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The Islands of Hawaii

McNeil Wilson Communications
Emele Freiberg
Senior Account Supervisor
(808) 539-3440

For Immediate Release

February 12, 2014


LIHUE, KAUAI – Escape the chill of winter and relax on the warm, white sandy beaches of Kauai, where the island’s cool blue waters and lush green mountains call for an exhilarating adventure to discover nature’s captivating splendor.

“A trip to beautiful Kauai is the perfect way to get away from the harsh temperatures currently being felt around the U.S.,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “Visitors can forget about the cold winter by enjoying a wide variety of outdoor water activities including kayaking on the Wailua River, snorkeling at one of Kauai’s lagoons, sailing to the Napali Coast, and mountain tubing down an old plantation irrigation ditch.”

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


Kauai Named Best Anniversary Destination

Kauai’s reputation as a premier destination for romance has received a big endorsement, being ranked #1 as the “Best Anniversary Destination” worldwide by the readers of 10Best and USA TODAY. The 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards is determined by the votes of readers over a four-week period, many of whom certainly have enjoyed Kauai’s romantic allure.

Tasting Kauai Adds New Food Tour

Tasting Kauai has added a third edible experience to its food tour roster. “A Taste of Kilohana” offers a seasonal taste of Kilohana Plantation. Amidst lush landscaping and pineapple fields, the exclusive tour will teach guests how to make Gaylord’s signature mai tai with fresh-pressed sugarcane and lime juice at Mahiko Lounge, and includes an off-the-menu, three-course, locally sourced meal by executive chef Todd Barrett that’s served in the Private Dining Room of the historic Wilcox Mansion. Tasting Kauai donates a portion of all proceeds to the Kauai Branch of the Hawaii Food Bank.

Princeville Ranch Adventures Introduces Professional Zipline Action Photography

Take home professionally shot zipline photos without all the fuzz and blur! Princeville Ranch Adventures and Snapsportz have introduced a state-of-the-art automatic camera system designed to capture professional action images on the Zip N’ Dip and Zip Express tours. Photos are automatically snapped as guests zip across scenic valleys in the ranch interior. They can either be printed or saved onto a souvenir USB stick to take home for a memory of a lifetime!

Hawaiian Surfing Adventures Offers New SUP Yoga Classes

Experience Kauai's enchanting Hanalei River while practicing yoga on a stand-up paddleboard! Classes are 90 minutes and include everything you need to enjoy the experience of a lifetime, as well as digital images of your session. All classes are taught by Yoga Alliance certified instructors who have trained at Yoga Hanalei under well renowned Bhavani Maki. SUP YOGA classes will have boards, anchors, and water provided. Private yoga will have mats, bricks, straps, bolsters (yoga props) provided.

Zip Toward the Sunset with Koloa Zipline

Koloa Zipline invites guests to race the setting sun and zip under the stars with their newest and most challenging zipline adventure tour, the Sunset Zip. This tour highlights the views of Kauai’s beautiful south shore sunsets, challenges guests to find brighter stars in the sky, and tests their senses by zipping Kauai’s longest ziplines in the dark. The tour is offered every day at 5:00 p.m. for a 3.5 to 4-hour tour to zip through eight lines. The last few lines on the Sunset Zip are done in the dark with headlights and flashlights provided.

Koloa Rum Co. Introduces Kauai Coconut Rum

Koloa Rum Co. is proud to announce the “Newest Member of our Ohana – Kauai Coconut Rum!” Launched in August at the Tasting Room and Company Store at Kilohana Plantation in Lihue, Kauai Coconut Rum is flying off the shelves. It has a creamy toasted coconut flavor with a hint of tropical vanilla. The new rum will soon be available throughout Hawaii, California and Illinois and by special order in Washington, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Kauai Beach Resort Completes Food & Beverage Makeover

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort has created an enhanced dining experience. Snuggle up to the cozy sixfoot circular fire pit at the Shutters Fireside Lounge and enjoy the romantic ambiance created by newly installed custom artwork glass by Jules Cannon of Sun Solutions at the Naupaka Terrace. Shutters Café also has a new location and updated concept. The café is open from 6:00 to 11:00 a.m. daily, serving breakfast items including house-baked muffins and bagels, and freshly brewed coffees, espressos, cappuccino, lattes and teas. For more information, visit

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Resort Unveils The Koloa Landing Spa

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Resort has unveiled its newest amenity – The Koloa Landing Spa. Guests can now be pampered in a relaxing and spacious spa which draws its concept from the rich natural landscape that Kauai embodies, woven together with a modern and understated, yet sophisticated design. The Spa consists of a reception area with retail space, locker rooms, pretreatment area, manicure and pedicure suite, and private treatment rooms including couples rooms with a private outdoor lanai.

