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McNeil Wilson Communications
Erin Kinoshita
Account Supervisor, Travel & Tourism
(808) 539-3428
Email: Erin.Kinoshita@AnthologyGroup.com

For Immediate Release

August 01, 2012

AUGUST’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

Hawaii Island – Summer may be winding down, but on Hawaii, the Big Island, there is a continuous flow of opportunities for fun and adventure for your friends and families. Celebrate the end of summer with these great events and specials:

WRITING OPPORTUNITY!

Dust off your Hawaii travel notes and get ready for a fun, exciting writing opportunity! The Big Island Visitors Bureau is proud to sponsor Wanderlust and Lipstick’s Hawaii-themed Travel Writing Contest! From August 1 through September 14, 2012, participants may enter the contest by sending in a Hawaii-themed article that falls under one of three categories: 1) Earth, 2) Sea and 3) Sky. Each category will have a winner and the overall grand prize winner will receive a volcano-inspired vacation package from the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa! For more information, visit www.wanderlustandlipstick.com.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort announces a new series of evening events, Arts Under the Stars, starting August 11.  A benefit for Kahilu Theatre, Arts Under the Stars will continue on the second Saturday of each month and will host a silent auction with items up for bid from the merchants of Kings’ Shops.  Stroll under the stars to the music of Grammy award-winner Charles Michael Brotman while visiting with local artists who will be showing their work at art galleries. Don’t forget to dine at the restaurants of Kings’ Shops. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com.

Royal Kona Resort presents the Fourth Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Fest with a $10,000 prize for the World’s Best Mai Tai. The festivities start August 18 at 11:00 a.m. and will include the Mai Tai Marketplace, Battle of the BBQ cook-off with some of Hawaii’s top chefs, pool party with entertainment by island favorite Henry Kapono, and World’s Best Mai Tai Contest. Festival admission is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For additional information, call (808) 270-9780 or visit
www.donsmaitaifest.com.  

Bring art into your daily life! Escape the heat of summer and head up the hill to breezy Kona coffee land on August 25 for the Sixth Annual Cool Fusion: The Festival of 1000 Bowls. Your $20 donation provides you with a lunch comprised of Japanese somen noodles in a handmade pottery bowl that you keep, as well as a live performance by Grammy award winning slack key artist John Keawe.  This event will take place on the lawn of the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa from 12:00-3:00 p.m., and all proceeds go to the Ceramics Program. For more information, call (808) 322-3362 or visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park celebrates the release of its new commemorative quarter in a special ceremony on Wednesday, August 29. The new quarter is the 14th in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® series. The coin features an engraved image of an eruption on K
ilauea’s East Rift Zone on its reverse (or tails) side and inscriptions that read HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES, HAWAII 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. All quarters in the program have a common obverse (heads side) featuring a portrait of George Washington and the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.  The ceremony will take place at the park’s Kahua Hula, south of Kilauea Visitor Center, on Crater Rim Drive from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Visitors can exchange cash for $10 rolls of the highly collectible quarter. The event is free, but park entrance fees apply. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/havo.

The special exhibit “Sasana: The Burma Portfolio,” a collection of large-format black and white photographs, is on display at the Lyman Museum in Hilo beginning September 7 through January 12, 2013.  Dr. Steven Garon, a volunteer with the Aloha Medical Mission, has been capturing images of the people and local culture of Burma (Republic of the Union of Myanmar) since 2006.  The result is a story of humanity and compassion that is timely and universal in scope. For more information, call (808) 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.


On September 22, join the 6th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace in Honokaa Town. The free multi-cultural festivities are fun for all generations and will include a colorful ‘moving stage’ during the parade with marching bands, dancers, Taiko drummers, colorful floats, street performers and more.  Afterwards, eat and be merry with even more music on stage at the community festival in the Honokaa Sports Complex and take part in a large community bon dance. For more information, visit www.peacedayparade.org or find them on Facebook.

Body Glove Cruises is excited to announce that a fourth day has been added to its hugely popular Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay!   On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00-7:00 p.m. this family-friendly adventure offers guests an enlightening narration from a local historian who reveals history and legends associated with the numerous landmarks along 12 miles of magnificent Kona coastline.  This captivating journey back in time offers a complimentary cocktail, a delicious all-you-can-eat Pacific Rim buffet, and live Hawaiian entertainment.   Special dietary needs are no problem with 48 hours advance notice. For more information, visit www.bodyglovehawaii.com.

