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SIZZLIN’ AUGUST NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau is monitoring the ongoing Kilauea eruption and continues to spread the message that it is safe to visit the island of Hawaii and all of the other Hawaiian Islands. For resources and links, visit gohawaii.com.
Island of Hawaii (August 6, 2018) - Food and more take center stage at culinary festivals. Celebrate culinary creations of renowned chefs or indulge in the award-winning coffees of the island's Kona district. Seeking to sate your appetite for great food? There's no better time than now to plan a culinary adventure on the island of Hawaii.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is readying for its eighth annual Chef Fest, an exclusive food and wine festival featuring celebrity chefs Hugh Acheson, Michael Cimarusti, Charles Phan, Jason McLeod, Andy Ricker and Brooke Williamson. The four-day culinary event will be held September 17-20. For more information, visit www.cheffesthualalai.com, or call (808) 325-8000.
The annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival returns to the island of Hawaii with a spectacular six-course dinner on October 6. The epicurean event will bring together six culinary masters for the return of its "Under the Tuscan Sun" dinner at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. Hand-selected wines are perfectly paired with courses that feature local ingredients. Chefs include: Robert Del Grande, Dean Fearing, Jayson Kanekoa, François Payard, Mark Peel and Alan Wong. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival features 10 days of nearly 50 coffee events from November 9 - 18. Hawaii's oldest food festival celebrates its 48th year. Festivities include a Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Lantern Parade, hands-on cultural events, Kona Coffee farm and mill tours, art exhibits, Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant and more. A Festival Button is required for entry to all official events and may be purchased at several locations (event admission charges may also apply). For locations and more information about the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.
Bike Volcano welcomes guests to Kilauea volcano's East Rift Zone in the Puna district of Hawaii Island. A new tour explores portions of the area's renowned "Red Road." The guided tour also includes a hike to a black sand beach and a chance to catch the glow of lava in the evening sky. A comfort hybrid bicycle, helmet, rain poncho, water, snacks, lunch, an interpretive guide and van support are provided. For more information, visit www.bikevolcano.com, or call (808) 934-9199.
KapohoKine Adventures recently launched eight new tours across the island. The adventures include opportunities to follow British explorer Captain James Cook by foot and zodiac-boat, a look at the island's paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage, visits to sacred heiau (temple) sites, tours of the Hilo and Puna coastlines, road tripping the plantation towns of the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, waterfall discovery, lava boat adventures and more. Cruise ship passengers on island enjoy three new tours, to the Hamakua and Hilo coasts, east side botanical gardens and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's Kahuku Unit. For more information, visit www.kapohokine.com, or call (808) 964-1000.
As Hawaii Forest and Trail continues to support relief efforts in communities affected by recent Kilauea volcano eruptive activity, the outdoor adventure company continues to evolve its selection of tours showcasing the island of Hawaii's scenic diversity. The company's full-day Epic Island Journey tour now includes an off-road adventure on private lands where guests get to explore a 150-year-old working ranch and take a short hike through native forestlands with epic views of Kilauea volcano. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com, or call (808) 331-8505.
Hula Hulas restaurant at Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, A DoubleTree by Hilton, recently introduced a weekly Friday evening Chef Spotlight, which tasks a member of the hotel culinary team with creating a signature dish incorporating as many locally grown or produced ingredients as possible. Diners can enjoy nightly live music on the restaurant's elevated stage. For more information, visit www.hulahulashilo.com, or call (808) 932-4545.
Kahilu Theatre, in the heart of Waimea, welcomes theater-goers to its 38th season under the theme "Art Matters." Throughout the season, Kahilu Theatre invites native Hawaiian artists, hula halau (hula schools) and international performers to its stage. For more information, visit www.kahilutheatre.org, or call (808) 885-6868.
In light of the partial closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park due to current activity at Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kilauea volcano, the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association (HPPA) has opened three temporary national park stores - two in Hilo and one in Kau. The Hilo locations are at Prince Kuhio Plaza (shopping complex) and Mokupapapa Discovery Center. The third is at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's Kahuku Unit, which remains open to the public and is located about an hour's drive south of the Park's main entrance. For more information, visit www.hawaiipacificparks.org.