For Immediate Release
June 02, 2014
JUNE'S SIZZLIN' NEWS FROM HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
This summer, Hawai‘i Island is the place to be for sizzlin’ sports, festivals, and activities that showcase the earth, sea, and sky experiences of Hawai‘i, the Big Island.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
On July 4, the Kings’ Shops will host the 23rd annual “Rubber Duckie Race,” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association. Guests are invited to enjoy an exciting lineup of free entertainment, fun contests for the entire family, watermelon slices, and a celebrity food cook-off hosted by former Food Network Star finalist and Hawaii Island chef Ippy Aiona. In the afternoon, thousands of adopted rubber duckies will be released in Kings’ Lake and the first 50 to cross the finish line will win one of many prizes, valued at more than $25,000 total. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com.
Body Glove Cruises invites guests to view spectacular fireworks from its luxury vessel this Fourth of July. The special cruise will include live entertainment, an open bar, and buffet of barbecue burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, potato salad, and pie. The catamaran includes three spacious restrooms, two decks, and a dance floor. Families are welcome and keiki (children) ages five and under are free. For more information, visit www.bodyglovehawaii.com.
The 43rd annual Queen Liliuokalani Race, considered the largest long distance outrigger canoe race in the world, will be held August 30 to September 1. The race, with divisions for men and women of various age groups, is held along the beautiful Kona Coast and the historic bays of Kailua, Keauhou, Kealakekua, and Honaunau. For more information, visit www.kaiopua.org.
Mauna Kea Resort’s third annual Festival of Aloha will be held on September 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The free festival will include award-winning music and hula in the hotel’s courtyard and ballroom throughout the day. This year’s festival theme is “he olino leo ka ke aloha,” or “joyousness is in the voice of love.” The event also includes Hawaiian craft vendors, food booths, and delicious Hawaiian plates by Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s executive chef Peter Abarcar Jr. A recommended donation of canned food to benefit Hawaii Island Food Basket is requested. For more information, visit www.hapunabeachprincehotel.com.
Iconic game show Wheel of Fortune makes a triumphant return to Hawaii Island to tape episodes for the program’s 32nd season. After capturing enticing footage throughout September, 20 episodes will fall into four themed weeks from “Wheel Goes Waikoloa,” to “Second Honeymoon.” The arrival of the cast and crew to Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Resort marks the fifth time Wheel of Fortune has taped in Hawaii since 1996. The episodes will feature the beauty and bounty of Hawaii Island and are set to air weeknights in November 2014 and February 2015 on KHON2 in Hawaii and on 210 syndicated stations. Hawaii Island visitors and resort guests are invited to be a part of the Wheel of Fortune audience during the beautiful outdoor tapings at Hilton Waikoloa Village. For more information about special room and audience ticket packages, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
The Kings’ Shops, a Hawaii Island luxury open-air shopping and dining destination, has announced upcoming retail openings scheduled through the fall. Guests are encouraged to look out for Sasha Hawaii in June and Rip Curl in July for an enhanced shopping experience. New and spectacular locations have been announced for Kings’ stores including Mary Jane’s, Making Waves, Jourabchi, and Ohana Carver, to make room for Michael Kors, which will open in the fall. For more information, visit www.kingsshops.com.
For more events and activities, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on the Go Hawaii website.
KapohoKine Adventures has launched Japanese language interpretive services on all tours originating out of Hilo. These tours include the “Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Explorer” and “Evening Volcano Explorer.” The “Zipline Through Paradise” experience is also available for interpretation as is the “Zippin’ Volcano Tour” for guests who want to explore the park and zipline in the same day. All of the usual tour amenities are included, such as dinner at the historic Volcano House on the “Evening Volcano Explorer” tour, and a fully automatic braking system on the “Zipline Though Paradise.” For more information, call (808) 964-1000.
Award-winning Skyline Eco-Adventures is launching a new Zip-n-Dip Tour option at its Akaka Falls location in June. After each 10 a.m. zipline tour, Zip-n-Dip guests will have hours of access to Skyline’s privately owned waterfall swim location minutes away from the course. Guests can enjoy a swim near a 50-foot waterfall, along with a picnic lunch and use of water shoes. The tour will be offered every day through August for an additional $70 per person. For more information, visit www.zipline.com.
