Island Hopping


POSTED: Saturday, May 02, 2009

Treat Mom any day in May at Kahala

Mother's Day isn't until next Sunday, but the Kahala Hotel & Resort is prepared to help you honor Mom any day this month with a “;Mom's Day Off in May”; kamaaina special. The offer is good through May 31 and includes:

» One-night accommodations for two in a mountain room.

» Buffet breakfast for two at Plumeria Beach House.

» One 60-minute spa suite treatment of choice.

» Complimentary parking.

The cost is $415 per night, with added nights at $295, including breakfast and parking. To qualify for the kamaaina special rate, visitors will be asked to show proof of Hawaii residency upon check-in.

For reservations, visit www.kahalaresort.com or call 739-8888, or (800) 367-2525.


Musical beckons visitors to Kauai

“;South Pacific,”; the box-office hit about forbidden love on a tropical island during World War II, has been re- released on Blu-ray disc by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to observe the movie's 50th anniversary. Most of the movie was filmed on Kauai's North Shore in 1957 and 1958.

Sue Kanoho of the Kauai Visitors Bureau said the North Shore remains largely the same five decades later. “;Kauai's allure and spectacular natural beauty helped tell the story of 'South Pacific.' Travelers coming here today will enjoy many of those same qualities,”; Kanoho said.

Visitors can still see many of the landmarks made famous by the movie musical. Mount Makana in Haena was the inspiration for the movie's “;island of Bali Hai.”; The main character, Nellie Forbush (played by Mitzi Gaynor) sang “;I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”; at Lumahai Beach. Other scenes were filmed at a spot overlooking Princeville resort, at Hanalei Bay and on the banks of the Kilauea River.

“;'South Pacific' helped put Kauai on the map for travelers, and our island is as lovely and inviting today as it was 50 years ago,”; Kanoho said.

More information about Kauai is available at www.kauaidiscovery.com, or call the Kauai Visitors Bureau toll-free at (800) 262-1400.