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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

April 01, 2013

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

Spring is here and Hawaii, the Big Island is blooming with lots of new events, activities, and more. Check out what’s in season this month:

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Visitors can once again explore the waters of Kealakekua Bay with Kona Boys on a guided kayak and snorkel tour in the morning or afternoon. To ensure a fun and safe experience for children and adults alike, all guides are lifeguard, CPR, and first aid certified. Prices range from $75 to $159 per person. Kayak and snorkel gear, healthy snacks and drinks are included. To make a reservation, email info@konaboys.com or call (808) 328-1234. For more information, visit www.konaboys.com.

Explore the heavens with Astronaut 3D, Imiloa Astronomy Center’s newest planetarium show offered daily at 3 p.m. This spectacular experience launches visitors into space and beyond – all in high-definition 3D. Float around the International Space Station and maneuver through microscopic regions of the human body. The planetarium also offers daily its signature shows, Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky at 1 p.m. and Awesome Light II: Seeing the Invisible at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.

Go with the flow with daily Floating Yoga courses at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Glide out into the Pacific waters on stand-up paddleboards for a serene floating yoga session while enjoying Hawaii Island’s picturesque views. Instructors will guide guests through 40 minutes of rejuvenating sun salutations, balancing poses and more exercises guaranteed to strengthen the core and improve balance. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.

Guests of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel can now conveniently cruise over to the Kings’ Shops on an all-new Shopping Shuttle. Roundtrip service between the hotels and the center are offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $10.00 per person. Children under 12 ride for free. Tickets are available at the center in Maui Divers Jewelry, the concierge desk at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the front desk at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com or call (808) 886-8811.

TennisCize tennis management and Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel’s newly restored tennis complex boasts two well-lit hard courts and a pro shop. The hotel’s Director of Tennis Donnia Bondallian, who is the only female Master Professional of the United States Professional Tennis Association in Hawaii, has put together an impressive array of programs and activities including daily clinics, lessons, round robins, tournaments, and Tenniscise cardio clinics to help players improve their game. For more information, please call (808) 960-5119.

Imiloa Astronomy Center hosts Merrie Monarch cultural enrichment workshops, Tuesday, April 3 to Friday, April 5. On tap at Imiloa will be a talk-story session with the Hauoli Hula Maids, a panel discussion with the students of Kumu Darrell Lupenui, a hula performance by the first Miss Aloha Hula, Aloha Dalire, and more. Seating is by admission and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Daily admission rates apply for entry into the Center's exhibit hall and planetarium programs. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.

Hawaiian culture will take center stage this month at Volcano Art Center in celebration of the 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival. On April 3 and 5, the center will feature Greg West demonstrating ohe kapala (bamboo stamping) with personalized keepsake gathering bags available for purchase from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Discover the ipu (gourd) instrument with artist Jelena Clay on April 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and learn how to play the ukulele with Patrick Inouye on April 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet illustrator Caren Loebel-Fried on April 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and printmaker Dietrich Varez on April 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during print and book signings. An old-time lei stand and special art exhibit will be set up at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. To learn more, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or call (808) 967-8222.

Waikoloa Beach Resort invites guests to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a splash. Sign up for a refreshing one-mile swim benefiting the Hawaii County Lifeguards and the 2013 Bike MS Charity Ride on May 4 at 8 a.m. Then gather around the Boat Landing Cantina and cool down with a post-race margarita with fellow swimmers. Entries are available at Bike Works Beach & Sports, Queens’ Marketplace at Waikoloa Beach Resort or by calling (808) 886-5000. For more information, visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com.

Movies under Hawaii’s stars, stellar celebrity events and more will make Memorial Day Weekend amazing, as the Big Island Film Festival rolls out May 23-27, 2013, with special guest Kate McKinnon from NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The weekend festivities include free family films at The Shops at Mauna Lani and nightly double features with gourmet pupu (hors d’oeuvre) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Special room rates are available. For more information, visit www.bigislandfilmfestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.

Celebrate Hawaii Island’s rich cultural heritage at the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on Saturday, June 15 in Kailua-Kona. Starting at 9 a.m. near Royal Kona Resort at Walua Road, more than 100 riders on horseback will proceed along Alii Drive passing through town near Kailua Pier, up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway, and end near West Hawaii Today. The spectacular show features marching bands, equestrian units, hula halau, a horse-drawn carriage, and floats. After the parade, enjoy a hoolaulea (celebration) inside the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. For more information, visit www.konaparade.org or call parade chairman Barbara Nobriga at (808) 322-9944.

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

ACCOMMODATIONS
Enjoy special early bird rates at the historic Volcano House in celebration of its highly anticipated opening. Be one of the first to experience the renovated Volcano House between March 22 – May 31 with Crater View Rooms available for $200 per night and Namakanipaio Cabins at $55 per night. The Historic Volcano House will remain partially open while the renovation process is completed. For reservations and information, visit www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com or call (808) 441-7750 or 1 (866) 536-7972.

Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals recently added a new location to its repertoire, the Blue Kehena, ideal for relaxing large group or multigenerational family vacations. Surrounded by lush forests in the Kalapana and Kehena region, the Blue Kehena features a custom layout with four bedrooms and three baths to house up to 10 people. Its location also offers easy access to the island’s unique black sand beaches and the Kalapana lava viewing area. For more information, visit www.bigislandvacationrentals.com or call (808) 965-0400.

KUDOS/ACCOLADES
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu remains Hawaii Island’s first and only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort, following the recent announcements of the two prestigious 2013 rating entities:

  • AAA Five Diamonds – Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • AAA Four Diamonds – ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge
  • Forbes Five Stars – Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • Forbes Four Stars – Hualalai Spa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

The Resort is currently offering the Experience More package, providing guests with a $1,000.00 resort credit that can be applied to incidental charges during their stay. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (888) 340-5662.

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