With its new “Sweet Suite Golf Package,” Aston Hotels & Resorts is making both stay and play even sweeter for golfers at its two Waikoloa destinations, Aston Shores at Waikoloa and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas. Through December 14, for any three-night stay, guests can take advantage of special rates starting at $227 per night for a one-bedroom standard suite at Aston Shores at Waikoloa and $248 per night for a one-bedroom golf villa at Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, including two rounds of 18-hole golf with cart. Guests will also receive preferred rates of $50 on any additional round. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com/sweetsuite.
At Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay there are engaging activities for guests of every age to create special Hawaii Island memories for the entire family. Guests can stop by the resort’s family activity center, Club Lealea, for table tennis, air hockey, Xbox and more. In addition, the resort is home to two tennis courts, the expansive “Manta Ray Super Slide & Pool,” a sandy-bottomed children’s play area, and an oceanfront fitness center. To maximize an ocean experience, the resort’s activity center and retail outfitter, The Flying Fish, provides guests with resources and equipment for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, or deep-sea fishing. For more information, visit www.sheratonkona.com.
Dragonfly Ranch, an award-winning bed and breakfast (B&B) and eco-spa, is offering guests ways to achieve better health on Hawaii Island. Located south of Kailua-Kona, Dragonfly Ranch offers ten-day cleanses throughout the fall. Scheduled retreats and workshops include a lomilomi (massage technique) workshop from July 18 to 28, “Gay Pride Retreat” from August 29 to September 8, and “Thanksgiving Retreat” with Dr. Diana Hoppe from November 21 to December 1. Dr. Hoppe is a distinguished physician in obstetrics/gynecology, respected clinical researcher, and popular public speaker. For more information, visit www.dragonflyranch.com.
Based on popular demand, the “Family Package” at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel has been extended through the rest of the year. Now until December 19, 2014, guests can enjoy the added-value offer at incredible prices, including fun activities by vendors located at the hotel including Kona Boys, UFO Parasailing, and The Spa at Kona Beach Hotel. The package includes daily breakfast for two adults and two children plus a $50 activity credit to be used during the stay. For more information, call (808) 331-6330.
KUDOS & ACCOLADES
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s 11-court Seaside Tennis Club has been ranked No. 6 among the Top 25 Tennis Resorts in the world according to Tennis Resorts Online, the web’s leading source of tennis-travel information, compiled from evaluations by tennis vacationers. The Seaside Tennis Club was one of only two Hawaii tennis clubs in the top 25. The facility is one of the largest and most sought-after tennis experiences in Hawaii. In addition to great tennis, it serves up lessons, daily clinics, round robin tourneys, and works closely with high school and junior tennis programs throughout the island. For more information, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.
Hawaii Outdoor Guides has been awarded a 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Lead guide Katie Molzer credits the numerous top TripAdvisor® reviews to exceptional guides and staff. Hawaii Outdoor Guides’ tours include the popular “Small Group Volcano Tour + iPad®” where guests have the opportunity to learn even more about Hawaiian culture, history, geology, and flora and fauna by viewing slides and videos on the provided tablets. Tours depart daily from Waikoloa and Kailua-Kona. For more information, visit www.hawaiioutdoorguides.com.
BikeVolcano.com (BVC), a premier Hawaii Island bicycle tour company, has been awarded the 2014TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the third consecutive year. BikeVolcano.com has provided guided bicycle tours of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for nearly a decade, garnering a multitude of five-star reviews submitted by travelers. BVC offers affordable three- and five-hour tours, which include equipment, professional interpretation, van support, lunch, snacks, and beverages. For more information, visit www.bikevolcano.com.
Pleasant Holidays and IRONMAN announced that Pleasant Holidays will be the official travel partner of the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship in addition to the recently completed qualifier, the IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii triathlon. Pleasant Holidays has offered travel packages to those competing in the IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii and will be offering packages to athletes and their families traveling to Kailua-Kona in October for the IRONMAN World Championship. The company has long-term partnerships with many of the world’s leading airlines, hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines, and travel agencies. For more information, visit www.pleasantholidays.com.