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Emele Freiberg
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Email: Emele.Freiberg@AnthologyGroup.com

For Immediate Release

July 01, 2012

KAUAI: WHAT'S BLOOMING ON THE GARDEN ISLE

LIHUE, KAUAI – Need a little inspiration to plan your summer escape? Kauai is calling all adventure lovers, rejuvenation seekers, family and romance travelers and anyone with a desire to wander.

“There’s no better way to kick-start summer than with an getaway to the Garden Isle,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “This is the ideal time to reconnect with loved ones while using Kauai’s lush natural landscape as a playground for adventure and rejuvenation.”

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

WHAT’S NEW

Alaska Airlines Announces New Flight from Portland, Oregon, to Kauai
Alaska Airlines recently announced that it will offer four flights a week between Portland, Oregon, and Kauai starting Nov. 5. The new seasonal service is in addition to flights Alaska offers from Portland International Airport to Honolulu, Maui and Kona. The flights will be operated on Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. www.alaskaair.com

New Nonstop East Coast – Hawaii Service
Getting to Kauai from the East Coast will be a lot easier 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, launched daily nonstop service between New York City’s JFK Airport and Honolulu, making this the only direct flight between the two cities. Hawaiian is using 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 began 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

Sheraton Kauai Introduces a New Luau and Completes Revitalization
Discover a connection to Kauai’s history and culture through dance, chant and storytelling. Sheraton Kauai Resort is proud to present its revitalized luau every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. Revel in traditional culinary treats and refreshing libations in the resort’s lush Luau Lawn with the Pacific Ocean and swaying palm trees as the backdrop. Rum Fire restaurant is now open featuring a contemporary culinary experience showcasing Hawaiian-rooted cuisine with global influences and 180-degrees of spectacular, unobstructed views of the Pacific, creating an unparalleled dining experience in the islands. The opening of Rum Fire highlights the completion of Sheraton Kauai Resort’s $16-million revitalization, unveiling Poipu's newest playground, which includes the expanded Ocean Pool, open-air Ocean Courtyard lounge with fire pits, as well as other new and upgraded amenities. 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

The St. Regis Princeville Resort Introduces New Trina Turk Designer Cabana
The St. Regis Princeville Resort is delighted to partner with celebrated California fashion and residential products designer Trina Turk to create an exclusive beach cabana at the resort. Trina Turk is lending her signature sophisticated beach style to the island of Kauai, as the designer has collaborated with The St. Regis Princeville Resort to create a beachside cabana draped in her colorful and vivacious Trina Turk Indoor/Outdoor for Schumacher fabrics. Reflecting the lush tropical seaside spirit of Hawai‘i, Trina’s cabana fabrics are drawn from her printed indoor/outdoor collection for venerable home furnishings manufacturer Schumacher. The Trina Turk Designer Cabana is the only one of its kind, and marks Trina’s first partnership with a resort. www.stregisprinceville.com

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Introduces Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.          
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has launched Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.  Hyatt’s global philosophy focused on sourcing and providing healthy food and beverage options that are good for the community and for the planet. As the first global hospitality brand to make an effort of this magnitude, this philosophy will guide Grand Hyatt Kauai’s food and beverage planning from purchasing to the guest experience, ensuring that travelers have options to fit their needs and lifestyles while on Kauai.  The property’s dining experience will feature the following:

  • In addition to the herbs and vegetables grown in the on-site garden, Grand Hyatt Kauai chefs can often be seen at the local farmer’s markets choosing the freshest ingredients for menu specials. 
  • For over three years the resort has redirected kitchen wet waste for pig farmers to feed their brood. 
  • All seafood is sustainably harvested with numerous local ingredients used.
  • Eco-friendly take-out packaging is used.
  • Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available at all six restaurants with a special menu.

www.grandhyattkauai.com

The Parrish Collection and The Club at Kukuiula - A Luxury Partnership in Poipu
The Parrish Collection and The Club at Kukuiula are working together to provide unique 5-Star accommodations and service on the island.  The Club at Kukuiula, Kauai's only private Club, is home to a luxurious Plantation House with restaurant, bar, game rooms and series of pools and outdoor activities.  In addition, there is a state of the art fitness facility and world-class spa, along with an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course recently named Best New Private by Golf Magazine and Best New Golf Course by Robb Report "Best of the Best." The new Club Cottages at Kukuiula, which can be rented on a nightly basis through The Parrish Collection, are located within walking distance to the Club and included with the stay is complete access to this private club community and their amenities. www.kukuiula.com

Kauai Monk Seal Education Program Now Offered at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Partnering with the Kauai Monk Seal Watch Program, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has begun offering weekly educational presentations about the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal.  Monk Seals frequently nap on many of Kaua‘i’s beaches, including the beach fronting the resort.  This program helps educate visitors about the Monk Seal’s declining population and what they can do to help them and all marine creatures. The event takes place at the Dock poolside seating area on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month at 5:30 p.m. and second and fourth Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. www.grandhyattkauai.com.

