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Greetings from Grand Pacific Resorts

Inspiration for your winter travels!


You Spoke, We Acted

Your feedback in action


What's New?

It’s time to celebrate milestones and new beginnings!

10 BE EPIC Moments Dive Into Hawaii's Forbidden Island pg. 16

Recognizing exemplary acts of service


12 Lillian Watari

Making a difference in Kauai

14 Picture Perfect

Learn the History of Kauai

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One family enjoys time together in two states at once!

16 Where Time Stands Still

Exploring Hawaii’s ‘Forbidden Island’

22 History of Kauai

The Garden Isle’s lush past


32 Kauai Beach Villas

Your personal piece of paradise


34 Enjoying the Journey

Check Out Our Newest Resort, Kauai Beach Villas pg. 32

A young family passes down vacation traditions

44 Table Talk

A favorite seasonal recipe that’s as easy as pie!

46 Annual Owner Celebration

Tales, traditions, and tips

50 GPR Cares

Lending a helping hand in Haiti

54 You Ask, We Answer

A Look at This Year's Owner Celebration pg. 46

Your questions answered

56 Mark Your Calendar

Cruisin’ through California this season


When Grand Pacific Resorts defined our core purpose, “Enriching Lives by Creating Experiences Worth Sharing,� we envisioned bringing you more than a week away each year. We imagined all the promise that comes with vacation ownership, and we asked ourselves how we could provide you with the best experience wherever you travel.


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That’s why this magazine, Time Together, has become such an important biannual tradition. The pages are filled with inspiration for your next vacation, whether it’s a fall adventure with family (p. 34), a step back in time to Kauai (p. 22), or a few days enjoying the fresh snow in Tahoe (p. 56). Time Together, is also an opportunity to feature what connects us all. Inside this issue we’re focusing on GPR Cares, the social responsibility umbrella of our giving programs which also includes sustainability initiatives. In 2016, we partnered with Clean the World to keep toiletries out of landfills (p. 8). Four times a year we also donate $2,500 to charities nominated by owners through our giving program at ResorTime. It’s always a pleasure to give back knowing that the organizations we work with matter to you. As always, your feedback is valued. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about this issue and how we can make Time Together and your ownership in general more valuable to you and your loved ones. You’ll find a link to a survey on the back page. Wherever your travels may take you this holiday season, we hope you and your loved ones enjoy some Time Away…Time Together. On behalf of the entire Grand Pacific Resorts team, happy holidays and here’s to a very bright 2017! Sincerely,

Nigel Lobo, Chief Operating Officer

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YOU SPOKE, WE ACTED Pass the Recipes, Please! TABLE TALK with local avocados from the State Street Farmers’ Market in Carlsbad. In this video, Jim shares his recipe, plus tips for identifying ripe avocados and removing the pit.

I loved the recipe for creamy guacamole in your last issue, especially the video showing exactly how to make it just like a professional! Would love to see more tasty recipes similar to this one in upcoming issues.

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The great thing about this creamy guacamole recipe is that it’s so flexible. You can add more or less of each ingredient, double the amount, and add your own twist with additions like cilantro and garlic. Guacamole browns easily when it’s exposed to air, so whip it upright before you plan to serve it. Adding a little lime juice helps everything stay green a little longer. 4 ripe avocados

2 tbsp sour cream

¾ cup chopped white onion

Salt and pepper

½ cup mayonnaise

Chopped tomatoes (for garnish)

½ cup salsa

Shredded cheese (for garnish)

1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh out of the skin into a bowl. 2. Chop the avocado into cubes with a knife and add salt and pepper to taste. Mash with a fork, making sure to leave some chunks. 3. Add the onion, salsa, mayonnaise, and sour cream to the avocado and fold the mixture to combine. Liked the cream cheese pie recipe in the last issue? You’ll love this one!

4. Scoop your guacamole into a serving bowl and garnish with tomatoes and cheese. 5. Serve with tortilla chips.

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You’re in luck! Check out page 44 for a delicious homemade apple pie recipe that’s just in time for the holidays! Also, feel free to submit a recipe of your own, and we’ll feature it! –Editors


Thank you for delving into the history of Coronado, including what it was like in Spanish times as well as its early tourism days. As someone fascinated by history, I loved seeing all the old photos and hope to see similar historical pieces in upcoming issues! Christine S., Laguna Beach, California In that case you’ll love our History of Kauai article featured in this issue! Check it out on page 22 and enjoy learning all about the lush Garden Isle! –Editors


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Limited print copies of Time Together will be available at our home office and the family of Grand Pacific Resorts in 2017. Be sure to pick up your copy!

We want to hear from you! Give us your feedback about Time Together, tell us how we can improve your ownership experience, or simply let us know more about your travels. Comments may be edited for length and clarity.



I would love to see more exchange deals and resort specials. It’s the special perks like this and the thought of getting to visit a new place that make resort ownership exciting!

I was so excited to see Hanalei Bay Resort on Kauai was a finalist for an award. We just returned from a trip there and had a great time—the view was spectacular! Thanks, Grand Pacific Exchange, for an incredible experience and for this issue of Time Together!

