Friday, August 26, 2011

Hawaii's Wedding Professionals (Kauai) Show#22 - 22 Degrees North Restaurant and Keoni's Limo (Encore Presentation)

Todd Oldham of 22 Degrees North Restaurant at Kilohana Plantation

John Jacoby and Aquarius Kalama of Keoni's Limo

Show Times on OC16
Premiers:     Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm
Repeats:      Monday, August 29 at 11:30am
Thursday, September 1 at 10:00 am
Friday, September 2 at 5:00am

Kahu Kalehua’s first guest is Todd Oldham, General Manager of the 36-acre Kilohana Plantation in Lihue.  Owned by the Gaylord Wilcox family, this plantation was once 22,000 acres and it maintains the ambiance of the easy going lifestyle of old Kauai.  It features eateries, artisan galleries and many more shops of interest.  22 Degrees North Restaurant is a 100% farm to table establishment on Kilohana Plantation.  The menu is Farmhouse Eclectic – 20% of the produce is grown on the property with the remaining produce and all of the protein (except for chicken) grown on Kauai.  Additionally, Todd explains that the President of the Company was born in Alaska and grew up at a time and in a place where nothing was wasted.  So, the wine bottles, for example, are cut and shaped into water glasses; leftover clean cardboard are die cut into coasters – this is one company who not only talks about going green but actually lives it.

For weddings, there is an on-staff wedding coordinator who can help couples plan their wedding ceremony and reception for 2 up to 950 guests.  They can pick from several scenic venues for their ceremony and them enjoy a fabulous wedding reception with appetizing and beautifully presented food.  Whether you’re a wedding couple or not, plan to visit Kilohana Plantation when you’re visiting Kauai and check out the many shops and sites there.

The next time you want luxury transportation to LAX as well as a pick up at Lihue Airport, call Keoni’s Limo.  Ten years in business at Van Nuys Airport, John Jacoby, owner of Keoni’s Limo is now developing his business in Kauai.  He knows the business well, having worked as a driver himself.  In addition to the stretch limos, Keoni (the Hawaiian version of John), also has Lincoln town cars and SUVs in his fleet.

Joining Kahu Kalehua and Keoni in the interview is Aquarius Kalama.  Born in Hana, Maui, Aquarius has lived on Kauai for 20 years and is a new driver and on-site manager for Keoni’s Limo.  As a local resident, Aquarius is knowledgeable about the islands and enjoys teaching his passengers about Hawaii.  Keoni’s Limo features a Red Carpet Package for wedding couples, which include champagne service and a “Just Married” sign.  And, be sure to watch this show to find out how Keoni handles couples who don’t want to see each other before their wedding ceremony…

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals Show #27 Encore Presentation Paradise House Restaurant and Manutea Nui E

Elaine Kerr of Plantation House Restaurant, Joey Kehaunani Dang of Manutea Nui E

Joey Kehaunani Dang of Manutea and dancers and drummers

Show Times on OC16
Premiers:     Friday, August 19 at 6:30pm
Repeats:      Monday, August 22 at 11:30am
Thursday, August 25 at 10:00 am
Friday, August 26 at 5:00am

In this third show featuring Maui wedding professionals, Kahu Kalehua Featheran welcomes Elaine Kerr, Director of Sales and Special Events of the Plantation House Restaurant in Kapalua, with the breathtaking view of the golf course, beaches and Molokai in the background.  As Elaine says, she’s the lucky girl who gets to work in all this beauty.   And, Elaine welcomes calls from local and destination brides and couples and helps them plan their weddings, vow renewals, corporate events and parties in one of several venues on the property.  As Elaine and Kalehua talk stories, viewers get to see some of the menu items as well as event locations that are available for guests.  Kahu Kalehua also sends a special mahao to David Hoffman, for his off-camera presence and support while the crew filmed in Kapalua.

The restaurant itself is open from 8am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 9:30pm daily.  Couples may schedule an exclusive event and buy out the restaurant, or they can plan a smaller scale event in the restaurant or one of the other non-exclusive venues.  With private, semi-private and restaurant locales (indoors or outdoors), Elaine can help couples plan their events for 10 to 150 guests.  The Molokai Lookout or Lawn can hold up to 500 people and is available not only for weddings and receptions, but also corporate events. 

The second interview opens dramatically as viewers see a black screen, and then the voice of Kumu Hula Lehua Kekahuna…the scene opens with 3 dancers, dressed in full costume, true to their art, and dancing the hula kahiko.  With this, Kahu Kalehua welcomes Joey Kehaunani Dang of Manutea Nui E to the show.  This interview took place at a beautiful estate in Makena.

Joey began her business 4 years ago, making Hawaiian and Tahitian costumes and accessories.  The business evolved and they now offer Hawaiian and Tahitian dance workshops and Polynesian entertainment.  By speaking with the wedding couples, Joey can design a show based on the venue, type of show and also with a budget in mind.  She is able to provide Hawaiian or Polynesian shows, sharing their culture and giving their audiences (mostly destination groups), a little something of the islands to take home with them.