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JULY’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island – Summer lovin’…having a blast? Summer lovin’ doesn’t have to happen too fast! On Hawaii, the Big Island there’s no better time to soak up the warm sun, cool off in pristine waters, and enjoy an outdoor adventure. Continue your summer indulgences and take advantage of these great deals and specials this month.
Hawaii, the Big Island is now on Twitter with @HawaiiBigIsland! As the official Twitter account for the Big Island Visitors Bureau, @HawaiiBigIsland is tweeting news, information and links about Hawaii Island
NEW ONLINE: LIVING IN THE MOMENT ON HAWAII ISLAND
Travelers seeking a little more inspiration as they plan their Hawaii Island vacation have a new online resource that will literally have them “Living in the Moment.” As part of a new marketing campaign launched by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, the new microsite at www.gohawaii.com/hawaiiisland offers rich video content leading viewers to some of the most incredible places on Hawaii Island. In addition to destination information and trip planning tools, the site also offers free wallpaper downloads to add a bit of aloha to your personal computer or mobile device.
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Celebrate the 4th of July at Mauna Kea Resort! Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will be offering a picnic on its Ocean Lawn from noon to 3:00 p.m. For $25 per person (excludes tax and gratuity), enjoy star-spangled selections such as Kona mango and beet gazpacho, Kau corn on the cob, hot dogs, burgers and island pineapple coleslaw with Independence Day desserts including apple tartlets and blueberry cheese squares. At Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, enjoy a dinner buffet at its North Point Lawn from 6:00-9:00 p.m. For $79 per person (excludes tax and gratuity), watch the spectacular fireworks display and enjoy live music as you dine on menu items such as snow crab claws, assorted island poke (cubed raw fish), BBQ kalbi tacos, a chef's garden and more. For more information, call (808) 882-5810 or visit www.princeresortshawaii.com.
Big Island Bees will be opening a beekeeping museum on July 15, providing guests an opportunity to learn about bees, honey, and the techniques used to bring honey from hive to table. The center will feature an observation hive and various tools used by beekeepers for managing hives. Also included will be apiscultures by noted artist and beekeeper, Garnett Puett, whose work is included in such collections as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. For more information and center hours, visit www.bigislandbees.com.
Travelers can fully experience Hawaii, the Big Island through an array of premium activities, events and experiences offered by Journese – Curators of Fine Travel. The exclusive concierge service by Journese, the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, provides travelers with confidence that every detail is cared for. Experiences range from volcano and nature adventures to evening entertainment and stargazing excursions. Journese specialists can also customize vacations with exquisite four- and five-star accommodations, private transportation and world-class service. Make the most of your Hawaiian vacation. Contact your travel advisor to begin your unforgettable journey. For more information, call (800) 442-9244 or visit www.journese.com.
Join Kona Boys for a day at the beach and experience Hawaii Island from a beach boy’s perspective. You’ll meet at Kamakahonu Bay at the Kona Boys Beach Shack location where you will be properly outfitted for your ocean adventure. It’s a full day of fun in the sun incorporating a kayak tour, snorkeling adventure, and a stand up paddleboarding experience. We have a great set up with beach chairs and umbrellas in the sand where you can relax between activities. Lunch and drinks are provided. The Day at the Beach lasts from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please call (808) 328-1234 or visit www.konaboys.com to make reservations and for more information.
Volcano Art Center (VAC) will be opening a second gallery location in Volcano Village after operating exclusively within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for nearly 40 years. VAC is currently accepting new artist partners to display and sell their work on consignment at the Volcano Art Center Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani. Interested artists are invited to send a biography, images of their work and a $5 non-refundable application fee to the center. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact Emily Catey at (808) 967-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RideTheRim ATV, Buggy Tours and Waterfall Adventures above Waipio Valley has added to their fleet of adventure vehicles. More ATV seating is available as well as more seats on the Polaris Ranger - the Tutumobile. Enjoy all the fun of the ATV without the driving. This is perfect for kids and seniors! Get down, get dirty, RideTheRim. For more information, call (877) 775-1450 or visit www.ridetherim.com.
