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Jourdyn Kaarre
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April 02, 2012

APRIL’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

Hawaii Island – It is now April and that can only mean the beginning of Spring! Bypass April showers and “spring” into a new season of events and specials on Hawaii, the Big Island. Check out what’s in store this month:

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS 

Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides has offered quality ocean experiences for more than 40 years. During deluxe morning snorkel cruises aboard the Hula Kai or Fair Wind II, guests now enjoy grass-fed beef burgers from Hawaii Big Island Beef’s ranch in Paauilo. Other locally-sourced products aboard include Fair Wind’s own 100-percent Kona Coffee and fresh papaya from Fair Wind’s farm. While snorkeling, diving or zipping about on Sea Rockets in some of the world’s most pristine waters, guests are drawn back to the vessels by the fragrance of Hawaii Big Island Beef burgers and Garden Burgers on the grill. For more information, visit www.fair-wind.com

Dr. S. Deacon Ritterbush (a.k.a. “Dr. Beachcomb”) is coming to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel! Listen as she shares information on fascinating beach treasures, offers tips and techniques to make your beachcomb expeditions more fruitful, and discusses the shorelines of Hawaii Island. The free lecture and book signing is on April 4 at the hotel’s Lloyd Sexton Gallery from 8:00-9:00 p.m. For more details visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com or call (808) 882-7221. 

Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii is offering four days of hula-related workshops and demonstrations during the upcoming annual Merrie Monarch festival and competition in Hilo.  From April 10 to April 13, Imiloa programming will provide visitors and residents with an opportunity to learn more about the history and cultural significance of hula and its practitioners. Tickets to the event programs are $6 per session. Seating is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily admission rates apply to entry into the Center’s exhibit hall and its planetarium programs. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703. 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout April, including extra events during Merrie Monarch week. All programs are free, park entrance fees apply. 

Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium 
- Eruption Cycles at Kilauea, Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. 
- Pomai in Concert, Wednesday, April 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
- Endemic Hawaiian Flowers: A Celebration of World Heritage, Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.

Kilauea Visitor Center Lanai 
- Kalo and Laau Lapaau, Wednesday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Musical Performance by Rupert Tripp, Jr., Wednesday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Ohe Hano Ihu (Bamboo Nose Flute) Workshop, Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 & 12, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Makuakane Ohana Arts & Music, Thursday and Friday, April 12 & 13, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
- Na Lei with Patricia Kaula, Thursday and Friday, April 12 & 13, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

See two of Hawaii Island’s most exciting Polynesian shows on Monday and Thursday evenings at The Shops at Mauna Lani, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Monday nights’ Te Ao Maohi (“The Land of the Natives”) show will introduce you to the people of Polynesia through their legends & folk tales with a fire knife finale.  On Thursday nights, the Kupaianaha (“Simply Amazing”) show features drum dances of Tahiti and her islands, Maori Haka and the Haka Poi (fire poi balls), as well as a fire walk and fire knife finale. For more information, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com

Humdinger Sportfishing is participating in a special offer for American Express Card members through December 31, 2012.  Enjoy 25% off a full or multiple-day Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charter on Hawaii Island.  A full day charter is eight hours long.  This offer is valid for 1-6 passengers. All tackle, bait and ice are provided and no fishing license is required. Food, beverage, taxes and gratuity not included. Visit www.humdingersportfishing.com for more information. 

The Volcano Art Center’s Spring Concert Series continues in May with Hawaiian music legends Barry Flanagan and Ron Kualaau of HAPA. Join us for “A Celebration of Loea Hula Charles Kauhi Kaupu” on Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. HAPA’s brilliant artistry, musicianship and creativity affirms their place among the greatest musicians in Hawaii. Tickets are $35 and available for advance purchase at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, at VAC Art Gallery or online at www.volcanoartcenter.org. For more information, call (808) 967-8222. 

Movie magic under Hawaii’s starry skies makes Memorial weekend amazing, as the Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival rolls out May 24-28, 2012. Enjoy free family films at The Shops at Mauna Lani, and daytime movies and nightly double features (and special rates!) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii – plus filmmaking workshops, celebrity receptions and the final night’s “Best of the Fest” with movies under the stars and a concert by KOHALA (featuring Charles Michael Brotman whose music is part of “The Descendants” soundtrack). For more information, visit www.bigislandfilmfestival.com or call (808) 883-0394. 

