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Beautiful and vibrant, the Achilles tang (Acanthurus achilles) adds a splash of color wherever it swims. This tropical marine surgeonfish is native to the Pacific Ocean and is black in color with vivid orange, white, and blue streaks along its fins and tail. Reaching around 10 inches in length in adulthood, the Achilles tang enjoys feeding on benthic algae, but will eat brine shrimp when in captivity.
Although gorgeous to look at, Achilles tangs are not suggested for home aquariums, as they can be nervous swimmers with a tendency to “pace” back and forth and enjoy unobstructed swimming spaces. The Achilles tang does best in turbulent waters with lots of surface movement, which translates to a higher saturation of oxygen in the water. The sturgeonfish is known as pāku‘iku‘i in Hawaiian and is sure to brighten anyone lucky enough to see it in the wild.
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It’s hard to imagine that a bird seen here in Hawai‘i spends its summers in the Arctic. Yet, for the Pacific golden plover, kōlea in Hawaiian, gives new meaning to the term “snowbirds.” Their annual migration covers near 3,000-miles of non-stop flying from Alaska to Hawai‘i, which takes between 3 to 4 days. They are found throughout the Hawaiian Islands foraging for food starting sometime around August until around May.
When they return home to the tundra to mate, the males often return to the same exact spot they found success the year before. There, a monogamous pair nests directly on the ground, using the deception of an injured wing to lure predators away from the nest. Adults are covered with spotted feathers of gold and black, with a striking white border. Plovers have two different kinds of plumage during the year—dark brownish feathers with gold spots on their backs during winter and a colorful breeding plumage in the summer with black feathers on the back with gold and white flecks and black belly.
Be sure to keep an eye out for these long-distance fliers as you cruise the beach—you might just catch a few of them enjoying a lunch of small crustaceans and mollusks along the shore. The males may be easier to spot since they start to sport a tuxedo-like appearance, especially during April, before they head back to look sharp for breeding season.
Whether it’s in a beautiful bouquet or in a well-manicured garden, heliconias are some of the most recognizably tropical plants you’ll encounter. Ranging in height from knee-high to a towering 15-feet, each heliconia’s dramatic and exotic appearance is a lovely sight to behold.
Originally from the Central America region, heliconias love wet and tropical climates, making Hawai‘i an ideal place to take root. In Central America, hummingbirds pollinate the plant; however, because we do not have hummingbirds in Hawai‘i, certain insects have stepped up to do the job here. The part of the plant that many people incorrectly consider the flower come in two types, erect and pendant—where the brightly colored bracts of the inflorescence hide a smaller, and more delicate flower, similar to ginger plants.
Within those two types, though, includes an almost innumerable variety of colors, forms, and shapes. The “Andromeda” variety, with its striking pink, orange, and yellow bracts with black tips that look almost like a bird’s claw, is shorter, but makes a dramatic border in a garden. Other types, such as the heliconia rostrata variety, hang down from their towering green leaves with bright red bracts and yellow and green tips, resembling a lobster claw or parrot’s beak. Other hanging heliconia look like graceful dancers caught in action. Keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful, unexpected plants on your travels, and see how many of the nearly 200 species you can find!
When it comes to water sports, surfing gets most of the attention here, which is not surprising since the sport was born in Hawai‘i. But boogieboarding (or bodyboarding) along our shores can provide just as many fun opportunities to hit the waves—plus it’s much easier. Boogieboarding has been adapted from the long wooden boards of the ancient Hawaiians into a much smaller, wider board thanks to Tom Morey, who invented the Boogie Board and named it that because of his love of music.
Today, the typical boogieboard is made from foam, making it lightweight and inexpensive. Boogieboarding is something anyone can try as long as they are comfortable in the ocean. First-time riders, and even more experienced riders from other areas of the world should heed some advice in regards to our unpredictable ocean conditions. First, find the perfect waves for your skill level. For newbies, look for waves around one to five feet in height as well as a lifeguarded beach. Also, be sure that the waves break in a particular pattern and aren’t too unpredictable or choppy. Be mindful of steep shorebreaks to avoid serious injury, because the powerful waves can slam you into the ground beneath. You also want to be mindful of what’s below you like sharp rocks and reefs.
Be mindful of other boarders catching waves. Keep in mind that surfers have the right of way, so if you’ve selected a popular surfing location without any other boogieboarders, consider choosing a different beach. Some beaches on the Big Island, such as Magic Sands, Hāpuna Beach, Kauna‘oa Beach (Mauna Kea Beach), Honl’s Beach along Ali‘i Drive in KailuaKona, and Honoli‘i Cove north of Hilo, are great for boogieboarding. Ask lifeguards, concierges and locals for other locations and local knowledge/tips—most are happy to share.
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Puka is the Hawaiian word for hole, and if you hear someone yell it while you follow him through the jungle, watch out! There are many places around the island where collapsed sections of lava flow have created pukas in the terrain and can easily swallow up a foot or more. Kīpuka is a term used for an opening of a small, isolated place of lush forest that have been spared by former lava flows but are surrounded by the telltale black rock. These kīpuka are often oases inhabited by large communities of native plants and animals. Puka shells are small white shells with a hole in the center used to make jewelry. A Hawaiian riddle: Puka kinikini; puka kinikini; ‘a‘ohe ona puka e puka aku a (many, many holes, many, many holes; but no hole to go out through). Answer: a fish net.
Experience multiple snorkeling sites along the historical Kona Coast and keep a look out for dolphins, whales and other marine mammals. This raft can take you to farther destinations than other tour operators, as the Super Raft can reach speeds greater than 30 mph.
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‘Ulu has always been a sacred fruit in Hawaiian history, a staple with nutritional, medicinal and historical relevance. The ‘ulu, or breadfruit, was considered the staff of life and brought over as a canoe plant. There is no recorded data about exactly when ‘ulu made its way to the Polynesian Islands, but oral history has a firm belief that it came by way of Tahiti or Samoa. The first written account about ‘ulu in Polynesia was made in 1595 by Spanish explorer Mendaña following his visit to the Marquesas Islands.
The ancient Hawaiians would bake ‘ulu in an imu (earth oven), boil it, dry it, or ferment it into a poi (pudding) for nutritional use. The bark was used as a bandage to heal skin wounds, the root oil as a remedy for impure blood, and the sap to trap birds so they could use their feathers for ceremonial attire. In modern local fare, ‘ulu is found boiled in curries, fried in butter, baked into bread, used in dips and even desserts.
A mature ‘ulu fruit can weigh up to 10 pounds, and is found growing between 1,000-2,000 feet above sea level in Hawai‘i. It is generally an erect tree, but there is also a mysterious Hawaiian variety that is low-ground growing and found on the island of Ni‘ihau.
Favorite discovery Discovering that “aloha” is not just a word, but a way of living. And I wouldn’t want to live any other way now.
Favorite beach Mau‘umae Beach. I love that it is an easy, but still rustic, hike that leads you to a beautiful, secluded beach, and is also kid and dog friendly.
Favorite date place When my husband (he is a very talented chef) is not setting up restaurants for me—either on the tallest mountain (Mauna Kea) or making my favorite breakfast on a paddleboard adventure—I enjoy very much dressing up to meet him or my girlfriends at Beach Tree at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. The mana of this place, combined with their good food and friendly staff makes for a memorable experience that never disappoints.
Favorite hangout Lately, I have been enjoying weekend staycations at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Either with friends and family, or just as a couple, this magical place blends culture, relaxation and fun at its best.
Favorite food Anything my husband makes. What can I say? He is a super talented chef. He's known around here as “The Legend.”
Favorite product Kelea Love Swimwear, because a girl in Hawai‘i needs stylish and locally made bikinis.
Favorite night spot Pueo’s Osteria. We love hanging out with their friendly staff eating topnotch comfort food late at night—and, they have Champagne splits.
Lucky you live Hawai‘i because... I get to raise my kids in a laidback environment surrounded by natural beauty and good values.
If you were a visitor, you would want to know... the importance of supporting local businesses, such as the farmers markets, and to always leave Hawai‘i better than the way you found it.
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
(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.
Can you feel the rumbling beneath your feet? Buried three miles below the world’s most massive active volcano, earthquake swarms and increased seismic activity echo the most recent awakenings of Hawai‘i’s “Long Mountain”— Mauna Loa. Although the Big Island has two of the world’s most active volcanoes, neighboring Kīlauea is better known since it’s considered the most active volcano in the world, but perhaps that is all about to change as Pele, the fire goddess, is clearly at home on both mountains. After 38 years, she burst forth a fiery trail of lava from the floor of Moku‘āweoweo Caldera and spewed molten rock and earth downslope the Northeast Rift Zone towards Saddle Road in an aweinspiring display of her eternal presence as the creator and taker of land in the Islands.
The Hawaiians believe that Pele thrust her digging stick into Mauna Loa’s summit and created these fiery lava chambers and fearsome forces we still feel. According to one legend, Pele was chased to Mauna Loa by her sister Namakaokahai, goddess of water and the sea, after seducing her husband. Although Namakaokahai would flood the pits of any new home Pele dug, high atop the lofty heights of Mauna Loa, Pele was beyond the reach of the sea goddess.
Pele’s heavenly home peaks about 30,000 ft. above
the sea floor below and is considered the heaviest and widest volcano in the world. Above sea level, it rises to almost 14,000 ft., but below the waves its massive flanks, like a proverbial hidden iceberg, extend three miles below the see. So massive, it has actually depressed the ocean floor beneath its mass an additional five miles. The total lava pile that constitutes its enormous mass extends 56,000 ft. from base to summit. Pele chose her towering home wisely. And with the most recent eruption on Mauna Loa, Pele reminds us that the Big Island is very much alive and growing larger by the day. In the last decade scientists had previously recorded “continued deformation related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone.”