Alaska Airlines is adding new weekly seasonal service from Anchorage, Alaska to Kona, starting November 10, 2012. The nonstop, once-a-week, seasonal service ends April 7, 2013. The airline also operates a daily flight from Seattle, Washington, Oakland and San Jose, California, and seasonal service from Portland, Oregon, into Kona. For more information on Alaska Airlines, visit www.alaskaair.com.
Saving Money at Imiloa Astronomy Center is as easy as ekahi, elua, ekolu (one, two, three)! Use the Imiloa Hawaiian Word of the Day and save. Learn its meaning, and use it when purchasing admission at the front desk and receive $2 off admission for that individual. Cannot be combined with other coupons, offers or discounts. Find the Word of the Day at www.imiloahawaii.org/169/WOD-discount. For more information, call (808) 969-9703 or visit www.imiloahawaii.org.
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii will play host to the Second Annual North Hawaii Hospice Floating Lantern Ceremony to be held on August 26, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The ceremony, being held in the Coconut Grove at the AAA Four Diamond luxury resort, will include live music, hula, Taiko drummers and Hawaiian chanting, and will be followed by a sunset lantern release into Pauoa Bay. Admission is free, and floating lanterns will be provided for a suggested donation of $10.00. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and complimentary self-parking will be available. For more information call North Hawaii Hospice at (808) 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.com.
Lava Ocean Adventures is sizzling into summer with red hot deals on Lava Volcano Tours to see active Kilauea. Enjoy $25 off regular-priced adult seats to see Pele’s fireworks display for a tour price of $150 and bring your children for $125 a seat. Hawaii's hottest attraction is here on Hawaii Island. Come experience it today. For more information, call (808) 966-4200 or visit www.seelava.com.
Have you ever soared above a 250-foot waterfall? Skyline Eco-Adventures brings you its newest and most breathtaking thrill ride on Hawaii Island. Akaka Falls Skyline Adventure features a seven-zipline course that culminates in an unforgettable ride across a 3,300-foot long zipline over a spectacular 250-foot cascading waterfall. Experience the thrill of crossing over a canopy of tropical trees below and the exhilaration of soaring 500 feet above the lush river valley. Skyline operates four tours daily. Kamaaina save 25% when booking direct. Call (808) 878-8400 or visit www.zipline.com and click on Akaka Falls Skyline Adventure for reservations.
The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona will host “Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas” on Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The annual event celebrates the cultural and culinary aspects of breadfruit and banana, both of which were nutritionally important food staples and played a major role in the life and culture of Hawaiians. There will be a keynote cooking demonstration by a celebrity chef along with a buffet luncheon, cooking contest, music and entertainment, presentations by agricultural experts, an art exhibit, cultural demonstrations and much more. For information, visit www.breadfruit.info or call (808) 323-3318.
Take advantage of Prince Resorts Hawaii’s “Perfectly Prince” promotion rates for a luxurious vacation at the stunning Mauna Kea Beach Hotel starting August 18 and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel from July through October. At Mauna Kea, enjoy the most coveted ocean views with rates at $399 for Plumeria Beach Club, beachfront accommodations. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s “Perfectly Prince” promotion offers rates starting at $189 per night for a Terrace View room with spectacular view of the pristine Hapuna Beach. There is no minimum night stay required; blackout dates and restrictions may apply. There are no mandatory resort fees at both properties. For more information, call (866) PRINCE6 or visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/perfectly.
Enjoy a serene summer at Ohia House Bed & Breakfast! Relax in an intimate environment that blends luxury, serenity and personal service. This bed & breakfast is comprised of one well-appointed suite, screened lanai, pool and guest – YOU! This summer, book seven nights and receive one night free! This offer is good through September. For more information, call (808) 965-1250 or visit www.ohiahousebb.com.
