BIG ISLAND THE LIFE & STYLE OF HAWAI‘I
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FEATURES 82 WHAT WE LOVE NOW What's trending on the food scene
28 WHY DON'T YOU... Try these Big Island experiences
86 CULINARY Q&A Executive Chef Aaron Murai from Pele's Wok
32 LOCAL RAVES & FAVES My Hawai‘i
88 HOT SPOT ‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge
34 WELCOME TO HAWAI‘I The lay of the island
90 SUMMER LOVES Wines to try this season
46 LITTLE BIG TOWN Honoka‘a is a sweet discovery
98 FOR THE LOVE—AND FUN—OF THE GAME Hualālai Golf Hale
50 VERDANT VALLEYS Carved in culture and history
101 KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK Sandy beaches of Hawai‘i
66 TIE THE KNOT WITH ALOHA Simple, meaningful ways to add Hawaiian wedding traditions to your big day
105 BEACH GUIDE Where to find your perfect beach
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10 LOCAL VIBE This 'n that Hawai‘i style
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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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We were playing in the sun We were having so much fun On a white, sandy beach of Hawai‘i The sound of the ocean Soothes my restless soul The sound of the ocean Rocks me all night long Those hot long summer days Lying there in the sun On a white, sandy beach of Hawai‘i
EDITOR'S NOTE Whenever I hear “White Sandy Beach of Hawaiÿi” by IZ (Israel Kamakawiwoÿole), I always think of Makalawena Beach. There are, of course, other beautiful white sandy beaches on the Big Island, but for some reason, it’s the one I picture in my head. The music has a relaxing, islandy beat while IZ’s voice is very soothing. The lyrics make me want to escape to a secluded beach far from modern-day life. Kekaha Kai State Park is a treasure trove of gorgeous sandy beaches. Three of the most beautiful beaches can be found just north of the airport (Kekaha Kai State Park, p. 101). Both Mahaiÿula and Makalawena take a little effort to reach their sandy shores, but once you get there, you will be rewarded with an idyllic paradise that’s hard to leave. Another one of my favorite songs by IZ is “Hiÿilawe.” If you have never listened to it, you should. He sings it in Hawaiian, and it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand the words, as his voice is so angelic and captivating making you feel he is saying something poignant and deeply meaningful. Hiÿilawe is the highest waterfall on the Big Island located in the lush valley of Waipiÿo, where farmers still cultivate the land and grow taro. You can hike down Waipiÿo to view the waterfall and walk along a picturesque black sand beach flanked by green cliffs, as well as access Muliwai trailhead to reach Waimanu Valley. You need 8
to plan ahead though if you are going to hike to Waimanu and camp overnight. For an easy hike and striking views, head to Pololü Valley. You can take the trail down to the valley floor where there’s a lovely beach (swimming not recommended) and stream (Verdant Valleys, p. 50). The old forests, green valleys and streams of Kohala Mountain are worth seeing. It’s not difficult to imagine a simple life of living off the land and sea or even yearn for it. Being here allows you to slow down and appreciate the truly finer things in life—nature in all its wonder, beauty and grace. While there are many extraordinary destinations in the world including the other Hawaiian Islands, there is nowhere else as unique, as genuine and diverse as the Big Island. I hope you discover for yourself the extraordinary gems found in abundance and experience the genuine spirit of aloha. Many happy returns, Mun Sok Geiger Editor in Chief BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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Cruzin is one of the most popular, highly used slang heard frequently throughout Hawai‘i. And, no wonder—it’s one word that pretty much sums up the laidback vibe here in the islands. Taken from the word “cruising,” to “cruz” means to have no stress, no worries, and nothing to do, but hang out and chillax. When you are cruzin in the islands, you are as far from the day-to-day hectic lifestyle as you can get. You are without an agenda and free to live in the moment and just go with the flow—unplugged! While on vacation, kick up your feet and do as the locals—be cruzin.
BIRD CALL In the late 1950s and early 60s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought three species of francolins to the Hawaiian Islands for game hunting. Originally native to Africa and South Asia, the grey francolin, the black francolin and the Erckel’s francolin settled in well to their new habitat and now thrive. (The male black francolins are the most colorful and are favored by hunters.) The partridges prefer grasslands and areas of low brush, and range from sea level all the way to over 9,000 feet in elevation. Some Erckel’s francolins have even been spotted at the summit of Mauna Kea, though not normal. All three species have super loud (some would say annoying) calls and can often be heard heckling golfers, or rudely awaking would-be-late sleepers.
