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Holo Holo Launches Pono Pledge to Foster Environmental Stewardship

Did you know that traveling responsibly can lead to more exhilarating adventures? Holo Holo Charters, a 20-year-old, locally-owned boat tour company, understands the impact destination travel can have on the environment both economically and experientially, so they proactively created an online Pono (righteous) Pledge, holoholopono.com encouraging all passengers to complete before they actually set sail on their Kauai ocean adventure. The pledge brings more than just awareness about the importance of reducing plastics and eliminating toxic sunscreens from ending up in the ocean. Island visitors on Kauai now consciously make a promise when taking the pledge to live a “lifestyle of stewardship” anchored and inspired by the key Hawaiian value, “Aloha” which is Kauai’s spirit.

“The world will turn to Hawaii as they search for peace because Hawaii has the key… and that key is Aloha.” – Pilahi Paki

Chandra Bertsch, General Manager of Holo Holo Charters shares the inspiration for the pledge: “Our mission at Holo Holo Charters is to provide safe, unique and memorable ocean experiences while sharing the beauty, culture and history of Kaua’i, but we have an opportunity to do more. By educating our visitors about the topics important to our island community and environment, we hope their Kaua’i vacation will be more fulfilling and inspiring and will further the message of responsible tourism locally and globally.”

“For years Holo Holo Charters boat captains have stopped their tour to haul dangerous derelict fishing nets out of the ocean. Ghost nets and ropes are the number one cause of injury to whales and many other sea mammals. Mahalo Holo Holo Charters for being part of our Net Patrol Team! Holo Holo Charters is also a certified Ocean Friendly Restaurant, a Surfrider program recognizing companies that reduce plastic waste and implement ocean-friendly practices. We applaud Holo Holo Charters for educating Kauai’s visitors on the importance of caring for our ocean and beautiful Kauai Island” said Barbara Weider, Surfrider Foundation Kauai Chapter Vice-Chair.

“We all have a responsibility to tourism and our communities and that requires proactive planning to achieve balance between community and industry for success” said Olof Yrr Ataldottir, Vice President of the European Travel Commission.

Holo Holo Charters feel it’s their kuleana (responsibility) to not only give island visitors the experiences they seek, but also to help preserve its island destination both environmentally and culturally for the people, plants and animals who inhabit Kauai.

For more information: https://www.holoholokauaiboattours.com/pono-pledge/

Major Upgrades at Two Hotels on the Royal Coconut Coast

Marriott’s Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach is undergoing a full transition and renovation to the tune of 30 million dollars. It will become a full service Sheraton and offer a unique and energetic dining and entertainment experience. The resort is due to wrap up its renovations in the fall, 2019. To catch a glimpse of the resort’s sparkling new rooms and facilities, check out https://www.kauaicourtyardresort.com/renovation-progress.htm. And, the Hotel Coral Reef has wrapped up its major expansion, adding six more oceanfront rooms and suites on a new third story. This long anticipated addition will provide the same high-end décor and conveniences already in place among all oceanfront rooms. In addition upgraded wifi has been installed throughout the 27-room property. Future renovations will focus on the garden rooms.

Significant renovations and upgrades are underway at Kauai Coconut Beach Resort

Major Summer Events on the Royal Coconut Coast

Kauai Culture and Arts

Heiva I Kauai Polynesia Dance Festival, photo by Mike Teruya

Three spectacular events are lined up on the Royal Coconut Coast in June, August and September. First up is the extravagant Taste of Hawaii at Smith’s Tropical Paradise on June 2nd, followed by the colorful Heiva I Kauai Polynesian Festival in Kapaa August 3-4 and moving on to the highly cultural Mokihana Festival, September 22-28 (with two events located in Kapaa). Taste of Hawaii provides what has become known around the islands as the “ultimate Sunday brunch”, offering delectable choices prepared by numerous chefs, an array of beverages, topped off by music and entertainment. Proceeds benefit youth and education. Heiva I Kauai is a Polynesian dance competition featuring dance halaus (dance troops or schools) from Hawaii and the Pacific. The Mokihana Festival features cultural entertainment and practices throughout the week, such as a Hawaiian Church Service, presentations by cultural specialists and several dance and singing competitions. For more information, check individual websites, linked to each event.

