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FEBRUARY’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Longing for a romantic getaway or the warmth of the tropic after the long winter months? Look no further than Hawaii, the Big Island, which is sizzlin’ with thrilling activities and inspiring experiences to last a lifetime.
The Mamalahoa Highway Bypass or Hokulia Bypass as some may know it is now open for commuters seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The two-lane bypass, which begins at the southern edge of Keauhou and runs approximately three miles to the bottom of Halekii street, provides an alternate route for visitors and locals alike traveling between Keauhou and Kealakekua. For more information, contact Ilihia at the Mayor’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 961-8211.
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Reel in some excitement on a deep sea fishing excursion off the Kona Coast with Humdinger Sportfishing. Striped marlin and mahi mahi are typically in season during the winter months, and with whale sightings also prevalent, anglers could be in for an extra special surprise. For a limited time only, Humdinger Sportfishing is offering a special deal of $399 for a half-day fishing charter for up to six people available from now through May 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.humdingersportfishing.com.
Tour “Many Perches” Habitat with Hawaii Forest & Trail on its new Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Adventure. Hakalau which means “many perches” in Hawaiian is the first National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States for forest birds and home to some of the rarest plants and animal species on earth. Embark on a journey filled with the crisp sounds of Hawaii’s rare birds and sights of giant native koa trees and rare lobeliads. Hawaii Forest & Trail guides take visitors along a four-wheel drive road that bisects a meadow between upper and lower forest elevations during a full-day adventure, which includes two to four miles of hiking. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com.
Sail the seas from Keauhou Bay to Kealakekua Bay on a unique new Historic Hawaiian Sail and Snorkel Tour with Kona Boys. Led by a Hawaiian waterman in a double-hulled waa (outrigger canoe), guests will uncover myths, royalty, and legends aboard the “Kinikini” while whale and dolphin watching and exploring the coastline on the way to Kealakekua Bay. Once at the historic bay, enjoy a full hour of amazing snorkeling at the Captain Cook Monument and the historic village of Kaawaloa. For more information, visit www.konaboys.com/outrigger-canoe-rides or call (808) 328-1234.
With Pele’s red hot rivers of fire currently flowing into the ocean, there’s no better time or way to experience the magic than now with Lava Ocean Tours. See, hear, and feel the heat from your front row seat on the USCG-rated 34-feet 24-passenger “Lavakai.” For more information, visit www.seelava.com or call (808) 966-4200.
Paradise Helicopters and ZipLine Through Paradise have partnered to offer two new HELIZIP Air Adventures. The adventure takes off by helicopter from the Kona Airport heading towards Kilauea Volcano to witness the majesty of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Up next, a stop at Hilo Airport to zipline on the only 8-line side-by-side course in the state followed by a picnic lunch before heading back to Kona by helicopter. Along the way, guests will be treated to stunning views of Hawaii Island’s coastlines, lush valleys and 2,800-foot waterfalls. Hilo departures are available with doors-off. For more information, visit www.paradisecopters.com or call (866) 876-7422.
Imiloa Astronomy Center’s planetarium show 3D Sun, playing at 3 p.m. daily, gives audiences the chance to see the sun up close in dazzling, high-definition 3D. From Earth, viewers should not look directly at the sun with human eyes. But with help from the twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft, audiences can witness the most powerful explosions in the solar system, equal to the force of a billion megaton nuclear bombs. Imiloa will also offer its signature show, “Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky,” daily at 1 p.m., and “Awesome Light I: Big Mirrors on the Mountain,” a 3D offering, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.
Going on vacation doesn’t mean giving up on your New Year’s resolutions. Ocean Sports offers a variety of classes and activities from Sunday through Friday at Anaehoomalu Bay. Join an experienced team of fitness professionals for an exhilarating Beach Body Workout, or a relaxing yoga class under the palms for only $10 per class. No experience is necessary as classes are tailored to all fitness levels and goals. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com or call (808) 886-6666 ext. 103.
Mark your calendars for 12 fee-free days at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On April 22-26 (National Park Week), July 13 (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival), Aug. 25 (National Park Service Birthday), Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day), and Nov. 9-11 (Veterans Day Weekend), celebrate these special events and national holidays while enjoying the park free of charge. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/havo.
Usher in the Year of the Snake on Feb. 9 with the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association at the 11th annual Hilo Chinese New Year Festival, held at Mooheau Park and Bandstand across from the Hilo Farmers’ Market. Festivities embrace both the Chinese and Hilo culture including firecrackers, lion dancing, martial arts troupes, Hawaiian and Asian food booths, live music by the Lono Kanakaole Trio and the Hawaii County Band, and activities for the whole ohana (family). Admission is free. For more information, email email@example.com or call (808) 935-8850.
