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OCTOBER'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
This November and beyond, discover world-renowned artists, sporting events, and international festivals that showcase Hawaii, the Big Island’s unique culture.
ACTIVITIES, ADVENTURES & EVENTS
The 9th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival will be held November 6 to 8 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. The festival features group and solo hula practitioners vying for top honors on the stage of the Hilton Waikoloa Village grand ballroom. Attendees are invited to join in-depth cultural workshops and excursions, exploring the arts and protocols of authentic places, practices, and musical instruments. For more information, visit www.mokif.com. In addition, the Hilton Waikoloa Village will host the 20th Annual Na Lima Hana Craft Fair with more than 100 crafters on November 29 to 30. For more information, call (808) 886-2885.
From November 9 to 16 yogis from around the world will converge for the second annual Hawaii Yoga Festival. Held at Kalani, one of Hawaii Island’s largest yoga and retreat centers, as well as several inspirational locations throughout Puna, yogis of all ages and skill levels are invited to practice alongside celebrated teachers from Hawaii and beyond. For more information, visit www.hawaiiyogafestival.com.
The 2nd Annual Feast on the Beach will be held at Lava Lava Beach Club on December 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy stations of delicious food, along with beer and wine in Lava Lava Beach Club’s beachfront ambiance. The event will also showcase the musical talents of Henry Kapono & Friends and LT Smooth. Advance purchase tickets are required. For more information, visit www.lavalavabeachclub.com.
The Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort will provide the opportunity to meet a renowned artist at its Genesis Gallery. On January 2, 2015, marine life artist Wyland will be at the gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. Wyland has used his art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our need to preserve our natural world. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com.
Lava Ocean Tours (LOT) operates a 49-passenger catamaran from East Hawaii. LOT provides professional equipment and enthusiastic tour guides who look forward to showcasing Hawaii Island and its natural wonders. Join an exclusive “Hilo Waterfall & Wildlife” tour to see the secluded waterfalls along the Hamakua coast as well as the chance to see Hilo’s humpback whales. For more information, visit www.seelava.com.
For more activities and events, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on the gohawaii.com website.
SPORTING EVENTS & SPECIALS
The 7th Annual Asia Pacific Junior Cup (APJC) will take place on the Kings’ Course of Waikoloa Beach Resort from November 8 to 11. This international junior golf event, which is free for spectators, brings together the top golfers from Hawaii, Japan and Australia to compete in a Ryder Cup-style tournament, recognizing and rewarding the golf ability of young men and women. For more information, visit www.waikoloabeachgolf.com.
Golf enthusiasts are invited to take advantage of a special offer at Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Golf Course. In celebration of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s 50th anniversary, guests can enjoy $50 green fees for tee times after noon. Morning tee times will be offered at a special rate of $150 at Mauna Kea Golf Course or $100 at Hapuna Golf Course. The offer is valid December 9 to 19, 2014, following the 41st Annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/maunakearesortgolf.
Explore Hawaii Island’s unique culture and history with Aston’s Hawaii park pass. The package includes admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park for an entire year when booking at Aston Shores at Waikoloa, Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas or Aston Kona by the Sea now through December 31, 2014. For more information, call (808) 342-3841.
The Dragonfly Ranch is offering a 10-day cleanse to guests, which starts on January 3, 2015. The package includes all meals, lodging in rustic suites, entertainment, educational programs, and more. Guests of the award-winning eco-spa will be treated to an organic garden, massage therapy, sauna, and open-air yoga space with a labyrinth for walking meditation. For more information, visit www.dragonflyranch.com.
In celebration of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s 50th anniversary in 2015, the hotel is offering an extravagant $50,000 “Golden Anniversary” package. The luxurious experience for two includes round-trip first class air from the continental U.S., suite accommodations for seven nights; helicopter airport transfers; VIP seating and access to all 50th anniversary events; exclusive activities including a private “Island Discovery” tour with Hawaii Forest & Trail; daily treatments at Mandara Spa; unlimited golf and tennis; and much more. The offer is valid January 4 to December 19, 2015. For more information, visit www.timelessmaunakea.com.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will now offer an indefinite “Bay, Bed and Breakfast” package for guests searching for the perfect Hawaii Island ocean adventure. In addition to one of Sheraton Kona’s spacious rooms with a spectacular view of the Keauhou land and seascape, guests will receive breakfast for two at Ainakai restaurant, daily rental of water gear including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkel masks, and more, and 25 percent off all ocean excursions. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com.
Hilton Waikoloa Village celebrates the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving at its Water’s Edge Ballroom. On November 27, guests will delight in comforting flavors of Thanksgiving with local flair, with dishes including fresh sushi rolls, creamy seafood fennel saffron bisque, roasted Kona salt-brined turkey with traditional herb stuffing, pan-seared fresh island fish, and a variety of sweet endings. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
For stays through December 19, 2014, a $50 food and beverage credit is available for guests booking a two-night minimum stay in the recently renovated rooms of the historic Volcano House. The food and beverage credit is available for use at The Rim restaurant or Uncle George’s Lounge and is valid only when booking the exclusive “Room & Dining Credit” package. For more information, visit www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com/specials.
MEETINGS, CONVENTIONS, & INCENTIVES
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay now offers an all-inclusive group package for 10 or more rooms traveling together. Two options are available starting at $265 per person, based on double occupancy. The premium package includes a four-night stay, food and beverage (including alcohol), taxes and gratuities, recreational and resort cultural activities, and a waived daily resort charge. For more information, call (808) 930-4876.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu, a AAA five-diamond and Forbes five-star resort, has been named the #1 beach resort in the world in the 2014 Andrew Harper’s “Hideaway Report Readers’ Choice Awards,” which ranks the best hotels, resorts, lodges, and cruise ships around the world. The resort was also named the #2 family resort, #2 golf resort, and #6 spa resort. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
Kalani was named one of the “10 Best Yoga Retreats” in the United States by USA Today, which highlighted Kalani’s jungle and ocean-view studios and abundance of great classes. For more information, visit www.kalani.com.