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JANUARY'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
This month, Hawaii, the Big Island is sizzlin’ with news, developments, and upcoming adventures! Hauoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year) from Hawaii Island!
ANNIVERSARIES & CELEBRATIONS
In 2014, the ocean view Mauna Kea Golf Course on the Kohala Coast will celebrate its 50th anniversary of leading the way in standards of course beauty and design. Ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the U.S., the legendary Mauna Kea Golf Course opened in 1964 as the unique creation of the great golf architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and was recently updated by his son, Rees Jones. For more information or to reserve a tee time, call (808) 882-5400 or visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-golf-course.
KapohoKine Adventures is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2014 by doubling the size of its outfitter store and announcing several technical upgrades to its Zipline Through Paradise experience. Carrying all the gear needed for any adventure, KapohoKine Adventures' store in downtown Hilo carries top-quality name brands including Patagonia, GoPro, Smith Optics, and more. KapohoKine refurbished part of the historic Canario Building next to the Palace Theatre, where it operates an outfitter space twice the size of its original location. In addition, by working with state-of-the-art technology, KapohoKine has created one of the “most family-friendly ziplines in Hawaii.” For more information, visit www.kapohokine.com.
In 2014, Hawaii Forest & Trail celebrates its 20-year anniversary of exploring the world’s most active volcano, discovering rare native Hawaiian birds, and leading other Hawaii Island adventures. From now through April 2014, Hawaii Forest & Trail will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of sharing the wonders of Hawaii Island by conducting a series of special tours supporting conservation, education and culture-based initiatives. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com.
Hawaii Regional Cuisine founding chef, Peter Merriman, recently celebrated 25 years of his flagship restaurant, Merriman’s Waimea. The restaurant, known today as “The Home of Hawaii Regional Cuisine,” opened its doors in December 1988 in picturesque upcountry Waimea on Hawaii Island. Merriman’s continues to celebrate its historical role in Hawaii’s food history while honoring the farmers, ranchers and community that has loyally supported the restaurant for 25 years. For more information, visit www.merrimanshawaii.com.
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Kohala Zipline begins a convenient shuttle service starting this month. By mid-January, Kohala Zipline will offer twice daily roundtrip service between all major Kona and Kohala Coast resorts and hotels. Guests can choose from either an early departure (8:30 a.m. tour start time) or late departure (1:00 p.m. tour start time). Also included in the service is a delicious deli-style lunch consisting of a choice of sandwich, chips, cookie and a soft drink. Enjoy one of the best zipline canopy adventures in Hawaii, with round-trip transportation and lunch at reasonable prices. The shuttle will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Seating is limited. For more information, visit www.kohalazipline.com or call (800) 464-1993.
Ocean Sports, Hawaii Island’s premier full-service ocean recreation business, has launched a new Star Card beach program. Purchase a 8, 16 or 30 star card and redeem the stars for beach toy rentals, excursions, and more at any of Ocean Sports’ beach locations including Anaehoomalu Bay, Hilton Waikoloa Village lagoon, or Kaunaoa Beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Star Cards are an economical way to enjoy Ocean Sports’ activities and rentals. The cards never expire, are transferrable and easy for every member of the ohana (family) to use! For more information, call (808) 886-6666 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
Fish with one of Kona's most experienced captains by booking a 3/4 day fishing charter with Humdinger Sportfishing at a special $599 rate, now until March 31. Enjoy fishing for giant blue marlin, tuna, spearfish, and mahimahi from “The Humdinger,” a 37-foot sportfishing boat. The fishing charter accommodates up to six guests. No fishing license is required, some restrictions apply to the offer. For more information, call (808) 936-3034 or visit www.humdingersportfishing.com.
Friends of NELHA invites visitors to experience the unique ocean science and technology tour of select Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (NELHA) facilities from Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. Learn more about how natural sustainable energy is generated from hot tropical sunshine and cold, deep-sea water; check out thriving aquaculture, including Kona Kampachi and delicious abalone, and discover a new adventure for the entire family. For more information, visit www.friendsofnelha.org or call (808) 329-8073.
