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Hilton Waikoloa Village Replaces Plastic Straws with Sustainable Alternatives

Hilton Waikoloa Village last straw initiative. Courtesy photo.

Hilton Waikoloa Village has initiated “the last straw”—a new commitment to discontinue the use of plastic drinking straws resort-wide in its restaurants, bars, venues and vendors.

The Hilton Waikoloa Village Last Straw Campaign comes as an effort to care for Hawai‘i’s ocean environment by eliminating the impact of plastic straws, one of the top 10 marine debris most commonly found in Hawai‘i.

The resort is the first on the Island of Hawai‘i to implement an initiative of this kind which has substantial environmental benefits. In 2017, the Hilton Waikoloa Village used more than 800,000 plastic straws while serving more than 1 million guests. Plastic straws cannot be recycled and can have devastating effects on marine and coastal life like fish, turtles and seabirds if ingested. The resort will now offer FDA-approved, GMO and BPA-free compostable paper straws upon request.

Hilton Waikoloa Village last straw initiative. Courtesy photo.

“Over the years, concerned guests have notified us of the impact that plastic straws have on our environment,” said Simon Amos, hotel manager. “We are thrilled to be able to respond and officially say that Jan. 31, 2018, was ‘the last straw.’ Hilton Waikoloa Village is uniquely gifted with a location that affords guests a front row seat to Hawai‘i’s spectacular marine life. We’re glad to take this step to be better stewards of this beautiful place.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, the resort held an informal celebration to mark this move toward greater sustainability with its partner, Dolphin Quest. The Hilton Waikoloa Village Last Straw Campaign is a proactive step to contribute to larger movements like Strawless Ocean Initiative by Lonely Whale Foundation, One Less Straw by One More Generation and The Last Plastic Straw, all of which challenge individuals and companies to commit to a sustainable alternative to single use plastic straws.

Hilton Waikoloa Village last straw initiative. Courtesy photo.

Furthermore, a Senate bill is currently being considered by Hawai‘i lawmakers that would prohibit the distribution, sale and provision of plastic straws in the state. The team behind the resort’s last straw campaign hopes its efforts will encourage support for the bill and continue the movement toward greater sustainability.

 

Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range Restaurants and Meat Cuts Selected

The 2013 Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range is coming up on Friday October 4th and the restaurants and the cut of meat each restaurant will be serving has been determined.

Mountain Oyster Pateles

Mountain Oyster “Pateles” (Pasteles) from the 2012 Taste of the Hawaiian Range (No… I didn’t try them)

Would you eat a Rocky Mountain Oyster from Mauna Kea Beach Hotel?  I’ve actually put a challenge out to folks on Facebook and have raised over $200 if I eat one and them post the video of it.

Meat is not the only thing that is on display at the Taste.  You can check out the Agriculture and Educational booths that will be present here.

Here is the list of the restaurants and the cuts of meat they will be serving:

Restaurant Meat Cut
Aloha Mondays Beef Tri-tip
Blue Dragon Restaurant Beef Tripe
Café Pesto – Hilo Beef Clod
Earl’s Beef Chuckroll
Four Seasons-Hualalai Beef Oxtail
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Beef Heart
Hawaii Community College – East Hawaii* Ground Beef
Hawaii Community College – West Hawaii* Beef Top Round
Hilton Waikoloa Village Beef Top Sirloin
Hualalai Resort Beef Skirt
Huggo’s Restaurant Ground Beef
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beef Cheek
Kohala Burger & Taco Beef Bottom Round
Kuhio Grille Beef Top Round
Lava Lava Beach Club Beef Clod
Mahina Café Kalua Pork
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Beef Mt. Oysters
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Feral Pork
Merriman’s Waimea Beef Eye of Round
North Hawaii Community Hospital Beef Bottom Round
Pagoda Restaurant Beef Shank
Pili Hawaii Beef Skirt
Pueo’s Osteria Lamb
Red Water Cafe Sirloin Tip
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill Goat
Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai Beef Flank
Sandi’s Drive In Ground Beef
Sansei Waikoloa Restaurant & Kamehameha Schools Beef Top Sirloin
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Commercial Port
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Beef Brisket
Tiki’s Grill & Bar Mutton
Tommy Bahama Mutton
Town Restaurant Lamb
Village Burger Beef Flap
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Hotel Feral Pork

2012 Pokemon World Championships Happening Now on the Big Island

The 2012 Pokemon World Championships are happening this weekend at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort over on the Kona side of the Big Island.

