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



For more information, visit


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

Come Surfing with Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa

May 24, 2014 on 12:03 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Pacific Islands, Samoa, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Newly opened Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa on the South East Coast of Upolu, Samoa has a range of surfing tours on offer. These tours are taken by their experienced surf guide who has sound knowledge and experience throughout Samoa’s surf breaks.

On the South side of the island (where Saletoga Sands is located) there are approximately 14 different surf breaks, both right and left. These breaks are uncrowded and generally clean. Having 8 people on a break is called ‘crowded’ in Samoa, and if any break is too ‘crowded’ you may be taken to an alternate break.

All surfing in Samoa is on reef breaks, and as such, requires an intermediate level surf skill – this is not the place for beginners. The surf breaks do range from slightly softer breaks to bigger, more full and faster breaks. Most breaks on the South side are accessed by boat, Tiavia – which is located at the bottom of the island is accessed by 4 wheel drive and breaks on the North side are accessed by vehicle.

The advantages to surfing in Samoa are the un-crowded waves in warm waters. The added advantage of staying at Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa for a surf holiday is access to Kelvin’s vast water experience, local knowledge & ability to find the best wave on any given day, luxury accommodation and great onsite facilities. Surfers will need to bring their own boards with them. There are a variety of additional tours on offer, particularly more adventure based tours and their ability to cater for non surfers, i.e. Spa treatments to pamper, shopping tours, cultural tours, scenic tours and adventure tours. At Saletoga Sands the aim to make the holiday enjoyable for the whole group.

Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa is a quality 4 star boutique resort offering 25 individual villas with a full range of resort facilities including a lagoon style pool with swim up pool bar and pizza oven, restaurant & bar serving delicious international cuisine and refreshing cocktails, complimentary kayaks, snorkelling equipment and daily activities programme for guests, full range of tours, day spa with a comprehensive list of treatments available, a gym and wood-fire pizza oven.

Get in quick on our opening special which includes: Stay 7 nights, pay only for 5, two tropical cocktails, two 30-minute massages, a day’s car hire to explore and a 100 tala food & beverage credit per room. Sales & travel until 30 June 2014.

Summer Deals on Kauai Vacation Rentals From $84 Nightly

May 10, 2014 on 8:38 am | In Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Change your latitude this summer with amazing offers just announced on Parrish Kauai vacation rentals at Princeville Resort, Poipu Kai and Poipu Beach. Reservations must be made by June 15 for stays ending August 31, 2014. Call Parrish Kauai at 800-325-5701 to book. See their Kauai Deals for a list of participating Kauai condos and Kauai cottages.

To celebrate their upcoming 30th year of service, The Parrish Collection Kauai is offering guests a discount all summer long at twelve Kauai resorts and select Kauai cottages. Savings are based on a minimum 7 night stay and are calculated as follows:

-33% off stays through June 15.
-25% savings on stays from June 16 to July 15.
-20% off between July 16 and August 31.

“Kauai is the perfect summer getaway location and we have something for every member of the family,” commented JP Parrish, Owner of The Parrish Collection Kauai. “Gather up the ones you love, pick the vacation rental that is perfect for you and get ready to have fun and make memories. Our signature Parrish service and amenities come standard.”

Each Kauai vacation rental is perfect for families with a full kitchen, complimentary parking, close access to Kauai beaches and washer/dryer in unit or nearby. Examples of Kauai condo locations include the following:

Princeville Resort at Emmalani and Nihilani – Rates from $84-$87 nightly with 2 bedrooms and air-conditioning. Perfect for a family of four.

Waikomo Stream Villas – Nightly from $90 for up to six guests with 1 or 2 bedrooms. Chosen as a best value in USAToday and located across from The Shops at Kukui`ula.

Nihi Kai Villas – Rates from $112 for up to 6 guests with 2 or 3 bedrooms. Iconic Poipu Resort at Brennecke Beach.

Makahuena- Rates from $131 nightly for up to 6 guests with 2 to 3 bedrooms. Spectacular ocean bluff location near Shipwreck Beach.

Poipu Kai Resort – Rates from $143 for up to 6 guests with 2 bedrooms. Located near Poipu Beach and next to the famous greenbelt.

Summer Island Escape – Policies on Kauai Vacation Rental Savings.

