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Kukui’ula To Reopen As Travel Resumes In Kauai – October 15, 2020
Carrie Coolidge – Contributor

Kukui’ula, the exclusive club and resort community on the south shore of Kauai, is welcoming back members and guests now that Hawaii Governor David Ige has approved Trans-Pacific travel to resume throughout the state. Starting on October 15, a new pre-travel testing program will allow visitors to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they have a negative NAAT COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight arrival.

“We are ready to welcome back members and guests to their island home on the South Shore of Kauai,” says Richard Albrecht, president of Kukui’ula. “We will continue to provide the ultimate family retreat while offering a safe and enjoyable experience utilizing the luxury of our 1,010-acre property, unforgettable adventures, breathtaking beaches, and an abundance of private resort amenities to help guests unwind, rejuvenate and explore our outdoor playground.”

The state of Hawaii has set up agreements with CVS PharmacyKaiser Permanente and others for the pre-testing program. This process will complement the state’s enhanced contact tracing, temperature monitoring, and traveler health interview screening procedures put in place when inter-island travel was opened in June. Travelers unable to complete the testing protocols will still be required to quarantine. Masks and social distancing requirements are still in place in Hawaii.

An Exclusive Club and Resort Community

Situated on the site of a former sugar plantation on the South Shore of Kauai, Kukui’ula, a 1,010-acre exclusive club and resort community, is the only club on the island that offers both residential real estate and a lodging component. The property was developed by Kukui’ula Development Company, an affiliate of A&B Properties, a subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, one of Hawaii’s largest private landowners. The club is so exclusive only members of the club (who are required to own property) and a limited number of guests who rent one of the Clubhouse bungalows have access to its impressive array of luxurious facilities.

A Safe Haven For All Ages

A family-friendly club where all ages are welcome, Kukui’ula offers a cashless experience, so there’s no need to worry about carrying a wallet or having cash on hand for tips, including when you drop off your car with the valet or when you have a spa treatment or eat at one of its restaurants (click here to see Forbes’ “Nirvana In Hawaii: Kukui’ula On Kauai”).

With homes, guest accommodations and activities spread out across the vast property and the wide-open space of the island beyond, Kukui’ula is a safe haven for exploration, restoration and relaxation, both for a short visit or as a home-away-from-home.

Kukui’ula offers everything a person who is looking to buy or build a home or simply vacation on the island could ask for. A pristine property, it is well-managed and has plenty of world-class amenities, from a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course to a full-service spa and multiple dining options. The golf course, pools, tennis courts and pickle ball courts are open on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The Club at Kukui’ula

The Club at Kukui’ula has resumed operations from Tuesday-Sunday and activities such as outdoor fitness classes, sunset sailing excursions, take home “meal-kit,” recipes and ingredients to create Club favorite dishes at home and more. ‘Umeke Kitchen + Bar is currently open at a limited capacity for dining and pool service. To ensure a pleasant and safe experience, seating is adjusted to allow six feet between tables as well as heightened sanitation and mask wearing among all staff.

Now more than ever, travelers are valuing the outdoors and Kukui’ua’s expansiveness and naturally social distanced environment allows members and guests to experience the best of Kauai in a safe setting. As Kauai enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine, there’s never a shortage of things to do. The club offers saltwater pool for adults and a sand-bottom saltwater pool for families complete with waterfalls, and whirlpools. There is also a beach volleyball court, two tennis courts, a Bocce Ball court and a pickle ball court and mountain bikes available (including electric mountain bikes).

An outfitter, called Huaka’i Guides & Outfitters Shop located at the Clubhouse, can book all types of outdoor adventures, from canoe sailing excursions with a picnic lunch to a hiking tour along the Kalalua Trail.

The Upcountry Organic Farm

Another amenity that sets Kukui’ula apart from most other developments is Kukui’ula’s 10-acre upcountry organic farm. The farm grows a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers—all available on a complimentary basis for members and guests of the property. Simply drive, walk, hike or bike to the farm and collect what you need, from tropical fruits such as pineapple, banana, passion fruit, papaya, lilikoi and mango as well as tropical flowers, a wide variety of vegetables and herbs. If you are in a hurry, just go to the clubhouse where a refrigerator is stocked daily with complimentary produce from the farm. “The farm is an important part of the club,” says Albrecht. “It informs the food and the menu of our restaurants. It informs everything we do in terms of being a grounded place.”

The Lodge at Kukui’ula

The Lodge at Kukui’ula, which is managed by Destination Residences Hawaii, offers accommodations with expansive, full-service kitchens, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, private outdoor lanais and spacious living areas. All units have private access and do not require the use of public elevators or hallways.

