New Website Showcases Premier Watersports Destination

August 18, 2014 on 11:29 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, London, Mobile Apps, Scotland, Surfing Resorts, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowA new interactive website has been launched to showcase one of the UK’s premier watersports destinations that benefits from the warmer waters created by the Gulf Stream. is a one-stop website with detailed information about 12 different watersport activities around Ayrshire and Arran on Scotland’s west coast, including yachting, dinghy sailing, kite surfing and sea kayaking.

Created by the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team, the website provides a wealth of information for enthusiasts who are seeking new experiences on the water. From the coastal areas around mainland Ayrshire, to the islands of Arran and Cumbrae, the area provides fantastic opportunities to access the popular waters of the Firth of Clyde and on to the Irish Sea. Located on the Gulf Stream, the waters are surprisingly warm (with some reporting them to be warmer than off the coast of South Africa) and palm trees flourish in some areas as a result. provides information about over 60 key coastal access points, beaches, slipways, marina facilities, and moorings. Tide times, weather forecasts, nautical charts, nautical mile plotting, and truly interactive mapping, are all available making the website ideal for those visitors seeking to immerse themselves in new experiences both on and off shore.

This level of watersports mapping is the first of its kind for a Scottish region and was made possible as a result of the joined up approach of the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Team, which worked in partnership with the local providers, the Firth of Clyde Forum, Scottish Natural Heritage and RYA Scotland.

Speaking on the launch of the website Carolyn Elder, Largs Yacht Haven Manager and Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Leadership Group Member said: “This is a great development in providing information specifically for watersports enthusiasts. It will really show off the amount of watersports opportunities in Ayrshire and Arran and make participation more accessible.”

Project Officer, Graeme Maciver added: “Now visitors who have a passion for yacht cruising, a competitive edge dinghy sailing, or who simply want to enjoy stunning scenery can get on-board to discover and the beautiful coastal areas of Ayrshire, Arran and Cumbrae.”

• The Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team is funded by the three Ayrshire local authorities.

• The Team works with the industry under the guidance of the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Leadership Group to support the delivery and aims of the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Strategy 2012-2017 (which targets growth of visitor numbers, spend and employment).

• Tourism is very important to the economy of Ayrshire & Arran, generating £348 million of revenue per year, from some 3.5 million visitors. This directly supports almost 9,000 jobs.

• The region has tremendous strengths that offer the visitor a range of great experiences, spanning rural, coastal, historic and built environments; world class golf, sailing, culture and heritage; high quality food, drink and hospitality; beautiful islands, marine and countryside.

• Coastal watersports and marine leisure activities are key assets of the Ayrshire & Arran area and provide opportunities for growth. Ayrshire & Arran has a very strong offer with world-class facilities, sailing events of international standing and excellent infrastructure.

• The website was developed by the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team to provide a one-stop shop with a host of consumer focussed information about opportunities to participate in a wide variety of watersports in the region.

• Find out more about the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Team at

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ISAF Puts Wind in Abu Dhabi’s Sails With Six-Year Deal

August 18, 2014 on 11:14 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Sailing, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) World Cup Final, the world’s pinnacle sailing regatta contested by the best Olympic-class competitors, is on its way to the United Arab Emirates.

ISAF has agreed to stage the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in the UAE capital for the next six years, starting this year following a multi-stakeholder approach by Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club (ADSYC) with the support of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation (UAE SARF) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi.

“This is a major surge forward in Abu Dhabi’s campaign to be recognised as an international sailing hub and another fantastic opportunity for our youngsters to compete with and learn off the world’s best,” said HE Ahmed Thani Al Romaithi, Chairman, ADSYC and Vice-President, UAE SARF.

An associated deal sealed today between ISAF and TCA Abu Dhabi will also see the UAE capital host the 2016 ISAF Annual Conference when delegates, who include representatives of national governing bodies, class associations, leading industry personalities, manufacturers, sponsors and the media, discuss the hottest topics facing the sport. The 2016 Conference, which is estimated will deliver 1,500 hotel room nights to Abu Dhabi, will also feature a Presidential election.

