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Big Island Visitors Bureau Announces What’s Hot on the Big Island in October

With our incredible diversity of natural landscapes and seascapes, agriculture, culture, history, and places for visitors to call home while here, Hawai’i Island is clearly a BIG and inspiring getaway!

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

McNeil Wilson Takes Over PR for BIVB. McNeil Wilson Communications (MWC), a Honolulu PR firm with a specialty in tourism marketing, has been hired to manage public relations for BIVB. MWC’s clients include Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau, Marriott Resorts Hawai’i, Prince Resorts Hawai’i, Polynesian Cultural Center, and USS Missouri Memorial. The primary PR contact is Noreen Kam. She can be reached at  noreen.kam@anthologygroup.com and (808) 539-3422.
Hawai’i Island Tour Companies Earn “Green” Certification. Hawai’i’s first-ever certification program for “green” tourism has validated the commitment to sustainability by five entities operating on Hawai’i Island: Atlantis Submarines Kona, Volcano Discovery, Jack’s Diving Locker, Pacific Islands Institute, and Hawaii Forest & Trail. The program was created by the Hawai’i Ecotourism Association to encourage more “green” tourism statewide, support conservation, and raise awareness among visitors. Each entity earned the certification following an evaluation of their ecotourism operations and principles. www.hawaiiecotourism.org.

The Humpbacks are Back! The first official whale sighting of Hawai’i’s annual humpback whale migration, which runs November through May, was reported by six lucky passengers and their captain aboard a Sea Quest charter on Monday. The early arrival, which appeared to be a yearling, was spotted slapping its tail on the surface in waters outside West Hawai’i’s Hōnaunau Bay. For more information on Hawai’i’s humpback whales, visit the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary website, http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/. 

The Lyman Museum presents a special exhibit “Hawai’i’s Volcanoes: 1800s to Present” from Dec. 9, 2011 through Mar. 3, 2012, featuring historic paintings, photographs, film footage, oddities & curiosities. In celebration of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s centennial, paintings from the museum’s collections by Hitchcock, Bailey and Furneaux will be on display, along with volcanic specimens and film footage of Kīlauea eruptions as early as the 1930s. Missionary Sarah Lyman’s written accounts of earthquakes and eruptions are also included. Visit www.lymanmusuem.org.

Oceans of Fun! The Hanamana is a sleek, 38-foot custom sportfishing boat out of Honokōhau Harbor that promises adventure and fun for everyone.  You and your party of up to six people can snorkel, see dolphins, fish and enjoy a special year-end discount of 15 percent off of the regular rate of $599. Your discounted price comes to $509.15, and does not include tax and gratuity. Call (808) 331-1742 for reservations, and mention BIVB. Visit www.hanamanaboatcharters.com.

Ocean Sports announces another new fantastic water fitness activity: Aqua Tahitian! Dance your way to fitness with this dynamic workout combining lively Tahitian beats with the gentle resistance of the water. And, best of all, you don’t need previous dance experience or your wallet to join this complimentary pool party. Offered Monday thru Friday at 11 a.m. in the Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Kona Pool. For information or reservations, call (808) 886-6666 ext. 103, or visit  www.hawaiioceansports.com.

Mmm! Edible Hawaiian Islands announces the launch of its new app for iPhone and iPad, available on iTunes, free until the end of October. Take the flavor of the Hawaiian Islands with you everywhere and access all the farmers markets, local dining guide, mouth-watering recipes and articles about the people, places and food of Hawai’i. Visit www.ediblehawaiianislands.com for details.

Reeling in the Savings. Enjoy a half-day, four-hour sportfishing charter in Kona with Humdinger Sportfishing for $340.  Want to stay out longer? Upgrade for $100/hour. Call Captain Jeff Fay at (808) 325-3449 to take advantage of this special rate. Must book and pay for charter by Nov. 31, 2011, charter must be taken by Oct. 31, 2012. Visit www.HumdingerSportFishing.com.

Looking for more to do? Click www.bigisland.org/calendar for detailed information about additional Hawai’i Island happenings throughout 2011, like this special hula performance:

Na Mea Hawai’i Hula Kahiko Performance (Saturday, Nov. 5) – See traditional hula and chant performed outdoors on the hula platform overlooking Kīlauea Crater featuring Halau Hula Ka Noeau, starting at 10:30 a.m.  Observe Hawaiian cultural demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Kilauea Lodge Now Offers the Ola’a Plantation House, a historic 1935 property, among its Volcano lodging offerings. This beautiful two-bedroom cottage sits just a block away from the main lodge and across the street from Tutu’s Place, another historic Volcano Village home. Both homes can be booked together for larger gatherings. The Ola’a Plantation House has two bedrooms, a large living room with wood burning fireplace, a sun room and spacious kitchen, heated towel warmers, TV, DVD player, free Wi-Fi, original art and spacious gardens. Contact Kilauea Lodge at www.kilauealodge.com for reservations.

