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Kahilu Theatre Presents Glenn Miller Orchestra Live at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Sunday, November 12, 6:00 PM, Kahilu Theatre is holding their 3rd Swing Spectacular featuring the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. The event takes place in the grand ballroom of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Tickets are $45 per person, General Admission, and $75 per person, for VIP seating. A no host bar and themed cuisine will be on offer. Proceeds from this event benefit the Kahilu Theatre’s education program scholarship fund.

Says Kahilu Theatre Board President Mimi Kerley, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our island community to gather, to enjoy some of the best music from the ages, to dance to our heart’s content, and to honor our veterans. We encourage everyone to get in the mood and don their swing-era best! It will be an evening to remember – including prizes and surprises. ”

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is responsible for creating the most recognizable music in modern history, and has been hailed by some as the greatest band of all time. During the 1940’s Glenn Miller had more hit records than Elvis Presley and the Beatles, the Orchestra was truly a worldwide phenomena.

Led by Musical Director Richard Gerber with special guest appearance by members of The Moonlight Serenade Singers, Mark Kopitzke and Natalie Angst, all of the famous Glenn Miller classics will be performed at this Kahilu Presents event, showcasing the original music arrangements of timeless icons of American culture from the 1930s and 1940s, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, A String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and the Greatest Miller hit of all time, In The Mood.

Bandleader and musician Glenn Miller inspired the World War II generation and boosted morale with his many popular songs. He formed the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1937, and a series of recordings followed. In 1942, at the peak of his civilian career, Miller decided to join the war effort. At 38, Miller was too old to be drafted, however, he persuaded the United States Army to accept him so he could, in his own words, “be placed in charge of a modernized Army band.”

In 1944, Glenn Miller mysteriously disappeared in flight over the English Channel from London to Paris.

His original recordings continue to in the sell millions. His legacy as the most influential and famous bandleader of all time and the icon of the golden swing era continues to inspire the current Glenn Miller Orchestra and its members.
Kahilu Theatre will present a special tribute to our Veterans at the event on November 12th. Dance performances from The Swing Kittens and the Kona Dance Academy will also add to the evening’s festivities.

Tickets are available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship from Nancy Lematta and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Announces Real Estate Sale

Mauna Kea Resort Services LLC, which is an affiliate of Prince Resorts Hawaii Inc., has closed the sale of the 8,000-square foot Hapuna Villa and 96 of the hotel’s 350 guest rooms at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel to an affiliate of Angelo Gordon & Co. and development partner West Point Investment Corporation.

Hapuna Villa

Hapuna Villa

Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund renovations of the hotel’s public areas and remaining 254 guest rooms, enhance The Club at Mauna Kea amenities, and fund improvements to the golf club and fitness facilities at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Additionally, renovations and enhanced programming in food and beverage will deliver elevated offerings and unique experiences for hotel guests and the community.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

“This deal comes at an ideal time as Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel embarks on an exciting future,” said Mauna Kea Resort vice president of operations, Craig Anderson. “The new business model means continuation of good jobs for our team members and a beautiful hotel for guests to enjoy for years to come.”

Hapuna Prince VillaPrince Resorts Hawaii will continue to operate all 351 guestrooms at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for the next 12 months while plans are prepared by the development team for conversion of the 96 guestrooms into new 5-star resort residences within one of Hawaii’s most admired resorts.

“HUAKA‘I, A Polynesian Adventure” – ‘Alohi Productions New Hula Theatre

‘Alohi Productions of Waimea has opened its summer company production of “Huaka‘i, A Polynesian Adventure” at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for a very special limited run.  Presented Thursday and Saturday evenings in the hotel’s Kamani Room at 7 p.m., “Huaka‘i” is an adventure expressed in music, drums and dance, created by Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs and the students of ‘Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy.

Huakai a Polynesian Adventure

PHOTO: Courtesy ‘Alohi Productions

Fully-produced for the resort setting, with elaborate costumes and professional staging, the show shares vivid stories from the Polynesian Triangle — Hawai‘i, Tahiti and New Zealand—rich in myth and emotion.  Dancers perform multiple roles as “Huaka‘i” unfolds, from the trans-Pacific canoe voyage of Pele and her dramatic impact on the islands, to legends of bird-filled skies and oceans alive with whimsical fish, along with haunting love stories, songs of home, and a stunning finale.

“E pūlama nā liko – ‘Treasure the Youth’ is our mission,” said Isaacs, a lifelong dancer, teacher, professional entertainer and choreographer.  “And these young dancers are as proficient and talented as any I’ve had the pleasure to work with.  They love to perform, and to meet their audience and interact with them after the show.  It’s wonderful to watch the cultural and multi-generational exchanges that take place in a very natural way whenever they dance.”

PHOTO: Courtesy 'Alohi Productions

PHOTO: Courtesy ‘Alohi Productions

In addition to the show, ‘Alohi Productions offers a series of Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori cultural classes, crafts, games and entertainment during the day, Tuesday through Saturday.  Programs include hula and lei-making, Tahitian dance, ‘ukulele lessons, poi ball practice and more.  To sign up, call the hotel directly at 808-880-1111.

Tickets for “Huaka‘i” are $40 Adults; Keiki under 12 free.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m.  Bento dinner boxes and beverages are available for sale, as are craft items, Polynesian jewelry and hula implements.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 887-0369, email: contactAlohiPDA@gmail.com or visit www.alohidanceacademy.com, or call the hotel at 808-880-1111.

Eat Local… Drink Local – Locavore Brewer’s Dinner

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Hawai’i Nui Brewing Company Proudly presents: Locavore Brewer’s Dinner. Locally Brewed, Locally Grown. Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Coast Grille.

