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  • Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi recently opened at the Shops at Kukui‘ula on Kaua‘i’s south shore. The new restaurant offers signature dishes made famous at the 30 Roy’s restaurants, but Eating House will mainly showcase new flavors, ingredients and dishes inspired by Portuguese, Filipino and Spanish influences.  eatinghouse1849.com

  • Kalapakī Joe’s opens new locationthe westernmost sports bar in the U.S.” – recently opened its third Kaua‘i location at the Waimea Plantation Cottages. The restaurant offers a selection of Hawai‘i-inspired appetizers, entrees and signature cocktails, in addition to Kaua‘i’s largest draft beer selection.
  • The Princeville Makai Golf Club now offers sunset golf cart tours. The new tour offers a unique and fun way for guests to experience the scenic vistas of the famed Makai Course at sunset, which was named one of the “Top 5 Great Golf Settings in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler in 2011. Guests 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.
  • Kōloa Zipline starts their Sunset Zipline tour. Race the setting sun, and end the tour zipping under the stars.  Platforms are lit and flashlights provided on this 3.5-4 hour tour.  Koloazipline.com
  • The National Tropical Botanical Garden just after opening their new Biodiversity Trail at its flagship McBryde Garden on Kaua‘i’s south shore, the garden also revealed its newest addition – a stick sculpture woven completely from plant materials gathered from the garden, the domed structure is 25-foot high and 25-foot wide where visitors can venture inside. The new ‘Birthday Palace’ celebrates the 50th anniversary of the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden. ntbg.org.
  • Limahuli Garden and Preserve Presents Two New Guided Tours. Limahuli (part of NTBG) is located on Kaua‘i’s north shore. A new Kid-Friendly Tour offers shorter guided tours suited for families with younger children. The Sustainability Tour explores the garden and its treasured plants through the lens of modern sustainability challenges. For more information, please visit ntbg.org/Limahuli or call (808) 826-1053.
  • Hawaiian Surfing Adventures is now offering 90-minute SUP Yoga classes on the Hanalei River. All classes are taught by Yoga Alliance certified instructors who have trained at Yoga Hanalei under the well-renowned Bhavani Maki. hawaiiansurfingadventures.com
  • Princeville Ranch Adventures announces an exciting new tour – combining ziplining with the all new thrill of electric Mountain Biking! Pedal or power-the choice is yours… Ride across the Ranch on state-of-the-art- MOTIV Electric Mountain Bikes. Soak in the ocean and mountain views along the way to the highest point on the ranch – then soar across three fun, fast ziplines! Enjoy a snack and return ride, all in about three hours! princevilleranch.com
  • Tasting Kaua‘i now offers four newly created food tours for the best bites on the North Shore, East Side and South Shore. All tours allow for interaction with Kaua‘i farmers, chefs and artisans.   In addition, their newly created Farmers Market Tour teaches visitors about picking the best fruits while meeting the farmers.  A portion of the proceeds from all tours benefits the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch. tastingkauai.com
  • Po‘ipū Bay Golf Course, situated on Kaua‘i’s 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. poipubaygolf.com



  • Hilton Garden Inn to Rebrand Aston Aloha Beach Hotel. The Aston Aloha Beach Hotel is undergoing a major renovation as it prepares for a re-opening under the Hilton Garden Inn brand in early 2016. Improvements are being made to the 216 guestrooms, lobby, meeting space of approximately 5,000 square feet, exteriors, fitness center, indoor pool and 24-hour business center. Under the new partnership as Hilton Garden Inn Kauai/Wailua Bay, the beachfront property will offer guests its signature elements, like Hilton’s pressure-reducing “Garden Sleep System” bed, ergonomic desk chair, LCD high-definition, flat-screen television, work desk, a “hospitality center” featuring a mini refrigerator and Keurig single-cup coffee brewer in every guest room, and complimentary WiFi internet access. Once completed, the renovated property will be the only Hilton-brand on Kaua‘i and the second Hilton Garden Inn in Hawai‘i.
  • Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa refreshes the resort with new looks from the walk to their rooms, beds, workout facilities and dining. Guestroom hallways offer an elegant custom designed carpet. All guestrooms now offer new Grand BedsTM.  Anara Spa’s fitness center was refreshed with rubber mat flooring and the latest in Precor cardio and weight training equipment.  For dining, a 1.2 million dollar renovation refreshed the poolside restaurant, added a sushi bar to Stevenson’s, modernized the buffet at Ilima Terrace and turned Po‘ipū Bay Clubhouse into a quick take-out spot.  grandhyattkauai.com
  • Sheraton Kauai Resort Renovates Lava’s on Poipu Beach Restaurant. Located on Kaua‘i’s south shore, the Sheraton Kauai Resort has completed its renovation at Lava’s on Po‘ipū Beach, the highlight of which is the installment of a glass wall around the restaurant perimeter to provide expansive ocean views. The restaurant offers a menu of local favorites from sunrise to sunset and is available as an open-air function space upon availability. For more information, please call (866) 716-8109 or visit www.sheraton-kauai.com.
  • Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Unveils Refreshed Villas and More. Located on Kaua‘i’s north shore, has recently completed a refreshing 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 lobby offers new furniture, area rugs and chandeliers, with the Main Pool, and Mālie and Nā Pali plunge pools resurfaced and retiled. The Fitness Studio has been updated with Life Fitness Ⓡtreadmills, strength machines, free weights, and mats. For more information please call (866) 837-4254 or visit www.westinprinceville.com..


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