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DECEMBER'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Escape to Hawaii, the Big Island for extraordinary land, sea and sky experiences. From celebrating surf to exploring the connection between Hawaiian culture and astronomy, the destination offers a wide range of adventures for everyone to enjoy.
ACTIVITIES, ADVENTURES & EVENTS
The 11th Annual Kona Surf Film Festival, showcasing independent short and feature films from established and emerging surf filmmakers from around the world, will be held at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel from January 30 to 31, 2015. The festival will also host art and photography installations by local and international artists, with each night commencing with live music. For more information, visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.
On March 1, 2015, guests are invited to celebrate Imiloa Astronomy Center’s 9th anniversary with its “Free Family Day,” which offers complimentary admission to the center’s exhibit hall and planetarium experience. The schedule of events also includes special presentations, educational exhibits, hands-on activities and more. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org.
KapohoKine Adventures has announced a new “Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow” tour for travelers looking to immerse themselves in adventure at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The experience takes guests beyond the visitor center with an educational walk through Thurston Lava Tube and four-mile trek across the crater floor on the Kïlauea Iki Trail. The tour also includes dinner at the world-renowned Volcano House and the opportunity to experience the red glow reflected by Halemaumau Crater. For more information, visit www.kapohokine.com.
Paradise Helicopters has launched a new “Family Helicopter Ride & Zipline” adventure, combining ziplining through a rainforest and enjoying a lush botanical garden ground tour with Botanical World Adventures. The experience is recommended for multi-generational travelers, a growing segment of visitors to Hawaii Island, as guests can choose to take a leisurely stroll, wander through an herbaceous maze, or soar through the forest canopy. For more information, visit www.paradisecopters.com.
The Dragonfly Ranch is offering a “40th Anniversary Guest Package,” which includes a free night with a weeklong stay. In addition to weight loss and wellness programs, guests can immerse themselves in guided ocean tours, foot reflexology massages, meditation sessions, and a class about growing microgreens (tiny vegetables often used as a visual or flavor component). For more information, visit www.dragonflyranch.com.
Kalaekilohana Inn & Retreat in Naalehu celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015 with room upgrades, new evening meal options, and a brand new website. Guests are invited to breathe in the romance of old Hawaii at the inn, taste fresh tropical fruit and locally grown food, explore the southern half of Hawaii Island and enjoy a premium property with outstanding recommendations by previous visitors. For more information, visit www.kau-hawaii.com.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Kohala Coast, featuring newly refreshed guest rooms with elements by celebrated Hawaii Island designer Sig Zane, is offering a “4th Night Free and Daily Buffet Breakfast” promotion in 2015. The special is valid from January 1 to December 23, 2015. Some restrictions may apply. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com.
On July 24, 2015, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will host a grand celebration in honor of its “Golden Anniversary,” marking 50 years to the day of the hotel’s opening. The hotel has also launched a redesigned Timeless Mauna Kea website dedicated to the anniversary, featuring an interactive timeline of the hotel’s storied opening and updates on the hotel’s “50 Acts of Aloha” campaign. Guests are invited to join the celebration via social media and share favorite memories using the hashtag #MaunaKea50. For more information, visit www.timelessmaunakea.com.
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is marketing its Hawaii Island resort condominiums under a new brand, Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger. Ideal for families and groups traveling together who desire a comfortable home base for exploring the destination, guests are able to choose from Kanaloa at Kona by Outrigger, Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger, Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger, and Kohala Coast Vacation Rentals by Outrigger. For more information, visit www.outrigger.com.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is hosting a special “La Chaine des Rotisseurs” dinner on January 30, 2015 in honor of former general manager Adi Kohler, also known as “Mr. Mauna Kea.” Guests are invited to partake in the menu, which will feature many of Adi’s personal favorite dishes during his time at the iconic resort. Advanced reservations are required. For more information, call (808) 882-5707.
Conveniently located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel offers mouth-watering culinary offerings and fresh, island-inspired cuisine. Two of the hotel’s restaurants, Honu’s on the Beachand Billfish Poolside Bar & Grill, are now under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Roy Basilio, who brings his extensive experience to the hotel. Honu’s also boasts a new menu and live contemporary music daily, Sunday-Thursday. For more information, call (808) 331-2911.
Rays on the Bay at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, with exceptional dining views of manta rays in their natural habitat, has announced a new wine collection featuring eight wines from volcanic soil-infused regions around the world. Wine expert and Rays on the Bay General Manager Keith Mallini handpicked the unique selection, choosing wines from Napa, Calif.; Dundee Hills, Oregon; Soave, Campania, and Sicily, Italy; and Greece. For more information, visit www.raysonthebay.com.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
- TripAdvisor.com has named Waikoloa on Hawaii, the Big Island as the 8th-ranked “Destination on the Rise” in the United States. The list measures year-over-year increases in resort destinations’ popularity based on positive reviews of accommodations, restaurants, and attractions. For more information, visit www.tripadvisor.com.
- Organic Hawaii Island honey producer Big Island Bees, which more than doubled its growth in the past three years, was recently recognized as “Fastest Growing Retailer of the Year” at Retail Merchants of Hawaii’s 2014 Hookela Awards, honoring outstanding retailers. In addition to producing a variety of products, Big Island Bees offers free morning tours of its open beehives. For more information, visit www.bigislandbees.com.
- KapohoKine Adventures, which offers tours and hikes in Kailua-Kona, Hilo, and Volcano led by Wilderness First Aid and First Responder certified guides, has achieved Sustainable Tourism Certification by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. The certification is granted to tour operators that demonstrate a solid commitment to protect Hawaii’s unique natural environment and host culture through the promotion of responsible travel. For more information, visit www.kapohokine.com.