That translates to look out it might erupt! Well, turns out it did, but not quite where they expected. Although previous activity was primarily in the southwestern part of Mauna Loa’s massive magma storage complex, the main fissure occurred in the Northeast Rift Zone. And the increase in the frequency and intensity of earthquake activity in recent years above normal background levels, meant a new eruption wasn’t if, but when and how much.
Turns out, it was a slow-moving eruption, flowing downslope at about 20 feet per hour. Typically, Mauna
Loa erupts at a higher rate, with fast-moving, longtraveled flows. But, unlike about half of the total recorded eruptions, this one did not stay confined to the summit caldera and may have posed a threat to infrastructure below. While the spectacular displays of fiery lava, birthed deep inside Mauna Loa’s immense magma chambers attracted worldwide attention and countless onlookers to viewing points along the Saddle Road, eruptions from the volcano are actually quite common. Of the 33 recorded eruptions, one has occurred on average about every five years, except for the long overdue 38-year stretch in recent times.
Mauna Loa has actually been continuously erupting for hundreds of thousands of years and encompasses half of the mass of the Big Island alone. It is one of five shield volcanoes that constitute the Big Island. Around 75 million years ago, the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain broke free from the depths of the Pacific Ocean fueled by a “hotspot” of seeping magma from the asthenosphere under the Pacific Plate. As each island gradually increased in size, the enormous Pacific Plate slowly drifted past the hotspot and a new island or volcano took its place. The Big Island is the most recent visible island undergoing this ancient volcanic procession. The most recent, Lō‘ihi (young
undersea volcano), is still underwater, but expected to peak from beneath the waves sometime in the next hundred thousand years.
The violent beginnings and continual renewal of Hawai‘i Island is a geologic narrative repeated many times throughout the Hawaiian chain. As each new island passed the hotspot and grew in size, the one it replaced began a timeless battle with the unrelenting erosive forces of Mother Nature. This geologic process is evident over thousands of miles of ocean from the gently sloping sides of Mauna Loa to the coral atolls at the very edge of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Seen from space, the Hawaiian Islands trail out in a northwesterly arc across a huge expanse of Pacific Ocean like dollops of sand forced out from beneath the waves. Each one, slowly receding back, reclaimed by the sea and drifting northwestward. Just as tiny Kure Atoll, 1,500 miles away to the northwest, once stood tall where the Big Island is today, Mauna Loa looms high above the seas building pressure deep within the scalding depths and massive cauldron of its ancient magma chambers.
But despite being one of the most well recorded volcanic zones in the world, the movement of magma is still very much a mystery to scientists studying Mauna Loa. At least in terms of when it will erupt.
While at present there is a decent chance of continued eruptions as it is normal for the flow to stop and start, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists use a complex satellite-based GPS network and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to monitor the surface movement of the world’s largest active volcano to predict its unpredictable nature. Additionally, they sink ultra-sensitive strainmeters and seismometers 100 meters down boreholes in its flanks. The goal is to gain a better understanding of when the next dangerous eruption will occur. Having accurate real-time monitoring of the volcano can reduce the risk to communities downhill of the eruptions, a relatively new technology in volcanology. Given the recent 38-year lava hiatus, it would suggest this eruption is just the beginning. However, inflation has decreased under the Northeast Rift Zone as well as tremor (subsurface fluid movement detection), both of these generally indicate less future activity. Also, of the last eight eruptions close by, none of them returned to high levels of activity after similar decreases. But Pele is ancient and not easily stirred. Once she wakes, it’s a good bet she will not easily return to her slumber. And while it may be weeks or months between flows, the past reminds us to be vigilant and wary of her restless destructive nature.
In 1881, a flow from Mauna Loa entered what is now the city of Hilo, the Big Island’s largest populated area, located on the eastern shore. In 1984, another flow stopped just shy of Hilo. The amount of lava and new terra firma that Hawaiian volcanoes can produce from even small eruptions is significant. The modest 1983 eruption of Kīlauea covered 30,000 acres with lava, created 180 acres of new land offshore, and resulted in $62 million dollars of property damage. And the more recent eruptions from 2018 to the present have claimed almost 700 homes and sent dangerous plumes of ash and gas 30,000 feet into the air blanketing many parts of the Big Island. But amazingly that is nothing compared to the geologic forces these volcanoes can unleash.
Movement of the southeastern flank system off Mauna Loa is responsible for the largest recorded earthquake in Hawai‘i, a magnitude 7.9 in 1868. It claimed the lives of 77 people and created widespread destruction across the island, including landslides, tsunamis, and building collapses. The aftershocks from this event continue to the present-day.Image by Andrew Richard Hara
Although Mauna Loa historically tends to produce greater volumes of lava over shorter periods of time than its fiery neighbor Kīlauea, its eruptions are slower and “calmer” compared to many of its violent volcanic counterparts rimming the Pacific. This is typical of shield volcanoes, a characteristic that contributed significantly to a substantial upland area ripe for agriculture and human habitation on the Big Island. Shield volcanoes eject large quantities of basalt-rich lava. Basalt is very fluid resulting in sloping-sided coastlines, as opposed to the steep, silica-rich volcanoes elsewhere in the Pacific. The distinct geochemical makeup of the lava from Mauna Loa is largely responsible for the ensuing civilization on the islands. It would seem that even the rocks that make up the ‘āina (land) are imbued with a sense of aloha!
But even when it’s not erupting, Mauna Loa offers distinct features, ecosystems, and unique attractions waiting to be discovered by the inquisitive explorer. The stunning drive with views of the summit from the Saddle Road is an easy way to appreciate the grandeur of Mauna Loa while also experiencing expansive views of Mauna Kea and the surrounding island. A stop at the kīpuka (land surrounded by lava flow), Pu‘u Huluhulu, a 38-acre wildlife preserve and ancient Koa forest along the route, is a great way to acclimatize to the lofty altitude. You can now also find safe viewing spots to see the amazing display of lava at night and during the day if it is erupting. While access to the summit will now be limited, you can still make out in the distance the Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO). Among a multitude of interesting scientific projects, it’s home to the world’s oldest continuous CO2 monitoring station. Since 1956, it has been the primary benchmark for atmospheric CO2 and instrumental in our understanding of climate science.
While there are numerous hiking trails from the summit and other areas to access Mauna Loa, many of them will be closed due to the dangerous conditions from the recent eruptions. For now, it is
best seen from afar or even better from the aerial view of a helicopter tour. On the Saddle Road a traffic hazard mitigation route (THMR) was created to allow visitors a safe place to view the show when Pele gets going. It starts at the entrance to the old Saddle Road across from the Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area (which will remain open 24-hours a day until further notice) and continues 4.5 miles from the entrance to just before Pu‘u Huluhulu. Onlookers are only allowed to park for 90 minutes at a time. Don’t stray too far from your vehicle as the Saddle and Mauna Loa are no place to get lost, especially with active unpredictable lava flows. Always remember that high altitude sickness, disorientation, dehydration, sunstroke, injury due to falling, and sudden changes in weather are all ways to tempt fate at these remote altitudes. The USGS volcano alert for Mauna Loa was lowered to Advisory and will change if there is renewed activity. Be safe and the well-earned reward is an immersion into a world before time, across ancient landscapes and hidden moonscapes cloaked in fire.
Although Pele was victorious over her sister goddess Namakaokahai, it required the death of her physical body. She became a shape-shifting spirit that was known to inhabit the form of a beautiful young woman, a white dog, or an old woman asking for a cigarette. There is a legend of a white dog that appeared in 1959 before the massive eruption at Kīlauea. The dog was seen on many occasions by eyewitnesses over the next seven years until the eruptions ended in 1966. Attempts were made by the MLO staff to catch the white “spirit” dog, but it disappeared once Pele’s rumblings ceased. Many believe it was Pele warning people of the impending danger. So, enjoy the majesty of the mountain and keep a sharp eye and keen ear for the otherworldly display it has to offer you. And of course, any white dogs. But above all, approach “Long Mountain” with the utmost respect and reverence in all things you do, in the hopes it will meet you in similar spirits.
Take a step back in time at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park words BROOKE REHMANN images RINA MAE JABOLINA
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park sits on what appears to be very inhospitable land. Surrounded by black lava, arid,warm air with the unrelenting sun beating down, a person may reasonably survey their surroundings and think this would not feel like an ideal place to live before modern amenities such as air conditioning and refrigeration. And yet, this area supported a thriving community, using ingenious fishing and land management techniques, techniques that might appear modern and enlightened by today’s standards.
Standing in the park, though, it’s easy to use your imagination to step back in time, and see the land from the vantage point of the Kānaka Maoli, or Native Hawaiians. With its shallow shores and gentle landing areas for wa‘a, or canoes, Hawaiians could easily fish and enjoy recreation from the area. As you wander around the greater Kona coastline, you might notice the rocky shoreline and few easily accessible beaches. Hence, Kaloko-Honokōhau was a respite from these challenges. The climate, though warm and parched, was pleasant enough with the right materials at hand to create simple dwellings that protected from periods of harsher weather. Kaloko-Honokōhau also had access to an abundance of medicinal and functional plants and other foodstuffs, including noni and ‘ilima for medical use, and pili grass to help construct housing structures. The fishing included species such as aku (skipjack) and ‘ōpelu (mackerel) as well as a modern day favorite, ‘ahi (yellow fin tuna). The area also included access to brackish water springs, which indicated fresh water could be found to support enough of a population in this dry corner of the island. This water could also help support the growth of edible crops grown in small enclosures in the ‘a‘a lava fields. It is no surprise, then, that what might initially appear to be inhospitable was actually an ideal setting.
The park is also one of the Big Island’s best-kept secrets, except it’s not very secret or particularly hidden. Located along the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway between the airport and downtown KailuaKona with its own traffic signal, you really can’t miss it. And yet, a trip to the park feels like you found a place that very few people know of, with its incredible beach and interesting landmarks it is sparsely populated, even on a weekend. Receiving about 10% of the total visitors to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a trip to KalokoHonokōhau National Historical Park is an opportunity for visitors to truly get a sense of what our islands’ shores were like in the not-sodistant past.
