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NOVEMBER’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island - November brings the beginning of the holiday season and an abundance of new experiences to take advantage of this time of year on Hawaii, the Big Island! With the temperatures dropping on the mainland, these new activities and special winter deals will surely warm you up.
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Hula under starry skies in the Waikoloa Bowl. Experience the Moku O Keawe International Festival, November 3-5, 2011 at Waikoloa Beach Resort, as halau from Hawaii and Japan shine on the big stage at Waikoloa Bowl, in an ancient hula kahiko and modern hula auana competition. During the day, participate in in-depth cultural workshops exploring the arts and protocols of authentic places, practices and musical instruments of Hawaii. Plus, a fabulous Made-in-Hawaii Marketplace Friday and Saturday will offer fine art and cultural crafts, aloha wear, food products and more. Visit www.mokuokeawe.org for more information.
Welcome the new Kona Barista Jam and international Ultimate Barista Challenge (UBC) ® Hawaii to the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s event lineup! Hands-on training sessions designed to increase skills, share passion and increase local consumption will be followed by the celebrated UBC Hawaii barista competition. Both events will be held at Keauhou Beach Resort Wednesday and Thursday, November 9th and 10th from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Presented by Kamehameha Schools and Keauhou Resort, the UBC Hawaii features two tasty bouts of espresso challenges, the popular Latte Art Challenge and the Espresso Frappe Challenge. The top scoring Hawaii barista will win a trip to attend the annual Specialty Coffee Association of America conference in Portland, Oregon next April. Visit www.konacoffeefest.com for more information.
Come and experience the 14th Annual Traditional Mochi-tsuki Celebration at Akiko’s Buddhist B&B on Saturday, December 31 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Learn how to make traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way and get a chance to pound the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Enjoy a hearty, local-style lunch for $5. Celebration will also include New Year’s crafts, calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment and more. Call (808) 963-6422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What’s new at Imiloa Astronomy Center? The Center's signature planetarium show “Maunakea, Between Earth and Sky” is now featured in Japanese language during its 11:00 a.m. showing, perfect for Japanese tour groups and visitors. Also, its popular Friday night Rock Shows featuring Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” will be playing every Friday night at 7:00 p.m. throughout November. Visit www.imiloahawaii.org for more details.
Paddle an authentic Hawaiian waa (outrigger canoe) with Ocean Sports, Hawaii Island’s premier ocean recreation company, in its newest water activity: Hawaiian Waa. Practice traditional Hawaiian paddling techniques while learning about the cultural significance of the Waa and how it’s used for fishing. This 45-minute paddle in the sheltered waters of Anaehoomalu Bay is a perfect activity for the whole family - children 12+ can paddle; younger children can ride along with their parents. Monday - Friday at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and noon, ocean conditions permitting. $27.00/person. For more information or reservations, call (808) 886-6666 ext. 103 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
Adventure cruise tour operator American Safari Cruises celebrated its inaugural season in Hawaii last month when the 36-guest Safari Explorer began its first inter-island voyage. The upscale yacht will sail 24 voyages between Maui/Lanai and Hawaii Island through May 2012. Find out more at www.innerseadiscoveries.com.
Two special presentations will be a part of this month’s After Dark in the Park at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hear about the story of one of Volcano’s most iconic landmarks – the Volcano House – on November 8 and the cast of characters that have kept the “fires burning” at this remarkable hotel. On November 22, learn about where the Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) started and the past, present and future of Hawaii’s energy. Programs are free and held at 7:00 p.m. in the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Park entrance fees apply and a $2.00 donation is suggested. For more information, call (808) 985-6011.
King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is now a new member of the Marriott family! As of November 1, the hotel’s name will officially be Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Come and experience the new changes that have taken place, including a newly renovated lobby and the return of its 40-piece Herb Kane art exhibit, six new event rooms and meeting space, and indoor and outdoor dining at Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant, complete with fire pits. Visit www.konabeachhotel.com for more information.
Experience the cool volcano elevation at Hale Mahina Volcano Cottages, close to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, by taking advantage of its Fall special! Special rate for both cottages is $200.00 per night for up to 4 guests, and each cottage may be rented separately. Mahina A with kitchen and loft bedroom is $125.00 per night for two guests. Mahina B, a one bedroom with queen bed and loft, small mini fridge, coffee maker and microwave is $90.00 per night for two guests plus $10 for each additional guest. Cleaning fee is $165.00 for both plus tax. Both cottages offer gas fireplaces for those romantic misty mornings. Sit in the hot tub and gaze at the clear sky and the stars at night. Cottages sleep up to 8 people. Call (808) 938-2996 or visit www.hawaiiislanddreams.com for more information.
Travel agents can now cash in on a Hot Fall $25 Booking Bonus at the oceanfront Keauhou Beach Resort. Valid for new bookings of four or more nights, made and stayed from now through December 21, 2011. All guests receive free daily buffet breakfast, free high-speed Internet access, free local and long-distance calls to the U.S. and Canada (first 15-minutes), free Hawaiian cultural activities, and no resort fees! Visit www.outriggeragent.com to download booking bonus form and call (866) 956-4262 for more details.
