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SEPTEMBER'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
This fall, Hawaii Island is the perfect stop to enjoy invigorating spectator sports or indulge in culinary excitement and soft adventure.
Chef Peter Merriman’s iconic upcountry restaurant, Merriman’s Waimea will soon begin a major redesign. The upcoming renovations will add a new front entrance to the historic restaurant, in addition to a covered open-air garden lanai (patio) for seating and a sit-down bar and lounge. The dining room space will also be upgraded to offer diners more intimacy with beautiful ohia hardwood floors, contemporary lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system. For more information, visit www.merrimanshawaii.com.
ACTIVITIES, ADVENTURES & EVENTS
The iconic IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro will be held on Oct. 11 in Kailua-Kona. Triathletes from around the world swim through the waters surrounding Kailua Pier, bike through Kona roads to the Kohala Coast and back, and run a marathon course that ends at Alii Drive with thousands of cheering spectators at the finish line. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
On Oct. 24, Coast Grille restaurant at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will be coal-hot and fired up for The Grill Next Door Competition. Food Network Star finalist Nikki Martin, the “Grill Next Door” will join Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s Executive Chef Peter Abarcar, Jr. and Chef de Cuisine Vincent Logan in a friendly competition incorporating ingredients from the Coast Grille garden. Guests will be treated to delicious food and specially prepared Bacardi cocktails and their votes will determine the champion. For more information, visit www.hapunabeachprincehotel.com.
The Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings’ Course will host the Dennis Rose Invitational golf tournament with the women’s event from Oct. 27-28 and the men’s from Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Spectators will have the opportunity to witness talented college athletes from nine select NCAA Division II schools as they compete for the tourney’s best scorecard. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com.
In January 2015, the annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival will offer nine days of award-winning films, breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, artistic exhibits, and receptions to immerse attendees in a greater understanding of the ocean and Hawaii’s culture. The festival will be held from Jan. 1-4 at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and from Jan. 5-9 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu. For more information, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.
Ocean Sports, one of Hawaii Island’s premier ocean recreation companies, has launched an innovative “Fitness Activity Program” at beautiful Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa. The program includes morning and twilight beach yoga classes as well as stand-up paddleboard yoga taught on the calm waters of the bay. The company is also introducing a cultural twist to traditional water aerobics with “Aqua Hula.” All fitness levels are welcome at Ocean Sports’ classes, which are led by qualified fitness professionals. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
For more activities and events, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on the gohawaii.com website.
Aston Hotels & Resorts encourages fall travel to Hawaii, the Big Island. Those staying at any of its three Hawaii Island condominium resorts including Aston Shores at Waikoloa, Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, and Aston Kona by the Sea will receive 15 percent off the best daily rate from September through December 19, 2014 using Aston’s promo code. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.
Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel and the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona-Kohala Chefs Association have partnered to welcome guests to enjoy “Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay - Dining with the Chefs” on December 6. For those looking to stay the weekend for the event, a special room package is available at $189 per night including breakfast and parking. For more information, call (808) 331-6330.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
Fair Wind Cruises and Kona Sunrise Cruises, which offers snorkeling in beautiful Kealakekua Bay and nightly manta ray adventures, were recently awarded TripAdvisor’s 2014 “Certificate of Excellence.” Fair Wind was also awarded Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s “Sustainable Tourism Certification” in 2014. For more information, visit www.fair-wind.com.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was named one of the best meeting hotels, destinations, and conference centers in Successful Meetings’ 2014 Pinnacle Awards. Mauna Kea Golf Course took the No. 33 spot in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play 2014.” For more information, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.