Kauai: What’s Blooming on the Garden Isle

LIHUE, KAUAI – Kiss the blues goodbye and say aloha to swaying palm trees and cool breezes, visiting humpback whales and tropical scenery as we welcome winter to Kauai: island style. Now is the perfect time to leave the frost behind and treat yourself to a vacation experience that will warm you up for the rest of the year.


“There’s no better way to get invigorated about 2015 than with a trip to Kauai and immerse yourself in the beauty and scenic views of this spectacular island paradise,” said Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. “Substitute snow up to your ankles for sand between your toes. You’ll return home simply rejuvenated and ready to tackle whatever the rest of the year may bring.”

The following are updates and information about the newest happenings, specials and events that are “blooming” on the Garden Isle of Kauai:


Princeville Makai Golf Club Now Offering Beautiful Sunset Golf Cart Tours
The Princeville Makai Golf Club has introduced Sunset Golf Cart Tours, a unique and fun way for guests to experience the scenic vistas of the famed Makai Course at sunset. Situated on Kauai’s spectacular north shore between the ocean and mountains, the Makai Golf Course boasts an extraordinarily beautiful setting, so much so it was named one of the “Top 5 Great Golf Settings in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler in 2011. Guests can follow the cart paths meandering through the 18 holes, stop and linger to take photos and watch the sun set over Hanalei Bay. For reservations, contact the Princeville Makai Golf Club at 808-826-1863.

Poipu Kapili Offers Beautiful New Wedding Venue
Poipu Kapili is now offering the perfect wedding space for guests. The ocean front wedding lawn offers beautiful views and is ideal for about 50 people. Guests may choose to host their ceremony or dinner reception on the lawn with no site fee if they book condos at Poipu Kapili through Poipu Ocean View Resorts.www.poipukapili.com/weddings-vow-renewals-and-special-events/.

Experience the Many Tastes of Kauai
Tasting Kauai introduces the many flavors of Kauai through two newly created food tours for the best bites on the North Shore and South Shore. The North Shore Kauai Food Tour is a flavorful adventure of off the beaten path establishments while the South Shore Tour is a celebration of street food inspired by Hawaii’s diverse cultures. On the South Shore Tour, taste sensational street tacos, sample tropical gelato while it’s being made and learn about Hawaiian staple foods. Both tours allow for interaction with Kauai farmers, chefs and artisans. Tasting Kauai offers four-hour tours for $120 with up to six tasting stops along the way and expert tour guides who truly appreciate Kauai’s culinary uniqueness. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from all tours benefits the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch. www.tastingkauai.com.

St. Regis Princeville Resort Invites Guests to Restore Kauai’s Native Forests
In partnership with Limahuli Garden and Preserve, a National Tropical Botanical Garden, the St. Regis Princeville Resort is offering guests the opportunity to join in the reforestation of Kauai’s North Shore. For $100, guests can sponsor the planting of a tree to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary, destination wedding or birthday. Limahuli Garden staff members select the native tree to be planted and provide the sponsor with a personalized certificate in the honoree’s name.www.stregisprinceville.com.

Playing with Sticks at McBryde Garden’s Newest Exhibit
Rising up into the tree canopy is the newest addition to the McBryde Garden – a stick sculpture created by internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty. Woven completely from plant materials gathered from the garden, the domed structure resides in a shady spot between a meandering stream and a panoramic view of the breathtaking gardens. Visitors on McBryde’s self-guided tour can venture inside the 25-foot high, 25-foot wide circular structure, view the swaying branches of tropical trees through the “eye” in the dome, and take in the surrounding vistas through windows woven into the walls. Built through a process the artist calls “playing with sticks,” the new ‘Birthday Palace’ celebrates the 50th anniversary of the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden.www.ntbg.org.

Introducing Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is now marketing the company’s 15 resort condominium properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island under a new brand: Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger. With this change, Outrigger’s three resort condos on Kauai will now be known as Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Kauai by Outrigger, Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger, and Lae Nani Resort Kauai by Outrigger. Comfortable vacation apartments or villas are offered in prime locations that are ideal for families and groups of friends traveling together who want a relaxing home base for exploring Hawaii’s renowned beaches, pristine landscapes and attractions. For more information, visit www.outrigger.com.

Renovations and Revitalization at Kauai Museum
The Kauai Museum will be undergoing its largest renovation since opening nearly 50 years ago, adding a 2nd level office building complete with an elevator and 2nd level open-air walkways to connect all three buildings. The renovated museum will provide easier access to its upper levels and additional space for educational and research components. The museum will also incorporate indigenous plants into the surrounding landscape and complete a total redesign of the permanent exhibits in hopes to better tell “The Story of Kauai.” www.kauaimuseum.org.

ActivityKauai.com Gives Back with help of Kauai Humane Society
ActivityKauai.com and Kauai Humane Society (KHS) are partnering to make a positive impact in the lives of Kauai’s animals. ActivityKauai.com provides guests with easy access to some of the island’s best tours, activities and local products is now donating a percentage of its proceeds from booking tours and local product sales to support KHS. One of the most popular programs has been the Shelter Pet Field Trip Program, in which visitors can take “field trips with Fido.” Since the program started there has been an increase in adoptions of KHS shelter dogs to loving homes, both locally and on the mainland.www.activitykauai.com.


