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SIZZLIN' AUGUST NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
The most easily accessible vantage point to view the current lava flow from Kilauea volcano’s Puu oo vent is from a distance at the end of Chain of Craters Road at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visitors are encouraged to stop at the Coastal Ranger Station (CRS) to talk with park rangers, view eruption and hiking tips exhibits, and watch a four-minute lava safety video. The park entrance fee is $20 per vehicle for seven days and it’s open 24 hours a day.
Hiking to the lava flow within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is allowed, but it’s a grueling 10- to 12-mile round trip hike. The flow field hike is a rough one, with deep earth cracks, uneven terrain, and razor-sharp lava from older flows. The County of Hawaii’s Kalapana Lava Viewing Area, near the park’s eastern boundary, also offers a vantage point of the current eruption, and is open daily from 3 to 9 p.m. From here, you can expect a 6-mile round trip hike from the end of the pavement on Highway 130 to the end of the viewing area and back.
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A safety reminder from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: If you’re planning to view Kilauea volcano’s 61G lava flow, please take proper precautions, be safe and respectful of the Hawaiian culture, and help protect the island’s natural and cultural resources. Many people believe that lava is the kinolau, or physical embodiment, of volcano goddess Pele. Poking lava with sticks and other objects is disrespectful. Federal law prohibits possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging or disturbing natural and cultural resources. Pets and unmanned aerial systems, or drones, are also prohibited on the flow field in the national park.
Background information: Of the five volcanic mountains that shaped the island of Hawaii, only three are classified as active: Maunaloa, Hualalai and Kilauea. Only Kilauea, however, has for more than three decades continuously displayed in stunning, breathtaking form for millions of people nature’s cycle of creating and destroying and creating again. With eruptive activity visible at its summit crater Halemaumau since 2008 and east rift zone Puu oo volcanic cone since 1983, Kilauea attracts countless residents and global visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see its geological happenings.
SPECIAL LAVA TOURS
Hawaii Forest & Trail has revived its “Kilauea Lava Hike!” The challenging trek traverses more than 6 miles of rugged lava scape, with hikers accompanied by professional and experienced guides. The activity begins at Hawaii Forest & Trail’s Kona headquarters, with an additional guest pickup available at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa. Following the 3.5-hour hike, guests are taken for a local-style dinner in Hilo. Hawaii Forest & Trail’s “Kilauea Lava Hike” is priced at $192 (plus tax) per person. The company rates the hike as difficult; guests should be able and prepared to hike on uneven and rocky terrain.
KapohoKine Adventures has restarted its “Lava Expedition” tours, which take visitors to view the spectacular molten lava of Kilauea volcano. Meeting at the company’s storefront in Hilo, guests are then driven as close as possible to flow sites before setting off on foot to find the most recent surface outbreaks and ocean entries. On the trek, hikers look for lava tube system skylights and surface flows, and listen for the crackling and hissing of escaping gasses and liquid rock, which accompany the lava’s slow march to the sea. For more information, call (808) 964-1000, or visit www.KapohoKine.com.
Join BikeVolcano.com on a “fiery” summit-to-sea bicycle adventure to Kilauea volcano’s active lava flow. The journey begins in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a challenging oceanside bicycle ride on a gravel emergency access road. The company’s experienced guide then takes guests on a short hike to see and feel the heat of earth’s newest land. Post-hike, guests will visit the park’s famous Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube) and witness Kilauea volcano’s erupting summit crater Halemaumau.
Hawaii Outdoor Guides is excited to announce the launch of hiking tours to the current Kilauea volcano lava flow. The briskly paced guided trek takes guests to see, hear and feel the heat of the flow, and includes a hiking stick, backpack water and snacks. Tours depart from Kona and Waikoloa, and are priced at $179 (plus tax). As the hike may be more than 10 miles, it is recommended for physically fit hikers. For more information, visit www.hawaiioutdoorguides.com.
Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf is proud to announce the addition of Nike Vapor Fly Golf Clubs – the latest in club design from Nike Golf – to its rental fleet. Its Kohala Coast courses offer Nike golf club rental sets for every level of golfer, and sets for left- and right-handed men, women and juniors. Rates range from $35 to $55 for adults, and $25 for juniors (ages 6 to 17). Golf club rentals are a convenience for visitors who wish to avoid airline fees for golf bags and traveling with golf bags. For more information, call (808) 886-7888, or visit www.waikoloagolf.com.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows’ Room-and-Car Package invites guests to revel in luxury and travel in style on a daytrip to the hottest spot on Hawaii Island: Kilauea volcano. On the day after their journey, guests are invited to recharge with a sumptuous morning breakfast buffet at the Bay Terrace restaurant, and dine on fresh, locally sourced cuisine later that evening at the CanoeHouse restaurant. The room-and-car package includes a well-appointed room and full-size car with unlimited mileage. Rates begin at $359 per night; a minimum-night stay is not required. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com.
