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The Islands of Hawaii

Anthology Marketing Group
Erin Kinoshita
Senior Account Supervisor
(808) 539-3428
Email: Erin.Kinoshita@AnthologyGroup.com

For Immediate Release

September 04, 2012

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

Hawaii Island – As hard as it is to say aloha (goodbye) to summer, fall brings a sizzlin’ season full of exciting specials and events on Hawaii, the Big Island. So take advantage of these new activities and great offers for an autumn to remember.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Hula, gemstones and chocolate—a great combination of free activities offered almost every day at Queens’ MarketPlace at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Come and enjoy three different hula performances each week, then get into the rhythm with free hula classes, or learn to make an ipu (gourd drum). Plus Queens’ unique shops feature complimentary chocolate and coffee tastings, gemstone classes, Hawaiian quilting lessons, community bike rides and more, as well as feature movies and Hawaiian music concerts at the Coronation Pavilion. For the full schedule, please visit www.queensmarketplace.net.

Join Ocean Sports, Hawaii Island’s premier ocean recreation company, at Anaehoomalu Bay on Aloha Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. for a day of beach fun! For just $25 per person, guests can enjoy unlimited beach toy use, Glass Bottom Boat and Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe rides, beach games, water aerobics, A’bay Café meal deals, and a 20% discount off all Catamaran Adventures reserved at the beach hut. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.hawaiioceansports.com or call (808) 886-6666.

Waikoloa Beach & Kings’ Courses – Hawaii’s Best Golf Value. The more golf you play, the better the deals get! Enjoy two, three, or four rounds of golf starting at $96.25 per person, with no time or course restrictions. This includes a shared cart, bottled water, and the use of practice facilities. Rental clubs including Callaway Diablo Woods and Razor X Irons are $55 per person for the first round and $35 for each additional round up to 4 rounds. All rounds beyond four include complimentary rentals. For information or to schedule a tee time, visit www.waikoloagolf.com or call the golf shop at (808) 886-7888.

Hilton Waikoloa Village is proud to offer Dining on the Canal as one of its many unique dining options on property. Available daily, guests enjoy an evening under the stars when they set sail in mahogany boats for an intimate tour around the resort as the sun sets over the Kohala Coast. The exclusive dining experience is available for $125 for four people. Please call the Ocean Tower Concierge at (808) 886-1234 (ext. 2760) for reservations.

Cruise passengers visiting Hawaii Island can ground their sea legs with new shore excursion options from Roberts Hawaii. Visit the company’s website GoRabbitGo.com to book a variety of popular tours at significant savings, including trips to renowned sites such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Akaka Falls, and Macadamia Nut Farm & Tropical Gardens. The company offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on its tour products, including a full refund if passengers are unable to make their shore excursion because their cruise ship was detained from making port, or if the tour is cancelled for any other reason. For more information, visit www.gorabbitgo.com or call (800) 918-5549.

Pleasant Holidays recently expanded its portfolio of activities for Hawaii, the Big Island, making a vacation to this island of adventure even more exciting. New excursions include: Atlantis Submarine Tour, Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour, Evening at Kahua Ranch, Kohala Waterfall Adventure, Miss Mojo Sportfishing, and the Volcano Adventure from Hilo. These activities and numerous others can be booked online at www.pleasantholidays.com and www.pleasantactivities.com, or by calling (800) 448-3333.

The annual Mauna Kea Resort Grand Prix Open and Class Championship at the Seaside Tennis Club will take place September 21-23. The entry fee is $75 for one event or two and includes a t-shirt and Thursday 3:30 p.m. pre-tournament round robin mixer. The registration deadline is September 17. Special tournament rates for accommodations at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel are being offered. For more information, call (808) 882-5420.

On Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m., catch the screening of the film “Get a Job” starring notable Hawaii talents Willie K., Eric Gilliom, and Augie T. Having played at film festivals, in theaters, and on TV throughout the world, the first ever feature film produced by and about Hawaii’s residents will return home to Hilo’s historic Palace Theater for one night only. Additional cast members for this unique comedy include: Jake Shimabukuro, Kathy “Tita” Collins, Amy Hanaialii, Mick Fleetwood, Henry Kapono Kaaihue, Ernie Cruz Jr., Kealoha, Willie Nelson, Pat Simmons, and many more. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.hilopalace.com or call (808) 934-7010.

Experience the “Spirit of the Wayfinder” at Imiloa Astronomy Center’s 5th annual Wayfinding & Navigation Festival. Held on Saturday, September 29 this full-day event is free to the public and will celebrate and honor the rich story of the now uninhabited Hawaiian Island of Kahoolawe. The festival will feature live music, hands-on activities that teach wayfinding and navigation skills, makahiki games, canoe and cultural arts exhibits, planetarium shows, speaker presentations, and a feature documentary. Imiloa exhibit hall and daily planetarium shows are also accessible by admission. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.

The URL remains the same but Fair-Wind.com looks much different than its predecessor. Hawaii Island’s award-winning ocean activities company, Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, has launched a new website that makes navigating online as easy as navigating the calm waters of Hawaii Island’s Kona coast. A visit to Fair-Wind.com reveals all the details of every adventure aboard Fair Wind II or Hula Kai including video and information about Fair Wind’s Snuba option or Hula Kai’s Sea Rockets. The new site also includes cruise videos, a photo library, and videos of on-the-spot testimonials.

ACCOMMODATIONS

On September 1, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa officially became Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Keauhou means “new beginning” in the Hawaiian language and the Kona Coast’s most iconic resort is wrapping up an extensive $16-million renewal, which will reestablish it as the crown jewel of the community. Renewal highlights include Rays on the Bay restaurant, room upgrades, and extensive cultural programming. To reintroduce Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa to visitors, the resort is offering a renewal special of just $129 (Mountain View) per night for bookings made by September 30, 2012 for stays through March 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com or call (866) 716-8140.

Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel welcomes Kailua-Kona’s newest hotel feature that complements its recent renovations. The Spa at Kona Beach Hotel is a 1,650 square foot European designed facility offering a variety of massage packages, including a private oceanfront massage experience. From manicures and pedicures to couples massages, the spa offers state of the art equipment and a highly trained staff. To find out more about spa offerings, yoga classes, and its signature Vichy Massage, visit www.thespaatkonabeachhotel.com. Hours are 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. daily.

Celebrating the end of summer, guests who stay six nights at Hilton Waikoloa Village will receive a seventh night free along with two complimentary tickets to Legends of the Pacific Luau. A once in a lifetime experience, the unforgettable Hawaii Island luau showcases exotic Polynesian dances and music of the Pacific Rim, highlighted by an expansive Waikoloa buffet. Luau doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday nights. This offer is available until Dec. 31, 2012. For reservations, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.

September is National Yoga Month, and to celebrate, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii a luxury AAA Four Diamond resort is pleased to add a newly created yoga package to its list of fitness offerings. The Nama-stay’ in Paradise Package includes luxurious accommodations and a yoga class per day. Guests have the opportunity to choose from seaside yoga under the towering palms of the coconut grove, R&R yoga near the blue waters of the Pacific, or the ever popular Flo-yo (Floating yoga). Practiced on a stand up paddleboard, Flo-yo connects the mind, body and breath and builds strength through balance and resistance. Rates start from $249 per night. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com.

As summer draws to a close and most of the world begins to see signs of fall, here in Hawaii the sunshine continues on! Aston Hotels & Resorts invites travelers to book their fall getaway to Hawaii, the Big Island and enjoy low rates starting at $150 per night (Aston Shores at Waikoloa). Book your stay with Aston and spend your days exploring the island’s lush rainforests, living volcanoes, and beautiful beaches. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com or call (866) 774-2924.

September and October are ideal months to visit the Islands, and Hawaii Vacation Rentals, Inc. invites visitors to enjoy its wonderful oceanfront cottages and homes at resorts along the Kohala Coast and the charming oceanside community of Puako. Rent for five nights and get one night free with no cleaning fee! For more information, visit www.vacationbigisland.com.

Join the ohana (family) at Hawaii Island Retreat for the holidays, and receive a 20% room discount on stays of five or more nights booked from December 21 through January 2. Guests will experience the best of both worlds during a holiday stay at Hawaii Island Retreat, blending a unique Hawaii vacation with time honored traditions like a home cooked holiday dinner and other festive activities. Guests can also enjoy Mo’s hearty breakfast and additional garden fresh meals by request. Call (808) 889-6336 or email info@hawaiiislandretreat.com to make reservations today.

Mauna Kea Resort offers “Fall Into Winter” special room rates! Enjoy spacious guestrooms with private balconies overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Promotional rates start at $189 per night for a Terrace View room. Valid dates are October 1 – December 22, 2012, inclusive. The legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s “Fall Into Winter” rates start at $299 per night for a Mountain View room. The offer is valid from November 1 – December 17, 2012, inclusive. For both properties, no minimum night stay is required, black out dates and restrictions apply. For more information, visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/fall or call Reservations at 1-866-PRINCE6 (866-774-6236).

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu, the first and only Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawaii Island, introduces its own wedding blog - www.fshualalaiweddings.com. Created to inform guests of all wedding-related options available at the resort and help ease an often-stressful planning process, the blog provides a creative and interactive environment of wedding ideas and possibilities. Wedding planners or do-it-yourself brides and grooms can view descriptions and pictures on ceremony and celebration venues, catering and cakes, floral and resort activities, including spa and golf, or even find inspiration in photos and videos captured of other real weddings. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (888) 340-5662.

TASTY TIDBITS

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge announced a tasty new addition to its menu. Whole Keahole Lobster harvested by Kona Cold Lobster from the waters off Kona is prepared by Chef Jayson Kanekoa with butter and poached for $22 each (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Side dishes are sold separately. The menu also offers fresh island produce in American and Pacific Rim cuisine. Hawaii Calls features seated dining indoor or outdoor on the expanded lanai (patio), overlooking scenic Anaehoomalu Bay. For more information or dining reservations, please call (808) 886-6789.

Located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort and minutes away from a variety of hotels and condominiums, The Kings’ Grille is the perfect venue for holiday entertaining with ample space for up to 130 guests and sweeping views of the Kohala Coast, Maunakea, and Maunaloa overlooking the 18th hole of the Kings’ Course. Banquet rooms at the Kings’ Grille include the main dining room, private library, and spacious outdoor lanai. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com or call (808) 886-5172.

KUDOS/ACCOLADES

Shipman House Bed & Breakfast in Hilo is featured as one of the top 150 travel destinations in The New York Times book “36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada.” The book coming out this fall highlights all the best sites across North America from cities to towns and natural wonders, providing the ultimate travel guide. In addition, Shipman House was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2012 by TripAdvisor. Now in its 16th year, guests will find this B&B in a National Register of Historic Places home is ideally located for sightseeing, snorkeling, or stargazing. Or, spend the evening enjoying Hula Tuesdays on the verandah. For more information, visit www.hilo-hawaii.com or call (808) 934-8002.

BikeVolcano.com has earned a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for being a top 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 about BikeVolcano.com’s guided bicycle tours of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visit www.bikevolcano.com or call (808) 934-9199.

CORPORATE MEETINGS & INCENTIVES

Group meetings at the 555-room beachfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is packed with value. Book from 175 to 350 room nights and get one roundtrip airline ticket credit and 100,000 Marriott Rewards Points or book as many as 1,000+ room nights and get two roundtrip airline tickets credit and 500,000 Marriott Rewards Points. Value dates are September 17-29, October 7-20, November 11-30 and December 1-15, 2012. The resort offers a total of 28,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. T1 High-speed Internet is provided and high-speed Internet is also accessible through a wireless connection. Other services available include DOD, Fax, DID, and ISDN. For more information, email peter.thoene@marriotthotels.com.

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