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Emele Freiberg
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For Immediate Release

May 01, 2013

KAUAI: WHAT'S BLOOMING ON THE GARDEN ISLE

LIHUE, KAUAI – Let your love blossom this spring by visiting the most romantic island in the U.S. – Kauai – as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. On Kauai, visitors can immerse themselves in the alluring lush natural beauty of an idyllic place that is fondly referred to as the Garden Island.

“Kauai is the ideal getaway for vacationers seeking an escape from winter and the rejuvenation that comes with spring,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “Whether you are looking for a romantic escape, outdoor adventure, or a memorable family vacation, Kauai offers a fascinating diversity of activities spectacular natural setting that makes it enjoyable for everyone.”

The following are updates and information about the newest happenings, specials and events that are “blooming” on the Garden Isle of Kauai this spring.

WHAT’S NEW

Love is All Around on Kauai
No island knows romance like the Garden Isle. Readers of Travel + Leisure recently voted Kauai as the most romantic island in the U.S. As stated in the magazine, readers chose Kauai for its “dramatic scenery – primeval rainforest and photo-ready waterfalls.” The publication also noted that Kauai “has enough film credits to rival those of an A-list actor, including The Descendants, Avatar, and the steamy noir Body Heat.”

Kauai Museum Presents the Hawaiian Paina Every First Friday and Storytelling
The Kauai Museum is proud to present its new Hawaiian Paina every first Friday of the month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For just $15 visitors and residents can enjoy live Hawaiian music in the newly renovated courtyard along with the award-winning culinary favorites of Kauai’s Chef Mark Oyama. The Hawaiian Paina is the perfect compliment to the Historic Walking Tour of Lihue that also takes place on the first Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m. This spring, the museum will also introduce storytelling events for all ages, from children’s authors for the keiki (children) to traditional Hawaiian lore as told by our kupuna (elders). Other new activities offered include a hands-on cultural experiences where everyone can truly share in the Hawaiian culture and become part of Kauai by painting with local artists, learning the art of Hawaiian lei making, and participating in Hawaiian ceremonies. www.kauaimuseum.com

Kauai's East Side Resorts Unite
A group of nine dedicated property managers on Kauai’s east side have collaborated to formally organize as the Royal Coconut Coast Association. The new non-profit association was established to broaden awareness about the destination appeal of the Wailua to Kapaa corridor, known for its acres of majestic royal palm trees. The association notes the area’s convenient location, abundance of activities and moderate lodging rates as key attractions to travelers. www.royalcoconutcoast.com

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse Celebrates 100 Years
The Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year with a traditional Hawaiian rededication of the Lighthouse on May 4. The lighthouse has undergone an extensive restoration and was renamed on April 9, 2013, in honor of the late Senator Inouye and his longtime support of conservation in Hawaii, and especially the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. wwwkilaueapoint.org

New VIP Ranch Movie Tour
The St. Regis Princeville has partnered with Kipu Kai Ranch to create a VIP movie tour, which offers an intimate, rare glimpse at some of Kauai’s celebrated movie locations. Developed exclusively for St. Regis Princeville guests, the tour is offered on the lush Kipu Ranch, a working cattle ranch once owned by Hawaiian royalty. Only top guides are selected to lead tours, which include visiting the most scenic areas of the 3,000 acres of Kipu Ranch. Families are taken on a Kawasaki 750 Teryx-4 vehicle, which provides maximum safety, comfort and closeness to nature. www.stregisprinceville.com

New App Showcases Kauai’s Beaches
A new iPhone app, the Kauai Beach Guide, is making it easy for anyone to find their perfect beach when visiting the Garden Isle. The app provides a wealth of information on Kauai’s beaches, including location, activities, safety, and facilities offered, as well as color-coded designations as to a beach’s safety level. Other tools include a fully interactive GPS-enabled map, detailed beach information, area history, ocean and weather reports, along with information on water safety, child-friendly beaches, marine life, and how to “go green” while staying on Kauai. The Kauai Beach Guide is available for 99 cents and is available on iTunes for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, or by visiting www.beachtoolz.com.

Alaska Airlines Launching San Diego – Lihue Service
Alaska Airlines is launching nonstop service between San Diego, California, and Kauai in 2013. The new nonstop route will begin on June 7 and will be introduced as a daily flight during peak travel months until August 24. The flight will then operate four times weekly. www.alaskaair.com

The Cliffs at Princeville Completes $5 Million Renovation
The Cliffs at Princeville has completed a $5 million property makeover, including the installation of new hardwood floors, custom-made Polynesian furniture, quilted Hawaiian bedspreads, new Hawaiian artwork, new recreation room, waterfall-fed pools, and keiki playground.