It is theorized that Kaloko-Honokōhau was initially settled between A.D. 900 to 1000 and inhabited and worked well into the late 20th century. The population fluctuated over the years with evidence suggesting it supported around 200 and up to 400 people at certain times, though more recently the number was much lower. When the Hawaiian ali‘i, or royalty, began to live along these shores, food production increased, leading to the ability to support larger amounts of people.
Ali‘i and high chiefs were drawn not just to the spirituality of the area, but for another major reason — its fishponds. The park features three fishponds, each a distinctive type serving a different purpose. Back in the days before Western contact, the Hawaiians utilized a land resource management system of ahupua‘a, a land division system of wedge shaped slices of land that run from high up the volcano slopes all the way down to the sea. This allowed communities to have access to various plants, animals, and other useful materials across geographically diverse areas. Fishponds allowed the Hawaiians to manage the fish population, capturing the fish in their early stages, and allowing them to grow to the perfect size for consumption. They were also kapu, or taboo, which kept the ponds from being overfished. Interestingly, residents of one ahupua‘a would generally only have contact with members of their own community, and not necessarily their neighbors, even if they lived closed by along the shoreline (or farther up the mountain). The park contains five ahupua‘a, three of which contain fishponds. As you visit each fishpond, it’s fascinating to imagine how life might have been in those days using this land division system.
Starting at the northern portion of the park, we find Kaloko Fishpond. (Incidentally, the word “Kaloko,” which is also the name of its ahupua‘a, means
“fishpond”). Visitors who drive down the bumpy road from the highway eventually end up at this large pond that features a rock wall with some original components still in place. This style of fishpond, or loko kuapā, utilizes stones that are stacked without mortar, and angled in such a way to prevent the waves from knocking them over. Over the years, the rock wall has been rebuilt several times including more modern techniques, but it has been found that the original native Hawaiian rock building techniques can actually withstand the elements better. The rock wall also features a sluice gate, which allows the fish in, but prevents them from leaving as the tides changed, creating the perfect method for managing fish resources.
Also within the park are two other fishponds, including ‘Aimakapā Fishpond and ‘Ai‘ōpio Fishtrap. ‘Aimakapā Fishpond, located in the center of the park, is a lagoon that was created behind a beach barrier, known as a loko pu‘uone. Though it formed naturally, the pond was used by Hawaiians for aquaculture until the 1950s. Farther south along the beach is ‘Ai‘ōpio Fishtrap, the only of its kind on the entire island. The trap, or loko ‘ume iki, was created using natural features, such as a rocky shoreline, with a manmade seawall that swept around to encircle the sandy beach area. Fish would be trapped during the high
tide, and perhaps moved into the four square holding pens you can still see submerged near the shoreline. The setting at ‘Ai‘ōpio is certainly one of the most beautiful on the island, with its calm, turquoise waters, honu, or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, nesting along the shoreline, as well as a Hālau wa‘a, or canoe house, nearby.
It is here at ‘Ai‘ōpio where we can also find one of the park’s most significant heiau, or temple. Pu‘u‘oina Heiau is an example of a platform heiau, and the best example of such a structure in Kona. This heiau still commands reverence and respect, as visitors are asked to avoid using the space for recreation, and instead approach it with the same mindset one might use at a church or synagogue. Looking at the structure, one can imagine the amount of effort it would have taken to build, requiring someone with enough power to command the manpower to lug the massive volcanic rocks into place.
There are several other historical features in the park that are exciting to see still in existence, including many petroglyphs and a portion of the Ala Mamalahoa, also known as the King’s Highway, a walking path that covered large distances, allowing for the movement of official government business as well as commerce, and would be considered the safest route for travel. One of the park’s most significant features, though it has yet to be proven, is that it is one of the locations thought to be the burial place of King Kamehameha, the chief who united all of the Hawaiian Islands under one rule.
The choice to be buried somewhere amongst the sea caves, along with other ali‘i demonstrates the spiritual, cultural and historical significance of the park. Despite all of these historical facets, this area was once in danger of being developed for tourism and housing purposes. Surveys were done, and in the 1970s during the Hawaiian Renaissance, an advisory group petitioned the United States Department of the Interior to add the area to the National Park Service. In 1978, the park was created, and this section of the Big Island has and will remain in perpetuity a protected piece of important history. No matter your reasons for visiting, whether to see the honu, the fishponds, the beautiful beaches, or the quiet tranquility of the place, go see for yourself the power of this special land. There you will find a lovely corner of our island, hidden in plain sight and open to all who wish to better know Hawai‘i and its people.
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is located along the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona, near Costco and Honokōhau Harbor. The park visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and all cars must be removed from the parking lot by 4:00 p.m. The road to Kaloko pond is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. Visit the National Park website at nps. gov/kaho for more information and to learn more about the founding and significance of the park by reading “The Spirit of Kaloko-Honokōhau.”
As a child growing up on America’s mainland, the word “hula” evoked visions of plastic—plastic grass skirts, plastic floral necklaces, and of course, plastic hula hoops. Eventually my awareness of the dance grew, and the kitschy images of hula from my childhood were overturned as I came to understand the beauty and complexity of true hula dancing.
Hula is more than a dance—it is a way of telling stories. While the movements of hula are aesthetically beautiful, they also have significant meaning. Prior to Western contact, Hawaiians did not have a written language, so all the history was passed orally through chants and hula dancing. An alluring way to share stories, beliefs, and historical knowledge to pass along from generation to generation.
Because of the lack of recorded history, the beginnings of hula are shrouded in mystery. Numerous legends about the creation of hula abound—and one of them suggests that it began when the Hawaiian goddess Hi‘iaka and her friend Hōpoe observed the motions of the ocean and began mimicking the movements of the waves. In another legend, the volcano goddess Pele created hula as a celebration when she found a home on the Big Island after being chased across the Pacific Ocean by her sister, the sea goddess Nāmaka. Various islands claim to be the birthplace of hula, but none of the stories about the origins of the dance have ever been confirmed.
In ancient Hawai‘i, roles were often predetermined based on the status of your
family. In these times, children generally became specialists in one skill. If a child was chosen to study hula, he or she would receive extensive training from a kumu hula (hula teacher). Hula dancers played an important role as storytellers in ancient Hawaiian society; and later on, as hula dancers helped bridge the gap between pre- and postcontact Hawai‘i.
As Western missionaries arrived to the Hawaiian Islands in the 1820s, they attempted to ban hula. They felt that both the attire and dance movements of hula were lascivious. After converting to Christianity, Queen Ka‘ahumanu, a wife of King Kamehameha I, came to agree with the idea that hula was inappropriate. With her help, hula was forced underground.
Despite the ban on publicly performing hula, people continued to quietly practice the dance. It eventually reemerged from the shadows in the 1880s under the reign of King Kalākaua, a patron of the arts who believed that hula was an integral part of Hawaiian identity.
Today there are two forms of hula: hula kahiko and hula ‘auana. Hula kahiko is the traditional hula. The mele (songs) are the distinguishing factor of hula kahiko. In this type of hula, dancing is accompanied by the guttural sounds of oli (chants) combined with percussion instruments such as gourd drums and rhythm sticks.
In hula ‘auana, dancers perform to the tunes of contemporary Hawaiian music. In this style of hula, traditional moves are used, but the dances may tell
more modern stories. The accompanying music has Western influences and may include slack-key guitar or ‘ukulele along with smooth vocals.
At lū‘au throughout Hawai‘i, you may find a combination of Hawaiian hula performances mixed with other dances of Polynesia. Hula is often confused with ‘ōte‘a, a dance from Tahiti that is characterized by rapid hip movements. While the two dances may have some similarities, in ‘ōte‘a, stories are told through the movements of the hips, whereas in hula, the stories are conveyed more through arm and hand movements. Hula dancing is accompanied by chanting as well as percussion instruments, while ‘ōte‘a is accompanied only by drums.
Another form of Polynesian dance that you may
Beyond the individual stories that hula may share, the survival of the dance as a whole tells the story of the resilience of Hawaiian culture.PHOTO COURTESY: MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL / TRACEY NIIMI
come across in Hawai‘i is the haka, a war dance from the Māori people of New Zealand. In this dance, participants make themselves look as fierce as possible by widening their eyes, sticking out their tongues, forcefully slapping their hands against their thighs and chests, and powerfully stomping their feet as they recite rhythmic chants. If you are a football fan, you may have seen the University of Hawai‘i Warriors perform the highly energetic, mighty haka during their pre-game ritual.
While there may be overlapping characteristics of the dances of Polynesia, it is important to understand that each culture developed distinctive styles of dance, and these dances embody the individual histories of each place. In the past, dances from around Polynesia may have been sold as authentic hula at tourist-driven lū‘au in Hawai‘i, but over the years, the productions have become better at acknowledging and identifying the variety of cultures and origin of dances that are presented at their shows, providing education as well as enjoyable entertainment.
Every spring, authentic hula thrives at the weeklong Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. When you hear the name of this festival, a jolly, fluttering orange and black butterfly may come to mind, but the festival actually gets its name from King Kalākaua, the Hawaiian monarch who took a stand against the missionaries’ suppression of hula and played a role in saving the dance.
At the Merrie Monarch Festival, hula hālau (dance schools) compete to win at this most prestigious hula event. Female and male hālau come from around the Hawaiian Islands, and perform both hula ‘auana and hula kahiko. There is also a solo female competition in which the winner
recieves the title of “Miss Aloha Hula.”
Achieving victory at this festival is a huge honor in the hula community, and ample time goes into learning and practicing the dances. Each hālau attend to every detail of their performances, from their costumes to the way the dancers enter and exit the dance floor. Even hula schools across the mainland, as well as Japan hold classes and workshops to spread the art of hula, Hawaiian culture, and traditions.
