Festivals feature music and crafts


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 visit www.kauaimusicfestival.com.

• 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 at www.koloaplantationdays.com.

• 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) 742-3770.

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), double.

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.

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