About our hotel...
Quite A Storied History!
One of the oldest hotels on the island still in operation— the Hotel Coral Reef was built in 1956 on the site of the old Kapaa firehouse, and it has remained in operation ever since. The hotel was originally built by owner/contractor Mr. Matsumura. The Matsumura family ran the hotel for many years before it was sold. Originally the hotel had only 10 rooms, until the ocean view annex was added in 1966. In 2004 the Hotel was purchased by its current owners. Today, the hotel has been completely remodeled and upgraded with all the comforts and facilities of a high-class resort. Plans are currently in the works to build an additional structure on the north end of the property to further expand the offering of luxury suites.
...the quaint and eclectic Kapaa
Historically, Kapaa was once a part of what was called 'Crown Land' controlled by the ruling monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. Kapaa began its existence before all that, sometime after the migration of ancient hawaiians into the eastern parts of the island along the Wailua River and then northward into the swampy lands where it was particularly suitable for taro farming. Additionally, the ocean and reefs on this side of the island were very productive sources of food. This side of the island is where the birthing stone is and the ritual heiaus of Wailua. And here the artful King Kaumualii (of Kauai) held ceremonial court, plucked a lot of bird feathers for his traditional capes, and governed the old ahupua'a systems of Kauai. Later, in 1878, King Kalakaua (of the Kingdom of Hawaii) set up a sugar mill in Kapaa, which began the rise of industry and commerce here on this part of the island. Industry and commerce completely replaced the old ahupua'a systems over a hundred years ago. Back in the day, Kapaa was kind of like the wild west... way far west! And then, in turn, the agricultural industries once built on taro, rice, sugar cane, bananas, and pineapple were also replaced by modern venture capitalism— largely, real estate development and tourism. The wild west days of Kapaa have all but faded into the past. Still, we are left with some valuable reminiscences.
The Hotel Coral Reef is located on Kauai's spectacular Royal Coconut Coast which stretches from south of Wailua to the northern most reaches of Kapaa. The area is known for (among other things) its stands of coconut trees, and the community celebrates all things coconut each October in Kapaa Beach Park with the annual 'Coconut Festival'.
The Kapaa Beach Park is located next to the Kapaa Public Library just on the other side of the Moikeha Canal south from the Hotel Coral Reef. The Beach Park also hosts many other festivals, shows, and gatherings each year. During World War II, Bob Hope and the U.S.O entertained the troops at the Beach Park. Some 40,000 troops were here in Kauai during WWII. At that time, the Kapaa Beach Park was a bustling tent camp for many of these troops. And at the same time, this area of Kapaa town was heavily involved with sugar cane production and pineapple canning operations. You can still see the remnants of an old railway bridge near the Hotel Coral Reef, which was used to transport the sugar cane.
Ever since those earlier U.S.O. shows at the Kapaa Beach Park, the entertainment industry never forgot Kauai. In 1956 the film crew for the movie 'South Pacific' stayed right here at the Hotel Coral Reef. Many more film crews have since stayed in and around Kapaa and filmed in many areas of Kauai.
The Hotel Coral Reef is situated in one of the most captivating tourist areas— quaint and eclectic Kapaa town— with it's wonderful little shops, restaurants, live entertainment, farmers markets, small boat harbor, adventure tours, and local conveniences. Today, Kapaa is a thriving little town and a great jumping off point for any adventure in Kauai.
"Everything was excellent. From the first phone call to checking out, the service and accommodations exceeded our expectations: warm and generous staff; clean and comfortable rooms; lovely pool; beachfront view; and boardwalk activities. The best coffee shop in town is right across the street, and a most-recommended restaurant is next door. We will definitely come back to the Hotel Coral Reef!" —Nancy, Keith, Max, and Emma, Austin, Texas
"Very comfortable rooms without that same old 'hotel' feel. Very unique, great views, and many things to do nearby. We would not hesitate to come back again. The windows are large and give you the option of waking up and hearing the ocean waves against the beach. You will not be sorry if you stay here!" —Shawn & Lyndsi, Grand Junction, Colorado