Top 10 Hawaii for The Big Island, Hawai’i

Top 10 Hawaii for The Big Island, Hawai’i

JUNE’S SIZZLIN’ NEWS FROM HAWAI’I, THE BIG ISLAND

 

Hawai’i Island (June 1, 2012) – The long-awaited summer months are here! Ride the wave with these activities and specials that are sure to make your visit to Hawai’i Island “sizzlin'” hot!

 

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

 

Enjoy a wonderful weekend of jazz and blues music at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for its Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival, June 1-3. On June 1, a Jazz Island Buffet will be held on the hotel’s lu’au grounds from 6:00-9:00 p.m. featuring Jazz Jam Session. The main event on June 2 starts at 4:00 p.m. and features a concert by Grammy award winners including John Keawe and jazz legend Les McCann. June 3 ends the festival with a Sunday brunch at Manta Pavilion Wine Bar from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. featuring Jazz Jam Session. There will also be a 9-hole jazz golf tournament that begins at 1:00 p.m. where you can meet the musicians from the Festival. A weekend Jazz Festival package is available at The Mauna Kea. For reservations and more information, call (866) 774-6236.

 

Come and enjoy the Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival Hana Hou Mahalo Concert on June 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. hosted by The Shops at Mauna Lani.  This is a FREE event and will feature legendary keyboardist/vocalist Les McCann & sax great Javon Jackson with Jr. Volcano Choy & The Jazz Alley TV Trio.  For more information, contact (808) 885-9501 or visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com.

 

The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook will debut its new Visitor Center at a community open house Friday, June 8 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Opened in 1988, AGG is Hawai’i’s premier site showcasing the native plants and trees used in Hawaiian culture prior to western contact.  This unique 12-acre garden offers visitors guided plant walks at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday and the Visitor Center has a gift shop with books and Hawaiian culture-related items.  The Garden serves visitors, residents, students and Hawaiian cultural practitioners, through education and conservation programs.  For information, visit www.bishopmuseum.org/greenwell or call (808) 323-3318.

 

This July 4th come celebrate the 23rd Annual Turtle Independence Day at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows – a FREE community celebration that will allow you to see Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu), an identified threatened species, released into the freedom of the open ocean in the form of a traditional Hawaiian ceremony.  As part of the day’s activities, guests can also enjoy an educational display about the honu and a BBQ with classic Fourth of July fare showcasing Hawai’i Island grown produce. The BBQ goes from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the honu celebration goes from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com.

 

What better location to celebrate the magnificence of the cultural and natural wonders of Hawai’i than on the rim of one of the world’s most active volcanoes? Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park presents its 32nd Annual Cultural Festival on Saturday, July 14, 2012. The one-day event is a popular one, and this year promotes the importance and understanding of hula kahiko, traditional arts and crafts, and contemporary Hawaiian music. The festival, with anticipated attendance of 5,000 visitors, will be presented at the park’s Kahua Hula (traditional hula platform) at Ka’auea, near Volcano Art Center. This event honors, preserves and perpetuates Hawaiian culture and supports Hawaiian programs, practitioners, h?lau and musicians. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/havo or call (808) 985-6011. This is a fee-free day.

 

Geared for mango lovers of all ages, the Mango Festival returns to the Keauhou Beach Resort July 28-29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., for a full weekend of great activities including culinary demonstrations, a recipe contest, mango-themed desserts and drinks, arts and crafts, and live entertainment.  This free festival celebrates Hawai’i’s delicious and diverse mango varieties during the peak of the harvest season.  The events will be held at the palm-fringed grounds of the hotel’s Royal Garden.  Room rates from $95 with free breakfast buffet are available through www.keauhoubeachresort.com or by calling (866) 326-6803.

 

Atlantis Adventures is offering a special “Family Fun” package this summer to make its one-of-a-kind ocean tour experiences in Hawai’i even more exciting for kids and more affordable for parents. Now through September 3, 2012, each child under age 12 will receive a free activity fun pack that includes a coloring nautical picture frame magnet and Atlantis water bottle (while supplies last) when accompanied by an adult booking the Atlantis Submarines Kona tour. Families will enjoy a spacious, air-conditioned cabin with large viewports for an up-close encounter with Hawai’i’s marine world inhabitants. For more information, visit www.atlantisadventures.com/kona or call (800) 381-0237.

 

Body Glove Cruises is proud to be 100% wheelchair friendly for all of its ocean adventures! Its customized boarding ramp, with portable extensions accommodates all wheelchairs including manual, electric and scooters. It has fired up the grill and is now serving BBQ burgers and hot dogs for lunch on its 4.5 hour Deluxe Morning Snorkel Adventure. Join them on Kona’s only Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise for a three-hour family adventure with an enchanting Hawaiian history lesson, live Hawai’i-style music, a complimentary cocktail, and a delicious all-you-can-eat Pacific Rim buffet, dessert and refreshments. For more information, visit www.bodyglovehawaii.com or call (800) 551-8911.

