Anthology Marketing Group
Pua Sterling
Senior Account Executive
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April 26, 2011


LIHUE, KAUAI – Travel from California’s Bay Area to the beautiful island of Kauai will become much easier starting next week with the launch of Alaska Airlines’ first-ever nonstop flights from San Jose (March 27) and Oakland (March 28).

Kauai’s visitor industry is elated with the start of Alaska’s new service and the added convenience available to travelers from Silicon Valley and the East Bay when making their escape to rejuvenate on the scenic Garden Island.
“We congratulate Alaska Airlines on starting its Bay Area service to Kauai and bringing to travelers a visitor-friendly flight schedule and direct access to one of the world’s most beautiful settings,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau.

“Kauai’s unmatched splendor and sense of serenity makes it a favorite place of travelers from northern California, especially with those who want to get away from it all and be revitalized by nature’s beauty,” added Kanoho. “Kauai is uniquely special as a destination experience, and travelers who come here tend to keep coming back for that reason.”

Starting March 27, Alaska Airlines Flight #863 will depart Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport three days weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 7:50 a.m. and arrive at Kauai’s Lihue Airport at 10:29 a.m. Return Flight #868 will depart Lihue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 2:20 p.m. and arrive in San Jose at 10:40 p.m.

The following day, March 28, Alaska Flight #879 will depart Oakland International Airport four days weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:50 a.m. and arrive at Lihue Airport at 10:29 a.m. Return Flight #886 will depart Lihue on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 2:20 p.m. and arrive in Oakland at 10:40 p.m.

Alaska will operate the daily Kauai flights using its Boeing 737-800 aircraft seating 157 passengers, with 16 seats in First Class and 141 seats in Coach Class. Altogether, the combined service from San Jose and Oakland will add more than 57,000 seats annually to Kauai’s tourism economy.

Passengers on the inaugural flights departing San Jose and Oakland will be treated to Hawaiian music, hula, and Kauai Coffee at the boarding gate, and greeted with the fresh flower lei of Kauai upon arrival by representatives of the Kauai Visitors Bureau.

Together, the flights will provide travelers living in the East Bay and South Bay areas with daily service to an island renowned for its spectacular natural beauty and breathtaking ocean and landscape vistas. Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Kauai as “Hawaii’s Best Island” for the past two straight years and three of the past five years.

Kauai is also a favorite location for film and TV productions, and the island’s tropical beauty can be seen in three major motion pictures debuting this year, Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp, and The Descendants, starring George Clooney.

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.

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.
A wealth of outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline aerial tours, helicopter and boat tours, offer memorable vacation experiences for the whole family.

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