Royal Coconut Coast News and Events

Helping Kauai’s North Shore

Those living in the Wainiha and Haena areas on Kauai (north of Hanalei) are suffering the impacts of extraordinary rainfall (27.5 inches in one day). For these residents roads are closed and homes are flooded. Boats are shuttling supplies to residents stuck on the other side of road closures. Other communities on the North Shore, East Side  (Coconut Coast), Lihue, South Shore and West Side are functional and helping out.  The Kauai Chamber of Commerce is providing the following information for those wanting to pitch in:

What’s Needed:

– Cleaning Supplies
– Hygiene Items
– Storage Containers
– Diapers
– Baby Food & Formula – Non Perishable Food – Bottled Water

Drop Off Locations:

– Food Bank of Hawaii – Kauai Branch (8AM – 4PM) – Kauai Independent Food Bank (8AM – 4PM)
– Kilauea Neighborhood Center (9AM – 5PM)
– Koloa Neighborhood Center (9AM – 5PM)- Brick Oven Pizza, Kalaheo
– Bubba’s Burgers, Kapaa Town
– Anahola Farmers Market
– Beside Moloaa Fruit Stand
– Malama Kauai Community Farm
– Walmart (6AM – midnight)
– HA Coffee
– Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union
– The Shops at Kukuiula (Wednesday 3PM – 6PM)
– Kauai Humane Society (T-F,11AM – 6PM, Pet Supplies Only) – Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Lihue (M-F 9AM – 12PM)
– Anaina Hou (8AM – 6PM)
– Poipu Beach Atheltic Club
– Kilauea Gym/Community Center

Monetary Donations:

Americam Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, www. redcross.org or 808-739-8109

 

Kauai Shores Hotel Now Accepting Bitcoin

Re-posted from Travel Weekly, April 6, 2018 by Tom Lapan

Kauai Shores Hotel announced in March that it is now accepting bitcoin payments for online reservations.

This hotel, on the Royal Coconut Coast, is the first on the Garden Isle to accept the cryptocurrency for reservations, according to a release from parent company Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, a member of the Hogan Hospitality Group.

“We are continually looking for opportunities to better serve visitors to Kauai,” Tom Bell, president of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, said in a statement. “Providing greater payment flexibility is an important innovation that will help our guests relax and enjoy their time on the Garden Isle on their own terms. We look forward to accepting bitcoin payments from all our guests who prefer to use cryptocurrency.”

Additionally, the Kauai Shores Hotel is offering a limited-time special of $149 per night for guests who pay with bitcoin. See www.kauaishoreshotel.com/bitcoin-reservation.

 

Island. Sky. Ocean: ISO Hotel — New Name for Mokihana Resort

From eturbonews.com:  An exciting and extensive renovation and rebranding of the venerable Mokihana Resort on Kauai is soon to be completed and introduced to the marketplace with a new name. Called The ISO, an acronym for Island. Sky. Ocean., the hotel has soft launched, with construction completion and full launch slated for April 2, 2018. Managed by Castle Resorts & Hotels, the 79-room hip boutique hotel offers a private, oceanfront retreat on the island’s famous Royal Coconut Coast.

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.

 “We’re excited to launch The ISO as Kauai’s newest boutique hotel,” said Castle Resorts & Hotels President & COO Alan Mattson. “It has always been a gem of a property with its direct oceanfront location, expansive lawn, pool, and one of the island’s most popular restaurants, The Bull Shed, but now it will be even more spectacular.”

The $5 million renovation included the lobby, guest rooms, exterior and grounds. Perfect for the active traveler, The ISO is conveniently located to hiking trails, golf, waterfalls and gardens. It is centrally located 10 minutes from the airport and in close vicinity to the shops and restaurants at the Coconut Marketplace.

First Saturday Art Walk Kapaa — September 1 & October 6

A recurring major event on the Royal Coconut Coast is the First Saturday Art Walk, held in Kapaa’s Old Town every month.

September 1st and October 6th 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

Volunteer Whale Count – January 27th

From November through April, enormous Humpback whales are seen breaching and spouting from the Ke Ala Hele Makalae coastal bike path on Kauai. This 3.8 mile long multi-use pathway travels along Kauai’s eastern coastline passing by several beaches and scenic viewpoints. It’s common to see Humpback whale activity from many vantage points. On the last Saturday of January, February and March in 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary, asks volunteers to observe and count the number of whale sitings from 8 a.m. until noon. The data is used to monitor growth or decline of the endangered Humpback whale population. The Royal Coconut Coast Association encourages members and visitors to participate. For visitors, bike rentals are found in several locations along the bike path. Coconut Coasters and Hele On Kauai Bike Rentals also provide bike trailers for small children. There are two restrooms and a number of picnic pavilions along the route. The primary whale count activity takes place at an overlook on the bike path, just east of Kapaa. To register as a volunteer, go to: www.sanctuaryoceancount.org/register

 

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

Lydate Park Volunteer Clean-Up On December 9th

From Thomas Noyes, Freinds of Kamalani:

Did you happen to admire the beautiful Super Full Moon on Sunday?Along with that very full moon came an unusually high tide. As expected, a considerable amount of marine debris was washed up on the beach at Lydgate Park’s swimming ponds (see attached picture from Monday morning).