House made bar snacks, grilled curry rubbed chicken sate paired with Volcano Red Ale, tako salad paired with Southern Cross Belgian Style Ale, nairagi sashimi paired with Tsunami Ipa, guava braised pork shoulder paired with Hapa Brown Ale and ginger crab cakes paired with Kauai Golden Ale.

  • Friday, Febuary 3, 2012
  • $46.00 inclusive
  • Call 808-880-1111 for reservations

Top 10 Adventures in 2010… Numbers 10 and 9

With five days left until 2011, I thought I would reflect back on some of the adventures that I had in the past year.  It’s been a very memorable year and I wanted to say thanks to all those folks that have helped me go on these adventures.

So coming in at #10 was getting a chance to spend three days on the Kohala Coast side of the island covering the 2010 Big Island Film Festival.

Group shot of the folks involved with the 2010 Big Island Film Festival (Click to Enlarge)

I was lucky enough to be a guest at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel during the film festival!

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Coming in at #9 was having the opportunity to go Skydiving with Skydive Hawaii not just one time… but two times!  The first time I went was on the very first day of the New Year and that pretty much was one of the scariest things I have ever done in my life.

Praying the chute will open!

It was so fun that first time… that I actually did it a second time seven months later, courtesy of Skydive Hawaii.  This time they filmed me!

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I’ll be recapping more of my adventures in the next 5 days. It has been an exciting year and I’m looking forward to an exciting 2011!

What a Great Weekend at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

I had the opportunity to stay at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel this weekend courtesy of the folks at the hotel as well as the folks with the Big Island Film Festival.  I’ll post about the film festival a bit later but this one is all about the hotel!

All I can say is wow! When you first enter the lobby you see this great view of the Pacific Ocean and Hapuna Beach.

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I arrived Friday about 1:00 and waited a just a bit for a room to be prepared for me as I was offered an early check-in time.

During this time that I waited, I took a few pictures of the place since I didn’t know where or what my room would look like.

I got my card key(s) and then proceeded to my room which was located in the third tower.  My room is in the picture below above the one with the towels hanging on the rail.

I’m not sure why they were hanging towels on the rail because on the lanai there was actually a rack to hang clothes and towels.

I was impressed by everything in the room.  I’ll just start off with the bathroom because that’s the first thing that you see as you go in the door.

I don’t think I’ve ever stayed at a place that had such a fancy bathroom!  I mean you know it’s fancy… when the toilet has it’s own phone!

Across the hall from the bathroom you have a closet that comes with two shower robes and two pairs of comfort slippers.

I had a room with one king size bed so the room seemed even larger then it would be with two beds in the room.

And the view(s) from my lanai

Each morning I took a walk along the world famous Hapuna Beach.

I really enjoyed my stay there and I just wanted to say thanks to them for putting me up for the weekend.  All the staff was great…

… Although I did come across one total turkey!

I almost forgot to mention that they are currently offering a Kama’aina rate of $139.00

Feel free to click on the pictures below or above for larger views of them and Mahalo to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for hooking me up as I had never ever stayed there before!

Big Island Offering Great Deals for Locals

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Kama‘āina Specials Launch Sunday on www.bigisland.org/getaway

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The Big Island Visitors Bureau and its island activity, lodging and dining partners have pooled resources to splash out unbeatable savings for kama‘āina travelers.

“We have paradise right here on Hawai‘i’s Big Island, and it’s just a short drive or short and affordable flight away,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau.

The weather is fabulous, Kīlauea volcano is putting on quite a show, and getaways, reunions and vacations are top of mind for local people – both Hawai‘i Island and neighbor island residents. Applegate said that when BIVB asked local businesses what kinds of deals they could offer kama‘āina, the organization was met with irresistible offers from all corners of Hawai‘i’s diverse Big Island.

Want to unwind on one of the world’s best beaches on the sun-soaked Kohala Coast? Take advantage of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s Golden Anniversary of Statehood kama‘āina special: book two nights at $199 per night, get the third night at $50.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Never been to Ka Lae, where sea-faring Polynesians landed their sailing canoes to discover Hawai‘i long ago?  Discover this tranquil, beautiful region and stay at Kalaekilohana, a Hawaiian-owned luxury B&B offering a “Guilt-Free Getaway” for groups for as little as $49/night per person, if your party stays three nights or more.

Kalaekilohana Bed & Breakfast

Kalaekilohana Bed & Breakfast

Want to see the sun sink beneath the clouds, then the stars light up the night sky atop Maunakea? Or 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 deals by Arnott’s Lodge & Hiking Adventures, KapohoKine Adventures, and Hawaii Forest & Trail.

How about dining oceanfront at Huggo’s in Kailua-Kona? You’ll save 20 percent off entrees after 8:30 p.m. Take an underwater journey aboard Atlantis Submarines in Kailua-Kona, and keiki ride for free with a paying adult. Or, snorkel and dive at night with gentle, giant manta rays and the expert crew of Kona Honu Divers, for 15 percent off.

Atlantis Submarine

Atlantis Submarine

“There are so many remarkable experiences on Hawai‘i’s Big Island, and our island is so vast and so diverse, even Big Island residents can enjoy a real getaway by driving to a different zip code,” Applegate said.

Nearly 50 Big Island offers await residents of the 50th state on its new kama‘āina special website, www.bigisland.org/getaway . The specials will be promoted on local radio, TV and in print media, too.

Why go anywhere else? Save money and splurge on unforgettable memories right here at home, on Hawai‘i’s youngest and biggest island, where the scenery is different around every corner and the savings are spectacular.