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Favorite beach: Mauÿumae Beach. I love that it is an easy, but still rustic, hike that leads you to a beautiful secluded beach. It’s also kid and dog friendly. Favorite discovery: Hawaiian Licks vegan ice cream. They are local and have many amazing flavors—my current obsession is their Backyard Lemon. Try it and you will know why!
Favorite food: Anything my husband makes. What can I say? He is a super talented chef. Some might even call him “The Legend.” Favorite drive: Waikoloa to Waimea. Even though I do this drive every day, the scenery of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa still amazes me every single time—especially during the winter. Favorite local product: Kepola Design House. I’m into fashion, and her natural and sustainable lifestyle-clothing brand fits my style. Think linen overalls made in Hawaiÿi with love. Favorite place to take your guests: Beach Tree at Four Seasons Hualälai. The quality of food and wines offered, awesome service and the location is stunning. All our guests expect a visit to Beach Tree during their stay with us now. Favorite nightspot: Pueo’s Osteria. We love hanging out with their friendly staff eating topnotch comfort food late at night—and, they have Champagne splits. Favorite place to catch the sunset: Our home. Our dream of having a home with an ocean/ sunset view has become a reality—we are blessed to witness the beautiful Hawaiian sunsets from our länai (patio) every single day.
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Favorite date place: Beach Tree Bar is our happy place. Plus, Beach Tree is the reason why we moved to Hawaiÿi 11 years ago so it holds a special place in our hearts.
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KONA Take a walk in the footsteps of royalty as you explore the historic and beautiful Kona Coast. From stunning beaches, ancient ruins and royal palace to charming coffee farms and artistic havens; from fine dining to cheap eats, and high-end living to living off the land, the Kona Coast has a little of everything. Officially, Kona’s main town is Kailua. However, in order to differentiate it from the town of the same name on Oÿahu, the post office designated the community as Kailua-Kona, since it resides on the “Kona,” or leeward, side of the island. Downtown Kailua, more often referred to as “Kona,” has come a long way since Mark Twain’s 1866 visit, where he referred to it as “the sleepiest, quietest, Sundayest looking place you can imagine.” Though it still retains some tranquil vibes, downtown Kona is where a lot of the “big city” action of the west side can be found. Kona (Kailua) is the former seat of the Royal Hawaiian Kingdom, and a replica of King Kamehameha’s famed residence at Ahuÿena Heiau can still be seen beside Kailua Pier. Try to imagine life in those not too distant days, where kings and queens would enjoy relaxation and adventure, much like we should be doing today (without our cell phones). The Ironman World Championship is held annually along the Kona Coast, starting in downtown and meandering its away up and down local streets and the highway north into Kohala. Other notable high endurance sporting events take place each year, including surfing contests, paddling events such as the Queen Liliÿuokalani Canoe Race, the world’s largest long distance canoe race, and other superhuman competitions. Tranquil spots along the coast are perfect for world-class snorkeling, diving, swimming, and admiring our fellow sea dwelling denizens like honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle), naiÿa (dolphins) and in the winter, koholä (humpback whales). History buffs can appreciate everything from prehistoric ancient heiau (places of worship) to Puÿuhonua o Hönaunau National Historical Park, home of the best-preserved place of refuge left in the entire state. Visit the landing site of Captain Cook in Kealakekua Bay, the location of the first Westerner to step foot on the islands. As you continue down the coast into Kaÿü, you’ll see evidence of lava flows from Mauna Loa, former military outposts in Ka Lae, or a traditional fishing village in Miloliÿi. Coffee is king in Kona, known for some of the world’s best beans. Take a wander up to Holualoa, a small artist community upcountry above Kona Town, and wander into the galleries of local artists snuggled in between fields of coffee. Be sure to take a tour of any number of coffee farms—each one offers a different experience, but don’t forget to taste their offerings and enjoy the fruits of the hard labor that’s required to get that perfect cuppa joe. 40