Kamaili D., Tucson, Arizona Perfect timing, we’re extending a special offer on Kauai Beach Villas in this issue. Check out this opportunity to explore a new resort on page 32! Also, your owner benefits include access to ResorTime and GPX… where there are always special perks exclusive for owners. –Editors

Leslie R., Redding, California We were excited about that as well! Be sure to relive the good times at Hanalei Bay Resort on page 31! –Editors

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Clean the World Grand Pacific Resorts is proud to announce its partnership with Clean the World, an organization dedicated to recycling hospitality amenities in order to keep waste out of landfills while providing impoverished families around the world with a basic yet essential hygiene product: bars of soap. In just one year, it’s estimated that Grand Pacific Resorts will recycle 21,610 lbs. of used toiletries, which comes out to approximately 60 lbs. of recycled goods per day. 8

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When you stay at a Grand Pacific Resort and leave behind partially used bath goods, our housekeepers will gather them to help make a positive impact on global sustainability. Learn more about Clean the World at and stay current with our ongoing environmental efforts as well as ownership lifestyle information by visiting our blog at


This picturesque oceanfront resort is turning 20! We’re excited to celebrate by elevating it to an even higher quality of aesthetic than when it was originally built to bring the most value to your ownership experience. You can follow the progress and share your thoughts with us at

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Coronado Beach Resort will celebrate its 25th anniversary in November of 2017. In the spirit of vacations…the fun starts now! Join us in the lobby for special events, capture and share the experience in our photo booth, and take home special keepsake giveaways like postcards and a key chain. W AV E C R E S T R E S O R T

In 2016, Wave Crest Resort joined the Grand Pacific Resorts family. We extend our warmest welcome to the owners of this beautiful oceanfront resort. It’s our honor to be your management company and offer you benefits to enhance your vacation ownership. Go to to learn more about Wave Crest Resort and more resorts joining our family soon. G R A N D PA C I F I C E X C H A N G E

Your exclusive exchange benefit, GPX, is coming to you online with a completely brand new mobile-friendly website! This new site is being built with your specific vacation needs in mind. You’ll find videos of insider tips from fellow owners along with special offers. Get the scoop at T I M E TO G E T H E R : FA L L / W I N TER 2016


BE EPIC Moments Our values at Grand Pacific Resorts—Balance, Empowerment, Enthusiasm, Passion, Integrity, and Consistency —shape a culture where people come first and hospitality is the cornerstone of everything we do. Extraordinary acts of service are taking place every day at our resorts, so we created BE EPIC Moments as a way to capture and share them with you. Check out some of the inspiring stories about heartfelt hospitality below and be sure to tell us about your own!


BALANCE // Kelly R., Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort Being kind, extremely accommodating and relatable. Being that I'm a service manager myself I'd pray to have a member like him as a part of my team! He offers nothing less than premium service and a major pay raise if possible! I will now be more likely to recommend this property because of him. Thank you for hiring him and you're blessed to have him on your team! —Jenevieve S.


EMPOWERMENT // Serene W., Mountain Retreat Resort Very helpful and friendly. Called local market and had them hold aside an item for me for my dinner recipe. Great customer service. —Elizabeth B.


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ENTHUSIASM // Martha S., Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley Martha has been working for this company for longer than I started visiting the resort. Every year Martha is always super thorough with cleaning our unit and every day she always has a friendly smile on her face! —Tina B.


PASSION // Travis N., Tahoe Beach & Ski Club I observed Travis being epic 3 times! We checked in on 9/3/16, and I had the opportunity of having Travis check us in. He also answered phone & helped a couple with luggage. I was so impressed with his positive attitude, cheerfulness & professionalism. Excellent! I was in customer service for over 30 years & Travis is exceptional. I appreciate it. Thanks! —Alan & Stephanie W.


INTEGRITY // Nydia P., Coronado Beach Resort Our room was gorgeous and so clean—smelled so good when we walked in. We asked for extra hangers and within minutes we had them. She is always so friendly and helpful. —Dale & Andrea D.


CONSISTENCY // Sue J., Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge Sue was helpful, knowledgeable, and kind each and every time we interacted. Her reminder calls were appreciated and her smile was great! Nothing seemed to fluster her. —Jerri R.

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Lillian Watari

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has been delighting both guests and owners at Hanalei Bay Resort with her Hawaiian charm for over three decades. When not servicing the resort, Lillian has been generously giving her time imparting goodwill within the local community for the past 10 years. LILLIAN WATARI

TO THE LEFT: Hanalei Bay Resort Charity Walk Team // Lillian participating in the charity walk

The Visitors Industry Charity Walk is a Kauai island-wide event put on by the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. All walk proceeds benefit more than 57 different local charities, including well-known organizations like the The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii and the Special Olympics of Hawaii. Lillian first got involved in the event as a recruiter for the North Shore of Kauai. Initially there were only three participants, including herself. The low turnout prompted Lillian to take action and see how she could go about personally enlisting more walkers and securing more donations. She started with what she already knew is a hospitable and caring place: Hanalei Bay Resort. Lillian successfully convinced the front desk and maintenance staff to join her in selling lunches along with Krispy Kreme donuts delivered directly to guests’ rooms. The small staff’s joint efforts were enough to raise several thousand dollars for the cause that year. Eventually, Lillian was able to get 55 Hanalei Bay Resort participants onboard, and the resort went on to become the fifth highest contributor in Kauai.

Through recruiting participation along with initiating and hosting several independent fundraisers, Lillian single-handedly raised the most amount of money through her efforts— doubling her next closest competitor’s pledges!

