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HAWAIʻI C U RAT E D T RAV E L + L I F EST Y L E


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CONTENTS

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BEACH BOYS

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Local Vibe

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Local Faves

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Lay of the Island

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Then & Now

Do I look puffy? Spot colorful day geckos ... please don't make it rain ... spot some pesky beauties .... let it flow ... and learn some local lingo. Resident Jason Cohn shares his insight and treasures of Hawai‘i. Getting familiar with the Big Island. A lot may have changed since their golden era on Waikiki, but Hawai‘i's resident beach boys are still sharing their ocean skills and genuine aloha with travelers every day.


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SPOTTING GIANTS

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PELE IS BACK

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATALIA MASTRASCUSA @nataliamastra

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Hawaiian Whales

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Fiery Presence

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Dream Big

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Follow the Sugar

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Culinary Q&A

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Hot Spot

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What We Love Now

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The Guides

The humpbacks steal the show each winter, though our island waters are home to a variety of whale species.

After a brief slumber—Pele is back—and lighting up the night skies over Kīlauea once again.

At the North Hilo Sculpture garden of artist Michael Shewmaker, bigger is better.

How a family sailing adventure led to the resurrection of ancestral sugarcane crops—and some award-winning local rum.

A visit with Chef Richard Polhemus.

FORC—Chef Allen Hess' newest restaurant creation in Waimea.

Epicurean delights around the island.

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LOCAL VIBE

DO I LOOK PUFFY? Although the pufferfish, or blowfish, swims very slow making them easy targets for predators, they are also highly maneuverable and have unique defense mechanisms. Puffers can fill their extremely elastic stomachs up with water and inflate themselves into a spherical shape to appear larger to the stalking predator, giving the puffers a chance to retreat to safety. Tetraodontidae is the scientific name, which refers to the four large teeth fused into the upper and lower plate used for crushing crustaceans and mollusks. In Japan, sashimi fugu (raw puffer meat) prepared only by specially licensed chefs is a celebrated delicacy and sought out for the effects of light-headedness, tingling and numbness of tongue and lips from the minute amount of tetrodotoxin intentionally left by the chef. Strict laws in Japan and other countries only allow chefs who have passed rigorous training to deal with the fish served in restaurants since it takes deft skills to carefully remove the toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat. While puffer poisoning can be deadly to humans, the neurotoxins can be tolerated by other animals such as tiger sharks and lizardfish.

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LOCAL VIBE

GREEN DAY Found throughout Hawai‘i, the gold dust day gecko and the Madagascar day gecko, which is much larger and bulkier in size growing up to lengths of nearly 25 centimeters (about 10 inches), are diurnal species. The gold dust day gecko’s body is usually bright green in color with yellow speckles on the neck and upper back, including three rust-colored transverse bars on the snout and head and three tapering bars on the lower back. They also have blue color around their eyes. The Madagascar day gecko is named for its native eastern coastal home and inhabits trees in rainforests, including those found throughout the Hawaiian Islands. They are the largest species of day geckos and can be easily distinguished with their bright green or bluish-green bodies and distinct rust-colored spots on their mid-back and sides. A defined red line also runs from their snout to eye; the bright colors indicate their ability to camouflage with tropical leaves as they hunt for prey. These reptiles are extremely territorial, especially males. They are known to be quite raucous in defending their territory. Day geckos feed on a variety of insects, floral nectar, and sometimes, sweet fruit. When trekking through Hawai‘i’s lush rainforests or taking a leisurely stroll around the beautifully landscaped resorts, see if you can spot these colorful day geckos that can easily blend in with their verdant environment.

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LOCAL VIBE

TRAGEDY IN BLOOM Indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands, the ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree is abundant here, but found nowhere else in the world. The blossom considered to be sacred to Pele, the volcano goddess in Hawaiian folklore, is—not surprisingly— the island’s official pua (flower). The unique “pom-pom shaped” flower gets its fluffy appearance from masses of stamens that extend from it. The blossoms are typically red, pink, orange or yellow in color with the deep red being most prevalent by far. Tolerating a broad range of conditions from soil to temperature and rainfall the ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree grows equally well at sea level as it does at elevations of up to 8,000 feet. In addition to its beauty, the ‘ōhi‘a lehua also produces a delicious honey, one of the few “honey” trees native to the Hawaiian Islands. To view a profusion of these brilliant and delicate blossoms in a variety of colors, make your way to the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the southeastern end of the island. Be forewarned—legend says that if you pick a blossom, it will rain. The rain is said to be the tears of once separated young lovers, ‘Ōhi‘a and Lehua. Spurned by the handsome ‘Ōhi‘a, Pele, in a jealous rage, transformed him into a tree. Lehua was devastated. Out of pity and guilt, Pele turned Lehua into a magnificent flower and placed her upon the ‘ōhi‘a tree. Separating these reunited lovers in their modern form is highly discouraged. In 2010, a destructive fungal disease, Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD), was first discovered in Puna and was later identified as two fungal species within the genus Ceratocystis. The deadly disease kills the ‘ōhi‘a trees quickly (hence the name) and spreads easily. ROD has been discovered on other Hawaiian Islands. The fungus enters the tree through a wound and spreads to the vascular system depriving the tree of water. You can help stop the spread by staying on established trails and taking the time to clean your shoes and gear before and after entering forests. Do this by brushing off all the soil then spray with 70% rubbing alcohol.

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ANNOYING BEAUTIES The Java sparrow (Padda oryzivora) has become a familiar sight throughout much of Hawai‘i in the last 50 years. Though the name might lead you to believe that this bird is the color of espresso or likes coffee beans, “Java” actually refers to its native Indonesia, where it hails from the islands of Java and Bali. Sleek colors and an amiable nature have made it a popular cage bird since the days of the Ming Dynasty. It was one of the most popular avian pets in the US until the early 1970s when importation of the bird was outlawed due to agricultural concerns. Though common in Hawai‘i since their introduction in the 1960s (although there are rumors that it was introduced on O‘ahu as early as before the 1900s by William Hillebrand), the Java sparrow is actually evaluated as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It has been uplisted from the vulnerable status in 2018. The bird is distinguishable by a black head with white cheek patches, a reddish ring around the eyes, a thick pinkish-red beak, and a smooth blue-gray body.


LOCAL VIBE

LET IT FLOW Hawai‘i is a well-known destination for an idyllic vacation for couples and honeymooners—and with that comes plenty of tempting libations that looks and tastes like the tropics. The Big Island is famous for the very active Kīlauea with dramatic lava flows and dazzles all that has a chance to see the volcano in action. The lava flow is a decadent treat that lacks the burning fury of Madame Pele (Hawaiian fire goddess) regardless of its name and is just as alluring albeit for different reasons. The lava flow cocktail is a blended mixed drink, which in essence combines the typical piña colada with strawberries (the lava). There are numerous variations, but the traditional cocktail combines light and coconut rums, pineapple juice, coconut cream, banana and blends them all with ice and then poured on top of the pureed strawberries sitting on the bottom of a hurricane glass. Achieving the drink’s namesake visual can be a bit tricky. When poured correctly the bright red strawberry purée will “flow” menacingly up the sides of the glass, contrasting with the white of the banana/coconut/pineapple concoction. Ironically cool and refreshing, the lava flow is an island favorite.

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LOCAL VIBE

If you ever hear Hawai‘i residents in a restaurant tell their server that their food “broke da mouth” (pronounced brok dah mout), don’t worry. They didn’t chip a tooth or hurt their jaw. They are simply using a local expression that means their food was really delicious! Literally, they are saying that the food was so good that they wanted to devour it all at once. This term comes from Hawai‘i Pidgin English, a dialect that combines words and phrases from the numerous different cultures and languages that populate the Islands. So fear not, you will be extremely happy to experience a “broke da mouth” meal!

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LOCAL LINGO


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LOCAL FAVES FAVORITE FOOD Hawaiian Style Smoked Meat. It’s a local favorite often made from wild boar and chopped into cubes served with rice. You can find it at many of the authentic Hawaiian food spots like Umekes or Broke Da Mouth Grindz … or any hunter’s house! FAVORITE PASTIME/ACTIVITY Surfing. It’s a great way to siultaniously connect with nature, and friends while getting great exercise—and the best part, no sweating! FAVORITE SNORKEL SPOT Mahukona on the Kohala Coast, everyone knows about Two Step, Kahalu‘u and the Captain Cook Monument. But Māhukona has really easy access in and out of water, and along with great fish, there are some cool plantation relics sunk at the bottom of the bay from a tsunami in 1946. FAVORITE DRIVE The Kohala Mountain Road between Hawi and Waimea. It’s such a unique perspective of the island and the green pastures of the ranches up there make it feel like you transported to Scotland! FAVORITE HIKE I may be biased but Hawaii Forest & Trail’s Kohala Waterfall hike is my favorite, because I can do it with my parents and my 3-year-old son, its incredibly beautiful, and you get to swim in a waterfall! FAVORITE DATE PLACE The Kona Inn bar at sunset. It’s like stepping back in time to old Hawai‘i; great ambiance, great pūpū (appetizers), and great people! FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE IN THE HISTORY Hawi and Kapa‘au. I love the charm of the old plantation buildings, plus there is a statue of my favorite historical figure, King Kamehameha, who was born nearby.

MY HAWAI‘I

LUCKY YOU LIVE HAWAI‘I BECAUSE … I’ve been exploring this island my entire life and there is still so much more to discover!

Jason Cohn Occupation President, Hawaii Forest & Trail How long you have lived in Hawai‘i? I was born in Kona Hospital 37 years ago

NORTH KOHALA HISTORY

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IF YOU WERE A VISITOR, YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW… Don’t honk your horn! If you lay on your horn here, it’s the equivalent of the “middle finger”—we just don’t do that. If you need to get someone’s attention just lightly tap the horn, or simply wait patiently because we are on Hawaiian time!

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LAY OF THE ISLAND

The land you're standing on is very special. For millions of years, forces of nature have worked to create and shape these very islands, as each one slowly, but surely, rose from the sea. Welcome to the island of Hawai‘i, also known as the Big Island, the newest and youngest of the Hawaiian Islands. Here, you can witness many facets of awe and wonder as you explore valleys carved eons ago or newly formed coastlines, all waiting for you to discover their immense beauty, their historical and cultural importance, and their relevancy to our island’s vibrant future. Bigger than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, the Big Island is an island of contrasts and contradictions. Maunakea looms as our tallest volcano at 13,803 feet, but extends another 19,700 feet below sea level making it the tallest mountain in the world when measured from the base. (Mount Everest is the highest mountain.) Yet, only a hundred feet or so shorter, Mauna Loa is considered the world’s largest volcano, both in terms of mass and volume. Kīlauea, which until recently was one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is not even the youngest. Right off the southeast coast of the Big Island lies Lō‘ihi Seamount, a submarine volcano slowly growing larger, and poised to make its emergence above the sea surface in only a mere hundred thousand years, give or take. Whatever type of adventure you’re looking for, the Big Island delivers in spades. If you’re looking to step foot into some of the world’s best and most colorful beaches, with your choice of white at Hāpuna Beach State Park or Manini‘ōwali Bay (also known as Kua Bay), black at Punalu‘u, grey or green sands at Papakōlea, you’ve come to the right place. If you’d rather explore massive peaks, dense jungle rainforests, subterranean lava tubes

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(Thurston Lava Tube in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park), dry, arid deserts, and almost all types of landscapes in between, the Big Island has it. Thrill-seekers might prefer catching a big wave or soar high above the trees on a zipline over stunning waterfalls. For adventurers who prefer less adrenaline inducing activities, gently float down an old cane field irrigation ditch in a tube in Hawi. And nature lovers can look for sightings of native birds in a peaceful forest. Whatever you’re seeking, whether its relaxation and respite on a gorgeous beach or unforgettable adventure, the Big Island is an extraordinary playground for all. Everything about the Hawaiian culture, traditions, history, language, food and, of course, genuine aloha is truly what makes this place so singular. Learning about King Kamehameha, the great unifier of all the Hawaiian Islands, and his journey from a young chief to commanding statesman, is a historical significance felt greatly on the Big Island, his birthplace. The Big Island is home to one of the most diverse populations in the entire United States. Along the way, you’re sure to experience the unique culture of many ethnic groups of people who have made Hawai‘i home over generations. From the ancestors of former sugar cane workers, including Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean residents, to more recent immigrants such as Anglo-American, Marshallese, and other Polynesian Islanders, each culture has brought its own flavor here. Taking the time to see how they’ve blended into a beautiful mélange is one of the joys of the different experiences found here.


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then & now Hawai‘i’s Legendary Beach Boys words MARGARET KEARNS

DANIEL PEREZ AND THE ALAKA‘I NALU CREW

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hile more than a century has passed since the golden era of Waikīkī’s iconic beach boys, the aloha and ocean skills they graciously shared with visitors—albeit while pocketing generous tips and winning more than a few wāhine (girls') hearts—has endured through the decades, passed from one generation to the next. The embodiment of charm and a sun-kissed, fun-filled, stress-free lifestyle, Waikīkī beach boys conjured visions of tropical bliss played out daily on white sand beaches with turquoise seas and gently lapping waves. These dreamy images captured the imaginations of thousands worldwide beginning in the 1920s, a period that marked the opening of the first beachfront luxury resorts that remain today as the beloved “Grand Dames” among Waikīkī hotels—the Moana Surfrider and Royal Hawaiian Hotels. Best known and revered among the original beach boys was Duke Kahanamoku, the five-time Olympic swimming medalist (winning 3 gold and 2 silver) who introduced surfing to the world during his international travels. Highly skilled, professional and welcoming to all, Duke was eventually dubbed the islands’ Ambassador of Aloha. Today, legions of women and men throughout Hawai‘i ensure his legacy endures, embracing his values while pursuing the highest level of local marine knowledge, water sports skills and sharing them with others. Now, widely known as stewards of the ocean or masters of the waves, they are forever at heart beach boys. On Hawai‘i Island, you’ll find them beachfront at all the major resorts and on lifeguard stands at the island’s public beach parks. A few of these watermen agreed to brush off the sand and salt temporarily to talk story with us.

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DANIEL PEREZ Lead Alaka‘i Nalu (master of the waves) Daniel Perez has called Hualālai Resort home for 24 years. A native Big Islander, Perez traces his history back four generations to a great grandfather and great uncle of Spanish descent who jumped ship and swam to shore on the island’s northeast side. Once here, they never left! Besides his Spanish seafaring ancestors, Perez has native Hawaiian roots on both his mother’s and father’s side. “I was pretty much born to this role, it’s part of my culture. I grew up at the beach, in the ocean with my family and lots of aunties and uncles. I’m deeply connected to this place; sharing it with others is a privilege,” Perez says. Today, Perez is not only a veteran waterman, but a licensed boat captain. He routinely takes Hualālai members and Four Seasons hotel guests on adventure tours along the Kona/Kohala Coast aboard the property’s 30-foot Ribcraft “Maka‘ala.” The tours are especially popular during winter Humpback whale season and Perez shares an especially memorable encounter experienced early this year. “We had a boat full of visitors who weren’t regular ocean-goers—in fact, they were professional golfers—when two whales swam around the Ribcraft at close range. It was a mother and her newborn calf. The calf alternately swam free and then would return to mom holding tightly to her back. “They were absolutely blown away­—amazed at what they were seeing. I couldn’t resist saying, ‘This is one of the many things that make this special place much more than just golf,’” Perez says. Introducing “newbies” to the ocean and all its critters, whether aboard the Ribcraft, stand-up or outrigger canoe paddling, Perez says, is one of the most exciting and satisfying parts of the job.

A native of Hilo, Tyson Yoshizwani moved to Puakō ( just a few miles south of Mauna Kea Resort) with his family at age 5. For the past 18 years, he’s literally been working in his childhood home’s front yard as a waterman at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. “I grew up at the beach—swimming, diving, and surfing. I just fell in love with the ocean. It actually chose this career for me. Of course, as a kid, I’d read about beach boy legends such as Eddie Akau on O‘ahu’s North Shore and Buffalo Keaulana at Waikīkī, and I’d try to emulate them,” Yoshizwani says. One of his greatest joys is taking visitors—some who don’t even swim—out on outrigger canoes, catching waves for their first time and seeing how grateful and amazed they are. “The ocean is beautiful and healing. With their recognition of that, I’ve had guests break down in tears from the experience,” he says. On the flip side, performing water rescues, recognizing potentially dangerous ocean conditions and communicating them is a huge responsibility that he and his colleagues take seriously. Posting colored flags that indicate conditions every morning and updating as needed throughout the day is just part of it. Rotating watches on the lifeguard stand and getting qualified for safe operation of jet skis with their towed, life-saving sleds are prerequisites to clinching a beach boy position at the hotel. In addition, all watermen and women must attain certifications in first aid, CPR, Red Cross lifeguard and first responder, he says. “Over the years I’ve seen many come and go. It’s a lifestyle not suited to everyone—there are long days in the hot sun, in the water and at times in potentially dangerous, life-threatening situations. For me, it’s easy; it’s what I love to do on and off the job,” Yoshizwani says.

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"Of course, as a kid, I’d read about beach boy legends ... and I’d try to emulate them."

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"And it helps if you have just a bit of kolohe (rascal) in you!”

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PI‘I LAEHA Affectionately known as the “Turtle Guy,” O‘ahu native Pi‘i Laeha straddles the “then and now” of Hawai‘i’s beach boy culture. Today, as natural resource manager at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection on the Kohala Coast, Laeha is charged with care of the property’s ancient fish ponds and the Malama Honu green turtle program. Through this program, turtle hatchlings are raised until they are an appropriate size to be released into the ocean. His love affair with all things ocean, however, started more than 50 years ago when he was bodyboarding on O‘ahu beaches every chance he got. “After graduating high school in 1974, my friends and I would catch the bus to Waikīkī to surf. Only problem was, at that time, buses didn’t have racks, so we couldn’t take our boards,” he says. Working out a deal with the Waikīkī beach boys, Laeha and friends would help clear the beach of litter in exchange for one hour surfing on the beach boys’ boards. Aside from loaning boards, some of these long-time beach boys—among them Ted Bush, the youngest ever to be 1st Canoe Captain, and Duke Kuahulu, the first steersman on the traditional voyaging canoe, Hōkūlea—would share their skills and impart their values. “Ted always said, work first and play later. And there was a code they all abided by: don’t lie and don’t steal,” Leaha says. “They would also watch us to gauge our potential—our skills, of course, but also how we related to and talked with people.” “One day, I was invited to be one of two crewmen on an outrigger canoe excursion for tourists. Afterwards I was given a $2 tip and I thought, ‘Good God, I can make money doing what I love,” he says. Ultimately, Laeha spent some 15 years on Waikīkī Beach prior to moving to Hawai‘i Island in the late 1980s. “At the time, I heard the Fairmont Orchid was looking to hire beach boys. The interviewing manager asked why I wanted to be an Orchid beach boy and I respectfully responded, ‘I don’t want to become a beach boy. I am a beach boy,’” he says. Beyond the obvious ocean skills and knowledge, what exactly is a beach boy according to Leaha? “It’s a lifestyle, not just a job. In essence, beach boys are ambassadors of aloha with lots of storytelling, playing music, just being welcoming and nice to people—you can’t beat it! And it helps if you have just a bit of kolohe (rascal) in you!”