The Merrie Monarch Festival began in 1963 and was turned into a competitive event in 1971. The added element of competition popularized the event around the Hawaiian Islands—and beyond. It also played a role in bringing about the renaissance of Hawaiian culture that occurred in the 1970s.
Beyond the individual stories that hula may share, the survival of the dance as a whole tells the story of the resilience of Hawaiian culture. Despite attempts to ban the dance and the later Disneyfication of it, authentic hula continues on as a powerful link between the present and the Native Hawaiian culture that was almost lost.
As you watch a skilled hula dancer, you sense that they are conjuring the strength of the land and history of Hawai‘i. As you see the meaning that pulsates through each of their movements, King Kalākaua’s words ring true, “Hula is the language of the heart, and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.”
The 60th Merrie Monarch is April 9- 15, 2023 in Hilo at various venues. Visit merriemonarch.com for more information about events and to purchase tickets.
Kīlauea may get all the press, but there is more to experience in this special place on the islandwords RINA MAE JABOLINA
Where there is great destruction, there is great reward—a reason why many choose to live near volcanoes. Whether it’s to take advantage of extremely fertile soil, harness geothermal energy, study one of nature’s greatest forces, or remain rooted in culture, people willfully reside in the shadows of volcanoes. To them, it’s home.
While most people assume that living next to a volcano is wildly dangerous, many who live on the Big Island, which boasts not one, but two of the world’s most active volcanoes—Kīlauea and Mauna Loa—don’t really view it as living next to a ticking time bomb. Some even feel life here is safer than in states pummeled by devastating hurricanes every year. True, there are risks to living near active volcanoes, but Hawaiian eruptions are effusive, the calmest eruption type characterized by lava fountains that generate slow-moving rivers of molten lava. Yes, living near a volcano can be both safe and logical.
In the southeast part of the island, where the Puna and Ka‘u districts meet and between Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, you’ll find Volcano, a lush area of fern-filled rainforests set on beds of lava rock. This surprisingly cool wonderland encompasses several ahupua‘a (land divisions), including ‘Ōla‘a and Keauhou. In Hawaiian tradition, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes are considered wahi kapu (sacred places). For centuries before Western contact, Native Hawaiians lived near and visited Kīlauea, often retrieving canoe logs and gathering feathers to create capes. To this day, this area has significant cultural value. Hawaiian lore has it that Halema‘uma‘u, the fiery pit within Kīlauea caldera, is home to the fire goddess Pele. To honor her, kahuna (Hawaiian religious leaders) made periodic trips to Halema‘uma‘u to offer ho‘okupu (gifts), often of pork, red fish, banana or taro roots.
Today, Volcano includes thriving upslope communities of nature lovers, artists, farmers and scientists, and reigns as the most visited place on the island. It is most likely this very area called you to our island. There is much to experience in Volcano: fire, feasts and fun! Whatever your reasons are for stepping foot on this revered landscape, you will undoubtedly leave renewed and even changed.
Enter the Volcano Golf and Country Club Subdivision and sip on some liquid aloha at the Volcano Winery. This unique property at a 4,000 foot elevation receives the perfect concoction of rain and sun to produce award-winning wines. After a tour through the vineyards and tea garden, you must taste all six of their wines. Careful, you may get a little tipsy with their generous pours. Volcano Red, a semi-sweet red wine blended with exotic island jaboticaba berries, will take you to a happy place. Also, try the bright and lightly caffeinated Infusion Tea Wine with a silky macadamia nut honey base. Remember to take a bottle or two home with you as a remembrance of your time in this special place.
If you have plenty of time, book a tee time at the scenic Volcano Golf Course, the island’s first and oldest golf course. Who can say they golfed at the rim of an active volcanic crater? It surely caught your eye on your way to the winery. Play 18 holes in crisp air with unrivaled views of Mauna Loa but watch for the beloved nēnē (Hawaiian goose) on the fairways. They used to be on the brink of extinction.
A visit to Volcano isn’t complete without exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. First, stop at the Kīlauea Visitor Center to learn about
current conditions and best viewing areas from the friendly rangers. Next to the visitor center where you’ll find the Volcano Art Center Gallery, which showcases handcrafted artworks by over 230 local artists. On some days, you can even watch an artist painting on the gallery porch. You will be tempted to take a striking piece of art with you.
For your first view of the majestic Kīlauea caldera, head to Kūpina‘i Pali (Waldron Ledge) along the Crater Rim Trail. Stand in silence as earth beats beneath you and births new land right before you. Humbled and awestruck, you’ll want to check out other viewing areas like the Kilauea Overlook and the overlook near Keanakāko‘i Crater. If you visit at night, the red glow illuminating the jagged edge of the Halema‘uma‘u crater will keep you mesmerized when its active. Believe me when I say you’ll feel inspired, ignited and alive.
While at the park, make sure to also enter Nāhuku, a 500-year-old lava tube; and if you’re up for an extended adventure, trek through the Kīlauea Iki Trail, which takes you to a solidified lava lake on the crater floor. But if hiking through a volcanic crater makes you nervous, drive to the Ni‘aulani Rainforest outside the park within
charming Volcano Village. On a self-guided walking tour, learn about the traditional and medicinal uses of native plants. As ‘ōhi‘a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) and koa (Hawaiian acacia) trees tower over you, let the crimson ‘apapane bird serenade you. Trust me, you won’t want to exit the trail. But if you do, it’s likely for good reason. You’re hungry. Dine at ‘Ōhelo Café, a cozy little restaurant serving up upscale Italian flare with Hawaiian and American flavors. This scratch kitchen sources only the finest ingredients from local fishermen and farmers. Sit down, unwind, and devour Chef Mike’s blissfully sweet and savory guava bacon jam burger. Please contain your happy dance. Build your own flatbread pizza baked in their kiawe (Hawaiian mesquite) woodfired oven, and if you’re feeling bold, try the ahi tartare as a topping choice. Then end your meal with one of Leina’s killer desserts torched table-side. Need a quick bite to get you back on the exploration track? Glide into Eagle’s Lighthouse right next door. Everything on their menu is delicious, but most popular are their made-to-order sandwiches. Have one for the moment, and another for the road, perhaps after another hike. Pick the pastrami on their Volcano Three Seed bread and get all the
veggies included. It will fill you up but won’t put you into a food coma, which is what you don’t want to experience when there’s so much left of Volcano to discover.
Another quick stop favored by locals is the lime green Tuk Tuk Thai Food Truck. Try their pad kee mao, drunken noodles stir-fried in a silky black bean sauce and loaded with protein and vibrant vegetables. From one to ten, assert your spice level. Even a three will do a fiery dance on your tongue. You have been warned. If it’s raining and you don’t want to wait in line, you can always head to Thai Thai Bistro and Bar. Seek comfort in one of their authentic curries or, if you regrettably skipped the wine tasting at the winery, order a drink and a tray of their appetizing rolls.
There’s so much left to experience in the greater Volcano area, where communities tucked between two volcanoes have made their home. The people here have chosen this place. You have chosen to visit. No matter your reasons for coming, you’ll see breathtaking sights, experience restorative moments, and leave with ignited passions and re-defined. Your own glow … that will be your reward.PHOTO COURTESY: (ALL) RINA MAE JABOLINA
The soft-spoken, thoughtful demeanor of Chef Brian Hirata is a beguiling cover for the deeply passionate and forward-thinking chef behind a movement aimed at preserving Hawai‘i’s food culture while progressing local cuisine. A 2022 semifinalist for the James Beard Award in the Emerging Chef category, Chef Hirata was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu and grew up in a family where food played a central role. Whether spending days with his cousins hunting game that they would later eat or watching his family gather in the kitchen to prepare large meals together, food has always served as a conduit for gathering people.
After spending 12 years as an instructor in the Culinary Arts Program at Hawai‘i Community College serving as program coordinator, Chef Hirata struck out to pursue his passion project, Na‘au Hilo. Na‘au, a Hawaiian word meaning guts, intestines, and the place where we know, is the concept behind his movement to re-connect individuals with local ingredients while using each dish as a conversation starter between chef and guest to discuss the state of local ingredients. Through his years as a chef, he has seen the over-taxation of local environments and ingredients to the point where we are now at a critical juncture, a place where we can take the steps to reinstate native ways of sourcing ingredients, preparing dishes to highlight the beauty of local ingredients, and reconnect with the food identity of the past.
A passionate chef's mission to source native ingredients that highlight the plate
With foraging, ﬁshing, hunting and diving being so central to Na‘au, how were you able to acquire these skills?
I was fortunate that we had access to a beach house that we would visit every summer that was in Puakō along the Kohala Coast. I spent a lot of time there when I was growing up and that is where I learned to fish and dive. During breaks from school, I hunted with my cousins on the Big Island and eventually went to college on the Big Island, so I did a lot of these activities so often that it became ingrained in me.
What role did food play in your family when you were growing up?
Food was always a large part of my family. We used food as an opportunity to bring the family together and we would have these huge, banquet-sized meals during the holidays. My family, being Japanese, would make mochi during the week of New Year and gather as many family members as possible together.
What led you to a path in the culinary arts?
I never considered a career in the culinary field until I was in college. During my sophomore year of college, a bunch of friends and I decided to move into our own apartment, and we were suddenly forced to cook for ourselves. I started cooking most of the meals and discovered I really liked it. I ended up transferring to the culinary program the next year. My first kitchen job was on the island of O‘ahu where I worked for a husband-and-wife couple that ran an upscale food truck. I would help them load the truck for service and prep for catering events.
You eventually made your way back to the Big Island to work under Chef Alan Wong at the Hualālai Grille by Alan Wong. What were some key takeaways that you learned from Chef Alan?
There is just so much. I started working at Hualālai Grille by Alan Wong as a Cook II and applied for the position after my best friend and his girlfriend, who was living in Waikoloa Village, said there was an opening, and that if I wanted to move back to the Big Island, I should apply for the job. After three separate interviews, I was off ered the job and moved back to the Big Island in 1999 and eventually worked my way up to be the sous chef. There is so much from Chef Alan that I hold onto. I do not even know where to start! Aside from the technical cooking that I learned under him, I gained a lot of things like learning to “fail forward,” and that it is okay to make a mistake if you learn and grow from them.
