Kauai

Kauai Fact Sheet

"The Island of Discovery"

See also: Why KauaiMap of Kauai (PDF)

Kauai Highlights

  • The oldest island in the Hawaiian Islands chain
  • Capital City: Lihue
  • Population: 69,000
  • Number of Rooms: More than 4,000
  • Top Venue Regions: Lihue, Royal Coconut Coast, Poipu, Princeville

Kauai Overview

Kauai has more than 4,000 hotel rooms but retains a sense of "small-island" charm with relaxed towns and welcoming residents. There are a number of world-class hotels and resorts on Kauai, as well as excellent alternatives for group meetings, incentive programs, and special events, including botanical gardens and one of the largest coffee plantations in the United States. Meeting sites are plentiful, and each offers a special touch of Kauai with amenities that are made or grown on the island.

Kauai's Natural Beauty

The "island of discovery" has surprises at every graceful turn of its quiet highways. From navigable rivers to mountain trails, the natural beauty of the island is legendary:

  • Amazing landscapes of sculpted mountains, rugged canyons and pristine beaches
  • Home to the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast and the 3,600-foot-deep Waimea Canyon, often referred to as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"

Kauai Activities

Kauai has no shortage of activities to enhance any program or encourage group bonding, including kayaking, ATV rides, expeditions to dozens of Hollywood movie locations, ziplining, golf, and aerial tours into valleys of countless waterfalls.

Lihue Accommodations & Venues

Known for its cultural and historical sites, Lihue is located in the commercial center of Kauai, home to Kauai Marriott Resort, and Hokuala Golf Club. Located just outside of Lihue, Kilohana Plantation's lush gardens and manor, along with Gaylord's restaurant, which offers venues for events large and small.

Royal Coconut Coast Accommodations & Venues

Nestled between the mountain and the ocean on Kauai's east side, Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach offers an expansive event tent with capacity for roughly 450 persons. The new beachfront venue also offers catering for coffee service, lunch, receptions and dinners.

At the 216-room Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, onsite meeting, convention and catering specialists are available for business and social gatherings. With over 5,375 sq. ft. of indoor and more than 2,000 sq. ft. of outdoor function space, the hotel offers an ideal setting for group services and meeting conventions.

The 25-acre oceanfront oasis at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is home to a variety of exceptional event venues, including seven meeting rooms, landscaped courtyards and 26,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor flexible meeting space. With 350 guest rooms, the resort ensures standout meetings, conferences, receptions and special events.

Poipu Accommodations & Venues

In world-renowned Poipu on the sunny south shore of Kauai, Sheraton Kauai Resort offers a variety of oceanfront and tropical garden function spaces, perfect for groups or incentives. The resort provides 394 comfortable guest rooms, nine spacious oceanfront suites, over 25,000 sq. ft. of indoor function spaces and 40,000+ sq. ft. of flexible outdoor space spanning 20 acres of pristine coastline.

Nearby, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa features 25,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space, all on one level, and 40,000 sq. ft. of formal gardens, lawns and poolside and lagoon event areas for unforgettable parties. Corporate gatherings take on an entirely new energy from fresh breezes gracing the resort's lush grounds and incredible facilities.

Half a mile from beautiful Poipu Beach, Koloa Landing Resort offers accommodation options ranging from studio suites to villas. The 12,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom can be divided into seven separate areas and is complemented by two 8,000 sq. ft. Outdoor Event lawns, both of which can up to 800 people. Completion of the ballroom, restaurant and main pool at Koloa Landing is scheduled for December 2016.

Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s latest culinary endeavor, Eating House 1849, is located at The Shops at Kukuiula. Perfect for hosting private events, Eating House 1849 can accommodate approximately 180 people for an intimate yet productive meeting space. Eating House 1849 pays homage to Hawaii’s unique culinary heritage. Promising regional cuisine with a historic flair, the new restaurant blends two worlds: the ambiance and simple flavors of the plantation era with the dynamic modernism of haute cuisine. 

Princeville Accommodations & Venues

On Kauai's dramatic north shore is the upscale resort area of Princeville, where golf enthusiasts can play on a premier course at The St. Regis Princeville Resort. The resort also has five conference rooms offering an additional 3,128 sq. ft. for intimate gatherings and provides complimentary Na Pua lei making, ukulele lessons, champagne sabering at sunset, and beachside stargazing for all hotel guests.

Other Kauai properties also provide countless options for creativity and productivity: Planners can choose from an array of public and private venues, including Na Aina Kai Botanical Garden, Kilohana Plantation, Iliahi Estate, Allerton and McBryde Gardens (2 of the 3 National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai), Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall and Kauai Veterans Center.

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