Here is a short clip from day one:

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The Pokémon Video Game World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning only those players who receive an official invitation from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion. These invitations are distributed in the following manner:

  • The 1st and 2nd place finishers from the 2010 World Championships
  • The top 4 players at the U.S. National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the UK National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the German National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the French National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the Italian National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the Spanish National Championships
  • The top 2 players at the Canadian National Championships
  • Representatives from the Japanese World Championships Qualifiers
  • Representatives from the Korean World Championships Qualifiers
  • The top 4 players at the World Championships Last Chance Qualifier

The top 32 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following prizes:

1st Place

  • A Pokémon World Champion Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $3,500
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Second Place Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $1,500
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

3rd Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Third Place Trophy
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

4th Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Fourth Place Trophy
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

5th—8th Place

  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

The Hilton Waikoloa Village… See Why It’s My Favorite Resort in Hawaii

Explore Hilton Waikoloa Village and Hawaii Island in this brief video to see what makes this such a special place

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Wordless Wednesday – “K” Bay and The Hilton Waikoloa Resort

On Tuesday of last week, my old friend from high school visited the Big Island with his girlfriend and we rented a boat from Kona Boat Rentals.

We then rode down the Kona Coastline to Kealakekua Bay where we kicked back and talked story for a while.

I showed my friends the Captain Cook Monument and one of them went snorkeling for a short bit of time.

After our half day boat rental… I then checked into the Hilton Waikoloa Resort for a couple of days of rest and relaxation!

I had a great room in the Lagoon Tower overlooking the main pool and the Dolphin lagoon.

It was a very relaxing few days and I spent much of the time soaking my body in the hot tubs!

I guess in a sense… this was my Christmas present to myself from a few of my sponsors!

The weather at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort is almost always gorgeous despite what might be happening on other parts of the Big Island and it was good to come over for a few days and thaw out!

Over 1,000 Folks Turn Out for the 16th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Friday night was the 16th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and this was the first time that I had been invited to this event.

A Taste of the Hawaiian Range

I had no idea how huge this event was, until I walked into the Grand Ballroom earlier in the day and saw folks starting to set up for the event.

A Taste of the Hawaiian Range

This was just part of the inside floor room and there was more stuff set up outside.

While folks lined up outside of the ballroom entrance near the grand staircase…

Folks line up to get the first chance at some of the food booths

…At 5:00 they had a Pre-Taste for the VIP’s

Mayor Kenoi and his ohana

Mayor Kenoi and his wife and daughter

…and a media blessing of the foods and chefs.

Student Chefs from Hawaii Community College

Wholesale buyers and media had a pre-taste opportunity to meet the people growing and producing Hawai‘i’s food.

Big Island Food Guru Sonia Martinez was there to "Pig Out" as well. (I told you I would get you back Sonia! LOL)

Vendors represented a wide range of products….

Grown on the Big Island

Grown on the Big Island

Agricultural enterprise such as coffee, tea, honey, goat cheese, meat, produce, herbs and specialty items.

Goat cheese samples

Also at the expo were representatives of various agriculture-related associations and projects.

Poi Producer Jim Cain

At 6:00, Senator Hanohano, House Representative Mazie Hirono, Mayor Billy Kenoi opened the entrance…

Dan Akaka Jr. talks to Rep. Mazie Hirono before the maile cutting ceremony begins

While Dan Akaka Jr. blew the conch shell announcing the official opening of the Taste of the Range.

Mayor Kenoi and Senator Hanohano look on as Dan Akaka Jr. blows the conch opening the 2011 Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Hailing from Honolulu to Hilo and beyond to LA, nine new restaurants and their chefs participated joining together for a total of 35 culinary stations.

Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Surf Museum

The Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Surf Museum was present for their first year at the Taste of the Hawaiian Range.