“Considering the number of employees at the resort compared to other larger hotel/resorts on Kauai, this contribution would not have been possible if not for Lillian inspiring the rest of her team to participate in the walk and the various charity walk events leading up to the actual walk itself.” —Denise Wardlow, President of Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Kauai Chapter

This year, Hanalei Bay Resort raised over $16,000, and Lillian received the “Golden Slippah” award for being the top fundraiser. Lillian’s positivity and leadership have made her an inspiration not only to her colleagues within the hospitality industry, but also to all those simply interested in helping make the world a better place.

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Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

Buzz Waloch, a boating enthusiast and avid traveler, uses his ownership at Carlsbad Seapointe Resort to ensure he spends plenty of quality time with his 12-year-old son and wife Maria. This past summer the family used GPX to stay at our sister property Tahoe Beach & Ski Club. Given Buzz’s love for being on the water, they chose to do a dinner boat cruise where this romantic moment gazing over the paddle wheel and picturesque mountains was captured. They also had the fun experience of realizing they were crossing the California/Nevada state line by boat as they cruised towards Emerald Bay—allowing the Waloch’s time together in two states at the same time! 14

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magine for a moment what it must be like to momentarily escape the frenzy of our fast-paced, developed world and step into a far simpler time and place where everyday conveniences we rarely give any thought to like internet, paved roads, or even running water simply don’t exist.

For a small population of Hawaiians, this way of life is an everyday reality. And now you can get a glimpse into this off-the-grid lifestyle.

Far removed from the tourist-packed beaches of Maui and crowded shopping malls of Waikiki sits the island of Kauai, the lushest and least inhabited of the Hawaiian Islands—a tranquil retreat many vacationers consider a hidden gem among the more highly sought out Hawaiian destinations. Then another 17 miles beyond Kauai’s coast awaits an even more remote destination beckoning the more adventurous travelers: Hawaiian Forbidden Island of Ni’ihau whose namesake is no exaggeration.

a peaceful island community that’s proudly locked in time and tradition—all of which create a virtually utopian society actively living out a “take only what you need” philosophy. The island’s population consists of merely 200 inhabitants who speak primarily in Hawaiian and live entirely off the land in true primordial fashion by hunting with ropes and knives and fishing with spears and nets. With no paved roads, telephone service, or power lines, residents rely on horses and bikes for transportation and solar power for electricity.

Locally dubbed “where time has stood still”, Ni’ihau is shrouded in mystery as one of the last remaining places on earth completely untouched by modernity and surprisingly isolated from the outside world. On its shores you will find no trace of current day commodities—no cars, no stores, no restaurants, no public services, not even indoor plumbing.

Formerly under the long rulership of Hawaiian royalty, the island was purchased by Elizabeth Sinclair in 1864 and is now privately co-owned by Sinclair’s great grandsons, Bruce and Keith Robinson. Since 1915, it has been almost entirely off-limits to visitors, earning Ni’ihau its “Hawaiian Forbidden Island” moniker. Rare visitation exceptions exist for relatives of the original owners, invited guests possessing special permission, and U.S. government personnel.

Instead you’ll find the largest lake in Hawaii; a multitude of endangered monk seals lazing on its deserted beaches; and an abundance of turkeys, cows, and sheep freely roaming among

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developed on the island. Since Ni’ihau is more arid and lacks the exotic flora of the other Hawaiian Islands, rather than craft traditional flower leis, inhabitants make the famous necklaces from tiny shells. Several people also regularly commute to nearby Kauai for work and services like medical care and school, with many residents considering both islands home.

trouble arises within a household or the greater community, inhabitants practice the tradition of “Ho’oponopono”, a concept embodying forgiveness and restoration over punishment. Rather than cast transgressors aside, a mediator intercedes in a disagreement until it’s resolved so that people—especially children—can learn and grow from their mistakes.

The island’s tight-knit community embraces the loving and caring Ni’ihau spirit, championing being good stewards of the land as well as generously looking after one another in every facet of life from provisions to education. Inhabitants live rent-free in modest, single-wall plantation houses and also enjoy partaking in free meat. Since precipitation is scarce on the drought-prone island, rainfall is collected in giant tubs during storms with one bucket distributed to each person for bathing. A boat from Kauai delivers groceries free of shipping costs to cover any remaining needs.

Formal education exists on Ni’ihau in the form of a K-12 charter school that operates entirely on solar power. Approximately 25 to 50 students study traditional academic subjects combined with learning how to live off the land. Students speak only in Hawaiian throughout their elementary school years then switch to a combination of Hawaiian and English in high school. The Hawaii Department of Educationoperated school encourages fostering the preservation of the Ni’ihau culture, values, and spirit.

Elders pass down oral traditions rich in knowledge and wisdom ranging from homemade medicinal remedies to proper conflict resolution. Whenever

Curious tourists are now being invited to learn about this unique and untapped place with Holo Holo boat tours that are essentially day-long voyages back into time.


