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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Boardwalk on Maui is a Must-Do

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Is A Gem

International Market Place---Island Vibes Summer Concert Series

Japanese Supermarket Mitsuwa Marketplace to Open First Hawai‘i Location at International Market Place

Maui Named Conde Nast Traveler's Best Island in the U.S. for 23rd Consecutive Year

Atlantis Cruises to Launch Daily Whale Watch Cruises

What's New On Kaua'i? Plenty!

Montage Hotels & Resorts is expanding its luxury hotel collection with the addition of Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui.

Camping Now Possible on the Islands of Hawaii

GB Adventures -- a VW Westfalia camper van rental company, has come to the islands.

Adventurers can cruise and sleep comfortably in these fully stocked vehicles with all the amenities imaginable for the most luxurious camping/RV trip around. Possibilities are endless as campers can be lulled to sleep by the crashing of waves and awake to beautiful beach sunsets.

For more information, visit GB-Adventures.com.

BIG ISLAND - HAWAII

About the Big Island

The Big Island is home of the most active volcano on the planet and, as a destination, as a land of legend, as a truly Hawaiian place, the Island of Hawaii stands apart. This tropical island is one of diversity, both old and young, exciting and tranquil, with volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, ancient stone altars and tasteful modern resorts. As the largest of the Hawaiian chain, it is often referred to as the “Big Island of Hawaii.” It is more than 4000 square miles overall, 93 miles long and 76 miles wide at its extremities, and lies at the southern most point in the US at Kalae, South Point.

For more information, contact web site www.bigisland.org

What to See & Do

Several very special gifts from Hawaii

1.  Big Island Sailing Adventure: Leave the crowds behind and join a maximum of five other passengers for a private sailing trip. Sail along the beautiful Kona coast and snorkel in the clear blue waters. Get hands-on sailing experience or just kick back and relax. See dolphins, turtles, whales and many colorful fish.  Food, refreshments, snorkeling equipment, sunscreen and towels provided. From $432. www.hawaiiactivityworld.com/bigisland/sailing

2 Sunset Special!: Sail into the Kohala Coast on the Big Island at sunset, perhaps the most beautiful sight in the islands. You may see the legendary "green flash" or dolphins and whales as they playfully escort your vessel. Enjoy a libation from the open bar and delicious Hawaiian "pupus" -- appetizers -- as you watch the sun disappear into the sea.  $90. For guests celebrating their anniversary, we invite you to participate in a "Ceremony at Sea" vow renewal.  Only $25 additional.
www.hawaiiactivityworld.com/bigisland/cocktail_cruises

3.  Whale Tales: See whales up close on a fun and exciting rigid hull inflatable boat!  Hear whale sounds with our state-of-the-art hydrophone!  This Big Island whale watch features no more than 12 passengers per raft.  Front row seats for everyone!  $53.
www.hawaiiactivityworld.com/bigisland/whale_watching
 
4.  Na Pali Sportfishing: Come aboard a 33' fully-equipped Bertram Sportfisher and experience the thrill of big game sportfishing on this Kauai fishing charter! You'll search for blue marlin, ahi (yellowfin tuna), mahi mahi (dorado), ono (wahoo) and aku (skipjack tuna). All essential gear is provided. Light refreshments. From $130/person (four-hour excursion). www.hawaiiactivityworld.com/kauai/fishing
 
5.  Kauai 4x4 Drive/Hike Adventure: This is an exciting tour that will be long remembered. Mt. Waialeale, at the center of Kauai, is the wettest place on earth. This half-day adventure combines four-wheel drive access and hiking to give you an unparalleled experience. From convenient departure locations our expert guides will lead you to the heart of Kauai. No children under 5.  Adults $76.80, children (5-12) $48.
www.hawaiiactivityworld.com/kauai/hiking
 
6.  Surf's Up! - Titus, one of the last remaining professional big wave riders of pure Hawaiian descent, will meet his clients on the beach near the beautiful Hanalei pier on Kauai. He will provide an hour and a half lesson in the gentle waters of Hanalei and discuss his culture. Titus is a world renowned big wave rider and has traveled to over 30y countries to teach others how to surf. At age 50, he is still competing in big wave contests worldwide so his clients will be learning from the best. 
Group lesson $60; private lesson $120. www.hawaiiactivityworld.com/kauai/surfing_lessons

Polynesian Cultural Center Re-Opens Aotearoa Village

Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has re-opened its entire Aotearoa (New Zealand) village following a traditional Maori ceremony that featured the unveiling of new carvings recognizing Hawaikiroa, the ancient Polynesian navigator.

In a Kawanga (ceremony) steeped in Maori culture, the village was re-opened and carvings revealed before sunrise, starting at 6:00 a.m. More than 150 people participated in the ceremony and the speakers included Alfred Grace, PCC’s President and CEO, and himself a native of Aotearoa. Ceremony highlights included:

Powhiri (Welcoming back of community elders and carvers with their chisels);

Karanga (Calls of welcome for guests to enter);

Waerea (Protective chant to clear the way for entrance);

Takahi-whare (Procession of participants led through the three houses) and;

Whai-korero (Formal presentation to the villagers and carvers).

The intricately designed carvings are made from the native Totara timber of New Zealand. The carvings honor the ancient navigator Hawaikiroa for the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands, and for also being an ancestor to Aotearoa.

The Aotearoa village consists of three houses, including the Marae (sacred place for protocol and social purposes) and meeting house, both of which were the focus of the new renovations. Guests enjoy interactive presentations about the Maori culture, including the symbolic significance of the carvings, unique facial tattoos of the Maori people, and the performance of their exciting war dance, the haka.

Aotearoa is one of six villages celebrating the native culture and people of its island heritage amidst the PCC’s 42 lushly landscaped acres, with the other villages showcasing Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Fiji. At each island village, guests are immersed in the native culture through fun and engaging presentations, exhibits, and hands-on activities.

The PCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is in the process of completing $100 million in facility and experiential improvements over a five-year period, which is scheduled to conclude in fourth quarter 2014 with the grand opening of the newly expanded Pacific Marketplace.

In addition to the re-opened Aotearoa village, other recent notable improvements introduced include a new Hawaii Village with a design and presentation inspired by the ahupuaa (land division used by ancient Hawaiians that extends from the uplands to the sea); Hawaiian Journey, a new cinematic experience in a theater built to resemble a volcano; a newly renovated Hale Aloha, home to the award-winning Alii Luau experience, and; a revitalized Samoa Village.

For more information, visit www.Polynesia.com, or call the PCC at (808) 293-3333.

The only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world and a favorite of all visitors to Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. An engaging, interactive celebration showcasing the people, culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia, the PCC has entertained more than 37 million visitors from around the world in its first 50 years. A non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue goes to daily operations and to support the education of its student-employees from neighboring Brigham Young University-Hawaii. 

Native Guide Hawaii on Hawaii Island Is Offering A New Adventure Tour - Hamakua Express

Native Guide Hawaii on Hawaii Island is offering a new adventure tour, Hamakua Express. Pack your walking shoes and camera for an all-day adventure with incredible sights that include a lava tube, sea cliffs, tropical valleys, and waterfalls along the Hamakua coast. Visitors will also get a chance to experience plantation towns, the Laupahoehoe Train Museum, and the magical Waipio Valley. For more information, visit NativeGuideHawaii.com.

Say "I Do" to Sustainable Nuptials at Four Seasons Resort Huallai

Long-recognized as Hawai'i's most romantic destination, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai announced a new wedding option for couples who want to give back to the environment on their special day. With the Sustainable Nuptials Package, couples vow to create a memorable experience that is socially responsible, without sacrificing elegance and sophistication.

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai wedding planner works with the happy couple to customize the details of a sustainable wedding that fits their personality and taste. To offset the carbon footprint of traveling to Hawai'i and staying at the resort, the package includes a carbon credit to one of several organizations in Sustainable Travel International or STI's carbon offset portfolio*.

The Sustainable Nuptials Package costs $10,050 and includes:
- Wedding planner's eco-expertise
- Choice of outdoor wedding location (before sunset to save electricity)
- Carbon credit to offset wedding's carbon footprint (up to 25 guests)
- Teak chair set-up (for up to 25 wedding guests)
- Marriage license appointment (within walking distance!)
- Non-denominational officiant to perform ceremony
- Solo acoustic musician (guitar, 'ukulele, or violin) for one hour
- Consultation with florist (who will recommend the best locally-grown flowers)
- Bridal bouquet
- Groom's boutenniere
- 2,000 dendrobium orchids sprinkled at the wedding site
- Floral lei for up to 25 Guests
- Natural 'ohi'a wood or bamboo wedding arch
- Two-hour photography package
- Two-tier wedding cake with floral topper
- Bottle of champagne on wedding night
- Steam press wedding dress and groom's attire
- Ground transportation from/to the Kona International Airport
- 50-minute Couples Massage at The Hualalai Spa
          
But don't stop there - consider the following reception, recycle, re-use, and reduce ideas. Because the cuisine served should be considered just as carefully as every other wedding detail, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Executive Chef James Babian partners with local farmers and fisherman, creating excitingly sustainable, regional, seasonal, menus. Sample items include: Keahole Lobster and Pa'auilo Vanilla Bisque; Waimea Organic Greens, Hearts of Palm, and Hamakua Mushrooms; Seared Kona Kampachi with Chili Mango Butter, and Big Island Chocolate Cake.

Take advantage of Hawai'i's natural beauty and the Kona-Kohala Coast's reputation for sun-filled days with an outdoor wedding and reception. The added benefit ... no air conditioning and/or electricity. Consider silk lanterns lit by compact florescent bulbs. Incorporate natural bees wax candles, which are a clean-burning, energy-saving light source that can be reused. Use biodegradable and sustainable bamboo plates, utensils as well as cocktail napkins and cups are used during the reception. And, let us donate your potted plants or flowers from local growers for centerpieces to local hospitals or elderly care establishments after your event.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is part of the master-planned 865-acre Hualalai Resort and is located on one-half mile of sandy beach along the North Kona Coast of the Island of Hawai'i. The 243-room hotel comprises 36 low-rise ocean view bungalows and was recently honored with a "Who's Keeping Hawai'i Green Award" by Hawai'i Home + Remodeling, Honolulu, and Hawai'i Business magazines. The resort also received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for the tenth consecutive year. For reservations, please call a travel professional or Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at 1 (808) 325-8000 or 1 (888) 340-5662.

Bishop Museum

ONGOING EXHIBITS:

Polynesian Hall

Polynesian hall is a gallery of two floors representing the peoples of Pacific cultures across Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. Explore the Polynesian origins of our islands' people in these fascinating artifacts of ritual, daily life, warfare, religion, clothing, music and dance.

Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike K'hili Room

The Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike K?hili Room honors cherished ali'i and displays the precious K?hili (feather standards) associated with them. On display here are portraits of the Hawaiian Monarchy and some of their personal effects.
 
Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center

This 16,500 square-foot facility adds a new dimension to the Museum by providing exhibits that are immersive and interactive – with a strong emphasis on better understanding Hawai‘i’s environment. Visitors become active participants in exploring areas of science in which Hawai‘i has gained international recognition for cutting edge research – including volcanology, oceanography, and biodiversity.

Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame

The Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame records for all time, with pictures and memorabilia, the outstanding accomplishments of Hawai'i's sports history. The primary goal of this exhibit is to encourage our youth to emulate these outstanding athletes for their devotion, dedication, pursuit of athletic excellence and steadfast character.

Hawaiian Hall

Hawaiian Hall houses the treasured objects of the Hawaiian culture given to the Museum by members of the ali‘i and collected over the years, along with artifacts of the European, American, and Asian immigrant cultures. The exhibit is housed on three floors of the glorious 19th-century Victorian-style museum gallery.

Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium

Location: Next to Museum Café
Seating: 70 Max.
Tickets: Included in Main Admission Price
Daily showtimes for the Watumull planetarium: (closed only on Christmas Day):

What can you see in our Hawaiian skies that you may not see anywhere else? Find that out as well as get an update on what’s happening in space exploration—from robots on Mars to missions to Saturn and beyond!

Take a virtual journey across the Pacific as the ancient Polynesians did thousands of years ago and learn some of the techniques of wayfinding used by modern day Polynesian navigators.

*Due to the darkness of the planetarium, there is no late seating for any show.

THE BISHOP MUSEUM' S Hours -- Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Christmas (Dec 25). There is ample free parking on campus.

Admissions Rates

Free Admission to Bishop Museum Members
General - Adult $ 15.95
General - Senior, 65 & over $ 12.95
General - child (ages 4-12) $ 12.95
General - child (age 3 & under) Free

The following rates are available for kama'ina and military visitors to Bishop Museum:
$8.95 - General Admissison
$7.95 - Child (4-12) and Senior (65+)

You will need to show an ID to secure these rates.

Guests visiting the Bishop Museum who are not local residents or military, but are accompanied by someone who is can get a special rate of adults $12.95, youth $9.95, and children 3 and under are free. Otherwise, regular retail admission rates will apply.

Location:

Near downtown Honolulu and the Honolulu International airport.

Activities:

A number of activities everyday going on in various places around the campus. A single admission price will allow you to visit all the galleries, but visitors are encouraged to become members and enjoy the many benefits.

Photography and Videography
Visitors to the Bishop Museum are permitted to photograph and videotape the exhibits. Flash photography is permitted.
Photography and videotaping for commercial use should be coordinated through Charlie Aldinger (808.847.8271).
Please note that in certain exhibit areas, videography and photography may be limited due to copyright and/or cultural sensitivities. Please comply with posted rules.

Hawai'i Pack and Paddle

On Hawai‘i’s Big Island, Hawai‘i Pack and Paddle has a new-guided tour that offers kayaking and snorkeling. The tour includes free Kona Coffee at a historic mill, paddling, and snorkeling, and dolphin sightings in Kealakekua Bay waters. During lunch guests will enjoy stories about the area and a view of the Captain Cook Monument. For more information, visit KayakHawaiiTours.com.

Island Hoppers and KapohoKine Adventures

Island Hoppers and KapohoKine Adventures on Hawai‘i’s Big Island has a new adventure called, “Ultimate Volcano Explorer.” Guests will board an aircraft to Kona and fly over the active volcano, Kilauea. The aircraft will land in Hilo where guests are met by KaphoKine Adventures and served dinner. Guests are then guided to Puna to observe the lava flow at night. For more information, visit Kapohokine.com.

Naniloa Volcanoes Resort --

in Hilo, on Hawaii's Big Island reopens its renovated Deluxe Ocean Front and Superior Ocean View Rooms. All rooms have new furnishings, artwork provided by local girl Kristie Fujiyama-Kosmides, founder of "i.e in Everybody", imported German tile and Italian fixtures in the baths, a 32" flat screen television and free high-speed Internet. For more information, visit www.NaniloaVolcanoesResort.com or www.hottours.us .

Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii --

Imiloa meaning "exploring new knowledge," now offers free headsets for self-guided tours of the exhibit halls. The headsets come in English and Japanese and enable visitors to listen to the stories of stars, Hawaiian culture and the astronomy of Maunakea. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org .

Blue Hawaiian Helicoptors and Hawaii Forest & Trail--

have added the Waterfall HeliHike, a new eco-tourism adventure. The adventure starts off by transporting guests by helicopter to the windward coast of Kohala for breathtaking views of the various waterfalls and sea cliffs. A private landing site has eco-naturalist tour guests on a six-wheel drive all terrain vehicle to a two-mile hike with views of waterfalls, plunge pools, and ancient terraces. The tour also provides lunch and swimming in a mountain stream. For more information, visit www.bluehawaiian.com

Fairmont Orchid --

Hawaii is now offering Stand up surfing (SUP) in a new day package called "Surf, Sand & Spa." This new twist on surfing teaches participants to stand on a surfboard with a paddle and provides a total body workout. The package includes a lesson, oceanfront spa treatment, and lunch. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/Orchid .

Volcano Bike Tours--

on Hawaii's Big Island introduces a new-guided bicycle tour called "Kilauea Volcano Active Lava Flow Bike Adventure." The bike tour provides views of the earthy tropical forests and breathtaking ocean views. Bicyclists have lunch or dinner at the Hawaiian Village of Kalapana, and then head off to see the well-known fiery glow of Pele. Tours are offered on Thursdays. For more information, visit VolcanoBikeTours.com

Queens' Marketplace

Queens’ MarketPlace is located at the gateway of Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawai‘i Island’s Kohala Coast. The 135,000 square-foot MarketPlace is a Hawaiian Lifestyle shopping, dining, and entertainment destination for families who are visiting or live on Hawai‘i Island, and when completed will offer over 65 shops and eateries. In addition to shops and restaurants, there will also be a gourmet food market, an educational Hawaiian arts Studio, as well as the Queens’ Gardens, which will showcase live music, film festivals and other cultural and resort events throughout the year. Named to honor Hawai‘i’s numerous queens and princesses, Queens’ MarketPlace opened in October 2007.

For more information, please visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com.

Hawaii Top U.S. Golf Resort Destination

If you had any doubts about the quality of golf courses and resorts found throughout Hawaii, a recent survey in Golf Magazine should convince you to book that golf vacation to the 50th state. In the magazines exclusive list of “Gold Medal Resorts,” seven of the top 25 on the list are found here in Hawaii. The next closest state – California – has three on the list. Pretty impressive when you consider the competition which includes golf meccas such as Arizona, Oregon, and Florida. The Hawaii courses named are the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Kaupulehu (Hawaii’s Big Island), Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, Grand Wailea Resort (Maui), Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club, Mauna Lani Resort (Hawaii’s Big Island), and Princeville Resort (Kauai).

For more information about these resorts and golf in Hawaii, visit GoHawaii.com/Golf.

Kona Village Resort's Adventure Package

Girls Just Want To Have Fun! – From bachelorette getaways to mother-daughter vacations or “just because,” girlfriend getaways are becoming more popular noted a recent AAA report. Hawaii provides the perfect combination of sun, sand, fabulous shopping and extraordinary cuisine, as well as exciting activities that will keep a group of girlfriends active, engaged, and having fun. Each island offers different accommodations and experiences that will satisfy any girl’s needs. From Kona Village Resort’s Adventure package (KonaVillage.com) with activity options such as massage, hula or diving lessons, to the W Honolulu’s Wonder Woman package (StarwoodHotels.com/WHotels) created in conjunction with Bobbi Brown cosmetics, which includes a gift pack of beauty aids and other gifts with rates starting at $335. Activities, nightlife, and relaxation are just some of the reasons that choosing Hawaii is the perfect idea for an all girl-getaway.

HILO

Hilo Coffee Mill

The Hilo Coffee Mill on Hawai'i's Big Island offers families a complimentary 'behind the beans' peek into Hawaiian coffee production, from plant to cup and every step in between. Free tastings of 100 percent East Hawai'i coffee grown in the lush, volcanic districts of Ka'u, Hamakua, and Puna are included, and children will love the free samples of 100 percent Ka'u coffee ice cream!

For more information, check web site www.HiloCoffeeMill.com.

HAMAKUA COAST

Hamakua Coast: New Food Mecca

With favorable weather and farming conditions, Hamakua Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island has become today a more diversified agriculture area than ever before. Many local chefs and restaurants are infusing their menus with products that originate from the Hamakua area. From mushrooms to vanilla, visitors are able to dine on such dishes as Hawaii Island Goat Cheese Souffle or Hamakua Alii Oyster Mushroom Risotto. Some of these farms welcome visitors and provide tours and luncheons as well.

-- Hamakua Heritage Farm (HHFHawaii.com

-- Hawaii Island Goat Diary (HawaiiIslandGoatDairy.com)

-- Hawaiian Vanilla Company (HawaiianVanilla.com)

Hawaii’s Plantation Village New Exhibit

Check out the new exhibit on display titled “Hawaiians on the Plantation” highlighting the aspects of Hawaiian history and every day life through photographs, artifacts, and reconstruction. Admission to the exhibit is free, however, visitors are encouraged to participate in the docent-led tours for a nominal charge to learn about the complete plantation experience.

For more information, visit HawaiiPlantationVillage.org.

Hawaii's Big Island Local Chefs

Many of Hawaii's world-renowned chefs are following a trend of offering more casual eateries to contrast their high-end restaurants. Stroll around Honolulu and you'll find local chefs creating laid-back menu options for their more budget-conscious diners. Take Alan Wong's (AlanWongs.com) signature fine-dining locale on King Street versus The Pineapple Room located in Macy's at Ala Moana Center, where t-shirts and flip-flops are appropriate. Sam Choy (SamChoy.com) is another example where his Diamond Head Restaurant serves up extravagant fare, while Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab offers more subtle dishes that are easier on the pocket. Dining options are a must and foodies have much to choose from when visiting in the islands. Stay tuned for more on the upcoming opening of Chef Mavro's (ChefMavro.com) new sister restaurant, Cassis Honolulu located right across from Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu.

Where to Stay

Prince Resorts Hawaii announced the completion of a multi-million dollar refresh of the iconic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and its sister property, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Eighty-five beachfront guestrooms and suites at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel have been updated with a contemporary Hawaiian motif to feature high-end furnishings, deluxe bedding, and deep soaking tubs with windows that welcome in the ocean views. At Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, guests will enjoy a new room design inspired by Hawaii’s landscape and culture. Rooms received plush bedding, new in-room and lanai (balcony) furniture, and technological upgrades. Hapuna’s pool has also been updated with a beautiful stone deck treatment and new lounge furniture. www.princeresortshawaii.com

The Hilton Waikoloa Village --

on Hawai'i's Big Island has completed its $61 million renovation which includes refurbishment to most of its 1,240 rooms, Kohala Tennis Gardens, the 25,000 square-foot Kohala Sport Club and Spa, three signature restaurants, and the Heralded for its dedication to preserving and enhancing Hawaiian culture and history, Mauna Lani offers the comforts of world-class hospitality in a relaxed, oceanside setting. Mauna Lani was rated #3 on the Big Island in Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Awards" while the resort's Mauna Lani Spa was named one of the World's Best Spas in Hawaii.In addition to award-winning cuisine, a myriad of complimentary services and activities make Mauna Lani Resort the perfect island destination.

Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort is situated on 1,350 acres of the beautiful Kohala Coast and offers dining, shopping and entertainment, along with two championship golf courses – the Kings’ Course and the Beach Course – and two world-class hotels, the Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Marriott. In addition to Kings’ Shops, the Resort recently welcomed Queens’ Marketplace, a 28-acre integrated shopping and entertainment center. For more information about Waikoloa Beach Resort, visit online at www.waikoloabeachresort.com or call (808) 886-8811.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai -

is part of the master-planned 865-acre Hualalai Resort located on one-half mile of sandy beach along the North Kona Coast of the Island of Hawa`i. The 243-room hotel comprises 36 low-rise ocean view bungalows and was named "#1 Hotel in Hawai`i" by Travel + Leisure and "#1 Resort in the World" by Zagat. The resort also received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for the tenth consecutive year.

For information, call a travel professional or Four Seasons Resort Hualalai reservations at 1 (808) 325-8000 or toll free at 1 (888) 340-5662.

Kilauea Lodge -

Kilauea Lodge once housed Hawaii's children during their Volcano explorations. Built in 1938 for the YMCA, Hale o Aloha was a gracious ten-acre retreat. Youngers experienced its wondeers by day and also at night by the lodge fireplace where they heard Pele myths. The buildings were refurbished in 1986 to welcome visitors from all over the world, and today's guests can feel the upcountry charm, warmth and peacefulness.

Set in wooded Volcano Village only one mile from Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Lodge offers 12 rooms each with private bath. Volcano art and flowers, colorful comforters and fireplaces are featured, and the newest building, Hale o Aloha, is equipped with central heating and a spacious common room with fireplace and library.

