POIPU, Hawaii -- The island of Kauai is offering many ways to
supplement a visitor's escape to sand, surf and trails.
Some samples follow:
• The first Kauai Music Festival will be held June 1 to 4 at the
Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa in Poipu.
The festival was created to encourage aspiring musicians and
songwriters, said Jerry Gibson, general manager of the Hyatt
Regency Kauai, and will feature seminars, panel discussions,
lectures and performance workshops.
The festival includes a songwriting contest, a performance
competition and a concert. Attendees will have the opportunity to
appear in concert with the songwriters.
Festival participants can take advantage of a room rate of $225
per night at the resort. The attendance fee is $395 for visitors
who stay at the Hyatt. For information, call (877) 687-4222 or
• The Garden Isle will host a weeklong tribute to its sugar
plantation heritage July 19 to 27 on the south shore. Called Koloa
Plantation Days, the tribute includes a rodeo, a tennis tournament,
an ethnic cooking demonstration and a historical walk. Also on the
agenda: a luau, a parade and a festival.
For more information, call (808) 635-9464 or visit the Web site
• The 19th annual Kauai Mokihana Festival, Sept. 21 to 27, will
celebrate Hawaiian culture and arts across the island.
Events in the Poipu area include Hawaiian music and hula
competitions. For information, call 808-822-2166 or visit www.kauai.net/mokihana.
• It's not too early for clients to plan for the Hawaiiana
Festival at the Hyatt Regency Kauai, Oct. 2 to 4, which is tied to
the statewide Aloha Festivals that run Oct. 9 to 18.
The Hawaiiana Festival is a three-day series of educational
programs designed to teach the customs and crafts of Hawaii's
native people. Guests can learn about lauhala-weaving,
stone-carving and lei-making.
Contact Stella Burgess, director of Hawaiian culture, at (808)
Starwood, Sheraton have romance plans
POIPU, Hawaii -- Two hotels on Kauai created packages combining
luxury and romance. Starwood's Princeville Resort and the Sheraton
Kauai each invite guests to pop a complimentary bottle of champagne
as a prelude to a romantic interlude.
The newest Luxury Romance Package from the Princeville Resort
offers a champagne gift, a lei greeting, a full breakfast buffet
for two at Cafe Hanalei Restaurant and a tropical floral
arrangement for $450 per night for a minimum of two nights. The
rate for the Prince junior suite is $550 per night.
The offer is valid until March 31, with blackouts Dec. 26 to
Jan. 3. For information, call (808) 826-9644 or visit www.princeville.com.
The 413-room Sheraton Kauai features a four-night romance
package called Enchanting Moments for $277 per night (garden
accommodations) or $389 per night (oceanfront accommodations),
Guests receive a bottle of champagne, dinner for two at the
Galleria of Oceanfront Dining & Entertainment, souvenir beach
towels, daily breakfast for two and shuttle service within the
Poipu Beach Resort area.
For information, call (888) 488-3535 or visit www.sheraton.com/hawaii.