Letter for Thursday, May 21, 2020

Now’s the time to stay at the Cottages

Some very good news for those of us living on Kaua‘i: My wife and I just realized that if we soon, want to visit the west side of Kaua‘i, we might be able to stay at The Waimea Plantation Cottages. These Cottages have always been heavily-booked by mainland visitors. Up to recent time, the Cottages have been closed to visitors. The workforce has been laid off, except for maintenance and Governor Ige has just revised the COPD-19 rules to now-allow mainland visitors to visit hotels in Hawai‘i, under very strict rules of two-week strict confinement virus incubation for mainland visitors.

We have not been able to visit the Waimea Plantation Cottages for almost two years now. We will be planning a week or two stay very soon… our chance for a real Holiday!

In the past … every time we return home to Princeville from a stay at the Cottages, we proclaim that we feel like we just came home from visiting some neat foreign country.

Waimea has so much to offer. Like the Chicken-in-the-Barrell Restaurant, on property, who will now do take-out breakfasts and their world-reknown pizzas. Then a short walk to the Mexican Taco shack by the Old Mill. Of course, there is Wranglers’ Restaurant and Big Save Market to bring home and cook in the cottage kitchens.

We enjoy nearby Salt Pond, Kekaha Beach and Polihale beach to find sea shells. Also walking the beach in front of the Cottages to the Kikiaola Boat Harbor brings up collectible drift wood and shells/rocks. Then a quick trip to Koke’e.

We’re sharing the holiday opportunity with North Shore friends in hope that the WPC management will offer us locals, kama‘aina rates.

Hey friends, just Google “Waimea Plantation Cottages” for more info.

Maybe we can soon get our “Ukulele na Haumana ‘O Hanalei” band organized to practice for our Queen Emma production at Koke‘e.

Just now occurred to me….parents of recent high-school Graduates of Waimea, Kauai’ and Kapa’a: how about graduation gifts of a couple of nights at WPC?

Alan Fayé, Princeville

  1. Major Lee Hung May 21, 2020 12:10 am Reply

    Clearly not a staged advertisement.

  2. kauaiboy May 21, 2020 6:08 am Reply

    Coast Hotels, which owns Waimea Plantation Cottages, is based in Vancouver Canada. It is desperate to re-open, and, for whatever reason, Alan Faye is heavily promoting it.

    Please read the fine print before booking there. A $30 per night “resort fee” applies to all rentals. Profits funnel away from Kauai to the mainland.

    Also, if you go to the WPC website and try to book 3 nights in late June for 2 adults at a kama’aina rate, you are quoted a total of $958, including taxes and fees. NOT a bargain, and no mention of refundable deposits. No thank you very much.

    I would much rather support locally owned, locally operated independent hotels and vacation rentals. Why is it that WPC can accept short term bookings from Kauai residents with no quarantining and arriving visitors from the mainland and other Hawaiian Islands with a 14 day quarantine, yet locally owned and operated vacation rentals are prohibited from doing so?

  3. charles cowden May 21, 2020 7:09 am Reply

    Alan, what, you have to pay?

  4. kauaidoug May 21, 2020 8:25 am Reply

    Stay and Play!! Get out and support local business as much as you can! I enjoy just driving through Kapaa because I can!

    1. arbitrary May 21, 2020 1:59 pm Reply

      go camping in anahola with locals, authentic kauai experience

  5. manawai May 21, 2020 10:05 pm Reply

    kauaiboy – Obviously you have no idea who owns Waimea Plantation Cottages. A Kauai boy? Funny that you don’t know that the resort is owned by Kauai’s Faye family who came here in Kingdom times long before you were born. Coast Hotels, only operates it for them. Before that it was Aston Hotels. The majority of the money that resort generates stays here in Hawaii. The property taxes they pay to Kauai County exceed $200,000 a year. Just another example that you can’t trust everything you read in these comments.

  6. LTEreader May 22, 2020 10:22 am Reply

    kauaiboy: “Coast Hotels, which owns Waimea Plantation Cottages, is based in Vancouver Canada.”

    Coast Hotels ‘manages’ the Waimea Plantation Cottages. The property has been in the Faye family since the late 1800’s > “The resort is owned by Kikiaola Land Co., which is wholly owned by the Faye family”
    It’s interesting to note that when it came time to restore the cottages, rather than tear them down (which apparently they were at the point of) they updated them ‘as is’ to retain the plantation charm. “Some of the cottages were left behind when the Waimea Sugar Mill Co. ceased operations in 1969. Others were relocated from other abandoned sugar camps in west Kauai. Together, they make up an almost complete history of sugar camp architecture, not only on Kauai but throughout Hawaii.”

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