Renovations, additions and changes in management
keep Kauai fresh and new even for repeat visitors. Below are some
of the recent developments in hotels, attractions and activities.
The Sheraton Kauai Resort [(808) 742-1661] reopened on Dec. 1 after
a $40 million rebuilding following its closing in the wake of
Hurricane Iniki in 1992. The 413-room property has several new
features, including three new beachfront buildings, renovated
interiors in the oceanfront and garden sections, new arrival and
check-in areas, added function space and new restaurant
The 216-room Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort [(888) 823-5111]
(previously the Wailua Bay Resort and, prior to that, the Kauai
Resort Hotel), reopened early this year after completing a $3
million refurbishment of guest units and public facilities.
Castle Resorts & Hotels has acquired a portion of the
Kiahuna Plantation that was previously managed by Village Resorts
and has renamed it Kiahuna Plantation Resort and The Beach
Bungalows at Kiahuna [(808) 742-2200]. Another section of the
beachfront Poipu resort condo is operated by Outrigger.
Marc Resorts Hawaii assumed management of Embassy Vacation
Resort Poipu Point [(800) 535-0085], following a merger with
Signature Resorts, which has more than 50 resorts in North America
The Plantation Hale recently became a Best Western. The 160-unit
condo Best Western Plantation Hale [(808) 822-4941] is located in
The Outrigger Kauai Beach Hotel [(808) 245-1955] recently
renewed its management agreement with Outrigger Hotels &
Resorts for another five years and launched a $2 million renovation
of public areas, including the lobby, restaurant, outdoor areas and
activity facilities, all slated for completion by July.
Aston Hotels & Resorts took over the management of the Aston
at Poipu Kai [(800) 922-7866] (formerly the Poipu Kai Condominium
Resort), a 110-acre complex on Kauai's southern shore that has
extensive recreational facilities, including nine tennis courts,
six swimming pools and walking and jogging areas.
Another Aston property on Kauai, the Aston Kaha Lani [(808)
822-9331] recently completed work on a new putting green and
enhanced its landscaping with the addition of 150 palm trees
surrounding the property's entrance.
Poipu Beach Park has been completely restored with new picnic
pavilions, sidewalks, wheelchair access and such public facilities
as restrooms (replacing the portable toilets) and outdoor showers.
Popular with families, this four-acre enclave overlooks the eastern
part of Poipu Beach, and has facilities for swimming, surfing and
The National Tropical Botanical Garden [(808) 332-7834] recently
opened a new visitor center across from Spouting Horn Park, in
Kauai. The center is in a 1,400-square-foot renovated plantation
home which was moved from a Kauai plantation to its present
The Botanical Garden also opened its science-oriented Lawai
Garden to public tours for the first time this year.
Kauai Coffee Company [(510) 533-9040], Hawaii's largest coffee
grower, is planning to open a visitor center, currently under
construction, in May. The center, which will be in the middle of
coffee fields near the coffee processing plant, will be housed in
two relocated sugar plantation camp houses and will feature
educational displays as well as retail space.
The new nine-hole, par-36, 3,500-yard Puakea Golf Course opened in
the Grove Farm Company's new Puako subdivision. Additional holes
are expected to be added in the next several years.
The opening of a number of new eateries in the Poipu Beach area is
rapidly transforming the resort community into Kauai's "Restaurant
Row." Recent additions have included the first Kauai branch of the
famed Roy's Restaurants, Roy's Poipu Bay Grill and Bar [(808)
742-5000] which opened in the Poipu Shopping Village, and Piatti
Restaurant [(808) 742-2216], popular in California, opened in the
In other dining news, Shang Garden [(808) 742-8888] opened at
the Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course, offering a clubhouse-style menu
at breakfast and lunch and fine Chinese cuisine at dinner.
Jean-Marie Josselin, creator of the acclaimed A Pacific Cafe
[(808) 822-0013], located at the Beach House, has added another
Kauai eatery, the Pacific Bakery & Grill in Lihue.
Haddon Holidays [(800) 257-7488], which sells Hawaii exclusively,
has recently produced a brochure dedicated entirely to Kauai. It
also debuted a Web site (www.visitkauai.com) to accompany it. The
brochure was designed in conjunction with the Kauai Visitors
Bureau. It includes a "Your Vacation, Your Way" menu that allows
clients to choose individual vacation components, depending on
individual tastes and budgets.
Agents can now request information and brochures on Poipu Beach
hotels and attractions by accessing the Poipu Beach Resort
Association on the Internet at: poipu-beach.org. The association
may also be contacted at Box 730, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii 96765; (808)
742-7444; fax: (808) 742-7887; e-mail [email protected].
***The largest coffee plantation in Hawaii is the Island Coffee
Co.'s 4,000-acre Kauai Estate Plantation.
The first major Hawaiian sugar plantation was located near
Kohala in the 1830s.
With 480-plus acres of guava orchards under commercial
cultivation at the Guava Kai Plantation in Kilauea, Kauai is the
uncontested guava capital of the world.