Kauai: What’s Blooming on the Garden Isle
LIHUE, KAUAI – It’s a new year with exciting news about a blockbuster movie production doing its filming on Kauai this summer, along with a host of special vacation offers that make a stay on the beautiful “Garden Island” an even more rejuvenating experience.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Disney coming to Kauai to film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and fans can expect our island to look as gorgeous and inviting as ever when the movie hits the big screen,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director for the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “Being in the midst of Kauai’s beauty is always such an enjoyable and inspiring experience. It’s by far the quality that visitors and Hollywood find most appealing whenever they come here.”
Following are newsworthy events and items that are “blooming” on the Garden Isle of Kauai:
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” Filming on Kauai
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the newest sequel in Walt Disney Pictures’ hit series, is scheduled to begin filming on Kauai this summer. The movie stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa, and is scheduled for release in 2011. Pirates is the latest in a long string of movies and television shows to use Kauai’s tropical beauty as a scenic backdrop, following such popular hits as South Pacific, Blue Hawaii, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Thorn Birds, Jurassic Park, and Tropic Thunder.
Kauai is Hawaii’s Best Island – Travel + Leisure
Popularly known as the Garden Isle, Kauai can now add the title of “Hawaii’s Best Island” as voted on by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in the latest World’s Best Awards. Travel + Leisure surveyed its readers asking them to rate the islands of Hawaii on their natural attractions, activities and sights, restaurants and food, people, and value. Kauai was the choice for #1.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort Debuts
The St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai’s picturesque north shore is open following a top-to-bottom renovation of the 252-room property in keeping with Starwood Hotels’ most exclusive brand. An exciting new attraction is Kauai Grill, the signature restaurant by world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Guests will enjoy Asian-influenced dishes and the distinctive flair that Jean-Georges has brought to his first restaurant in Hawaii. www.stregisprinceville.com/kauai
Waimea a Top Five Destination – TripAdvisorÂ®
TripAdvisorÂ®, the popular website for travel advice, has named Waimea, Kauai, as one of its top U.S. destinations for this year, making it one of only five U.S. destinations to be so honored. TripAdvisor conducted a travel trends survey of more than 3,000 U.S. travelers in determining its five top destinations for 2010.
“Jurassic Falls” Exclusive Helicopter Tour
Steven Spielberg made the 400-foot Manawaiopuna Falls famous in his film classic, Jurassic Park, and now Island Helicopters offers an exclusive tour to this remote, magnificently beautiful site. The helicopter lands near the base of “Jurassic Falls,” from where visitors can take photos and experience the grandeur of the area. The helicopter ride includes a 90-minute tour of Kauai. www.islandhelicopters.com
Zip Trek Nui Loa – Outfitters Kauaâ€˜i
Outfitters Kauai has introduced a new zip line tour called “Zip Trek Nui Loa” highlighted by a new 1,800-foot zip line course that takes guests on a soaring ride above a scenic forest canopy. www.outfitterskauai.com
Kauai’s First Homegrown Rum by Koloa Rum Company
Koloa Rum Company is now offering Kauai’s first-ever homegrown rum made from molasses of high-quality sugarcane grown on island. Distilled and blended on Kauai, this authentic, premium rum produced by Kauai’s first commercial rum company was recently introduced at Kilohana Plantation in Lihue and features a full tasting room and tour. www.koloarum.com
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort Open on Poipu Beach
From its prime location on beautiful Poâ€˜ipÃ¼ Beach, the recently opened Koa Kea Hotel & Resort offers stunning ocean views and a contemporary design in the guestrooms and suites of this luxurious, boutique 121-room hotel. Highlights include the Spa at Koa Kea and Red Salt restaurant, which features a menu created by Executive Chef Ronnie Sanchez who comes from the three-star Michelin-rated El Bulli restaurant in Spain. www.koakea.com
The Grove Cafe Opens at Waimea Plantation Cottages
The Grove CafÃ© presented by Waimea Brewing Company offers tropical delicacies under the palms of the serene, classic island setting at Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages. On Thursday and Friday evenings, guests can enjoy live Hawaiian music and relax with Lilikoi Ale, a local favorite and one of eight beers brewed by Waimea Brewing Company. www.astonhotels.com
Merriman’s Kauai Opens at Kukuiula Village Shopping Center
Chef Peter Merriman has opened his newest restaurant in Poipu at the brand new Kukuiula Village. Chef Merriman serves Hawaii Regional Cuisine in an elegant, but island-casual setting for an exquisite dining experience with his signature â€˜Farm to Table’ concept. Ninety percent of his products are locally grown or caught using sustainable methods. www.merrimanshawaii.com
“King Kong” at Princeville Ranch Adventures
“King Kong” has come to Princeville Ranch Adventures in the form of a thrilling new giant aerial zip line course. The 1,200-foot zip line allows guests to “fly” while enjoying magnificent views of Hihimanu Mountain. www.adventureskauai.com
North Shore’s New Weekly Luau
Hanalei Colony Resort on the north shore is offering a lÃ¼â€˜au every Tuesday evening featuring a lavish buffet of Hawaiian favorites, including lomi lomi salmon, taro rolls, poi, fresh island fish, kalua pork, and haupia cake, along with a variety of other dishes. Guests also enjoy the music and dance of Hawaii and Tahiti. Advance reservations are required. www.hcr.com
KAUAâ€˜I WINTER DEALS
Special Savings at Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
In celebration of its opening as Kauai’s newest boutique designer resort, Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is offering special “Isle See You at Poipu” rates, starting at $299, a 33% savings off standard Garden View rooms. www.koakea.com
Sheraton Kauai Resort offers “50/50 Package”
Book a room at the beachfront Sheraton Kauai Resort, located at beautiful Poipu Beach, and receive a 50 percent room discount and $50 daily credit toward food or activities. Stay five nights or more and get the 5th night free. As a special bonus, guests will receive a two-for-one coupon for a surfing lesson. Call 1-800-937-8461 and ask for 5050PKG.