Here are three ways you can kokua with this easy beach cleanup:

  1. lend a hand with the Beach Cleanup Team at the swimming ponds, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM this Saturday (December 9, 2017), meet near the Lifeguard Tower;
  2.  If you’re at the beach before Saturday, please take a bag and pick out the plastic bits from the debris line.
  3. Share this call for volunteers on your social media channels.

Please feel free to call or text  if you can bring a group or need more details—808 639-1018.

Lydgate Park Beach

RESORT RENOVATIONS ON KAUAI’S ROYAL COCONUT COAST TOP $37 MILLION

Resorts on Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast are underway with $37 million worth of projects targeting completion in 2018 and 2019. Kauai Shores Hotel is wrapping up an extensive renovation with improvements to the front pool, deck and the large hot tub, all facing the beach. Upgrades on air conditioning units will be complete by early 2018.  Mokihana Resort, an oceanfront resort, is halfway through a revitalization project for all of its rooms, public spaces, and the lobby area. Expected completion is February 2018. Also underway are renovations at the oceanfront Pono Kai Resort, with a 6-year project expected to be complete by June 2018 when Phase II is finished. Tackling the project, one building at a time, this resort has been installing new tile floors, more soundproofing, renovating all bathrooms and replacing all furnishing and appliances.

On tap for 2018 are two significant renovation projects. Hotel Coral Reef Resort, a boutique oceanfront property, will launch its plans to add a third story on the oceanfront building, establishing four new guest rooms and two new suites, with kitchenettes. Coming up in 2018 at Kauai’s Courtyard Marriott are significant renovations scheduled to start August 2019 and wrap up February 2019. These will include a complete remodel of guest rooms, public spaces, the courtyard area, meeting spaces and the lobby. Kauai’s Courtyard Marriott will be re-flagged as a Sheraton property in 2019. For more information, contact info@royalcoconutcoast.com.

Kauai Mokihana Festival – Hawaiian Church Service Sept. 24th

Male dancers perform kahiko hula during Kauai’s Mokihana Festival. Photo courtesy of Malie Foundation

Kauai’s 32nd annual Mokihana Festival launches in Kapaa on Sunday, September 24th at 10 a.m. with a special Hawaiian church service at the historic Kapaa First Hawaiian Church, located at 4-1320 Kuhio Hwy. Festival organizers and church members welcome all to this meaningful celebration with special music, hula, and song in both English and the Hawaiian languages. Kapaa First Hawaiian Church was founded by Queen Deborah Kapule in 1879. Kauai Mokihana Festival volunteers and supporters provide the special music for this service that is open to all residents and visitors. After the service, all are invited to join in refreshments. See the full seven day list of events spanning the Mokihaha Festival at: https://www.maliefoundation.org/kaua-i-mokihana-festival

NEW WALKING TOUR AT KAUAI’S LYDGATE PARK

In a collaborative effort between Kauai County and Kauai Nui Kuapapa, five detailed interpretive signs were recently unveiled at Kauai’s popular Lydgate Park to add to the existing signs surrounding the Hikinaakala heiau (rising sun temple).

These signs provide an educational walking tour interpreting the rich Hawaiian history and culture connected with Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast. All signs are in both English and Hawaiian. Kauai Nui Kuapapa, is a project supporting  interpretation of Kauai’s cultural history, place-names and practices.

 

Nalani Brun, Tourism Specialist for Kauai County has worked with leaders of Kauai Nui Kuapapa to bring this project to fruition. She comments, “We encourage everyone to use this knowledge as a jumping off point to create their own action, whether it be to spend time with their Kupuna (elders, knowledgeable ones) and “talk-story,” dig deeper in study, volunteer at heiau maintenance projects or any number of things.”

The first sign talks about the region, Puna Moku, (the Hawaiian land district of Puna) providing a sense of “where you are.” The second sign focuses on the Wailua Ahupuaa. The third sign provides historical place names of Wailua and looks at the small adjacent Ahupuaa of Olohena. The fourth sign provides a variety of wind names associated with Wailua, considered a useful tool for farmers and builders. The fifth sign concentrates on several significant heiau (temple, worshiping place) known as Kukui, Hikinaakala, Holoholoku, Malae, Poliahu; and the kapu (cultural taboos) associated with each.

The County is taking comment from local residents and visitors to apply recommended changes and will incorporate those into the signs over the next few months.

For more information, go to http://kauainuipapa.com