables and games. Presale tickets: $10.

Garden Isle Artisan Fair – July 9
More than 40 of Kauai’s finest artisans will come to Waioli Town Park in Hanalei to showcase an array of handcrafted products, tropical clothing, and accessories from Kauai and Polynesia. The display will include photography, jewelry, aloha wear, wood carvings, pounded mulberry bark, passion fruit jellies, original oil paintings, table linens, and palm bark baskets. Enjoy Hawaiian music, local plate lunches and shave ice. Admission is free and open to the public

Koloa Plantation Days – July 23-31
This nine-day, family-oriented festival will offer more than 20 events in Koloa and Poipu to celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Kauai’s south shore communities. Attendees learn about the area’s multicultural history, experience a diverse range of local foods, culture and activities, explore the unique ecology and archaeology, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the venues. Free and open to the public.

Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery
Nicknamed the Garden Island, Kauai is green and flourishing with lush flora that runs from the mountains to the ocean. Kaua‘i offers more than 50 miles of white-sand beaches – more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii. Other natural wonders include the 3,567-foot deep Waimea Canyon, dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and the 3,000-foot towering mountain cliffs overlooking the Näpali Coast along the northwest shoreline. Kauai’s abundance of outdoor activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline tours, and helicopter and boat tours, offer memorable vacation experiences for the whole family.

For information about Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery – visit www.KauaiDiscovery.com or call the Kauai Visitors Bureau toll-free at 800-262-1400. Follow updates about Kauai via Twitter (@kauaidiscovery) and as a fan on its Facebook page as Kauai Visitors Bureau.

The Kauai Visitors Bureau is a division of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, which is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. 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.