New ‘Hawaiian Fish N Chips’ at Queens’ MarketPlace

“Simplicity is the key,” said restaurant owner-operator Ted Debsky of his new Hawaiian Fish N Chips eatery in the Queens’ MarketPlace Food Court. A little venue with big variety, Hawaiian Fish N Chips features fresh local fish, grilled, smoked, or seared for salads, fried up for sandwiches or served with select noodle dishes.

Fresh local salad with grilled fish and salsa from the new Hawaiian Fish N Chips at Queens' MarketPlace

Fresh local salad with grilled fish and salsa from the new Hawaiian Fish N Chips at Queens’ MarketPlace

“We like to think of it as a “fresh seafood bistro,” said Debsky. Originally from Poland, Debsky has been an island restaurateur for years, formerly running the popular Kings’ Court Pizza & Grill and Senor Nachos Mexican Restaurant at the Kings’ Shops. With HFC, he hopes to share not only familiar fare like fish and chips, but unique local specialties, such as oxtail udon soup, made with fresh oxtail from Honokaa, and broiled eel with a Japanese eel sauce.

Debsky said that HFC smokes fresh local fish in-house and every day’s menu may feature different flavors. Homemade sauces, the chef’s specialty, will include chipotle aioli mayonnaise, featured on their calamari salad, a wasabi-garlic mayonnaise for the grilled fish sandwich and tartar sauce with fresh pickles, onion and capers. And, to enhance the ocean bounty, Big Island vegetables and fresh baked breads and buns from Mamane Bakery round out the flavorful menu.

HFC is open 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily in Queens’ MarketPlace food court. For more information, call (808) 886-1595.

Crocs Come to Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa

Since 2002, toes of the world have enjoyed the colorful “amphibious footwear” of Crocs™.  Originally created as easy-care boat shoes for wet or dry conditions, Crocs™ work well in the Hawai‘i Island environment, and will soon be available at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Crocs

Branching off creatively from the iconic clog design, Crocs™ has stepped into the workplace, golf course, fashion scene and classroom with over 300 styles for men, women and children, including sandals, sneakers and heels.  Available in 90+ different countries, the brand has topped $1 billion in annual sales and continues to expand its markets.

Sharing in that success, Crocs™ proves it is a company with a conscience through its “Crocs Cares” program, which has donated more than three million pairs of shoes to communities in need in more than 40 countries around the world.  By partnering with a variety of global non-profit organizations to help ship and distribute shoes to those in need, Crocs Cares works to help protect the foot from infections and diseases that rob the body of vital nutrients.  And, with the Soles4Souls Foundation, the company also recycles gently used Crocs™ to toes in need around the world.

“Crocs™ are great shoes for Hawai‘i, and a perfect fit for Queens’ MarketPlace,” said Sales and Operations Manager, Margo Mau Bunnell. “They are very comfortable and offer a wide range of styles that fit any lifestyle for children and adults—from fun, colorful and casual, to classy fashion for work or a special night out.  With a full selection available right here on the Kohala Coast, Crocs™ will be the place to shop.”

The Crocs™ shoe store in Queens’ MarketPlace will open later this year, with daily operating hours from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.crocs.com or www.company.crocs.com

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

 

New Salon and Day Spa Opens at Queens’ MarketPlace

The “buy local” movement can soon add “beautify local” to its mantra, when Hawai‘i Island hairstylist and entrepreneur Jason Harsin brings his new Hearts and Stars Salon and Day Spa to Queens’ MarketPlace.  Specializing in high-quality beauty services for hair, skin and nails, in an affordable price range, the full-service salon for men and women plans to open in November.

Jason Harsin of Hearts & Stars, coming soon to Queens' MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Anna Pacheco Photography

Jason Harsin of Hearts & Stars, coming soon to Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort. Anna Pacheco Photography

“The vibe we are going for is ‘accessible luxury,’” said Harsin.  “Top-end services and very, very high-end products available to everyone.  We’re going to extend a lot of aloha, and at the same time bring a little bit of a different thing to the island.”

Harsin has worked in the beauty business for over a decade, starting as manager and product designer for celebrity stylist Zac Jenkins at his salon in Venice Beach, CA. A resident of Kailua Kona since 2011, Harsin is an avid stand-up paddler, which helped inspire his new product line.

