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Sizzlin' February News from Hawaii, the Big Island

Hawaii, the Big Island
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Scenic escapes and stimulating adventure can be found at every turn on Hawaii, the Big Island. Discover new ways to incorporate island-inspired cuisine, award-winning accommodations, and exhilarating outdoor activities into your Hawaii Island getaway.

While exploring, capture memorable “unplanned moments” of the trip by engaging with the #LetHawaiiHappen campaign. Select posts will be featured on GoHawaii.com and on social media channels.

BY LAND & SEA
Hawaii Outdoor Guides has introduced a new “Waikoloa Dryland Conservation Tour” for guests who are interested in learning about Hawaii Island’s endangered native plants. Hawaii Outdoor Guides leads small groups to sites with extremely rare plants to explore the fascinating history and conservation efforts of the Waikoloa dryforest ecosystem. In the nursery, each guest has the opportunity to personalize a rare tree seedling with a tag that will stay with the wiliwili (erythrina sandwicensis) or uhiuhi (caesalpinia kavaiensis). For more information, visit www.hawaiioutdoorguides.com

KapohoKine Adventures, a premier tour operator that conducts ziplining tours and treks in Kona, Hilo, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, has launched a new “Farm, Fork & Fire” tour. The excursion includes educational stops and tastings at Hamakua Mushrooms and Volcano Winery, a private cooking demonstration at Volcano House, and sunset tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the red glow of Halemaumau crater. For more information, visit www.kapohokine.com

Experience a “Glass Bottom Boat” outing with Ocean Sports off the waters fronting Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The tour allows guests to explore a variety of colorful, tropical marine life including humuhumunukunukuapuaa (lagoon triggerfish), Hawaii’s state fish. Through six full-size glass windows, viewers can also observe green sea turtles grazing and view unique coral beds in the clear, blue water. To sign up for the tour, visit Ocean Sports’ hut fronting the resort on picturesque Anaehoomalu Bay. For more information, call (808) 886-6666.

The historic Namakanipaio Campground, operated by Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company, offers a rustic, one-of-a-kind camping experience within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The campground is home to ten recently refurbished cabins, with upgraded community facilities. Campsites are also available for guests who prefer a more traditional camping experience. For more information, visit www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com

Explore Hawaii Island’s culture and unique landscapes with Aston’s Hawaii park pass. The package includes admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park for an entire year when booking at Aston Shores at Waikoloa, Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas or Aston Kona by the Sea now through December 31, 2015. For more information, visit www.astonhotels.com

CULINARY ADVENTURES
On March 21, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will team up with Napa Valley’s Buehler Vineyards for a special “Buehler Wine Dinner” at the hotel’s Coast Grille. Guests can enjoy the vineyard’s varieties of cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel, paired perfectly with Chef de Cuisine Vincent Logan’s custom menu, highlighting Hawaii Island’s fresh produce straight from the on-property garden. For more information, visit www.hapunabeachprincehotel.com/events

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will host the fifth event in Starwood Hawaii’s “Table-to-Farm Series” from June 5 to 6. On June 5, a special dinner will feature products from Wailea Agricultural Group, Kona Cold Lobsters, and Living Aquaponics. In addition, a farm tour and picnic are also scheduled. A special room rate of $159 per night is being offered to guests attending the June 5 to 6 event, using the “FarmTour” rate code. For more information, call (844) 235-6796.

Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel has introduced a new promotion available from February through June 2015. Mention “BIVB What’s Sizzlin’” for 10 percent off at Honu’s on the Beach from Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant’s Executive Chef Roy Basilio and his team prepare mouthwatering dishes including local fish, savory meats, healthy salads, and selections from the new sushi bar. For more information, visit www.konabeachhotel.com.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows promises an engaging dining experience with a “Blind Tasting Menu” at the hotel’s CanoeHouse restaurant. Chef de Cuisine Allen Hess presents each course, with a few selections prepared tableside. Guests are encouraged to reserve the Captain’s Table, which can accommodate groups of up to eight people. Advance reservations are required. For more information, visit www.maunalani.com.

For more activities and events, visit the Hawaii Island calendar on gohawaii.com. 

KUDOS & ACCOLADES 

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was included in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2015 Gold List, which features the magazine editors’ picks for 100 favorite hotels in the world. For more information, visit www.cntraveler.com. 
  • Mauna Kea Golf Course was recognized as No. 27 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses,” and the No. 3 spot in LINKS’ “Top 10 Resort Courses in Hawaii.” For more information, visit www.golfdigest.com and www.linksmagazine.com

TripAdvisor recently awarded its 2015 “Travelers’ Choice Awards” to the following Hawaii Island accommodations: 

  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu, offering expansive guest rooms and suites, along with nature-inspired décor and outdoor living areas, was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States” and “Top 25 Hotels in the United States.” For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
  • Kalaekilohana Inn & Retreat, a full-service luxury property located in Kau, approximately 40 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, was named one of the “Top 25 Small Hotels in the United States.” For more information, visit www.kau-hawaii.com.

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