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Island. Sky. Ocean: ISO Hotel — New Name for Mokihana Resort

From eturbonews.com:  An exciting and extensive renovation and rebranding of the venerable Mokihana Resort on Kauai is soon to be completed and introduced to the marketplace with a new name. Called The ISO, an acronym for Island. Sky. Ocean., the hotel has soft launched, with construction completion and full launch slated for April 2, 2018. Managed by Castle Resorts & Hotels, the 79-room hip boutique hotel offers a private, oceanfront retreat on the island’s famous Royal Coconut Coast.

The ISO is the only property on Kauai’s east shore that literally sits on the ocean’s edge without any form of separation. As a result, all of the rooms offer ocean views.

 “We’re excited to launch The ISO as Kauai’s newest boutique hotel,” said Castle Resorts & Hotels President & COO Alan Mattson. “It has always been a gem of a property with its direct oceanfront location, expansive lawn, pool, and one of the island’s most popular restaurants, The Bull Shed, but now it will be even more spectacular.”

The $5 million renovation included the lobby, guest rooms, exterior and grounds. Perfect for the active traveler, The ISO is conveniently located to hiking trails, golf, waterfalls and gardens. It is centrally located 10 minutes from the airport and in close vicinity to the shops and restaurants at the Coconut Marketplace.

RESORT RENOVATIONS ON KAUAI’S ROYAL COCONUT COAST TOP $37 MILLION

Resorts on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast are underway with $37 million worth of projects targeting completion in 2018 and 2019. Kauai Shores Hotel is wrapping up an extensive renovation with improvements to the front pool, deck and the large hot tub, all facing the beach. Upgrades on air conditioning units will be complete by early 2018.  Mokihana Resort, an oceanfront resort, is halfway through a revitalization project for all of its rooms, public spaces, and the lobby area. Expected completion is February 2018. Also underway are renovations at the oceanfront Pono Kai Resort, with a 6-year project expected to be complete by June 2018 when Phase II is finished. Tackling the project, one building at a time, this resort has been installing new tile floors, more soundproofing, renovating all bathrooms and replacing all furnishing and appliances.

On tap for 2018 are two significant renovation projects. Hotel Coral Reef Resort, a boutique oceanfront property, will launch its plans to add a third story on the oceanfront building, establishing four new guest rooms and two new suites, with kitchenettes. Coming up in 2018 at Kauai’s Courtyard Marriott are significant renovations scheduled to start August 2019 and wrap up February 2019. These will include a complete remodel of guest rooms, public spaces, the courtyard area, meeting spaces and the lobby. Kauai’s Courtyard Marriott will be re-flagged as a Sheraton property in 2019.

Hukilau Lanai Partners with Monterey Bay Seafood Watch

Contact: Hukilau Lanai, 808-822-0600, Hukilaukauai.com, email mod@hukilaulani.biz

Commitment to serving only Ocean-Friendly Seafood

Hukilau Lanai announced a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, committing to serve only seafood caught or farmed in ocean-friendly ways. Hukilau Lanai is the first restaurant on Kauai and the second restaurant in the State of Hawaii to make the commitment to support a healthy, sustainable ocean through partnering with Seafood Watch.

Executive chef and owner Ron Miller, in recognizing all of the hard work that has gone into the Seafood Watch program stated, “They make it easier for us to make the right choice and we recognize that we can make a difference. We need to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.”

Seafood Watch empowers consumers and businesses to choose sustainable seafood. Using science-based, peer reviewed methods, Seafood Watch assesses how wild-caught and farmed seafood affect the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are Best Choices, Good Alternatives, and which ones to Avoid. Its science is referenced by more than 1,000 businesses at 150,000 locations worldwide to help inform their purchasing decisions.

As a Seafood Watch business partner, Hukilau Lanai pledges to serve only seafood rated a Best Choice or Good Alternative and to educate its customers, suppliers and employees about sustainability issues.

“Seafood Watch is proud to welcome Hukilau Lanai as its newest partner” says Jennifer Dianto-Kemmerly, Monterey Bay Aquarium Director of Global Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Working together is critical to help create healthy and abundant oceans that will continue to supply us with food, help regulate our climate, and provide a livelihood for millions of people.”

By partnering with Seafood Watch, Hukilau Lanai reflects its awareness about growing public concern with how our seafood choices affect the world’s fish populations and the impact of seafood production on ocean health.

More than 50% of U.S. consumers* say that buying sustainable seafood is personally important. Through the partnership, Hukilau Lanai patrons can be confident its menu selections come from ocean-friendly sources.

Hukilau Lanai joins hundreds of partners entering into an official partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and actively working with its Business Outreach program to help shift the market toward environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture operations.

*(Source: Truven Health Analytics – NPR Health Poll)

Sleeping Giant Grill New Name for Kilauea Fish Market

image1The former Kilauea Fish Market at Waipouli (east side of Coconut Plantation Marketplace, next to Islander on the Beach) has been renamed Sleeping Giant Grill as a name that is more reflective of the east side. Owned by Steve Knox, the eatery is famous for its fresh fish and local products, offering a wide array of lunch, dinner and take-out choices. It’s a popular stop for both local residents and visitors.  A new logo, representing this popular dining choice has just been unveiled.  For more information, call 808-822-3474.

Resort Renovations on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast Top $12.5 Million in 2017

Four resorts on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast, also known as Kauai’s East Side, are investing over $12.5 million on significant upgrades and renovations for rooms, buildings and grounds. These projects follow $9 million in renovations in 2014 and $20 million in 2012 and 2013 throughout the region. Total renovations now approach $43 million. “In a nutshell, Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast is consistently providing the latest in resort improvements,” says Hilmy Dole, president of the Royal Coconut Coast Association.

The largest investment ($7.9 million) is at the Pono Kai Resort, an ocean front property. The project will result in complete renovation of 146 condominium units with entire kitchen and bathroom remodels, new furnishings, cabinets, counter tops, fixtures, décor, and new bedding. This project started in 2015, with the final phase finishing up in 2020. Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy, also an ocean-front property, is launching a renovation for 108 units starting the third quarter of 2017 and finishing up by year end. At an investment of over $4 million, guests will find new paint, fixtures, furnishings, décor, flooring, bathroom upgrades, new beds and bedding. Rounding up expenditures to reach the $12.5 million total are projects for new paint and repairs at Castle’s Kaha Lani and new outdoor recreational facilities at Kauai Shores Hotel, an Aqua Hotel.

The Royal Coconut Coast region is known for providing a range of accommodations classified in the affordable category with a broad mix of hotel, condominium, time share and vacation rental units situated along the ocean. Some properties have upgraded enough to be competitive with higher end properties found in many of Hawaii’s resort destinations. However, many of the Royal Coconut Coast lodging choices continue to provide attractive rates. For more information, go to https://royalcoconutcoast.com/accommodations.

The Royal Coconut Coast region is located between Kauai’s towns of Wailua and Kapaa. It is also referred to as Kauai’s East Side. This region is home to the famous Wailua River, six beach parks, a dozen condominium resorts and hotels, several small inns and vacation rentals as well as numerous restaurants and shops. The area is known for its central location, for being a pedestrian town, and for providing a spectacular coastal bike path.

Background: The Royal Coconut Coast Association is a non-profit corporation, officially established in late 2012. The organization acts as a central source of information about features in the Wailua to Kapaa corridor of Kaua’i including public and private attractions, businesses and area events. A Board of Directors representing the founding members and general members governs the association. For more information, email info@royalcoconutcoast.com or go tohttps://royalcoconutcoast.com.

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