Royal Coconut Coast News and Events

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 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. “

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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:


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


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


In a collaborative effort between Kauai County and Kauai Nui Kuapapa, five detailed interpretive signs were recently unveiled at Kauai’s popular Lydgate Park. 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.

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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:

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

First Saturday Art Walk Kapaa — January 1st and February 1st

A recurring major event on the Royal Coconut Coast is the First Saturday Art Walk, held in Kapaa’s Old Town every month.  January 1st and February 1st 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: or email

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

Hukilau Lanai Partners with Monterey Bay Seafood Watch

Contact: Hukilau Lanai, 808-822-0600,, email

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.