While he may have grown up in upcountry Waimea, Bullet Obra’s heart and soul are firmly planted in the sand. Today that translates to the Surf Shack on the beach at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection where he serves as director of operations for outdoor adventures. Most of those adventures, he’s quick to point out, are based on or in the ocean. “I started at Mauna Lani beach right out of high school in 2008, working with the hotel contractor Hulakai. Eventually the hotel took operations in-house, and I continued with them, offering stand up and canoe paddling activities,” he says. His role has grown over the years, and Obra now manages a team of 10 fellow watermen. His love of all-things-ocean began at age three surfing with his father. By age six, he was winning tournaments in the 12 and underage group in Hawai‘i; and at age 10, he was the finalist at nationals in San Clemente, California. “Needless to say, surfing has always been a big part of my life. That fact coupled with growing up admiring the old-time Waikīkī beach boys inspired my choice to walk in their footsteps,” Obra says. “We’re here to share what we love and what we are most passionate about, while making sure people are safe.” He says 90% of the hotel guests have never been in the ocean, or if so, just a very few times. “Seeing their excitement enjoying our ocean activities is actually what keeps me excited every day. It’s such a great reminder of how lucky we are to be living this beach boy life.”

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HAWAIIAN WHALES words ANDREW WALSH

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As humpback whale season comes to an end this year, we’ll look seaward towards the endless Pacific and strain to glimpse one last fleeting breach of any remaining humpbacks as they leave for their summer feeding grounds. We say goodbye and wait for their return, but we must remember below the waves, the waters around these islands are home to a much wider variety of our mammalian relatives who are just as important and amazing as the mighty, melodious humpbacks.

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Of course, it’s easy to see why humpbacks cause such a splash, both in and out of the water, as they are unavoidably the most easily seen and experienced of all the whales that migrate to Hawai‘i. In fact, each year over 10,000 humpbacks journey to the warm safety of the island to give birth, calf, and mate. Starting around November and lasting until April, the Pacific humpbacks leave their summer feeding grounds in the cold nutrient rich waters off Alaska. Their journey is one of the great migration routes of any creature to have lived on this small blue planet. With only their instinct to safeguard and spread new life, they cross a treacherous sea route of killer whales, net entanglements, pollution, and vessel strikes. Incredibly, through all these hazards, the Pacific humpbacks, regardless of where they migrate (Central America, Asia, or Hawai‘i), all sing the same constantly evolving melodic language 3,000 miles later, if all goes well for the Hawaiian humpbacks, they arrive in the beautiful waters we have all come to know and love. What is even more amazing, humpbacks pack their own lunch. The clear tropical waters around Hawai‘i are a food desert for them. It’s easy to assume they are full of an incredible array of life, as the nearshore coral reefs support a multitude of astounding creatures and food webs. And though this is true and a testament to the incredible abilities of corals to sustain whole ecosystems, the reefs are truly an oasis in what is otherwise an ocean desert. And humpbacks, weighing up to 90,000 lbs., simply can’t get too close to the reefs as they could easily run aground. So, they bring with them all the food they need to survive stored in the blubber that insulates and supports their massive frames. If they carefully plan and execute a sustained feeding ritual throughout the summer months in the feeding grounds off Alaska, a mother humpback will carry enough supplies to provide her newborn with 100 liters of milk every day, in addition to supporting her own energy needs. And if you have ever tried fending off a frisky humpback suitor, it takes a lot of energy. A humpback’s ability and aptitude to preserve, sustain, and coordinate its complex feeding and migration decisions, is nothing short of unbelievable and a strong indication of higher order thinking, planning, and intelligence. There they go again stealing the spotlight. It’s easy to do, with all that leaping and splashing around! It’s

worth remembering that humpbacks and humans aren’t the only warm-blooded cousins we have living among us. Eighteen species of odontocetes (toothed whales) and seven species of Mysticeti (baleen whales) have been documented in Hawaiian waters. But what do all those terms mean? It might help to know that dolphins and whales are both members of the same family—Cetacean. Baleen whales don’t have teeth, but rather large filamentous plates called baleen that filter-feed great volumes of water that they force out through their enormous mouths. These include species like humpbacks and fin whales, and they are generally the much larger members of the Cetacean family. The odontocetes or “toothed whales” include all the dolphins and porpoises. So really a dolphin is just a toothed whale with a cooler sounding name and smaller body frame. The most common species of toothed whales (dolphins) found in Hawai‘i are the spinner, bottlenose and spotted. But let’s focus on what most of us think about when we think whale—the larger more charismatic megafauna that live mostly hidden in Hawaiian waters, such as the false killer whales, melon-headed whales, pygmy killer whales, and short-finned pilot whales. Out of all of these, the short-finned pilot whales, generally referred to as just “pilot whales” here in Hawai‘i, are the most likely to be seen. Although they are found in all the world’s oceans, year-round they can be found off Maui and often the Big Island. Their large odd-shaped bulbous heads help to identify them, as well as their strongly curved, broad-based dorsal fins. These whales were made semi-famous in 2012 through a viral video off the Big Island of a female swimmer being dragged fairly deep underwater in apparent play behavior. She and the whale parted ways, both intact, but perhaps on less friendly terms, emphasizing that these whales should always be given space and respect. False killer whales, although not common, are among the more likely of other whales also seen. And by not common, it is estimated that only 200, or so, individual whales live in these waters. Which, like many of the whale species we mention in this article, face serious threats of endangerment or extinction from their human family. NOAA recently (2018) established critical habitat protection for these species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as upwards of 90% of these whale are seriously injured

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by human activity annually. These 15-foot toothed whales (dolphins) bear little resemblance to killer whales, but they both share similar skull features, particularly large rows of conical teeth, so scientists lump them together. Like killers, they are very predatory and have been seen utilizing cooperative feeding behaviors. Like most whales and humans, they are highly sociable and are generally found in pods of 10-40 whales and can potentially be seen throughout all the main Hawaiian Islands. Melon-headed whales look much like they sound: a large swimming beast with a melon for a head. Not only are they unique but also less likely to be seen of the “commonly spotted” whales in Hawai‘i, mainly because they feed in deeper waters, although a resident population is found along the Kohala coast. Population estimates are a little better for these sea-going mammalian melons, around 3,000 individuals. Their presence in deeper waters may explain some repeated mass-stranding events in recent years potentially linked to active sonar from deep-sea military vessels. At six to eight feet long, they are among the smaller whales, but their unique head and fondness for living in pods from 100 to 1,000 members strong, often including other whale species, makes for an unforgettable encounter if one should be lucky enough to see them. Even more reclusive are the pygmy killer whales. They are one of the least known and least encountered whales in the world. Through the efforts of one researcher, Dan McSweeney of the Wild Whale Research Foundation, we know more about the yearround Hawaiian pygmy killer whales than any other pods around the world. Still, that doesn’t amount to much information, only making these whales that much more interesting and mysterious. Like so much of this blue planet, there are depths of knowledge surrounding us that we have yet to unravel, a sentiment embodied in the pygmy killer whales. Of course, many people think of killer whales when they visualize other popular well-known whales; and they would be right to assume that here in Hawai‘i we also see them occasionally. The populations that visit these islands are considered “roving” as opposed to “resident” orcas, such as those found off the mainland’s West Coast; and they are one of the least understood or identified groups of orca throughout the Pacific. The transient roving populations of

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killer whales feed both on fish and other mammals, such as whales. Their name originated from sailors who would watch them organize and systematically attack larger whales (often calves, and old or injured whales), and so they dubbed them “whale killers.” These coordinated hunters are one of the major threats for Humpback mothers ferrying their young across the great Pacific migration they must undergo to reach Hawai‘i each year. Like many of the whales around the Hawaiian Islands, you stand a much better chance of seeing certain whales from different islands, even from different coastlines of each island. For instance, Cuvier’s beaked whales, a curious smaller whale resembling a bottlenose dolphin, is not likely to be seen anywhere except the Big Island. While dwarf sperm whales can generally only be seen from the Lāna‘i and Kona coastlines. However, most whales, regardless of where or if you can see them, share a sacred, critical role in the ecosystems around the islands. Hence, their health is our health, and viceversa. We share so many of the same behaviors, priorities, and dare I say “thoughts.” They nurse their young just as we do, sharing babysitting duties between mothers and even older males. They constantly communicate with one another, through a complex, organized sonic language that sounds like squeaks, whistles, clicks, and squeals to us. But doesn’t any language we don’t understand sound just as strange and unintelligible? Although to some they may appear to be just really big fish (an exception being the sometimesseen whale shark which is actually a really big fish, not a mammal), there is ample evidence to suggest that the nai‘a (dolphins) and koholā (whales) are second in intelligence and brain size only to humans. They exhibit recordable memory, self-reflection, mathematical aptitude, and outward self-conscious personalities. And above all, they plainly express the “emotions” of suffering the loss of a family member or the instinct to care for each other. As many of our mammalian sea-going neighbors are under serious threat, does it not seem to be the “human” thing to do, to care just a little more for them. I hope you can see and be inspired by one of Hawai‘i’s meeker or mightier whales, as living among the depths of these mysterious and diverse whales is a weighty privilege and unique responsibility.


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FIERY PRESENCE After a brief slumber—Pele is back—and lighting up the night skies over Kīlauea once again.

words ANDREW WALSH images CHRIS BERINGER

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On a warm and otherwise uneventful day, somewhere around 300,000 years ago, our modern ancestors (Homo sapiens) took their first mysterious steps across a violent and shifting landscape. Little is known as to how or why these prolific progenitors exploded across the globe. But they would inevitably shape a new world. Far away, across oceans, that world was also taking its own shape as the rumblings of another epoch and equally mysterious origin story burst cataclysmically from the very heart of our beating fiery planet. The ancient Hawaiians would name this place Kīlauea, the fiery home to one of their most revered and omnipresent Hawaiian Gods: Pele—creator of new lands and destroyer of old ones.

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Perhaps it is no coincidence that Pele would make Kīlauea her home, as many stages of its developments coincided with our ancestors. As humans took our first steps, Kīlauea laid its first alkali-basalt lava flows thousands of feet deep below the ocean’s tumultuous surface. And while humans were building their modern footings upon two million years of evolution, Kīlauea was birthing atop the foundations of an 81-million-year-old process that would transform the Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain into the Islands we cherish today. From this spirited birth below the ocean, Kīlauea would transition over 150,000 years from a preshield volcano, characterized by infrequent low volume eruptions that were quickly cooled by the surrounding cold seawater, to the characteristic explosive shield-type volcano that dominates the Hawaiian archipelago and are responsible for the effusive lava flows contributing to most of the Island chain’s mass. And just as humans began to utter their first words, some 50,000-150,000 years ago, Kīlauea broke free of its watery bonds, and loudly erupted upon the surface to join in the conversation. Up and up, it would grow over thousands of years, but Pele shrouded her future home in glowing secrets. Much of Kīlauea’s shield-building phase is poorly known as only 10% of Kīlauea’s surface rocks are older than 1000 years, leaving scientists a mystery cloaked in fiery calderas and molten rock, a realm no human can pass through. It’s only in the more recent past, 2500 years or so, that clues remain to study the formation of this volcanic island maker. Like the many legends of Pele’s countless lovers, infidelities, feuds, and heated retributions, Kīlauea’s past has been pieced together from the cycles of explosive tephra-dominated (ash

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and rock ejected from the volcano) and effusivedominated (lava flow) periods recorded in deposits upon its slopes. Scientists have discovered that for 60% of that time a caldera, often thousands of feet deep with magma, has existed in the summit. This caldera helps create a cycle of explosive and effusive periods. As magma fills the caldera, lava flows from the summit and rift zone vents. When the magma supply slows, the caldera collapses, sometimes thousands of feet inside the volcano to the ground water level. If this ground water then enters the magma chambers and vents, it will trigger an immense explosive period. A previous major explosive period lasted for over 1200 years, launching rocks the size of small dogs up to three miles, and baseball-sized rocks up to 12 miles, only ending with a gushing phase some 1000 years ago. Since then, various cycles of eruption have occurred. This period included the formation of the present day Kīlauea caldera following the 60-year ‘Ailā‘au lava flow, spilling out over the summit to the coast on the north side of the East Rift Zone. The ‘Ailā‘au flow began in 1400 CE and is the longest continuous flow witnessed by people in Hawai‘i. Its end ushered in 300 years of explosive eruptions when the caldera collapsed upon itself, as magma supplies slowed, and the caldera floor dropped thousands of feet, equal to 1.5 cubic miles, yes miles, of reduced volume. This explosive period ended in the early 19th century, but accounts for some of the most legendary modern descriptions and unbelievable recorded history including 2000-ft lava fountains, eruptions reaching the jet stream, pyroclastic surges miles down its flanks, and blankets of 35-ft thick deposits covering the summit in an instant. Until finally, a relatively mild effusive period


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It would take entire books to describe the many unique experiences, creatures, geologic processes, and beautiful sites scattered across Kīlauea’s slopes. beginning about 200 years ago began slowly filling the summit caldera with magma once again. And by mild, that still includes immense lava flows, lava fountains, and the occasional unpredictable explosive blips. The last major blip occurred in 1924, when the lava lake in the Halema‘uma‘u Crater on the floor of Kīlauea’s summit caldera suddenly drained hurtling ash, dust, and rocks for 17 days, some car sized, as far as half a mile from the crater. So, while this relatively “calm” period will last for some time, eventually Pele will explode in renewed fury and likely remain that way for a long, long time. What we are left with is an incredible landscape full of spectacular formations, flora, and fauna born from cataclysm. Throughout Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, there are a multitude of geologic creations marking the violent pressures and releases as the earth’s crust battles to begin anew. Two of my favorites are the Kīlauea Iki hike and Thurston Lava Tube. It is almost a rite of passage to begin with the Thurston Lava Tube, known locally as Nāhuku Lava Tube. After a short walk through a tree fern forest teeming with local bird species and colorful ‘ōhi‘a trees, you will arrive at a glowing entrance to an underground hideaway. Since lava hasn’t flown through this tube in hundreds of years, you can walk through it and imagine at that very moment tubes exactly like it are carrying streams of subterranean flows from the Pu’u O’o crater to the ocean. Beyond the sense of mystery and connection one feels walking through arteries that once carried the very life blood of the Hawaiian Islands, you can marvel at the unique geologic features and hidden creatures that have also helped redefine our understanding of biologic and evolutionary science. Once you emerge from the shadowy depths of Thurston, head to one of the best hikes in Volcanoes National Park on the southern part of the island— the Kīlauea Iki trail. This hike is easily accessible from the Crater Rim Drive, and trail maps with information can be found at the visitors’ center in

the park. Where else on earth can you walk through the crater of a volcanic eruption—the most violent recorded eruption Hawai‘i has ever seen? The fourmile (two to three hours) loop trail begins atop the Kīlauea Iki crater rim and descends steeply through rainforest teeming with tropical flora and fauna. Reaching the dried lava lake on the crater floor, you begin your path across the barren black rock, which before it cooled was a 400-ft deep lake of molten lava. The spectacular 1900-foot high fountain eruption in 1959 added 86 million tons of Madame Pele’s ferocity to the lava lake. It took over 30 years for the lava lake to completely solidify, yet it feels like you could still fall through! Near the eastern edge of the crater, it is still possible to find the deep drill holes scientists bored to assess the underground lava but be careful as super-heated steam still rises through them. Scattered across the crater floor, young ‘ōhi‘a trees, generally the first plant to colonize lava flows, stand out with their beautiful red blossoms. This is a phenomenal hike that blends the isolated prehistoric feel of walking across a barren volcanic crater with the vibrant lush embrace of the crater rim rainforest. It would take entire books to describe the many unique experiences, creatures, geologic processes, and beautiful sites scattered across Kīlauea’s slopes. But the best place to start is the visitor center at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. It is a gateway to an otherworldly realm found nowhere else on earth. Discover the earth before it became earth and watch it do so before your eyes. Like the many inhabitants of old, you can feel Pele’s mana (spiritual power) as she gives and takes of the land. This ancient process of fiery rock meeting water will linger in the imagination and enlighten you to the violent beginnings and continual renewal of the Island of Hawai‘i. And just as humans were birthed alongside Kīlauea, perhaps it will awaken and enlighten a shared connection to the land and the people deep inside your own fiery depths.


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BIG At the North Hilo Sculpture garden of artist Michael Shewmaker, bigger is better. words BROOKE REHMANN images RINA MAE JABOLINA

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When I visited Michael’s sculpture garden, I was awe struck by the size and scale of his pieces, while also being intrigued by the process of making each sculpture. The large pieces had me wondering how they were produced here on our island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Michael shared that when he creates a piece, he designs a small version as a model, which is then sent off to his fabricator who creates the pieces and ships them back to him. He’s had incredible luck, he tells me, that the fabricator creates his pieces exactly as he envisions them. The only constraint, however, is the size of a shipping container in order for him to get the completed pieces back home. This is one disadvantage to living on an island in the middle of a vast ocean—had he been stationed on the mainland, he could use trucks to ferry his pieces around. Still, the limitations of size and scope do not seem to be holding Michael back. Only a quick glance of his sculpture garden would tell a viewer that his imagination is always at work, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. The garden is the work of the past 15 years of his life; and in his late 60s, his future goals include working more with clay or stone. However, as we sit on his lānai (patio) sipping iced tea, he shares, “To me, these are my maquettes. I want them to be tremendously larger, 300, maybe 600 feet.” Already awe-inspiring at this humbling size, it doesn’t take a ton of imagination to imagine the beauty of these in this larger scale. But for Michael, all of this is a privilege, to have your life’s work so readily available, right in your own backyard: “I asked myself, what is the goal? I could do more making the garden than scattering the pieces with the wind. Once I started, I had a dream that if you could do two pieces a year, then after five years, you’d have 10 pieces, 10 years, I’d have 20 pieces. And that’s how it’s gone.” But not every piece of his work resides in his garden. Some have traveled extensively to North Carolina, Colorado, Los Angeles, the Grounds for Sculpture Garden in Hamilton, New Jersey to Art Week in Miami, and almost everywhere in between. “Every piece is strictly from my imagination. It is a huge privilege to create art as I see it, especially at this scale.” Most of Michael’s work is abstract, but a few pieces are representational. While abstract is his first love, he has sculpted a lion, inspired by the Sphinx sculpture he saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York City. This sculpture as well as the sculpture of Braddah Iz gives visitors a familiar starting place: “These pieces give those who come

here and can’t relate to abstract art something to start with. People often have to develop a taste for abstract art.” Then there are the Pop Art pieces, the ones that make Michael laugh. As we walked up to this giant yellow piece, a sculpture with the word “it” written in lower case letters that sits at the bottom of his property, Michael says, “Well, this is ‘it,’” in a way that tells me he relishes the joke each time he says it. And who could blame him? This, really, is it. And why the yellow, I wonder, when everything else is the color of steel or white? “Because the best yellow is the Lamborghini yellow,” he says. He specifically looked up the color from a 1970s model, found the ID number, and voila, this is now “it.” The other piece that makes Michael laugh is a massive metallic nut, sitting at the top of his property. As we walk up to it, he tells me the story of how he had spent years hoping to make a circle, something to capture the chi force that has been influential over his and his wife’s life, but had been unable to come up with a way to do a complete circle. One day, a nut fell on the ground in his workshop and the sun hit it in just the right way. “I thought, eureka! It has such power, but it’s also ridiculous,” he says with a laugh. It turns out that this piece is also the only one that violates his “must fit in a shipping container rule,” as it was fabricated in two pieces; but the effect the piece emits makes it seem like it was the perfect piece to break a rule or two. A large percentage of his work is circular in nature, with winding curves weaving in and out, creating striking visuals, but also a juxtaposition between the life force the circles represent and the “lifeless” stainless steel that he works with. When I ask if there’s a favorite piece, he doesn’t hesitate to say Continuum, a white piece made up of multiple spirals that resolve into a complete loop. It’s not just about picking a favorite, though, but rather about the creative process. “I love the process,” he says. “If it wasn’t for that, it wouldn’t happen.” And how wonderful, I marvel, that we are fortunate to have access to his art here on our big little island. In some ways, Michael considers himself an ambassador of sculpture, to open people’s minds to possibilities they might not have considered, and to be awestruck by the scale and beauty of his work. “One thing I am trying to accomplish is to give people a chance to see something they couldn’t normally see.” And in this one backyard overlooking the blue Pacific, it truly is a sight like no other.