Hawaii Island’s award-winning ocean activities company, Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, has introduced Snuba to their lineup of ocean fun. Snuba, an underwater breathing system, requires no prior dive experience or certification. It is perfect for couples, families, children eight years and older and seniors, or anyone who wants to add to their Fair Wind adventure. Following a safety briefing with a skilled, certified Snuba guide, participants can dive two feet, ten feet, or twenty feet with a Snuba guide with them the entire time. Snuba is available aboard Fair Wind II Cruises to Kealakekua Bay. Cost is $69 per person. For more information, visit www.fair-wind.com.

Come into The Palace Theater every Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Hawaiiana Live, a 45-minute cultural tourism program featuring live, on-stage presentations sharing the history and traditions of the Hawaiian culture through storytelling, film, music, oli and hula.  Topics and films change weekly as the program revolves around the Hawaiian lunar calendar, and surprise guests and musicians often appear. Admission is $5.00 and kids aged 12 and under are free. Call (808) 934-7010 for more information.

Visitors to Imiloa Astronomy Center can experience the world’s first 3D planetarium in its “Skies Above Hawaii” live 3D program, showing Tuesdays through Sundays at noon.  “Fly out” from Earth as the planetarium operator guides the audience through various regions and structures of the Universe, based on data from the telescopes located on Maunakea. Visitors to the center can enjoy other planetarium selections as well:  the 1:00 p.m. showing of Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky, 2:00 p.m. showing of Awesome Light II: Seeing the Invisible, and 3:00 p.m. showing of Two Small Pieces of Glass. For more information, call (808) 969-9703 or visit www.imiloahawaii.org.

Mauna Lani Sea Adventures at the Mauna Lani Resort has added some new activities to its current offerings.  Starting in August it will be offering WOW (Weddings on Winona) packages. These packages will consist of small and large group rates for weddings, as well as packages for rehearsal dinners and wedding vow renewals.  Winona is its 50’ sailing catamaran on which they currently offer snorkel and sunset sail cruises and, during whale season, whale watch cruises. For more information, call (808) 885-7883 or visit www.maunalaniseaadventures.com.

Pleasant Holidays recently extended its Hawaii Hot Deals promotion for travel into 2013. The exclusive offer features a free Hertz car rental for vacations August 20 through December 21, 2012 and January 7 through May 24, 2013, or up to a $100 car credit for travel through August 19, 2012. The promotion requires roundtrip transpacific air and a minimum five-night hotel accommodation at a participating hotel on Hawaii, the Big Island. For more information, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantholidays.com.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The oceanfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa located on the sunny Kohala Coast is offering an “Escape to Romance” package starting at $274 per night. Couples will receive one category room upgrade, champagne upon arrival, a Hawaiian keepsake, and daily breakfast for two at the resort’s Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge. Based on availability, restrictions may apply. Valid through December 22, 2012. For reservations, visit www.waikoloamarriott.com or call (800) 721-6996 with promotional code ROM.

Hawaii Vacation Rentals on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island is offering one free night in September and October with a six-night reservation.  They offer everything from simple accommodations to luxury oceanfront properties in Puako, Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea Resort as well as Kohala Ranch.  For more information, call (808) 882-7000 or visit www.vacationbigisland.com.

Travelers looking for an “a-fore-dable” Hawaii golf vacation can score a free round of golf for two at the Big Island Country Club with a minimum two-night stay at select Outrigger properties on Hawaii Island. Guests playing through their stay will also be issued a preferred player card entitling them to a 50% discount on club rentals and free practice range balls. Starting at just $154 per night, golfers can grab spacious condominium accommodations as they frequent the fairways now through December 21, 2012. For more information or reservations, call (800) 688-4444 or visit www.outrigger.com/bigislandgolf.