The 41st Annual Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races start Labor Day holiday weekend, September 1-3, 2012. It is the world’s largest long distance canoe race, and is organized and hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club, which started in Kona in 1929. The event attracts more than 300 six-person crews including international crews from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, the Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Tahiti and the United Kingdom. Back for its third year is the Alii Challenge, a blend of Survivor and the Amazing Race, which includes a paddling distance of almost 17.5 miles followed by each crew of 12 negotiating a land course. For detailed race information, course maps or to register online, log onto www.kaiopua.org

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Hawaii Island Retreat offers a much needed (and deserved) getaway with its 4th night free promotion through September 30, 2012.  In addition to the free night, enjoy a hot breakfast for two in open air dining, featuring delights from its organic farms. Wander through the 50-acre wooded farm, enjoy an open air massage to the sounds of whispering trees and birdsongs, and breathe deeply of the clean, North Kohala air. All categories of rooms qualify for the promotion based on availability. Contact (808) 889-6336 or info@hawaiiislandretreat.com to book your reservation. For more information, visit www.hawaiiislandretreat.com

Reserve seven nights and pay for six with Hawaii Vacation Rentals during a special offering in May.  Hawaii Vacation Rentals has privately owned homes in Puako, Mauna Lani Resort and Kohala Ranch.  For more information, visit www.vacationbigisland.com

Aston Hotels & Resorts makes Spring getaways extra sweet with special rates for suites and villas. A Kohala Coast, one-bedroom suite at the Aston Shores at Waikoloa is a golfer’s dream, set between the Beach and King’s courses. With a gated entry, the one-bedroom golf villas at the Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas claim the 10th fairway of the Beach Course. Oceanfront and close to Kona town shopping and dining, Aston Kona by the Sea invites guests to stay in with full kitchens, outdoor barbeques and two swimming pools. Valid for bookings/stays through June 30. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com or call (866) 774-2924. 

TASTY TIDBITS 

The Shops at Mauna Lani has added a fourth restaurant, Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina.  There is also a Tequila Bar with over 300 different Tequilas that would take the casual drinker around six months to try. For more information, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai introduces the 50-Mile Cocktail! Made entirely from ingredients within a 50-mile radius of the Resort, the Koa Wai (koa water) cocktail consists of Ocean Vodka, Eureka lemon juice, Green Gecko Farm’s ginger, and Hawaii Island sugar cane simple syrup. The coconut cup is rimmed with Hawaiian black lava sea salt, and garnished with star fruit and a Thai basil flower. As part of the Resort’s ongoing commitment to plant 500,000 legacy (never to be cut down) koa trees on the island, all guests purchasing the $58 Koa Wai cocktail will have a tree planted in their honor. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (808) 340-5662. 

Enjoy two special meals overlooking the pristine Pacific Ocean at Kamuela Provision Company at Hilton Waikoloa Village this spring. On April 8, enjoy Easter Brunch with live entertainment and exquisite bites. Take a picture with the Easter bunny and delight in indoor or shaded lanai outdoor seating. On Mother’s Day, May 13, all moms will receive a red rose in addition to incredible food choices and entertainment. Both meals will feature sweet bread assortments, classic breakfast sides, eggs, a seafood bar, appetizers, salads, a carving station, pasta and sweet endings, and will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $69 for adults, $25 for children ages 5-12 (complimentary for children under 4). For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call 1 (800) HILTONS (1-800-445-8667). 

KUDOS/ACCOLADES 

Executive Sous Chef Stephen Rouelle of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii was recently named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association (ACFKKCA). Cited for his dedication as scholarship committee chair and help with high school culinary activities, the South Kohala resident received his award at the organization’s annual President’s Ball.  Chef Steve has been a part of the creative culinary team at The Fairmont Orchid since 1993.  Currently overseeing staff in the hotel’s award-winning Brown’s Beach House restaurant, Norio’s Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar as well as Luana Lounge and Hale Kai Restaurant, Chef Steve is inspired by “Hawaii Island cuisine” with a commitment to utilizing ingredients provided by local purveyors in their peak seasons whenever possible.  For more information about The Fairmont Orchid, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid or call (808) 885-2000.

MEETINGS & CONVENTION NEWS

Aston Kona by the Sea’s glass-walled meeting and event space The Beach Club offers a dramatic oceanfront setting with a breathtaking, unobstructed view of the rugged volcanic coastline and blue Pacific Ocean. Located just south of historic Kailua Village, the venue is inspiring for corporate meetings, romantic for weddings and intimate for gatherings. The space features two separate rooms that can be configured differently to seat up to 52 people. Visit www.astonhotels.com for more information. 

TRAVEL TRADE 

Travel agents booking Roberts Hawaii activities on Hawaii Island can now secure reservations and earn a 10% commission via the tour company’s newly-launched travel agent website. This is the first time agents can receive commissions for booking with Roberts Hawaii online. Applicable tours include Roberts Hawaii’s popular Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour and Volcano Tour and Lava Walk. The new website is located at  www.robertshawaii.com/travel-agents.php. All bookings must be made at least 36 hours in advance; some products and services may not be eligible. For more information, visit www.robertshawaii.com/travel-agents.php.