The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will offer birders and nature lovers a great starting point to experience the newly created Hawaii Island Coast-to-Coast Birding Trail (HICCBT), which opens this fall. The trail’s opening will coincide with the inaugural Hawaii Island Birding Festival, set for September 24 and 25 at the resort. As the festival’s host hotel, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is offering a special rate for festival attendees. To make a reservation at the special rate, call (844) 235-6796, or visit www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/BigIslandBirdingFestival. For more information on the hotel, call (808) 557-8034, or visit www.sheratonkona.com.
Magic moments await at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s new Vista Decks. Located on the hotel’s promenade level overlooking breathtaking Kaunaoa Bay, the new Vista Decks offer the perfect ambiance for celebratory occasions, from the perfect place to say “I do,” or a venue for an intimate reception or dinner with family and friends. With space to accommodate up to 50 people, the decks allow opportunities for networking while sipping cocktails at sunset, or indulging in the culinary creations of Hawaii’s top chefs while stargazing with loved ones. For additional information, call (808) 882-5465, or visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-beach-hotel.
Guests of Mauna Lani Point and The Islands at Mauna Lani who order the “Mauna Lani Mornings” package prior to arrival can have their condo refrigerator stocked with enough breakfast selections for several days of their stay. Included in the $140 package is a choice of traditional breakfast foods and Hawaii-style selections, including tropical fruit, Portuguese sausage and Kona coffee. Guests already enjoy Classic Resorts’ “Butler Provisioning Service” for the convenience of pre-ordered groceries delivered right to their condo. These Mauna Lani condos also offer daily maid service, with no resort fee and no cleaning fee. For more information, call (866) 966-7169, or visit wwwclassicresorts.com/big-island-resorts.
Honey bees are “checking in” to the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. The resort recently welcomed a few new additions to its ohana (family): two queen bees and approximately 15,000 honeybees. All are comfortably settling into two new Flow Hive “hotels,” ideally located in close proximity to delicious kiawe tree blossoms near the resort. The bees are expected to begin producing kiawe honey soon. And the honey hives are a welcome addition to the resort’s existing sustainability initiatives. Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii plans to introduce the honey into its food, beverage and spa offerings soon. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii.
Ignite your taste buds at “Hot Lava, Hotter Cuisine,” a Hawaii Food & Wine Festival dining event. The evening will feature seven talented chefs from Hawaii and around the world presenting a six-course dinner menu spotlighting ingredients from the island of Hawaii. Expect culinary fireworks from James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs Michelle Bernstein, Bruce Bromberg, Hubert Keller, Nancy Silverton, Tae-Hwan Ryu, and the island of Hawaii's own Jayson Kanekoa and Hans Lentz. Hilton Waikoloa Village is set to host the epicurean extravaganza from 6-9 p.m., on October 22. General admission tickets are $250, VIP tickets are $500. For more information, call (858) 201-8512, or visit www.HFWF.me.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai announces “Chef Fest,” a celebratory series of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences. Fest events will feature a lineup of award-winning chefs cooking, teaching and entertaining in an intimate and relaxed beach setting, happening November 9-12 at the resort. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Executive Chef Massimo Falsini will welcome chefs Matthew Accarrino, Chris Hastings, Jessica Koslow, Ludo Lefebvre, George Mendes, Seamus Mullen, Cyrille Pannier and Christof Syre. For more information and to make reservations, call (888) 340-5662, or visit www.foodandwinehualalai.com/chef-fest-2016.
Kona oceanfront restaurant Huggo’s recently began opening early for “Huggo’s Sunnyside Up,” its first daily breakfast service in its 47-year history. While known for its sunset views, Huggo’s in the morning offers views of Kailua Bay filled with swimmers, paddlers, boaters and, very frequently, dolphins. “Huggo’s Sunnyside Up” serves breakfast daily from 7 to 11 a.m., offering a menu designed to please locals and visitors, featuring made-to-order breakfast dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Mornings also feature full bar service, with a menu that includes Huggo’s signature Bloody Mary. For more information, visit www.huggos.com.