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2nd Annual Holokū Ball

Na Wai Puna o Kona, under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching presents:

The 2nd Annual Holokū Ball – Hali’a Ka Nani – A memory of the beauty of the Holokū, Dinner, dancing and entertainment.  Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.  Pupu’s and no host cocktails 5:30 – 6:30, Dinner 7pm.  Tickets: $75 per person, reserved seating – tables of 10 available


For tickets and information please call 345-9994 or visit www.nawaiiwiola.org before September 9.

A celebration in remembrance  of the beautiful European inspired dresses such as the one worn by Queen Lili’uokalani. The styles were influenced by the royal court during the reign of Kings Kamehameha III and IV and their queens, Kalama and Emma. Adapted from foreign fashions of London and Paris, the gowns with a princess line and sweeping train are a graceful reminder of days gone by, and it’s place of importance in the history of Hawaiian culture.



Facebook Chefs Vying at Keauhou Poke Contest

WHAT: Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest

WHERE: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

WHEN: Sunday, March 17, 2013


  • Facebook Executive Chef Josef Desimone competes in the Celebrity Cookoff 11:30 a.m. on the Bay View Lawn
  • Facebook chefs Ezekiel Duru, Tim Wong and Maui native Wade Tamura vie in contest’s Professional Division. Poke contest judging starts 10 a.m. in the Ainakai Restaurant. Awards and tasting at 12:30 p.m.

Other activities: All-day Hawai‘i Island Marketplace; a demonstration on making tropical libations by mixologist Joey Gotteman of Young’s Market at 10:30 a.m. and a demo on “How to Make Poke by Sam Choy” at 1:30 p.m. Hawaiian music by Kapala of O’ahu.

Sam Choy Poke Contest 374

Public admission to all contest activities is $5 at the door (keiki 8-and-under are free) and benefits “The Heart of the Campus-Equip the Kitchens Campaign” for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui campus. A free trolley operates from Keauhou Shopping Center (pickup near Longs Drugs) from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest is part of Keauhou Resort’s annual Kamehameha III celebration March 15-17 that commemorates the Keauhou-born king, Lani Kauikeaouli. The contest is sponsored by Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division, the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, Aloha Shoyu, Hawaiian Springs Water, Suisan Company, Ltd., BMW of Hawaii, Bacardi, Young’s Market, Roberts Hawaii, Sun Dried Specialties, Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering, Fresh Island Fish and KTA Superstores.



Keauhou Bay Cleanup Coming Up

The community is invited to join in the Keauhou Bay Cleanup 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Meet at the Keauhou Canoe Club (KCC) hale.

Keauhou Bay Boat Moorings

Plastic gloves, garbage bags, trash containers, t-shirts and lunch will be provided. Participants will collect paper, plastic, fish hooks, debris and other opala in and around Keauhou Bay. In addition, volunteers are needed to cut down tall brush near the KCC hale and clean and paint the bay’s restrooms.

The second annual cleanup is organized by Kamehameha Investment Corporation in partnership with Kamehameha Schools. Community sponsors include KTA, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, Fair Wind-Big Island Ocean Guides, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kona Country Club. Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai and KAPA Radio.



Public Meetings Set on Keauhou Bay Survey of Available Moorings

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will hold two public information meetings in Kona on Monday, Jan. 7, to discuss findings of its survey of Keauhou Bay moorings and locations, as well as other boating issues in West Hawaii.

Keauhou Bay

Keauhou Bay

The survey was conducted by consultant firm Sea Engineering in December and found that outdated moorings in the bay need to be replaced. The meeting will cover DOBOR engineers’ plans to replace them and add new mooring systems to the bay.

The first meeting, from 3 to 5 p.m.., is exclusively for current offshore permit-holders who have moorings in the bay. DOBOR staff will discuss the findings of the survey and how to move forward with new moorings and permits. The meeting will be held at the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor conference room, 74-380 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona.

The second meeting, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will serve to inform the general public and boating community about the mooring project, and provide an update on repairs to tsunami-damaged recreational boating facilities, as well as general improvements to state small harbor facilities. The meeting will be held at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club, 74-380 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua Kona. For more information, contact the DOBOR West Hawaii district office at (808) 327-3685.

Ho‘oulu Community Farmers Market Moves to New Location

Starting today, the Ho‘oulu Community Farmers Market has a new home at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The weekly Wednesday market is 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the lawn fronting Kaleiopapa Street. The location provides plenty of free parking.

Find produce, coffee, macadamia nuts, plus arts and crafts. Each week, as many as forty vendors will offer locally grown and made products, all using locally sourced components.

“We are so happy to have an ideal venue for this wonderful community-based farmers market,” said Area Managing Director and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa General Manager Steve Lindburg. “We look forward to a long relationship with the participants and those in our community that support farmers markets. We also look forward to encouraging our guests to take advantage of the on-property opportunity to meet island growers, crafts people and artists.”

For more farmers market information visit www.hooulufarmersmkt.com. To learn more about Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, visit www.SheratonKona.com or call 930.4900.


Big Island Visitors Bureau – Tsunami Update: Most Businesses, Resorts Open on Hawaii, The Big Island

Media Release:

Last Friday, Hawai’i Island, especially the Kona District, sustained some damage from the tsunami generated by an earthquake near Japan, but nearly all hotels, businesses and attractions are open, tourism officials said.