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KOHALA With world-class resorts lining some of the world’s best beaches and evidence of Native Hawaiian culture both hidden and readily apparent all along the coastline, visits to Kohala are sure to be memorable. Situated in the piko (center/navel) of five volcanoes, the area of North and South Kohala is full of mana (divine power). This is the oldest part of our island, as Kohala Volcano rose above the ocean roughly one million years ago. Thought to be extinct, having not erupted in at least one hundred thousand years, Kohala’s beautiful pastureland, sunny coastline, and quaint communities continues on an idyllic journey, one that is especially welcoming to guests. In North Kohala, visit the delightful communities of Häwï and Kapaÿau, where you can see small-town living at its most charming. Dramatic outlooks of Pololü Valley, quiet beach parks, and yummy dining options can be found as you explore the area where King Kamehameha was born. In Kapa‘au, admire his statue, the original commissioned by King David Kaläkaua, and imagine how such a powerful figure would use the knowledge and skills he gained in this region to conquer the entire island chain. Continuing down the coastline to Kawaihae, this portside town offers a bit more than might be expected. Some delicious dining options and fun shops await visitors who make the stop. Watch the action of the bustling port, throw out a line to catch some fish, or enjoy a cold drink with locals. Don’t miss Puÿukoholä Heiau National Historic Site, located right near the intersection of Highways 19 and 270, as it is one of the most significant constructions in all of ancient Hawaiÿi. Built by King Kamehameha in honor of the war god Kü, it was used to lure the chief of Maui to his demise, ultimately leading to the unification of all of the Hawaiian Islands under Kamehameha’s leadership. Next is the stunning South Kohala coast where lavish resorts and gorgeous sandy beaches await you. Get pampered with spa treatments at luxurious hotels and indulge in the best fine dining found on the island, and arguably, the state. Sip a delectable handcrafted cocktail made with local ingredients overlooking the blue Pacific at sunset, play a round of golf at a world-class course overlooking the dramatic shoreline, or snorkel with some colorful creatures, many of which aren’t found anywhere else. South Kohala, also known as the “Gold Coast,” is the picture-postcard-perfect place for all your tropical beach fantasies. Far removed from resort lifestyle is the celebrated town of Waimea where the paniolo (cowboy) way of life exudes old school country charm. Rolling hills, ranches, green pasturelands along with cows, horses, sheep, turkeys and chickens are a common sight. An abundance of wonderful mom and pop joints, cute boutiques, excellent restaurants, and weekly farmers markets give this town its enchanting vibe and definitely worth a visit. 42
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EAST TO SOUTH Explorers of the east and southeast shores of the Big Island can’t help but walk away in absolute awe. From the sheer scale of the rainforests and jungles to some of the newest land on earth, this corner of the island is a feast for the senses. Breathe some of the freshest air blowing miles across a vast, empty ocean, or the crisp aroma of some newly fallen raindrops. Cozy up to a warm fire at a historical lodge on the edge of a volcano, or enjoy a sweat-inducing climb up the side of a giant cliff face. The Hämäkua Coast glides down the northeast side of the island, passing through dramatic gulches, quaint rural towns, gushing waterfalls, and breathtaking ocean views. Though the highway that winds along this coastline is perfect for those who love scenic road trips, taking the time to stop along the way to explore all the quaint facets of island life is a real treat. Drive or hike to Kalöpä State Recreation Area, located within a cloud forest, or grab a freshly made malasada at the famous TEX Drive In in Honokaÿa. Take the road less traveled past botanical gardens and smoothie stands as you make your way to or from Hilo to Waimea. Admire the jaw-dropping views of the Waipiÿo Valley, or dig deeper into the history of this culturally significant corner of the island. The Hämäkua Coast is a great place to explore the quieter corners of the island. Hilo, the Big Island’s largest city, has been the seat of political and academic life for decades. Downtown Hilo exudes historical charm with pleasant public spaces and gardens lining the thoroughfares. Slip into the inviting shops along the bay front, or dig in deeper to find some off the beaten path gems. If you are lucky enough to be here when the annual Merrie Monarch Festival takes place in Hilo, you will be treated to the most talented hula dancers from across the state competing in the greatest hula event. Further south is Puna, a wild and wonderful corner of the Big Island. Though much of this area has changed dramatically over the 44
