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Children’s museum closing doors at Kaua‘i Village

The doors to the Kaua‘i Children’s Discovery Museum will close for the final time on May 31.

The reason for the closure is the museum’s reorganization, according to a press release.

“While we are very sad to be losing our space after nine years, we are excited about the opportunity to recreate and re-imagine the organization in a new space and possibly with new community partnerships,” said Jonathan Chun, president of the museum’s board of directors, in the release.

Chun continued that there have been discussions about potential joint venture relationships and the closure will allow the board to more fully focus on its next steps and development path to success.

He further stated in the release that the shopping center’s new owners, who are planning a $5 million re-model, offered only on short-term lease and said a substantial rent increase was likely, which would make it impossible for the museum to continue to run its programs at the current location.

“In an effort to protect our financial and other resources and be as proactive as possible, we felt it best to close immediately,” Chun said in the release.

An informational meeting will be held in Kapa‘a next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Children’s Discovery Museum, 4-832 Kuhio Highway, suite 332, for members and interested people.

For more information, visit www.kcdm.org.

KCFCU raises $4,200 for D.A.R.E. Kaua‘i

Kauai Community Federal Credit Union donated $4,200 to D.A.R.E. Kaua‘i this month at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in honor of D.A.R.E. Day.

More than 600 fifth-grade students from all over the island gathered for the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony May 4 held by participating officers of the Kaua‘i Police Department.

The event marks the 15th year that the department has dedicated its services to educating Kaua‘i youth about this drug-free program.

Tess Shimabukuro, senior vice president of operations and accounting at Kauai Community Federal Credit Union, presented the check as part of its youth program, which educates kids on saving and setting financial goals.

“Anything we can do to ensure that this program continues especially if it will help guide our youth to making the right choices, not only financially, but to saying no to drugs, we want to help,” Shimabukuro said in a press release.

Kauai Community Federal Credit Union operates five branch offices throughout Kaua‘i, including Waimea, Lihu‘e, Kapa‘a, ‘Ele‘ele and Kukui Grove.

NCL to go electronic with cruise documents

Norwegian Cruise Line and NCL America will begin issuing all-electronic travel documents to cruise passengers beginning May 28.

Guests will have around-the-clock access to their cruise documents, which will be made available up to 60 days prior to sailing.

The paperless method will offer “increased flexibility and choice” for guests in addition to increasing “reliability and earlier delivery of cruise documents,” said Andy Stuart, NCL’s executive vice president of marketing, sales and passenger services, in a press release.

When documents are ready, passengers will be e-mailed a link to access them online. They will also be accessible from the cruise line’s Web site.

Documents transmitted electronically include welcome aboard letters, cruise tickets, passenger terms and conditions, airline e-tickets for air travel arranged through Norwegian Cruise Line’s air/sea program, pre- or post-cruise hotel vouchers where applicable, pre- or post-cruise transfer vouchers where applicable, and electronic luggage tags.

A travel kit will also be mailed to passengers in advance of e-documents about 21 to 75 days prior to scheduled sailing. The kit includes information about the voyage but does not contain tickets.

According to the release, Norwegian encourages its travel partners to visit www.ncl.com/agencyupdate before May 28 to update their agency profiles.

NCL brings the overwhelming majority of cruise passengers to the island on its Pride of Aloha, Pride of America and Pride of Hawaii ships. NCL is the only line that makes overnight stops on Kaua‘i.

Hilton resort offers spring kama‘aina special

The Hilton Kauai Beach Resort invites kama‘aina to try out the newly renovated digs and 75-foot flume and lava tube waterslide at a discounted rate.

According to a press release, the Kama‘aina Splash spring special offers accommodations for two in the resort’s Naupaka Terrace with a buffet breakfast included for $139 per night — taxes and other fees not included.

The deal runs until June 30, and a Hawai‘i driver’s license is required for identification.

The Hilton Kauai Beach Resort has 350 rooms, a fitness center and spa, a 24-hour self-service business center, varied dining options, and complete meeting and banquet facilities.

The resort’s pool complex features three pools and two whirlpool spas surrounded by tropical landscaping, lush grottoes and numerous waterfalls, including a 12-foot cascade into the main pool. A fourth beachfront sand-bottom pool features a new 75-foot flume and lava tube waterslide.

Hotel guests are invited to a nightly sunset cocktail hour, followed by a traditional torch-lighting ceremony and Polynesian dance show. A complimentary hotel shuttle is available to transfer guests to and from the airport and nearby golf courses.

For reservations or more information on the Kama‘aina Splash, call (800) HILTONS or (808) 245-1955, or visit www.hiltonkauairesort.com.

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