“We have extreme conditions here in Hawai‘i and people are outdoors all the time in the sun, sand and ocean,” said Harsin.  “All that strips nutrients from your hair, and I wanted to make a line that added proteins instead.” Years in development, Hearts and Stars products are made with high quality protein-rich ingredients such as hemp oil, argan oil, aloe vera and avocado oil, finished off with a blend of eucalyptus, tea tree and sage for fragrance. “None of the products I was using before were working very well,” said Harsin, “so I made my own.”

Harsin will lead the salon team of expert stylists and aestheticians, and all menus and services will be offered in Japanese as well as English.  Styled with a soothing, ocean-inspired palette, Hearts and Stars will welcome clients to an “oasis” with upscale, comfortable furniture, the latest equipment and luxury product lines in addition to their own, including Éminence Handmade Organic Skin Care Products, and OPI Professional Nail Products.

A company with a conscience as well, Hearts and Stars says its products are tested on “rock stars not animals,” and supports The Food Basket Hawai’i Island’s Food Bank, “Because it’s much easier to feel fabulous on a full stomach,” according to their website www.hearts-and-stars.com.  At their new Queens’ MarketPlace location, they plan to be available for bridal parties, makeovers and special occasions—and to support community events within the resort shopping center.

“It’s been super, really fun so far,” said Harsin.

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

Fireworks Crown Queens’ Marketplace’s ‘Family Fourth’

Queens’ MarketPlace is where the Big Island wants to be on the 4th of July, when folks of all ages come out to play, shop, enjoy good food and great music all afternoon and evening—capped off with spectacular fireworks over Waikoloa Bowl. 

Queens Shop in Waikoloa

In the Coronation Pavilion five of the island’s favorite bands take the stage starting at 12:30pm (see below).  Free cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, balloon sculpting and other festivities offer non-stop fun from 1-5 p.m. For the keiki and the young at heart, there are carnival games (25 cents) and Zoo Choo train rides ($2), with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics West Hawaii.

When the sun starts to set, Waikoloa Bowl starts rocking with the exciting sounds of Vizion 20/20 and Bump City, leading into the fireworks extravaganza at 8 p.m.  After the fireworks, kick back and relax with “Full Circle” at the Coronation Pavilion.

Admission is free, and families are invited to come early, beat the crowd, enjoy the day and cap off the “Family Fourth” with a bang.  Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.  Waikoloa Beach Resort would like to thank the Hawaii County Fire Department for co-sponsoring the community fireworks display. For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822. 

July 4 Schedule of Events at Queens’ MarketPlace and Waikoloa Bowl:

  • 12:30-1:45 p.m.  Music by Salsa Latinos at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 1-5 p.m.  Zoo Choo train rides, balloon sculpting, carnival games, face-painting, popcorn, and cotton candy.    (Carnival games are 25 cents, and Zoo Choo rides are $2, all benefitting Special Olympics West Hawaii.)
  • 2-2:45 p.m.  Music by Vizion 20/20 at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 3-3:45 p.m.  Music by Life in Pursuit at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 4-4:45 p.m.  Music by I’land Boiz at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 5 p.m.  Gates open to Waikoloa Bowl
  • 5-5:45 p.m.  Music by Bobby G and the Generous Theives at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 5:15-8 p.m.  Music by Vizion 20/20 and Bump City in Waikoloa Bowl
  • 8:00 p.m.  FIREWORKS SHOW
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m. Music by Terry Secor and Full Circle at the Coronation Pavilion

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822. 

 

13th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival

Waikoloa Beach Resort presents the 13th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 2, at Queens’ MarketPlace.  Starting with a free ‘ukulele workshop with Roy Sakuma, the celebration of Hawaii’s favorite  musical instrument includes nonstop entertainment from 12 to 7 p.m., with a special appearance by multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner Sean Na‘auao.

 Roy Sakuma performs with his workshop students at the Great Waikoloa 'Ukulele Festival.

Roy Sakuma performs with his workshop students at the Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival.

With Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini as Master of Ceremonies, the ‘Ukulele Festival spotlights thirteen performances on two stages, and lots of giveaways.  Lei-making, ‘umeke making (decorated gourd bowl), ‘ukulele making demonstrations and ‘ukulele lessons will be offered throughout the afternoon.

“If you play the ‘ukulele or you just love the music, the ‘Ukulele Festival is a great way to spend the day,” said Margo Mau Bunnell, Queens’ MarketPlace Sales & Operations Manager.  “It’s a real pleasure for us to bring these amazing musicians to Queens’ MarketPlace for everyone to experience—keiki to kupuna.  And, it’s always fun to see so many people come and bring their ‘ukuleles for the free workshop with Roy, stay for lunch and enjoy great Hawaiian music all afternoon.”

