The producers of Wedding Wars, which will premier tonight on VH1, invited 12 engaged couples to the North Shore haven of the island of O’ahu…Turtle Bay Resort, in order to compete couple against couple for a $100,000 exclusive Turtle Bay Resort wedding. Little did they know as they were checking into their luxury cottages that they would soon be living in the same jungles used by LOST as the home of the ‘smokemonster’.
The series premiers tonight on VH1 at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 9 pm Pacific and 6 pm Hawaiian time…but as always, check with your local provider for any local time changes. Check out their trailer below:
Turtle Bay Resort employees worked through the night to ensure their guests were safe and protected as a tsunami warning indicated the possibility of a tsunami hitting the Island of O’ahu at approximately 3:25 am this morning.
The main building at Turtle Bay Resort is designed with potential tsunamis in mind. The safest place is in the corridors on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th floors. Shortly after 2 am Turtle Bay Resort staff moved guests out of their rooms and into those corridors. People brought blankets, pillows, computers and games into the hallways and made an event out of it. Approximately 5 am the “all clear” word came and people moved back into their rooms. Turtle Bay Resort received no damages.
12 engaged couples will battle each other for the destination wedding of a lifetime while facing challenges on a remote island that will put their relationship to the ultimate test.
Hosted by Michele Merkin, “Wedding Wars” is a competition-elimination show where each week teams of soon-to-be brides and grooms will fight tooth and nail for a shot at their dream wedding and incredible prizes. BUT, these couples are in for a huge shock when they learn they won’t be competing at a five star resort (Turtle Bay Resort) or getting any special treatment. Instead, the couples are being exiled to a remote island with little food or water and in order to win the wedding of their dreams, they must brave the elements and survive in the wilderness as they compete in trying challenges.
Imagine yourself coming to an exotic resort in order to win the romantic wedding of a lifetime. Then imagine having the rug pulled out from under you as you are transported away to a remote island location. That’s what Wedding Wars envisioned. The show airs March 14th on VH1. Check out their trailer:
ABC’s hit television show Cougar Town just finished filming their 2nd season final episode at Turtle Bay Resort. The Crew and Cast of the show posed for the picture to the right in the Bay Club moments after the director said “its a wrap”.
Charles McAdoo, 86, met his lovely wife Rosella, 84, more than 70 years ago in school. They lost touch with each other after high school, but were reunited again in 2009. Charles (then a widower) and Rosella (then a widow) wasted no time getting together and they were married on Valentines Day of 2010. (Photos are Courtesy of Disney ABC Domestic)
Rosella submitted their love story to the “Live! With Regis and Kelly” show and they were one of only five couples chosen out of the thousands of entries for this week’s Valentine’s Day themed week on Live! entitled the “World’s Greatest Love Story”.
Regis teased the couple for hugging and kissing while on the show. When Charles said there were “no children yet-but we’re trying” Kelly responded “Keep practicing!”
Rosella stated in her entry that Charles had always wanted to see the World War II Memorial at Pearl Harbor so Regis and Kelly awarded them with an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii, staying at the famous Turtle Bay Resort along with $3,000 in spending money. Turtle Bay Resort has lined up a special tour of Pearl Harbor for the couple during their stay.
After it was all over, they sat down and said a few words. Check it out below:
Kahuku High School students were allowed to “apply” for jobs at Turtle Bay Resort through their school career counselors. Those “hired” were able to go on a field trip to Turtle Bay Resort and participate in a job shadowing program in selected fields. Some students picked front desk, others culinary…and still others fields such as accounting, sales, public relations, housekeeping, human resources and property operations. After spending the entire morning working alongside our employees in their selected fields, the students joined their mentors for lunch in the employee cafeteria.
This Job Shadow partnership between Kahuku High School and Turtle Bay Resort has been going on for at least 10 years (no one could remember for sure how long) and it gives the students a great opportunity to actually experience real life careers and determine where their true interests lie so they can better plan out their future education needs.
The students posed here for this picture along with Turtle Bay Resort staff as their morning began.
Young women dream about and begin to plan their weddings from a very young age. Some men do the same. Imagine a scenario where engaged couples were able to compete for a grand prize of a luxurious wedding. Our wedding planners can imagine!
Premiering on VH1 on Monday night, March 14th at 9 pm ET/PT, Wedding Wars follows 12 engaged couples who will battle each other for the destination wedding of a lifetime. Hosted by Michele Merkin, each week will feature drama, competitions and eliminations, with all the twists and turns you could imagine engaged couples could experience.
