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SIZZLIN’ DECEMBER NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
Island of Hawaii (December 4, 2017) – The holiday season has arrived on the island of Hawaii with snow-tipped Maunakea as the perfect backdrop for all of your winter festivities. Warm up your December with a little sun and sand and maybe even an adventurous activity or two. Here’s a listing of Sizzlin’ events, activities and restaurants for the months ahead.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
KapohoKine Adventures’ Evening Volcano Explorer tour has added two new stops for its guests staying in Kona and further north through the Kohala Coast. The tour now starts at Bay View Farm in Honaunau with a coffee mill tour and tasting. Bay View Farm utilizes only 100 percent estate-grown Kona coffee. The tour also includes a stop at the Star of the Sea Painted Church, where Saint Damien first ministered before moving on to Molokai’s Kalaupapa Peninsula. For more information, call (808) 964-1000, or visit www.kapohokine.com.
Zipline over Hamakua Coast rainforest scenery – including a 250-foot waterfall and a 300-foot-deep gorge with ocean and Maunakea mountain views – at Botanical World Adventures. The zipline experience offers visitors and residents an aerial glimpse of the adventure park’s island of Hawaii acreage. For more information, call (808) 963-5427, or visit www.botanicalworld.com.
Family-owned-and-operated Kona ocean adventure company Fair Wind Cruises’ new private charters are designed for travelers planning destination weddings on the island of Hawaii. The charters offer guests of the bride and groom an ocean experience planned from start-to-finish by Fair Wind Cruisesʻ dedicated groups and special events manager. For more information, call (808) 677-9461, or visit www.fair-wind.com/group-private-charters.
Mauna Lani Resort is offering a new challenge for golfers of all ages in addition to its 36-hole North and South Courses. The resort’s newly launched WikiWiki Course – formerly its Keiki Course – offers a nine-hole walking course for beginners, junior golfers, families or golfers seeking a quick round in Hawaii. (Wikiwiki is a Hawaiian word meaning “fast” or “speedy.”) Rental clubs for all ages, including youth golfers, are available. The resort’s golf pros can also create additional course challenges tailored for meetings and incentive groups. For more information and tee times, call (808) 885-6655, or visit www.maunalani.com.
In November, Hula Hulas opened the first of five “farm-to-fork and entertainment restaurants and bars” it plans to launch statewide. Hula Hulas in Hilo offers ocean view dining and a menu supporting local farmers, fishermen, bow hunters and food crafters. The restaurant’s wine and spirits menu includes a dozen local and global craft beers on draught, and seasonal cocktails incorporating housemade simple syrups. Live music is offered nightly on the restaurant’s elevated stage. For more information, call (808) 932-4545, or visit www.hulahulashilo.com.
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is offering a new spa cuisine menu at its Spa Without Walls featuring a variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, as well as sweet treats and refreshing libations. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii/spa.
Queen’s Court Restaurant at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, which offers buffet dining and island-inspired cuisine highlighting locally sourced ingredients, recently introduced its new breakfast buffet. Offered daily from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., the buffet includes an omelet station, waffle station, ice cream bar, eggs benedict, various meats and hot items, baked goods, cereal, island fruit, soup and beverages. For more information, call (808) 969-6470, or visit www.queenscourtrestaurant.com.
Kona-based Jack's Diving Locker was recently included in Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Gold List of Best Dive Operators. Scuba Diving Magazine’s editorial content includes gear reviews, scuba training articles, underwater photography and video tips, and dive travel information. The Readers’ Choice Gold Lists are based on the favorite choices of readers who vote in a number of annual categories, including best dive resorts, dive sites, night dives, family diving experiences and more. For more information, call (808) 329-7585, or visit www.jacksdivinglocker.com.
Kala Holiday of Wasabi Tours Hawaii was recently named 2017 Tour Guide of the Year at the Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s annual awards luncheon on Oahu. Hawaii Ecotourism Association is a member-based, nonprofit organization founded to protect Hawaii’s unique natural environment and culture. Kona-based Wasabi Tours Hawaii offers island of Hawaii tours that include visits to popular attractions, including waterfalls, Kilauea volcano, a black sand beach, private farms and more. For more information, call (808) 238-5222, or visit www.wasabitourshawaii.com.
The Dragonfly Ranch Healing Arts Center was recently included among West Hawaii Today newspaper’s listing of Best Bed and Breakfasts in its reader-selected Best of West Hawaii awards for the second consecutive year. The self-described “treehouse” getaway is offering a 20 percent discount for stays of five days or longer for bookings made directly online. Located near areas for ocean activities, including diving and snorkeling, Dragonfly Ranch welcomes individuals, couples and families, as well as guests seeking workshops and vegan detoxification/weight loss retreats. For more information, call (808) 328-2159, or visit www.dragonflyranch.com.