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Anthology Marketing Group
Pua Sterling
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pua.sterling@anthologygroup.com

July 01, 2014

WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - JULY/AUGUST 2014

NEW DEVELOPMENTS
Montage Hotels & Resorts announced the grand opening of Montage Kapalua Bay, spanning 24 acres on Maui’s northwest coast. The property, formerly the residences at Kapalua Bay underwent a $15 million renovation to upgrade suites and property amenities. The new oceanfront resort features one to four bedroom accommodations, a spa and recreational activities, and signature dining experiences at “Cane & Canoe” restaurant. MontageHotels.com/KapaluaBay

Following a $10 million renovation, Kauai Sands Hotel has been rebranded as Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel under the management of Aqua Hospitality. Enhancements to the property included guest rooms, corridors, common areas and the restaurant, as well as upgrades to the building exterior and grounds. The revitalized 200-room hotel offers a vibrant, resort-like experience on the Garden Isle’s east coast and features two outdoor pools and six acres of tropical lawns and gardens. KauaiSandsHotel.com

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort announced the development of a new 418-unit vacation ownership tower called The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Funded by private equity firm Blackstone, the $415 million investment will be the sixth new tower of its size planned for Waikiki, Oahu. Slated for completion in 2017, the 37-story project is currently being constructed adjacent to the Tapa Tower along Kalia Road, offering views of the Pacific Ocean and immediate access to the oceanfront resort. HiltonHawaiianVillage.com

Since closing in 1992 due to severe damage from Hurricane Iniki, the iconic Coco Palms Resort on Kauai will undergo an extensive two-year restoration project managed by Hyatt Hotels Corporation before re-opening in 2017. The resort’s development plan will revitalize the original footprint of the property and signature lagoon while rebuilding approximately 331 guest rooms and 32 bungalows, multiple restaurants, lounges, and swimming pools. Hyatt.com

A new indoor park and pavilion on Oahu called Kakaako Agora celebrated its opening this month offering a publicly accessible, free, shaded community gathering place. The urban indoor facility, which was once located in a former warehouse, was designed and planned by the Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow and includes a 687-square foot mezzanine level. Kakaako Agora is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. OurKakaako.com

The newest venture of chef Mark Noguchi and the Pili Group is Snackbox, a new pop-up eatery located inside PAD Hawaii in Kakaako on Oahu. The grab-and-go lunch kiosk includes a starter menu of sandwiches, salads, cookies, scones, and drinks and will rotate its menu with local-inspired bento boxes, smoothies, and stews. Snackbox is slated to pop-up through January 2015 and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 808-240-1096.

ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Experience Maui while supporting marine conservation efforts with Destination Resort Hawaii’s Adopt-A-Dolphin & Eco-Cruise Family Adventure Package. Families eager to adopt a dolphin will receive a personalized adoption certificate, history and story of selected dolphin, and ocean raft adventure to search for the adopted dolphin. Starting rates for the five-night package in a two bedroom, two bath ocean view in Wailea is $2,200. DRHMaui.com

Starting Aug. 1, Sheraton Waikiki on Oahu will launch “Helumoa,” the world’s first permanent 3-D pool mapping light show. The pool, located next to RumFire restaurant will fill with lava, reflection illusions, and other visual wonders. Open to resort guests and the public nightly at 8 and 9 p.m, the two showings are titled “Helumoa: The Birth of Hawaii” and “Helumoa: The Legendary Story of Waikiki." Sheraton-Waikiki.com

Equal parts entertaining and educational, CLIMB Works Keana Farms has opened Oahu’s first ever zipline adventure park on the fabled North Shore. The three-hour guided Zipline Canopy Tour is $149 per person and includes seven world-class dual zip lines, sky bridges, and boardwalks; bird’s eye view of a working commercial farm; and sweeping panoramic views of the Koolau Mountains. ClimbWorks.com/Keana_Farms

Offering incredible zipline expeditions on Hawaii Island, KapohoKine Adventures has launched Japanese language interpretive services on all tours originating out of Hilo. These fully narrated tours include the “Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Explorer,” “Evening Volcano Explorer,” “Zipline Through Paradise,” and “Zippin’ Volcano Tour.” KapohoKine.com