We will be watching…you should too in order to see and witness the surprises in store!
Turtle Bay Resort was one of the beneficiaries of the phenomenal competition that took place at the first event of the Stand Up World Tour for 2011, the Sunset Beach Pro. For those of you who missed the action in person, check out the events in the clip below and set your calendars for next winter so you can be here and share the excitement in person:
Na Kama Kai teaches the youth of Hawaii to live their lives in accordance with the ‘olelo no’eau, which means “a traditional wise proverb”, of Keiki Aloha Kai Aloha, which means “Beloved Child, Beloved Sea”. This relationship dates back to the Hawaiian ancestral beliefs that makes the Earth, with land and sea, a sister with Kane, or mankind…with each sibling responsible to take care of each other. Children are taught to care for their sibling, the earth and sea, with the respect and the honor befitting a beloved family member
One of the talents developed by the ancestors was the ability to become one with the waves…be it by canoe, sailing vessel or board. So to us here in Hawaii, the renaissance of the art of Stand Up Paddling is just a confirmation of our past.
With that in mind, a dozen of young competitors, ages 11 to 17, met at Turtle Bay Resort today to compete in the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge. Every participant was a winner because they understand the relationship of mankind with the earth and sea; but, as with every competition…only one can be named the the best of the day.
Guest judges included the top watermen of the world, Robby Naish, Ekolu Kalama and Kai Lenny. They had a tough time as they looked at the abilities of these young people to navigate the world famous North Shore winter surf…but they had to make a decision, which they did. Bernd Roediger took first place, Matt Becker took second, Kody Koerbox took third and Ridge Lenny, the younger brother of current world champion Kai Lenny took fourth.
Turtle Bay Resort is pleased to be associated with such a great group of outstanding young men and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.
The competition today was fierce from the very beginning, setting up the stage for a classical finale that held the crowd and the competitors in suspense…waiting for the final ride of the day that finished just as the final horn blew. It was only seconds, but with the weight of anticipation hanging heavily in the air, it seamed a lot longer. Finally the announcement was made. Kai Lenny won the Sunset Beach Pro, presented by Turtle Bay Resort, by 1 point!
Robin Johnston came in second, Peyo Lizarazu was third and Zane Schweitzer finished 4th. Today marked the first time that both Johnston and Zane Schweitzer have made it into the finals.
Round two of the sunset Beach Pro saw 12 of the day’s field of 24 qualifying for (as long as the waves are there) tomorrow’s Semi Finals. Bernie Baker, a famous Hawaii Waterman, took this picture of Kai Lenny, who is dwarfed by the size of the wave.
Today saw broken boards, snapped leashes and lost paddles. The Hawaiian water rescue teams were kept busy in every heat helping competitors deal with the heavy surf. Ultimately, continued competition today was suspended after a riders meeting decided by popular vote that the conditions were just too hazardous. A call will be made tomorrow morning as to whether competition will resume.
The 12 athletes going forward to compete in the semi finals are: Connor Baxter, Brennan Rose, Chuck Patterson, Pomai Hoapiu, Slater Trout, Charles Kaili, Noland Keaulana, Kody Kerbox, Haley Fiske, Abraham Shouse, Freddy Huihui, and Serge Carabasse. Check out www.standupworldtour.com for additional information and click the video below for today’s highlights:
What a glorious way to start out the second year of the Sunset Beach Pro, which is the first stop on the Stand Up World Tour for 2011. After the stars from last season stopped by at Turtle Bay Resort for the Expression Session on Saturday, Sunday found the top unseeded competitors from around the world competing for the remaining open spots. Check out the action:
At today’s Expression Session, where the top contenders for this years Stand Up World Tour put on a picture perfect presentation to delighted north shore guests, Turtle Bay Resort‘s Mark “Skip” Taylor and Drew Stotesbury announced Turtle Bay Resort’s sponsorship of Kai Lenny. Kai is just barely 18 years old, yet he is the current reining world champion of the Stand Up World Tour. This announcement signifies a significant step forward by the new ownership to the Waterman League and all that it stands for.
Kai Lenny is a true waterman. At only 18 years old, he is a top surfer, a top stand up surfer, a top kite surfer and he could even run cross country if he wanted to (he runs several miles a day). He is also a scholar, finishing High School in just a few weeks (a bit early). His skill in the classroom and his skill as an ambassador for good…combined with his ability to perform at the highest levels of competition in the water made him a natural pick to represent Turtle Bay Resort.