Visitors to ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center can experience the world’s first 3D planetarium in its Skies Above Hawai’i live 3D program, showing Tuesdays to Sundays at noon.  “Fly out” from Earth as your planetarium operator guides you through various regions and structures of the universe based on data from the telescopes located on Maunakea. Visitors to the center can also enjoy its other planetarium selections: a 1:00 p.m. showing of Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky, 2:00 p.m. showing of Awesome Light I: Big Mirrors on the Mountain, and the 3:00 p.m. showing of A Rainforest Adventure, Bugs! In 3D. For more information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.

 

Pleasant Holidays has the inside scoop on what’s sizzling this summer on Hawai’i, the Big Island – activities! Which adventures are molten lava hot? Royal Kona Resort’s Luau Lava Legends and Legacies heats up the nighttime entertainment scene. For hot daytime adventure try Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ Circle of Fire or explore on Kapohokine Adventures’ National Park & Evening Volcano Combo. Looking for fun so hot its cool? Start your day with Fair Wind Cruises’ Deluxe Morning Snorkel and end it with Body Glove Cruises’ Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay. For details visit www.pleasantactivities.com or call (888) 229-7770.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Lava Lava Beach Club is set to open in June! When it opens this summer, Lava Lava Beach Club, which sits directly on the beach at ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay will offer a spectacular new choice for laidback barefoot luxury. Presenting a uniquely Hawaiian beachfront experience, it features four contemporary freestanding cottages, a 120-seat open-air restaurant and bar, and an outdoor event lawn that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. Each of the cottages were designed, constructed and decorated to reflect a toes-in-the-sand beach chic lifestyle. With 576 square feet of beachfront real estate found under roof, each cottage includes a private covered lanai, outdoor natural lava rock shower enclosure, a king size bed outfitted with luxurious linens, a pune’e (day-bed) in the living room area and a kitchenette should guests decide to go from bed to breakfast to beach. For more information, visit www.lavalavabeachclub.com.

 

Aston Hotels & Resorts invites guests to pick one of its resorts on Hawai’i, the Big Island, and splash their way into a relaxing summer vacation. Aston offers cool pools and the drama of waves crashing on volcanic shores. Splash into the Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas or Aston Shores at Waikoloa pools. Aston Kona by the Sea offers the best of both worlds: a view of the dramatic lava rock coast line from the pool, jet spa and outdoor barbecue. Rates for the Summer Splash Special start at $176 and are available from June 14 through September 30. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com.

 

Dragonfly Ranch, South Kona’s award-winning B&B, is encouraging Green Weddings. It can host groups of up to 20 in an eco-friendly environment and community. Experienced wedding planner Kathleen Akaka arranges everything: ceremony, officiant, musicians, florals, local fresh organic catering, transportation and outdoor adventures. Coordination ensures that newlyweds are free to enjoy the natural beauty of Hawai’i. It offers beautiful beach settings, accommodations, a reception site and organic cuisine. Our Illuminarium/labyrinth is a favorite place for lovebirds. Call Dragonfly Ranch to help make your wedding magical and memorable on Hawai’i, the Big Island. For more information, visit www.dragonflyranch.com or call (808) 328-2159.

 

Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals is excited to announce its merger with a company managing more than 10 beautiful vacation properties in Lower Puna along the famed Red Road.  It now offers vacation rentals from Kalapana and Kehena Beach, Kapoho and Hilo to the stunning H?m?kua Coast.  Summer deals abound starting at only $80 a night for two guests in an oceanfront Hilo condo. For more information, visit www.bigislandvacationrentals.com or call (808) 965-0400.

 

Continue to celebrate 2012 at Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast with 12% off stays of three nights or more! Nestled at a 2,500-foot elevation on the lush H?m?kua coast, it offers the visitor a different perspective of life in Hawai’i. Waianuhea provides soothing, peaceful, and luxurious accommodations with a sense of a remote retreat, modern convenience and sumptuous furnishings. To book this special offer please visit www.waianuhea.com or call (808) 775-1118.

 

Surf into savings this summer with Castle Resorts & Hotels! Check out these great deals at its properties on Hawai’i Island:

  • Swell summer savings at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel mean more than just a great deal at the best base camp for volcano exploration!  The hotel now offers monthly wine tastings, art exhibitions, and charity events every third Wednesday in the Wai’oli Lounge & new iCafe! This summer book a standard room for only $119 per night, 50% off the regular rate, $238.
  • Halii Kai at Waikoloa offers you luxuriously appointed villas and townhomes with all the comforts of home and more including gourmet kitchens, washer/dryers, an oceanfront pool, restaurant, jet spa, and fitness center.  A two-bedroom garden view villa is only $229, 50% regular rates!
  • At Kona Reef, an oceanfront resort steps from Kailua-Kona, enjoy a one-bedroom garden view condo for only $122 per night! Condo is regularly $270. You’ll love the convenience of full kitchens, a renovated pool, BBQ, and sundeck areas in addition to your proximity to historic Kona town.
  • Soak up the sun and take a swim, surf or snorkel with your loved ones and make memories for a lifetime at Kona Bali Kai.  Take advantage of savings at only $98 for a partial ocean view condo, normally $218!  We know you’ll love the feel of the ocean breeze from your private lanai, at the barbeque grill, or swimming pool.  With all the comforts of home including a full kitchen there’s no better value!