Valid on stays starting May 15 and completed by August 31, 2014. Book a minimum 7 night reservation by June 15. Payment for accommodations is due at time of booking and is non-refundable. No other discounts may be used including rates from our Value Collection. One change allowed if the same Kauai vacation rental is available and the new arrival date is 30 days of the original arrival date with stay completed by August 31, 2014. Additional processing and cleaning fees apply per reservation. Rates plus 13.416% state tax. This special rate is non-commissioned to travel agents.

About The Parrish Collection Kauai.

Established in 1984, The Parrish Collection Kauai represents the island’s finest selection and variety of luxury Kauai vacation rentals including the most oceanfront properties at Poipu Beach. Rated Excellent by TripAdvisor and as a “2013 Top Rental Manager” by FlipKey, their distinguished collection of 200 homes and condominiums on the North Shore Kauai and South Shore Kauai is complemented with a dedicated long-term staff and a full service Guest Concierge. Four offices are located in Koloa, Princeville and at Poipu Beach to assist guests and owners. Their latest Kauai deals, online direct booking and property information is available on the Parrish Kauai website and by calling 800-325-5701. Also featured is their new Kauai webcam with live views of the Poipu Beach coastline.


May 9, 2014 on 12:26 pm | In Adventure Travel, Airlines, Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Spa Resorts, Sports Travel, Surfing Resorts, Webbandstand | Comments Off


Outrigger Enterprises Group will embark on a $100 million renovation to revitalize the oceanfront Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Waikiki, slated for completion in 2019. The project renewal includes razing an existing five-story structure and replacing it with 34,000 square feet of recreational space, building a new tower to add more than 200 full-service hotel rooms, and constructing 15,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate the small to mid-size meetings market.

Located along the renowned Kaanapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa completed more than $12 million in resort-wide updates. Renovation highlights include upgrades to 21 Ocean Suites and seven Deluxe Ocean Suites, featuring new hardwood flooring, newly designed and enlarged bathrooms, and refreshed wall coverings. Natural island inspired contemporary furniture and décor accents were incorporated throughout all suites.

The Cliffs at Princeville on the North Shore of Kauai completed a $5 million renovation of its condominium suites, featuring new hardwood floors, custom-made Polynesian furniture, quilted Hawaiian bedspreads, and new Hawaiian artwork. Additional property enhancements include a new recreation room, waterfall-fed pools, and a children’s playground.

Completing $2.5 million in renovations, Aqua Hospitality’s Waikiki Joy Hotel (Oahu) emerged with a brand new name, Aqua Oasis, and is now part of the Aqua Hotels and Resorts brand. Hotel improvements include redesigned guest rooms, common areas, and exterior landscaping. The fresh urban loft meets island paradise theme was inspired by the resorts large spacious suites and loft-like apartments, ideal for groups and families.

Located in the heart of Waikiki on Oahu, OHANA Waikiki East completed a $2 million refresh to its 441 guest rooms. From new carpeting and paint to modern hand-held showerheads in each guest bathroom, the upgrades cater to vacationers desiring comfortable accommodations at an incredible value.

On Hawaii Island, Hilton Waikoloa Village’s expansive meetings space will undergo a $7.5 million renovation including updates to the convention center ballrooms. Slated to begin on July 26, the upgrades will be completed in time for the Taste of the Hawaiian Range agriculture festival on September 26. The indoor facilities at Hilton Waikoloa Village boast an impressive 235,000 square feet of first class meeting, pre-function, and exhibit facilities, including extensive outdoor areas.

Lumeria Maui, an eco-friendly boutique wellness and yoga retreat, debuted its new plantation-style Crystal Spa. Each treatment, as well as the entire facility, will feature crystals to emanate spiritual teachings and inspiration. The facility includes five indoor and two outdoor shalas, a lounge offering a musical journey, color and aromatherapy shower, AromaCrystal bar, and crystal sauna.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay unveiled a new look following the refurbishment of all treatment rooms. Such notable enhancements included contemporary décor and furniture throughout the reception, lounge, and treatment rooms, creating a cohesive and soothing ambiance for rejuvenation. In addition to the renovations, the spa debuted Kalaau Pai as a new welcome ritual offered to guests prior to their treatment. The luxurious ritual includes a gentle foot exfoliation and stimulation of key reflexology points in the soles of the feet.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa announced the addition of its Na Hoku Sheraton Club Lounge, offering guests a new level of luxury and convenience. The lounge, overlooking Kaanapali Beach, features panoramic views of the resort’s 23 oceanfront acres, Maui’s sister island, Lanai, and the majestic West Maui Mountains. Guests can also enjoy continental breakfast and evening appetizers with cocktails.


