What’s New in Kauai

Travel Agent breaks down the newest happenings that are “blooming” on the Garden Isle of Kauai this fall.

Kaua‘i’s Kapa‘a Town Named One of America’s Prettiest

Next time you visit Kauai, take time to see one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” as recognized by Forbes Magazine – Kapaa – located on the scenic Royal Coconut Coast. “Kapaa has a small-town Polynesian paradise quality that feels much more connected to the island's past. It’s a very Hawaiian town with traditional ukulele makers and fish taco trucks parked under the palm trees,” said Andrew Evans, a writer with National Geographic Traveler and one of the judges that honored Kapaa with this distinction. Evans further described Kapaa as, “A small town with a lot of Hawaiian life, minus the tourist fray. Shop in the morning, then kayak offshore in the afternoon and don't worry about fighting for blanket space in the sand - there's enough for everybody.”

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Kōloa Rum Co. Introduces Kauai Coconut Rum 

Launched in August at the Tasting Room and Company Store at Kilohana Plantation in Lihue, Kauai Coconut Rum is flying off the shelves. It has a creamy toasted coconut flavor with a hint of tropical vanilla. The new rum will soon be available throughout Hawai‘i, California and Illinois and by special order in Washington, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Visit www.koloarum.com.

Kauai Beach Resort Completes Food and Beverage Makeover

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort has created an enhanced dining experience. Snuggle up to the cozy six- foot circular fire pit at the Shutters Fireside Lounge and enjoy the romantic ambiance created by newly installed custom artwork glass by Jules Cannon of Sun Solutions at the Naupaka Terrace. Shutters Cafe also has a new location and updated concept. The cafe is open from 6:00 to 11:00 a.m. daily, serving breakfast items including house-baked muffins and bagels, and freshly brewed coffees, espressos, cappuccino, lattes and teas. Visit www.kauaibeachresorthawaii.com.

Whalers Cove Oceanfront Luxury at Poipu Introduces “E Komo Mai” Program

Your Kauai vacation begins the moment you open your luxury condo door at Whalers Cove Oceanfront Luxury at Poipu. They are now offering an E Komo Mai program, where guests can submit a personal grocery-shopping list and have their condos pre-stocked upon arrival. This program is ideal for guests with flights arriving late in the evening. For all new bookings for seven nights or longer until December 15, Whalers Cove is offering a $50 credit toward grocery lists. For more information, call 800-225-2683.

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Resort Unveils The Koloa Landing Spa

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Resort has unveiled its newest amenity – The Koloa Landing Spa. Guests can now be pampered in a relaxing and spacious spa which draws its concept from the rich natural landscape that Kaua‘i embodies, woven together with a modern and understated, yet sophisticated design. The Spa consists of a reception area with retail space, locker rooms, pre- treatment area, manicure and pedicure suite, and private treatment rooms including couples rooms with a private outdoor lanai. Visit www.koloalandingresort.com.

“You Dine, We Donate” at Sheraton Kauai Resort

Guests at Sheraton Kauai Resort have the opportunity to enjoy a great night of dining to support a worthy cause through the “You Dine, We Donate” program at its signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu Beach. More than $34,000 has been donated to local charities since its inception in October 2012. Sheraton Kauai Resort donates all of its net proceeds for food & beverage at its sunset view Table #53 each month. Patrons simply request to sit at Table #53 to participate. Organizations that benefit from the fundraiser include Kauai United Way, American Red Cross, Hawai‘i State Chapter, Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank and Kauai Lifeguard Association. Visit www.sheraton-kauai.com.

Enjoy an Island-Style Breakfast at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas introduces its new island-inspired breakfast at Nanea Restaurant & Bar. Guests have the option to choose from a la carte breakfast menu items artfully infused with island touches such as Kalua Pork Benedicts with caramelized onions and lilikoi hollandaise sauce, or from the “Breakfast Table” buffet selection featuring breakfast essentials such as fluffy scrambled eggs, pastries, Portuguese sausage, and fresh tropical fruit. Visit www.westinprinceville.com.

Photo Safari Hawaii Presents Weekly Kaua’i Photography Workshops

Photo Safari Hawaii is now offering weekly Kauai Photography Workshops in the lush Lawa‘i Valley on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. This 3.5- to 4-hour photography workshop is a terrific opportunity to learn fine art photography skills and have exclusive access to Kauai’s hidden waterfall. Tours include an annual membership to the National Tropical Botanical Garden and round trip transportation from hotel. Visit www.hawaiiphotographyworkshops.com.

Princeville Ranch Adventures Introduces Professional Zipline Action Photography 

Take home professionally shot zipline photos without all the fuzz and blur. Princeville Ranch Adventures and Snapsportz have introduced a state-of-the-art automatic camera system designed to capture professional action images on the Zip N’ Dip and Zip Express tours. Photos are automatically snapped as guests zip across scenic valleys in the ranch interior. They can either be printed or saved onto a souvenir USB stick to take home for a memory of a lifetime. Visit www.princevilleranch.com.

Book Your Adventure in “Real Time” with Outfitters Kauai

Reserve a spot on all of Outfitters Kauai’s exciting adventures through its new “real time” booking website! Visitors from every time zone can now book zip lining, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and downhill bicycling tours on the user friendly and informative website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit www.outfitterskauai.com.

Tasting Kaua’i – From Seed to Table

Join Marta Lane, certified personal chef and Kauai-based food and farm writer, for a unique foodie tour that is sure to tickle your taste buds. Tasting Kaua’i offers two farm-to-fork culinary tours designed to connect people with the farmers and chefs of Kauai. Jump into the food scene on “A Culinary Romp Through Paradise” where clients can explore an exotic fruit orchard and enjoy cooking demonstrations, learn about locally made beverages and savor a gourmet meal. Visit www.tastingkauai.com.

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