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November 01, 2013
NOVEMBER'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLANDWith the New Year approaching, plan to travel to Hawaii, the Big Island for an inspiring, tropical escape. Check out this month’s upcoming sizzlin’ adventures and developments on Hawaii Island!
ON THE HORIZON
The 21st annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event showcases the blooming of Waimea’s historic cherry trees and the Japanese tradition of hanami (flower viewing). The festival lineup includes Japanese and multi-cultural performances, demonstrations of bonsai (potted plant) and origami (paper folding), a traditional tea ceremony, mochi (rice cake) pounding and crafts. Enjoy free shuttle transportation among most venues. For more information, call (808) 961-8706.
Hawaii’s premier international surf film showcase, the Kona Surf Film Festival will be held from January 31 to February 1, 2014 at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. The event, which showcases independent short and feature surf films from filmmakers around the world, includes film, music, and art highlights, as well as appearances by distinctive guests. Special hotel room rates will be offered during the festival. For more information, visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) invites guests to walk in the footsteps of Hawaiian royalty and partake in the reforestation of Hawaii’s first Legacy Forest by planting a Koa Legacy Tree on its new Hawaiian Legacy Tours. Located on the slopes of Maunakea, the historic site was once a majestic koa forest and property of King Kamehameha the Great. The tours allow guests to step back in time and potentially see the endangered Io (Hawaiian hawk) or Pueo (Hawaiian owl). Each guest is invited to plant a seedling to honor an individual, commemorate an event, or serve as a family tree during an expert-led tour through the area’s rich culture and history. For more information, visit www.hawaiianlegacytours.com or call toll-free at (877) 707-TREE.
Explore the remote forests of Maunakea at Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Palila Palooza. The event, centered around the critically endangered palila (Hawaiian honey creeper) will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy free entertainment, keiki (child) crafts, guest speakers, and the special screening of a film about the palila called “Struggle for Existence.” The day’s events will also celebrate the palila’s home, Maunakea’s remote high-elevation dry forest. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.
From December through April, join Ocean Sports for an unforgettable whale watching adventure! Combining great service, expert naturalists, an underwater hydrophone, and stable, spacious catamarans, Ocean Sports is the only Hawaii Island company to offer three daily departures from within the grounds of the Hawaiian Islands’ Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Ocean Sports is family-friendly, with children younger than 6 riding for free and those ages 6-12 years old riding for half off. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
Step into a wonderland of lights at Kings’ Shops and earn two HawaiianMiles for every dollar you spend while shopping and dining. The promotion starts on Black Friday and runs through December 25. In celebration of the holidays, Kings’ Shops will also add more Christmas lights to create the illusion of snow falling gently through the trees. On December 7, the Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s handbell choir will perform on its Center Court stage at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com.
Enjoy a festive holiday at the luxury Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, where year-end room rates begin at $329 per night. It’s a magical time of the year as guests flock to Anaehoomalu Bay to catch a glimpse of humpback whales frolicking in waters off the beachfront resort. For more information, visit www.waikoloamarriott.com or call toll-free at (800) 922-5533.
Starting in December, Kona Hawaii Guest House will showcase the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory by providing factory tour tickets to its guests. By 2014, the property also plans to complete upgrades to its pool and hot tub, and add fresh, local fruits to the breakfast menu. For more information, call (808) 557-1420.
Bougainvillea Bed & Breakfast is going green this winter with a new solar-powered swimming pool. The B&B also features a pavilion area with a barbecue, mini kitchen, and hot tub with a clear view of the stars. For more information, call (808) 929-7089 or visit www.bougainvilleabedandbreakfast.com.
Historic Kailua Village’s iconic oceanfront restaurant Huggo’s, invites kamaaina (locals) and visitors to its shoreline for specially prepared dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Executive Chef Ken Schloss is planning a festive three-course holiday meal that will pay homage to traditions, while celebrating Hawaii Island’s abundance. On New Year’s Eve, Huggo’s and its sister restaurant, On the Rocks present live music and dancing till the wee hours. Party favors, dinner specials, and fun, energetic entertainment will round out the festivities. A $15 cover charge applies after 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.huggos.com or www.huggosontherocks.com.
Lava Lava Beach Club welcomes bikinis and board shorts on Christmas Eve and Christmas evening for its creative chef's dinner special, offered in addition to its regular Hawaii Island-focused menu. On New Year's Eve, guests can enjoy a plated dinner special, live music, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For more information, visit www.lavalavabeachclub.com.
Celebrate the holidays with Rays on the Bay at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The restaurant will offer special plated dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, along with wine pairing recommendations. A festive Christmas Day brunch at Rays on the Bay will set the tone for a celebratory day with a Bloody Mary & mimosa bar and live entertainment. Then, welcome the New Year at the resort’s oceanfront New Year’s Eve party at Paakai Point, with pupu (appetizer) stations, a cash bar, party favors, live dance music and a midnight champagne toast. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com.
MEETINGS & CONVENTION NEWS
Aston Hotels & Resorts is offering a special holiday gift for group events through January 15, 2014 at its Hawaii Island properties. At Aston Kona by the Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, book 10 rooms or more and a group event space, and earn a gift certificate for one free night to be used during the stay or as an event giveaway. The Beach Club at Aston Kona by the Sea offers flexible oceanfront space, while King’s Grille at Waikoloa Beach Golf Course features a casual yet elegant setting for celebrations. For more information, call (808) 336-5599 or visit www.astonhotels.com/groups.