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Hilton Hawaiian Village Launches New "Camp Penguin" Children's Progam
Kids discover their own private paradise in the Waikiki resort’s multi-faceted program
October 22, 2009
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort & Spa, one of Hawaii's top family-friendly resorts, launched its new children's program today, "Camp Penguin." With its name and logo inspired by the property's eight resident African black-footed penguins, the program promises to make magical vacation memories for children ages 5 to 12.
Camp Penguin is based out of a 1,200-square-foot space in the beachfront resort's Diamond Head Tower and features colorful wall murals, fabric-stuffed palm trees, bean bag furniture, lockers, soft carpeted areas and computer stations. The team of trained and caring camp counselors immerse the children into the rich history and culture of Hawaii. The program also helps teach kids to protect the environment with green activities and crafts. A retail outlet offers products that promote the "green theme," including t-shirts and penguin-themed items made from recycled materials.
Every day of the week features a different Hawaiian theme and will include fun, educational activities with a focus on learning about Hawaii through storytelling, games, music, arts and crafts, hula and lei-making. Participants learn the "Hawaiian Word of the Day," which is used often throughout the day. Off-property excursions include visits to the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, Bishop Museum and Children's Discovery Center. Daily themes include: "Wild About Hilton," "Hawaiian Ocean Explorer," "Hawaiian Skies," "Treasures of Hawaii," "Discover Hawaii," "Waikiki Aloha Friday" and "Hawaiian Safari."
At the end of each day, kids receive Camp Penguin Daily News, a recap of the day's adventures to allow parents an opportunity to engage in conversation with their children. Black and white themed drawings in the newspaper for kids to color reflect the different Hawaiian themes and lined space encourages kids to write a personal memory about their experience.
Parents can choose between full-day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and half-day (8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.) programs. Camp Penguin is limited to Hilton Hawaiian Village guests only and is priced at $90 per child ($85 without excursion) for a full day or $65 per child for a half-day ($60 without excursion). Lunch is included and all participants receive a Camp Penguin t-shirt as a part of their registration fee. Pre-registration can be done 24 hours in advance at the social director's desk in the hotel's main lobby.
Camp Penguin is just one of the many family offerings at the resort, including interactive children's menus in the restaurants, activity discounts and room packages that include Camp Penguin membership. Also in the works are a Camp Penguin Fan Club and a "For Kids Only" Web site. For more information, visit hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/penguin.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village is the only resort on Oahu that features African black-footed penguins. The eight penguins-Pu, Malia, Icarus, Remy, Betty, Shaka, Kalia and Mana-have endeared themselves to guests since the establishment of the Penguin Pond exhibit more than 20 years ago. Guests can view the penguins during their morning feedings and learn about the species from the wildlife team. The comical birds are a part of the resort's extensive wildlife collection, which also includes flamingos, macaws, ducks, ibises, turtles and fish.
To access downloadable images of the Camp Penguin program, click on the following link: http://www.hiltonfamilyhawaii.com/press-room-images.aspx
About the Village
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa is Waikiki's only self-contained destination resort. A vacationer, business traveler or conventioneer finds everything necessary for a visit to paradise, yet also is within walking distance of everything Waikiki offers. The resort spans 22 acres, offering the widest stretch of beach on Waikiki, a beachfront lagoon, waterfalls, five pools, gardens, an exquisite art collection and exotic wildlife, as well as nightly entertainment including the Rockin' Hawaiian Rainbow Revue every Friday, a Hawaiian music and dance celebration that ends with a brilliant fireworks display on the beach. In addition, the Village also boasts more than 90 shops, 16 restaurants and lounges, and the independently owned and operated Mandara Spa.
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