p>As director of Hawaii product development for Classic Custom
Vacations, Lisa Morrill needs to keep current with all island
Although she appreciates each destination, there’s something
about Kauai that especially calls her name.
“I keep going back to Kauai for the raw, pristine beauty of the
island,” she said. “I believe that Kauai is what people envision
when they close their eyes and think of Hawaii.”
Small wonder, then, that Morrill relished the 12 years she lived
on the Garden Island.
“Every day I awoke to views of Hanalei Bay,” she recalled.
“Every morning I saw waterfalls and rainbows.”
Following Morrill’s example, Classic is encouraging clients to
get out and explore the time-honored natural splendors of the
island by constantly reviewing and refining its list of
“One of my favorite things to do on Kauai is the Na Pali Coast
Expedition in an inflatable zodiac,” she said. “The coastline is
uninhabited, unspoiled and the most beautiful in Hawaii. Dolphins
follow your boat, and you can jump in and swim with them.
“After a great lunch on the boat, you can swim with turtles and
snorkel with all sorts of fish.”
For 2005, Classic added Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ Kauai
Eco-Adventure to its activity roster. A whirlybird wings your
clients over such island landmarks as Waimea Canyon and the cliff
formation nicknamed Bali Hai, culminating in a foray into Waialeale
“With its 5,000-foot walls towering above you and its 3,000-foot
waterfalls surrounding you, Waialeale is a truly awe-inspiring
finish to the tour,” Morrill said.
Another Classic suggestion, Princeville Ranch’s Zip n’ Dip
Expedition has become one of Morrill’s all-time favorites.
“I did it last fall and I’m still blown away by the zipline
experience,” she said. “There I was, harnessed in something best
described as an adult leather diaper, zipping across a cable
hundreds of feet above a ravine through the rain forest.”
When friends and clients ask Morrill what to do during a Kauai
visit, she always mentions golf at Princeville Resort on the
island’s dramatic North Shore.
“Princeville is fortunate to have 45 of the most beautiful golf
holes in the world,” she said. “The course runs along bluffs that
skirt the mountains and the ocean with stunning views.”
A bike ride with Outfitters Kauai is another distinctive island
activity available through Classic. On two-wheelers, clients coast
from the 3,600-foot rim of Waimea Canyon down 13 miles of winding
blacktop, ending at the ocean.
“Along the way, bikers stop to hear narratives of Hawaii’s
history, culture and folklore,” Morrill said.
For travelers looking to be pampered, Morrill recommends the
25,000-square-foot ANARA Spa at the Hyatt Regency Kauai.
“The spa has been designed as a lush, open-air setting with
lava-rock showers, sparkling pools and manicured gardens,” she
said. “It’s the perfect ambience for experiencing native Hawaiian
treatments like lomi lomi massage.”
While Kauai’s activities keep visitors busy by day, island
accommodations are undergoing significant upgrades or renovations
to satisfy clients between adventures, Morrill said.
“There’s also a growing number of fun restaurants and shops to
explore on Kauai these days,” she noted. “My favorite destination
is the town of Hanalei on the North Shore because of its variety of
local art, gifts and food.”
While Morrill now lives and works in the Honolulu area, Kauai
continues to beckon her, and she’s been there more than 50 times
for business and pleasure.
“Kauai appeals to me because of its small-town charm,” she said.
“It simply nourishes my soul.”
Classic Custom Vacations is currently promoting spring travel
offers on Kauai.
Clients booking a minimum five-night stay at Hyatt Regency Kauai
Resort and Spa get a reduced room rate, upgrade based on
availability and daily buffet breakfast for two. Rates for a
five-night stay start at $1,014 per person (through June 4).
At the Aston at Poipu Kai, clients staying at least four nights
get the fourth night free, a two-for-one luau certificate, coupon
booklet and free parking. Rates start at $330 (through June 9).
Other properties in Classic Custom Vacations’ Kauai portfolio
include Princeville Resort, Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club,
Sheraton Kauai Resort, Whalers Cove, Kiahuna Plantation and Beach
Bungalows, Lanikai Resort, Outrigger Lae Nani and Radisson Kauai
Following are per person rates for a few of Classic’s
commissionable Kauai activities:
Na Pali Explorer’s Na Pali Coast Expedition: $84
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Kauai Eco-Adventure: $229
Princeville Ranch Zip n’ Dip Expedition: $120
Outfitters Kauai Waimea Canyon Bicycle Downhill: $94