Big Island Bees, a premier producer of pure and organic honey on Hawaii Island, now offers free morning tours of actual beehives accompanied by an experienced beekeeper. Guests are kept safe behind a screened viewing area for close-up observations of bee colonies. The tours, which can accommodate up to 20 guests at a time, are available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Recently launched Blue Hawaii Photo Tours offers small groups a chance to explore and photograph Oahu’s hidden wonders, while learning about photography technique. Each tour includes no more than seven people to allow for personal instruction time with the photographer guide. Guests are welcomed to use a DSLR camera, pocket camera, or iPhone during the hands-on photo workshop.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay now have the opportunity to hit the road, with a series of complimentary guided hikes led by the resort’s Beach Specialists. Ranging from 60 to 90 minutes, the hikes are designed to showcase the beauty, history, and lore of the island. From beachside paths to strenuous tree-lined trails that crest mountain tops, the island of Lanai is sure to offer hikes suitable for every level.

A 10,000-square-foot space at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort’s Tapa Tower on Oahu is transforming into a 400-seat theatre and nightclub that will host CabaRAE, a new variety show directed by former Cirque du Soleil director Alan Goldberg. The stunning and dynamic two-hour performance will feature unique acts from the world’s most prestigious theatrical venues and is scheduled to debut in August. Admission starts at $70 and the show will run Wednesday through Sunday.

Makai Golf Course at The St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai now offers on-site weddings for couples seeking a breathtakingly scenic venue for their wedding. Named one of the “Top 5 Great Golf Settings” in the U.S. by National Geographic Traveler in 2011, the Makai Course boasts stunning vistas of the Napali mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and the ravines and dense tropical vegetation below. Site fees range from $695 for an intimate gathering for up to 10 guests to $25,000 for an all-day buyout of the Makai Golf Club for a wedding and reception for up to 125 guests.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort situated on the south shore of Maui, introduced Talk Story with Tita featuring acclaimed storyteller, radio personality and comedian Kathy Collins and her pidgin-speaking local girl alter ego “Tita.” Part of the resort’s Hawaiian Cultural Hour Program, the weekly activity features an evening of s’more making around a campfire, while listening to the legends of old and experiencing the Hawaiian tradition of talk story.

Rolling out a new form of sightseeing in Hawaii, the Portland-based company Pedal Bike Tours opened Pedal Hawaii in Waikiki, offering bike rentals and tours of Honolulu and the North Shore designed for novice riders. Visitors can explore and experience local sites and culture by bike, while gaining an insider’s perspective of the island’s hidden gems. Pedal Hawaii offers two tours to choose from, as well as bicycle rentals by the hour, day, and week.


The 25th annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky on July 4 at Vidinha Stadium Soccer field will again be Kauai’s largest Independence Day celebration event. Benefiting Kauai Hospice, visitors and residents will be treated to a display of aerial fireworks along with Hawaiian entertainment by local musicians and hula dancers. Top hotels and restaurants will also provide great food for this occasion.

The Joy of Sake Honolulu, the biggest sake bash outside of Japan, takes place on July 18 at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu. The event celebrates Hawaii’s 100-year love affair with sake from the early days of Japanese immigration and founding of the Honolulu Sake Brewery to present day. The event will feature a record amount of the world’s finest sakes available for tasting, along with appetizers from a variety of Honolulu’s elite restaurants.

Koloa Plantation Days celebrates its 29th annual festival in Poipu, Kauai from July 18-27. The ten-day family-oriented slate of events showcases Koloa’s social and natural history and diverse cultural traditions. Additionally, visitors can enjoy sporting activities, entertainment, costumes, and food available at the Poipu and Koloa area resorts.

Holding its 55th annual tournament from July 26-August 2, The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament combines five days of fishing off the beautiful Kona Coast of Hawaii Island with several other social and cultural events held throughout the week. Spectators can watch the tournament from Kailua Pier, as more than 30 teams from around the world are expected to compete for the coveted Governor’s Trophy.

