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JANUARY’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island - The Holidays may have officially passed, but the celebration continues on Hawaii Island with these sizzlin’ activities, events and specials for the month of January. Hauoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)!
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Start your day with Kona Honu Divers on a pristine morning adventure to visit Hawaii Island’s exotic marine species up close and personal at two separate dive sites. In addition to seeing schools of brightly colored fish, Hawaiian spinner dolphins, Green sea turtles, and Dragon eels have been known to make frequent appearances. Book a tour now and find out what surprises are in store. For more information or to make a reservation, call (888) 333-4668 or visit www.konahonudivers.com.
Experience the wonder of Kilauea’s lava flow from land and sea during a new Lava Combo tour with Lava Ocean Adventures. This must-do Hawaii Island adventure combines a boat tour and hike for an all access pass to view the current lava flows and the aftermath of past flows including black sand beaches, lava tubes, rainbows, and wildlife. For more information, call (808) 966-4200 or visit www.seelava.com.
Got poi? Poi, made from kalo (taro) is a Hawaii luau mainstay and was also a staple in the ancient Hawaiian diet. Amy Greenwell Ethnobotancial Garden in Captain Cook continues its series of monthly native Hawaiian plant-related cultural events on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. with a “farm to table” class where students learn to grow, harvest, cook and pound the taro root into poi. The Garden grows over 70 varieties of taro in its Hawaiian cultivar collection. For more information, call (808) 323-3318.
Complimentary music is in the air at Royal Kona Resort’s Don’s Mai Tai Bar. On the third Thursday of each month, catch Grammy-nominated artist and local boy, Henry Kapono, live from 5-7 p.m. Also, back by popular demand, Brian Piikea Vasquez is “Rock’in Da Uke” every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. Come enjoy amazing sunsets, delicious pupu (appetizers) and your favorite beverage while watching and listening to these great artists perform live at Royal Kona Resort. For more information, call (808) 329-3111 or visit www.royalkona.com.
Guests of Hilton Waikoloa Village are invited to an Evening Under the Stars at Waiulua Bay. Once a month at 6 p.m., visitors pack up a blanket or beach chair and enjoy a casual night of entertainment with storytelling under the starry skies at the Palace Garden. A popular activity for families or couples, Evening Under the Stars immerses guests in the local myths and legends of Hawaii, the Big Island. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., learn authentic Hawaiian hula, chant, songs and “talk story” with cultural practitioner Leilehua Yuen during Hawaiiana Live at The Palace Theater. Visitors are welcome to take part in this 45-minute program for only $5 each. For more information, call (808) 934-7010.
Rock fan or music lover, a fan of deep space astronomy or exploring the discoveries on Maunakea, Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Friday Night planetarium programs have something for everyone. The eclectic mix ranges from pure science to entertaining music shows. This month, visitors can catch Pink Floyd’s The Wall planetarium show, the 3D Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe live program, and the Maunakea Skies Talk on new discoveries from the telescopes on Maunakea. For more information, call (808) 969-9703 or visit www.imiloahawaii.org.
Kona Eco Adventures brings new excitement to South Kona. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Kona Zipline is the ticket. Enjoy a tree-to-tree zipline course consisting of eight ziplines and two suspension bridges. Next is an ATV adventure ride through an ancient Native Hawaiian forest and open range pastures. Those who prefer a peaceful tour can embark on the Nature Hike where you can touch, smell and sync into the sounds of the forest. Visit “Mist Mountain Farm” and come face to face with buffalo, llama, horses, and more. For more information, call (808) 889-5111 or visit www.konazip.com.
Swim in a private waterfall, picnic beside a lush valley and soar through the trees all in the same day with The Kohala Zip & Dip from Hawaii Forest & Trail and Kohala Zipline. The adventure-packed excursion takes guests on a zipline canopy tour followed by a short waterfall hike, swim, and picnic lunch and includes roundtrip transportation from Kona and Kohala. For more information or to reserve space, call (800) 464-1993 or visit www.hawaii-forest.com.
