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30 WELCOME TO HAWAI‘I Big Views, Big Island
48 HĀWĪ TOWN Discover your happy place
38 KONA COAST From Kailua to Ka‘ū
62 LIVING LEGENDS Culturally significant and rooted in history
46 KOHALA COAST The Sunny South and Historic North
76 UNDER THE RADAR REDS Find a new favorite Cab from Australia and Chile to Washington
102 EAST SIDE From Lush Tropics to Fiery Kīlauea Volcano 8 LOCAL VIBE This 'n that Hawai‘i style 22 WHY DON'T YOU... Try these Big Island experiences 28 LOCAL RAVES & FAVES My Hawai‘i 42 MAKING BIG WAVES ON THE BIG ISLAND Waimea Ocean Film Festival
78 BURGER MANIA The Big Island's best 84 CULINARY Q&A Chef Peter Merriman 87 WINE & DINE WITH CELEBRITY CHEFS Fall Food Festivals 96 REEF PARADISE Exploring our island's treasures safely and responsibly
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BIG ISLAND T R AV E L E R The Life & Style of Hawai‘i
PUBLISHER Kevin Geiger
EDITOR IN CHIEF Mun Sok Geiger
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This is my favorite time of year. Kids are back in school (yay!), and college football season is in full swing with hopes that one of our teams will win a national championship—or at least make it to the playoffs (for my husband, it’s Ohio State; for me, it’s Oklahoma Sooners). We get up at 5am to watch College GameDay and watch all the games live since our friends on the mainland tend to spoil the outcome via texts. Our friends here come over just as early for a day of “tailgating” with foods like chili, Tex-Mex, wings, barbecue, and burgers (you can bet we are drinking before 8am). If you are a burger aficionado, you will be happy to know there are some excellent burgers to experience on the Big Island with unique twists and in surprising places (Burger Mania, p. 78). From September to December, the Big Island hosts the festivals and events I look forward to all year (Calendar of Events, p. 110). The triathletes that compete in Ironman World Championship always blow me away. Run for Hope to benefit cancer research is a fun weekend with great food, silent auction, golf, tennis and race. The Waimea Ocean Film Festival never fails to inspire the attendees with the magic of film and gifted storytellers (Making Big Waves on the Big Island, p. 42). Chef Fest and Hawaiÿi Food & Wine Festival are an impressive gathering of award-winning, illustrious chefs and not to be missed by 6
food and wine lovers (Wine and Dine with Celebrity Chefs, p. 87). I’ve met some of my culinary crushes like Hubert Keller, Jonathan Waxman and Michael Voltaggio over the years of attending and had enjoyable conversations as if we were old friends. The anticipation of the chefs I will meet this year is a joy in itself. And the exceptional food, amazing wine, handcrafted cocktails and cooking classes never disappoint, and are often the highlights of the year. Besides the wonderful events, the abundance of natural beauty makes being on the Big Island anytime a special time. The Big Island is blessed to have a wealth of stunning attractions and our healthy reefs teeming with colorful characters is a big draw for visitors and residents alike. With so many awesome snorkel spots to choose from, it’s difficult to narrow down the favorites, but we did (Reef Paradise, 96). There is no doubt you will make unforgettable memories discovering all that the Big Island has to offer while falling in love with this special place just as I have. Warmest aloha, Mun Sok Geiger Editor in Chief BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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One of the most dramatic floral vines is the blue jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), with its bright blue-green dangling petals flowing down a long vine in a stunning arrangement. Each flower is shaped like a claw turned upwards, like it might catch a cup of falling rain from the sky. Its eye-catching shape and vivid color allows it to be pollinated by upside down hanging bats, attracted by its glow at twilight in its native home in the Philippines. The striking hanging collection of its showy flowers can grow up to 3-feet. This highly decorative plant has the tendency to take over if not carefully pruned; however, it is not yet considered an invasive plant. An untrimmed vine can grow up to 75-feet in length, making quite a bold statement to any landscape. Here in Hawai‘i, blue jade vines are sometimes used to make lei for special occasions.
How do you know if you’re doing things pono? “Pono” is one of the most important words in the Hawaiian language and visitors are likely to hear the word several times at least during their time spent here and wonder what exactly it means. Often defined as “righteousness,” being pono means something much deeper. Living pono, or being pono, means to behave in a way that strives to always do your best, and to do what is best, not just for yourself, but also for others and the wider world around you. This is seen in phrases like “mälama pono,” where “mälama” means to “take care of” something, and the whole phrase signifies that you are taking good care of yourself or something important, such as the ÿäina (land). Adopted in 1959, the Hawaiÿi State motto “Ua mau ke ea o ka ÿäina i ka pono” is often translated to “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” First uttered in 1843 by Kamehameha III when he addressed his people after a five-month occupation by the British, it is theorized that the word pono may have been referring to justice or perhaps harmony. As you travel around the Hawaiian Islands, it’s useful to check in with yourself and ask, “Am I acting in a way that would be considered pono?” Hopefully, the answer is always, “Yes.”
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ISLAND COMFORT It seems that noodles are all the rage these days. Whether it’s a thick udon noodle or a thin, bouncy ramen noodle, you’re sure to see a noodle dish in your Instagram feed or any number of menus. One dish that’s been all the rage here in Hawaiÿi long before noodles became so trendy across the US is saimin. This hugely popular local dish hails from the plantation era, when the various cultures that came together at lunchtime on the sugar plantations shared their meals. This coming together created a variety of dishes still popular across Hawaiÿi, the staples of which make up the famous plate lunch. Traditional saimin dishes combine a curly egg noodle with a rich, flavorful dashi (broth) topped with fish cakes, roasted char siu pork, and green onions. You can add in different toppings, such as won tons, soft-boiled egg, SPAM, bamboo shoots, and other vegetables such as won bok, bean sprouts, or cabbage. Whether you are hungry or hungover, or both, saimin is the perfect bowl of noodles when you need something delicious that is both satiating and comforting. 10
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PARTY FOWL Perhaps a peacock is not the first bird you think of when you think of Hawaiÿi. Sure, its flashy iridescent tail feathers, vibrant color, and dramatic display of its plumage is something you might associate with warm days, but the peacock (the male) and the peahen (the female)—collectively known as peafowl – have made their homes here in the islands since the late 1800s, much to the delight and consternation of visitors and locals alike. Known not only for their stunning beauty, peacocks are also well known for their piercing calls throughout local neighborhoods, making them a nuisance to some island residents. Wittily, a group of peafowl is called a “party.” Princess Kaÿiulani, heir to the thrown of Hawaiÿi, was famous for her love of peacocks, also known as pïkake in Hawaiian. Her affinity for the regal birds earned her the nickname “Peacock Princess,” as she kept many peacocks at her royal residence and was famously photographed with them. And because Princess Kaÿiulani also favored the stunning white jasmine flower with delicate leaves and a heavenly scent, they were given the same name as her beloved birds, pïkake. Be sure to keep an eye, and ear, out for these lovely (or pesky) birds of paradise. 12
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BABY BEACH Hawaiÿi’s beaches are stunning and inviting, but also not always for the faint of heart. What happens when you are not big enough or strong enough to handle sizable waves or the pull of currents? Or, what if you simply prefer a beach with gentle waves, or perhaps no waves at all? Baby beaches are the answer for our island’s youngest visitors, inexperienced ocean swimmers, or those who simply prefer a more relaxing day at the beach. Typically formed when a coral reef grows further away from the shore, absorbing the bigger waves, or when a tidepool is created by a lava-filled shoreline, baby beaches are the best way to have a chillaxing beach day without the worry of a rogue wave knocking and jostling you about. Baby beaches can also provide great snorkeling, as the waves tend not to disturb the sandy bottoms, making for clearer underwater viewing. So, where are these beaches located you ask? Keiki Ponds, located 16
in Kailua-Kona, is a popular baby beach for those with little ones and more mellow older ones, too. Requiring a walk across a soccer/ football field, it takes a small amount of effort to get there, but the reward is a fun day in a giant tidepool that formed right up against the more turbulent coastline. Visiting at or around high tide means the pool gets cleaned out of any yucky water that tends to linger in lower tides. Kahalu‘u Beach Park, also in Kailua-Kona along Aliÿi Drive, is another friendly baby beach option that takes considerably less effort to get to. On the Hilo side, the various beach parks along Kalanianaÿole Avenue in Hilo, such as Onekahakaha Beach Park and Carlsmith Beach Park, are perfect for kids, filled with tidepools and typically protected from bigger surf. Whether you have kids or not, a day at a baby beach is the perfect place for some easy-going fun in the sun! BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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WATER ALIEN Known as häÿukeÿuke kaupali (cliff-hanging) in Hawaiian, helmet or shingle urchin look like an undersea armadillo, or some other strange, creepy crawler sprung to life. Purple in color, these round, squat urchins look like they are covered in armor with spines sticking out around its somewhat flattened circular body. Their shape makes them perfect for withstanding the constant full force of the surf near the tidal zone that they call home, and they can anchor themselves steadily to a rock once they’ve latched on using the tubes on their extremities. They belong to the same family of “spiny-skinned” animals like sea stars and sea cucumbers. This herbivore prefers munching on a diet of red coralline algae, using its tubular feet to help apprehend its next meal. In ancient Hawaiÿi, the roe, yellow in color, were a delicacy—you simply cracked open the urchin like the more popular uni (sea urchin) and ate the eggs inside. Next time you’re snorkeling near the shoreline or looking in a tidepool, keep an eye out for these unusual creatures!
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There are so many great events throughout the year on the Big Island like exciting film festivals, fun fundraisers, world-class races, amazing food and wine festivals, cultural celebrations, Kona coffee and hula competitions, and so much more. Check out the Calendar of Events in the back part of every edition of Big Island Traveler magazine for a list of current events or visit mybigislandtraveler.com.
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Experience dreamlike night skies with countless twinkling stars, bright constellations, the Milky Way, and cloudscapes like you have never seen before. Discover why the summit of Maunakea is the best location on Earth for astronomers to look into space and why locals claim itâ€™s the best spot on the planet to catch a sunset and stargaze. Keep in mind Maunakea is a sacred mountain so be pono (righteous) and respect the cultural significance of this precious land. Check your rental car agreement before you drive up on your own and be prepared for winter conditions. Best to go with experienced guides for comfort, knowledge, powerful telescopes, warm parkas, hot chocolate, and dinner. Hawaii Forest & Trail (808) 468-7084/hawaii-forest.com/explore or Mauna Kea Summit Adventures (808) 3222366/Maunakea.com. 22
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WHY DON'T YOU... snorkel, sail and sunset. Take a cruise to the verdant reefs teeming with colorful, tropical fish, manta rays, green sea turtles, and dolphins. With necessary equipment, food and drinks, and even a fun slide provided for your enjoyment, all you have to do is enjoy your day out on the inviting Pacific. Kohala Coast: Mauna Lani Sea Adventures (808) 885-7883. Kona Coast: Body Glove Cruises (888) 980-7513 or Fair Wind (808) 322-2788.
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There are many great farmers markets around the island selling the freshest produce at the best prices. Not only will you find a variety of vegetables, exotic fruits and beautiful flowers, but also unique items by local artist as well as artisanal foods like homemade jams, breads and cured meat. The Hilo Farmers Market is open daily from 7am to 4pm with Big Market Days with over 200 vendors is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays 6am to 4pm. Try Kingsâ€™ Shops Farmers Market (Wednesdays 8:30am to 2:30pm); Waimea Midweek Farmers Market (Wednesdays 9am to 2pm); Waimea Homestead Farmers Market (Saturdays 7am to noon); Waimea Town Market at Parker School (Saturdays 7:30am to noon); The Hawi Farmers Market (Saturdays 8am to 3pm); and Keauhou Farmers Market (Saturdays 8am to noon).
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Favorite beach: Just as the amazing lifeguards arrive, it’s early in the morning when the water is flat, the sun gently touching your skin, Häpuna is it. Where I will run and swim the 800m length of the bay as many times as I can. You know you’re alive as your chest pounds. Favorite drive: In the Jeep on a Saturday with the top down, the road from Häwï to Waimea, spying on horses starting their day, the cattle, goats and sheep. And knowing that there are pastries and goodies at the farmers markets. Favorite hike: To pedal from Saddle up the 17 miles of paved road on Mauna Loa with friends, and then throw a rucksack over our shoulders and head up to the crater, sitting on a lava rock and finding cold gummy bears hidden and forgotten in a jacket pocket. Favorite activity: Love the outdoors, from the mauka (mountain) to the makai (sea). A morning biking the winding road to Pololü, or running with my wife Natascha on the Mana Road trail—feeling the mana (divine power). Favorite place to catch the sunset: Three minutes from our home, we take the moped to Holoholokai Beach. Settle down on the rocks as the sun sets over the ocean. Taking a moment to be thankful, as the day comes to a rest. Favorite Hawaiian tradition: Hä. I am always mesmerized to watch two friends or family folk breathe air together. Gives me warmth and makes me smile. Favorite custom: Sharing to be pono (righteous), to always make right and care about each other. My Dad taught me this as a young boy in Scotland. Favorite band: The Green. Their music is reggae rock for us all to dance and resonate together. The band members are friendly and humble with gorgeous families, and cute kids. Favorite product: The taste and smell of a white pineapple grown with aloha by Mike and June G.
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Favorite splurge: Precious time with the Alakaÿi Nalu, our masters of the ocean, appreciation of the waves and the wildlife just under the surface of the water. Favorite discovery: Laupähoehoe Nui lookout, a trek in the middle of the forest, opening up to breathtaking views of the valley and the ocean below, with Maui peeking through the clouds beyond.
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nthusiasts from beachgoers, snorkelers, divers, hikers, golfers, big-game fishers, stargazers and nature lovers all can satisfy their cravings for the best of the best all on one Big Island. The Island of Hawai‘i is home to world-class golf, beaches, diving and stargazing sites. Two of the most common adjectives to describe the Island of Adventure are contrast and diversity. You can walk or hike snow-capped Mauna Kea, trek across a desolate desert, and walk through a verdant tropical rainforest all in one day. Kïlauea, one of the planet’s most active and most visited volcanoes, has brought both destruction and creation. Four out of the five main climate zones exist here from near desert to sub-arctic tundra. The Big Island is home to the world’s largest volcano—Mauna Loa, the most active volcano—Kïlauea, and according to the Guinness Book of Records, the tallest mountain— Mauna Kea when measured from its base on the ocean floor to its highest peak. 32
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The Island of Hawai‘i was born from five separate shield volcanoes, from oldest to youngest, Kohala (extinct), Mauna Kea (dormant), Hualälai (dormant), Mauna Loa (active, last erupted 1984) and Kïlauea (recently active). Kïlauea means “spewing” or “much spreading” and it has lived up to its name. The volcano had been erupting non-stop since January 3, 1983 until the recent event in 2018. The youngest Hawaiian volcano is Lö‘ihi, an active submerged volcano that lies 3,200 feet below sea level, 18 miles southeast of Hawai‘i Island and has been erupting since 1996. With continued volcanic activity, it is believed that Lö‘ihi will eventually breach sea level and later attach at the surface onto Kïlauea. Presently, this event is predicted to happen about 100,000 years in the future. The Big Island has 266 miles of breathtaking coastline with some of the most beautiful, unique beaches found anywhere. You will find yourself enjoying the best of water recreation on sands from white to black, and gold to green. Hawai‘i Island has a landmass of approximately 4,028 square miles and represents 62 percent of the total land area of the Hawaiian Islands. Because it is nearly twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, and to avoid confusion of the state’s name, Hawai‘i Island is often referred to as the Big Island. It is said that King Kamehameha the Great named the unified islands after his birthplace, the island of Hawai‘i. You will find the evidence of various influences from Asia to Europe most apparent in the delicious island cuisine. Blending favorite ingredients brought by multiple
ethnic immigrants, modern Hawaiian cuisine is truly a fusion of many favorites from Polynesia, Japan, Korea, Portugal, China, Philippines and America. Try some local favorites such as plate lunch, loco moco, ‘ahi poke, galbi and, of course, kälua pig. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
Along with the beauty of the land, rich traditions, history and culture are seen throughout the island. Hawai‘i Island is also home for diversified agriculture worth over $300 million annually, including a beef industry that generates revenues of nearly $20 million, producing over five million pounds of beef annually on approximately 650,000 acres of grass. It’s probably difficult for some people to fathom that a magnificent tropical paradise is home for paniolo (cowboys), ranches and rodeos. Parker Ranch is one of the largest and oldest privately owned ranches in the United States and owns about 175,000 acres on the Big Island. Other agriculture includes macadamia nuts, papaya, avocados, tropical and temperate vegetables, Kona coffee, and flowers. Because of Hawai‘i Island’s reputation of growing copious beautiful orchids, it has earned the nickname “the Orchid Isle.” Science and technology have also found a place on the Big Island. There are 13 telescopes including four of the biggest and most advanced on top of Mauna Kea, the world’s premier
location for observing the sky with exceptionally clear images and clear nights for stargazing. The Natural Energy Lab of Hawai‘i (NELHA) operates an innovative ocean science and technology park where they are exploring the deep sea for discovery of natural organisms that can be used as drugs and cures for the improvement of human health. NELHA has already completed numerous groundbreaking projects creating major commercial development such as turning desalinated deep seawater into ultra-pure bottled drinking water. Along with the beauty of the land, rich traditions, history and culture are seen throughout the island. The world famous spirit of Aloha is the central beauty that engulfs the island welcoming visitors with warm smiles. So after you explore the very diverse, very awe-inspiring Big Island, take home and share the spirit of Aloha.