Turtle Bay Resort knows what it takes to be unique and as a result it is with great honor we announce this sponsorship. We wish Kai the best of success this week at the Sunset Beach Pro as well as the additional upcoming events this year throughout the world. We will keep you posted on his victories!
The top contenders from last year’s 1st Stand Up World Tour gathered in the ocean adjacent to Turtle Bay Resort’s Hang 10 Bar and Grill this morning to give guests the thrill of a lifetime…a phenomenal demonstration of what this emerging sport is all about. Kai Lenny, the current world champion, along with France’s Antoine Delpero (#3 last year), Brazil’s Leco Salazar, O’ahu’s Robin Johnston (#4 last year) and Kala Alexander, a local O’ahu wild-card and famous Big Wave Charger for several decades, put on a picture perfect clinic about what this sport is all about.
After the event the athletes delighted fans by hanging around to sign posters.
Turtle Bay Resort is pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Stand Up World Tour Sunset Pro. The holding period starts tomorrow (Sunday). Daily event details can be found here.
Green flashes are optical phenomena that occur shortly after sunset or just before sunrise when a green spot is visible, usually for no more than a second or two. These flashes can occur as a result of a group of various phenomena, but they are most commonly seen at locations with an unobstructed horizon, such as over the ocean, just like…oh, let’s say, the Hang 10 Bar & Grill at the pool of Turtle Bay Resort!
In honor of the Green Flash, Turtle Bay Resort’s Hang 10 Bar and Grill will offer a special drink beginning tonight, called “The Green Flash” (Blue Curacao and Sauza Tequila, filled with OJ and Pineapple juice topped with Midori Garnish and a cherry (the cherry is the Sun). The special drink is only available a half hour before and a half hour after sunset.
Green flashes can be enhanced by the mirage effect, which is represented as the increase of the density gradient in the atmosphere and therefore increase refraction…or it can just be because you are relaxing at Turtle Bay Resort and enjoying our latest concoction. Whether science nerd, scholar, surfer or whatever…come join us for a Green Flash!
The Sunset Beach Pro was established last year and in doing so it put on the show that began to define the outer limits of the new sport in intense 12 – 15ft surf (Hawaiian). In an intensely fought set of eliminations, young seventeen year old Kai Lenny made his presence known by taking 1st place in the inaugural year of the Sunset Beach Pro. This years waiting period is February 6th through February 15th.
The Sunset Beach Pro will again open this year’s Stand Up World Tour season and it is again expected to set the standard for all other events to follow. Sunset Beach is uniquely set up for performance stand up paddle-surfing with its powerful and challenging surf surging across the reef to meet an intimidating shore break on the inside.
The 1st Course consists of Shrimp, Mango & Avocado Salad with Poamoho Organic Greens mixed with a Pomegranate Vinaigrette paired with a Roderer Estate, Brut, Sparkling Wine from Anderson Valley, California. The 2nd Course consists of Scallop, Oyster Shooter and Caviar and Shiso Maui Onion Salsa paired with a Ladoucette Chardonnay, Les Deux Tours, from Loire Valley, France. The 3rd Course consists of Opakapaka Pipikaula with Corn Pesto, Toasted Pine Nuts and Shaved Parmesan paired with a Sonoma Cutrer, “Russian River Ranches”, Sonoma, California. The 4th Course consists of Filet Mignon with Hau’ula Tomatoes Caper Relish, Potato Risotto Demi-Glace paired with a Conn Creek Cabernet from Napa Valley, California. The 5th Course consists of Chocolate Heart-Shaped Meringue filled with Devils Food Cake, Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache and Fresh Berries paired with a Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto, from Douro Valley, Portugal.
Price is $85 without the wine pairings and $115 with the wine pairings. Tax and Gratuity are not included in this price. Reservations are required and must be guaranteed…no-shows will be charged $45 per person. Limited seating is available so call (808) 293-6000 today to ensure you and your valentine will not be disappointed!
The annual Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary 2011 count will be held on Saturdays January 29th, February 26th and March 26th this year and Turtle Bay Resort will be one of the 60 participating different shore sites around the islands of Hawaii, Kauai and Oahu. The purpose of this count is to determine changes in the pod counts and to monitor migration patterns in order to better understand these majestic mammals and ultimately the data will be used to help us better protect and ensure their survival.