“We have found a highly committed partner in Abu Dhabi and look forward to helping move forward the sailing ambitions of the emirate and the Arabian Gulf. This is a great opportunity for sailing as a sport” said Mr Carlo Croce, President, ISAF.

“We have struck a ground-breaking partnership with a world-class destination for a Tier-1 event.”

The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final will take place in Abu Dhabi from 26-30 November. Around 350 sailors from 20 countries are expected in Abu Dhabi to compete in all 10 Olympic events and a kite-surfing event, in and around Lulu Island off the UAE capital’s stunning Corniche.

The events will be covered by the international sailing media and an ISAF television audience in over 100 countries.

“This year’s Final is only three weeks before Abu Dhabi hosts a Volvo Ocean Race stopover when again, the city will be alive with all things maritime, sailing and entertainment,” said Sheikh Khaled Zayed Saqr Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Sailing & Rowing Federation.

“By the time we enter the New Year, the emirate’s watersports credentials of an ambient winter climate, over 400 kilometres of coastline, Blue Flagged beaches, state-of-the-art marinas, a plethora of natural islands and warm, clean waters, will have reached new international heights. Abu Dhabi will be synonymous with sailing and water-borne activities.”

The 2014 Final will comes hot on the heels of two other key international events being staged in the emirate this November.

“November is shaping up to be an action-packed month in Abu Dhabi, with Abu Dhabi Art and thousands of international motorsport fans once again arriving in the emirate for the Formula 1® Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. I hope our international guests will be persuaded to extend their stay to witness the Final,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi.

The athletes are expected to arrive early to train for the event and, in all, TCA Abu Dhabi estimates each Final will deliver around 7,500 hotel room nights to the UAE capital.

For more information about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, please go to:

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Four Seasons Resort Maui More Program‏

July 31, 2014 on 10:58 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWindsurfing Returns to 2014 Unforgettable Events Line-Up at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Windsurfing Clinic with World Champions, Ever- Popular Tennis and Cycling Camps with Top Pros, Master Vintners and Virtuoso Violinist are on the Slate at the Luxurious Maui Resort

Maui, Hawaii ) — Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui’s only Forbes Five-Star Resort, announces its fall 2014 lineup of Unforgettable Events, a series of one-of-a-kind experiences tailored to the resort’s active lifestyle guests, featuring favorite tennis and cycling camps, and Aloha Windsurfing Clinic with World Champions Matt Pritchard and Shawna Cropas. Add to the schedule Vintage Wine Weekend and guest artist Elizabeth Pitcairn who performs on her legendary Red Violin. Aloha Windsurfing Clinic – November 9 – 14: Taught by two top windsurfing champions—Matt Pritchard and Shawna Cropas. The water sports clinic will focus on both windsurfing and stand up paddling, an introductory way to learn to surf on flat water with small waves. The paddling boards can be turned into windsurfing boards by attaching sails. “This clinic is aimed to be fun, a ‘get in the ocean’ tropical holiday as well as being extremely informative about safety, environment and sea conditions,” says Cropas, who stresses the clinic is ideal for those who have wanted to take part in water sports but have been intimidated by ‘big wave’ windsurfing. Aloha Windsurfing Clinic offers a wonderful way to share a new sport, receive excellent training from two world-class athletes and enjoy a luxurious vacation at the Four Seasons Resort Maui.

Wailea Tennis Fantasy Camp – November 19 – 23, 2014: Tennis anyone? Learn from some of the world’s top legends. Past instructors have included Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Tom Gullikson. The pros will meet you at center court for four days of high-energy practice. This fantasy camp is at the award-winning Wailea Tennis Club and is hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maui. The camp is open to adult players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level.