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Sunny Kailua-Kona is a busy seaside village consisting of many historic sites tucked among the open-air shops and oceanfront restaurants along the banyan-shaded Ali‘i Drive. Kailua was once established as the capital of the newly unified Kingdom of Hawai‘i by King Kamehameha I. Later the capital was moved to Lahaina then to Honolulu. Kona is home to the world-renowned Ironman Triathlon and big game fishing. Next to the active Kailua Pier with cruise ships, deep-sea fishing charters, sunset cruises and glass bottom tours, King Kamehameha I maintained his royal residence at Kamakahonu until his death in 1819. Ahu‘ena Heiau is a thatched shrine guarded by sacred wooden images restored by King Kamehameha the Great in 1812 to honor the god Lono. Significant history was made on the royal compounds when Liholiho, who became King Kamehameha II, dined with the women 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. Hawai‘i’s oldest Christian church was originally a thatch hut built in 1820 when the missionaries arrived aboard the Thaddeus traveling over 18,000 miles from Boston. Moku‘aikana Church was rebuilt in 1837 from an abandoned heiau made of lava and crushed coral. Across the street is Hulihe‘e Palace, which once served as a vacation residence for Hawaiian royalty. Today it houses a collection of beautiful furniture and rare collections. Traveling south on Ali‘i Drive, you will come upon some beautiful beaches to swim, snorkel and bask in the sunshine. Head up to Hölualoa, a quaint little town surrounded by lush tropical foliage, and visit the art galleries, antique stores and charming boutiques. Just south of Kailua lies Keauhou, the birthplace of King Kamehameha III and home to important historical sites. Kuamo’s Battle Burial Grounds dates back to 1819 where an estimated 300 Hawaiians were killed and Ku‘emanu 38
Heiau is an ancient surfing temple next to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Kealakekua Bay, a marine reserve, offers outstanding snorkeling with a wide variety of colorful fish and spinner dolphins plaingy close to shore. Captain Cook’s Monument rises across the bay where he was killed in 1779. Pu‘uhonua O Hönaunau, Place of Refuge, with its heiau and wooden images of Native Hawaiian gods makes this sacred spot a must-see. Beautiful landscapes captivate you in south Kona with splendid coastlines that hug the highway and charming little towns giving you glimpses of what life was like in Old Hawai‘i. Cultivated on the slopes of Hualälai and Mauna Loa, the worldfamous Kona coffee with its deliciously rich flavor, thrives in their perfect climate. If you are seeking seclusion or tranquility, there is plenty just south of the Kona Coast in Kä Lae, the southernmost point of the U.S. This is where the first Polynesians were thought to have landed around 400 A.D. Be inspired as Mark Twain was by the raw beauty of the Ka‘ü district with its breathtaking views of the coastline and catch an unforgettable sunset on one of the unique, beautiful black or green sand beaches. Mark Twain wrote about his journey through Ka‘ü as, “Portions of that little journey bloomed with beauty. Occasionally we entered small basins walled in with low cliffs, carpeted with greenest grass, and studded with shrubs and small trees whose foliage shone with an emerald brilliancy. One species, called the mamona [mamani], with its bright color, its delicate locust leaf, so free from decay or blemish of any kind, and its graceful shape, chained the eye with a sort of fascination. The rich verdant hue of these fairy parks was relieved and varied by the splendid carmine tassels of the ‘ö‘hia tree. Nothing was lacking but the fairies themselves.” BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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The Waimea Ocean Film Festival has earned the buzz it creates on the Big Island during festival time, which is held in early January at several thoughtfully selected venues. With over 70 films featuring big waves, the ocean, wildlife, adventure and inspiring stories, itâ€™s hard not to get excited about watching stunning films on the big screen, in a beautiful setting. In addition, an array of other activities like the chance to hear from talented filmmakers in a Breakfast Talk, or start the day with sunrise yoga on the beach, makes the event an experience like no other. To learn more about the hype, and take a sneak peek at the upcoming festival, we turn to festival founder and director, Tania Howard. 43
When people think of a film festival, they think primarily of films. Would you share a little more about the talks and activities that happen in and around the event? The films themselves are selected to be engaging—to have that special quality to captivate and hold an audience in its seat. It’s very exciting to have the filmmakers themselves, or an expert, attend to answer questions. Being part of the audience during a filmmaker Q&A feels as though you are part of an inner circle, listening to behind-the-scenes stories in that unique and spontaneous moment. It feels very special, and still very personal, to be in the audience as they unfold. In addition, the Breakfast Talks and presentations, along with the talks around “The Voyager” and other exhibits always provide a rich and wonderful part of the program - perhaps my favorite part. The special presentations from speakers, scientists and filmmakers are a must-see. And, the early morning activities, like the outrigger canoe lessons, provide a chance to watch the first light of day touch the ocean, and see the island come to life, as an invigorating start to the day of talks and films. Any favorites returning this year? We always show the Audience Choice winner one more time from the year prior. This past year, we had a tie! As it turns out, the directors of these two award-winning films also happen to be brothers, although one now lives and works in the United Kingdom. A bit of a fun behind-the-scenes story. 44
This year, we anticipate the return of some our favorite filmmakers from years prior. Tom Mustill, who many will remember for the hilariously witty stories he told following the screenings of his film, The Bat Man of Mexico, should join us again and perhaps give an update as to life in the bat caves. With luck, the two Gaucho del Mar brothers will join us, whose beautiful and poignant surf films have enthralled our audience over the years. We also expect to see one of the executive producers from BBC’s Natural History Unit, Jonny Keeling, who many will also remember for his wit, humor and the fascinating stories he told during his Breakfast Talk regarding a film project in Papua New Guinea, which we went on to show last year. Yellowstone filmmaker Eric Bendick returns with a slide show and presentation of the full solar eclipse, which he photographed with the Grand Teton mountain range as a backdrop. And, we can hope that the ever-fascinating Anthony Geffen will join us as well. This is a very large and intricately woven event. How does it all happen? The festival comes together through an enormous effort. Thank you for noticing! It’s made possible through the support of our patrons and sponsors, plus a fair bit of grit, determination and hard work through the year and all around. We’re fortunate to have very talented and hardworking event and tech teams, exceptional resorts and venues to work with and fabulous volunteers in the community. Also, while it’s a treat to be able to share these films on the big screen with high-quality projection, we are also fortunate to work with the calibre of filmmakers we do and share this level of film production. Is there anything you would like to share in closing? Thank you to everyone who makes it possible. It should be a fun year! BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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What is the Waimea Ocean Film Festival and how did it begin? The festival began as a film series, but quickly grew to a larger event, focused around and for the extraordinary resorts, venues and people we have on the island. Now, the festival brings over 70 films each year to the big screen—the best of the best from around the world—plus filmmaker Q&As, talks, presentations, exhibits and sunrise activities, all mixed with a bit of fun and flair.
2020 SCHEDULE Waimea Ocean Film Festival is held January 1 thru January 8 at various venues in Waimea and coastal resorts. Visit their website at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org around December 21 to download a PDF copy of the 2020 Festival Program, which is uploaded as soon as it is finalized and sent to press. Until then, you can download a copy of the 2019 Festival Program as a reference, sign up to receive e-newsletter updates and follow as films and program details are shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through the fall. Extra-Early Purchase Passes and Early Purchase Passes are on sale through mid-September and mid-November respectively. You can also visit the Festival Booth on Saturdays at the Waimea Town Market (Parker School) through November and December. Or, visit the Festival Hospitality Desk, starting December 29. What to Expect at the Resort Venues The resorts here are extraordinary and it is a special treat for attendees to be able to participate in the upcoming activities and viewings at each venue. Be prepared to be wowed and have fun! Many of the details are still being finalized, but here’s what to watch for.
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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: Breakfast Talks ‘with a view’ to take place here Jan. 2, 3 and 4 along with sunrise yoga overlooking the ocean, for an enlivening start to the day. Watch also for possible art exhibits, exhibitions or art tour and specials at the Copper Bar and Manta. The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort: Possible food tasting events at the Mediterranean-inspired Meridia Restaurant, under the direction of Chef Chris Galindo. Also, watch for pre-fixe early seating theatre menus, for seatings from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, to savor farm-to-table island fine dining before the later evening film block. Fairmont Orchid, Hawaiÿi: Watch for the film program to roll out in the plush stadium seating offered at Lehua Theater, downstairs by the waterfall at Fairmont Orchid as well as possible origami classes with Epic Origami founder Bonnie Cherni. Also watch for possible exhibits and special presentations. Watch for festival seating, with tables and chairs set aside for attendees to chat, enjoy lunch from Brown’s deli, study the program and plan the day of films or just take a moment to delight in the beauty all around. Four Seasons Resort Hualälai: Watch for the film program to roll out in the comfort and elegance of the ballroom at Four Seasons—or under the stars at Hoku Amphitheatre once night falls—strolling between venues along tropical garden-lined paths. Also, watch for Breakfast Talks at Moana Terrace above ‘ULU Ocean Grill. Watch for a special cocktail or pre-fixe menus at Beach Tree Bar & Lounge or ‘ULU Ocean Grill, or festival food on-the-go from the Hualälai Trading Company. myhawaiitraveler.com
Historic North & Sunny South Out of the first section of the Big Island to rise from the sea lies spectacular white sand beaches, world-renowned golf, luxurious resorts and spas, and a chic offering of restaurants and shops. Besides the plush effects, the weather also gives the Kohala District the nickname “the Gold Coast.” The sunniest destination on the island boasts both nationally-ranked beaches and some very secluded hidden gems. Add some swaying palm trees and incredible sunsets and you will call it paradise. The multiple hues of blue from the crystal clear water and green from the fairways are a dramatic contrast against the black lava fields that line the majestic coastline. Beautiful views of Mauna Kea and Maui are included along with major provocative history that unified the islands of Hawai‘i. The Pu‘ukoholä Heiau in Kawaihae is a significant historical site for the statehood of Hawai‘i. King Kamehameha built the heiau with strict guidelines to dedicate it to his family war god, to fulfill the prophecy of conquering all the islands. Kawaihae is an alluring harbor town with a handful of original shops and delectable restaurants favored by locals. It’s a great place to kick back and relax and watch the busy activities of the harbor. Fish with the locals or bask in the sunshine on a sandy beach next to the boat ramp. Travel north to Häwï and Kapa‘au. Once they were busy commercial centers during the operation of the Kohala Sugar plantation and served as large camps for many countries. Regional cuisines were shared among the workers and diversity was beautifully woven into the community. Take the time to explore the charming boutiques of Häwï to find treasures to take home with you. Be sure to come hungry and dine at the sushi restaurant, which serves creative, delectable delights with unique island flair you won’t find anywhere else. Visit the original King Kamehameha Statue commissioned by King David Kaläkaua as it stands proudly at the legendary birthplace of the Great King in Kapa‘au. The statue was intended for Honolulu, but was lost in a shipwreck off the coast of South America. Another statue was commissioned and the replica was sent to Honolulu. The original was salvaged and returned to its rightful place in Kapa‘au in 1912. A few miles past Kapa‘au, Pololü Valley Lookout offers stunning, breathtaking views of coastline and valley. The hike down is easy and you will be rewarded with a beautiful black sand beach. However, going up is a different story. Upcountry from Kawaihae, Waimea is a beautiful place still alive with its cowboy heritage that has breathtaking views of Kohala Mountain and Mauna Kea. Because it is set on higher elevation, a sweater may be needed to enjoy the surroundings. It is home to Parker Ranch, paniolo (cowboys) and rodeos and the quaint community has the feel of Colorado in springtime. Although the landscape has changed dramatically from its spectacular beginnings with prime resorts and trendy shops along the Kohala Coast, the tradition of aloha remains the true splendor of the land. 46
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In the unlikely event there is a sudden and massive volcanic eruption on the Big Island, you’re escape plan is to flee to Häwï. Why you ask? Häwï is located in the safest lava zone, Zone 9. The U.S. Geological Survey prepared the first maps in 1974 showing nine lava-flow hazard zones for the volcanoes—Kïlauea, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Hualälai, and Kohala—and revised it in 1994 and is still considered accurate. It was created to educate the residents of the volcanic hazard zones to better understand where they live and provide information for general planning purposes as well as site critical community facilities in the safest possible areas. The land area in Zone 1 is considered the most hazardous, which are the summits and rift zones of Kïlauea and Mauna Loa—the two most active volcanoes on the Big Island. Zone 9 is designated as the least hazardous region. Kohala, the oldest of the five volcanoes, hasn’t erupted for at least 60,000 years (some resources say 120,000 years) and considered potentially extinct. The threat of lava is relatively low for most areas on the Big Island and residents and visitors have been given ample time to get to a safe place when an eruption did occur. However, Häwï (pronounced hah-vee), being in the safest lava zone sounds like a great place to be with or without an eruption warning. Venture into the northernmost part of the island and you’ll discover this beloved, inviting, peaceful little haven located on the lush slopes of Kohala Mountain. 48
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With its colorful storefronts, charming cafés, laidback vibe and surrounding natural beauty, Häwï has become a popular destination with locals and visitors alike. Häwï boasts some of the richest soils on the island, which during the precontact era was an ideal location to grow taro, bananas, sweet potatoes, and other Hawaiian staples. It was a bustling and thriving region known for neighboring the birthplace of warrior King Kamehameha the Great who unified the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom. In 1790, the King ordered the construction of Puÿukoholä Heiau, Hawaiÿi’s largest heiau (temple) located roughly 20 miles away at Kawaihae. Water-worn stones from nearby Pololü Valley were passed hand-to-hand through a 25-mile-long human chain that stretched through modern-day Häwï all the way to the temple grounds. In the 19th century, sugar was king in this former plantation town. When the sugar industry declined, however, Häwï diversified its economy and transformed into the creative gem that it is today, attracting visitors with tasty surprises, quirky shopping, and the fine works of island art. The town’s small size delights any traveler wanting to explore all it has to offer in a short period of time. Dine at iconic Sushi Rock, a casual restaurant featuring 50
spunky artwork, trendy Japanese flair, and an innovative menu that will rock your tastebuds. We’re talking specialty rolls featuring macadamia nuts, Fuji apple, and even pesto (yes, pesto). Be adventurous and sink your teeth into one of the chef’s eccentric creations like the Purple Passion roll, featuring ÿahi poke, wasabi infused sweet potato, and local sashimi or seared tenderloin. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the multitude of choices, order a chef’s platter. You won’t be disappointed. If you happen to be in Häwï on a Saturday, stop at the farmers market, located right in the heart of the town. The soothing live acoustics by Uncle Mila will definitely put you in a mood to eat and shop your way through many local vendors in the shaded comfort of giant banyan trees. Bite into a scrumptious banana lumpia (spring roll), deep-fried right on the spot. There may be a long line to get your hands on this simple Filipino confection, but the wait is definitely worth it. While you’re here, pick up some local goods like Hawaiian honey, organic lilikoÿi (passion fruit) butter, crisp ÿulu (breadfruit) chips, and the sweetest white pineapples. With a hibiscus lemonade in hand, work off some of the calories you just consumed and indulge in a little boutique shopping at As Hawi Turns, Elements Jewelry & BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
Fine Crafts, and Olivia Clare Boutique for everything island-inspired, from locally made jewelry to Hawaiian essential oil blends. Ready for another treat? Stop at the Kohala Coffee Mill for a scoop or two of locally made Tropical Dreams Ice Cream. This is also the perfect place to do some people watching or leisurely read a magazine or practice niksen, the Dutch lifestyle concept of doing absolutely nothing. If you’re feeling adventurous, ride along Kohala’s coastal cliffs through an ATV tour or elevate the thrill and join a canopy zipline tour with Kohala Zipline. Be enthralled by the magic of the forest as you make your way through sky bridges and soaring tree platforms. One of Kohala Zipline’s tours even includes a swim under a private waterfall fed by a cool mountain stream. For art lovers and collectors of handcrafted ware, discover talented local artists at Tiffany’s Art Agency for something special to take home from the Big Island. Owner Tiffany DeEtte Shafto unveils contemporary works of art and home décor created by local established and emerging artists. Peruse through the gallery’s impressive curated collection, and bring home a piece of mastery reflecting the influences of Hawaiÿi. “Delighting collectors is important to me,” expresses Tiffany. “I love to create environments that light them up with the joy of discovering local works that speak to them. Many of the works reflect the influence of Hawaiÿi, but would fit well in other environments.” Tiffany, who also calls Häwï home, also shares, “There’s a charm to Häwï that I really enjoy— quaint, colorful, eclectic—and a wonderful sense of community as well. It’s old Hawaiÿi with a modern twist—contemporary businesses offering visitors, or even long-time Big Island residents, new discoveries. I love seeing so many different businesses creating such a fun place to explore.” Häwï is truly a remarkable enclave worth a visit. With a happy belly, treasures in hand, and maybe even an exciting adventurous story to tell, you’ll be glad you made the picturesque drive over—no volcanic eruption needed. Kohala Zipline: (808) 331-3620 Tiffany’s Art Agency: TiffanysArtAgency.com Kohala Coffee Mill: (808) 889-5577 ATV Outfitters Hawaii: (808) 889-6000 Sushi Rock: (808) 889-5900 myhawaiitraveler.com
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ildgund’s at Dawkins Benny since 1873 is the oldest and only store that carried authentic Hawaiian Jewelry and Coat of Arms. Hildgund’s original Hawaiian jewelry, with dated document recorded December 10, 1911, is now on display in the Bishop Museum. After Hildgund’s retiring in 1995, her downtown Honolulu shop closed after 122 years of business. The store’s closure ended her production of Hawaiian Jewelry and
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Coat of Arms. With 47 years of experience on the bench, Hildgund’s jeweler, and a third generation hand engraver from Hildgund Jewelry in the 1980s, along with her son Bruce Bucky, have teamed up to recreate Hildgund’s original Hawaiian jewelry once again. Hildgund welcomes the quality and workmanship of what Hildgund Hawaiian bracelets have been for all these years. The designs are exclusive to Hildgund Jewelry.