Dinner is served at the Lodge where hardwood floors, koa tables, fresh flowers, orginal art and the historic Fireplace of Friendship can be enjoyed. Mornings feature a full breakfast that is complimentary. And, the Lodge is the perfect base for exploring Hawaii Island. Hilo, famed for its tropical lushness, quaint storefronts and cascading waterfalls is only 35 minutes away. There are black sand beaches and lagoons to explore at the shoreline, or visit a tropical rain forest, anthurium and macadamia nut farms, or learn about Hawaiian history at the Lyman Museum.

For more information, contact Kilauea Lodge, 19-3948 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI 96785 or call (808) 967-7366

KONA

Aquaculture: Old and New Award Winning Ponds at Hualalai

The award-winning Lake Punawai is a testament to the synergy of ancient and modern aquaculture practices. Lake Punawai resides on the fifth hole of the exclusive Ke`olu Golf Course at Hualalai as one of its "water features." This serene pond is a thriving 3-million-gallon man-made pond that uses phytoremediation - the treatment of environmental problems using plants, and is a recipient of an award from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2005. The ceremony was held in San Francisco.

A project of Hualalai Resort's Natural Resources Director David Chai, Lake Punawai was built in 2001. David's goal was to create an energy efficient, visually pleasing, self-sustaining, and self-cleaning pond. The pond encompasses about two and a half acres and is about 10 feet deep. With a gravel bottom, two floating islands of plants, and micro-organisms, it is a mini-ecosystem. There is no need to remove bottom sediments since there are virtually none, due to the numerous detritivores and organic eating bacteria established in the early stages of the project - it is in deed a'Living Machine.'

The lake is stocked with several different specie of fish - awa (milkfish), `ama`ama (mullet), moi (threadfin), kahala (amberjack), `opae (shrimp), and `olepe (oysters). Everything can be harvested for consumption except the oysters, which are used as filtration. Algae density, salinity, Redox, pH, conductivity, nitrates, and phosphates were monitored during the first year. The pond is now "balanced" and currently, only on rare occasion, are these parameters measured.

Drainage around Lake Punawai was engineered with a 100-year storm scenario - no runoff water from the golf course will drain into the pond in any storm event less than the one that comes along every century (8 inches of rain in 24 hours).

David and his team of four currently manage and maintain the health and integrity of all natural and man-made ponds at Hualalai Resort including a three-acre historic Waiakauhi fishpond/waterbird habitat, 2.5- acre open-flow salt water wetland/fishpond, and 1.8 million gallon saltwater swim-with-the-fish aquarium/pond. The Waiakauhi Pond restoration project was recently awarded a Lehua Makanoe Award at the 2007 Hawai`i Tourism Authority's Keep It Hawai‘i Awards, where individuals, groups, and corporations who create programs of awareness and sharing to perpetuate the uniqueness of Hawai‘i's culture and heritage, are recognized.

Restoration has been started and continues at the Hunawai Pond - a fresh water pond adjacent to the Resort's Hoku Amphitheatre. Hunawai means hidden water, and this pond was once a source for fresh drinking water for the people that once resided in this area.

The Resort offers complimentary pond tours with a Natural Resource specialist every Thursday morning. Other weekday tours may be arranged in advance and are subject to the availability of a specialist. Additionally, throughout the year, the Resort has given pond tours to schools, seniors, the local Chamber of Commerce, and more.

"Pahu i'a Presents"

Pahu i'a Presents is a culinary showcase of regional offerings at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, where the chefs share the bounty of the Island of Hawai'i with diners through engaging epicurean experiences that delight the senses and please the palate.

Pahu i'a restaurant

Mother Nature herself graces the ambience of the resort’s signature restaurant, Pahu i'a. As if appearing on cue, rolling waves, tropical breezes, the sun dancing on the horizon, and a canopy of stars create the setting for an unforgettable dining

experience. The chefs pay homage to Hawai'i’s bounty from land and sea with their signature, ocean-inspired Contemporary Pacific Cuisine, artfully prepared and presented.

The nightly dinner menu features fresh seafood harvests from nearby Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai'i Authority (NELHA), where cold deep seawater is delivered onshore from 2,000 - 3,000 feet below surface level; and warm surface water, from a source rated pure - provides an ideal growth medium for marine life and thriving aquaculture farms. The culinary team works with local farmers who provide fresh island-grown produce, and fragrant herbs are picked from our herb garden. Pahu i'a serves breakfast and dinner
daily. For dinner, smart resort attire and reservations are strongly recommended.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is part of the master-planned 865-acre Hualalai Resort located on one-half mile of sandy beach along the North Kona Coast of the Island of Hawai'i. The 243-room hotel comprises 36 low-rise ocean view bungalows and was named "#1 Hotel in Hawai'i" by Travel + Leisure and "#1 Resort in the World" by Zagat. The resort also received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for the tenth consecutive year.

For information, please call a travel professional or Four Seasons Resort Hualalai reservations at 1 (808) 325-8000 or toll free at 1 (888) 340-5662.

Kona Honu Divers

Kona Honu Divers was selected by readers of Scuba Diving magazine as one of the Big Island’s best dive operators in their annual Reader’s Choice issue. Readers cited the friendly personalities and professionalism of the dive staff, and raved about Big Island dive sites like Suck ‘Em Up, Turtle Pinnacle and Manta Ray Heaven, a popular night dive.

Check web site www.konahonudivers.com or call (888) 333-4668 for more information and reservations.

Where to Eat

Johnny Rockets

Hawaii’s first ever Johnny Rockets is now open at Pearl Highlands Center.  The new restaurant not only marks the first opening of Johnny Rockets in Hawaii, it also showcases the brand’s new restaurant design and logo.

“Our new state-of-the-art kitchen technology makes it possible for our team to prepare and serve the same great fresh, never-frozen burgers and hand-spun shakes at a faster pace,” said Rick Holloway Johnny Rockets, Regional Manager. The Express prototype is designed for smaller footprints, and the new kitchen equipment cuts food production times by more than half without sacrificing the superior quality and consistency of all the menu items at Johnny Rockets.

At Johnny Rockets Express, guests place their made-to-order burger, sandwich and salad orders at the counter and are served at the table or as a take-out item by the friendly wait staff. Guests can also enjoy a Coke Freestyle drink station, which provides more than 20 drink choices and allows for the customization of beverages with more than 100 combination flavors. The fun doesn't stop there, the walls are adorned with freshness cues and sayings, which include – “Stay Original” and “Not many earn the right to be called THE ORIGINAL, even fewer keep it.”   

"We are thrilled that Johnny Rockets has opened its only Hawaii location at Pearl Highlands Center,” said David Haverly, A&B Properties’ senior vice president of Leasing. "Their classic All-American experience adds a new dining option to Central Oahu, and is a great addition to the center’s wide range of choices for dining, shopping and entertainment. Residents can truly shop, dine and play, all at Pearl Highlands Center.” Visit Johnny Rockets at Pearl Highlands Center – 1000 Kamehameha Highway, suite 220, Pearl City, HI 96782  - Open daily at 11:00 a.m.

About Johnny Rockets - Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant franchise that offers high quality, innovative menu items including fresh, never frozen 100% beef cooked-to-order hamburgers, Veggie Boca® burger, chicken sandwiches, crispy fries and rich, delicious hand-spun shakes and malts. This dynamic lifestyle brand offers friendly service and upbeat music contributing to the chain’s signature atmosphere of relaxed, casual fun. Founded in 1986, Johnny Rockets operates more than 350 franchise and corporate locations in 28 countries around the world.  For more information, visit www.johnnyrockets.com.   

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

The best advice for a fall visit to the Hawaiian Islands? Park it! Not sit on the beach and watch the waves “park it.” Not a wander the great green gardens kind of “park it.” This kind of “park it” is an invitation to visit the eight, count them - eight - national parks in the State of Hawai‘i.

To offer a bit of historical perspective, Washington D.C. was declared a national historic site in 1790. Yellowstone became a national park in 1872. The African Burial Ground was named a National Monument in New York in 2006. Over the years, the National Park System has honored, set aside and named hundreds of amazing places;battlefields, islands, lake and seashores, rivers, home sites, monuments, trails andpreserves across the country and the Pacific. Hawai‘i’s first national park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, was founded in 1916.

Fall is the perfect time for a Hawai‘i park adventure. The days are cooler and the
trails less crowded than the busy summer family vacation months. Parks can be reached by air, rental car and mule rides. In Hawai‘i, the National Park Service has named someof its most unique, accessible parks, honoring pre-recorded-to-modern history.
Hawai‘i has the only national park with a twenty-plus year continuous molten
lava flow. Hawai‘i’s park sites date to a time long before a voyager named Captain
Cook took word of the islands to his western world. Hawai‘i’s national parks, trails and preserves celebrate the temples, cities and fishponds of ancient peoples. They are adorned with the earliest recorded Pacific history, petroglyphs. They top a 10,000-foot mountain with a crater large enough to hold Manhattan. They honor the human history and inhuman treatment of a people suffering a dreaded disease and celebrate the brave warriors who protected America.

Hawai‘i’s Big Island has four of the state’s national parks and one National
Historic Trail. The parks on this island are drive up and drive in, with easy walking
trails, museums, and spectacular sites to see.

Three major parks are located on the Kona side of the Big Island. Pu‘uhonua O
Hönaunau National Historical Park, a place of refuge, is protected by the “great wall” 1,000 feet long, 10 feet high and 17 feet thick, constructed entirely without mortar. Warriors or commoners who arrived there were protected. Trails here are easy to walk. Cultural specialists share legends. Green sea turtles nibble the limu (seaweed) along the rocky shore. They are protected but often “pose” for photos.

Kaloko-Honoköhau National Historic Park is the site of Hawaiian settlements.
The park’s massive fishponds, built before the arrival of European explorers, are an
amazing example of successful aquaculture. The goal of the park restoration is to
rehabilitate and restore the fishponds so they will again function, providing fish harvest for the community. Centuries of storm damage have caused movement of stones in the original walls. Richard Boston, manager and archaeologist at the site says, “we have reached a milestone in restoration at this park, even using divers to move and replace underwater stones in their original wall locations.” Petroglyphs at this site include a carving of Captain Cook’s ship.

The Pu’ukoholä Heiau National Historic Site is a sacred stone heiau (place of worship) known as the Temple of the Hill of the Whale, built over 200 years ago by Kamehameha the Great. The sacred temple measures 224 feet long by 100 feet wide. It is 16 to 20 feet high on the landward side. Workers lived on the surrounding hills for years as they gathered and fitted the massive stone structure.

The Big Island’s Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail is a 175-mile preservation corridor filled with cultural significance, including hundreds of early Hawaiian settlement sites.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has America’s only active, continuously erupting, volcano. The park features ancient petroglyphs, tree-fern forests, miles of hiking trails and extraordinary museums. According to Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois, one of the foremost botanists in the Pacific, “this park is the only ecosystem on the planet where just a few steps from the road visitors can stand atop a live volcano, at the edge of a 200 year-old lava flow, and see a new-growth forest sprouting from soil blown into the crevices.” Equally amazing is that the site is only a 30-minute drive down to the place were fresh lava pours into the ocean. Mueller-Dombois’ book, “Life From the Ashes,” soon will be published by Mutual Publishing, tells a Stephen Spielberg-worthy tale from 1959 of the 36-day eruption of Kïlauea ‘Iki, the 400-foot deep lava lake that devastated the rainforest and of the new growth forest returning in only 50 years.

In the park, Crater Rim Drive runs in every direction, leading to steam vents and
sulfur banks that feel like a sauna for the face. Deep in the vent, wild orchids thrive
surrounded by silver lava mounds. A walk through the 450-foot long Thurston Lava Tube is a truly Jurassic experience. Well-marked trails are everywhere. The Jaggar Museum is a technophile’s delight, filled with seismometers, computers, videos and how-to-be-a-volcanologist displays.

According to the volcanologists at the Hawai‘i Volcanoes Observatory, great
fountains of lava have and may again shoot skyward in the ultimate fireworks show. The Kïlauea Visitors Center offers a visual “master’s degree” in volcanoes. At the Volcano Art Center, island artists show and sell international quality works of art, inspired by Pele, goddess of the volcano. On the way down Chain of Craters Road, to view the moving lava show, the trail leads to thousands of petroglyphs, carved in the ancient lava fields.

Kïlauea appears to be a “civilized” volcano, sending lava through tunnels and
tubes from deep in the heart of the mountain, creating hundreds of acres of new land as it flows into the sea. At the bottom of the Chain of Craters Road, a well-marked trail leads hardy hikers to a view of the ocean-side lava action. Safety signs and warnings must be observed, but on a clear day the photo op beats any other vacation snapshot. Volcano House, originally built in 1846, is the park’s hotel, perched on the edge of Kïlauea Caldera. The flames in the lobby fireplace are said to carry the image of Pele.The “new” hotel was completed in 1941. Lobby windows look directly into the caldera.Photos taken here tend to look like the moon.

WAIMEA

Kahua Ranch & Honopua Farm

In a unique new activity, visitors can take a special guided tour of Kahua Ranch and Honopua Farm on Hawai'i's Big Island to learn about the island's rich agricultural resources. The visits are followed by a special four-course dinner at the award-winning Merriman's Restaurant in Waimea. Dinner will be prepared by chefs using fresh produce from the farms.

For more information, check web site www.MerrimansHawaii.com.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Renovation Completed

The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Hawai‘i’s Big Island has completed an extensive upgrade in excess of $50 million. All 555-guest rooms have been completely redesigned and new amenities added include the new Blue Sky Coffee Bar and 12,000 square-foot Naupaka Ballroom. The new luxurious and multi-level Mandara Spa offers signature treatments and takes advantage of the sweeping ocean views.

For reservations or more information, visit Marriott.com.

KAUAI

About Kauai

Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery

Nicknamed the Garden Island, Kauai is green and flourishing with lush flora that runs from the mountains to the ocean. Kauai offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches – more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii. Other natural wonders include the 3,567-foot deep Waimea Canyon, dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and the 3,000-foot towering mountain cliffs overlooking the Napali Coast along the northwest shoreline.

Kauai’s abundance of outdoor activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline tours, and helicopter and boat tours, offer memorable vacation experiences for the whole family.

For information about Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery – visit www.KauaiDiscovery.com or call the Kauai Visitors Bureau toll-free at 800-262-1400. Follow updates about Kauai via Twitter (@kauaidiscovery) and as a fan on its Facebook page as Kauai Visitors Bureau.

The Kauai Visitors Bureau is a division of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, which is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.

What to See & Do

Trade in the snow and chill of winter for the enticing warmth of Kaua‘i, where rejuvenation is found amidst the lush tropical surroundings, beautiful white-sand beaches, and spectacular blue skies. “Kaua‘i is the perfect remedy to escape the winter blues,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. “Our diversity of outdoor activities combined with Kaua‘i’s incredible natural beauty and idyllic serenity allows travelers to unwind, relax, and re-charge their batteries.”

What's New On Kaua'i

Island Air Returns to Kauai

Island Air's service has been restored to the Garden Isle with plans of six daily round-trip flights between Honolulu and Lihue Airport (LIH). The return service to Kauai is projected to benefit passengers by offering more available flight options and seats for interisland travel. For more information, please call (800) 652-6541 or visit www.islandair.com.

Hawaii’s Newest Beachfront Restaurant Opens at the Kauai Shores Hotel

Lava Lava Beach Club, located on Kauai’s beautiful Coconut Coast, recently opened its doors at the Kauai Shores Hotel featuring a 250-seat open-air restaurant and bar. Guests can experience island inspired cuisine and cocktails while enjoying the laidback Hawaiian-style atmosphere the new venue provides. Lava Lava Beach Club includes an indoor-outdoor dining experience where guests can lounge on comfy couches, unwind next to fire pits, and experience live Hawaiian music and hula. The Lava Lava Beach Club is open daily, serving breakfast from 7 – 10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., happy hour from 3 – 5 p.m., dinner from 5 – 9 p.m. and a late night bar food from 8 – 10 p.m. For more information, please call (808) 241-5282 or visit lavalavabeachclub.com.

Mediterranean Gourmet Reopens at Hanalei Colony Resort

After 10 months of repairs and renovations, the popular Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant reopened its doors to serve both loyal and first-time guests. Among the restaurant changes, the husband-and-wife team Imad and Yarrow Beydoun introduce a number of new menu items such as pizzas, a Wagyu beef burger, and an organic grass-fed Rib Eye Steak. All-time favorites such as Seafood Paella, Rosemary Rack of Lamb, and Chicken Marsala will also be readily available. The updated beverage menu now includes an expanded listing of classic cocktails and international wines. For more information, please call (808) 669-1993 or visit www.kauaimedgourmet.com.

Koloa Rum and Kauai Coffee Company Debut New Kauai Coffee Rum

Koloa Rum Company recently launched the new Kauai Coffee Rum, to their award-winning lineup as a result of a partnership with Kauai Coffee Company. Kauai Coffee Rum blends locally grown, dark-roasted Kauai Coffee with Koloa White Rum and pure Hawaiian cane sugar. Rich in flavor with bold notes of coffee and cocoa, Kauai Coffee Rum debuted with a redesigned bottle and label. The new flavor showcases both companies’ passion and dedication to quality as well as their pride in creating distinctive local products. For more information, please call (808) 639-7624 or visit www.koloarum.com or www.kauaicoffee.com.

Recent Renovations at the Waimea Plantation Cottages

Enjoy a relaxing, serene oceanfront experience set in a peaceful coconut grove at Waimea Plantation Cottages. Now managed by Coast Hotels, Waimea Plantation Cottages has incorporated a variety of property upgrades including air conditioning for each of the 61 cottages. Waimea Plantation Cottages has also introduced a new full-time events staff member. From creating an exciting family reunion to coordinating the perfect wedding, the new event coordinator will be able to assist with special events of any size. For more information, please call (808) 338-1625 or visit www.coasthotels.com/waimea-plantation-cottages.

New Digital Detox Package at Hanalei Colony Resort

In an effort to help guests truly relax and unwind while taking in the beauty of the island, the Hanalei Colony Resort has introduced the new Digital Detox Package, in which guests are encouraged and even rewarded for disconnecting and unplugging from technology. The Digital Detox Package includes five nights in an Ocean View two-bedroom suite, a special Digital Detox amenity basket upon arrival, a guided walking tour for two at the nearby spectacular Limahuli Garden and Preserve (part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden network), a 50-minute beachside couples massage provided by the Hanalei Day Spa therapists, a picnic basket lunch for two from Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant, and fresh fruit smoothies from Na Pali Art Gallery & Coffee Shop. If all guests in a unit commit to turning in their digital devices at the Front Office for 24-hours or more, they will receive a $50 discount on their stay. For more information, please call (800) 628-3004 or visit www.hcr.com.

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Unveils Refreshed Villas and More

The 18.5-acre Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, located 200 feet above Anini Beach on Kauai’s north shore, has recently completed a refreshing of its 346 spacious villas, lobby, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio and pool areas. Highlights of the villas’ rejuvenation include new sleeper sofas and seating, new Blu-Ray DVD players, new carpeting, new drapes, lighting and more. The resort’s inviting lobby offers new furniture, area rugs and chandeliers, with the Main Pool, and Malie and Na Pali plunge pools resurfaced and retiled. The WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio has been updated with Life Fitness£ó treadmills, strength machines, free weights, and mats for energizing workouts. The WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio is available for registered guests 24 hours a day and includes dry and steam saunas. For more information please call (866) 837-4254 or visit www.westinprinceville.com.

KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS

Kauai Golf Trail Card offers Exclusive Savings on Award-Winning Courses

Play some of the best golf courses in the world and save 15% off standard rates with the Kauai Golf Trail Card. Participating trail courses and their affiliated resorts have earned multiple “best-in-kind” honors, including from GOLF Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Golf Digest, Golfweek, LINKS, GolfWorld, Celebrated Living, and other leading media outlets. For $450 including tax, players can choose three rounds to play from among four participating courses – Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Puakea Golf Course, Princeville Makai Golf Club and Poipu Bay Golf Course. The rounds must be played at three different courses. Additionally, cardholders receive a 10% merchandise discount on regular-priced items during the day of play. A round at Puakea also includes a $50 golf shop credit, which can be used for merchandise, rental clubs, or green fees. The card can be purchased from any of the participating courses, either in person, or by calling one of the courses and mentioning Kauai Golf Trail Card. Cards can then be picked up at any of the courses on the first day of play. There are no restrictions on the day or time card rounds are played. Guests simply need to call ahead and book their tee times. Rounds are non-transferable and must be used within 30 days of purchase.

Mediterranean Gourmet Reopens at Hanalei Colony Resort

After 10 months of repairs and renovations, the popular Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant reopens its doors to serve both loyal and first-time guests. Amongst the restaurant changes, the husband-and-wife team Imad and Yarrow Beydoun introduce a number of new menu items such as pizzas, a Wagyu beef burger, and an organic grass-fed Rib Eye Steak. All-time favorites such as Seafood Paella, Rosemary Rack of Lamb, and Chicken Marsala will also be readily available. The updated beverage menu now includes an expanded listing of classic cocktails and international wines. For more information, please call (808) 669-1993 or visit www.kauaimedgourmet.com.

Koloa Rum and Kauai Coffee Company Debut New Kauai Coffee Rum

Koloa Rum Company recently launched the new Kauai Coffee Rum, to their award-winning lineup as a result of a partnership with Kauai Coffee Company. Kauai Coffee Rum blends locally grown, dark-roasted Kauai Coffee with Koloa White Rum and pure Hawaiian cane sugar. Rich in flavor with bold notes of coffee and cocoa, Kauai Coffee Rum debuted with a redesigned bottle and label. The new flavor showcases both companies’ passion and dedication to quality as well as their pride in creating distinctive local products. For more information, please call (808) 639-7624 or visit www.koloarum.com or www.kauaicoffee.com.

Recent Renovations at the Waimea Plantation Cottages

Enjoy a relaxing, serene oceanfront experience set in a peaceful coconut grove at Waimea Plantation Cottages. Now managed by Coast Hotels, Waimea Plantation Cottages has incorporated a variety of property upgrades including air conditioning for each of the 61 cottages. Waimea Plantation Cottages has also introduced a new full-time events staff member. From creating an exciting family reunion to coordinating the perfect wedding, the new event coordinator will be able to assist with special events of any size. For more information, please call (808) 338-1625 or visit www.coasthotels.com/waimea-plantation-cottages.

Recent Hotel Revitalization Along the Royal Coconut Coast

Located on the east side of Kauai, the Royal Coconut Coast offers guests hiking and shopping options as well as noteworthy restaurants and beautiful beaches. Recently, the Royal Coconut Coast has seen many hotel and resort renovations, which makes finding the right accommodations for each visit that much easier. The Kaha Lani Resort has upgraded all pool furniture, painted building exteriors and made improvements to its tennis courts. It is also in the process of replacing the various lanais on the property. The Kauai Kailani has completed a $4 million, 2-year revitalization phase throughout its entire property and now provides completely refinished and redecorated interiors of all fully equipped condominium units, which are now Wi-Fi accessible. Additions to the Kauai Kailani also include an elevator and a recreation room. Kauai Shores, previously known as Kauai Sands, is slated to complete an extensive $10 million renovation project within the month of November. The overhaul will include new, colorful tropical decor and amenities in every unit, a new lobby and guest service area. The Hotel Coral Reef recently announced the property will be undertaking an extensive $3 million revamp, for which there are plans to add a third floor to its main building and upgrade its interiors with Tommy Bahama furnishings. The Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa has completed a number of improvements to its resort interior and outdoor areas, which 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 PV panels to reduce electricity costs, and new paint and carpet throughout interior hallways. For more information, please call (808) 651-5394 or email info@royalcoconutcoast.com.

