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Anthology Marketing Group
Jourdyn Kaarre
Senior Account Supervisor
(808) 544-3081
jourdyn.kaarre@anthologygroup.com

May 01, 2012

MAY’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAI‘I, THE BIG ISLAND

Hawaii Island – Spring is the perfect season to enjoy all that Hawaii, the Big Island has to offer! Check out the abundance of activities and new happenings that are blooming around the island this month: 

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS 

“Ewe o ka Hula” comes to life at Waikoloa Beach Resort on May 5 in a very special 10th Anniversary celebration of the notable hula halau Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola. The festivities start with a live Ukulele Jam at 2:00 p.m. in the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens, followed by spectacular hula performances from Switzerland, Japan and our very own Hawaii Island.  Tickets are $15 lawn seating and $25 reserved, and are available at www.nawaiiwiola.org. 

Enjoy an evening of music at the Palace Theater with Makana in Concert on May 5 at 7:00 p.m.  Voted by Guitar Player Magazine in 2008 as one of the top three guitarists in the United States, Makana’s songs have been featured in multiple Grammy-nominated records and films including The Descendants. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call (808) 934-7010 for more information or to purchase tickets. 

Take advantage of spring and summer savings at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides! From May 9 - June 23, visitors to Hawaii, the Big Island can double their ocean adventures and fun by booking a Fair Wind Morning Snorkel Cruise or Hula Kai Evening Manta Adventure online at www.fair-wind.com.  Once confirmed, a quick call to Fair Wind nets 50% off an additional cruise including the Fair Wind II Afternoon Snack Cruise or Hula Kai Morning Deluxe Snorkel Cruise. This offer is valid for web-direct bookings only and not combinable with other offers. Cruises are subject to availability and weather conditions. Other restrictions may apply. For more information, call (808) 345-0268. 

Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and their allied members across the Hawaiian Islands pull together every May to help build a better, healthier Hawaii for visitors and kamaaina!  Join us for the 34th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Hawaii Island on May 12 at 6:30 a.m. (runners) or 7 a.m. (walkers) for a fun and scenic four-mile trek from Queens’ MarketPlace through Waikoloa Beach Resort with your family and friends.  Registered participants are rewarded with free entertainment and food samples.  Last year’s event raised $161,000!  For more information visit www.charitywalkhawaii.org

The Transit of Venus is among the rarest astronomical phenomena and won’t happen again until the year 2117. In Hawaii, visitors can witness the totality of the transit as Venus moves across the face of the sun on June 5. Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii is offering special talks, presentations, and activities for this special astronomical event.  On June 2, the Center will host talks and educational activities, and on June 5, Transit Day, the Center will have special planetarium programming, transit viewing, hands-on activities, and viewing of the NASA webcast of the transit from the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703. 

The inaugural Big Island Chocolate Festival will be held on Friday, June 8 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu. Executive Chef James Babian is leading a selection of hand-picked pastry chefs, confectioners and chocolatiers to offer an evening of chocolate decadence and savory bites. Attendance is limited to 400 and ticket prices are $75 per person and $85 at the door. For more information, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com or call (808) 854-6769. 

Join musicians, artists, healing practitioners, therapists, teachers, and those on a journey of self-discovery for a week of vocal and sound healing exploration at the 3rd Annual Sound Circles Intensive, July 6-14, at Kalani Honua Retreat Center. Deepen your understanding of yourself and sound healing through sound meditations, ecstatic singing, and drama-play exercises designed to bring out the "Holy Fool" within. Open to all levels. No musical experience necessary. For fees and accommodations information, visit www.kalani.com or call (310) 321-2711. 

Roberts Hawaii, Hawaii’s largest tour and transportation company, has added a new Kona International Airport shuttle service, offering round-trip service to and from select hotels in the Kona-Kohala area. Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle is a reservation-based service available 24 hours a day. In addition to ground transportation to and from the airport and designated hotels, guests will be greeted by a Roberts Hawaii representative at the Kona International Airport’s main arrival entrance, presented with a shell lei and escorted to baggage claim where they’ll receive luggage assistance onto the shuttle. Reservations can be booked at www.robertshawaiiexpress.com or through a travel agent. 

