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SIZZLIN’ MARCH NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in fresh flavors throughout the destination, from small-town shops and resort hotels to expansive farmers’ markets. Read on for more ways to explore the island’s culinary offerings and other attractions on your next retreat to Hawaii, the Big Island.
NEW WAYS TO SIP & SAVOR
For an insider’s perspective on where to eat and enjoy homegrown Hawaii Island products, we profiled Aikane Plantation Coffee Company, Big Island Bees, Kuaiwi Farm, and Volcano Winery for their recommendations. The resource-rich post can be found on Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s So Much More Hawaii blog.
Starting in April through the summer, Rays on the Bay at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will host “Street Market Bubbles & BBQ” on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The weekend event will include stations featuring local farmers, boutiques and artists, as well as food booths with poke bowls, yakitori and hulihuli chicken, and sparkling wine and other liquor. Complimentary, interactive cultural activities including hula and storytelling will also be available. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com.
Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel has unveiled a revised dinner menu with exciting changes that incorporate Executive Chef Roy Basilio’s sophisticated touch. More options for lighter and meat-free fare have been added, including the must-try Hamakua mushroom risotto or Caesar salad crispy flatbread. Mention BIVB’s “What’s Sizzlin’” for a discount on your next dinner reservation. For more information, visit www.konabeachhotel.com.
The Shops at Mauna Lani has announced exciting openings and menu changes. Guests are invited to dine at The Blue Room, a new Parisian-style brasserie inspired by Iolani Palace, located on the lower level of The Shops at Mauna Lani. For those seeking vegan selections, sample the grilled “Reuben’s Garden Sandwich” made with house-made sauerkraut, local mushrooms, and corned tofu at Under the Bodhi Tree, also conveniently located on the mall’s lower level. For more information, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com.
Starting this March, sample all-new “Mahalo Kitty Cookies” and “Old Town Kainaliu Trading Company Macadamia Nut Butter” at The Original Donkey Balls Store in Kealakekua. The butter is made with locally grown and produced macadamia nuts, chocolate, sea salt, and honey. The cookies feature macadamia nuts and have no preservatives. For more information, visit www.donkeyballstore.com.
At Aston Kona by the Sea, spacious condominium suites include a fully equipped kitchen to create delicious meals on your next Hawaii Island vacation. The resort is conveniently located a five-minute drive from Kona Farmers’ Market where guests are able to pick up fresh ingredients for a comforting, island-inspired farm-to-table dinner. For more information, visit www.astonkonabythesearesort.com.
Every Thursday, Kona Historical Society invites guests to join the process of panning bread dough and baking close to 100 loaves of sweet bread in a traditional Portuguese stone oven. The program, which also tells the story of the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the late 19th century, runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and participation is free. At the same site, visit the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum to learn more about the life of multiethnic ranchers and coffee farmers. For more information, visit www.konahistorical.org.
EVENTS & ADVENTURES
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s signature cocktail, “The Fredrico,” will soon have a lovely companion. The hotel plans to debut “The Fredrica,” which infuses coconut rum and syrup along with its famous blend of tropical juices, mint, and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey at the 2nd Annual Bacardi Bash from April 10 to 11. For more information, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.
The Shops at Mauna Lani will host “Taste of the Movies” as part of the Big Island Film Festival on May 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event, which celebrates the festival’s 10th anniversary, features ten Hawaii Island chefs presenting specialties paired with favorite foodie movies including Mystic Pizza, Chocolat, and Ratatouille. For more information, call (808) 883-0394.
Hawaii Forest & Trail (HF&T) has opened new Hilo-based operations out of Big Island Trading Co. on Kamehameha Avenue. In celebration, HF&T has enhanced its line-up of East Hawaii tours to include “Maunakea Voyage” – a daytime voyage to Maunakea, “Discover Volcano Country” – a trip through Kau and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and “Hilo Tropical Wonders” – a feast of waterfalls, plantation history and a tropical fruit farm. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com.
Royal Kona Resort recently launched a new luau show, “Voyagers of the Pacific,” presented by Tihati Productions. Guests are invited to indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, cocktails, and dazzling presentation of the stories, song and dance of Hawaii’s ancestors. The show is available from Monday to Wednesday, and on Friday. For more information, visit www.konaluau.com.
For more activities and events, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on gohawaii.com.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
• Pahoa, known for its unique small town vibe, eclectic shops, and proximity to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, has been named in BestChoiceReviews.com’s “Top 50 Small Downtowns across America.” For more information, visit www.bestchoicereviews.com.
• TripAdvisor.com included Maniniowali Beach in its 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards, highlighting it as one of the “Top 25 Beaches – United States.” For more information, visit www.tripadvisor.com.
• Royal Kona Resort was recognized by vacation planning site Gogobot.com as #5 in its “2015 Top Student and Budget Tribe Friendly Places to Stay.” For more information, visit www.royalkona.com.
Special note: While BIVB recognizes the use of the 'okina ['] or glottal stop, one of the eight consonants of the (modern) Hawaiian language; and the kahakō [ā] or macron, this correspondence does not include the 'okina or kahakö because not all computers are able to reproduce these markings or true fonts in normal text.