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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

May 01, 2013

MAY'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

From April showers to May flowers, Hawaii, the Big Island is ready to spring into summer with these sizzlin’ new adventures and developments.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Ocean Sports, Hawaii Island’s premier ocean recreation company on the Kohala Coast is excited to announce its newest cruise The Coral Reef Snorkel Adventure. This three and a half hour morning cruise combines the best in ocean adventures: snorkeling at a pristine reef chosen especially for the day’s ocean conditions plus real coastal sailing on one of Ocean Sports’ legendary catamarans. Also included are marine life and snorkel briefings, snorkel gear, guided in-water tour, continental breakfast, deli-lunch and open bar. Complimentary transportation is available from most Kohala Coast Resorts and Hotels. For more information and reservations, call (808) 886-6666 ext. 103 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com. 



Kings’ Course located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort will host Waikoloa Family Golf Days during the summer months of May through August. Families can play the Kings’ course after 3:30 p.m. for only $50 per adult and $25 for juniors including complimentary junior Nike rental clubs. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience resort golf at a very affordable rate while creating lifetime family memories. For more information, call (808) 886-7888 or visit www.waikoloabeachgolf.com. 



Hilton Waikoloa Village is thrilled to announce spectacular new additions to the Legends of Hawaii - Our Big Island Story luau. This unforgettable dinner show celebrates the stories and people famed for their amazing feats of battle, romance and expertise across the South Pacific. The Big Island luau features new costumes, interactive stations, and amazing Legends of Hawaii stories. The show takes place at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Kamehameha Court. For more information and tickets, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com. 



Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides provides delicious food and top-notch equipment during its deluxe morning snorkel sails to pristine Kealakekua Bay. To kick the fun up a notch, guests onboard the Fair Wind II can try SNUBA, a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving, and onboard the Hula Kai, Sea Rockets bring added excitement to the fun-o-meter. From now through June 23 and from Aug. 26 through Dec. 20, visitors who book online with Fair Wind can receive 50-percent off a second cruise (Fair Wind II Afternoon Snack Cruise or Hula Kai Morning Deluxe Cruise). Restrictions may apply. For more information, visit www.fair-wind.com.

Queens’ MarketPlace at Waikoloa Beach Resort invites visitors and locals alike to step up and join the 35th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, May 11. Founded in 1978, the walk is Hawaii’s largest single-day fundraising event, raising over $24 million for local charities--which stays on the island to help those who need it most. So, start your day with some healthy exercise and enjoy great food, fun, and fabulous local entertainment all while supporting a good cause. For more information, visit www.fair-wind.comwww.fair-wind.com.



Celebrate Mom at a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Kamuela Provision Company at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a wonderful meal including a seafood bar, carving stations and desserts with family while overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. Moms will be treated to an unforgettable day with live entertainment and red roses. Tickets are $69 for adults and $25 for children. For more information, call (808) 886-1234 or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com. 



Hawaii Island Humane Society’s (HIHS) sixth annual Hawaii Horse Expo 2013 will be held August 10 and 11 at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea. Proceeds from the event benefit HIHS’s Horse Rescue Fund and the Paniolo Preservation Society. Internationally renowned equine experts share their knowledge in a variety of horse-related disciplines during clinics and demonstrations. Hawaii Horse Expo presents a rare and unique opportunity for intimate, hands-on learning from some of the best individuals in a variety of equine specialties. For more information, call (808) 887-2301, email NANJON8@aol.com, or visit www.hawaiihorseexpo.com.

As part of the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade through historic Kailua Village, enjoy a Hawaiian Music and Art Festival (hoolaulea) and free concert on June 15. The festivities take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ballroom, lobby and parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Local artisans will showcase their wares, while top recording artists Cyril Pahinui and Darlene Ahuna will perform live in concert, along with the Honokaa Jazz Band. For a fun filled weekend, call (808) 329-2911 to reserve a room at the hotel. For more information about the King Kamehameha Day Celebration, visit www.konaparade.org.

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


ACCOMMODATIONS

Hoola Spa at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay has debuted Hawaii’s first Himalayan Salt Room. A widely-used technique in Europe for centuries, large amounts of salt in an environment creates pure, bacteria-free air that can be therapeutic in relieving respiratory and skin conditions. Hoola Spa’s Halotherapy Salt Generator produces particles of salt as small as 0.3 microns. Beautiful panels decorating the Salt Room walls are actually large hand-mined crystals of pure Himalayan Pink Salt. Complementing the new Salt Room, signature treatments at Hoola Spa include purifying body glows with Hawaiian sea salts. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com.

TASTY TIDBITS
At The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, Executive Chef Hubert Des Marais reveals his passion for orchids in his most recent culinary creation of Chocolate Sea Salt. Made with dried chocolate oncidium orchids, cocoa nibs and Hawaiian sea salt, the seasoning is perfect for curing meats such as wild boar. The salt also offers a nice contrast when served atop sweet concoctions such as caramel and white chocolate ice cream, or for a more authentically fruity taste, garnished atop apple bananas and pineapple. For more information, call (800) 845-9905 or visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.

Acclaimed Hawaii hotel architect Larry Stricker and his winery, Godspeed Vineyards will be featured in a special Wine Dinner on Friday, May 17 from 6-9 p.m. at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Stricker and taste his Godspeed Vineyards wines paired with savory cuisine created specially for the event by hotel Executive Chef, Peter Pahk. Cost is $125 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) and the event is limited to 40 people to keep it intimate and informative. Make a reservation before seats are sold out. For more information, call (808) 882-5810.

TRAVEL TRADE


Kohala Coast Resort Association’s destination brochure “Uncover Hidden Treasures” is now available online as an E-book. Filled with valuable information about Hawaii, the Big Island and the luxury destination of the Kohala Coast, the E-book also offers links to sites and events of interest to visitors. It’s a great resource for agents and travelers considering a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. The E-book can also be found on the resort association’s website – www.kohalacoastresorts.com. For more information, call (808) 885-6414



KUDOS/ACCOLADES

Hawaii Forest & Trail has been exploring Hawaii since 1993 delivering guests a fun learning experience while supporting island communities. The company’s high standards have been rewarded twice recently. Hawaii Forest & Trail was chosen by About.com readers as the #1 Favorite Hawaii Island Activity Company for 2013. Hawaii Magazine’s readers selected Hawaii Forest & Trail as Hawaii’s #2 Best Land Activity/Adventure Tour Company. On each of their seven adventures, private and custom tours, and Kohala Zipline Zip & Dip tour, Hawaii Forest & Trail reveals the splendor of Hawaii Island to inspire a deep connection with our natural world. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com. 



Skyline Eco-Adventures, Hawaii’s leading commercial zipline company and operator of the Akaka Falls zipline tour on Hawaii, the Big Island, is celebrating five years of carbon-neutral zipline operations. As part of Skyline’s extensive company-wide commitment to environmental conservation, it has partnered with the nonprofit Carbonfund.org Foundation to offset any emissions that cannot be eliminated through daily efforts. Throughout the past five years, Skyline has offset nearly two million pounds of carbon emissions generated through its office operations, vehicle fleet, business travel, employee commuting, business events, paper use, and shipping. For more information, call (808) 878-8400 or vist www.zipline.com.