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Rebecca Pang
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Email: Rebecca.Pang@anthologygroup.com

For Immediate Release

October 31, 2012

WHAT’S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - October 2012

Experience what's new with Hawaii's events and attractions, developments in the islands, accolades, and transportation updates.

EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS

  • The 30th anniversary of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the world’s premier series of professional surfing events, runs from November 12 through December 20 in the famous winter waves of Oahu’s North Shore. This year, 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and defending champion, Oahu’s own John John Florence, have signed on for the three-event series, with the winner taking home a $1 million cash purse. To find out when the event is running, or to watch the live stream, visit VansTripleCrownOfSurfing.com.
  • Kualoa Ranch has teamed with Mamolii Productions to create a luau experience that’s completely Hawaiian. Legends of Kualoa showcases hula kahiko – the style of hula prior to Western contact – and chanting that tell stories about Kualoa and its surrounding areas. Guests are treated to a prime rib dinner and the luau also features an interactive component. Guests will learn a hula about the Hokulea voyaging canoe, while audience members sing along to the chant. For more information, visit Kualoa.com.
  • Visitors to Oahu’s Iolani Palace can now capture and share their experience with family and friends. Last month, the palace lifted its ban on visitor photography. Iolani Palace, the only one of its kind in the history of the United States, was the home of King David Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani, as well as Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. For more information, visit IolaniPalace.org.
  • Explore Native Hawaiian culture on Oahu with the Polynesian Cultural Center’s refurbished Hawaii Village. The newly renovated facility, which reopened last month, was designed to reflect an ahupuaa – a land division system used by ancient Hawaiians, extending from the uplands to the sea – and includes new activities, architecture, and exhibits. For more information, visit Polynesia.com.
  • Embark on a new adventure by experiencing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s (Hawaii Island) new Kona Trail in Kahuku, now open to visitors. The beautifully diverse 4.5-mile trail is located between 3,880 and 4,440 feet above sea level. Enjoy sweeping views of Ka Lae and the Kau coast while venturing through rugged lava landscapes, old pastures, and native forests. Kahuku and the New Kona Trail are open Saturdays (except the first Saturday of each month) and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit NPS.gov/Havo. 

  • The neighborhood businesses of Kaimuki (Oahu) started a new monthly event, Third Fridays Kaimuki, a tasting, shopping, sampling, musical, and art-viewing walkabout. Every third Friday of the month from 6-9 p.m., all are welcome to explore the Kaimuki neighborhood, known for its family owned businesses, traditional and progressive shops, farmers’ market, eateries, theatre, and bakeries. For more information, visit ThirdFridaysKaimuki.com.  
  • The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii Island has partnered with Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods to not only protect natural resources, but also share a part of Hawaii’s rich culture. The resort has built a visitor’s center where guests can learn about King Kamehameha and his personal koa forest. Koa is native to Hawaii and well known for its beautiful and richly colored wood. Nearly 90 percent of all koa trees have been depleted because of over harvesting. For more information, visit HawaiianLegacyHardwoods.com.
  • Honolulu has a new pau hana (after work) spot in Pint + Jigger. The new bar features 21 beers on tap, craft beers, and original cocktails from bartender Dave Newman. Seasonal ingredients and specialty products help the ever-changing food and drink menu stay fresh. For more information, visit PintAndJigger.com.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

  • Famed island chef, Chai Chaowasaree has signed the lease for a new restaurant on the ground floor of the 46-story Pacific Honolulu residential tower at 1009 Kapiolani Boulevard (Oahu). Chef Chai at Pacifica will feature “health-conscious” contemporary delicacies. Instead of butter, techniques such as stock-reductions and the use of herbs will be applied to create flavorful dishes. The restaurant is scheduled to open in January 2013. For more information, visit ChefChai.com.
  • On September 17, 2012, the Hilton Waikoloa Village (Hawaii Island) welcomed a new member to their ohana (family). Keo, a 12-year old dolphin, gave birth to an energetic female calf. The birth occurred in a man-made lagoon for the Dolphin Quest Hawaii program, where visitors can touch and swim with the marine mammals. Dolphin Quest officials will wait to name the young calf as they monitor it closely over the next month. For more information, visit HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com.
  • A new restaurant, 53 by the Sea, opened its doors on the island of Oahu last month, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. The venue is a dual establishment, with a wedding chapel and restaurant, featuring Chef Hiroshi Hayakawa’s decadent dishes, combining local ingredients with flavorful seafood. The structure is slightly elevated above the surrounding rocks, providing a grand view of the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s weekly Friday night fireworks. For more information, visit 53ByTheSea.com.
  • On October 21, 2012, the Blessed Marianne Cope, also known as the Blessed Marianne of Molokai, was elevated to Sainthood. Cope first came to Oahu in 1883 per the request of King David Kalakaua, to care for Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) patients. She would later move to the island of Molokai and take over Father Damien’s role of caring for the leper colony in Kalaupapa after his passing. Visitors can still experience Kalaupapa by mule, hike, or plane. For more information, visit NPS.gov/Kala.
  • The Oo Farm Tour (Maui) is expanding and adding a wood fired pizza oven for 2013. The eight-acre farm is sustainably maintained and biodynamically cultivated to provide Maui restaurants, including PacificO and Io, with fresh local produce. Guests are now able to create their own pizzas, using ingredients straight from the farm. The tour will grow from 28 guests to a 50 guest capacity. For more information, visit OoFarm.com.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Last month, Hawaiian Airlines submitted its application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a daily nonstop route between the Kona International Airport at Keahole on Hawaii Island and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport. For more information, visit HawaiianAir.com. 

  • Allegiant Air has announced a new flight between Phoenix and Honolulu will begin on February 7, 2013. The airline is offering introductory fares as low as $199 one-way. For more information, visit AllegiantAir.com.
  • On October 1, 2012, Mokulele Airlines began operating twice-daily flight service from Maui’s Kahului Airport to Hana Airport. Passengers fly aboard a nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan 208B and enjoy spectacular views of the famous Road to Hana and East Maui coastline during the 20-minute flight. Ticket prices start at $59 each way. Travaasa Hana, Maui will meet both flights and shuttle passengers a short four-mile drive to the hotel. For more information, visit MokuleleAirlines.com or Travaasa.com/Hana.

ACCOLADES

  • Hawaii Island captured a prestigious Pillar Award at Prevue Magazine’s first annual Visionary Awards. Destination and supplier nominees from around the world were chosen by Prevue’s editors, with winners selected by the meeting and incentive planning community and the public at large. Hawaii Island received one of three special Pillar awards chosen from among all nominees by a judges’ panel of prestigious planners and industry executives. For more information, 
visit PrevueOnline.net/visionaryawards. 

  • Last month, Brides Magazine released a list of their 20 favorite hotels for honeymooners to Hawaii. The top 5 on the list are:
1. Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
2. Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
3. St. Regis Princeville (Kauai)
4. Four Seasons Resort Hawaii at Hualalai (Hawaii Island)
5. Fairmont Kea Lani (Maui)
For more information, visit Brides.com.
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