Discover Hawai’i, the Big Island and receive an air credit on every room booked! Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa is participating in Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii special air credit group room offer. For groups staying a minimum of 25 peak rooms, each room receives $100 in air credit. Blackout dates may apply as well as other terms and conditions. Offer expires Dec. 31, 2011. Visit www.SheratonKeauhou.com or call Brina Fritzsche at (808) 930-4875 for more information.

Prince Resorts Hawai’i Giving Away Free Nights This Fall. Rates at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel start at $289 for terrace accommodations; stay for two consecutive nights and the third night is free! Valid until Dec. 22, 2011. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel rates start at $500 for mountain view accommodations; stay for three consecutive nights and the fourth night is free, valid until Dec. 17, 2011. Prince Preferred members receive 1,500 bonus Hawaiian Miles. Some restrictions apply. Call 1-866.Prince.6 or visit www.PrinceResortsHawaii.com/FreeNight.

Beautiful, secluded Kipuka Cottage near Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park announces an early Christmas present for guests who reserve dates between Dec. 1 and Dec. 25. Kipuka is offering a 15 percent discount on any stay of two nights or longer for these dates. Make reservation requests at http://kipuka-cottage.squarespace.com.

TASTY TIDBITS

Honu’s Restaurant Is Open in Historic Kailua Village!  Overlooking the white sand beach at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, guests will enjoy a wonderful selection of island salads and creative new seafood dishes, as well as lavish seafood and prime rib buffets, all in the style of Hawai’i Regional Cuisine.  Located right on Kamakahonu Bay with its historic heiau and bustling ocean activities, patrons can relax on the spacious lanai around inviting fire pits while sipping tropical delights.  For more information visit www.konabeachhotel.com.

The Fairmont Orchid Hawai’i is pleased to offer Lifestyle Cuisine Plus, a menu available upon request catering to guests with specific diet-dependent conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and gluten-free, as well as unique dietary preferences including macrobiotic, raw and vegan diets.  Guests can now enjoy delectable dishes such as Seared Ahi Penne Pasta (Diabetes), Kalbi Chicken Vegetable Fried Rice (Gluten Free) and Buckwheat Noodle Stir Fry (Vegan) at any of the AAA Four Diamond Resort’s award winning restaurants.  Learn more at www.fairmont.com/orchid.

For the ninth year, Mountain Thunder will serve as the official coffee mill and roastery for the 41st Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Nov. 4-13. In celebration of this esteemed position, Mountain Thunder is offering free USPS shipping to the mainland U.S. on orders of two pounds or more of Organic Private Reserve French and Vienna roast orders. Visit www.mountainthunder.com or call (888) 41-4Kona.

Special note to media: The Big Island Visitors Bureau (BIVB) recognizes the use of the ‘okina [‘] or glottal stop, one of the eight consonants of the modern Hawaiian language; and the kahakō [ā] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai’i such as Kīlauea). However, BIVB respects the individual use of these markings for names of organizations and businesses.

For more information on Hawai’i Island, please visit http://media.bigisland.org

Kayaking in the Umauma River Courtesy of KapohoKine Adventures

Last weekend I had the opportunity to do a lot of things with my old high school friend Dave Haggen, courtesy of a few great companies.

One of them was KapohoKine Adventures, who gave me an opportunity to go Ziplining again which I will be blogging about when I get time.

But before the tour started, and because Dave and I arrived early, they opened up this killer little area that I had been to before, but this time I got the nerves to actually go kayaking in the Umauma river.

Kapohokine worker "Honey" assists me into the kayak

I slowly paddled out into the middle as there wasn’t much water compared to the last time I had been there, so I wasn’t afraid of a flash flood or anything.

Paddling Out

When I got out to below the waterfall, I felt a bit nervous just thinking what if a bunch of water just all of a sudden came rushing down the river… So I turned myself around.

Fighting the wind despite having the current

And as I got closer to landing the kayak, I realized my friend had my camera!

Hey... that's my camera!

I really appreciated last weekend more then words can say.  Mahalo to those that made it happen.