Roy and wife Kathy created the first annual ‘Ukulele Festival in 1971, while Roy was a maintenance worker for the City and County of Honolulu.  Today, their efforts have grown into a series of events on four islands, with over 20,000 participants.  The original ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapi‘olani Bandstand in Waikiki, hosts a performance by an 800-member ‘ukulele orchestra every July.  Their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, was established in 2004, “To bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ‘ukulele.”

Appearing with Roy at the ‘Ukulele Festival will be his mentor for over 50 years, Herb “Ohta-san” Ohta, jazz guitarist Nando Suan, and his protégée Nelly Toyama-Baduria.  Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies: MGM ‘Ukulele, KALA, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile’a ‘Ukulele, KoAloha and Ko’olau Pono Guitar & ‘Ukulele Company. For more information, call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822 or visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net.

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.
‘UKULELE FESTIVAL:  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Queens’ MarketPlace Studio
10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
‘Ukulele Workshop with Roy and Kathy Sakuma. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele).  Free.

Stage 1: Coronation Pavilion
12:00 p.m.   ‘Aoia!
1:00 p.m.    Na Kupuna O Kona Ali‘i
2:00 p.m.    Kupuka‘as
3:00 p.m.    Kona Pacific Public Charter School
3:30 p.m.    Aidan James
4:00 p.m.    Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki with Nelly Toyama Baduria and Daniel Baduria
5:00 p.m.    Sean Na‘auao
6:00 p.m.    Ohta San and Nando Suan

Stage 2: near Romano’s Macaroni Grill
12:30 p.m.   Kris Fuchigami
1:00 p.m.    Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki with Nelly Toyama Baduria and Daniel Baduria
2:00 p.m.    Benny Uyetake and the Samuel E. Kalama Intermediate School ‘Ukulele Band (Maui)
3:00 p.m.    ‘Ukulele Lehulehu
4:00 p.m.    Ohta San and Nando Suan

Queens’ MarketPlace
2:00-5:00 p.m.
‘Ukulele Making Demonstration with Bob Gleason
‘Ukulele Lessons with Aunty Barni Fischer
Lei-Making with the Ladies of the Ka‘ahumanu Society (while suppl

Queens’ MarketPlace Gets New Businesses

Queens’ MarketPlace continues to grow and evolve, as new and expanding businesses enhance the total shopping experience of the popular Waikoloa Beach Resort mall. Recently opened Harry Wishard Gallery and Century 21 All Islands, plus a larger space for Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures, bring additional fine Hawaii arts, real estate services and ocean activities into the Queens’ MarketPlace ‘ohana, just in time for the holiday season.

“We are feeling a recent sense of energy and optimism,” said Waikoloa Beach Resort Vice President of Resort Operations Scott Head, “These three new venues, plus Ippy’s and Lemongrass Express restaurants joining us soon, each bring their own excitement into Waikoloa.  And as visitors, kama‘āina and our seasonal ‘snow birds’ come to Queens’ MarketPlace to check out what’s new, it’s going to be a lot of fun, and good for all of us.”

From mauka to makai, acclaimed Hawaii artist Harry Wishard brings the fine works of art that delighted upcountry Waimea customers into a second location by the ocean at Queens’ MarketPlace. Open since early November, the Gallery features Wishard’s evocative oil paintings of Hawaii and around the world, in addition to an eclectic group of fine Hawaii artists such as Kathy Long, Victoria McCormick, Lynn Capell, Mary Koski, Ed Kayton and other favorite island artists.  For more information, visit www.harrywishard.com or call 769-5077

For those vacationers daydreaming about their own “home away from home” in Hawaii, Century 21 All Islands stands ready to assist. Broker-in-Charge Charlie Perry says their independently-owned Century 21 office is happy to assist with beautiful vacation or second homes, investment properties, condos or townhouses.  Within the Resort or elsewhere, they welcome opportunities to show their wide variety of listings, and assist sellers of homes as well.  For more information, visit www.hawaiimoves.com or call 808-883-3321.

Enhancing its already engaging location in Queens’ MarketPlace, Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures expands its retail space with a great selection of underwater cameras and equipment, diver’s watches, dive and snorkel gear, UV sunwear and beach necessities from the best names in diving:  AquaLung, Suunto, Excel and more. Their top-rated ocean adventures include daily charters with snorkel ride-along, dive instruction and PADI certifications, one- or two-tank daytime dives and black water night dives along the vibrant Kohala Coast. And, for those who like to adventure on their own, Blue Wilderness offers dive and snorkel equipment, surfboards and boogie boards for rent as well. For complete information and reservations, visit www.divebluewilderness.com or call 886-0980.