Guests and local community members are welcome to participate. Parking will be free for volunteers. The count starts at 8:00 am and finishes at 12:15 pm each of the Saturdays.
Turtle Bay Resort’s Executive Chef, Hector Morales, has now seen one of his dreams become a reality as Leonardo’s, a truly fine Italian restaurant, is now officially open and serving the Italian experience.
Open nightly, seven days a week, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Leonardo’s serves traditional and custom Italian cuisine. Its menu brings to life the taste and flavor of Italy, with homemade pastas, customized sauces, a true fire based pizza oven and many additional touches that will make your taste-buds dance with appreciation. (Click here to see the menu).
Last week the hosts of DVD on TV, which airs during breaks of favorite movies being shown on the FX Network (Channel), spent some time at Turtle Bay Resort in order to prepare for the upcoming showing of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which will air on the FX Channel on Monday, January 24th, at 8:00 pm. Be sure to check your local cable provider for the channel number and the exact time it will be shown in your area.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall has become a treasured hit. Many parts of the set still remain at Turtle Bay Resort…along with the locations and restaurants used during filming. DVD on TV will walk you through the show based on their experiences of just last week at the resort. The Film Syndicate, a Hollywood based production facility, arranged for and produced this experience.
Check it out, with updated tour and comments, Monday night on FX!
A select group of the world’s best surfers are now gathered in Hawaii in hopes that the waves on Oahu’s North Shore roll in tomorrow (Thursday) morning as expected, which would bring on the The Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau tournament, which is held only when wave heights tower over 20 feet (Hawaii measurement). This event has only taken place seven times in its 26-year history, the last time being December 9, 2009.
Currently the biggest waves of this season are expected around daybreak Thursday morning.
Turtle Bay Resort, working with the City and County of Honolulu, is providing free parking to people who want to see the event. The City and County of Honolulu is encouraging people to utilize the City Bus System, since there is no parking at the event or along the roads near the event.
If coming from Waikiki or Honolulu, take the Pali Highway, the Likelike Highway or H-3 to Kaneohe and proceed to Turtle Bay Resort. Park for free and take the busses from there. The busses will drop you off right in front of the event and pick you up and return you to your car after the event and you won’t have to park and walk for miles.
Trucks started coming in early in the still of the morning…even before anyone was beginning to stir. The only hint in the air that something was going on was the fact that signs directed people going to breakfast at Palm Terrace Restaurant to a different location. As if in the still of the night…a treasure is being created at Turtle Bay Resort. It’s almost still a secret…so I’ll just whisper the name…Leonardo’s.
Leonardo’s. The finest in fine Italian dining is coming to the North Shore.
Imagine for a moment the best in all that Italy has to offer on the North Shores of O’ahu.
Fresh, homemade pasta. Fresh north shore produce. A newly renovated location. Need we say more?
Officially opening January 12th…come check out the fnest Italian dining you will find without having to travel to Italy!
Oh, by the way, did I mention that io sono stato a Italia molti anni e cosi posso parlare italiano, ma piu importante, conosco molto bene la gusta Italiana? Benvenuto e bon appetito!
If it where not for the fact that Turtle Bay Resort works with the local community throughout the entire year…this morning’s events of feeding 1,000 plus of the North Shore’s less fortunate would be just another sham to get a promotional benefit. But to the employees of Benchmark Hospitality International at Turtle Bay Resort…today was the “icing on the cake” of wonderful things that have been done throughout the entire year, on every level.
During this past year the Housekeeping Division collected much needed items for those in need and in shelters. Human Resources conducted promotion after promotion to raise what was needed to help our community. The Seafood Festival raised again through its silent auction tens of thousands of dollars to fund the operation of a Bookmobile that services the elderly and those most in need.
I personally, along with the Resort Manager, serve on the Board of Directors of a local non profit that helps our children have opportunities to learn about how school can meet career. Our Director of Human Resources serves on the Board of Directors of other non profits and is in positions to help battered women and children who otherwise would have no choice and no opportunity.
And then there is our Executive Chef, Hector Morales, along with the entire culinery staff, who worked tirelessly throughout the night last night to feed an estimated more than 1,000 people this morning…along with local churches and support organizations.
I know in mentioning these few groups…I’ve left out many. For example the Spa and their fund raising for Breast Cancer Research, the Stables and their fundraising efforts for the local community and their extra-ordinary contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation. The list goes on…and on…and on!