past decades, there are still plenty of surprises to be discovered. Walk through Pähoa Town, with its Old West feel, and enjoy a yummy meal at one of Pähoa’s local restaurants. Or zip down to the coastline, and admire the changes that continuously reshape this special corner of the island. Make sure to spend some time at the Makuÿu Farmer’s Market, as it is a great place to get to know the people and products that make this area unique. Follow Highway 11 to the artist enclave of Volcano, home not just to Hawaiÿi Volcanoes National Park, but also a destination in its own right. Cozy up to a fireplace on a chilly evening in a quaint bed and breakfast, or enjoy a warm drink over breakfast in a hospitable lodge. Admire the artwork of the local artists who call this area home at the Volcano Art Center or various home studios, but don’t forget to spend time in the presence of one of our island’s biggest draws, Kïlauea Crater and Halemaÿumaÿu, the home of the fire goddess Pele. Finally, as you reach the southern tip of the island, you’ll pass through the small communities of Pähala and Naÿalehu, as well as Punaluÿu Black Sand Beach. Formerlly supported by sugar cane, these quaint communities still retain a touch of old Hawaiÿi—laidback and peaceful. For those who enjoy coffee, the Kaÿü Coffee Growers Cooperative offers a completely different look at how coffee is made on this side of the island, and has its own distinct taste and aroma. At Punaluÿu Black Sand Beach, admire not only the jet black sand and resting honu, but also admire the place where it is estimated the first Polynesians set foot on the Hawaiian Islands generations ago. As you travel around the island, you can easily see the dramatic changes in climate and terrain as much as you will feel the unique vibe of each place. It’s the collective culture and traditions along with the sheer natural beauty and slow pace that make the Big Island a destination that will live in your heart long after you leave. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
LITTLE BIG TOWN HONOKA‘A IS A SWEET DISCOVERY WORDS & IMAGES RINA MAE JABILONA
Ever stumble on a place you’ve been searching for but didn’t know you were searching for? A place you encounter that fills that void in your itinerary, a place that didn’t call for a thorough list of to-dos, a true gem lesser known. This place is what many find when they come to the town of Honoka‘a. 46
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Nestled among lush landscape and perched atop the steep cliffs of the Hämäkua Coast rests this captivating little town, a tranquil haven. A 180-degree view of deep blue Pacific waters seemingly rising into the sky creates the most picturesque backdrop for this town. It’s quite fitting that Honoka‘a literally means “cavern” or “sea cave.” In ancient times, the strategic location of Honokaÿa served as a gateway to the chain of valleys to the north. When the sugar industry boomed in the early 1900s, the town became a bustling commercial center for plantation workers, ranchers, soldiers, farmers, and also native Hawaiians. Horse races and regular rodeos commanded many to town. At the height of the plantation era, Honokaÿa was the largest town outside of Hilo on the island. As the sugar industry declined, however, the community diversified its crops and economy. Though today Honokaÿa is home to a small tight-knit community, this enclave, still as sweet as its plantation heritage, has plenty to offer visitors without being “touristy” at all. No detailed itinerary is needed to visit this town that’s meant to be explored without a care in the world. Travel back to old Hawaiÿi as you wander through historic westernstyle, plantation-era buildings on Mämane Street, the town’s main road. Here, you’ll find contemporary boutiques, island antiques, and farm-fresh harvests of the coast. If you’re in need for swimwear, make a stop at Kalokini, a local boutique boasting hand-sewn bikinis with the most darling island prints. Discover historic gems like the Honokaÿa People’s Theater, built in 1930 by the Tanimoto family. The 525-seat theater continues to thrive as a gathering place featuring Hollywood movies, international films and concerts to entertain its multicultural audience. For a memorable adventure, make the drive to Waipiÿo Valley, also known as “The Valley of the Kings,” which was home to many generations of Hawaiian royalty. At the bottom of the near 2,000feet tall cliffs, you’ll find a striking black sand beach. Marvel at the enchanting view from the lookout as you inhale pure serenity. It may be tempting to take the steep walk down to the valley, but the hike is challenging especially on the way up and can be dangerously slippery in places. If you prefer to drive down, here’s a word of caution: only 48
experienced drivers with a 4-wheel drive vehicle should make the difficult descent down into the valley. Taro fields, wild horses, scenic view of the towering Hiÿilawe Falls, and a tropical escapade await those that make the trek down to the lush valley. Whether you’re there to just take in the scenery from the lookout, head down into the valley on your own, or join a guided tour, your visit will be nothing short of extraordinary. When you’ve worked up an appetite, dine at Gramma’s Kitchen, a cozy Portuguese-inspired restaurant serving up ÿono (delicious) local and American comfort food with homemade flair. If succulent snow crab and guacamole eggs benedict or beer-battered ono (wahoo fish) fillets doesn’t call you, order up a salad. Seriously, salads are actually cravable at vovo’s (Portuguese for “grandma”). Try the Grilled Chicken Breast on Tossed Greens and add-on tasty Hämäkua mushrooms or the Chopped Steak & Onions with tender cuts of beef and grilled onions in a special sauce for a meal that will fill you up without weighing you down. You can also choose local favorites like loco moco and Korean chicken. If you are looking for