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October 01, 2015



Hawaii Island (October 1, 2015) - Lace up your hiking boots, slather on some sunscreen, fill your canteens with lots of water and your backpack with trail mix, then head out into Hawaii Island’s great outdoors and onto its many hiking trails. We’ve got a handful of hiking adventures lined up below, and some upcoming accommodation specials and events. 

Get out on the trail with travel blogger Vanessa Chiasson on a hike to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Puu Loa Petroglyph Field, an archeological site home to more than 23,000 lava bedrock carvings made by early Hawaiians between A.D. 1200 and 1450. Check her post out here on the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s “So Much More Hawaii” blog.

KapohoKine Adventures offers adventure-seeking travelers hikes around and within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The “Kilauea Hike n Glow” trek takes guests beyond the park’s visitor centers with a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, then four miles across the floor or Kilauea Iki crater with steam and smoke rising all around. As evening nears, enjoy dinner at the world-renowned Volcano House hotel, perched on the rim of the Kilauea volcano caldera. Before the sun sets, we head to the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum Observation Deck to see the glow of red lava reflected in steam at the bottom of Halemaumau crater. For more information, visit or call (808) 964-1000. 

Guests at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows can enjoy a “View into the Past” as they tour ancient fishponds and historic petroglyphs at Kalahuipuaa. The hotel’s director of cultural affairs, Danny Akaka, who leads the weekly tour and is one of Hawaii's living legends, has dedicated his life to the preservation of Hawaiian culture and its values. Akaka offers other historic tours of Mauna Lani’s grounds, as well, and introduces guests to the significance of the fishponds. He offers demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian throw-net fishing, giving a historical view of the era of Hawaiian royalty. For more information, visit

Home of the popular cultural tour of the early Hawaiian fishing heiau (temple), Kaukulaelae, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is partnering with Keauhou Bay Adventures to offer a historical walking tour along the Kona Coast. The three-mile, two-hour journey begins at Keauhou Bay and escorts guests to the sacred grounds of Lekeleke, site of the Battle of Kuamoo, which overturned Hawaiian religious beliefs and brought the Christianity of Europeans to the Islands in 1819. The tour is $49 per person and is reservation-only. To book, call (808) 939-4824. For more information on Sheraton Kona activities, visit

For your next Hawaii Island adventure, Hawaii Vacation Rentals offers professionally managed private homes and condos on the Kohala Coast. There are many hiking trails along the coastline, one of the most notable being the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. The once 175-mile trail, which connected early Hawaiian settlements along the coast, has yet to be fully restored as a continuous trail, but several segments may be accessed along the coastline. In 2000, the Ala Kahakai was established as a National Historic Trail, managed by the National Park Service. For more information or reservations, visit or call (808) 882-7000.

The Kings’ Trail borders the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Join Kings’ Shops’ expert guide, Kaleiula Kaneau, for an hour-long tour of these culturally significant petroglyphs. Complimentary guided tours are offered on Thursdays and Fridays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and meet at the Kings’ Shops’ lakeside lanai, under the tower next to Island Fish & Chips. As the lava trails are uneven and rough, good walking shoes and sunscreen, plus hats and water, are recommended. For more information, visit

Here’s a travel tip. Stay at a vacation rental in the town of Volcano on Hawaii Island and explore the many hiking trails of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Staying at a vacation rental is a great way to get a real island-life experience. You can also view a variety of free Hawaii travel brochures to help plan your activities and adventures on your next dream vacation to Hawaii Island. Bookmark our site as a favorite, follow us on Twitter, and watch for new Hawaii vacation rentals and brochures. Visit

If you visit the petroglyphs within Waikoloa Resort on your own, please respect this culturally sensitive area. Stay on the trail and do not approach the petroglyphs for photos or rubbings without the permission of Waikoloa Resort Security. The fragile carvings, which may be thousands of years old, are easily subject to damage and erosion. The best time to capture a photo of a petroglyph is in the late afternoon when sunlight shadows are long. For more information, call (808) 886-8811, or visit

Golf enthusiasts are invited to enjoy six days and five nights of championship golf, paired with luxury accommodations, prizes and more during the 42nd Annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am, happening Dec. 2 to 7, 2015. Entry fees begin at $3,620, which includes taxes, accommodations for five nights, daily breakfast, practice and tournament rounds, special dinner events, and more. In honor of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s 50th anniversary, Pro-Am participants can take advantage of the following trio of offers, each priced for just $50: parking and internet for the duration of a player's stay, golf guest fee for spouses, and late checkout until 8 p.m. on departure day. For more information, visit

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu recently unveiled its “Suite Experience Managers” program, an around-the-clock concierge team exclusively dedicated to serving the top tier of the resort’s 51 spectacular suites and villas. Services offered include ground transportation booking, packing and unpacking, placement of dining and spa reservations, and organizing private exclusive meals and unique activities on, above and around the island. These may include everything from a picnic alongside a waterfall to a round of golf with a pro, or an interactive wine dinner in the resort kitchen. Special occasions are taken to the next level, with highly personalized touches and extravagant offerings. For more information, visit.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s 50th anniversary celebration is concluding with its final quarterly theme: "Art, Architecture & Design.” Launching Oct. 1, the new value-add package offers guests an opportunity to own a 28” x 38” Lloyd Sexton floral lithograph (valued at $300) similar to one commissioned for the hotel’s opening in 1965. The enhancement package is $150 and is valid until Dec. 20, 2015. From Dec. 2 to 6, Marc Goldstein, a member of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s original design team from the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, will lead complimentary “talk stories” with guests about his experience designing the iconic hotel. For more information, visit

Chef Allen Hess introduces his new Mai Grille restaurant at Kings’ Golf Course, opening Oct. 5, 2015. Hess brings skills and passion to what he calls his “chef-driven, housemade farm-to-table comfort food.” Mai Grille’s “House of Bacon” also features the Hess family’s artisan-style, thick-cut bacon. The restaurant will be open daily for breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m.; for lunch, cocktails, and afternoon dining from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and for Sunday brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (808) 886-7600.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows’ executive sous chef, Allan Nagun, is taking the helm of chef de cuisine at the resort’s oceanfront CanoeHouse. Nagun has been a key member of Mauna Lani's culinary team for 11 years. He is a firm believer that when one has superior quality ingredients, flavors need to be revealed rather than hidden. Nagun leads the CanoeHouse team and is the host chef for the Captain’s Table, an intimate blind-tasting menu created with seasonal ingredients. His menu incorporates an artisanal flair into Hawaii Regional cuisine. Visit


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Special Note: While BIVB recognizes the use of ‘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 kahakō because not all computers are able to reproduce these markings or true fonts in normal text.