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama’āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and contemporary concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com.

New Chefs and New Restaurants at the Waikoloa Beach Resort

Foodies have three new reasons to celebrate at Queens’ MarketPlace, as new chefs and restaurants add their special flavors to the popular shopping center in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Ippy Aiona at the 2012 Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

First up, “Food Network Star” Season 8 finalist Philip “Ippy” Aiona premiers his new dining option in the Food Court.  Highly-anticipated, Ippy’s Hawaiian BBQ is scheduled to open in early December, serving Aiona’s special twist on the iconic Hawaiian “plate lunch.” Diners can look forward to brined rotisserie chicken basted in homemade teriyaki sauce, furikake mahi burger, miso fried chicken, BBQ ribs and more, served with Ippy’s specialty sauces, homestyle gravies, and indulgences like corn and bread puddings.

Aiona grew up in the restaurant business, learning from New York-Italian and Hawaiian parents, and is presently executive chef of the family’s Italian eatery and coffee bar, Solimene’s in Waimea. He attended California Culinary Academy and Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, and refined sophisticated culinary techniques with mellow island style to help win a spot on Chef Giada De Laurentiis’ team on the Food Network competition.  Easy going and popular on the show, Aiona’s excellence in the kitchen, combined with a winning personality, won acclaim through the gamut of challenges to Season 8’s last episode before its grand finale.

Next, in mid December, Chef “TK” Thepthikone Keosavang opens Lemongrass Express—sister restaurant to his popular Lemongrass Bistro in Kona, in an abbreviated version for the Food Court.  With focus on quality fresh food (locally sourced whenever possible), Chef TK says Lemongrass Express will feature excellent value with inexpensive lunch and dinner specials and return-customer incentives.  He plans to offer select beers, wines and sakes to compliment the Asian Fusion cuisine, he describes as “not strictly Thai, not strictly Japanese, Chinese or any one style.”

Chef TK’s award-winning style comes from a long career with some of the best restaurants in the business, including 13 years with the MGM Grand Hotel, where he helped win “Best Japanese Restaurant in Las Vegas” two years in a row for Shibuya.  Most recently Chef de Cuisine of the AAA Four-Diamond Brown’s Beach House at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Chef TK brings worlds of experience to Lemongrass Express, blending French and Asian techniques into his “nouvelle Asian fusion” cuisine.  For more information, visit www.lemongrasskona.com.

Nearby, Sansei Seafood, Steak & Sushi Bar announces the appointment of Executive Chef Paul Goodwin to their award-winning team. A solid professional, Goodwin brings broad knowledge and experience from working with some of Hawaii’s top chefs into the kitchen at Sansei.  Originally from Oregon, his culinary career has included Merriman’s two Hawai‘i Island locations, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at Four Seasons Wailea, Roy’s in Kihei, Waikoloa and San Diego, and most recently D.K. Kodama’s Sansei Seafood Restaurant in Kihei.

While he works with the staff to maintain and improve high service standards and food excellence, Chef Paul assures loyal customers that their longstanding Kama‘āina, Early Bird and Late Night specials will not change.  Specializing in New Wave Sushi and Contemporary Japanese Specialties, Sansei has won recognition from Honolulu Magazine, the Honolulu Advertiser, Wine Spectator magazine and the Gayot website. For more information, please visit www.sanseihawaii.com or call 886-6286.

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama’āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com.

Fall Fashion Show Presented by Queens’ MarketPlace & Maximum Capacity

To wrap up summer and ramp up the school year, Queens’ MarketPlace and Maximum Capacity have teamed up for a fun Fall Fashion Show on Monday September 5 at 4:30 p.m.  A splashy variety of children’s, women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, shoes, shades and sportswear will be in the spotlight, from numerous Queens’ MarketPlace award-winning retailers.

Fashion Show

Featured fashions include contemporary looks from Persimmon (voted Best Clothing Store in North Hawaii by readers of North Hawaii News), aloha wear for all ages by Blue Ginger Family, Exclusive Designs and Reyn’s, the latest board shorts, swimsuits and beach “musts” from Pac Sun, Local Motion and Quiksilver—accessorized with great gear from BikeWorks Beach and Sports, Blue Wilderness and Ocean Sports (Best Snorkel Cruise/Sunset Sail).  Sunglass Hut adds cool shades for every lifestyle and pastime; and fun props, toys and gifts from Local Lizard and Friends, Island Gourmet Markets and Giggles (Best Toy Store) make it fun.

