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SIZZLIN’ SEPTEMBER NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
SIZZLIN’ SEPTEMBER NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
Hawaii Island (September 1, 2015) – Hawaii Island abounds with museums, tours, events and programs spotlighting the milestones of its history and multitude of cultures. We have several listed here, along with new activities and accommodation specials that visitors won’t want to miss!
HISTORY & CULTURE
Get the lowdown on a trio of great places to take in some knowledge of Hawaii Island’s rich history and culture, here on the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s “So Much More Hawaii” blog.
The Kaupulehu Cultural Center at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu is interactive, educational and fun for the entire family. Talk story with “Uncle” Earl and the resort’s kupuna (elders) to learn about the history, tradition and beauty of Hawaii. Cultural values, practices, heritage, tradition, and arts are shared daily through the center’s interactive experiences that include Star Navigation, Feather Art, Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Quilting, Hula Auana (modern hula), Keiki (children’s) Lei Making, Kupuna Program, Hula Kahiko (traditional hula), Lauhala Weaving, Ohe Kapala (stamping) and more. For more information, call (888) 340-5662, or visit fourseasons.com/hualalai.
Visitors can be inspired and experience everything that can be learned through hula at the 10th annual Moku o Keawe International Hula Festival at Hilton Waikoloa Village from November 12 to 14, 2015. Competing for top honors, halau hula (hula groups) from Hawaii, Japan and elsewhere perform in the ancient hula kahiko and modern hula auana styles. On November 13, senior dancers will take the festival stage for Kupuna Night. In addition, visitors will be able to select from a schedule of in-depth cultural workshops and explore the festival’s extensive Made-in-Hawaii Marketplace, November 13 and 14. For more information, visit mokif.com.
At the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, members of the Hui Holokai Beach Club Program hand guests a walking stick and guide them on the same lava footpaths traveled by the early Hawaiians, as they share the stories, lore and history of Kalahuipuaa ("the gathering place"), now known as Mauna Lani Resort. Ranging from early Hawaiian lava cave dwellings to pictorial petroglyphs (lava etchings) and sacred ahu (shrines), the guided hikes take guests to inland fishponds once reserved for alii (royalty), along oceanfront trails, and more. The complimentary hikes are offered daily at 8 a.m. For more information, visit fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii or call (808) 885-2000.
Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel offers multiple opportunities for guests to embrace its incredible sense of place and the site where King Kamehameha I established his royal residence. Guests can view a curated selection of historic artifacts in the hotel’s lobby, offering a deeper understanding of ways the ancient Hawaiians lived off the land and sea. The hotel’s luau, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, brings the history of the site to life with a royal court procession, graceful hula performances, awe-inspiring knife dancing and an imu (underground oven) ceremony. For more information, visit konabeachhotel.com/island-breeze-luau.htm, or call (808) 329-2911, ext. 6019.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows offers a view into the past as hotel guests are guided on walking tours through the Fishponds at Kalahuipuaa, past ancient petroglyphs and Hawaiian shelter caves. Along the tour is the Eva Parker Woods Cottage, home to a display of Hawaiian artifacts where Hawaiian historian, Danny Akaka Jr. shares the legends and history of the islands. Guests experience hands-on complimentary activities including throw net fishing, coconut frond weaving, floral lei making, ukulele lessons and hula lessons. Activities are family friendly. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com or call (808) 881-7911.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
A celebration of Hawaii’s locally grown foods, the 20th annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival will be held at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Friday, October 9, 2015. This culinary event offers attendees two hours of tastings from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as opportunities to meet and greet local food producers and farmers. The Hilton Waikoloa Village is the ultimate venue for this unique tasting adventure, giving inquisitive foodies knowledge about sustainable agriculture and local farm production know-how while serving up delectable dishes by 30 of Hawaii's top chefs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will host a week of interactive activities from October 12 to 16, 2015, aimed at teaching and perpetuating the culture and traditions of Hawaii Island. Situated near early Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and the fishing village of Kaukulaelae, Sheraton Kona’s guest experience is deeply rooted in the royal heritage of its Keauhou home. To reserve the resort’s cultural package – offering a spacious guestroom, breakfast for two at Ainakai restaurant, a historic sail aboard the Kini Kini Sailing Canoe, a 15 percent discount on the Haleo Luau, and more – call (844) 235-6796 with code CLTPKG. For more information, visit sheratonkona.com/culture.