They offered lots of forage-fed meats prepared with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Sheep

I wonder if eating sheep helps you get to sleep if you count how much you eat?

Meats on the menu included a variety of dry-aged, grass-fed beef cuts-everything from tongue to tail… and well in between… Mountain Oyster Pateles!

Mountain Oyster Pateles

Mountain Oyster Pateles (No... I didn't try them)

Of course there was a whole mixture of other types of meat such as lamb, mutton, goat, pork and a wild boar.

Porky Pig

Porky Pig

New restaurants participating in this years Big Isle’s dining scenei included. Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai of Keauhou-Kona, and Kohala Burger & Taco in Kawaihae.

Kohala Burger & Taco in Kawaihae

The folks from Kohala Burger & Taco in Kawaihae

The day before I got to eat at Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Museum in Waikoloa and they were also there at the taste the next day.

Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Surf Museum Chefs

Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Surf Museum Chefs

Red Water Café in Waimea was also a new restaurant participating this year and I really enjoyed their samples of the sandwiches they made.

Roast Beef sandwiches by Red Water Inn

Roast Beef sandwiches by Red Water Cafe

The owner of Honolulu Burger Company on O’ahu was assigned grass-fed ground beef and he made Hamburger Lollipops.

Honolulu Burger Joint

Honolulu Burger Company

Other O’ahu eating establishments making their debut include the Pagoda Restaurant in Honolulu and ‘Umeke Market in Kahala.

Kim Chee Meatloaf from Umeke Market on Oahu

Kim Chee Meatloaf from 'Umeke Market on Oahu

I really had a great time there and I thank the folks that sponsored me to be able to go there and fill my opu (stomach) up!

Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR,, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Research and Development, Big Island Resource Conservation & Development and KTA SuperStores.

81 Chefs Enjoy Culinary Lessons at the Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

On Friday I had the opportunity to attend the 16th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. I’ll be posting more about the actual Taste of the Range later but I wanted to give credit to the 81 culinary students from both East and West Hawaii Community Colleges that came to the Pork and Beef seminars that were held before the “Taste”.

Pork Class

Students learning about pork on the Big Island

The classes were geared for culinary students and food industry professionals.

Listening intently to pork talk

Pork producer Lloyd Case joined Tom Asano of Hilo’s Kulana Foods and Hilton Waikoloa Village Executive Chef Charles Charbonneau to discuss the traditional cultural protocol and growing commercial use of feral and domestic hog in the Hawai‘i food service industry.

Pork producer Lloyd Case joins Tom Asano of Hilo’s Kulana Foods and Hilton Waikoloa Village Executive Chef Charles Charbonneau

Tom Asano (left) of Hilo’s Kulana Foods joins Pork producer Lloyd Case (Center) and Hilton Waikoloa Village Executive Chef Charles Charbonneau (Right)

The second seminar that began at 3:00 was titled “How to cook Grass-Feed Beef 101” and the students moved over to the next ballroom to listen to the presentations there.

How to cook grass-fed beef 101

How to cook grass-fed beef 101

This year’s staged cooking demonstration headlined two presenters.

Cooking Demonstration

Cooking Demonstration

KTA’s Derek Kurisu of TV’s “Living in Paradise” and Chef Scott Hiraishi of Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai present tips for preparing and using forage-fed beef cuts.

KTA’s Derek Kurisu of TV’s “Living in Paradise” and Chef Scott Hiraishi of Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai

KTA’s Derek Kurisu (right) of TV’s “Living in Paradise” and Chef Scott Hiraishi (left) of Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai

Open to the public, ticketed attendees receive take-away recipes.

Cooking quiz contest winner

Cooking quiz contest winner

Derek, who founded KTA’s locally sourced Mountain Apple Brand, demontrated how to prepare Shortribs Delight and bone a chuckroll.

Got Beef

Got Beef?

Chef Hiraishi detailed how to deliciously use oxtail.

Oxtail specialty

Oxtail specialty

At the end of the presentations, the student cooks got to sample what was being prepared on stage.

Samples

Samples

16th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range Schedule

Next week TODAY, Friday, September 30th, the 16th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range will be taking place at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort.

