LIHUE, KAUAI – Ditch the cold weather and head to Kauai for a dose of sunshine. Spring is the perfect time to bask in the island’s warm sun and soft trade winds. Escape to paradise on the Garden Island and spend your vacation enjoying the diverse experiences Kauai has to offer. From the incomparable sights of the Napali Coast to panoramic views of Waimea Canyon, Kauai will ensure visitors return home with a fresh perspective.
“There’s no better way to experience rejuvenation than with a trip to Kauai,” says Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “Escape the cold and venture to the warmer weather of our destination, which offers something for everyone, from thrilling adventures and romantic relaxation, to breathtaking scenic views of the island’s lush landscape.”
The following are updates and information about the newest happenings, special deals and events “blooming” on the Garden Island.
Opening This Summer, Timbers Kauai Ocean Club and Residences
Timbers Kauai Ocean Club and Residences, the newest private residential club on the Garden Island, is set to open in June. The property features 47 for-sale boutique residences with prices starting in the mid-$300,000s, and amenities including an infinity-edge oceanfront pool, the club’s Hokuala spa, cultural and adventure activities, and more. Owners will also have access to Hokuala’s Ocean Course, which was awarded Best Golf Course in Hawaii and Best Golf Course in North America at the 2017 World Golf Awards. For more information, visit www.timberskauai.com or call (808) 241-6081.
New and Refreshed Guestrooms and Suites at the Sheraton Kauai Resort
Located alongside the white sands of Poipu Beach, the 20-acre Sheraton Kauai Resort recently announced a complete transformation of guestrooms and suites in its Ocean Wing. The resort, which already features views of the island’s south shore coastline, will also feature modern furnishings with an island-inspired color palette throughout its guestrooms and suites. Refreshed room categories will encompass deluxe garden view, deluxe oceanfront, luxury oceanfront and ocean suite categories. Renovations of the resort’s Beach Wing are expected to be completed in April. For more information, or to make a reservation, visit www.sheraton-kauai.com or call (808) 742-1661.
New Private Tours Offered at Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Beginning this spring, families bound for Kauai will be able to set up private tours of Limahuli Gardenand Preserve on the island’s north shore. The 2.5-hour tour offers participants an opportunity to touch,taste and take in the garden on a private walk exclusive to them. The tour is available weekly, Tuesday through Friday, and is priced at $100 per person. Advance reservations are required. For reservations,call the Limahuli Garden and Preserve Visitor Center at (808) 826-1053. For more information, visitwww.ntgb.org/gardens/limahuli.
Steelgrass Farm Changes Name
Steelgrass Farm, a large cacao farm owned by Kauai’s Lydgate family since the 1860s, recently changed its name to Lydgate Farms. Farm tours and business hours remain the same with its Botanical Garden Tour and Chocolate Tasting available weekdays, Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.steelgrass.org or call (808) 821-1857.
Explore Kauai at Your Fingertips With Kauai Museum’s New Multimedia Table
The Kauai Museum recently unveiled its Multimedia Table, a new interactive tool showcasing the island and its deep history and culture. Guests of the museum utilizing the Multimedia Table will be able to learn more about the island and hear from some of its cultural representatives alongside song and chant. Kauai Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (808) 245-6931.
Kapaa Named One of TripAdvisor’s “10 World Destinations on the Rise for 2018”
Travel and restaurant review website TripAdvisor recently included the Kauai town of Kapaa on its 2018 list of “10 World Destinations on the Rise,” praising its Kinipopo Shopping Village and outdoor activities, such as kayaking. TripAdvisor compiled the list by examining each destination’s year-over-year increases in positive TripAdvisor traveler review ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions.
KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS
Toast to Ten at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special package called Toast to Ten. Guests reserving the package can select from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom villa accommodations, and purchase a single five-course Journey Tasting Menu at the resort’s Nanea Restaurant and Bar with two glasses of sparkling wine at half-price. The package also includes a complimentary resort activity for two and a signature welcome amenity. The Toast to Ten package is available through December 31, 2018, with a minimum three-night stay required. Rates start at $380 per night for an island-view category studio villa. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.westinprinceville.com or call (866) 716-8140 and mention the package rate code LBPKG1.
