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SIZZLIN’ APRIL NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island is a dynamic playground for first-time visitors including active travelers, romantic couples, and multi-generational families. Read on to learn more about events and attractions that enhance an exciting introductory escape to Hawaii, the Big Island.
NEW WAYS TO DISCOVER HAWAII ISLAND
For an insider’s perspective on places to explore within and beyond UNESCO World Heritage Site Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we profiled representatives at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Native Guide Hawaii, and Paradise Helicopters. The informative post can be found on Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s So Much More Hawaii blog.
KapohoKine Adventures is offering a new “Waipio Valley Explorer” tour, perfect for experiential travelers to the northeastern region of Hawaii Island. The tour includes a
two-hour trek through lush and historic Waipio Valley, in addition to stops at beautiful waterfalls, farmers’ markets, and botanical gardens. For more information, visit www.kapohokine.com.
Visiting an authentic luau (Hawaiian feast) is a must-do for all visitors and
Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel offers the perfect opportunity to book your event tickets in advance at a discounted price. The hotel’s “Luau & Room” package includes two adult tickets to the popular Island Breeze Luau held on the hotel’s oceanfront grounds. The festivities include a lavish buffet, open bar, Polynesian arts and crafts, spectacular entertainment, and a Royal Court procession. For more information, call (808) 329-2911.
Ocean Sports has announced “Aloha Day on the Beach” available every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Anaehoomalu Bay in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The package includes unlimited Glass Bottom Boat and outrigger canoe rides, use of beach toys, and participation in games, music, and lunch specials for $35 per person. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
EVENTS & ADVENTURES
The Shops at Mauna Lani will host “Paniolo Day” on April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features fun activities such as roping, face painting, balloons, a photo booth, live entertainment, and a costume contest for adults and keiki (children). Food vendors will provide pizza, dessert, kettle corn, and more available for purchase. In addition, guests are encouraged to explore the history of Hawaii Island’s cowboys through the “Paniolo Hall of Fame” exhibit at The Shops at Mauna Lani. For more information, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa presents “Swing for Miracles” golf tournament at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course on May 17. The two-person scramble tournament is open to the public and provides a nice opportunity to give back while on vacation. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with an awards banquet to follow. For more information, call (808) 886-6789.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel presents a weekend of jazz during the 4th Annual Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival from June 5 to 7. The series of concerts include performances by
award-winning artists and legends including Louis Hayes, Bobby Watson, Howard Levy, and more. The festival includes a VIP meet-and-greet, main festival, and special Sunday Brunch at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, showcasing more jazz and blues all morning. For more information, visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.
Golfers of every level will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced team as the Bob May Golf Academy comes to Waikoloa Beach Resort from July 1 to 31. May has spent two decades on the PGA TOUR and has vast global competitive experience. Private lessons for adults, juniors and couples are available and can be scheduled by calling (702) 595-1950. For more information, visit www.waikoloabeachgolf.com.
For more activities and events, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on gohawaii.com.
Guests are invited to enjoy local flavors and premium drinks at Hilo Huli on May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The culinary gathering, featuring 20 food stations, will be held at Mokuola (Coconut Island) in Hilo. All ages are encouraged to attend and experience sweet and savory offerings by talented local chefs. For more information, visit www.hilohuli.org.
As a prelude to Big Island Chocolate Festival, The Feeding Leaf is presenting a
seven-course “Chocolate Soiree” on May 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will be held at Kokoleka Lani Farms, featuring sweet and savory dishes prepared by top island chefs assisted by culinary students. The cost to attend is $125 per person and includes specialty cocktails and wine pairings in a unique cacao farm environment. For more information, call (808) 325-3803.
Big Island Chocolate Festival will be held from May 8 to 9 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. The festival is designed to promote Hawaii Island’s cacao industry through seminars, demonstrations, a student chef competition, and more. Festival attendees can learn more about the tree-to-bar process, view a chocolate dessert demonstration, or tour a working cacao farm. For more information, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has created a new sushi menu at its
Hawaii Calls Restaurant. With the newly hired Sushi Chef David Lee, specialties include Rainbow Roll with crab and assorted sashimi, Spider Roll with soft shell crab, yamagobo (pickled carrot), takuwan (pickled radish), cucumber and ponzu, and Dragon Roll with crab, eel and avocado. The sushi menu is available every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (808) 886-6789.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay has announced that its Bayside Wedding Chapel will receive a $50,000 facelift, with an estimated completion date of June 1. In addition to an all-new sound system and electrical renovation, the chapel will truly become a “bayview” venue as glass panes are being installed in the entire back wall of the venue to enhance the oceanfront experience. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com/weddings.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
- Travel + Leisure included Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu and Hilton Waikoloa Village in a recent list of “Best Family Beach Hotels.” Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu is recognized for its
surf-protected ocean pool and abundance of resort activities. Hilton Waikoloa Village’s salt-water lagoon is noted as an ideal spot for snorkeling and kayaking. For more information, visit www.travelandleisure.com.
- Lava Lava Beach Club has been named a “Top Beach Wedding Venue in Hawaii” by venue-planning website Wedding Spot. Lava Lava Beach Club is known for the laidback luxury of its four contemporary Hawaiian cottages, beachfront restaurant, and expansive oceanfront lawn. For more information, visit www.lavalavabeachclub.com.
- Aston Kona by the Sea has been awarded Booking.com’s “Guest Review Award of Excellence” for excellent personal service and hospitality. Aston Kona by the Sea provides an intimate stay on the Kona coast with spacious suites, fully equipped kitchens, and private lanai (balconies) featuring sweeping ocean views. For more information, visit www.astonkonabythesea.com.
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