A modern day replica of an ancient art form in which designs are carved and dyed onto the skin of a gourd— a piece of the Forbidden Island you can take home! 20

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Resting Hawaiian monk seals on Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii // Variety of reef fishes in beaches off of Ni'ihau, Hawaii

Expeditions begin with a continental breakfast onboard a large catamaran followed by a water tour of the spectacular Na Pali coast with its sheer green cliffs, pounding waterfalls, and lava tubes along with vast wild marine life like monk seals, bottlenose dolphins, and even humpback whales during migration season. Discover the Lehua Crater and venture right up to the entrance of its sea caves before heading across the Kaulakahi Channel to the Hawaiian Forbidden Island of Ni’ihau for an extensive boat tour of its perimeter. Then the friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you to some of the most pristine waters in all of Hawaii for world-class snorkeling to explore plunging underwater sea cliffs along with every class of coral and fish imaginable.

Cap off your excursion with a buffet lunch and complimentary beverages of your choice before cruising back to Kauai. If you’ve already traveled to some of the more common Hawaiian tourist spots and now find yourself craving a new adventure, then this is the ideal opportunity to venture off the beaten path and live a truly unique experience. No matter where you choose to explore in Hawaii during your next trip, may it always be filled with Aloha ‘aina {love of the land}. About the Author Cindy Kauanui is a longtime Kauai resident who cherishes her rich Hawaiian culture so much she's pursuing learning the Olelo language.

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�e Garden Isle's Lush Past The island of Kauai is commonly referred to as the Garden Isle—home to white sand beaches, dense rainforests, cascading waterfalls, unique wildlife, and arguably some of the most spectacular sunsets in Hawaii.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Hanalei Bay, Kauai Island, Hawaii [present day] // Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, and Department Of Land & Natural Resources. Hanalei Pier, Hanalei Bay off Weke Road, Hanalei, Kauai County, HI. Documentation Compiled After, 1968. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.


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his lush island retreat is so much more than just an exotic getaway for those in search of some much-needed R&R; Kauai boasts a rich and dramatic history full of twists and turns that led it to become one of the most photographed places on the planet.


Formed by gradual volcanic overflow, Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and is steeped in ancient mythology. The first settlers to reach Kauai’s shores were Polynesians who inhabited the island from the time of their arrival in 400 AD until they were conquered by the Tahitians nearly 600 years later. The Royal Coconut Coast of Kauai was one of the most sought out places among early settlers due to its fresh water sources and fertile land that was prime for growing crops. Many of its people consider Kauai to have belonged to an entirely separate kingdom and

history than its sister islands, a theory based on evidence that Kauai was once home to a formidable tribe of Polynesians known as the Menehune. The early societies in Kauai practiced a mana form of polytheism, meaning they believed their different deities could take on various forms, including animal or human, in order to pass through society undetected. Ancient places of worship known as heiau were erected and some are still standing today. Most legends and practices, including those of the Menehune, are kept alive through Hawaiian chants and songs, which are often performed in conjunction with the hula dance.

LEFT: [Hanapepe Falls, Kauai, Hawaii]. ca. 1911. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: An Offering before Captain Cook in the Sandwich Islands / Webber del. ; Walker sculp. [Between 1770 and 1800] Image. Retrieved from the Libra [Group of natives eating poi, Hawaiian Islands in front of grass hut]. ca. 1896. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress. // Pretty Hula Girls, Honolulu, Haw of the Island of Kauai; Kapaakea, father of King David Kalakaua; and Keohokalole, wife of Kapaakea and mother of Kalakaua [ca. 1880] Image. Retrieved from the


Not to be left out of the spoils of newly discovered territories, Europeans voyaged to Hawaii in the late 16th century. James Cook was the first European to set foot on Hawaii in 1778 and originally named the entire island chain the “Sandwich Islands� after Earl Sandwich IV.


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Initial contact between English sailors and native Kauaians was peaceful and mostly centered around bartering goods. Kauai soon became a popular trading port for voyagers, a missions field for traveling clergy, and a sought after living destination for wanderers in search of a piece of paradise.

ary of Congress. // Honolulu Festival--Natives Returning from Water Sports. 1913. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress. // Strohmeyer & Wyman. waii. ca. 1901. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress. // [Hawaii album, p. 9, portraits of Hawaiian women, men and a child]. Including Kanoa, governor e Library of Congress.


In 1819, Kauai and the neighboring island of Ni’ihau joined King Kamehameha’s Kingdom of Hawaii after much resistance—the last of the Hawaiian Islands to join the Kingdom. King Kamehameha had previously tried to take the islands by force twice by arming an armada of ships and canoes but failed both times. Afraid of the threat of another invasion, Kauai’s King Kaumuali’i decided to peacefully join the Kingdom of Hawaii without any bloodshed and ceded Kauai to the Kingdom in 1824.

The deal proved to be good for strengthening the Hawaiian Islands as a whole until American forces overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893. After its overthrow, Sanford B. Dole served as the President of Hawaii until its annexation to the United States in 1959. The Dole family had a long-standing presence in Hawaii in the form of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, which later became the Dole Food Company on Oahu. T I M E TO G E T H E R : FA L L / W I N T E R 2016


LEFT TO RIGHT: Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, and David Franzen. Haraguchi Rice Mill, Hanalei River, Hanalei, Kauai County, HI. Documentation from the Library of Congress. // Delivering Bagasse to fire-room. Raw sugar mill. Hawaiian Islands. [Between 1910 and 1920] Image. Retrieved from the Library


The original Kauaians utilized the overabundance of sugar cane on the island for everything from medicinal purposes to love potions. Natives would suck on sugar cane stalks to drink the sweet nectar inside but didn’t know how to extract it to make sugar.

