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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

August 01, 2013

SIZZLIN' AUGUST NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

As Hawaii, the Big Island transitions into fall, there are many autumn activities and specials leading up to the holidays. Check out upcoming sizzlin’ new adventures and developments on Hawaii Island!

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
On Friday, October 4, the Hilton Waikoloa Village will host Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range from 6-8 p.m. This popular agricultural festival showcases Hawaii Island’s grass-fed beef and a bounty of locally produced foods. Approximately 35 chefs will prepare delectable dishes using all the cuts of beef, plus pork, lamb, goat, mutton and boar. While participating in the tasting, attendees can meet Hawaii Island’s food producers at gaily-decorated booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing food. For more information, call (808) 969-8228 or visit www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.

In honor of Kona’s coffee heritage, the Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be hosting an open house called, “A Day at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm.” This free event will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Festivities include many coffee-related activities such as traditional food, a farmer’s market, children’s games, coffee tasting, “Talk Story” sessions, and tours! Guests are invited to partake in the cultural celebration that surrounds 14 years of serving as the only living history coffee farm in the nation. For more event or sponsorship information, call (808) 323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org.

Kings’ Shops on the Kohala Coast will provide a safe venue for trick-or-treating on Thursday, October 31, from 5-6 p.m. The first 100 children to arrive during the designated time will receive a trick-or-treat bag with candy provided by Kings’ Shops. Then at 6 p.m., the Great Barusky magician will perform “Tricks N’ Treats,” a magic show, followed by a costume contest. Kings’ Shops will also be providing free cotton candy and popcorn while supplies last. For more information, visit www.KingsShops.com.

Imiloa Astronomy Center is hosting an international line-up of 25 digital planetarium films to be viewed at the Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival from September 5-7, 2013. This visual buffet showcases a variety of production types including computer-generated imagery, time-lapse photography, and full-dome videography. During festival days there will be a new planetarium show viewing every hour from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There are shows for all ages during the three-day film festival. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is hosting the first Hawaii Cochon555 event, Cochon Island, on Saturday, September 21. Celebrating its fifth anniversary of the Cochon U.S. Tour, this one-of-a-kind traveling tasting event was created to raise awareness and promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. Cochon Island brings together five chefs –Mauna Kea's Chef Peter Pahk, Bistro Molokini's Chef Michael Young, Pili Hawaii's Chef Mark Noguchi, Celebrity Chef Lee Anne Wong, and Town and Uptown Events' Chef Ed Kenney and five pigs plus distillers. Notable media and food champions will be in attendance to celebrate responsible farming and the aloha spirit. Tickets cost $150 for general admission and $200 for VIP with special hotel rates available. For more information, call Mauna Kea Beach Hotel at (877) 880-6524 or visit www.cochon555.com.

Visit Hawaii, the Big Island for an intimate, empowering, and soulful Hawaii Yoga Festival from November 9-17. Attendees are invited to work with celebrated teachers from across the state and beyond. For more information, visit www.hawaiiyogafestival.com.

Now in its 25th year, Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Presented by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona-Kohala Chefs Association, twenty of the top Hawaii chefs and confectioners will prepare tantalizing cuisine, accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music under the stars and an exciting auction. The event also marks the debut of the Fairmont's towering holiday tree. At $85, tickets go on sale starting October 1. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit local culinary scholarships.  For more information, call (808) 329-2522 or visit www.konakohalachefs.org.

Guests are invited to travel to new heights during the day and catch Hawaii Island’s volcanic activity at night on KapohoKine Adventures’ popular Zippin’ Volcano tour.  Combining the safety and security of automatic brakes and fully redundant systems for its zipline and a tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that lasts past sunset, the Zippin’ Volcano tour is truly a full day of adventure. All-inclusive, with lunch, dinner, entrance fees, and convenient pick up in Kona or Hilo. Call (808) 964-1000 for availability and additional information.

Kona Eco Adventures announces its newest package, the ATV & Zipline combo. The adventure starts at 10 a.m. on an ATV Ride covering acres of pastures, views of mountains, Hawaii Island forests and more. A light lunch is provided for participants to enjoy in the picnic area of Misty Mountain Farm. Complete the adventure soaring through forests, crossing two suspension bridges, and taking a break in Kona Eco Adventures’ Ohia Hut tree house, overlooking the beautiful Kaawaloa forest. For more information, call (808) 889-5111 ext. 2 or visit www.konazip.com.

Guests who enjoy Kona Eco Adventures are invited to partake in sister-company ziplines on Hawaii Island. Experience the lush green gulches and ocean views with Big Island Eco Adventures II and the Native Hawaiian flora and fauna with Kona Eco Adventures. Take advantage of 15 percent off per person on each zipline course. For more information, call (808) 889-5111 ext. 1 or 2 or visit www.thebigislandzipline.com.