Cycling Camp Maui – New this year and by popular demand, there will be three camp date options. December 4 – 9, December 11 – 15, and for the fullest camp experience December 4 – 15. Tour de France veteran and Canadian Olympian Ryder Hesjedal and Go Cycling Maui lead and design this once-in-a-lifetime event which allows guests to experience cycling in much the same way as those on the ProTour. Open to riders with modest to advanced fitness and experience, the camps offer instruction and training by Hesjedal and several of the world’s most competitive riders. Offering riders the opportunity to experience the beauty and changing terrain of Maui, guests end their camp days, each day, enjoying the luxurious amenities of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Vintage Wine Weekend and Red Violin – December 5 – 7, 2014. A weekend of events featuring wine experts and master sommeliers paired with an equally stellar culinary experience designed by Master Executive Chef Roger Stettler, plus a virtuoso performance of the fabled Stradivarius Red Violin by Elizabeth Pitcairn, December 6. For details, prices, and how to book visit: Four Season Resort Maui | Unforgettable Events

About Four Seasons Resort Maui

Maui’s first and only Forbes Five-Star resort is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast. The 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service, luxurious amenities, and for living in harmony with its environment and community. The resort in Maui is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants – Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant. This sophisticated home away from home caters to the needs and interests of all generations offering world-class activities and one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Events, a museum quality art collection, three pools overlooking the azure-blue Pacific Ocean including an adults-only Serenity Pool with exclusive Missoni-designed cabanas, and more. Four Seasons Resort Maui is a Hawaiian vacation destination geared to action adventurers, those guests wishing to practice the fine art of doing nothing at all, and everyone in between.

Duke’s OceanFest Announces Events Schedule for Waikiki Waterman Celebration, August 16-24‏

July 30, 2014 on 12:15 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Sports Travel, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWAIKIKI BEACH – Duke’s OceanFest, Waikiki’s premier ocean sports festival, today announced its schedule of 23 competitions, events and activities (list below) that will be taking place over nine days from Saturday, August 16 through Sunday, August 24.

Duke’s OceanFest will offer exciting ocean and beach competitions and special events that Hawaii residents and visitors can enjoy as fans or, in many cases, as participants. The offerings include surfing competitions for kids, teens, amateurs, and pros, stand-up paddling, one-mile ocean swim, lifeguard competition, surfboard waterpolo, wounded warrior canoe regatta, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, beachside movie showing of The Endless Summer, and a luau.

Visit online at for event updates and entry forms, and travel information for visitors planning a stay in Waikiki during Duke’s OceanFest.

Now in its 13th year, Duke’s OceanFest is held in tribute to the legendary Duke Kahanamoku and all that he represents to Hawaii’s waterman legacy. Fittingly, most events will take place near Duke Kahanamoku’s statue at Queen’s Surf, Waikiki, and this year’s Duke’s OceanFest will conclude on August 24, the 124th anniversary of his birthday.

“Duke’s OceanFest is dedicated to honoring the memory of Duke Kahanamoku, all that he meant as an athlete and his lasting spirit as Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha,” said Brent Imonen, Event Director for Duke’s OceanFest. “Duke Kahanamoku made a profound impact on society in Hawaii and his influence was felt around the world. The nature of events offered at Duke’s OceanFest is a recognition of how important he was to people of all ages and abilities.”

Renowned as Hawaii’s greatest athlete, Kahanamoku (1890-1968) won six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, from 1912 to 1932, and is recognized as the “Father of International Surfing.” Kahanamoku was the world’s fastest swimmer in his prime, the single-most influential person in popularizing surfing worldwide, a champion paddler and steersman, and he continues to be an inspiration to watermen and waterwomen today.

Duke’s OceanFest supports the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF), formed in Kahanamoku’s honor in 1986. Net proceeds from Duke’s OceanFest help fund ODKF’s awarding of scholarships and grants to Hawaii residents and nonprofit groups competing in water sports and volleyball. This year ODKF awarded $165,000 in scholarships and grants to 89 recipients, bringing its total support to more than $2.1-million for 1,438 recipients since its formation.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, the official hotel company of Duke’s OceanFest, is offering special event rates at the OHANA Waikiki East and OHANA Waikiki West hotels starting at $125 per night. For reservations, visit the Duke’s OceanFest website or log on at

Major sponsors of Duke’s OceanFest are the Hawaii Tourism Authority, City and County of Honolulu, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Kona Brewing Company, Hawaiian Airlines, Duke’s Waikiki, AccesSurf, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaiian 105 KINE, Surf News Network, and This Week.

