`UHANE O KA LA Spirit of the Sun
Our People Make The Magic Big Island Zip Line
What’s Inside Our People Make The Magic 4 Big Island Zip Line 10 Kilauea Adventure 16 What’s Happening 20 Special Offers 21
March 2012 Edition
OUR PEOPLE MAKE THE MAGIC
he people of Mauna Lani Point and The Islands are the foundation of our success and are the ones who assure your comfort and vacation enjoyment. Of course our oceanfront location and spacious villas and townhomes are essential but the warmth and sincere aloha of our staff make the real magic.
Operations Manager Dan joined the Classic Resorts team eleven years ago soon after moving to the Big Island from the Mainland. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics.
“My daily quest is to make sure that our team is focused on the details that matter to you, our guests. I listen and read guest comments to know what’s important to you. For example we know that daily maid service sets us apart from vacation rentals without professional management. So we are really focused on keeping your villa or townhome super clean and orderly. Also we hear all the time that guests appreciate our landscaping staff for their loving care of the flowering plumeria trees, bougainvillea, and other tropical foliage that just grow and grow! Of course I like meeting people from all over the U.S. and from around the world. And I always share my little slice of Hawaii especially the farmer’s markets and the beaches that I enjoy with my family.”
Jasmine Kaulukukui Aloha Guest Services
Jasmine is the first person to welcome you at the Front Desk as you check in and provides concierge services throughout your stay.
“As I welcome guests and get them oriented to Mauna Lani, I also like to make them aware of things to do around the Island. I’m a good resource since I was born in Hilo, raised in Waimea, and went to school in Honolulu. Now that I’m back home on the Big Island, I appreciate it even more. First time guests of course have a check list of the major attractions that all visitors need to experience. The volcano, a luau, a sunset cruise. Return guests have done those activities and often want to know where the local people go. One place that local people like to eat is the Hawaiian Style Café in Waimea. You might have to wait in line but that’s a chance to meet other people and learn about other local favorites!”
Candy DeGroat Housekeeping Manager
Candy ensures that townhomes at The Islands at Mauna Lani and our KaMilo estate home are ready for your arrival.
“I especially like to interact with guests and tell them about my favorite places around the Big Island. If they’re going to Hilo, I’ll say “be sure to stop at Ken’s House of Pancakes!” Or in Kona I encourage them to taste a shave ice from a shop on Alii Drive. We have a beautiful sandy beach here at Mauna Lani but sometimes a guest will ask me about beaches away from the resorts. So I guide them to a beach I like between Puako and Hapuna. – I don’t even know if it has a name! One big improvement I’ve seen is the addition of The Shops at Mauna Lani. This gives all of us a close-by place to buy groceries, pick up a snack and just stroll around doing some window shopping.”
BIG ISLAND ZIP LINE ADVENTURES
oin us on a Big Island zip line tour like no other. The Kohala Zipline Canopy Tour traverses a forested, stream-rich land on the northern tip of the Big Island, an area known since ancient times as Halawa.
With soaring platforms built into majestic trees, accentuated by arching suspension bridges and progressively longer ziplines, our course promises the best of Hawaii adventures, serene and thrilling at once.
Riders soar through the tree canopy
Your aerial trekking course explores a storied mauka (mountain) forest, which spans a river bed on the slopes of the extinct volcano, Kohala. Zipping from tree to tree, you fly past the plants of Hawaii, native kukui trees and fragrant gingers, blossoming ohia shrubs and magnificent eucalyptus. Below you stretch remnants of old taro terraces, which once formed the agricultural foundation of Hawaiian society.
Platforms soar up to 80 feet above the forest floor
You may also catch signs of the Kohala Ditch, an irrigation canal completed in 1906 to provide water for the sugar plantations that formerly surrounded Kohalaâ€™s main towns, Hawi and Kapaau.
Your Hawaii zip line tour high up in the trees takes about three hours, ending with an exciting rappel from the final tree. But even when your body no longer soars from line to line, when our vehicle drives you back down the mountain through pastures and orchards with stunning ocean views, your mind and heart will continue to race from the courseâ€™s beauty and thrill. Whether you are a zip line enthusiast or a first-time outdoor adventure seeker, youâ€™ll find in the Kohala Canopy Tour an unforgettable experience. For more information on this and other great Big Island adventures visit www.hawaii-forest.com or call 1-800-464-1993.
Zip between the trees
KILAUEA ADVENTURE 16
Hawaii’s volcanoes are different from most volcanoes around the world. In other places when a volcano erupts people flee for their lives. In Hawaii we get in our cars and drive down to the lava flow to check it out. In many ways they are gentle volcanoes; they are volcanoes with aloha. Unlike 90% of the earth’s volcanoes, which are located at the boundaries of tectonic plates, Hawaii is smack dab in the middle of a plate. It is this difference, the location and source of Hawaii’s magma, which makes our volcanoes relatively viewer-friendly.
Hawaii’s volcanoes are located in the middle of the Pacific Plate. Like all tectonic plates that form the crust of the earth, the Pacific Plate is moving – inching ever so slightly to the northwest. From deep in the earth a “hot spot” of magma rises upward and melts through the plate.
When the volcanoes are close to the hot spot, like Kilauea, they are very active and growing. As they get pulled away from the hot spot, the volcanoes become less and less active until finally, they are completely severed from the hot spot and become extinct. With waning activity and finally extinction, these volcanoes sink, erode, and slough away as landslides. Finally sinking underneath the ocean surface again, they become seamounts. Story by Rob Pacheco.
If you are interested in touring the volcano please our friends at Hawaii Forest & Trail by visiting their website www.hawaii-forest.com or give them a call at 1-800-464-1993.
UPCOMING BIG ISLAND EVENTS 5/26/2012 ART AND TRADITIONS OF HULA AT KILAUEA Kumu Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah present a hula kahiko “informance” at the hula platform 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; plus cultural/craft demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information call 1-808-967-8222.
6/24/2012 KONA MARATHON AND FAMILY FUN RUNS Since its debut in 1994, this event has become Kona’s premier road race, featuring four great races for the whole family - marathon, half-marathon, and 5-K and 10-K runs. The courses run along the spectacular scenic shoreline of the Pacific Ocean offering beautiful views of crashing waves and mountains. For more information call 1-808-967-8240. Click Here to check out more upcoming events.
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