The Falls at Reeds Island, a sublime, private vacation rental in Hilo, is offering a special “Mauna Kea Skies - Nowhere Like It in the World” package, valid through December 14, 2013. The property was recently awarded Frommer’s Top Picks in the World “Rooms With a View.” A free welcome package highlights Hilo favorites, including fresh flowers, Hilo Coffee Mill coffee, Big Island Candies, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, and more. All guests receive free Wi-Fi, interisland and U.S. mainland phone calls. Visit www.reedsisland.com for more information.
The oceanfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is offering a value-added Island Treasure package starting at $299 per room night. The package includes garden view accommodations, daily breakfast for two, and a one-time $300 hotel credit that can be applied toward Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge, Kona Coffee Shoppe, room service, Sunset Luau, Internet and valet parking. A minimum four-night stay and advanced reservations are required. Valid for stays through December 31, 2012. Based on availability, restrictions may apply. For reservations, visit www.waikoloamarriott.com or call (808) 886-6789 with promotional code ZX0.
Catch a break this summer with Castle Resorts & Hotels with these great deals on Hawaii Island:
· Villas and townhomes at Halii Kai at Waikoloa offer you and your family luxuriously appointed accommodations with all the comforts of home and more including large flat-screen TVs, gourmet kitchens, washer/dryers, an oceanfront pool, restaurant, jet spa, and fitness center. A 2-bedroom garden view villa is only $315, 50% regular rates! www.haliikaiatwaikoloa.com
· At Kona Reef, an oceanfront resort steps from Kailua-Kona, enjoy a 1-bedroom garden view condo for only $125 per night! Regular price is $250. You’ll love the convenience of full-kitchens, renovated pool, BBQ, and sundeck areas and your proximity to historic Kona town. www.kona-reef.com
· Surf into big savings at only $105 for a partial ocean view condo at Kona Bali Kai, normally $210! We know you’ll love the feel of the ocean breeze from your private lanai, at the barbeque grill, or swimming pool. With all the comforts of home including a full-kitchen there’s no better value! www.konabalikai.com
In addition to several other on-property improvements, Hilton Waikoloa Village announces updates to its Lagoon Tower rooms. The renovation, which is scheduled to be complete this month, includes upgrades to the bathrooms, hard goods and balconies as well as 37” HD televisions in all rooms. The Naupaka and Naia luxury suites located in the Lagoon Tower also received a soft and hard goods renovation, and all rooms have improved high-speed Internet capability. The Lagoon Tower has a prime oceanfront location, featuring stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Maunaloa and Waiulua Bay. Find out more at www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa’s renewal is almost complete! To celebrate, the resort is offering special room rates beginning at just $129 per night, Mountain View, for bookings made August 4 through September 10, 2012 for travel August 4, 2012 through December 25, 2012. With a room rate savings of at least 25% per stay, families, honeymooners, friends and adventurers can enjoy all that Hawaii, the Big Island has to offer. Blackout dates and some restrictions may apply. Call (866) 716-8140 or visit www.sheratonkona.com for more information. Request rate plan “Renewal.”
Back by popular demand, Aston Hotels & Resorts is planning to stretch the vacation budget. Aston’s “50 Days of Aloha” invites travel from August 21 through December 19 for the lowest rates of the year. Travelers can guarantee the special Hawaii Island rates, which go from $149, by booking between July 17 and September 4 at Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, Aston Shores at Waikoloa and Aston Kona by the Sea. Take advantage of the great rates and take that trip you’ve always wanted to go on. Book a stay during the 50 days and the Aloha Festivals events, the Ironman Triathlon or the Moku o Keawe Hula Festival. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com/50days.
Don the Beachcomber Restaurant at the Royal Kona Resort has a smoking hot summer dinner special every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5:30-9:00 p.m. This summer, come and enjoy Chef Omiya’s special summer menu and local-style cuisine. Choose from four uniquely created three-course summertime dinners at deliciously low prices. Our kamaaina know that Don the Beachcomber is one of Kona’s best oceanfront locations for local-style dining, hospitality, pricing, and the only place to thoroughly enjoy Kona’s amazing sunsets. For dinner reservations, call (808) 329-3111, extension 6238.
