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SIZZLIN’ OCTOBER NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
Island of Hawaii (October 2, 2017) – What’s sizzlin’ on the island of Hawaii? A lot. Foodies will rejoice at the lineup of chef events coming up in the months ahead, while adrenaline seekers will have a number of new and exciting tours to choose from. Check out the list below for the latest news on happenings on the island.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Hawaii helicopter tour company Paradise Helicopters is launching its new Volcanoes and Waterfall Swim tour. After first embarking on an air adventure over Kilauea volcano, guests touch down in a 1,000-acre tropical farm near Kaimukanaka Falls in Hilo and join Hawaii Forest and Trail on a ground tour with access to three of the town’s most beautiful waterfalls. The tour cost is $444 per person, and includes up to 50 minutes of flight time and 2.5 hours of ground activities. It also includes ground transportation back to Hilo International Airport. For more information, visit www.paradisecopters.com, or call (866) 876-7422.
Celebrate the annual return of North Pacific humpback whales to Hawaii’s offshore waters on an Ocean Sports Whale Watch Cruise. Beginning December 1, Ocean Sports will offer two individual morning catamaran cruises to see whales off the island of Hawaii’s Kohala Coast. Snorkel and sunset cruises are also available. Guests aboard the cruises meet with marine naturalists ready to answer questions related to the massive mammals. Guests who don’t see a humpback on their Ocean Sports Whale Watch Cruise, get to ride again for free. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com, or call (808) 886-6666, ext. 1.
KapohoKine Adventures is welcoming adventurers to experience its new guided kayak tour of Hilo Bay. Launched from the company’s private pier at Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – A DoubleTree by Hilton, kayakers will explore hidden coves and beaches while learning about Hilo’s rich maritime history. Weather permitting, guides will escort kayakers to a secret beach for swimming. KapohoKine’s two-hour group tours include snacks and beverages for $59 per person, plus tax. Three-hour private tours for couples include a picnic-style lunch and are $200, plus tax, and $25 per extra person, plus tax. For more information, visit www.kapohokine.com, or call (808) 964-1000.
Friends of Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) will unveil its newest tour, the Inspiring Innovation Tour, on October 16. The tour includes a visit to West Hawaii Explorations Academy, a charter school at NELHA on the Kona Coast that is inspiring innovation through science inquiry and project-based education. Tour guests will also visit the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Tower and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. The Inspiring Innovation Tour will be offered on Mondays at 10 a.m. and be open to the public. For more information, visit www.friendsofnelha.org, or call (808) 329-8073.
Each year, thousands of Legacy Trees are planted in the Hawaiian Legacy Forest on the Hamakua Coast for the purpose of reforesting native hardwood trees. Guests who plant a koa or sandalwood tree will be able to watch it grow with the click of a button as the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) launches TreeTracker™ technology on its findmy.LegacyTrees.org website. Every Legacy Tree planted in the 1,200-acre forest has a radio-frequency identification (RFID) number tag linked to the application, allowing tree sponsors to enter the number associated with their tree to track its growth. For more information, visit www.legacytrees.org.
Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf recently announced the introduction of multiple-round packages for booking and purchase online. Guests can now purchase in advance and set up tee times for two, three and four 18-hole round packages on Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf’s Beach and Kings’ courses. Online bookings and purchases are expected to result in speedier check-ins at the clubhouse. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com, or call (808) 886-7888.
Ocean Sports, an ocean recreation company on the island of Hawaii, announces the return of its biggest sale of the year: two for the price of one, $160 gift certificates. Purchasers can redeem the certificates for two seats aboard any of Ocean Sports’ Snorkel Adventure Cruises, Sunset Cocktail Cruises or Whale Watch Cruises for up to two years from the date of purchase. The sale ends on Cyber Monday, November 27. For more information, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com, or call (808) 886-6666, ext. 1.
Following the recent completion of $400,000 in renovations, Rays on the Bay at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is now open for guests to taste its menu of island-inspired, coast-procured cuisine. Diners can enjoy refreshments and sunset views at the restaurant’s new cocktail lounge and take in other Rays on the Bay enhancements, including a brand-new floor and décor. The new menu concept from Executive Chef George Gomes and Senior Executive Sous Chef Michelle Gomez spotlights use of local ingredients, from Kona-raised kanpachi sashimi to fresh grilled fish. For more information, call (808) 930-4949.
Join James Beard Foundation Award-nominated guest chef Andrew Le, owner-executive chef of Oahu restaurants The Pig and The Lady and Piggy Smalls, at Merriman’s Waimea for an evening of food and libation in support of the nonprofit Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT). The night will feature a three-course farm-to-table dining experience created by Le, paired with live island-style music. One-hundred percent of all ticket sales will be donated to HILT to support its land conservation efforts in Hawaii. The dinner is set for November 17, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, visit www.merrimanshawaii.com/giving-back.
Volcano House hotel and its signature restaurant The Rim will host its annual Thanksgiving buffet on November 23, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The buffet will include a Himalayan salt block with cured meat and cheese selections, as well as pasta stations, dry-rubbed pork racks, prime rib, and bottomless wine and beer. The buffet is $69 per person and reservations are highly recommended. To make reservations, call the restaurant at (808) 930-6910. For more information, visit www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com.