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Q&A How did you first get started into art in a general sense, followed by abstract art and then public sculpture in a more specific sense? Art grabbed me from an early age. Sculpture in particular moved me in a big way. Here with a quick story: For the 1964-1965 World’s Fair the Vatican agreed to allow Michelangelo’s Pietá to be moved to New York, the only time that the piece has ever left the country. My parents drove us the 1,200 miles from our home in Illinois to see the fair where the incredible Unisphere greeted us at the entrance. The Italian pavilion brought us within several feet of the luminous Pieta. I was devastated when, many years later, a nut took a hammer to her nose. Now at St. Peter’s, the Vatican won’t let you within 50 feet of her. I was 12 when I saw this masterpiece and it cemented my love of sculpture. From there I had many significant seminal experiences. Alberto Giacometti was huge; and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Picasso’s huge piece in Chicago were big for me when I was young. Ultimately though, a friend introduced me to the work of Alexander Calder, the famous inventor of the mobile. What grabbed me though were his huge installation sculptures like the Flamingo or Le Hallebardier. The very idea that these things existed moved me to the point that I have visited many of them all over the world. My background is pretty conservative, and I was drawn to figurative art early on. This led me to visit art wherever I could. The more I saw, the more I understood that it was abstraction that pulled at my heartstrings. Why abstract art moves me more than figurative work is a bit of a mystery, but I believe it is due to the imagination being more powerful than reality. Tell us about some of your earlier works—were

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they always on the scale that we can see today? Large works have always been my passion but were not a possibility until more recently, mostly because of a lifelong battle with Crohn’s disease. I was 85 pounds when I was in high school and barely survived to graduation. College years were a bit better, but life was such a struggle as I was forced to focus on survival rather than art upon getting my fine art degree. I made myself a solemn promise to return to my passion if I was ever able. When I turned 50, I was much healthier than at 18 and was pushed by a sculptor friend to pick up the hammer again. I started building pieces in the 6- to 12-foot range immediately and was gratified that they seemed to grab people’s interest. I entered these pieces in various sculpture shows that had a one to two-year duration. This allowed me to test the waters and build confidence that the work was worthy. After completion of a 16’ piece nearly took my entire being, I decided that I needed assistance. Traditional sculpture practice has been to create a model and use professional sculpture fabricators to scale the piece up to its final size. Now my larger pieces involve a team of six to eight craftsmen working months toward their completion. How do you initially find your inspiration? Does that idea change or evolve over time as you create each piece? For the most part, I am looking for a visceral response from the viewer. That often means many months of work in my head resolving an idea that I believe will get me there. Then I turn to building a model that moves me on a small scale and imagine how it will present larger. That usually means the piece sits around the house for a year or more before I make the


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commitment to scale it up. The models often start with a strand of wire with which I draw a shape that interests me. More wire is tied in until I complete a cage like structure that (in my mind's eye) resembles how I see the finished piece. This is then wrapped in cloth, covered in concrete (for rigidity) and then covered in plaster that is carved to its final shape. All the while I need to keep in mind precisely how the piece will be fabricated. The common thread here is the use of the hammer. Although these large pieces might look like something that was 3D printed, they are made using very old school techniques. The sheet metal panels are almost always hammered to their final shape then welded into position. How did you end up on the Big Island? How does it influence your art? I first visited the Big Island more than 40 years

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ago when a friend from college came here and encouraged me to follow. I met my wife here and have called the Hilo area home ever since. The ocean is a huge influence to the point that I see my garden as a coral bed. The random energy of the sea and its power tug at me always. What feelings do you hope to evoke in your viewer/appreciator through your artwork? I recall how moved I was by significant works when I was young and these are the viewers I am most driven to speak to. If I could inspire one young person through my work to take up sculpture that would make it all worthwhile. Another quick story: One day, three Hawaiian women showed up at my gate and would not leave. When I talked with them, I learned that they had recently come here from Moloka‘i for work. They were totally unfamiliar with even the idea of monumental sculpture, but were totally rapt. One of


these young women was smitten. She walked to each piece and communed with it. Their visit and reaction to the work had me on cloud nine for months. What’s something that an appreciator or viewer of your art can instantly recognize as a Michael Shewmaker piece? Over the years I think I have developed a language that carries through from one piece to the next. At best, I think my work depicts the underlying Chi or life force that exists in every living thing. Along with that is humor, pathos and, I hope, beauty. Who are some of your idols and/or influences in relation to art? Calder, as I have said, is the reason the work exists at all. I have a book from the 60s that shows a photo of the pasture outside his studio where a few of his models were on display. My garden was inspired by that photo.

The great sculptors who have grabbed me are Jaques Lipchitz, Alberto Giacometti, Claes Oldenburg, the architects Eero Saarinen and Santiago Calatrava, and of course, Picasso, Michelangelo, Rothko, Pollock, De Kooning, and Frankenthaler. Looking ahead, how might your work evolve in the future? What might you want to try out but you have yet to do so? I see some works in clay that may hang on the wall in my future. I spent several years studying ceramics in school and love the feel of clay in my hands. Given an unlimited amount of time and tools, I would love to do work with stone. What a departure that would be. Michael Shewmaker’s sculpture garden is open to visitors by appointment. It is located near the Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden in Pepe‘ekeo, about 10 minutes north of Hilo. For more information visit shewmakersculpture.com or contact Tiffany’s Art Agency at tiffanysartagency.com.

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FOLLOW -theSUGAR How a family sailing adventure led to the resurrection of ancestral sugarcane crops—and some award-winning local rum.

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Rum

—the suitable spirit for celebrating arrival to a tropical locale, the drink-of-choice for infamous pirates such as Jack Sparrow, and the alcohol found in bottles typically adorned with either a sea captain or an octopus. While the whimsical oceanic tale—and artificial coconut flavoring—of this sweet liquor make each sip of a poolside piña colada taste more scrumptious, there’s a Hawai‘i-based distillery that’s celebrating rum’s authentic narrative and making award-winning, world-class rum in the process.

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In 2007, Steve Jefferson and his family of four embarked on a sailing excursion around the Caribbean. Upon landing on the French island of Martinique, the Jefferson’s toured a local sugarcane farm where he and his wife toasted their safe arrival with rum agricole— rum made from fresh-pressed sugarcane juice rather than molasses—while their young children happily sipped on the pre-distilled nectar. To their surprise, this rum represented something far different from the base spirit found in multi-colored, umbrella-topped cocktails that nostalgically kickstart vacation-mode. This delicious liquor, full of depth in flavor and in meaning, was like “someone slamming on the brakes,” according to Steve. Growing up in Hawai‘i, Steve witnessed the gap between the vibrant Hawaiian culture and the experience tourists received while visiting. Plastic lei replaced fresh plumerias, tour buses replaced genuine interactions with the land, and Hawai‘i’s once abundant and defining sugarcane crop was siloed into a singular juicing stand at the farmers market. When Steve tasted the rum agricole, he found a vehicle in which to bridge the gap. Intent on cultivating an authentic Hawaiian experience, Steve returned to the Big Island of Hawai‘i, partnered with Chris Schlarb, and together they tested their hand at making traditional Hawaiian rum. The first step: distilling rum from molasses, an inexpensive

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and less labor-intensive byproduct that serves as the primary input for over 97% of the world’s rum. After a successful trial with molasses, they moved on to the tougher job of using the juice from fresh sugarcane, which they sourced along roadsides and within neighbors' yards—leftover crops from the glory days of sugarcane production in Hawai‘i when a third of the island was covered in this sweet plant. Rekindling the lost art of traditional rum agricole naturally began to spread throughout the community ultimately finding its way to Noa Kekuewa Lincoln, Ph.D., an expert in native Hawaiian sugarcane and better known as “the kō (sugar) guy.” Born and raised in Maui, Noa spent his time at Stanford studying the agricultural systems of the very first settlers on the land he calls home. What he discovered was nearly 40 heirloom species of sugarcane that descended from the very first sugarcane crops planted on Hawaiian soil by Polynesians over a thousand years ago. For Steve, this indigenous cache of sugarcane varieties cultivated directly from the very first Hawaiians became the crux of his mission: “how do we let Hawai‘i be even more Hawaiian?” For a start, he thought, plant the long-lost heirloom varieties of ancestral sugarcane and produce 100% Hawaiian rum to share with the world. When Polynesian voyagers arrived by canoe to the Hawaiian Islands, they accepted “kuleana” of the


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land by planting their sacred crops, working hard to tend to the land, and dedicating their life to creating a thriving landscape of abundance. In the western world, “kuleana” translates to the rights and privileges you accept if you’re willing to be responsible for something, but like many Hawaiian words, the meaning goes much deeper. Steve adds that making the conscious decision to accept kuleana doesn’t end with acquiring those rights and privileges, but rather, serves as the initiation of where the work begins. Accepting kuleana for something involves a dedication of time, efforts, and passion—however much it takes— to build something of value and benefit to be shared with the community. In 2013, Steve and his wife purchased a 45-acre lot on the north end of Hawai‘i Island, and like the first Hawaiian settlers, accepted kuleana of the land— Kuleana Rum Works was born. Steve doesn’t take this acceptance of kuleana lightly, which is why his “bare minimum” involved a three-part system: a farm tending to 40 varieties of oftentimes tricky sugarcane crops, a distillation warehouse which serves as the first-ever distillery on island, and a full-scale bar and restaurant to showcase the spirit alongside traditional Hawaiian cuisine. This elaborate process begins at the farm, located on ‘Upolu Point at the northern tip of the Big Island, where Noa’s heirloom sugarcane crops grow here and, most of them, nowhere else. Rows of purple, striped, black, and yellow varieties fill the stretch of land with the expansive Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. About three times a week, the sugarcane is handcut and hand-fed into an antique juicer that flattens and presses the colorful stalks into sweet juice. This glorious nectar is then transported to the distillery in Kawaihae where it’s fermented with a proprietary yeast blend and distilled in small batches with the help of a handmade copper alembic pot still imported from Portugal. Few rum producers choose to distill rum themselves, fewer choose to distill rum directly from fresh sugarcane juice, and fewer still attempt growing their own sugarcane, but Steve’s acceptance of kuleana doesn’t allow for shortcuts. Kuleana Rum Works features a straight-forward lineup of three (all award-winning) rums. The

Hawaiian Rum Agricole headlines the brand’s offerings at the Big Island’s very-first distillery. The spirit is slowly and carefully distilled from 100% fresh sugarcane juice grown on the Kohala farm. The remaining two rums feature blends, or “orchestras” as Steve calls them, due to the extensive process of scouring the world’s rums—of Kuleana Rum Works quality, of course—and meticulously blending them together to create an exciting ensemble of depth, balance, and character. The first world-class blend, Huihui, includes Kuleana Rum Work’s prized agricole, cane rum from Martinique, a nod to where the idea began, and a molasses-based rum from Papua New Guinea, where sugarcane was first domesticated some 10,000 years ago. The second blend, Nanea, showcases a curated cast of three variously-aged, molasses-based rums from around the globe making for a fascinating taste of body, accents, and ease. In tune with the brand’s commitment to authenticity, all three of these spirits omit any added sweeteners, flavorings, and colorings. This yields clean liquors that Kuleana Rum Works encourages to enjoy neat or quietly, with a splash of simple syrup and a squeeze of lime—now that sounds like an ideal fresh-off-the-airplane beverage. Since opening in 2013, Kuleana Rum Works spent five years hard at work before hand-batching, handlabeling, and selling their first bottle—a testament to the intentionality and personal accountability Steve adopted while building the business. Steve has a saying: “easy choice, hard life; hard choice, easy life.” From tending to crops that have since been eradicated due to the laborious commitment required to keep them alive, the distillation process that can go sideways at any moment, and the amount of the business that operates “by hand,” it’s obvious that Steve had no problem with the “hard choice.”

WHAT IT YIELDED? A thriving local business. A sustainable operation. Three award-winning rums. And a deeply rooted concept that satisfies Steve’s wish to showcase “just how awesome Hawai‘i is.”

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CULINARY Q&A

Chef

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ith over 15 years of experience with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Executive Chef Richard Polhemus brings his passion for cooking and enthusiasm for local ingredients to their Four Seasons Resort Hualālai property. Overseeing a dynamic food and beverage program, he coordinates and guides the Resort’s five dining outlets, in-room dining, catering, as well as the Resort’s residential clubhouses. Born in Barrington and raised in Lake Zurich, a suburb of Chicago, Chef Richard knew from a young age that a career in the culinary industry would be his dream and today, he shares his dream with all who dine with him. What are some of your fondest food-related childhood memories? I remember spending the summers catching blue crabs with my family in New Jersey. We would all get into this small boat and use bait fish to lure the crabs. After a day of crabbing, we would all go back to the house, boil the crab, and sit together cracking crabs open and eating them. How did you decide you wanted to become a chef ? You know, I think I always knew I wanted to be a chef. In elementary school, we had this assignment where we had to write letters to our future selves and the school would mail the letters to us in 5 – 10 years. I remember getting my letter while I was in high school and as an elementary student, I aspired to be a chef in an Italian restaurant. What were some of your first jobs in the industry? I started out young. I remember being 14 years old and approaching a German restaurant in Lake Zurich, where I

grew up. I knocked on their back door on a Saturday night asking if they had a job for me—they were in the middle of dinner service – and they told me to come back tomorrow, and we would talk. I ended up working there as a busser and then did pretty much all the back-of-house jobs. I even got to cook in the kitchen as the years went on. I worked there through high school and would drive home from college to work there on Saturday nights. In college, I worked towards a two-year culinary degree and got an internship halfway through the program at the Four Seasons, Chicago. After the internship, they offered me a full-time position, so I worked full-time while finishing my culinary degree. How would you describe your philosophy towards food? I think working with food starts with a passion and a love for being in the kitchen. I also share a philosophy of having respect for the food itself. I think there needs to be a freedom and creativity when working with food and it is not something you can just program into someone. I also think food should represent a sense of place—for instance, even if you are eating Italian food in Hawai‘i, you should still get a sense that you are eating in Hawai‘i. How do you gain inspiration when creating a new dish? I think it often starts with the main ingredient. You will look for the best ingredients you can get, local if possible, and a seasonal ingredient is great. I try to create dishes that make the main ingredients shine and build flavors to complement that ingredient.

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What drew you to the Hualālai property? This property is legendary and captures the beauty of Hawai‘i. Here, we offer experiences here you will not find anywhere else—we have a Chef’s Table at ‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge, a multi-course Omakase experience at ‘ULU. You can even visit an experienced knife forger and return to the restaurant where we will host a knife skills class for you. I also love the gardens we have on property that allows us to use some of the freshest produce and we also grow our own shrimp and oysters. What are some of your favorite local ingredients to work with? I love the locally made goat cheese! We have a relationship with a local creamery called Hawai‘i Island Goat Dairy and they have some cheeses that I have never tried before I met them. The local lamb from Kahua Ranch is excellent and the local fruits are amazing. From mango to rambutan to dragon fruit—and a ton that I am not naming right now! What is your signature dish? I would say it is the Agnolotti pasta that we served at Beach Tree. I stuff this pasta with aged goat cheese, and it is served alongside lamb from Kahua Ranch that we braise for hours. There’s also vegetables and aromatics and topped with a bit of fresh parmesan cheese from Hawai‘i Goat Dairy called their Hawai‘i Gold—a hard, natural rind cheese made in the style of parmesan that they hand rub with extra virgin olive oil for 2–6 months. If you could plan an entire day of eating at your Hualālai property, what would your dream menu be? I would start my day at ‘ULU and if I were not eating their full buffet, I would opt for The Green Flash smoothie that blends pineapple, spinach, fresh mint, and chia seeds with non-fat vanilla yogurt. I would also order an avocado toast, a Mac Nut cinnamon roll, and a cup of French press Kona coffee. For lunch, I would dine pool side on a poke bowl and choose our classic—chunks of ‘ahi (yellowfin

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tuna) tossed with shoyu, sliced onions, ogo, kukui nut, and topped with a spicy aioli. Before dinner, I would grab a Mai Tai at one of our swim-up bars and dinner would be a toss-up between ‘ULU and Beach Tree. At ‘ULU, I would choose from their selection of amazing fresh fish or sushi and finish my meal with their souffle which is simple, classic, but out of this world. At Beach Tree, I would opt for a sharing menu with Grilled Octopus, Ricotta Cavatelli that is topped with black truffles, wild mushrooms, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, their Braised Veal & Beef Meatballs, and the Milk Fed Veal Milanese. What are some things you enjoy doing in your free time? I love hiking and exploring in nature. On O‘ahu, we did a lot of hiking, and I liked the trails with cliffs or ridges. My wife and I also love to cook at home and learn about wines. When I am cooking at home, I love to make fresh pasta and cook German dishes. If you could dine with anyone, who would you invite to share a meal with you? I would love to dine with Marco Pierre White. It might sound cliché as a chef idol, but I remember working a Chicago book signing lunch where we served his pig’s trotter dish. He sat with the kitchen staff for an hour answering questions and it was just fascinating. I just wish I had more time with him. What is your favorite late-night snack? I usually cook up some scrambled eggs and top that with aged cheddar. Another thing I like is aged cheddar with dill pickles—it is a great combination!

‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge and Beach Tree restaurants are located within the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. For reservations, call (808) 325-8000. For more information, visit fourseasons.com/hualalai/.