From August 15-16, Grand Wailea’s executive chef Eric Faivre will host the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour on Maui. James Beard award-winning guest chefs David Burke, Johnny Iuzzini, and Norm Van Aken will come together to prepare their signature cuisines for a once-in-a-lifetime reception and dinner. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation and its mission to celebrate, nurture, and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future. and

The 20th annual Made In Hawaii Festival (Oahu) is scheduled to take place August 15-17 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. The three-day showcase features more than 400 booths selling and promoting made in Hawaii products, including food, books, art, gifts, fashion, plants, crafts, produce, and more. Attendees can take home locally made and grown goods, while enjoying free cooking demonstrations and live musical performances.


Hawaiian Airlines has several exciting announcements, including:
Hawaii’s newest interisland operation, Ohana by Hawaiian launched its inaugural turboprop service to Molokai on March 11, the first of two islands it will return to the Hawaiian Airlines network. Twice daily service between Honolulu and Lanai launched on March 18. Hawaiian Airlines last flew to Molokai and Lanai in 2004, operating on a Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
The start date for its new daily year-round non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) has been accelerated by one month, from June 1 to May 2. In addition, the airline will add a second daily flight for eight weeks this summer, doubling up on flights from June 30 to Sept. 8 and adding more than 32,700 seats in both travel markets.
Beginning May 16, Hawaiian Airlines will reinstate its daily non-stop service between San Jose and Honolulu, providing Northern California travelers further access to the Hawaiian Islands. The airline will also be upgrading the aircraft on its Oakland route to the 294-seat Airbus A330-200, adding a total of 60 more seats each day, effective June 18.
This summer only, Hawaiian Airlines will be increasing service to American Samoa in response to increased demand for travel between Pago Pago and Honolulu. A third weekly flight will be added on Wednesdays starting June 18 and will run for four weeks until July 16. The Pago Pago service currently operates on Mondays and Fridays using a 264-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

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Mokulele Airlines began offering non-stop flights between Honolulu and Kahului, Maui on April 1 as part of its expansion plans for 2014. Starting at $79 each, the airline offers two flights per day.


Chosen by readers of USA Today and its 10Best website, Hawaii received’s Reader’s Choice Award, ranking No. 7 on its “Best Spring Break Destination” list. From surfing on Oahu’s North Shore to sipping tropical cocktails in a tiki bar, Hawaii has proven to be a crowd favorite.

Golf-loving readers of USA Today and its 10Best website voted Maui, Hawaii as No. 7 on the list of’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Golf Destination. Maui is home to 14 courses with a stunning diversity of scenery – everything from lava flows and volcanic peeks to palm-lined tees and clifftop greens.

Condé Nast Traveler named Andaz Maui at Wailea to its “2014 Hot List – The Best New Hotels of the Year.” Among 33 properties to have made the final cut, Andaz Maui at Wailea is the only Hawaii resort on the magazine’s 18th annual list, which names the top five hotels or resorts in categories such as Best New Family Friendly Hotels, Best New Beach Hotels, Best New Food Hotels, and more.

Andaz Maui at Wailea ranked No. 22 on Travel + Leisure’s “It List: The Best New Hotels.” The chic resort features 297 minimalist rooms, three infinity pools, and a spa. The overall vibe is refreshingly modern, from the hosts greeting you in the open-air lobby with iPads in hand to the farm-to-table menu at Kaana Kitchen.

Rounding out the No. 8 spot on TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards for “Top 25 Beaches in the World” is Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Oahu and topping the list at No. 16 is Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. Additionally, ten Hawaii beaches lead TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards for “Top 25 Beaches in the U.S.” The awards recognized more than 322 beaches globally, and winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler’s reviews and ratings for beaches over a 12-month period. The beach rankings include:


Lanikai Beach (1)
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (10)
Ko Olina Lagoons (13)


Kaanapali Beach (2)
Waianapanapa State Park (5)
Wailea Beach (6)
Kapalua Beach (24)

Hawaii Island

Maniniowali Beach (8)


Hanalei Beach (4)
Poipu Beach Park (12)

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The American Culinary Federation (ACF), the nation’s premier organization of professional chefs, awarded Alan Wong’s Restaurants, with an Achievement of Excellence Award at the 2014 ACF Western Regional Conference. Criteria for the award include at least five consecutive years of operation, nomination by an ACF chapter, member, or individual in the foodservice profession, and being a recognized industry leader.