Swell summer savings have washed ashore with Castle Resorts & Hotels:

- Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
gives guests the chance to enjoy Hilo town, exciting dining options, and explore Hawaii Island in comfort.  This month the hotel offers a wine pairing dinner, Scotch tasting seminar, art exhibition, and the new Waioli Lounge & new iCafe! Book a standard room for only $129 per night, 50% off the standard rate, $258. www.hilohawaiianhotel.com


- The tide is high at Halii Kai at Waikoloa!  These luxury villas and town homes offer you and your family luxuriously appointed accommodations with all the comforts of home and more including large flat-screen TVs, gourmet kitchens, washer/dryers, an oceanfront pool, restaurant, jet spa, and fitness center.  A two-bedroom garden view villa is only $229, 50% regular rates! www.haliikaiatwaikoloa.com


- Surf over for some great deals at Castle Kona Reef!  At Kona Reef, an oceanfront resort steps from Kailua-Kona, enjoy a one-bedroom garden view condo for only $125 per night! Regularly $250. You’ll love the convenience of full-kitchens, a renovated pool, BBQ, and sundeck areas as well as your proximity to historic Kona town.
www.kona-reef.com

- Enjoy an endless summer at Kona Bali Kai! We invite you to come down and enjoy all Kona town, the surf, sand, and Hawaii Island have to offer.  Surf into big savings at only $98 for a partial ocean view condo, normally $218!  We know you’ll love the feel of the ocean breeze from your private lanai, at the barbeque grill, or swimming pool.  With all the comforts of home including a full-kitchen there’s no better value! www.konabalikai.com


For more information, call (800) 367-5004 or visit www.castleresorts.com.


The Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village
with stunning coastal views of Keauhou Bay’s private harbor offers spacious and fully-furnished one and two bedroom villas with private patios. Enjoy eight outstanding swimming pools and whirlpools, 11 world-class tennis courts, a fitness facility and other wonderful amenities to make your stay on Hawaii Island memorable. Our convenient location is close to shopping at Keauhou Shopping Village, Kealakekua Bay as well as 36 holes of golf at the neighboring Kona Country Club. Book with us by November 30 and you’ll receive the 5th night free! For more information, call (866) 678-3230 or visit www.shellhospitality.com.

The Paniolo Greens Resort
, located on the Kohala Coast and recognized as a Kuleana Green Business for their green, eco-conscious efforts, offers exquisitely spacious villas with fully equipped kitchens and private patios. Enjoy spacious, fully-furnished villas tastefully decorated to match the rich heritage of the area. Our Hawaii Island resort is centrally located for day trips to the beautiful surrounding area as well as a wealth of recreational options nearby. Book with us by November 30th and you’ll receive the 4th night free! For more information, call (888) 450-4646 or visit www.shellhospitality.com.

At the Kona Coast Resort you’ll find spacious one and two bedroom fully-furnished villas with full kitchens, private patios and more all surrounded by 21 acres of beautiful, tropical gardens. With two swimming pools, three jacuzzis and an abundance of on-site amenities as well as five world-class golf courses nearby, the Kona Coast Resort is the ideal destination for your next Hawaiian getaway. Book with us by November 30th and you’ll receive the 5th night free! For more information, call (866) 678-3286 or visit www.shellhospitality.com.

Picture this: a picture perfect wedding with a background of deep blue ocean and frothing surf, defined by a dramatic lava rock coastline. The Beach Club lawn of the Aston Kona by the Sea is a hidden gem on Alii Drive in the heart of Kona. Brides-to-be can count on the on-site wedding coordinator ready to assist with everything from seating to reception. The condominium resort’s outdoor barbecues and fully-equipped kitchens turn the rehearsal into a Hawaiian backyard party. Book now through September 4 for guaranteed special “50 Days of Aloha” rates, August 21 through December 21, 2012. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.


Get top scores for golf getaways at Aston Shores at Waikoloa and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas. Golf buddies can plan ahead and get away to the resorts’ one, two and three bedroom villas for multi-day golf trips that begin at dawn, ending with a sunset critique of each days’ score. Fully-equipped kitchens are the cooks’ delight. The Villas rest between the Kings’ Course and the Beach Course. The Shores is on the 10th fairway of the Waikoloa Resort Beach Course. Gather the golfers. Book now through September 4 for guaranteed “50 Days of Aloha” rates, August 21 through December 21. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.