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BECOME BRILLIANT Hildgund boasts a wide array of precious and semiprecious colored gems, fine jade and pearls, plus an exceptional selection of internally flawless colored diamonds in the state. With one-of-a-kind pieces like the brilliant 3.03 Carat natural pink sapphire (left) and the 4.39 Carat fancy yellow diamond, internally flawless (below). Visit their Big Island locations at Four Seasons Resort HualÄ lai or Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Call (800) 636-3306 or visit hildgund.com.
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XL curb chain bracelet in 18k rose gold with 18.99ct t.w. champagne and white diamond links ($44,500). White Gold earrings with multi-shaped diamonds and emeralds ($9840). Available at Seaside Luxe in Hualālai Resort, home of Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
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Tiﬀany True yellow diamond engagement ring in 18k gold (from $6050); Tiﬀany True engagement ring in platinum (from $1700). Available at Tiﬀany & Co. in the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Resort.
Tiﬀany T square ring in 18k rose gold with mother-of-pearl and diamonds ($1,650). Tiﬀany T wire bracelet in 18k white gold with turquoise ($1,950). Available at Tiﬀany & Co. in the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Resort.
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The Hawaiian Heritage Collection from Maui Divers features a coral branch design that reflects the company's origins. Shown above is a 14k gold necklace ($2,695) in the coral branch design, this is complemented with black coral ring, also in 14k gold ($495). Available at Maui Divers Jewelry in the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa.
Surrounded by the endless blue ocean, Hawai‘i’s artists document its ever-changing energy. Plein air painter, Betty Hay Freeland, is a master of light and the palette knife, as evidenced in her wonderful oil painting, Ikaika Moana, which was inspired by Kiholo Bay. To experience this and more works by Hawaii’s master artists, visit Tiﬀany’s Art Agency in Hawi, or shop TiﬀanysArtAgency.com.
Indich Collection showcases its own Gingko Fan design in its newest color way. Hand woven with Tibetan wool and silk accents. Indich specializes in Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, and Persian style rugs and has put its artistic imprint on Hawai‘i's finest homes and resorts. Available at Indich Collection at 73-5617 Maiau St. in Kona, just above Costco. Visit indichcollectionhawaii.net or call the showroom at (808) 329-6500.
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ISLAND SHOPPING INDICH COLLECTION FINE ORIENTAL CARPETS & HAWAIIAN RUGS Indich Collection offers unique rug designs, flavored with the richness and casual elegance of the islands. Using the finest natural fibers and knowing that quality is too important to compromise, Indich Collection has created one of the most artful collections of handwoven rugs available anywhere. With the largest inventory in the Pacific and direct import Custom Design Program, you’ll find an unlimited choice of rug designs, sizes, colors and quality.. Visit our Kona Showroom…open everyday or by appointment! Add Aloha to your home. Indich Collection Showrooms: Kona Industrial Park (808) 3296500, on Oahu (808) 524-7769, on Maui (808) 877-7200 or visit hawaiianrugs.com. HILDGUND JEWELERS 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. 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. On the Big Island we are located in the Four Seasons Resort Hualälai (808) 325-0606 and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (808) 882-1861. Visit hildgund.com for store locations on Maui and Oahu.
markets and small stores. Today, Ahualoa Farms products have become highly praised and sought after worldwide. From delicious hand-picked and roasted macadamia nuts, to perfectly roasted coffees, they have something for everyone. Visit the store in Honoka‘a town or shop online at ahualoafarms.com.
KINGS’ SHOPS The Big Island’s most exciting collection of shopping, dining and services can be found at Kings’ Shops. Visitors and residents enjoy onestop shopping that includes everything from high-end boutiques and one-of-a-kind jewelry to art galleries and activity centers to designer wear and spectacular gifts. Also home to an array of dining options, from award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine to on-the-go snacks. Located in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Open daily from 9:30am to 9:30pm. For more information, call (808) 886-8811 or kingsshops.com.
PERSIMMON Before you go anywhere else to shop for the trendiest clothes or gifts made in Hawai‘i, you must go to Persimmon. Persimmon offers the latest in fashion with brands like Wildfox, Saint Grace, Sundry, Seven Jeans, Goddis, Ella Moss, Free People, Maui Mari Jewelry, Hard Tail, Michael Stars, Young Fabulous & Broke, and more. This charming boutique is a local favorite for its wide selection of great gifts including, candles, journals, paper products, jewelry, shoes and even must-have body care products. Persimmon receives new merchandise every two weeks to keep you dressed in the latest styles. Persimmon offers personalized service with a warm smile. Be envied. Shop Persimmon. You will be glad you did. Open daily. Located in the Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Resort. Call (808) 886-0303 or persimmonboutique.com.
AHUALOA FARMS Ahualoa Farms sits on the slopes of Mauna Kea Volcano and began harvesting and offering great tasting macadamia nuts and Hawaiian coffee in 2005, selling products locally at farmers
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For the man who has everything, William Henry designs 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. Shown here is the the Ali‘i, a Hildgund exclusive limited edition knife featuring Peridot and Koa wood. Available locally at Hildgund Jewelers, located within the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
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QUEENS’ MARKETPLACE In addition to shopping, enjoy Hawaiian cultural performances at the Coronation Pavilion, weekly cultural offerings with our kupuna, and movies under the stars every Friday. You’re meant to enjoy this tropical marketplace with pools of lily pads and open spaces between shops offering fashionable apparel, jewelry, art and fun gifts. Located at Waikoloa Beach Resort, open daily 9:30am – 9:30pm. Call (808) 886-8822 or visit QueensMarketPlace.net. SEASIDE LUXE The true definition of resort luxury can be found directly below the Four Seasons Resort Hualälai’s hotel lobby, inside Seaside Luxe Boutique. Here you will find the world’s most premier fashion lines including the precious gems of Irene Neuwirth, a well known visual artist and one of the leading jewelry designers in the U.S. Her unique pieces are inspired by nature and her free spirit. Open daily 8:00am – 7:00pm. For more information, please call (808) 3254765. THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI The Shops at Mauna Lani, located in the heart of the Kohala Coast, is the place for that special combination of brand name quality and unique local craftsmanship. From designer fashions to casual beachwear, and unique custom accessories, you can find something wonderful for everyone. There are eight great dining options, from quick and casual to fine dining. Don’t miss our complimentary cultural lessons at 5:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays, followed by our famous hula show. Join us for a uniquely Hawaiian experience, located in the Mauna Lani Resort, open daily from 10 AM to 9 PM. For more information, call (808) 8859501 or visit shopsatmaunalani.com. TIFFANY'S ART AGENCY GALLERY Join us as we dive deep into Hawai‘i’s contemporary art scene, unveiling hidden local talent creating masterful works of art. It’s a gallery full of joyful creative expression and connection with exclusive shows that change monthly, 2nd Saturday Collectors Receptions, and local style “talk story” events with the featured artists. Shop online at TiffanysArtAgency.com or in the gallery and discover your wonder and inspiration as you collect art and memories made in Hawai‘i. Located in Hawi next to Sushi Rock. Call (808) 747-5882 for more information. myhawaiitraveler.com
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Native plants are rooted in Hawaiian culture and are an intrinsic part of the islands. Hearty seeds found their way to the middle of the Pacific Ocean millions of years ago by way of elements like the tides, winds and birds, and evolved plant characteristics unlike anywhere else on Earth. Others were established by way of roots and cuttings, called “canoe plants,” brought via vessels guided by mighty Polynesian voyagers. These are the indigenous and native plants revered by Hawaiians. And while many of the original flora inhabitants have since gone extinct, a few are still relatively common across the islands and have stories associated with them that are based upon ancient moÿolelo (legends). The following are some species you might encounter during your tropical vacation, along with their magnificent mythological tales. The stories behind these plants are as alluring as they are visually appealing.
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Naupaka The flowers of this waxy green-leaf shrub that grows abundantly along most shorelines (naupaka kahakai), as well as in the mountains (naupaka kuahiwi), tell the tale of two star-crossed lovers. This indigenous plant is believed to represent the forbidden love of a princess named Naupaka, sister of volcano goddess, Pele, and a fisherman named Kaui. They adored each other, but could not be together because people of royal heritage were prohibited to marry commoners. One story goes that they traveled into the mountains to seek advice from a kahuna (high priest) who told them that he could not offer them any help. They prayed at a heiau (temple) and as they asked for guidance it started to rain, which was deemed a bad omen. Naupaka took a flower from her hair, tore it in half and kept one side while giving Kaui the other. Kaui returned to the shoreline with his half of the flower while Naupaka stayed in exile in the mountains with hers. If you look closely at the white or light yellow blossoms of the naupaka, you’ll see that the flowers bloom in halves, representing the sad love story of two ancient Hawaiians whose hearts were torn apart. It is said that when the two halves are brought together to make a whole flower, the two lovers are reunited. myhawaiitraveler.com
ÿIlima This is another common shrub typically found along the shorelines of Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. Also known as “black coral,” its golden blossom is the official flower of O‘ahu. Lei that are created with these flowers represent royalty and were often presented to those who held high rank. This native plant is tied to a story about the goddess, Hina. She was held captive in a cave below Waiänuenue (Rainbow Falls) on East Side of the Big Island by a mo‘o (lizard, reptile) named Kuna Loa. Her brave son, Mäui, a Hawaiian demigod, managed to rescue her from her the dwelling and killed the great sea creature. In honor of her release, Hina created and wore a gorgeous ÿilima lei. Another story goes that Laka, the goddess of hula, sometimes takes the form of ÿilima. The blossoms, in fact, are part of many stories involving Hawaiian entities. Pöhuehue and Kauna‘oa Pöhuehue is another shoreline shrub, a beach morning glory, and has purple or pink-colored flowers and thick, waxy leaves that are common among these indigenous coastal plants. It is often seen entangled with the yellow filaments of the native kaunaÿoa, the official flower of Läna‘i. The tale of these two plants is as entwined as they are often 63
found and refers to the lovers, Pöhuehue and Kauna‘oa, who would spend all of their time together fishing, strolling along the beach and playing games. One day, however, they had an argument and Pöhuehue became so angry, he paddled his canoe all the way to Läna‘i where he stayed. Kauna‘oa was so upset by his sudden departure and spent years pining over him. Pöhuehue ended up dreaming of his lost love one evening, and the next morning plucked a yellow flower from the hau tree and placed it into the ocean. The flower made its way towards O‘ahu where Kaunaÿoa was swimming in Kahana Bay— the special place they once spent their days together. She knew it was from him since he used to always pluck them for her as a sign of his endearment. She followed a path of the flowers all the way to where Pöhuehue was on Läna‘i and now they are forever wrapped together along the coastlines. ‘Ulu ‘Ulu (breadfruit) is one of the most highly esteemed of the canoe plants, particularly on Kaua‘i where it is said to have been brought by the Tahitian voyager, Moikeha, who later became aliÿi nui (high chief) of the island. The plant symbolizes the Hawaiian war god, Kü. Legend has it that Kü once lived in human form as a farmer whose family suffered from famine. He couldn’t stand watching his wife and children starve so he planted himself in the ground. His wife cultivated the spot where he was buried until a sprout grew and turned into a breadfruit tree that was able to nourish and sustain them again. Kalo Another staple of the Hawaiian diet steeped in mythology is kalo (more commonly called taro). Taro patches (loÿi) abound along the wetlands of Hanalei as well as Waipiÿo Valley. The plant is harvested to make various food products like poi, the steamed and pounded root of the plant, taro chips and baked goods. To Hawaiians, kalo represents the “staff of life.” Their creation story centers around the gods, Wäkea and Ho‘ohökükalani, whose firstborn, Häloa, did not survive. Where the baby was buried, a kalo plant subsequently grew. According to legend, Häloa’s 64
mother’s tears helped him sprout. Notice that each leaf of the taro is shaped like a heart and water gathers in the center of each leaf in the shape of a teardrop. Their second child, also named Häloa in honor of their firstborn, was a healthy boy who all Hawaiian people are believed to be the descendants of. The younger Häloa went on to nurture the kalo that sprouted from his older brother. The story is a reminder that the earth will provide if nourished and nurtured. ÿÖhiÿa Lehua The official flower of the Big Island, this is the state’s most abundant native tree. The tree’s fluffy flowers (lehua) resemble bright red holiday ornaments, but can also occur in different colors such as yellow, orange, pink or cream. Legends of this prized plant are as rich as the varied forms it comes in. The flower is another representation of two star-crossed lovers. The couple endured the fury of Pele who wished to wed the dashing warrior named ÿÖhiÿa, but his heart already belonged to a young woman named Lehua. Pele, scorched with emotions, turned ÿÖhiÿa into a gnarled tree to punish him. The Hawaiian gods empathized with Lehua who was destroyed by the loss, so they turned her into a beautiful blossom, united forever with her lover. It’s been said that if you pluck one of the flowers, it will rain the same day, symbolic of Lehua’s misery, once again, for being separated from the love of her life. Despite ÿöhiÿa lehua’s deep ties to the environment and culture, the plant is currently undergoing a terrible plight. A fungal disease called Rapid ÿÖhiÿa Death (ROD) has claimed vast acres of the endemic species since about 2010, mostly on the Big Island, though the disease was recently detected on Kauaÿi. The number one action visitors can do to help prevent the spread of the fungus is use the decontamination stations at trailheads before and after going into the forest. Many more plants have captivating stories tied to their roots. Next time you find native flora, imagine the legends it could have associated with it and remember to appreciate their cultural history and importance to the people of Hawaiÿi. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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KOHALA COAST BEACH TREE The ocean side Beach Tree 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 as well as sangria and a 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. With the combination of restaurant, lounge and bar, the experiences meet a variety of guests’ needs. The server and guest interaction promotes ‘ohana. Children’s (ages 5 – 12) menu is available. Serving lunch, dinner and drinks daily, with Hawaiian entertainment nightly from 6-8:30 p.m. Casual resort attire. Located at the Four Seasons Hualälai Resort. For reservations call (808) 325-8000 or fourseasons.com/hualalai. BIG ISLAND BURRITOS A contemporary fresh island Mexican grill featuring signature Island Style Burritos, Loaded Rice Bowls, Local Farm Salads, and Fresh Soft Tacos! We have multiple styles and flavors to choose from. Their menu features straight-forward and self-explanatory menu items and caters to foodies looking for big burritos. Located in the food court at Queens' MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort.
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BROWN’S BEACH HOUSE Big Island-inspired cutting edge cuisine takes center stage at The Fairmont Orchid’s Brown’s Beach House restaurant known for its expansive ocean views, incomparable cuisine and sophisticated service with Aloha. Innovative island-inspired cuisine is drawn from simple, pure flavors of locally grown produce using the diverse variety of fresh seafood from our island waters and the finest mainland meats. Open nightly for dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Located oceanside at the Fairmont Orchid. Call (808) 887-7368.
from the surf and the turf. Dinner served nightly from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. For reservations, call 808.887.7368 or visit fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii.
COPPER BAR After a multi-million dollar renovation, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel welcomes diners back to its iconic gathering place, the new Copper Bar. While the relaxed setting and magical sunsets remain, the bright new look and shared-plates culinary concept are shaking things up in a fun and inspired way. An elongated bar, a TV “lounge” area, an elevated communal dining table, multiple dining nooks, and open view BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
TASTE planes accentuate the true centerpiece of Copper Bar—gorgeous panoramic views of Kauna‘oa Bay. Open daily 11am-11pm with complimentary valet parking. Located at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. HAWAII CALLS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Enjoy an elaborate daily breakfast buffet and a la carte menu. Salads, sandwiches and tropical drinks are available for lunch poolside or in the seated dining area. Dinner features Americanand Pacific Rim-style cuisine. Located at the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort. Call (808) 886-8111. KAMUELA PROVISION COMPANY Captivating sunset ocean views are the perfect complement to enjoying our new menu. Experience our mouth-watering cuisine of the Big Island. World class service in a world class setting. Open nightly for dinner and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Located at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Call (808) 886-1234 or HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com..
KONA TAP ROOM This new island-style beer pub offers 16 craft and domestic beers on tap, including Kona Brewing Company favorites and seasonal options, along with creative “Surftinis & Beertails” like the Paddleboard Mojito, which combines Longboard Island Lager with Bacardi, house-made specialty mix, and mint for a Hawaiian spin on the classic cocktail. A locallysourced, beer-inspired menu includes dishes like Keahole lobster mac n’ cheese, Kona poke, pulled short rib sliders topped with fried quail eggs, sweet and spicy chili-nori tater tots and Kalua pork paninis. Open daily from 11am to midnight with live entertainment from 8pm to 11pm (hours may change seasonally). Located at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Call (808) 886-1234 or HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com. MANTA & PAVILION WINE BAR Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar is pioneering Kohala Regional Cuisine, featuring ingredients grown and raised within a 15-mile radius especially for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Complementing the cuisine is a state-of-the-art Enomatic wine
system serving outstanding wines by the glass, many found nowhere else in the state. For the ultimate food and wine experience, join our monthly Wine Dinners. You’ll enjoy outstanding vintages paired with exquisite cuisine, and meet distinguished guests from the world of winemaking. Located at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. For reservations call (808) 882-5810. MERIDIA 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 confides at Meridia, framed by sweeping ocean views accompanied by crafted cocktails, fine wines and attentive service. Located in The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.