Princeville Ranch Adventures Offers New Horseback Tours
Princeville Ranch recently introduced a beautiful ride on a working cattle ranch. This 1.5 hour adventure begins with a brief horsemanship orientation, and then heads out for a leisurely ride across north shore pastures. Guests will enjoy panoramic views of stunning mountains and valleys with a striking blue ocean in the distance. Along the way, knowledgeable guides will share ranch and paniolo (cowboy) history with the spirit of aloha. The company also recently launched a new horseback/yoga tour.  www.princevilleranch.com

KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS

The St. Regis Princeville Resort
The St. Regis Princeville Resort is providing an opportunity to fully indulge in all things new for the warm summer months. While in residence, guests will receive a $100 resort credit per day, which can be used for food, beverage, spa or golf and includes the iconic St. Regis Butler Service www.stregisprinceville.com or 877-787-3447

Hanalei Colony Resort
Beachfront hideaway Hanalei Colony Resort, featuring two-bedroom condos on Kauai’s lush north shore, is offering a summer “Rainbow of Savings” for stays through September 30. The offer includes the following special values with a two-night minimum stay: 20 percent off room rates, 10 percent off spa services at Hanalei Day Spa, 10 percent off food and beverages at Napali Coffee House & Art Gallery, and 15 percent off food at the award-winning Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant. In addition, a seventh night is offered free after six consecutive paid nights. www.hcr.com or 1-800-628-3004

Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas offers a thoughtful new booking plan that guarantees connecting rooms to maximize your time together in the islands. The resort’s Stay Connected Family Package offers guests booking a spacious, 799 sq ft one-bedroom villa a guaranteed connecting studio villa for an additional $100 per night (rack rates for the 512 sq ft studio villas are $675). Each of the Westin Princeville’s well-appointed villas feature signature Heavenly Bed® & Bath® products, a fully-equipped kitchen, in-room washers and dryers, LCD flat-screen televisions with DVD players, complimentary Internet and no resort fees.  The package, with rates starting at $520, is available from now through December 20. www.westinprinceville.com

Sheraton Kauai Resort
The heat is rising at Sheraton Kauai Resort with its Ignite Your Passion package. Receive a $500 resort credit for a minimum 5-night stay in a Deluxe Ocean Front Room. Guests also receive a signature welcome amenity and 10% off relaxing spa services, inspiring culinary experiences and energizing beach activities. Rates start at $425 for stays through December 24, 2012. www.sheraton-kauai.com or (866) 716-8141

New Three-Day Unlimited Golf Package At Princeville’s Makai Golf Club
The Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort has announced a new Three-Day Unlimited Golf Package and a new twist to its popular “Nine, Wine & Dine” program, both available now through the end of the year. Featuring two courses encompassing 27 spectacular holes of golf, Makai Golf Club is situated in the renowned Princeville Resort community on Kauai’s north shore.  The course’s new Unlimited Golf Package, valid for play through December 31, offers players three full days of golf--as many holes as they can play on the 18-hole Makai and 9-hole Woods courses. www.makaigolf.com

Aston Hotels and Resorts
Back by popular demand, Aston Hotels & Resorts special ’50 Days of Aloha’ rates are available through September 4 for isle vacations from August 21 - December 21. These are the lowest rates of the year and are perfect for a Kauai get-away. Rates are available at all four of Aston’s Kauai resorts: Aston Poipu Kai, Aston Islander on the Beach, Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages and the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel. www.astonhotels.com/50days

Castle Resorts & Hotels
Swell Summer Savings have arrived 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 at its Kauai properties, the following rates are offered for summer:

  • Castle Makahuena at Poipu, $235 per night, garden view
  • Castle Poipu Shores, $329 per night, oceanfront
  • Castle Kaha Lani, $189 per night, one-bedroom ocean view condo
  • Castle at Princeville, $155 per night, one-bedroom mountain view condo

www.castleresorts.com.

UPCOMING KAUAI EVENTS

Koloa Plantation Days – July 20-29
Koloa Plantation Days is held on Kauai’s south shore every year in July. The many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, and the Hawaiians who welcomed them, are celebrated through music, dance, costumes, and food throughout this nine-day festival. www.koloaplantationdays.com

Heiva I Kauai Ia Orana Tahiti – August 4-5
This unique 2-day festival showcases Tahitian culture. Tahitian dance groups and soloists from Kauai, U.S. and Japan compete in categories for traditional and contemporary styles of Tahitian dance and drumming. Crafts and food vendors sell a wide variety of food choices and gift products both days. 808-822-9447

Kauai Aloha Festivals, August 25 – October 20
Kauai Aloha Festivals was created to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and will showcase Hawaiian music, dance, cuisine, arts and cultural practices. Kauai residents and visitors will have the opportunity to observe time-honored protocol and traditions in association with the Hawaiian culture as well as experience a broad range of Hawaiian dance, music and food. www.kauaialohafestivals.net

The Kauai Marathon – September 2
The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon are one of the most beautiful destination races in the world today. This race is a great way to combine a unique experience and a get-away that only the Garden Island can offer. Participants pass hula dancers and Taiko drum troops along the course while viewing striking mountain views. www.thekauaimarathon.com

Kauai Mokihana Festival – September 16-22
The Kauai Mokihana Festival incorporates Hawaiian and contemporary music, Hawaiian language, crafts, lectures, and history, with hula performances by men, women, and hula halau (schools). Proceeds raised support the Malie Foundation and the Malie Scholarship. www.mailefoundation.org

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 Kaua‘i 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.

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