The island of Hawaii holiday dining event, Christmas with the Chefs at Kamakahonu Bay, is set for December 2, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., on the oceanfront luau grounds of the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. The 29th annual culinary scholarship benefit and gala will feature food, wines, craft ales, live jazz music and a silent auction. Event attendance is limited to 500 people. The hotel is offering a special discounted festival room rate starting at $149 per night. For more information on the benefit, or to make a room reservation, call (808) 329-2911.
Hilton Waikoloa Village is hosting its first annual Club Christmas Party on December 2, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Hosted at the Water’s Edge Ballroom, guests can enjoy food and beverages while listening and dancing to Top 40 hits, hosted by award-winning DJ Tiger. The event will also include a raffle, and guests will have the chance to win prizes such as stays at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Legends of Hawaii Luau tickets and dinners at Kamuela Provision Company. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/hwvevents, or call (808) 886-1234.
Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa now offers an island-inspired breakfast buffet to greet the sun’s morning rise over neighboring Hualalai volcano. Diners can enjoy fresh Kona coffee alongside breakfast favorites from omelet and waffle stations, as well as fresh tropical fruit, cappuccino on demand, fresh eggs and potatoes, seasonal juices and more. Breakfast is served in Rays on the Bay’s new, custom-built koa-clad buffet table alongside the restaurant’s oceanfront seating. For more information, call (808) 930-4949.
Mauna Kea Resort LLC has signed a franchise agreement with Westin Hotels and Resorts to debut the wellness hospitality brand on the island of Hawaii following a currently underway $46 million renovation and conversion of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Upon completion of renovations in February 2018, the property will be rebranded as the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. For more information, visit www.hapunabeachprincehotel.com.
Following extensive renovations, Hale Ohu Bed and Breakfast began welcoming guests to owners Gabrielle and Nicole Naughten’s historic Volcano property in July. Its main house, which dates back to 1886, now houses the bed and breakfast’s office and the Naughtens’ private residence. Twin-sisters Gabrielle and Nicole purchased the property’s former My Island Inn in 2016 to realize a lifelong dream of owning their own bed and breakfast. The property’s three guest suites are located in a separate structure from the main house and feature views of its manicured gardens. For more information, visit www.haleohu.com.
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel recently unveiled a new fitness center equipped with modernized features and equipment aimed at meeting the needs of fitness-conscious travelers. The 768-square-foot facility features PRECOR fitness equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers and strength machines. Use of the fitness center is free for guests of the hotel. For more information, visit www.castleresorts.com.
Aston Kona by the Sea condominium resort fronts the Kona Coast shoreline and a sandy cove where guests can sunbathe, watch the waves or unwind in the shade under swaying coconut trees. Guests booking a four-night minimum stay receive a free $100 gift card – for use anywhere major credit cards are accepted – to go shopping on the island of Hawaii. Booking dates and travel dates to receive the gift card may be made through December 31. For more information, visit www.astonkonabythesearesort.com.
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel recently introduced Pillow Talk cards as part of its expanded Hawaiian culture program. The complimentary cards, which are placed on guestroom pillows, highlight various aspects of Hawaii’s culture and history. A new Pillow Talk card is left for guests on each day of their stay at the hotel for them to keep as souvenirs. The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel’s Hawaiian culture program also includes Hawaiian arts and crafts workshops as well as the sharing of a Hawaiian word-of-the-day. For more information, visit www.castleresorts.com.
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is offering its Spa Without Walls guests an opportunity to “Fall Back in Love with your Skin” with seasonally inspired specials, including a cranberry pomegranate antioxidant facial (50 minutes; $179), cranberry pomegranate manicure and pedicure combo ($129), vanilla pumpkin spice pedicure ($79) and vanilla spice massage and polish (50 minutes; $179). The offer is valid through November 30, and is not combinable with any other discounts or promotions. For more information or to book an appointment, call (808) 887-7540.
HLH LLC, a sustainable forestry company based on the island of Hawaii, has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a B Corp Best for the World honoree by B Lab, a nonprofit organization with a mission of assisting individuals utilizing business as a force for good. HLH LLC earned a score in the top 10 percent of more than 2,100 certified B Corporations on the B Lab 2017 B Impact Assessment in both overall and environmental impact. HLH was one of only two companies in Hawaii recognized for the honor in 2017. For more information, visit www.HLH.co.
The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Aloha Chapter will recognize Hawaii chef/restaurateur Peter Merriman as recipient of its 2017 Distinguished Industry Leader Award at this year’s MPI Gala, slated for October 20. Known for his statewide group of Hawaii Regional Cuisine-focused restaurants, Merriman is being recognized for his work as a leader, educator, influencer and esteemed member of the hospitality industry, and for his contributions to the Hawaii community.
The island of Hawaii town of Kona was recently recognized as a foodie hotspot by reward points and mileage benefit tracking website RewardExpert, which ranked it second in the U.S. Pacific West region. Kona was the only town in Hawaii acknowledged by the website.