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Heiva I Kauai – August 5th and 6th

Tahitian dance group performing at Heiva I Kauai. Photo by Mike Teruya

Heiva I Kauai presents a colorful and exciting international Tahitian dance and drumming competition located at Kapaa Beach Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 5th and 6th. This 16th annual contest features solo and group competitors from Hawaii, the Mainland, and Japan. Performers are considered the next generation of talent portraying their cultural knowledge and skills.

Following the opening ceremonies, solo competition is held on Saturday, starting with the youngest age groups and continuing through adults, until the championship dance-offs in the afternoon. Categories include traditional otea, vahine and tane for junior, senior and master (age 26+) divisions. Sunday’s schedule provides group competition including otea, aparima, ahupurotu and drumming categories. On both days, the award-winning Honolulu Tahitian dance group, Te Vai Ura Nui will perform house drumming and exhibition dancing.

On both days, the award-winning Honolulu Tahitian dance group, Te Vai Ura Nui, provides house drumming and exhibition dancing Participation is encouraged for an audience dance competition and coconut husking contests.

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celebration of Polynesian culture, more than 40 vendors provide an array of Pacific island crafts, food and demonstrations. Visitors and residents alike will find Tahitian and other Pacific Island gifts, jewelry, art, woodwork and clothing plus a variety of ethnic foods. Polynesian artists and crafters also demonstrate coconut frond and lauhala weaving, Polynesian carving and lei making.

For more information, go to http://www.heivaikauai.com/

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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Photos available upon request by contacting Margy Parker, mp@margyparker.com, 808-651-5394

 

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.

Luau Makaiwa Opens on the Royal Coconut Coast

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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 in Top Ten Among 35 World-wide Beach Destinations

Budget Travel, a popular magazine and online travel news site, recently named Kapaa as number eight on a global list of beach destinations that readers would love. In an article by Kaeli Conforti, titled “35 Beaches You’d Love to be On”, Conforti pinpoints locations in 25 countries and four U.S. states (Hawaii, Oregon, California and Florida). In Hawaii, Kaanapili was fifth on the list; Kihei was 14th, Hanalei was 21st and Polulu Valley beach on the Big Island was 29th. Budget Travel Online receives 1.4 million unique visits a month.

Huffington Post features Kapa‘a as one of America’s Most Underrated Places

KAPA‘A, KAUA‘I, HI – Huffpost Hawai‘i, a regional issue of Huffingpost reported that  Kapa‘a, on Kaua‘i’s Royal Coconut Coast, as among one of the 18 most underrated places in the U.S. The featured article was originated by GlobalYodel, one of Huffington Post’s travel resources. The rating, published in June, went to places the authors considered, “incredible but rarely making lists of top destinations by traditional travel media.” The article quotes Kaua‘i resident and student, Jackson Koorenoff, in support of this distinction. “Kaua’i is one of the last examples of real Hawai‘i. It is the closest you can get to seeing what life was like before skyscrapers, freeways, and hundreds and hundreds of visitors. Kaua’i is little slice of heaven. Pure Aloha in its most true form.” Also on the list, in alphabetical order were, Anacortes, WA; Beaufort, SC; Berkeley, CA, Des Moines, IA; Detroit, MI; Duluth MN; Flagstaff, AZ; Grand Rapids, MI; Greensboro, AL; Madison, WI; Montara, CA; Palouse, WA; Pine Plains, NY; Sweard AK; Sisters, OR; Spokane, WA, and Tupper Lake, NY.

“Kapa’a is filled with surprises,” says Hilmy Dole, president of the Royal Coconut Coast Association. “Our visitors often share their new discoveries when they come back to their hotels in the evening, totally delighted with what they’ve found and amazed with the vibrancy of such a small-town community, right here on Kaua‘i.”

For more information, info@royalcoconutcoast.com or https://royalcoconutcoast.com.

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 Kapa’a corridor of Kaua’i including public and private attractions, businesses and area events. A Board of Directors representing the founding members along with other businesses and organizations governs the association. For more information, email info@royalcoconutcoast.com or go to https://royalcoconutcoast.com.

Written by: Margy Parker, 808-651-5394, mp@margyparker.com

Renovations on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast Top Nine Million Dollars in 2014

KAPAA, KAUAI, HAWAII — (April 17, 2014) Several resorts on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast, also known as Kauai’s East Side, are investing over $9 million in 2014 on room and building upgrades. This follows last year’s completion of $20 million worth of resort and golf course improvements in the area. The most significant investment ($8 million) is at the Kauai Sands Hotel, an ocean front property. It will result in a complete upgrade of all rooms with new furnishings, new fixtures, new décor, and new bedding. Complete re-landscaping and a new restaurant are also in the plans. This project started in the fall of 2012, with the final phase of room renovations finished up by June. The new restaurant will open in September. Hotel General Manager, Hilmy Dole, predicts that the rating for the newly renovated property will rise up over the three star mark. At Pono Kai Resort, another popular oceanfront resort on the Royal Coconut Coast, almost $700,000 is being spent on buildings, grounds, kitchen tile and appliance upgrades, new audiovisual systems, living area furniture and air conditioning systems. These improvements are targeted for completion in June. At Plantation Hale Suites another 22 rooms are receiving a complete renovation at a price tag of $350,000, which will finalize significant upgrades for all suites, an ongoing project since 2012. Completion date is my mid-May. For more information, go to Accommodations Page.

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, a number of the Royal Coconut Coast lodging choices continue to provide attractive rates, considered in the “affordable” range.

The Royal Coconut Coast region of Kauai is located between the towns of Wailua and Kapaa. It also referred to as Kauai’s East Side. This region is home to the famous Wailua River, a dozen 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 Kapa’a corridor of Kaua’i including public and private attractions, businesses and area events. A Board of Directors representing the founding members along with other businesses and organizations governs the association. For more information, email info@royalcoconutcoast.com or go to https://royalcoconutcoast.com.

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Photos available upon request by contacting Margy Parker, mp@margyparker.com, 808-651-5394

Wailua Golf Course Rated in Top Ten Best Courses for the Money by Links Magzine

221Wailua Golf Course has been rated in the top ten U.S. best golf courses for the money by Links Magazine. Listed among courses in California, Washington, New York, Texas, Florida, Alabama and New Mexico, the rating was given for those courses, “Defined as a well-designed layout in good shape that calls for all the shots.” Brian McCallen, writer for Links Magazine, characterizes the top ten saying, “Everyone loves a bargain. Not cheap, mind you. Somewhere over the rainbow a fun, challenging, well-maintained course at an affordable price awaits you.” McCallen describes Wailua Golf Course as a scenic, walker-friendly layout routed across rolling terrain near the sea with coconut palms and ironwood trees lining the fairways.