New Digital Detox Package at Hanalei Colony Resort

In an effort to help guests truly relax and unwind while taking in the beauty of the island, the Hanalei Colony Resort has introduced the new Digital Detox Package, in which guests are encouraged and even rewarded for disconnecting and unplugging from technology. The Digital Detox Package includes five nights in an Ocean View two-bedroom suite, a special Digital Detox amenity basket upon arrival, a guided walking tour for two at the nearby spectacular Limahuli Garden and Preserve (part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden network), a 50-minute beachside couples massage provided by the Hanalei Day Spa therapists, a picnic basket lunch for two from Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant, and fresh fruit smoothies from Na Pali Art Gallery & Coffee Shop. If all guests in a unit commit to turning in their digital devices at the Front Office for 24-hours or more, they will receive a $50 discount on their stay. For more information, please call (800) 628-3004 or visit www.hcr.com.

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Unveils Refreshed Villas and More

The 18.5-acre Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, located 200 feet above Anini Beach on Kauai’s north shore, has recently completed a refreshing of its 346 spacious villas, lobby, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio and pool areas. Highlights of the villas’ rejuvenation include new sleeper sofas and seating, new Blu-Ray DVD players, new carpeting, new drapes, lighting and more. The resort’s inviting lobby offers new furniture, area rugs and chandeliers, with the Main Pool, and Malie and Na Pali plunge pools resurfaced and retiled. The WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio has been updated with Life Fitness£ó treadmills, strength machines, free weights, and mats for energizing workouts. The WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio is available for registered guests 24 hours a day and includes dry and steam saunas. For more information please call (866) 837-4254 or visit www.westinprinceville.com.

Tasting Kauai Partners with The St. Regis Princeville

Tasting Kauai will begin a partnership with The St. Regis Princeville Resort, making it one of six stops on the North Shore Food Tour. With picturesque views of Hanalei Bay and Mount Makana as a backdrop, guests will enjoy a variety of delectable private tastings made with locally grown seasonal products and have the opportunity to meet and "talk story" with the resort’s top chefs. Participating restaurants and chefs include KG Beachside Tapas with chef Noelani Planas, the St. Regis Bar with Executive Pastry Chef Heather Campbell, Kauai Grill with Executive Sous Chef Maxime Michaud, and Nalu Kai with chef Noelani Planas. Tasting Kauai encourages people to buy island-made produce while connecting guests to Kauai’s culture, aloha, people and land. For more information, please call 1 (888) 431-6660 or visit www.tastingkauai.com.

Sheraton Kauai Resort Renovates Lava’s on Poipu Beach Restaurant

Nestled on 20 acres of oceanfront property on Kauai’s south shore, the Sheraton Kauai Resort has completed its renovation at Lava’s on Poipu Beach, the highlight of which is the installment of a glass wall around the restaurant perimeter to provide expansive ocean views. The restaurant, a fun and delicious twist on a traditional bar and grill, offers a comforting menu of local favorites from sunrise to sunset just steps away from the beach and is available as an open-air function space upon availability. Lava’s on Poipu Beach is a wonderful complement to Kauai’s Ocean Courtyard, which completed its own renovation in 2014 and opens to a stunning view of the ocean through a meandering pathway. In addition to the revitalized landscaping incorporating native Hawaiian flora, a new stage, new seating and new fire pits were also added to enhance the space, welcoming groups of up to 300 guests. For more information, please call (866) 716-8109 or visit www.sheraton-kauai.com.

KAUAI SPECIAL OFFERS

Island Helicopters extends special pricing towards the “Kauai Grand Deluxe Circle Island Tour ™”

As the longest-running helicopter tour operator in the Lihue, owners Curt & Bonnie Lofstedt personally designed their superior tours to capture the true essence of Kauai by offering the best audio-visual experience possible. Island Helicopters is extending a super-savings rate on Thursdays and Sundays toward their signature 50-60 minute tour, the “Kauai Grand Deluxe Circle Island Tour™.” For more information, please call (808) 245-8588 or visitwww.islandhelicopters.com.

Kauai Golf Trail Card offers Exclusive Savings on Award-Winning Courses

Play some of the best golf courses in the world and save 15% off standard rates with the Kauai Golf Trail Card.

Participating trail courses and their affiliated resorts have earned multiple “best-in-kind” honors, including from GOLF Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Golf Digest, Golfweek, LINKS, GolfWorld, Celebrated Living, and other leading media outlets. For $450 including tax, players can choose three rounds to play from among four participating courses – Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Puakea Golf Course, Princeville Makai Golf Club and Poipu Bay Golf Course. The rounds must be played at three different courses. Additionally, cardholders receive a 10% merchandise discount on regular-priced items during the day of play. A round at Puakea also includes a $50 golf shop credit, which can be used for merchandise, rental clubs, or green fees. The card can be purchased from any of the participating courses, either in person, or by calling one of the courses and mentioning Kauai Golf Trail Card. Cards can then be picked up at any of the courses on the first day of play. There are no restrictions on the day or time card rounds are played. Guests simply need to call ahead and book their tee times. Rounds are non-transferable and must be used within 30 days of purchase. For more information about Kauai Golf Trail Card, all Kauai Lagoons Golf Club (800) 634-6400, Puakea Golf Course (866) 773-5554, Princeville Makai Golf Club (808) 826-1912 or Poipu Bay Golf Course (800) 858-6300 or visit www.golfkauaihawaii.com.

Experience the Suite Life In Paradise at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Set 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on Kauai’s rejuvenating coastline, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas offers suite-like accommodations for honeymooners at an affordable price point. Starting at $475 per night, the resort’s Deluxe Island-View One-Bedroom Villa offers nearly 800 square feet with intuitively designed features including a kitchen, living area, comfortable master bedroom with King-sized Heavenly Bed, and spacious bathroom with dual sinks and a deep-soak whirlpool tub. Four rejuvenating pools, island-inspired dining options, and an array of resort activities are among the numerous amenities for guests to enjoy. With a four-night minimum stay, this package includes champagne and strawberries, daily breakfast for two, and a five-course Tasting Journey dinner for two at Nanea Restaurant and Bar. Packages subject to availability. For more information, call (866) 716-8140 and request rate plan LCPKG1 or book online at www.westinprinceville.com.

For information about Kauai – Hawaii’s Island of Discovery – visit www.kauaidiscovery.com or call the Kauai Visitors Bureau toll-free at 800-262-1400.

Kaua‘i Museum Traditional Hawaiian Pa‘ina

Every first Friday of the month, Kaua‘i Museum will present its Hawaiian Pa‘ina featuring culinary favorites from award-winning Chef Mark Oyama and live Hawaiian music. Hosted in the newly renovated courtyard from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., the Hawaiian Pa‘ina costs only $15 for adults (children ages 5-10, $8.00). This new exciting monthly event is the perfect complement to the “Walking Tour of the Historic County Building” hosted by Chairman Jay Furfaro, which also takes place on the first Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. www.KauaiMuseum.org

New App Showcases Kaua‘i’s Beaches

A new iPhone app, the Kaua‘i Beach Guide, is making it easy for anyone to find his or her perfect beach when visiting the Garden Isle. The app provides a wealth of information on Kaua‘i’s beaches, including location, activities, safety, and facilities offered, as well as color-coded designations as to a beach’s safety level. Other tools include a fully interactive GPS-enabled map, detailed beach information, area history, ocean and weather reports, along with information on water safety, child-friendly beaches, marine life, and how to “go green” while staying on Kaua‘i. The Kaua‘i Beach Guide is available for 99¢ and on iTunes for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, or by visiting www.BeachToolz.com.

Alaska Airlines Flying Nonstop from Portland

Alaska Airlines is now offering nonstop service, four flights weekly, between Portland, Oregon, and Kaua‘i. The new nonstop flights are being operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, seating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in coach. www.AlaskaAir.com

New Nonstop East Coast – Hawai‘i Service

Getting to Kaua‘i from the East Coast is a lot easier with the new nonstop flights that were launched this summer to Honolulu from New York City and Washington, DC.
On June 5, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai‘i’s hometown carrier, launched daily nonstop service between New York City’s JFK Airport and Honolulu, making this the only direct flight between the two cities. Hawaiian is using its new 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft to operate the route. With a 3:00 p.m. arrival in Honolulu, New York visitors can make several easy flight connections to Kaua‘i. www.HawaiianAirlines.com

United Airlines has daily nonstop service between Washington, DC’s Dulles International Airport and Honolulu. United is using its Boeing 767-400 aircraft to provide the only nonstop service between the two cities. www.United.com

Photo Safari Hawaii Announces New National Tropical Botanical Garden Tour

Photo Safari Hawaii introduces “A Walk in Queen Emma’s Garden,” the first private photo ecotour of the Allerton and McBryde National Tropical Botanical Gardens in L?wa‘i Valley. This four-hour tour helps to enhance photography skills while focusing on landscape design with an exclusive access to the McBryde Waterfall. Both gardens showcase the botanical importance of native plants and provide a stunning photography canvas for any skill level. www.PhotoSafariHawaii.com

Outfitters Kauai Introduces New Tandem Ziplines

Outfitters Kauai is excited to announce the addition of three new tandem ziplines this fall. The new lines will pass over three separate waterfalls on the pristine Kipu Ranch and will range between 800 feet and 1,200 feet. Incorporating Outfitters Kauai’s existing zipline course, these new lines will highlight the spectacular views and thrilling adventure as guests soar over lush valleys side by side. www.OutfittersKauai.com

Koloa Zipline, Kaua‘i’s Newest Zipline Course

Koloa Zipline has debuted with eight ziplines on its course located on the south side of the island in K?loa. Koloa Zipline’s “Waita” line is the longest on the island coming in at 2,500 feet and glides across the Waita reservoir, which is the largest reservoir in Hawai’i. The entire course is 1.5 miles long and is located on the beautiful Grove Farm land that offers marvelous views of a variety of ecosystems. Koloa Zipline is committed to the preservation of the natural beauty and rich history of the land. www.KoloaZipline.com

Try a Spa

St. Regis Princeville Partners with Malie Organics to Open Bespoke Spa Experience

The St. Regis Princeville Resort, in partnership with Malie Organics, has introduced a new Bespoke Spa Experience at the resort’s signature Halelea Spa. The new spa experience allows guests to blend completely customized spa products under the expert guidance of Dana Roberts, founder of Malie Organics. Guests create these holistic products from Dana’s new Lahaole Pure Rituals Collection. Lahaole meaning “uncommon and rare,” is designed exclusively for resort guests. Malie Organics is one of the foremost spa and beauty companies and transforms the island’s purest ingredients, such as taro root, wild ginger, coffee berry and Kauai clay, into luxury spa blends. Indigenous to Kauai, many ingredients are rare and available in limited quantities. www.stregis.com/princeville

Go Yachting

Southern Star Yachting Now Offering Scheduled Tours and Private Charters

Southern Star Yacht has added two new tours for individual guests and small groups: a three-hour Sunset Prime Rib Dinner cruise off the South Shore, and a six-hour hour Napali Snorkel BBQ Sail. Southern Star is a fully custom 65-foot luxury sailing catamaran that delivers a new genre of the Hawaiian ocean experience. Each trip is tailored to an individual’s desires and activity options include paddling into Napali sea caves, catching and grilling fresh fish or diving near the Forbidden Island of Niihau. www.sskauai.com

New Weekly Kauai Culinary Market

Kukuiula Village has introduced Kauai Culinary Market, featuring live music, live cooking demonstrations, ocean views from the wine and beer garden, and locally grown produce and other foods. This special new Market is open every Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. www.kukuiulavillage.com/calendar

Where to Stay

Kauai Beach Resort Property Updates

This oceanfront resort is going green with the installation of 2,400 photovoltaic panels and has made enhancements to its recycling, waste removal and LED lighting programs. Guests can also enjoy Wi-Fi access throughout the property along with new pool umbrellas and menu items at Naupaka Terrace and Shutters Lounge. www.KauaiBeachResortHawaii.com

Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa Introduces Refreshed Keiki Menu

Earlier this year the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa launched Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. As part of this initiative, the resort has now unveiled a completely revamped keiki (children’s) menu called “For Kids By Kids.” The Hyatt food and beverage team worked closely with a youth group to ensure that the new menu not only met Hyatt’s standards for nutrition and quality, but also was fun and tasty. In addition, Tidepools restaurant offers a three-course organic menu for children exclusively developed by renowned food pioneer and chef, Alice Waters. www.GrandHyattKauai.com

The Parrish Collection and The Club at Kukui'ula -

The Parrish Collection and The Club at Kukui‘ula are working together to provide unique 5-Star accommodations and service on the island. The Club at Kukui‘ula, Kaua‘i's only private Club, is home to a luxurious Plantation House with restaurant, bar, game rooms and series of pools and outdoor activities. In addition, there is a state of the art fitness facility and world-class spa, along with an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course recently named Best New Private by Golf Magazine and Best New Golf Course by Robb Report‘s “Best of the Best.” The new Club Cottages at Kukui‘ula, which can be rented on a nightly basis through The Parrish Collection, are located within walking distance to the Club and included with the stay is complete access to this private club community and their amenities. www . K u k u i u l a . c o m

Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach Undergoing Major Renovation

The beachfront 311-room Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach is undergoing a comprehensive, multi-million-dollar renovation that will dramatically enhance the hotel’s exterior look with lush landscaping and reconfigured pool and upgrade all public areas, including the restaurant, lounge and meeting spaces. Formerly the Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa, the refurbishment will bring the hotel in line with the Courtyard by Marriott standards of excellence while maintaining a Hawaiian look with many elements of local culture included in the project.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Completes Renovation

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has finished its guest room renovations featuring new mahogany furniture, marble entryways, and upgraded bathrooms with marble counter tops, double sinks, and rain-style showers. www.kauai.hyatt.com

Wedding Dreams Come True at Aston Aloha Beach Hotel

Aston Aloha Beach Hotel’s wedding and romance package makes bridal dreaming easy. The romantic experience begins with a lei greeting at check in, room service breakfast for two, and discounts and free activities via Aston’s Aloha Book. The beachside gazebo is complimentary for the wedding ceremony and becomes the private dining spot for the complimentary, four-course, champagne dinner for two. Onsite wedding coordinators are available to assist with any additional arrangements needed for the ceremony. The package is based on a three-night stay in an ocean view room, a junior suite, cottage or one-bedroom suite. www.AstonHotels.com

Kauai Beach Resort Offers New Oceanfront Wedding Package

Kauai Beach Resort has created a new wedding package for any couple that wants to start their first day together with an intimate oceanfront ceremony in paradise amid family and close friends. The package includes the site fee, official to perform the ceremony, seating for 10 guests, wedding cake, champagne, and photography. Cost is $1,800 plus tax. www.kauaibeachresorthawaii.com

For more great travel deals offered on Kauai, visit www.KauaiDiscovery.com/winterspecials.

LIHU‘E, KAUA‘I

– Special vacation deals, festive cultural events, and new travel and tour offerings in the coming months are making Kaua‘i an even more enticing destination to visit. “The enjoyment of vacationing on Kaua‘i is the sense of escape to a tropical paradise, to a place of spectacular scenery featuring some of the world’s most strikingly beautiful beaches and lush rainforests,” said Sue Kanoho, executive director for the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. “This is a great time to travel as our industry partners are offering special deals to enjoy Kaua‘i’s natural beauty and diversity of activities.”

Below is a listing of newsworthy events and items that are “blooming” on the Garden Isle of Kaua‘i:

Island Helicopters Offers Exclusive Tour to “Jurassic Falls”

Island Helicopters recently began an exclusive, new tour to the 400-foot Manawaiopuna Falls, which was popularized in the movie Jurassic Park. The helicopter lands in a tropical valley at the base of “Jurassic Falls,” allowing visitors to take photographs and experience the tropical grandeur of this remote, magnificent site. The helicopter ride also includes a 90-minute tour of the entire island. For more information, visit www.islandhelicopters.com or call 1-800-829-5999.

Ko‘a Kea Hotel & Resort in Po‘ipu

The luxurious Ko‘a Kea Hotel & Resort opened on April 14. 2009. Located on Po‘ipu Beach, the boutique 121-room hotel offers stunning ocean views and a contemporary design showcasing fresh, crisp colors in the guestrooms and suites. Highlights include the Spa at Ko‘a Kea and a new restaurant, Red Salt, featuring an innovative menu by Executive Chef Ronnie Sanchez, who comes to Kaua‘i from the three-star Michelin rated El Bulli restaurant in Spain. For more information, visit www.koakea.com or call 1-877-806-2288.

Princeville Resort Re-Branding as St. Regis, Adding Jean-Georges Restaurant

The iconic Princeville Resort on Kaua‘i’s north shore is currently undergoing a massive renovation of its 252-room property and will re-open October 1, 2009, as a St. Regis, Starwood Hotels’ most exclusive brand. A welcomed exclusive addition to the St. Regis Princeville Resort will be Hawai‘i’s first Jean-Georges restaurant. Guests will enjoy the distinctive flair and Asian-influenced dishes that Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has brought to his restaurants around the world. For more information, visit www.stregisprinceville.com/kauai.

National Tropical Botanical Gardens Begins Sunset Allerton Estate Tour

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens has launched a new guided sunset tour of Allerton Estate showcasing the garden’s outdoor rooms, rippling pools, and lush landscaping. For more information, visit www.ntbg.org or call 808-742-2623.

Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa Introduces Voluntourism Program

Recognizing that many visitors want to give back while on vacation, the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa has introduced its new “Enrich” voluntourism program. Guests can choose from a variety of community projects and make a positive impact on Kaua‘i’s quality of life, like caring for animals at the humane society, clearing invasive plant species from parks, and cleaning up beaches. For more information, visit www.GrandHyattKauai.com or call 1-800-55-HYATT.

Merriman’s Restaurant Opening in Po‘ipu

Peter Merriman, renowned chef and founding member of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, is bringing his highly acclaimed Merriman’s Restaurant to the new Kukui‘ula Village in Po‘ipu. Slated to open this summer in a new two-story building, Merriman’s will offer a fine dining experience in the upstairs restaurant and a market cafe on the ground floor. Visit www.merrimanshawaii.com.

New Samplers for Anara Spa – Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa

The luxurious Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa is offering new “samplers” for several of its world-renowned treatments. Choose from a sampling of shorter treatments to enjoy at a reduced price. Mini-sessions and add-on options can be combined. For more information, visit www.GrandHyattKauai.com or call 1-800-55-HYATT.

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas --

on Kaua‘i has a summer program called, “Love Your Family,” fits guests of all ages and runs daily. Activities offered include chi gong (Chinese martial arts) and yoga on the pool deck, nature walks through the resort, and hula lessons. The introduction of Hawaiian
sports; surfing, ‘ulu maika (Hawaiian bowling), and golf scrambles. Arts and crafts like ti leaf lei-making, sand art activity and coconut postcard decorating, along with a tropical mixology class and a cooking demo are also offered. For more information, visit StarwoodHotels.com/Hawaii.

Kaua'i Marriott Resort and Beach Club --

Every Monday evening at The Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club guests can experience a new hula and Polynesian revue, called “Hawai‘i Alive!” along with its new lü‘au dinner. The performance features hula, fire knife dancers, native drummers, and authentic chants and music from Hawai‘i’s past and present. The lü‘au buffet items include Hawaiian Coconut Seafood Curry, Pineapple Fried Rice, and Molokai Sweet Potatoes with a Coconut Glaze. For more information, visit MarriottHawaii.com.

Expedia's Insiders' Names Its Select List of Worldwide Favorite Hotels

Kaua‘i’s Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Waipouli Beach and Resort No. 21 were named by Expedia's Insiders' as Worldwide Favorite Hotels. Waipouli Beach was scored on its value and quality of service and comfort by Expedia’s customer feedback. For more information, visit WaipouliBeachResort.com.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and its Dondero’s Restaurant --

have both received the AAA Four Diamond award for 2009. This is the 18th recognition since The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa opened in 1990. The enhanced level of quality and physical attributes throughout the hotel and great accommodating
staff were the positive factors in this recognition. Dondero’s Restaurant and its highly accomplished staff, creative and complex menus, presentation and fresh ingredients garnered the Four Diamond award. For more information, visit Kauai.Hyatt.com.

Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Awarded Top Hawaii Resort by Expedia Insider Select

The Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa recently earned the distinguished accolade of being ranked as a top 25 resort out of nearly 1,000 worldwide properties included on Expedia's Insiders' Select list of the world's best hotels for 2008. The hotels on the Insiders' Select list represent the top one percent of the more than 70,000 hotels
Expedia.com offers. Located on the scenic eastern shore of Kauai, Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa, which ranked 21st worldwide, is the only accommodation in Hawaii that made the top 100 hotels on this year's list.

Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa was chosen as Hawaii's top resort by Expedia experts and millions of customers for its extraordinary quality and overall value. The all-new Outrigger-managed condominium resort offers one- and two-bedroom accommodations, accented with warm Indonesian woods and cool Peruvian travertine. Each unit features superbly appointed gourmet kitchens with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf convection oven, and sleek granite countertops.

The Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa is situated on 12.6 acres of waterfront property on the Garden Isle of Kauai between the historic towns of Kapa'a and Wailua, with quaint shops, galleries, and restaurants, and offers convenient amenities, such as a fitness room, activity desk, beachside Tahitian Lanai Bar and a poolside snack bar. The heated soft water river pool that meanders over two acres with waterfalls, flumed water
slides and three sand-bottom whirlpool spas is a favorite for children and adults alike. Landscaped walking paths invite casual strolls along the ocean's edge.

Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa at Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa

offers guests a full menu of facials, massages and other pampering treatments, using Aveda-only products that are purely plant-sourced. The Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort's spa is the first Aveda spa on the Garden Isle, and Hawaii's only resort spa with the Aveda Lifestyle designation, meaning Aveda products are used for all treatments.

Reservations at Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa are available for rates starting at $295 per night for a one-bedroom condominium suite, and $425 per night for a two-bedroom condominium unit. For reservations or more information, log on to www.outriggercondos.com, or call 1-800-OUTRIGGER.

Expedia's Insiders' Select list is an annual ranking comprised of the top hotels and resorts across the globe, ranging from small boutique to large chain properties available on the Expedia Web site. Additional information can be found at www.expedia.com/daily/promos/hotel/InsidersSelect/.

Paddle Surfing Is Exciting - and the latest sport

What do you get when you take two of Hawaii's most popular sports - canoe paddling and surfing - and combine them into one? Paddle surfing, of course! This new form of recreation, which is actually a revival of an older surfing style, is taking off in the islands among locals and visitors alike. So much so that surf schools across the fiftieth state are now offering the activity as part of their regular menu of services. Experienced instructors at Hawaiian Surfing Adventures are offering one hour lessons with an instructor for $45 per person on the north shore. The lessons are also offered on Maui for intermediate and advanced surfers only for $109 per person for a couple of hours by Action Sports Maui.

For more information on doing this on Maui, contact ActionSportsMaui.com. For information while on Kauai, contact HawaiianSurfingAdventures.com.

Sugar Cane Train Ride

This six-mile narrated ride takes you through a scenic journey of west Maui. Gaze out into the beautiful Pacific Ocean and enjoy panoramic views of neighboring islands - Lanai and Molokai - while being entertained Hawaiian-style. This train operates daily.

For more information, check web site www.SugarCaneTrain.com.

Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort

The Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort, previously known as the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort, is slated to become the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort this fall upon completion of the resort’s $14 million renovation project. The resort will undergo extensive property upgrades, as well as the addition of new facilities and services to the property, including a 24-hour business center, executive club floor, Hilton Serenity Collection bedding and bath items, expanded fitness center and the implementation of the Hilton HHonors guest reward program. All 350 rooms will be completely renovated and refurbished, along with the resort’s four-pool complex and meeting and banquet rooms to the Hilton brand standard.