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WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT 69-1022 Keana Place, Waikoloa Across from the Hilton Waikoloa tropicsalehouse.com 808-886-4287
Join us for local craft beers, fresh foods, and superb hospitality! Live sports on 12 big screen TVs.
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TASTE NORIO’S SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT Featuring authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine and stellar sushi. The sushi chefs bring a level of experience and quality to the Big Island normally associated with the better restaurants in Tokyo. The 15-seat custom sushi bar provides an ‘up close and personal’ culinary experience. The menu reflects a reverence for traditional Japanese delicacies, especially the exceptionally fresh seafood that he hand-selects daily. Open Thursday through Monday 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Located at the Fairmont Orchid. Call (808) 8852000. NUMBER 3 Thirsty golfers seeking a mid-round oasis, will love the tasteful new look and tasty menus of our new golf clubhouse restaurant, “Number 3” - almost good enough to guarantee a lower score on the back nine. Share a gourmet pizza in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, along with a cold one from the tap, signature Mauna Kea cocktails or frosty fruit smoothie. Located at the Mauna Kea Golf Course. Call (808) 882-5810.
PELE'S WOK BISTRO & BAR A Chinese-inspired restaurant that provides great food in a fun & upbeat environment. The Chef is committed to supporting local farms whenever possible, and pairs the finest Chinese products along with seafood, produce and meats from boutique farms. Sourcing “farm-fresh” products such as Puna chicken, local grass-fed beef, Kona shrimp, freshly made tofu & noodles, Big island honey, and Kona Deep Sea Salt to name a few, is a standard practice. Service is friendly and engaging and the ambiance is upbeat & high energy. Approachable pricing along with great quality food and an innovative wine & beverage program await at Pele’s Wok Bistro & Bar. Located in the Shops at Mauna Lani. Take-out available with curbside parking. Reservations not required. Open 4pm10pm daily. Visit peleswok.com or call (808) 3158811 for more information. PUEO'S OSTERIA Pueo’s Osteria is an inviting, Italian-inspired restaurant that provides great food in a fun environment. Chef James Babian focuses on the
Seafood Bar & Grill FRESH LOCAL FISH DAILY FRESH FISH BURGERS CLAMS STEAKS PIZZAS SALADS Daily 11am - 10pm 5-6:30 Early Bird FRESH FISH Dinner Kiawe Smoked Prime Rib ~ Tuesday Nights Best Kawaihae Restaurant Trip Advisor Best Happy Hour 3-6pm West Hawaii Today Best Seafood West Hawaii Today
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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 … “where the night owls meet.” Happy hour daily from 4pm until 6pm, with dinner served nightly from 5:30pm, and a bar menu offered until midnight. Smart casual attire. Located in Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center in Waikoloa Village. Call (808) 339-7566 for reservations or visit PueosOsteria.com. QUEENS’ MARKETPLACE ‘ONO FOOD COURT Food Network Star’s season eight finalist, Philip “Ippy” Aiona introduces “Ippy’s Hawaiian BBQ,” to the Queens’ Marketplace Food Court, presenting his special twist on the iconic Hawaiian plate lunch. Across the way, look for Lemongrass Express, serving Chef TK’s fresh Asian-fusion cuisine, locally sourced and full of flavor. Family favorites Hawaiian Fish N Chips, Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, Paradise Pizza & Grill and Subway Sandwiches and Salads make sure there is something for everyone in your ‘ohana! For more information, visit queensmarketplace.net. ROY'S WAIKOLOA Surrounded by the historic King’s Trail featuring petroglyphs and lava fields, Roy’s Waikoloa offers an exclusive dining experience with exceptional food and outstanding service. Located in the King’s Shops, Roy’s Waikoloa opened 17 years ago among luxury resorts, residences and boutique shops. Dine with us and enjoy the bounty of Hawai‘i Island with the freshest local ingredients, the creative talents of our chefs and a grand view overlooking the Kings’ Course fairway and lake. Call (808) 886-4321 or visit royshawaii. com for reservations. SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL Savor the true flavors of Hawai‘i and visit Seafood Bar & Grill in the historic harbor town of Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Since 2002, we’ve been serving the freshest local seafood in a casual and fun atmosphere where you can sit comfortably, inside or out. Try one of our signature dishes like the Seafood Crusted Fresh Catch, Ginger Steamed Clams or our famous Fried Rice. We promise food that is both delectable and reasonably priced. You BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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“Come as friends and leave as family” Open daily 5 - 9pm for dinner Early Owl happy hour daily 5 - 6pm Night Owl happy hour daily 9:30pm to midnight Inquire about our catering menu on- or off-property
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can also slide up to our beautiful 70-foot Mango wood bar and enjoy one of the island’s finest Happy Hours with well drinks, mai tais, import beers, drafts, margaritas, house wines, and more. Embracing the true “aloha spirit,” join us for a delicious dining experience you won’t forget. Call (808) 880-9393 or visit seafoodbargrill.com. THE HUALĀLAI GRILLE A classic American steakhouse with local flair. Set above the 18th green of the famed Hualälai Golf Course, Hualälai Grille evokes a contemporary club feel, with dark wood flooring and magnificent golf course and ocean views. Serving Prime steaks with hand crafted traditional sides, island fresh fish, local Hämäkua Mushrooms, and Macadamia Nut Toffee Ice Cream Pie are just a few of Chef James Ebrero’s signature dishes. The Bar offers an extensive cocktail menu including the “19th Hole” Absolute Ruby Red Vodka, fresh squeezed Kohala grapefruit and lime juices and agave nectar. In addition, Hualälai Grille’s extensive wine list includes both wines by the glass and bottle, along with a wide beer selection. Hualälai Grille is open for dinner Wednesday through Monday, with reservations available from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. For information, please call (808) 325-8450 or (808) 325-8525. TROPICS ALE HOUSE Tropics Tap House & Ale House are “Fresh Kitchen” contemporary restaurants, craft beer bar and sports lounge concepts. The “Fresh Kitchen” movement has been inspired by a large consumer interest in local, sustainable, and in some cases, organic foods that are fused together to create amazing, fresh menu items. In addition to the food, the bar and beverage service is aimed towards craft beers that are 74
unique and seasonal, craft cocktails (using only premium liquors and garnishes), and precisely selected wines that complement our fresh food. Tropics features a “Contemporary American Grill” menu with inspiration from the wonderful local ingredients on the island. We serve plates in smaller and larger portions, ranging between $7-$17, and daily specials that vary in portion and price. Come in for Happy Hour daily. Visit us in Waikoloa Beach Resort, across from the Hilton Waikoloa, and in the Keauhou Shopping Center. Call (808) 886-4287 or visit tropicsalehouse.com for more information. ‘ULU OCEAN GRILL + SUSHI LOUNGE 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: Oven Roasted Whole Fish, Lobster Wonton Soup, Table-side Ahi Poke and Lilikoi Malasadas. The modern sushi lounge and 10-seat ocean view bar feature the Island’s freshest sushi, as well as craft cocktails, sake and Japanese beers. After-dinner drinks are enjoyed in a social setting around the fire pit on the beachside terrace. For reservations call (808) 325-8000. KONA ISLAND BREEZE LŪ‘AU This award winning lü‘au is held on the historic grounds of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Savor the delicious feast as you revel in the colorful costumes and dances from
Polynesia. Highlights include the Royal Court arrival, imu (underground oven) ceremony, arts & crafts, and a spectacular Polynesian show with the Samoan fireknife dance finale. For reservations call (808) 326-4969 or visit islandbreezeluau.com. KEAUHOU-KONA HALEO LŪ‘AU Held under the starry skies and hala trees on the shores of Keauhou Bay, Haleo – the Voice of Life is Hawai‘i’s newest lü‘au. From the birth of Hawai‘i’s royalty to the surfing stories of He‘eia Bay, the dancers of Island Breeze take you on a colorful and entertaining journey through a special time in Hawai‘i’s history. Dine on a lavish buffet in a stunning oceanfront location where manta rays gather, whales breach, sunsets are stunning, and the sights and sounds of Polynesia all combine to create a special evening in paradise. Monday evenings at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. For reservations call (808) 326-4969 or visit haleoluau.com. RAYS ON THE BAY Situated on dramatic lava rocks iconic of the Kona Coast, Rays on the Bay features sustainable Big Island-inspired cuisine from farm to plate and hook to cook. Enjoy rich Island flavors like Kona Coffee, sea salt, lilikoi (passion fruit) and fresh fish, paired with volcanic wines and local spirits. Take in a crimson Keauhou sunset while you dine on coastal inspired entrees with gorgeous views of Keauhou Bay. After sunset, enjoy a beverage as you view Keauhou’s giant resident manta rays – gracefully swimming along the coast. Located at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Dinner served nightly from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., bar & patio open 5:30 to 11 p.m. Call (808) 930-4949. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
E X P LOR E B E YON D T H E HORIZON Introducing an innovative menu inspired by the Mediterranean and infused with the islandâ€™s bounty, Meridia offers guests the opportunity to expand their culinary confines. Framed
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with sweeping ocean views and al fresco seating, the charcuterie and crudo bar, crafted cocktails and fine wine complete every experience.
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FIND A NEW FAVORITE CAB FROM AUSTRALIA AND CHILE TO WASHINGTON WORDS KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
While glasses of bold Californian Cabernet Sauvignons are often the wine du jour during the cooler months, sourcing renditions of this noble grape from bottlings across the globe can not only prove to be a fun, delicious endeavor, but also a rewarding one. From Australia to Chile and even Washington State, vines of Cabernet Sauvignon are gaining in acreage and admirers making its one of the most sought-after grapes of the moment.
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This thick-skinned red grape with roots originating in France was imported to Australian soils in the 1830s by James Busby, the “father” of the Australian wine industry. With lots of encouragement, the vine began to spread across the continent and thrived in the Australian soil and sunlight, but it wasn’t until the 1970s when the world began noticing Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, especially from the Coonawarra area of South Australia. Here, the grape offers an intense fruit profile of red and blue fruits with a hint of mint woven throughout the palate, which is synonymous with the region. The terra rossa (red soil) and warmer climate help the grapes reach their physiological ripeness while still retaining definition of individual flavors. The 2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label ($39.99/bottle; wine-searcher.com) is one stellar bottling from this region. Bright raspberries and spices play along the palate while a deep purple core of black olives, succulent blueberries, and a touch of oak blend with the glimmer of mint in the background. A surprising pairing to enjoy with this wine is a filet of hibachi-grilled salmon with ponzu sauce, which some may be lead to pair with a gentler wine such as Pinot Noir; however, the grilling and smokiness imparted in the fish makes for the perfect counter to the structured tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon while the creamy mouthfeel added by oak aging gives the wine enough texture to match the weight of the salmon. The citrusy ponzu sauce is balanced with the earthiness of this grape and hints of black olives that peek through in each sip. Chile is another area in the world offering remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon, though at a fraction of the price compared to other wine regions. Interpretations of Cabernet Sauvignon from this country often feature the flavors of blackberries and fig paste aligned with warm baking spices and the area’s moniker of green peppercorn, which adds a complexity and savory aspect to this grape. Major Chilean regions for Cabernet Sauvignon include Aconcagua, Colchagua, and Cachapoal Valley, while Maipo tends to be the one region that never ceases to shine, vintage after vintage. With warm sunshine balanced with cool ocean breezes, the vines of Maipo tend to grow at a steady pace and offer the fullest expression of this fruit on the palate. The 2017 De Martino “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley ($13/bottle; klwines.com) is an easy wine to enjoy both at a casual lunch or shared at a dinner party. As the second largest owner of organic vines in the country, this 100% carbon neutral winery stopped purchasing new myhawaiitraveler.com
oak barrels in 2011 and opts to age their wines in tinajas (signature clay vessels of Chile) that allow the fruitiness of the grape to shine through, complemented with a fine-grained tannin and balanced acidity. Such an expertly crafted wine can be paired with simple Japanese dishes as delicate as toro sashimi or nigiri with nikiri (sauce made with soy and mirin), which traditionally sees pairings with beer, sake, or white wine. This decadent, melting cut of tuna belly features a marbling of fat throughout the flesh that begs to be paired with a wine with enough acidity to cleanse the palate between bites, while the umami (savoriness) from the sweet soy glaze pairs wonderfully with the blackcurrants and cassis found in this bottling. A third region producing stellar Cabernet Sauvignon is often overshadowed by its neighbors to the south. As the most widely planted red varietal in the state, Cabernet Sauvignon has become a central grape in Washington’s wine industry and a highly underrated find. Fruity and easy to drink, the climate of the region softens the tannins making it incredibly food-friendly. Warm vintages since 2013 have also aided in the ripening of the grapes creating robust wines ready to be enjoyed. The 2016 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon ($15/bottle; columbiacrest.com) is, to some, quintessentially what Washington Cabernet Sauvignon should be. Bold with a palate of black berries, currants, and a slight cocoa finish, the vintners have blended in a bit of Merlot to complement the Cabernet Sauvignon and add a seductive weight to the body of this bottling. This powerful wine is best paired with a heavier protein like a thick cut of ribeye steak grilled over local kiawe (mesquite) wood. This flavorful cut can quickly overpower a lighter wine, but the concentrated flavors of overripe cherries and syrup-sweet currants provide enough substance to not be lost against the rich flavors of the steak. Meanwhile the polished tannins and immaculate structure of this wine cuts through the distinguishing fat found in ribeye steaks, cleansing the palate between bites, while leaving a whisper-soft finish of sweet berries and vanilla that interplays with the sweetness imparted from the grilling over kiawe wood. From Australia to Washington, vineyards are producing Cabernet Sauvignon reflective of their region and climate making for interesting bottlings to add variety and diversity to the selection of wine to reach for during the cooler months—or whenever you feel like a different kind of red. 77
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There’s something very satisfying about taking a big bite into a juicy, delicious burger. This quintessential American classic can be found on menus in far-flung corners of the globe with regional flavor combinations. Lending themselves perfectly to be customized according to your personal preferences, including protein choice and temperature, toppings, condiments, and even the vessel with which they are served, you can truly have a burger your way. Here on the Big Island, we’re lucky to have such tempting burgers to choose from when the craving hits. Looking for a standout classic? What about a burger in an unexpected place? Interested in splurging, or taking it easy on the pocketbook? Have a few dietary restrictions? Whatever the type of burger you’re pursuing, our handy ‘Best Burger’ guide is here to point you in the right direction. Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas: The CA “Cult Classic” Double Burger You can find exceptional burgers sometimes in the most unexpected places. The Bistro, located within the Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas in the Queens’ MarketPlace, serves up The CA “Cult Classic” Double Burger with double grass-fed beef, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, their special sauce, and double the cheese—yum! If you are a fan of the In-N-Out Double-Double Burger, then you are absolutely going to love The Cult Classic. This cravable burger is just the thing for those who prefer a high beef to bun ratio, and are looking for a tasty meal before a night out at the movies or just a night out—you can enjoy it in their spacious covered länai (patio) or bar. You can even have it delivered to you in the theatre or stop in for lunch. There is a lot to love about the food offered at The Bistro, but this scrumptious burger is consistently their bestseller. Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas is located in Queens’ MarketPlace and open from 11:30am to 9pm Monday thru Friday and 10:30am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday. For showtimes and tickets, visit HawaiiCinemas.com or call (808) 464-3009. Pueo’s Osteria: Tuscan Burger You may be surprised to discover that an Italian restaurant offers a great burger. Don’t miss out on trying the Tuscan Burger at Pueo’s Osteria, which is made with local beef and topped with bruschetta tomatoes, balsamic onions, provolone cheese on a fresh-baked bun and comes with housemade Tuscan fries with spicy garlic chile aioli. Always striving for excellence, Pueo’s motto is “Regional. Seasonal. Artisanal.” This philosophy of chef/owner James Babian means that every menu offering is made with high quality ingredients and executed with precision and that includes the Tuscan Burger. Pueo’s Osteria has a late night dining and drinks menu that’s worth staying up for, which is a rare find on the Big Island. It’s the only place serving food late night on the entire Kohala Coast making it a popular spot with locals who get off work late, or those who prefer to dine long after the sun goes down. Pueo’s Osteria is located at 68-1845 Waikoloa Road in Waikoloa Village in the Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center, a few miles above the resort area. For more information, call (808) 339-7566 or visit PueosOsteria.com. myhawaiitraveler.com
Seafood Bar & Grill: Grilled Beef Burger “Where’s the beef?” won’t be uttered from your lips when you bite into this hefty 8 oz. flavorful patty cooked to perfection and served on a whole wheat Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, red onion, wasabi aioli and a side of tasty french fries. Add cheddar and bacon to really take it over the top and pair it with a local brew. Seafood Bar is a local hot spot famous for its laidback, tiki vibe, great service and good “no-frills” food. It’s the type of place that after you go once, you quickly become a regular. Seafood Bar & Grill is located behind the harbor in downtown Kawaihae, and offers pau hana specials daily from 3pm to 6pm and again from 9:30pm to close. No reservations and come as you are. Call (808) 880-9393 or visit SeafoodBarAndGrill.com.
