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

For Immediate Release

March 03, 2014

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

Hawaii Island is sizzlin' in 2014, with hot events, refreshed accommodations, and notable developments to inspire discovery and rejuvenation.

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
The 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival will be held from April 20 to 26 in Hilo. The festival is regarded as Hawaii's most respected hula celebration and competition with week-long festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fairs and the Miss Aloha Hula Competition, as well as kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula competitions. For more information, call (808) 935-9168.

From June 6 to 8, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will host a wonderful celebration of music at the third annual Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival. The experience begins on Friday, June 6, with a VIP meet and greet at the Kaunaoa Bar & Grill, followed by the festival main event on Saturday, June 7 on the North Pointe Luau Grounds. The festival line-up includes performances by Grammy Award winner Skip Martin, The Iguanas from New Orleans, and saxophone legend Donald Harrison. The festival concludes with a lavish brunch at Manta Pavilion & Wine Bar, accompanied by live jazz and blues entertainment. For more information, call (866) 977-4589 or visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com/jazz.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu
, Hawaii Island's first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes five-star hotel, will host La Dolce Vita from June 9 to 15. This annual resort-wide celebration of the "sweet life" featuring Palmina and Brewer-Clifton wines, includes cooking classes, culinary adventures and spectacular dinners; as well as a variety of spa, retail, eco and entertainment experiences. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

On Saturday, July 12, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will hold its 34th Annual Cultural Festival at the park's Kahuku Unit in Kau. The free festival, which includes hula, music, demonstrations, delicious food, and Hawaiian crafts, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Kahuku unit is in the southernmost section of the national park, and is located on the mauka (upland) side of Highway 11 at mile marker 70.5. For more information, call (808) 985-6011.

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) celebrates its 55th anniversary of sportsfishing in Kailua-Kona from July 26 to August 2. First launched in 1959, this iconic tournament welcomes teams from around the world each summer to fish Kona's famous, clear waters. For more information, email hibtkona@aol.com.

On Saturday, November 15, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Pele's Wedding & Events presents the Second Annual Wedding Expo, the premier Hawaii Island wedding bridal show. The expo includes a mock ceremony and reception, bridal fashion shows, wedding planning ideas, cake tastings, prize giveaways, and wedding planner professionals. For more information, call (808) 886-6789.

Historic Kailua Village
 hosts a free Tuesday Trot 5K Fun Run & Walk weekly at the Big Island Running Club in the Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive. Join the local running community on the course that passes through Historic Kailua Village, important sites such as Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace, the Ironman Triathlon World Championship race finish line and Makaeo Beach Park, before returning to the marketplace. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. For more information, visit www.historickailuavillage.com.

Kalani Retreat Center 
has teamed up with Quarterly to bring a box filled with aloha (love) and inspiration for another way to share the joys of Hawaii Island. Gift boxes, infused with the spirit of the island through stories and handpicked items, are mailed every three months. Proceeds from this initiative will benefit Hawaiian culture programs on Hawaii Island. For more information, visit www.kalani.com/quarterly.

WEDDINGS & SPECIAL EVENT PLANNING
Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel announces the opening of its new weddings office, specializing in weddings, vow renewals, anniversaries, engagement ceremonies and other events. The newly-appointed wedding sales manager will be dedicated to helping with any special event planning needs, from selecting the perfect venue on property to menu planning and guest room accommodations. Conveniently located in the heart of Kona and adjacent to ancient Ahuena Heiau, the hotel offers unique oceanfront venues at affordable prices for intimate ceremonies to large parties of 250 guests. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1hYQYPE.

Plan a destination wedding at the beautiful Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii, the Big Island. From now until July 31, 2014, the resort is offering a romantic "Pele's Package," including use of an outdoor wedding site, two fresh flower lei, an officiant, solo acoustic guitarist for an hour, and one guest room upgrade for the bride and groom. For more information, call special events at (808) 886-6789.