Duke’s OceanFest Events Schedule – August 16-24
Unless otherwise noted, the competitions and events are taking place at Queen’s Surf, Waikiki, with the Duke’s OceanFest surf stand and exhibit booths fronting Duke Kahanamoku’s statue. Please visit  for updated information and entry forms to the competitions and events. The schedule is subject to change.

August 16
Duke Kahanamoku Menehune Surf Fest (6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
The future of Hawaii surfing will take to the waves of Waikiki in short board or long board competitions. Boys and girls’ surfers will compete in three age divisions: 3-6 (accompanied by an adult), 6-9, and 10-13.

Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Youth is served! Doubles teams in four age divisions (Under 12, 14, 16, and 18) will compete in this tournament to be champions of Waikiki Beach. Kapi‘olani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Courts.

SUP Showdown Autograph Signing and Dry Land Clinic (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
The public is invited to meet some of the elite in Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) and learn techniques about this fun and exciting sport that continues growing in popularity each year.

Duke’s OceanFest Expo (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Daily)
Next to the Duke’s OceanFest surf stand, a series of exhibit booths will be selling products and souvenirs, and offering samplings and demos for the public’s enjoyment.

Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
This inspiring canoe regatta at Fort DeRussy Beach will feature a series of exciting races manned by the brave Wounded Warriors that served in America’s Armed Forces.

Hawaii Paddleboard Championship (11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
“Duke’s Race” challenges both the speed and endurance of Hawaii’s paddle boarders in this grueling 10-mile sprint that starts at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai and finishes at Queen’s Surf.

Duke’s OceanFest Opening Ceremony (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
To conclude the first day of Duke’s OceanFest, competitors and fans are treated to a festive opening ceremony, highlighted by the always-popular decorating of Duke Kahanamoku’s magnificent statue with beautiful fresh flower lei.

August 17-18
Honolua Surf Ultimate SUP Showdown (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Both Days)
Many of SUP’s elite will race over a marked course through Waikiki’s waves before sprinting to the beach to capture the finish line flag. Heat winners advance to the finals showdown.

August 19
Duke Kahanamoku Wahine and Kane Longboard Pro Am (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Presented by ASP Hawaii, this three-day competition (August 19-21) will feature many of Hawaii’s best pro longboard surfers to see who will be crowned as the king and queen of Queen’s Surf.

BearsWave.Com Tandem Expression Session (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
This two-day exhibition (August 19-20) is an entertaining demonstration of the strength, skill, balance, and artistry required of successful tandem surfers.

AccesSurf Challenged Athlete Surf Competition (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
This inspirational two-day competition (August 19-20) features athletes overcoming physical challenges, including paralysis and amputation, to compete in a pro-style surfing contest.

August 20
Outrigger Hotels Lifeguard Competition (8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
On the beach fronting the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, teams of Hawaii and international lifeguards will display their extraordinary skills in this challenging competition that combines swimming, paddle boarding, surf rescue, and a relay race.

August 21
ITSA Waikiki Tandem Pro Contest (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
This certified ITSA competition brings together some of the best tandem surfers to showcase their artistry and crown Waikiki’s top surfing duet.

Papa He‘e Nalu Alaia Surf Contest (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Competitors will test their strength and endurance using the kind of traditional – and heavy – wooden surfboards that Duke Kahanamoku and his fellow wave riders used in their heyday.

Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Awards Dinner (5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Five Hawaii legends – George David “Dad” Center, Mark Cunningham, Anona Napoleon, Randy Rarick, and Sonny Tanabe – are being honored for their lifetime of achievements in advancing Hawaii’s waterman legacy. Tickets:

August 22
Hawaiian Airlines Legends Surf Classic (7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
This two-day competition (August 22-23) combines sponsored teams of amateur surfers with the sport’s legends in this pro-style surf meet featuring heats, judges, a public address announcer, and exhibit booths. Net proceeds raised benefit ODKF’s scholarships and grants program.

Hawaiian Nights and The Endless Summer (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
It’s a special Aloha Friday on Waikiki Beach! With toes in the sand and waves lapping nearby, the public can enjoy live Hawaiian music and a showing of the classic surf movie, The Endless Summer.

