Royal Coconut Coast News and Events

Upcoming Events on the Royal Coconut Coast

whatMake plans to attend one of these great events on the Royal Coconut Coast.

Every first Saturday of the month: Kapaa Art Walk,

March 22nd: Gabriela Martinez, Concert Pianist, Kauai Concert Association

April 17th: Earth Day at Lydgate Park

May 13th: Kauai Charity Walk

June 4th: Taste of Hawaii, Smith’s Tropical Paradise

August 5th and 6th: Heiva I Kauai, Tahitian Dance Contest, Kapaa Beach Park

September 22-24: Kauai Pow Wow, Kapaa Beach Park

October 7-9: Kauai Coconut Festival, Kapaa Beach Park

Monthly: Kauai Food Tour on the Royal Coconut Coast

Monthly: Slack Key Guitar Concerts All Saint’s Church, Kapaa

Find out about festivals and events around the entire island of Kauai at https://kauaifestivals.com

First Saturday Art Walk Kapaa — September 2nd and October 7th

A recurring major event on the Royal Coconut Coast is the First Saturday Art Walk, held in Kapaa’s Old Town every month.   September 2nd and October 7th will be the next dates that Kapaa merchants and restaurants stay open late offering many specials. Artists, food vendors and musicians set up along the street with musical performances throughout the town. The event has grown in popularity drawing hundreds of residents and visitors.

Three acres of extra parking for this highly popular event is found at Restore Kauai, 4451 Lehua St., Kapaa, HI 96746, next to Specialty Lumber. Parking is within walking distance of Old Kapa‘a town. For more information go to: http://kbakauai.org/1st-saturday/ or email info@kbakauai.org

Kapaa’s First Saturday Art Walk draws lots of entertainment and food. Photo by Heidi Siefkas, misstravelingpants.com

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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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.”

Kauai Food Tour – April 21 – On the Royal Coconut Coast

Legendary chef, Jean Marie Josselin makes something amazing for guests on this tour

Legendary chef, Jean Marie Josselin makes something amazing for guests on this tour

Hop in your car and follow a guide on a tasting adventure through Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast region. Take a short stroll down an old plantation road and learn about taro farming; sample Hawaiian street food and enjoy tastings at some of the East Side’s best farm-to-table restaurants. This food tour is centered around the beauty and creativity of the Royal Coconut Coast and spotlights a founding chef of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Join us at a family-owned farm and sample some of Hawaii’s traditional foods while learning about plantation history and culture of the Kealia area. Upcoming tours are slated for April 21 and May 19. For more information, go to: tastingkauai.com or call 888-331-4660 or email info@tastingkauai.com.