It was largely due to this plantation era that Kauai became the cultural melting pot it is today.

Most of the island’s locals are descendants of immigrants that arrived from all over the world to work the sugar plantations, namely Japan, As soon as a process was discovered and refined, China, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, sugar became a profitable crop, and numerous Spain, and Germany. sugar plantations popped up all over the island, The original Polynesian bloodline also still runs causing production to soar. Kauai flourished strong on Kauai with many of the island’s under a prosperous economy from both the longest-standing families being of direct sugar and pineapple industries from the late Polynesian descent. 1800s until the late 1950s. 28

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n Compiled After, 1968. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress. // Gathering sugar cane, Hawaiian Islands. [Between 1910 and 1920] Image. Retrieved y of Congress. // Experimental Station, Hawaiian Sugar Planters Assn. [Between 1910 and 1920] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

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After Hawaii became a state, Kauai’s plantation era gradually faded, and a new prominent industry began to take its place: tourism. By the 1960s, travel to the island was booming. Vacationers weren’t the only ones with Kauai on their radar—Hollywood also had the Garden Isle in its sights. Elvis Presley was one of many celebrities who frequented the island during that time, notably at the Coco Palms Resort, where several scenes from the movie Blue Hawaii were filmed.

Hollywood producers also found that Kauai was ideal for shooting movies due to its rugged, natural beauty that closely resembled multiple different places around the world yet was close by the mainland and contained no actual predators lurking in its jungles. Some popular motion pictures filmed on Kauai:

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Aerial view of the Kauai shore in Hawaii // Hanalei Bay on Kauai Island [present day]


Travelers continue to trek to Kauai from every corner of the world looking to experience a piece of this tropical paradise. It is home to some of the most amazing scenery in Hawaii, including a greater abundance of beach-filled coastline than any of the other islands. Its south shore offers a host of sunny days, even during the wetter months, along with a wide variety of fine dining and shopping. The more secluded north shore is home to dramatically beautiful green mountains along with miles of hidden beaches. Hanalei Bay is nestled on the north shore with nearly two miles of some of the most pristine beaches in Hawaii, making it an ideal location for water sports or for merely beachside lounging.

Hanalei Bay Resort sits on 22 acres of the bay and brings the best of Kauai’s stunning scenery and rich history right to visitors’ doorsteps by embodying the aloha spirit while helping create unforgettable moments. Just a couple of miles beyond Hanalei Bay Resort is Makai Club Resort, a lush and tranquil tropical oasis. Whether it’s golfing on the property, indulging in daily yoga, or simply taking in island breezes on the lanai, this is the ideal location for complete rejuvenation.

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R E S O R T S P O T L I G H T : Kauai Beach Villas

Your Personal Piece

Tucked away within lush gardens of brightly colored flowers and softly swaying palm trees set against the spectacular backdrop of the sparkling Coconut Coast, sits a private beachfront resort and personal piece of paradise.

Accommodations are light, spacious, and come in a variety of floor plans. Vibrant interiors featuring tropical flower accents and wicker furniture pieces are directly inspired by the 32

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beauty of the island.

Each condo has a full kitchen, an open concept dining room perfect for meal gatherings, a living room with a flat screen television, complimentary Wi-Fi, and convenient washer and dryer. Open the large sliding glass doors to let in the refreshing sea breeze or enjoy a glass of wine on your private balcony as you watch the sunset.

of Paradise Stroll through the pristine grounds filled with exotic flora, calming water features, and the occasional freely roaming rooster—all paving the way to the luxurious pool, tennis courts, and BBQ/picnic area.

Kauai Beach Villas will be joining the Grand Pacific Resorts family on January 1, 2017! Be on the lookout for more details about exchange and rental benefits to come.

Conveniently located minutes from the Lihue airport, downtown Poipu and Kapaa, and a variety of outdoor activities, the local area has something for everyone.


Enter promo code 7WNKD to save 10% when you book by May 1, 2017. Enjoy Kauai Beach Villas anytime through 12/31/17.

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A Look at Passing Down the Tradition of Vacations Dan and Kristina Grubb are owners at RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort where they, along with their 7 and 9-yearold daughters Aubrey and Payton, love using their week to create new memories each year.


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“We love to travel and want to give our kids a childhood filled with amazing memories that we’ve created together.” —KRISTINA GRUBB


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is all about enjoying shared experiences while learning and growing together. With Dan working as a grade school teacher, and Kristina working part-time towards her nursing degree and fulltime as mom to their girls, it would come as no surprise if the Southern California residents rarely find time for family vacations.

Yet despite their schedules, Kristina and Dan have never stopped making annual family vacations a priority. “We love to travel and want to give our kids a childhood filled with amazing memories that we’ve created together," Kristina said. Whether enjoying nature in Napa, piling into the car for a road trip to Branson, or exploring Big Bear, the Grubbs have always made it a point to fulfill their travel ambitions—all while ensuring there’s something fun for everyone.

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Family Travel Time Traditions The Grubbs enjoy their use-week in Napa nearly every summer. The resort holds extra sentiment since it’s been in Kristina’s family for years.

friendly wineries that provide kids with coloring books and serve them grape juice (while adults get the real thing).

She would visit Napa often with her mother before meeting Dan and starting a family of their own. Kristina’s mother passed the ownership down to her in 2001 so she could continue to cherish past memories while creating new ones.

