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Anthology Marketing Group
Jourdyn Kaarre
Senior Account Supervisor
(808) 544-3081
jourdyn.kaarre@anthologygroup.com

June 11, 2018

SIZZLIN’ JUNE NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII

Aloha,

There has been considerable coverage of Kilauea's ongoing eruption on the island of Hawaii, and some of it is inaccurate. The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau has been aggressively communicating that the Kilauea activity is limited to the summit and a very small part of the island of Hawaii - less than 10 square miles. We continue to be concerned for our friends in he affected area. At the same time, to minimize the economic damage across our islands, it's important to let the world know that it is safe to visit the island of Hawaii and all the other Hawaiian Islands. For the most up-to-date information, please check: www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert/.

Island of Hawaii (June 11, 2018) - Summer is here, a great season to cool off and relax on any of several great beaches on the island of Hawaii. Whether you're seeking a fabulous fireworks-filled Fourth of July or the chance to watch young honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) be released and find their new inependence in the ocean, there's much to do! #ExploreIslandofHawaii.

EVENTS

Kona Coffee Living History Farm welcomes guests each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to experience its Hands on History program - an opportunity to catch a glimpse of Kona Coffee history via interactive classes. Held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. class topics include traditional Hawaiian practices, Japanese culture, and modern sustainability tips. For a detailed list of the classes, visit www.konahistorical.org.  

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows celebrates its 29th annual Turtle Independence Day on July 4. Since 1989, the resort has raised young honu from Sea Life Park on Oahu in their saltwater ponds. Several juvenile turtles are approved for release each year. The public is invited to the Turtle Independence Day festivities which include a welcome ceremony, hula performance, honu release, live entertainment and edibles for purchase from island food trucks. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com, or call (808) 885-6622.

Join Body Glove for its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise and get a closer look at the holiday fireworks show over Kailua Bay. Passengers celebrate the nation's birthday with live music, an open bar, a Big Island BBQ burger and jumbo hot dog bar, homemade potato salad, fresh fruit and apple pie. Complimentary 3D glasses are provided for what Body Glove calls a "more mind-blowing fireworks experience." The cruise begins at 7 p.m. with fireworks show at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.bodyglovehawaii.com/fireworks-cruise, or call (800) 551-8911.

The second annual Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows takes place September 7-9. The family-friendly festival is free, open to the public, and features performances by Hawaii steel guitar masters, private workshops, and jam sessions where festival guests can play steel guitar alongside the masters. For more information, visit www.hawaiisteelguitarfestival.com. For special Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows rates for attendees, visit www.maunalani.com, or call (800) 367-2323.

The third annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds is set for September 14-17 at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival's 2018 theme, "Back from the Brink: Hawaii's Battle Against Extinction," showcases arduous ongoing efforts being undertaken to save Hawaii's rarest bird species. Highlights include a community Bird Fair, film festival, birding excursions, talk-story time with island of Hawaii naturalists and bird experts, and evening dinner events, including "Brews, Birds and Binos" and a pau hana (workday ending) celebration barbeque. For more information and tickets, visit www.birdfesthawaii.org, or call (808) 331-3655.  

ACCOMMODATIONS

 Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows announces a $100 million transformation project that begins October 1, 2018. The project includes extensive redesign with a goal of reopening in late 2019 as Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com, or call (808) 885-6622.
   
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai introduces a new Salt Harvesting Experience where guests can hike to nearby salt flats with Hualalai's Natural Resources team to harvest fresh sea salt. Then join Executive Chef Thomas Bellec as he demonstrates how the salt is dried and used in cooking. An optional Salts of the Ocean body treatment can follow at Hualalai Spa. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai, or call (808) 325-8000.
 
A new fun zone for adults, the Alii Court, is now open daily at The Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Guests can partake in complimentary bocce ball, shuffleboard, table tennis, darts, giant Jenga, cornhole and other games from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. The hotel plans to open an accompanying kids zone soon. For more information, visit www.konabeachhotel.com to learn more.

GOLF

Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf welcomes summer with family golf and the launch of its new booking website. Junior golfers (6 to 17 years old) are $25 with complimentary rental clubs included, and adults play for $50 with a $25 rental club fee. Guests can now pre-purchase rounds and set tee times for two, three and four 18-hole packages at both the Beach and Kings' courses online. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com, or call (808) 886-7888.

ACCOLADES

Greenwell Farms in Kona was recently included in Lonely Planet's new book Global Coffee Tour, a taster's guide to the world's best coffee experiences. The guidebook's entry on Greenwell Farms highlights the farm's history and friendly farm-tour guides.Researched and compiled by Lonely Planet's network of coffee-obsessed travel experts, Global Coffee Tour also features a "Things To Do Nearby" section, including locales such as Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, Kaaloa's Super J's Authentic Hawaiian Food, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and the iconic Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. For more information, visit www.greenwellfarms.com.