The resort has implemented enhanced cleaning and safety standards guided by the Hyatt Care & Cleanliness Commitment to ensure a healthy and safe stay. The team is sensitive to the ever-changing situation and will be extending a flexible booking policy and no fees or penalties for altering a reservation. Those coming to Kukui’ula unable to complete the current testing protocols will be required to quarantine in a reduced ‘Resort Bubble’ area at the property. The ‘Bubble’ will allow for movement beyond a guest’s room in a limited space with restrictions on activities.

Real Estate Opportunities

Kukui’ula features spectacular homesites, ranging in size from one-third to three acres, and multi-bedroom-built product located on and near the desirable Kaua’i coastline. Designed by such renowned architects as Shay Zak, Olson Kundig and Bing Hu, the collection of stunning homes is on hillside slopes and ocean overlooks. Club Cottages, Bungalows and Villas provide unique opportunities to experience all Kukui’ula has to offer as they are located steps away from the Clubhouse.

Click on this link for more information on real estate or membership opportunities at Kukui’ula.

A Magical Journey

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This article was contributed by Travel Blogger Stacey Barnes of Onword Journeys. 

Cascading emerald green mountains, effervescent waterfalls, bountiful ocean adventures, luxury boutique property, a spa that will transport your body into peaceful tranquility, exquisite farm to fork cuisine & a new “Living Well Yoga Guru Series” initiating a fluid connection with the mind, body, and soul! I am honored to share my journey to the “Garden Island” a.k.a Kauai & The Lodge at Kukui`ula. With my heart full of the Aloha spirit, my intention in this post is to share the sacred Hawaiian Mana (Divine Power).

Where to begin…There is so much share and I will do my best to list experiences with all the info needed, so if you are being called to Kauai, you will have ease of navigation to assist in your journey. First, I would like to send Mahalo (gratitude) to The Lodge at Kukui`ula for hosting us (my husband and myself)  as guests at their beautiful property to experience what Kukui`ula truly embodies & exudes.  I would also like to extend deep gratitude bows to the amazing Donny Starkins & Lauren Charpio for curating the Yoga Guru Series for Kukui`ula! Thanks to their intuitive visions and passion rooted in wellness, the yoga guru series has been born! Creating mindful guidance and unity for us to connect our authentic higher selves thru yoga and meditation.

“Ua ola loko i ke aloha” – Love gives life within.

The Lodge at Kukui`ula: Kukui`ula is such a unique and abundantly stunning property. What makes Kukui`ula so special is its exclusive residential property that offers luxury rental accommodations, from1 bedroom up to 4 bedroom homes, perfect for couples and family vacations! Kukui`ula club cottages, bungalows, and villas beautifully reflect the essence & character of Kauai plantation style architecture – featuring expansive views, wonderfully appointed kitchens, living areas, baths with private outdoor garden showers & outdoor firepits, providing world-class indoor/outdoor living. Kukuiula guests also have access to the expansive private club amenities. The Club at Kukui`ula offers/includes 18,000-square-foot full-service sanctuary spa,18-hole Tom Weiskopf designed golf course, TechnoGym fitness center, an open-air movement studio for Yoga/Pilates, access to the 10-acre organic farm, dining at the Umeke Kitchen + Bar and fresh daily continental breakfast

Kukui’ula embodies Ho’okipa—heartfelt Hawaiian hospitality. –

Journey to Kukui`ula: After landing in Kauai, we picked up our rental car and took the mesmerizing drive to Kauai’s south shore to Kukui`ula.  As we turned into the Kukui`ula property we headed down their canopy tree-lined street, the bungalows and cottages are located on either side of the road. Ben and I were filled with excitement and wonder… saying to each other, “is this real?”! We drove straight to our cottage, number 12 to check in. We were greeted by a friendly team member to give us a tour of the 2-bedroom cottage which also includes a guest house. The main cottage offers dual master suites with beautiful ensuite baths and outdoor garden showers, one of my favorite experiences at the cottage. Showering outside in the morning you are refreshed with the sun glistening on your shoulders and at night you shower under a blanket of stars… it’s pure heaven! The kitchen is amazing and full of all the appliances & cookware needed to make your own meals in the comfort of your cottage. The cottages offer a large “screened in” lanai with an additional dining & living area. Step out into the tropical backyard and soak in the expansive views of the lush Hawaiian mauka (mountain) landscape. One of our favorite places to connect was the private backyard by the firepit, this is where we enjoyed our morning coffee and evening glass of wine while reminiscing about our Kukui`ula journeys.

Stop by Huaka`i Guides & Outfitters Shop to rent your Kukui`ula crusier bikes. You will use the cruiser bikes every day to have ease of getting around the Kukui`ula property and into town. The Kukui`ula shops are located just a 5-10 min bike ride, here you will find a wide variety are restaurants, shopping, and local organic grocer.