August 23
Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
This popular open ocean sprint along the Waikiki shoreline attracts hundreds of swimmers from Hawaii as well as the mainland and internationally. Starts in front of Duke’s Waikiki restaurant.

Hawaiian 105 KINE Great Hawaiian Luau (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Good friends, great times, happy memories, and ono food are the hallmarks of Duke’s OceanFest’s annual beachfront luau staged on the outdoor lawn of the Waikiki Aquarium.

August 24
Duke Kahanamoku Sunrise Birthday Lei Draping (7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.)
The 124th anniversary of Duke Kahanamoku’s birthday will be honored with a special morning ceremony that features the decorating of his statue with beautiful fresh flower lei.

Tiki’s Grill & Bar Surfboard Waterpolo (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Six-person teams will play water polo on surfboards, the same way Duke Kahanamoku and his brothers and fellow beach boys did in Waikiki in the 1920s and 1930s. Held at Kapahulu Groin.

Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Four-person teams of Hawaii’s youth beach volleyball players will compete in four age divisions (Under 12, 14, 16, and 18) to be champions of Waikiki. Kapiolani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Courts.

Duke Kahanamoku Junior Surf Fest (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
To help encourage surfing among Hawaii’s teens, the final event of Duke’s OceanFest will be a special pro-style surf competition for Hawaii up-and-coming surfers.

Santa Monica surf experience

July 23, 2014 on 7:38 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, California, Los Angeles, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowTravelers seeking an authentic Santa Monica surf experience this summer need look no further – Le Meridien Delfina, one of the beach city’s top hotel destinations located just a few blocks from the Pacific, is thrilled to announce the launch of their “Surf’s Up Package.”

Great for families and individuals craving an authentic “hang ten” experience, the package includes gnarly features such as:

· A 20% off discount on local surfing lessons with experts to ensure guests catch the “perfect wave”
· An awesome 50% off deal on meals at Longitude (who just launched a new “Surfboard Menu”) and Zest Kitchen

· A picnic basket filled with innovative dishes created with local ingredients such as a Citrus Quinoa and Asian Cucumber Salads to snack on while checking on the surf from the sand

· A discounted rate starting at $269 per night on all luxury guestrooms with sweeping ocean views
**Special terms and conditions apply; offer based on availability**

Montage Hotels & Resorts first Hawaii Hotel

July 14, 2014 on 7:38 am | In Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowMontage Hotels & Resorts debuted its first Hawaii hotel last month set on 24 oceanfront acres at Kapalua Bay in west Maui.

The Montage Kapalua Bay offers 50 luxurious residential-style suites ranging from one to four bedrooms; each equipped with a full gourmet kitchen, washer and dryer, and a large lanai (balcony) with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and neighboring islands Lanai and Molokai.

The resort features three signature dining experiences: Cane & Canoe, modeled after a traditional Hawaiian canoe house, serves an eclectic, culturally inspired menu with fresh, local ingredients; the outdoor Sunset Patio is the ideal spot to enjoy a leisure poolside meal as well as the beautiful west Maui sunset and live music performed nightly; and Mahana Market with an array of gourmet to-go prepared, local organic items and curated wines.

Other amenities include the Spa Montage Kapalua Bay, two championship golf courses, a fitness center, cascading pool, and Hawaiian cultural programs from hula lessons to lei making and “Talk Story” sessions.


July 2, 2014 on 2:06 pm | In Airlines, Beachbooker, Festivals, Hawaiian Islands, Spa Resorts, Sports Travel, Surfing Resorts, Webbandstand | Comments Off


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Readers of USA Today and 10Best elected Kauai No. 8 on 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.

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.

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.

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.

Nestled alongside the West Maui Mountains, the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort has been named in Golfweek 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.

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.

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.

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:


Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider
Hau Tree Lanai
Ola at Turtle Bay Resort
Plumeria Beach House


Duke’s Beach House Maui
Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante
Five Palms Beach Grill
Hula Grill Kaanapali

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



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The “Barahona International Surf Championship” in July

June 29, 2014 on 12:47 pm | In Adventure Travel, Sports Travel, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

The international tournament “Barahona International Surf Championship” will be held on July 19-20 in the southwest province of Barahona.

