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AUGUST'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island is buzzing with excitement this fall with fresh culinary experiences, sustainable events, and adventure at every turn.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Locavore enthusiasts are invited to partake in an event supported by regional initiative, "Growing Agricultural Tourism in North Kohala." On Sept. 27, Oct. 25, and Nov. 29, Hawaii Island fields will be transformed into an al fresco (outdoor) dining room for a celebration of farmers and local flavors. The experience includes an elegant multi-course feast, live entertainment in a rustic farm setting, and sweeping views of the North Kohala Coast. For more information, visit www.farmtoursnorthkohala.com.
Explore cutting-edge, farm-to-fork and culinary practices with Hawaii Island's unique blend of cultural influences at the Puna Culinary Festival from September 21 to 28, 2014. Guests will be able to partake in featured dinners, cooking classes, workshops, market visits, sustainable farm tours, and more. The festival opens with a kalua (cooked in an underground oven) pork dinner at Kalani on September 21, followed by "DELICIOUS: A Feast for the Senses," a food-themed art show. The festival culminates with "PupuPalooza," an appetizer competition and public tasting on September 27. For more information, visit www.punaculinaryfestival.com.
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on December 6. The annual holiday event will feature tantalizing cuisine by twenty chefs and confectioners. Guests will also be able to enjoy handcrafted ales, wines, and a silent auction. For more information, visit www.konakohalachefs.org.
Sustainable forestry company Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) recently unveiled a collection of intricate feather work art reproductions of a cape, sash, and helmet worn by Kamehameha I. The pieces were created by renowned Hawaiian feather work artist Rick San Nicolas and are on display indefinitely in a custom koa wood case along with a rare uhiuhi wood spear in the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu lobby. HLH commissioned the pieces to enhance awareness around the reforestation of habitat for endangered species, as some of the feathers used in the original pieces were sourced from bird species that are now extinct. For more information, visit www.legacytrees.org.
For more activities and events, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on the Go Hawaii site.
View the world famous Kona coffee plantations and Hawaii Island's dramatic scenery with Paradise Helicopters. From the sky, see the stark, black lava rock generated from Hualalai volcano and soak in the crystal blue waters and reefs of the Kona Coast. Fly over Honokohau Harbor on the way to historic Kailua Bay and Kona town, followed by the Captain Cook Monument nestled in the pristine and historical Kealakekua Bay, all while enjoying majestic views of Hualalai as a backdrop. Then head towards the mountain where the green lushness of the "Kona Coffee Belt" takes over the landscape and soar over coffee farms to conclude a flight through paradise. For more information, visit www.paradisecopters.com.
Aston Hotels & Resorts, which offers spacious rooms, breathtaking views, value-added amenities, and more, encourages its guests to capture adventure, laughter, and memories with friends and family. Those staying at any of its three condominium resorts on Hawaii, the Big Island, including Aston Shores at Waikoloa, Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, and Aston Kona by the Sea, may share a favorite Aston experience on any social media site with the #Astonlife tag and show the post at checkout to receive a 10 percent discount on the best available daily rate. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.
The award-winning Dragonfly Ranch is offering guests who book a week or more between September 1 and November 1, a free "Clean Burn Shape" 10-day cleanse. Valued at $150, the program, which may help individuals healthily release up to 10 pounds and 10 inches in 10 days, can be used while staying at the ranch or reserved for later use. The legendary healing hideaway also offers eco-spa pampering including an infrared sauna, labyrinth walk and lomilomi (massage technique) rejuvenation treatments. For more information, visit www.dragonflyranch.com.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu welcomes the fall with a season-long celebration of romance, epicurean experiences, and escapism. The resort brings an extra level of love to guests visiting in September, while the award-winning culinary program kicks into high gear in October, with "Chef Fest," a celebration of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes, and culinary experiences. November is a great time to tone and tighten bodies and minds, while December is all about escapism and shopping before the holidays. A $500 or $1,000 resort credit will apply to any five-night stay in oceanview and above room categories. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
Honu's on the Beach at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel unveiled a renewed and expanded farm-to-table menu with selections such as scallops with Hawaii Island creamed corn and fresh asparagus. In addition, guests are invited to enjoy tapas on Sunday and Monday evenings and fresh sushi from Tuesday through Thursday. Live music is played at the restaurant from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. For more information, call (808) 331-6388.
MEETINGS & CONVENTION NEWS
Mauna Kea Resort has introduced two unique group dining experiences including its "Coast Grille Garden Party" and "Plantation Beach House Party." The former group experience, perfect for approximately 30 people, features a customized menu highlighting the freshest ingredients from Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel's bountiful on-property garden. The latter is recommended for gatherings of approximately 50 people, taking place at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with backyard party food, live entertainment, eclectic décor, and more. For more information, visit www.princeresortshawaii.com.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
TripAdvisor recently awarded its 2014 "Certificate of Excellence" to Hawaii Island companies including:
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which offers Hawaii Island tours including its "Circle of Fire and Waterfalls Tour" and "Kohala Coast Adventure." For more information, visit www.bluehawaiian.com.
Lava Ocean Tours (LOT), which has provided unique ways to view current lava flows by land and sea for nearly a decade (when lava activity permits). Guests are outfitted with professional equipment and led by enthusiastic tour guides who look forward to sharing a deeper appreciation of Hawaii, the Big Island. For more information, visit www.seelava.com.