Experience the “Spirit of the Wayfinder” at Imiloa Astronomy Center’s 8th annual Hilo Wayfinding and Navigation Festival on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The full-day event, happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrates the achievements of community wayfinders: special individuals who serve as stewards of heritage and culture. The festival will feature hands-on activities, including wayfinding and navigation skill education, games, canoe exhibits, a planetarium program and speaker presentations. The festival is free and open to the public. Entry to the Imiloa exhibit hall and daily planetarium shows are by admission only. For more information, visit imiloahawaii.org, or call (808) 969-9703.
Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods LLC (HLH), a Hawaii-based sustainable forestry company, has planted 300,000 endemic koa trees on the upland Hamakua Coast slope of Hawaii Island’s Maunakea volcano. The work so far is almost a quarter of the company’s overall goal of planting 1.3 million total trees across the Hawaiian Islands. HLH has set aside more than 1,000 acres of its historic Hawaii Island acreage – which, in the past, was both a majestic koa forest and the personal property of King Kamehameha I – for permanent reforestation, as well, establishing the world’s first Hawaiian legacy forest. For more information, visit hlh.co, or call (877) 707-TREE.
Tennis enthusiasts will enjoy sunny skies and near-perfect climate during the Aloha Tennis Days event at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's Seaside Tennis Club, happening from December 2 to 6, 2015. In addition to three days of instructional tennis clinics, the resort’s Aloha Tennis Days package includes a four-night stay in a Plumeria beachfront room, daily breakfast buffet, welcome reception and more. The package rate is $1,895 per person for double occupancy, or $2,250 for single occupancy. For more information or to register, visit meetplaylovetennis.com/Aloha-Tennis-Days-Registration1.html.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the National Park Service are celebrating centennial birthdays in 2016. A century ago called “Hawaii National Park” and combined with land eventually split off into Haleakala National Park on Maui, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park became the 11th U.S. National Park on August 1, 1916. Three weeks later, on August 25, Congress passed the National Park Service Organic Act, officially establishing the modern National Park Service as it’s known today. Get ready for next year’s centennial celebrations with a Hawaii Tri-Park Annual Pass, allowing a full year of unlimited entry to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Puuhonua o Honaunau Historical Park on Hawaii Island, and Haleakala National Park on Maui. The pass is $25 and admits the owner and/or spouse. For more information, visit nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/feedetails.htm.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, introduces its new "Exactly Like Nothing Else Moonlight Manta Swim" package, available now through December 18, 2015. The one-of-a-kind package includes beachfront suite accommodations, daily breakfast buffet for two, a one-time resort credit of $750, a private guided twilight manta swim for two, and keepsake gifts. The package rate is $6,261, plus tax, for a five-night minimum stay. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply. For more information or to make reservations, call (866) 977-4589, or visit timelessmaunakea.com.
With some of its properties located within walking distance of the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Hawaii Vacation Rentals is offering a free night in October when you reserve seven nights at any of its Hawaii Island properties. Visit vacationbigisland.com, call (808) 882-7000, or email email@example.com.
Enjoy Hawaii and Hilton Waikoloa Village with a “MAKAI Pick Your Pleasure” room package, combining luxury and resort experiences! Enjoy the newest, freshest rooms in the Lagoon Tower’s MAKAI section and get a daily activity for up to two people per room, per night, staying at the resort. The menu of eight tropical pleasures to choose from includes 18 holes at Waikoloa Golf’s Beach or Kings’ Course, a 50-minute Kohala Spa treatment and tennis clinics. Package rates begin at $424 per room, per night, for two people. The package is valid through December 18, 2015. For more information and to book, visit hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
Many of the best and most popular attractions and scenic spots on Hawaii Island are found within its five National Park Service parks and sites. Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel is offering a six-night special package, which includes seven-day free admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and lots of time to visit the island’s other National Park Service treasures. The hotel is located in the heart of Kailua Village, hours away from sightseeing, swimming, hiking, and historical adventures. To book the package, call (800) 367-5102, or visit unclebilly.com/specials/hawaii-national-parks-special. Travel dates are valid through December 31, 2015.
MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS
Meeting planners looking for a unique cultural experience for their clients will find a myriad of offerings at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. The hotel’s Loko Ia, keeper of the ponds, and Hawaiian Historian offer personalized historic walks through petroglyphs, ancient fishponds and Hawaiian trails all in close proximity to the hotel. Additionally, beachside Talk Story Evenings’ filled with Hawaiian legends and hula immerse the group in island culture. The art of feather and haku lei making, Hawaiian history of fashion and cuisine are offered for spousal programs. Keiki can discover arts and crafts at Camp Mauna Lani. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com or call (800) 356-6652.
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