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

For Immediate Release

September 03, 2013

SIZZLIN' SEPTEMBER NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

Hawaii Island (September 3, 2013) – As Hawaii, the Big Island breezes through the fall months, the focus shifts to the holiday season. Check out upcoming sizzlin’ new adventures and developments on Hawaii Island!

ON THE HORIZON
The 43rd annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii’s oldest food festival, begins Friday, November 1, and continues through Sunday, November 10. This year’s festival celebrates Kona’s famous brew with new and exciting events and programs open to the public. The festival’s reach extends beyond coffee beans and unites the Kona community by growing its lineup to include innovative arts and culture, island entertainment and community spirit. The festival will feature a Kona Coffee Art Show & Competition, Kamehameha Schools’ Hoolaulea, music from Japan, and coffee, community and cultural workshops. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

The 8th annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival will be held from November 7 to 9 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Halau from Hawaii, Japan and around the world shine on the competition stage, vying for top honors in ancient hula kahiko and modern hula auana forms. During the day, experience in-depth cultural workshops. Past workshops included crafting of ipu (gourd) drums, chanting, cordage classes, and more. For more information, visit www.mokif.com.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa presents The Wedding Expo, the first on Hawaii Island on Saturday, November 16 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Top Hawaii fashion designer Manuhealii is scheduled to introduce two new fabric designs. Big Island Tents will showcase specialty wedding tents, including a clear-top tent erected on the resort’s Naupaka Lawn. Other bridal fashions, photographers, wedding cake shops, cupcake bakeries, entertainment and wedding vendors will be at the expo. Waikoloa Beach Marriott’s executive sous chef Jayson Kanekoa and his team will prepare specialty dishes that can be used in island-style food station receptions. For more information, visit www.peleswedding.com or call (808) 886-8123.

Queens’ MarketPlace has announced Black Friday specials for Friday, November 29. Guests are invited to meet at the Coronation Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for great giveaways from one of Hawaii Island’s favorite shopping centers. Treat yourself to a shopping spree, with specials up to 75 percent off in the center’s unique collection of shops, galleries and boutiques. For more information, visit www.queensmarketplace.net.  

Hilton Waikoloa Village will host the highly anticipated 19th Annual Na Lima Hana Craft Fair on Friday, November 29 from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its convention center. Guests will find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on their holiday list, with more than 100 vendors showcasing Hawaiian quilts, woodcarvings, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and Kona coffee. For more information on Hilton Waikoloa Village and the Na Lima Hana Craft Fair, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.

In celebration of the holidays, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii has deployed its elves to assemble a 14-foot Christmas tree made entirely of coconuts. The public is invited to a tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 21, which will be kicked off at sunset by one of the resort’s Hui Holokai Beach Club Ambassadors. The luxurious AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort’s Luana Lounge provides the perfect vantage point to view the spectacular tree, where guests can sip on classic cocktails such as the signature Luana Cooler or the ever-popular cucumber mojito. For more information, call 808-885-2000 or visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
The John Howard Pierce Photograph Exhibit is now open at the Lyman Museum in Hilo. The exhibit features select photographs taken by Pierce, who meticulously documented life on Hawaii, the Big Island. The photos provide insight into an important transitional time for Hawaii during the mid-twentieth century including the years before and after statehood. The exhibit runs through the fall and winter of this year and ends on January 11, 2014. For more information, visit www.lymanmuseum.org or call (808) 935-5021.

The Shops at Mauna Lani proudly presents two weekly Polynesian hula and fire shows starring Te Ea O Te Turama. Attend Te Ao Maohi (The Land of the Natives) every Monday at 7 p.m. and Kupaianaha (Simply Amazing) every Thursday at 7 p.m. Each show is preceded by cultural activities from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Shops also presents Family Sunday Funday with Aunty Tutu from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Activities include Hawaiian board games, coconut weaving, ukulele instruction, and learning the Hawaiian alphabet. Keiki (children) will receive a free 4-D movie ride pass. For more information, call (808) 885-9501 or visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel hosts a Festival of Aloha on Sunday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free festival, which is open to the public, features Hawaiian games, food, music, hula, entertainment, artisans and fun! Featured entertainers include Na Hoku Hanohano award winners Kainani Kahaunaele and Mark Yamanaka and an additional star lineup including Punana Leo o Waimea, Micah Hudson and Halau Na Kipuupuu and Kealii Bertleman with Kaleo Perry. For more information, call (808) 880-1111.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has introduced a new cultural activity for its guests. “Huakai The Journey” is an inspiring and engaging experience with the resort’s Aloha Ambassador, Healani Kimitete-Ah Mow. Healani guides guests on a half-hour journey that includes the Hawaiian oli (chant) and Hawaiian cultural treasures that exist at the resort. Join Healani every Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Reservations are not required. 

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce presents the 2013 Hawaii Employment Law Seminar on October 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. This seminar, sponsored by Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, Attorneys at Law, provides information for Hawaii businesses to stay abreast of the most current human resources and personnel law issues. For more information and to reserve a seat, call (808) 329-1758 or visit www.kona-kohala.com

Bring down the family for Halloween activities at The Shops at Mauna Lani on October 25, 26 and 31. Admission is only $3 per person for festivities running from 5 to 9 p.m. each night. In addition to the keiki parade, guests can ride the Haunted Forest Movie Ride at the 4-D Adventure Ride. The ride is free for keiki. For more information, call (808) 885-9501.

ACCOMMODATIONS
In celebration of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Holualoa Inn is offering guests a 30 percent room discount for the month of November. Plan a getaway to Hawaii Island for the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival and indulge in award-winning Kona coffee throughout your stay. Holualoa Inn offers six aesthetically appointed rooms and its recently renovated Darrell Hill Cottage. Breakfast is included with a two-night minimum stay. To book online, visit www.holualoainn.com and use the November offer code: Coffee. For more information, call (808) 324-1121.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu announces its Fall Lineup, a season-long celebration of girl power and escapism. October brings a celebration of girl power, as the resort features a number of offerings geared towards female guests. November and December are all about escapism before the holidays set in. A $500 resort credit will apply to five-night stays in ocean view and applicable rooms, while guests of the resort’s 51 suites will receive a $1,000 resort credit on a five-night stay. For more information or to book, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (888) 340-5662.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel recently unveiled its brand new microsite, showcasing the hotel’s classic design, highlights of Laurance Rockefeller’s 1,600-piece Pacific and Asian art collection, and the history of The Mauna Kea. Visitors to the website can even check out a recipe for the hotel’s signature drink, the “Fredrico.” To view the website, visit www.timelessmaunakea.com.

The Ohia House, an intimate oasis on Hawaii, the Big Island, is offering a fall special. Guests who stay seven nights will receive one night free. Centrally located between Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, The Ohia House provides privacy, comfort, and serenity to its guests. For more information, visit www.ohiahousebb.com

Aston Shores at Waikoloa recently completed more than $84,000 in renovations to its building entryways. The upgraded entryways feature enhanced walkways as well as beautiful new garden landscaping and decorations. With two of its buildings complete, Aston Shores at Waikoloa will begin work on the remaining two buildings. For more information, visit www.AstonHotels.com.

Tie the knot on Hawaii, the Big Island with Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s new wedding packages starting at $1,595. The packages include the use of either two wedding ceremony locations: Lindsey Beach or Kings’ Knoll, two fresh flower lei, a minister, solo acoustic guitarist and guestroom upgrade for the bridal couple’s entire stay. For other package choices at the beachfront resort, visit www.peleswedding.com or call Sharon Bianco at Waikoloa Beach Marriott at (808) 886-6789.

Enjoy a November stay at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows’ private bungalows, which feature two master bathrooms, each with a private outdoor rain shower. A private pool, Jacuzzi and expansive lanai allow for casual afternoon lunches or starlit dinners. Stay at least two nights to get the third night free, available for travel through December 15, 2013. Rates include ground transportation from and to the Kona International Airport and daily breakfast. Some restrictions apply. For more information, call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com.

TASTY TIDBITS
For more than ten years, an imu (large underground cooking pit using heated stones), on the grounds of Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keahou Bay went unused. Recently restored, it now provides flavorful inspiration for Jayson Malla, the chef de cuisine of Rays on the Bay. From kalua pork pizzas, to smoked turkey and prime rib, the possibilities are endless for Malla and his culinary team. A new menu at Rays on the Bay reflects Malla’s local upbringing and skillful cooking – now complemented by specials from the imu. Take full advantage of Hawaii Island’s abundance and the restored imu at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, which entices guests at Rays on the Bay to embark on a flavorful journey. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com or www.raysonthebay.com.

Fall is sizzling at Honu’s on the Beach restaurant at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel! Honu’s on the Beach chef George Gomes Jr. has made some exciting changes to the popular dinner menu incorporating refreshing new salads and additional family-friendly comfort foods while still staying true to his fresh farm-to-table concept. The restaurant is offering a special kamaaina discount of 15 percent off at Honu’s on the Beach from Sundays through Thursdays through October 31. For more information or dining reservations, visit www.konabeachhotel.com/dining.htm or call (808) 331-6388.

KUDOS/ACCOLADES

Kohala Zipline has won a 2013 Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Pualu Award for Business Innovation. Built with minimal impact to the forest, the Kohala Zipline canopy course was designed to protect, retain and enhance the natural Hawaii Island environment. Professional arborists were consulted before construction and periodically inspect the health of the trees. Each cable termination was set up to ingeniously hug the tree in a way that allows for unimpeded growth. In addition, Kohala Zipline has provided a positive economic boost to rural North Kohala. The result is an innovative business model that successfully integrates safety, fun, conservation, and community.  For more information, visit www.kohalazipline.com.  

RideTheRim, which provides ATV tours in Waipio Valley, was recently awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor®. RideTheRim also announced new additions to its fleet, including a four-person Polaris 800 RZR and a six-person Polaris Ranger. For more information, visit www.ridetherim.com.

The Lyman Museum was recently awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor® for receiving consistently outstanding reviews by visitors. These reviews, coming from guests across the globe, represent the fulfillment of the museum’s mission to tell the story of Hawaii, its geography, and its people. The Lyman Museum, originally built for New England missionaries David and Sarah Lyman in 1839, is also rated one of the top 10 attractions in Hilo by TripAdvisor, and remains a member of the American Alliance of Museums and a Smithsonian Affiliate. For more information, visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

For the third consecutive year, Meetings & Conventions magazine honored Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa’s Beach & Kings’ Golf Courses with a 2013 Gold Tee Award. Meeting professionals voted for the top golf and meeting hotels and resorts around the world and selected Hilton Waikoloa Village as one of the best.

MEETINGS & CONVENTION NEWS
Trying to decide where your next event should take place? Break out of the box and onto the waves! Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides have been plying the waters along the Keauhou and Kona coastlines for more than 40 years. Their vessels, Hula Kai and Fair Wind II both offer exceptional private charter and group options. Fair Wind has helped plan hundreds of corporate, family and travel agent events. Many special event options are available on either vessel, accommodating a variety of needs for successful and memorable events. For more information, visit www.fair-wind.com.

Hawaii Island Retreat is pleased to announce the implementation of a new program to assist leaders in retreat organization. This program is designed for those leaders that value the serenity of teaching without the stress and burden of administrative duties. For more information, call (808) 889-6336 or email info@hawaiiislandretreat.com.