For more information, visit KauaiBeachHotelAndResort.com.

Kauai JustLive! Offers Exhilarating Zipline Experience

The newest zipline adventure that has opened on the Garden Island takes thrill-seekers higher and faster through the treetops of Kauai's rainforest. JustLive! (JustLive.org) offers those who dare an opportunity to zip across six different lines, raverse a 70-foot high swinging suspension bridge, a 60-foot high dual rope crossing, and seven aerial deck transfers from Norfolk Pines towering upwards of 200 feet. As you make your way through the course, guides provide informative narration on the ecology and history of the area. The three-hour adventure will get your adrenaline running and provides an experience of a lifetime. If this isn't enough of a 'rush,' the company also offers a "Full Moon Zipline Tour" So, grab your headlamp, strap in and zip by the light of the moon. As JustLive! describes it -- "a howling experience!"

Kaua'i Marriott Resort and Beach Club Completed Renovations

The Kaua'i Marriott Resort and Beach club has completed its multi-million dollar capital improvement project. Indigenous ha'upu ferns, ornamental pineapple plants and exotic tropical hawaiian flora help the redesigned pore cochere and entryway set the toe for a Hawaiian vacation. There is also a new separate area for arriving group tour buses and coaches.

For more information, call 800-220-2925 or check web site www.MarriottHawaii.com.

LANA'I

Where to Stay

The Four Seasons Resorts Läna‘i --

at Manele Bay and The Lodge at Koele now offers self-guided podcast tours of the assorted art collections held at the hotels. The 30-minute podcasts allows guests to browse the art collections at their own pace and listen to the artists’ interviews and descriptions of each piece. The various podcasts can be downloaded on to MP3 players, such as an iPod. A pre-programmed iPod is also available for guest use. For more information, visit FourSeasons.com/Lanai.

MAUI

About Maui

Maui Named Conde Nast Traveler's Best Island in the U.S.

As the saying goes, “Maui No Ka Oi.” For consecutive years, Maui earned the top spot among the very best islands in the United States in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Among the eight Hawaiian Islands, Maui received recognition on the coveted list as the Best Island in the U.S., while many of Maui’s hotels and resorts secured top positions in Best Resorts in Hawai‘i category.

Readers of the magazine ranked Maui number one on a list of Best Islands in the U.S., with a score of 88.43, ahead of Oahu – 86.91, Kauai – 85.58 and Hawaii Island – 84.02. This year, more than 300,000 dedicated readers cast votes among a selection of 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500 cruise ships and 236 islands in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – nearly twice as many as last year, which resulted in 1,402 best travel experiences in the world.

In addition to ranking number one on the list of Best Islands in the U.S., Kaanapali Beach Hotel came in No. 5 on the list of “Top 5 Hawaii Hotels” and many of Maui’s other hotels and resorts also placed among the 30 Best Resorts in Hawaii category. Securing the first five positions on the list were Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Montage Kapalua Bay, Wailea Beach Villas, Hotel Wailea Maui, and Travaasa Hana.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November 2016 issue of Condé Nast Traveler,. To view a complete list, visit www.CNTraveler.com/rca.

The islands of Maui Nui (Maui County) offer three very distinct Hawaiian experiences. World-class resorts, award-winning cuisine, championship golf, exquisite natural beauty and the islands’ host Hawaiian culture have propelled Maui Nui into the limelight. For more information, go to www.gohawaii.com/maui or call 800-525-6284.

Where to Stay

The Spa at Travaasa Hana on Maui Unveils New Signature Treatment Featuring Hana-Grown Cacao

Travaasa Experiential Resorts is pleased to announce a luxurious new spa treatment at The Spa at Travaasa Hana. Designed exclusively for The Spa at Travaasa Hana, the 90-minute Hana Organic Cocomint Signature Body Treatment and Massage combines Hana-grown cacao with coconut and mint for a sweetly intoxicating and deeply relaxing experience.

“This new treatment is inspired by the natural beauty and serenity of Hana,” said Maggie Wagner, Travaasa’s senior director of spa and retail. “We’re thrilled to offer spa guests an experience that is unique to Hana and incorporates ingredients from a local farm. Hana has long been known for its healing powers, and we’re honored to keep this tradition moving forward.”

Guests begin the experience with a gentle, exfoliating body scrub using whey and locally grown Hana cacao, helping to resurface and moisturize the skin. Next, a hydrating cocoa butter body wrap softens skin and relaxes the body and mind. After a soothing shower, the journey culminates with a coconut mint oil massage, accompanied by a warm coconut and shea butter compress.

Overlooking Hana Bay and historic Kauiki Hill on the tranquil eastern coastline of Maui, The Spa at Travaasa Hana is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor wellness center comprising of a lava rock whirlpool, relaxation room, private garden area, steam room, and cold plunge pool.

Nine treatment rooms feature Hawaiian-style décor and florals, and utilize locally made and organic products. Services infuse therapeutic Native Hawaiian treatments with exercise as part of a holistic approach to relaxation and wellness. Massages, body treatments, facials, and energy balancing using the organic skin care line Amala, along with fitness offerings focusing on balance, posture, core strength, and flexibility, are offered.

The Spa at Travaasa Hana was named the #1 resort spa in Hawaii in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

For more information, call The Spa at 808-270-5290 or visit www.travaasa.com/hana. Find Travaasa Hana on Twitter: @Travaasa_Hana and on Facebook: facebook.com/Travaasa.Hana.

About Travaasa® Experiential Resorts --

is a collection of experiential resorts and spas, uniting a variety of customizable experiences with spectacular natural locations. Extensive, diverse programming is developed around the brand’s five pillars: adventure, culinary, culture, fitness
and wellness. Travaasa strives to educate and inspire by incorporating local and regional
elements from each destination to create an authentic experience. The Travaasa portfolio
currently includes two properties: Travaasa Austin, a top ranked Austin, Texas hotel which opened in May 2011 in Texas Hill Country and Travaasa Hana, Maui, a Maui resort that opened in June 2011, with plans for additional properties to be added in the future.

Montage Hotels & Resorts is expanding its luxury hotel collection with the addition of Montage Kapalua Bay.

Scheduled to debut in early 2014, the resort, set atop the world-class picturesque Kapalua Bay on Maui, will feature a 50-room all-suite Montage hotel and 56 Montage branded residences for sale. Montage is investing in a multi-million dollar improvement project of the presently operated Residences at Kapalua Bay to prepare for the grand opening.
KapaluaBay.MontageHotels.com

Outrigger Royal Kahana: A Home Away from Home for the Casual Maui Condo Traveler

Located on the stunning west Maui coast in the laid-back neighborhood of Kahana is a condo well suited for value-seeking travelers who want an exceptional beachfront setting with all the comforts of home. Outrigger Royal Kahana is a 12-story Maui condo that rivals beachfront west Maui hotels for sweeping ocean views. That’s just one of the many reasons why nearly half of all Outrigger Royal Kahana guests return to enjoy the many benefits this AAA 3-Diamond Maui vacation rental offers. Rates start at just $155 for a garden view studio.

Every Outrigger Royal Kahana studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom condo features a full kitchen. On-the-go families love how easy it is to prepare meals to eat in or take on the road when heading out to Maui’s many beautiful beaches and famous drives, from Hana to Haleakala. And there’s ample free guest parking. Keeping up with laundry on vacation is a snap with a washer and dryer in every unit. Best of all, every condo offers an outdoor balcony to take beautiful photos of the stunning west Maui coast and the islands of Molokai and Lanai.

“Guests of Outrigger Royal Kahana are in close proximity to west Maui’s active, high-profile resort areas of Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua, while having the unique advantage of low-key surroundings that allow for a solitary walk on the beach,” said Teri Orton, vice president of condominium resort marketing for Outrigger Condominium Collection. “We invite travelers to take pleasure in a quiet beachfront community with easy access to every convenience and a range of vacation experiences.”

Guests that choose to relax on-site can swim, stand-up paddle surf, or simply sunbathe on the beach. Guests typically lounge on the pool deck with a good read, spend time at the fitness center, or fire up the gas grills for a barbeque gathering at the poolside pavilion. There are lots of dining options within a short walk, including the Maui Brewing Company Brew Pub for “local Brew” enthusiasts; Dollies Pub and Cafe, a local sports bar and grill; RB Black Angus Steakhouse; and even a McDonald’s for fast food fans. On more active days, guests can venture out to Lahaina Town for historic sightseeing and late-night fun, Kaanapali for shopping at Whalers Village, and Kapalua Resort for challenging golf, zip-lining, and miles of trail walking. The on-site activity desk is a helpful resource for recommendations and booking tours and day-trips.

Rates at Outrigger Royal Kahana are per room, per night, plus tax. A two-night minimum stay is required. There is no resort fee and no check-out cleaning fee. Rates and specials cannot be combined with other offers and are subject to availability and change. Rates may not be used for group bookings without prior authorization from Outrigger and other restrictions may apply. Deposit and cancellation policies also apply.

For reservations at this Maui condo, travel agent specials, or more information call 800-OUTRIGGER (688-444) or visit www.outriggerroyalkahana.com.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with 65 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites®, Best Western®, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 45 properties with close to 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Bali; Thailand; Vietnam; and Hainan Island, China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa has Specialty Suites Fit for Royalty

The extravagant 3-bedroom luxury specialty suites at the new Honua Kai Resort & Spa are fit for royalty. So much so, that they are named for Hawaiian royalty: The Kamehameha Suite (Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii’s greatest warrior-king, united the islands and established the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early 1800’s) and The Ali`i Suite (chief in Hawaiian.)

The Kamehameha Suite is the Resort’s top suite (#H650.) Located oceanfront on the 6th floor of the Hokulani tower, the interior is 2650 square feet and the lanai is 3200 square feet. Professionally decorated in a contemporary island style with a nod to Hawaii’s golden era, a sunset color theme bounces off rich native koa wood tables and cabinets and beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork adorns the walls and display hutches.

Interior designer Kate Marnell with KRM Interiors of Chicago, Illinois assembled an array of artwork throughout the suite which includes works from several local artists and additional historical pieces. A rare collection of six original Matson Liner Menu covers portraying the history of the Hawaiian islands are posted at the master bedroom. The local artwork of numerous originals by Ronaldo Macedo, Darell Hill and Guy Buffet are placed throughout the suite. The historical works include antique maps of the Hawaiian islands including a Dole Pineapple map, Hawaiian sheet music and Asian silk panels.

The artwork compliments the Asian/island inspired furnishings. An Asian-styled A. Rudin sectional is covered in a coral fabric in the great room. The sectional is surrounded by two Colonial chairs (a style used prominently during the islands’ plantation era,) a grand coral lined hutch, koa wood built-ins, and a luxurious Baker dining table and chairs for eight. The bedrooms are furnished with Asian antiques offset with fresh, vibrant fabrics and plush Ralph Lauren furniture.

The lanai views are breathtaking and encompass more than 270 degrees wrapping from the West Maui Mountains, islands of Molokai and Lanai, and the crystal aquamarine Pacific Ocean. The expansive lanai has seating for a generous amount of people with contemporary teak David Sutherland furnishings. The lanai is meant to be used as an extension of the interior with a glass Nana wall system that pockets back opening up to the outdoors where guests can lounge on one of the three sun beds, whale watch on a chaise lounge, enjoy the sunset in the center seating area, and share dinner under the stars. The fabrics are rich oranges and greens with a complimentary nautical stripe. The outdoor beds are covered with plush pillows for comfort while relaxing or star gazing.

The Kamehameha Suite is priced at $2500 per night, plus taxes and resort fee.

The Ali`i Suites are located oceanfront on floors one through five at the end of the Hokulani tower with 2290 square feet of interior space and a 560-square-foot lanai in Konea Ali`i Suite is the end suites. Tastefully decorated in contemporary island furnishings and original artworks, The Ali`i Suites are priced at $1750 per night,

Specialty suite featured appointments include the following:

• Kitchen – completely equipped spacious kitchen includes Viking appliances, wood cabinetry, granite slab countertops, island counter for dinner preparation and additional seating.
• Bathroom - three sizeable bathrooms, one for each bedroom, includes frameless glass shower enclosures, separate tub, wood cabinetry, tile flooring, and fine linens and bath products.
• Bedroom - spacious, king size beds (second master has a split-king) in each of the three bedrooms, 37” flat screen TV, ample closet space.
• Lanai - large lanai ranging from 560 to 3200 sq. ft., fully furnished outdoor seating, outdoor Viking grill; collapsing Nana wall doors open to expansive lanai and/or garden areas (ground floor only)
• Living and Dining Area - 42” flat screen TV, comfortable arrangement of sofas and chairs including a queen-size sofa bed, dining room table with seating for eight, collapsing Nana wall doors open to expansive lanai and/or garden areas (ground floor only)
• Other Features - expansive views of ocean from interior and exterior of unit, all-room RussSound surround sound system, in-suite Bosch washer/dryer, direct dial telephones, wired and wireless internet access,

For reservations and information, please contact a travel professional, or call the Resort directly at 1-888-718-5789 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hawaii Time, or visit www.honuakaimaui.com.

About Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Honua Kai offers a uniquely contemporary Maui experience. Nestled on 38 oceanfront acres of Kaanapali’s pristine North Beach, the resort is designed as two U-shaped buildings with ocean and mountain views, lush landscaping and expansive open spaces. This openness is mirrored in each of the 628 guest suites (one-, two-, and three-bedroom) with professionally equipped kitchens, spacious and homelike floor plans, and luxury resort services. An imaginative aqua network of pools, hot tubs, natural pond bridges, waterslide, waterfalls and fountains allows for privacy and play. The Hokulani building houses 318 guest suites, `Aina Gourmet Market, pool, fitness center, concierge desk and Family Fun Club. The Konea building has 310 guest suites, two pools. Duke’s Beach House is located oceanfront, and the pool & beach activities operate poolside.

“Pride Romance Package”For The Gay & Lesbian Community Introduced by Maui’s Makena Beach & Golf Resort

The Makena Beach & Golf Resort, located in Makena just south of Wailea, has announced a special package for the gay and lesbian community called the Pride Romance Package. The resort’s Pride Romance Package includes Guestroom Accommodations featuring stunning views of the Pacific, the Maui countryside and the 10,000-ft Mt. Haleakala, Breakfast for Two, a Map to/of famed Little Beach located less than a mile from the resort, and a Hawaiian Sarong, perfect for leisurely beach walks or relaxing at the resort. The package is priced at just $95* per person per night (double occupancy), making it one of Maui’s most exceptional resort values.

While at Makena Beach & Golf Resort, guests on the Pride Romance Package can select from a host of activities, including lounging at two swimming pools and two Jacuzzis, daily work-outs at the Fitness Center and relaxing massages. Additionally, there’s superb swimming in the crystal blue Pacific fronting the resort, beachcombing on Makena’s extraordinary white sand beach -- or Big & Little Beaches close by, whale watching in season (Dec.-May) when humpback whales migrate from the Alaskan waters, catching the brilliant Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets, and taking in a festive island luau. Also, the resort serves Maui’s “Best Champagne Brunch” every Sunday www.makenaresortmaui.com/brunch.

There’s More Things To Do.

Also available at Makena Beach & Golf Resort are Eco Kayak Snorkel Tours, outrigger canoe excursions, stand-up paddle board lessons, and sailing to Molokini Islet on the Kai Kanani catamaran. The Kai Kanani is conveniently located on the beach in front of Makena Beach & Golf Resort and is the most direct route to Molokini, where world-class snorkeling is available in and around the crescent-shaped island, which is all that remains of an ancient volcano. The 10,000-ft Mt. Haleakala is within clear view of the resort and is perfect for hiking, picnicking and walking excursions … or to take in the breathtaking Maui sunrises and sunsets. World-class golf is available on the resort’s golf courses, and the storied “Kings Highway,” originally traversed exclusively by the Hawaiian Ali'i (Royal Family), runs along side the resort and is ideal for leisurely walks. Nearby is Puu Olai hill, an ancient crater that offers hiking and superb views of Lanai, Molokini, Big Beach and the Pacific Ocean. All activities can be arranged through the Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s activity center.

Maui is also Home to Several Gay & Lesbian-friendly Activities:

- Gian Don’s Italian Bistro at 1445 South Kihei Road in K¥hei hosts “Ultra Fab” night every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights with live DJ entertainment. The restaurant and club also hosts a drag show two Saturdays a month. Information available at www.giandons.com, (808) 874-4041

- “Open Eye Tours” with Pono Fried, a guide with 26 years of experience available for private customized tours of the island. Information available www.openeyetours.com or (808) 280-5299.

Need more? Makena Beach & Golf Resort stocks multiple copies of Out Traveler Hawai‘i, a definitive guidebook to gay and lesbian activities in Hawaii by nationally recognized author and travel journalist Matt Link.

Benchmark Hospitality International Assumes Management of Resort in Makena, Maui -- the Makena Beach & Golf Resort

Benchmark Hospitality International has ushered in a new era for the Makena district of Maui, having been appointed as the management company for the sole hotel property in the Makena resort area on September 8, 2009. Benchmark announced the property’s new name is Makena Beach & Golf Resort, which highlights its ideal location. Benchmark also operates Turtle Bay Resort, the landmark property on Oahu’s North Shore.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort

The Makena resort area is situated on the southern shore of Maui in the Makena district of the island. The property commands sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as vistas of Makena’s diverse landscape and Mount Haleakala. Makena Beach & Golf Resort's 310 guestrooms, each featuring private lanais, are complemented with exceptional resort amenities and dining opportunities. The property is ideally designed to comfortably accommodate leisure travelers, as well as special event celebrations, weddings, and corporate meetings. Benchmark Hospitality International brings recognized and award-winning expertise in all areas of luxury hospitality, including corporate meetings and social gatherings. The resort is 30 minutes from Maui's Kahului Airport.

Separating Makena Beach & Golf Resort from the azure waters of the Pacific is a vast white sand beach, which is ideal for sunbathing, leisurely strolls, beachcombing and viewing Maui's spectacular ocean vistas. Water sports abound at the resort, along with exceptional tennis facilities. The resort features championship golf on the acclaimed Makena Golf Course, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr., 18-hole course that runs along the Pacific coastline, adjacent to the hotel. The course, which opened in 1993 and provides stunning ocean views from nearly every hole, is renowned for its ancient Hawaiian rock walls, natural gullies and stream beds, which were incorporated into the course's original design. Golfers and resort guests can further develop their skills at the property's Golf Academy, which provides instruction for all skill levels.

For more information on Makena Beach & Golf Resort and for reservations call (800) 368-8444 or (808) 874-1111, or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

About Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™. The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut. International offices are located in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.  

Westin K'‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas' Latest Phase Opens

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. continues its tradition of providing lavish oceanfront resorts with the opening of The Westin K'‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas’ North.Located on K'‘anapali’s secluded North Beach, the vacation ownership resort’s newest phase offers 516 luxury units and private villas for visitors seeking larger
accommodations. The resort features a new full-service, luxury spa, The Heavenly Spa by
WestinTM
at The Westin K'‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, featuring 13 treatment rooms including a couples massage suite, hydrotherapy rooms, sauna, steam rooms, and two courtyard massage cabanas in an intimate outdoor setting, as well as a signature Westin Workout® fitness center. Guests can also indulge their appetites at Pulehu, the resort’s fine dining restaurant that offers a blend of delicious steak and seafood cuisine.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kä‘anapali Refurbishes
With the completion of the multi-million dollar refurbishment program at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, guests are enjoying the newly redesigned guestrooms with sophisticated comfort including the signature Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Showers. The oceanfront resort occupies a spectacular stretch of the famed Kä‘anapali Beach, a short walk away from Maui’s kaleidoscope of attractions including two golf courses and the neighboring shopping village. Within the resort, guests can indulge in endless array of activities and amenities including restaurants offering world-class island flavors; Westin Destination Club program with activities such as star-gazing with Hawaiian smores, talk story and dive-in movies at the magnificent 87,000 square-foot aquatic playground with five pools; spa pampering at the Heavenly Spa by Westin; as well as the exhilarating Wailele Polynesian Lü‘au and beach fun and snorkeling/sunset day cruises. The resort also offers a weddings department and a Director of Romance.TM

Grand Wailea Renovation Continues

The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa is pressing forward on its +$50 million renovation. From restaurants and lounges, beach and pool, spa and guestrooms, the Grand Wailea is committed to enhancing the remarkable features that already make it one of the best in its class. The new guestrooms, available for enjoyment by summer 2008, welcome guests to a blend of European and Polynesian décor, including new carpeting, freshly painted buttercup walls, dark wood furnishings and 37” flat-screen televisions. Its famous Spa Grande also just completed a makeover of its grand lobby, salon and shop. With a total project cost of $500,000, its fitness center is one the largest and most technologically- advanced fitness center in the state with all new PRECOR fitness equipment, the leading brand in fitness equipment and the latest in integrated AV systems.

Ho‘olei in Wailea Offers Lavish Vacation Rentals

Nestled in the center of the world-class Wailea Resort community, Ho‘olei at Grand
Wailea offers the newest luxury vacation rentals with lavish private residences providing 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath town homes with exclusive access to the amenities of the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa. The centerpiece of Ho‘olei at Grand Wailea is a lush tropical playground featuring a large pool with swim-in grotto and 19’ waterfall, children's pool with a sandy beach entry, whirlpool tubs and outdoor kitchen. Guests can enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center with a private locker room, complete with oversized showers and sauna. Perfect for extended stays, special celebrations and family gatherings, Ho‘olei at Grand Wailea blends the finest in residential living, exceptional amenities and attentive
services.

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Renovation Continues

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is engaging with a new contemporary design.
Highlights of the completed $60 million beautification will delight guests. Experience the new Maluhia Serenity Pool with six exclusive over-the-water cabanas. Reserved for adults only, the pool is a place of serenity and calmness. The new Mala Wailea restaurant is the latest by celebrity Chef Mark Ellman. Savor exceptional cuisine using organic island products. Ellman is one of the original creators of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

Outrigger’s Condominium Collection Guests Keep Maui Green, In Style

Outrigger Condominium Collection is presenting guests with a free amenity – a reusable “green” travel tote – providing an earth-friendly alternative to single-use bags. The new tote is provided to guests staying a minimum of two nights at any of Outrigger’s resort condos in Hawai‘i. On Maui, these include the Outrigger Palms at Wailea, Outrigger ‘Åina Nalu, Outrigger Maui Eldorado, Outrigger Royal Kahana and Outrigger Näpili Shores. The spacious bags are made of biodegradable material making it durable, strong and easy on the environment. “We’re excited to offer this environmentally-conscious amenity. Our goal is to help reduce the millions of plastic and paper bags headed for Hawai‘i landfills while creating a more convenient vacation experience for our guests,” said Tim Alex, director of sales and marketing for the Outrigger Condominium Collection. For more information on Outrigger’s Condominium Collection, visit www.outriggercondos.com.

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui Implements Environmentally Friendly Initiatives

Always an environmental leader on the island of Maui thanks to their “Green Team”, the Fairmont Kea Lani his has successfully implemented environmentally friendly initiatives throughout the hotel. “Recycling Cents,” is a program which helps local charities while keeping recyclables out of the landfill. To date, six charities have collected over $10,000 from the program. The resort’s Aqua Recycler, a laundry water recycling system, filters detergents from the water to be re-used. The system saves hundreds of gallons of water with an average recycle rate between 80-82%. The resort uses a variety of disposable food containers made from cornstarch, recycled paperboard and sugarcane bagasse. Clear plastic cups have been replaced with containers made from 100% corn, and utensils are made from potatoes. Sustainable cuisine is emphasized at all restaurants. They work with
local farmers developing dishes using the freshest locally grown ingredients from land and sea. The hotel uses a Rock Salt treating system in all swimming pools instead of chlorine, effectively reducing the amount of chemicals.

