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OCTOBER’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAI‘I, THE BIG ISLAND
In Hawaii, you know autumn has arrived when the whales are spotted, the surf is swelling, and well, the deals are sizzlin’. Take a look at what’s happening on Hawaii Island this month with these new activities, developments and special offers.
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Kahaluu Beach Park, located in Kona, is Hawaii Island’s premier snorkeling and green sea turtle bay. This shallow, safe bay is also home to more than 100 species of reef fish and 400 year-old corals, and the Kahaluu Bay Education Center is making an effort to preserve the area’s natural resources. Visitors can do their part by renting high-quality snorkel gear or purchasing underwater cameras from the center’s on-site facility and all proceeds will go toward protecting the beautiful bay. Every 25th guest will receive a free turtle key chain; just mention promo code 2345. “Lefty,” their mascot turtle, thanks you! For more information,
call (808) 640-1166 or “Like us” on www.facebook.com/kahaluubay.
Imiloa Astronomy Center is now home to the latest addition to the Sagan Planet Walk, which is now the largest exhibit in the world. A walking model of the solar system, the Sagan Planet Walk starts with the Sun station located in downtown Ithaca, New York to the dwarf planet Pluto located less than a mile away at the Sciencenter of Ithaca. The station representing Alpha Centauri, the star nearest to the Sun, was recently installed at Imiloa Astronomy Center to complete the world’s largest exhibit, measuring 5,000 miles from end to end. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.
Hawaii Island Skydiving, located at Upolu Airport near the town of Hawi in North Kohala, is now offering the only skydiving adventure available east of Honolulu (Oahu). Skydivers will cruise to altitude on a 20-minute scenic flight in a Cessna jump-craft, taking in majestic views of the North Kohala coastline, West Maui, and the summits of Maunakea, Maunaloa, Hualalai, and Haleakala. The adrenaline-pumping freefall lasts for about 45 seconds, after which you will enjoy a peaceful three to five minute descent under parachute to a soft-landing back at Upolu Airport. No skydiving experience is necessary to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. For more information, visit www.bigislandskydiving.com or call (808) 949-4852.
The Shops at Mauna Lani has it all this month including the October “Get Your Pink On” contest and fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Take advantage of free events including: First Friday Concert with Alii Keanaaina and the grand opening of Barela Art Gallery on October 5; Polynesian Hula/Fire-Knife shows every Monday and Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m.; Cultural activities all week long including hula, lei making, coconut weaving, ipu making, and ukulele lessons. The festivities conclude with a haunted house for all to enjoy! For all the details, please visit www.facebook.com/theshopsatmaunalani or www.shopsatmaunalani.com, or call (808) 885-9501.
This month, Hilo Palace Theater and its stellar community cast present “Jesus Christ Superstar,” a story based on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life. Playing throughout October, this Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice produced rock opera album turned musical production will feature a live orchestra and special video elements. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Performance dates include Fridays and Saturdays, October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m., and Sundays, October 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.hilopalace.com.
Gary Washburn, director of the Grammy-winning Honokaa High School Jazz Band for the past 30+ years, will debut his original musical work, “Earth Life: October Full Moon,” on Saturday, October 27, at 7 p.m. at the Honokaa People’s Theater. Inspired by a total solar eclipse, the jazz suite for two pianos and percussion is performed by Washburn and notable Hawaii Island musicians Alex Czerny, Doug Johnson, and Noa Eads. A one-time chance to be part of the creative experience, the concert will be live-recorded for worldwide distribution by Emkay Records. Tickets are available at the door; $10 adults/$7 seniors/$5 children and students. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/EarthLifeOctoberFullMoon or email email@example.com.
The Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings’ Course is proud to support the University of Hawaii at Hilo by hosting the Dennis Rose Invitational from October 28-30. Visitors will have a great opportunity to see talented young men and women from nine select NCAA Division II schools compete for the tourney’s best scorecard. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com.
From November 1-3, the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival will celebrate Hawaiian culture’s unique form of dance at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Under starry night skies, hula halau (hula troupes) from Hawaii, Japan, and around the world will take center stage at the Waikoloa Bowl in Queens’ Gardens, competing for top honors in hula’s two signature styles: hula kahiko (ancient hula) and hula auana (modern hula). During the day, in-depth cultural workshops and excursions explore the arts and protocols of authentic places, practices, and musical instruments of Hawaii. Plus, a fabulous made-in-Hawaii Marketplace on Friday and Saturday offers fine art and cultural crafts, aloha wear, food products and more. For more information, visit www.mokuokeawe.org.
Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort will celebrate the music, magic and mastery of hula during the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival from November 1-3, with complimentary hula performances at the center’s Coronation Pavilion. Guests will enjoy the music and dance of the following halau throughout the week: Wednesday – Aulani’s Hula Halau, Thursday – Na Lehua E Liko No Kawailani, Saturday – The Kupukaas, Sunday – Beamer Solomon Halau O Poohala. For more information, visit www.queensmarketplace.net.
Welcome the new year in style at the Hilton Waikoloa Village during the New Hawaii New Year’s Eve Party at the Monarchy Grand Ballroom on Monday, December 31. The celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. and guests will party the night away with featured entertainment by the Johnny Shot Band, specialty dinner stations prepared by the hotel’s award-winning executive chef Charles Charbonneau, a champagne toast to the new year, and in the late evening a gourmet coffee station until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are available now for $129 for adults. For reservations, please call (808) 886-1234.
Ocean Sports treats everyone as part of their ohana (family) and is offering visitors a Family and Friends discount of 50% off the Sail & Swim Adventure. For just $25 per person, guests will enjoy sailing on the Pacific Ocean, great music, fun ocean activities, a Kau Kau Snack Buffet, plus local tap beers, wine, Mai Tais and soft drinks. Offered on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-4 p.m. For reservations, call (808) 886-6666 ext. 103 and ask for the Friends and Family Fare.
Let Journese travel experts help you complete your journey to Hawaii, the Big Island with a handpicked array of experiences. Choose from day adventures, such as horseback riding, an ATV safari, kayaking and snorkeling. Or discover breathtaking beauty with a waterfall excursion or volcano exploration. Then unwind for the night over a delicious meal at Kahua Ranch or an exquisite stargazing tour atop Maunakea. For more information, visit www.journese.com or call (800) 442-9244.
Head out and explore the island with Pleasant Holidays’ Hot Deals promotion, featuring a free Hertz Car Rental for up to five days. The promotion is valid for travel from now through December 21, 2012 and January 7 to May 24, 2013. Roundtrip transpacific air and minimum five-night stay at a participating hotel on Hawaii, the Big Island are required. For more information, visit www.pleasantholidays.com or call (800) 448-3333.
Renovations are well underway at the historic Volcano House hotel, located on the rim of Kilauea within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC manages the 33-room hotel, and will open rooms in phases over the next 12 months, with some rooms available in spring 2013, or sooner. The hotel store is open, and provides a selection of food, drinks, and retail items daily from 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. First opened in 1846, Volcano House has a storied history with many notable guests in its registry, including Mark Twain, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Isabella Bird. Renovation plans include sharing Native Hawaiian culture through interpretive experiences, including cultural demonstrations, artwork, and handicrafts. Sustainable Hawaii Island ingredients will be featured in the restaurant and other food and beverage outlets. for more information visit www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com or contact Tanya Ortega, firstname.lastname@example.org, (949) 544-9016.
Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC (HVLC), has completed renovations to the 10 A-frame camper cabins at Namakanipaio Campground, located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Cabin renovations by HVLC include new flooring and beds, and the park refurbished the communal bathroom and shower facility. Introductory rates are currently $55 per night, and include pillows and linens. Prefer to pitch a tent or drive-in camping? The tent and RV campsites at Namakanipaio are also managed by HVLC, and rates are $15 per campsite per night, first-come, first-served, with a 14-day maximum. Park entrance fees apply for both the cabins and campgrounds ($10 per vehicle, $5 for pedestrians/cyclists; good for seven days). Call (866) 536-7972 for cabin reservations, and visit www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com for more information.
Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, the official headquarters and proud sponsor of the World Ironman Triathlon event, will offer a glimpse into the endurance training of a world-class athlete with a new series of Triathlon Camps beginning in 2013. Led by a seasoned coach and former Ironman Triathlete, this unique program will provide valuable training techniques, individual assessments, nutrition, strength training, and conditioning seminars. Guests can take advantage of the camp package, which consists of a five-night hotel stay plus four days of daily breakfast, lunch, and triathlon training. Visit www.konabeachhotel.com for additional information.