The Cliffs at Princeville will be hosting its first-ever Winemakers Dinner and Private Wine Tasting on May 31 and June 1, featuring Jon Phillips, owner and winemaker of Inspiration Vineyards from the Russian River area of California. www.cliffsatprinceville.com

Beach House Restaurant Completes Renovation
The popular Poipu restaurant, the Beach House, recently completed a $500,000 renovation. Along with interior accents and upgrades to the décor and furniture, the bar and kitchen areas were also renovated to create improvements in efficiency and to maximize space. The entire restaurant renovation was heavily focused around energy efficiency and bringing Kauai's stunning natural beauty indoors to the dining area.

The readers of Travel + Leisure recently voted the Beach House as one of the most romantic restaurants in the U.S. Only 37 restaurants in the nation made the list, and the Beach House was the only one recognized from Hawaii. www.the-beach-house.com

Roberts Hawaii Introduces Poipu Shuttle Service
Roberts Hawaii has introduced its “Sunny Poipu Express Shuttle” to carry visitors between Lihue Airport and the Poipu Resort area. Guests will be greeted at the airport and presented with shell lei and provided with luggage assistance. The shuttle stops at each of the resorts in Poipu and once there, visitors are able to rent hybrid or electric cars by the hour or day through Green Car Hawaii. www.robertshawaii.com/pbra

Nine, Wine and Dine at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Guests at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas can delight in a refreshing day of golf, wine and island cuisine with the resort’s “Nine, Wine and Dine” program. The weekly event invites guests for a special 9-hole outing at the Makai Golf Club, followed by a wine tasting at Nanea Restaurant and Bar. End the evening with a delectable five-course Tasting Journey dinner that highlights local farmers, fishermen and flavors. Cost is $130 per player; call 808-827-8808 for more information and reservations.

Enjoy the View at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
A new webcam has been installed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, providing a bird’s-eye view of the lush grounds, meandering pools and Pacific Ocean. Get a glimpse of the Poipu weather in real-time. Whether it’s a sun filled day with swaying palm tress or the tropical feel of the warm, tiki torchlights you’re wishing to see, click to view. www.grandhyattkauai.com

Kauai Beach Resort Expands Naupaka Café and Introduces Oceanfront Massage Cabana
The popular Naupaka Café at the Kauai Beach Resort will be relocating and expanding into Shutters Lounge in April. Guests will enjoy an executive lounge ambiance with morning news, sports and weather channels, a selection of newspapers and complimentary WiFi daily. The Café will offer indoor or open-air lanai seating with selections of beverages and convenient grab-and-go breakfast options. The Hawaiian Rainforest Spa at the Kauai Beach Resort is pleased to unveil its enchanting Oceanfront Massage Cabana for couples and singles. The private cabana is secluded near the soothing sounds of the ocean and fresh sea air and provides the ultimate backdrop for a relaxing and therapeutic massage treatment. www.kauaibeachresorthawaii.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 experience on Kauai. The Club at Kukuiula, 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 Course by Golf Magazine and Best New Golf Course by Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” listing. 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

Photo Safari Hawaii Announces New National Tropical Botanical Garden Tour
Photo Safari Hawaii introduces “A Walk in Queen Emma’s Garden,” the first private photo ecotour of the Allerton and McBryde National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Lawai Valley. This four-hour tour helps to enhance your photography skills while focusing on landscape design and grants you exclusive access to the McBryde Waterfall. Both gardens showcase the botanical importance of native plants and provide a stunning photography canvas for any skill level.  www.photosafarihawaii.com

Outfitters Kauai Introduces New Tandem Ziplines
Outfitters Kauai is excited to announce the addition of three new tandem ziplines this fall. The new lines will pass over three separate waterfalls on the pristine Kipu Ranch and will range in length between 800 feet and 1,200 feet. Incorporating Outfitters Kauai’s existing zipline course, these new lines will highlight the spectacular views and thrilling adventure as guests soar over lush valleys side by side. www.outfitterskauai.com

Koloa Zipline, Kauai’s Newest Zipline Course
Koloa Zipline has debuted with eight ziplines on its course located on the south side of the island. Koloa Zipline’s “Waita” line is the longest on the island coming in at 2,500 feet and glides across the Waita reservoir, which is the largest reservoir in Hawaii. The entire course is 1.5 miles long and is located on the beautiful Grove Farm land that offers marvelous views of a variety of ecosystems. Koloa Zipline is committed to the preservation of the natural beauty and rich history of the land. www.koloazipline.com

New Executive Chef for Sheraton Kauai Resort
Roger Liang has been appointed the new executive chef for Sheraton Kauai Resort. He is overseeing all of the resort’s food and beverage operations, including one of the south shore’s newest hotspots, RumFire Poipu Beach. Liang previously served as the resort’s executive sous chef, and had an integral role in revitalizing its culinary program.

KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS

Whalers Cove Resort
Whalers Cove, a private collection of luxury beach condo rentals with stunning ocean views in Poipu is offering a 10 percent discount on all new bookings through June 15. The resort was also named a “Top Vacation Rental” in 2012 by Flipkey, TripAdvisor’s vacation rental website.  www.whalerscoveresort.com

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach
Koloa Landing is introducing “Save Kauai,” an eco-friendly package inspired by those dedicated to preserving the island. By agreeing to towel, trash, soap and full cleanings every three days, Koloa Landing will give you a $50 credit that may be redeemed at the Gourmet Marketplace and Kamaaina Surf & Beach Club for groceries, sundries, beach rentals and more. Also included is an “I Saved Kauai” bracelet that grants you special discounts at the neighboring Shops at Kukuiula Village. www.koloalandingresort.com or (808) 240-6600

Sheraton Kauai Resort
Romantic moments will be forever etched in your memory with Sheraton Kauai Resort’s “Mau Loa” package. Named after the Hawaiian word for “forever,” Mau Loa offers daily rates starting at $417 per night, which includes comfortable deluxe oceanfront accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne upon check in, convertible rental car for the duration of your stay, a private Halelani bungalow dinner for two overlooking Poipu Beach and one-day use of a private, oceanfront poolside bungalow. A minimum four-night stay is required for this special offer for travel dates through December 25, 2013. www.sheraton-kauai.com or (866) 716-8140.

The Westin Princeville 5th Anniversary Koa Promotion
Two hundred feet above breathtaking Anini Beach, The Westin Princeville blends into the serene surroundings of Kauai’s north shore. This refreshing island retreat is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with the delightful Koa promotion. Offering daily rates starting at $375 per night, this limited-time promotion includes every fifth-night free, a five-course Journey Dinner at Nanea Restaurant and Bar for two and two signature cocktails. For guests choosing one-bedroom villa accommodations, daily breakfast for two is also included. This promotion is available through June 18, 2013 for travel dates through December 31, 2013. www.westinprinceville.com

Golf Lovers Stay and Play at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas’ “Stay and Play” package offers two revitalizing rounds of golf at the world-renowned Prince Course with a minimum four-night stay. The Prince Course was ranked as Golf Digest’s #1 Golf Course in Hawaii and two rounds of golf are inclusive of a golf cart, practice balls prior to each round, personalized bag tag and complimentary use of rental clubs. The nightly “Stay and Play” package rates start at $345 for a Deluxe Island-View Studio and $460 for a Deluxe Island-View One-Bedroom Villa, valid now through December 31, 2013. www.westinprinceville.com

UPCOMING KAUAI EVENTS



Kauai Polynesian Festival – May 24-26
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 Sixth Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival – June 26-29
National and local jazz and blues artists will play at the 6th Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival on Kauai in an ocean-view outdoor setting at Kauai Lagoons, featuring Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers. The four-day event offers local evening jam sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, a 2-hour jazz workshop on Thursday, a "Meet the Artists" party on Friday and the main concert late afternoon and evening on Saturday. Taste locally grown foods and wine while enjoying a full line up of top blues and jazz artists. www.redclayjazz.org

Koloa Plantation Days – July 19-28
Over 25 events celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Kauai's south shore communities of Poipu and Koloa during this 10-day family-orientated festival. Each year, the festival brings visitors and residents together to learn about Koloa’s multicultural history, experience a diverse range of local foods, cultural and activities, explore the area’s unique ecology and archaeology, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the south shore’s resorts, golf courses, and other neighborhood venues. www.koloaplantationdays.com

Heiva I Kauai Ia Orana Tahiti – August 3-4
This unique two-day festival showcases the Tahitian culture at Kapaa Beach Park. Tahitian dance groups and soloists from Kauai, Hawai‘i, the U.S. Mainland, and Japan will compete in categories for traditional and contemporary styles of Tahitian dance and drumming. Craft and food vendors will be selling a wide variety of food items and gift products on both days. 808-822-9447

5th Annual Kauai Marathon – September 1
Save the date for the 5th Annual Kauai Marathon taking place on Sunday, September 1 in sunny Poipu. The Kauai Marathon was just named as one of the top 100 road races in North America by Bestroadraces.com. Runners may enjoy either the full marathon or half marathon distances. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa will be the headquarters hotel and will host the Fitness Expo, Event Registration, Fun Run, and more.  www.thekauaimarathon.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 – Hawai‘i’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.

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