“You Dine, We Donate” at Sheraton Kauai Resort
Guests at Sheraton Kauai Resort have the opportunity to enjoy a great night of dining to support a worthy cause through the “You Dine, We Donate” program at its signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu Beach. More than $34,000 has been donated to local charities since its inception in October 2012. Sheraton Kauai Resort donates all of its net proceeds for food & beverage at its sunset view Table #53 each month. Patrons simply request to sit at Table #53 to participate. Organizations that benefit from the fundraiser include Kauai United Way, American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, Kauai Independent Food Bank and Kauai Lifeguard Association. For more information about RumFire Poipu Beach and Sheraton Kauai Resort, contact Sheraton Kauai Resort at (808) 742-1661 or visit

Enjoy an Island-Style Breakfast at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas introduces its new island-inspired breakfast at Nanea Restaurant & Bar. Guests have the option to choose from a la carte breakfast menu items artfully infused with island touches such as Kalua Pork Benedicts with caramelized onions and lilikoi hollandaise sauce, or from the “Breakfast Table” buffet selection featuring breakfast essentials such as fluffy scrambled eggs, pastries, Portuguese sausage, and fresh tropical fruit.

Photo Safari Hawaii Presents Weekly Kauai Photography Workshops

Photo Safari Hawaii is now offering weekly Kauai Photography Workshops in the lush Lawai Valley on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This 3.5 to 4-hour photography workshop is a terrific opportunity to learn fine art photography skills and have exclusive access to Kauai’s hidden waterfall. Tours include an annual membership to the National Tropical Botanical Garden and round trip transportation from hotel.


Enjoy Two Destinations in One on The Garden Isle

Experience the genuine aloha spirit and a diverse island experience as you discover the exciting south shore and serene north shore of Kauai with the “Discover Kauai” package. This joint package includes accommodations in a Deluxe Ocean Front room at Sheraton Kauai Resort, a Deluxe Island View Studio Villa at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas and a compact car from Dollar Rent A Car. The Discover Kauai package is offered at $339 per night and requires a minimum two-night stay at each property, based on availability for stays through December 25, 2014. To book your getaway or for more information, call (866) 837-4254 and ask for the DISCOVER rate plan, or visit

“Practice & Play” with Poipu Bay Golf Course’s 3-Hole Program

Poipu Bay Golf Course has introduced a new program, providing golfers with the opportunity to practice at the range and play three holes on the spectacular oceanfront course. For a cost of $25, golfers can “Practice & Play” by booking a check-in time between 3:00-4:00 p.m., any day of the week. Players are provided with range balls and the use of the practice facility until 5:00 p.m., as well as a golf cart and access to play the course’s first three holes (par 3, 4, and 5) for a wellrounded practice session. To book tee times or for more information, call (800) 858-6300 or visit

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Resort Offers Eco-Friendly Package
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 grocercies, 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. or (808) 240-6600


Heritage of Aloha Hoolaulea – February 21-22

Enjoy two nights of free entertainment in the heart of Waimea town at the Heritage of Aloha Hoolaulea, a highlight of the Waimea Town Celebration and Kauai’s largest and oldest annual festival on the west side of the island. Celebrate Waimea’s history and enjoy ono (delicious) food, pick up a souvenir from at the craft fair, and have fun with the keiki (kids) with games and carnival rides. Friday’s entertainment lineup showcases traditional Hawaiian music with performances by Mahealani Yamashita, Sean Naauau, and Ekolu, while Saturday features contemporary Hawaiian and island reggae with guest performers including George Kahumoku, Jr., Pono Breeze, The Green Stone Project, and Manao Company.

Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai – March 15-19

Celebrate Prince Kuhio’s birthday with a multitude of cultural and educational events spanning over two weeks at locations throughout Kauai. Prince Kuhio was born on Kauai, and was one of Hawaii’s most beloved monarchs. In honor of his efforts to foster Hawaiian cultural values, the Prince Kuhio Celebration offers a wide variety of interactive educational sessions about Hawaiian cultural practices, arts and crafts, and opportunities to sample local foods and to attend luaus, traditional rodeos, and an outrigger canoe race. New to the line-up this year is the Makauwahi Cave Tour, a treasure trove of indigenous and endemic plant species and archaeological research. The Royal Order of Kamehameha has also added an exclusive tour of Prince Kuhio’s birthplace.

Musical Legends in the Garden – April 5

Kick off the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s 50th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 5 with spectacular performances by top local musicians in the beautiful open-air lawn of NTBG’s Southshore Visitors Center. The award winning trio, Hawaiian Legends, comprised of Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi and Mike Kaawa, headlines this must-see concert. 13-time Grammy winner, Jerry Douglas will also take the stage for the first time in Kauai for an enchanting dobro number. Musical Legends in the Garden also features performances by the Nathan Aweau, Jeff Peterson and Benny Chong Trio, The Hanalei Bay Trio, and the children’s choir of Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha. Concert begins at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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 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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