some farm fresh products to enjoy or local specialty items to take home with you, make a stop at the Ähualoa Farms store on the edge of town. Everything is handmade on a family farm, from macademia nuts and mac nut oil to 100% Hamakua coffee and the decadent "Macnella" chocolate spread. Don’t leave Honokaÿa without making a stop at the world-famous TEX Drive In for a piping hot malasada (a golden, pillowy Portuguese doughnut without holes and coated with granulated sugar) sought by locals and visitors alike. Though a traditional malasada doesn’t contain fillings, at TEX Drive In, you have many filling options to sink your teeth into from Bavarian cream and coconut to chocolate, guava and mango. Each bite will have you licking your sugary lips to satisfaction. Whether it’s the amazing food, quirky shops, breathtaking scenery, or rich history that draws you to Honokaÿa, embrace the peace and pleasures found here. Planned or unplanned, may your visit be as sweet as Honokaÿa’s plantation heritage. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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VERDANT VALLEYS CARVED IN CULTURE AND HISTORY
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WAIPI‘O Five hundred thousand years ago, a tiny plume of lava rock broke through the ocean’s turbulent surface, deep under the now extinct volcano of present-day Kohala. As the waves pounded against this growing mass of living rock flowing skywards, slowly the 75-million-year-old process that formed all of the Hawaiian-Emperor Chain, fueled by a “hot spot” of seeping magma from the asthenosphere deep under the Pacific Plate, began inch-by-inch to shape the Island of Hawaiÿi, aka the Big Island. And although Kohala hasn’t flowed for over 120,000 years, this monumental clash between water and fire can still be seen, felt, and immersed within the legacy of breathtaking valleys left behind on its eastern flank. Viewed from the south, Kohala’s distinctive top is covered in a very rare cloud forest (rainforest from cloud precipitation) with a distinctive tree line marking the many private ranches and farms that reside on its leeward flanks. A large majority of the island’s endemic (found nowhere else) species of native flowering plants reside in Kohala’s embrace. The forests give way to the immense green valleys and steep cliffs of the windward (weather facing) coast. A massive landslide created these deep gorges and stark cliff-sides 250,000 years ago. Kohala’s mass extended much farther into the Pacific and was 1000-m higher before this massive geological event ejected 52
the eastern side of the volcano up to 80 miles out to sea! The further erosion from the waves and weather on the windward side helped to sculpt the truly awe-inspiring valleys we see today, such as Pololü from the north, Waipiÿo from the south, and the most difficult to access Waimanu, in between. To get into Waipiÿo, you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle to traverse its treacherous access road. If you are keen for some serious exercise you can hike down, and back up, the road as well. The mouth of the valley opens to an incredible black sand beach flanked by pillars of lush green cliffs on either side. Be very careful about swimming here, as the currents are strong. Even though you will most likely see surfers out in the windward waves, keep in mind they are seasoned watermen. You aren’t allowed to camp in Waipiÿo, as it is owned by Bishop Estates (a private Hawaiian organization) who leases the land to native Hawaiians for agriculture. Head back into the valley by truck or on foot and forge across the many streams and tributaries as you keep an eye out for wild horses, huge waterfalls, and local farms/residences. Be extra respectful of the small community of homeowners, many of whom grow kalo (taro), carrying on a tradition of farming that began with the ancient Hawaiians. The six-mile-deep valley once grew every foodstuff known to the original inhabitants BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
POLOLŪ POLOL and in times of famine could probably have supported the entire population of the island. It was also here, in the time of Alapaÿinui, ruling king of the island of Hawaiÿi, a royal infant named Paiÿea was born under a fiery comet sent by the gods that foretold the coming of the “killer of all kings.” The year was 1758. Wary of the legend, Alapaÿinui took heed of the December comet, later known as Halley’s, and ordered Paiÿea killed. But his mother Kekuÿiapoiwa hid her son deep in the safety of Waipiÿo Valley. Paiÿea was forgotten by the aliÿi (royalty) for many years. However, he would later return as King Kamehameha and become the greatest ruler Hawaiÿi had ever known. His boyhood home truly seems fit for a king. And just as the paths of the many waterfalls cascading down the valley is etched in rock and earth, a trip to Waipiÿo will leave an interminable impression upon your memories for years to come. Pololü Valley in the north is the first of the many lush tropical valleys that define Kohala’s Hämäkua Coast. Getting there is easy—just drive north on the only road that heads to the very top of the island, passing through stunning scenery and inviting local towns, such as Häwï and Kapaÿau. When the road ends, you’re there. Although not accessible by car, a moderate hike down gives you access to a stunning beach and breathtaking views. Characterized by lush carpets of tropical greenery filling myhawaiitraveler.com