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Village Burger Waimea: Upcountry Lamb Burger Village Burger Waimea has been a hit with locals and visitors, while also being recognized as one of the best burger establishments in the country. Chef Edwin Goto takes pride in using locally grown ingredients to create nearly all his offerings and his beef and lamb are all pasture-raised on the Big Island. Village Burger Waimea is for those who want big tastes, but also want to be lighter on their pocketbook. Don’t miss the Kahua Ranch Wagyu Beef Burger, a true standout on the menu that sells out quickly. This big, beefy burger uses locally raised wagyu, topped with crispy bacon and cheese, is super tender and juicy. And if you want to try something uniquely tasty, get the Upcountry Lamb Burger served with balsamic braised onions and Kalamata olive tapenade. Don’t forget to ask for extra napkins with your order—you will need them! Village Burger Waimea is locate in Parker Ranch Center and open daily from 10:30am to 6pm. Phone (808) 8857319. Under the Bodhi Tree: Better Than Beef Burger Don’t eat meat? Everything on the menu at Under the Bodhi Tree is vegetarian and can even be made vegan. The Better Than Beef Burger uses a housemade veggie patty on a wheat bun and topped with tomato, onion, ketchup and mustard, and is completely vegan. The Deluxe Burger is the same as the Better Than Beef, but is topped with avocado and either cheddar, Swiss or vegan cheese. You can find their veggie burger at their restaurant in The Shops at Mauna Lani or The Bistro within the Waikoloa Luxury Cinema.
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Under the Bodhi Tree is located at The Shops at Mauna Lani and open daily from 7am to 7pm. Call (808) 8952053 or visit UnderTheBodhi.net.
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Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar: Wagyu Burger Maybe better known for their fine resort wear, Tommy Bahama actually has excellent food that is plated beautifully and served with aloha each and every time at their restaurant and bar located within the Mauna Lani Resort. For something more refined and sophisticated, try the Wagyu Burger. This canâ€™t-miss burger on their lunch menu sources the wagyu from Snake Farms in Idaho. This decadent burger comes topped with a sweet onion and peppadew pepper jam, smoked Gouda, sriracha aioli, and lemon arugula from Io Farms Hawaii located in Kona. Though it might not sound like it, this burger doesnâ€™t leave you feeling heavy or overly full, just very satisfied. Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is located at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Open daily from 11:30am to 9pm with Island Time Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm. Call (808) 881-8686 for reservations or visit www. tommybahama.com.
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Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers: Fire Cracker Burger For those with gluten sensitivities, a “best burger” list can be a reminder of all the yummy goodness you have to avoid. But luckily, Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers in Kealakekua is perfect for the gluten sensitive and those who aren’t. Using a gluten free bun, and with a special fryer for the french fries, diners can choose between any of the options on the menu, including the spicy Fire Cracker Burger, topped with house-made lime cilantro slaw, pepper jack cheese, and roasted jalapeños, or the more classic Bacon Swiss Burger, with Niman Ranch all-natural uncured bacon, caramelized onions, and melted Swiss cheese. All burgers use locally raised grass fed beef and the lettuce comes fresh from the on-site garden, and for those who aren’t gluten sensitive can opt for the classic toasted bun and opt for the garlic basil fries, onion rings or tempura green beans. If you are a burger aficionado, you have to try Annie’s—there is a reason they keep winning awards for best burger in the entire state as well as West Hawaiÿi. Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers is located at 79-7460 Mämalahoa Hwy. #105 Kealakekua, HI 96750. Open daily 11am to 8pm. Phone (808) 324-6000. Rays on the Bay: Eland Burger Looking for something a little different? At the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, Rays on the Bay is serving up something unusual with their Eland Burger. Using USDA certified raised wild antelope from Ni‘ihau, the Eland Burger is an exotic twist on a classic that shouldn’t be missed. Topped with creamy Brie cheese, sautéed mushrooms and crispy onions, all on a soft brioche bun, this is the ideal burger to accompany a locally brewed beer while enjoying a commanding view of another glorious sunset over the ocean. Rays on the Bay is located oceanfront at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay along the Kona Coast. For dinner reservations, call (808) 930-4900, or visit their website raysonthebay.com
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No matter your taste preferences, budget, or adventure level, there’s a burger on the Big Island that’s sure to leave you with a lasting memory of a true taste of paradise all wrapped in a tasty bun.
CULINARY Q&A CHEF PETER MERRIMAN
How does one introduce a chef who needs almost no introduction? Chef Peter Merriman of the eponymous restaurant, Merriman’s, located upcountry in the cowboy town of Waimea, has made his name not only here in Hawai‘i, but also far beyond our shores. As one of the twelve founders of the Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine movement, and with multiple James Beard nominations, Chef Merriman is considered the original “locavore,” sourcing and highlighting Hawai‘i’s local farmers and unique produce long before it was a common practice. Over the years, he has forged a dining empire around the state of some of the most recognizably delicious restaurants, including various Merriman’s restaurants on all of the major islands, as well as more casual dining options, such as Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman and Moku Kitchen. But it all comes back to the place where it started, right here on the Big Island, where a movement began, and still continues to this day. 84
What is one of your fondest food memories? The very first time I tasted the Kahua Ranch lamb. We grilled it on a wood burning fire. How did you first get started in the culinary industry? I was raised in Pittsburgh and had a passion for food from a young age. My mother was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food writer, and by the time I was 16, I was working for Master Chef Ferdinand Metz at the H.J. Heinz Co. After I graduated from University of Pennsylvania, I enrolled in a three-year Chef’s Apprentice Program with RockResorts under the auspices of the American Culinary Federation. The apprenticeship program took met o Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and to Woodstock, Vermont where I studied at the Woodstock Inn, under the supervision of Chef Hans Schadler. In early 1983, I was hired as a cook for the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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I arrived in Hawaiÿi with one suitcase and $75 in my pocket, thinking I would stay a few months at the most. But I fell in love with the natural beauty of the islands and the rich culture of the people who live there. I was appointed Executive Chef of the Mauna Lani Resort’s new Gallery Restaurant in 1985. At my interview for the chef position at The Gallery Restaurant, I was asked what type of food I wanted to feature and without thinking, I answered, ‘regional cuisine.’ I noticed no other restaurants were serving the local fish and produce. When I got the job, I had to deliver the product and I quickly discovered that there were almost no local products available. I began advertising in the newspapers and went out to the farms, ranches and docks to let local producers know whatever they had, I wanted. ‘We’re in this together,’ I told them, ‘If you grow it or catch it, I’ll buy it, and we all succeed.’ Pretty soon I had built solid partnerships and local producers would try to get or grow whatever I needed. I began recruiting other chefs to focus on local foods and ‘Hawaiÿi Regional Cuisine’ was born. I’ve always said that it was just the right thing to do. We were able to serve the freshest, most flavorful food at the restaurant. The bonus is that it benefits the local economy while helping to preserve the land and the agrarian way of life. Who is one of your culinary heroes, and what about them inspires you? Paul Prudhomme. He was always true to his Cajun roots and his cooking. His flavors were bold and exciting You are one of the twelve chefs that pioneered Hawaiÿi Regional Cuisine in 1991. How do you feel about how this style of cooking has evolved since then? The Hawaiÿi Regional Cuisine (HRC) movement actually started back in the late 80s. A few chefs, myself included, wanted to do something different with the food that was being served to tourists back at that time. My approach to HRC was to go out and source locally and find local food that could be served to the guests and I went a step further and my HRC was interpretations of local food. We would do things like beef broccoli, but a sophisticated version. I got a lot of my inspiration from paddling with the Paddling Hawaii High Club; and on Saturdays after the regatta, we would have potlucks and looking at all the different dishes that everybody brought gave me inspiration for cuisine to be a reflection of the culture—a really important thing. It was my input for knowledge when I came to the islands. myhawaiitraveler.com
How would you describe the cuisine coming out of your restaurants today versus when you first started? Since we opened Merriman’s Waimea over 30 years ago, we’ve continued to serve Hawaiÿi Regional Cuisine with a committed focus on local ranchers, producers, and farmers. While our menu offerings may change from time to time, our commitment to the local community has not. We’re still continuing to work alongside purveyors, some of which we’ve known for over 30 years, to serve food that guests have a hankering for. Having eaten at several of your restaurants around the state, the ingredients from the Big Island make many appearances. What makes the produce from the Big Island so special? It’s not that the Big Island produce is so special, it’s that there’s more of it. Produce grown on any of the Hawaiian Islands is fantastic. What are some of your favorite local products you like to feature on your menu? Our fishermen are particularly noteworthy. We actually pay more for our fish than our consumers do at the market because we call our fish purveyors for what is best and not what is cheapest. That’s hard for consumers to understand, but that’s because we get a better quality—we’re paying for the best. What is your biggest challenge as both chef and a restaurateur? The biggest challenge as a chef and restaurateur is to make certain that every guest gets the very best experience possible. Since opening your first restaurant in Waimea here on the Big Island in 1988, how have you evolved as a chef? Our food has become less complex, very straightforward; and even fresher and more flavorful than it was 31 years ago.
When guests come to Merriman’s Waimea, what should they expect? Delicious Hawaiÿi Regional Cuisine and our famous Merriman’s hospitality. At Merriman’s, our motto is ‘Throw a party every night.’ We want our guests to leave with full stomachs, full hearts, and most importantly, with an appreciation of Hawaiÿi’s culture. What are some must-try signature dishes at Merriman’s Waimea? Our Kälua Pig and Sweet Onion Quesadilla continues to be a popular signature dish at Merriman’s Waimea and at our other locations. Our quesadilla comes with housemade kimchi and a savory mango chili sauce. Another must-try is our Wok Charred ÿAhi. A Merriman’s original, this dish is drizzled with wasabi soy sauce and accompanied with won bok cabbage. As an added benefit, this dish is also gluten free. What achievements are you most proud of? Last year, Merirman’s Hawaii won eight Honolulu Magazine awards, and I was lucky enough to be recognized as Restaurateur of the Year. We’re thankful and humbled to be recognized by the local community in such a way. What advice would you give to your younger self and to aspiring chefs? Stick to the basics. Serve high quality ingredients and cook them in as careful a fashion as possible Merriman’s is located at 65-1227 Opelo Road in Kamuela. Lunch is served daily from 11:30am to 2pm; dinner is from 5pm to 9pm. Happy Hour is offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. Reservations are recommended; call (808) 885-6822 or visit merrimanshawaii.com/waimea.
What’s a surprising ingredient or item in your pantry/ refrigerator at home? Amarena cherries. 86
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WINE & DINE WITH CELEBRITY CHEFS WORDS BROOKE REHMANN
It’s that time of year again, when some of the world’s biggest culinary stars descend upon our beautiful island, to cook up amazing dishes created to delight our residents and visitors alike. From hands-on, up-close-and-personal experiences to large banquet-style dinners for a good cause, consider yourself lucky to be on the Big Island during our biggest culinary events of the year!
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Chef Fest, hosted by Four Seasons Resort Hualälai, is a multi-day celebration of all things delectable, from fine wines and cocktails, to dishes that shine, all enjoyed while rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the food world. Chef Fest is a food and wine enthusiast’s dream come true! Running from November 13th to the 16th, various events take place throughout the event, including cooking lessons, cocktail classes with renowned mixologists, a cocktail party with a DJ around the infinity pool, rare wine tastings, as well as larger sit-down dinners, featuring the flavors of the participating chefs. Each event can be purchased separately, so you can hone in on exactly what you want to do and who with. Bocce and Champagne brunch with celebrity chefs? Yes, please! Have a drink or two with the chefs at the VIP After Hours? Most definitely. Cook with Chef Charles Phan? On my bucket list. Beach cookout with the participating chefs? Sounds like a night to remember. Brilliant chefs include Charles Phan of the Slanted Door in San Francisco. His Vietnamese recipes combined with the freshness of the Bay Area’s produce have made his restaurant a must-visit in San Francisco. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton, of New York City’s Prune, is also set to attend. Chef Hamilton’s soulful cuisine has earned the restaurant a Michelin Bib Gourmand classification, and is a huge hit with New York City foodies. Chef Kris Yenbamroong, of Los Angeles’ Night + Market fame, has been creating an empire of restaurants serving Thai dishes to critical acclaim. San Francisco’s James Beard Foundation Award winner and 3-Michelin stars recipient Chef Claude Le Tohic of ONE65 will also be here to show off his traditional French techniques, but with contemporary California flair. James Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Southeast, Mashama Bailey of Savannah’s The Grey, will present her approach to southern cuisine during Chef Fest. Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske Valtierra of New York City’s Michelin starred Contra, Wildair and Una Pizza Napoletana, shares their unique perspective to food and dining. Chefs of the Four Seasons are also represented, including Cyrille Pannier of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco and Luca Moriconi of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Having all of these amazing chefs at one extraordinary resort for four days celebrating exceptional food and drink is an opportunity to make some unforgettable memories. On a different scale, Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival features events all around the state and kicks off on the Big Island with From Portugal to Spain: An Iberian Feast. This evening is a culinary voyage across the Iberian Peninsula using fresh local ingredients found here on the Big Island. Hosted by the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on October 5th, a variety of chefs who specialize in this cuisine will serve a six-course meal, all perfectly paired with wines hand-selected to accentuate each dish by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Hawaii. Participating chefs include Iron Chef and James Beard Award winner Chef Jose Garces, a second generation Latin American, shares his love of Latin cuisine throughout his various restaurants and cookbooks. Amada, his flagship restaurant, serves traditional Spanish tapas and small plates, and is located in Philadelphia, PA, and Atlantic City, NJ. Though this may be his first trip to the Big Island, he’s been a return guest of the festival for the last five years. He and his wife
got engaged on O‘ahu, hosted a Hawaiian-themed wedding, and even named his new puppy Kona. When asked what he’s hoping to use during the event, Chef Garces says, “I’m excited to work with the local ingredients, especially Kona coffee, chocolate, macadamia nuts, and beer. I will probably bring along some traditional Spanish spices and pantry items, such as smoked paprika, Pedro Ximénez sherry, Serrano ham or jamón ibérico, and maybe some saffron.” Big Island’s own Jayson Kanekoa, Executive Chef of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa will also be cooking. His creative talents and knowledge of local ingredients lend themselves perfectly to these dinners, as he crafts memorable and delicious dishes each year this event is held. “Being the only signature event on Hawai‘i Island, I look forward to sharing not only our culture, but our flavors and flair. We plan on making the fourth course unforgettable for our guests. It will showcase our team’s skills and show that, even on a little island far across the sea, we have just as much culinary talent as any other place in the world,” he says. “With Hawai‘i being the ‘melting pot’ of such diversified cultures, blending the Spanish and Portuguese flavors will be simple, appealing to all palates. We will utilize our island’s bountiful resources, such as ÿöhiÿa honey and ÿalaea salt—watch out for our Portuguese sweet bread!” The remaining chefs include Chef Josef Centeno of LA’s Bäco Mercat and four other Los Angeles restaurants. In 2011, Bäco Mercat myhawaiitraveler.com
was named one of the best 10 restaurants in the US by Bon Appétit magazine, and he followed up his success there by opening Bar Amá, bringing in the flavors of the Tejano dishes he ate growing up. Chef George Mendes of New York City’s Aldea, where his classical training and Portuguese-inspired dishes have earned the establishment a Michelin star every year since 2010, is also sharing his culinary talents. He’s won numerous awards and accolades, including Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine, as well as appearing on various TV programs including Top Chef Masters. With so many amazing culinary talents showcasing their best on the Big Island, it’s time to get excited and do your happy dance. Chef Fest is held November 13th to the 16th at the Four Seasons Resort Hualälai. Each event is purchased separately. For more information, and a schedule of events, visit https://www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/dining/ chef_fest/. For tickets, call (808) 325-8000. Hawaiÿi Food & Wine Festival’s From Portugal to Spain: An Iberian Feast is on October 5th from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. General Admission tickets are $275, and VIP tickets are $550 and include a special cocktail hour reception, as well as a portion of the price being tax deductible. For more information, visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com. 89
SPORT + ADVENTURE With most of the thirteen climate zones, the Big Island is considered by many as a minicontinent. Where else in the world can you snow-ski in the morning and sunbathe on nationally-ranked beaches in the afternoon? Hawai‘i Island boasts world-renowned golf, spas, dive and snorkel sites, the best hiking and camping, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the clearest night skies for stargazing, and endless activities in which to experience it all. 90
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Submarine Adventures AIR TOURS PARADISE HELICOPTERS
Explore paradise on the Hawai‘i helicopter adventure of a lifetime. Paradise Helicopters are the experts in offering an exciting, well-planned, and safe helicopter experience. See breathtaking waterfalls, active volcanoes, panoramic coastlines and wondrous mountain ranges on one of the best heli tours Hawai‘i has to offer. See nature in its most beautiful form. Experience it all from the comfort of our helicopters and the Big Island will reveal itself to you in a way never imagined. So ride along as our experienced guides show you the wonders of the islands, and happily answer any question you might have along the way. Visit paradisecopters.com or call (808) 969-7392.
Experience the adventure of a lifetime. The Intensity of the volcanic landscape and hidden tropical valleys will surely take your breath away. Sunshine proudly celebrates over 25 years of operation with an excellent safety record. Recipient of the Helicopters Association International “Platinum Program of Safety” award and a member of (T.O.P.S.) Tour Operators Program of Safety. Depart from our exclusive Hapuna Heliport or Hilo airport. Call (808) 882-1223 or visit sunshinehelicopters.com.
