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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 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.”

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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 or go to

Written by: Margy Parker, 808-651-5394,