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JANUARY'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
From charming towns to inspiring adventures, Hawaii, the Big Island is an oasis for romance. Plan your next escape to paradise with Hawaii Island's news, future events, active getaways, and sumptuous cuisine in mind.
EAT, STAY, LOVE
Surprise that special someone with a “Romantic Sunset Vow Renewal at Sea” aboard one of Ocean Sports’ legendary catamarans. The renewal package includes fresh lei for two, a personalized ceremony performed by an Ocean Sports captain, a special champagne toast, and a customized certificate to commemorate the event. Reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to the cruise and an additional fee applies. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
The oceanfront Royal Kona Resort provides a Romance Center with on-site wedding coordinators available to assist couples with all aspects of their event planning. The property offers gorgeous settings for a wedding, honeymoon, or vow renewal with striking Kailua-Kona sunsets and breathtaking views of Hawaii, the Big Island. For more information, visit www.royalweddingshawaii.com.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay recently launched its “Keauhou – A New Current” wedding package offering five picturesque locations overlooking Kailua-Kona’s iconic lava rocks and coastal views. The package blends luxury and all-inclusive convenience with a personal wedding specialist, choice of location on property, marriage license and signing, bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, wedding cake with fresh floral top, three thousand orchid sprinkle at the wedding site, and more. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com/weddings.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel announced a new, special “Romance Package”fit for every couple. Enjoy beachfront accommodations, a convertible rental car with complimentary hotel parking, an arrival amenity of a chilled bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate, daily breakfast for two, and a one-time dinner ($100 value) for two with rates starting at $479 per night at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and $825 per night at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The offer is valid through December 2015. For more information, visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/romance.
Kona Hawaii Guest House & Micro Spa offers couples a breakthrough class meant to clean out the clutter that may block or hinder relationships. Sessions use a courageous and loving practice that can help to open doors in relationships. Located near Keauhou Bay, Kona Hawaii Guest House is ideal for visitors who love quiet ocean sounds, open-air living, and easy access to many of the area’s activities and attractions. For more information, visit www.konahawaiiguesthouse.com.
With Hawaii Vacation Rentals, romantic homes from quiet cottages to luxury oceanfront properties along the Kohala Coast are easily accessible. To celebrate a special occasion with a loved one, Hawaii Vacation Rentals is offering a free night with a seven-night reservation, based on availability through October 2015. Some restrictions may apply. For more information, visit www.vacationbigisland.com.
Indulge in “Private Sunset Dinners on the Beach” for a personalized evening to celebrate an engagement, vow renewal, or to simply cherish a night under the stars at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. A private, single table is set oceanfront accompanied by a creative menu inspired by Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com.
ADVENTURES & UPCOMING EVENTS
The 25th Annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament will be held at Waikoloa Beach Resort from February 4 to 8, 2015. The field of twenty teams includes some of the best in the country, including defending champions Oklahoma State. Past medalists of the esteemed tournament include current PGA Tour stars, Jordan Spieth, Notah Begay, and Matt Kuchar. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com.
Dragonfly Ranch will be leading a five-day workshop starting March 7, 2015 featuring astrologer Henry Seltzer who will be discussing his new book about the recently discovered dwarf planet, Eris. The cost to attend, which includes accommodations, is $1,249. For more information, visit www.dragonflyranch.com.
National Geographic Society and the National Park Service will host a BioBlitz and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from May 15 to 16, 2015. The free event brings together teams of scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, students, and the public to discover and inventory as many living plants and creatures possible in the park from the coastline to the summit of Kilauea volcano. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz.
Paradise Helicopters has partnered with Kohala Zipline to offer a new “Fly & Zip” tour. Combining two great adventures in a same-day experience, guests will first soar over Hawaii Island’s beautiful landscapes and natural wonders via helicopter, then touch down in culturally rich Kohala where Kohala Zipline will outfit guests to enjoy elevated suspension bridges, tree platforms, and thrilling lines. For more information, visit www.paradisecopters.com.
The 2nd Annual Bacardi Bash returns to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel from March 13 to 14, 2015. The event features Kohala Coast chefs and mixologists competing to create the ultimate food dish and Bacardi spirits pairing. Attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorites in the event’s “People’s Choice Award,” and special guests will select the “Critics Choice Award.” For more information, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.
AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu will host “La Dolce Vita” from June 8 to 13, 2015. The annual resort-wide celebration of the “sweet life” featuring Palmina and Brewer-Clifton wines includes cooking classes, culinary adventures and spectacular dinners, as well as a variety of spa, retail, and entertainment experiences. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
In addition to its morning option, Big Island Bees, a premier provider of
award-winning organic Hawaiian honey in Napoopoo, has added a free afternoon tour of its beehives, during which visitors can view an open beehive demonstration behind a screened viewing area for a fun, educational exploration of beekeeping and honey production. Free tours are now available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The free beekeeping museum continues to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.bigislandbees.com.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
- Jetset Extra has named Hawaii, the Big Island in its list of top 10 trips in 2014, highlighting the island’s abundance of natural wonders and adventure experiences from snorkeling in pristine waters to sampling world-renowned coffee. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/jetsetextratravel.
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