EXPLORE HAWAII FOREST & TRAIL
Hawaii Forest & Trail has over eight different Nature Adventure Tours which showcase the Big Island’s scenic diversity. Our Nature Adventure Tours feature the best tour locales, great customer service, relaxed easy walks and hikes led by professionally-trained Interpretive Guides. We’ll share with you the volcanoes, waterfalls, valleys, rainforests and summits, in addition to the life and legends of Hawaii. Frommer’s Guide to Hawai‘i says “...May very well be the highlight of your vacation.” For reservations, call (808) 468-7084 or online at hawaii-forest.com/explore.
MAUNA KEA SUMMIT ADVENTURES
Mauna Kea Summit Adventures is the Original Sunset & Stargazing Tour. The ancient Hawaiians thought of the top of Mauna Kea as heaven, or at least where the Gods and Goddesses lived. As the pioneer guide service on Mauna Kea, we have over 35 years experience. Our professional guides are passionate, educational and fun. Beautiful, dramatic photo opportunities abound. Experience treasures of the night sky through our telescope. We provide a delicious hot supper served mid-mountain, hot drinks, arctic style parkas with hoods and convenient pick-up points in Kailua-Kona, Waikoloa & Hwy 190 and Hwy 200 junction. (808) 332-2366 or online at maunakea.com.
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UMAUMA FALLS ZIPLINE AND RAPPEL EXPERIENCE
Create an unforgettable memory with your family and friends while on the Big Island of Hawaii. Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, beautiful waterfalls and lush rainforest of the Hamakua Coast await you. Zip on 9 thrilling ziplines designed for both beginners and experts, including our 2,060 ft. dual zipline and amazing 200 ft. suspension bridge. Swim & Kayak in the Umauma River or combine them for a Zip & Dip adventure you will never forget! Be sure to stop and enjoy our Visitors Center and Tropical Garden Walk and Umauma Falls viewing area. You will be talking about your Umauma Experience for years to come! Located on the beautiful Hamakua Coast in Hakalau at 31-313 Old Mamalahoa Hwy. Call (808) 201-3605 or visit umaumaexperience.com.
SNORKEL, SAIL & SUB ATLANTIS SUBMARINES
An unforgettable 45-minute journey aboard an Atlantis 48-passenger submarine, as featured in National Geographic television specials, where guests explore a 25-acre natural coral reef and its marine inhabitants. Allow Atlantis Submarines to show you the other 96% of Kona you can't see any other way. Treat yourself to Kona's most beautiful and captivating scenery, habitats, and isolated treasures. You'll descend 100 feet into another version of paradise—one hidden even from the people of Hawaii for centuries. Atlantis Kona offers a journey aboard a 48-passenger submarine. Guests will discover an 18,000-year-old, 25-acre fringing coral reef, which boasts a vibrant ecosystem of coral formations and tropical fish. Tours provide narration in Japanese via headsets. For reservations call (808) 327-1441. 91
ADVENTURE BODY GLOVE CRUISES
All of our cruises are complimented by the first-class amenities on board our state-of-the-art, 65-foot catamaran. The Kanoa II is an award winning, multimillion dollar vessel designed with quality and comfort in mind. Our guests enjoy plenty of shade, cushioned seating, flat screen televisions, a full sound system for live entertainment, and our full service premium bar. The Kanoa II is equipped with three restrooms, two fresh water showers, a 20-foot water slide, a 15-foot high dive platform, two large double swim platforms, and floatation toys for everyone. Call (888) 980-7513 or visit bodyglovehawaii.com.
FAIR WIND CRUISES
Located in Keauhou-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Fair Wind Cruises has been offering snorkel excursions since 1971. We offer two vessels with two very unique snorkel experiences. Our snorkel destination on Fair Wind II, historic Kealakekua Bay, is without question one of the most relaxing areas for snorkeling - maintaining clear visibility and very calm waters throughout the day. Our newest vessel, Hula Kai, has been designed and built to accommodate guests who seek the very best in luxury, comfort, and technology. Our Hula Kai cruise offers the advanced snorkeler a
way to explore some of Kona’s most unique and less traveled snorkel destinations along the spectacular Kona Coast shoreline. Call (808) 345-6213 or visit fairwind.com.
MAUNA LANI SEA ADVENTURES
Whatever your pleasure “Winona” offers regularly scheduled cruises and exclusive charters. Our Polynesian sailing catamaran has spacious deck and seating areas for sunning or just relaxing. Join us on our dive boats for a scuba diving adventure at one of our 30 dive sites, and experience the under world of tropical fish, beautiful coral reefs, caves, and arches. If diving is not your pleasure, try our snorkel sail on “Winona” where you can relax under the sun and enjoy great snorkeling along the Kohala coast. Maybe relaxing and watching a sunset Hawaiian style is more your pace. Then come sail with us along the Kohala coastline and take in the views of the island from afar and watch the sunset while you enjoy cocktails and püpü (appetizer). If you join us from December to April, you can watch the majestic humpback whales during their annual migration to the warm Hawaiian waters. Located at Mauna Lani Resort. Call (808) 885-7883 or visit maunalaniseaadventures.com.
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SCUBA • SNORKEL SAIL • SUNSET SAIL • WHALE WATCH • BEACH ACTIVITIES
Snorkel Bob Brand masks for every shape & size-The SEAMO BETTA & LI’L MO BETTA are Rx receptive in a minute. The MoflO2 & MoflO2RS snorkels with double valve twin chambers clear easy and deliver freshair on every breath. Sumo Mask & Bigfoot fins (15-17) for the mongo among you. Boogie boards, beach chairs & 24-HOUR INTERISLAND GEAR RETURN. Book 2 seats on most activities and get a FREE Boogie for the week (Reg. $29). Located in Kona off Ali’i Drive behind Huggo’s (808) 329-0770 or at The Shops at Mauna Lani on the Kohala Coast (808) 885-9499. All Islands 8-5 every day. Online at snorkelbob.com.
ZIPLINE KOHALA ZIPLINE
Join us on a Big Island zipline tour like no other. The Kohala Zipline Kohala Canopy Tour traverses a forested, stream-rich land on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawai‘i, an area known since ancient times as Halawa. With soaring platforms built into majestic trees, accentuated by arching suspension bridges and progressively longer zip lines, our course promises the best of Hawaii zipline adventure tours, serene and thrilling at once. Whether you are a zipline enthusiast or a first-time outdoor adventure seeker, you’ll find in the Kohala Canopy Tour an unforgettable experience. Call (808) 331-3620 or visit kohalazipline.com.
ATTRACTIONS KONA-KOHALA AHU‘ENA HEIAU
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 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 Keopuolani 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. Located near Kailua Pier 75-5660 Palani Rd. Free. Call (808) 329-2911.
Two-story Victorian estate made of lava, koa wood and coral mortar was commissioned by Hawai‘i’s second governor John Adams Kuakini and built in 1838. The palace served as a vacation residence for Hawaiian monarchs until 1914. King Kaläkaua used the mansion in the 1880s as his summer palace. Today it houses a collection of royal Hawaiian relics, beautiful furniture and rare collections. Located 75-5718 Ali‘i Drive. Open weekdays 9-4, weekends 10-4. Admission is $5. Call (808) 329-1877 or visithuliheepalace.org.
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park served as a safe haven in times of war and was also a place of cleansing for kapu breakers. Wooden images of Hawaiian native gods (ki‘i), temples and heiau 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, kähuna and others left food offerings in the temple. Today with the revival of Hawaiian customs, you may see offerings of food on the tower (lele) at Hale O Keawe. Picnic tables, fascinating tidepools, sandy sunbathing area and a popular snorkel spot, Two-step, are also nearby. Four miles south of Kealakekua Bay on Rte 160. Open daily 7am to sunset. Admission is $3-$5. Call (808) 328-2288.
LAPAKAHI STATE HISTORICAL PARK
Travel back in time and walk the self-guided tour through the ruins of an ancient fishing village. Displays show early Hawaiian life of fishing, salt gathering, legends games and shelter. Located off Route 270. Open daily 8-4. Free. (808) 882-6207.
PUAKŌ PETROGLYPHS FIELD
View hundreds of ancient Hawaiian art form with warriors, surfers, outriggers and numerous themes. Nearby is Malama Petroglyph Trail. Located off the trail of Mauna Lani Resort off North Kaniku Dr.
Built by King Kamehameha to honor his family war god, Kü and to fulfill the prophecy of uniting the Hawaiian Islands. Located off Hwy 270 in Kawaihae. Open daily 7:30-4. Free. Call (808) 882-7218.
EAST HAWAI‘I ‘AKAKA FALLS STATE PARK
Includes ‘Akaka Falls, a 442-ft. waterfall that flows spectacularly over a deep gorge into a pool. Kahüna Falls is visible from the loop trail through the park. Located four miles inland north of Hilo, off Hwy 19. Open daily 7-7. Free. (808) 974-6200. myhawaiitraveler.com
Celebrities planted banyan trees along this drive beginning in 1933 when hotels were just being built. Famous people include Babe Ruth, Cecil B. DeMille, President Nixon, President Roosevelt and King George V. Located on Banyan Drive in Hilo.
HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
It is best to see the spectacular show of red-hot lava flowing into the sea close to sunset off Chain of Craters Road. Also, you can drive the 11-mile Crater Rim Drive past lava fields, steaming craters and forests. Walk through Thurston Lava Tube, a natural tunnel formed when the top and sides of a lava flow hardened and the lava inside drained away. Bring water, flashlight and a sweater. Stop by the visitor’s center for more information and safety. Call (808) 985-6000.
accounts from the tsunami survivors. Located at 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo. Open Mon-Sat 9-4. Call (808)935-0926.
PANA‘EWA RAINFOREST ZOO
This is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S. This 12-acre zoo is home to more than 80 animal species including Namaste’, a white Bengal Tiger. You are invited to picnic in the shade of over 100 varieties of Palm and stroll with Peacocks in the extensive collection of Orchids, Clumping Bamboos and Tropical Rhododendrons. Petting Zoo is open every Saturday 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tiger feeding is 3:30 daily. Open daily 9-4 p.m. except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Free. Located on Mamaki St. off Hwy 11. Call (808)9599233.
HILO FARMERS MARKET
The best time to catch a rainbow in the mist of these falls is morning. The falls plummet into Wailuku River gorge. Check out Boiling Pots created by the powerful water over ancient lava beds. Located off Route 200, up Waiänuenue Ave.
MOKUPAPAPA: DISCOVERY CENTER
Valley of the Kings can also be considered earth’s Garden of Eden with breathtaking vistas bounded by 2,000 feet cliffs, spectacular Hi‘ilawe Falls plummets 1,200 feet from Kohala Mountain to the bottom of the valley, fruit trees, taro fields, streams and a crescent black sand beach popular with surfers. The steep and narrow road down the valley requires a four-wheel drive. The one-mile hike can be difficult especially on the climb back to civilization. Commercial transportation permits are limited to four outfits to maintain the pristine environment of one of the state’s most isolated places. Tours are unavailable on Sundays. Waipi‘o Valley Lookout offers breathtaking views without breaking a sweat. Located off Hwy 240 ~8 miles northwest of Honoka‘a.
One of the state’s best farmers markets with more than 120 vendors selling flowers, fresh produce and baked goods. Located on the corner of Kamehameha Ave. and Mamo St. Open Wed. and Sat. from Sunrise to 4 p.m. This is an educational center on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, the largest conservation area in the United States. Funded by NOAA, the center has numerous interactive displays, a 2,500-gallon saltwater aquarium and vibrant pictures and video footage of the wildlife in the reserve. Located at 308 Kamehameha Ave. in Downtown Hilo. Open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on all Federal Holidays. Free Admission! Call (808)933-8195 or visit hawaiireef.gov.noaa/center.
PACIFIC TSUNAMI MUSEUM
Learn about the destructive tsunamis and the details of the 1946 and 1960 that devastated Hilo through photographs, interactive displays and personal
ISLAND GOLF HAPUNA GOLF COURSE
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. Tee times: (808) 880-3000.
The Hualälai Golf Course, 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 Hualälai along with guests of the Four Seasons Resort Hualälai may enjoy this great facility, which includes a nine-acre driving range with 27,000 square foot short game practice area. For information, please call (808) 325-8480.
MAUNA KEA GOLF COURSE
For over 40 years, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has been the most celebrated resort in Hawaii. And Mauna Kea Golf Course, carved out of ancient lava flows by Robert
Trent Jones, Sr., is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the world. This course which emulates the legend of Hawai‘i as a golfer’s paradise, boasts the famed 3rd hole, where surging blue inlet waves thunder against a rocky black shoreline for an experience you’ll remember forever. Without changing the essential character of his father’s design, Rees Jones completed a tee-to-green renovation in the fall of 2008. (808) 882-5400.
MAUNA LANI RESORT NORTH COURSE
The North Course, becoming known as the tournament course, is a bit more difficult than the South Course, displays a much different face of Hawai‘i Golf. Built on a lava bed, it is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by kiawe forests. Trees often come into play on this course. Number 17, a par-3 tucked into a natural lava amphitheater, is another one of the resort’s signature holes and a favorite “I was here” photo spot. Public. 18 holes. 68-1310 Mauna Lani Dr. (808) 885-6655.
MAUNA LANI RESORT SOUTH COURSE
The South Course snakes through the stark, rugged a‘a lava of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow. Besides great golf, the challenging course offers the player a panorama of mountain and ocean views. The South Course is home to No. 15, one of the most photographed overthe-water golf holes in the world. Public. 18 holes. 681310 Mauna Lani Dr. (808) 885-6655.
WAIKOLOA RESORT BEACH COURSE
Weaving its way through rolling lava beds, down to the surf, the Waikoloa Beach Course is simply breathtaking. Designed by Rober Trent Jones Jr., this par-70, 6,566 yard course offers strategically placed water features and immaculate greens that are well guarded by the course’s 74 white sand bunkers. The crowning glory of the Beach Course is the intimidating, par 5, 502 yard 12th hole. Playing along the Pacific Ocean, the 12th hole not only offers challenging golf, it is a great place to watch humpback whales and catch splendid views of the other Hawaiian Islands. Public. 18 holes. 600 Waikoloa Beach Dr. (808)886-7888.
WAIKOLOA RESORT KINGS’ COURSE
Waikoloa Kings’ Course is one of the most challenging and picturesque golf courses in Hawai‘i. This Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish design was named one of the top 100 on Golfweek’s 2005 “America’s Best Resort Courses” list. The Kings’ Course uniquely provides golfers the best of two worlds; golf on an island paradise offering uninterrupted views of snow-capped Mauna Kea, on a course that more closely resembles a layout along the coast of Scotland. The 7,064 yard links-style golf course is highlighted by six lakes, 83 sand traps, and wide undulating fairways. Kings’ offers a solid, strategic layout that requires a golfer to think his way around the course. Public. 18 holes. 600 Waikoloa Beach Dr. (808)886-7888.
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Tee Times: 808.886.7888
600 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, Hawai’i 96738
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M AUNA KEA GOLF COURSE, HOLE 3
HAPUNA GOLF COURSE, HOLE 10
It’s hard to believe that before 1964 golf didn’t exist on the Island of Hawai‘i. With spectacular ocean views from every hole, both the Hapuna and Mauna Kea Golf Courses are sure to take your breath away. Try your hand at Mauna Kea, a course that helped define Hawai‘i as a golfer’s paradise or experience Hapuna’s unique Scottish links-style play. Both courses are highly awarded; the Mauna Kea has ranked among Golf Digest’s Top 100 since 1969. No matter which course you choose, you’re not likely to forget it. Master the unforgettable today by calling 808-882-5405 to set up a tee time.