Watch as twenty collegiate golf teams tee-up for the 23rd annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at the Kings’ Course from Feb. 6-8. This year’s playing field will feature home team University of Hawaii at Hilo alongside eight of the nation’s top twenty-five ranked including the Texas Longhorns in one of the most important collegiate golf events of the year. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com or call (808) 886-7888.
The Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort kicks off February with two big events. Celebrate Chinese New Year with a traditional lion dance held at the Center Court Stage on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 9, artists, merchants, and restaurants will showcase their artistic and culinary talents at Arts Under the Stars from 5-8 p.m. Bring your sweetheart for an elegant evening art walk under the stars. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com.
The Palace Theater will highlight Hawaii’s diverse culture with several events throughout February. On Feb. 9, enjoy traditional Hawaiian music from The Makaha Sons who have been entertaining audiences worldwide for the past 30 years. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. On Feb. 8 and 10, attend the 6th annual Chinese Film Festival featuring three different films and a special tea tasting in the Palace lobby with Onomea Tea on Feb. 10. On Feb. 12, party at the Palace with a King and Queen, beads, masks, and a costume parade for Mardi Gras. Tickets are $12 at the door. Receive $2 off for tickets purchased in advance – or if you’re in costume. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (808) 934-7010.
Romance is in the air this month at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Celebrate Feb. 14 with a delicious dinner at one of their fine restaurants and a free Polynesian hula show also available every Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Catch the newest movie ride Ocean Adventure 4D, filmed off the coast of Hawaii Island, at The Great 4D Movie Ride and Gift Shoppe, or enjoy complimentary lei making, ipu making, ukulele and coconut weaving classes throughout the week. For more information, check out the calendar of events at www.shopsatmaunalani.com or call (808) 885-9501.
Volcano Art Center (VAC) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park presents Silver Magic – a dazzling collection of landscape photographs captured by renowned Hawaii Island artist, architect, educator and philanthropist Boone Morrison. On Saturday, Feb. 16, VAC’s popular Hula Arts at Kilauea will feature Halau Na Pua Haaheo O Kona and kumu hula Roy Palacat performing on the historic stone hula platform next to the gallery. All exhibits and cultural presentations are free to the public though park entrance fees apply. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or call (808) 967-7565.
Swing, samba, standards, jazz, bossa nova, Hawaiian classics and a touch of exotica add up to Tropical Vibrations in concert on Saturday, Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m. at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort. The elegant blend of Doug Johnson on vibes, Gary Washburn on piano and keyboard bass, Ronnie Atwater on drums and the soulful voice of jazz singer Betsy Curtis make for a memorable musical evening under the stars at the Coronation Pavilion. Event is complimentary. For more information, visit www.queensmarketplace.net.
Unearth the stars during Keck Week 2013 at the W. M. Keck Observatory from March 13-19. The weeklong celebration commemorates two decades of astronomical discoveries from Maunakea’s twin Keck telescopes with several events at the Observatory and Kohala Coast resorts including a fundraising gala, star gazing, exhibits, a tennis match, and a film showing. For more information, visit www.keckobservatory.org/keck_week_2013.
Hilton Waikoloa Village is gearing up for the 16th annual Lavaman Triathlon, beginning Friday, March 22. The weekend kicks off with a 5K run on Friday at the Queens’ Marketplace, followed by a LavaKids event on Saturday featuring a keiki (kids) beach dash, aqua swim, and triathlon at Anaehoomalu Bay. The events culminate on Sunday, March 24 when 1,800 triathletes gather for the premier Olympic distance event consisting of a 1-mile swim across Anaehoomalu Bay, 25-mile bike ride along the Queen Kaahumanu Highway, and 10K run through lava fields, the Hilton Waikoloa resort grounds, finishing across a sandy beach trail. For more information, visit www.lavamantriathlon.com/waikoloa.
Get your coffee fix at the 5th annual Kau Coffee Festival from April 27-28 and May 1-5. Activities include a hike to the Kau Mountain Water System, star gazing from the Makanau summit, coffee workshops, farm tours and tastings, and more. For more information, visit www.kaucoffeefest.com or call (808) 929-9550.
To research additional events in February and looking forward, please visit www.gohawaii.com/big-island/plan-a-trip/events.
