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NOVEMBER’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island – With the holiday season approaching and New Year just around the corner, Hawaii, the Big Island is rounding out 2012 with a variety of exciting new developments, festive events, and inspiring adventures.
Alaska Airlines’ new seasonal service from Anchorage, Alaska to Kona starts on November 10, 2012. The nonstop, once-a-week flight will run through 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.
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
In the spirit of giving thanks, The Shops at Mauna Lani is supporting the North Hawaii Community Hospital with its 3rd annual Uncorked event on Friday, November 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For $40 a ticket, guests can sample specialty dishes from The Shops’ fine restaurants and a large selection of wines, beer, and even margaritas. There will also be a silent auction this year! To purchase tickets, please contact The Shops at Mauna Lani at (808) 885-9501 or for more information visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com.
The picturesque town of Waimea and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Kohala Coast will provide the perfect backdrop for the 2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival taking place from January 3-6 and 8-11. In addition to screening 30 to 40 award-winning ocean and water-inspired films, the event also includes breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, and panel discussions and outdoor activities from yoga on the beach to outrigger canoe rides – all in hopes of bringing a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean. Kamaaina and Early Bird Pass Rates are available now through November 15. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai are offering special rates to festival pass holders. For more information, call (808) 854-6095 or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.
Imiloa Astronomy Center recently added new effects to set the mood for an incredible journey of discovery. As guests enter the exhibit hall, the mist of Maunakea will greet them before stepping into a realm of contemplation, the Piko ī Theater. Here, guests will view Maunakea’s grandeur through panoramic images and be immersed in the astonishing mountain that stands in the calm. Outside the theater, over 100 exhibits that focus on the culture and science on Maunakea wait to be explored. For more information, call (808) 969-9703 or visit www.imiloahawaii.org.
The Beach and Kings’ Courses located at the Waikoloa Beach Resort have released a new free mobile app designed to help navigate both courses with ease. With the app golfers can keep score, receive hole descriptions with tips, experience real time GPS navigation, interact on live leaderboards and boast about achievements on social media during a game. The app is available for download via Apple and Android app stores. For more information call (808) 886-7888 or visit www.waikologolf.com.
Captain Zodiac’s famous Whale Watch Adventure will begin in December. Unlike other whale watching excursions, a Zodiac tour offers small group sizes so every passenger gets a front row seat. The Zodiac’s small and compact size also allows for quicker transportation to the action and up close encounters with the 40-ton marine mammals. Whales are also typically seen during the signature Kealakakua Bay snorkel adventures. For more information, call (808) 329-3199 or visit www.captainzodiac.com.
Body Glove Cruises announced that Whale Watch Excursions will begin soon with the return of Hawaii’s seasonal cetacean visitors, the Humpback Whales. Get a rare opportunity to view the gentle giants in their natural environment, listen to them sing using underwater hydrophones, and learn more from a marine naturalist on board this two-and-a-half hour adventure. Refreshments, snacks, and a premium cash bar are also included in the tour. Body Glove Cruises guarantees whale sightings or come again for FREE! For more information, call (800) 551-8911 or visit www.bodyglovehawaii.com.
Ocean Sports’ newest retail outlet Kamaaina Korner is opening just in time for Christmas with fantastic discounts on Patagonia apparel and gear, logo-wear, ocean toys, and much more. Stop by for the Big Black Friday Grand Opening Sale, November 23, from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. to find everything on your holiday shopping list from discounted gently used ocean equipment (including kayaks and stand up paddleboards), to great apparel and gear deals. Kamaaina Korner is located on the corner of Highway 270 and Akoni Pule Highway in sunny Kawaihae. Open daily from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. For more information, call (808) 886-6666 ext. 209 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
January 2013 marks the one-year anniversary for Journese’s rebrand from Hawaii World Distinguished Resorts. In celebration of a successful year, travelers can experience the luxurious interiors, spectacular views and personalized service of a four- or five-star resort on Hawaii, the Big Island, plus savings up to $1,600, including an exclusive air credit, at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel or Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Vacationers should book by November 30 for January travel, and can add upscale activities and events for a complete and unforgettable journey. For more information, call (800) 442-9244 or visit www.journese.com.
