Updates From Kohala Coast Resort Association

Updates From Kohala Coast Resort Association

New director Stephanie Donoho discusses plans and news from Hawaii Island’s western shores By: Marty Wentzel
<p>Stephanie Donoho recently stepped in as administrative director of Kohala Coast Resort Association. // © 2014 Kohala Coast Resort...

Stephanie Donoho recently stepped in as administrative director of Kohala Coast Resort Association. // © 2014 Kohala Coast Resort Association

Feature image (above): The Kohala Coast hugs a 20-mile stretch of Hawaii Island’s western shores. // © 2014 Kohala Coast Resort Association

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Kohala Coast Resort Association

When it comes to getting things done on Hawaii Island, tourism specialist Stephanie Donoho is a firm believer in cooperation.

“In order to move most large projects forward, you need to take a team approach,” said Donoho, the new administrative director of Kohala Coast Resort Association (KCRA). 

For 30 years, KCRA has worked for quality development and name recognition for the destination, which is located along a 20-mile stretch of Hawaii Island’s western shores. KCRA includes 11 member properties. 

“KCRA’s primary goal is to share the importance of the visitor industry on our economy,” said Donoho. “We want to make sure that our elected officials, government staffers, tourism industry partners, non-profit organizations, hotel and resort employees and island residents understand the important role that tourism plays.”

Among the projects on Donoho’s radar are improvements at Kona International Airport. The state legislature has appropriated funds for the design and construction of a new international terminal that meets federal requirements. In the interim, KCRA is supporting the state’s efforts to gain a temporary permit to use the existing structure for international arrivals. 

Park revitalization is another focus for Donoho and KCRA. 

“Our association helped with cleaning and painting of the Spencer Beach Park pavilion in partnership with Hawaii County Parks and Recreation,” said Donoho. “We are exploring other park partnerships as well.”

KCRA has also been collaborating with Big Island Visitors Bureau and shopping centers along the Kohala Coast to explore opportunities for adding visitor shuttles. 

Meanwhile, Donoho shared the following KCRA news of note to travel agents:

- The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii; Four Seasons Resort Hualalai; and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel are the Kohala Coast-based hosts for the next Waimea Ocean Film Festival on Jan. 1 to 9, 2015.

- Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is hosting Chef Fest from Oct. 22 to 25, 2014, with intimate dinners, cooking classes, culinary experiences and wine tastings. 

- Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel recently renovated its guestrooms and refreshed its lobby, pool and restaurants.

- The new Makai program at Hilton Waikoloa Village provides access to its spa, private concierge service, preferred restaurant reservations and a dedicated poolside cabana and lounge area. 

- Mauna Kea Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2015. Festivities begin in December 2014 with the 41st annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am golf tournament. 

- Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is hosting the Hawaii State Open tournament from Dec. 12 to 14, 2014. The event determines the best golfer on the islands.

- Shops at Mauna Lani recently debuted Under the Bodhi Tree, a restaurant featuring vegetarian, vegan and raw cuisine.

- Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is running a commissionable room-and-spa treatment package starting from $334 per night through the end of 2014.

“The Kohala Coast is a vibrant, thriving community that welcomes both residents and visitors,” Donoho said. “So many incredible experiences can be enjoyed along our beautiful coast.”