**Source: Kaua’i Destination Specialist Quarterly
Island Helicopters recently began the new 90-minute island tour, highlighted by an exclusive landing at the base of the 400-foot Manawaiopuna Falls, made famous in the movie Jurassic Park (www.islandhelicopters.com)
National Tropical Botanical Gardens has launched a new, guided sunset tour of Allerton Estate on Saturdays, showcasing the Garden’s outdoor rooms, rippling pools and lush landscaping (www.ntbg.org).
Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort, formerly known as the Po’ipu Beach Hotel, is now open. The 121-room hotel features guestrooms and suites with fresh, crisp colors and sleek furniture that highlights the exterior views. The new hotel also includes a lounge, the stunning new restaurant Red Salt, and The Spa at Ko’a Kea. The property is right on Po’ipu Beach, utilizing the original footprint of the former Po’ipu Beach Hotel.
Koloa Run Company will soon offer authentic premium rum made form the molasses of high-quality Kaua’i sugarcane. Kaua’i’s first commercial rum company is scheduled to open in August, with a full tasting room and tour at Kilohana Plantation in Lihu’e (www.koloarum.com)
Princeville Resort is proud to introduce the only St. Regis resort property in Hawai’i – St. Regis Princeville Resort. Completion is scheduled for October 1, 2009 (www.stregisprinceville.com).
Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center will be home to more than 45 restaurants, specialty shops and offices, including; Merriman’s Kaua’i, Quicksilver, The Josselin Restaurant, Palm Palm, Bubba Burgers Hawaii, Bungalow 9, and Lappert’s Hawaii…to name a few. Slated to open in the fall of 2009 (www.kukuiula.com).
Kaua’i Marriott Resort & Beach Club has begun their multi-million dollar renovation including all guest rooms, fitness center, restaurant and kids club. All rooms will be transformed to a contemporary tropical feel and are scheduled to be completed by September 1, 2009. The resort will finish its transformation by October 1, 2009 (www.kauaimarriott.com).
Princeville Ranch Adventures has opened “King Kong,” its newest and longest zipline at 1,200 feet. the company now offers nine ziplines, the most of Kaua’i, with “King Kong” being the finale (www.adventureskauai.com).