Hilton Waikoloa Village welcomes two beautiful blacktip reef sharks to Dolphin Quest Hawaii. Guests can learn about these mysterious animals that can be found off the coast off Hawaii and the threats facing their populations in the wild. Blacktip reef sharks grow up to six feet in length and have distinctive black tips on their fins. Visitors can take a bite out of their lunch at the adjacent Lagoon Grill while they observe these majestic creatures that reside next to the resident dolphins in the hotel's ocean-fed lagoon. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.


ACCOMMODATIONS
In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Aston Hotels & Resorts is inviting guests to join the fun with the lowest rates of the year at all three of its condominium resorts on Hawaii Island, including Aston Shores at Waikoloa, Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, and Aston Kona by the Sea. Celebrate “65 Days of Aloha” with Aston by booking a stay at these Hawaii, the Big Island properties through September 20, 2013, for travel from August 19-December 20, 2013. For more information and for reservations, call (877) 997-6667 or visit www.AstonHotels.com.

Aston Kona by the Sea recently upgraded its oceanfront walkway from concrete to flagstone. This upgrade enhances the resort’s relaxing oceanfront recreation area, which includes the pool, barbecue grills and a sandy lounging and sunbathing area looking out toward the magnificent Kona coastline. For reservations and for more information, visit www.AstonHotels.com.

Celebrate the holidays at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, where plans are being made to ensure that this year’s season is the best ever. From festive decor to special activities and comforting, savory dinners, share this special season at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. During Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, diners can experience endless buffets at Ainakai, expansive ocean views from Rays on the Bay, and a festive New Year's Eve party at breathtaking Paakai Point. For more information, visit www.SheratonKona.com.

With more than two decades of serving guests to Hawaii Island, Hale Maluhia Country Inn, located in Kailua-Kona, offers a homey, gentle oasis surrounded by tropical plants and large trees. This bed and breakfast is now offering its guests a 10 percent discount for those who stay seven nights or more. For more information visit www.hawaii-bnb.com.

TASTY TIDBITS
Huggo’s and its sister venue, On the Rocks, have long-standing traditions of offering some of the freshest fish on Hawaii, the Big Island. Hawaii Island’s fishermen often call Huggo’s Executive Chef Ken Schloss when returning to the pier to announce their catch so that Chef Ken can immediately make his purchase for the evening’s specials. As the holidays approach, the tradition for Huggo’s and On the Rocks is to provide the best island-sourced meals whatever the celebration. Join Huggo’s and On the Rocks for memorable Christmas season dinners and special New Year’s Eve festivities in Historic Kailua Village. For more information, visit www.Huggos.com and www.HuggosOnTheRocks.com. 


Hilton Waikoloa Village is delighted to introduce a new menu at Imari, the hotel’s delicious Japanese restaurant. Indulge in Hawaii, the Big Island’s premier location for teppanyaki dining. Imari’s now features exciting additions including seafood udon soup with tempura lobster tail and grilled scallops; and a four-colored seaweed salad. In the fall, Imari will also be welcoming Koi Happy Hour, with fresh new signature cocktails and light sushi offerings at a discounted price. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.  


KUDOS/ACCOLADES
Lava Lava Beach Club has been selected as a Top 10 Beach B&B by BedandBreakfast.com®, a comprehensive global website for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world. Lava Lava Beach Club is recognized as a top inn around the world providing the best travel experience in this category. BedandBreakfast.com provides information on more than 13,000 properties worldwide, representing nearly 80,000 rooms. Gregory Sion, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com says, “Travelers select bed and breakfasts because they enjoy staying in a one-of-a-kind place that offers not only character, special amenities and unmatched hospitality, but also enables them to discover new experiences.” For more information, visit www.LavaLavaBeachClub.com.

At the Hawaii Coffee Association’s 5th annual statewide coffee cupping contest, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation was awarded with the best coffee in the Kona district and in the statewide commercial division. Mountain Thunder is internationally and nationally recognized for its coffee. For more information call (808) 414-KONA or visit www.mountainthunder.com.

Lava Ocean Tours (LOT), East Hawaii’s premier lava tour company, has been awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor® for the second year in a row. Over the past seven years of operating its land and sea volcano-based tours, LOT has garnered hundreds of five-star reviews submitted by travelers. Its state-of-the-art catamaran, Lavakai, delivers an exciting adventure to Hawaii Island’s hottest attraction to see lava sizzling into the Pacific Ocean. For more information on Lava Ocean Tours, visit www.seelava.com.