Starwood “Goes Green” for Third Maui Resort

Starwood Vacation Ownership is expanding its portfolio of resorts in Hawai‘i with the development of its third vacation ownership resort on Maui. The new property, expected to open fall 2011, has been designed to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings. The beachfront property will be located in K?‘anapali North Beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with stunning views of the islands of L?na‘i and Moloka‘i. The new property will feature 390 spacious, luxury villas including a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

ResortQuest Hawai‘i’s Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE Program

With 11 resort properties located on Maui, ResortQuest Hawaii offers an ideal variety of accommodations suiting families with varying tastes and budgets. Now parents can afford to bring their children on a family vacation to MAUI by taking advantage of our "ResortQuest Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE" program!

Kids Stay Free: Children 17 years and younger stay FREE with their parents at any
ResortQuest Hawaii hotel or all-suite condominium resort. Kids Play Free: Children 12 and younger receive FREE ADMISSION at top island attractions when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids Eat Free: Children 12 and younger receive FREE MEALS at popular family friendly restaurants when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, visit www.ResortQuestHawaii.com or call toll free 866-774-2924.

What to See & Do

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

I had the pleasure of being at these beautiful gardens with my husband and grandson in August 2017 to view the over 30 years old collection that is most impressive. Situated on a coastal dune system featuring native Hawaiian coastal and dry forest plants, the site was formerly both a zoo and a botanical garden. The zoo was closed in 1997.

Maui Nui refers to Maui County: Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i and Kaho'olawe, once a single contiguous island with many related species. The native plants here are largely uniaue to the islands of Maui County, and have adapted to low rainfall, and are becoming very popular in local landscapes. There are rare cultivars of Hawaiian 'canoe' plants that a highly successful, self-sufficent agricultural society developed in isolation for thousands of years.

We enjoyed strolling through the many garden areas, including the bamboo, koi pond and much more - all designated by explanation signs. The colorful folder including with admission give the plants' names, photos, and family.

Don't forget to check out the horned lizards and also the gift shop where you can pick up lovely things to take home as well as buy drinks. If Caro is there, tell her 'hi' from me.

Location: 150 Kanaloa Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732.

Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

What a pleasure to walk along the lovely boardwalk (open seven days a week and on federal holidays from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) where we spotted the Hawaiian Stilt in the wetland habitat, along with the Hawaiian Coot, numerous butterflies, and lots of wildlife. As a treat, we left the boardwalk at certain spots, walked down to the beach and delighted in splashing our feet in the water.

Kealia Pond is one of the few remaining lowland wetlands in Hawaii, and the largest on Maui. It provides vital nesting, feeding, and resting habitat for two endangered Hawaiian waterbirds - the Hawaiian Stilt and the Hawaiian Coot - which we were fortunate to see first-hand.

Bring binoculars with you for a coser look at wildlife; a field guide is very helpful; and take water, camera, and wear a hat.

The refuge is open M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is closed on weekends and federal holidays. The Visitor Center is open M-F from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and closed on weekends and federal holidays. Admission is free to the boardwalk and refuge.

For more information contact the Refuge Manager, Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Maui National Wildlife Reguge Complex, Milepost 6 Mokulele Highway (Highway 311), P.O., Box 1042, Khei, Hawaii 96753 or call 808-875-1582. Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/kealia_pond/

Hike Maui Offers New Canyon Adventures

Maui’s oldest hike company, Hike Maui celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2008 and is offering a brand-new canyon adventure. There’s nothing else like it – the newest activity on Maui – rappelling, also called canyoning, into wilderness rain forest valleys. You don’t need previous experience; they’ll teach you how to do it. It’s perfectly safe and wildly fun. You learn to rappel down a 45-foot wall into the canyon below, then come back up and practice again. After that, you’re ready for the big one – the 60-foot drop via a guided rappel line. It’s so much fun, you do that again, too. You finish by hiking down the valley to three waterfalls and pools. You then free climb down the roots of a banyan tree to a magical spot under a 20-foot falls. A waterfall shower never felt so good.

Kapalua Resort Opens Kapalua Adventure’s Zip Line Tours

Maui’s renowned Kapalua Resort has now opened Kapalua Adventures, a unique amenity that offers visitors a rare outdoor experience that is as exciting as educational. Kapalua Adventures offers one of the largest and longest zip line systems in North America, which includes eight dual track zip lines, two suspension bridges, a high ropes challenge course, a four station climbing tower and Giant “leap of faith” swing. The unique zip line system enables guests quietly zip above the tree canopies and deep ravines of the area. More than just adventure, the Mountain Outpost experience offers guests the opportunity to learn about the geological, natural and cultural history of the area from knowledgeable guides. In combination length, the Mountain Outpost offers two miles of scenic adventure, with the longest zip line at 2,200 feet in length.

Maui Gold Pineapple Tour is “Extra Sweet”

For nearly 100 years, Maui Pineapple Company, Ltd. has been growing pineapple. The company recently revealed its new extra sweet Maui Gold ® variety. Maui Gold pineapple is specially cultivated, individually hand-selected and picked only when fully ripe and ready to eat. It takes approximately 18 months to grow one pineapple. As the Nation’s only resort with a working pineapple plantation, guests can take pleasure in a guided tour of the fields to learn all about pineapple planting, cultivation and harvesting. Tour guides will share plantation and Hawaiian history and memorable Maui Pineapple Company stories. Guides will pick and cut a fresh pineapple for tasting in the middle of the pineapple fields. Guests also hand select their very own pineapple to take home. Tours are Monday-Friday. Tickets cost $39.95 per person and $32 for children. For reservations, please call 808-665-5491.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Offers New Catamaran Service

Luxury sailing vessels Kapalua Kai and Shangri-La offer guests a first class sailing,
snorkeling and whale watching experience. The Kapalua Kai offers daily snorkel
excursions with a buffet deli-style lunch and open premium bar after snorkeling. Daily sunset sails offer a memorable sunset with a premium open bar and appetizers. Whale watching trips are available in-season. Shangri-La is a 65-foot sailing yacht available for custom-designed charters for snorkel excursions, scuba diving, outer island adventures, sunset sails, whale watching or dinner cruises. Providing a unique Hawaiian Island experience with impeccable service, hospitality and cuisine, the yacht features spacious air-conditioned living quarters and plush lounging and sunbathing areas. The vessel features a full galley with chef-prepared catering.

Private Adventure Guide Creates One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences

Guests of Wailea Beach Villas can explore Maui in the hands of the resort’s private adventure guide who entertains, educates and awakens guests to the unique outdoor activities and environments of Maui. Wailea Beach Villas vacationers can experience this special service with its “Maui Adventure Guide Experience” package which includes five nights accommodation in a two bedroom penthouse and one, complimentary half-day excursion with the resort’s private adventure guide. The package rate begins at $1,225 per person based on four people in a two-bedroom penthouse. For their Maui adventure experience, guests can choose from hiking in a bamboo forest to an outrigger canoe trip complete with snorkeling, surf lessons and more. The half-day activity can be customized to meet the needs of each group. For more information, please visit
www.waileabeachvillas.com or call (866) 901-5209.

Two Outrigger condominium resorts rated among Hawaii’s best resorts by Expedia® Insider Select™

The Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation and Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa have received the distinguished honor of being ranked as two of the top resorts in Hawaii on Expedia’s Insiders’ Select list of the world’s best hotels for 2009. Only twenty resorts in Hawaii were included out of nearly 1,000 worldwide properties. The exclusive list represents the top one percent of the more than 80,000 hotels Expedia.com offers, as rated by millions of customers and in-house experts.

The Expedia Insiders’ Select list recognizes the very best hotels as judged by the experiences of Expedia customers. According to Tim Alex, director of sales and marketing for Outrigger’s Condominium Collection, “We’re honored that two Outrigger resort condominiums have been listed amongst some of the most elite hotels and resorts in the world. We take great pride in ensuring our guests enjoy the best vacation experience available in Hawaii and this honor validates our commitment to all of our guests.”

Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation was rated second out of Hawaii’s ranked properties for its extraordinary service and overall value. Located oceanfront on Kauai’s prestigious south side in Poipu, the property enjoys an oceanfront setting on 35 acres with expansive lawns and botanical gardens of tropical plants, exotic lauhala trees, giant orchids, lily ponds and a world-famous succulent and cactus garden. The units, ornamented with golden warm woods and bright prints, are low-rise plantation style buildings that provide spacious and naturally cooled one- or two-bedroom apartments complete with a large lanai and full kitchen.

Guests can enjoy complimentary access to the Kiahuna Swim and Tennis Club located on the north side of the property that features a lagoon-shaped pool, a jetted spa, and a waterslide. Other features include tennis courts, barbeque areas, a restaurant, and a beachside activity hut with towels for guests and sunscreen and other sundries for sale.Nearby, guests have endless recreational opportunities including golfing, kayaking, sailing, scuba and snorkeling, helicopter and airplane sightseeing and more that can be arranged by the local expert concierge.

Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa made Expedia’s Insiders’ Select list for the second year in a row. Located on the scenic south shore of Kauai, the hotel is situated on the island’s famed Coconut Coast, just a short mile from historic Kapaa Town. This condominium resort offers exquisite one- and two-bedroom accommodations, adorned with warm Indonesian wood and cool Peruvian tiles. Each air-conditioned unit is equipped with Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf convection ovens, and sleek granite countertops as well as microwaves, coffeemakers, cookware and dishes.

The resort is situated on 12.6 oceanfront acres between the historic towns of Wailua and Kapaa where great dining, galleries and charming shops can be found. On-property amenities include a 24-hour fitness room, poolside Tahitian Lanai Bar, an activity desk and an Aveda® Lifestyle Salon and Spa.

The Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa offers guests a full menu of massages, facials, and more pampering treatments using Aveda-only products that are purely plant-sourced. The Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort’s spa is the first Aveda spa on the Garden Isle, and Hawaii’s only resort spa with the Aveda Lifestyle designation.

Nightly rates at the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation start at just $205 for a one-bedroom unit that comfortably sleeps up to four people. At the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa, rates start at $225 per night for a one-bedroom, two-bath suite , and $305 per night for a two-bedroom, three-bath condominium unit that provides plenty of room for up to six people. For reservations or more information, log onto www.outriggercondos.com, or call 1-800-OUTRIGGER.

Simmer Hawaii

Simmer Hawaii has been on Maui since 1981, and Paia-based since 1996. Simmer Hawaii has evolved into a hip beach lifestyle surf and windsurf boutique. With their roots in the windsurfing world, Simmer Hawaii has an authentic and unique mix of water gear, clothing, and accessories. Many products found at Simmer Hawaii are from industry leaders such as Patagonia, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Lucky Brand, UGG, Dakine and more. "We also go to great lengths to find the best products from smaller, less mainstream brands. Clothiers who offer cut and sew garments made from top quality materials and beautiful design, such as green dragon, om girl, pompei swim, and idylle clothing. We also have jewelry designs that are unique and striking often in their simplicity from both local and int'l artists alike, Talia Gangini, Amy Grace Dogearred and more." Rental equipment includes high performance windsurfing equipment and entry level surfboards.

Lightning Bolt Surfboards

Lightning Bolt Surfboards was started in 1972 in Honolulu by Gerry Lopez and Jack Shipley. According to Jerry it was just a stupid name they came up with but it made a nice symbol on the deck of a surfboard. A lot more than a nice symbol: this was when Gerry Lopez and Rory Russell were ruling Pipeline on Lightning Bolt surfboards. Also in the Summer of 1972, Jack's friend Nino Baltar went to Maui and started the Lightning Bolt Maui store, as Maui's first surf shop, in Kahului. In 1974 Gerry Lopez moved over from Oahu and took over Lightning Bolt Maui, which moved to Paia last year. "We carry a wide range of equipment, supplies, and clothing for all your surfing needs. Join here for a different surf flick every week at Movie Night on Fridays!" Rental Equipment includes surfboards and stand-Up Paddle Boards.

Hi-Tech

Hi-Tech started on Baldwin Avenue in 1982 right across the street from it's current location. It started as a board outlet for the Hi-Tech Sailboard factory in Haiku's Pauwela Cannery. The windsurfing business eventually moved to Hi-Tech's main store in Kahului, and left a Hi-Tech store in Paia with a lot of local character. Twenty years of Hi-Tech shop ads cover the walls.Hot retail items include its' own T-shirts as well as clothing from companies like Billabong, Quiksilver, Volcom, Hurley, and O'Neill. Hi-Tech also has the largest selection of used surfboards in Paia. plus rental surfboard and bodyboards.

Sailboards Maui

Sailboards Maui is the historical name of the first windsurfing shop in Maui and the initiator of the windsurfing custom boards and the wave sailing lifestyle. Created in the late 70s by partners Mike Waltze, Fred Haywood and Bill King, Sailboards Maui's business plan was to bring windsurfing to Maui. Together, they sponsored the first ever wave contest in windsurfing history called the Maui Grand Prix. After Sailboards Maui's success, the word was out, and Maui became a windsurfing mecca and custom boards became a must for wave riding and jumping. After 11 years of shaping surf boards in Santa Cruz, California, Dave Mel joined Sailboards Maui in the middle 80s. A few years later, Dave was to become the heart and soul of Sailboards Maui. In 1990, Dave became the sole proprietor, thus assuring Sailboards Maui's continuing role as a leader in the custom sailboard market. Rental equipment includes surfboards and bodyboards.

Even if you don't surf, you can still check out awesome finds! Sailbags Maui grew from the awareness that many of the colorful kite sails dotting Maui's famous North Shore ultimately end up in our islands' finite landfills. Maui designer Kristine Hoffman collects discarded kite sails, and together with a highly skilled team of Haiku sewers, they create light, bright and playful one-of-a-kind bags that are ocean-kissed and reminiscent of sunny and windswept days at the beach. Check out these colorful, eco-chic bags at
Biasa Rose Boutique on Hana Highway, or give them a call at (808) 579-8602, or check out Sailbags Maui

Maui’s Newest Luxury Beach Resort, Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Opened

It has been nearly 15 years since the last new resort opened on Maui, but there is a new kid on the block. The block happens to be the posh strip of North Beach Kaanapali on Maui. The new kid is leading mountain resort developer Intrawest’s first Hawaiian beachfront resort – Honua Kai Resort & Spa.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa offers vacationers an entirely new resort experience. Developed by Maui Beach Resort Limited Partnership, a joint venture of Intrawest and Ledcor, and managed by Intrawest Hospitality Management, Honua Kai Resort & Spa offers a uniquely contemporary Hawaiian experience.

Situated on 38 oceanfront acres of pristine North Beach Kaanapali, one of the island’s best snorkeling and dive beaches, Honua Kai Resort & Spa is a master plan of resort accommodations positioned in two U-shaped buildings with ocean and mountain views, lush landscaping and expansive open spaces. The openness is mirrored in each of the 628 one-, two- and three-bedroom guest suites that are fully-equipped, spacious and homelike with luxury resort services. An imaginative aqua network of pools, hot tubs, natural pond bridges, waterslide, waterfalls and fountains allows for privacy and play.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa opened its first phase in January 2009 - Hokulani building (318 guest suites, lobby café, adult pool, fitness center). In Spring 2010 – Konea building opens (310 guest suites, lobby café, beachside restaurant, two pools, spa)

For reservations and information, please contact a travel professional, or call the Resort directly at 1-888-718-5789 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hawaii Time, or visit www.honuakaimaui.com.

About Intrawest
Intrawest is a world leader in experiential destination resorts. The company has interests in ten resorts in North America's most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Intrawest network also includes Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest—a private resort club with locations throughout North America. In addition, Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com.

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa Upgraded

The award-winning Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui has completed more than $50 million in upgrades and renovations. The guest rooms now provide a unique and luxurious residential experience and includes new carpeting, freshly-painted walls, beautiful dark wood furnishings, and 37” flat-screen televisions. The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool has also been restored and features seven separate pools; a baby beach, seven waterslides, the world’s first water elevator, caves, waterfalls and Jacuzzis. Guests can dine at one of the Grand Wailea’s six restaurants, which have all been upgraded, including a complete renovation of the famous Botero Bar.

For more information, visit www.grandwailea.com.

The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas Opens Heavenly Spa

Heavenly Spa has opened on Maui at The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Treatments include liliko‘i fruit for the skin, and a Hawaiian pohaku warm stone massage, with balm from a tamanu tree, a great healing remedy. Featured treatments include the Pearl Paradise, an antioxidant exfoliation using the combination of a pearl body scrub and walnut body balm to moisturize the skin, the Rollersage, combining a massage, heat and energy using a stone sphere massage tool. Heavenly Spa is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit WestinKaanapali.com.

The Kapalua Resort--

is the only resort on Maui to offer guests breathtaking mountain to sea activities. Kapalua Adventures, a new addition to the resort property, provides visitors a variety of unique activities, including, ziplines, the new “Giant Swing,” the climbing tower that rides between two 60-foot tall telephone poles, a challenge course, hiking, biking, kayaking, and snorkeling. For more information, visit Kapalua.com.

“Tour da Food Maui” – Food Where the Locals Find It!

Intimate excursions to Maui’s hidden culinary treasures – restaurants, snack shacks,markets, manufacturers. “Talk story” with locals and experience “broke da mouth”specialties you won’t find in fine dining restaurants. Morning-long tours are customized for two to four guests and include transportation from a central meeting place, goodie bag, one meal – breakfast or lunch – snacks, and a list of off-the-radar eating places.

Enchanting Floral Gardens

Located in Kula, Enchanting Floral Gardens consists of eight acres of enchanting gardens at an elevation of 1500 feet on the slopes of Haleakala, and covers over 2000 species of tropical, semi-tropical plants and flowers from around the world. Strolling up the path led to nooks and crannies filled with a multitude of gorgeous flowers. The gardens has banks of flowers that cover every square inch of land, including the exotic proteas, orchids, hibiscus, jade vines and a variety of fruit trees.

Location: 2505 Kula Highway, Jula, Maui, Hawaii 96790-8742; 808-878-2531. It is open daily from 9 am-5 pm. Admission is charged.

Kula Botanical Garden

Established in 1968, the Kula Botanical Garden is Maui's first scenic, educational and native Hawaiian plant reserve. It is located on a unique six acre site featuring proteas, orchids, bromeliads and native plants, as well as a large collection of familiar and unusual specimens from around the world. These beautiful flowers and plants have been collected for everyone's enjoyment and thrive at the 3,300 foot elevation on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui's dormont volcano.

The Kula Botanical Garden is located within a protected 23 acre natural setting that provides unusual rock formations, waterfalls, ponds, and panoramic views of the valley and the West Maui Mountains. Along the landscaped paths, designed for easy strolling, you'll also find an aviary, koi pond, covered bridge, Jackson Chameleons and quiet rest areas. Plants are labeled with botanical name, common name and country of origin. The garden is also an ideal setting for weddings.

The gift shop offers beverages, snacks and a variety of made-in-Hawaii products, plants, books and much more.

Location: Kula Botanical Garden is located at 638 Kekaulike Avenue, Kula, Maui, HI 96790; 808-878-1715. It is open from 9 am to 4 pm daily.

Admission fee.

IAO VALLEY

Whale Quest Kapalua Explores the Amazing World of Humpback Whales

Every winter, vacationing travelers aren’t the only ones escaping to Hawai‘i in search of a warmer climate—the Humpback whale, Maui’s most famous returning visitor, does too. From December to May, the Humpback whale makes a 3,000- mile journey from the Gulf of Alaska to the balmy waters of the mid-Pacific Ocean.

Kapalua Resort

Kapalua Resort is a 23,000-acre, master-planned community set amidst a working pineapple plantation on Maui’s northwest coast. The resort is renowned for its world-class golf courses - The Bay and The Plantation Courses; 10 residential communities; premier accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; The Kapalua Villas, a villa rental program; Kapalua Luxury Homes, a luxury home rental program; a tennis complex; three white sand beaches, including two of America’s Best Beaches, and a myriad of restaurants and shops. Kapalua Resort hosts a signature event series each year, the PGA TOUR’s season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship in January, Whale Quest Kapalua in February, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s Celebration of the Arts festival in March, Kapalua Wine & Food Festival in June and the Kapalua LPGA Classic.

Kapalua Resort Unveils Kapalua Adventures Experience Blends Outdoor Excitement with Education

Maui’s renowned Kapalua Resort – one of Hawaii’s most prestigious luxury resorts – will soon launch Kapalua Adventures, a unique amenity that will offer island visitors a rare, outdoor experience that will be exciting as well as educational. The Kapalua Adventure Center and Mountain Outpost are now open.

Kapalua Adventures’ new Mountain Outpost will feature one of the largest and longest zipline systems in North America, offering eight dual-track ziplines, two suspension bridges, a comprehensive high ropes challenge course, and a four-station climbing tower. In combined length, it offers nearly two miles of scenic adventure with the longest zipline at 2,200 feet in length.

More than just an adventure, the Mountain Outpost experience offers guests an opportunity to learn about the geological, natural and cultural history of the area from qualified, knowledgeable guides who have been fully trained in guest service, an in-depth understanding of the history, culture, flora and fauna of the area as well as safety and first-aid.

The Kapalua Adventures Mountain Outpost’s zipline system enables guests to quietly zip above the tree canopy, deep ravines and other natural features. It also offers two suspension bridges, a comprehensive high ropes challenge course and climbing tower. The Mountain Outpost provides a safe, comfortable, enjoyable experience for virtually all ages and fitness levels to suit everyone’s interest, schedule and level of daring. Much of the experience is also handicapped-accessible.

The Mountain Outpost experience has been carefully designed to minimize impact to the natural environment. Guests are transported from the Kapalua Adventure Center to the Mountain Outpost in biodiesel-fueled Mercedez-Benz Unimogs via existing pineapple field access roads. A “zipper lifter” will transport guests up the mountainside to access the zipline system. Ziplines allow guests to view plant and bird life with minimal disruption to the ecosystem. Guides keep guests on paths to minimize erosion, while avoiding sensitive areas.

The Kapalua Adventure Center, located below the Kapalua Golf Academy in the clubhouse across from Kapalua Logo Shop, is a destination unto itself. The outfitters shop features premium quality clothing and gear. Other highlights include a café with fresh, light healthy fare, specialty coffee bar and an impressive selection of beer and wine, a high-energy multi-media entertainment and information center, and trained adventure concierges ready to assist guests in creating their own outdoor experience of a lifetime.

Environmentally conscious guests can rest assured that their fun will also do good. Kapalua Resort has pledged 10 percent of the profits generated by the Adventure Center to the Pu‘u Kukui Watershed Preserve, which is home to home to several of the world’s rarest plants and insects that live in pristine tropical bogs and delicate ecosystems. This conservation-zoned land provides all irrigation and potable water for Kapalua Resort, Honolua Plantation and Kapalua Farms, and drinking water for much of the West Maui community.

“We hope that our support of the Pu‘u Kukui Watershed Preserve will help the management team achieve their goals in preservation of our treasured pristine lands, so future generations can enjoy them,” Quinn added.

Prices for Kapalua Adventures Mountain Outpost activities and tours range from $60 to $159, depending on length and type of activities selected. Custom packages can also be created at a variety of price levels. To book an adventure through Kapalua Adventures, call (808)665-4FUN (4386) direct, (877)665-4386 toll-free, or email info@kapaluaadventures.com.

For more information, visit www.kapalua.com or call 1-800-KAPALUA.

Hawaii Nature Center

The Hawaii Nature Center in Iao Valley houses an Interactive Nature Museum and conducts a guided Rainforest Walk that is an information-filled adventure into this historic location. HawaiiNatureCenter.org

PAIA

Paia -- A Mecca for Watersports Enthusiasts!