every nook along the valley walls, the 400-ft. hike down numerous switchbacks treats you to many picturesque lookouts and a wide variety of native vegetation, such as air plant, ironwood, and morning glory, many of which the traditional Hawaiians used for daily purposes. At the end of the trail on the valley floor is a reward few other hikes will offer—a picturesque black sand beach reminiscent of the Hawaiÿi found in travelogues and postcards. But don’t be lulled by the ocean waves here, as the wind and waters off Pololü are very dangerous. Pololü Beach was known as a Waohala, the name given to a place where a chanter could test his voice against the wind and waves. No need to test yours as there are no lifeguards in this remote oasis. Looking back into the isolated valley with the sound of the ocean behind you, a peaceful stream runs through Pololü and meets up with the ocean at the beach. Although it may be hard to imagine the sweeping valley once cultivated a large community of kalo farmers who moved their harvest out by donkey trains. Many of the hikes at the top/back of the valley, which locals and guiding organizations offer, visit the remnants of these historic times. If you cross the black sand beach, it is also possible to hike up the southern flank of the valley onto a grass-laden plateau trail that leads to the next valley, Honokäne Nui. Along the path you 53
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will be stunned by the scenic views of the coastline, bamboo forests, and the elusive Jamaican lilikoÿi (passion fruit) that grow on vines covering the coastal tree tops. Just keep in mind the trail gets more difficult and isolated the farther you head south. Camping in Pololü Valley is not permitted. Without a doubt Pololü, like Waipiÿo, is a sacred place that can be explored time and again for its history, culture, connection to the land, and unforgettable tropical atmosphere. For those looking for a more hard-earned adventure, Waimanu Valley offers an unforgettable immersion into the backwoods of Hawaiÿi. Just north of Waipiÿo Valley, the trail to access Waimanu begins on the northern tip of Waipiÿo’s beautiful sandy beach at the Muliwai trailhead. Also known as the Z-Trail, the distinctive switchbacks are a harbinger of what’s to come—16 miles (round-trip) and a mile of vertical elevation (up and then down) along a wet, rocky, sometimes mosquito-laden minefield, with occasional rock falls and vertical drops of 500-feet, just inches off the trail. Oh, and you’ll need to cross about 12 streams, some with high flash flood danger that can sweep you away or strand you on the wrong side, and Waimanu River, the last obstacle as you reach the valley. So if you are still thinking of hiking the valley, I hope the idea of preparation and doing plenty of research are your very next thoughts. Consider any stream you cross at calf depth can easily become shoulder depth if it rains overnight. And if you start from the Waipiÿo Lookout, it’s actually 19 miles round-trip and another thousand or so feet of added elevation drop to the trailhead. That being said, it is possible to do this hike in a day (about 7 hours each way weather permitting), but you must leave early, have good conditions, and be well stocked for any unplanned excitement. Also, you need to be in seriously good shape. Many people do multiday camps into the valley, which allows for more food and resource should anything go wrong, and less strenuous single day hiking. Once in the valley, you will be treated to private waterfallfed swimming holes, breathtaking scenery, and hidden snorkeling spots in the many pools and streams as you hunt for prawns. Best of all, you will experience the seclusion and serenity of one of the most isolated tropical valleys, on one of the most isolated land masses in all the world, all to yourself. Camping permits are required— and we recommend letting a friend know where you are going and when you plan to return. Whatever valley you choose, Hawaiÿi’s coastline has a story and ancient wisdom rooted in time, nature, and the early Hawaiians who came before us. I hope you discover some piece or chapter in this saga and perhaps, just maybe, add a little bit to it yourself. Happy trails!
For Waimanu camping permit and trail information, make sure to visit https://muliwaitrail.com/ permits/ and https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,31720.html. Keep in mind that the road down to the valley can be closed for rock mitigation work (currently, every 3rd Wednesday of the month), and hikers will not be allowed to use the road. Make sure you check the conditions and current trail information before heading out.
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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
" YOU CAN BUY HAWAIIAN BRACELETS ALL ACROSS HAWAI‘I AND ONLINE, BUT NOT WITH THE QUALITY OF HILDGUND. EACH BRACELET IS ONE OF A KIND."