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Happy attendees enjoy the oxtail dish prepared by Chef Daniel Thiebaut at last year's Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Here is the schedule for the event:

1:30 PM Pork Industry Seminar – Location: Kohala 1 & 2

Geared for culinary students and food industry professionals.  Pork producer Lloyd Case joins Tom Asano of Hilo’s Kulana Foods and Hilton Waikoloa Village Executive Chef Charles Charbonneau to discuss the traditional cultural protocol and growing commercial use of feral and domestic hog in the Hawai‘i food service industry.

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Don't miss Cooking Grass-Fed Beef 101 at 3 p.m.; last year's presenter was James Beard Award winner Chef Mavro

3 PM Seminar: “How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef 101” – Location: Kohala 3 & 4

This year’s staged cooking demonstration headlines two presenters. KTA’s Derek Kurisu of TV’s “Living in Paradise” and Chef Scott Hiraishi of Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai present tips for preparing and using forage-fed beef cuts. Open to the public, ticketed attendees receive take-away recipes. Derek, who founded KTA’s locally sourced Mountain Apple Brand, will demonstrate how to prepare Shortribs Delight and bone a chuckroll. Chef Hiraishi will detail how to deliciously use oxtail.

5 PM: Agriculture Festival Trade Show, Pre-Taste for VIPs and Media Blessing of Food and Chefs – Location: Grand Ballroom

Wholesale buyers and media have a pre-Taste opportunity to meet the people growing and producing Hawai‘i’s food. Vendors represent a wide range of products and  agricultural enterprise such as coffee, tea, honey, goat cheese, meat, produce, herbs and specialty items. Also at the expo are representatives of various agriculture-related associations and projects. Vendor and educational booths remain open during 6-8 p.m. Taste, with a blessing at 5:45 p.m.

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Meet the local people who are growing our food, like Maureen Datta of Adaptations, at gaily decorated display booths.

6-8 PM: Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range -Location: Grand Ballroom and Lagoon Lanai

35 top chefs dazzle ticketed diners during the Taste “grazing” extravaganza. Taste features heavy sampling of delectable dishes using local grass-fed beef, pork, wild boar, mutton, goat and lamb—plus a bounty of fresh, island-grown fruit and veggies. In addition, attendees talk story with Hawai‘i’s food producers at gaily-decorated vendor booths.

Tickets prices for the evening Taste and Cooking 101 demo are conveniently sold online at www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.Taste tickets remain priced at $40 presale and $60 at the door, while the fee for the cooking demo is $10. The above link also lists ticket sale locations.

The Hilton Waikoloa Village offers Taste of the Hawaiian Range Kama‘aina Room and Ticket Packages (code TST) starting at $229 plus tax for one night stay on Sept. 30 and two event tickets. Pre- or post-night accommodations are available starting from $149 per night (code MTH). Visit www.h-wv.com/taste or phone 808-886-1234 and ask for the “Taste of the Hawaiian Room Deal” specials.

Big Island Luxury Home to Be Auctioned Off… No Minimum Bid

No minimum bid for premier residence in world-renown Waikoloa Beach Resort!

Media Release:

A live, on-site auction of a custom Hawaiian Island residence with 150 feet of secluded beach front in the exclusive Waikoloa Beach Resort at 69-1065 Kolea Kai Circle will take place March 21, Concierge Auctions has announced. Originally listed for $11,500,000, there is no minimum bid required. The sale is being conducted in cooperation with listing agent Daryl Flem, RB of Century 21 All Islands.

“This is an exciting opportunity for buyers searching for a Big Island resort residence,” stated Flem. “The lifestyle and amenities offered by the Waikoloa Beach Resort are unsurpassed, and this property is one of the most premier within the community. I urge all luxury buyers and agents to take notice, as my client is committed to selling to the highest bidder on March 21.”

Open and stunning, 69-1065 Kolea Kai Circle offers luxury island living at its finest. Perfectly situated on a 34,000-square-foot ocean front lot, the estate grants gated access to 150 feet of secluded Pacific Ocean beach front and effortlessly fuses an indoor/outdoor lifestyle with native Hawaiian architectural flair, rich interior details and remarkable smart home technology. With 5,759 square feet under roof, including four bedrooms and four full and one half bathrooms, the residence fosters a casual atmosphere without losing the privacy one expects in a luxury estate. A covered lanai, poolside cabana, extensive landscape lighting and tiki torches underscore the Big Island lifestyle.