Every third Friday of February through June, follow Kalapana Cultural Tours through Kalapana, an area now buried under lava rock, but still fresh with memories. Hike with expert tour guides to experience hot lava (as conditions permit) listening to Kalapana-style Hawaiian music and hearing about cultural myths and legends featuring the fierce volcano goddess, Pele. Enjoy the opportunity to “talk story” about Kalapana life before and during the volcanic eruption in the early 80s that dramatically changed both the landscape and irreplaceable Hawaiian lifestyle. For more information, visit www.kalapanaculturaltours.com.
Paradise Helicopters offers a marvelous air adventure through Hawaii Island’s skies! Departing from Kona International Airport, the Volcano & Kohala Paradise Landing Tour showcases five major volcanoes, breathtaking mountain ranges, the lush rainforest and waterfalls of East Hawaii, and views of stunning white and black sand beaches. Discover the wonder and majesty of Hawaii, the Big Island with Paradise Helicopters. For more information, call (808) 969-7392 or visit www.paradisecopters.com.
Guests and diners at Hilton Waikoloa Village will discover a new menu this January at Imari, a captivating Japanese restaurant and teahouse centrally located within the resort. The new menu promises something for everyone including Hawaii Island’s premier teppanyaki (iron griddle) dining, along with innovative sushi rolls and family style à la carte dishes created with hint of Hawaiian twist, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Imari’s Executive Chef Charles Charbonneau and his talented team displays unique Japanese culinary skills with dishes that include ogo (seaweed) crusted monchong, Kona Kampachi tataki and a volcanic eruption roll with spicy tuna and habanero masago. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/dining/imari.
Aston Hotels & Resorts is saying aloha (greetings) to spring with special rates starting at $179 a night on Hawaii, the Big Island. Guests are invited to choose from three Hawaii Island properties – Aston Kona by the Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas. All properties provide comfortable accommodations, convenient access to the top destinations, attractions and activities, and extra values such as the free Aston Aloha Book with up to $2,500 in savings. Make this spring a great time to travel with Aston. For more information, call (866) 774-2924 or visit www.astonhotels.com.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Kohala Coast offers a host of keiki (children) and family-friendly activities creating a fun-filled vacation for everyone. A year-round Camp Mauna Lani is also available for keiki, when parents want to relax at the spa or tee-off on Mauna Lani’s 36-holes of golf. Guests will also enjoy the spacious guestrooms, newly refreshed in 2013 with the final touches being added in 2014. Known for a dedication to the Hawaiian culture and preservation of the aina (land), Mauna Lani’s keiki offerings are unique and interactive so that learning about the environment, native plant life or the music and dance of the islands is interesting for youngsters. A variety of complimentary activities are offered including fish and honu (turtle) feeding tours, lei (necklace of flowers) making and coconut frond weaving. Additionally, tours of ancient fishponds and petroglyphs allow families to take a walk into the past as they learn the history and culture of the islands with Hawaiian historian, Danny Akaka. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com.
This spring, book seven nights and receive one night free at private Pahoa oasis Ohia House Bed & Breakfast. Guests are invited to chat with the innkeepers for Hawaii Island recommendations, and after a long day exploring, head back to Ohia House Bed & Breakfast to unwind in a relaxing sanctuary. Enjoy a good night's sleep between the cool sheets in a comfortable queen-size bed at Ohia House. Tropical breakfast is served each morning at 8 a.m. on a private screened-in lanai. For more information, visit www.ohiahousebb.com.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
TripAdvisor recently recognized Kailua-Kona as its No. 1 “Destination on the Rise” in the U.S., based on a substantial increase in web visitors and engagement about the destination. Known for its world-renowned Kona coffee, Hawaiian cultural spots, and ocean adventure, Kailua-Kona is a solid visitor favorite. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1hwr4RL.
Frommer’s has named Hawaii Island one of its “Top Destinations for 2014,” citing its ongoing volcanic eruptions, ranches, sleepy cities, coffee plantations, petroglyph-laden landscapes, and much more. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1jZtYAB.
HAWAII Magazine named lush Hawi, on Hawaii Island’s North Kohala peninsula as one of the “Top 5 Favorite Hawaii Small Towns.” The recognition is based on a Facebook poll conducted by the magazine. Hawi is lauded for its unique boutiques, eateries, bookstores and galleries. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1ipEGi5.