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SIZZLIN' SEPTEMBER NEWS FROM THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
Join Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel for the 15th annual Kona Surf Film Festival happening Jan. 28, 2017. Watch surf films from around the world and listen to live music on the hotel’s waterfront lawn in Historic Kailua-Kona Village. Purchase of event tickets support the work of the Hawaii Wildlife Fund and the Sea•thos Foundation in preserving Hawaii’s wildlife and oceans. The Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is also offering a special room rate of $145 per night during the festival. Click here for more information.
Family-owned and operated Fair Wind Cruises celebrates 45 years of offering snorkel tours from the island of Hawaii in September. The ocean adventure company keeps a long-term commitment to protecting Hawaii’s fragile marine environment and was the proud recipient of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s 2014 Sustainable Tourism award. Fair Wind’s pledge to sustainable practices includes company-wide cleanups of its destinations, charitable initiatives supporting local nonprofits committed to promoting reef etiquette, fueling with biodiesel, preparing locally sourced meals, and using only biodegradable utensils. For more information, call (800) 677-9461, or visit www.fair-wind.com.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is an eco-friendly resort committed to the practice of “malama aina, malama kai” (“take care of the land, take care of the ocean”) since opening in 1983. Guests can learn about the hotel’s flora and fauna, and view early Hawaiian aquaculture craftsmanship at the property’s historic fishponds. The hotel’s director of cultural affairs offers complimentary historic tours featuring hands-on experiences, including ocean fishing net casting. Guests can also see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) raised in the hotel ponds, or learn about caring for the oceans and marine life for future generations on a fish-feeding tour. For more information, call (800) 367-2323, or visit www.maunalani.com.
As one of Hawaii’s largest resorts, Hilton Waikoloa Village responsibly preserves and protects its corner of paradise. Continuously pursuing conservation and waste reduction efforts, the resort’s programs include everything from participating in the County of Hawaii’s HI-5 Beverage Container Recycling program, baling press cardboard recovery programs, and energy-saving measures eliminating electricity usage by 15 percent, to food-waste programs providing clean and reliable food sources, reducing wet-waste in trash compactors, and partnering with a local biodiesel organization to recycle 500 to 750 gallons of cooking oil monthly. For more information, call (808) 886-1234, or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
“Nohona Hawaii” – Hawaiian for “living the Hawaiian culture” and “a Hawaiian way of life” – is an expanded program by KapohoKine Adventures teaching traditional and modern Hawaiian methods in an outdoor environment. The tour begins with a zipline adventure on the first four lines of KapohoKine Adventures’ course. After that, guests will head to a Hawaiian garden to engage in conservation work, removing invasive plants and replanting native flora. After a lunch break, the zipline gear goes back on and guests finish zipping the course’s final four lines. For more information, call (808) 964-1000, or visit www.kapohokine.com.
Akamai Adventure Tours & Travel is excited to announce the “Kilauea Evening Summit Glow” tour to Kilauea volcano’s recent surface lava flow and ocean entry. The company is dedicated to maintaining eco-friendly ethics, practices and services, and is a member of Hawaii Eco-Tourism. Guests are met and greeted in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and, once on the trail, learn about Hawaii's delicate ecosystem, flora and fauna identification, volcanology, history and culture. For more information, call (808) 640-1618, or visit www.akamaitours.com.
In addition to the offerings above, Volcano House, located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, practices sustainability initiatives. Click here for more information.
The Hilo Naniloa Hotel will reopen as the Grand Naniloa Hotel – a Double Tree by Hilton in October. The renovated and rebranded property will open with more guestrooms, making it the largest hotel on the island of Hawaii’s east side. Notable renovations and amenities will include new guestrooms, and a new lobby, fitness center and exclusive concert hall. The Grand Naniloa Hotel will also offer guests cultural activities and daily complimentary golf, and feature refreshed banquet facilities and new retail partner KapohoKine Adventures for on-site activities. The hotel will continue to be managed by Aqua-Aston Hospitality. For more information, call (808) 969-3333, or visit the Grand Naniloa Hotel website.
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, a AAA Four Diamond resort, is offering a HydraFacial™ to guests and visitors of its Spa Without Walls. HydraFacial™ is a medical-grade skincare treatment that aims to deliver proven and immediate results without using harsh chemicals or lasers. It targets fine lines and wrinkles; congested, oily and acne-prone skin; rosacea and hyper pigmentation. The treatment infuses skin with liquid exfoliants and protective antioxidants, and uses therapeutic LED light therapy, leaving skin refined, refreshed and radiant. Treatments of 30 and 60 minutes will be available beginning September 15. For more information, call the resort’s Spa Without Walls at (808) 887-7540.
Golf enthusiasts can experience a week of championship golf, luxury accommodations, Hawaii cuisine, special events, prizes and more during the 43rd Annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am at Mauna Kea Resort. The six-day, five-night tournament set for December 7 through 12 welcomes club professionals and amateurs. For complete Pro-Am information including registration, tournament schedule and room reservations, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com/events.
Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf is offering a new “Fall Twilight Special” from September 6 through November 30. Golfers are invited to play as many holes as they wish on either the Beach or Kings’ Courses for $75, plus tax, per person. The premium green fee includes a shared cart, bottled water and use of practice facilities on the day of play. Rates for rental clubs are reduced from $55 to $35, plus tax, per set of clubs, as part of the special. Call (808) 886-7888, or visit www.WaikoloaGolf.com to book tee times.
Big Island Bees’ Honey Tasting and Beekeeping Museum will increase its daily tour schedule in September. Tours of its beehives will be offered at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturdays. Tours are free of charge and limited to 20 people. To make a reservation, call (808) 328-1315, or visit www.bigislandbees.com.
Hawaiian Legacy Tours has launched a new tour booking service at Kona Brewing Co.’s Kailua-Kona brewpub. Guests of the brewpub can now book tours and take a shuttle directly from the restaurant’s Growler Shack. Kona Brewing Co. guests age 21 or older who sign up for a tour at the brewpub are also offered the purchase of a pint of any beer of their choice for just a penny. Exclusive merchandise is also available. Hawaiian Legacy Tours offers its guests an opportunity to visit, tour and help grow an endemic koa forest through its “Koa Legacy Trees” planting program. Call (808) 595-8847, or visit www.hawaiianlegacytours.com.
Dine out in Historic Kailua Village throughout September and enjoy “Kau Kau Kailua,” featuring special values at more than 25 participating restaurants and quick-service eateries. “Kau Kau Kailua” offers opportunities to revisit favorite village restaurants or try new dining spots. To participate, visit www.historickailuavillage.com and download special September value coupons. Restaurants will continue to add “Kau Kau Kailua” special values to the website so be sure to visit it often.
'ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai was recently named one of "America's Best Restaurants with a View" by Gayot guides. Located oceanfront on the island of Hawaii’s Kona-Kohala coast, 'ULU Ocean Grill blends Hawaiian architecture and modern flair. Servers guide guests through a social dining experience, highlighting the restaurant’s ocean-to-table menu and tableside presentation. Working with more than 160 local farms, the resort sources 75 percent of the food it serves from the island of Hawaii. Call (888) 340-5662, or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
MEETINGS & CONVENTION NEWS
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel recently completed a soft-goods renovation of all of its meeting rooms, introducing new carpet, sconce lighting and wall coverings. The refresh of the hotel’s more than 85,000 square feet of interior meeting spaces, included the 8,400 square-foot Hapuna Ballroom, six conference rooms and two executive boardrooms. For information on special group promotions, visit www.hapunabeachprincehotel.com and click “meetings.”