I think the catalyst for all of this began when I was an instructor in the Culinary Arts program at Hawai‘i Community College. A large percentage of my students identified as Pacific Islanders or Native Hawaiian, yet they were not familiar with a lot of the local and native ingredients found in Hawai‘i. For whatever reason, the local food knowledge was not being passed on to the next generation, and that is what led me to design this project. A long-term goal of mine was to integrate the educational component of Na‘au Hilo. We are doing this with my current staff where I take them on foraging expeditions. We cook with the ingredients—
they get to see, taste, touch, eat, cook and plate the ingredients and then share this with the guests. For me, the best type of food education is hands-on; and my theory is that my staff will not stay with me forever, but they might stay a few years and continue on their career path taking what they learned from me and perpetuating this in their own fashion.
How do you avoid resource depletion when you are sourcing ingredients for your pop-up dinners? There are certain ingredients you might see through our social media account and then you will not see it for a long time because the ingredient is so limited that I do not want to overuse the ingredient to the point where we are depleting wild stock. When I take my chefs out to forage, I make sure they know we are going to harvest these ingredients and be conscientious. An example is the kūpe‘e, nocturnal sea snails. This is an ingredient that I only harvest once a year. For ingredients like kūpe‘e, only a few lucky people nowadays can taste this whereas it was a more common ingredient in the past. I think environmental damage and shoreline overdevelopment has impacted certain ingredients and it’s a tough balancing act.
Other than personal regulation, are there other guidelines you use to control your sourcing of ingredients?
An example is with the local wana (long spined sea urchins). I only harvest these in August and September when the gonads are the largest. In this sense, I follow the Hawaiian fishing calendar where Hawaiians would only harvest the wana when the lauhala tree was fruiting, which was around the months of August and September.
With a constantly changing, hyper-seasonal menu, are there dishes that guests can enjoy epitomizing the spirit of Na‘au Hilo?
One dish we are able to do consistently is our Rainforest Salad where we take two wild foraged
ingredients and prepare them utilizing two different cooking techniques. I think this showcases wild ingredients found in native rainforests and our most obvious connection between ingredients and what we are doing. With each course we do, I try to be thoughtful to best highlight the ingredient and keep things to a minimum so, if this is the first time someone is trying the ingredient, it can be the most unadulterated version while still being delicious. The food is a platform for a discussion with people, so they become more aware of what is happening in Hawai‘i. In this sense, it is a chance to discuss environmental issues. We are trying to inform the public through a platform of food, so I’m really proud of that and what we’re trying to do. We do not have a large budget. We are kind of grassroots and gaining a lot of momentum.
What are some goals that you have for your Na‘au Hilo project for the coming year?
A goal is to eventually acquire our own spot. We have not found anything that felt like the right decision to pull the trigger on. That is why we have been so nomadic with private dinners. I am hoping that something promising shows up in 2023.
If you had an entire day off, what would your perfect day be like?
A perfect day would start in the early morning hours with night fishing and, if sleep were not a factor, I would continue my day by hunting in the afternoon. I have done that in the past and those kinds of days are my perfect days.
As Chef Hirata’s Na‘au Hilo continues to grow, so will the opportunity for more guests to experience the unique dining experience he creates via his thoughtful menus and carefully sourced ingredients. You can learn more about his popup dinners or private dinners at naauhilo.com, where you can also enjoy a collection of videos that highlight native ingredients, featured dishes and local businesses.
The food is a platform for a discussion with people, so they become more aware of what is happening in Hawai‘i.
Across the island, other sustainability proponents are also working to increase honey production on the island to help the environment with bees pollinating crops in the area to support and strengthen agriculture while treating consumers with delicious organic honey produced in their backyards. Located on the Kohala Coast, The Fairmont Orchid offers a Mālama Hawai‘i program aimed to invite guests to learn about the land that they are visiting and practice responsible tourism. Their popular Bee Sustainable program is a complimentary, weekly program where guests can explore their chef’s garden and view the onsite beehives which contain about 80,000 honeybees producing raw, white, mono floral kiawe honey.
Just a short jaunt up the coast, things are also buzzing at Mauna Kea Resort, where new apiaries are having a significant impact on the environment by establishing honeybee populations that help provide pollination for local farming, flowers, and native plant production, while producing honey used in the resort's restaurants and bars.
In pre-contact time, Native Hawaiians developed self-sufficient and sustainable practices related to growing and harvesting. Via intricate systems of resource management, they were able to ensure there was enough food grown for people and animals while not overtaxing the natural environment. At Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, Director of Natural Resources David Chai and his team are working towards turning back their dial of reliance on the continental United States. In 2003, they designed a pond on their property designed for aquaculture with special precautions to avoid run-off from the golf course ending up within its pristine waters. These pristine waters became home to shrimp, fish, and oysters that they use to supply the property’s restaurants and eventually brought about the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2005, the agency honored the group with an EPA award for their Living Machine—an ecologically engineered technology designed to replicate and boost the natural purification of streams, ponds and marshes. While their fishing program was phased out, the lake is still home to nutritious phytoplankton which serve as food for the shrimp and oysters. In the coming months, Chai plans to work with property chefs to reinstate tours where resort chefs escort guests to Pūnāwai Pond to learn about the processes to grow and harvest oysters—while offering guests an opportunity to taste freshly harvested oysters.
At Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, they have interpreted sustainability on their property through the Mālama ‘Āina program which infuses a mission to protect, preserve and respect the ‘āina (the land) for both the local community and generations to come. Inspired by the Māla‘ai project at Waimea Middle School, a culinary garden providing hands-on learning for students, the resort purposefully partnered with Māla‘ai to create their on-site garden, Ho‘ōla, which means to “to save, heal, or cure.” At the Ho‘ōla garden, guests are invited to connect with the ‘āina as they spend time to visit or volunteer in the garden and care for the herbs and plants. Classes and workshops are also offered in the Ho‘ōla garden as another way to spread the resort’s message of caring for the ‘āina and community. Hawai‘i’s temperate climate, nutrient-dense volcanic soils and gentle trade winds create a virtually perfect environment for growing crops.
With a lineup of top chefs pairing food, wine and cocktails in a storied destination, the Mauna Lani Culinary Classic promises to be an event not to be missed. With planned events such as Blue Ribbon Restaurant’s 30th Anniversary Dinner with Chefs Eric and Bruce Bromberg, a master mixology session with Manny Hinojosa, an exclusive after hours soirée in the Francis H. I’i Brown Suite and the Grand Chef Dinner inspired by Hawai‘i’s local bounty, be sure to mark you calendars for this inaugural event scheduled for August 31 - September 2, 2023. For more information, visit aubergeresorts.com/maunalani.
Something exciting is cooking up in Waikoloa Village. Pueo’s Osteria, long known for its delicious, cravable Italian food and engaging service in an upbeat environment has kicked it up a notch by relocating to a newly built site near their previous location. Chef James Babian alongside his wife and co-founder Christine Babian have pulled out all the stops to create a truly fun vibe!
One of the most impressive upgrades to the space is the incredible ocean and sunset views from the outdoor lānai. Our island is known for its beautiful sunsets, and now those sunsets are on display every night from Pueo’s. The main dining room features a striking lighted tree, with its colors changing periodically, adding to the vibe as something novel and intriguing to diners as well. Chef Jim tells me people frequently request to sit under or near the tree, enjoying the ambiance it provides throughout the meal.
These aren’t the only new upgrades, though. Pueo’s sprung for new self-leveling tables, new chairs, a new beer system, Tiffany lights, all new kitchen equipment and a new larger stone pizza oven. Christine and Chef Jim took on the challenge of designing the indoor space, inspired by their travels to Italy, using warm, earthy Tuscan colors, ambient lighting, arches, and imported art to complete the scene. While the food is upscale, the mood they were shooting for is “fun” dining. “We put a lot of thought into making the space warm and inviting with a fun and upbeat vibe,” says Christine.
Some other new features include an exhibition front and back kitchen, allowing diners to see some of the high energy action of their meals being prepared. There’s a new ultramodern beer system, with 10 beers
on draft. “We feature about 75% local beers,” Chef Jim says. A new freezer to help make the oversize ice cubes for high-end whiskeys is also an addition to elevate and enhance the bar experience. There’s also a state-of-the-art sound system, as well as overhead heaters on the lānai for those cool evenings (Yes, we do have them here in Hawai‘i!).
But it’s not just about the new location and new amenities. As always, the food at Pueo’s Osteria is a standout, with Chef Jim’s motto of “Regional, Seasonal, Artisanal” still at the forefront. The Pueo’s team has recommitted themselves to bringing the freshest ingredients from local farms and purveyors, nurturing the relationships that help create their incredible dishes. Ingredients such as Kona Kampachi collars, Big Island Abalone from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority (colloquially known as NELHA), as well as Big Island goat dairy cheeses, and hearts of palm grown right on our island are also included on the newly expanded menu. One new farm that Pueo’s Osteria has started working with is Mermaid Mushrooms, a local mushroom farm located in Kailua-Kona that grows delicious oyster mushrooms. The oyster mushrooms are used in a dish consisting of whole-wheat tagliolini, , alongside Hāmākua mushrooms, local kale with a Marsala demi sauce, topped with hazelnuts and a drizzle of truffle
oil. Chef Jim and his team make much of their food from scratch every day, including the pastas, bread, all dressings, sauces, and overnight stocks, adding to the freshness that diners have come to expect and love.