For more information, visit www.castleresorts.com or call (800) 367-5004.

 

Bougainvillea Bed and Breakfast is offering a unique Big Island 2 Location Package at their ocean B&B at $89.00 for a double and their Kailua-Kona one-bedroom condo on the bay with a 10% discount (also double). There is a three-night minimum at both properties. Guests will receive a $25.00 restaurant voucher. Offer good until December 15, 2012. For more information, visit www.bougainvilleabedandbreakfast.com or call (808) 929-7089.

 

Castle in Hawaii, a unique oceanfront vacation rental on Hawai’i Island featured on TripAdvisor, announced increased capacity and amenities with the availability of another space on the property, due to remodeling. Up to six people can comfortably be accommodated. “The Artist’s Carriage House” appeals to your inner muse and has a wealth of character, including unusual art, custom-made furniture and unique designer details. Please visit www.castleinhawaii.com for more details.

 

TASTY TIDBITS

 

Four Seasons Resort Hual?lai will host La Dolce Vita: an epicurean celebration of the “sweet life.” The series of culinary events, being held June 11-16, will include a variety of cooking classes, culinary experiences and spectacular dinners, all co-hosted by Chef Nick Mastrascusa and Steve and Chrystal Clifton, owners of Palmina and partners of Brewer-Clifton wines. Events include: Pizza & Dolcetto Dinner, Wow Farm Tour Lunch and Wine Tasting, Taste of Wow Dinner, Ultimate Catch Dinner, Gnocchi & Barbera Dinner, Palmina Wines Dinner Party and the Brewer-Clifton Winemaker Dinner.  For more information and reservations, please call (888) 340-5662 or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

 

September 16-22, 2012 marks the dates for Historic Kailua Village’s Third Annual Restaurant Week. A Pidgin or slang word born from Hawai’i’s multi-cultural heritage, kau kau means “food” or “to eat,” and this week-long event is all about visitors and residents experiencing delicious food at a variety of restaurants in Historic Kailua Village. Enjoy waterfront dining, superb three-course dinner menus for $20, $30 or $40 per person and special values at quick service eateries. For more information, visit www.kaukau-kona.com.

 

The culinary team at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i, under the direction of Executive Chef Hubert des Marais, has launched an entirely new offering at the oceanfront Hale Kai Restaurant. With an innovative menu reflective of Asian influenced Latin cuisine, items such as iced Kumamoto oysters with red onion, jalapeno & ponzu, lemongrass chicken skewers with pineapple jicama slaw & cumin crema, are mixed in with local favorites like char siu pork quesadillas & miso kampachi.  The Latin-fusion menu is the inaugural undertaking of the new Chef, who brings with him more than 35 years of culinary experience in the hospitality industry spanning four continents. Hale Kai Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner beginning at 11:00 a.m. Visit www.fairmont.com/orchid for more information.

 

KUDOS/ACCOLADES

 

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation has done it again! On May 7, 2012, Mountain Thunder competed with some of the world’s best coffees at the SIAL Coffee Cup Competition in Montreal, Canada, in conjunction with “Roast Magazine.” It was announced on May 9th that Mountain Thunder had won the prestigious Certified Gold Bean Award.  100% Kona Coffee’s first National and now International awards both have been claimed by Mountain Thunder’s signature coffee, The Cloud Forest Estate. The farm offers free tours daily and more involved VIP and Roast master tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit www.mountainthunder.com or call (888) 414-KONA.

 

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel aced the top spot as the #1 tennis resort in the Hawaiian Islands, according to the just-published Tennis Resorts Online (TRO) annual survey of racquet-wielding tennis vacationers for the 10th year in a row. Its oceanfront 11-court Seaside Tennis Club not only made #1 in Hawai’i but came in #6 overall in TRO’s annual ranking of the Top 75 Tennis Resorts worldwide. For more information on Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com.

 

CORPORATE MEETINGS & INCENTIVES

 

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s “All Inclusive Meetings” Package provides meeting planners an excellent value and stress-free budgeting. The five-night, six-day package includes daily breakfast, daily lunch, standard bar from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., daily fitness center access, arrival reception, two group dinners, Sunset Luau, farewell cocktail reception and banquet, hospitality desk, in-room safe, in-room high-speed Internet access, toll-free 800 and local calls, and all taxes and gratuities for package events, porterage, and housekeeping. Minimum 50 rooms required. Based on availability, restrictions may apply. Valid until December 20, 2012. Contact Scott Obley at (808) 879-1922  for more information.

Photo: Peter Crosby/Creative Commons

 

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