SO FRESH, IT’S OFF THE HOOK! Umekes prides itself in serving dishes using local ingredients that are of the highest quality. We source as many ingredients as possible from local fisherman, farmers, and ranchers. Our renowned poke is always created with only the freshest fish from Hawaiian waters as we aspire to share the boat to bowl experience with all of our guests. UMEKES FISH MARKET BAR & GRILL 74-5599 Pawai Place, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 umekesrestaurants.com (808) 238-0571

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HOT SPOT

words BROOKE REHMANN images RINA MAE JABOLINA

FORC Waimea, an upcountry community here on the Big Island, has been the home of some of our islands’ most legendary culinary traditions. And with the recent addition of FORC (standing for Forest Ocean Rancher Cook), we have the opportunity to witness a shift in the conversation about what it means to cook Hawaiian food in upscale, but still approachable ways. Chef Allen Hess is well known around the state and beyond for his deep culinary and cultural knowledge (as well as his bacon). Previously, when I had interviewed world-renown chefs for the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, many of them cited Chef Allen for helping them to better understand the local food scene, from traditional approaches to new and innovative ways to use the local ingredients. It’s no surprise then, that Chef Allen would spearhead an opportunity to showcase something similar at his newest restaurant. Located right in the heart of Waimea, FORC is well situated to receive the best of the best from our local producers. The same community is known for its paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, traditions and where ranching is still a big part of local life. You’ll see statues of cowboy boots or paniolo roping cattle in the middle of town. Waimea is also the home of Parker Ranch, one of the largest cattle ranches in the United

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States. Additionally, the town is close to Kawaihae Harbor and other coastal fishing areas, as well as being situated in one of our island’s most abundant crop growing regions. It makes sense, then, to base a restaurant off of these three main provisions. But basing your restaurant off of these ideas and executing them are two separate things. Fortunately, Chef Allen has gone out of his way to build strong relationships with the local farmers, ranchers and fishermen in order to make this dream a reality. “FORC is chef driven,” he says, “which allows us to be hyper localized. It’s about what the farmers bring us that affects the menu.” If a farmer doesn't have a certain product, then Chef Allen and his team will have to work on a menu change quickly, and occasionally, suddenly. But being committed to his suppliers and buying their products, even if it’s not massive quantities, allows him to build the trust and commitment needed to sustain this concept moving forward. And it’s not just his commitment to his purveyors, but also to local food that sets the restaurant apart. And not just what the brochures of Hawai‘i present as local food, but the actual real food that locals eat at home with their friends and family, sometimes in a garage or driveway, sometimes in a backyard,


sometimes at the beach. “Every dish we do has a pretty simple process,” he shares. “First, is it the best quality we can get on the island? Second, we ask ourselves, what Hawaiian dish can we make with this product?” For instance, for locals who like to go night diving, they might bring their fish back home, cover it with mayo, green onions, and other aromatics, and bake it until it’s perfectly cooked. At FORC, they do something similar, using a locally caught fish, crusted with sizzling sweet onions, some ginger and garlic, and then finished with a crispy rice crunch. “We sell so much of it,” chef says. “It’s not something that’s easy to find on a menu elsewhere.” Another twist on a local favorite is The “Beef Tomato.” Chef Allen and his team use a whole beef shank, about 42 ounces in size that serves 2 people. First, they marinate it overnight in stewed tomatoes, garlic and Worcestershire sauce, then char it over a high flame. Afterwards, they braise it low and slow for 24 hours in a broth made from the bones of the whole cows they bring in. The dish is served family style—just like you would see at a local lū‘au or potluck—alongside sides of your choice, ranging from “Local Style” with garlic fried rice, pickled veggies, hō‘i‘o, or fiddlehead fern, poi and other goodies, or “American Style” with some roasted sweet potato, cauliflower with parmesan

from Big Island Goat, a Caesar salad, and a fresh loaf. Other exquisitely made local dishes include a Portuguese Bean Soup using their own smoked ham hocks and house-made pasta, as well as laulau with a confit of wild pork, served with fresh poi from the taro fields of Waipi‘o Valley. This is truly local food to da max. Despite its proximity to the upscale Kohala Coast resorts, Waimea is also a humble town, filled with ranchers, teachers, farmers, and everyone in between. On any given night you might see the dining room filled with tables of a Waipi‘o taro farmer, sitting beside a local musician, who might be near a table of real estate agents or tourists from a local resort. Chef Allen hopes everyone who comes feels welcome with its relaxed vibe and open layout. “Come, stay, eat and drink!” With the town’s penchant for culinary greatness, FORC’s welcoming atmosphere, elevated approach to truly local food, and commitment to the local producers, FORC seems poised to join the ranks of some of the really great Hawai‘i restaurants. We’ll see you there! FORC is located at 65-1214 Lindsey Road in the heart of Waimea Town. Check with restaurant for current hours of service . Call 808-731-4656 or visit forchawaii.com for more information.

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MEDITERRANEAN Overlooking one of our island’s most expansive beaches with glorious sunsets accompanying every dinner, Meridia, located at Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, is a prime location for not only stunning scenery, but also stunning food. Standing apart from most other restaurants on the island, Meridia takes its inspiration from the Mediterranean, while elevating local ingredients in the process. In fact, many ingredients are grown on property, behind the restaurant in their own garden. Dine al fresco on their fresh, seasonal menu that includes small plates perfect for sharing. Start with the baconwrapped dates, stuffed with Manchego cheese, and served with a tangy passion mustard. These small bites disappear quickly, so if you’re with a group, don’t be shy and grab them before they’re gone (or order an extra serving). Another can’t-miss dish is the Meridia Cataplana, featuring island wild boar sausage, Kona clams, Kaua‘i shrimp with white wine, chilis from their garden, and gluten-free polenta croutons. Be sure to have extra house-made artisanal bread on hand to mop up any extra sauce. Other standouts to try are the Grilled Branzino, a European seabass served whole, and the Paella Mixta, a delicious take on the famous Spanish dish. Lastly, be sure to take a glance through the wine list. Meridia’s selection of wines transport you across the Atlantic Ocean with samplings from Spain, France, and even Lebanon, all a perfect addition to your meal. No matter what you choose, you’re in for something special. Meridia is located within the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Dinner is from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made on OpenTable. For more information visit meridiarestaurant.net or call (808) 880-1111.

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PHOTO COURTESY: BOB CARLIN

PIE CLUB For some of us, the COVID shutdown was a limitation of possibilities. But for Grace Colvig of State of Grace, a pie club operating in the Waimea community, COVID provided an opportunity to get back to doing what she has spent almost an entire lifetime doing—making pies by hand. “When I moved back to Hawai‘i from Europe, I didn’t want anything to do with pies. I never wanted to see another pie in my life,” she says. But for the three-time cookbook author, working with dough was a calling. And when COVID hit, Grace recognized a real need to help feed the community in nourishing and satisfying ways. Working with a local community kitchen, Grace delivered a dozen pot pies to a local family, pictures were taken, and immediately, the pies went viral around the community. “I had 145 orders in five minutes,” she laughs. And thus, the State of Grace Pie Club was born. Managing the orders of an entire community was tough, but she has since figured out a system where customers sign up on her website to get a text blast about the “Pie of the Week,” and orders can be placed by replying to the text or ordering on the website. Popular items include the Lobster Pie, a luxurious bisque featuring local lobster, potatoes, corn, carrots, and creamy sherry sauce. A special pie includes the Matcha Pie, with a chocolate bottom, matcha tea filling, and topped with cinnamon powder. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory, pies for the whole family, or just the individual, State of Grace pies has something for everyone (including gluten-free and vegan by special order). And as much as the community loves her food, the feeling is mutual. “I am super, super thankful for my community. I wouldn’t have been able to grow as fast without them. They are super supportive, and I’m really thankful for that.” For more information about the type of pies that Grace offers, where to buy them, or how to join the Pie Club, visit her website at stateofgracepies.com or follow on Instagram @stateofgracepies.

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IZAKAYA Are you looking for authentic, Japanese, homecooked food, prepared with love from recipes that have stood the test of time? Miyo’s, located in Hilo and a local favorite, has been serving up delicious Japanese-style comfort food since 1987, when Miyo Harumi opened her restaurant’s doors. Purchased by current owner and Executive Chef Louis Paulo in 2019, Miyo’s continues its tradition of serving thoughtfully-prepared, must-try dishes such as the ‘Ahi-Don, a crispy tempura breaded ‘ahi (yellowfin tuna) dipped in Miyo’s Special Sauce, as well as the Sautéed Squid Eggplant with a spicy teriyaki sauce. On top of the delicious traditional, home-style cooked food, Izakaya Miyo, a restaurant within the restaurant, was added recently where Chef Louis cooks exclusively for small groups up to 12 diners, a private “chef’s table” dining experience like no other. This exquisite, multi-course omakase (chef's choice) experience includes wine or sake pairings and features dishes using only the freshest and highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. The offerings are always changing, though past dishes have included Torched Salmon with Crispy Salmon Skin & Masago Caviar, Hamachi Kama with Basil Oil Chili Gel Zucchini and Mushrooms, and Smoked Poke with Salmon, ‘Ahi and Daikon Cucumber. “It’s totally unique. I cook for you!” Chef Louis says. Reservations are required, so be sure to book your spot well in advance. The restaurant is finishing up a new renovation and will serve up craft cocktails, 11 beers on draft and an exciting new bar menu created by Chef Louis. Miyo’s ability to balance the things that have helped it achieve decades of success as a Hilo institution—while also ushering in new and exciting ideas—keep us going back for more. Miyo’s and Izakaya Miyo’s are located at 564 Hinano Street in Hilo. Miyo’s is open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm, and 4:30 pm to 8 pm; closed Sundays. Izakaya Miyo’s is available Tuesday thru Friday, with two seatings per evening: one from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, followed by a 7 pm-8:30 pm seating. Reservations are required for Izakaya Miyo’s. For more information, call (808) 935-2273 or visit miyosrestaurant.com and izakayamiyo.com.

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ROBATAYAKI Fairmont Orchid is cooking up something a little different than your usual resort fare. At Binchotan: Bar & Grill, you can enjoy a Japanese dining experience unique to the Kohala Coast. Referring to the special white charcoal that is traditionally used with this style of Japanese cooking, Binchotan: Bar & Grill welcomes visitors to try their Robatayaki Experience. Diners pick selected skewers that are cooked over an open charcoal grill, where the special binchotan coals impart a smoky, unique flavor. Diners can choose between two offerings with the Robatayaki Experience, and all are served atop a robata grill, alongside an assortment of sauces, seasonings, and rice. The Traditional option includes skewers of perfectly grilled ribeye, chicken, juicy prawns, Mahi Mahi as well as mushrooms and asparagus. Alternatively, diners can choose the Seafood option that brings the ocean right to your plate, or grill, in this instance. Featuring delectable lobster, tuna, prawns, Mahi Mahi and salmon, this is also served with grilled asparagus. Whichever option you choose, the Robatayaki Experience at Binchotan: Bar & Grill is a unique (and delicious!) dining experience. While dining, enjoy a selection of artisan cocktails, whiskeys and premium sakes from their full-service bar. Binchotan: Bar & Grill is located within Fairmont Orchid in the Mauna Lani Resort and serves dinner Thursdays to Mondays from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. For more information visit https://www.fairmontorchid.com/dine/binchotan-menu or call (808) 885-2000. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

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SEE + DO Experiences 76 KOHALA ZIP & DIP zipline 77 MAUNAKEA SUMMIT & STARS stargazing 78 DELUXE SNORKEL BBQ & DOLPHIN WATCH boat tour 79 HISTORICAL CAPTAIN COOK DINNER CRUISE boat tour 80 UMAUMA FALLS ZIPLINE TOUR zipline 81 UMAUMA RIVER & FALLS DELUXE ATV TOUR off-road tour 82 THE ORIGINAL SUNSET & STARGAZING TOUR stargazing 83 VOLCANO ADVENTURE TOUR sightseeing tour 84 KEALAKEKUA SNORKEL TOUR boat tour 85 HIDDEN CRATERS HIKE hiking tour 86 CAPTURE THE MOMENT portraits & photography 87 THE MAUNA KEA LŪ‘AU lū‘au 88 HAWAI‘ILOA LŪ‘AU lū‘au 88 ISLAND BREEZE LŪ‘AU lū‘au 89 LŪ‘AU O HALE HOALOHA lū‘au 89 KAHILU THEATRE performing arts 90 THE ULTIMATE MOVIE EXPERIENCE cinema & restaurant 92 KONA KOZY magic show & improv

Sights 93 FLUID ART EXPERIENCE art class 94 PU‘UHONUA O HŌNAUNAU cultural site 95 PU‘UKOHOLĀ HEIAU cultural site 95 LAPAKAHI STATE PARK cultural site 96 ANU‘ENA HEIAU cultural site 97 POLOLŪ VALLEY sightseeing & hiking 98 RAINBOW FALLS waterfall 98 ‘AKAKA & KAHUNA FALLS waterfall 99 WAIPI‘O VALLEY sightseeing & hiking 100 HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK sightseeing & hiking

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Kohala Zip & Dip ZIPLINE in NORTH KOHALA

› COMBO OF 2 POPULAR TOURS › PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

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Spend an inspiring and exhilarating day in North Kohala, a land of stunning beauty and profound cultural significance. Zipline high above the forest floor, picnic with stunning views of the North Kohala valleys and swim under a private waterfall fed by a cool mountain stream. Two popular tours (Kohala Waterfall Adventure and Kohala Canopy Tour) are combined into one action-packed day where you will stroll by secluded waterfalls in a private nature reserve, swim and play under a private waterfall and enjoy lunch at a private picnic site. Enjoy a fun, off-road drive through private lands in an open-air 6WD Pinzgauer and fly through the full aerial canopy course, led by two certified guides.

Kohala Zipline (808) 331-8505 • kohalazipline.com 55-515 Hawi Road, Hawi (Map F, #2, PG 184)


Mauna Kea Summit & Stars STARGAZING on MAUNAKEA

Hawaii Forest & Trail (808) 331-8505 • hawaii-forest.com 73-5593 A Olowalu Street, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #1, PG 182)

› LEARN SOME HAWAIIAN CULTURE › BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF NIGHT SKY › WINTER PARKA & GLOVES PROVIDED

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The journey from sea level to the nearly 14,000 foot summit of Maunakea reveals the wonders and world-class clarity of the Hawaiian night sky. Enjoy a warm picnic dinner at a private location and learn about Hawaiian star navigation. You will learn about the historical accounts of early travelers through the mountain regions and delight in the awe-inspiring Hawaiian sunset at the top of Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Pacific. The tour will then descend to a lower elevation at 9,000 ft. as the sun slips over the horizon and you'll sip hot chocolate during a private star show with a 11” Celestron telescope. We will then descend to a lower elevation after the sun slips under the horizon and you'll sip hot chocolate during a private star show with your interpretive guide and a top-of-the-line telescope.

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Deluxe Snorkel, BBQ & Dolphin Watch SNORKEL & SAIL on KONA COAST

› SCUBA UPGRADE AVAILABLE FOR CERTIFIED & BEGINNER DIVERS

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› GUARANTEED DOLPHIN SIGHTINGS!

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Step aboard this 65-foot catamaran for a fun-filled day of adventure! Watch for spinner dolphins that show up frequently along the way to the snorkel site. This 4.5 hour cruise includes continental breakfast, lunch, plenty of shade, cushioned seating, restrooms, changing rooms, showers, high-dive platform, 20ft waterslide, about two hours of water time, pristine snorkeling, snorkel gear, Rx masks, snorkel instruction, life vests, inner tubes, flotation station island, water toys, sea-view boards, stand-up paddle boards, noodles and Reef Safe sunscreen. Cocktails are available for purchase from their premium bar, offering local spirits, craft beers and blended libations. Wetsuits and GoPro cameras are available for rent. Just bring a towel and a smile and they've got the rest! Body Glove Cruises (888) 980-7513 • bodyglovehawaii.com 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #1, PG 183)


Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay SUNSET SAIL on KONA COAST

Body Glove Cruises (888) 980-7513 • bodyglovehawaii.com 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #1, PG 183)

› CATCH A SUNSET ON THE RETURN › VISIT CAPTAIN COOK MONUMENT › ENJOY PACIFIC RIM CUISINE

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This luxurious, three-hour, twelve-mile cruise to Captain Cook Monument departs in the afternoon from the Kailua Pier. The timing is perfect to see all the historical sites of the Kona Coast by day and catch the sunset on the way back. Unwind and listen in to live Hawaiian music while enjoying your favorite libation from the full-service premium cash bar offering local spirits, craft beers, wines, champagne and blended drinks. Your first drink is complimentary! Their executive chef will prepare a five-course Pacific Rim style dinner for you. Nowhere in Hawai‘i will you witness a better dinner view than from this vessel, the Kanoa II. Keep your camera ready as dolphins may join you. As you approach the turn around point in Kealakekua Bay, you will see the monument where Captain James Cook first set foot in 1778. Enjoy a little history and fun!

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Umauma Falls Zipline Tour ZIPINE on HAMAKUA COAST

› TRAVERSE A 200-FT SUSPENSION BRIDGE

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› ZIP OVER A WATER-FILLED LAVA TUBE

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Your experience of a lifetime begins at the Umauma Experience! Hawai‘i’s premiere destination for outdoor activities. Umauma features a world-class 9-line zipline experience over waterfalls with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, the Hāmākua Coast and Mauna Kea. The first four lines are dual, so you can zip alongside a friend or family member. Line #4 is the longest at 2060 feet, and entirely over the Umauma River! In total you zip almost 2 miles over all 9 lines combined! With a friendly staff, amazing views, beautiful waterfalls and long ziplines… Umauma will be your favorite experience during your trip to Hawai‘i. Don’t miss it!

Umauma Experience (808) 930-9477 • umaumaexperience.com 31-313 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau (Map A, #6, PG 178)


Umauma River & Falls Deluxe ATV Tour OFF-ROAD on HAMAKUA COAST

Umauma Experience (808) 930-9477 • umaumaexperience.com 31-313 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau (Map A, #6, PG 178)

› A GOOD EXCUSE TO GET DIRTY! › STOP AT A PRIVATE WATERFALL & POND FOR A QUICK DIP IF DESIRED

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If you are searching for your next adrenaline-filled adventure during your stay in Hawai‘i, take in the beautiful views of Umauma and the Hāmākua Coast riding in an off-road vehicle. Choose between an ATV or SXS and get down and dirty as guides lead you along a venturous course with stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking stops to view the Umauma River and Waterfall, and a journey through a locally grown guava grove. There is no better way to enjoy miles and miles of muddy (or dusty) excitement. Includes a 5.5-mile course, opportunities to take photos of beautiful waterfalls and tropical scenery, as well as a short break at a private waterfall and pond.

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The Original Sunset & Stargazing Tour STARGAZING on MAUNAKEA

› SEE ASTONISHING SCENERY › PARKAS & A HEARTY MEAL PROVIDED!

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› PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES

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Journey to the top of this spectacular mountain, Maunakea. Learn about the night sky from Polaris to the Southern Cross and see the treasures of the night sky through a powerful telescope. As the pioneer guide service on Maunakea their professional guides have over 60 years of combined experience on the mountain. This tour is educational and fun. Learn all about the island’s geography, culture and natural history from their experts, and a laugh or three isn’t out of the question. Get transported in comfortable, Mercedes 4X4 passenger vans with custom-built, coach-style seating and large windows where everyone gets a great view. Watch the breathtaking sunset and stargaze at the heavens with a panorama night sky like no other. This 7.5-8.5 hour excursion includes arctic style parkas, a hearty hot supper, gourmet hot beverages and convenient pick-up points. Mauna Kea Summit Adventures (808) 322-2366 maunakea.com


Volcano Adventure Tour SIGHTSEEING in HILO

Polynesian Adventures (800) 622-3011 • polyad.com 888 Kalanianaole Avenue Unit C, Hilo (Map H, #1, PG 185)

› SEE WATERFALLS AND VOLCANOES › INCLUDES A TOUR OF HILO TOWN › SWEEPING VIEWS AT KEALAKOMO

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Discover the origins of the Big Island of Hawaii at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and witness the remnants of the recent 2018 eruption. Peer into the depths of Halema‘uma‘u Crater which doubled in size in the last three years. Watch steam clouds form as ground water seeps onto hot volcanic rock at the steam vents. Enjoy a picnic lunch and stroll through Lili‘uokalani Gardens. Drive through the city of Hilo and down Banyan Drive with live narration from your expert driver guide. Watch the prism of colors appear in the mist of the 80-foot waterfall at Rainbow Falls. Also offered as a one-day trip from the island of O‘ahu with an optional helicopter ride.