Paia has been shaped by many influences, from its roots as a sugar plantation town starting in the 1880's, to the influx of hippies in the 1960's, and being put on the international map as the 'windsurfing capital of the world' in the 1980's when Ho'okipa Beach became the sport's top spot. Paia was hopping, especially during the once regular competitions, such as the Aloha Classic, when windsurfers and fans alike would head to the popular bar of the time (Wunderbar, anyone?) for a chance to stand near the best windsurfers in the world. Windsurfing has diminished a bit in recent years, but Paia is no less crowded with watersports men and women. In the past 5 years, surfers and kitesurfers alike have also laid claim to the waves at Ho'okipa, and now stand-up paddlers can also be seen at this popular beach.  

Paia's Famous Surf Shops!

Paia is now home to no less than 5 surf shops, each with its own specialties and vibe.
Hana Hwy Surf opened in Paia ten years ago, when owners Jud & Kelly Lau started the business because of their love of surfing. "We strive to be the greenest and the most "core" surf shop. Hana Hwy Surf is one of the only businesses in Paia owned by someone born on Maui. We are also the only surf shop you can walk in to and talk to a real surfboard shaper." Hana Hwy Surf carries Volcom, Hurley, Reef, Da Kine, Kaenon, Pualani, Manini Gangini Bikinis, Pashey Designz, Lau Lau Surfboards, tons of t-shirts and much more. The store also carries rental equipment including surfboards, bodyboards, and snorkel gear.

Paia Inn Hotel --

donates 1% of all sales to one of three local charities, with guests choosing their beneficiary? Our guests can pick from the Paia Youth and Cultural Center, Hawaii Wildlife Fund (based here in Paia), or Maui's Camp Imua. Besides supporting local non-profits, Paia Inn Hotel (now listed on bestgreenhotels.com) also strives to be environmentally-friendly in all aspects of their business. Their 'green list' is about a page long, but here are some of the items that caught my eye! They use Native Hawaiian and edible plants in their landscaping, and provide their guests with bath products from Love Inside Out, which are vegan, made on Maui, use pure organics, and have recyclable packaging! The hotel also participated in last month's Earth Hour (top photo) by turned off all electricity- their guests loved it! They also had a booth at the More Fish in the Sea event (bottom photo). Employees Tina and Jonelle encouraged the public to Stay Green and educated the youth on ways to save our planet.

Haleakula National Park

No rumbling can be felt on the island of Maui, but it was a short two centuries
ago that the volcano that formed East Maui erupted. At 10,000 feet, Haleakalä National Park, the House of the Sun, is the entire top of a dormant volcano. That’s dormant, not extinct, meaning it could become active again. The crater at the top, 3,000 feet deep, 21-miles around, could easily hold Manhattan. Thousand-foot high cinder cones rise from the bottom of the crater. Some life forms here are among the rarest on earth,
including the strange silversword plant that grows for 20 years, shoots up a 9-foot high
bloom and dies. Here the nene (Hawaiian goose) runs wild, rescued from near
extinction.

The most spectacular moment in a day on Haleakalä is watching the light of the
rising sun spill into the crater. Standing at the observatory railing, it is easy to imagine the demi-god, Maui, throwing a giant rope around the sun to slow it and make Maui days last longer. Across the summit, visitors can watch as the shadow of a 10,023-foot mountain recedes, bringing dawn to the West Maui mountains. The experience is equally as impressive at dusk as the sun goes down.

There are 36 miles of hiking trails in the crater. One- to three- day hikes are
advised for strong hikers only. The high altitude requires moving slow. The “sliding
sands” trail, much like the surface of the moon, was used for training by U.S.
astronauts. Areas of the park are dry forest zones with 10 inches of rain per year. The other side of the mountain is lush rainforest with 400 or more inches of rain. The park stretches down the mountainside to the ocean.

MOLOKA'I

Moloka'I Memorial at Kalaupapa National Historical Park

The Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Moloka‘i contains the
site of the Hansen’s Disease settlement where Father Damien de Veuster dedicated his life, ministering to the sufferers of leprosy. More than 8,000 persons in Hawai‘i were taken away from family and delivered to this remote point of land, separated from the world by thousands of feet of steep cliffs. Damien’s grave and his church, St. Philomena, are the most visited sites. A cure for the disease was found in 1946, but the residents of the colony still live in the tiny community at the base of the world’s tallest sea cliffs.

The settlement was once home to Hawaiian royalty. Deep valleys allowed
abundant game hunting. Fish were plentiful. The park now easily claims the most
unusual mode of arrival and departure travel, a mule ride down the 2,000- to 3,000-foot steep switchback trail. For the non-riders, tour planes can land at the tiny airport. No roads connect this hauntingly beautiful location to the rest of the island of Moloka‘i.

OAHU

Where to Stay

Esquared Hospitality Announes Exciting New Events and Promotions at BLT Market and BLT Steak Waikiki

ESquared Hospitality, the parent company of BLT Market and BLT Steak Waikiki, promises to end the year with a bang with the following new events and promotions:

New BLT Market Monthly Dinner Series
BLT Market takes its partnerships with local farms and purveyors to a new level with its monthly dinner series Limited to just 10 guests per dinner, each intimate event will be held in the restaurant’s private dining room and will include a 1⁄2 hour cocktail reception followed by a 6-course dinner, using products or produce from the featured farm, as well as an engaging talk story with a representative of that purveyor. Price is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity, with an optional alcoholic beverage pairing for an additional $35 per person. Listed below are the participating farmers:

“Molokai Ranch,” : Known for producing premium cuts of beef, oxtail, rib eye, short ribs, beef cheeks and tenderloins. Beverage pairing will include an assortment of beer and wines.

“Kualoa Ranch,” : Known for its signature Kualoa Oysters, shrimp and breadfruit. Beverage pairing will include cocktails using fruits from Kualoa Ranch.

“A Walk Through Mari’s Garden,” : Known for its use of aquaponics to grow ingredients such as Bibb lettuce, baby romaine, baby Roma tomato, purple spinach, baby carrots and baby beets. Beverage pairing options includes cocktails using produce from Mari's Garden and wine pairings.

For reservations, email: jordyn@bltmarket.com
For more information about BLT Market and BLT Steak, please visit bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/waikiki

About BLT Market

BLT Market is a concept that highlights the best of Hawaii’s regional and seasonal offerings. Featuring an all-day menu, brunch on the weekends and unique offerings including an overnight menu and specialty tea service, BLT Market will offer a dining experience ripe for any season.

The menu will rotate daily to feature the season’s best bounty with a focus on fresh ingredients available from local purveyors and Hawaii farmers, while highlighting first-of-the-season produce and select proteins. 

The airy dining room is decorated in shades of coffee and cream, accented by natural wood and pops of green throughout the space, as well shelves adorned with plants, contemporary light fixtures and chairs paired with textured velvet banquettes. For more information about BLT Market, please visitewww.bltmarket.com.

ABOUT BLT STEAK WAIKIKI

Located in The Trump International Hotel Waikiki, BLT Steak brings the brand’s signature style to the beautiful island of Waikiki. The restaurant combines the classic American steakhouse, with Island accents, creating a truly modern experience that is both comforting and refined. BLT Steak Waikiki is best known for its signature warm Popovers which start every meal, as well as a variety of high-quality specialty steaks, fresh seafood, generous sides and indulgent desserts in addition to a happy hour menu for both island residents and hotel guests alike to enjoy. The menu boasts staples including fresh Tuna Tartare, a 28-Day Dry-Aged NY Strip, Sautéed Dover Sole, Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse. Weekly blackboard specials also highlight seasonal flavors and ingredients. An award-winning wine list features a broad selection of both Old World and New World varieties, as well as bottled beers and handcrafted house cocktails, serving as tempting complements for each meal. BLT Steak Waikiki is open daily; private event space is also available. For more information and hours of operation, please call visit bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/waikiki, follow @BLTrestaurants on Instagram, on Facebook at facebook.com/BLTSteakRestaurants, and on Twitter @BLTSteakWaikiki.

Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with 65 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection®, Embassy Suites®, Best Western®, Courtyard® by Marriott, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 46 properties with more than 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Bali; Phuket, Thailand; Vietnam; and Hainan Island, China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Has Opened Its Doors

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach will be the first property of the Hyatt Place brand to be introduced to the Hawaii market, combining stylish design and practical amenities with forward-thinking technology and purposeful service. Also, this destination location will be the largest Hyatt Place hotel in the country, featuring a total of 426 rooms, 191 in the Pali Tower and 235 in the Diamond Tower.

Located just steps from the southwest end of the Waikiki Beach, the hotel offers guests access to the best views and the clearest and warmest water. Its close proximity to the area’s most exclusive shopping district, world-class restaurants, natural attractions such as the famed Diamond Head volcanic crater, and a variety of other important sights and museums in Waikiki, makes it the perfect hotel for leisure tourists and business travelers. Families will appreciate that the hotel is conveniently located near popular visitor attractions, such as Kapiolani Park, the Honolulu Zoo, and the Waikiki Aquarium.

Turtle Bay Resort

Gets Stoked -- Iconic surf resort on Oahu’s North Shore is the first in Hawaii to be awarded STOKE Certified’s ‘Sustainable’ designation

Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s fabled North Shore recently joined an elite group of surf resorts that have taken on the challenge of sustainability with STOKE Certified—the world’s first sustainability certification program to focus exclusively on surf and snow resorts.

STOKE Certified undertook an intensive onsite evaluation of Turtle Bay Resort against 142 criteria and 326 sustainability indicators resulting in a compliance score of 83%. This easily surpassed the minimum requirements for certification enabling Turtle Bay Resort to become the second surf resort in the world, and the first in Hawaii, to be awarded STOKE’s designation of ‘Sustainable’ certification.

Turtle Bay Resort guests can rest and surf easy knowing that their vacation is supporting community development projects, environmental conservation, cultural heritage preservation, and the enhancement of marine ecosystems as well as surf resources, and that they are getting the best surf guiding and safety services available anywhere.

Scott McCormack, Vice President of Real Estate for Turtle Bay Resort, stated, “It’s an honor to be awarded this prestigious designation, resulting from our continued commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship. Over the past year we’ve collaborated with STOKE to further our master plan for the benefit of all guests who seek a resort experience that is in keeping with the spirit of the North Shore.”

Co-founder of STOKE Certified Carl Kish said “Last year STOKE Certified worked with Turtle Bay Resort to develop a ‘roadmap to sustainability’. This year we are delighted to have been able to document and verify a vast array of sustainability initiatives. From working with local schools, the elderly, sporting groups, and Hawaiian cultural festivals, to supporting local agricultural programs, establishing permanent conservation easements, designing sustainable renovations like the installation of green roofing, and renewable energy initiatives including a massive rooftop solar array”.

Director of the Center for Surf Research and STOKE Certified Co-founder Dr. Jess Ponting added “Through these and many other small practices that have a big cumulative impact, Turtle Bay Resort has become a legitimate sustainability leader.”

Turtle Bay Resort is the only destination resort on Oahu’s fabled North Shore – Mecca of the surfing world. Situated on 852 acres, it offers outdoor enthusiasts four and a half miles of shoreline and 12 miles of hiking trails to enjoy and explore. This is in addition to 36 holes of championship golf and a wide array of ocean and land activities.

For a detailed list of Turtle Bay Resort’s best practices with photographs, visit their STOKE Certified profile at stokecertified.com/members/turtle-bay-resort.

Turtle Bay Resort Preserves Open Space

Land conservation history was made today as Turtle Bay Resort and a collaboration of public entities, led by the State of Hawaii, completed an agreement to preserve in perpetuity nearly 630 acres of open space along Oahu’s North Shore coastline. This massive property covering a four-mile stretch from Kahuku Point to Kawela Bay will now remain undeveloped forever.

Conde Nast Traveler Names Turtle Bay Resort Named A “Top Hawaii Golf Resort”

Turtle Bay Resort, the only luxury resort on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, has been named to the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler “Top 15 Hawaii Golf Resorts” list for 2012. Turtle Bay is a Personal Luxury Resort of Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading US-based hospitality management company, which operates the landmark property. Turtle Bay Resort was selected for the Top Hawaii Golf Resorts list based on the results of Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Survey, with more than eight million votes cast by the savvy travelers that make up the magazine’s readers.

Last October 2012, five additional Benchmark Hospitality International hotels and resorts were named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Best in the World list, including:

Top 200 US Hotels List:

Bardessono, Yountville, Napa Valley, California*
Hotel 1000, Seattle, Washington*
Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Texas

Top 150 Mainland US Resorts List:

Costa d'Este Beach Resort, Vero Beach, Florida*
Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington*

To access the complete Condé Nast Traveler Top Golf Resorts in the World listing, including The Top 15 Hawaii Golf Resorts, visit www.cntraveler.com/golf-resorts/polls/2012/best-golf-resorts-hotels-2012

About Turtle Bay Resort

There’s one North Shore on Oahu. And there’s one resort on it. Ideal for watermen, wave watchers or waders, Turtle Bay Resort is at the epicenter of set after set of activities, events and adventures. Complete with the finest accommodations and amenities suited for the entire family, Turtle Bay Resort is where the “7-Mile Miracle” begins and the lineup is endless. To stay up to date on the Turtle Bay surfing experience, check out TurtleBaySurf.com.

The 840-acre Turtle Bay Resort is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International and is a Preferred Hotels® & Resorts Worldwide property - a collection of the world's finest independent luxury hotels. For reservations or more information, visit www.turtlebayresort.com or call (808) 293-6000.

What about BOB? Check Out the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

With so much to explore on Oahu, it isn’t always easy to find time for an elaborate sit-down breakfast. With that in mind, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel would like you to meet “BOB,” or in other words, their signature “Breakfast on the Beach.” Widely regarded as one of Waikiki’s best amenities, BOB offers guests a variety of to-go breakfast items to take along in keepsake souvenir coolers. With hotel rates starting at only $129 per night with Aston’s Vacation Bailout promotion, BOB is easily one of the best deals in Waikiki.

Served on the pool deck each morning from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is the only property in Waikiki to offer this unique amenity. Guests have the freedom to enjoy breakfast poolside while listening to live music, from their own private balcony with spectacular Diamond Head or ocean views, on Waikiki Beach, or on the road while exploring the island’s exciting destinations.

BOB offers a wide selection of hot and cold breakfast items including mango, haupia (coconut) and papaya-flavored yogurts, fruit cups, cereals, freshly baked pastries and muffins, quiches, breakfast wraps and sandwiches, and an Asian food station complete with miso soup, tsukemono (pickled vegetables) and oriental salad.

Located across the street from world-famous Waikiki Beach, and within walking distance of the Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Zoo, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is a contemporary, full-service hotel featuring an urban-Hawaiian beach theme décor and a warm and friendly staff. Guests can experience Hawaii regional cuisine and live entertainment nightly at on-site Tiki’s Grill & Bar.

Each guest also receives Aston’s free Aloha Book, which contains offers worth up to $2,000 in savings on dining, shopping and activities (one book per room reservation). The book, which doubled in value from 2008, also serves as a guide to some of the best culture, history, cuisine and attractions on the island.

Aston’s year-round “Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE” program means children 17 years and younger stay free when using existing bedding and children 12 years and younger receive free admission at top island attractions and free meals at popular family-friendly restaurants when accompanied by a paying adult. Unlike other hotel promotions that encourage kids to play and eat free within the resort, this program allows families to experience a variety of the destination’s activities and dining options.

About Aston Hotels & Resorts
Aston Hotels & Resorts, formerly ResortQuest Hawaii, operates a diverse range of condominium resorts and hotels with accommodations from hotel rooms and condominium suites, to villas and cottages that suit any lifestyle, taste or budget. Based in Honolulu, the company manages more than 4,300 rooms in 25 properties on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. For more information, visit www.AstonHotels.com or call toll free 866-774-2924.

Where to Eat/Drink

Halekulani Announces the Debut of L’Aperitif --Iconic hotel introduces one-of-a-kind epicurean concept

Halekulani, celebrated for its personalized service, masterful cuisine and innovation, announces the launch of a unique new bar concept, L’Aperitif. Inspired by the extraordinary French cocktail culture of the late 19th Century, L’Aperitif is located in La Mer, Halekulani’s finest and Hawaii’s longest consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond Restaurant. The creation of this new aperitif experience is part of a comprehensive Renewal at Halekulani, incorporating the founding values that have made Halekulani an iconic global destination.

“This new historically-based bar concept is a nod to the Belle Époque – a period of French history when peace and prosperity allowed the arts and sophisticated Parisian social culture to reach unprecedented heights from the latter nineteenth century until the start of World War I. Reflecting the French neo-classical cuisine philosophy which is the enduring hallmark of La Mer, the aperitif was the very symbol of Belle Époque lifestyle that encouraged the period’s remarkable joie de vivre, where individuals relaxed and celebrated life through fine spirits and social interaction,” said Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation. “L’Aperitif pays tribute to this classical French tradition and cultural pastime while also celebrating Halekulani’s precious legacy.”

L’Aperitif may be enjoyed as a prelude to fine dining at La Mer or other Halekulani restaurants, or simply as its own destination experience. Conceived by Halekulani and executed in close collaboration with the legendary Ritz Paris and Head Barman Colin Field of its iconic Hemingway Bar, the elegant yet relaxed L’Aperitif spirits and amuse bouche offerings whet the appetite without overwhelming the senses.  Field, long recognized as “Best Barman in the World” by Forbes and other luxury media institutions, consulted in the bar’s overall redevelopment including staff training and creation of unique aperitif and menu pairings in tandem with Halekulani’s renowned chefs.

Halekulani Executive Chef Vikram Garg and La Mer Chef de Cuisine Alexandre Tranche have created unique food pairings to complement L’Aperitif’s cocktail offerings. Signature cocktails include The Serendipity and Hemingway Old Fashioned.  Small samplings such as Oyster with Lychee Ginger Sorbet, Sumak Shrimp with Sweet Chili Aioli, Big Island Goat Cheese with Cinnamon Tuile and Pickled Beetroot are featured on the menu’s Cocktail Accompagnements.

“L’Aperitif fuses Halekulani’s indigenous Hawaiian hospitality and unmatched levels of personalized service and quality with The Ritz Paris’ timeless elegance and incomparable sophistication, creating a consummate epicurean experience that is not duplicated anywhere else in the world,” said Shaindlin.

L’Aperitif is open from 6pm to 10pm daily, reservations not required. Gentlemen are asked to wear long-sleeved collared shirts, jackets encouraged. As an elegant fine dining restaurant, La Mer restricts patrons to adults and children 8 years or older.

About Halekulani
Since its inception in 1984, Halekulani has received more than five hundred accolades, awards and honoraria, and is consistently ranked among the world’s finest hotels. SpaHalekulani, amongst many others, earned the coveted Forbes Four-Star rating, the highest bestowed upon any spa by the Forbes Travel Guide, and was ranked the #2 Best Resort Spa in North America by Conde Nast Traveler. Halekulani’s fine dining restaurant, La Mer, is Hawaii’s longest ranked AAA-Five Diamond restaurant. Halekulani is managed by the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, a brand management division of the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, which also manages Waikiki Parc Hotel. Halekulani is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is aligned with Tokyo’s legendary Imperial Hotel. For reservations and information, please contact a travel planner, call Halekulani at (800) 367-2343 / (808) 923-2311 or visit www.halekulani.com / www.halekulani.com/the_art_of_renewal/.

Jimmy Buffett's Latest Dining & Entertainment Destination at the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber

Jimmy Buffett opened his latest dining and entertainment destination at the newly renovated OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber on Oahu. Guests can sip margaritas, mai tais or signature boat drinks on the open-air lanai, the Hot Spot Bar, a dramatic homage to the molten lava formation of the Hawaiian Islands; or sit back in one of the Ocean Wave booths inspired by the towering waves found on Oahu’s North Shore. As guests relax and dine, they will be treated to live music featuring up-and-coming talents or Mr. Buffett himself.

For more information, visit OhanaHotelWaikikiBeachcomber.com.

Hoakalei County Club Has Hawaii's First New Ernie Els-designed Signature 18-hole Golf Course

Hawaii’s first Ernie Els-designed signature 18-hole golf course has opened for play at Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach, Oahu. This private course offers breathtaking views of Oahu’s southwestern coastline and a thoughtful design for both leisure and competitive golfers.

For more information, visit www.hoakaleicountryclub.com

The Shack Opens in Waikiki

Waikiki just got Shacked! After two decades of being tucked away in the outskirts of Oahu's residential shopping centers, The Shack is ready for the big time with the opening of its new location in the Waikiki Trade Center. Always a favorite of the locals, and voted one of Hawaii's Best Sports Bars, The Shack is known throughout Hawaii for its well-priced food and drink menu, energetic staff, and fun atmosphere.

"We are thrilled to bring a local favorite like The Shack to Waikiki. The Shack, is a place where our staff knows your name and what you drink, and we will continue to offer the same kind of local style service which has made us successful for the past 21 years," said Brendan Burchfiel, owner of The Shack Waikiki. "The laid-back, friendly atmosphere has always appealed to our residents and I encourage all who visit Waikiki to stop in and
experience Hawaii in the same way the locals do."

The Shack Waikiki is by far the largest of all locations, boasting a 9,000 square foot space complete with a dance floor, billiards, and various arcade and video game machines. Décor in the restaurant consists of ohia wood railings, lauhala and bamboo thatching, tiki torches, and indoor waterfalls, all of which create a fun Hawaiian style atmosphere.

The Shack Waikiki will feature a variety of sporting events aired daily on one of the many LCD flat screens located throughout the restaurant. On Friday and Saturday nights, The Shack lights up its stage and dance floor to feature the live and local sound of the island's best musical talent.

Chef Michael Leslie, former executive chef at Roy's Restaurant, will oversee The Shack's culinary operations. In addition to the regular menu items, Chef Leslie will offer a chef's special menu to insure that patrons experience real local food at its best.

The Shack Waikiki offers a wide variety of appetizers, salads, local plate lunches, sandwiches and burgers. Two signature items offered on the menu include the famous "Shack Burger" for $7.20 served with a Louisiana hot link, or local style with a Portuguese sausage, and the Thunder Humper, an open-faced chili burger topped with cheese and onions, $7.25. The menu also features the freshest local fish - caught daily by The Shack's own fishing charter boat, The Shack Attack.

The first Shack opened in Playa Del Ray, California in 1972 and the second in Kailua, Hawaii in 1987. Subsequent locations on the island of Oahu included Hawaii Kai, and Mililani. Success of The Shack in Hawaii has far surpassed its mainland locations due to the execution of a winning marketing strategy, loyal customer base, and continuous effort to actively participate in the community. The Shack Waikiki is open from 11a.m.- 2 a.m. daily. Validated parking is available at the Waikiki Trade Center.

For more information about The Shack Waikiki visit web site www.shackwaikiki.com.

What to See & Do

Ko Olina Resort Announces 4TH Annual Children's Festival
Saturday, September 23, 2017 -- Festival Proceeds to Benefit Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children

Ko Olina Resort invites guests, family and friends to celebrate the 4th Annual Ko Olina Children’s Film & Music Festival on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The event will feature interactive video and music activities, live stage performances, family-friendly movies from Disney/Pixar and a sunset finale feature film on the beach.

The Ko Olina Children’s Festival is a benefit for Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children (KMCWC). KMCWC, an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, is the state of Hawai‘i’s largest health care provider and leader in the care of women, infants and children. Following the Festival’s yearly tradition, one hundred percent of ticket proceeds will go to KMCWC. Over the past three years, the festival has contributed a total of $155,000 to the center.

Ko Olina Children's Festival attendees can enjoy special room rates at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. For more information on event tickets and accommodations, visit www.koolinachildrensfestival.com.

