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SIZZLIN' DECEMBER NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
Island of Hawaii (December 1, 2016) – What’s new for the New Year? Lots if you’re thinking about spending some of your much-deserved winter season leisure time getting warm and relaxed on the island of Hawaii. We’ve got festivals, outdoor activities, new restaurants and bars, room deals, an invitational for golf’s next generation of superstars, and more detailed below to celebrate the new year. There are even a couple of New Year’s Eve parties to actually ring in 2017. Read on!
Did someone say movies and surfing? Enjoy surf movies and live music at the family-friendly 14th annual Kona Surf Film Festival, set for January 28 at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Bring your chair or blanket, and kick back and relax on the hotel’s oceanfront luau grounds. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Want to stay overnight at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on festival day? The hotel is offering a discounted Kona Surf Film Festival rate of $145 for the night. For more information, call (808) 329-2911.
Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf and the University of Hawaii at Hilo will host the 26th annual Amer Ari Golf Invitational, from February 1-4. Play will begin at 7:30 p.m. each day on the golf resort’s 7,074-yard par 72 Kings’ Course. The tournament annually invites the best players in the collegiate golf world to compete. Past tournaments have hosted players that would later rank among golf’s greatest, including Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Bob May and Jordan Spieth. Admission is free and spectators are welcome. For more information, call (808) 886-5172, or visit www.waikoloagolf.com.
Experience the creative magic of talented chefs and brewers when they unite for the 22nd annual Kona Brewers Festival, happening in Kailua-Kona on March 11. Indulge in the flavors of island-style cuisine coupled with craft beers curated from throughout the United States, all while supporting island of Hawaii charities! For more information, call (808) 987-9196, or visit www.konabrewersfestival.com.
What’s more fun and festive than a New Year’s Eve that sparkles and shines? New Year’s Eve at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is all about ringing in 2017 near the moonlit ocean and under the stars. The evening will feature music, a dessert buffet, DJ dance music, Hawaiian crafting and a midnight champagne toast. “After Party” pricing, available after 9 p.m., includes cocktail-style tables, appetizers, hosted bar, DJ dance music, and a midnight celebration. For more information, call (808) 557-8034, or visit www.sheratonkona.com.
A website special rate from family-owned Fair Wind Cruises makes booking an epic ocean adventure easy. Cruise the South Kona coast and save 10 percent on a “Fair Wind II Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Cruise” or “Hula Kai Deluxe Kona Coast Snorkel & BBQ Cruise.” The website special is valid for web-direct bookings using the promo code “save10” at least two days in advance of your snorkel cruise. Book now on the website special page. For more information on Fair Wind Cruises, call (800) 677-9461, or visit www.fair-wind.com.
The Kona Tap Room by Kona Brewing Co. is taking over the location of the Hilton Waikoloa Village’s former Malolo Lounge. Beginning December 4, the new Kona Tap Room will be serving up craft Kona Brewing Co. beers on draught, including the brewery’s Longboard Island Lager, Fire Rock Pale Ale, Liquid Aloha, Nine Stings Ale, and many more. The Kona Tap Room’s menu will also feature food-and-beer pairings showcasing its selection of craft brews, inspired by iconic Hawaii flavors. For more information, call (808) 886-1234, or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
The Honu Bar at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows has returned and is open nightly for handcrafted cocktails, pupu and small plate items. The nighttime gathering spot features live music and a casual resort vibe. Guests seeking evening cocktails or a light dinner will find an extensive menu of island-style favorites and seasonal specials. No reservations are required. For more information, call (808) 885-6622, or visit www.maunalani.com.
The former Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is returning with a new name, new look and new menu for the new year. The reopened Manta now features a lively open-air bar and lounge area, with indoor and outdoor seating ideal for enjoying handcrafted cocktails and a special bar menu. Jazz music on Wednesdays makes the middle of the week something to celebrate. Manta’s new dining room menu elevates island fresh cuisine. And viewing the resort cove’s majestic manta rays from Manta Point is still a time-honored Mauna Kea Beach Hotel tradition. For more information, visit www.MaunaKeaBeachHotel.com.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is welcoming visitors to the resort this winter with a “4th Night Free and Daily Breakfast” special. Guests are invited to participate in myriad complimentary resort cultural activities, including ukulele lessons, hula lessons, floral lei making, coconut frond weaving and more. Cultural historian Danny Akaka invites guests to explore the resort area’s ancient fishponds and petroglyphs with him on his weekly tours. And exploring the resort via bicycle is complimentary for the entire family. Room rates begin at $419 per night. For more information, call (800) 367-2323, or visit www.maunalani.com.
MEETINGS & CONVENTION NEWS
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel are excited to unveil their newly refreshed meeting and group function spaces, and new promotional packages for group stays in 2017. In addition to first-rate meeting spaces, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel are offering guaranteed ocean view guest rooms at special rates. The rates include free Internet access, a complimentary round of golf for four at the hotels’ championship golf courses, and a $100 credit for dining at the course restaurant for qualified groups. For more information, call (800) 999-6659 and mention this special group offer.
KapohoKine Adventures is proud to announce the selection of Ben Catcho Jr. as Ecotour Guide of the Year for Hawaii Island, representing West Hawaii, by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. Catcho Jr. spearheaded the launch of Kapohokine’s Nohona Hawaii program, in which he guides hands-on outdoor educational daily tours with a focus on environmental responsibility and respect for the aina. Each tour includes time to work in the program’s mala (garden), the sharing of moolelo and kaao (Hawaiian stories and legends), knowledge of laau lapaau (Hawaiian medicinal practices) and instruction in Hawaiian crafts. For more information, call (808) 964-1000, or visit www.KapohoKine.com.