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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Tiﬀany T1 is inspired by an archival motif that has been featured in Tiﬀany jewelry since the 1980s. With this new line, Tiﬀany & Co. pays homage to Tiﬀany’s history of superlative design and craftsmanship. An evolution of the iconic Tiﬀany T collection, Tiﬀany T1 reimagines the ‘T’ motif as one continuous design, a bold unbroken circle featuring a beveled edge, angular surface and a multifaceted finish. Featuring (clockwise from top) Tiﬀany T T1 narrow diamond hinged bangle in 18k rose gold ($9,000); Tiﬀany T T1 wide diamond ring in 18k rose gold ($5,000); Tiﬀany T T1 wide hinged bangle in 18k rose gold ($5,300). myhawaiitraveler.com
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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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.
Knuckle Duster-Iconic Symbols: Horseshoe, Wings, Start, Arrow, Crescent Moon and Single Bezel Set with .22ct diamond and 18k gold ($5,500). Available at Seaside Luxe in Hual훮lai Resort, home of Four Seasons Resort Hual훮lai.
Medium Belcher Passion, Resilience & True Luve Necklace, 20mm medium medallion, additional medium and baby medallion (.49 ct diamond) on a small, medium belcher at 9 links per inch, heavy belcher at 6 links per inch, 18k gold ($18,400). Available at Seaside Luxe in Hual훮lai Resort, home of Four Seasons Resort Hual훮lai.
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 Maka‘i Loa, meaning fine or elegant, represents lava in the sand. A Hildgund exclusive design made by William Henry. This limited edition (only 15 in series) knife. Available only through Hilgund, available locally on the Big Island 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 8am – 7pm. For more information, please call (808) 325-4765. THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI The Shops at Mauna Lani is a boutique shopping center located in the heart of the Kohala Coast. Offering brand name as well as unique items crafted locally. Along with world class shopping there are dining options that will make everyone happy. From vegan to world famous steaks, sushi to locally sourced Chinese as well as one of a kind Island cuisine you can find it at the Shops. The Shops at Mauna Lani also has weekly activities that may include, concerts by local bands, hula and even Irish dancers. Everything is offered with a personal touch to make your Shops at Mauna Lani experience a highlight to any trip. For more information call (808) 885-9501 or visit shopsatmaunalani.com.
HOME STYLE Grand spaces deserve grand works of art, and local artist, Timothy Allan Shafto creates just that. His recent Vast Endless Horizon, a triptych made from resin and black sand with integral sapele wood frames, measures 80” high and 84” wide. Gazing at it transports you back to this special place. To experience this and more works by Hawaii’s master artists, visit Tiﬀany’s Art Agency gallery 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 735617 Maiau St. in Kona, just above Costco. Visit indichcollectionhawaii.net or call the showroom at (808) 329-6500.
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.
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A dream wedding in Hawaiÿi is as magical as it sounds. Just imagine…you can get married barefoot in the sand and start your honeymoon immediately after the reception without the hassle of going through the dreaded airport security and long flight; your guests are at a premier vacation destination; and the natural beauty found here makes for incredible photographs for your treasured wedding album. You can be as casual or formal as you like and create a wedding perfect for you and your soon-to-be-spouse while staying within your set budget. But, a destination wedding isn’t ideal for everyone—especially those with a large guest list or family members that can’t travel. Whether celebrating your nuptials on a picturesque beach on the Big Island or sharing your affinity for Hawaiÿi in a traditional wedding on the mainland, there are many simple, yet elegant, ways to incorporate the beautiful Hawaiian traditions in your ceremony to bring a bit of aloha to your big day.
FLORAL LEI Strings of flowers in varying hues and scents are common in the Islands and are often exchanged to show love, honor, and respect. At weddings, lei can be incorporated into the ceremony in a variety of ways to show the eternal bond between the couple and how sweet their love is for one another. Traditionally, the bride is outfitted in a floral crown called a haku lei. Fragrant blossoms are interwoven with green foliage and tied around her head to bring honor and attention to her. The bride and groom can also choose to exchange lei worn around the necks during the ceremony to show their admiration and respect for one another. The bride will typically be given a white lei made of fragrant flowers such as plumeria, pïkake, or white ginger while grooms are often seen wearing lei made of the fragrant maile vine interwoven with flowers of his choice. At some ceremonies, the kahuna pule, or holy man officiating the ceremony, will join the hands of the couple over a lei to symbolize the unending connection they are making while he offers a chant or oli to the heavens. ATTIRE While some brides opt for traditional white gowns, others will select a Hawaiian muÿumuÿu, which is a loose gown that drapes from the shoulders and falls at either the knees or ankles. Traditionally, a bride will wear a white muÿumuÿu with delicate patterns, but recently more brides are seen wearing muÿumuÿu of their wedding colors or in a stronger pattern matching the groom’s attire. Modern grooms can be seen wearing aloha shirts and loose slacks, but the traditional attire at Hawaiian weddings for grooms was, surprising to some, outfits of all white. White dress shirts were paired with white slacks creating a stylish silhouette for grooms while a colorful sash, typically red, was tied around their waists. MUSIC A popular choice for the first dance as a married couple is the “Hawaiian Wedding Song.” Written in 1926 by Charles E. King, the song was originally titled “Ke Kali Nei Au” or “Waiting Here for You.” Al Hoffman and Dick Manning translated the song into English in 1958 and it was then given its new title. A mainstay at local weddings, the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” will not only bring some of the islands to your celebration, but also link you to the many couples in years past that celebrated their first dance to this tune.