Baby Boomer Special at Waimea Plantation Cottages
Relax and unwind on Kauai’s south shore at Waimea Plantation Cottages with a special discount for Baby Boomers. With the discount, guests ages 53 through 71 will receive 15 percent off the property’s best available rate for a weekend getaway on the Garden Island. The discount is valid through April 30 and based on cottage availability. For more information or to make a reservation, visitwww.waimeaplantation.com, or call Jasmine Lopez-Silva at (808) 855-8640.
Kids Save Big at Kipu Ranch Adventures
Kipu Ranch Adventures invites you to explore and discover its Kauai acreage on the adventure company’s Jungle Waterfall Tour. The two-hour 4×4 scenic adventure traverses Kipu Ranch’s historic trail system, with views spanning the ranch’s more than 3,000 acres. For a limited time, the Jungle Waterfall Tour is available with a 50 percent discount for youth ages 7-17. Kipu Ranch Adventures provides water, light snacks, helmets, goggles and bandanas. Guests must wear closed-toe shoes to participate. For more information, visit www.kiputours.com or call (808) 246-9288.
Tasting Kauai Food Tours Offers Online Promotion
Tasting Kaua‘i Food Tours is offering 10 percent off its ticket price for foodies booking its Tuesday tour online. The weekly tour transports participants to several of the island’s specialty food stores and popular local restaurants. The tour also visits food trucks for tastings from grass-fed beef and traditional Hawaiian food to handcrafted desserts. Guests can select from three tours offered by Tasting Kauai – visiting the north shore, south shore or east Kauai. When booking, use the promo code ONLINE2018 for a 10 percent discount. For more information, visit www.tastingkauai.com, or email email@example.com.
UPCOMING KAUAI EVENTS
Celebrating 35 years of E Kanikapila Kakou, March 12
E Kanikapila Kakou is celebrating its 35th anniversary in March. The celebration will feature a lineup of live performances by popular Hawaiian music entertainers and workshops inviting guests to learn about songs the musicians compose and perform. Performers this year will include Herb Ohta Jr., Bryan Tolentino and the Kamaka Family. The annual event takes place on March 12 at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Carol Yotsuda at (808) 245-2733.
Art, Food and Entertainment at the Princeville Night Market
The Princeville Night Market happens every second Sunday of the month at Princeville Center, giving visitors an opportunity to discover the works of more than 40 Kauai artists and crafters. Attendees are invited to browse the market’s selection of fine photography and paintings, handmade jewelry, pottery, woodwork and more. Monthly festivities will also include live music, food trucks and food vendors. Night market festivities are set for March 11, April 8, May 13 and June 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (561) 601-9390.
Kilauea Night Market Offers Local Art and Crafts
On the last Saturday of each month, the Kilauea Night Market at Anaina Hou Community Park features the for-sale work of more than 30 local artisans specializing in fine art, pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, apparel and woodwork. The monthly market also includes live entertainment and food trucks. For more information, call Anaina Hou Community Park at (808) 828-2118.
Kauai Brewers Festival in Poipu, April 28
The Kauai Brewers Festival is set for April 28, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club, welcoming attendees for an afternoon tasting of craft beer from local and mainland breweries, food from Kauai restaurants and live music. Tickets are $75 with early-bird purchase, $85 if purchased at the door. Early bird tickets may be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kauai-brewers-festival-tickets-40806595626?ref=eios&aff=eios. The festival, a benefit for Junior Achievement Kauai, is open to adults 21 and older. For more information, call Christopher Young at (808) 635-0411.
The King’s Celebration and Parade, June 9
Be on Kaua‘i on June 9 for the annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade to catch pau(skirt) horseback-riding units, parade floats, marching bands and other groups make their way from Vidinha Stadium onto Rice Street to the county building in Lihue. After the parade, a hoolaulea(celebration) block party will feature Hawaiian entertainment, food booths, crafts and cultural demonstrations. For more information, contact Melissa Sugai at (808) 635-7205.
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.