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Kealakekua Snorkel Tour BOAT TOUR on KONA COAST

› A MEMORABLE ADVENTURE TO THE PRISTINE WATERS OF KEALAKEKUA BAY

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› CHECK OUT THEIR MANTA NIGHT DIVES

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Climb aboard the Fair Wind II and create magical memories in Hawai‘i! Snorkel in historic & pristine Kealakekua Bay, site of the world-famous Captain Cook Monument. With five decades of guiding Hawai‘i Island visitors, Fair Wind has earned a reputation for providing premium nautical adventures. Fun for all ages and skill levels, the importance they place on fun is second only to safety. Their passion is to malama (care for) the islands and inspire pono (virtuous) solutions for healthy coral reefs. You will be provided with all the snorkel amenities and gear while being served plant-based meals and snacks, with a focus on using locallysourced ingredients, including 100% Kona Coffee and produce grown on their own farms. Departures daily from Historic Keauhou Bay Harbor. Fair Wind Cruises (808) 322-2788 • fair-wind.com 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #2, PG 183)


Hidden Craters Hike HIKING TOUR on KONA COAST

Hawaii Forest & Trail (808) 331-8505 • hawaii-forest.com 73-5593 A Olowalu Street, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #1, PG 182)

› ACCESS THE INACCESSIBLE › ADVENTURE IN LUXURY › CREATE A CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCE

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Hidden high above bustling Kailua-Kona on the slopes of Hualālai Mountain is a world-class volcanic landscape that few ever experience. Passing through locked gates, Hawaii Forest & Trail will take you to this exclusive access location filled with native cloud forest, eruptive craters, and a hidden lava tube. Begin this 3-4 mile trek on foot with your interpretive naturalist guide at 6,500 ft. above sea level. See firsthand the geologic forces that shaped large swaths of North Kona. Travel to magnificent coastal viewpoints and stunning lava formations; walk amidst a forest of native birdsong and scramble through a lava tube. Hualālai has many of the same qualities as Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park—without the drive!

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The Ultimate Movie Experience CINEMA & RESTAURANT on KOHALA COAST

› YOU'LL LOVE THE BISTRO'S OUTDOOR SETTING AND CHEERFUL VIBE › LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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› ENJOY DINNER DELIVERED TO YOUR SEAT!

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This is no ordinary theatre at Queens’ MarketPlace. Here you can reserve your exact seat location online or at the door in any one of their three auditoriums up to days in advance… so no need to show up early to camp out. You may, however, want to arrive early as they do offer a full bar with beer, wine and cocktails, which you can enjoy before, during or after the movie. And yes, we said during! In addition, the cinema boasts a unique 100+ seat open-air covered bistro specializing in “fun foods,”—appetizers, salads, burgers, fresh-made pizza, gourmet street tacos, desserts and more. Or if you prefer, your food order can be delivered to your auditorium loveseat equipped with a swing-out table for your dining comfort. State-of-the-art projection and sound systems are, of course, part of the package. Perfect for a couple or a family night out. Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas HawaiiCinemas.com 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa (Map C, #4, PG 181)


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Kozy's Comedy & Magic Club COMEDY CLUB on KOHALA COAST

› NO TWO SHOWS ARE EVER THE SAME! › MAGIC MEETS IMPROV AT THIS AMAZING

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DISPLAY OF COMEDY & SHOWMANSHIP

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Kozy is an internationally acclaimed and recognized “World-Class Comic Magician” and multiple award winner. He has 38 years of experience as a headline performer and producer in the global stand-up comedy market, nightclubs, theaters and casino resorts. His TV credits include HBO, Showtime, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, ABC, NBC, CBS, as well as The International Broadcast Market. Kozy also had the honor of a command performance for the British Royal Family at The London Palladium. He has made the Big Island his permanent home and is honored to bring The Magic of Hawai’i to the stage at Kozy’s Tiki Palace. The Show is a perfect blend of Kozy’s personal original magic and comedy, combined with the unique magic of Hawai‘i. Kozy’s Comedy & Magic Club (808) 430-1957 • konakozy.com 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Suite E3, Waikoloa (Map C, #2, PG 181)


Hawai‘i Fluid Art Classes ART CLASS on KOHALA COAST

Hawaii Fluid Art (808) 344-4878 • hawaiifluidart.com 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Suite E4, Waikoloa (Map C, #2, PG 181)

› LEARN FROM A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST › EXPLORE YOUR INNER ARTIST › TAKE HOME A KEEPSAKE FROM HAWAI‘I

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Longing to learn how to create stunning pieces of art? Professional teaching artist Maya Ratcliff invites all who are touched by Hawai‘i’s beauty to express their inner painter in a most personal and meaningful way, creating a lasting memory of their island visit on canvas. Using her advanced artistic method, Maya Ratcliff will inspire you to release a kaleidoscope of creativity. Your creation will be as unique as you are, and by the end of class you will have mastered fluid art skills and have a priceless keepsake of your Big Island vacation. One-hour classes in both acrylic and resin are available, and everything you need is included. Just bring yourself and your imagination. Book today for yourself, a private group, even a kid’s birthday party…and let the creativity flow!

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Capture the Moment PORTRAITS & PHOTOGRAPHY on KONA-KOHALA COAST

› PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWS YOU TO TRAVEL ANYWHERE, INCLUDING TO EMOTIONS THAT COME WITH THE BEAUTY OF A

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TENDER TOUCH

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Are the images you take on your phone (or the nearest passer-by) the ones you want to display on your wall, or on your social media page? Will the photos be good enough to showcase in your home or be precious family heirlooms loved by your loved ones? When you want fine photography to cherish forever, hire a professional who can capture your family authentically, yet artistically. Natalia Mastrascusa is an award-winning photographer whose approach is genuine, thoughtful, and stylish. Her joy is to capture emotional splendor in a simple touch, kiss, laughter and just enjoying time together. Her passion for family photography started with her desire to capture her own family in a way her children will treasure their life memories for generations to come. Hawai‘i offers spectacular backgrounds for your dream family portraits. Every session begins with a candid conversation to ensure you get the priceless pieces of art your family deserves. Capture Hawaii by Natalia Mastrascusa natalia@capturehawaii.com nataliamastra.com


The Mauna Kea Lū‘au LŪ‘AU on KOHALA COAST

Held at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (808) 882-7222 • maunakeabeachhotel.com 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kamuela (Map B, #17, PG 180)

› ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF THE SURF AGAINST SOULFUL STEEL GUITARS › KEIKI GET TO TRY THEIR HAND AT HULA

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Hawai‘i’s most legendary lū'a has been celebrating the food and music of the islands at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for more than five decades. Hawai‘i’s favorite feast welcomes guests to an unprecedented oceanfront setting for a memorable evening under the stars at the ocean’s edge. Dinner includes traditional foods along with a wide array of contemporary offerings and delicious desserts. A highlight for many is enjoying the talented Lim Family of Kohala who share Hawai‘i’s rich tradition of music. Children enjoy learning the "Hukilau" hula and everyone appreciates the show’s storytelling and a variety of music and dance all leading up to a thrilling fire knife dance finale. Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:30-8:30pm.

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Hawai‘iloa Lū‘au LŪ‘AU on KOHALA COAST

Steeped in tradition and history, Kalāhuipua‘a at the Fairmont Orchid is known as a gathering place for ali‘i (royalty) and special visitors. An evening at the Hawai‘iloa Lū‘au is full of this same tradition of Hawaiian culture and hospitality, with the finest cuisine prepared by an award-winning culinary team and an internationally renowned cast of performers sharing the stories of Hawai‘i through live music and dance. Storytelling begins as beautiful hula dancers and talented musicians share the tales of Polynesia’s brave and courageous voyagers­—as they traveled to Hawai‘i and established this land. Our family from Tahiti share the stories of their journey to Hawai‘i, with the lively beat of the traditional toere drum. Held Saturday evenings at the Fairmont Orchid.

Held at Fairmont Orchid (808) 326-4969 • HawaiiloaLuau.com 1 N. Kaniku Dr., Kamuela (Map C, #1, PG 181)

Island Breeze Lū‘au

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LŪ‘AU on KONA COAST

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Experience an evening of delicious food and authentic Polynesian entertainment. Held under the stars on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay and Ahu‘ena—Kamehameha the Great’s former estate in Kailua-Kona, the Island Breeze Lū'au has been named "Best of West Hawai‘i" since 2000. The evening begins with a warm welcome and an opportunity to meet the performers, while learning traditional arts and crafts. Watch the "Kalua‘ana o ka Pua‘a", the uncovering of the imu (underground oven), and savor the lavish Hawaiian cuisine with local favorites including kalua pork, fresh fish, grilled beef and fresh island produce all combined with an open bar. Island Breeze Lū‘au is held under the stars, on the historic grounds of the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, located adjacent to the pier in Kailua Bay. Held at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel (808) 326-4969 • IBLuau.com 75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #3, PG 183)


Lū‘au o Hale Hoaloha LŪ‘AU on KOHALA COAST

Celebrate the beauty and stories of the land area known as Kalāhuipua‘a. Considered the “piko” (center) of the 5 majestic mountains of Haleakalā, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualālai & the Kohala mountain range – Mauna Lani is a sacred place to all who have the privilege of enjoying its beauty. Traditionally, lū‘aus are important family celebrations with a feast of favorite foods, mo‘olelo (story telling), mele (music) and hula. Lū‘au o Hale Hoaloha brings together all of these, as an award winning cast shares Mauna Lani's very special history and the true essence of aloha and ‘ohana with everyone in attendance. Held under the stars every Friday evening, guests are welcomed on to the ‘ilipana (land area) of Kalāhuipua‘a and immediately understand what makes a gathering at Mauna Lani a forever memory.

KAHILU THEATR a r t s • e nt e r t a i n m e nt • e d u c at

Held at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (808) 326-4969 • maunalaniluau.com 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kamuela (Map C, #3, PG 181)

Kahilu Theatre PERFORMING ARTS in WAIMEA

Kahilu Theatre (808) 885-6868 • kahilutheatre.org 67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Kamuela (Map F, #1, PG 184)

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The Kahilu Theatre is a flourishing multidisciplinary arts center on Hawai‘i Island—a place where our community comes together and the arts come alive! Each season the Kahilu Theatre fulfills its mission through presenting world-class artists from Hawai‘i and beyond, sustaining a youth arts education program, providing performance space for community-based productions, and showcasing local visual artists in their two galleries. The Kahilu Theatre Presenting Season runs from September through June with a Summer Preseason from July to August. Kahilu Theatre is a not-for-profit community arts and education center dedicated to serving the diverse Hawai‘i Island community and its visitors.

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Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau CULTURAL SITE on KONA COAST

› FASCINATING TIDEPOOLS › POPULAR SNORKEL SPOT NEARBY

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› PICNIC TABLES ON-SITE

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This national historical park known as Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau served as a safe haven in times of war and was also a place of cleansing for kapu (law) breakers. Wooden images of Hawaiian native ki‘i (gods) and heiau (temples) on the sacred grounds of the beautiful and serene beachfront sanctuary make this a must-see historical park. Because ancient Hawaiians believed that if the spirit was not fed then it would drift away, kāhuna and others left food offerings in the temple. Today with the revival of Hawaiian customs, you may see offerings of food on the lele (tower) at Hale O Keawe. The park is home to some of the most significant traditional Hawaiian sites in the Hawaiian archipelago. Open daily 7am to sunset. Admission is $3-$5. Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park (808) 328-2326 • nps.gov/puho Four miles south of Kealakekua Bay on Rte 160, Hōnaunau (Map A, #4, PG 178)


Pu‘ukoholā Heiau CULTURAL SITE on KOHALA COAST

This quiet and peaceful park allows visitors a glimpse into traditional Hawaiian religious practices and the fascinating life of the most revered Hawaiian king. Built by King Kamehameha to honor his family war god, Kū and to fulfill the prophecy of uniting the Hawaiian Islands, it tells the vibrant tale of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands during one of the most important periods in Hawaiian history. Thousands of men, including Kamehameha himself, worked for nearly a year in the construction of this temple. It is said that the workers formed a long human chain from Pololū Valley, over 20 miles away, to Pu‘ukoholā. They passed lava rocks down this human chain, one by one, and used them to skillfully build Pu‘ukoholā Heiau without the use of any bonding agents such as cement or mortar.

Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site (808) 882-7218 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd., Kawaihae (Map B, #1, PG 180)

Lapakahi State Park CULTURAL SITE on KOHALA COAST

Lapakahi State Park Located 12 miles north of Kawaihae Harbor (Map A, #3, PG 178)

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About 12 miles north of Kawaihae, Lapakahi State Park features the remnants and partially rebuilt structures of a 700-year-old fishing village named Koai‘e. At this 262-acre park, you can take a short self-guided tour and gain an understanding of what daily life was once like in this village. This area was inhabited until the late 1800s. Historians are not completely sure why it was abandoned, but a popular theory is that the water table decreased and minimized access to fresh water in this location. In addition to providing a glimpse into life in ancient Hawai‘i, Lapakahi offers stunning views of the coastline and ocean. Lapakahi is free and open from 8am to 4pm daily, with the exception of state holidays. Brochures are typically available when you enter the park.

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Ahu‘ena Heiau CULTURAL SITE on KONA COAST

› ONE OF THE MOST HISTORICAL SITES IN ALL OF HAWAI‘I

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› SET ON PICTURESQUE KAILUA BAY

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A thatched shrine built and restored on an artificial island in Kamakahonu (Eye of the Turtle) is guarded by wooden images (ki‘i). King Kamehameha I settled here in 1812 and maintained his royal residence until his death here in 1819. King Kamehameha dedicated Ahu‘ena Heiau, a temple of prosperity, to Lono, god of fertility. Significant history was made on the royal compounds when Liholiho, who became King Kamehameha II, dined with the great queens Keōpūolani and Ka‘ahumanu, breaking one of the most rigorous kapu. This bold act brought on the abandonment of the ancient kapu system and opened the door to Christianity.

Kamakahonu Bay at Historic Kailua Village 75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #4, PG 183)


Pololū Valley & Overlook SIGHTSEEING & HIKING in NORTH KOHALA

Pololū Valley Mile marker 28 on Hwy 270, Kapa‘au (Map A, #5, PG 178)

› A VERY ACCESSIBLE HIKE FOR MOST › BE SURE TO MAKE A STOP IN HĀWĪ OR KAPA‘AU WHEN YOU COME OR GO

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Pololū Valley might not be very well known outside of the residents of the Big Island; however, it is a majestic sight. Located in North Kohala at the end of Highway 270, it winds past the quaint town of Hāwī. Just past 28-mile marker, you will round the corner and suddenly be treated to a breathtaking view of Pololū Valley—the same view that previous generations have enjoyed for centuries, and one of the most spectacular panoramic views on the Big Island. The walk down to the valley floor is a rocky hiking trail less than a mile long and ends at a black sand beach. The views make the hike worthwhile, however, the hike up can be strenuous. It’s advised that you wear sturdy shoes and use caution, especially if the path is wet. You won’t find any amenities or lifeguards on the beach, but you will get a rapturous glimpse of nature’s beauty at its finest.

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Rainbow Falls WATERFALL in HILO

The charming old-school island town of Hilo, seemingly frozen in time, has many waterfalls that are not only easy to find, but require just a short walk to view. Waiānuenue Falls, famously known as Rainbow Falls, is one such waterfall that stretches about 80-feet long and is probably the most easily accessible on the island—just a short walk from the parking lot and only a few minutes from downtown Hilo. The falls' name was inspired by the multi-colored prisms seen in the mist of the falling water and comes from ānuenue, meaning rainbow, and wai meaning water. The water spills over an ancient lava rock cave that is said to be the home of the Hawaiian moon goddess, Hina. Depending on the amount of rain, the waterfall sometimes descends at a trickle or it could be gushing over the edge with many ribbons after a storm.

Rainbow Falls Rainbow Dr., Hilo (Map H, #2, PG 185)

‘Akaka & Kahuna Falls WATERFALL on HAMAKUA COAST

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Located within ‘Akaka Falls State Park, this is one of the most highly recommended waterfalls to visit on Hawai‘i Island. The pathway to reach 442-foot tall falls is about 0.4 miles long and takes you through an enchanting rainforest, as well as to a smaller 100-foot tall waterfall, Kahuna. Several legends of varying details surround ‘Akaka Falls. The premise, however, is that a Hawaiian chief named ‘Akaka lived in the area and was said to be having an affair. When his wife discovered this, he somehow ended up falling to his death, creating ‘Akaka Falls. The trailhead is located just off the parking lot. The paved route, which includes multiple steps in places (not wheelchair accessible), makes an easy to follow loop offering stunning viewpoints of the two waterfalls. Parking is $10 per car.

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‘Akaka Falls State Park 875 Akaka Falls Rd., Honomu (Map A, #1, PG 179)


Waipi‘o Valley SIGHTSEEING on HAMAKUA COAST

Waipi‘o Valley Located at the end of Hwy 240, Honoka‘a (Map A, #7, PG 178)

› A STEEP HIKE OR 4-WHEEL DRIVE IS NEEDED TO REACH THE VALLEY › BE RESPECTFUL OF RESIDENTS

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Also known as Valley of the Kings, Waipio Valley could also be considered earth’s Garden of Eden, with breathtaking vistas bounded by 2,000 feet cliffs, spectacular Hi‘ilawe Falls plummeting 1,200 feet from Kohala Mountain to the bottom of the valley, fruit trees, taro fields, streams and a crescent black sand beach popular with surfers. The steep and narrow road down the valley requires a four-wheel drive. The one-mile hike can be difficult especially on the climb back to civilization. Commercial transportation permits are limited to four outfits to maintain the pristine environment of one of the state’s most isolated places. Tours are unavailable on Sundays. Waipi‘o Valley Lookout offers breathtaking views without breaking a sweat.

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park SIGHTSEEING & HIKING in VOLCANO

› NUMEROUS DAY HIKING TRAILS › TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE TO THE SEA DOWN

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park protects some of the most unique geological, biological, and cultural landscapes in the world. Extending from sea level to 13,677 feet, the park encompasses the summits of two of the world's most active volcanoes—Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. From wilderness adventures to short walks and scenic drives, there's plenty to do in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Walk through lush rainforest and see a cave where a river of lava flowed 500 years ago at Thurston Lava Tube, or enjoy one of the many trails in the park, such as the Kīlauea Iki trail which descends 400 feet through rainforest into a volcanic crater, and hike across a hardened lava lake from the 1959 eruption. Check with the park regarding the latest activity at the crater. Located near Volcano Village (808) 985-6011 Hawaii National Park, HI 96718 (Map A, #2, PG 179)


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Snapping the QR code on any guide page will take you there in the Savvy360 app.

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Kauna‘oa Beach (Mauna Kea) BEACH on KOHALA COAST

› LIMITED PARKING SO ARRIVE EARLY › MAKE SURE TO LEAVE TIME FOR LUNCH

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A nationally-ranked beautiful, white sand crescent beach fringed with palms and naupāka is a great place for swimming and snorkeling due to the gradually sloping sandy bottom, except during heavy winter surf. Get there early since public parking passes are limited. Lifeguard, restrooms and showers are available. There is a reason that Laurence Rockefeller visited this site in 1960 and chose to build the Kohala Coast's first resort on this pristine beach. You'll feel like you're in a real life Corona commercial as you relax at this idyllic spot. Located through the entry gate to Mauna Kea Beach Resort off Hwy 19.

