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July 01, 2014
JULY'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island is the place for inspiration this fall, with new culinary options, outdoor activities, and inviting accommodations to return to each night.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Hilton Waikoloa Village presents “America in Concert” on September 27. The light folk-rock act of the early 1970s known for several Top 10 hits including “Sister Golden Hair” and “A Horse with No Name,” will perform at the resort’s grand ballroom. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
The legendary Dragonfly Ranch in south Kona will host a seven-day “Clean, Burn, and Shape” retreat from November 22 to November 28, with a three-day extension option. The cleanse will be led by physician, Dr. Diana Hoppe, who specializes in anti-aging and wellness efforts. Dr. Hoppe’s retreat will focus on achieving optimal health by releasing toxins and relieving stress. For more information, visit www.dragonflyranch.com.
Experience Hawaii Island from the air with Blue Hawaiian’s helicopter tour. The company has received the coveted Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) “Certificate of Excellence, Diamond Award” every year since 1998, recognizing excellence in maintenance. See lava on Blue Hawaiian’s “Circle of Fire and Waterfalls Tour” and explore West Hawaii on its “Kohala Coast Adventure.” For more information, visitwww.bluehawaiian.com.
Ocean Sports, a premier recreation company on the Kohala Coast, offers a keiki (child) summer tennis camp at the Kohala Tennis Center at Hilton Waikoloa Village. The program, which runs until the end of August, includes options to hone tennis skills, swim, and play mini-golf. The center also offers new tennis programs for adults, including lessons, tournaments, clinics, and more. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
For more activities and events, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on the Go Hawaii site.
Nestled along the sunny Kohala Coast, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows recently completed a refreshment of all its guestrooms and suites. Rooms feature new elements by renowned Hawaii Island designer, Sig Zane, showcasing flora and fauna. Guests are invited to experience the property with the offer of a fourth night free, daily breakfast buffet for two, and $300 resort credit through December 23, 2014. Some restrictions apply. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com.
The luxurious oceanfront condo rentals of Mauna Lani Point offer guests a new “Stay and Dine” package, including a fifth night free plus a $200 dining certificate at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. With a convenient location at The Shops at Mauna Lani, Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers USDA prime steak and other irresistible dishes. In addition, guests of Mauna Lani Point are able to enjoy convenient meals and savings from a gourmet kitchen and at a private barbecue pool pavilion. The “Stay and Dine” offer ends December 20, 2015 with blackout dates from December 20, 2014 to March 31, 2015. For more information, visit www.maunalanipoint.com.
Families are encouraged to take advantage of Mauna Kea Resort's “Kids Eat Free and Golf Free” program, available through September 30, 2014. As part of the special, children 12 years old and under can dine for free when accompanied by a paying adult at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. In addition, those ages 6 to 12 years old can golf with their parents for free at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. These specials are available to registered hotel guests confirmed on rack rates, packages, and promotional rates. For more information, visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/hawaii-family-resorts.php.
Ohia House Bed and Breakfast, a comfortable oasis in Pahoa, offers a suite with an attached 400-square-foot screened lanai (balcony), a few steps away from a private pool. The room has a small couch, desk, walk-in closet, microwave, coffee maker, small refrigerator, and more. Guests can rest on the cool sheets of a queen-sized bed, and enjoy the comfort of a full bath, satellite television, and delicious breakfast each morning catered to their specific dietary needs and preferences. For more information, visit www.ohiahousebb.com.
In 2014, Huggo’s celebrates 45 years of oceanfront dining delivering fresh fish, teriyaki steaks, and famous Kona sunsets to its patrons. With a long history in Kailua-Kona, Huggo’s was one of the first local restaurants to communicate daily with the fleet of Kona boat captains to ensure the restaurant served the freshest fish available. The practice continues today with new items including “mangospacho” (chilled mango, avocado, cucumber, Maui onion, and chives) with a crab tower, and signature dishes such as the Huggo’s teriyaki steak and island fresh catch. For more information, visit www.huggos.com.
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii’s executive chef, Hubert Des Marais has introduced a “Bean to Bar” concept at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort. The delicious house-made chocolate is created using sundried Kona cacao beans combined with locally produced sugar, cocoa butter, and a touch of Hawaii Island-grown vanilla. The chocolate is currently being enjoyed in truffles and house-made chocolate bars. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii.
Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has introduced a delightful new menu featuring the freshest Hawaii Island products and produce. Delectable highlights from the innovative menu include grass-fed rib eye steak, miso-glazed salmon, and Hawaii Island goat cheese marshmallow salad. Paired with Manta's wine dispenser system offering 48 select wines by the glass, the possibilities for an enjoyable evening are endless. For more information, call (808) 882-5707.
The Shops at Mauna Lani welcomes a new vegan, vegetarian, and raw restaurant called Under the Bodhi Tree. The restaurant, run by Stephen Rouelle, former executive sous chef of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, focuses on fresh, healthy food in an atmosphere where sustainable agriculture and responsible business converge. Slated to open in mid-July, Under the Bodhi Tree will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering free Wi-Fi, a juice and smoothie bar, and Taiwanese shaved ice in addition to its full menu. For more information, visit www.underthebodhi.net.
Pleasant Holidays has announced a new “hot deals” promotion featuring an exclusive Hertz car rental offer. Tour Hawaii Island in style with a free three-day midsize Hertz car rental for fall vacations from August 18 to December 18, 2014. Roundtrip transpacific air and minimum three-night hotel accommodations at a participating Hawaii Island hotel are required. For more information, visit www.pleasantholidays.com.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
Big Island Bees, a family-owned company producing pure and organic varietal Hawaiian honey, recently received the Innovate Hawai’i Manufacturer of the Year award in the small business category at the inaugural Taste Awards sponsored by the Hawai’i Food Manufacturer’s Association and the Hawai’i Department of Agriculture. The awards honored individuals, companies and products in Hawai’i that demonstrate exceptional performance, innovation, and contribution to the manufacturing industry and community-at-large. For more information, visit www.bigislandbees.com.
Hawaii Forest & Trail was named Viator.com’s “Best Local Tour Operator,” one of Hawaii Businessmagazine’s “Best Places to Work,” and was a top land activity and adventure tour company in HAWAII Magazine’s reader’s choice awards. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com.
Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation’s coffee was recognized as a top brew at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s “Roasters Choice Competition,” which focused on the roast master and art of roasting. Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation offers daily tours, tastings, and a full line of products including lotion and body wash. For more information, visit www.mountainthunder.com.
TripAdvisor recently awarded its 2014 “Certificate of Excellence” to Hawaii Island companies including:
The 120-room Aston Shores at Waikoloa condominium resort, a leading global travel company. The honor recognizes hospitality businesses around the world that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.com. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.
Hawaii Forest & Trail, which provides guided eco-tours to explore Hawaii Island’s mountain summits, native rainforests, active volcanoes, private waterfalls, and more. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com.
Lava Lava Beach Club for its specialty lodging (#1 in Waikoloa) and its restaurant (#2 in Waikoloa). Lava Lava Beach Club offers four luxury cottages with high satisfaction amongst its guests and a restaurant with selections to sip and savor. For more information, visit www.lavalavabeachclub.com.