Mauna Lani Sea Adventures, located on the beautiful Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani Resort, is now offering whale watch tours aboard the 50-foot catamaran “Winona.” Guests will have the opportunity to view these gentle giants in their natural environment, listen to them “sing”, and learn about their behaviors during the hour-and-a-half tour, which also includes refreshments, beer, wine, snacks, chips and salsa. For more information, call or email at (808) 885-7883 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.maunalaniseaadventures.com.
Ocean Sports celebrates Humpback Whale Season on Hawaii, the Big Island with a new way to play all day. Join the Ocean Sports ohana (family) every Sunday and Friday at Anaehoomalu Bay for Aloha Days on the beach. For just $25, enjoy four hours of unlimited beach toy use, Glass Bottom Boat rides, Hawaiian canoe rides, and more. Then, keep the party going with a Whales & Cocktails Cruise at the special Aloha rate: $80 adults; $40 keiki (6-12); keiki under 6 always cruise for free. For information and reservations, call (808) 886-6666 ext. 103 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
The New Year brings the return of the Humpback Whales and Body Glove Cruises two-and-a-half-hour Whale Watching Excursion. See whales or come again FREE. Book a combo of an ocean adventure of your choice and a luau at the Royal Kona Resort for additional fun and extra savings. Kids ages 5 and under are free. For more information, call (800) 551-8911 or visit www.bodyglovehawaii.com.
In December 2012, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii completed the most comprehensive room renovation project since the resort opened in 1990. The new room décor illustrates a modern, luxurious feel with clean lines, incorporating uniquely Hawaiian elements into subtle touches throughout the space highlighted by artwork by esteemed island artists. Lowell Tom of Philpotts Interiors updated the guestrooms to an international standard while managing to let guests know they are visiting a tropical, island location. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows presents the third annual Hawaii Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation, Jan. 18-19, 2013. Get up close with some of the biggest names in the industry while enjoying cooking influenced by Hawaiian culture, tradition and sustainability. Chefs Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto NYC) Aarón Sánchez (Food Network, Mestizo Kansas City) Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza L.A.), Bruce Bromberg (Blue Ribbon NYC and Las Vegas), Sam Choy (Kai Lani), Clayton Arakawa (Mauna Lani Executive Chef), and Allen Hess (Mauna Lani Chef de Cuisine) will present their takes on island-style cuisine. Award-winning mixologist, Manny Hinojosa, will prepare exclusively designed Grey Goose cocktails using Hawaii’s bountiful fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. For information and tickets, visit www.celebritycheftour.com.
Whether for casual drinks and pupu (appetizers) around the cozy fire pits or for a special dinner at sunset, dining ocean-front at Honu’s Restaurant at the beautifully renovated Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is a must try. Executive Chef George Gomes Jr.’s new dinner menu creatively incorporates locally grown fresh produce, meat and seafood from Hawaii Island with a sophisticated twist yet true to the indigenous flavors of the island. Be sure to try the sustainable kampachi and wild ahi sashimi, the house favorite Charred Beef “Tataki” or Chef’s colorful version of Chicken Paillard. For reservations, call (808) 331-6388.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is offering special tasting menus at its restaurants in January. Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar will be having a Kaiseki Tasting Menu featuring Hawaii Island ingredients with Japanese techniques and flavors Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6-8:30 p.m. all month long. Cost is $75 per person for four courses and $100 for sake pairing. At Hau Tree, the eatery is offering an Antipasto Tasting Menu on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in January from 5:30-8 p.m. For $22 per person, you have a choice of an Antipasto Plate of Italian meats, assorted cheese, peppers and olive oil and balsamic or a Grilled Dayboat Fish Putanesca pasta. Both include salad and grilled crusty bread. For more information, call (808) 882-5810 or visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.