The waters off the west side of Hawaii Island are home to pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins.  It is a truly magical moment when a pod of naia (dolphins) swims around you! You calmly float in the water and witness their underwater ballet. Captain Zodiac offers eco-friendly tours with naturalists onboard to help you safely view these dolphins in the wild without disturbing their behavior.  The fast Zodiac rafts and small group environment make this the best way to encounter marine life.  Swim vests and wet suits are available to enhance your enjoyment. For more information, visit www.captainzodiac.com or call (808) 329-3199. 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of Maluhia Spa, Hawaii Island Retreat now offers “Spa Saturdays” most Saturdays now through the end of August. The package includes a group yoga class, a one-hour massage, lounging by the pool and access to the other spa facilities. The package price is just $110 per person, per day, excluding tax and gratuity. Room accommodations are not included or required; though why not make a weekend of it?  Reservations are required and subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Visit www.hawaiiislandretreat.com or call (808) 889-6336.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai announces the King’s Pond Eco-Crescent. This crescent of 65 rooms surrounding the King’s Pond has been enhanced, allowing guests to reduce their carbon footprint. Enhancements include the elimination of disposable plastic water bottles and bathroom amenity bottles; reusable rubber spa sandals instead of disposable slippers, minimization of paper collateral, replacement of incandescent light bulbs and enrollment in the Green Linen program. The Resort also announces the Eco-Crescent Package, which includes nightly accommodations, daily breakfast buffet and the planting of a legacy koa tree. For more information and reservations, please visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (888) 340-5662.

Award-winning South Kona B&B and eco-spa Dragonfly Ranch: Healing Arts Center, in an effort to provide healthy services and save the planet from wasteful plastic and toxic batteries, offers guests free solar powered flashlights as well as containers filled with purified Kangen water. “Soul” proprietor Barbara Moore, a healthy lifestyle educator, pampers her guests with organic non-GMO food from the abundant Dragonfly organic garden. For more information, visit www.dragonflyranch.com or call (808) 328-2159. 

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, one of Hawaii’s most eco-friendly and sought-after destinations for a Hawaiian cultural vacation, is offering its exclusive “Stay Four & Save More” promotion where you can save 25% off published rates and receive a daily credit of $50 for dining, spa or golf. The offer applies to Garden View to Ocean View Suites. Bookings must be made by June 30, 2012, for travel through to December 23, 2012. Mauna Lani is committed to delivering aloha in everything it does by taking a stand against hidden resort fees. For more information visit www.maunalani.com or call (800) 367-2323. 

Couples planning a destination wedding at the oceanfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa can receive up to 150,000 Marriott Rewards points (100,000 bonus points plus 50,000 points with Rewarding Events), perfect for a free vacation getaway! Waikoloa Beach Marriott offers a variety of beachfront locations with panoramic sunset views and Marriott Certified wedding planners who can assist with every detail of your special day in paradise. Valid for Marriott Rewards members on new contracts booked by December 1, 2012 and held by December 31, 2013. Additional restrictions may apply. Visit www.marriottrewards.com/rewardingevents or call (808) 886-8130 for more information.  

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa has partnered with the Nakoa Foundation to provide visitors an enriching cultural activity focused on experiential learning aboard the Kinikini, a Hawaiian sailing canoe.  The excursion, (by donation) which follows the resort’s complimentary walking tour along Keauhou Bay has been developed so guests might discover historic Keauhou Bay by land and by sea. Aboard the Kinikini, stories and legends of historic sites spotted along the way bring to life the history of the Keauhou ahupuaa (land division). The activity is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Reservations are required since canoe capacity is limited to 12 passengers. Call (808) 930-4894 or email ldudoit@sheratonkeauhou.com to make reservations, and visit www.sheratonkeauhou.com for more information. 

Hilton Waikoloa Village announces a fresh look for its main lobby! A highlight of the refurbishment is the chandelier “piko” where the start is in the middle and outward spirals represent continuity. The lights represent generations who have and will continue to come through the hotel. Additional renovations include new furnishings and floor treatments. Visit http://ldudoit@sheratonkeauhou.comwww.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com for more information. 

