The Islands of Hawaii
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 25, 2013
WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013
Experience what's new with Hawaii's events and attractions, developments in the islands, accolades, and transportation updates.
EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS
On January 3, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii Island) celebrated the 30th anniversary of Kilauea volcano’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption. Since 1983, Kilauea has produced approximately 500 acres of new land and is the only volcano in the world to have a continuous lava flow over the past 30 years. For more information, visit NPS.gov/HAVO.
Hawaii’s diverse cultural community will be on full display at the Honolulu Festival (Oahu) from March 1-3. The event will feature several exhibits and performances showcasing Asia-Pacific culture, including the first-ever Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden relay race. The festival will conclude with the Waikiki Grand Parade and Nagaoka Fireworks Show. For more information, visit HonoluluFestival.com.
Visitors to Hawaii Island can now see South Kona from a new perspective. Kona Eco Adventures, a sister company Big Island Eco Adventures, launched a zipline tour of the Kaawaloa area. Guests get a rare bird’s eye view of koa and ohia trees and other native vegetation. For more information, visit KonaZip.com.
In the spirit of aloha (love), lokahi (unity), laulima (cooperation), the 21st annual East Maui Taro Festival celebrates the local community of Hana and the historical and cultural significance of kalo (taro). The festival will be held on April 20-21. Guests enjoy Hawaiian entertainment and hula, food booths and several interactive demonstrations. For more information, visit TaroFestival.org.
Experience a taste of the paniolo (cowboy) lifestyle in the heart of Makaha Valley (Oahu) at the Historic Makaha Valley Riding Stables (MVRS). Guests will embark on an exclusive horseback journey through the lush, peaceful valley with experienced and knowledgeable guides sharing the area’s rich history and culture. Portions of the proceeds from MVRS are used to fund the Makaha Cultural Learning Center – a non-profit organization that educates visitors and the local community about sustainable farming and Hawaiian history and culture. For more information, visit MakahaStables.com.
Thousands will gather in the spirit of working together and malama aina (respecting the land) for the 18th annual Kona Brewers Festival on March 9. The festival will take place at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel and will feature over 70 types of ales and lagers, island-style cuisine served up by Hawaii chefs and live music and entertainment. For more information, visit KonaBrewersFestival.com.
Hawaii Duck Tours is returning to this month as “Duck Tours 2.0.” The relaunch will take guests on a Pearl Harbor adventure in a fully restored authentic World War II amphibious vehicle called the duck. The 32-foot long antique is capable of driving on roads and floating through the ocean. The tour runs four times a day and pickup is available at most Waikiki hotels. Plans for a Hawaii Kai tour are also in the works. For more information, visit HawaiiDuckTours.com.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay and Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele recently completed several property enhancements, refining the overall design aesthetic of the resorts to capture a distinct sense of place synonymous with Hawaii. The most notable enhancements include new décor and furniture, debut of a private fine art collection showcasing local Hawaiian artists, Hawaiian themed tropical gardens and landscaping, and new restaurants and lounges, including the highly anticipated debut of Nobu Lanai. For more information, visit FourSeasons.com/ManeleBay.
The luxury hotel operator, Ritz-Carlton has made plans for its first Oahu property in Waikiki. Formerly 2121 Kuhio, The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach will begin construction this year, with the completion of the tower is scheduled for early 2016. The property will be Ritz-Carlton’s second presence in Hawaii along with The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (Maui) For more information, visit RitzCarlton.com.
The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will undergo a $38 million renovation in 2013, showcasing the resorts cultural connection to the bay’s aquacultural past. The area is home to several ancient Hawaiian fishponds, which were greatly admired by King Kamehameha, the royal monarch who established the Hawaiian Kingdom. The fishponds are a key inspiration to the remodel and several new swimming pools on the resort property will be designed to resemble the ancient landmarks. For more information, visit MaunaLani.com.
The rooftop of the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Maui) is buzzing with a “bee-utiful” secret. Working with a local beekeeper, the resort has created the first rooftop bee colony on Maui. From the surrounding white, sweet scented keawe flowers, the seven hives each produce a gallon of honey every month. The honey is incorporated in all of the resort’s restaurant menus, featuring decadent dishes like black lava-salted prawns with rooftop honey spaghetti squash and sake buerre rouge, and chocolate buttermilk panna cotta with walnut lace tuille and rooftop honey and cracked pepper macerated berries. The honey is also used in Spa Grande’s Alii Honey Steam Cocoon treatment. For more information, visit GrandWailea.com.
Visitors to Hawaii Island in search of a good old-fashioned steak house are in for a treat. A new family casual restaurant, Kona Beach Steak House opened its doors in November 2012. The restaurant features a spectacular view of Kailua Bay and classic menu items, including New York steak, deluxe hamburgers, grilled lobster, and linguine cachico. For more information, visit KonaBeachSteakHouse.com
Hawaiian Airlines is adding three weekly seasonal flights between Honolulu (Oahu) and Sydney, Australia in spring 2013. The airline will use the 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft to operate the new flights from April 3 to June 1, 2013. Hawaiian originally launched service to Sydney in December 2011. For more information, visit HawaiianAirlines.com.
Allegiant Air continues its expansion into the Hawaii market with the recent announcement of a new flight between Phoenix and Honolulu (Oahu). The new flight will operate three times a week starting on Feb. 8, 2013. For more information, visit AllegiantAir.com.
Alaska Airlines will bring San Diego its first nonstop flight to Lihue (Kauai). The new seasonal service will begin on June 7, 2013. For more information, visit AlaskaAir.com.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu (Hawaii Island) won TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards for Top Hotel in the United States and World, and Top Luxury Hotel in the United States and World. Several other Hawaii Hotels were also recognized, including Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Top Hotel in the United States 2), Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele (Top Hotel in the United States 6). For more information, visit TripAdvisor.com.
Three Hawaii beaches were recognized in Travel + Leisure’s first ever, Best Beaches survey including:
Polihale Beach (Kauai) – Best for Seclusion
Wailea Beach (Maui) – Best for Activities
Black Sand Beach, Waianapanapa State Park (Maui) – Best for Dramatic Landscapes
The three Hawaii beaches are displayed in a slideshow on the magazine’s website amongst a total of 30 beaches that made the list. For more information, visit TravelAndLeisure.com.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort (Oahu) has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor’s Choice Hotel. Having hosted presidents and royalty, the hotel is one of the first luxury resorts in Hawaii. The Kahala recently completed a renovation of The Veranda lounge, with plans to open a new Napoli-style Italian restaurant, Arancino at The Kahala later this year. For more information, visit Fodors.com.
For the second consecutive year, Mama’s Fish House (Maui) was named to OpenTable’s 2012 Diner’s Choice list on the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States. The list was generated from over 5 million reviews of more than 15,000 restaurants in the nation. The popular Paia restaurant is renowned for its fresh fish and nestled on a secluded white sand beach in a converted beach house. For more information, visit OpenTable.com.