Photo credit to the 2 beautiful ocean yoga pictures in this post: Mike Coots

The Living Well Yoga Guru Series: During our stay at Kukui`ula we had the pleasure to attend Donny Starkins Mindfulness yoga & mediation wellness series, offered twice daily. Ben and I know Donny from Arizona as his students from his yoga classes. It was a gift to be able to be lead with his mindfulness and inward guidance at Kukui`ula. Be sure to visit this Kukui`ula Blog, click the link here: to view the full line up of guest yoga instructors coming to visit the Club this year… and there is a possibility that Donny will return to Kukui`ula for the 2019 New Year week to assist in setting mindful intentions!

Read more on The Living Well Yoga Guru Series recent article on

The Living Well Yoga Guru Series’ embodies the culture and ethos of Kukui’ula. We take pride in our various wellness offerings at Kukui’ula—from land to sea activities to The Upcountry Farm—encouraging guests and members to embrace our Hawaiian culture and cultivate a sense of “malama” (Hawaiian for ‘inner peace and landscaping’).”-

Hi`ilani Spa + Fitness: The 18,000-square-foot full service sanctuary features private indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, lava rock saunas, all glass steam room, hot and cold plunge pools, extensive fitness facilities, a movement studio hosting 30+ classes a week, a 25-meter lap pool, men and women’s locker rooms with outdoor garden showers, glass-walled steam rooms and The Club at Kukui’ula signature “Wet Ritual,” offered before all treatments.

“Serenity dwells within the lava rock walls surrounding the spa and fitness complex, with its private lap pool, treatment rooms and state-of-the-art facilities.”

Upcountry Farm & Lake: the 10-acre communal farm and 20-acre lake invites guests to attain gardening skills and harvest seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Crops include more than 78 different items including lettuce, beans, chard, peppers, beets, arugula, strawberries, a variety of herbs, bananas, papayas, pineapples, citrus and tropical flowers such as orchids and birds of paradise. Kukui`ula even offers a complimentary produce stand located just outside the club to pull from at any time with freshly harvested organic goods from the farm! We stopped by and helped ourselves and made a scrumptious fresh garden salad for dinner in our cottage.

“There’s no rules, really. Pick your own organic produce for dinner salads or your morning breakfast, or ask a member of The Farm team for help.”-

 Chef’s Table 5-course prix-fixe dinner: Executive Chef Ben Takahashi brings Kauai fresh cuisine to new heights. Working with local ranchers, purveyors, fisherman and The Farm, Chef Takahashi’s dishes are rooted in Hawaiian Regional cuisine. Every dish Chef Takahashi prepared was impeccable and tantalized our taste buds. The sommelier wine pairings complemented each dish wonderfully. The social highlight of the evening was connecting with new friends at the community table… was an evening that will not be forgotten!

“The Chef’s Table 4-course prix-fix dinners are held every Wednesday”

Huaka`i Guides & Outfitters Shop: located in the Kukui`ula Clubhouse offers a one-of-a-kind program led by Kaua`i native Robert Miguel, with a variety of outdoor adventures, including hiking the Kalalau Trail, access to the isolated jungle with steep volcanic slopes, sailing a traditional Hawaiian canoe, or just enjoying a relaxing day at the beach.

Kukui`ula MAKAI GRILL + BAR:  Sit in the shade next to The Makai Pools. Enjoy poke and musubi, salads, sandwiches and other no-fuss dishes made with produce from The Farm. Poolside service and spa delivery also available.

Kukui`ula MAKAI POOLS: Steps from the Clubhouse, an infinity-edge pool is equipped with loungers for basking, half submerged in the freshwater. Adjacent saltwater pools flow together connected by cascading waterfalls and a waterslide, beloved by Kukui`ula’s keiki, that leads to the sand-bottom pool lapping the shores of a manmade beach. The expansive Makai Pools provide countless unique and idyllic spots for sunbathing with a cold, tropical drink in hand.

Read Full Article at Onword Journeys – Kauai

The Living Well Yoga Guru Series

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Kukui`ula Living Well Yoga Guru SeriesWe are thrilled to announce our new Living Well Yoga Guru Series, a program designed to welcome acclaimed yoga and wellness experts from across the country to share their practice with our guests and members. As Kauai continues to grow as a wellness destination, the program is aimed at offering a rejuvenating and restorative experience to enrich the lives of all who participate.

“We are always aspiring to evolve our programming to meet and exceed guest and member expectations,” says General Manager at the Club at Kukui’ula, Nicholas Gold. “‘The Living Well Yoga Guru Series’ embodies the culture and ethos of Kukui’ula. We take pride in our various wellness offerings at Kukui’ula—from land to sea activities to The Upcountry Farm—encouraging guests and members to embrace our Hawaiian culture and cultivate the practice of “malama” (Hawaiian for nurture, tend or to take care of) in their everyday lives.

