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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

April 01, 2014

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

Hawaii Island is sizzlin' with hot events, refreshed accommodations, and notable activities for an inspiring and remarkable visit.

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS 
Those looking to give back to the aina (land) are invited to help protect Hawaii’s fragile ecosystem from invasive, non-native plants through Stewardship at the Summit at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The program is offered from May through June on select Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 9 a.m. through noon. The May program will run on May 9, 17, 23 and 30 and the June sessions will be held on June 6, 13, 20, and 27. Interested volunteers are asked to meet at Kilauea Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Recommended attire and refreshments include a hat, raingear, garden gloves, snacks and water. Tools will be provided. There is no cost to participate but park entrance fees apply. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/havo

To accommodate more guests after work, The Shops at Mauna Lani has changed the hours of its weekly Pau Hana Culinary Festival to run from 4 to 7 p.m. The festival is held every Tuesday and features local farm fresh produce, food vendors, and gourmet products from Hawaii Island. In addition, live entertainment and food demonstrations by accomplished chefs enhance the festival experience. The family-friendly festival includes a Keiki (Child) Korner and entertainment. Pau hana (after work) or happy hour specials are available at The Shops’ Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. For more information, call (808) 885-9501.

The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, the host hotel, title sponsor, and finish line for the Kona Marathon, will provide an upfront and immersive experience for spectators, participants, and their family and friends. The resort, which is offering special room rates to those who mention the marathon, will host a health and wellness fair on Saturday, June 21, a sunset pasta party that evening, and marathon events on Sunday, June 22. For more information, visit www.konamarathon.com

Waikoloa Beach Resort will host the kick-off event for the 2014 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) on Friday, August 29, 2014. Co-chaired by award-winning chefs, Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, HFWF will launch its fourth annual event with an opening gala in partnership with Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Hilton Waikoloa Village. Held across the state, the weeklong festival is Hawaii’s leading epicurean event with more than 80 celebrity chefs and winemakers participating in exclusive dining experiences, cooking demonstrations and cultural excursions that feature the islands’ local beef, produce, and seafood. For more information, visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com

Big Island Bees, the premier producer of pure and organic Hawaiian honey on Hawaii Island, will begin offering free morning tours of beehives located at its facility immediately off Napoopoo Road in West Hawaii. Accompanied by an experienced beekeeper, guests will be safely located behind a screened fence for close-up observations of bee colonies, with an opportunity to learn and ask questions about bees, beekeeping, and honey production. Tours, which can accommodate up to 20 guests at a time, begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.bigislandbees.com

ADVENTURES
Paradise Helicopters offers its Volcano by Air & Land tour for adventure enthusiasts. The tour departs from Kona International Airport and includes inspiring views of Maunaloa, one of the largest volcanoes on earth, and active Kilauea volcano. Landing at Hilo International Airport, a knowledgeable interpretive guide from Hawaii Forest & Trail will lead guests to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to discover highlights including the Kilauea overlook, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater and Thurston Lava Tube. The group returns to the Hilo airport and the aerial tour continues over the Hamakua Coast, allowing for glimpses of old Hawaii in addition to the valleys of Waipio and Pololu. For more information, visit www.paradisecopters.com

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, providing blockbuster aerial views of Hawaii Island, offers its Circle Of Fire Plus Waterfalls tour out of Hilo and its Kohala Coast Adventure out of Waikoloa, among others. Known for its gorgeous aerial photography, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has received endorsements from National Geographic, Frommer's, and the Travel Channel. For more information, visit www.bluehawaiian.com

ACCOMMODATIONS
Make “room for romance” at any Aston Hotels & Resorts Hawaii Island properties and experience a getaway to remember. In this new package, Aston has paired its most popular romantic amenities, such as on-site spas and private balconies, with a complimentary room upgrade and late checkout, as well as a $100 gift card from SpaFinder. Aston’s Hawaii Island destinations are ideal for couples’ getaways and events. From Kona By the Sea’s intimate oceanfront atmosphere to spacious villas at Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas to golf course views at Aston Shores at Waikoloa, there’s plenty to experience on the sun-drenched Kohala Coast. The package is available until December 21, 2014. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com

The Royal Kona Resort has made several improvements to its property in recent months. The lobby entrance and public areas have been updated with new bright and vibrant landscaping, the oceanfront pool has been resurfaced to a deeper and richer blue, and Don’s Mai Tai Bar has changed the face of its tiki hut center bar to give it a more modern, cohesive look. Additionally, Don’s Mai Tai Bar now offers 14 draft beers including local handcrafted micro brews and international favorites, unique cocktails featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, and over 10 types of Mai Tais. For more information, visit www.royalkona.com

Hapuna Villa at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has been refreshed and stands alone as the largest resort-based luxury accommodation on the Kohala Coast. Four bedrooms and baths each with its own lanai (balcony), comfortable dining and living rooms, a gourmet kitchen, daily butler service, infinity pool and stunning oceanfront views are hallmarks of the 8,000-square-foot villa. With a private entrance, the two-story villa is ideal for destination weddings, family reunions or getaways with friends. With all the added amenities of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Mauna Kea Resort at each guest’s disposal, the Hapuna Villa is a dream destination in and of itself. For more information, visit www.hapunavilla.com

Discover more fun for the entire family at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Its newly launched package invites families to take advantage of extra savings. In addition to a full buffet breakfast for two adults and two children daily, the family package includes a $50 resort credit per stay, valid for an activity of choice on property including UFO parasailing, Kona Beach Boys rentals, The Spa at Kona Beach Hotel and Honu’s on the Beach restaurant. The family package is available through June 30, 2014. For more information, call (800) 367-2111.

Known as a "house of peace" in Kailua-Kona, Hale Maluhia Country Inn offers an after breakfast forum in the New Testament, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. from Monday through Saturday, in the library, for those interested. The inn is home to five welcoming bedrooms and two cottages with private baths and entrances for relaxation and comfort. Until October 2014, guests who stay for seven or more nights are eligible for a 10 percent discount. For more information, visit www.hawaii-bnb.com.

MEETINGS & CONVENTION NEWS
Hilton Waikoloa Village’s expansive meetings space will undergo a $7.5 million renovation including updates to its conference center ballrooms. Renovations are slated to begin in July 2014 and will be completed in time for the Taste of the Hawaiian Range culinary event in September. Hilton Waikoloa Village indoor facilities include an impressive 235,000 square feet of first-class meeting, pre-function, and exhibit facility space. For more information, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com

TASTY TIDBITS
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu, the first and only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel on Hawaii Island, recently introduced its signature ULU Chardonnay. Available exclusively at ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge, the wine is a collaboration of Steve Clifton of Brewer-Clifton Wines and the Four Seasons’ culinary team. Naturally fermented, this beautiful chardonnay is produced in neutral oak barrels, and reflects a crisp medium-bodied wine perfect for the seafood-centric cuisine of ULU. The resort also offers signature custom wines at its Beach Tree restaurant, as well as a custom olive oil blend. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai

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