Guests can now enjoy an enriched Pearl Harbor experience with a presentation from Pacific Historic Parks new Official Speaker Program. Paul Heintz, education director at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center on Oahu will arrange to speak and share a one-hour Powerpoint presentation, accompanied by an actual Pearl Harbor survivor or witness to the infamous attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Topics include “The Bombing of Pearl Harbor,” “An Overview of the four Pearl Harbor Historic Sites,” and more. PacificHistoricParks.org

Great golf and a new “Nine & Wine” program means guests at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay now have the opportunity to play nine holes of afternoon golf on The Challenge at Manele course, followed by wine and cheese at Views, the resort’s clubhouse restaurant offering stunning views of Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock) and Hulopoe Bay. The “Nine & Wine” program is available at 3 p.m. and is $195 for golfers and $75 for those who want to ride along and enjoy wine and cheese. FourSeasons.com/ManeleBay

Overlooking Hana Bay and historic Kauiki Hill on the tranquil eastern coastline of Maui, The Spa at Travaasa Hana unveiled a new Hana Organic Cocomint Signature Body Treatment and Massage combining Hana-grown cacao with coconut and mint for a deeply relaxing experience. The 90-minute session starts with a gentle, exfoliating body scrub, followed by a hydrating cocoa butter body wrap, and concludes with a coconut mint oil massage. Travaasa.com/hana

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

The Hawaii Tourism Authority launched a new Hawaiian Music Concert Series program, offering free monthly performances by local musicians and dancers throughout the state. The year-long concert series is a statewide initiative to support local artists and provide enjoyable experiences for Hawaii residents and visitors. HawaiiTourismAuthority.org

Taking place throughout the month of September, Honolulu’s premier cultural showcase, Aloha Festivals kicks off its 62nd annual Waikiki Hoolaulea, Hawaii’s largest block party on Sept. 20. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun, and entertainment. Highlights of the Aloha Festivals include live Hawaiian music, hula, and an equestrian floral parade. AlohaFestivals.com

Celebrate the annual Kauai Mokihana Festival from Sept. 21-27 and experience the rich Hawaiian heritage of the island. The week long festival features not only hula competitions, but also Hawaiian and contemporary music, crafts, lectures, history, and more. This year’s event honors the “Year of Hula” as it was 25 years ago that the hula competition began. MalieFoundation.org/MokihanaFestival

On Sept. 26, celebrate sustainable agriculture at the 19th annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range on Hawaii Island. Held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii’s top chefs will gather to prepare delectable dishes using all cuts of pasture-raised beef, plus a bounty of local produce. While tasting, attendees can meet and talk story with local farmers and food producers, or enjoy exhibits presenting topics related to agriculture, sustainability, and healthy foods. TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com

Get your lawn chairs out for the 9th annual Maui Ukulele Festival on Oct. 12 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Enjoy a full afternoon of some of the island’s highly-acclaimed ukulele players such as Herb Ohta Sr., Jake Shimabukuro, Manoa DNA, Paula Fuga, Holunape, Raiatea Helm, and more. The festival will also offer food booths and door prizes that will include ukulele. UkuleleFestivalHawaii.org

From Oct. 22-25, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu on Hawaii Island will host Chef Fest as part of the Four Seasons Food & Wine global series. The annual celebration of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences, and wines and spirits features North America’s finest chefs including Marco Canora, Massimo Falsini, Amanda Freitag, and Seamus Mullen. Guests will be treated to an intimate and memorable dining experience in an interactive social setting. FoodAndWineHualalai.com

Drawing a broad audience throughout the state, nation, and world, the 34th annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will be held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 9 at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters on Oahu. Facilitating cultural, educational, and social exchange between east and west through film, HIFF will mark the festival’s 34th anniversary with a special focus on contemporary cinema, beach screenings, and a student showcase for filmmakers under 18. HIFF.org

TRANSPORTATION

Air Canada’s leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge is expanding its service to Hawaii with the introduction of new year-round nonstop flights between Toronto and Honolulu. Operating on a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, the route will launch on Nov. 26. In addition, Air Canada is converting its existing year-round nonstop service from Vancouver to Honolulu and Maui to daily Air Canada rouge, operating with the Boeing 767-300 aircraft on Nov. 21 and Dec. 1. AirCanada.com/rouge

Starting Dec. 20, Delta Airlines will expand its service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Hawaii with a daily nonstop flight to Maui’s Kahului Airport. The new flight will operate on a Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Delta.com