The ever-adventurous Dan convinced Kristina and the girls—plus a couple of family friends— to paddleboard down the Napa River. And Kristina continues the Grubb family tradition of packing a picnic and finding a place each year to enjoy it.

While in Napa, the family makes sure to participate in a wide range of activities that everyone can enjoy. Dan and Kristina love wine tasting and even discovered a few local family-

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Photo: TOP TO BOTTOM: Table Rock Lake, Branson, Missouri // The Track Family Fun Parks

“The experience of trying something new could’ve failed, but it ended up being more amazing than we could have even imagined.” —DAN GRUBB

Road Trip! This past summer the Grubbs decided to branch out and try a new vacation destination. They used GPX to book a week at Eagles Nest Resort in Branson, Missouri, loaded plenty of snacks, games, and DVDs into the car, then set out on the 23-hour drive halfway across the country. The prospect of an adventure was a big factor in their decision to not only go somewhere new, but also drive there. By hitting the open road rather than flying, the family vacation was not only far more economical, but the foursome was also able to visit several places along the way—including seven different states!

“Family road trips are a rite of passage,” Dan said, who grew up taking long road trips nearly every summer himself. “Part of the adventure was stopping and seeing what other cities look like and how other people live.” For the in-between moments on extra long stretches of open road, the Grubbs kept themselves entertained with road trip games, plenty of snacks, and inadvertently discovering their newfound appreciation for country music. The girls also had iPads, and Dan and Kristina showed them how to set the timer, which drastically reduced the amount of “Are we there yet?” questions. Once in Branson, the family found more in the small Midwestern destination than they could’ve hoped for. In a town Dan and Kristina describe as a mini Las Vegas—yet catered more towards families—with water slides, arcades, bumper boats, and endless shows, the couple agreed they could have easily spent another week there.


1 . Stock up on snacks. 2 . Bring various forms of entertainment

—books, games, & DVDs.

3 . Teach your kids how to set

and start/stop a timer.

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A Branson highlight for the Grubbs was Weekend Getaways visiting Silver Dollar City, an amusement park that combines thrill rides with Western culture, We caught up with the Grubbs in Big Bear last month where the family was enjoying a fall including arts, crafts, and shops. Built on top weekend trip in the mountains using their of an old mine, the park offers tours suited nightly rental owner benefit ResorTime. for all ages so Dan and his daughter Aubrey ventured 500 feet below the earth to explore “I feel like I can breathe better up here,” thousands of years of rock formations with water Kristina said, adding, “It’s a nice quick flowing through them! getaway with a quaint, small town feel.” The family also rented a boat and spent a day out on Table Rock Lake. They also visited a butterfly garden, a zoo, and played miniature golf. “The experience of trying something new could’ve failed, but it ended up being more amazing than we could’ve even imagined,” Dan said. 40

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The Grubbs took advantage of the crisp weather by going on a walk around the lake where the girls collected pinecones they later spray painted, glittered, and turned into bird feeders. They also visited the local Oktoberfest in the village on a day that catered towards families

“Once you get there and see the kids run around with smiles on their faces and watch them experience new things, it’s all worth it.” —KRISTINA GRUBB

with contests, throwing darts at balloons, and riding a pretend bull. During the evenings, they kept their mini vacation budget-friendly by keeping everyone entertained with games and movies available at the resort. They also gathered around the kitchen table to indulge in Kristina’s famous apple pie—a family dish handed down by her grandma! (See page 44-45 for recipe.)

She explained that putting vacations on the calendar, planning them far in advance, and having the kids help with packing to make sure they bring all they need (a favorite toy or pair of shoes), really helps lighten the load of preparing for a trip.

Away We Go

When traveling in a large group of extended family or friends, Kristina said it’s a good idea for everyone to take turns watching the kids and going on different group outings such as a girls’ night out or a boys’ fishing excursion.

While it can no doubt be more challenging for families with young kids to find time to get away, it’s not impossible, Kristina said. It’s simply a matter of priorities.

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Passing Down the Tradition of Vacations When you purchased your ownership, you had securing family vacation time for years to come in mind. If you’re starting to think about how to pass down your asset, we’re here to provide you with the necessary resources, help you evaluate your options, and guide you through the process.


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Terms to Know: GRANTOR


The person that makes a grant or conveyance

The person to whom a grant or conveyance is made

Plan Ahead

Identify the Grantee

Contact a Professional


Succession planning is a smoother process for the grantor and grantee when handled early.

Think about who you’d like to gift your ownership to—who is it that will get the most joy out of it—then start talking to them about the timing of the transfer.

As an owner with Grand Pacific Resorts, you have exclusive access (and lower rates) with Advanced Financial Company. Experts are standing by to provide you with all the options, tools, and resources to assist in passing down ownership.

Traditions are meant to last. PLEASE CALL

(800) 234-6222 for more information.