The oceanfront Keauhou Beach Resort located along the stunning coastline of Kailua-Kona is offering an attractive and affordable package for golf enthusiasts through December 21, 2012.  The Kona Golf Trail Package starts at only $517 and includes a three-night stay in an oceanview room, hearty breakfast buffet daily and a round of golf at each of the following spectacular courses: Kona Country Club, Makalei Golf Club and Big Island Country Club.  Complimentary cultural activities, iconic historic sites, fragrant gardens and vibrant snorkeling are some of the hotel’s highlights. Package can be booked through www.keauhoubeachresort.com or by calling (866) 326-6803.

Save more at the oceanfront Royal Kona Resort with its sizzling hot Volcano Value Rate offer. Reserve a Standard View room from just $112 per night. Offer valid now through December 15, 2012. Blackout dates apply from October 8-13, 2012. Book by June 15, 2012. Rates are based on double occupancy and do not include tax. Offer subject to availability. Some restrictions may apply. For more information and reservations call (800) 22-ALOHA or visit www.royalkona.com

TASTY TIDBITS 

Hilton Waikoloa Village has introduced Dona & Toni’s Pizza, a new restaurant featuring creative and inspired pizzas and salads. A great family venue with a lanai overlooking the boat canal and Waiulua Bay, it will be open for dinner with dine-in and takeout options. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com

Aston Kona By the Sea has a delicious suggestion. Pick their Suite Steaks Package and invite family and friends to a cookout, just like at home. Valid through December 21, the feast includes four of each: top sirloin steaks, Russet potatoes, and golden ears of corn with butter. Added ingredients include mixed greens with dressing, Hawaiian pulehu steak rub and lilikoi dessert bars, all delivered in a Hawaiian theme tote bag. The suite’s fully-equipped kitchen makes cookout preparation easy. Based on a four-night stay, rates for the oceanfront resort start from $199 per night. Call (866) 774-2924 or visit http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.comwww.astonhotels.com for more information.

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation announces the addition of its new Hawaii coffee line to its existing list of 100% Hawaiian products. The first product is Mountain Thunder’s new Big Island Blend, consisting of coffee from all around Hawaii Island including Kona and Kau. Available online and on the Plantation tours everyday. Book a VIP tour and enjoy a free tasting. Japanese tours are Tuesdays and Fridays. Call (808) 345-6600 or visit www.mountainthunder.com for more information. 

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s signature Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar is offering special food and wine items for May: a Paauilo Vanilla inspiration dinner pre-fixe menu for the entire month at $55 per person, and on May 18, a Penley Wine Dinner that starts at 6:00 p.m. with a multi-course meal for $125 per person. For reservations and more information, call (808) 882-5810 or visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is pleased to introduce their Keiki Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menu, just in time for summer family travel.  The new menu options offer a healthy twist on usual kid-friendly favorites such as chicken strips, pizza, spaghetti with meatballs and even chocolate mousse. Menu items include a rice crisp open faced sandwich (gluten-free, vegetarian) made with macadamia nut butter, guava jelly brown rice crisp & diced mango, a healthy alternative to the traditional PB&J, as well as a keiki island bento plate (gluten free, low fat) made up of grilled keiki fish bites, orange wedges, celery with macadamia nut butter & coconut date rolls. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid or call (808) 885-2000. 

KUDOS/ACCOLADES 

At Hawaii Business Magazine’s annual Best Places to Work awards dinner, SVC Management Hawaii, LLC was named #1 Best Place to Work in Hawaii, Large Employer for the third consecutive year. SVC Management Hawaii, LLC manages five resorts in Hawaii including three on Hawaii Island: Holua Resort in Keauhou, Kona Coast Resort in Keauhou, and Paniolo Greens in Waikoloa. The award is determined 75% by an employee survey conducted by the Best Places Group and 25% by a questionnaire about employer practices relative to a number of aspects of employee satisfaction including benefits, communication, training, community participation and environmental stewardship.  Visit www.hawaiibusiness.com for more information.