Hawaiian Airlines subsidiary Ohana by Hawaiian expanded its interisland service with the launch of three new routes offering daily flights between Kahului, Maui and Molokai; Kahului and Kona, Hawaii Island; and Kahului and Hilo, Hawaii Island. An additional flight on the existing Honolulu to Molokai route will bump summertime service to four times daily between the two islands. HawaiianAirlines.com

Island Air has added six more flights to Kahului, Maui and two to Lihue, Kauai for the summer. The flights will operate Thursday through Sunday and will run until Aug. 17. Island Air has also added free Wi-Fi and smartphone charging stations to its terminals. IslandAir.com

Mokulele Airlines introduced nonstop flights between Kalaeloa, Oahu and Kahului, Maui. The airline offers three flights per day and operates on a nine-passenger seat, turbo-powered caravan. MokuleleAirlines.com

The Outlets of Maui announced a new West Maui shuttle service offered to customers between Kaanapali and Lahaina. Operated by Roberts Hawaii, the shuttle will provide daily service from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. making hourly stops at seven resort properties. The cost is $2 per person per ride and free for children ages four and younger. TheOutletsOfMaui.com

ACCOLADES

Travel agent professionals and TravelAge West readers throughout the Western U.S. acknowledged the outstanding service of the Hawaiian Islands and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau with awards for “Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, USA” and “Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support” presented at the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) awards ceremony in Santa Monica, Calif. TravelAgeWest.com/Wave-Awards

Readers of USA Today and 10Best elected Kauai No. 8 on 10Best.com Reader’s Choice Award for “Best U.S. Island.” Kauai’s appeal lies in its stunning natural scenery, from the deep gorges of Waimea Canyon to the lush cliffs and plunging waterfalls of the spectacular Napali Coast attracting travelers all around the globe. 10Best.com

Paia, Maui has earned a spot on Fodor’s Travel second annual list for “America’s Best Small Towns.” Known as the “windsurfing capital of the world,” the sparse population of Paia makes for a relaxed, pristine visit. To qualify for the Fodor’s list, small towns must have fewer than 30,000 residents and be able to accommodate short, weekend stays. FodorsTravel.com

Andaz Maui at Wailea has earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The national designation is part of a program that encourages green building concepts for model, construction, maintenance, and operations. The 297-room resort is centered on reducing energy and water consumption, minimizing waste and harmful emissions, and stresses sustainable design as an integral component of its overall strategy. AndazMaui.com

Meetings industry magazine Smart Meetings has awarded the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa as a gold-level winner in the category of Best Hotel Pool in North America. The annual Smart Stars Award honors premier hotels, resorts, cruise lines, event venues, and convention and conference centers showcasing outstanding attributes. SmartMeetings.com

Nestled alongside the West Maui Mountains, the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort has been named inGolfweek Magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play, State-By-State” list as Hawaii’s No. 1 course. Additionally, the par-73, 18-hole layout made Golfweek’s list for the “Top 100 Best Modern Courses” for 2014, landing at No. 64. Kapalua.com/Golf

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, (“Dr. Beach”) America’s foremost beach expert, has declared Duke Kahanamoku Beach on Oahu as No. 1 on his annual “Top 10 List of the Nation’s Best Beaches” based on its cleanliness, safety conditions, and amenities. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park (4) on Oahu and Hamoa Beach (5) on Maui were also among Leatherman’s picks this year, beating out more than 600 other beaches. DrBeach.org

Luxury lifestyle review magazine, Gayot, named Honolulu’s Hank’s Haute Dogs one of the “Top 10 Hot Dog Stands in the U.S,” singling out Hank’s Lobster Dog, seared in butter and garnished with pickled daikon as an “exotic choice” and praising the Fat Boy, a bacon-wrapped, deep-fried dog. Gayot.com

OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, announced the 2014 Diner’s Choice Award winners for the “Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America.” Selected by millions of users, the 16 Hawaii restaurants to make the list include: 
Oahu
  • Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider
  • Hau Tree Lanai
  • Ola at Turtle Bay Resort
  • Plumeria Beach House
Maui
  • Duke’s Beach House Maui
  • Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante
  • Five Palms Beach Grill
  • Gannon’s
  • Hula Grill Kaanapali
  • Pacific’O
Hawaii Island
  • Blue Dragon Restaurant
  • Brown’s Beach House at The Fairmont Orchid
  • Island Lava Java Bistro
  • Kamuela Provision Co.
  • ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
Kauai
  • Oasis
For more information, visit OpenTable.com.

-pau-