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November 01, 2015


Hawaii Island (November 2, 2015) – What’s sizzlin’ and sumptuous on Hawaii Island? If you’re planning your next Hawaii vacation, consider these Hawaii-Island specialties, from traditional Portuguese sweetbread baking and microbrews flavored by koa blossom honey, to inspired locavore dinner menus and local-ingredient-infused cocktails.

Shave ice flavored by housemade syrups infused with Hawaii Island produce. Butters rich with locally grown fruits. Amazing Japanese mochi and Puerto Rican pasteles. Click here as award-winning, Hawaii Island born-and-raised chef Mark Pomaski of Moon and Turtle restaurant in Hilo shares his 5 favorite Hawaii Island-made eats on the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s “So Much More Hawaii” blog.

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH), a sustainable forestry company based on Hawaii Island, and the nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) have partnered with Kona Brewing Co. on a special beer available on draft throughout Hawaii from November 2015 to January 2016. It is the fourth release in the brewery’s “Makana” series, which includes Hawaii-brewed beers with featured local ingredients. Among the new beer’s ingredient mix is a rare honey sourced from koa tree blossoms on more than 800 acres of HLH/HLRI forest on the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii Island. For more information, call (808) 595-8847, or visit

You can truly buy local at Ocean Sports’ newest location at Queens’ MarketPlace in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. A locally owned and operated company, Ocean Sports is committed to supporting other homegrown Hawaii businesses. Its shelves are stocked with lots of found-only-in-Hawaii merchandise, including hand-woven jewelry produced by Kona artisans, lauhala (pandanus leaf), 3-D effect postcards featuring photos of the Islands, hand-dyed apparel from Hawaiian Drift, and unique Hawaii-made wood picture frames. Ocean Sports at Queens’ MarketPlace is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (808) 886-6666 ext. 213, or visit

Kona Historical Society’s Portuguese stone oven is a reproduction of ones that were commonly used by Portuguese immigrants who arrived in Kona in the 1880s. Join the society as it pans bread dough and bakes up to a hundred loaves every Thursday, between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Participation is free, with white or whole wheat loaves of the sweet bread available for sale, beginning at 12:30 p.m., for $8 a loaf until sold out. On the same site in Kealakekua, visitors can check out the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum for a glimpse into the daily lives of multiethnic ranchers and coffee farmers during the Kingdom of Hawaii era. Bring a lunch and make a day of it with a picnic in the pasture neighboring the oven. For more information, visit, or call (808) 323-3222.

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a must-see Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee farm in the U.S. A self-guided stroll through this award-winning historic farm shares the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. Guests are free to walk among the coffee trees, crack and taste macadamia nuts, meet a “Kona Nightingale” (also known as a donkey), and watch how farmers used Japanese kuriba (processing mills) and hoshidana (drying roofs) to, respectively, mill and dry their world-famous coffee. Along the way, visitors can also talk story with living history interpreters and discover the history behind Kona’s gourmet crop. For more information, visit

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will soon offer its Mauna Kea Mule cocktail, served in a copper mug and crafted entirely with Hawaii-made ingredients, including Pau vodka, island-brewed ginger beer and a squeeze of local lime. The drink will debut at the mid-December reopening of the Copper Terrace, which is currently undergoing a $4.5 million renovation. For more information, call (808) 882-7222, or visit

A delicious, locally inspired dining experience awaits guests at Honu’s on the Beach at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. In addition to the restaurant’s spacious lanai, inviting fire pits and amazing views of the turquoise ocean, diners can savor regional Hawaii cuisine for breakfast and dinner, sample the freshest seafood, and enjoy lavish buffets each morning, and on weekends and holidays. Be sure to leave room for dessert as Honu’s offers one of the best malasadas on the island! For more information or reservations, visit
Newly promoted Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Chef de Cuisine Al Ramos and
island-born-and-raised Executive Chef Peter Abarcar Jr. continue to challenge themselves, bringing Hawaii Island’s best ingredients to their monthly four-course locavore dinner specials at the hotel’s signature Coast Grille restaurant. Island-grown ingredients, such as dragon fruit, basil, onion, mango, beef, squash and lychee, are highlighted in appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts. Each menu item is further enhanced with herbs and produce hand-picked from the hotel’s on-site Coast Grille garden. For more information, call (808) 880-1111, or visit

Enjoy signature cocktails reflecting Hawaii Island’s omnipresent rugged lava landscape at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa's Hawaii Calls Restaurant and Lounge. The lounge’s popular drinks include the Lava Lava – a blend of vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, vanilla ice cream, half a banana and drizzled grenadine on whipped cream – and the Lava Pit – blending Captain Morgan rum, mango puree and strawberry puree. Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge offers an open-air atmosphere for dining and sunset cocktails overlooking picturesque Anaehoomalu Bay. For more information, visit

Come enjoy Hawaii and Hilton Waikoloa Village with a room package combining ease and exciting resort experiences! The inclusive experience includes daily breakfast, dinner and beverages for two persons, per room, on a stay of five nights or longer. Enjoy meals at these Hilton Waikoloa Village restaurants: Big Island Breakfast, Boat Landing Cantina, Lagoon Grill, Malolo Lounge, Kona and Kohala Pool Bars, Dona & Toni’s, Kamuela Provision Co. and Imari, and general seating at Legends of Hawaii Luau. Special offer dates are valid through 2016. Dates vary as the package is subject to availability. Blackout dates may change at any time. To book, visit

Complimentary live Hawaii entertainment happens every Thursday night, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Royal Kona Resort's Don's Mai Tai Bar. Enjoy live local music by John Cruz, John Keawe, Henry Kapono and Cyril Pahinui. A daily happy hour is also available from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring a menu of more than 10 signature mai tais. For more information, visit


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