With WestJet announcing that its Vancouver-Līhu‘e route will now be served daily, it’s never been so convenient to trade our freezing Canadian temperatures for Kaua‘i’s warm sunshine. But there’s more to the Garden Isle than just glorious sunshine – so if you need even more of an excuse to escape this winter, here’s a round-up of what’s new on the stunning island of Kaua‘i...

Pretty Old Town

Next time you visit Kaua‘i take time to see one of ‘America’s Prettiest Towns’, as recognized by

Forbes Magazine. “Kapa‘a has a small-town Polynesian paradise quality that feels much more connected to the island's past. It’s a very Hawaiian town with traditional ukulele-makers and fish taco trucks parked under the palm trees,” explained Andrew Evans, one of the contest judges.

Rum Glorious Rum

The Kōloa Rum Co has launched a new drink for rum-lovers: Kaua‘i Coconut Rum. With a creamy toasted coconut flavor and a hint of tropical vanilla, this new rum is sure to help many-a Canadian traveller while away a warm, balmy evening on the Garden Isle.

kauai 2

Picture Perfect

Photo Safari Hawaii is now offering weekly Kaua’i Photography Workshops in the lush Lawa‘i Valley on Thursdays at 9a.m. and 2p.m. This photography workshop provides a terrific opportunity to learn fine art photography skills while having exclusive access to Kaua‘i’s hidden waterfall. The tours include an annual membership to the National Tropical Botanical Garden and round trip transportation from your hotel.

Fire Pit Food

The Aqua Kaua’i Beach Resort has created an enhanced dining experience. Travellers can now snuggle up to the cozy circular fire pit at the Shutters Fireside Lounge and enjoy the romantic ambiance.

Groceries For Guests

The condos at Whalers Cove Oceanfront Luxury at Poipu are now offering an ‘E Komo Mai’ program, where guests can submit a personal grocery-shopping list and have their condos pre-stocked upon arrival. The program is ideal for those who have flights that arrive late in the evening.

Pampering Perfection

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Resort has unveiled its newest amenity: The Koloa Landing Spa.

Guests can now be pampered in a relaxing and spacious spa that draws its concept from the rich, natural landscape of Kaua‘i, woven together with a modern, understated design.

Dine And Donate

The Sheraton Kauai Resort is offering travellers the opportunity to enjoy a great night of dining while supporting a worthy cause through the ‘You Dine, We Donate’ program at its signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu Beach. The resort donates all of its net proceeds at its sunset-view table #53 each month. Simply request to sit at table #53 to participate. More than $34,000 has been donated to local charities since the program began in October 2012.

kauai 4

From Seed To Table

Join Marta Lane, certified personal chef and Kaua‘i-based food and farm writer, for a unique foodie tour that is sure to tickle your taste buds. Tasting Kaua’i now offers two farm-to-fork culinary tours designed to connect people with the farmers and chefs of Kaua‘i. Jump into the food scene on ‘A Culinary Romp Through Paradise’, where guests can explore an exotic fruit orchard and enjoy cooking demonstrations, or try ‘A Taste of Old Kaua’i’ at the Waipā ahupua‘a, a Native Hawaiian learning and community centre.