The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is undertaking a complete remodel of its five prestigious 2,700-square-foot Bungalows that is part of a broader $30 million hotel renovation. The three ocean front and two ocean view bungalows will be completed by December 2012. The new bungalows will feature a full-service kitchen, brand new bathrooms and a setting that blends indoor and outdoor living, creating the ultimate Hawaii home away from home. The private outdoor Jacuzzi, heated swimming pool and fixed barbeque grill creates a laidback setting for socializing or quiet enjoyment. For more information, call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com.
Honoring the traditions of the native Hawaiians, Hawaii Island Retreat embraces and perpetuates the host Hawaiian culture with its program Lamaku o ka Naauao. Calling upon the knowledge and wisdom of local elders and other cultural experts, guests are introduced to authentic Hawaiian practices, and invited to learn about the values of old and how they apply in modern society. For more information, please call (808) 889-6336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the first and only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort on Hawaii Island, announces the Experience Hualalai package, giving guests a $500.00 resort credit on their five-night stay in ocean view and above room categories. Guests of the Resort’s 51 suites receive a $1,000.00 resort credit on their five-night stay with the Experience More package. Both credits can be used on room, food and beverage, spa, golf and retail charges. Guests staying 10 nights or longer receive a respective $1,000.00 or $2,000.00 resort credit. For more information, call (888) 340-5662 or (808) 325-800, or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
Come join Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast in beautiful Ahualoa, Hawaii to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Guests who stay four consecutive nights will be treated to a gourmet four-course dinner. Dinners are created based on dietary preferences using only fresh locally raised, grown or caught Hawaii Island ingredients. For more information or to make a reservation, call (808) 775-1118 or visit www.waianuhea.com.
Hilton Waikoloa Village offers guests the chance to Sail with the Whales beginning December 1, 2012, starting at $274 per night. Visitors enjoy a whale watching cruise with Ocean Sports that traverses through the National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary. On board, whale experts deploy hydrophones so whale watchers can hear the beautiful songs of the humpbacks, while captains maneuver the catamarans to get the best views of the breaching animals. Cruises run daily at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 3 p.m. To encourage the preservation of the mammals, Waikoloa donates approximately $10,000 each year to benefit the Pacific Marine Life Foundation. Visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com for more info.
ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is the breathtaking new oceanfront fish and seafood restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, where Executive Chef James Babian’s acclaimed “R.S.A. - Regional, Seasonal and Artisanal” cuisine is served in Hawaii’s most beautiful setting. A lively, informal setting where guests are inspired, surprised and delighted by the flavors of the Pacific, through an innovative menu with playful tableside presentation, ULU’s cuisine is oven roasted, flame grilled and wok fired, complemented by an extensive wine list. The sushi lounge and ocean view bar feature the Island’s freshest sushi, craft cocktails, sake and Japanese beers. For more information, call (888) 340-5662 or (808) 325-800, or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Manta Pavilion and Wine Bar will be hosting a special Foxen Winery Dinner on Friday, November 30th. The Mauna Kea’s new executive chef, Peter Pahk, will create a unique menu to pair with the wines from the sustainable Santa Barbara County winery. Dick Dore, one of the “Foxen Boys” and co-owner of Foxen Winery will be at the dinner to explain his wines first hand. The reception starts at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). For more reservations and information, call (808) 882-5810.
Condé Nast Traveler magazine has released its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, naming The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii among the World’s Best. The Fairmont Orchid was voted among the Top 10 best resorts in the Hawaiian Islands. The Fairmont Orchid, a luxury AAA Four Diamond resort located on the Kohala Coast, was recognized by readers for its pristine location, outstanding service, unique Hui Holokai Beach Ambassador program, Hawaiian inspired Spa Without Walls and authentic local Hawaii Island cuisine at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Brown’s Beach House. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.
CORPORATE MEETINGS & INCENTIVES
Aston Kona by the Sea has an attractive offer for groups ready to “take a meeting” or gather the ohana (family) in the hotel’s new, ocean side meeting room that features a spectacular view of the dramatic lava rock shoreline. Aston is ready to serve complimentary refreshments to groups booking eight room accommodations with the meeting room. Parking and meeting room Internet are free. Special room rates are available. Event details can be handled by the on-site meeting coordinator, leaving time for the pool and jet spa, or a visit to explore the shops and historic sites of Kailua-Kona. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.