In addition to several other on-property improvements, Hilton Waikoloa Village announces updates to the Lagoon Tower rooms. The renovation, which is scheduled to be completed the first week of August, includes upgrades to the bathrooms, hard goods and balconies as well as 37” HD televisions in all rooms. The Naupaka and Nai‘a luxury suites located in the Lagoon Tower also received a soft and hard goods renovation, and all rooms have improved high-speed Internet capability. The Lagoon Tower has a prime oceanfront location, featuring stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Maunakea, Hualalai, and Waiulua Bay. Find out more at www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.

Revive. Relax. Rejuvenate. Be Awed. Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa has added aqua yoga to the lineup of yoga classes held daily. Hoola Spa’s oceanfront, open-air lanai is ideal for rejuvenation with the natural ambient sound of waves meeting the lava cliffs below. And the resort is counting down to the September 9th opening of Rays on the Bay which will offer an endless panoramic ocean view from which manta rays can be viewed. A rum bar and nightly live island music will add to the Kona coast’s premier dining locale. For more information, visit www.sheratonkeauhou.com.

JourneseSM Exclusive: Guests can enjoy decadent amenities on their next vacation to Hawaii, the Big Island, with Journese’ Suite Journey Escapes promotion. Select suite bookings include additional values such as cabana use, lunch and private airport transfers. Book from August 1 through September 30 for travel through December 18, 2012 and complete your journey with an array of premium experiences ranging from nature adventures to captivating evening entertainment. Journese destination specialists will ensure that every detail is cared for. Experience the authentic aloha spirit. For more information, call (800) 442-9244 or visit www.journese.com.

The Castle in Hawaii, a unique vacation rental on Hawaii Island, announced increased capacity and amenities with the availability of another space on the property. Due to remodeling efforts over the winter, five to six people can be accommodated in the Carriage House for short or long term stays. The entire property can now accommodate ten guests, making it the perfect destination wedding getaway. The Carriage House features unusual art, custom-made furniture and unique designer details, adding to the charm of this unique place. For more information, call (808) 965-1844 or visit www.castleinhawaii.com.

TASTY TIDBITS


Under the guidance of Chef de Cuisine Darren Ogasawara, Norio’s Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii has unveiled a new menu concept featuring 21-31 dry aged meats from Kulana Farms, free range chicken and long line caught sustainable Hawaiian and Pacific seafood.  All entrees are served on our signature cedar plank with your choice of house made sauce, accompanied by succulent sides such as truffle fries and crispy macadamia nut coated asparagus.  Open Thursday through Monday, reservations are highly recommended by calling (808) 885-2000 or visiting www.fairmont.com/orchid.

For the month of August, Manta and Pavilion Wine Bar at legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is featuring a Tasting Menu and the Endless Summer BBQ, highlighting local ranchers, farmers and Kawaihae Kiawe wood. $55 per person for a three-course set menu. And on August 31, Executive Chef Peter Pahk will prepare his favored island cuisine with ingredients from the season evoking flavors of freshness, paired with Napa Valley’s award-winning fine wines from Pahlmeyer Winery. Join us at the Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar from 6:00 p.m. as the sun sets over Kaunaoa Bay. Cost is $125 per person for a prix fixe menu (excludes tax and gratuity).  For reservations and more information call (808) 882-5819.

The 17th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival takes place at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Friday, September 21. The event showcases Hawaii Island’s grass-fed beef industry while bringing together local ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs and eager eaters to celebrate a bounty of locally-produced food. More than 30 of the State’s top chefs will dazzle diners from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with delectable dishes using grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar. Tickets for the evening Taste and Cooking 101 demo will be conveniently sold at www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com and remain priced at $40 pre-sale.

KUDOS/ACCOLADES

Both the venerable Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and its sister property the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel have been named to the prestigious Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” 2012 rankings. Of the 25 hotels from Hawaii that made the list, Hapuna ranked 13th and Mauna Kea 14th. On Hawaii Island, they ranked 3rd and 4th. For more information, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com and www.hapunabeachprincehotel.com.

Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures (WHOA) has earned a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and was honored as a highly rated attraction in Hawaii as reviewed by travelers on the travel site.  The accolade is given only to establishments and activities that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. For more information on WHOA, visit www.wild-hawaii.com.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu was named the #1 hotel in Hawaii and #40 of Top 100 Hotels Overall, in Travel + Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ poll. The Resort is designated as a “Hall of Fame” entry. The Resort is Hawaii Island’s first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel. For more information, call (808) 325-8000 or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai. 

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