Nearby amenities of the 1,350-acre Waikoloa Beach Resort include ocean sports activities, a classic Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course and a links-style course designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, preserved cultural sites, world-class hotels such as the Hilton Waikoloa Village and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, and the famed Kings Shops and Queens Marketplace.

“With over $50 million in luxury Hawaiian properties sold, we have proven ourselves as leaders in identifying the most motivated owners of exclusive Island estates,” stated George Graham, CEO of Concierge Auctions. “Our success has included sales in other world-class resorts on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, such as the Hualalai Resort, home to the Four Seasons Hualalai, where we sold Cher’s residence for $8.72 million, and Kuki’o, where last year alone we sold five premier properties, and we are excited to now be working in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. This is one of the most desirable residences in one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in the world and is a great opportunity for any buyer searching for a luxury Hawaiian home.”

The Waikoloa Beach Resort is located approximately 25 miles north of Kona on the Big Island’s sunny Kohala Coast, which means “cherished land” in Hawaiian, and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Embraced by the balmy, sweet-scented Pacific Ocean trade winds, Kona is famous for sport fishing, snorkeling, gorgeous sunsets and its unrivaled Kona coffee.

The “live” auction of 69-1065 Kolea Kai Circle will be held on March 21. No minimum bid is required. Bidders will be able to participate in person or proxy via telephone or Internet. A 2% buyer’s broker commission is offered on the high bid. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. The property is available daily for preview between 1 and 4 p.m. For more information visit www.HawaiiLuxuryAuction.com or call 800-211-1785.

An Awesome Weekend at the Best Resort in Hawaii… The Hilton Waikoloa Village

As many of you may know by now that I spent the weekend at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and had a blast!

Out in the lagoon

Long before they sponsored my blog I have always thought they were the best resort in Hawaii.

This weekend with the three day weekend we planned our vacation to maximize our time at the resort so that we could get in as much pool time as possible!

If you look closely you can see a hot tub in the cave pool

We arrived on Saturday morning and took a boat to our requested room on the ground floor of the Lagoon Tower.

Our favorite mode of transportation at the resort

I wanted to be close to the dolphins and I had requested a ground floor room but didn’t realize that the Cabana rooms did not have carpet in them…

Nice room... it's just that we like carpeting so our kid can play on the ground

….so we asked for a room change and they were more then accommodating.

The nice thing about the room change was that they actually gave us an even better view of the dolphins then we had at the previous room.

A room with a "Dolphin View"

And on the other side of our room we had a great view of the lagoon where the fish and birds were at.

The back side of our hotel room

We really didn’t spend much time in the room so it didn’t really matter in the long run.   Maybe when my son gets a bit older I’ll treat him to the Dolphin Quest program they have.

Interacting with Dolphins

My wife spent more time at the pools…

Another part of the cave pool

and the lagoons with the two boys…

The Salt Water Lagoon

… While I spent part of the weekend watching football and running around the property taking pictures of cool things that interested me.

A grass hut

On Sunday, we went to the Legends of the Pacific Luau which I’ll be blogging about when I have a bit more time.

Poster for the luau

On Monday I got to go on a “Back Door Tour” of the Waikoloa which I will also be blogging about later.

The Back of the House Tour

I’m stoked that I have a sponsorship with them and that I’m able to take my wife and son on little “Staycations” every once in a while at a fairly reasonable price.

Inside the front lobby

Three Dog Night Coming to Hawaii

The Hilton Waikoloa Village welcomes legendary musical icon Three Dog Night to perform at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

With more than 20 consecutive Top 40 hits and three No. 1 singles, Three Dog Night continues to rock a multigenerational audience after nearly 40 years together. These seasoned performers engage and excite concertgoers with their awe-inspiring stage presence as they belt out their classic rock hits including “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to The World,” and “Liar.”

