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Emele Freiberg
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Email: Emele.Freiberg@AnthologyGroup.com

For Immediate Release

April 01, 2012

KAUAI: WHAT'S BLOOMING ON THE GARDEN ISLE

LIHUE, KAUAI – Spring has sprung on Kauai and it’s time for travelers across the nation to officially bid farewell to the gloomy days of winter and say Aloha to the Garden Isle’s serenity, sunsets and savings.

“Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation and there’s no better place to recharge your batteries than amidst the spectacular natural beauty of Kauai,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “Regardless of whether travelers are seeking a setting for family activities, adventure, relaxation, or a romantic getaway, Kauai can please everyone.”

The following are updates and information about the newest happenings, specials and events that are “blooming” on Kauai:

WHAT’S NEW

Kauai Stars in The Descendants
Kauai’s beautiful scenery has been in the global spotlight in recent months with the success of the award-winning film, The Descendants.

Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Hawaii author Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants tells the story of a family dealing with personal tragedy and turmoil over the sale of their land. Kauai’s scenic splendor at Kipu Kai and Hanalei Bay are prominently featured in the movie.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, The Descendants won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, while also winning the Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Adapted Screenplay.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. commented, “This is such a beautiful story and authentically depicts life in Hawaii. We know that the film adaptation will not only generate more interest in Kauai as a vacation destination, but it will promote greater understanding of our unique culture and experience.”

Sheraton Kauai Completes Revitalization
The Sheraton Kauai Resort has completed a $16-million revitalization to transform the guest experience on its 20 acres of oceanfront property at Poipu Beach. Guests are now welcomed to a refurbished Ocean Lobby featuring Native Hawaiian artwork and adjoined by a new, open-air Ocean Courtyard offering six intimate conversational seating areas and a new Link@Sheraton Café. Another highlight is the new RumFire restaurant and lounge, which provides an unobstructed 180-degree view of the Pacific. Just steps away from Poipu Beach is the resort’s new multi-level pool, featuring eight private cabanas each of which comes equipped with beach furniture and flat-screen TV. www.sheraton-kauai.com

Princeville’s Prince Course Reopens
The spectacular Prince Golf Course at Princeville on Kauai’s north shore reopened March 1, following a 13-month renovation. Ranked by Golf Digest as “Hawaii’s #1 Golf Course” and one of “America’s Greatest 100 Golf Courses,” the Prince’s renovation was overseen by the original course architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and features reshaping and reconstruction of putting greens, remodeling of bunkers, and clearing and widening of fairways. New tees have been added to enhance shot values and improve playability for all skill levels. In addition, significant upgrades have been completed to the 13-acre practice facility and 60,000-square-foot clubhouse. www.princeville.com/golf/prince-golf-course

Princeville Ranch Adventures Offers New Horseback and Yoga Tour
Visitors can now experience the lokahi (harmony) of a new horseback yoga tour on a pristine private ranch. A certified yoga instructor serves as the guide for this unique horse-riding experience, which takes participants for a peaceful retreat into a secluded area offering stunning views of valleys and mountains. www.princeville.com

Kauai ATV and CJM Stables Offers New Horseback and ATV Tour
Kauai ATV and CJM Stables have introduced a new “Horse & Buggy” tour on the south shore. Using private trails and driving an ATV or Mudbug, guests enjoy the venture into the beautiful and secluded Mahaulepu area where they discover hidden valleys and panoramic views while learning about its history and legends from experienced guides. Then, on horseback the tour experience continues on to sheltered beaches, bays and sites where famous movies have been filmed. www.cjmstables.com / www.kauaiatv.com

Koloa Rum is a Medal Winner
Four rums produced by Koloa Rum at Kilohana Plantation have brought home medals to Kauai from the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, an impressive achievement considering there were 1,215 premium spirits entered from 60 countries. Koloa Rum’s Kauai Spice and Gold Rums won silver medals, while the Kauai Dark and White Rums earned bronze medals. Guests of Kilohana can learn all about the making of rum on Kauai as part of a new Rum Experience, which is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays starting at 5:15 p.m. www.kilohanakauai.com

The Beach House Now Open for Lunch
The Beach House Restaurant is now open for daytime dining. Overlooking beautiful Poipu Beach, the restaurant offers impeccable views coupled with a full lunch menu daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dinner menu begins at 6:00 p.m. www.the-beach-house.com

New Nonstop East Coast – Hawaii Service Starting in June
Getting to Kauai from the East Coast will be a lot easier starting in June with the launch of two new direct flights to Honolulu from both New York City and Washington, DC.