Located at Mauna Kea Resort 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #4, PG 180)


Hāpuna Beach BEACH on KOHALA COAST

Located off Hapuna Beach Rd. and Hwy 19 Old Puako Rd., Kohala Coast (Map B, #3, PG 180)

› COUNTY LIFEGUARDED BEACH › BE AWARE OF SURF CONDITIONS › BRING YOUR OWN SHADE

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This splendid, large white sand beach with clear turquoise water is great for swimming, snorkeling and body boarding. See Maui’s Haleakalā across the big blue Pacific. It’s crowded on the weekends and shade is scarce, so plan accordingly. Be careful of the strong rip currents and shore break. There is a lifeguard, picnic areas, snack stand, restrooms and showers. Located off Hwy 19, it is adjacent to The Westin Hāpuna Beach Resort with plenty of public parking spaces. The park has free admission for Hawai’i residents and is $5 for visitors. There are also camping permits available.

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Anaeho‘omalu Bay (A-Bay) BEACH on KOHALA COAST

› GRAB A SUNSET COCKTAIL AT LAVA LAVA BEACH CLUB ON SOUTH END.

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A-Bay is a lovely, crescent beach with salt-and-pepper sand ideal for sail boarding, windsurfing, swimming and catching a perfect sunset. Palm trees separate the Pacific from the ancient fishponds and petroglyph fields. The water is usually calm so it makes a good family beach. You can walk south on a path upon entrance of the beach to find more private white sand beaches. Equipment rental, restrooms and showers are available. Located off Waikoloa Beach Dr. across from the Kings’ Shops and fronting the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort. Follow signs to beach.

Located in Waikoloa Beach Resort 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa (Map C, #5, PG 181)


Waialea Bay (Beach 69) BEACH on KOHALA COAST

Located near Puako Old Puako Rd., Kohala Coast (Map B, #7, PG 180)

› A LOCAL FAVORITE › PLENTY OF SHADE › CAN BE HIGH SURF IN WINTER

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Named for the utility pole marker, this is a lovely white sand beach with crystal clear blue water that is great for swimming and snorkeling due to its sandy bottom and gradual drop off. Snorkeling is great around the rocky outcropping inside the bay, but the best snorkeling is in the southern portion where depths range from 10 to 30 feet. Mostly the water is super clear, but periodic freshwater invasion by an intermittent stream can ocassionally reduce surface visibility. Exercise caution during the winter months due to high surf. There is plenty of shade and restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 19, turn onto Puako Beach Dr.,then take the first right onto Old Puakō Road; beach parking will be on your left. This is where the beach also gets its moniker, 69 Beach, due of the number "69" utility pole close to the parking area.

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Kekaha Kai State Park BEACH on KONA COAST

› THE ALA KAHAKAI COASTAL TRAIL CONNECTS TO KUA BAY, 4.5M NORTH

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› NO LIFEGUARDS HERE—BE SAFE

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A 1,642 acre coastal state park with some of the best beaches on the island, Mahai‘ula Beach is an exquisite white sand beach great for swimming and snorkeling in the well-protected bay. About a 30-minute walk north of Mahai‘ula Beach is Makalawena Beach, one of the most stunning beaches on the island, with silky white sand and beautiful, crystal clear turquoise water with sand dunes and trees as a backdrop and a shoreline made up of intricate coves. Located about 2 miles north of Kona International Airport off Hwy 19 between mile marker #90 and #91, take the rough 1½-mile road down to the beach. Part of Kekaha Kai State Park and just a mile or so north on Hwy 19 is Kua Bay, a gorgeous, pristine white sand beach great for swimming and body boarding. Located just north of Kona Airport HWY 19, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #7, PG 182)


Kahulu‘u Beach Park BEACH on KONA COAST

Located between Kailua and Keauhou Ali‘i Dr.., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #7, PG 183)

› POPULAR SNORKEL SPOT › CAN GET QUITE BUSY › GREAT PICNIC & FAMILY BEACH PARK

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This salt and pepper beach fringed with palms is within a sheltered cove and popular for swimming, snorkeling and fishing, and one of the best spots for snorkeling on the island, with an abundance and variety of colorful reef fish and sea life. Beware of high surf and rip currents. This is a great family beach park with picnic area, restrooms and showers available. Significant cultural history lies at this location, with Kahalu‘u Bay being listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Ku‘emanu Heiau lies on the north side of the bay, overlooking a popular surf break. Please be mindful of the living coral at this beach and help to preserve the corals by being mindful and not stepping on them. Also, be sure to wear reefsafe sunscreens here, and every time you enter the Hawaiian waters.

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Papakōlea Beach (Green Sand) BEACH in KA‘Ū

› ONE OF ONLY FOUR IN THE WORLD › IT IS ILLEGAL TO TAKE SAND FROM THE

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Green crystals sparkle like jewels in the sun next to a magnificent turquoise sea in this unusual, most beautiful crescent beach formed during an early eruption of Mauna Loa. One of only four green sand beaches in the world, this beach gets its distinctive coloring from olivine sand eroded out of the enclosing volcanic cone. Swimming can be dangerous and there are no facilities, but once you kick off your tennis shoes and have a refreshing soak, you will appreciate the awesomeness of nature’s gift. Take Hwy 11 to South Point Rd in Ka‘ū and go south 12 miles. From here, continue NE on the dirt road to the boat launch and hike the final two miles to this majestic beach. This area is very remote and if you choose to scale the embankment to the beach, only enter the water if you are very experienced. Be aware of strong currents. A photo from above makes a great memory as well. Located at Ka Lae, known as South Point Take Hawaii Belt Rd. to South Point Rd. (Map A, #8, PG 178)


Punalu‘u Beach (Black Sand) BEACH in KA‘Ū

Located in Ka‘u about 27 miles south of Volcano Take Hawaii Belt Rd. to Ninole Loop Rd. (Map A, #9, PG 178)

› BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ANCIENT PETROGLYPHS › NOT A VERY SAFE SWIMMING AREA

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Palm trees line this inviting lagoon where green sea turtles rest on the black sand. Near the boat ramp at the northern end of the beach lie the ruins of a heiau (temple) and a flat sacrificial stone. The swimming area is very rocky, and it can be dangerous to swim. Restrooms and camping are available. Ki‘i pohaku (petroglyphs) can be found near the County Park Pavilions within a protected area surrounded by a rock wall, just past the parking area. Make sure you look for these ancient carvings as they are easy to miss. There are also three ancient heiau in the immediate vacinity of Punalu‘u. Nearby is Ninole Cove, a small beach with a grassy area and lagoon good for snorkeling, with sand channels that make for easier access.

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GOLF 112 PXG golf clubs + apparel 114 HUALĀLAI GOLF COURSE golf course 115 HUALĀLAI GOLF HALE golf simulator & instruction 116 HAPUNA GOLF COURSE golf course 117 MAUNA KEA GOLF COURSE golf course 118 MAUNA LANI GOLF COURSE - NORTH golf course 119 MAUNA LANI GOLF COURSE - SOUTH golf course 120 MAKALEI GOLF COURSE golf course 121 WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT GOLF golf course

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PXG GOLF CLUBS on KONA-KOHALA COAST

› CUSTOM FITTING EXPERIENCE › THE GEN4s ARE GAME-CHANGERS

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› CHECK OUT THE PXG APPAREL LINE

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Founded by entrepreneur and self-proclaimed golf nut Bob Parsons, PXG embodies his belief that every new product – from golf clubs to apparel – should be markedly better. Every innovation should improve your performance. And every moment of impact should elevate your enjoyment. With the new PXG GEN4 Golf Clubs - they've held nothing back, spared no expense, and poured every ounce of innovation, and every lesson learned into these babies. Think crazy distance, unbelievable forgiveness, extremely soft feel, and smoking-hot looks. And right now, there’s no better time to put the most amazing clubs to ever earn the PXG name in play. To experience the jaw dropping performance of our new GEN4 Golf Clubs, schedule your in-person fitting now on Hawai‘i Island at Hualālai Golf Course or Mauna Kea Golf Course. Parsons Xtreme Golf (844) 752-9794 • pxg.com 100 Ka‘upūlehu Dr, Kailua-Kona (Map B, #9, PG 182) 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela (Map D, #6, PG 180)


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Hualālai Golf Course GOLF COURSE on KONA-KOHALA COAST

› THE TEE SHOT ON 17 CAN BE QUITE DISTRACTING DURING WHALE SEASON

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› TRACKMAN TECHNOLOGY ON RANGE

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The first Jack Nicklaus Signature Course on the Big Island is home of the PGA Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship every January. This carefully groomed course was designed with a sense of place. Special care was taken to preserve the historic King’s Trail located on the course, and other significant cultural sites at the resort. Residents and residential guests of Hualālai along with guests of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai may enjoy this great facility, which includes a nine-acre driving range with 27,000 square foot short game practice area. The course is coming off an extensive renovation that will be sure to impress all levels at this seaside gem.

Located in Hualālai Resort (808) 325-8480 • fourseasons.com/hualalai 72-100 Ka'upulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #5, PG 182)


Hualālai Golf Hale GOLF SIMULATOR & INSTRUCTION on KONA-KOHALA COAST

Located in Hualālai Resort (808) 325-8000 • hualalaigolfhale.com 72-100 Ka'upulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #6, PG 182)

› THE LOUNGE & COMFORT STATION BOASTS A FULL KITCHEN & BAR › GET A LESSON IN STYLE—AND TECH

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This newly-opened 3,000 square-foot instruction and practice facility is the ultimate destination for golf enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy exclusive programming and improve their golf game with state-of-the-art technology and expert instruction. Programming includes a variety of offerings that combine fun, fitness, technology and luxury. Instructional services feature one-on-one coaching, video analysis, on-course lessons, full-day retreats, multi-student lessons, indoor “learn and play” sessions using TrackMan flight simulation, fittings and other custom programs. One of the indoor bays features Topgolf Swing Suite, a teaching studio featuring a golf simulator and lounge. The only offering of its kind in Hawai‘i, the tech-laden Swing Suite combines serious instruction with a menu of games.

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Hapuna Golf Course GOLF COURSE on KOHALA COAST

› NEW PASPALUM GREENS › A SHOTMAKER'S COURSE

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› A LOCAL FAVORITE

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This Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed 18-hole championship course is nestled into the dramatic natural contours of the land from the shoreline to about 700 feet above sea level. This beautiful course features spectacular vistas of the Kohala Coast and the Pacific, with snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano as a backdrop. Hapuna’s challenging play and environmental sensitivity make it one of Hawai‘i’s most unique golf courses. The Pacific Ocean provides every hole with a picture perfect backdrop. Hapuna Golf Course has gained a reputation as a hidden gem and for that reason is always a local favorite. Hapuna's challenging play and environmental sensitivity make it one of Hawai‘i's most unique golf courses.

Located in Mauna Kea Resort (808) 880-3000 • westinhapunabeach.com 62-100 Kauna'oa Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #8, PG 180)


Mauna Kea Golf Course GOLF COURSE on KOHALA COAST

Located in Mauna Kea Resort (808) 882-5400 • maunakeabeachhotel.com 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #9, PG 180)

› AMAZING AND DEMANDING PAR-3s › SCENIC VISTAS FROM EVERYWHERE › PLAY A LEGENDARY DESIGN

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For over 40 years, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has been the most celebrated resort in Hawai‘i. And Mauna Kea Golf Course, carved out of ancient lava flows by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., is consistently ranked among the top courses in the world. Created on what was once a barren black lava field, today’s lush fairways tumble across seaside cliffs with unfolding ocean and coastal views. This course which emulates the legend of Hawai‘i as a golfer’s paradise, boasts the famed 3rd hole, where surging blue inlet waves thunder against a rocky black shoreline for an experience you’ll remember forever. Without changing the essential character of his father’s design, Rees Jones completed a tee-to-green renovation in 2008.

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Mauna Lani - North Course GOLF COURSE on KOHALA COAST

› A PLAYER'S HIDDEN GEM › A CLASSIC MIX OF SCENERY AND

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Mauna Lani’s North Course represents the quintessential golf experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. Built on a lava bed, the North is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by kiawe (mesquite) forests. Number 17, a par three tucked into a natural lava amphitheater, is one of Mauna Lani Resort’s signature holes and a favorite “I was here” photo spot. A 230-acre protected archaeological district lies on the northern boundary of the golf course. The North Course has fast become one of the most popular tournament venues on the Island.

Located in Mauna Lani Resort (808) 885-6655 • maunalanigolf.com 68-1050 Makaiwa Place, Kohala Coast (Map C, #6, PG 181)


Mauna Lani - South Course GOLF COURSE on KOHALA COAST

Located in Mauna Lani Resort (808) 885-6655 • maunalanigolf.com 68-1050 Makaiwa Place, Kohala Coast (Map C, #6, PG 181)

› LAVA AND EPIC VIEWS ABOUND › BRING YOUR SHORT IRON GAME— AND CAMERA—TO NUMBER 15

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Since opening in 1981, the Mauna Lani courses have collected numerous “Best Courses You Can Play” awards from Golfweek, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine and was a 10-year host venue of the Senior Skins Game – hosting many of golf’s greats, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player. The Mauna Lani South Course snakes through the stark, rugged a‘a lava of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow. The challenging South Course offers the golfer a panorama of mountain and ocean views. The South Course is also home to No. 15, one of the most photographed over-the-water golf course holes in the world.

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Makalei Golf Course GOLF COURSE on KONA COAST

› SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE KONA COAST AND MAUI

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› ABUNDANCE OF NATIVE FLORA & FAUNA

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Truly one of the most unique golf courses you'll find, Makalei encompasses all of the serenity and challenge that the Island of Hawai‘i has to offer. Known for its cool climates and nearby coffee farms, Makalei boasts an elevation range from 1,800 to 2,850 feet. This layout is a cool, scenic, lush forest alternative to the island’s coastal golf course experiences. The temperate climate, lush surrounding forests, and elevation offer a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Several distinctive features on the course include bent grass greens, lava tubes, cinder cones and a stone wall dating back more than a century. Regardless of skill level, golfers will appreciate the indigenous flora and fauna of the area, which includes many native species of plants as well as numerous peacocks, pheasants, wild turkeys, and other wildlife. Located just above Kailua-Kona (808) 325-6625 • makalei.com 72-3890 Hawaii Belt Road, Kailua-Kona (Map A,#9, PG 178)


Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf GOLF COURSE on KOHALA COAST

Located in Waikoloa Beach Resort (808) 886-7888 • waikoloabeachgolf.com 69-600 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa (Map C, #7, PG 181)

› A PERFECT COMBINATION OF NINES FORMS 27-HOLES OF GOLFING BLISS › SHORT ON TIME? JUST PLAY NINE

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World renowned golf has long been associated with the Kohala Coast, and Waikoloa Beach Resort is home to “Hawai‘i’s Premier 27-Hole Golf Experience.” Comprised of the Beach Nine, Lakes Nine and Kings’ Nine, each nine-hole loop at Waikoloa Beach Resort presents a unique landscape for the game along with aweinspiring views that range from the towering mountains that form the center of Hawai‘i Island to the shimmering blue Pacific Ocean. Nine-hole combinations are offered as 18-hole rounds and nine holes can be played anytime of the day. Start early, and play all 27-holes in one day.

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Front row seats available

(808) 325 - 8000 fourseasons.com/hualalai


EAT + DRINK 124 CANOEHOUSE regional cuisine 125 HĀ BAR & GRILL island-inspired & al fresco bar 126 BEACH TREE cal-ital 127 ‘ULU OCEAN GRILL regional cuisine & sushi 128 HUALĀLAI GRILLE steakhouse 129 THE MARKET gourmet market & deli 130 MANTA regional cuisine 131 COPPER BAR Eurasian & craft cocktails 132 MERIDIA mediterranean 133 SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL island -inspired 134 BINCHOTAN: BAR & GRILL asian cuisine 135 BROWN'S BEACH HOUSE regional cuisine 136 MAUNA LANI COFFEE CO. cafe & coffee 136 JUICE 101 health food & juice bar 137 PUEO'S OSTERIA italian cuisine 138 KONA WINE MARKET liquor & specialty 139 PAU HANA POKE seafood & poke 140 ISLAND LAVA JAVA coffee & island-inspired cuisine 142 UMEKE'S FISH MARKET BAR & GRILL seafood & poke 144 MOHALA'S BAYFRONT FISH & CHIPS seafood 145 MIYO'S RESTAURANT japanese cuisine 146 HAWAIIAN STYLE CAFÉ local comfort

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CanoeHouse ISLAND INSPIRED on KOHALA COAST

› ARTFULLY INSPIRED ISLAND CUISINE › DRAMATIC OCEANSIDE SETTING

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› EXTENSIVE WINE LIST

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At CanoeHouse, dining allows us to gather with loved ones to enjoy each other's company and share stories. Rooted in culinary excellence, heritage and togetherness, CanoeHouse is Mauna Lani’s storied oceanfront restaurant helmed by husband and wife duo, Executive Chef Matt Raso and General Manager Yuka Raso. Together, Chef Matt and Yuka have carried on the tradition with their heart and soul of the place, bringing people together over enriching and authentic dining experiences. When you dine at CanoeHouse, you’re welcomed into our ‘ohana.

Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (808) 885-6622 • aubergeresorts.com/maunalani 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast (Map C, #13, PG 181)


Hā Bar & Grill AL FRESCO BAR on KOHALA COAST

Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (808) 885-6622 • aubergeresorts.com/maunalani 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast (Map C, #15, PG 181)

› AL FRESCO STYLE BAR › OPEN FOR LUNCH DAILY, 11AM-5PM › OPEN FOR DINNER DAILY, 5-9PM

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The essence of Mauna Lani is represented by togetherness, connectivity and a sense of place. These values come to life at Hā Bar and Grill, Mauna Lani’s openair eatery that is situated on the expansive Great Lawn, framed by a crescent of white-sand beach and palm-fringed swimming pools. Talk story and savor time spent with friends both new and old over house-made ceviche, tropical salads and Lani Tais. The Hawaiian sunset and the acoustic sounds of local artists make for the perfect ambience, culminating in another day in paradise.