Festival goers or guests staying at Ko Olina can also enjoy on-property activities and amenities including snorkel tours and dolphin adventures departing from Ko Olina Marina daily, golf lessons with PGA professionals at Ko Olina Golf Club’s award-winning Ted Robinson designed course, a selection of restaurants and sylish retail shops and more.
About Ko Olina Resort
Ko Olina is a 642-acre master-planned resort community on the western shore of the island of O‘ahu. Resort partners include Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Beach Villas at Ko Olina, Ko Olina Golf Club, Ko Olina Marina, oceanfront wedding chapels, and the Ko Olina Station and Ko Olina Center retail hub. The resort, known as O‘ahu's premier vacation destination, also features four pristine oceanfront lagoons connected by 1.5 miles of shoreline pathways, access to a diverse selection of ocean and outdoor activities and the island’s best weather.

Japanese Supermarket Mitsuwa Marketplace to Open First Hawai‘i Location at International Market Place

About International Market Place

Located in the heart of Waik'ki, International Market Place is a world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination featuring a curated mix of upscale and lifestyle brands, and the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Hawai‘i. The shopping center is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Operating hours for restaurants will vary. For ease of access, the center provides 700 parking spaces and convenient valet parking. For more information, visit shopinternationalmarketplace.com and in Japanese ja.shopinternationalmarketplace.com.

About Mitsuwa Marketplace

Mitsuwa Marketplace is the largest Japanese supermarket chain in the United States and carries a wide variety of quality Japanese groceries, general items, electric appliances, cosmetics and other products in its stores. They were established in March 1998 and currently have eleven stores across the United States: seven in California, one in New Jersey, one in Chicago, one in Texas, and one in Hawai‘i. Mitsuwa Marketplace, the largest Japanese supermarket chain in the country, opened the Hawai‘i market with its first store opening at International Market Place on May 15., 2017. The new 9,980-square-foot establishment is located on Level 2 near Saks Fifth Avenue and offers a variety of Japanese groceries, general items, electric appliances, cosmetics and more.
This opening marks the supermarket chain’s eleventh store location in the United States.

“Mitsuwa Marketplace is an exciting and unique addition to our dining and retail lineup,” said Michael Fenley, general manager of International Market Place. “Guests have an opportunity to experience an authentic taste of Japan in a quick, convenient shopping option.”
In-store features include:
Sushi and bento selection, made with a special sushi vinegar (non-MSG) and premium
rice from Japan
Food court featuring restaurants specializing in popular Japanese favorites
Snacks and drinks, along with a small section of ready-made microwavable meals and
small dishes for customers to enjoy

For more details contact bgrosz@taubman.com erin.kinoshita@anthologygroup.com

Atlantis Cruises to Launch Daily Whale Watch Cruises

- The first whale watching cruise on the Majestic, Atlantis’ newest state-of-the-art cruise vessel,to be offered December through April 2017 -

Who: Atlantis Cruises
What: Daily Whale Watch Lunch Cruises
When: Daily from December 16 through April 2, 2017
Lunch Cruise – 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Guests are required to check in 30 minutes prior to scheduled tour time.
Where: Atlantis Cruises departs from Pier 6, Aloha Tower Marketplace

  Parking is available at Aloha Tower for a nominal fee, complimentary round-trip ground transportation from select locations in Waikiki is also offered.

Description:   Whale watching season in Hawaii is just around the corner and Atlantis Cruises is ready for another exciting season by offering daily whale watch cruises from December 16 through April 2. 

Each winter, humpback whales migrate from the chilly North Pacific by the thousands to enjoy Hawaii’s warm waters to nurse their calves and breed before making the return trip home in the springtime.

This is the first whale watching cruise offered on the 150-foot Majestic, Atlantis’ newest state-of-the-art cruise vessel. In addition to the vessel’s Seakeeper technology providing boat stability and comfort for guests, Majestic offers two expansive air-conditioned decks lined with panoramic windows and high ceilings as well as a huge open-air top deck for viewing outdoors.

Cost is $87 for adults and $50.50 for children (ages 7-12). Children age 6 and under are free. The lunch cruise features a delicious island-style buffet including pork curry, orange chicken, rice, pasta salad, and fruit. Complimentary coffee and hot tea are also included. Fountain drinks and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Vegetarian and gluten-free meal options are available upon request.

Each whale watch cruise features an on-board naturalist providing guests with insightful educational information about the whales’ behavior and biology. If the naturalist does not see a whale during the cruise, guests are given a complimentary return whale-watching cruise.

For reservations and information, visit AtlantisAdventures.com or call (808) 973-1311.

Humpback Whale Behaviors
The fifth largest of the whales, humpbacks reach 50 feet in length, weigh 40 tons, and can be seen breaching, spouting, and slapping their tails in Hawaii’s waters during winter.

Here are some sights to look out for:

Breaching: Humpback whales regularly leap from the water landing with a gigantic splash. Scientists are not quite sure why the whales to do this: perhaps to loosen parasites from its skin, perhaps for fun.

Blowing or Spouting: The humpback spout or blow is the result of the whale breathing. The lungs of a humpback whale are the size of a small car and spouting can reach heights of 20 feet and be heard up to 800 feet away.

Round Out or Peduncle Arch: When preparing for a deep dive, humpbacks will arch their bodies while on the ocean’s surface. This pronounced arching of the back earned the humpback its name.

Spyhopping: This behavior often results because of the humpback’s inquisitive nature. Positioned vertically, the humpback rises and holds its stance partially out of the water, often exposing its entire rostrum and head.

Tail Slap: The humpback raises its tail out of the water and slaps it forcefully on the ocean surface.

About Atlantis Adventures

Atlantis Adventures is Hawaii’s largest company offering ocean tour experiences. In addition to Atlantis Cruises, the company owns Atlantis Submarines, which offers daily submarine tours year-round off Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Lahaina on Maui, and Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii. Atlantis Submarines operates the world’s most technologically advanced passenger submarines, being battery-powered and emitting no pollutants.

Atlantis Adventures is committed to being sustainable with its tour operations and a responsible steward of Hawaii’s marine environment. The Hawaii Ecotourism Association recognizes the company as a Certified Sustainable Tour Operator.

For more information, visit www.AtlantisAdventures.com.

Polynesian Cultural Center's New Hukilau Marketplace Brings Back the Spirit of Old Laie

On February 20, 2015, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) officially opened the new Hukilau Marketplace. The monumental milestone brings the PCC’s history full circle to the days of the Laie Hukilau, which provided the inspiration for the opening of the North Shore attraction in 1963.

Now, in the same spirit as the early hukilau days, the Hukilau Marketplace will reestablish Laie as a gathering place for old-fashioned, family fun.

Open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with free admission and parking, the Hukilau Marketplace encompasses 119,000 square feet of the PCC’s 42-acre campus and features more than 40 retail, dining and activity providers. Many of the stores have longstanding ties to Laie, the North Shore, and Polynesia and offer distinctive items not available at any other major tourist attraction or shopping center in Hawaii.

Grace added, “It’s always been important to us that we remember the legacy on which the Polynesian Cultural Center was built. The Marketplace relives a golden era from Laie’s storied past, something I am sure both locals and visitors will appreciate.”

Featured at the Hukilau Marketplace are an impressive variety of foods, products and goods available, free Wi-Fi, and public access to spacious, clean restrooms. In the Hukilau Plaza Gazebo, live entertainment by PCC musicians or visiting groups will be scheduled on a weekly basis.

Hukilau Marketplace guests wanting to get a brief tour of the interior of the neighboring PCC can purchase a ticket at $10 per person for a relaxing 15-minute canoe ride down the winding, freshwater lagoon. Guests who later decide to purchase admission to the Center’s island villages, Alii Luau, or Ha: Breath of Life, can use the $10 fare as a credit towards their total.

Carrying the Laie Legacy
Anchoring the Hukilau Marketplace are signature stores and attractions named and designed in tribute to several significant Laie landmarks and community members. These include:

‚  Pounders Restaurant – Named after Pounders Beach, a popular Laie bodysurfing location, the full-service restaurant will offer island-inspired entrees created by Chef de Cuisine Sean Priester for lunch and dinner. Priester, who brings more than 30 years of experience to Pounders Restaurant, takes a refined yet rustic approach to the menu featuring local, fresh produce and ingredients whenever possible. Items will include familiar dishes like fried rice and saimin with a twist, and fresh pizzas baked in Pounders’ own kiawe-wood-burning brick oven, the centerpiece of the open kitchen. Diners can enjoy air-conditioned dining inside, or relax on the covered, open-air lanai. The menu will eventually be expanded and the restaurant hours extended to offer breakfast service.

 Laie General Store – Paying homage to the legacies of three beloved neighborhood businesses, Goo’s Old Plantation Store, Laie Credit & Carry, and Laie Curios, the signage, décor and memorabilia are reminiscent of Laie’s plantation era when these family-run community stores were formed. Products include Hawaii and Polynesian-inspired souvenirs and gifts, convenience items, and local favorite cracked seed snacks.

‚  Hamana Kalili Statue – A descendant of Hawaiian alii (chiefs), skilled waterman, and beloved community leader, the late Hamana Kalili of Laie (1882–1958) is considered to be the “father” of the shaka. Kalili lost the middle, index and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident while working at the Kahuku Sugar Mill. After being reassigned to security at the sugar cane railroad, he would wave his right hand with the middle three fingers missing to signal that the train was ready to roll. Local kids began copying Kalili’s distinctive wave, which ultimately became known as the shaka. Later, Kalili would shaka to visitors when playing King Kamehameha in the Laie Hukilau. The statue was created by Leroy Transfelt, a Maori native who worked at the PCC as a student at BYU-Hawaii.

 Joseph Kekuku Statue – At a young age, Laie boy Joseph Kekuku, who was born in 1874, invented the Hawaiian steel guitar. As he got older he would share his beautiful guitar sounds on the U.S. mainland, helping to popularize Hawaiian music around the world. In the early 1930s, electrification made the distinctive, gliding sounds of his Hawaiian steel guitar even more popular. Kekuku was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1993. The statue will be completed and installed this spring.

Following is a complete listing with short descriptions of the food and retail offerings that will be or are soon-to-be available at the Hukilau Marketplace.

Food and Beverage

 Aunty Emily’s Bakery – Polynesian baked favorites like meat pies, malasadas (Portuguese fried donut), and panipopo (Samoan dessert featuring bread smothered in coconut milk)

‚  Tutu’s Sweet Shop – Hawaiian King Candies offers its made-in-Hawaii confections, including freshly dipped chocolate macadamia nuts, fruits and cookies. Other sweets and snacks available include roasted macadamias and praline nuts, caramels, honey, popcorns and cotton candy. Tutu’s will also have PCC’s first espresso bar.

 Roulotte Court – A collection of food trucks inspired by the street eats scene on the marina in Papeete, Tahiti.

‚  Baguette Shack – Caprese, turkey, ham or pork belly filled baguette sandwiches.

‚  Seven Brothers Surf – The Hannemann family, which operates several restaurants on the North Shore, will serve up seafood dishes like coconut macadamia or garlic-lovers Kahuku shrimp, and a fresh-fish catch-of-the-day plate.

 Tita’s Grill – The popular Kahuku eatery run by the local Ah You ohana (family), will offer a handful of their most popular items at the Hukilau Marketplace’s Roulotte Court, including generous plate lunches, loco moco, several varieties of burgers, stir-fry, kalbi ribs, and Tahitian steak frit. (Opening Date: TBD)

‚  Kawika’s Koolers – Refreshing iced or blended treats including fruit smoothies, mixed tropical fruit juices, and acai bowls blended with fruits and apple juice, and topped with French vanilla/almond granola, sliced ripe banana and strawberries, and drizzled honey.

‚  Ono-Yo – Frozen yogurt stand featuring nine tropical flavors, including soursop, jackfruit, lilikoi (passion fruit), star fruit and papaya with your choice of toppings.

 Délice Crêpes – Sweet or savory? Choose from a selection of creative crêpes, such as the S’More with marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers, the Tahiti with coconut, the Butter Cup with peanut butter, chocolate and banana, or customize your own from a choice of 14 crêpes or waffles and 20 toppings.

‚  Poi Boy Dogs – Regular and spicy Polish hot dogs, and cold beverages.

‚  Snack Wagon – Local-style candies and munchies, including macadamia nuts, mochi treats, Maui potato chips, and cookies.

‚  Other carts

Island Breeze with shaved ice; Grilled corn cart; and Aunty’s Bests with bakery favorites.

Retail, Activities, and Services

 Hapa Home – Island inspired home furnishings and lifestyle products, including throw pillows, wall coverings, island and hula-style ceramics, art pieces, Hawaiian style quilts, wicker baskets, and more.

‚  Nona’s Tropical Threads – Named after Aunty Nona Warner, the PCC’s recently retired seamstress, the store offers island-style fashions for men, women and children in the best tradition of Aunty Nona. Purchases can be shipped anywhere in the world.

 Basin – The Hukilau Marketplace will be one of two Hawaii locations for the customize-your-own bath and beauty product retailer. Noted Big Island designer Sig Zane is working with Basin to design a space with a beautiful Hawaiian presentation. Basin has stores at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Marketplace and the Miracle Mile Shops in Las Vegas. (Opening Date: TBD)

‚  Jaseboards – A North Shore based longboard-streetboard company, started by Jase Bennett while attending BYU-Hawaii. The Hukilau Marketplace location will become the flagship store for Jaseboards.

‚  Kahuku.org – Kahuku High t-shirts, shorts, license plate frames, hats, bags, umbrellas and kiddie-wear for fans wanting the Red Raiders logo items.

‚  Mana o Polynesia – Carved Polynesian-style wood creations, museum-quality weapon reproductions, imported South Pacific handicrafts, such as lauhala or pandanus purses and baskets, and shell accessories, like rice shell and puka shell necklaces, earrings, shark’s teeth pendants, and mother-of-pearl carvings.

‚  Polynesian Art Stand – Offering made-in-Hawaii fine art, ceramics, pottery and spectacular Big Island volcano photos by Bruce Omori and Tom Kualii that are permanently printed on metal. Also, hula-themed prints by Hauula-based photographer Kim Taylor Reece. Purchases can be shipped anywhere in the world.

‚  Male’s Finest – Polynesian style bone carvings and accessories.

‚  Pukana La Creations – Polynesian style costume jewelry.

‚  Island Yumi/Hello Kitty – Hawaii brand of clothing, stationery, gift items and accessories featuring cute, fun, and loveable characters for girls of all ages.

‚  Na Hoku Jewelry – Operating out of Hapa Home, Na Hoku features Hawaii and island-style fine jewelry selections including exquisite Tahitian black pearls and mother of pearl creations. Plus, an impressive selection of diamond and gem creations as necklaces, pendants, chokers, earrings, and more.

‚  Amusement Ink – Amusement Ink quickly applies airbrushed tattoos with non-toxic paint that dry instantly, are waterproof and long lasting. Also offered is face painting, and beautiful leather and stamped brass bracelets.

‚  Lei-Away – Plumeria and other fresh flower lei, including fragrant maile, ginger, tuberose are available for purchase after watching them being made. The stand also carries kukui nut leis and bracelets.

‚  Laie Activities Center – Activity and equipment rentals swimming gear and other equipment so guests can explore Laie and the nearby beaches. He will also support guests of the new Laie Marriott Courtyard hotel when it opens this summer. (Opening Date: TBD)

‚  Scooterville – Scooter rentals offered at PCC’s guest services desk.

‚  Polynesian Football Hall of Fame – Official home of Polynesia’s greatest football players, coaches and contributors. The exhibit showcases the achievements of the 13 inductees from the first two (2014 & 2015) Hall of Fame classes with plaques, photos, mementos, an interactive display and wall of honor.

‚  Shaka Shoots – Professionally finished photos are on display and available for purchase, that members of our photography team take of guests at various PCC locations, posing with employees, or wearing Polynesian costumes.

‚  Guest Services – PCC’s customer service representatives can help with information, gate handouts, renting of lockers, strollers and regular wheelchairs (a limited number of motorized wheelchairs can also be rented); and lost-and-found. Open until 9:30 p.m. (call 808-293-3009).

 PCC Ticketing Office – The PCC’s main box office for ticket purchases, pick-ups, and making modifications to existing reservations.

For more information about the Hukilau Marketplace, please visit HukilauMarketplace.com. For more information about the Polynesian Cultural Center, visit Polynesia.com or call toll-free at (800) 367-7060. On Oahu, call (808) 293-3333.

About the Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world and a favorite of all visitors to Hawaii. An engaging, interactive celebration showcasing the people, culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia, the PCC has entertained more than 37 million visitors from around the world since opening in 1963. A non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue goes to daily operations and to support the education of its student-employees from neighboring Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

Explore, Enjoy, Save at Polynesian Cultural Center - and Eat for Free!

The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has introduced a special combo that saves guests money on its two most popular cultural entertainment programs and also lets them eat for FREE. The PCC’s special Free Dinner’ offer of $69.95 allows guests to purchase the Day Experience and Ha: Breath of Life evening show, which are regularly $39.95 each, for a $10 savings and also enjoy dinner for free at the Island Buffet.

The Day Experience features a full afternoon of cultural exploration at six island villages representing Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, and Aotearoa (New Zealand), the “Rainbows of Paradise” canoe pageant on the winding lagoon, and Hawaiian Journey cinema presentation. The Go Native! activities at each island village are especially popular with guests, as they engage with the native people of each culture in fun, hands-on traditional activities, such as spear throwing, canoe paddling, or preparing food Polynesian-style.

The critically acclaimed evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, is the world’s largest Polynesian revue with more than 100 performers. Ha: Breath of Life tells the story of a young boy named Mana and his journey to adulthood through special effects, animation, original songs, and choreography from the Pacific island nations represented at PCC.

For dinner at the Island Buffet, guests will feast on a variety of Hawaiian, Asian and local favorites in the exquisitely designed Gateway Restaurant. A magnificent showcase of the cultural architecture of authentic Hawaii, the Gateway Restaurant’s design is highlighted by an 8,000-square-foot mural encircling the interior dining hall that depicts a Hawaiian king welcoming his Polynesian brothers and sisters to join in the feast and fellowship.

For more information about the Polynesian Cultural Center or to make reservations, call the box office at (800) 367-7060 or visit www.polynesia.com. In Hawaii, call (808) 293-3333.

About the Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world and a favorite of all visitors to Hawaii. An engaging, interactive celebration showcasing the people, culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia, the PCC has entertained more than 37 million visitors from around the world in its first 50 years (1963-2013). A non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue goes to daily operations and to support the education of its student-employees from neighboring Brigham Young University-Hawaii. 

 Hele Huli (Go Explore) with Turtle Bay’s Three New Outdoor Adventures

The heart of the matter when traveling is the experience! Turtle Bay now offers three more one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures designed to more fully experience the place that National Geographic just described as being “one of the wonders of the world – one of the planet’s most awesome places.” So, hele huli, Hawaiian,for go explore!

The newly launched Hawaiian Cultural Excursion is a 60-minute beach walk that explores Turtle Bay's majestic shoreline and its many hidden coastal wonders. Learn about the rich history of the Hawaiian Islands and O'ahu's fabled North Shore from a local historian. Observe unique plants and animals which call this area their home; some of which are endangered and found no place else on earth. Listen to ancient stories and chants that were handed down from generation to generation. This is an eco-friendly adventure with no scripts and fun for all ages.

Guided Hawaiian Cultural Excursion is available daily at 5:30 pm for $35 per person.

Take your kids on a guided fresh water fishing excursion, where they are guaranteed to catch a fish or your money back! Parents don't feel like fishing? Drop your kids off with us for the fishing excursion while you enjoy some quality time together. You are also welcome to fish or join us to take photos of your kids having the time of their lives! If you don't want a guide, we can drop you off at our special fishing site and pick you up. Lunch can also be provided for an additional fee. Reservations required.

Guided Fish Excursion: $50 per person per hour; $10 rider fee for non-fishing participants; Includes all fishing supplies and bait; Beverages and snacks available for purchase in Adventure Center.

Non-guided Fish Excursion: $30 per person per hour + $10 shuttle service for up to 6 people.

Kahuku Farms welcomes visitors for a fun and educational guided wagon ride of its family farm. Learn their history and discover all the fruits and veggies “the country” has to offer. On the tour, your group will learn about apple banana, papaya, taro leaf, long eggplant and cacao (when in season) plus much more.

Tours are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am for groups of 4-18 people.

Tour & Lunch Package: 30 minute tractor ride and tour with lunch of mango iced tea, 1/2 Panini, side salad, papaya, apple banana, lilikoi sorbet for $35.50/each.

Keiki Tour & Lunch Package: 30 minute tractor ride and tour with lunch of lemonade, 1/2 farm pizza, side salad, papaya, apple banana, lilikoi sorbet for $26.50/each.

Farm Goodie Bag: Kahuku Farms eco bag, 2 papayas, 1 bag of apple bananas for $10 (One goodie bag per family or voucher).

The Hele Huli Adventure Center is Turtle Bay’s activities headquarters. Visit the center near the tennis courts to sign up for the resort’s many excursions or call 808.293.6024 for reservations and more information about all three new family friendly activities. Tour times are subject to change. For current schedule of tours, visit www.turtlebayresort.com or call Hele Huli Adventure Center.

You can also enjoy world-famous surfing and stand up paddle boarding, an exhilarating helicopter tour, explore the shore on horseback or by Segway, hike several picturesque trails, break a sweat playing tennis, enjoy sea creatures from a glass bottom kayak, watch whales play off-shore and more. From miles of white-sand beaches and championship hillside golf to our oceanfront spa, Turtle Bay is a destination with endless possibilities.

About Turtle Bay:

There’s one North Shore on Oahu. And there’s one resort on it. Ideal for watermen, wave watchers or waders, Turtle Bay is at the epicenter of set after set of activities, events and adventures. Complete with the finest accommodations and amenities suited for the entire family, Turtle Bay is where the “7-Mile Miracle” begins and the lineup is endless. To stay up to date on the Turtle Bay surfing experience, check out TurtleBaySurf.com.

The 840-acre resort is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International and is a Preferred Hotels® & Resorts Worldwide property - a collection of the world's finest independent luxury hotels. For reservations or more information, visit www.turtlebayresort.com or call (808) 293-6000.

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™. The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut. International offices are located in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.

Great News: Turtle Bay Resort Collaborates on Historic Conservation Easement to Preserve 665.8 Acres of North Shore Open Space in Perpetuity

Officials of Turtle Bay Resort are pleased that a conservation easement to preserve in perpetuity 665.8 acres of scenic open space on the North Shore, including Kawela Bay, has been secured with the State of Hawaii. This landmark agreement, which covers nearly 79% of the open space land owned by Turtle Bay Resort makai of Kamehameha Highway, was announced by Governor Neil Abercrombie at the Hawaii State Capitol.

Added together with the 469 acres of open space land that Turtle Bay Resort owns mauka of Kamehameha Highway and is protecting with a separate conservation easement, and this brings the total amount of North Shore open space being preserved in perpetuity to 1,134.8 acres.

Drew Stotesbury, CEO of Turtle Bay Resort, commented, “It is a great privilege to be a steward of Turtle Bay. Our tenure began four years ago and, from the start, we sought opportunities to understand and balance community interests. This led to scaling back the resort’s expansion plan by more than 60% and increasing oceanfront setbacks by 50% to 300%.

The conservation easement was secured for $48.5 million, of which $40 million is being provided by the State of Hawaii, $5 million by the City and County of Honolulu, and $3.5 million by The Trust for Public Land. It ensures that 665.8 acres of prime open space owned by the resort that is presently zoned for resort development will remain undeveloped forever. These areas are popular sites for hiking, fishing, and ocean sports activities.

Turtle Bay Resort will continue to maintain these areas and looks forward to enhancing them in partnership with the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, and community through responsible stewardship and management of the natural and cultural resources.