The first 200 registered attendees will receive a free Queens’ MarketPlace tote bag, filled with merchant specials. (Registration takes place on-site.)

Partner organization Maximum Capacity, run by Big Island residents Jon Sabati and Lilinoi Grace, is a free program that helps people of all ages develop fundamental skills and confidence to maximize their ultimate potential for success. By providing free workshops, Maximum Capacity encourages participants to explore their interest in careers and education, and to reach their goals.  The Fall Fashion show is a fun way to showcase their Media Arts group’s production and modeling talents, in style.

Recently voted “Best Shopping Center in North Hawaii,” Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama’āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast.”  Filled with shopping opportunities, services and great food, Queens’ MarketPlace also offers free entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and contemporary concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

Schedule for July 4th at the Queens’ MarketPlace at the Waikoloa Beach Resort

Media Release:

Queens’ MarketPlace packs a lot of celebration into Independence Day, Monday, July 4 at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Free, day-long “Family Fourth” festivities take place 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Coronation Pavilion and throughout the shopping center, concluding with a grand finale as the Air Force Band of the Pacific plays the prelude for a fireworks extravaganza at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

Queens Shop in Waikoloa

Proceeds from the day’s events will benefit the Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank. A collection point for non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be available throughout the day, and script sales for the carnival games and activities will support the Food Basket’s efforts to feed Hawaii Island families.

“Queens’ MarketPlace is one of our community partners,” said Food Basket Executive Director Nani Lee, “And the reason we are still alive and running and have food is because the Food Basket has partners like this. It’s about how the community addresses a problem we have. In this case the new buzzword is ‘food insecurity.’”

According to Lee, many children can expect a hot meal at school, but may not be sure when the next meal will be served at home; seniors on fixed incomes face similar food insecurities. The Food Basket has seen a 17% increase in the number of people they are serving and a decrease in the amount of food and donation dollars, creating a serious shortage. A “supplementary food program,” the Food Basket helps provide and distribute food through its partner programs such as soup kitchens and food pantries. “One important message is—people who are food insecure are our friends, neighbors, families,” said Lee. “The Big Island is very generous… We care.”

“This is the third year that Queens’ MarketPlace has helped us,” said Lee. “From 11:00 a.m., they have a lot of fun, family things to do, and fireworks and the concert at the end of the day… So as you’re standing in line to ride the Zoo Choo train around, play a game or get a balloon from Balloon Monsoon, we hope you might reach into your pocket and make a contribution to the Food Basket.”

In addition, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company will participate in the effort, giving a free can of their popular new Spam-flavored mac nuts with a $5 donation.

In the morning, “Balloon Monsoon” entertains with balloon twist art, creating animated cartoon characters for the keiki. After cotton candy, carnival games, popcorn, and more, the Zoo Choo train rides roll out, for a small fee donated to the Hawaii Food Basket. Non-stop family entertainment includes strolling magicians, live music by seven different bands throughout the day, carnival games and more. (See schedule below)

And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with Fourth of July fireworks, following a celebratory concert by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific in the Waikoloa Bowl. The Band and its primary performing ensemble “Hana Hou” perform a wide variety of music, including classic rock & roll, Grammy-winning country songs and Top 40 hits, as well as island favorites and American patriotic music. A highlight of the show will be the Band’s rousing medley of favorite patriotic songs for everyone to sing along.

Families are invited to come early, beat the crowd, enjoy the day and cap off the Family Fourth with a bang. Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted. Admission is free. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.

July 4 Schedule of Events at Queens’ MarketPlace

11:00 a.m. Arneleo the Magician

11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Zoo Choo rides, Carnival games, Popcorn, cotton candy

and balloon twist art by Balloon Monsoon

12:00 p.m. Honoka`a Alumni Band

12:45-2:45 p.m. The Great Barusky, Strolling Magic

1:00 p.m. Lorenzo’s Army

2:00 p.m. Hot Lava 808

3:00 p.m. Mystik Rhythmz

4:00 p.m. Ryan Hiraoka

5:00 p.m. I‘land Boiz

Waikoloa Bowl gates open

6:00-8:15 p.m. U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, Waikoloa Bowl