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Beach Tree CAL-ITAL on KONA COAST

› NO BETTER PLACE TO END YOUR DAY— OR ENJOY A 3-HOUR LUNCH

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› OPEN AIR, BEACHSIDE DINING

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The essence of “barefoot elegance,” Beach Tree brings the feel of a Hawaiian beach house, where you can dine on the sand or in the open-air dining room as you savour Californian cuisine with an Italian twist. This ocean side restaurant and bar is an experience—a place to enjoy casual dining and linger longer, where the focus is on fresh, local, seasonal and handmade cuisine. The cuisine is Cal-Ital— innovative Italian dishes infused with California flavors. Handcrafted cocktails incorporating fresh, local fruit and a great selection of wines are also featured. At the center of the resort, it is a place to meet, connect with friends and family and celebrate lifestyle. Serving lunch, dinner and drinks daily, with Hawaiian entertainment nightly from 6-8:30 p.m. Casual resort attire. Located at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai (808) 325-8000 • fourseasons.com/hualalai 72-100 Ka'ūpūlehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #12, PG 182)


‘ULU Ocean Grill REGIONAL CUISINE on KONA COAST

Located at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai (808) 325-8000 • fourseasons.com/hualalai 72-100 Ka'ūpūlehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #14, PG 182)

› START OFF AT THE SUSHI LOUNGE › FINISH AT THE BEACHSIDE FIRE PIT › RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

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“R.S.A. – Regional, Seasonal and Artisanal” – cuisine is served alongside the surf and under the stars at this award-winning restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, where 75 percent of the food comes fresh from the ocean and local farms. Showcasing a stylish blend of Hawaiian architecture and modern flair - a fun, lively, informal setting where guests are inspired, surprised and delighted by Hawai‘i’s natural beauty and the flavors of the Pacific. Casual, friendly and knowledgeable servers guide guests through a social dining experience, highlighting an innovative ocean-to-table menu with playful tableside presentation. Cuisine is prepared oven roasted, flame grilled and wok fired, and signature dishes include: Crispy Hawaiian Snapper, Lemongrass Pork Chop, Table-side Ahi Poke and Mango Lime Tart. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

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Hualālai Grille STEAKHOUSE on KOHALA COAST

› SIGNATURE ISLAND FLAVORS & STEAKS › INTIMATE, CLUB-LIKE AMBIANCE

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› EXTENSIVE WINE LIST

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A classic American steakhouse, the Grille is set above the picturesque 18th green of the famed Hualālai Golf Course, a signature Jack Nicklaus Golf Course and evokes a contemporary club feel and a lovely place to relax and dine. The menu features Island-infused flavors, prime steaks, pork chops, lamb, fresh local fish and free range chicken dishes with a twist on traditional sides. A classic chateaubriand sourced from Durham Ranch, is a thick-cut slow roasted 18 oz. tenderloin filet carved tableside. Don't miss the pastry chef’s signature Macadamia Nut Toffee Ice Cream Pie. The bar offers an extensive wine list including excellent wines by the glass, a popular beer selection and a variety of signature hand-crafted cocktails.

Located at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai (808) 325-8000 • fourseasons.com/hualalai 72-100 Ka'ūpūlehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #13, PG 182)


The Market GOURMET MARKET & DELI on KOHALA COAST

Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (808) 885-6622 • aubergeresorts.com/maunalani 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast (Map C, #15, PG 181)

› SPECIALTY ISLAND OUTPOST › OPEN DAILY, 5:30-10PM

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Mornings at Mauna Lani begin with freshly brewed Kona coffee from Mauna Lani’s island outpost, The Market. Inspired by New York’s iconic delis, The Market features everything from housemade sandwiches and salads to warm pastries and desserts, incorporating fresh and local ingredients cultivated on the Island of Hawai’i. Curate the perfect beach picnic with local craft beers, sandwiches and desserts crafted by Mauna Lani’s Resident Pastry Chef, Helen Hong. There’s something for everyone at The Market.

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Manta REGIONAL CUISINE on KOHALA COAST

Overlooking Kauna‘oa Bay, Manta pioneered Kohala Regional Cuisine, featuring locally sourced ingredients delivered daily.

With sweeping views of Kauna‘oa Bay, friends and families gather for mixologist-crafted cocktails and wine complemented by gastropub cuisine. › LOCALLY-SOURCED INGREDIENTS › FANTASTIC WINE LIST

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› OPEN-AIR WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS

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Overlooking Kauna‘oa Bay, Manta pioneered Kohala Regional Cuisine. The restaurant proudly showcases the island’s provisional riches procured by our local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Through these relationships it allows Manta Restaurant to bring unpretentious Hawai‘i regional cuisine to the table. This open-air restaurant comes with stunning ocean views and as the sun sets, the ambiance changes as the Bar & Lounge come to life and chefs prepare culinary delights in Manta’s exhibition kitchen. Be sure to check for the schedule of live entertainment throughout the year. An award-winning wine list enhances every evening.

Located at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (808) 882-5707 • maunakeabeachhotel.com 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #14, PG 180)


Copper Bar RESTAURANT & BAR on KOHALA COAST

Located at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (808) 882-5707 • maunakeabeachhotel.com 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #12, PG 180)

› CREATIVE TAPAS & ENTREES › CRAFT COCKTAILS › SCENIC, OPEN-AIR SETTING

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Visit a timeless favorite. Redesigned to embrace its storied past while launching modern traditions for a dynamic future, it’s one of Kohala Coast’s favorite dining and gathering places. Casual, creative tapas and entrees incorporate locally grown ingredients and are easily paired with a selection of craft cocktails, tap beers and wine. Unwind with a handcrafted Mauna Kea Mule and absorb sweeping ocean views that have beckoned travelers for generations. Tapas and entrees crafted with local ingredients, and cocktails handmade by Copper mixologists are perfectly paired with enduring panoramic views.

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Meridia MEDITERRANEAN on KOHALA COAST

› OPEN-AIR SEATING › CREATIVE HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS

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› CATCH A SUNSET AT THE BAR

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The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort’s new signature dining experience introduces an innovative menu inspired by the Mediterranean and infused with our island’s bounty. The fresh seasonal menu is complemented by al fresco seating, a charcuterie and crudo bar, and house made artisanal bread nook. With the use of the resort’s local herb garden and citrus, Meridia also highlights signature brand cocktails and mocktails, ensuring every handcrafted recipe is expertly mixed, shaken or stirred. Expand your culinary confines at Meridia, framed by sweeping ocean views accompanied by crafted cocktails, fine wines and attentive service.

Located at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort (808) 880-1111 • westinhapunabeach.com 62-100 Kauna’oa Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #15, PG 180)


Seafood Bar & Grill ISLAND-INSPIRED on KOHALA COAST

Kawaihae Harbor (808) 880-9393 • seafoodbarandgrill.com 61-3642 Kawaihae Rd., Kawaihae (Map B, #11, PG 180)

› HAPPY HOUR TWICE DAILY › INVITING, AIR-CONDITIONED ATMOSPHERE › ASK ABOUT THE DAILY FISH SPECIAL

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Looking for a restaurant and bar with a chill vibe, great food, and fabulous tropical cocktails? Taking their décor cues from tiki bars of yore, Seafood Bar & Grill has the complete relaxed island atmosphere that encourages you to come and stay a while. Pony up to the 70-foot long mango wood bar covered by a thatched awning complete with kitschy tiki humor and three flat screen TVs for your sports viewing pleasure, in a nice air-conditioned space. The atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious, unpretentious food with local flair are inviting—and, you may find yourself staying a bit longer than you planned. You’re almost guaranteed a good time here. Open daily from 11am to 9pm.

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Binchotan: Bar & Grill ASIAN CUISINE on KOHALA COAST

› A FRESH TAKE ON ASIAN › ARTISAN COCKTAILS

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› RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

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Get whisked away to a place where stories are shared after a long day of exploration, similar to the way Japanese fishermen in northern Japan would do over premium binchotan (white charcoal) in their ancient fishing villages. While the open flames are reserved for the back of the house, the style of cuisine and the communal spirit makes this an exciting new place to dine here on the Big Island. A gathering place for friends and family to enjoy a fresh take on Asian cuisine, the menu features the time-honored tradition of grilling meat, seafood and produce over an open flame. Shared plates and grilled skewers are the hallmarks of this culinary experience. The full service bar showcases artisan cocktails, premium sake and vast collection of whiskey. Located at Fairmont Orchid (808) 887-7320 • fairmontorchid.com/dine/binchotan-bar-grill 1 North Kaniku Dr., Kohala Coast (Map C, #11, PG 181)


Brown's Beach House REGIONAL CUISINE on KOHALA COAST

Located at Fairmont Orchid (808) 887-7320 • brownsbeachhouse.com 1 North Kaniku Dr., Kohala Coast (Map C, #12, PG 181)

› SPECTACULAR OCEANFRONT SETTING › INNOVATIVE HAWAI‘I REGIONAL CUISINE › LIVE HAWAIIAN MUSIC NIGHTLY

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The vistas alone are worth a leisurely evening at Brown’s Beach House, Fairmont Orchid’s signature fine dining restaurant. Perched above Pauoa Bay, this celebrated AAA Four Diamond venue takes in one of the island’s most spectacular sunset panoramas. Sit down to a decadent pa‘ina (feast) in relaxed oceanfront elegance as you indulge in fresh, innovative Hawai‘i regional cuisine sourced straight from the land and sea. Listen to live Hawaiian music featured nightly, while connecting over the most tantalizing flavors the island has to offer. Because eating and drinking isn’t just eating and drinking – it’s savoring life. E ‘ai kakou (Bon appetit)! Open daily for dinner. Reservations are recommended.


Mauna Lani Coffee Co. CAFÉ & COFFEE SHOP on KOHALA COAST

Independently owned and operated, here, you’ll be treated like a “regular” from your very first visit. And by your third...? We’ll likely know your “usual” as well as your name! Our coffee is locally sourced. We work one on one with farmers throughout the state to insure our coffee is single farm sourced. Our roasting partners roast in small batches twice a week. All this work is done to bring you only the finest cup of coffee. Sunny days guarantee that our outside seating will be full of guests enjoying a drink or treat. We also offer comfortable seating inside our cafe with free wifi and plenty of outlets. So whether you're stopping for your morning coffee, lunch, or an afternoon snack, we've got you covered!

Located in the Shops at Mauna Lani (808) 731-4000 • maunalanicoffeeco.com 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr. #300, Kohala Coast (Map C, #17, PG 181)

Juice 101 HEALTH FOOD & JUICE BAR on KOHALA COAST

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Established in 2010, Juice 101 provides customers with juices, smoothies and dishes that are equally as delicious as they are healthy and nutritious. Juice 101 is constantly adapting and changing to meet your healthy cravings. We pride ourselves on fresh juices and made-to-order smoothies packed with super foods and mouthwatering flavor combinations. Our juices and smoothies are a perfect addition to our nutrient-dense salads, acai bowls, paninis, cold wraps, and amazing breakfast offerings. Juice 101 is more than just juice, it is a feeding frenzy for your senses, an edible lifestyle lift, and an energy revitalization that your body demands. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, bodybuilding, or paleo we have many options to meet your needs.

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Located in the Shops at Mauna Lani (808) 887-2244 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr. #301, Kohala Coast (Map C, #18, PG 181)


Pueo's Osteria ITALIAN CUISINE on KOHALA COAST

Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center (808) 339-7566 • pueososteria.com 68-1845 Waikoloa Rd., Waikoloa, HI 96738 (Map A, #13, PG 179)

› FRESH ITALIAN CUISINE › LOCAL, SEASONAL INGREDIENTS › RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

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Pueo’s Osteria is an inviting, Italian-inspired restaurant that provides great food in a fun environment. Chef James Babian focuses on the finest Italian products paired with seafood, produce and meats from boutique farms (sourced locally whenever possible), including farm-fresh products from local farmers’ markets. Engaging service, approachable pricing, great flavors and food await at Pueo’s Osteria – Food, Wine & Fun. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Dinner is served from 4-9:00pm, bar stays open until 11pm. Smart casual attire. Recently voted #1 Italian Restaurant in West Hawai‘i and Diner's Choice by OpenTable for 2021. Check for updates on new location across the street in Waikoloa Plaza opening Spring 2022.

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Kona Wine Market LIQUOR & SPECIALTY MARKET in KONA

› EXTENSIVE WINE & LIQUOR SELECTION › GIFT BASKETS FROM LOCAL PURVEYORS

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As Kona's original specialty wine and liquor market, Kona Wine Market has been providing top shelf service for almost 30 years. The knowledgeable and passionate team is there to help make that timely pairing recommendation or put together a delicious gift for that special someone. They also provide local (within 24 hrs) and nationwide FedEx shipping. Custom gift baskets feature local sweets and savories that will brighten anyone's day while supporting Hawai‘i vendors. Offering craft draught beer for your growlers to go and boasting the island's best selection of craft and imported beers in their Lava Tube Beer Cave. Join them Fridays, anytime between 3pm-6pm, for casual and complementary tastings—not to mention the freshly baked breads from Sandwich Isle Bread Co.­ delivered on Fridays by 3pm. Above Costco in New Industrial (808) 329-9400 • konawinemarket.com 73-5613 Olowalu St. Suite 1, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #16, PG 182)


Pau Hana Poke SEAFOOD & FISH MARKET on KOHALA COAST

Above Costco in New Industrial (808) 315-7952 • konawinemarket.com 73-5617 Maiau St. Bay 10, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #15, PG 182)

› FRESH, LOCAL POKE BOWLS › AHI FILETS AVAILABLE DAILY › A GREAT PLACE TO GET FRESH FISH

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Pau Hana Poke, owned and operated by two local families, is the newest addition to Kona’s culinary scene. Located above Costco in the new industrial area, Pau Hana Poke serves up poke bowls made with fresh fish, most of which is caught by the owner in Kona waters. Enjoy favorites like spicy tuna and California roll, with several popular options for sides. They also offer fresh fish for sale. Open MondaySaturday from 10am-4pm. Please check for current hours. If you are looking for a fresh, healthful, sustainable and fast meal, visit Pau Hana Poke.

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Island Lava Java CAFÉ & RESTAURANT on KONA COAST

› FRESH, LOCALLY-SOURCED INGREDIENTS › 100% KONA COFFEE & ORGANIC ESPRESSO

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› OCEANFRONT LOCATION IN KONA

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At Island Lava Java bistro, you'll find the freshest, most delicious food and drinks, using locally-sourced ingredients, including grass-fed Big Island beef, Big Island goat cheese, local organic greens and Hawaiian vanilla. Each dish is created inhouse, from scratch, every day to the highest standards. With their own bakery onsite, all breads, pizza dough, breakfast pastries, and desserts are scratch-made and baked daily. Proudly serving 100% Kona Coffee, along with organic espresso, fresh juices, real fruit smoothies and the amazing Lava Java Shake. The oceanfront Kona location on Ali‘i Drive serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour, and offers a beautiful Craft Bar as well. Catch a spectacular Kona sunset with a couple beautiful craft mai tais! Or fuel up at their shop on the Kohala Coast in Waikoloa Village, serving breakfast & lunch dishes, plus coffee, juices & shakes (but no alcohol). Please note menus and times vary by location. E Komo Mai!

Located in Kailua-Kona & Waikoloa Village (808) 327-2161 | (808) 769-5202 • islandlavajava.com 75-5801 Ali'i Dr., Bldg 1, Kailua-Kona (Map E, #11, PG 183) 68-1845 Waikoloa Rd., Waikoloa Village (Map A, #13, PG 179)


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Umekes Fish Market Bar & Grill ISLAND-INSPIRED on KONA COAST

› FRESH LOCAL SEAFOOD & POKE › HAWAIIAN-INSPIRED ENTRÉE ITEMS

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Umekes Fish Market Bar & Grill has moved to a brand new location located just across the street from the iconic Kona Brewery. Umekes has remained a popular gathering place in Kona for locals and tourists alike over the past 9 years. Known for their poke and seafood that’s “so fresh, it’s off da hook!”, Umekes takes pride in serving the freshest fish from Hawaiian waters and has been voted the Best Poke & Seafood restaurant in West Hawai‘i since 2016. Enjoy craft cocktails, island brews, or their upscale wine and liquor selection. Pair with their world famous Poke, Fresh Catch, or Deep Fried Lau Lau for the ultimate experience. Come enjoy Kailua-Kona’s new local hot spot, open from 11am–9pm daily!

Located in the Brewery Block (808) 238-0571 • umekesrestaurants.com 74-5599 Pawai Place, Kailua-Kona (Map E, #12, PG 183)



Mohala's Bayfront Fish & Chips SEAFOOD in HILO

› FRESH CATCHES DAILY › MENU FEATURES GENEROUS PORTIONS

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Centrally located in downtown Hilo, Mohala’s Bayfront Fish & Chips is close to all the shops and local sites. Choose from a few fresh catches of the day, and make sure to bring your appetite, because portions are big. To accompany your onolicious, perfectly cooked fried fish, dive into some of the tastiest sauces such as malt vinegar aioli dip, traditional tartar sauce, garlic dill aioli, and to kick up the heat, Korean and buffalo. For lighter fare, they offer a dinner-size house salad piled with veggies, which you can add fish or seafood to, and some of the best clam chowder we’ve ever eaten! Don’t forget dessert: choose from delectable selections like fried bananas with ice cream, churros, and root beer floats. Appetizers include a melting pot of delicious choices, such as fish lumpia, fried pickles, calamari, and smoked mozzarella. Located in downtown Hilo (808) 300-9026 • mohalasbayfrontfishandchips.com 50 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo (Map H, #7, PG 185)


Miyo's Restaurant JAPANESE in HILO

Located in Manono Street Marketplace (808) 935-2273 • miyosrestaurant.com 564 Hinano St., Hilo (Map H, #6, PG 185)

› TRY THEIR IZAKAYA DINNER EXPERIENCE › FROM TRADITIONAL JAPANESE DISHES TO BENTO PLATES

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Miyo’s Restaurant has served homestyle Japanese dishes featuring locally sourced fish and produce in the Hilo area since 1987. Located in the Manono Marketplace across from Big Island Candies, their unpretentious, delicious Japanese food and understated décor has earned them the loyalty of locals and travelers alike. Choose from traditional Japanese dishes like tempura, hot pots, donburi, miso soup and bento plates with several combinations to choose from while you enjoy live music from local talent. Miyo’s also offers the only Izakaya and multi-course Omakase (“up to the chef”) dinner prepared by Chef Louis Pauole (by reservation only, Tuesday–Friday, with two sittings available: 5–6:30pm and 7-8:30pm) in an intimate setting adjacent to the main dining area. There are plenty of vegetarian selections. Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are recommended.

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Hawaiian Style Café LOCAL CUISINE in HILO & WAIMEA

› BREAKFAST ALL DAY LONG! › LOCAL FRESH FISH & POKE BOWLS

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Convivial and casual, Hawaiian Style Café offers quality, homemade Hawaiian comfort food served in Hawaiian portions. A local favorite, and quickly becoming a favorite of returning visitors, Hawaiian Style Café has gourmet dining options that are affordable but feed Hawaiian appetites with large portions of local-style comfort food. Whether it’s their world-famous massive pancakes and Kalua pork hash, or equally delicious lighter fare and vegetarian options, there is something for everyone. Enjoy their breakfast menu all day long, with favorites like French toast and loco moco, or gourmet steak or pasta dinner specials and creative local fresh fish specials served daily, including their poke bowls. Walk-ins are always welcome, with dine-in or take-out options.