Other ingredients, the kinds that are too hard or not possible to source in Hawai‘i are flown in from Italy, to ensure that everything is the best it can be like 00 flour for the pizza and pasta doughs, San Marzano tomatoes, white anchovies, and olive oils just to name a few. The new expanded menu includes new pastas, as well as more “Secondi” options. These include a Prime New York Strip Steak with kiawe-smoked mashed potatoes, locally grown green beans, seared Maui onions, accompanied by a Barolo wine sauce, as well a meaty Duroc Pork Chop with herb polenta, natural jus, tart poha berry jam, and Waimeagrown vegetables. The menu has always been more traditional, and a few new editions elevate the experience, such as a decadent Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe, using creamy parmesan and pecorino cheeses, black pepper, topped with crispy prosciutto and arugula.
An important part of an exceptional dining experience at Pueo’s is their remarkable staff. General Manager Teddy Lyau has been manning the front of house for years. He, Christine and Chef Jim have a legendary relationship, complementing each other incredibly well, and helping the restaurant gain a legion of loyal followers. A lot of
the new changes have been made with the staff in mind, including air conditioning in the kitchen, more service stations around the restaurant, pass through ice at the bar, a separate beer cooler, and more.
Though Pueo’s Osteria is not open for lunch, they host catered events in their restaurant as well as parties and other outside events. Because of the two kitchens, Pueo’s can continue to seamlessly host their legendary seasonal wine dinners. They’ve also added “Ravioli Wednesday” as well as a different lasagna every Sunday. “We are still a high-energy restaurant; it’s a fun, upbeat place with amazing food,” says Chef Jim. “We don’t want to say we’re fine dining, but we’re upscale food with approachable prices.” Christine agrees, adding “We’re very proud of the restaurant.” After seeing all their hard work come together, it’s easy to be proud alongside them for their accomplishments. And, even more grateful to the Babians for creating this exceptional dining gem on the Big Island.
Pueo’s Osteria’s new location is within the new Waikoloa Plaza in Waikoloa Village at 68-1820 Waikoloa Road. They are open six nights a week, closed Mondays. Dinner seating begins at 5pm, and the last seating is at 9pm. The bar is open until 11pm, with last call at 10:30pm. For more information, visit www.pueososteria.com. For reservations, call (808) 339-7566.
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.
KOHALA ZIP & DIP zipline
MAUNAKEA SUMMIT & STARS stargazing
DELUXE SNORKEL BBQ & DOLPHIN WATCH boat tour
HISTORICAL CAPTAIN COOK DINNER CRUISE boat tour
UMAUMA FALLS ZIPLINE TOUR zipline
UMAUMA RIVER & FALLS DELUXE ATV TOUR off-road tour
KEALAKEKUA SNORKEL TOUR boat tour
THE ORIGINAL SUNSET & STARGAZING TOUR stargazing
LUXURY CATAMARAN CHARTER boat charter
HIDDEN CRATERS HIKE hiking tour
KONA KOZY magic show & improv
VOLCANO ADVENTURE TOUR sightseeing tour
CAPTURE THE MOMENT portraits & photography
THE MAUNA KEA LŪ‘AU lū‘au
HAWAI‘ILOA LŪ‘AU lū‘au
ISLAND BREEZE LŪ‘AU lū‘au
LŪ‘AU O HALE HOALOHA lū‘au
PU‘UHONUA O HŌNAUNAU cultural site
PU‘UKOHOLĀ HEIAU cultural site
LAPAKAHI STATE PARK cultural site
AHU‘ENA HEIAU cultural site
POLOLŪ VALLEY sightseeing & hiking
WAIPI‘O VALLEY sightseeing & hiking
RAINBOW FALLS waterfall
‘AKAKA & KAHUNA FALLS waterfall
HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK sightseeing & hiking
KAUNA‘OA BEACH kohala coast
HĀPUNA BEACH kohala coast
ANAEHO‘OMALU BEACH kohala coast
WAIALEA BEACH kohala coast
KAHALU‘U BEACH PARK kona coast
KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK kona coast
PAPAKŌLEA BEACH ka‘ū
PUNALU‘U BEACH ka‘ū
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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 Waterfalls Adventure and Kohala Canopy Adventure) are combined into one action-packed day where you will stroll by secluded waterfalls in a private nature reserve, swim and play under a hidden waterfall and enjoy lunch at an exclusive picnic site. Enjoy a fun, offroad drive behind the locked gates of Kohala and fly through the full aerial canopy course, led by two certified guides.
(808) 331-8505 • kohalazipline.com 55-515 Hawi Road, Hawi (Map G, #2, PG 184)
The journey from sea level to the nearly 14,000 foot summit of Mauna Kea reveals the wonders and world-class clarity of the Hawaiian night sky. Enjoy a warm picnic dinner and learn about Hawaiian star navigation. Discover the historical accounts of early travelers through the mountain regions with your interpretive guide as you 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, more comfortable elevation after the sun slips over the horizon as you sip hot chocolate during a private star show with our 11-inch Celestron telescope and your guide reveals the night sky.
Hawaii Forest & Trail (808) 331-8505 • hawaii-forest.com
73-5593 A Olowalu Street, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #1, PG 182)
Step aboard their luxury 65-foot catamaran for a fun-filled day of adventure on the Kona Coast! Explore the reefs on a protected underwater sanctuary, swimming, and snorkeling among the marine life, and look for passing spinner dolphins that show up frequently along the way to the snorkel site. Snorkel instruction, Rx masks and Reef Safe sunscreen are available, along with complementary water toys, stand up boards and life vests. Wetsuits and GoPro cameras are available for rent. This 4.5hour cruise includes about two hours of water time, complemented by a continental breakfast, BBQ burger lunch, snacks, and beverages. Cocktails are available for purchase as well as local spirits and craft beers. You’ll cruise along the coast on cushioned seating, with access to restrooms, changing rooms, and showers on board. When you’re done snorkeling, get the adrenaline flowing on the high-jump platform and 20-foot waterslide. Just bring a towel and a smile and they've got the rest!
(800) 551-8911 • bodyglovehawaii.com 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #1, PG 183)
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!
Body Glove Cruises (800) 551-8911 • bodyglovehawaii.com 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #1, PG 183)
Your experience of a lifetime begins at the Umauma Experience: Hawai‘i’s premier 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) 731-1020 • umaumaexperience.com 31-313 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau (Map A, #6, PG 178)
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 beautiful waterfalls, 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 lagoon.
Umauma Experience (808) 731-1020 • umaumaexperience.com
STOP AT A PRIVATE WATERFALL & LAGOON FOR A QUICK DIP IF DESIRED
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)
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.
Get ready for an epic adventure on the water with the Island's best luxury sailing and snorkeling charters by Big Island Shaka. Experience genuine aloha aboard their forty-foot sailing catamaran and their brand-new luxury powerboat, the Shaka Lux. Multiple types of private charters to choose from with departure times offered from sunrise to sunset. Enjoy world-class snorkeling, sailing, seeing dolphins and whales (in season), views of Maui, and picture-perfect sunsets. Included with every charter is their base amenity level, “Holo Holo,” which provides water, all snorkel gear, reef-safe sunscreen, lotion, and shampoo and conditioner. Upgrade to the “Big Kahuna” amenity suite for complete catering options for any occasion, champagne and cabana beach towel service in addition to items included in “Holo Holo.” The well-trained crew will help to accommodate your preferred itinerary, desired activities and food and beverage requests.
Big Island Shaka (808) 460-4630 • bigislandshaka.com 61-3638 Kawaihae Rd., Waimea (Map B, #2, PG 180)
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!
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)
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.
888 Kalanianaole Avenue Unit C, Hilo (Map H, #1, PG 185)
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 email@example.com nataliamastra.com
Hawai‘i’s most legendary lū'au 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.
Held at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (808) 882-7222 • maunakeabeachhotel.com
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kamuela (Map B, #17, PG 180)
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, Hawai‘i (808) 326-4969 • hawaiiloaluau.com
1 N. Kaniku Dr., Kamuela (Map C, #1, PG 181)
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. 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 King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Resort, located adjacent to the pier in Kailua Bay.
Held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Resort Courtyard by Marriott (808) 326-4969 • ibluau.com
75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #3, PG 183)
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.
Held at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (808) 326-4969 • maunalaniluau.com
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kamuela (Map C, #3, PG 181)
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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)
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)
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.
Lapakahi State Park
Located 12 miles north of Kawaihae Harbor (Map A, #3, PG 178)
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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.
(Map E, #4, PG 183)
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.
Mile marker 28 on Hwy 270, Kapa‘au (Map A, #5, PG 178)
Also known as Valley of the Kings, Waipi‘o ("curved water" in the Hawaiian language) Valley could also be considered earth’s Garden of Eden, with breathtaking vistas bounded by 2,000foot 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. The steep and narrow road down the valley is currently closed to visitors, but the lookout offers breathtaking views without breaking a sweat. The lookout is perfect for taking pictures and having a picnic in the covered pavilion.
Located at the end of Hwy 240, Honoka‘a (Map A, #7, PG 178)
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 Dr., Hilo (Map H, #2, PG 185)
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.
‘Akaka Falls State Park
875 Akaka Falls Rd., Honomu (Map A, #1, PG 179)
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) 985-6000 (Map A, #2, PG 179)
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)
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.
Located off Hapuna Beach Rd. and Hwy 19 Old Puako Rd., Kohala Coast (Map B, #3, PG 180)
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)
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.
Located near Puako Old Puako Rd., Kohala Coast (Map B, #7, PG 180)
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 not stepping on them. Also, be sure to wear reef-safe sunscreens here, and every time you enter the Hawaiian waters.
Located between Kailua and Keauhou Ali‘i Dr.., Kailua-Kona (Map E, #7, PG 183)
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)
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 vicinity 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.
Located in Ka‘u about 27 miles south of Volcano
Take Hawaii Belt Rd. to Ninole Loop Rd.
(Map A, #11, PG 178)
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, #10, PG 178)
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THE CLUB AT HŌKŪLI‘A golf course
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Parsons Xtreme Golf (844) 752-9794 • pxg.com
100 Ka‘upūlehu Dr, Kailua-Kona (Map B, #9, PG 180) 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela (Map D, #6, PG 182)
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)
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.