ADVENTURES
Cutting-edge helicopters meet state-of-the-art ziplines on KapohoKine Adventures new and improved HeliZip. Guests now fly facing forward in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy fully automatic braking and completely redundant safety systems. Adventurers can also try the new HeliZippin' Volcano Adventure, which includes a ground tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in addition to a helicopter flight and zipline. Both tours are now available from Kona and Hilo seven days a week. For more information, call (808) 964-1000.

Found nowhere else on earth, Hawaiian sandalwood was harvested nearly to extinction a century ago, and is newly available for planting in Hawaii's first Legacy Forest, established by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods(HLH) on 1,000 acres above the historic Umikoa Village. HLH uses state-of-the-art technology backed by decades of experience to preserve thousands of years of history, culture, and natural resources. With new tours that allow visitors to plant their own tree and learn about these rare forests, participants can celebrate an event, honor an individual or memorialize a loved one, as well as offset their carbon footprint. For more information, visit www.legacytrees.org.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Hilton Waikoloa Village
 introduces a luxurious Hawaii Island experience with Makai at Lagoon Tower, featuring 162 recently renovated rooms with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Dolphin Lagoon and the Kohala Mountains. The program includes glamorous upgraded amenities and services such as a dedicated Makai check-in with first day planning assistance, room escort with expedited luggage service, complimentary full access to the Kohala Spa, preferred restaurant and activity reservations, private concierge service and a dedicated cabana and lounge chair area at the Kona Pool. In room, Makai guests are treated to deluxe amenities, along with daily complimentary bottled water and the hotel's signature turndown service. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.

Mauna Kea Resort
 is offering a special "Spring Into Summer" promotion at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The limited time offer includes great room rates in newly renovated rooms with the fourth night free when booking three consecutive nights, daily breakfast buffet for two, and a one-time $300 resort credit per room that can be applied to food and beverage, dining and golf. Travel must be completed between April 20 and September 30, 2014. For an added bonus, keiki (children) eat free. Some restrictions apply. For more information, visit www.princeresortshawaii.com/spring.

Celebrate summer fun at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Overlooking the natural aquatic playground of Keauhou Bay, this renewed resort is ideal for abundant ocean and cultural activities. Historic Keauhou Bay By Land & Sea reveals this area's royal history and remnants of an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. A tour guide will lead guests into the past with stories and legends. The two-hour experience, offered Monday through Friday, concludes with a sail in a Hawaiian canoe. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com.

The snow may still be coming down, but it's the perfect time to plan for sunnier days ahead at Aston Hotels & Resorts. With three condominium resorts on Hawaii, the Big Island, including Aston Shores at Waikoloa, Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, and Aston Kona by the Sea, there are many options for family travel. These resorts offer separate living and bedroom areas, full kitchens, laundry facilities, and great locations near activities, shops and restaurants. In addition, keiki (children) of any age stay free when using existing bedding. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.

TASTY TIDBITS
Hilton Waikoloa Village
 invites dinner guests to indulge in fresh island cuisine at the notable Imari Sushi Bar with its Simply Sushi and Sake package. For $25 per person, diners receive one of Chef Toshi's innovative rolls and three tasting glasses of sake or two Kirin beers. Unlimited soft drinks may also be substituted. Imari is also Hawaii Island's premier restaurant for Teppanyaki dining. For reservations, call (808) 886-1234 ext. 54. For more information about Hilton Waikoloa Village, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.

KUDOS & ACCOLADES
Kalani Retreat Center
 in Pahoa was recently awarded a Platinum GreenLeader certificate by TripAdvisor. Pahoa, in the District of Puna, is increasingly becoming known as a place of environmental awareness, sustainable food practices, permaculture, wellness, and yoga. The center is well known as a community leader for modeling and sharing sustainability practices for nearly 40 years. For more information, visit www.kalani.com.

For more information on Hawai'i Island, please visit www.media.gohawaii.com/hawaii-island.

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