February Big Island Deals

Media Release:

Valentine’s Day only comes once a year but Hawai’i’s Big Island shares its aloha all year long with adventurous new activities, excellent lodging deals for couples, families and groups, plus plenty of ways to experience authentic Hawaiian culture.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Uplifting News from the Bay Area! Alaska Airlines announced it will launch another direct flight into Kona International Airport, this one from San Jose, CA. The new flight will operate four times a week, beginning Mar. 12. The inaugural flight is already sold out, but be sure to check competitive fares and flights at www.alaskaair.com and start those frequent flyer miles today!

New East Hawai’i Zip Line! The new Zip Isle Zip Line Adventures has opened at the World Botanical Gardens, 16 miles north of Hilo. It offers seven thrilling zip lines, including a 1,100-foot dual zip line, where riders fly through the rainforest canopy and over waterfalls and streams.  All tours include safety training and transportation from the Gardens to the Zip Isle starting point. Visit www.zipisle.com or call toll-free: (888) ZipIsle (888-947-4753).  Advance, online reservations are recommended.

Lava Ocean Volcano Exploration – Lava Ocean Adventures is spreading the love beyond Valentine’s Day and offering a $125 rate for a 2 ½  hour cruise along the Puna coastline and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  You’ll view sea arches, lava tubes and the most recent areas that lava last touched the sea. Or, opt to enjoy uncrowded humpback whale watching while cruising the waterfall-filled Hāmākua coastline on the 2 ½ Wonders of Hilo tour for $125. Go to www.lavaoceanadventures.com.

Blog Roll, please. Want to know what a native Hawaiian poppy looks like? Or what island has the highest numbers of native Hawaiian nēnē (geese)? (Hawai’i Island, of course!). Check out Native Guide Hawaii’s terrific new blog, http://nativeguidehawaii.blogspot.com and book a private tour with author/proprietor Warren Costa on your next Big Island visit.

Out There Tours. Hiking tour company Hawaiian Walkways has created a new division called “Out There Tours” to accommodate requests from groups with requirements outside the customary orbit of Hawai’i’s visitors.  The flexibility this company offers allows it to arrange custom tours for those with particular preferences. Intrigued? Visit www.hawaiianwalkways.com or call (808) 775-0372.

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Umauma Falls Zipline Experience Featured on About.Com

12/13/10 *UPDATE* This tour has now been canceled due to safety concerns for more information about the new Ziplines that KapohoKine will be opening see here: KapohoKine to Build New Zipline Course… Ends Affiliation with Umauma Ziplines Due to Safety Concerns.

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How cool is this, when I went Ziplining at the Umauma Falls Zipline Experience, I had a great chance to meet with a great group of writers from all over the place.

(L-R) Margaret Kearns, Ellen H. Parlapiano, Albert Rodriguez, Sami Ewers, Deston Nokes and John Fischer watch as I make awa or kava for them.

It was good fun spending a few days with these guys on the Big Island Media Tour sponsored by the Big Island Visitors Bureau.

John Fischer is the Hawaii Travel Writer for About.com and he’s been blogging about things in Hawaii since 1997.

Little did I know that John would actually show a picture of me in one of their posts that gets read around the world in his recent post The Umauma Falls Zipline Experience Photo Gallery.  The Picture of me is actually on page 2 and you need to click it to make it larger.

Just wanted to say it was great meeting you and look forward to your other posts.  Mahalo for showing a picture of me!

That picture is actually one of my favorites that has been taken of me in a long time!

Just a reminder folks… the Umauma Falls Zipline Experience are not the same ziplines that are at the World Botanical Gardens.  They are completely different although located fairly close to the World Botanical Gardens.

Where I Am… NOW

Today marks what will be an incredible three days of excitement for me.

Today, I’m off on a customized Waipio Rim Hike Adventure courtesy of Hawaii Forest & Trail and the Big Island Visitors Bureau.

I’ll write more about my adventure when I get back home.  The following is just a picture I snagged off Flickr:

This is pretty exciting for me.  I’ve been down into the valley, but never had the the opportunity to walk around the rim of the valley.

What’s even more exciting, is meeting the folks from the magazines that I’m going on this 3 day whirlwind excursion with.

I’ll write more about who they are and what magazines/online sites they represent in the following days.

I’d just like to say thanks ahead of time for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

I’m not sure if I will have access to post to my blog from the rim of the Valley so I have pre set the timing of  this post to be posted to my blog at about the same time I think I’ll be hitting the Rim of Waipio Valley.