On Fri., Mar. 11, a tsunami hit Hawai’i following a destructive 9.0 magnitude earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan. Some hotels and businesses along the Kona and Kohala coasts were damaged by wave surge and debris, but most are open and are welcoming guests.

Two resorts that remain closed are Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, which plans to reopen on April 30, and Kona Village Resort. Phone lines at Kona Village are now working.

Kailua Pier was deemed structurally sound, and all charters that normally operate from the Pier, including Body Glove, Atlantis Submarines and Jack’s Diving Locker, are operating as usual. The Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride of America cruise ship will stop in Kona on Wed., Mar. 23 as planned.

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is also open, and guest rooms were not damaged. However, the lu’au area, ground floor public areas including the lobby and Kona Beach Restaurant, were flooded by seawater, sand and debris. Cleanup efforts are well underway, and several retail stores have reopened. The swimming pool and Billfish Bar are open, and the cleanup team has removed all of the carpet from the lobby and replaced all of the furniture. The award-winning Island Breeze Lu’au will resume this Sun., Mar. 20.

While the sands at Kamakahonu Beach were mostly swept away, Kona Boys have pitched in to tidy up the coastal area fronting King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Kona Boys are continuing to offer outrigger canoe rides, stand-up paddlesurfing (SUP), kayaking and snorkeling on the calm waters of Kailua Bay from their beach hut at Kamakahonu.

Hulihe’e Palace in historic Kailua Village is temporarily closed, but two upcoming outdoor events on palace grounds are still happening as scheduled. This Sunday’s band concert is confirmed, as is the annual palace fundraiser, Day at Hulihe’e, on Sat., Mar. 26.

Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides have resumed charters aboard Hula Kai and Fair Wind II from Keauhou Bay, and Keauhou Pier was not damaged, although Fair Wind’s check-in facility will be undergoing repair. Check-ins are being handled at a modified location nearby. The company reports that the north part of Kealakekua Bay near the Captain Cook Monument where the Fair Wind II moors for its popular snorkeling trip, has excellent visibility.

The National Park Service reports that two West Hawai’i parks have partial closures due to tsunami damage. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is open on a very limited basis from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The only areas that are open are the main paved parking lot, the visitors center, amphitheater, and a small portion of the Royal Grounds in front (makai) of the amphitheater. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is now open normally except for a small stretch of coastal trail at the southern portion of the park between ‘Ai’ōpio Fishtrap and ‘Aimakapā Fishpond.

At ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, the tsunami surge cleaved the beach in half, and waves breached the lava rock walls at Kings’ Pond. The public beach access and parking lot at the south end are closed until further notice. The public can access the northern portion of the beach at the Kolea condominium community. Ocean Sports’ catamaran Sea Smoke resumed charters at ‘Anaeho’omalu today.

No damage has been reported at any of the island’s renowned golf courses.

There were no deaths or serious injuries reported in Hawai’i from Friday’s tsunami. All airports are open and flights are on time, and all roads are open.

“We are deeply touched by the outpouring of well wishes from visitors, both here and far away. And in typical Hawai’i Island style, our community, government officials and local agencies are working together efficiently and quickly to get the cleanup job done,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau. “As we count our blessings, we also send our deepest aloha to Japan, and to everyone who suffered losses due to the earthquake and tsunami. For all of us in Hawai’i, Japan is so much more than economics. We are friends and family as we are related by our long historical ties and proud heritage” he said.

Fair Wind Status Post Tsunami

Last July I had the opportunity to go snorkeling with the Fair Winds tour company out of Keauhou Bay on the Big Island.   I was saddened to hear that their main facility was destroyed by the recent tsunami.  They released the following release this afternoon regarding their business:

Media Release:

We are touched by the outpouring of concern for our staff and facilities following the tsunami of early Friday morning March 11. As a result of the massive earthquake in Japan, many locations along the west coast of Hawaii Island were damaged by a tsunami, including Keauhou Bay.

The good news is that our two vessels, Fair Wind II and Hula Kai, were safely out at sea and were not damaged in any way. However, buildings at Keauhou Bay (our check-in facility, another ocean adventure operator’s building and the Keauhou Yacht Club) sustained significant damage requiring extensive repairs.

The Hula Kai moored at it's dock before the tsunami

Immediately following the event Fair Wind began cleanup efforts in around the Bay.  Fair Wind operations will resume on a regular basis beginning Wednesday, March 16. Fortunately, the Kealakekua Bay area near the Captain Cook Monument shows minimal signs of the Tsunami.

We have setup a temporary satellite office at a separate location from our check-in building at the Bay while repairs are being made. Additionally, we will have a modified check-in location outside of our office at Keauhou Bay during normal check-in times for both Fair Wind and Hula Kai cruises.

The Hula Kai at the docks before the tsunami

We invite guests to join us on a cruise soon to scenic, pristine Kealakekua Bay and other locales along the rugged Kona coast. Fair Wind has shared ocean wonders with visitors for the past 40 years and looks forward to another 40 years and more of offering our award-winning tradition of excellence and aloha that has earned the company a reputation as the first choice among residents and visitors for ocean adventure. Mahalo.