Monday, November 14, 2011

Kamaaina rates at 19th Annual Slack Key Festival - Kauai Style

The oceanfront Kaua‘i Beach Resort, home to the 19th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Festival – Kaua‘i Style on Sunday, November 20, is offering great rates for Hawai‘i residents starting at just $109 per night.

“We’re honored to be the venue for this excellent Hawaiian slack key showcase and encourage kama‘āina to plan their Kaua‘i musical weekend getaway by staying with us,” said Robin Graf, General Manager of the Kaua‘i Beach Resort.  “We have the most convenient location on the island, have spacious plantation-style accommodations and are a kama‘āina-friendly hotel.”

Amenities at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort includes:
·         Complimentary shuttle service to / from airport and nearby golf courses
·         Four Swimming Pools including 2 Lagoon Pools with Waterfalls & Beachfront Sand Pool
·         75 Ft. Lava Tube Waterslide
·         Two Whirlpool Spas
·         Fitness Center – Open 24 Hours
·         Live music nightly in Shutters Lounge
·         Fabulous Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet on Saturday and Sunday Brunch at Naupaka Terrace
·         And more!

The Slack Key Festival – Kaua‘i Style take place from 12 noon – 6 pm.  Many of Hawai‘i’s finest slack key musicians will be performing including:  Ledward Kaapana, Brother Noland and Makana.  Admission is FREE.  Donations accepted at the door.  There will also be a food booth featuring favorite local foods and festival merchandise available for purchase.

For reservations, see your preferred travel agent or call Kaua‘i Beach Resort direct at
808-246-5517 or toll free at 1-888-805-3843.  The kama‘āina rate cannot be combined with any other offer.  A valid Hawai‘i ID is required at check-in.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hana all-inclusive ... 'everything' is included

There are countless ways to spend a few days relaxing on Maui but one that I had never done before was to experience an 'all-inclusive' getaway.

It's a wonderful concept ... (for the most part) you just pay one price and 'everything' is included.

At the Travaasa Hana, the Total Travaasa package includes: accommodations at their spacious and comfortable Sea Ranch Cottage, all meals, snacks and non alcoholic beverages. Also included are your choice of any 60 minute treatment from the award-winning spa; all on-property activities such as Morning Yoga, Basic Hula, Art of the Cocktail and Throw Net Fishing Experience; and a selection of off-property activities such as a coastal horseback ride and stand up paddling.

Rates begin at $799, double occupancy (tax and service charge not included)
I tried to leave a gratuity or the housekeeper twice but he/she left a note saying that tips were not accepted.

For more information about the spa treatments, daily activities, dining options, Hana town and more hotel package and room options, visit

Here are photos of the resort that I took.

Meditation Pool

 Pathway to the Tennis Courts and Pool 

Fitness Room

Hawaiian Music and Dance in the Paniolo Lounge

Pupus at the Weekly Manager's Reception

Art of the Cocktail session

Throw Net Fishing lesson

'Half of the cottage ... missing are the dining/wet bar area, the huge bath and outdoor sitting area  

Sea Ranch Cottage complex

Last look from my porch.  You can't see it in this photo but Mauna Kea is visible in the distance.

As you can see, there are swimming pools, tennis courts and a fitness room. There is a meditation room, shops, lush grounds, carts that will pick you up at your cottage and take you to and from the main hotel building (Sea Ranch Cottages are located 'accross the street' from the resort) and more.

I thoroughly enjoyed my short visit. Hana is lush and serene, the 52-mile Hana Highway drive is very scenic (as everyone will tell you) and the Travaasa Hana resort staff genuinely friendly and helpful.

Photos of the drive to Hana and Hana Town to come ... stay tuned.