M A U N A K E A G O L F. C O M M AUNA KEA GOLF COURSE, HOLE 11
REEF PARADISE EXPLORING OUR ISLAND TREASURES SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY WORDS ANDREW WALSH
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PHOTO COURTESY: (OPPOSITE) NATALIA MASTRASCUSA/CAPTURE HAWAII
The waters surrounding Hawai‘i have always been home to some hardy folk. Whether you are born here or come from afar, island life demands skill and strength. Even more remarkable are our ancient ancestors, human and animal alike, who made their way to Hawai‘i before life was firmly rooted here. The first Marquesan navigators possessed a degree of fortitude and skill perhaps beyond what most might seem possible: To leave the safety of the shoreline and head into a featureless expanse of endless ocean spread across the largest and most remote waters in all the world. Relying solely on ingenuity and instinctive ability to find a tiny spit of land while adrift in the allure of the Pacific Ocean. It’s no surprise that when they landed, the first creatures to greet them were just as hardy and just as resourceful in carving out life on these remote islands. Coral reefs put down roots long before the first upright footprints cleaved the sandy beaches these corals would help create. The first human settlers would have immediately recognized the bountiful reefs, teeming with life. As their canoes glided over the colorful reefs in the final moments before precious landfall, what a relief it must have been to be greeted with a familiar source of food, protection, medicine, and mana (spiritual power) already waiting for them. And yes, mana, just as it is sung about in the Kumulipo (Hawaiian creation) chant, is truly what corals embody as they are nothing short of miraculous. They exist in an ocean desert where life should not be possible. Yes, that’s right—warm clear tropical waters can’t support much life; they are nutrient poor wastelands. Only the hardiest and most resourceful creatures could create a home in such a place. But in the spirit of aloha, corals are able to create all the life we see in the waters surrounding the islands by sharing what little they have with their neighbors. Just as trees and humans exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, corals and their permanent microscopic houseguests exchange nutrients and resources that are the basis for almost all life we love and embrace in the waters around the Islands. The coral polyp (a thin surface layer of interconnected little stationary jellyfish) allows colorful photosynthetic algae (tiny plants that turn sunlight into food called zooxanthellae) to make its home in the coral’s tissues. With the ability to exchange up to 90% of nutrients between the two housemates, coral reefs can grow for thousands of years continuously laying down old calcium carbonate exoskeleton, thus building the large rocky structures of the reefs as they grow. It is these structures that form the home for all the life we are so privileged to enjoy in the narrow band of shallow waters surrounding these volcanic sloping islands. But the best way to truly understand the mana that corals possess and the teeming cities of reef life they support, is to don a pair of fins, slap on a mask, and go experience the best reefs Hawai‘i has to offer. My all-time favorite reef is Pentagon at ‘Anaeho‘omalu (A-bay) in front of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The best way to get there is via a snorkel boat, found right in the bay, as the reef is far out near the mouth of the bay. Too far to swim, particularly in the choppier winter months, but a kayak can also work if you are a myhawaiitraveler.com
skilled water person. The stunning pentagon structure with its five large cavernous openings (imagine a Fred-Flintstone-looking cave house siting in 15-feet of water) lies hidden just beneath the waves. On any given day turtles, moray eels, and a wide variety of tangs, surgeonfish, and colorful reef creatures are endlessly co-habituating this desert oasis. Another stunning swim is off the monument at the northern end of Kealakekua Bay that marks the demise of Captain Cook at the hands and clubs of the Hawaiians he offended. Too bad he didn’t have a mask and snorkel, as it’s quite a peaceful place underwater. There are tour boats that leave from Kona or join a guided kayaking group and cross over the bay from the south side. You just might see sleeping dolphins swimming up and down through the bay as you paddle (dolphins are in a half sleep/half awake dream space and still have to come up for air while they “sleep”). The reef is a spectacular explosion of color, form, and function and it’s a great place for beginners and experienced snorkelers alike. If you prefer more of a drive up and snorkel then the End-of-theRoad snorkel spot near the end of Puakö Beach Drive is another great reef in calm conditions. Park in the dirt parking lot as you first arrive. At the south end of the parking area there is a fishbowl rock structure perfect for entering the water safely (assuming good conditions). Head straight out perpendicular from shore until you see a valley start to form in the reef. Follow the valley out to the edge of the reef and hang a right (north). The amazing volcanic formations adorned with colorful corals, vibrant tangs, turtles, and countless creatures will keep you coming back over and again. Just be mindful of the wavebreak at the south and north ends of this small bay as you proceed out. One of the best reefs mainly accessible by boat only is 6th Hole located next to Mauna Lani Resort’s 14th hole. There are numerous operators who will take you out, but a smaller operation is your best bet. Besides being an amazing snorkel spot, 6th Hole is one of my favorites, as it has a manta ray cleaning station. More often than not, you can jump in, head to a special spot on the reef and watch these gentle giants get pampered by cleaner fish and reef creatures that rise from the reef and “clean” unwanted bacteria and skin off the hovering mantas. It’s also the best place I have found for seeing dolphins underwater, if the sea gods decide to smile down upon you. You should check it out—when 6th Hole is hopping, it’s an underwater paradise. 98
My last recommendation, although the most crowded, is Kahalu‘u Bay. This is the place to go for the beginner who wants a taste of what the underwater wilds possess, but in a safe and protected cove with lifeguards on duty. However, even advanced water people, such as myself, never tire of this bay, as there is something uniquely special despite its popularity. Even more so, this bay possesses a superpower that all visitors and locals alike can receive—knowledge. In 2006 UH Sea Grant and The Kohala Center created ReefTeach, a reef protection program involving well-trained and dedicated ReefTeach volunteers of all ages who educate visitors about what corals are, the different types of fish and invertebrates in the bay, and reef ecology. The numerous resources, education materials, and teachers can be found every day helping to educate and protect reef and reef-lovers alike. So do yourself a favor, learn about the reefs from the locals so you can be nice to the corals as they are already under enough stress. In 2015, the Hawaiian Islands experienced their first statewide mass bleaching event (when the algae in the coral’s tissue skips town because local conditions became too inhospitable, leaving just the white tissues and reef left over). Sixty percent of corals in West Hawai‘i bleached, with some reefs experiencing up to ninety percent mortality. Bleaching events like these are becoming common around the world. And, it is no joke; scientists have warned that corals could cease to exist on this planet by 2050 if things continue as they have. Things like urban runoff, poor land use and fisheries management, rising global temperatures and ocean carbon dioxide levels are all major factors stressing corals beyond their known limits. Fortunately, here in Hawaiÿi, corals are on the rebound from the 2015 bleaching event, particularly in remote areas with limited shoreline access and exposure to human impacts. Like I said, corals are the hardiest among us. But they make their living in a tiny sliver of habitable depth, temperature, and environmental conditions. Let’s not make it any harder for them, or for ourselves if we hope to enjoy their remarkable bounty of life, leisure, and culture. So snorkel responsibly—and hopefully, we can continue to appreciate the sustaining gifts they’ve been providing since the very first inhabitants all the way to the most recent arrivals. I hope to see you out there for some time to come, as I hope to see the corals.
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As wonderful as time spent snorkeling can be for us, we want to make sure it’s a two-way interaction. Follow these tips for a safe and fun experience: •Hawaiÿi can have rip tides, currents, potentially dangerous marine creatures, and changing ocean conditions, including surprise sets of large waves. Know before you go what the conditions are like, and if you are unfamiliar with an area, stay in sight of lifeguard protected areas. •Coral reefs are the bedrock foundations to almost all life in Hawaiian waters. They look like colorful rocks, but in reality these creatures are a colony of delicate living tissue surrounding the hard limestone “rock” that they secrete for living space. Don’t step on or kick the reefs as this can easily kill them. •Wear coral safe sunscreen. One drop of the oxybenzone in nonsafe sunscreens can kill corals. Check the label, it will say “reef safe” or some version of that. Or just check if it has oxybenzone and octinoxate in the ingredients list as both contribute to coral bleaching. Try and apply at least 20 minutes before you enter the water. (Other potential harmful chemicals in sunscreen include: butylparaben and 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor). •Don’t swim alone. Always use the buddy system, and let someone on land know where you are going and what you are doing. •Don’t feed the fish or any marine life. The less you touch them the better it is for both parties. •Waste only time, take only pictures, and leave only bubbles. Easy, right? It’s tempting to take a souvenir, but even empty shells have a place in the ecosystem. (Plus you want to avoid grabbing cone snail shells, as they can be very dangerous—they look like an ice cream cone without the ice cream in it). •It’s illegal to touch, harm, or hinder honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), monk seals, and dolphins. You can get in serious trouble with the authorities, both legal and spiritual! Don’t get in between them and the surface or the open water. 100
•Know the rules if you decide to do any fishing or spearfishing. There are many marine protected areas along the coast and specific rules apply to each. Check on the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) website for locations. •Have fun. Lots and lots of fun!
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WEST SIDE Puakö: Beginning of the Road Just before the Puako General Store on Puakö Beach Drive, there is a public access point for the shoreline on the opposite side. At the end of this short walk, you will find an incredible sandy beach for relaxing. Wade into the pools and some wonderful snorkel pools and reef passages are ripe for exploring. Make sure the water is calm here, as the waves will break hard against the outer reef in rough conditions. It was just south of this spot where I saw my one and only Hawaiian monk seal, so in addition to the many varieties of fish and marine creatures, you just never know what might come swooshing by at Puakö. Makalawena Makalawena is both remote and beautiful. It is easily one of the prettiest beaches anywhere. The snorkeling isn’t top notch, but the overall experience is what makes this place so special. There are no lifeguards and just getting to the beach takes either a hike or a treacherous 4-wheel adventure. I recommend the hike. Park at the Kekaha Kai State Beach parking area and hike north along the beach. At the grove of coconut trees at the beach’s end, you will see a desolate looking path carved across the lava, heading north. It is very short, and drops you into the sweet embrace of Makalawena’s sandy shores. It’s very common to see swimming and sunbathing turtles. There is also an amazing keiki (kids) pool on the northern end that young and old alike will love to explore for some wading, waddling, or relaxing. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
Mauna Lani: 49 Black Sand Beach A small, but often missed, snorkel spot is one of my favorite beaches for relaxing and swimming. This black sand beach is nestled in the back of a beautiful cliff-lined bay off the Mauna Lani Resort properties. The snorkeling along the cliffs and on the south end of the beach is perfect for beginners assuming calm conditions. There is a great shoreline hike along the cliff-tops up and down the bay to get a different perspective and to feel-out the snorkeling from above. To get to the beach, go to the 49 Black Sand Beach guard gate on the south end of the Mauna Lani Resort and ask the guard for a beach access pass. There are limited passes so shoot for a weekday or get there early. Häpuna Beach: North End This is a great area to try out snorkeling when conditions are calm as much of Häpuna Beach is protected under the watchful eyes of lifeguards. On the northern end of the beach is a great little lagoon where turtles often float in the sandy warm shallows. Follow the edge of the lagoon out towards the ocean and the rocky formations are home to many juvenile reef fish and beautiful patches of coral. There are even some swim-throughs for the adventurous free-divers. Just be mindful of the waves at Häpuna, especially the building sets as conditions can change—ask the lifeguards about the daily conditions. After your snorkel, relax on the expansive gorgeous sands of Häpuna or have a sandwich up at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and debrief on all the wonders you encountered underwater. Puÿuhonua O Hönaunau National Historical Park: Two-Step In ancient Hawaiÿi, if you could make it to this sacred refuge, it was possible to dodge a death sentence for the crimes you had committed. Today, the waters offshore offer a great place to see healthy corals, a spectacular variety of reef fish, and occasionally resident spinner dolphins. Two-Step is located just immediately outside the park, and you are not allowed to start snorkeling from inside the park. Most people just step down into the water (hence the name) off the rocky areas on the shore. It is almost always occupied by divers and snorkelers, so just follow the other ocean-enthusiasts for the best places to enter and exit. HILO SIDE Keaukaha Beach Park, James Kealoha Beach Park, Carlsmith Beach Park, Richardson Ocean Park The limited selection of snorkel spots on the Hilo Side makes the beach parks off Kalanianaÿole Avenue a rare treat. All along this road you will find lagoons and beach parks protected from the heavy surf of the eastern winds and waves. Take your pick and visit a few different parks as each has a unique and special feel. There are generally lots of reef fish, and the turtles love taking a break in these protected lagoons away from the rougher waters. The snorkeling can be a little colder in spots due to some freshwater streams, but the experience is worth it. Some of the larger lagoons have nice showers for rinsing off and grassy areas for post-snorkel picnic enjoyment. If you only have time for one, I recommend Carlsmith Beach Park—it’s my favorite!
If you are heading out on your own, check out Snorkel Bob's for rental gear and more insight into snorkel locations, reef etiquette and snorkel safety tips. Located in Kailua-Kona at 75-5831 Kahakai St. (808) 329-0770 and at The Shops at Mauna Lani on the Kohala Coast (808) 885-9499. myhawaiitraveler.com
EAST HAWAI‘I FROM MAJESTIC WAIPI‘O VALLEY TO HILO TOWN AND VOLCANO
escend in time to historic Hilo and spend the day exploring the beautiful lush gardens, historical museums, tranquil waterfalls, original shops, galleries and restaurants. This charming coastal city by the bay known for its friendliness and diversity of residents receives nearly 130 inches of rain annually making it one of the wettest cities on the planet. Combine all the rain with some sunshine and rich volcanic soil and you have the makings of a tropical wonderland. In the distant past, Hilo Bay was used as a trading hub for ships of commerce including whaling ships and sugar transportation for early Hawaiians. Today the port is used for a different kind of commerce, tourism. Many visitors aboard the cruise ships come to explore the many attractions in or nearby this resilient little town that has survived two destructive tsunamis in 1946 and 1960. Learn what it was like to endure the deadly storms by visiting the Pacific Tsunami Museum and listen to the stories from the remarkable survivors. Famous for growing exceptional orchids and other tropical vegetation, Hilo has several botanical gardens to marvel at nature’s beauty.
Wander through Lili‘uokalani Gardens, a 30acre, Japanese-style garden with pagodas, fishfilled ponds, half-moon bridges and a ceremonial teahouse. Designed to honor Hawai‘i’s first Japanese immigrants, it also offers a picturesque panoramic view of Hilo Bay. Take a stroll down Banyan Drive near the Hilo International Airport where celebrities including Babe Ruth, President Roosevelt and King George V all planted banyan tree saplings beginning in 1933. They have grown into a wonderful canopy providing welcoming shade on a sunny afternoon. Make time on either Wednesday or Saturday to visit Hilo Farmers Market featuring a wide variety of tropical flowers and delectable fruits and vegetables from over 200 vendors from all over the island. North of Hilo is the Hämäkua District surrounded by views of dramatic elevated coastlines, a stunning emerald jungle, flowing streams and waterfalls cascading down the sides of Mauna Kea. Take the time to visit the quaint towns of Honoka‘a and Laupahoehoe, former plantation towns, where traditional Hawaiian arts and history come alive. A few miles north of Honoka‘a is Waipi‘o Valley, with plummeting
waterfalls intersecting the explosion of lush tropical foliage on dramatic cliffs, it will make your top ten list of one of the most beautiful sights. The Puna District, south of Hilo, is a land of contrast and the fastest growing district on the island. Open lava fields and lush rainforests where numerous farmers grow everything from tropical plants, macadamia nuts and exotic fruits. Spend a day exploring the wonders of heated tidepools, natural springs, lava tubes, caves, black sand beaches and parks. Thirty minutes west of Hilo is home to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with two active volcanoes and Pele, the fiery volcano goddess. Kïlauea, one of the world’s most active and most visited volcanoes, is best visited around sunset. Over half of the 330,000-acre park is designated wilderness and provides unique hiking and camping opportunities. Stop by the visitor center for eruption updates and the all important safety information. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a sweater, flashlight and plenty of water and be prepared to experience one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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KOHALA ‘ANAEHO‘OMALU BEACH (A-BAY)
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. Follow signs to beach.
HĀPUNA BEACH STATE RECREATION AREA
Splendid large white sand beach with clear turquoise water is great for swimming, snorkeling and body boarding. See Maui’s Haleakalä 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. Lifeguard, picnic areas, snack stand, restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 19 adjacent to Häpuna Beach Prince Hotel with plenty of parking spaces. myhawaiitraveler.com
A nationally-ranked beautiful, white sand crescent beach fringed with palms and naupäka 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. Located through the entry gate to Mauna Kea Beach Resort off Hwy 19.
Beautiful scenic white sand beach, with clear, calm water and resting sea turtles. There are fantastic tidepools and a breakwater in front of the hotel making it a great place to swim. Restrooms and showers are available. Located through the gate to the Four Seasons Resort Hualälai off Hwy 19.
KĒŌKEA BEACH PARK
Swim with extreme caution since this charming secluded rocky beach park with its cliff-rimmed cove and green lawn lined with palm trees is often plagued by high wind and high surf. Spearfishing and fishing are excellent, but swimming can be hazardous. Camping, picnic areas, restrooms and showers are
available. Located off Hwy 270, near Pololü overlook about 6 miles past Häwï. Follow the sign onto the curvy road ~1 mile; past the cemetery.
MĀHUKONA BEACH PARK
Former shipping port for the sugar industry is now littered with underwater debris making this quiet beach park a great snorkeling site. The once useful machineries now lying at the bottom of the sea can easily be seen through the clear water. Swimming can be dangerous due to the heavy surf and no sandy beach for entrance (there’s a ladder off the old dock). Camping, restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 270 north of Koai‘e Cove State Underwater Park between mile markers #14 and #15.
SPENCER BEACH PARK
Nice sandy white beach is great for swimming, snorkeling and picnics year-round. It is popular with families due to the reef-protected, gently sloping sandy bottom. Volleyball and basketball courts, camping, restrooms, and showers are available. Located off Hwy 270, ~ 1 mile uphill of Kawaihae Harbor within walking distance of Pu‘ukoholä Heiau. 105
WAIALEA BAY OR “69” BEACH
Named for the utility pole marker, this is a lovely white sand beach with crystal clear blue water 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 reduces surface visibility. Exercise caution during the winter months due to high surf. Restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 19 ~5 miles south of Kawaihae, south of Häpuna Beach. Turn onto Puako Beach Dr., next take first right onto Old Puakö Road and park between pole #71 and #72.
NORTH KONA KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK
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 shoreline made up of intricate coves. Located ~2 miles north of Kona International Airport off Hwy 19 between mile marker #90 and #91, take rough 1 ½ mile road to beach.
KUA BAY BEACH PARK
Gorgeous, pristine white sand beach great for swimming is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park. Restrooms are available. Located off Hwy 19 across West Hawai‘i Veteran’s Cemetery ~5 miles north of the Kona Airport.