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TABLE TALK by my grandma whose pies are almost as sweet as she is! While on our trip in Big Bear, I came across the cutest farmers’ market with a wide selection of fresh seasonal produce, including some of the biggest and juiciest apples I’ve ever seen! I knew exactly what I had to do with them. THIS FAMILY RECIPE WAS HANDED DOWN TO ME

—Kristina Grubb

Apple Pie SERVES 8

The best part about this recipe is that it really is as easy and tasty as pie, pun intended! A tried and true generational classic, this holiday staple is sure to delight the taste buds of friends and family all season long. Add a twist by using a variety of different kinds of apples for an interesting mix of flavor and texture. CRUST 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup shortening 4-5 tablespoons cold water FILLING 7-8 cups thinly sliced, peeled baking apples 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 tablespoons butter 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon water

1. In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening. Gradually add cold water, 1 tablespoon at time, tossing lightly with a fork until dough forms a ball. Chill for 30 minutes. 2. On a floured surface, roll half of dough into a 10-inch circle. Place into a 9-inch pie pan. 3. In a bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; add to apples and toss. Pour into crust; dot with butter. 4. Roll out remaining pastry; cut into 1/2-inch thick strips. Lay strips of dough, evenly spaced, across the entire pie. Weave additional strips of dough perpendicular through the previous strips. Pinch the bottom crust edge and lattice edge together; flute edges. 5. Beat egg yolk and water. Brush over pastry. 6. Bake at 425Ëš for 15 minutes. 7. Reduce heat to 350Ëš; bake 40-45 minutes more or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

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Owner Celebration

Hear stories, share traditions, and learn insider tips straight from other owners! Due to such a successful turnout last year, we’re continuing the tradition of capturing what it is each of you loves most about ownership. This time we’re hitting the road to host multiple Annual Owner Celebration events at a variety of different resorts where owners—including you!—will have the chance to enjoy lemonade and cookies while sharing your vacation experiences on camera. Look for us at your resort and check back for more details and exact dates. If you can’t join us or we’re not stopping by your resort this time, send your video to —we’d love to see it! 46

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A big thank you goes out to all of you who were able to attend our Annual Owner Cel ones and can’t wait to see what next year has in store! 48

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lebration this year! We enjoyed seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting new

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Lending a Helping Hand in Haiti BY SHARON ASHMORE

Here at Grand Pacific Resorts, we love hearing stories about fun vacations, even more so, hearing stories about families who go above and beyond for those in need. Sharon Ashmore and her incredible acts of service in Haiti served as inspiration for our giving program beCause Destination Matters through ResorTime. Read on to find out how she’s been helping make the world a better place. As I lay sweltering on my bed covered by mosquito netting in a tiny hotel without any electricity, I realized just how utterly exhausted I was—and also how blissfully happy. No, this was not your typical vacation. It all started back in 2010 when I was between jobs and contemplating my next move. I’ve always loved to travel and had been longing to do so in a volunteer capacity when I finally found the opportunity to make my dream a reality in Haiti. 50

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During my first time there, I was in a perpetual state of shock at the widespread abject poverty, the filth, and the makeshift mud huts in remote villages. I constantly wondered where children slept and was amazed that they were able to survive. Many of them lost family members in the devastating earthquake that year, and many considered themselves lucky if they ate even just one meal a day. Life expectancy in Haiti is merely in the 40s.

Since my initial trip, I’ve returned multiple times to assist with building an orphanage as well as a school that runs through the 6th grade. The first kids to attend have since graduated and are now going on to higher education. My team and I have brought desperately needed supplies, including gifting kids with bikes.

We’ve rolled up our sleeves, gotten our hands dirty, and run ourselves ragged. And it’s all been worth it. I will continue to return to Haiti and help out in any way I can. I love knowing I’m touching people’s hearts and changing their lives, but in reality it’s my heart that’s been touched and my life that’s forever changed. A BOU T T H E AU T HOR

Sharon is a North Carolina resident who’s passionate about travel and even more so about helping change the world.

Share What Matters to You Your favorite non-profit could win $2,500! beCause Destination Matters is your opportunity to share what matters to you. Voting is held four times a year for community-nominated non-profit organizations. ABOVE: images of the devasation left behind by the earthquake throughout the country // Haitian mother and son


ResorTime to vote and share your story.

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StANdIng Up for Cleaner Waterways

Grand Pacific Resorts joined H20 Trash Patrol, a San Diegobased marine conservation program dedicated to ocean debris removal and education. Together with H20 Trash Patrol, we hopped on paddleboards and in just one hour collected 249 lbs. of trash. Imagine how much cleaner our oceans would be if we all dedicated just one hour to marine cleanup! 52

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If you’re looking for something fun to do that also helps our planet, look up H20 Trash Patrol on your next Southern California vacation!

YOU ASK, WE ANSWER Your Owner Benefits Explained

Your ownership comes with numerous benefits, and Grand Pacific Vacation Services is here to help you make the most of them. Look to us for use week reservations, easy exchanges, nightly timeshare rentals, and more. F L OAT W E E K O P T I O N S

I’m a float week owner still deciding between making a reservation at my home resort next year or going somewhere new. What’s my next step? Sally L., Santa Barbara, California A. Hi Sally, being an owner with Grand Pacific Resorts gives you access to several options. If you're ready to venture outside of your home resort, many of your fellow owners choose to exchange their week – simply by: STEP 1:

Make your home week reservation.


STEP 2 :

Bank your float week with GPX.

STEP 3 :

Explore the hundreds of resorts worldwide.

STEP 4 :

Exchange online or call (866) 325-6295.

I recently picked up a super soft cuddle blanket at an owner annual meeting, and now all my friends keep want one! Do I have to wait until next year’s meeting to buy more that I can give to my friends as gifts?

