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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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What’s New on the Royal Coconut Coast

Kauai’s east side resorts have completed millions of dollars worth of renovations over the past year, with more to come in 2016. Plus, six major events and festivals are slated for next June through October.

The Royal Coconut Coast area, also known as Kauai’s East Side, has seen a lot of renovation and new additions among its hotels and resorts throughout 2015 with more projects underway for 2016. This central region of Kauai also has six popular events and festivals lined up throughout the summer and fall providing food extravaganzas, Tahitian and cultural dance, world-renown jazz, a coconut festival and a writer’s conference.

In alphabetical order, the range of improvements and renovations include:

Aston Islander on the Beach has upgraded its reception and front desk area and has refreshed many of its condominium units over the past year.

Coco Palms Hotel, after 23 years of closure (since Hurricane Iniki), has launched its demolition phase after recently receiving permits from Kauai County. Plans are to re-build the resort with 331 guest rooms and 32 suites, re-opening in late 2017.

Hotel Coral Reef is undertaking an extensive $3.5 million dollar renovation, adding a third floor to it’s main ocean-front building to create eight new executive suites with master bedrooms and ocean-front lanais. The boutique hotel is also planning interior upgrades with Tommy Bahama furnishings.

Kaha Lani Resort, a condominium property located right next to the popular Lydgate Beach Park and Kamalani Playground, has replaced all pool furniture, painted its exteriors, made improvements to its tennis courts and is replacing its lanais.

Kauai Kailani completed a $4-million dollar two-year renovation project throughout its entire property in 2015, providing completely refinished and re-decorated interiors in all units, adding a recreation room and individual wi-fi in every unit. This oceanfront property features one and two-bedroom fully equipped condominiums.

Kauai Shores (formerly Kauai Sands) will wrap up an extensive all-property renovation and refurbishment project with the opening of the new Lava Lava Beach Club oceanfront restaurant along with a new lobby and guest services area in late December 2015. All rooms and grounds have been completely re-furbished and renovated with modern and colorful tropical décor and amenities.

Luau Makaiwa has opened at the Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach with cultural demonstrations, cocktails, food and entertainment on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. This resort’s luau is situated on an oceanfront location and offers a lot of opportunities for cultural demonstrations and displays.

Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa has completed a number of improvements to its resort interior and outdoor areas. These include a complete upgrade of poolside furnishings with new Tropitone “padded-sling” chaise lounges and chairs, doubling the amount of shade umbrellas in a new ocean-themed teal color, installation of new solar photo voltaic panels to reduce electricity costs, and new paint and carpet throughout interior hallways.

Plantation Hale Suites wrapped up a three-year renovation project earlier in 2015, completely renovating all 85 of its guest suite living rooms and bedrooms with new furnishings, decor, paint and flooring.

Pono Kai Resort homeowners have approved a $7.9 million renovation to the resort’s condominium units that will launch in 2016. Pono Kai is situated in the heart of Kapaa town, right on the Ke Ala Hele Makalae coastal bike path.

Dates for upcoming Events on the Royal Coconut Coast 2016 will be:
Taste of Hawaii: June 5, 2016, Smith’s Tropical Paradise
Red Clay Jazz Festival: August 3-6, 2016, Courtyard Marriott at Kauai Coconut Beach
Heiva I Kauai: August 6-7, 2016, Kapaa Beach Park
Pow Wow: September 23-25, 2016, Kapaa Beach Park
Coconut Festival:  October 1-2, 2016, Kapaa Beach Park
Kauai Writer’s Conference: November 4-6, Courtyard Kauai Coconut Beach

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 Kauai including public and private attractions, parks, businesses, accommodations, dining and area events.  For more information, email info@royalcoconutcoast.com or go to https://royalcoconutcoast.com.