Get Ready to Say “Goodbye, 2021...” and “Hello, 2022!”

Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau Media Contact:
Cheyenne Maltezo, (808) 539-3409, [email protected]

Island of Hawaiʻi (November 1, 2021) – Fall is here and while many areas in the world brace for cooler weather, things are heating up on the island of Hawaiʻi. The upcoming holiday season is packed full of activities with no shortage of things to do both outdoors and indoors, making right now the perfect time to start putting together an island of Hawaiʻi itinerary filled with experiences to check out now through the start of 2022.

World-class resorts await your arrival. Check out the Royal Kona Resort’s renovated pool deck and award-winning Voyagers of the Pacific Lūʻau. Surround yourself in luxury at the newly renovated Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. Or simply enjoy a delicious meal at Castle Resorts Hilo Hawaiian Hotel’s newest restaurant, WSW The Steakhouse. Explore the new goop skincare store at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection and check out the first-ever Mauna Lani Night Market, or consider purchasing the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s exclusive “Kona Coffee Cookbook.” Just want to get away from it all and feel a bit closer to nature? Take a coastline eco-tour with the Keāhole Center for Sustainability or immerse yourself in the ‘Ulu Pono Garden Experience at Fairmont Orchid. 

As 2021 comes to a close, the island of Hawaiʻi is ready to mālama (care for) travelers in 2022 when they choose to mālama the people and places of the island. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or perhaps a little of both, the island of Hawaiʻi has you covered and is ever ready to share its special awesomeness with you. Not sure how or where to begin to mālama the island of Hawaiʻi? Read and sign the Pono Pledge at, then check out for ways to give back during your next stay.

Launching November 1st, be among the first to experience the goop Glow Facial exclusively at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, home to the island of Hawaiʻi’s first and only goop store. Featuring the world-famous goop clean skincare line, this signature clean facial detoxifies, moisturizes and supercharges skin with nutrients, using clinically tested goop skincare products every step of the way. Much like a vacation at Mauna Lani, leave feeling utterly relaxed with noticeable results, including healthy-looking, luminous, smooth, deeply nourished and glowing skin. For more information, including pricing and bookings, visit
Photo Credit: Couple on the beach (Jean Ellenburg), Auberge Spa (Carena Phillips)

Fairmont Orchid is pleased to offer guests an opportunity to connect with the ʻāina (land) and listen to stories of the plants and people that make Hawaiʻi Island so special through the newly debuted ‘Ulu Pono Garden Experience. The property’s Director of Hawaiian Culture Kaʻiulani Blankenfeld guides guests to the Chef’s Garden, which features native plants and trees, and invites them to harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs while tasting select items and learning about the importance of specific plants to the Hawaiian culture and the culinary landscape. As a thank you gift, each participant receives Hawaiian chili pepper seeds hand-harvested from the Chef’s Garden. The weekly ‘Ulu Pono Garden Experience tour for guests debuts Thanksgiving week. For more information, visit

Photo Credit: Fairmont Orchid

Keāhole Center for Sustainability, the nonprofit offering guided tours at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaiʻi Authority’s (NELHA) Hawaiʻi Ocean and Science Technology Park (HOST), recently launched a new, weekly activity focusing on the unique ocean habitat at Kona’s Keāhole Point. Its Guided Coastal Natural History Tour happens every Wednesday, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and is led by eco-tour guide Lance Tanino. Guests on the tour learn about the ecology at Makako Bay while watching for resident and migrant seabirds, tidepool inhabitants and marine life. The fun covers a half-mile of coastline, traversing white sand beaches contrasting with smooth, black pāhoehoe lava. The terrain also includes naturally formed rock basins where water collects, evaporates and leaves behind salt deposits. For more information, call (808) 329-8073 or visit

Photo credit: Fern Gavelek

Merriman’s Waimea is bringing back its tasty Thanksgiving prix fixe menu for guests to indulge and celebrate with loved ones. The restaurant’s holiday staples, such as its roasted pumpkin dishes – soup with coconut cream and toasted pepitas and baby lettuce salad with kabocha, Hawaiʻi Island goat cheese, toasted macadamia nuts and quinoa paired with an apple cider vinaigrette – and Hāmākua mushroom pot pie, are on the menu this year. To complete the meal, Merriman’s Waimea is offering a trio of desserts, including traditional pumpkin pie, chocolate torte and lililoʻi mousse. For more information, call (808) 885-6822 or visit

Say aloha to savings this holiday season with Shaka Guide, an all-in-one tour guide and a guidebook, with tours playable via its mobile app. This Black Friday only, Shaka Guide is offering 25 percent off all its tours and bundles with code shakablackfriday21. With five audio driving tours for Hawaiʻi Island, Shaka Guide can be with you as you travel from east side to west side visiting historic towns, an active volcano, one-of-a-kind beaches, epic waterfalls and much more. In addition to its Black Friday savings, Shaka Guide is offering 20 percent off its Hawaiʻi Island Tour Bundle from December 24 through 31. You can download its five audio driving tours of the island for $24 with code bigisleholidays21. With Shaka Guide, app users are given turn-by-turn directions to popular stops, accompanied by stories, music and tips along the way. For more information and to book, visit