To mark the 96th anniversary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the beachfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is offering the Hot Lava vacation package starting at $299 per night. It includes a newly minted America the Beautiful® quarter depicting Kilauea Volcano; garden view accommodations; daily breakfast for two; reimbursement for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park entrance fee; one-time $300 hotel credit which can be applied toward food and beverage; and hotel valet parking. The offer is valid for stays now through November 1, 2012. A minimum four-night stay and advanced reservations are required. Based on availability, restrictions may apply. Coin subject to availability. Promotional code: PKG. For reservations, visit www.waikoloamarriott.com or call (808) 886-6789.
Stay four and save more at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Save 25 percent per night and receive a $50 daily credit for dining, spa, or golf when you stay four days or more. This offer applies to all room categories from Garden View to Ocean View Suites. Book by November 30, 2012 for travel through December 23, 2012. Call (808) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com for reservations or more information.
The renewal of Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa is complete. Visitors are invited to experience the resort, re-imagined and uniquely positioned to take its place among the highlights of Hawaii Island. To share the dream, meet team members on the Sheraton Kona blog: www.blog.sheratonkona.com. To celebrate the theatrical release of Disney Pixar’s “Finding Nemo 3D” and save on your family getaway, book promo code LFR* and enjoy connecting rooms, a $25 Daily Resort Credit, “Finding Nemo” 3D glasses and beach towel; rates from $289 per night. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com.
Aston Hotels & Resorts’ Aloha Book coupons add “extras” to a fall family vacation where kids stay, play, and eat for free. Just minutes from Aston Kona by the Sea, the Atlantis Submarine adventure is free for children when accompanied by an adult. Ooohs and ahhhs are guaranteed. Tucked along Hawaii Belt Road, Makalei Golf Club offers Aston guests discounted rates for a two or foursome. An Ocean Sports coupon for a snorkel, sunset, whale watch or glass bottom boat tour adds fun for families staying at Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas or Aston Shores at Waikoloa. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.
Take advantage of October golf promotions at Mauna Kea Resorts’ Hapuna Golf Course and Mauna Kea Golf Course. Triple Play is $375 plus tax per person for two rounds at Hapuna and one round at Mauna Kea. 5 Play is $500 plus tax per person for three rounds at Hapuna and two rounds at Mauna Kea. Or, get three days of unlimited golf for $600 per person plus tax. Additional days are also available with the promotion for $200 plus tax per person. The golf offers are available until December 18, 2012. For more information and tee times, call (808) 882-5400.
To celebrate its 25th year in business, Waipio Wayside Bed & Breakfast, a historic sugar plantation B&B located minutes from Waipio Valley, is offering a free room upgrade (when available) to all visitors as a way to say mahalo (thanks). The offer is good from October 1, 2012 through December 20, 2012. Waipio Wayside B&B recently earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012. For more information, visit www.waipiowayside.com.
Dragonfly Ranch, an award-winning B&B on the Kona Coast, is offering an Ohana (family) off-season discount, as much as one-third off its three luxury suites, through December 20, 2012. This unique healing arts center features a far-infrared sauna, colorful labyrinth, and an organic garden. Dragonfly Ranch also offers spa pamperings, gluten-free breakfast, and special diet counseling for guests interested in being pro-active about their wellness. Dragonfly Ranch is ideally located just a three-minute drive from Puuhonua o Honaunau and close to five pristine bays, providing world-class snorkeling with wild sea turtles and dolphins. Book online at www.dragonflyranch.com or call (808) 328-2159.
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 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 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 or $2,000 resort credit. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (808) 325-800 or (888) 340-5662 (toll-free).
Hilton Waikoloa Village introduces a unique on-the-water experience, Ports of Call, inviting guests to relaxing happy hours every day at participating locations. Beginning at Boat Landing Cantina after 2 p.m., retreat to the first stop of Ports of Call with tropical margaritas and snacks. Guests can also enjoy the Kona and Kohala pool bars and Lagoon Grill, for specials and discounts on cocktails, beer, and finger foods. As the afternoon winds down, Dona and Toni’s offers mouth-watering pizzas during happy hour from 5-6 p.m., and guests can continue into the evening with live music and drinks at Malolo Lounge, featuring discounts on drinks and wines. For more information, please visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
Check out Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s newest buffet at its Copper Terrace. The Buffet is offered every Sunday and Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. Enjoy Hawaii Island foods such as local sashimi, grilled island fish, beef short ribs, pizza, and Mauna Kea Hot Malasadas with Ice Cream. Cost is $45 per person. For more information and reservations, call (808) 882-5707 or visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.