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WHAT'S NEW ON HAWAII ISLAND
For a warm and inspiring New Year’s holiday, head to Hawaii, the Big Island to indulge in some of the world’s best adventure, resorts, and restaurants for a truly memorable experience.
CELEBRATIONS, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
The 17th Annual Wailea Village Mochi Pounding will be held on December 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast located 15 miles north of Hilo along the Hamakua Coast. Activities include mochi (rice cake) pounding, crafts, calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan drumming, and a hearty local style lunch available for purchase. For more information, visit www.akikosbnb.com.
Hilton Waikoloa Village invites guests to ring in the New Year at the Monarchy Grand Ballroom with specialty dinner stations prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Charles Charbonneau and the high-energy sounds of Son Caribe, one of Hawaii’s top Latin music bands. At 11 p.m., Hawaii favorite, “DJ Tiger” will take the stage to ring in 2015, playing hits until 1 a.m. Advance reservations are required. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
On December 31, Rays on the Bay at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will celebrate New Year’s Eve in style from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The festivities include live entertainment by local musician LT Smooth, heavy pupu (appetizers), handcrafted libations such as the “Smoldering Guava” cocktail, and a midnight champagne toast under the stars. For parties of 10 or more, the Ulu Lounge at Rays on the Bay is available for VIP treatment and bottle service. For more information, visit www.raysonthebay.com.
KapohoKine Adventures is offering an all-new “Zippin’ Lava Eve” package for an unforgettable Hawaii Island experience to usher in 2015. The tour includes a zipline adventure covering nearly two miles of tropical river gorges, a stimulating trek through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park led by a certified guide, delicious dinner followed by dancing and champagne at Volcano House, and a satisfying breakfast on January 1. The package price of $2,999 for up to four guests includes round-trip ground transportation, one-night deluxe accommodations, and meals. A no-host bar is also available on New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit www.kapohokine.com.
Hawaiian Legacy Tours has announced a new “Earth, Wind and Fire” tour in partnership with Paradise Helicopters. Guests will have a unique opportunity to view major Hawaii Island natural landmarks by air, including a stop at the Hawaiian Legacy Forest to plant a koa legacy tree. Six-person charter tours start from $5,400 for a two-hour flight and planting experience. All-day charter tours are also available. For more information, call (866) 876-7422.
For more activities and events, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on the gohawaii.com website.
Aston Hotels & Resorts is making it easy for couples to plan their Hawaii Island wedding with its “No Commitments” special. Guests are able to book accommodations with no contract or minimum, and will receive up to 12 percent off the best daily rate at Aston Shores at Waikoloa, Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, and Aston Kona by the Sea. Guests may reserve their stay using promotional code ASTONWED for travel now through December 31, 2015. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.
Hawaii Vacation Rentals is pleased to offer a spectacular home known as Hula Hula Ranch, featuring gorgeous ocean and sunset views from North Kohala, a pool, spa, and six expansive bedrooms. Enjoy an introductory rate of $1,000 per night for up to 12 guests for travel now through May 2015 (excluding holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s). This home is located on three acres in the Kohala Ranch gated community, offering starry nights in a peaceful and secluded setting. For more information, visit www.vacationbigisland.com.
Now through March 31, 2015, guests at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel are eligible to receive a free round at the nine-hole Naniloa Golf Course. The “Free Round of Golf” special includes nine holes per person per stay and a set of rental golf clubs when booking a Bay View room or higher at the 383-room bayfront property. For more information, visit www.hilonaniloa.com.
Start the New Year with Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s “Unlimited Golf” special. In celebration of the hotel’s 50th anniversary, enjoy unlimited play on Robert Trent Jones, Sr.’s award-winning golf course for just $150 per day when booking a minimum of three nights in 2015. In addition, guests will receive a copy of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s limited edition anniversary book, “Timeless Magic.” The offer is valid from January 4 to December 19, 2015. For more information, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.
• Alaska Airlines has announced new nonstop flights between San Diego and Kailua-Kona starting March 5, 2015. The new flights will operate three times weekly bringing more of its customers to Hawaii, the Big Island. For more information, visit www.alaskaair.com.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
• Hawaii, the Big Island has been named No. 10 in the “Top 30 Islands in the World” as determined by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The island was recognized for its varied landscape and abundance of natural wonders including snow-capped peaks, lush rainforests, and verdant valleys. For more information, visit www.cntraveler.com.
• The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) was awarded the prestigious 2014 Phoenix Award by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). HLRI, a Hawaii Island nonprofit devoted to reforestation, is one of four international winners of this year’s award, which honors individuals and organizations actively involved in conservation, preservation, beautification and anti-pollution campaigns that further the growth and appeal of travel destinations such as Hawaii, the Big Island. For more information, visit www.legacytrees.org.