Happening December 26 to January 1, end 2021 with culinary treasures and unforgettable cultural experiences at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Savor the island of Hawaiʻi’s bounty with themed dinner nights, featuring Alaskan king crab and shellfish, slow-cooked paella and fresh salads along with daily catch. Absorb the refreshing ocean breeze and create lasting memories with your ʻohana at the resort’s Cinema by the Sea series, presenting classic films under the starry night sky. Bring back something special for loved ones at Mauna Lani’s first-ever Night Market, featuring sought-after products from local and continental US retailers. For more information, visit

Photo Credit: Couple on the beach (Jean Ellenburg), Auberge Spa (Carena Phillips)

Kick back, take in the panoramic ocean views and relax seaside at Royal Kona Resort’s newly updated pool deck. Spend the day basking in the sun on new lounge chairs with umbrellas, or for a more exclusive experience, stay cool and shaded between dips in the pool luxurious cabanas. Reserve a covered daybed with two split adjustable loungers or choose a cabana with a full-size flat-bed and canopy covering. Attentive pool attendants can help with refreshing cocktails and snack purchases from Don’s Mai Tai Bar. For cabana rentals, visit

As part of the resort’s multimillion-dollar renovation, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai recently introduced newly reimagined floorplans for its top three villas: the Hawaiʻi Loa Presidential Villa, Makaloa Villa and Ho‘onanea Villa. Each villa is being expanded to add a second level, indoor-outdoor living space and private plunge pools, among other unique design elements ranging from slate floors to hardwood trim and beautiful local art pieces. Upon debut, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai will host the largest and most luxurious villa room product in all of Hawaiʻi. Each suite will also offer a bespoke selection of activities and inclusions, thoughtfully curated and derived from their unique characteristics and location. For more information, call (808) 557-5909 or visit

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Hualālai

Rise & Dine at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel with its new room and breakfast package. Guests will enjoy accommodations and an American-style breakfast for two at the property’s signature WSW The Steakhouse every morning of guests’ stay at the hotel. Breakfast includes two eggs any style, choice of bacon or Portuguese sausage, hash browns, white or wheat toast, and a choice of coffee or tea. The Rise & Dine package offers a $50 retail value and is available for stays at the hotel through December 15, 2022. The package can be booked by calling the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel directly at (808) 969-6469. For more information, visit

Photo Credit: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Whisky Steak Wine (WSW) The Steakhouse at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is now open daily for breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Its menu features traditional breakfast items in addition to options unique to WSW, including first-class steaks, lobster, crab and frittatas oven-baked in a traditional paella pan. Hilo’s only true steakhouse, WSW utilizes fresh produce from Hawaiʻi Island farmers and prime-grade or premium-certified Black Angus Grade beef. Enjoy first-class steakhouse dining in the newly renovated dining room featuring stunning views of Hilo Bay and Maunakea. For more information or reservations, call (808) 969-6470 or visit

Photo Credit: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is proud to kick off its 50th anniversary this fall with the launch of its new “Kona Coffee Cookbook – Recipes from Our Coffee Country Kitchens,” with an exciting collection of over 300 delicious recipes, featuring appetizers, salads, breads, entrees and desserts. The cookbook is a culmination of decades of recipes taken from Kona Coffee Cultural Festival recipe-contest winners over the years, as well as homegrown local recipes from a wealth of sources. Some of the cookbook’s delicious recipes are even inspired with a dash of – you guessed it, Kona coffee. For more information and to purchase a hardcover edition of the book online, visit
Photo Credit: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

The Voyagers of the Pacific Lūʻau at Royal Kona Resort was recently honored with a 2021 Best of West Hawaiʻi award from West Hawaiʻi Today. A true treat for the senses, the lūʻau show and dinner buffet features Polynesian dancing, captivating music, breathtaking fire performances and delicious eats, including traditional Hawaiian fare, and an open bar with tropical cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks. Set in a stunning oceanfront venue along Kona’s lava-rock coast, the show is the perfect choice for guests seeking a Hawaiian cultural activity the whole family can enjoy. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 222-5642, or visit


About the Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau
The Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau (IHVB) is an island chapter of the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB). HVCB is contracted by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) for destination marketing in the continental U.S. IHVB supports our international marketing partners in Canada, Japan, South Korea, and Oceania; and collaborates with island partners – government, hospitality and other industries – and the community to implement the island’s Destination Management Plan (DMAP). For more information, visit

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Those who apply their teachings increase their knowledge.

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