The conservation easement announced today complements a similar agreement Turtle Bay Resort has secured to protect 469 acres of agricultural-zoned open space land located mauka of Kamehameha Highway. The resort is working with the City, State, Federal Government, North Shore Community Land Trust, and The Trust for Public Land to finalize this conservation easement in the next couple of months.

Turtle Bay Resort retains rights to develop two new hotel sites near the existing hotel and one resort residential site on the Kahuku side of its property. The two hotels would generate an estimated 3,500 jobs during construction and, once completed, an estimated 700-plus permanent new jobs on the resort grounds and an additional 750 permanent indirect jobs within the community.

About Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort is the only destination resort on Oahu’s fabled North Shore – Mecca of the surfing world. Situated on 840 acres, it offers outdoor enthusiasts five miles of beach and 12 miles of oceanfront hiking trails to enjoy and explore. This is in addition to 36 holes of championship golf and a wide array of ocean and land activities. All 450 guestrooms and suites offer ocean views and there are seven restaurants and bars to enjoy the cuisine, views and ambience of Hawaii. For more information, visit <http://www.TurtleBayResort.com>www.TurtleBayResort.com.

Honolulu Surfing Museum Located at Jimmy Buffett's At the Beachcomber in Waikki

The Honolulu Surfing Museum, located next to Jimmy Buffett’s Restaurant and Bar at the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber is an interactive immersion into “surfing culture”… fascinating, eclectic, and like surfers themselves, not afraid to break the rules. The museum’s collection of unique artifacts, displays and experiences celebrate the Hawaiian heritage and the ever-evolving sport of “HE’e Nalu” (wave sliding)… or simply-stated… SURFING.

The heart of the museum is the incredible collection of Surfing and Surfing Lifestyle artifacts. The museum explores the origins, evolution and current state of surfing, showcasing the top Surfing Legends from past and present, highlighting their contributions to the sport and offering inspiration for generations to come. The collection of surf memorabilia includes vintage surfboards, classic surfing footage, a Hollywood prop or two and a historic collection of musical instruments that are unique to Hawaii.

Upon entering, museum guests are immediately greeted by a large hanging helicopter; a replica from the movie “Apocolypse Now.” Adjacent sits Jimmy Buffett’s favorite museum piece, the original Yater surfboard used in the classic film. Other distinctive artifacts include: props from the movie “Ride The Wild Surf”, artifacts from Captain Cook’s voyages, authentic wood surfboards dating back to the 1930’s and even a few pop culture pieces like the shack board that Kathy Zuckerman (aka Gidget) rode as a young girl in Malibu, CA.

Additionally, video monitors throughout the exhibit run non-stop loops of surfing highlights filmed by several of the sport’s most well known and respected cinematographers intertwined with captioned black and white newsreels of surf riding in Waikiki in the days before ‘talkies’ brought sound to the big screen.

The casual ambiance of the Honolulu Surfing Museum is in sharp contrast to its staid museum cousins, yet it pays due respect to the extraordinary artifacts it showcases. Feel-free to belly-up to the museum’s bar, open a Land Shark Lager and “go off the Richter” over this awesome collection. Scenic murals of exotic islands and awe-inspiring waves blend with tropical materials and classic surf music to form a dramatic backdrop for visitors. Spectacular videos will tell the “surfing story” while unique interactive photo opportunities such as the “Silver Surfer” and “Apocalypse Now” allow the visitor to become part of the exhibit, and ride a piece of surfing history.

The Surfing Museum offers its patrons some unique fun (all of which are complimentary):

Museum Tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4PM (Private group tours are also available). **Audio tours will be offered to patrons in English or Japanese by mid-late summer ‘09.
Mixology classes at the restaurant’s Hot Spot Bar on Mondays and Wednesdays  at 4PM. Guests can learn how to make some of the most popular Polynesian libations like the infamous Mai Tais.

The Honolulu Surfing Museum’s Curator, Mark Fragale is an avid surfer who’s lived in Hawaii since the 1970’s.  Mark has a thorough background as a surf historian coming from not only his personal experiences surfing but also from his employment history with companies such as Bunger Surfboards and Hannon Surfboards. “The Honolulu Surfing Museum offers both locals and tourists alike a unique way to experience the rich surf history of Hawaii” says Mark. “Whether you are interested in educating yourself more about Hawaii’s surf culture, learning how to mix a good cocktail or just killing time before dining at the world famous Jimmy Buffett’s at The Beachcomber, the Honolulu Surfing Museum has something for everyone”.

For more information about the Honolulu Surfing Museum visit www.honolulusurfmuseum.com/ or visit us at 2300 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815

About Jimmy Buffett's at The Beachcomber
Jimmy Buffett's at The Beachcomber is located on the upper lobby level of the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii. Hours of operation are 7am-1:30am. Breakfast is available on the lanai daily from 7-10:30am. Lunch and dinner is served inside the restaurant from 11am- midnight and a poolside menu is offered until 7pm daily. For more information about Jimmy Buffett's at The Beachcomber surf over to www.jbabc.com or visit at 2300 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815, P) 407.514.8700. *Complimentary valet parking is offered to all guests who visit the restaurant or retail store.

The retail store is located on the street level of the hotel in the heart of the shopping district of Kalakaua Avenue, and offers a wide variety of unique merchandise ranging from Frozen Concoction Makers to Jimmy Buffett CDs, apparel and original souvenirs.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters--

has branched out to O‘ahu, now offering three tours: A 15-minute flight to Waikïkï and Diamond Head at night, a 30-minute trip above Honolulu (Honolulu and Kalaeloa Harbor, Waikïkï Beach, Käne‘ohe and Nu‘uanu), and a 45-minute trip through rainforests, beaches, reefs and valleys, Sacred Falls, Dole Plantation and Pearl Harbor. For more
information, visit BlueHawaiian.com.

Honolulu Zoo

The Intrepid Traveler honors the Honolulu Zoo as one of “America’s Best Zoos 2008”. The zoo was honored based on its diverse animal collection, special programs for visitors, knowledgeable and committed staff, and excellent exhibits. For more information, visit IntrepidTraveler.com.

Hilton Hawaiian Village --

on O‘ahu now offers the “Waikiki Lu‘au on the Lagoon” Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Guests are invited to enjoy the live music and the various games and activities including pineapple toss and coconut husking. Prior to dinner, guests are taught a hukilau dance, a traditional Hawaiian song and dance that describes fishermen and their catch. The removal of the pig from the Hilton imu (underground oven) is the last segment before
the traditional Hawaiian dinner is served. For more information,
visit HiltonHawaiianVillage.com.

Level 4

Honolulu's new nightclub and ultra lounge overlooking Waikiki, opens this month at the Royal Hawaiian Center. The club will feature 4,500 square-foot dance floor, a 116-foot projection screen, catwalks suspending aerialists above the dance floor, and well-known DJs from Hawaii and beyond. VIP bottle service is available and guests can access camera feeds throughout the club from the interactive tables. For more information,
visit LEVEL4.com or go to www.waikikinei.com/nightlife.html .

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center has reopened three of its anchor restaurants, as well as many longtime merchant stores, with renovations to improve each visitor’s dining experience as follows:

Restaurant Suntory--

the only original tenant of the center, has been serving authentic Japanese cuisine for 27 years. The restaurant is now over 6,000 square feet, boasts beautiful views of The Royal Grove, and features natural wood elements throughout the dining room and bar. The ambiance has been updated to offer a variety of seafood, shabu-shabu and teppan-yaki in a contemporary Japanese setting.

Beijing Chinese Seafood Restaurant --

has undergone extensive renovations and offers a luxurious dining space with traditional Chinese surroundings and live seafood-viewing tanks. Patrons will enjoy dim-sum lunches and prix fixe dinners in this elegant antique Chinese style setting complete with a gold-plated Emperor Chair display room.

Okonimiyaki Chibo Restaurant --

is located on the center’s third level, Building A, and has completed a $900,000 renovation. This authentic Japanese restaurant has made it’s home here for the past 17 years and features “Okonomiyaki” dishes which originate from Osaka, Japan. Each dish is customizable with seafood, meats, and vegetables prepared in an egg batter that loosely resembles a giant pancake. Aside from the newly finished dining area, large groups may choose to dine in private tatami (traditional Japanese-styled) rooms.

For more information, visit RoyalHawaiianShoppingCenter.com.

Abhasa Waikiki Spa

Abhasa Waikiki Spa at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel recently introduced new health activities including Pilates, fitness stretching, and power walks. Abhasa, which means "illusion" in Sanskrit, is located in a garden setting and offers treatments using state-of-the-art equipment.

For more information, check web site Abhasa.com.

Nature Conservancy of Hawaii

Dedicated to the preservation of natural communities in Hawaii, the organization offers guided hikes of the Honouliuli Preserve on Oahu, home to more than 90 endangered plant and animal species, and the Moomomi Preserve on Molokai, where linear sand dunes a mile long harbor rare coastal native grasses and shrubs. Nature.Org/Hawaii

"Plaza Café" serves up a new delectable quick full-service Menu

The former "Plaza Restaurant" located in the Best Western The Plaza Hotel, which is managed by Outrigger Enterprises Group, has just completed a transformation and has been renamed "Plaza Café". The newly renovated eatery reopens with a special lunch menu selection catered for hungry diners on the go.

Hotel guests and travelers on their way to and from Honolulu International Airport, or business folk and workers in the area, can now enjoy the convenience of the Plaza Café's "Grab N' Go Menu" offering a full, quick service food selection. Located just minutes from the airport, Plaza Café provides a dining alternative for weary travelers. "We are very excited to offer a comfortable pit stop for locals and visitors to relax and dine while
enjoying the restaurant's new warm tropical island ambience," says Robert Dutcher, director of Food & Beverage.

With affordable prices ranging from $5.95 to $9.95, the restaurant offers a great selection complete with hot hearty soups of the day, fresh island salads, and various sandwiches-like the grilled Panini style sandwiches, and the restaurant's mouthwatering signature dessert "Home-Style Bread Pudding" topped off with crème anglaise. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In addition, the Plaza Café also serves buffet style dining on the weekends. The "All You Can Eat Seafood Dinner Buffet" featuring Snow Crab, Mussels, Steamed Clams, Fried Shrimp, Fresh Catch of the Day, a Prime Rib Station, and much more, is available on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Cost is $23.95 for adults and $11.95 for children (4-10 years).

On Sundays, the "All You Can Eat Sunday Brunch" is served from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reasonably priced at $18.95 for adults and $10.95 for children (4-10 years), the delicious menu selections include Snow Crab Legs, Roast Sirloin of Beef, Scrambled Eggs, various breakfast sausages, pancakes, an omelet station, salad, a dessert bar, and the restaurant's popular version of Oxtail Soup.

Reservations are strongly suggested for the weekend buffet offerings. Call (808) 836-8626.

The 274 room full-service Best Western The Plaza Hotel is located just minutes from Honolulu International Airport and offers comfort and convenience for business and pleasure travelers. With convenient on-property services and amenities, including 24 hour airport shuttle service, swimming pool, laundry facilities, sundry shop, and full service restaurant, travelers need look no further than the Best Western The Plaza Hotel for all their travel needs.

Cassis by Chef Mavro Now Opened

Chef George “Mavro” Mavrothalassitis has opened a second O‘ahu restaurant called “Cassis by Chef Mavro” in downtown Honolulu. The casual, yet sophisticated, 295-seat restaurant overlooking Honolulu Harbor is a tribute to the straightforward cooking style and dishes of his youth with an island flair and is inspired by four places – Cassis, Paris, Alsace, and Honolulu. Chef Mavro is also the owner of “Chef Mavro” restaurant, which was recently named one of the Top 10 Restaurants in the World by Fodor’s.

For reservations or more information, visit ChefMavro.com.

Supernatural Hawaii

Are you afraid of the dark? Hawaii’s culture is well known for supernatural phenomenon and is filled with superstitions and legends from long ago that are still very much “alive” today. Oahu alone is said to be one of the most haunted islands in the world, with many areas known for events and supernatural activity sure to give ‘chicken skin’ (goosebumps). Oahu Ghost Tours offers three hair-raising tours where you can explore obake (ghosts) and the spiritual world while experiencing the local culture and local beliefs. If you’re too chicken to experience the real thing, read up on Hawaii ghost stories in “Obake Files” or “Chicken Skin” book series by the legendary Hawaiian historian and author Glen Grant.

For more information, visit OahuGhostTours.com.

Hawaiian Railway

This train travels on a 6.5 mile track from Ewa to Nanakuli. Three vintage diesel locomotives have been restored to operation and the famous Dillingham Parlor Car is occasionally put back on the track. Tours run on Sundays (Monday through Friday for private charter groups. For more information, check web site HawaiianRailway.com.

Pineapple Express

This two-mile narrated tour takes visitors through the fascinating history of the Dole Plantation and the legacy of pineapple in Hawaii. This train operates daily. For more information, check web site DolePlantation.com.

Oahu Honors

It's a fact, Elvis Presley and Hawaii are connected far beyond his famous movie, "Blue Hawaii." Funds were needed to construct a gracefully arched memorial over the USS Arizona, the final resting place for 1,177 United States military crewmen who lost their lives in the World Ward II attack on December 7, 1941. Elvis volunteered a fund-raising concert. The USS Arizona Memorial, built by private contributions, is owned by the U.S. Navy and administered by the National Park Service. It is free, and open to the public, every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.

Visitors can tour the museum, view a 20-minute documentary on the Pearl Harbor attack and board a Navy shuttle out to the Memorial. Inside, a solemn roster of names carved in marble stretches skyward. Everyday for the past 55 years, tiny oil droplets have risen to the surface, reinforcing the reality of this monument to our country's brave warriors.

For information on park visits, camping, days and hours of operations, and park regulations, visit the National Park Service website at NPS.gov/Hawaii.

For information about planning your next vacation to Hawaii - The Islands of Aloha - visit HVCB's website at GoHawaii.com or call toll-free 1-800-GOHAWAII.

WAIKIKI

What to See & Do

International Market Place---Island Vibes Summer Concert Series

WHAT:  

All summer long guests can enjoy free performances from the hottest musicians in Hawaii. Concerts will be held on the Queen’s Court stage every Saturday night from 3 to 5 p.m. (except August 26 and 27 and September 2 featuring multiple artists) until the final show on Saturday, Sept. 2 featuring Henry Kapono. Island Vibes is presented by International Market Place in part with Tihati Productions, iHeart Media and The Laylow, Autograph Collection.

From now until Monday, Aug. 28, International Market Place is giving shoppers a chance to win a two-night stay at the new The Laylow, Autograph Collection courtesy of Island Vibes (package includes free parking and breakfast; drawings occur weekly, no purchase necessary, void where prohibited). Enter to win and find the official rules at www.shopinternationalmarketplace.com/islandvibes. Visit customer service for additional information.

International Market Place Island Vibes Concert Series Lineup:
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
July 29 Maryanne Ito
August 5 Lion Fiyah
August 12 Dustin Park & The Travelahs
August 19 The Steppas

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
August 26 Honoka & Azita Isle Na Leo
August 27 The City Boys Irie Love
September 2 Hot Rain
The Vitals Henry Kapono
WHEN:
Through August 19: 3 to 5 p.m.
August 26 – September 2: 2 to 6 p.m.


WHERE:
International Market Place
Queen’s Court, Level 1
2330 Kalakaua Avenue

For more information, visit facebook.com/IntlMktPlaceJP.

About International Market Place

Located in the heart of Waikiki, International Market Place is a world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination featuring a curated mix of upscale and lifestyle brands, and the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Hawaii. The shopping center is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Operating hours for restaurants and department store will vary. For ease of access, the center provides 700 parking spaces and convenient valet parking. For more information, visit ja.shopinternationalmarketplace.com.

A King’s Passion for History and Culture Comes Alive at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

David La`amea Kalakaua, the last reigning king of Hawaii, so loved Hawaiian music, dance and festivities that he became affectionately known as the “Merrie Monarch.” A world-traveler and diplomat, and an accomplished composer and author, Kalakaua helped revive Hawaiian music and hula, which had been suppressed for many years by missionary influences in the islands.

In honor of Kalakaua’s passion for Hawaii’s arts and culture, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach offers year-round cultural programming as part of its “Kalakaua Experience.” Launched in 2000, this award-winning program is designed to preserve and share Hawaii’s rich artistic, cultural, and environmental treasures – both ancient and contemporary – with guests.

Cultural activities at the hotel cover a broad spectrum with most free to hotel guests, or discounted if there is a fee, making it an attractive value for visitors seeking cultural experiences while on holiday.

The newest offering is the weekly free Hawaiian Vow Renewal ceremony, held exclusive for hotel guests every Thursday morning at 8 am on the beachfront lower patio, with Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. The non-denominational Hawaiian ceremony is conducted by a practicing kahu (Hawaiian officiant) who welcomes couples with a traditional Hawaiian chant. They are then honored with a graceful hula and serenaded with Hawaiian song; this is followed with a sprinkling of sea water before couples recite vows in the Hawaiian language. The ceremony concludes with the beautiful Hawaiian Wedding Song performed with a hula, and couples are presented with a certificate commemorating the celebration.

Other free activities guests can enjoy when staying at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach include casual classes in Hawaiian kukui nut bracelet making and storytelling; flower lei making; traditional Ti leaf lei making; ukulele lessons; hula lessons; the making of luggage tags with a guest’s Hawaiian name; mini koa surfboard shaping; and Hawaiian petroglyph greeting cards. Additionally, fun events throughout the year highlight Hawaii’s rich multi-ethnic make-up, such as a Chinese New Year celebration in February, Duke Kahanamoku surfing activities during the summer, and spooky Hawaiian storytelling around Halloween.

Outrigger employees play a key role in the hotels’ cultural education efforts with most classes led by employees born and raised in the islands. As a result, guests who participate in the Kalakaua Experience programs are exposed to a depth of local knowledge and expertise not always found elsewhere. The hotel’s commitment to Hawaii’s sense of place goes beyond programming, however. Other opportunities for guests to experience Hawaiian culture and history include a special lobby showcase featuring dozens of rare Hawaiian artifacts on loan from the venerable Mission House Museum as well as various private collectors.

The hotel’s new Voyager Room in the hotel lobby is a place to relax after the rigors of travel or to enjoy a quiet place to read. It features an honor library filled with books about Hawaii’s unique island heritage. There are travel guides, the Hawaiian Dictionary, and a vast array of books on Hawaiian culture and history.
Custom-designed Hawaiian furniture from master artisan James Ferla, artwork by the iconic Hawaiian artist and historian – the late Herb Kawainui Kane, two Kahili – feather stanchions crafted by hotel employees, and a century-old fully restored outrigger canoe rigged in traditional Hawaiian pre-contact style all are hallmarks of the hotel’s commitment to its island roots.

“Outrigger Hotels & Resorts was born in Hawaii, and therefore, supporting what makes our islands so special has always been an integral part of this company’s heart and soul,” said Robert McConnell, general manager of Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. “Our cultural education programs are a win-win all around. They support worthwhile community organizations, give our guests opportunities for authentic island experiences, and provide an important connection between our employees and our community.”

For reservations or information, call toll free 800-OUTRIGGER (1-800-688-7444) within the United States, Guam and Canada. Outrigger’s toll-free number is available internationally via AT&T’s Direct 800 Service. Elsewhere call direct to 303-369-7777 (long distance charges apply). Or, visit www.outrigger.com or e-mail reservations@outrigger.com.

For up to date resort information, follow http://twitter.com/outriggerWaikik on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OutriggerWaikikiontheBeach

About the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach is a deluxe and gracious Hawaiian hotel located directly on the sands of world-famous Waikiki Beach in the heart of exciting Waikiki. The 524-room property features three restaurants, including the famed Duke's Waikiki, Chuck's Steakhouse and Hula Grill Waikiki; the popular Society of Seven cabaret show, the Waikiki Plantation Spa, shops, meeting rooms, and exceptional displays of Hawaiian artifacts and artwork throughout the property. For information, visit www.outriggerwaikiki.com.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with more than 60 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection®, Embassy Suites®, Best Western® and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 42 properties with close to 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Fiji, Bali, Phuket, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

Outrigger Enterprises Group's Waikiki Beach Walk Now Open

After a decade in planning and 18 months under construction, Outrigger Enterprises Group’s Waikiki Beach Walk™ – the largest private development project ever to be undertaken in Waikïkï – has officially opened. Nearly eight acres along well-traversed Lewers Street have been completely rebuilt and transformed into Waikïkï’s newest shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. Energetic and inviting, eclectic and exciting, Waikiki Beach Walk is an impressive new leisure destination to play and stay.'

For more information, visit WaikikiBeachWalk.com.

Waikiki Beach Walk Happenings

Outrigger Enterprises Group is bringing authentic Hawaiian music and history to the Waikiki Beach Walk™ through a new Hawaiian heritage program, “Na Mele No Na Pua,” which is figuratively defined as “Music for the Generations.” The program features two permanent exhibits highlighting Hawai‘i’s rich musical history, an ongoing monthly Hawaiian music concert series, educational and cultural events, and interpretive displays. All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit WaikikiBeachWalk.com.

MAC 24-7 Now at the Hilton Prince Kuhio Hotel

MAC 24-7 has opened in the Hilton Prince Kuhio Hotel in Waikïkï. The restaurant’s name is a coded clue to what it’s all about. MAC stands for Modern American Cooking, and 24-7 is in reference to its operating hours and full menu availability. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day long.

For more information, visit MAC247Waikiki.com.

Waikiki Nei Offers Cirque de Soleil Style Show

In the midst of the renovations at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki Nei will arise as a new world class production in the heart of Waikiki. The synergy between production icon Roy Tokujo and the team from Realisations of Montreal will create a show unlike any other found in Las Vegas and New York. Similar to aui's Ulalena, Waikki Nei will tell the story of the islands from the time of royalty to contemporary Waikiki with theatrical acrobat and mesmerizing musicians and dancers. The showroom will transform into an ultra lounge at night, retracting seats to make way for state-of-the-art video, lighting and sound along with an acrobatic catwalk to dazzle club-goers, thus energizing the nightlife along the main Kalakaua strip in Waikiki.

For more information, check web site RoyalHalwaiianShoppingCenter.com

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, located in the heart of Waikiki, has more than 150 merchants and restaurants offering shopping, dining, crafts, entertainment, daily free activities and more.

This Week Magazines are available free to visitors on Oahu, Kauai, The Big Island of Hawaii, and Maui (including Molokai and Lanai), describing the latest in shopping, dining, entertainment, activities, attractions, tours, luau and shows.

Outrigger Enterprises Group, is the largest locally-owned lodging company in Hawaii and one of the fastest growing lodging companies in the Pacific . With 60 years of hospitality experience behind it, the company runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties across the Pacific, including Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, OHANA Hotels & resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection, Outrigger Resort Club by Fairfield and Embassy Suites - Waikiki Beach Walk.

Hawaii's Plantation Village' "Hawaii's Historical Tours"

Hawaii’s Plantation Village has unveiled “Hawaii’s Historical Tours” and the new exhibit “Hawaiians on the Plantation.” The sightseeing tour targets visitors interested in learning and experiencing the unique cultural aspects of Hawai‘i’s history and is offered every Wednesday with pickups at various locations in Waikïkï. Highlights of the tour include historic Honolulu landmarks, Hawaii’s Plantation Village and historic Waipahu town, the Hawaiian Railway Society, and finishes at the Paradise Cove Lü‘au. The “Hawaiians on the Plantation” exhibit highlights the aspects of Hawaiian history and everyday life through photos, artifacts, and reconstruction where visitors are encouraged to participate in docent-led tours to learn about the complete plantation experience.

For more information, visit HawaiiPlantationVillage.org.


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