Mountain Thunder announces the addition of its new Hawaii Coffee Line to its existing list of 100% Hawaii coffee products. The new product is Mountain Thunder’s new HAWAIIAN Espresso Blend, consisting of coffees from all around the Hawaiian Islands including the SCAA award winning Kau Coffee and of course Kona Coffee. Available on line and on plantation tours every day. Book a VIP tour or join us for a free tour. Japanese tours are offered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Call (808) 345-6600 or visit www.mountainthunder.com for more information.
Pastry Chef Eddie Enojardo of Hilton Waikoloa Village won first place in the “Sweet” division at The Big Island Chocolate Festival on June 9, 2012. The chocolate creation that helped him win the prize was an Orange Ginger Macadamia Nut Crunch Torte with ginger-infused macadamia nut and raspberry coulis. Chef Eddie’s vision and concept was to use Waialua dark chocolate and utilize fresh local ingredients. Judges for the prestigious competition included world-renowned chocolatier and celebrity chef Jacques Torres as well as pastry chef Steven Arakaki from Morimoto Waikiki. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
Pleasant Holidays recently received the WAVE Award for Best Tour Operator, Hawaii for the sixth consecutive year. WAVE stands for Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence. The annual awards presentation, hosted by TravelAge West magazine, gives travel agents in the Western United States the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel supplier partners. TravelAge West has been a resource for travel agents for more than 40 years. Pleasant Holidays is honored to have received recognition for Hawaii since the award’s inception in 2007. For more information about Pleasant Holidays, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantholidays.com.
Hale Makamae Bed & Breakfast was awarded the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row! Find excellent customer service, warm island hospitality and the aloha spirit of old Hawaii at this B&B. We offer comfortable, spacious suites surrounded by two acres of beautiful, tropical and serene gardens. Families are welcome; gourmet island breakfast is included along with free Wi-Fi, itinerary planning and many other amenities. For more information, call (808) 965-7015 or visit www.bnb-aloha.com.
Alaska Airlines ranked highest in airline customer satisfaction among traditional network carriers for the fifth consecutive year by J.D. Power and Associates in its 2012 North America Airline Satisfaction Study. The airline also ranked highest in J.D. Power and Associates’ annual segment rankings in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Alaska Airlines ranked highest in four of the seven measures ranked by travelers, including check-in, reservation, flight crew, and boarding/deplaning/baggage. Alaska is the only U.S. carrier to offer a baggage service guarantee, which provides customers with a $20 discount coupon on a future Alaska Airlines flight or 2,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier miles if their luggage is not at the carousel within 20 minutes after their flight arrives at the gate. For more information on Alaska Airlines, visit www.alaskaair.com.
Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, Aston Shores at Waikoloa and Aston Kona by the Sea join sixteen other Aston Hotels & Resorts taking top honors from TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest Internet travel sites. Nineteen Aston resorts received a 2012 Certificate of Excellence award with four out of five outstanding user reviews posted worldwide. A plus for guest satisfaction at Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas is its location on the 10th fairway of the Beach Course. The Kings’ Course and Beach Course border Aston Shores at Waikoloa and are five minutes away from Aston Kona by the Sea. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.
CORPORATE MEETINGS & INCENTIVES
Holualoa Inn will unveil a beautiful, new open-air event pavilion, Malulani, in mid-July. Located on 30 lush acres in the artists’ village of Holualoa, this ocean view pavilion will feature many amenities perfect for meetings, conferences, weddings and events. Whether you are hosting a yoga retreat, holiday party or family reunion, the pavilion can accommodate seating for 130 guests. Holualoa Inn offers many romantic sites for wedding ceremonies throughout its historic coffee estate. For information, call (808) 324-1121 or visit www.holualoainn.com/events.htm.