The Big Island Visitors Bureau woos kama’āina travelers with irresistible lodging, activity, dining and other offers that begin this week with the start of the Merrie Monarch Festival, and last through much of 2010 on www.bigisland.org/getaway.
“Hawai’i's Big Island is so vast that residents can discover an exciting vacation just a short drive or flight away,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau. “We have four national parks right here on our island, and more marine life conservation districts than any other Hawaiian Island. Planning a perfect getaway that fits any budget is just a click away.”
Kīlauea volcano is putting on quite a glowat Halema’uma’u Crater, and the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area is heating up again with new flows oozing towards the sea. Exciting Big Island staycations, reunions and getaways lure local people – both Hawai’i Island and neighbor island residents.
Always planned to take a guided trek to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – Hawai’i's only World Heritage Site – to witness the recent activity at Kīlauea, both at the summit and at sea level? Compare locals-only deals by KapohoKine Adventures, BikeVolcano.com and Hawaii Forest & Trail. Or soar above it with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ Circle Fire Waterfall tour.
Want to delve into the history of King Kamehameha the Great AND discover the hidden treasure of North Kohala? Plan a free visit to Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historical Site, and stay at the new, eco-friendly Hawai’i Island Retreat, which just completed its spa, for only $250/night for a two-night minimum. Includes a sumptuous breakfast, free upgrade, 15 percent off spa services and a complimentary Legends and Lore hike through the 50-acre coastal property.
Discover the pristine underwater world of Kealakekua Bay aboard a Captain Zodiac rafting adventure, more than $20 off charters for Hawai’i residents, or plunge 100 feet beneath the surface of Kailua Bay, aboard Atlantis Submarines, for only $35 for adults, $15 for keiki.
Lodging is yours from as little as $85/night at the Bougainvillea B&B in Ka’u to unprecedented specials at the luxury resorts along the sun-soaked Kohala Coast. Castle Resorts and its five Big Island properties also have irresistible deals, starting from $89/night at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.
Nearly 45 spectacular Big Island offers await residents on its kama’āina website, check it out at www.bigisland.org/getaway.