We encourage you not to wait until the end of the year. If you want access to the best resorts and weeks call Grand Pacific Vacation Services to go over your options.


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Mary O., Phoenix, Arizona A. You’re in luck, Mary! There’s no need to wait until your next annual meeting for more cuddle blankets—and many other great resort amenities—you can order online at While you’re there, be sure to explore home décor items ranging from bath goods to bedding—all great gifts for the holidays!

YOUR BENEFITS What Are You Wondering About?


use #AskGPVS to reach out to us on Facebook, or call (888) 477-6967

GPX, Want to go somewhere new? GPX is your exclusive LIVING THE DREAM

the Joys of Retirement Jim and Shelly own a we ek at C arl sbad Inn Beach Resor t & Hotel , but they love using their ownership benef it s to vac ation throughout C al ifornia .


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I’m recently retired and am looking forward to traveling more. Any advice for someone who’s looking to get out and explore? Rusty M., Napa, California A. Welcome to retirement life, Rusty; you’re in for a treat! Now that you have a flexible schedule, we suggest making travel plans for the middle of the week rather than over the weekend. You’ll find that activity providers and restaurants offer reduced rates for mid-week vacationers that will help you save money while avoiding crowds. For more retirement tips we suggest following your fellow owners Jim and Shelly at the Destination Good Life or revisiting the last Time Together issue which features them in “Living The Dream”.

exchange network included with your ownership at a Grand Pacific Resort. Explore hundreds of destinations and resorts, gift your week with no fee, and look before you book. Exchange your use week up to a year in advance, and also be sure to check out the new website that’s coming soon!

ResorTime, Use your owner benefit, ResorTime, for shorter stays and weekend getaways. It’s also great for adding nights to your use week. Get exclusive access to owners’ only rates at hundreds of resorts in popular destinations. Take advantage of our concierge level of service that’s just a phone call away to assist you with all your vacation planning needs.

Grand Opportunity, It’s the little luxuries that make life grand. That’s why we offer you superior comforts when you stay at a Grand Pacific Resort. Now we invite you to bring your favorite bed and bath amenities into your home. Indulge in the comforts that spoiled your senses and recreate the memories—and the serenity—you experienced during your vacation. Choose from a variety of items provided to you at cost as our way of saying thank you for being part of our family.


California Dreamin'

From snow-capped mountains to vineyard valleys to soft sand beaches, the Golden State has something for everybody all year long. Cozy up with hot cocoa on the slopes of Tahoe, cruise your way through Napa Valley on a tour of wine country, or head south in search of warmer weather in sunny Southern California. No matter where the cooler seasons may take you, enjoying them on the West Coast is always time well spent. JANUARY Cheers the New Year in Lake Tahoe at the Heavenly Holidays New Year’s Eve celebration with an outdoor concert, live ice sculptors, a ball drop, and a spectacular fireworks show before hitting the slopes with family and friends. Frolic out in the cold before warming up in front of a cozy fire at Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge.

DECEMBER Make Lake Tahoe your home away from home for the holidays. Celebrate the season at the Heavenly Holidays festival complete with carolers, sleigh rides, an interactive snow globe, and of course, peak ski and snowboard-worthy snow. Play in the snow and stay for the holidays at Tahoe Beach and Ski Club.


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Discover the magic of the animal kingdom at the Lore Behind the Roar centennial celebration of the world famous San Diego Zoo January 30th and 31st. Live the life of a zookeeper while exploring extensive animal and plant exhibits. Wind down by watching the spectacular sunset on the rooftop deck of Coronado Beach Resort.

FEBRUA RY Escape the cold in sun-drenched Indio while the warm dessert weather is perfectly pleasant. Enjoy a round—or a few! —of golf at the Terra Lago Country Club then cruise to the vintage, 50’s-inspired Shield’s Date Farm for a mandatory date shake. After a day of 18 holes, relax by the sparkling pool of desert oasis Indian Palms Vacation Club.


M A RCH Uncork and unwind at Flavor! Napa Valley March 22nd-26th. Delve into a feast for the senses with unique behind-thescenes tours of wineries and personal interactions with some of the region’s top winemakers and culinary masters. Cap off winery touring with alfresco dining in the comfort of a private patio at RiverPointe Napa. Become a sailor for a day at San Diego’s Sailor Days March 19th-27th. Learn how to tie knots and raise sails while exploring different ships. Kids 12 and under can participate in a scavenger hunt that ends with a treasure chest prize. Keep the adventures going around an outdoor fire pit or in a hot tub overlooking the ocean at Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort & Hotel.

Sip on some of the most famous and frothy brews from all over Southern California at the San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest on April 22. This event features live music, food provided by nonprofit organizations, and of course, lots of beer tastings! Walk to seaside haven San Clemente Cove conveniently situated just one block away from all the sand, sun, and fun.

What fun events are happening near your resort? Whether you’re staying in Southern California or one of our other destinations, visit to discover more ideas for your next vacation.

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Time Together Magazine - Fall/Winter 2016  

Check out the new issue of your owner lifestyle magazine, which is brimming with stories, videos, and photos from Grand Pacific Resorts owne...

Time Together Magazine - Fall/Winter 2016  

Check out the new issue of your owner lifestyle magazine, which is brimming with stories, videos, and photos from Grand Pacific Resorts owne...