The event will take place in beautiful Bahoruco beach, situated 15 minutes from Barahona, the region’s largest city. The event is organized by Barahona’s Tourism and Production Cluster.

The tournament will include the following categories: Mini-Junior, Junior, Ladies Open, Ladies Masters (35 and over), Open, Masters (35-40 years) and Kahuna (45 and over).

“Bahoruco Beach is known for its strong and consistent waves, which will allow tournament participants to demonstrate their skills during a specific timeframe,” said Vanessa Ramirez the two-time champion in the National Surfing Circuit and member of the tournament’s administrative and technical staff.

Registration will begin on Thursday, July 17, at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please log on to:, or call 809-219-1141.

The “Barahona International Surf Championship” is sponsored by the Ministries of Sports and Tourism.

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Huge turnout expected for SNSW Surfmasters Titles

June 3, 2014 on 6:32 pm | In Australia, New South Wales, Surfing Resorts, Sydney | Comments Off

HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles
Presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat

Surfing NSW
Pacific Palms & Forster/Tuncurry, Australia
12 – 15 June, 2014

Solid numbers anticipated for SNSW Surfmasters Titles

The upcoming 2014 HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat has seen a record amount of entries into the prestigious event which kicks off in the Great Lakes region from June 12th to 15th.

Over 130 of NSW’s best surfers – aged 35 and over – will battle it across a multitude of different divisions in the idyllic waves of Pacific Palms and Forster/Tuncurry.

Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon has been blown away with the positive response to the event.

“The response to this event has been absolutely incredible,” said Windon. “It’s great to see some of surfing’s elder statesmen inching to stoke their competitive flame. In the draw, there’s multiple Australian Title contenders and we can’t wait to see what they do when the event kicks off in June.”

The HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat will also run back-to-back with the 2014 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles presented by HIF which kicks off from the 17th – 21st June and the Australian Kneeboard Titles on June 22nd.

More news about the 2014 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles presented by HIF will be made available at the end of the week.

Moby’s Beachside Retreat will host a free dinner and movie night for competitors on Friday, 13th June.

Surfing NSW intends to mix up locations for the events depending on conditions and will seek the most appropriate waves for each discipline.

Surfing NSW will also host an Indigenous Surfing Program in the Great Lakes area, which will provide surf lessons for indigenous participants. More information will be released later in the week on this program.

Moby’s Beachside Retreat will be the official event venue for accommodation. Deals and packages are available for competitors.

The HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat, The Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles presented by HIF and Round 2 of the Australian Kneeboard Titles are proudly supported by HIF, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Be the Influence, Moby’s Beachside Retreat, Great Lakes Council, Great Lakes Tourism, Be the Influence, Coastalwatch Plus, Carve, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.

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Surfapreneur, a Costa Rica Retreat for Business Owners that Surf

June 2, 2014 on 7:52 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Costa Rica, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Work hard, surf harder. James Rick’s Surfapreneur Retreat combines adventure with training and networking in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

After sessions at the Villa, the surf shuttle takes entrepreneurs to popular — but often uncrowded — spots along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The lessons and activities are available at all surfing levels, from beginner to advanced. Other amenities provided by the Villa include massage therapy, yoga classes and gourmet, chef-cooked meals.

“I am passionate about surfing and business. Ever since I’ve started living outside the US I wanted to combine my two passions and create the perfect adventure for entrepreneurs that want to get away for a week.”

The Surfapreneur retreat package is an all-inclusive retreat for 6 days and 5 nights and includes a shuttle that stops at popular attractions around Costa Rica. Rates start as low as $1,000 per attendee. Purchasing the Surfapreneur package as a corporate or personal gift is another popular option! Spots are limited, so please visit for more details and dates to book.

About Surfapreneur

James Rick Stinson founder of Full Potential and author of Unleash Your Full Potential, is a serial entrepreneur that employs more than 300 staff. He is hosting the Surfapreneur retreat at his 7bd / 8 bathroom Villa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The Surfapreneur retreat promises to be a one in a lifetime experience with group adventures and surprise guests. Watch this video to learn more or visit and apply to attend on behalf of yourself or someone

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