Located in Hualālai Resort (808) 325-8000 • hualalaigolfhale.com 72-100 Ka'upulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #6, PG 182)
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 • maunakearesort.com/golf 62-100 Kauna'oa Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #8, PG 180)
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, seen above, 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.
SCENIC VISTAS FROM EVERYWHERE
PLAY A LEGENDARY DESIGN
Ranked among the top 10 destinations of Golfweek’s “Best 2022: Top public and private courses in Hawaii,” Mauna Lani’s North Course is an 18-hole haven tucked within primordial lava fields and lush kiawe canopies. A coveted tour venue for golf enthusiasts, the North Course enjoys one-of-a-kind golf experiences, unrivaled amenities and state-of-the-art facilities. Pause to absorb the natural beauty of signature hole No. 17, where a natural lava bed amphitheater envelops more than 100 yards of verdant fairways.
Located in Mauna Lani Resort (808) 885-6655 • maunalanigolf.com 68-1050 Makaiwa Place, Kohala Coast (Map C, #6, PG 181)
Former home to the PGA’s Senior Skins Game between 1990 and 2000, the South Course is a dramatic oasis with nods to avid golfer and famed senator, Francis H. I‘i Brown. Brush the rugged coastline in pursuit of humbling mountain and ocean views, or weave between undulating lava flows while practicing your short game. As you putt through fairways once cherished by golf icons of the past, celebrate the postcard-worthy views of No. 15, one of the world’s most photographed overthe-ocean holes.
Located in Mauna Lani Resort (808) 885-6655 • maunalanigolf.com 68-1050 Makaiwa Place, Kohala Coast (Map C, #6, PG 181)
The Club at Hōkūli‘a is a spectacular Jack Nicklaus Signature, private golf course that is consistently ranked among the best private golf courses in Hawai‘i. Masterfully designed by Jack Nicklaus, this 7,337-yard, 18-hole, par 72 course takes full advantage of the spectacular topography, with its gentle slopes perched along striking natural cliffs and dramatic ocean views at nearly every tee box and green. This course enjoys gentle ocean breezes and year-round warm temperatures for ideal golf conditions in every season. At Hokuli‘a, you’ll experience unsurpassed luxury amenities and services, and find plenty of space to gather, celebrate or simply unwind.
Located near Kailua-Kona (808) 731-4354 • hokulia.com 81-6636 Pu‘u Ohau Place, Kealakekua (Map A,#9, PG 178)
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.
Located in Waikoloa Beach Resort (808) 886-7888 • waikoloabeachgolf.com 69-600 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa (Map C, #7, PG 181)
CANOEHOUSE regional cuisine
HĀ BAR & GRILL island-inspired & al fresco bar
BEACH TREE cal-ital
‘ULU OCEAN GRILL regional cuisine & sushi
HUALĀLAI GRILLE steakhouse
THE MARKET gourmet market & deli
MANTA regional cuisine
COPPER BAR Eurasian & craft cocktails
SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL island -inspired
BINCHOTAN: BAR & GRILL asian cuisine
BROWN'S BEACH HOUSE regional cuisine
MAUNA LANI COFFEE CO. cafe & coff ee
JUICE 101 health food & juice bar
PUEO'S OSTERIA italian cuisine
UMEKE'S FISH MARKET BAR & GRILL seafood & poke
PAU HANA POKE seafood & poke
THE BISTRO american cuisine
MOHALA'S BAYFRONT FISH & CHIPS seafood
VOLCANO WINERY vineyard & tasting room
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 opened in 1990 by legendary Chef Alan Wong. They have carried on his tradition with the heart and soul of the place, bringing people together over enriching and authentic dining experiences.
Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (808) 885-6622 • aubergeresorts.com/maunalani 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast (Map C, #14, PG 181)
The essence of Mauna Lani is represented by togetherness, connectivity and a sense of place. These values come to life at Hā Bar, Mauna Lani’s open-air 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.
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
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)
“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.
Located at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai (808) 325-8000 • fourseasons.com/hualalai
72-100 Ka'ūpūlehu Dr., Kailua-Kona (Map D, #14, PG 182)
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)
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.
› SPECIALTY ISLAND OUTPOST
› OPEN DAILY, 5:30-10PM
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)
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)
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.
Located at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (808) 882-5707 • maunakeabeachhotel.com 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kohala Coast (Map B, #12, PG 180)
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, Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, 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)
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.
Kawaihae Harbor (808) 880-9393 • seafoodbarandgrill.com 61-3642 Kawaihae Rd., Kawaihae (Map B, #11, PG 180)
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, #12, PG 181)
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.
Located at Fairmont Orchid (808) 887-7320 • brownsbeachhouse.com
1 North Kaniku Dr., Kohala Coast (Map C, #13, PG 181)
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)
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.
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 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 daily for dinner from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., with bar hours until 11 p.m. Smart casual attire. Recently voted #1 Italian Restaurant in West Hawai‘i and Diner's Choice by OpenTable for 2021. Check out the new location in Waikoloa Plaza and capture the ocean and sunset views!
LOCAL, SEASONAL INGREDIENTS
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!
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 MondayThursday from 10am-4pm, Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm. Please check for current hours. If you are looking for a fresh, healthful, sustainable and fast meal, visit Pau Hana Poke.
Above Costco in New Industrial (808) 315-7952 • pauhanapokehi.com 73-5617 Maiau St. Bay 10, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #15, PG 182)
Located in the Waikoloa Resort’s Queens’ Marketplace, the Bistro at the Cinemas offers an eclectic array of delicious “fun foods” that are appealing to every taste and budget: gourmet favorites such as lamb ribs, filet mignon and blackened ahi tuna to the best salads, burgers, hand-made pizzas, tacos and more. Plus, you’ll love the Bistro’s outdoor lanai setting with its full bar and cheerful vibe – especially on weekend evenings where you can enjoy live music every Friday through Sunday. Food and drinks can also be delivered to the movie auditoriums, where the leather loveseats feature convenient retractable trays for your in-movie dining comfort. This is certainly the place for a memorable lunch or dinner whether you’re seeing a movie or not.
Located in Queens' Marketplace (808) 464-3009 • hawaiicinemas.com 69-201 Waikōloa Beach Dr., G1, Waikoloa (Map C, PG 81, #4)
› HAPPY HOUR DAILY FROM 2-5PM
› OPEN-AIR DINING OR IN THE CINEMA
› OPEN DAILY 11:30AM-8PM
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
Wine tasting in paradise is just a sip away. Home to some of the most unique wines in the world, the country's southernmost winery has been producing awardwinning wines since 1993. Located between Mauna Loa and Kīlauea, Volcano Winery encompasses twelve acres on which they grow four varieties of grapes, and two acres where they grow four different kinds of Japanese tea. A great place to taste unique blends made with local fruits such as Volcano Blush and Hawaiian guava wine. Visitors are welcomed with aloha into their quaint and cozy tasting room, which is flanked by two Koa wood wine bars and surrounded by gifts for the wine aficionado. Wine tastings are offered daily, including the top seller Volcano Red and their signature Macadamia Nut Honey Wine. House made cheese platters, estate tea tastings, Ka‘ū coffee and other refreshments are available as well.
Located in Volcano (808) 967-7772 • volcanowinery.com
35 Pi’i Mauna Dr, Volcano (Map A, #14, PG 179)
HILDGUND JEWELERS jewelry
SEASIDE LUXE boutique + fine jewelry
TIFFANY & CO. fine jewelry
MAUI DIVERS JEWELRY jewelry
MILO lifestyle boutique
NOA NOA apparel + artifacts
QUEENS' MARKETPLACE shopping center
ENJOY FASHION SALON salon
BLUE GINGER boutique + accessories
TIFFANY'S ART AGENCY art gallery
INDICH COLLECTION fine rugs
BIG ISLAND CANDIES gift shop + confections
HAWAII TITANIUM RINGS jewelry
KONA DIAMOND CO. jewelry
BENTLEYS HOME COLLECTION gift shop + boutique SASSAFRAS jewelry
› HAWAIIAN HEIRLOOM BRACELETS
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) 325-0606 | (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)
FINE JEWELRY & PRECIOUS GEMS
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 Mare and Eres swimwear to the precious gems of Sidney Garber, Marlo Laz and LB Bracelets, Seaside Luxe exudes high fashion on a grand scale with Samantha Sung and Zimmerman. You'll also find Gianvito Rossi 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 culture shopping experience.
Tiffany & Co. recently unveiled its latest campaign with global House ambassador, ROSÉ of BLACKPINK, introducing her second Tiffany HardWear campaign. ROSÉ has become one of the most idolized young women in music and fashion. The campaign picks up where the singer’s 2021 Tiffany HardWear campaign left off—pushing the attitude and energy further. Tiffany HardWear first debuted in 2017 and has since become one of Tiffany’s signature jewelry collections. Its iconic gauge link motif, based on a 1971 bracelet from The Tiffany Archive, and industrial shapes are a tribute to the power and edge New York City—a nod to the rebellious energy of its streets. Yet, no matter how subversive, the Tiffany HardWear designs are elegant and sophisticated expressions of the fierce, feminine spirit that defines the collection.
Located in Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort (808) 886-1931 • tiffany.com
250 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa (Map C, #8, PG 181)
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Maui Divers Jewelry was not always a jeweler. In fact, in 1958, they started as a small dive shop offering adventurous diving excursions off Maui. During one expedition, they made the incredible discovery of Hawaiian black coral, which later became Hawai‘i’s state gem. This moment changed their lives and sparked an exploration into jewelry making. A year later, Maui Divers Jewelry was founded. Every piece of jewelry is inspired by Hawai‘i, designed by teams of skilled local artists, and created by masterful jewelers in Honolulu. They welcome you, with Aloha, to join them on their journey and share in the adventure! Hawai‘i’s favorite and most trusted jeweler since 1959. Visit them on O‘ahu, Maui, Big Island, and Kaua‘i, or shop online at MauiDivers.com.