Princeville Makai Golf Club Announces Multi-Round Golf Passes For 2015
Ranked one of the top 100 courses in the U.S, the acclaimed Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai’s north shore has announced two special programs for 2015. Princeville Makai Golf Club will offer multi-round passes that offers substantial savings over the standard 18-hole rate ($249 at the Makai Course for prime tee times). The “Makai Unlimited Golf Pass” provides a minimum of three days of unlimited golf starting at $465 plus tax, allowing golfers to play as many holes as they can in three days on the 18-hole championship Makai and 9-hole Woods courses. Additionally, the “Makai Premium Golf Pass” provides a minimum of six days of unlimited golf starting at $750 plus tax. Registered guests of The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Princeville Makai Golf Club’s sister property, will receive a discounted rate of $195. This includes an 18-hole round on the Makai Course and choice of one gift upon check-in at the course: a sleeve of Callaway logo golf balls, a logo ball marker, or sunscreen. For more information, rates, or to reserve tee times at Princeville Makai Golf Club, call (808) 826-1912 or visitwww.MakaiGolf.com.

Kauai’s Poipu Bay Golf Course To Continue “Practice & Play” 3-Hole Program Into 2015
Kauai’s acclaimed Poipu Bay Golf Course, situated on the island’s sunny south shore, will continue its popular “Practice & Play” program through 2015, providing golfers the opportunity to practice at the range then play three holes in late afternoon on the oceanfront course for a cost of $30. Golfers can “Practice & Play” by booking a check-in time between 3 and 4 p.m. any day of the week. Players are provided with range balls and use of the practice facility (which closes at 5 p.m.), as well as a golf cart and access to play the course’s first three holes, which offer par 3, 4, and 5 experiences for a well-rounded practice session. For more information or to book tee times, call the Poipu Bay Golf Shop at toll free 1-800-858-6300 or direct 808-742-8711. Visit Poipu Bay’s website atwww.poipubaygolf.com and check out the live webcam looking over the 18th hole!

Spring Deals to Look Forward to From Great Vacation Retreats
Start planning your spring vacation with the help of Great Vacation Retreats! During May, Great Vacation Retreats is offering 20% off and a free rental car when booking with select hotels for seven nights or more. Call 866-541-1033 or email info@greatvacationretreats.com for details.

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas: Endless Escape with Breakfast
Perched on a cliff side on Kauai’s pristine coastline, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas invites guests to “Be Well” in their travels by escaping to paradise. The resort’s Endless Escape with Breakfast package includes spacious accommodations with the comforts of home and a daily breakfast buffet for two at Nanea Restaurant and bar. Enjoy complimentary Internet access, no resort fees and deluxe island view studio villas from $315 per night. Rates based on availability and taxes are not included. Call (866) 837-4254 for reservations or visit www.westinprinceville.com.


2015 Waimea Town Festival
One of Kauai’s largest and oldest annual festivals on the island, the Waimea Town Celebration will be a week of cultural and recreational events celebrating the proud history of this tight-knit community, February 14-21. Whether you prefer being a spectator or want to jump in on the action, the Waimea Town Celebration offers something for everyone, from keiki to kupuna! Find the west side of Kauai filled with free live entertainment including a Hawaiian rodeo, canoe and stand up paddle races, a film festival, storytelling, ukulele and lei contests, cultural exhibits and more. www.waimeatowncelebration.com.

7th Annual Hoedown For Hope
Kilohana Plantation is “going country” on March 21st for the 7th Annual Hoedown for Hope benefiting the American Cancer Society!  Join in the fun for great country music, dancing and of course food!  Local Kauai group “Not My First Rodeo” will open the night with music. Female duo Maddie and Tae, whose hit single “Girl in a Country Song” topped the billboard charts in December 2014, will headline the event for their first appearance in Hawaii. Gaylord’s restaurant chef Todd Barrett will prepare menu options featuring the flavors of South America as well as favorites from the Midwestern U.S. states, all dishes will include local Kauai grown ingredients. Enjoy games, silent and live auctions and a night of great country entertainment at this year’s Hoedown for Hope! Tickets are $125 per person, for more information visit www.hoedownforhope.org or call Hoedown for Hope Co-Chairs Jose Aguayo at 808-652-0610 or Yvette Sahut at 808-754-5741.

Prince Kuhio Celebration
One of Hawaii’s most beloved alii (royalty) and statesmen, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, will be celebrated with a multitude of events in Poipu, Eleele, Lihue and Wailua, March 21-22. The Prince Kuhio Celebration, intended to honor the Prince and his efforts to foster Hawaiian cultural values, provides a long list of interactive educational sessions about Hawaiian cultural practices, arts and crafts and will feature entertainment, cultural exhibits, a luau, rodeo, outrigger canoe races, local food, and commemorative ceremonies. www.princekuhio.net.

Kauai Orchid and Art Festival
Head down to Historic Hanapepe Town March 27-28 for the 8th annual Kauai Orchid and Art Festival. Enjoy a free concert featuring Makana and ukulele talent Brittni Paiva, great food and the amazing display of exotic, tropical orchids at the Garden Island Orchid Society’s Spring Fantasy Orchid Show. Plein air painters are also invited to paint in various locations around historic Hanapepe during the festival. With so much to do, the festival is not to be missed! Take a workshop in orchid painting with oils or watercolor paints, shop Kauai Made Products or browse the silent auction, make a day of it all while cruising around Hanapepe Town and enjoying all that the Orchid and Art Festival has to offer. www.Hanapepe.org.


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) or Instagram (@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.

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