The Islands of Hawaii
Account Supervisor, Travel & Tourism
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 01, 2013
OCTOBER'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
This holiday season, travel to Hawaii, the Big Island for an inspiring and warm tropical escape. To prepare for a trip this winter, check out sizzlin’ new adventures and developments on Hawaii Island!
ON THE HORIZON
Historic Downtown Hilo will receive a Benjamin Moore “Paint What Matters” makeover throughout January 2014. As part of the paint company’s huge revitalization campaign, Hilo was selected as one of 20 towns across North America and the State of Hawaii to revitalize main streets. Most of the buildings along Kamehameha Avenue will receive a fresh coat of paint as part of the campaign. Downtown Hilo’s rejuvenation project is expected to be finished in early February, with a major celebration occurring on the same week as the 12th Annual Hilo Chinese New Year Festival.
Tune up your ukulele and join in on the festivities of the 14th Annual Ukulele Festival at Queens' MarketPlace on March 1, 2014. A great day is planned for ukulele fans of all ages. The festivities include a free workshop with celebrated teacher Roy Sakuma, nonstop concerts all afternoon, instrument giveaways, Hawaiian crafts and more. Traditional ukulele masters, school groups, up-and-coming artists and top entertainers in the ukulele world will be at the festival. For more information, visit www.queensmarketplace.net or call (808) 886-8822.
ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Guests to Hawaii Island are invited to roll up their sleeves at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for Stewardship at the Summit, a project that aims to preserve Hawaiian rainforests at the park by removing invasive Himalayan ginger. Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and bring a hat, rain gear, snacks and water. The park will provide loppers and gloves. Advance registration is not required. Volunteers are asked to meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center on November 1, 8, 16, and 22 and on December 6, 13, and 20 from 9 a.m. to noon.* For more information, visit www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm or call (808) 985-6172.
* Schedule subject to change.
All of downtown Hilo comes alive at the 13th Annual Black & White Night on Friday, November 1. Shops and galleries will be open late, offering complimentary refreshments, art openings, author signings and other artistic activities. Free live music will be provided at more than 20 different venues. A Treasure Hunt will also be conducted with prizes available. Dress casually or formally for this black and white event. For more information, call (808) 935-8850 or visit www.downtownhilo.com.
Hilton Waikoloa Village celebrates Thanksgiving Day with delicious dinner offerings and live entertainment for a memorable holiday evening. Guests are invited to enjoy the Thanksgiving buffet at the Water’s Edge Ballroom from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 28. Island-inspired cuisine such as roasted turkey brined in Kona sea salt will be served. The Thanksgiving buffet costs $79 per adult and $31 per child. Hilton Waikoloa Village will additionally be hosting a formal Thanksgiving dinner at its Kamuela Provision Company from 5 to 9 p.m. The holiday prix fixe menu will be offered for $79. For reservations, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
Planning a trip to Hawaii Island’s east side this winter? Head to downtown Hilo for Red & White Night on December 6 to explore a vibrant art scene and enjoy live music in a festive holiday atmosphere. Shops will be open late and a tree-lighting ceremony will be held. For more information, call (808) 935-8850 or visit www.downtownhilo.com.
The Waimea Ocean Film Festival promises exceptional, award-winning films, compelling speakers and thought-provoking exhibits. Keep the conversation going with intimate breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, and receptions at multiple Hawaii Island venues. The festival will be held from January 2 to 5, 2014 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. It continues from January 6 to 10 at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu. Attendees are also invited to experience the festival’s culinary event, Taste of the Island, and participate in early morning activities such as yoga on the beach. Festival passes are available online. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.
The Hilo Chinese New Year Festival started in the Year of the Ram and completes the Chinese horoscope cycle with the Year of the Horse at the 12th annual festival on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in downtown Hilo. Chinese lion dancers will roam the town, chasing evil spirits with firecrackers and blessing businesses from 9 to 10 a.m., with the festival scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The festival runs until 3 p.m. with more lion dancing, martial arts and calligraphy demonstrations, crafts, food booths, a keiki (child) fashion show, and food tastings prepared by culinary arts students. Admission is free. For more information, call (808) 935-8850 or visit www.downtownhilo.com.
Arnott’s Lodge & Hiking Adventures, specializing in sunset and starshow tours at the summit of Maunakea, invites guests staying on Hawaii Island’s west side to drive to the 28-mile marker on Highway 200 to join Arnott’s vans. Guests who meet up with the group in this way will receive a 15 percent discount on the tour. Advanced registration is required to receive the discount. For more information, call (808) 339-0921 or visit www.downtownhilo.comwww.downtownhilo.com.
Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides has doubled its fleet with the addition of two deep-sea fishing vessels, the 41-foot Hokulia and 43-foot Captain Jack. These vessels join the Fair Wind II and Hula Kai at Keauhou Bay. Fair Wind now offers complete ocean experiences including snorkeling, diving, nighttime manta ray adventures, SNUBA (underwater breathing system) and Sea Rockets aboard the Fair Wind II or Hula Kai, and deep sea fishing charters aboard Hokulia or Captain Jack. To book charter fishing excursions call (808) 322-2788 and for other ocean adventures or group charters, visit www.fair-wind.com.