So, on behalf of all the employees at Turtle Bay Resort, who serve in so many local capacities that they could not even be counted…and most would not want to be counted because they do it just because it is the right thing to do…Mele Kalikimaka a E Hau’oli Makahiki Hou ia oukou! (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!)
RipCurl reports, and we as an additional sponsor of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing agree, that Stephanie Gilmore has been living the dream over the last two months. After clinching her 4th consecutive ASP World Title in Puerto Rico she has continued her competitive onslaught by winning the women’s Vans Triple Crown of Surfing’s “Duel for the Jewel” consequently now for the third year in a row.
With near-flawless, overhead conditions, Stephanie attacked Pipeline against Coco Ho and Rip Curl teammates Alana Blanchard and Tyler Wright. After a couple of deep pits, Stephanie officially padded her own legacy in the record books with a pair of new titles to her name…the three year in a row Triple Crown winner and the first ever women’s Pipeline winner (a professional women’s event has not been held at Pipeline before).
“I would trade it all to have another session out there with no one else,” Stephanie said in reference to her heat at Pipeline yesterday.
This all comes only one week after the 2010 SURFER Poll Awards, held December 6th at Turtle Bay Resort, where Stephanie received top honors as Women’s Surfer Poll Champion.
Please join us in celebrating a tremendous performance!
Back again by popular demand, Turtle Bay Resort‘s “Lighted Cart Parade” will make its way down the entryway to the resort on Saturday, December 11th, at dark (approximately 6:10 pm-ish).
This event pits the employees of Turtle Bay Resort against each other as they decorate their carts (if they don’t have one, golf supplies them with one) with each department working to out do and out perform the other.
Santa Claus and special guests will be in the lobby after the parade. Be sure to check out the Festival of Trees, decorated by local elementary schools…and be sure to vote (with your money which gets donated directly to the school of your choice) for the winner. The trees are located in the Conference Concierge Foyer.
We look forward to your participation in our special Holiday events.
This exciting evening will showcase the chefs and wines in five courses consisting of a First Course of Scallops with roasted and crispy poamoho sweet potato paired with a Wila Rack Sauvignon Blanc. Second Course is Kabacha Bisque with coconut and giner paired with a Kidnappers Chardonnay.
Third Course is Seared Hamachi with braised red cabbage, apple puree and candied walnuts paired with a Pinot Noir. Fourth Course is a Petite Filet with seared foie gras, truffle au gratin and grilled asparagus paired with a Sophia. Fifth Course is a Pear Almond Tart with pistachio ice cream and cnranberry compote paired with Waialua French Press Coffee.
Price is $95 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. Sitting is at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited and reservations are required at (808) 293-6053.
A fourth consecutive lay day has been called for the O’Neill Women’s World Cup of Surfing because of minimal one foot (if even that) surf prevailing at Sunset Beach.
Stop No. 8 of 8 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, the O’Neill Women’s World Cup represents the second jewel of the Vans Triple Crown and also plays a vital role for competitors sitting on the bubble for requalification for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour.
“Our flat spell has continued and we’ve been forced to call the contest off again today,” Richie Porta, O’Neill Women’s World Cup Head Judge said. “Unfortunately, it’s looking like tomorrow could be small as well, but there is a promising swell on the horizon for Wednesday.”
Surfline, official forecasters for the Vans Triple Crown, is expecting small-scale surf to prevail again tomorrow, but is monitoring a promising swell that could see competition back in action as soon as Wednesday.
Numerologists say there is meaning in numbers. Here at Turtle Bay Resort this weekend the meaning was that our staff was crazy busy with wedding function after wedding function (30 in all)…each taking advantage of the ability to have 10/10/10 be involved with their wedding date. We were lucky to get a picture of a few of the wedding coordination group at Turtle Bay Resort in between their scurrying around making sure that each bride and each bridal party received the best individual care and attention possible.
They were not the only ones scurrying around however. All those function meant a lot of food…not only for the guests staying at the resort (the resort was full) but for the local guests that drove up just for the local portion of the weddings. Under the direction of Executive Chef Hector Morales, the kitchen, though busy, churned out the needed delicacies with timely grace and precision.
But wait…there is still the matter of wedding cakes. Executive Pastry Chef Benjamin Tabios was kept very busy ensuring that the wedding cakes were not only beautiful but tasty as well.
But there was even more. The valet, the bell hops, the waiters and waitresses, the setup staff, the clean up crews…everyone worked hard pitching in to make 10/10/10 equal 30. Congratulations team to a job well done.