Long, narrow strand of white sand beaches north of the harbor with several protected pools bordered by a lagoon is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Ai‘opio Beach is a sandy beach with crystal clear water and green sea turtles north of the harbor with protected swimming areas and ‘Alula Beach is a small white sandy crescent beach south of the harbor offering good snorkeling and offshore scuba diving. Kaloko Beach has great snorkeling with sea arches. The beaches are part of the Kaloko-Honoköhau National Park located off Hwy 19. Take turn onto Hohoköhau Small Boat Harbor or visit the park headquarters between mile marker #96 and #97.
OLD KONA AIRPORT PARK
The beach has a sandy inlet with tide pools. Snorkeling and diving are good. Be careful of sharp coral and lava rock when entering the water. Picnic area, tennis courts, jogging path, restrooms and showers are available. Located at the north end of Kuakini Rd off Hwy 19.
WĀWĀLOI BEACH PARK
Fascinating collection of tide pools and sandy beach is a great spot for kids and for exploring nearby secluded beaches. The beach is protected by a natural lava 106
barrier for enjoyable swimming. Pine Trees, a popular surf spot, is nearby; swimming is not recommended. Picnic tables, grills, restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 19 north of Kona Airport close to mile marker #94; follow signs for Natural Energy Lab.
SOUTH KONA HO‘OKENA BEACH PARK
Grey sand beach good for swimming, snorkeling and bodysurfing. Water shoes are recommended for this beach. Picnic areas, restrooms and camping are available. Located off Hwy 11 past 101 mile marker near Place of Refuge; follow signs.
KAHALU‘U BEACH PARK
Salt and pepper beach fringed with palms is most popular for swimming, snorkeling and fishing. This dark sandy beach is 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. Picnic area, restrooms and showers are available. Located on Ali‘i Dr. next to mile marker #5.
The name means “eye of the turtle”. The beach is a sliver of white sand that is popular with families for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Located next to King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel adjacent to busy Kailua Pier on Ali‘i Dr.
MILOLI‘I BEACH PARK
Tidepools and patches of beach with protecting reefs make for great swimming and snorkeling. Near an ancient fishing village destroyed by lava flow in 1927 alive with old traditions. Picnic areas, restrooms and camping are available. Located off Hwy 11 ~33 miles south of Kailua near mile marker #88.
NĀPŌ‘OPO‘O BEACH PARK
Located in Kealakekua Bay Marine reserve where spinner dolphins swim close to shore, spectacular for snorkeling, diving and boat tours in the clear, calm pristine bay. Colorful reef fish are plentiful in the welldeveloped reef. Black rocky beach with a steep incline makes ocean access risky, however there is a short pier at the left side of the parking lot. Across the bay, a 27foot white obelisk represents where Captain Cook was killed in 1779. Located off Hwy 11; exit Kealakekua Bay just south of milemarker 111. Beach is at the end of Näpö‘opo‘o Rd., turn right at the end of the road.
LA‘ALOA BEACH PARK
a.k.a. Magic Sands, White Sands or Disappearing Sands because the beach disappears during high surf months and returns in the spring. Gets crowded with body and board surfers. One of the best surfing spots is just north at Banyans. Restrooms and showers are available. Located on Ali‘i Dr. ~ 4 ½ miles south of Kailua.
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SAND + SURF REEDS BAY PARK
Banyan-lined cove offers excellent swimming in calm waters, but freshwater spring from the bottom keeps the water cold, a.k.a. the Ice Pond. Picnic areas, restrooms, showers, and camping are available. Located at the end of Banyan Drive.
PUNA-KA‘Ū KEHENA BEACH PARK
Lovely black sand beach with coconut and ironwood trees offers shade and nice backdrop. Swimming can be rough because of the strong rip currents, but it’s a great place to watch dolphins and turtles. The secluded location of the beach also draws nude sunbathers. Located off Hwy 137 about 5 miles south of MacKenzie State Recreation Area, park by other cars and take the well-worn path to beach.
GREEN SAND (PAPAKŌLEA) BEACH
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. 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‘ü 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.
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HĀMĀKUA KOLEKOLE BEACH PARK
Fabulous place to picnic, fish and explore the underthe-bridge park with abundant tropical foliage and waterfalls. The Kolekole stream is fed from ‘Akaka Falls and flows into the ocean. Do not attempt to swim at the mouth of the river or enter the ocean at this spot because the rough, strong currents and rocky bottom makes it dangerous. Restrooms, showers and picnic areas are available. Located off Hwy 19 about 12 miles NW of Hilo between ‘Akaka and Umauma Falls.
LAUPĀHOEHOE POINT BEACH PARK
Swimming, snorkeling and surfing can be good, but heavy surf makes it dangerous at times. Site of the 1946 tidal wave offers good fishing and beautiful park. Picnic areas, camping, restrooms, showers and electricity are available. Located ~1 mile off Hwy 19 down a well-marked twisting road.
HILO COCONUT ISLAND BEACH PARK
Local family favorite for swimming, fishing, picnicking and tide pools. Shallow pools with sandy bottoms make this beach keiki (kid) friendly. Nice shade provided by coconut and ironwood trees. Located next to the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Banyan Drive, cross the footbridge.
JAMES KEALOHA BEACH PARK
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side of the beach since it’s more protected than the west side, which can be rough with strong currents during high surf. Picnic areas, restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 19, ~3 miles east of Hilo.
HONOLI‘I BEACH PARK
Sandy beach is popular local spot for surfing and boogie boarding on the eastern coast. Strong surf makes swimming difficult. Restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 19 at Alae Point.
LELEIWI BEACH PARK
Scenic park with series of inlets, coves and tide pools. It’s a good place to scuba dive. Located off Kalaniana‘ole Ave. along the water ~4 miles east of Hilo.
ONEKAHAKAHA BEACH PARK
Good family beach with a protected, white sand beach and tidepools. Picnic pavilions, restrooms and showers are available. Located off Kalaniana‘ole Ave. along the water ~3 miles east of Hilo.
RICHARDSON OCEAN PARK
Black sand beach fringed with coconut palms and ironwood trees. Lava outcroppings give swimmers somewhat protection and makes for good snorkeling. Restrooms and showers are available. Located off Kalaniana‘ole Ave. along the water ~5 miles east of Hilo.
Beautiful 13-acre coastal park located in a breezy, cool ironwood grove along a rocky coastline. Small sea arches and lava tube openings are visible along the coastline cliffs. Swimming is not recommended due to the sea cliff that borders the park, but good shore fishing exists. Beware of occasionals high waves that break on the ledges. Picnic tables, camping and restrooms are available. Located off Hwy 137, 9 miles NE of Kaimü.
PUNALU‘U BLACK SAND BEACH PARK
Palm trees line this inviting lagoon where green sea turtles rest on the black sand, good swimming beach and easily accessible. Near the boat ramp at the northern end of the beach lie the ruins of a heiau and a flat sacrificial stone. Restrooms and camping are available. Nearby is Ninole Cove, a small beach with a grassy area and lagoon good for swimming. Located on Hwy 11, 27 miles south of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
WHITTINGTON BEACH PARK
Picturesque scenic park rich with vibrant colors and history. Not much of a beach, but a great place to take photographs and explore the stunning views of the park and the wharf built in 1883 to move sugar, then destroyed by the 1946 tsunami. Swimming is not recommended in the ocean due to strong currents, high surf and rocky shoreline. Fishing is popular with the locals on the weekends. Picnic area, restrooms, electricity and camping are available. Located off Hwy 11 across from the abandoned sugar mill. 107
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FREE TUESDAY TROT: 5K FUN RUN & WALK (Tuesdays) - Each Tuesday throughout the year anyone can join Historic Kailua Village’s Tuesday Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk. Big Island Running Company coordinates non-competitive free weekly fun runs, which begins at their Aliÿi Drive store location at 5pm, turn around at Makaeo Pavilion (Old Airport), and return to the point of origin. Visitors, residents, children, anyone and everyone are invited to join the community camaraderie and help promote active, healthy lifestyles. Contact Melissa (808) 327-9333. KINGS’ SHOPS FARMERS MARKET (Wednesdays) - In close proximity to many of the Kohala Coast resorts, this boutique-style farmers market is convenient for the communities on the western coast of the island. Located throughout the Kings’ Shops in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, purchase fresh and affordable produce in a tropical setting. Sample fresh and dried fruits from Hawaiian Rainbow Farms, or purchase some of their handcrafted Hula Hands natural soap. Palani French Bakers features classic and crusty French baguettes, brioche, artisanal breads and fresh pastries. It’s the perfect breakfast option that pairs excellently with the flavors of Honomu Jams & Jellies; try their organic goods made with all natural ingredients from over 100 varieties of fruit and vegetables. Once you’ve enjoyed all the market has to offer, take advantage of great dining and shopping at the various restaurants and retailers from trendy boutiques to luxury brands at the Kings’ Shops premier shopping center. Farmers Market is open from 8:30am to 2:30pm. PORTUGUESE STONE OVEN BREAD BREAKING (Thursdays) - Take part in this historical recreation—making, and then baking traditional sweet bread in a wood-fired oven called a forno, the type used by Portuguese immigrants who came to Hawai‘i in the 1800s. This is a unique, tasty, and hands-on experience! Free. The baking event is from 10am-1pm; around 12:30pm to 1pm is when the first batch of beautiful brown bread comes out of the oven. The loaves ($8) are first come, first served, and sold straight out of the oven until sold out. Kona Historical Society (808) 323-3222. TWILIGHT AT KALAHUIPUA‘A (Saturdays, closest to full moon) - Each month when the full moon rises, Mauna Lani 110
hosts an enchanted evening of storytelling and entertainment on the lawn of the resort’s oceanfront Eva Parker Woods Cottage. Join Mauna Lani’s Cultural Historian, Danny Kaniela Akaka, as he leads guests in sharing stories, songs and dance. The event perpetuates the traditional folk art of storytelling and provides a chance to experience the true Aloha Spirit. The oceanfront location is the piko (spiritual center) of the resort’s ancient Hawaiian fishponds, making it the perfect venue under the full moon. Twilight dates are subject to change. 5:30pm. Free. Please contact Mauna Lani at (800) 367-2323 to confirm date.
KOKUA KAILUA (Monthly) - One Sunday each month from 1pm to 6pm, oceanfront Aliÿi Drive along scenic Kailua Bay in Historic Kailua Village becomes a festive pedestrian-only walkway and marketplace. Enjoy free music, artists, and friendly merchants for great shopping and delicious dining. At 4pm, there is free Hawaiian entertainment on the lawn at Huliheÿe Palace honoring Hawaiian royalty. Bring your own mat or chair and they will be checked for free while you stroll Aliÿi Drive. Shop, dine, and buy local! Call (808) 936-9202 or visit HistoricKailuaVillage.com.
QUEEN LILI‘UOKALANI CANOE RACE (Aug. 29- Sept. 2) - Kai ÿÖpua Canoe Club, one of Hawaiÿi’s oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host over 2,500 paddlers from all over the world including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, United Kingdom and crews from across the US in the world’s largest long distance canoe race. Hawaiÿi will be well represented with multiple crews on the starting line. Other official Queen Liliÿuokalani Canoe Race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend including torchlight parade and awards lüÿau. Visit qlcanoerace.com. RUN FOR HOPE 23RD ANNUAL WEEKEND TO BENEFIT CANCER RESEARCH (Sept. 6-8) - The weekend kicks off with the popular Taste of Hawaiÿi Island culinary event on Friday at 6pm. Capturing talented chefs from around Hawaiÿi Island in one place for an evening of tasty delights, drinks and island music at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Hualälai. The silent auction is a popular annual highlight with unique vacation packages and island gifts. On Saturday, a Shotgun Golf Tournament is at 1pm and Tennis Tournament begins at 2pm. On Sunday, the annual Run for Hope takes place and
begins at 6:45am with a warm-up and the race starts at 7am with a 10K run and 5K run/walk along the beautiful manicured resort landscape. The event concludes with refreshments and raffle prizes at the Hoku Amphitheater. Sponsored by Four Seasons Resort Hualälai, 100% of proceeds are donated. For tickets, registration and event info, visit www.active.com/kaupulehu-kona-hi/ running/distance-running/run-for-hope-2019 or call (808) 325-8000.
23RD ANNUAL TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL (Sept. 7) - The 2019 Taste offers free outdoor agricultural-themed fun and educational activities 10am to 3pm before culminating with a 5:307:30pm tasting event showcasing locally produced food at the MOC hall. Daytime fun includes agricultural-themed exhibits and activities, local product vendor booths and the viewing of livestock animals. Community school groups and ag-related organizations are invited to provide food concessions for daytime attendees. Featuring over 20 culinary stations, the evening Taste will be both inside and out of the Old Kahilu Town Hall (Mana Christian ÿOhana) and open to 500 attendees. Admission to the alcohol-free event is $50 presale or $60 at the door. Tickets for the gala is available online at tasteofthehawaiianrange. com or call (808) 969-8258.
HAWAI‘I FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL: FROM PORTUGAL TO SPAIN (Oct. 5) - Hawaiÿi Food & Wine Festival’s From Portugal to Spain: An Iberian Feast is from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. General Admission tickets are $275, and VIP tickets are $550 and include a special cocktail hour reception, as well as a portion of the price being tax deductible. For more information, visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com. IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 (Oct. 12) - The Ironman World Championship, considered one of the most grueling one-day sporting events in the world, will be held in Kailua-Kona. Over 2,000 triathletes from around the world swim through the waters surrounding Kailua Pier, bike through Kona roads to the Kohala Coast and back, and run a marathon course that ends at Aliÿi Drive for a total of 140.6 miles with thousands of cheering spectators at the finish line. For more info, visit ironman.com or email email@example.com. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
KAHILU THEATRE a r t s • e nt e r t a i n m e nt • e d u c at io n 4TH ANNUAL HAWAII ISLAND FESTIVAL OF BIRDS (Oct. 24-28) - The program will include expert guest speakers, a trade show for outdoor and birding equipment, a children’s corner, bird-themed arts and crafts fair, photography workshop, a birding film festival, time to interact with Hawaiÿi Island naturalists and bird experts, and guided field trips on land and sea. Friday and Sunday activities include guided bird watching field trips along the newly created Hawaiÿi Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail, and guided boat trips out of Honoköhau Harbor to watch seabirds. The 90-mile Trail crosses Hawaiÿi Island from Kona on the west coast to Hilo on the east coast, from rainforest to lava plains. While birds will be the focal points, elements of Hawaiÿi Island’s unique plants and trees, geology, history and of course, scenic view points will also be highlighted. Call Bridget (808) 331-3655 or visit birdfesthawaii.org for more info.
THE 49TH ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL (Nov. 1-10) - The festival hosts more than 40 events over 10 days that are wide-ranging and showcase nearly 200 years of culture behind Kona Coffee. There are fun activities for all ages and interests and, of course, loads of opportunities to taste Kona Coffee and experience the celebrated lifestyle. Call Valerie (808) 990-6511 or visit konacoffeefest.com. CHEF FEST (Nov. 13-16) - Chef Fest is a celebration of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary and wine experiences. An exclusive and luxurious culinary experience, Chef Fest features today’s top chefs (Charles Phan, Kris Yenbamroong, Mashama Bailey to name a few) coming together to cook, teach and entertain in an intimate and relaxed beach setting. Four Seasons Resort Hualälai, the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel on Hawaiÿi Island, welcomes chefs, guests and food lovers alike to the annual food and wine event at their beachfront resort setting. For reservations or tickets, call (808) 325-8000. More information at fourseasons.com/hualalai/dining/chef_fest/.
59TH ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE (Dec. 7) - Waimea’s famous Christmas parade (the second oldest in Hawaiÿi) includes a Santa float, dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna including churches, schools, myhawaiitraveler.com
w w w.kahilutheatre.org youth groups, community organizations, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. Parade is from 5:30pm to 6:45pm (only emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the town center during this time). As always, Santa has promised to again ride in our parade and afterwards, visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court. For information, visit WaimeaTown.org.
THE 15TH ANNUAL JINGLE BELL BEACH RUN (Dec. 22) - The Jingle Bell Beach Run began in December of 2005 in an effort to kick off Christmas week with a bang! Rani Henderson wanted this run to be simple and fun. With that in mind, and together with the help of her husband Penn, it has grown over the last few years into a first-class event—one that participants remember, enjoy, and return year after year for more! In addition, awards are given out to the top overall finishers as well as the top three best-dressed Christmas costumes. Raffle prizes follow the awards, so it’s very hard for one to go home empty-handed. This premier running event features the island’s largest 5k walk/run and encourages participation from all fitness levels and running backgrounds. Great fun for everyone and family-oriented! The perfect addition to your holiday celebrations! And parents: be sure to get your kids ready for ‘Santa’s Keiki Dash”—a
popular fun run (50-yd, 100-yd & 200-yd events) free for children 6 & under! At Coconut Grove Marketplace; 7:30am sharp. For more info and registration, visit www.kona5k.com.
22ND ANNUAL TRADITIONAL MOCHI POUNDING FOR NEW YEAR (Dec. 28) - Akiko’s over the years has become synonymous with mochi pounding. This will be our 22nd year. It started with 23 people, mostly neighbors, and now it has become a popular community and public event. This past year we had between 600-700 folks visit our wee village to participate in mochi pounding and other activities. Come and join the fun from 8am to 2pm making traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 7am to steam the rice. Hearty local style lunch for $5. New year’s crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Great cultural mix of everything that makes Hawaiÿi so special. Call Miss Akiko (808) 963-2422 or visit akikosbnb. com/activities/activities.html#mochi. All events are subject to change. Go to www. myhawaiitraveler.com for more special events. 111
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