Located in downtown Hilo & Waimea (808) 969-9265 | (808) 885-4295 • hawaiianstylecafe.us 681 Manano St., #101., Hilo (Map H, #8, PG 185) 65-1290 Kawaihae Rd. Waimea (Map F, #4, PG 184)


SHOP + STYLE 148 HILDGUND JEWELERS jewelry 150 SEASIDE LUXE boutique 151 TIFFANY & CO. fine jewelry 152 ENJOY FASHION SALON salon 153 NOA NOA apparel + artifacts 154 QUEENS' MARKETPLACE shopping center 156 TIFFANY'S ART AGENCY art gallery 158 GUPTON GALLERY art gallery 159 BIG ISLAND CANDIES gift shop + confections 160 BODY GLOVE RETAIL STORE outfitter 161 INDICH COLLECTION fine rugs 162 HAWAII TITANIUM RINGS jewelry 164 BENTLEYS HOME COLLECTION gift shop + boutique 165 SASSAFRAS jewelry

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Hildgund Jewelers FINE JEWELRY on KOHALA COAST

› EXTENSIVE DIAMONDS & STONES › HAWAIIAN HEIRLOOM BRACELETS

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Founded in 1873, Hildgund is the ultimate in fine custom designs and handcrafted jewelry—every piece unique by its elegance, every piece one of a kind. They have a wide selection of precious and semi-precious colored stones plus many varieties of fine jade. The almost unlimited choice of their diamond collection is only of the highest quality. Customers worldwide have returned to a Hildgund location time and again, convinced that they have found one of the finest jewelry boutiques anywhere. And for the man who has everything, be sure to check out the exclusive knife collection for Hildgund by William Henry, who creates a range of tools so perfectly conceived and executed that they transcend superlative function to become superlative art. The typical knife takes more than eight months from conception to completion, like this custom design shown. Located in Four Seasons Resort Hualālai & Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (808) 326-0606 | (808) 882-1861 • hildgund.com 72-100 Ka'upulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #10, PG 182) 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #10, PG 180)


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Seaside Luxe BOUTIQUE & FINE JEWELRY on KONA-KOHALA COAST

› ONE-OF-A-KIND BOUTIQUE › HIGH FASHION TO RESORT CASUAL

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The true definition of resort luxury can be found directly below the Four Seasons hotel lobby inside the stylish Seaside Luxe Boutique, featuring the world’s most premier fashion lines. From Missoni dresses and Eres swimwear to the precious gems of Sidney Garber, Jenna Blake and Lucy Billet, Seaside Luxe exudes high fashion on a grand scale with Just Bee Queen and Zimmerman. You’ll also find GGR shoes and numerous other leading footwear designers to complete your signature look. This one-of-a-kind boutique concept complements the breezy Hualālai Resort aesthetic while engaging the latest global fashion trends for an incomparable couture shopping experience.

Located in Hualalai Resort (808) 325-4765 • hualalairesort.com 72-100 Ka'ūpūlehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #11, PG 182)


Tiffany & Co. FINE JEWELRY on KOHALA COAST

Located in Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort (808) 886-1931 • tiffany.com 250 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa (Map C, #8, PG 181)

› TIMELESS DESIGNS › CELEBRATION & BRIDAL › CLASSICS TO TRENDING PIECES

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Tiffany & Co. announces member of girl group BLACKPINK and solo artist, ROSÉ, as its new global ambassador. ROSÉ, who has become one of the most idolized young women in music and fashion, will debut her new role in the 2021 Tiffany HardWear digital campaign. Based on a 1971 bracelet from The Tiffany Archive and having debuted in 2017, Tiffany HardWear is inspired by the edge and energy of New York City. The campaign highlights the collection’s gauge links and industrial shapes—bold designs that play with tension, proportion and balance. Emanating strength and confidence, ROSÉ wears the collection’s graphic 18k yellow and rose gold links accented with pavé diamonds. Tiffany chose ROSÉ to star in the new campaign for her bold personality and modern style influence—as someone who embodies the attitude and identity of the collection.

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Enjoy Fashion Salon SALON in WAIMEA

› ITALIAN STYLE MEETS BIG ISLAND ‘OHANA › GET NOT JUST A HAIRCUT, BUT A WORK

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With a passion for excellence and attention to detail, the world-famous “Made in Italy” luxury experience is now available right here on the Big Island. Enjoy Fashion Salon brings innate style and Italian elegance to Hawai‘i, with cuttingedge hairstyling techniques and genius color transformations. Honored to serve local and international clients with their decades of combined expertise in creating unforgettable looks, owners Francesco Pucci and Katia Vasciminno have worked their hairstyling magic for over 12 years at their flagship location in Torino, Italy. With dedicated, bespoke services offered to each and every client, they offer an unparalleled, European approach to hair and beauty. Techniques are continuously updated through research and hands-on professional development in the most important fashion academies around the world. Located in Parker Ranch Center (808) 731-6165 • enjoyfashionhawaii.com 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy., Suite F129, Waimea (Map F, #5, PG 184)


Noa Noa BOUTIQUE on KOHALA COAST

Located in Kings' Shops & Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (808) 886-5449 • noanoahawaii.com 69-250 Waikoloa Beach Dr. #B-5, Waikoloa (Map C, #8, PG 181) 62-100 Kauna‘oa Dr., Kamuela (Map B, #10, PG 180)

› ONE-OF-A-KIND JEWELRY › HAND-BATIKED NATURAL FABRICS › HAWAIIAN TAPA & ETHNIC DESIGNS

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Noa Noa presents a profusion of patterns and colors in traditional Hawaiian and Pacific island tapa and ethnic designs from around the world. Hand-batiked all natural fabrics include cottons, rayons, silks and linens. As you walk through their stores you will notice that the displays include many interesting and unique pieces. These artifacts include 12th to 19th century Chinese and Thai ceramics, Ikat weaving, ceremonial masks from Borneo, Java, Papua New Guinea, Sumatran Batiks, baskets, drums, an extensive collection of tapa cloth from Fiji, Samoa, Borneo, Toraja, Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya. Noa Noa jewelry is exclusive and one-of-a-kind. Noa Noa jewelry has been hand-selected from Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Mexico, Morocco and Africa and are made of gold, silver, and a variety of other natural materials.

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Queens' Marketplace SHOPPING CENTER on KOHALA COAST

› EXPANSIVE, OPEN-AIR SETTING › GREAT RESTAURANTS & FOOD COURT

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Located in Waikoloa Beach Resort, Queens' Marketplace is a family-friendly outdoor shopping center with a wide variety of tropical foliage and water features including koi ponds. With an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques, national retailers, a yoga studio, art galleries, a top-rated salon and day spa, notable restaurants, a popular food court, a luxury cinema, and a gourmet grocery store, Queens’ MarketPlace is the gathering place of the Kohala Coast. Restaurants include local favorites Sansei Seafood & Steak and Kuleana Rum Shack along with popular Romano's Macaroni Grill and Charley's Thai Cuisine.

Located in Waikoloa Beach Resort (808) 886-8822 • queensmarketplace.com 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa (Map C, #9, PG 181)


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Tiffany's Art Agency PRIVATE ART GALLERY in NORTH KOHALA

› ORIGINAL WORKS FEATURING HAWAI‘I'S FINEST ARTISTS

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Dive deep into Hawai‘i’s contemporary art scene, unveiling hidden local talent creating masterful works of art. It’s an experience full of joyful creative expression and connections. Shop online or by appointment in the private gallery and discover your wonder and inspiration as you collect art and memories made in Hawai‘i. Founder and curator, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, finds herself drawn to artists who create beautiful works that evoke those positive emotions. Joyful, playful, serene—they all have their place in our hearts, homes, and workplaces. Working closely with local established and emerging artists who are so passionate and focused on their mastery, has shifted how Tiffany sees the world and has ignited her passion for sharing it with you. Exclusive art displays at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection and Hualālai Realty. Located in Hawi (808) 747-5882 • tiffanysartagency.com Private Gallery - By Appointment Only (Map G, #4, PG 184)


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Gupton Gallery ART GALLERY in KONA

› EXPLORE THE WORKS OF ARTIST ALEX GUPTON AND 'THE ART OF DETAIL'

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Overlooking the bay in the heart of Kailua-Kona, Gupton Gallery is the Big Island's newest Fine Art Gallery. Opened by local artist and long-time Kona resident Alex Gupton, this beautiful gallery welcomes you to explore not only Alex's detailed creations (be sure to look for his signature fish 'Bob' hidden within his pen and ink details), but also works by more than 15 fellow artists. The gallery focuses on the work of artists from the Hawaiian Islands and features their exquisite painting, photography, and sculpture in bronze, ceramic and wood, all displayed within a relaxing and inviting space. The gallery offers convenient and personal ways to choose stunning artwork for your home, collect a wonderful memory of Hawai‘i, or to seek out that perfect gift. Located in Ali‘i Sunset Plaza (808) 315-8911 • guptongallery.com 75-5799 Ali'i Dr., Suite B2, Kailua-Kona (Map E, #9, PG 183)


Big Island Candies GIFT SHOP + CONFECTIONS in HILO

Located in Hilo (808) 935-8890 • bigislandcandies.com 585 Hinano St., Hilo (Map H, #4, PG 185)

› GIVE THE GIFT OF HAWAI‘I! › ONLY THE HIGHEST GRADE INGREDIENTS › FEATURING FRESH LOCAL PRODUCTS

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Big Island Candies’ Hilo Flagship Store is a “feast for your senses.” The aroma of shortbread fills the air; windows allow you to look into the factory to watch artisans create signature dipped shortbreads—and more—right before your eyes! Stroll and shop for gifts, featuring an assortment of individually wrapped goodies in packaging that celebrates the joy of the seasons, and the natural beauty of Hawa‘i. With so many innovative indulgences to choose from, our representatives are happy to answer questions about our products, even make a few suggestions, in order to help you find the right item. Come in, and you’ll experience why Big Island Candies has been the go-to destination for Hawai‘i’s finest cookies, chocolates and confections, since 1977. Open daily 8:30am-5pm, factory viewing on Mondays-Fridays from 9am-3:30pm.

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Body Glove Retail Store SNORKEL GEAR & ACTIVEWEAR in KONA

› PRESCRIPTION MASKS IN 10 MINUTES › EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO EXPLORE

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Your one-stop-shop for everything you need under the sun! Whether it’s snorkel gear, Rx lens masks, GoPro cameras, wetsuits, body boards, beach chairs, coolers with ice, umbrellas, flotation toys, life vests, metal detectors, waterproof phone cases, snorkel maps, they offer everything you need to explore the Big Island. The retail shop, just above the Kailua Pier, carries a large selection of rash guards, dry bags, reef safe sunscreens and a selection of over 50 masks, snorkels and fin sets for the beginner snorkeler to advanced SCUBA diver, offering everything you need for all your adventures on the island. Give them ten minutes and they can even make a prescription mask for you. Inquire about their rental programs, as they offer the best equipment at the lowest price. Located in Kailua-Kona (808) 326-7122 • bodyglovehawaii.com 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #8, PG 183)


Indich Collection FINE RUGS on KONA COAST

Located in Kaloko Business Center, above Costco (808) 329-6500 • hawaiianrugs.com 73-5617 Maiau St. #1, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #9, PG 182)

› THESE HAWAIIAN HEIRLOOM RUGS ARE DESIGNED BY LOCAL ARTISTS › CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM RUG

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Indich Collection's unique designs are inspired by the casual elegance of the island lifestyle. As designers and manufacturers of Hawaii Rugs®, Indich uses traditional oriental carpet weaving techniques and materials to create some of the most artful rug designs found anywhere. Celebrating 40 years in Hawai‘i with the largest selection of area rugs in the Pacific Basin, and with their Custom Design Program, Indich offers clients virtually unlimited design, color and size options. Traditional, contemporary and Tropical designs stir your imagination as you enter the "Art Under Foot" gallery. Free consultation, installation and delivery for West Hawaii. Free drop shipping island-wide and to the mainland with minimum purchase.

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Hawaii Titanium Rings JEWELRY in KONA

› ORIGINAL HAWAII-MADE DESIGNS › TRUE MATCHING RING SETS & SAME INLAY

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Hawaii Titanium Rings® on the Kona Coast of Hawai‘i Island offers one-of-a kind hand-crafted rings. Island created and ONLY made with 100% hypoallergenic, aerospace grade titanium! Precision sized with ALL sizes available. Hand inlaid with over 60 exotic woods and minerals to choose from. The superior quality, durability and unique designs are exclusive to them, and they offer the widest selection of titanium rings for every occasion, all of which are customizable. Personalized engraving, as well as lifetime sizing and warranty. Hawaii Titanium Rings® has been in business for over 25 years, with their original two locations, here in Kailua Kona. Drop by their downtown Ali‘i Dr. location from 10am-6pm daily, or pull up a chair and custom design your ring(s) at their Artist Manufacturing Studio on Maiau street (above Costco)! Hours vary at manufacturing so appointments are highly recommended. Two locations in Kailua-Kona (808) 756-1173 • hawaiititaniumrings.com 75-5744 Ali'i Drive, #190 (Map E,#10, PG 183) 73-5617 Maiau Street (Map D,#5, PG 182)


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Bentleys Home Collection GIFT SHOP & BOUTIQUE in WAIMEA

› TOLD WE'RE THE BEST KEPT SECRET › FARMHOUSE & SHABBY CHIC LINES

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Small but mighty! Tucked in the town of Kamuela is our cozy, family-owned and operated boutique filled with one-of-a-kind treasures. Packed with a punch, we offer casual apparel, charming accessories and keepsakes, unique gifts and so much more. Bentleys has been part of Kamuela for over 30 years and we are humble and proud to offer a place for talented local makers to share their art with you. Come stop and see us on your travels through the island. You’ll see why our repeat customers say we are A Must Stop Shop. Come Smile With Us!

Located in Parker Square (808) 885-5565 • facebook.com/BentleysHomeCollection 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd #107-108, Kamuela (Map F, #7, PG 184)


Sassafras Hawaii JEWELRY in WAIMEA

Located in Parker Square (808) 885-1081 • sassafrashawaii.com 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd. #106, Kamuela (Map F, #8, PG 184)

› HAWAII-INSPIRED AND LOCALLY HAND-CRAFTED JEWELRY › TAKE HOME A UNIQUE PIECE OF PARADISE

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Every piece in the “Sassy” collection is hand crafted in solid sterling silver. The family has been goldsmiths for generations, right here on the breathtaking Big Island of Hawai‘i. Their quality and attention to detail are unparalleled, with bespoke collections that are heavily inspired by the legends and stories of Hawai‘i, and the powerful healing and serenity Hawai‘i shares with all of us. Capture your memories, and keep your toes in the sand with a truly unique piece of island style jewelry from Sassafras. Bring home the aloha—from their ‘ohana to yours—with more than just a keepsake, with something truly inspired.

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We can build your dream.

From luxury new construction to high-end remodels, trust us to exceed your expectations. With over 30 years of experience in the custom home industry, we continue to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our ability to collaborate with architects and homeowners, coupled with our transparency throughout the building process, has helped make us one of the top companies serving the Kona-Kohala Coast.

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Hapuna Beach Residences RESORT LIVING on KOHALA COAST

› RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR LUXURY BEACHFRONT LIVING ON HAPUNA BEACH

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Awaken to the sound of the waves and live barefoot on the beach. Set on Hawai‘i’s very best beach at its most beloved resort, the location, design and amenities that surround the Hapuna Beach Residences are unmatched—not only on the Big Island, but in all Hawai‘i. Tour the fully-furnished models, some with plunge pools, and envision a bespoke lifestyle at the water’s edge. With high-end, contemporary, custom finishes by one of the top residential contractors on the island, these homes are showing spectacularly. New owners are now luxuriating in their island homes, and when not on the island, they can easily put their residence into the resort’s rental program. Already some owners are enjoying month-long rental commitments. These condominiums are selling quickly, with two-thirds of these exclusive 68 residences sold or in escrow.

Mauna Kea Living (808) 557-8689 • maunakealiving.com 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr., Suite 130, Kohala Coast (Map C, #10, PG 181 (sales center) | Map B, #19, PG 180 (site)


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Hualālai Resort RESORT LIVING on KONA-KOHALA COAST

› FIVE STAR RESORT AMENITIES › THE HUALĀLAI CLUB LIFESTYLE

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Hualālai Resort is located in the ahupua‘a (land division) of Ka‘ūpūlehu. Here, the land is rich in lore, natural resources and plant and sea life. This coastal land once known as a fishing village, transformed into the coastal community that has set the new standard in hospitality. Hualālai is a small part of the island’s rich exploration, welcoming a new generation to live and stay. Come explore the culture, share the adventures and fall in love with the spirit of Hualālai. There’s nothing more rewarding than calling this magical mauka-to-makai (mountainto-sea) paradise on Hawai‘i Island’s Kona-Kohala Coast home. Whether you’re in search of a traditional Hawaiian hale (house) or a more contemporary villa, homes at Hualālai surround you with breathtaking beauty, provides you with ever-expanding activities and instills you with aloha spirit.

Hualālai Realty (808) 325-8500 • hualalairealty.com 72-100 Ka‘ūpūlehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #17, PG 182)


Hualälai

Kailua-Kona, Hawai ‘i 96740

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Kohanaiki RESORT LIVING on KONA COAST

› REES JONES CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF › AMENITY-DRIVEN RESORT LIVING

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› IDYLLIC COASTLINE SETTING

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Kohanaiki is an invitation-only private club community, carefully crafted on 450 spectacular oceanfront acres. Once the playground of Hawai‘i’s greatest king, Kamehameha I, its shores are steeped in history with cultural landmarks, petroglyphs, and situated among a rustic mixture of rolling golf greens, sacred ponds, ancient lava flows, palm trees, and a one mile stretch of stunning Kona coastline. The Club features a Rees Jones-designed oceanfront golf course, a luxurious Beach Club, 67,000-square-foot Clubhouse and Spa, an Adventure Team, and dining options ranging from casual poolside fare to exquisite five-star dining. You can design and build your own home, or select from a range of beautiful move-in ready homes designed by prominent architectural firms. Properties from $3M to $20M.

Kohanaiki Realty (808) 670-3435 • kohanaiki.com 73-2055 Ala Kohanaiki, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #18, PG 182)


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Karen Ferrara, MBA LUXURY REAL ESTATE ADVISOR on KOHALA COAST

› $54,277,835 IN 2021 SALES VOLUME › TOP 1.5% OF US REALTORS & TOP .04% IN HAWAI‘I, REAL TRENDS 2021

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› $12M SALE OF ICONIC SULLIVAN ESTATE

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Karen considers it an honor to work with each client. She listens thoughtfully to their hopes and dreams—while working hard to make them a reality—and having fun together along the way. With a unique business-minded approach, an extensive global and local network, Karen provides her discriminating clients with local knowledge alongside world-class service. With 30 years of experience in luxury real estate, finance and construction in Hawai‘i and California, along with a Master’s degree in Business, Karen has a proven track record of success and a commitment to excellence. Karen provides top notch service to every client, every time with world class marketing, exceptional negotiation skills, intelligent analytics via top-tier research. Let Karen introduce you to the finer things—from private clubs and ranches to performing arts and culinary experiences—and, most importantly, introduce you to the Hawai‘i’s rich culture with the nicest people on the planet right here on Hawai‘i Island. Aloha lives here, and so can you. Karen Ferrara, MBA, Realtor Founding Partner, Compass Hawaii | Founding Member, Realm Global (808) 883-0094 • karen@karenferrara.com karenferrara.com • License #RS-72752


TMS Construction, Inc. RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION on KONA-KOHALA COAST

TMS Construction, Inc. & TMS Custom Woodworks, LLC (808) 491-6162 • tms.construction • tmscustomwoodworks.com 73-5600 Kauhoa St., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #19, PG 182)

› CUSTOM CABINET & MILLWORK SHOP › HIGH-END NEW CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING SERVICES

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With over 30 years of experience in the custom home industry, TMS Construction, Inc. consistently exceeds customer's expectations. Their ability to collaborate with architects, homeowners and maintain transparency throughout the building process has helped make them one of the top companies serving the Kohala Coast. TMS increases its versatility as a builder by providing its customers the opportunity to utilize their sister company, TMS Custom Woodworks, LLC, a 7,500 sq. ft. full-service cabinet and millwork shop. Doing so allows customers to save lead time, shipping costs and ensure quality control is achieved while meeting customers' specific needs. TMS strives to give customers the product they expect at the price they have committed to so they can enjoy their home for years to come.

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