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SIZZLIN' AUGUST NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
Island of Hawaii (August 2, 2017) – From farm and chef fests to healing retreats and Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays, the island of Hawaii is buzzing with activity and, quite literally, the bees from one resort’s new honey project. Here is a listing of sizzlin’ events happening on the island of Hawaii in the months ahead, and the latest on tours, activities and more.
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
KapohoKine Adventures has expanded its flagship storefront at the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton to include an additional poolside store for kayak and standup paddle board rentals. The new retail space, called Naniloa Yacht Club, has a dedicated staff to assist customers with kayak and boat tours, tour and activity reservations, and distribution of pool towels. KapohoKine Adventures is the only Hilo company renting and launching kayaks and paddle boards from the hotel’s pier for activities in Hilo Bay. For more information, call (808) 964-1000, or visit www.kapohokine.com.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's timeless art collection is going next-generation with the introduction of a new series of podcasts. The hotel's museum-level, one-of-a-kind art collection includes hundreds of timeless Asian and Pacific pieces originally curated by the hotel's developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The new series of podcasts, created for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, introduces the property’s art collection to an even wider audience and offers a new way for hotel guests to further immerse themselves in the iconic property's rich history. To listen in to the first of what will become a series of podcasts, visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-beach-hotel/overview/big-island-hi-art-tour.
Kona Coffee Living History Farm’s annual Farm Fest honors the Kona district’s historical, agricultural and coffee heritage. This year’s fest is September 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a theme of “Farm to Table.” The event will feature a sustainable cooking demonstration led by Hawaii celebrity chef Sam Choy, and Hands on History activities for attendees. The farm's traditional chicken hekka lunch will be on sale alongside eats from community vendors. The fest will also feature a historical photo exhibit, tours of the Captain Cook property, and more. For more information, call (808) 323-3222, or visit www.konahistorical.org.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai guests are invited to attend Chef Fest, the resort’s annual culinary celebration, October 4-8. The fest will feature a series of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences with some of today’s top celebrity chefs, including Andy Ricker, Gabrielle Hamilton, Neal Fraser, Edward Lee, Ivan Orkin, Jonathan Waxman, and the resort’s Executive Chef Thomas Bellec. Events are open to registered guests only, with the exception of the Chef Fest Grand Tasting on October 4, which is open to outside attendees. To reserve tickets for all events, call (808) 325-8000. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/dining/chef_fest/.
Hilton Waikoloa Village invites guests to tap into Octoberfest, island-style! Pour into paradise Saturday, October 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Kamehameha Court to cheers for an Octoberfest celebration. The event will feature an evening brimming with delicious brews, festive fare and music. For more information and pricing, call (808) 886-1234, or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa welcomes the seventh annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival with a spectacular six-course dinner on October 28. The festival, a premier epicurean event in the Pacific, will bring together six culinary masters for the return of “Cuisines of the Sun.” Indulge in fine wine and dishes featuring local ingredients by chefs Robert Del Grande, Dean Fearing, Jayson Kanekoa, François Payard, Mark Peel and Alan Wong. Tickets are available at www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.
Join Fairmont Orchid and Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchant for delectable cuisine and fine wines on November 17 at Turtle Pointe from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $125, plus tax and gratuity, per person. For more information, call (808) 885-2000.
Mauna Kea Resort is buzzing with excitement as it unveils its new honey project and on-property apiaries. Working closely with the Apiary Branch of the State of Hawaii, the resort’s honey project offers a demonstration of Hawaii beekeeping designed to raise awareness, interest and support from the local community. Mauna Kea Resort Honey is now found on menus at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s Coast Grille. Over the next few months, honey collected from hives at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will be bottled and sold on property, and utilized in menu items throughout Mauna Kea Resort.
Kahilu Theatre, a slice of Waimea history and one of Hawaii Performing Art’s venues, kicks off its 37th season in September. The not-for-profit theatre will host an exciting schedule of classes, events and performances, welcoming some of the best Hawaiian musicians and a wide variety of entertainers from around the world. Hawaii’s first solo Grammy winner, Kalani Pea, comes to Kahilu in October, while the 15th Annual Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival takes place in November, bringing together a “who’s who” of Hawaiian musicians. For more information, call (808) 885-6868 or visit www.kahilutheatre.org.
From stars of the stage to a celebration of “Star Wars,” HawaiiCon touches down at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, September 14-17. HawaiiCon offers fans and friends the chance to collect autographs, compete in a Cosplay Contest, learn from the experts, play in an epic game room, and connect with like-minded people (and aliens) from near and far. Numerous voice-over actors, writers, illustrators, cartoonists and producers join the camaraderie, in addition to scientists, professors and other industry notables. Proceeds from HawaiiCon benefit performing arts and robotics programs for island of Hawaii youth. For tickets and information, visit www.hawaiicon.com.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is excited to announce the return of its Seaside Tennis Club Grand Prix Championship, September 15-17. The 22nd annual Grand Prix Open and Class Championship will be held at the resort's award-winning 11-court Seaside Tennis Club, and offer three days of championship tennis and accommodations at special tournament rates. For more information, call (866) 774-6236. To reserve your spot on the courts or make room reservations, visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-beach-hotel/recreation/big-island-hi-tennis.
The Dragonfly Ranch: Healing Arts Center bed and breakfast in South Kona is offering its Dragonfly Transformational Journey, from October 19-29. The relaxing, educational body-and-soul-cleansing program supports detoxification and regularity, and assists the body’s ability to lose weight naturally. Participants will also learn how to prepare delicious vegan food, reenergize the body, and snorkel. Scholarship applications are available through Instagram (@dragonflyhawaii). For more information, call (808) 238-1906, or visit www.dragonflyranch.com.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will welcome the first annual Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival to the resort, November 10-12. The fest will feature master workshops in Hawaii steel guitar, jam sessions and open-stage presentations. The lineup of master musicians set for the festival includes Alan Akaka, Iaukea Bright, Pomai Brown, Bobby Ingano, Sonny Lim, Greg Sardinha and more. Admission to the event is complimentary and open to the public. Special accommodation rates at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows for the festival are available. For more information, visit www.hawaiisteelguitarfestival.com.
Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays are a free monthly event at Coconut Grove Marketplace. Kona has long been one of Hawaii’s best places to gather for memorable sunsets, and Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays gives residents and visitors a reason to relax and enjoy. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and beach mats for the event, and enjoy live Hawaiian music and hula. Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays happens on the last Saturday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Coconut Grove Marketplace, located on Alii Drive. Parking is available. Coolers are not permitted. For more information, visit www.historickailuavillage.com.
From a very special location within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hula Arts at Kilauea transports visitors to an ancient place and time, through chant and hula. On the third Saturday of each month, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., hula kahiko (ancient hula) is performed outdoors at the kahua hula (platform), which was realized through the vision of the venerable hula master Edith Kanakaole. From this vantage point, the dancers and audience members can look into Halemauumau Crater, the home of volcanic deity Pelehonuamea. The schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce presented its prestigious Visitor Industry Marketing Award to Hawaii Forest & Trail and Kohala Zipline, recognizing each company’s successful marketing efforts connecting visitors and residents to the island of Hawaii in deep, meaningful ways. The award also acknowledged a positive impression for Hawaii Forest & Trail and the island of Hawaii is solidified, and the latter’s positioning as an island of adventure underscored, with each travel agent familiarization trip, media blitz, sales trip, and national and international story told. Since 1979, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce has recognized visitor industry leaders for their promotional efforts.