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SIZZLIN’ APRIL NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
Island of Hawaii (April 2, 2018) - The island of Hawaii's wondrously blue Pacific Ocean waters and exquisitely sandy beaches are more than alluring enough to woo first-time visitors to the island. But it's often deeper discovery of the island's many cultural, scenic, outdoor and culinary charms once visitors are here that assures their return. The state's largest island is home to an ever-expanding lineup of recurring events and new activities. From farm and cultural festivals to tennis and world-renowned fishing tournaments, we present a collection of upcoming island of Hawaii events below.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is set to host Hawaii's first-ever PowerShares Series tennis tournament. PowerShares' Champions Cup weekend begins May 5 with a charity kids' clinic, a VIP Hit-with-the-Pros session and a VIP Player Party. Play for the cup happens on May 6, with pros John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Mardy Fish and Tommy Haas competing. The Champions Cup tournament is part of the PowerShares Series, a North American tennis circuit for champion players over age 30. For more event information and tickets, visit www.powersharesseries.com.
The inaugural Hawaii Kuauli Pacific and Asia Cultural Festival, happening May 8-18 at the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, celebrates the island of Hawaii as a cultural melting pot. This three-day event will include food, fashion, cultural arts, a hula competition and cultural workshops. For more information, visit
www.konabeachhotel.com, or call (808) 329-2911.
The 59th annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, set for August 4-20, welcomes anglers from around the world to the waters off of Kailua-Kona for the venerable sport fishing event. Tournament teams partner with island of Hawaii-based charter boats for five days of game fishing, racking up points based on species caught and weight of catch. For more information, visit www.hibtfishing.com, or call (808) 836-1723.
The third annual Hamakua Harvest Farm Festival is set for May 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual harvest festival, which kicks off Honokaa Western Week, brings together the Hamakua district's vibrant farming and ranching communities to celebrate area agriculture and support local farmers. Guests are invited to enjoy an all-day lineup of live music, Hawaiian cultural performances, educational presentations, a silent auction and a farmers market featuring locally grown products, food, and arts and crafts. For more information, visit www.hamakuaharvest.org/annual-farm-festival.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is welcoming back its exclusive family and kids' program Camp Manitou, from July 2 through August 24. This year's camp will introduce Family Day Adventures, a full day of private family escapades on the island of Hawaii, with itineraries customized to the interests of individual guest families. Adventures may include swimming in a Kiholo Bay lava tube, hiking into Pololu Valley or other experiential activities. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/services_and_amenities/family/camp-manitou.
Visitors seeking to broaden their knowledge of Hawaiian culture should check out the Hula Arts at Kilauea Programs, presented by Volcano Art Center. The center's Hula Kahiko program presents performances from halau hula (hula schools) from around the country at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park within view of Halemaumau Crater. Aloha Friday Cultural Demonstrations are held weekly, featuring storytelling, hands-on activities, hula and chanting. Every first Thursday evening of each month, the center hosts Hula Voices, an intimate talk-story session with island of Hawaii kumu hula (hula teachers). The program schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
The 14th annual Hawaii Performing Arts Festival will run from June 26 through July 24, bringing together some of the most talented young musicians from Hawaii and around the world to study, grow their craft and perform with professional performers and teachers. More than 20 concerts and stage performances will be presented as part of the monthlong festival, including Alcina, Little Women, Sweeney Todd, Opera on the Rocks, An Evening of Chamber Music, and more. For more information, visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org, or call (808) 333-7378.
Nui Pohaku Adventure Tours recently announced the completion of a two-story overlook for viewing the current active lava flow on Kilauea volcano's East Rift Zone. Nui Pohaku's combination tours - the Kilauea Volcano Sunset and Lava Walk, and its Kilauea Volcano Bike and Lava Adventure - begin within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Guests are driven to the volcano's Puna coastline for a hike to a black sand beach and a catered Hawaii-inspired dinner, finishing the tour with a view of the flow from the new overlook. For more information, visit www.nuipohaku.com, or call (808) 937-0644.
Greenwell Farms recently received top Agritourism/Agriculture Tourism Destination honors at the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Awards, presented by the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association and aio Media. The annual awards program recognizes and rewards excellence from businesses and organizations reinforcing consumer confidence in the visitor industry. It also serves as an annual platform celebrating the industry. Greenwell Farms was honored for its team efforts creating a farm experience educating and engaging visitors with multiple aspects of its 150-year history. For more information, visit www.greenwellfarms.com, or call (808) 323-2295.
Hawaii Forest and Trail, currently celebrating 25 years of business on the island of Hawaii, was one of 70 Hawaii companies named to the final cut of Hawaii Business magazine's Best Place to Work 2018 list. The outdoor adventure company was also the only Hawaii company included in Outside magazine's most recent Best Places to Work list. Along with Kohala Zipline, the company also recently received top honors in multiple categories in Hawaii magazine's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com.