Concert tickets regular sales begin Monday, Sept. 20 at $79 for Reserved Tickets and $65 for Resort Guests. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The award-winning Hilton Waikoloa Village is a 62-acre Pacific playground and alluring destination unto itself. The resort offers island hospitality with 1,240 beautifully appointed guest rooms and beautiful vistas of Waiulua Bay.

Amenities include three fresh-water swimming pools; an ocean-fed snorkeling lagoon; waterfalls and waterways; locally inspired treatments at the Kohala Spa; the Dolphin Quest educational center; nine dining outlets; a Museum Walkway; the Camp Menehune children’s program; Legends of the Pacific Luau; an 18-hole seaside putting course and an expansive tennis complex.

Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Resort are gateways to cultural immersion, engaging travelers in the area’s rich history through such interactive cultural entertainment as hula and ukulele lessons and historic Petroglyph tours. Adventures within Waikoloa Beach Resort range from two championship golf courses to world-class shopping and activities at Queens’ Marketplace and Kings’ Shops.

After a lively night of cutting loose to timeless rock n’ roll hits, concertgoers can take off their dancing shoes to relax at Hilton Waikoloa Village in beautiful resort room accommodations and enjoy a savory daily breakfast buffet for two with the Advance Purchase Bed & Breakfast Package. The package starts at $199 per room, per night, based on double occupancy.

To learn more about the Waikoloa Beach Resort, visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com. To book an overnight stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village through the exclusive Advance Purchase Bed & Breakfast Package, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call 1-800-HILTONS. For more information about the concert, please visit www.waikoloanights.com.

For what it’s worth, they are also playing on Oahu on the 4th at the Blaisdell and playing the 6th at the Castle Theater on Maui.

A Vacation at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort

Our room was in the Lagoon tower overlooking the Dolphin pool so anytime we wanted... we could simply step out on our lanai and watch the dolphins in action!

Well I just got back from an awesome weekend at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on the Kohala side of the Island.

Two cousins thinking they are just too cool!

This was a great “Staycation” as I like to call it, as I was able to take my wife and son as well as a playmate for my son… my nephew.

Sitting on frogs in front of the lagoon that fronts the main staircase

The first night the kids went straight for the pools and I spent some time relaxing in my room after driving over the island.

Hard to keep up with them!

After that we got “To-Go” dinner (Tempura Lobster and Steak Tenderloin) at the Kamuela Provision Company and then just kicked back in the hotel room.

I think this was the only time they sat the entire vacation!

The next day consisted of checking out the hotel more thoroughly and of course… more swimming and sliding!

The big waterslide at the Kona Pool

Then later that evening we had the chance to see the premier of the Herb Kane inspired movie Voyagers (I’ll be blogging more about this later)

Dignitaries getting honored alongside of Herb Kane (second from right)

The best part of this… is that we were “Guests of Honor” of the resort so we got to sit up front so the kids could get a good view of the movie.

My wife and son sporting Sig Zane Designs

Then after the movie, the kids of course wanted to go to the Jacuzzi in the dark time… so my wife  took them down to the pools again!

Cousins trying their best to stay awake and have fun!

Hot tub… and then freeze your okole off as it’s cold at night!!!

Hayden still needs "wings" so he doesn't drown

The next day, what did the kids want to do?  Of course… they wanted to go to the pools again so my wife took them to the open lagoon this time.

Building sandcastles

I guess we are kind of lucky that they have so many different pools there that we never really got sick of any of them.  We simply packed up our towels and traveled to  another part of the hotel to jump in another pool.

Soon enough the wings come off for good!

Unfortunately, my son is too short to go on the big water slides at this time…

It's official son... not this trip! Sorry to disappoint you... but it's for your own good!

But he will grow… and we will definitely be going back there at least twice a year now if not more now that they are a sponsor of this blog.

Gonna be seeing this face often at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort!

I’d like to thank those involved with this project and I look forward to checking more things out at the hotel as the years go on.

By boat or by tram to your room? I suggest the boat for better views

In case you may not know… next weekend, there is a “Legendary Ladies of the ’80’s Concert” there next weekend.

I’d like to say a special thanks to the “menehune” that entered our room and left us cupcakes and milk for my son’s birthday!!!

You can click on any of the pictures above or below for better views of them: