Summer News
Aloha owners!

It seems hard to believe that summer vacation is over and most children are back in school here on Kauai and on the mainland too. 
According to the Hawaii Visitor Convention Bureau Market Insights Update the average cost of a flight from the U.S mainland to Hawaii was up 0.3% to $652. Visitor arrivals from the North American market grew +2.6% to over 3 million arrivals for the first half of the year.


Eat Local!


Good food! Good mood!

It's no secret that we love amazing food and locally sourced products at GVR and now our guest amenity program reflects this passion. We have been working with local stores and even some farmers to provide more food-centered items for our guest check-ins and special arrival gifts. Local eggs have been a big hit as well as our new favorite store, HANAI, located in the heart of Kapaa next to Tamba Surf Company. Hanai's mission is to offer 100% locally-sourced ingredients. How do you make local flour when we don't grow wheat? At Hanai they are making it with breadfruit, cassava and kiawe beans. This just gives you a snippet of the culinary imagination of owners Collin Darrell and Adam Watten. 

Their new delivery service direct to our office enables us to offer some of the freshest jams, fruits and vegetables as well as breakfast and snack packages to our guests and to you! Our favorite part of their service has definitely been the Friday Hanai Market Meal deliveries. For a reasonable price they do most of the work for you and box up a meal that is local, fresh and so easy to prepare at home. Did we mention wine? They will also pair the wine for you and deliver to the office. 

HANAI is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. On Saturdays stop by for their special grill menu and grab a quick bite to eat while sampling amazing wine.

What's New at GVR?
Texting


Texting has become part of everyday work and personal life for many so we have set up a new text number and have been texting our guests and owners to say Aloha (often on arrival and departure).  This has been a HUGE hit with the guests! They book activities, make reservations, ask questions, let us know if they need anything and it's so easy.  You can always phone or email, but if you are someone who prefers  to text , our GVR Text number is 808-427-0818.
Point Central Locks

The electronic locks are being installed wherever possible at GVR's expense. The owners and guests are enjoying an easier and more secure system for entering their property. We are able to track who enters a property and also see when they depart. There are many features that integrate with our software so we can track the cleaning and inspection process from start to finish as well as monitor vendors at the properties and alert guests of early check ins when they are available.
Digital Handshake


We are presently setting up our first two video cameras. 
I am the first guinea pig at the office and Bruce, one of our sales agents, is training on his right now. You are probably wondering what a digital handshake is? It's a video (of me or Bruce in this case) to a potential guest so they can put a face to our name. It personalizes our experience with the guest looking to book and has proven to close a lot more reservations. You may get one from me, too, one day after I get over the camera butterflies.
Airbnb

Our LiveRez software integration with airbnb has become a big help to the reservation process. You are probably noticing that the source on the guest comment sheets have a lot of airbnb clients. It's especially popular with the Millennials, who are soon going to be spending more than the Baby Boomers on vacations. 
Book It Now

VRBO has gone to an immediate booking feature and after many months of challenges we are participating in a big way. We have begun to see an increase in our direct bookings from VRBO.
Experience Kauai


Have you explored Experience Kauai on our website? We have been busy writing articles on many different topics. We have been focusing on this part of the website to enhance the guest experience AND to create traffic to our website. 10X content marketing is the new term that marketers are using to appease the search engines rankings these days. Search engines (Google in particular) want to see content that is not only original but also helpful at answering questions. With the third-party websites (VRBO, FlipKey, etc.) becoming more and more complicated, it's imperative that we entice potential guests to our website directly and it's working! Check it out and feel free to give us ideas for articles or send any great photos that you have if you don't mind us putting them on the web! 
High Res Pics

Fuzzy images are no fun especially when you are trying to zoom in to get a closer look at something and it turns into a pixelated blur! When choosing a property our potential guests need to be able to get a good look around to appreciate how spectacular our rental properties are down to the smallest details. Many of you know Blythe as our head inspector of properties. She has become extremely talented at photography and is taking updated pics whenever improvements are made so that we can get your new purchases and remodels up on the websites quickly. Make sure you check out her videos and pictures on Instagram and Facebook. She is currently at the Olympics in Rio and has been posting Rodger the Rooster photos on our social media accounts.

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Our Guests love the Club!

Poipu Beach Athletic Club Updates

If you have not had the opportunity to visit the club lately, the new gym is now open and various fitness classes are offered for $7/class for members, including Yoga, Yoga Fusion and Buti Yoga!  Coming Soon they have hinted at a  Keiki Club, Spa, Shower Facilities, Member Lockers and an Adult Pool! We can't wait!

Also Hapas Outpost located right off Poipu Road at the entrance to the club is offering fresh roasted coffee, lunch wraps, shave ice and more! They have also announced that Hapas Restaurant will be expanding their menu to incorporate a casual dinner crowd. 


There have been many live concerts on their great lawn which is an awesome entertainment bonus to the Kauai community and our visitors. Past entertainment has included UB40, Salt N Pepa, Common Kings, Katchafire, Fiji and many others. This weekend, country fans will enjoy Thompson Square!



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