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Hawaiian Island Creations First Big Island Location to Open this Month

Media Release:

The Shops at Mauna Lani announced today that Oahu’s long-time favorite surf shop, Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC), will open its first Big Island location this month. The new 1,800-square-foot store located near Tommy Bahama is scheduled to open its doors by mid January 2011.

“Our goal is to provide a resource for local and visiting surfers to get the equipment they need,” said CEO Leigh Tonai, “while also introducing newcomers to the Hawaiian surfing experience unique to our islands.”

Founded in Kailua, Hawaii in 1971 by surfing brothers Stephen and Jimmy Tsukayama, HIC has provided Hawaii’s residents and visitors with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories for almost 40 years. With its classic circular logo featuring a billowing volcano, palm tree and ocean waves, the HIC brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world.  HIC surfboards, created by legendary shaper Eric Arakawa, have been ridden to three World Surfing Championships by the late Andy Irons.

In addition to HIC branded products, the new location will feature a fresh mix of clothing, accessories and hardgoods from the finest surf brands available, including Billabong, Hurley, Volcom, Quiksilver, Roxy, Vans, Dakine and more. “Whether in the ocean, on the beach, or just chillin’ island style, HIC has got you covered.  Enjoy the ride!”

About The Shops at Mauna Lani

The Shops at Mauna Lani is a premier resort shopping and dining destination on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. With new energy and momentum being created, The Shops at Mauna Lani is on a clear path to become “The Heart of the Community” and THE PLACE where “Kama‘āina Shop, Dine & Enjoy”.  For more information call (808) 885-9501, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com, follow on Twitter (@TheShops) or Facebook.

Kona Surf Film Festival Gets New Home

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is proud to be the new home of the Kona Surf Film Festival, an inspiring showcase of new release surf flicks from around the globe that capture the art of surfing.

Media Release:

The 2010 Kona Surf Film Festival will take place on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, 4, 2010 from 4:30 p.m.

Films will be shown under the stars at Mauna Lani’s outdoor cinema.  BYO beach chair and enjoy ice cold beer and fish tacos as Mauna Lani’s chefs fire up the BBQ.

Local Latin Gypsy Funk band, Leche De Tigre, will kick off each evening with their acoustic blend of percussion and world sounds.

Highlight films include Cyrus Sutton’s “Stoked and Broke”, Jamie O’brien’s brand new “Who is J.O.B.”, and locally produced “Destination 3 (Degrees)” — stay tuned for complete list of films and schedule!!

Expect to see a few famous faces of the surfing world and meet some of the filmmakers.

The event will benefit the Surfrider Foundation Big Island Hawaii Chapter – Kona Kai Ea.

WHAT: The 7th annual Kona Surf Film Festival presented by Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.

WHEN: Friday, December 3 and Saturday, 4, 2010. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Sunset jam with Leche De Tigre.  Films to be screened after sunset.

WHERE: Hale Hoaloha Pavilion at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

COST: Pre sale: adults $12, children (under 12) $8. Two day pass: adults $20, children $14.

At the door adults $15, children $10. Food and drinks available for purchase.  No coolers please.

AFTER PARTY: Ocean Bar & Grill at Mauna Lani.

TICKETS & INFO:  www.konasff.com

STAY: Make a weekend of it. Chill at Mauna Lani. Visit www.maunalani.com

About Kona Surf Film Festival:

Founded in 2003 by Chad Campbell, the Kona Surf Film Festival celebrates the art of surfing.  Chad, a surfer, filmer and editor himself, has always held a passion for film-making and the surfing lifestyle.  He wanted to use that passion to bring the community together to participate in the long-held tradition of surfers watching surf films, on the big screen.  Often showcasing unknown films and filmmakers who have a love for all things surf, the Kona Surf Film Fest gives people an opportunity to share in the stoke, outside of the water. Visit www.konasff.com

About Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows:

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is consistently ranked as one of the leading luxury resorts in Hawaii.  It is the only independently-owned resort on the Kohala Coast and has maintained its original owners since its opening in 1983.  Mauna Lani gives guests an intimate, timeless Hawaiian experience that is personalized, authentic and pleasantly unscripted.  It is Mauna Lani’s cultural and environmental programs that make it truly stand out from others and which has earned it the reputation of one of the “World’s Top Earth-Friendly Getaways” from Conde Nast Traveler .  Mauna Lani is committed to delivering aloha in everything it does and as such takes a stand against hidden resort fees.  It is home to the famous CanoeHouse restaurant, the multi-award winning Mauna Lani Spa and the championship Francis I’I Brown Golf Courses. For reservations call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com.

R.I.P. Andy Irons

Rest in Peace Andy Irons

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