This past summer was a busy one at Ohia House Bed and Breakfast! Its front deck has been remodeled and guests can now enjoy a more private entrance to the screened lanai. Come and experience the new changes the property has undergone! With a single, well-appointed suite, this bed and breakfast serves as the perfect home base for any Hawaii Island vacation. Visit its new website at www.ohiahousebb.com or call (808) 964-1250 for more information.
Enjoy the Alii Experience at The Spa Without Walls at The Fairmont Orchid, recently named one of the “Top Hotel Spas in Hawaii” in the notable Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Readers’ Poll. The 110-minute treatment begins with a lomilomi massage and foot wrap followed by a compress of specially blended Hawaiian herbs applied to the body. The Kahinu treatment follows with warm coconut oil, and topping off this Polynesian pleasure is a scalp, neck, shoulder, hand and foot massage with essences of sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh. www.fairmont.com/orchid.
Celebrate the holidays at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel! The iconic hotel is offering a special Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner at its Copper Terrace, a Taste of Nostalgia Wine Dinner at the Garden Room on December 23 featuring a series of Mauna Kea’s old-time favorites, Christmas Eve Clambake Buffet and special dinners, Christmas Day Brunch and dinners and a New Year’s Eve Celebration at its North Point Lawn with live entertainment and fireworks. For reservations or more information, call (808) 882-5810 or visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.
Escape winter to the tropical life of Aston Hotels & Resorts on Hawaii Island. Book now through March 31 to stay January 3 to March 31. Kayak, watch whales, golf or just “beach it.” Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas offers a one-bedroom, two bath villa with private lanai, gourmet kitchen, free parking, WiFi, fitness center and tennis court, for $242 a night. Enjoy the same perks in a one bedroom deluxe suite condominium at Aston Shores at Waikoloa for $194 a night. Or, check into a one-bedroom suite at Aston Kona by the Sea for $208 a night. www.astonhotels.com
This winter, enjoy the warm waters of Hawaii with Castle Resorts & Hotels’ Waistdeep Winter Savings, offering new rates up to 50% off hotels and condominium resorts on Hawaii Island. Castle’s Hawaii Island collection includes properties around the island with Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Kona Bali Kai, Kona Reef, and the luxurious Halii Kai at Waikoloa. Explore Castle’s incredible benefits including full-kitchens, washer/dryers, oceanfront swimming pools, restaurants, and fitness centers, and you’ll weather this winter with a tan! To learn more, visit www.castleresorts.com or call (800) 545-3510.
Classic Resorts at Mauna Lani has gone social! Get in on special offers, restaurant openings, new activities, and travel tips by checking out their Facebook, Twitter and Blog pages. Choose from two gated vacation home communities. Mauna Lani Point offers the only oceanfront luxury vacation villas within Mauna Lani Resort with 1,100-1,700 square feet of space. The Islands at Mauna Lani features two-story luxury townhomes from 2,100 square feet of space on the Resort’s famed golf course. Privacy and 4x more space than hotel rooms. Private pool, entertainment pavilions and more. Visit www.visitmaunalani.com or call (866) 966-7169 for more information.
News from Gloria, Publisher of Edible Hawaiian Islands: Here is a holiday gift idea that is sure to be well-received: Adopt-A-Beehive with Alan Wong in partnership with the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Adopters become part of a new generation of beekeepers and can help to spread the importance and uses of honey. There are different options to choose from, and you get a gift of honey from your hive. Check it out by calling (808) 828-1559 or visiting www.ediblehawaiianislands.com.
Where “Hola meets Aloha.” Coming soon to Hilton Waikoloa, Boat Landing Cantina will feature Mexico's pacific cuisine with a fresh island flare. Signature items will include fish tacos, table-side guacamole, cinnamon tortilla chips, and margaritas with an infusion of fresh island fruit. Opening in late November 2011. Call (808) 886-1234 or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com for more information.
An award-winning B&B in South Kona, the Dragonfly Ranch, is offering customized cleansing programs featuring raw food from the estate’s large organic garden. New Wellness Coordinator Anita Mitchell teaches “UNcooking” classes with gluten-free food that tastes delicious. “Soul” proprietor since 1974, Barbara Moore welcomes groups, couples, families, and individuals to luxuriate in eco-spa pamperings at this Healing Arts Center ideally located near Kealakekua Bay and the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. Amenities include: far infrared sauna, lymphatic drainage, Migun massage table, colorful labyrinth meditation walk, and guided tours to nearby pristine bays with world-class snorkeling and diving. Visit www.dragonflyranch.com or call (808) 328-2159 for more information.
Hilo Hattie, the store of Hawaii, is proud to announce the addition of Hawaii Favorites candies and cookies to its delicious array of Made in Hawaii foods. Hawaii Favorites candies and cookies feature 100% Hawaiian grown macadamia nuts and beautiful color pictures of Hawaii Island attractions like Rainbow Falls and Kilauea Volcano on the box. So for a gift to be remembered, visit one or both of Hilo Hattie’s Hawaii Island locations in Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Visit www.hilohattie.com for more information.