February Big Island Deals

Media Release:

Valentine’s Day only comes once a year but Hawai’i’s Big Island shares its aloha all year long with adventurous new activities, excellent lodging deals for couples, families and groups, plus plenty of ways to experience authentic Hawaiian culture.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Uplifting News from the Bay Area! Alaska Airlines announced it will launch another direct flight into Kona International Airport, this one from San Jose, CA. The new flight will operate four times a week, beginning Mar. 12. The inaugural flight is already sold out, but be sure to check competitive fares and flights at www.alaskaair.com and start those frequent flyer miles today!

New East Hawai’i Zip Line! The new Zip Isle Zip Line Adventures has opened at the World Botanical Gardens, 16 miles north of Hilo. It offers seven thrilling zip lines, including a 1,100-foot dual zip line, where riders fly through the rainforest canopy and over waterfalls and streams.  All tours include safety training and transportation from the Gardens to the Zip Isle starting point. Visit www.zipisle.com or call toll-free: (888) ZipIsle (888-947-4753).  Advance, online reservations are recommended.

Lava Ocean Volcano Exploration – Lava Ocean Adventures is spreading the love beyond Valentine’s Day and offering a $125 rate for a 2 ½  hour cruise along the Puna coastline and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  You’ll view sea arches, lava tubes and the most recent areas that lava last touched the sea. Or, opt to enjoy uncrowded humpback whale watching while cruising the waterfall-filled Hāmākua coastline on the 2 ½ Wonders of Hilo tour for $125. Go to www.lavaoceanadventures.com.

Blog Roll, please. Want to know what a native Hawaiian poppy looks like? Or what island has the highest numbers of native Hawaiian nēnē (geese)? (Hawai’i Island, of course!). Check out Native Guide Hawaii’s terrific new blog, http://nativeguidehawaii.blogspot.com and book a private tour with author/proprietor Warren Costa on your next Big Island visit.

Out There Tours. Hiking tour company Hawaiian Walkways has created a new division called “Out There Tours” to accommodate requests from groups with requirements outside the customary orbit of Hawai’i’s visitors.  The flexibility this company offers allows it to arrange custom tours for those with particular preferences. Intrigued? Visit www.hawaiianwalkways.com or call (808) 775-0372.

Looking for more to do? Click www.bigisland.org/calendar for detailed information about additional Hawai’i Island happenings in 2010. Don’t forget, the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival is right around the corner and while the competitions have sold out, there’s a lot to do all week long, for FREE:

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival (April 4 – April 10) – Hawai’i’s most venerable hula celebration and competition with week-long festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment,  arts and crafts fairs and the Miss Aloha Hula Competition and kahiko (ancient) and ‘auana (modern) hula competitions. Except for the hula competition, events are free.  Call (808) 935-9168 or visit www.merriemonarchfestival.org.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Family Fun at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. For families up to five, this new package includes up to $600 of added value daily. For a minimum of four nights, stay in a one- or two-bedroom suite and enjoy daily breakfast, three family dinners, a date-night dinner for parents (with babysitter) and more, including a private guided family wall climb, hike, or five-person canoe ride. Daily rates start at $1,650 per suite, plus tax. For details and reservations, phone (808) 325-8000 or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai

Eight is the magic number with Kona Village’s Stay & Play Package available throughout 2010. Book any published rate at Kona Village for five nights or more and choose up to eight activities to enjoy, including golf at the Hualālai Golf Course (with green fees & cart), select dives or 50-minute spa treatments. Stay & Play rates start at $780 per night for two inclusive of meals, luau, children’s program, tennis, fitness center and numerous ocean activities. Hawaii revealed at www.KonaVillage.com.

Honeymoon Wishes and Sunset Dreams at Hilton Waikoloa Village. The Hilton’s Romance Package includes a Kohala Couples Massage for two and Kohala Spa fitness access; one-time $100 dining credit; daily breakfast for two; an Ocean Sports Champagne Sunset Sail for two, and more! Starting at $419 + tax per room per night for two people.  Four-night minimum stay required.  Minimum three-day advance booking required.  Valid through Dec 20, 2010, ask for Package code PQ.  Subject to availability, terms and conditions. For details, call 808-886-1234, (800) HILTONS, or visit www.HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com

To celebrate Marriott’s 2010 12-city Spirit of Aloha Tour, guests can experience the oceanfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island of Hawai’i with its Spirit of Aloha special vacation rate beginning at $179 per room night. The four-week (January 18-February 12, 2010) Spirit of Aloha Tour aims to encourage and promote travel to the Aloha State. Available through June 25, 2010. Subject to availability, restrictions may apply. Visit www.waikoloamarriott.com and enter promotional code YXZ for reservations.

Prince Resorts Hawaii is committed to providing “family-friendly” stays at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The Kids Eat Free program is offered during the months of April through September. Children five to 12 years of age eat FREE when dining with parent. At Hapuna Golf Course Kid’s Golf Free for same travel period: Children 17 years and younger golf for free when golfing with their parents. Some restrictions apply. Visit www.PrinceResortsHawaii.com or call (866) Prince-6 for details.