The ISO is named the 2019 Best Boutique Hotel in Hawaii

The ISO is a 79-room oceanfront retreat on Kauai’s famous Royal Coconut Coast.

HONOLULU, March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The ISO, a Castle Resorts & Hotels property, on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast was recently named the 2019 Best Boutique Hotel in Hawaii at the 2nd Annual aio Media Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Awards.

“We’re extremely proud to receive this incredible recognition for The ISO,” said Castle Resorts & Hotels President and CEO Alan Mattson. “This property is special, from its prime oceanfront location to its rustic chic personality to its array of offerings for today’s outdoor and recreational travelers. It embodies the true essence of an award-winning boutique hotel.”

An acronym for Island. Sky. Ocean., 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. It reopened to the public in April 2018 following a $5 million renovation of the lobby, guest rooms, exterior and grounds.

The ISO is the only lifestyle boutique hotel on the coast to offer a free healthy continental breakfast, a reusable keepsake water bottle, and yoga mats and canteen coffee mugs in all rooms for guests’ use. The ISO also offers yoga and other fitness options on the oceanfront lawn as well as beach cruiser bikes to explore the area and the four-mile coastal trail adjacent to the property.

The guest rooms feature a rustic, contemporary décor and include a refrigerator, coffee maker, flat screen TV, WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB capable clock radio. Among the property’s amenities are an oceanfront swimming pool, large grass courtyard with lounge chairs and tiki torches, fire pit, and filtered water station. The ISO is also home to the island’s number one-rated Bull Shed Restaurant, which specializes in gourmet steaks, prime rib and fresh island seafood.

The 2nd Annual aio Media Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Awards honors key industry professionals, events, attractions and businesses that contribute to Hawaii’s booming tourism industry. It is presented in partnership by aio Media Group and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association.

Rates at The ISO begin at $179 for an ocean view guest room and include a complimentary continental breakfast from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. daily. A $19 daily resort fee includes water bottle, bicycle use, yoga and other fitness options on the lawn, parking and WiFi. For more information, call (808) 545-3510 or visit TheISO.com.

About Castle Resorts & Hotels
Castle Resorts & Hotels was founded in 1993 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Castle Group, Inc. Headquartered in Honolulu, Castle manages a broad portfolio of guest accommodations including value/economy hotels, full-service hotels and spacious all-suite condominium resorts and luxury villas in the Hawaiian Islands on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai and Hawaii, and in New Zealand on the North Shore of Auckland. To learn more or to make a reservation, visit www.castleresorts.com or call (808) 367-5004. Keep up with current events at www.instagram.com/castleresorts and www.facebook.com/CastleResortsAndHotels.

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Kapaa Named #1 in U.S. for 2018

Kapaa Named Number One Trending Destination in U.S. for 2018 by TripAdvisor

KAPA‘A, KAUA‘I – (January 11, 2018) – TripAdvisor recently announced its 2018 top ten picks for trending traveler destinations in the United States. Kapaa, Kauai takes top spot as a destination on the rise and is the only destination in Hawaii with this distinction. TripAdvisor arrives at its picks by researching increases in positive traveler review ratings for several categories including accommodations, restaurants and attractions, according to businessinsider.com. Also examined are increased search activity and increased booking interest for U.S. cities. In descending order, other cities in the top ten are Waco, Texas; Wilmington, N.C.; Bend, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; Paso Robles, Calif.; Richmond, Va.; Greenville, S.C.; Omaha, Neb., and Lexington, Ky.

“There’s a lot going on here for the Royal Coconut Coast,” says Hilmy Dole, president of the Royal Coconut Coast Association. “We’re seeing strong interest in Kapaa‘s culture, attractions, lodging, food and activities by both our visitors and our kamaaina (locals). “We’re all striving for excellence as we continue to upgrade and provide new experiences. “

Check out these links: https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-DestinationsontheRise-cTop10-g191 and http://www.businessinsider.com/trip-advisor-top-us-places-to-visit-in-2018-according-to-travelers-2018-1