Located in Queens' Marketplace (808) 886-4817 • mauidivers.com 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr., #J11, Waikoloa Beach Resort (Map C, #10, PG 181)
Mauna Lani’s new lifestyle boutique, Milo, celebrates the joy of travel through thoughtfully curated clothing, accessories and household luxuries. Featuring brands that take you from adventures aboard Kalama Kai to memorable dinners at CanoeHouse, Milo provides everything you need for every step of your journey, for every member of your family, and for your loved ones back home. Shop the handwoven hats of Sunshine Tienda, the ethically-made bags of Maison N.H. Paris, the purposeful swim shorts of Public Beach and more. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (808) 885-6622 • aubergeresorts.com/maunalani 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast (Map C, #27, PG 181)
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.
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)
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)
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)SALON in WAIMEA
Live the aloha lifestyle in tropical resort wear from Blue Ginger. Perfect for any island occasion, Blue Ginger offers colorful, timeless resort wear sure to bring smiles and warm memories of the islands. Original batik prints inspired by the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands are available in comfortable clothing for all ages. A family run establishment, Blue Ginger has long been an island favorite with kama‘āina and visitors alike. With eight locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands Blue Ginger has something for everyone, from the youngest keiki on up. Colorful sundresses, caftans, aloha shirts, accessories and more. Celebrating 39 years of living the aloha lifestyle these exclusive prints and fashions continue to delight multiple generations.
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)
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 42 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. Open daily from 10am-6pm.
Located in Kaloko Business Center, above Costco (808) 329-6500 • hawaiianrugs.com 73-5617 Maiau St. #1, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #9, PG 182)
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.
Located in Hilo (808) 935-8890 • bigislandcandies.com
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Explore exceptionally crafted, unique jewelry at Kona Diamond Company in Kailua-Kona. Centrally located next to Safeway off Henry Street, they proudly feature Hawai‘i inspired creations from local artists like Ted Dailey. Dailey incorporates a variety of materials with his silver and gold vermeil Hawaiian jewelry: South Pacific shells, high-quality gemstones and Hawaiian Koa wood. Each unique, handmade piece of his jewelry is skillfully designed in the heart of Hawai‘i and reflects his 40+ years of enjoying life on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Kona Diamond Company specialize in wedding jewelry, Hawaiian heirloom jewelry, gemstone jewelry, custom jewelry design and watch repairs and is dedicated to building trust, exceeding expectations, and becoming your preferred jeweler on Hawai‘i Island for not only today, but years to come.
Located in Kailua-Kona (808) 331-1904 • konadiamondco.com 75-971 Henry St., #205, Kailua-Kona (Map E, #9, PG 183)
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 studio so appointments are highly recommended.
Located in Kailua-Kona (808) 331-1904 • konadiamondco.com
75-971 Henry St., #205, Kailua-Kona (Map E, #9, PG 183)
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!
Every piece in the “Sassy” brand is hand crafted in solid sterling silver. The family have been goldsmiths for generations, right here on the breathtaking Big Island of Hawai‘i. Their quality and attention to detail is 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.
TAKE HOME A UNIQUE PIECE OF PARADISE
Located in Parker Square
(808) 885-1081 • sassafrashawaii.com
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)
› IDYLLIC COASTLINE SETTING
Kohanaiki is a private club community carefully crafted on 450 spectacular oceanfront acres of the sunny Kona coast. 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 fine 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 $5M to $24M.
Kohanaiki Realty (808) 670-3435 • kohanaiki.com 73-2055 Ala Kohanaiki, Kailua-Kona (Map D, #18, PG 182)
Exceptional clients. Exceptional properties. Karen Ferrara is an award-winning Real Estate Executive with over 30 years in the luxury Real Estate, Construction, Resort and Private Club Sector. Karen is a founding member of Compass Hawaii and Realm Global and commits whole-heartedly to both her clients and community. Karen & her husband support several local non-profit community programs as the Kahilu Theatre, Hawaii Island Humane Society and Karen humbly serves as a Trustee of North Hawaii Hospice. She enjoys spending time playing golf at Mauna Kea, walking with friends at Kauna‘oa Beach, and passionately supports local small business, artists, chefs and farmers. Karen loves patronizing her favorite restaurants and hosting or attending a great wine dinner. More than anything, Karen is deeply grateful for her ‘ohana, friends, neighbors and furbabies who fill her life with love and laughter every day.
extraordinary as the lifestyle, set high above the Hapuna and Mauna Kea Resorts, the ‘Amaui Villas occupy one of the most desirable sites in all Hawai‘i. The imaginative and inspired development team of Isle Communities have reinterpreted island luxury for the modern age. Add to this the intrinsic sense of this place—two crescent beaches, arms open to the next wave, long views to a snow-capped mountain and, of course, the artful mix of ancient traditions. Every residence enjoys stunning vistas overlooking the Hapuna Golf Course, the Kohala Coast, and beyond, to the island of Maui. Elegantly casual and beautifully appointed, all are just steps from the private ‘Amaui Clubhouse. Offered from
‘Amaui Villas (808) 557-8689 • amauivillas.com
Mauna Kea Resort (Map B, #18, PG 180)
Set just above the Hapuna and Mauna Kea Resorts, the ‘Amaui Villas occupy one of the most desirable sites in all Hawaii. Every residence enjoys stunning vistas overlooking the Hapuna Golf Course, the Kohala Coast, and beyond, to the island of Maui. Elegantly casual and beautifully appointed, all are just steps from the private ‘Amaui Clubhouse. Offered from $3.6M.
Having arrived in Hawai‘i from New Zealand in 1979, Yvonne has over 39 years of experience focused on resort residential sales on Hawai‘i Island's KonaKohala Coast. Consistently ranked among the Top Realtors in the state, and as previous owner and Principal Broker of Mauna Lani Realty, Yvonne possesses the historical perspective, experience, depth of knowledge, and excellent reputation as one of the most valued professionals in resort real estate—including Hualalai Resort, Kukio, Mauna Kea Resort, Waikoloa Beach Resort, and of course Mauna Lani Resort.
An avid golfer and scuba diver, and currently heading the exclusive Mauna Lani Portfolio at Corcoran Pacific Properties, Yvonne appreciates the exceptional lifestyle Hawai‘i offers home buyers and permanent residents. Recognized as one of the most successful realtors in the state of Hawai‘i, Yvonne's passion for resort living and outstanding expertise in the coastline continue to earn her numerous accolades and outstanding results for her clients.
ISLAND MAP the Big Island
KOHALA COAST Puako to Kawaihae
KOHALA COAST Waikoloa Beach Resort to Mauna Lani
KONA COAST Honokohau Harbor to Hualālai Resort
KONA COAST Kailua-Kona to Keauhou
WAIMEA aka Kamuela
NORTH KOHALA Hawi to Kapa‘au
HILO on the bay
‘Akaka & Kahuna Falls
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Lapakahi State Park Place of Refuge
Pololū Valley Umauma Experience Waipi‘o Valley Makani Golf Club Club at Hōkūli‘a Papakōlea Beach (Green Sand)
Punalu‘u Beach (Black Sand) Papa‘aloa Country Store Pueo's Osteria Volcano Winery Waikoloa Plaza Hōkūli‘a
Big Island Shaka
Hapuna Beach State Rec Area
Kauna‘oa (Mauna Kea) Beach
Spencers Beach Park
Waialea Bay (Beach 69)
Hapuna Golf Course
Mauna Kea Golf Course
PXG Custom Fittings
Seafood Bar & Grill
Copper Bar Number 3
Manta Meridia Hau Tree
The Mauna Kea Lūa‘u
Amaui Villas at Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
The Westin Hāpuna Beach Hotel
Hāpuna Beach Residences
Lū‘au o Hale Hoaloha
Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas & The Bistro ‘Anaeho‘omalu Beach (A-Bay)
Mauna Lani Golf - North & South Courses
Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf
Tiffany & Co.
Blue Ginger Maui Divers Jewelry
Shops at Mauna Lani
Binchotan: Bar & Grill
Brown's Beach House
Kamuela Provision Company
Mauna Lani Coffee Co.
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Hilton Grand Vacations - Ocean Tower
Hilton Grand Vacations - Kohala Suites
Hilton Grand Vacations - The Bay Club
Hilton Grand Vacations - Kings' Land
Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort & Spa
Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
Hawaii Forest & Trail
Hualālai Golf Course
Hualālai Golf Hale
PXG Custom Fittings
Kekaha Kai State Park
Hawaii Titanium Rings
‘ULU Ocean Grill
Pau Hana Poke
Kona Wine Market
Kūki‘o Golf & Beach Club
TMS Construction, Inc
Four Seasons Resort Hualālai
Body Glove Cruises
Fair Wind Cruises
Island Breeze Lū‘au
Magic Sands Beach
Kahalu‘u Beach Park
Body Glove Retail Store
Kona Diamond Co. Hawaii Titanium Rings
Umekes Fish Market Bar & Grill
Willie's Hot Chicken Club Wyndham Hawaiian Resort Courtyard Marriott King
Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Royal Kona Resort
Royal Sea Cliff
Outrigger Kona at Keauhou Bay
Kahilu Theatre Kamuela Liquor Store Merriman's Hawaiian Style Café Enjoy Fashion Salon
Parker Square Bentleys Home Collection Sassafras Hawaii Parker Ranch Center Venture Sotheby's International Realty
King Kamehameha Statue
Kohala Coffee Mill
Tiffany's Art Agency (By Appt. Only) Wishard Art Gallery
Polynesian Adventure Tours
Hilo Farmers Market
Big Island Candies
Pineapples Fresh Island Cuisine
Mohala's Bayfront Fish & Chips
Hawaiian Style Cafe
Grand Naniloa Hotel - DoubleTree
Venture Sotheby's International Realty
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