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Big Island Visitors Bureau Offering Kama’aina Rates

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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.

Big Island Offering Great Deals for Locals

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


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.