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The Islands of Hawaii

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

For Immediate Release

March 01, 2013

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

If winter’s got you feeling blue, put a little spring in your step with an inspiring trip to Hawaii, the Big Island where exciting activities and adventures await.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Visitors can now virtually traverse the Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast, a Hawaii Scenic Byway stretching seven miles along Kailua Kona’s Alii Drive, via a new Kona Royal Footsteps App commissioned by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District. Users will have access to historical information and photos, as well as tips for ocean recreation, area accommodations, shoreline access, and more. The free app is available for smart phones or tablets and can be found by searching “Royal Kona Guide” or “Kona Royal Footsteps.” For more information, visit. www.historickailuavillage.com.

For an ocean adventure that captures the true essence of Hawaii, get on board Body Glove Cruises Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Visitors will be immersed in the aloha spirit and local history and legends of the historic bay while enjoying Hawaiian style music, Pacific Rim cuisine, and complimentary cocktails. The cruise departs from the Kailua Kona Pier at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, returning at 7 p.m. Children five and under are free. For more information, visit www.bodyglovehawaii.com or call (800) 551-8911.

Soar above a waterfall or a canopy of trees on Hawaii Island with Skyline Eco-Adventures. To ensure guests receive the greatest thrill, Skyline’s expert guides offer the following tips: Experience counts – inquire about the course, company and guides. Dress code – closed-toe shoes, shorts and a comfortable shirt are a must. Time it right – morning or afternoon times offer different advantages. Make it personal – work with your guides to create a unique experience. Finally, don’t forget to capture the moment – pack a camera with a long strap that can be fastened securely. For more information, visit www.zipline.com or call (808) 878-8400.

Visitors and kamaaina (local residents) alike are invited to nourish their body, mind, and spirit at the new 850-square-foot Kona Beach Yoga Studio at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Combining the principles of yoga, hula and peace through fitness and the arts, the studio offers daily classes ranging from Beginner’s Mind Yoga, Pilates and Vinyasa Yoga to ukulele, Hawaiian language, and hula. Special instructors include the inspirational Dr. Marya Mann and the masterful Kumu Keala Ching. For more information, call (808) 329-4772.

Shuttle off on a shopping spree aboard Waikoloa Beach Resort’s cool new Shopping Shuttle. Operating daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the tropic-colored open-air bus runs about every 20 minutes between Queens’ MarketPlace (Charley’s Thai Cuisine), Kings’ Shops, Hilton Waikoloa Village, and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for children, and free for keiki (kids) under four. Save gas, time, and hassle – and enjoy the scenery while you shop, dine, and explore Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Look out for new retail stores coming to Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Kona Surf `N Sandals opened in January with the largest selection of Da Kine accessories, luggage, bags and apparel on the island. The store also offers a huge selection of hats including authentic Panama hats as well as Reef and Sanuk slippers and sandals. In March, Paradise Boutique will open, offering fashionable women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry, and accessories. Visitors staying at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel or Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel can hop aboard the new Kings’ Shops Shopping Shuttle. Roundtrip tickets are $10 per person and children under 12 ride free. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com or call (808) 886-8811.

Changes are blooming this spring at The Shops at Mauna Lani, beginning with new times for its complimentary activities and programs including: Polynesian shows, Monday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; Lei making, Monday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Ukulele Lessons, Wednesday, 3 p.m.; and Hula Lessons, Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The newest weekly event, Aloha Friday Talk Story with Aunty Tutu, will begin at 10 a.m. Don’t miss “Prelude” to the Big Island Chocolate Festival on March 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a chance to sample wines, chocolate, and pupu (appetizers) for only $50. And on March 30, visit the Easter Hula Bunny and join the Easter Egg Hunt from 1-4 p.m. For more information, visit the calendar of events at www.shopsatmaunalani.com or call (808) 885-9501.

Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats annual charity event will be held on March 9, from 5-9 p.m. at Pakalana Sanctuary, 27 Puako Beach Drive, Puako (The Bamboo House). Guests can bid in the silent auction and enjoy entertainment and pupu prepared by the finest chefs on Hawaii, the Big Island. Funds raised will benefit the scholarship program, offering charitable assistance and education to those affected by cancer. For more information, visit www.cancer-retreats.org or call (808) 889-9893.

Join Imiloa Astronomy Center to celebrate its seventh anniversary on Sunday, March 10 at a Journey through the Universe, the annual KTA Family Free Day. The Center’s exhibits and activities are free and open to the public, including special hourly presentations in the planetarium featuring exhibits from the observatories on Maunakea, NASA Lunar Space Institute, University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.

Waikoloa Beach Resort has eggs-actly what you’re looking for to celebrate spring – the Great Waikoloa Egg Hunt in Waikoloa Bowl on Saturday, March 30, 9-10:30 a.m. Bring the family and find your share of 10,000 Easter eggs, then visit Queens’ MarketPlace to meet “Pualani” Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, for free photo ops from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Coronation Pavilion. Bring a camera and the keiki (kids) to take pictures with Pualani, munch on free popcorn and cotton candy, and enjoy face-painting from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information,
visit www.queensmarketplace.net or call (808) 886-8822.

Hop over to the Palace Lawn at Hilton Waikoloa Village for an Easter Eggstravaganza with Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny during brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch tickets are $69 for adults, $25 for children ages 5–12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.

For additional events in March and looking forward, please visit www.gohawaii.com/big-island/plan-a-trip/events.

ACCOMMODATIONS
To celebrate its fifth year in business, Bears’ Place Guest House is offering a 20 percent discount for stays of at least two weeks or 10 percent for one week until September 28, 2013. This beautiful Kailua-Kona location is 10 minutes to beaches, golf, and the Kona airport. Spacious, ocean and garden view studios are furnished with a kitchenette or full kitchen, full bath, private lanai (balcony), cable TV, free WiFi, on-site parking, beach gear, and laundry facilities. Affordable daily rates range from $85-$125 per night. For more information, visit www.bearsplacekona.com.

Aston Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Island Grocery Service to offer personal shopping services at all three of its Hawaii Island condominium resorts including Aston Kona By The Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa, and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas. Guests can conveniently shop online for grocery and personal care items, and have them delivered and stocked at Aston’s fully equipped in-room kitchens prior to arrival. Hundreds of items ranging from top-quality local products to familiar and trusted national brands are available at www.islandgroceryservice.com. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com or call (866) 774-2924.

TASTY TIDBITS
Kings’ Shops welcomes The Three Fat Pigs, a restaurant and gastropub by Chef Ippy Aiona, a finalist on last year’s Food Network Star. Hawaii Island’s first gastropub and charcuterie bar will open on March 8, promising patrons a delicious fine dining option. The bar on the second floor will feature a large variety of craft beers on tap. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com or call (808) 886-8811.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar presents a special Jordan Wine Dinner on Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m. for $125 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). The Jordan Winery Dinner will include dishes prepared by The Mauna Kea’s executive chef Peter Pak and his culinary team with a matched pairing of its wine. Tasty tidbits include Keahole Lobster, Leek and Truffle Ravioli, Pan Seared Kona Kampachi, Crispy Fried Rare Tuna, Martin Emigh Lamb Ribeye, Aged Cheeses with Candied Macadamia Nuts, Lehua Honey and Dried Fruit and Hazelnut Mocho Mousse. For reservations or more information, call (808) 882-5810.

KUDOS/ACCOLADES
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has been named the No. 1 Hotel in the World in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Additionally, it was named the No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the World, No. 1 Hotel in the United States and No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the United States, as well as among the Top 25 Hotels for Service in the United States and World. It was also recently added to the TripAdvisor list of Top 10 Hotel Spas in America. Celebrate with the Resort with the “Experience More - $1,000 Resort Credit” package. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (888) 340-5662.

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