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December 01, 2015


Hawaii Island (December 1, 2015) – Grab your snorkeling gear! Rent a surfboard or stand up paddleboard (SUP)! Or sign up for a humpback whale-watching tour or seafaring adventure! Ocean adventures are what’s sizzlin’ (or, in this case, warmly sizzlin’) on Hawaii Island. Visitors can prepare to dip their feet in the Pacific waters with the list below. Plus, additional updates regarding what’s new on the island!

Breakfast talks in the morning. Film screenings and art and photography exhibits the rest of the day. And all are about the world’s oceans and humankind’s critical relationship with them. More than 60 Hawaii- and internationally filmed, sea-themed films are set for the eight-day Waimea Ocean Film Festival, happening at multiple venues on the Kohala and Kona Coasts in January 2016. Read all about the fest, and a trio of Hawaii-lensed ocean films to look forward to, on the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau’s “So Much More Hawaii” blog.

Ocean Sports is excited to celebrate the annual return of the humpback whales to Hawai‘i’s waters with the introduction of five distinct cruises to see whales! Combining great service, expert naturalists, an underwater hydrophone and stable spacious catamarans, Ocean Sports is the only company on Hawai‘i Island offering two dedicated morning whale watch cruises – a “Snorkel and Whale Watch Adventure Cruise” and a “Sail with the Whales Cruise” – along with a “Whales and Cocktails Sunset Cruise.” Morning whale-watch trips offer guaranteed sightings – see a humpback or cruise again for free through April 15, 2016. For more information, visit, or call (808) 886-6666 ext. 103.

Don’t sail yourself short this whale season. Step aboard Kohala Sail & Sea for an amazing sail and whale watch in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and enjoy an un-crowded, eco-friendly and affordable great time. Like taking pictures? The tour takes up to six passengers maximum on the 34-foot sailboat Riva, the perfect platform for capturing perfect whale photos. Riva harnesses the wind whenever possible and, when using her engine, uses a fraction of the fuel other boats use. Find Kohala Sail & Sea in Kawaihae South, the newest harbor in Hawaii, located near the Kohala Coast resorts. Visit, or call Capt. Steve at (808) 895-1781 for information.

Join the ocean ambassadors of Alakai Nalu (Hawaiian for “leaders of the waves”) at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu for an ocean adventure to remember. Take advantage of complimentary snorkel equipment (including prescription masks) to explore the world under the sea, or zoom over the reef with the help of a scooter snorkel. Guests can pick their paddle and experience the six-man outrigger canoe, or gain a whole new perspective of the ocean on a stand up paddleboard. For the ultimate Alakai Nalu adventure, hop aboard the ribcraft – a private charter allowing visitors to explore secluded beaches and secret snorkel spots – and watch in awe as manta rays glide, spinner dolphins twirl or humpback whales breach alongside the vessel. For more information, visit, or call (888) 340-5662.

Fair Wind Cruises is set for a fun-filled 2016 as the award-winning snorkel cruise company embarks on its 45th year in business! Throughout the year, Fair Wind will offer unique anniversary specials with great discounts and fun events for everyone. The company’s entire fleet of vessels recently exited dry-dock with excellent upgrades, a spectacular new paint theme, and, on the Fair Wind II catamaran, a new shade called bimini. Stay up to date with current specials and events on Fair Wind’s website and social media channels: and #fairwindcruises. Call (808) 322-2788.

The Beach Club at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is now offering Glow SUP, an incredible and unique experience for all ages. Stand up paddle on the peaceful evening waters of Kauna‘oa Bay, stargaze and enjoy views of ocean life – possibly even manta rays – via LED lights illuminating the water 15 feet around the board and 5 feet beneath it. The hour-long experience is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m., or by reservation for private excursions. For more information, call (808) 747-9243, email, or visit

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, the “Kona Coast’s Gateway to the Bay,” is now offering scuba lessons, with Keauhou Bay Adventures and Jack’s Diving Locker, in its oceanfront saltwater pool! Classes are offered every Thursday and Saturday, with a schedule including complimentary scuba lessons – two- to three-minute learning sessions allowing guests to get a feel for the gear before pursuing a true lesson – from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.; full PADI discovery scuba dives in the pool from 11 a.m. to noon ($53 plus tax); and guided ocean scuba dives in Keauhou Bay from 1 to 2 p.m. ($130 plus tax). For reservations and more information, call (808) 930-4114, or visit

Dragonfly Ranch’s Healing Arts Center and its soul proprietor, Barbara Moore, are hosting a fun mermaid experience. Kona mermaid Chantel Durelli is offering Hawai‘i Island’s first Mermaid Retreat from April 20 to 28, 2016. She believes that many people wish to be mermaids and mermen, yet there is nowhere for them to learn how to be a Super Merperson taking positive action on ocean conservation. Chantel, joined by the world-famous Hannah Mermaid, intend to help their merstudents manifest affirmative plans. The retreat will also offer meditation, exercise, music, dancing, local organic cuisine, exciting field trips and merlessons communing with humankind’s dolphin “cousins.” For more information, visit

The nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) has unveiled the world’s first-ever ‘ukulele built entirely from endemic Hawaiian hardwoods. The ‘ukulele was designed and handcrafted by a team of nearly 20 master artisans under the guidance of master luthier Joseph Souza of Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele. The instrument showcases the sustainable use of Hawaiian hardwoods under HLRI’s Legacy Tree program, as well as the Legacy Carbon program overseen by HLH, LLC, a sustainable forestry company based on Hawai‘i Island. The limited-edition pieces, each valued at $8,000, will be given to purchasers of Family Forests of 1,000 Legacy Trees. For more information, visit, or call (808) 595-8847.

Waikoloa Beach Resort – a Golf Magazine silver-medal-winning golf resort located on Hawai‘i Island – invites the entire family to experience Family Golf Days at Waikoloa Kings’ Course. Previously offered during the summer months, the program now offers families an opportunity to enjoy nine holes on the Kings’ Course year-round, after 3:30 p.m. The cost to golf is $50 per adult and $25 for juniors. Complimentary NIKE rental clubs are included for juniors. Adult rental clubs are available for $25. For daily tee times or more information, visit, or call (808) 886-7888.

Hawaii Vacation Rentals offers beautiful, professionally managed homes and townhouses along the Kohala Coast, on or near the ocean. The company can arrange to have stand up paddleboards and bicycles delivered directly to private vacation homes so guests can arrive for vacation and immediately wade in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. For more information, call (808) 882-7000, or visit

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