Looking for that family vacation activity that your kids will really remember long after their visit? Then Celestial Voyage and Stargazing Evenings are a must-do for an unforgettable night beneath the Hawaiian sky.
Kauaÿi offers an abundance of outdoor activities for the whole
family and the stunning setting of The St. Regis Princeville Resort
itself is alone worth any length of flight to the island. However, there
is a deeper dimension to taking a vacation in Hawaiÿi that comes
from learning about its fascinating history and people. The resort is
committed to enriching guest experiences by sharing the history of the
land and broadening knowledge of Hawaiian culture and traditions.
On selected evenings, guests are invited to gather on the hotel’s
beach for an evening of wonder and exploration. Bookings are not
required and guests can arrive at any time. It is however requested
that an adult accompany children.
The friendly hosts promise an evening that is both educational and
fun for the whole family. Participants are guided through a review of
the stars and constellations in the night sky and about the significant
role that astronomy played in traditional Hawaiian culture. More
than 1,500 years ago, the first settlers on the Hawaiian Archipelago
sailed thousands of miles across the Pacific using the stars to guide
them. The evening tells the story of this seemingly insurmountable
A significant milestone in Hawaiian history was “Hawaiÿi’s
Renaissance” in the early 1970s, a term given to the renewed interest
in ancient Hawaiian practices and customs. At the forefront of this
renewal was the Polynesian Voyaging Society, which was founded
in 1973 to celebrate the legacy of explorers of the Pacific Ocean
and perpetuate the tradition of Polynesian voyaging. The Celestial
Voyage and Stargazing Evening captures the mission of the Society
where Hawaiÿi to this day continues to be a place where land and sea
are cared for and people and communities are healthy and safe.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaiÿi, the management company
of The St. Regis Princeville Resort, together with Kyo-ya Hotels &
Resorts, steward of six hotel and resort properties in Hawaiÿi and
California, have pledged $500,000 to the Polynesian Voyaging
Society to support the worldwide voyage of the Höküleÿa, which
began in 2014 and will culminate in the Hawaiian Islands in 2018.
The Höküleÿa, built in 1975, is a 62-ft long and 20-ft wide replica of
a traditional Hawaiian waÿa kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe)
that Hawaiÿi’s ancestors first sailed to the Islands in.
The current Höküleÿa voyage is being directed without any
navigational instruments, similar to how the ancient Polynesians
traversed their journey to the Hawaiian Islands. The voyage is
estimated to clock 47,000 nautical miles, stop at 85 ports and visit
A key message to take home from the evening is Mälama Honua,
to care for Hawaiÿi’s earth, a value that is upheld by the Polynesian
Voyaging Society. This commitment is demonstrated by the Höküleÿa
design, which features onboard photovoltaic panels that convert
sunlight into electric propulsive energy. The Höküleÿa has a zero
There is much to learn and much to be inspired by. Join us for
the Celestial Voyage and Stargazing Evening—an occasion to truly
remember. Please visit the Concierge for the weekly Guest Activities