HONOLULU -- More
than 25 hotels, villas, restaurants and shops are scheduled to open
on Kauai this year, and tourism officials said the island is ready
for an influx of visitors that will surpass last years record.
More than 1
million people visited Kauai in 2004, a number the island hadnt
seen since 1989, according to Susan Kanoho, executive director of
the Kauai Visitors Bureau (KVB).
natural beauty will still be the No. 1 message of Kauai, Mike
Murakoshi, KVB board chairman, laid out new initiatives for
delegates to the bureaus annual meeting.
New walking tours
will expose visitors to the people of Kauai and their legends,
Murakoshi said. And we will step up golf and romance aspects this
Kiahuna Golf Club received a $4 million upgrade, and the new Aloha
Center shopping complex at Nawiliwili Harbor caters to the des-
tination-shopping trend, Murakoshi said.
The Aloha Center,
which is already drawing Norwegian Cruise Line passengers because
of its proximity to the port, features vendors selling local
jewelry, crafts and art objects.
Plans for the
center to house a historical learning area, an artisans gathering
place and a coffee shop are in the works, he said.
side of Kauai is booming, Kanoho said, with companies such as the
Princeville Ranch and Kauai Back Country offering a range of
activities such as horseback riding, white-water rafting, kayaking,
hiking, mountain tubing and zipline tours. And Blue Hawaiian
helicopter tours recently began operations on Kauai.
business, the KVB reorganized its marketing department and the
Specialist (KDS) program.
The KVB appointed
two specialists from within the organization to new
A third position,
travel industry sales manager, will be filled in the near future,
according to the KVB.
Edie Hafdahl took
over as director of sales and marketing. Brooke Miller, sales
coordinator, is now responsible for familiarization trips,
maintaining the KVBs Web site and supporting the KDS
Four KDS programs
will take place this year, one in May and the others in the fall,
according to the KVB.
Hafdahl will work
closely with Australian and New Zealand travel agents.
expects this market to increase with the help of Hawaiian Airlines
new direct service to and from Australia, Hafdahl said.
information, call the KVB at (800) 262-1400 or visit www.kauaidiscovery.com.
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].