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KAUAI: WHAT'S BLOOMING IN THE GARDEN ISLE - SEPTEMBER 2018
Kiawe Roots Now Open in Poipu
Kiawe Roots recently opened in P?‘ipu at The Shops at Kukuiula with a menu matching southern smoked barbecue with Asian and Latin flavors. The roots of Kiawe Roots go back to spring 2017 and owner/operators Mark and Tricia Ruiz’s launch of their food truck Roots in Culture. As the truck’s first anniversary in business approached, the Ruiz’s were presented with an opportunity to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Kiawe Roots is the result, open for brunch, happy hour and dinner. For more information, call (808) 631-3622, or visit https://eatatkiawe.com.
Tasting Kauai Continues Under New Ownership
Culinary tour company Tasting Kauai is now being led by new owner Dr. Addison Bulosan, a Kauai native who returned to the island in 2014 with a love for food made on Kauai. Tasting Kauai offers culinary journeys of the Garden Island, taking guests to specialty food stores, famous local restaurants and food trucks. Bulosan plans to expand tour offerings to include historic Hanapepe town on the island’s west side and Lihue, including the Farmer’s Market at Kauai Community College. Tasting Kauai currently operates food tours to the north shore, south shore and east side of the island. For more information, visit www.tastingkauai.com.
Monkeypod Jam Tasting Experience
Meet Monkeypod Jam Founder Aletha Thomas at the Jam Shop every Thursday from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Guests will enjoy a sample flight of three pupu highlighting the jam’s preserves, while learning the history of Monkeypod Jam and its philosophy. Get an in-depth look at what is currently in season on the Garden Island as well as a fruit prep demonstration. Guests will have the opportunity to sample Monkeypod Jam’s full line of seasonal preserves, plus receive 10% off all preserve purchases while there. The Jam Tasting Experience costs $25 and is located at Monkeypod Jam in Lawai. For more information, visit https://monkeypodjam.com.
Maverick Helicopters Takes Flight on Kauai
Maverick Helicopters, a division of Maverick Aviation Group, has expanded its tour operations in the Hawaiian Islands with the addition of aerial adventures on Kauai. Guests can choose from two helicopter experiences showcasing the Garden Island’s natural beauty: the Kauai Explorer and Kauai Discovery tours. Maverick Helicopters operates Airbus EC130 ECO-Star aircraft, which offer a spacious cabin seating up to seven passengers, voice-activated headsets, theater-style leather seating and wraparound windows for superior visibility. For more information, call (808) 241-7999, or visit www.flymaverick.com.
Aqua Kauai Beach Resort Offers Dive-In Movies by the Pool
Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is now offering poolside Dive-In Movies every Friday at dusk. Registered guests are invited to lounge poolside and enjoy a complimentary Hawaii-themed or Hawaii-filmed movie while stargazing as the night falls. Movie snacks are available for purchase. For more information, call (808) 245-1955.
Holo Holo Charters Partners with National Tropical Botanical Garden
Holo Holo Charters has teamed up with the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) for its Na Waiwai Garden and Sailing adventure tour. The new, guided land-and-sea tour takes guests on a walk through NTBG’s gardens to learn about the history of Hawaiian cultural sustainability practices, followed by a relaxing sunset dinner sail along Kauai’s south shore. Tickets for the tour are priced at $225 per person, plus tax. Fifty percent of all tour ticket sales go back to the nonprofit NTBG as a donation. For more information, call (808) 335-0815.
Whalers Cove Receives TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award
Whalers Cove Resort in Poipu recently received a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame award for achieving a 5-Star Excellence in Service rating from the travel and restaurant information website’s users for five consecutive years. Whalers Cove offers oceanfront condo accommodations on Kauai’s south shore. All condo units include a full-size kitchen, washer and dryer combo, and an outdoor patio. For a limited time, Whalers Cove is offering a 20 percent discount on bookings for stays of seven nights or longer, with advance payment. For more information, visit www.whalerscoveresort.com.
KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS
Play Golf and Stay at the new Hokuala – A Timbers Resort
Hokuala – A Timbers Resort’s grand opening Stay and Play golf package offers travelers an opportunity to experience the new Kauai resort firsthand. Guests will enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and world-class golf on the resort’s Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, which boasts the longest stretch of oceanfront golf holes in Hawaii. The Stay and Play package includes a four-night stay in a private ocean view residence, three rounds of golf per person, private round-trip airport transfers and daily breakfast. For more information, visit www.hokualakauai.com.
Sheraton Kauai Resort Launches Wedding Packages
Sheraton Kauai Resort has launched three new wedding packages, featuring a selection of four oceanfront ceremony locations for gatherings of up to 200 guests. Each package – the Mailelii (starting at $5,250), Leilehua (starting at $7,750) and the Aloha Mokihana (starting at $9,750) – provides a wedding officiant, a musician and wedding coordination. Couples booking one of the packages can also select up to five inclusions, ranging from complimentary room nights and dining experiences to a poolside bungalow rental and car rental. For more information, visit www.sheraton-kauai.com, or call (808) 742-1661.
Weekly Haku Lei-Making Classes at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is now offering haku lei-making classes as part of its Hawaiian cultural programming. The Hawaiian word haku, when referencing the craft of lei making, means “to arrange or braid.” Guests will learn the craft of weaving lei poo – lei worn on the head – led by resort staff. The resort’s lei-making class is offered weekly on Thursdays at $20 per participant. For more information, visit www.westinprinceville.com, or call (808) 827-8700.
Garden Island Chocolate Offers Tour Discounts
For a limited time, Garden Island Chocolate – which offers all-you-can-eat chocolate tastings on Kauai’s north shore – is also offering a 10 percent discount on all of its tours. Garden Island Chocolate tours are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. For more information, or to book a tour online, visit www.gardenislandchocolate.com and use the promo code: 10%OFF.