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas offers “50/50 Package”
Book a room at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas on Kauai’s scenic north shore and receive a 50 percent room discount and $50 daily credit toward food or activities. Stay five nights or more and get the 5th night free. As a special bonus, guests will receive a two-for-one coupon for a surfing lesson. Call 1-800-937-8461 and ask for 5050PKG.
Castle Resorts & Hotels – Half Off, All Year
Receive 50 percent off a choice of condominium suites at any of these six Castle Resorts & Hotels’ properties. Offer is good through December 21, 2010. Call 1-800-367-5004 or visit the websites.
Ã˜ Castle Kaha Lani Resort in Kapaa offers one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, all oceanfront or with ocean views, and amenities that include a pool, tennis court, and putting green. www.KahaLaniResort.com
Ã˜ Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows Resort offers one- and two-bedroom suites on the beach in Poipu amid 35 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Amenities include a “Super Pool” with waterslide, tennis courts, two restaurants, and beach activity center. www.kiahunaplantation.com
Ã˜ Castle Lae Nani Resort in Kapaa offers one- and two-bedroom suites in a beachfront setting with a cove for swimming. Each suite comes with a full kitchen, private lanai and ocean views. Amenities include a grassy picnic area, large swimming pool and barbecues. www.laenaniresort.com
Ã˜ Castle Makahuena at Poipu Resort is an oceanfront setting that offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites equipped with a kitchen and washer/dryer. Amenities include a pool, jet spa, tennis courts, and barbecue. www.makahuenapoipu.com
Ã˜ Castle Poipu Shores Resort is located near Spouting Horn and offers spectacular oceanfront views from each of the one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites. A pool perched above the surf overlooks a Hawaiian green sea turtle sanctuary. www.poipushores.com
Ã˜ Castle at Princeville offers suites with a kitchen in the Pali Ke Kua, Puu Poa, and Hale Moi Cottages. Located on the bluffs of Princeville Resort, scenic vistas of the Pacific Ocean or mountains above Hanalei can be seen from each suite. www.castleatprinceville.com
Seventh Night Free with Condominium Rentals Hawaii
Enjoy the seventh night free on stays in one- and two-bedroom Kauai beachfront condos offered by Condominium Rentals Hawaii through October 31, 2010. Each unit comes fully furnished, including a kitchen, TV with cable service, and high- speed Internet access. Outdoor amenities include swimming pools and barbecues. www.crhkauai.com/kvb
Valentine’s Special at Hanalei Colony Resort
Hanalei Colony Resort is offering a special 30 percent savings on Valentine’s weekend getaways in February, with additional discounts on room rates, dining and spa services through April 2010. The only beachfront resort on Kauai’s spectacular north shore, Hanalei Colony Resort features deluxe two-bedroom condominiums, all with kitchens and private lanai. www.hcr.com
Savings, Incentives at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
The luxurious Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is providing even more incentive for guests to spend a week during winter at its beautiful Poipu Beach location, by offering every fifth night free, daily breakfast for two, and a one category upgrade confirmed at time of booking for travel through March 31, 2010. www.grandhyattkauai.com
Great Rates at the Kauai Marriott Resort
At the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach, guests enjoy new contemporary rooms, a brand new beachfront sushi bar and redesigned restaurants, complimentary airport shuttle, and the largest pool in Hawaii, with no resort fee. Special rate of $194 available through March 21, 2010. www.kauaimarriott.com
Save on a Getaway at the Kauai Inn
Tucked away on three tropical acres in Lihue, the Kauai Inn Resort is offering rooms with two double beds for the special discounted rate of $99 per night, which includes free continental breakfast, Internet, and more. www.kauaiinn.com
To see more Kauai travel specials, visit www.KauaiDiscovery.com.
Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery
Nicknamed the Garden Island, Kauai is green and flourishing with lush flora that runs from the mountains to the ocean. Kauai offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches – more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii. Other natural wonders include the 3,567-foot deep Waimea Canyon, dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and the 3,000-foot towering mountain cliffs overlooking the Napali Coast along the northwest shoreline.
A wealth of outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline aerial tours, helicopter and boat tours, offer memorable vacation experiences for the whole family.
The Kauai Visitors Bureau is a division of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and funded in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. For more information about Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery – visit www.KauaiDiscovery.com or call the Kauai Visitors Bureau toll-free at 800-262-1400. Follow updates about Kauai via Twitter (@kauaidiscovery) and as a fan on its Facebook page as Kauai Visitors Bureau.