Keauhou Beach Resort is a special place where culture is the host. The resort has just introduced a new cultural department and now offers a multitude of opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the history, culture and landscape of the area. Property tours, Hawaiian language classes, ancient Hawaiian games, lessons in hula ‘auana (modern) and hula kahiko (ancient), lei making, ‘ukulele lessons, arts and craft demonstrations by area kupuna (elders) are just some of the regularly scheduled activities available to hotel guests and visitors for FREE. www.keauhoubeachresort.com

Third Night FREE!  The Royal Kona Resort is offering a third night free special for travel now through Dec. 21, 2010.  Rates begin at $320 for a three-night package in garden view accommodations in either the resort’s newly remodeled Ali’i Tower or Lagoon Tower. Taxes not included, subject to some restrictions and availability.  For information and reservations, call (800) 22-ALOHA (222-5642) or visit www.RoyalKona.com.

Helping Haiti from Hawai’i. Stay four nights at Waipi’o Wayside B&B on the stunning Hāmākua coast and pay for three. At the same time help Haiti: 10 percent of your room rate will be donated. In February 10 percent goes to the American Red Cross; in March 10 percent will go to the World Food Program for Haiti; in April 10 percent will be donated to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.  Contact info@waipiowayside.com, (800) 833-8849, or visit www.waipiowayside.com.

Holualoa Inn, nestled on 30 lush acres on the Big Island of Hawai’i, brings you romance and adventure at a truly tropical savings. Your stay begins with a petal-strewn bed and a traditional lei welcome. Includes dining gift certificate, signature Holualoa Inn breakfast, and snorkel gear.  A grand indulgence for a mere trifle. Visit www.holualoainn.com or call (800) 392-1812. Five-night minimum required, rates from $260/night. Valid through June 15, 2010.

Get Packing with the New Aston Hotels & Resorts $50 Luggage Credit. With most major airlines adding fees for checked luggage, Aston Hotels & Resorts is making it a little easier to decide how much to bring. So pack everything you need, and even save room for souvenirs. Guests who stay a minimum of five nights at Waikoloa Colony Villas, Aston Shores at Waikoloa or Kona by the Sea at the Best Daily Rate will receive a $50 credit per room. Book now through Apr. 30, for travel through Dec. 21, 2010. http://www.astonhotels.com/?cmpid=101009-BIVB.

Renewed Mauna Lani Beach Club. Entrée to the gated Mauna Lani Beach Club located on a protected white sand cove is one of the many privileges of staying at a luxury vacation rental including The Point or The Islands. Now the Beach Club is renewed, refreshed and more comfortable than ever.  Rich earth tones are carried throughout the design of the new beach café furnishings, and the overall effect is soothing beachside comfort!   New indoor/outdoor seating includes high-top and family-size tables shaded by thatched umbrellas. Call (866) 966-7169 or go to www.VisitMaunaLani.com

‘Ohana means family in Hawai’i and The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows continues to earn its reputation as Hawai’i’s premier family resort with a host of complimentary activities for every generation. Special discounted rates are available with the purchase of two rooms or more, as long as they are traveling during the same dates. Travel between Apr. 1-Aug. 31, 2010 and Camp Mauna Lani is FREE! Call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com

MEETING NEWS

Board Meetings No Longer Boring.  Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel completed $450,000 in improvements to its meeting and banquet facilities. Moku’ola (place of life) Ballroom (5,000 sq. ft.) and Mala Ikena (area of vision) Banquet Room (1,400 sq. ft) were enhanced with new carpeting, draperies and ceiling tiles; and walls were freshly painted.  The surrounding meeting foyer, restrooms and stairways were upgraded with flagstone quartzite tile, black slate, porcelain tile and granite; and a new Zen Garden was created.  Visit www.HiloHawaiian.com or call (808) 935-9361.

TASTY TIDBITS

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii announces the opening of Hale Kai Restaurant, a family-friendly, toes-in-the sand dining experience located just steps from the shoreline.  With a menu featuring ‘Ohana (Family) Plates of Grilled Shoyu Flank Steak, Kona Brew Battered Fresh Fish, and Jumbo Crab Cake served with Family Style Edamame and Green Papaya Slaw; this new beachside dining experience is perfect for value-seeking families. Hale Kai is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.

Oishi! The Shops at Mauna Lani has added a new “izakaya-style” Japanese restaurant. “Monstera” features Japanese pub food and sushi in a hip, casual setting. The offering from owners Chef Norio Yamamoto and Wes Monty boasts a menu built upon fresh local ingredients and blends traditional Japanese cuisine with Hawaiian hospitality. Yamamoto is a renowned sushi chef with more than two decades of experience with Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and The Fairmont Orchid. Call (808) 885-9501 or visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com.

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