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SIZZLIN' MAY NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Big Island Visitors Bureau Media Contact:
Erin Kinoshita, Anthology Public Relations
(808) 539-3428, Erin.Kinoshita@AnthologyGroup.com
SIZZLIN’ MAY NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island (May 4, 2015) – From ocean fun to exciting learning opportunities, Hawaii Island is an ideal destination for the whole family to explore. This month, discover more ways to enhance your next multigenerational travel experience to Hawaii Island with inspiring events and activities.
For an insider’s perspective on unique, family-friendly educational stops on Hawaii Island, we profiled Atlantis Adventures. The informative post can be found on Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s So Much More Hawaii blog.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay announced the revitalization of its family activity center, Club Lea Lea. Focused on family fun, cultural awareness, and learning, the enhanced experience includes a lava cave entrance with a built-in stargazing wall and dry erase board for painting and other creative activities. New games and entertainment additions include table tennis, foosball, air hockey, and shuffleboard; flat screen TVs, an Xbox, and a five-foot-high Connect Four board. Arts and crafts held at the club include coconut painting and lei making. For more information, call (808) 930-4900.
Enjoy active family fun on the court with Ocean Sports at Pa Lea Lea Tennis Center at Hilton Waikoloa Village. The center features five Plexicushion® open courts and a 432-seat stadium court to act out dreams of Wimbledon and championship tennis. Ocean Sports offers private or semi-private lessons as well as junior and adult clinics held Monday through Saturday. An automatic ball machine is also available. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
This summer, take advantage of extra savings with the popular “Family Fun Activity” package at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. The package includes a $50 resort credit, which may be applied to dining on property at Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant, Billfish Poolside Bar & Grille, or water sports activities with Kona Boys at Kamakahonu Bay. The package is based on a minimum three-night stay and is subject to availability. For more information, call (808) 329-2911 and inquire about the “Family Fun Activity” package.
Spend more time enjoying your family vacation with Aston Hotels & Resorts. Stay in a spacious one-, two- or three-bedroom suite with fully equipped kitchen and private lanai (balcony) at any one of Aston’s three condominium resorts on Hawaii Island. Take advantage of Aston’s grocery delivery service and enjoy local products delivered right to your room for quality meals without the hassle. Selections include fresh-cut island fruits, bread and baked goods, meats, and more. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.
Multigenerational travelers are invited to enjoy Royal Kona Resort’s weekly “Legends of Hawaiian Music” concert, showcasing some of Hawaii’s most talented, award-winning artists. Free and open to the public, the concert is held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Don’s Mai Tai Bar at the resort. Each week, prominent performers including John Cruz, Henry Kapono, John Keawe, and Cyril Pahinui treat guests to memorable music. For more information, visit www.royalkona.com.
EVENTS & ADVENTURES
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will celebrate Turtle Independence Day on July 4 with live entertainment, educational displays, a welcome ceremony, and more, for the entire family to enjoy. The annual celebration is free and open to the public, honoring the honu (green sea turtle) with festivities and a momentous release into the wild. Since 1989, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows has received juvenile honu from Sea Life Park Hawaii and raised them in the saltwater ponds of the hotel. The honu are cared for until deemed ready for release into the wild. For more information, call (808) 885-6622.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel continues its wine dinner series on July 17 at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar. The “Ancien Wine Dinner” features Ancien Vineyards’ Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pino Gris, paired with a customized menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Robert Juan. Ancien Vineyards is also bottling an exclusive 50th anniversary wine, which will debut during the hotel’s Golden Anniversary Week on July 24. For more information, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.
Celebrate the art of hula at the 10th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival from November 12 to 14 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Attendees are invited to learn more about hula, partake in cultural workshops, and be inspired by the costume and creativity of competing halau hula (hula group) from Hawaii and around the world. For the full schedule and more information, visit www.mokif.com.
Nonprofit retreat center Kalani celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015, culminating in a weekend-long celebration from July 3 to 5. Guests are invited to stay at Kalani during the special anniversary weekend, with access to the retreat center’s abundant class offerings, farm-to-fork dining experiences, and other notable events meant to honor Kalani’s past, present, and future. For more information, visit www.kalani.com.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation was recently recognized at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Annual Exposition. Mountain Thunder’s “Kona Coffee Scrub” and “Kona Coffee Cherry Skin Extract” received the People’s Choice for best new product. For more information, visit www.mountainthunder.com.
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