8:00 p.m. FIREWORKS SHOW

8:30 p.m. Music by Full Circle

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

11th Annual Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

Hot licks, cool music and great ‘ukulele giveaways

Media Release:

Waikoloa Beach Resort will present the 11thth Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 5, 1:00-7:00 p.m. at Queens’ MarketPlace.  With Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini as Master of Ceremonies, the Festival spotlights ten different performances on two stages, a free workshop with Roy Sakuma and chance to win one of seven top of the line ‘ukulele from Kala ‘Ukulele, KoAloha, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, MGM ‘Ukulele, Ko‘olau Pono Guitar and ‘Ukulele Company and the ‘Ukulele Festival-Hawaii.  Lei-making, ‘umeke making (decorated gourd bowl), ‘ukulele demonstrations and lessons will be offered throughout the afternoon.

Sakuma and wife Kathy created the first annual ‘Ukulele Festival in 1971, while Roy was a maintenance worker for the City and County of Honolulu.   Today, their efforts have grown into a series of events on four islands, with over 20,000 participants.  The original ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapi‘olani Bandstand in Waikiki, hosts a performance by an 800-member ‘ukulele orchestra every July.  Their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, was established in 2004, “To bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ‘ukulele.”

Appearing with Sakuma at the Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival will be Roy’s protégée Nelly Toyama-Baduria, his mentor for over 50 years Herb “Ohta-san” Ohta and jazz guitartist Nando Suan.  In addition, Horace Dudoit, Chris Kamaka and Glen Smith, members of the Grammy-nominated band Ho‘okena make a special appearance.

Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies Kala ‘Ukulele, KoAloha, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, MGM ‘Ukulele, Ko‘olau Pono Guitar & ‘Ukulele Company and the ‘Ukulele Festival-Hawaii, in addition to Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and Roberts Hawaii.  For more information, call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822 or visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net

Schedule of events, Saturday, March 5

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa:

  • 10:00 a.m.-Noon  ‘Ukulele Workshop. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele).  Free.

Queen’s MarketPlace:

  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Making Demonstration by Bob Gleason of Pegasus Guitars & ‘Ukuleles
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Lessons with Auntie Marjorie Spencer
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Lei-Making with the Ladies of the Ka‘ahumanu Society
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Umeke Making with Auntie Donna Jensen

Island Gourmet Markets Stage

  • 1:00 p.m.  Auntie Lani Lee & Na Kupuna O Kona Ali‘i
  • 2:00 p.m.  Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki and Nelly Toyama-Baduria
  • 3:00 p.m.  Herb Ohta and Nando Suan
  • 4:00 p.m.  John Keawe
  • 5:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Lehulehu

Coronation Pavilion

  • 2:00 p.m.  The Kupuka‘a’s
  • 3:00 p.m.  Kris Fuchigami
  • 4:00 p.m.  Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki and Nelly Toyama-Baduria
  • 5:00 p.m.  Herb Ohta and Nando Suan
  • 6:00 p.m.  Chris Kamaka, Horace Dudoit and Glen Smith of Ho‘okena

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama’āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and contemporary concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822

Community Invited to Meet Santa at Queens’ MarketPlace

Media Release:

He knows when you’ve been bad or good, according to the song, so the community is advised to be good for goodness sake, and come to Queens’ MarketPlace for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  A fun way to start a festive day, the event is a Queens’ MarketPlace holiday tradition.


“Queens’ MarketPlace has some great opportunities for those of you that need to do some holiday shopping, so why not invite your family or friends to our Breakfast with Santa at Romano’s Macaroni Grill?” said Sales & Operations Manager Margo Mau Bunnell.  “It’s a great way for the keiki to meet Santa, tell him what they’re wishing for, and have your camera ready to get that memorable photo with good ol’ Saint Nick.  Then stroll around the shops and take a look at our colorful new decorations.”

Admission to Breakfast with Santa is $15 Adults, $10 children 5-11 years old, free for keiki 4 and under.  Prices include a family-style breakfast buffet, tax and gratuity, visit from Santa, face painting, creating an ornament and a photo opportunity with Santa. Reservations are required.  886-8822.

This is the first of a series of “photo ops” with the Santa, with picture-taking sessions scheduled December 18 and 19, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m.  And, December 20-23, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
“So don’t forget to bring your cameras and snap that memorable shot at the Coronation Pavilion,” said Mau-Bunnell.  “And then post your photos with Santa or with the “Retro Holiday Décor on the Queens’ MarketPlace Facebook page, so you will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate.”

For more information, visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.