It was a fabulous month for Lehua the dolphin as she celebrated her first birthday in September with Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village. In just a year, Lehua has touched the hearts of many with the compelling underwater footage of her birth. In celebration of Lehua, military personnel can enjoy a special 15% discount on select dolphin interaction programs through December 2013. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
Relish in the holidays on Hawaii, the Big Island with Ocean Sports Live – the local music series on Ocean Sports’ luxury power catamaran, the Alala. Step aboard the champagne sunset music cruise every last Saturday in November and December, and enjoy performances by award-winning musicians. Relax on the spacious decks or enjoy table seating in the cabin as you cruise Hawaii Island’s stunning Kohala Coast. Ocean Sports includes a paniolo (cowboy) barbeque buffet, complimentary open bar, and a champagne toast at sunset! For the complete schedule of local musicians, and to make reservations for these special cruises, call (808) 886-6666 ext. 103 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.
Hawaii Vacation Rentals offers guests an opportunity to live a week or a month on beautiful Hawaii Island. Stay in a home that offers breathtaking views, including some with oceanfront access. This winter, it’s expected that many whales will be present on the Kohala Coast. Stay at Hawaii Vacation Rentals’ homes to watch the whales and dolphins play from December through March, and occasionally into April. In May and June 2014, Hawaii Vacation Rentals is offering a complimentary seventh night, with a six-day stay. Hawaii Vacation Rentals also works with Hawaii Island partners to provide inspiring activities to its guests such as a helicopter ride over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or a whale-watching adventure by boat. For more information, visit www.vacationbigisland.com.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay has begun a welcoming hookipa (hospitality) service to help guests realize the most from their Hawaii Island vacations. As part of the new program, a Hookipa Ambassador greets guests after check-in. The ambassador reconfirms pre-booked activities and offers suggestions for a fulfilling vacation on Hawaii, the Big Island. Guests are presented with a carefully selected makana (gift) of paakai (sea salt) with alaea (once used as medicine, fabric dye and spice). This personalized service is meant to provide an immediate and meaningful connection to this special place at Keauhou Bay. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com.
Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is offering dining specials including lobster from Keähole Point – fresh, whole, and poached to perfection – every Sunday for $22. The restaurant also offers endless prime rib and cracked crab buffet every Friday and Saturday for $45. The open-air Hawaii Calls overlooks the resort’s pool, ancient Hawaiian fishponds and picturesque Anaehoomalu Bay. For more information and dining reservations, call (808) 886-8111.
Kona Brewing Company was recently recognized for innovation, package design and consumer appeal of its new Longboard Island Lager bottle design by the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI). GPI announced the winners at its annual Clear Choice Awards. Since 1989, the Clear Choice Awards has honored innovative glass packaging design. It is estimated that the new bottle design will reduce the company’s carbon emissions by 3,375 tons per year – the same amount of carbon dioxide emitted by a car travelling 8 million miles and equal to taking 638 cars off the road for a year. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.comwww.sheratonkona.com.
Huggo’s opened in Historic Kailua Village in 1969 as a casual gathering spot for delicious steak, fresh fish, cold beer and good conversation. In the more than 40 years since, it has earned a reputation as Kona’s premier restaurant for fresh seafood, oceanfront ambiance and casual elegance. This year, the restaurant was awarded four times in West Hawaii Today’s 2013 “Best of West Hawaii” list – including best dining atmosphere, desserts, cocktails and best bartender (Bryan Oakley). Huggo’s sister restaurant On the Rocks was also voted best nightspot and best pau hana (after work) happy hour. For more information, visit www.huggos.com.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa chefs Henry Mateo and Elmer Tabudlo were recognized for their award-winning entry at The Great Waikoloan Poke Contest held in September. The chefs swept three awards including Best in Show, Best Poke with Shoyu, and Best Traditional Poke. For more information, visit www.waikoloamarriott.com.
Atlantis Submarines celebrated its 25th anniversary in Hawaii this year, and it all began in Kailua-Kona. In 1988, Atlantis carried its first guests into the depths of Kailua Bay, descending more than 100 feet into a fascinating world pulsating with marine life. More than 40,000 submarine dives later, Atlantis is still showcasing the undersea sights of Kailua Bay, highlighted by a beautiful 25-acre coral reef garden, schools of colorful fish, and two sunken vessels transformed into thriving marine habitats. For more information, visit www.atlantisadventures.com.
Puakea Ranch has been named one of Sunset magazine’s Top 20 Beach Hotels. Puakea Ranch offers four private bungalows at Hawaii, the Big Island’s northern tip. Nap in four-poster beds dressed with Italian linens, cool off in your own dipping pool and take in views of the Pacific Ocean. For more information, visit www.puakearanch.com.