Food & Wine Magazine awarded chef Sheldon Simeon of Migrant Maui with the coveted title of “People’s Best New Chef” in the Northwest and Pacific category. As one of the top 10 up-and-coming chefs in the United States, Simeon is an expert at blending his Filipino background with local produce and Asian techniques in the kitchen. Contenders for the award also included two other Hawaii executive chefs, Chris Kajioka of Vintage Cave and Kevin Lee of Prima.

Honolulu’s Chef Mavro restaurant was named one of “Gayot’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.,” the only Hawaii locale to make the list. The luxury lifestyle review magazine cites the formidable skills of chef-owner George Mavrothalassitis and his culinary imagination for creating elegant and intriguing dishes, drawing inspiration from the bounty of Hawaii’s ocean and land.

For the first time, Yelp released its own list of “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.” Based on average star rating and number of reviews received, Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island took the No. 1 spot. The ten Hawaii restaurants making their first appearances on the list include:


Da Poke Shack (1)
Sushi Izakaya Gaku (11)
Ono Seafood (18)
Opal Thai Food (39)
Marukame Udon (41)
Dat Cajun Guy (77)
Sushi Sasabune (95)


Geste Shrimp Truck (50)
Ono Tacos (73)


Pono Market (82)

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About HVCB
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau 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.

Stylish Shark-Repellent Swimwear, Wetsuits, and Surfboards Hit the Waves

April 30, 2014 on 9:20 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Hawaiian Islands, Miami, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Stylish Shark-Repellent Swimwear, Wetsuits and Surfboards, with solid science behind them, are finding their way to waves around the world as The Surf Lady (Veronica Grey), the owner of the designs and trademarks, enters into non-exclusive licensing agreements with Boz Wetsuits and Joe DeMarco Surfboards.

Growing up, The Surf Lady developed an irrational fear of sharks. Directly taking on her fears one day, she tried surfing and fell madly in love with the sport. She then had a major problem on her hands. Her love for surfing was forcing her to face her fear of sharks every time she ventured into the water. These constant mental struggles started her on a journey to find something to calm her fears so that she could relax and enjoy her new-found love for surfing.

An adept researcher, The Surf Lady spent countless hours looking through document after document for a clue as to how she could enjoy surfing and yet be protected from shark attacks. A seemingly insignificant entry by Jacque Cousteau in one of his journals caught her eye. Mr. Cousteau recorded that when diving around sharks, they seemed to not take notice of black and white striped equipment. Thus the concept of shark-repellent swimwear and surfboards was born.

The Surf Lady took the information she gathered, including research on one of the sharks’ lethal enemies, the banded sea snake, and designed the swimwear, wetsuits and surfboards to calm her extreme fear of sharks. She is now able to more fully enjoy her love for surfing because she is no longer terrorized each time she enters the water.

Subsequently, Associate Professor Nathan Hart and Winthrop Professor, Shaun Collin, of the UWA’s Oceans Institute and School of Animal Biology, released information from their research that backed up Jacque Cousteau’s observations. It appears that as a result of a shark’s neurology and vision structure, black and white stripes are not seen as normal prey.

The Surf Lady has entered into non-exclusive licensing agreements with Boz Wetsuits, Joe DeMarco Surfboards and Ocean Outfits and she is currently exploring additional relationships. “I’m thrilled with the initial success of my concepts,” The Surf Lady said, “and I look forward to attracting licensing and distribution partners around the world. Making the world of surfing a little bit safer is very important to me.”

The Surf Lady is recognized by the International Association of Health Care Professionals as a 2014 Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. She is named “Phenomenal Woman” by Green Living Magazine and appears on the cover of the May 2013 issue. Her Aqua Seafoam Shame won the 2013 Best Documentary Award. She was awarded by the International Library of Poetry for her poem, entitled Love and she was awarded the New Media Award 2011 by the Pare Lorentz Film Festival for 15 Minutes of Flame. She also operates Surfer Weddings for surfers (

The Surf Lady currently resides on Oahu, Hawaii’s North Shore, where she enjoys safer surfing by using her own designed wetsuits, swimwear and surfboards.

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