On June 5, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s hometown carrier, will launch daily nonstop service between New York City’s JFK Airport and Honolulu, making this the only direct flight between the two cities. Hawaiian will use its new 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft to operate the route. With a 3:00 p.m. arrival in Honolulu, New York visitors can make several easy flight connections to Kauai. www.HawaiianAirlines.com

On June 7, United Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Washington, DC’s Dulles International Airport and Honolulu. United will use Boeing 767-400 aircraft in providing the only nonstop service between the two points. www.united.com

KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS

Koloa Landing Wyndham Grand Resort at Poipu Beach
Koloa Landing Wyndham Grand Resort is now offering a special 5-night Yoga & Fitness Package, complete with two 75-minute yoga classes for 1-4 guests in the privacy of your own villa or on the Resort Lawn. Also included are two 60-minute fitness sessions in the fitness center with the personal trainer. Rates start at $349 per night for a one-bedroom villa. www.wyndham.com

Roberts Hawaii
Roberts Hawaii has re-launched its website and Kauai travelers can get a 10% discount on select tours. This includes the popular Hawaii Movie Tour, which takes guests to where numerous popular films and TV shows have been filmed and stops for lunch at Tahiti Nui Restaurant in Hanalei, the diner where George Clooney and Beau Bridges hold their meeting in The Descendants. www. RobertsHawaii.com

Kipu Ranch Adventures
Kipu Ranch Adventures’ ATV Tours is offering a special spring discount of 50% off for each passenger accompanied by a full-paying driver. An early-bird special is also being offered, with all passengers riding with the tour guide on the 7:00 a.m. tour paying the discounted rate of $50. Offers expire on May 31. www.kipuranchadventures.com

Aston Hotels & Resorts
Aston Hotels & Resorts invites guests to “spring into action” and book a spring vacation at any of its Kauai properties for the following rates

  • Aston Aloha Beach Hotel, $99 per night, garden view
  • Aston Islander on the Beach, $116 per night, garden view
  • Aston at Poipu Kai, $160 per night, one-bedroom garden view suite
  • Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages, $179 per night, one-bedroom garden view cottage

For information, visit www.AstonHotels.com.

Castle Resorts & Hotels
Spring deals are in bloom at Castle Resorts & Hotels on Kauai! Enjoy the ultimate in a Poipu Beach retreat or experience the pleasures of Princeville, with rates up to 50% off its condominium collection. Castle properties offer a wide variety of options, including full-kitchens, washer/dryers, stunning ocean views, pools, and jet spas. www.castleresorts.com

UPCOMING KAUA‘I EVENTS

Kauai Museum May Day Celebration – May 5
May Day is Lei Day! This treasured time-honored tradition of Hawaii will be celebrated in floral grandeur at Kauai Museum in Lihue with its 32nd Annual Lei Contest and May Day Celebration. Guests can enjoy the beauty of the lei made from Kauai’s fresh flowers with the museum’s lei contest and demonstrations, and learn to make one of their own. www.kauaimuseum.org

Kauai Polynesian Festival – May 24-27
The Kamanawa Foundation’s Kauai Polynesian Festival presents a colorful variety of cultural offerings, including dance competitions, crafts, food, workshops, and entertainment. Men and women performers of all ages compete for titles in hula and different forms of Polynesian dance, including Samoan fire-knife dancing. www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org

Kauai's Fifth Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival – June 27-30
National and local jazz and blues artists, including Miss E.C. Scott and the Vanessa Santi Sextet, are performing at the Fifth Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival, in an ocean view outdoor setting at Kauai Lagoons in Lihue. The four-day event offers evening jam sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, an invitational "Meet the Artists" party at Common Ground in Kilauea on Friday, and the main concert late afternoon and evening on Saturday. www.redclayjazz.com

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. Kauai 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 Napali 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 Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.

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