“The Living Well Yoga Guru Series” consists of a 4-day program featuring a new theme and guest teacher per series. Each visiting yogi will be a resource to all guests, offering two yoga practices at morning and sunset, daily meditation, topical discussions, and a range of activities from mindful eating and qi gong to sound therapy. Yoga classes and activities will take place at various locations throughout Kukui’ula to take advantage of the stunning beauty and healing energy of our island home. “The Living Well Yoga Guru Series” officially kicked off on May 16th  with a program led by international yoga instructor and lululemon athletica ambassador, Donny Starkins. In the months ahead, Kukui`ula will host the following influential yoga teachers from across the country:

June 20-23 Jennifer Pansa

Expert yoga and wellness guide, Jennifer Pansa inspires a profound connection with oneself and nature.

Jennifer is more than just a physical movement teacher. She encourages her students to go deeper into authentic self-expression and a profound connection with oneself and nature. It is Jennifer’s passion to help her students see the wisdom of yoga that extends past the physical body and into daily life where the lasting changes matter most. Jennifer is an Essential Oils wellness leader and educator and is a Fitbit ambassador. Jennifer has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal, and her articles have been featured in THRIVE magazine, Disfunksion magazine and Jennifer’s clients include professional athletes from the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Boston Red Sox, Miami Dolphins, and TV actors from Burn Notice, Graceland and Game of Thrones.


July 18-21Andrew Sealy

Andrew Sealy is a global wellness leader, a Yoga artist, and an Alo Yoga ambassador.

His days are spent traveling to find adventure, practicing to cultivate growth, and constantly absorbing wisdom to create new experiences that he shares with his students around the world. The continuous self discovery process of Yoga compels Andrew to embody progressive knowledge while positively influencing and empowering his students. Andrew’s creative approach to teaching Yoga as a healing art has earned him numerous celebrity clients and the opportunity to lead transformative luxury retreats worldwide. He is known globally as a mindful life enthusiast and a wellness activist.


October 10-14 – Chelsey Korus with Michael Aidala

Chelsey Korus has quickly become one of yoga’s foremost teachers and philosophers.

She has been featured in PopSugar, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, Women’s Fitness, Mantra Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and is one of the top teachers on Wanderlust TV and Yogaglo. Chelsey has been teaching yoga since the age of 15 and has been an avid life long learner in numerous movement practices, including: Anusara, Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Acro, as well as martial arts, free form dance, and ballet.

Chelsea will be joined by partner, acro yogi and strength coach, Michael Aidala for an inventive 5-day yoga and fitness program.


October 24-27 – Ryan Leier

Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier is an esteemed wellness leader and a global ambassador for lululemon athletica.

Whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s commitment to honoring his teachers leads him to be equally devoted to continuing his studies as to teaching. Drawing profound inspiration from his daughters, Kiyah and Thora Grace, Ryan created Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, an innovative non-profit organization designed to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of youth ages 5 to 22 through the empowering practice of yoga. Ryan’s dedication to connecting with his community has also led to his role as a global ambassador for lululemon athletica.


November 21-24 (Thanksgiving) Gina Caputo

Gina’s passionate and inspirational style of teaching which emphasizes the fusion of alignment and flow, anatomy and energetics, focus and release, work and play.

She came to the mat from the office chair so has a keen ability to really speak to the high functioning professionals. She is an inspiring, empathetic teacher known for her clear and playful style of encouraging students to fearlessly navigate their edge, open their heart and boldly dive in. She is driven by the recognition that embodied, creative movement and self-exploration are essential methods of conscious evolution and discovering one’s limitless potential.

The foundation of “The Living Well Yoga Guru Series” is to provide an unparalleled experience that is set apart from traditional retreats, benefitting those looking to explore various practices that fit their personal journey through mana and prana (“mana” is the Hawaiian word for “divine power” and “prana” for yoga philosophy). The program is exclusively available to members of Kukui’ula and Lodge guests at no additional cost. All aspects of each four-day experience are optional. Members and guests may attend any or all of the Series’ experiences.

The Lodge at Kukui’ula offers luxury vacation homes which are available for rent by non-members. Each luxury home boasts beautiful indoor-outdoor lanais with breathtaking views, gourmet kitchens, and outdoor garden showers all conveniently located steps from The Clubhouse. Guests of The Lodge at Kukui’ula have unlimited access to the full host of Kukui’ula’s resort amenities including The Clubhouse, The Hi`ilani Spa, The Farm and The Huaka`i Guides island adventure program.

The Buzz

Read what Forbes has to say about our Yoga Guru Series – If You Want to Try Yoga, Go to Kauai

Read what Arizona Foothills has to say about our Yoga Guru Series – Channel Your Inner Yogi at Kukui`ula’s New Yoga Series

Read what Travel Weekly has to say – Kukui`ula Announces New Yoga Series