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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 or go to

Luau Makaiwa Opens on the Royal Coconut Coast


There’s a new luau on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast at the Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach. Featuring both Hawaiian and Polynesian entertainment,  Luau Makaiwa is performed by award winning Kumu Hula and recording artist Leilani Rivera Low every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 5:30pm. The luau location is ocean front and considered royal surfing grounds during the time that Kauai was under its own monarchy.  This luau starts off with an interactive experience with cultural specialists, includes a cocktail reception, torch lighting ceremony, and a culinary feast of Hawaiian and local foods, followed by performances by Halau Hula O Leilani. The show includes Hawaiian, Tahitian, Maori, Tongan and Samoan performances. For reservations and more information contact 808.821.9698.

Hilton Garden Inn Chooses the Royal Coconut Coast

Aloha Beach Resort is currently undergoing a full renovation and remodel in preparation for opening next year as the State of Hawaii’s first (and only) hotel operating under the Hilton Garden Inn brand. When the renovations are finalized the property will be re-named Hilton Garden Inn Kauai/Wailua Bay. Once complete, this adds the 50th state to the brand’s collection of hotel locations. The property will continue to be managed by Aston Hotels and Resorts and feature many upgraded hotel amenities, along with 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and full-service meals at the Garden Grille and Bar. The resort is projected to complete renovations and become established as the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai early next year.


Lava Lava Beach Club to Open at Kauai Shores

First established in Waikoloa on the Big Island, Lava Lava Beach Club is planning to open a 250 seat full-service restaurant at Kaua‘i Shores (formerly Kaua‘i Sands) in November. The menu will model what is offered in Waikoloa, described as a fusion of American and Hawaiian regional cuisine featuring locally sourced products. The 4,000 square foot ocean-view space will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lava Lava Beach Club chose Kauai Shores because of its prime beachfront location. According to an article in Pacific Business News, Nick Rochi, operations director for Lava Lava Beach Club, says that the restaurant’s concept is very site-specific …  a beachfront location where there’s a lot of open space — and that location (at the Kauai Shores) totally fits the bill. The other half of it is that there’s nothing else like it on Kauai, so we’re very excited to provide something that doesn’t really exist there.”

Kapaa Food Writer Publishes New Edition of Kauai Restaurant Book

Restaurants_2015-FrontKAPAA — Foodies, rejoice! The latest version of Tasting Kauai: Restaurants 2015 –
Insider’s Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island
has been released, in anticipation of the approaching holidays. Kapaa-based author, Marta Lane, demonstrates her passion for sustainable agriculture and applauds those who work hard to source fresh, local food and highlights those who are dedicated to real Kauai cuisine — from food trucks to the finest dining rooms.

“I’m really excited about the second edition of our restaurant guidebook,” says Lane. “There is so much great food on Kauai, which is made by hand with local ingredients, and I’m thrilled to be able to share my favorites.” Professional photographer and husband, Daniel Lane, also extensively illustrates the 150-page book with his images.

Lane clarifies in the book’s introduction, “As a full-time food writer, many people think of me as a food critic. But I like to call myself a food profiler. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, I choose to focus on what’s right.”

The expanded and updated book is meatier than the last, and includes a number of new additions, pleasing to fine diners, sustainable food enthusiasts or those simply looking for a great lunch. There are 30 new listings, for a total of 93, an introduction to the Hawaiian language, a new category for eateries in located in Kauai’s Central zone, and a glossary of Hawaiian food.

A series of cocktail parties will be held around the island to celebrate the book’s launch, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Readers will have a chance to meet the author and photographer, as well as some of the island’s top chefs, at the events.

“We want to include residents, as they have told me they really appreciate the first edition,” Lane said. “I know it’s tricky for folks to go to a different part of the island, so we are coming to them.” Parties are scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Lihue on November 28th, at The Feral Pig; in Hanalei at Tiki Iniki on December 5th; in Kapaa at Hukilau Lanai on December 10th, and in Poipu at Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill on December 19th. Tickets are $35, which includes an autographed copy of the book as well as pupus and a celebratory cocktail. Reservations are required and must be made onlne at

Tasting Kauai: Restaurants 2015 — An Insider’s Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island is available on and on-island at several dozen Kauai locations. Suggested retail price is $15.99.

A portion of all book, tour and party ticket sales go to the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai
Branch. When registering online for tickets, there will be an opportunity to donate an additional $5, $10 or $20 to the food bank to help feed Kauai’s hungry.

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