Aston Hotels & Resorts has launched the 2013 edition of its popular Aloha Book, packed with special offers for Hawaii Island dining, shopping, and activities ranging from ocean excursions to educational and arts experiences. Aston guests receive the book free at check-in, with offers including: 15 percent off admission at the Aloha Performing Arts Company; $2 off admission at the Imiloa Astronomy Center; 10 percent off a zipline tour at Big Island Eco-Adventures; a 20 percent discount on any service at the Hoola Spa; and 20 percent off a Kahua Ranch sunset dinner, among other deals. For more, visit www.astonhotels.com.
The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is pleased to announce the completion of extensive renovations to their 136-seat amphitheater, the only theater of its kind on the Kohala Coast. This state of the art theatre located at the AAA Four Diamond award winning resort now features a 16’ x 9’ wide screen, HD projector, Blu-Ray DVD player, Bose sound system and wireless internet access. For reservations and additional information, contact a member of the catering and conference services team at (808) 885-2000 or visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.
The Kohala Spa at Hilton Waikoloa Village celebrates sweethearts with the Valentine’s Experience for Two from Feb. 1-28, 2013. Couples are treated like Hawaiian royalty with pure island ingredients combined with modern techniques, for an unparalleled opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and rediscover essential vitality. The Valentine’s Experience for Two spa package pampers with a Cocomanga Pedicure, choice of Kohala Couple’s Massage or Kohala Facial and a special Valentine’s treat. This luxurious 50-minute experience is available for $345 for a limited time. For reservations, call (808) 886-2828 or visit www.kohalaspa.com for more information.
Newlyweds dreaming of saving money on a Hawaii Island honeymoon can take advantage of Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa’s online bridal registry service. Imagine a romantic honeymoon at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa enhanced by an unforgettable massage for two at Hoola Spa or a torch-lit dinner under the stars. Couples can share the registry web link with friends and family and let them select from an array of items for the honeymoon. Just say “I do” and discover honeymoon wishes and dreams-come-true. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com or www.starwoodhi.honeymoonwishes.com.
Sip in to Hawaiian time at Volcano Winery with two new Estate teas available for tasting and purchase. Enjoy a glass of wine along with delicious gourmet cheese spread platters in the scenic picnic area and experience the crisp, cool atmosphere unique to Volcano. Open every day (except Christmas) from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.volcanowinery.com or call toll-free at (877) 967-7772.
Cool off after a round of golf with an all-new specialty cocktails menu at the Waikoloa Kings’ Grille. Sip on signature drinks like the Naupaka, Coco Refresh, or Back Nine Punch while overlooking the 18th hole of the Kings’ Course and enjoying sweeping views of the Kohala Coast, Maunakea, and Maunaloa. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com or call (808) 886-7600.
Sweethearts can celebrate their love with a special Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner menu at Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant, conveniently located at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kona town. The menu, a special presentation from Chef George Gomez Jr. and his team, features flavorful farm-to-table goodness at an affordable price. Meals are themed around Hawaii’s fresh seafood abound and include a fully vegetarian option. Experience this 4-course delectable sweetheart menu for just $69 for adults and $36 for children 6-12 years (exclusive of tax and gratuity). For reservations, call (808) 331-6388.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is offering a special Freeman Winemaker Dinner on Feb. 9 at Manta Pavilion & Wine Bar restaurant. Menu items include Deconstructed Kona Manilla Clam Chowder, Kurobuta Pork Belly, Twice Cooked “Kau Yuk” Style, Keawe Grilled Muscovy Duck Breast and a Trio of Big Island Inspired Crème Brulee with accompanying Freeman selected wines. Cost is $125 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). For more information, call the hotel’s dining reservations at (808) 882-5810.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai announces Made in America 3, an annual celebration of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking demonstrations and culinary experiences. The series of events from Feb. 26 – March 3, 2013, features some of today’s top chefs coming together to cook, teach and entertain in an intimate and relaxed beach setting. Nancy Silverton, Matt Molina, Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Waylynn Lucas, visiting Four Seasons chefs, Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya and director of mixology Chandra Lam Lucariello from Southern Wine and Spirits will be joining Executive Chef James Babian for the celebrations. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (888) 340-5662.
Kilauea Lodge in Volcano Village was recently named one of the “Best in the World” according to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2012 Reader’s Choice awards. Owner/managers Lorna and Albert Jeyte bought the former YMCA on their honeymoon in 1986, and are now celebrating 25 years of being in business. In December 2012, the 12-room property along with its popular restaurant also earned recognition on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.kilauealodge.com or call (808) 967-7366.