Koa Kea Hotel and Resort’s Island Splendor Experience Provides Rejuvenation
Koa Kea Hotel and Resort at Poipu Beach recently launched its Island Splendor package, offering guests several amenities designed for rejuvenation. These include a Koloa Rum Sunset Mai Tai in-room experience, a private sunset dinner sail with views of the magnificent Napali Coast, a five-course wine-pairing dinner at its restaurant Red Salt crafted by Executive Chef Noelani Planas, a Hawaiian Renewal couples massage in a private oceanfront cabana, and a keepsake Koa Kea spa robe. The four-day Island Splendor package starts at $5,000 per night and is available through December 31, 2018. To book the package, visit www.koakea.com, or call (877) 276-0768 for more information.
Warm Aloha Spirit Package Debuts at Koa Kea Hotel and Resort
Visit Kauai with Koa Kea Hotel and Resort’s new Warm Aloha Spirit package and receive more than $400 in savings. Guests will receive a $75 credit for use at The Spa at Koa Kea, daily breakfast for two, and a chef’s tasting menu at the resort’s restaurant Red Salt. For more information, visit www.koakea.com, or call (877) 276-0768.
Book Kauai Movie Adventure Online and Save
Spend vacation time on a Kauai excursion exploring the island’s most famous film locations and save nearly $25 per couple when booking online. Polynesian Adventure Tours’ Kauai Movie Adventure takes guests to multiple locations where major films including Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Descendants, Blue Hawaii and more were filmed. For tour bookings, visit www.polyad.com/tour/movietour.
Wyndham Extra Holidays Offers Resort Suites at Four Kauai Properties
Guests of Wyndham Extra Holidays can enjoy spacious suites accompanied by a variety of amenities at four Kauai resorts: Wyndham Ka Eo Kai, Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy, Wyndham Bali Hai Villas and Wyndham Shearwater. Guests opting to explore the Garden Island with Wyndham will save up to 20 percent. For more information, visit www.vacationhawaii.com.
UPCOMING KAUAI EVENTS
Hammers N’ Ales 2018, October 13
The second annual Hammers N’ Ales fundraiser is set for October 13, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club, featuring Kauai restaurants, beer from Hawaii and mainland craft brewers, live music and family fun. Participating restaurants will include Merriman’s Fish House, Keoki’s Paradise, Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Kitchen at Papaya’s, The Right Slice, and Lava Lava Beach Club. Early VIP entry on the day of the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Presale tickets are available for $75 and $85 on the day of the event. All event proceeds will benefit Kauai Habitat for Humanity. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit https://bit.ly/2wxrUtA.
Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival, October 13
The beauty of Kokee’s mountain forests is celebrated in hula, Hawaiian music and chant at the annual Eo e Emalani i Alakai festival, happening this year on October 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kokee State Park. The festival, which celebrates Hawai‘i Queen Emma’s 1871 visit to the Kokee area, features a reenactment of her entourage’s arrival on horseback, which will begin at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public, Eo e Emalani i Alakai will feature exhibits, crafts, a silent auction and delicious food. For more information, visit kokee.org or call (808) 335-9975.
Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival, October 19, 20
The annual Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival is set for October 19 and 20 in historic Hanapepe town. The public is invited to celebrate all things chocolate and coffee on Kauai with samplings, educational displays and workshops, entertainment and exhibitor booths featuring an array of chocolate and coffee products. The street festival will also include farm tours, informational classes, workshops and demonstrations, live entertainment, a chocolate and coffee pampering station, a silent auction, children’s activities and more. For more information, visit www.kauaichocolateandcoffeefestival.com.
Poipu Food and Wine Festival, November 7-10
Poipu Beach Resort Association is set to host its third annual Poipu Food and Wine Festival, from November 7-10. The four-day event celebrates Kauai’s diverse culinary resources and talents, and supports the Culinary Arts Program at Kauai Community College. For more information, visit www.poipufoodandwinefestival.com.
Fourth Annual Kauai Writers Conference, November 9-11
Some of the publishing industry’s most influential writers, literary agents and publishers will be on Kauai from November 9-11 for the fourth annual Kauai Writers Conference, happening at the Kauai Marriott Resort. Renowned authors will include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley and Hawaii-born writer Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of the novel The Descendants, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning 2011 film. Attendees can participate in small-group discussions, workshops, and group and individual consultations, and will have the opportunity to set up one-on-one pitch sessions and manuscript critiques with top literary agents. In addition to attending the conference, participants can also take part in pre-conference master classes, set for November 5-9, which will focus on fiction, memoirs, screenwriting, poetry and more. For more information, visit www.kauaiwritersconference.com.
KAUAI – HAWAII’S ISLAND OF DISCOVERY
Also known as the Garden Island, Kauai offers a landscape largely green and verdant with flora from mountain to ocean. You’ll find more than 50 miles of white sand beach on Kauai – more beaches per mile than any other island in Hawaii. The island’s natural wonders include 3,567-foot-deep Waimea Canyon – which is often called The Grand Canyon of the Pacific – and the towering 3,000-plus-foot sea cliffs of the Napali Coast.
Kauai’s abundance of outdoor activities – which include kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline tours, and helicopter and boat tours – offer memorable vacation experiences for the entire family.
For more information about Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery – visit www.kauaidiscovery.com, or call the Kauai Visitors Bureau at (800) 262-1400. You can also follow the bureau’s Kauai updates on Twitter (@kauaidiscovery), Instagram (@kauaidiscovery), or by liking the Kauai Visitors Bureau Facebook page.
The Kauai Visitors Bureau is a division of Hawaii Tourism United States (HTUSA), which is managed by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and contracted for marketing management services in the United States by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency. 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.