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BLESSING OF THE RINGS During the wedding ceremony, the kahuna pule often performs a ceremony to bless and purify the wedding rings prior their exchange. A bowl made of koa wood is used in this ceremony, which symbolizes strength and integrity. The kahuna pule will fill the koa bowl with salt water and then dip a ti leaf, symbolizing health, prosperity, and wealth, in the water which he will shake three times over the couple’s wedding bands. The salt water sprinkled on the rings purifies the union and throw all obstacles that hinder the couple back to the sea allowing nothing but happiness to come their way. A chant usually accompanies the ring blessing: Ei-Ah Eha-No. Ka Malohia Oh-Na-Lani. Mea A-Ku A-Pau. (May blessings from above rest upon you and remain with you now and forever.) CONCH SHELLS Pü (conch shells) can be used throughout the wedding ceremony and have a variety of meanings in the Islands. While the bride walks down the aisle, some kahuna pule will blow a conch shell to call the earth, sea, wind, and fire to bear witness to the ceremony. Others opt to have a conch blown three times before the exchange of rings as a symbol of the Holy Trinity. The blowing of conch shells is a sacred ritual with a complex set of guidelines dictating how many blows should be sounded and to which direction and is done with utmost reverence. SHARING OF HĀ Since ancient times, Hawaiians have shared the special custom of, when greeting one another, sharing hä. Hä, also known as breath or life force, is exchanged by two people pressing their noses together and inhaling at the same time. This special moment is not only a sharing of the physical space, but also an exchange of their essence. Some couples choose to incorporate this act into their ceremony prior to the traditional kiss, also known as honi. No matter the location, whether here or on the mainland, including some of these Hawaiian wedding traditions to your special day is a sure way to share your love of Hawaiÿi with each other, as well as with your guests, and add a little extra aloha to your celebration making it a unique experience for all. 68
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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. BINCHOTAN: BAR & GRILL A gathering place for friends and family to enjoy a fresh take on Asian cuisine. Our menu features the time-honored tradition of grilling meat, seafood and produce over an open flame. Shared plates, handcrafted sushi and grilled skewers are the hallmarks of this culinary experience. Our full service bar showcases artisan cocktails, premium sake and a vast collection of whiskey. We invite diners to indulge in a flavorful feast as they raise a glass of Muay Tai to toast the most glorious sunsets over the Kohala Coast! Located at the Fairmont Orchid. Open Thursday through Monday for dinner from 5:30pm-9:30pm. For reservations call (808) 887-7368. 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. 72
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EAT + DRINK CANOEHOUSE Paying homage to Mauna Lani’s storied location, CanoeHouse—the resort’s iconic beachfront restaurant boasting dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean—transports guests to an inspiring island-style setting. CanoeHouse celebrates Hawaii’s connection to the land and sea, while infusing artfully prepared island inspired cuisine in a reimagined contemporary setting. Open daily 5:30-9:30pm; Beverage & Lite Bites from 5:00-10:00pm. Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Call (866) 990-1257. 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 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.
5:30-9:00pm. Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Call (866) 990-1257.
HĀ BAR The open-air bar offers a retreat to enjoy a leisurely afternoon. Lounge poolside or at the bar while savoring fresh, organic and mindfully healthy cuisine in a beautiful al fresco setting. The menu includes tacos, salads, local grains, ceviche and a collection of freshly pressed sugarcane juice and artisanal cocktails. Beverage hours 10:00am-9:00pm; Cuisine from 11:00am4:00pm; Light Bites 4:00-9:00pm. Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Call (866) 990-1257.
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.
HĀLANI HäLani is the resort’s stylish open-air eatery, well-appointed alongside the pool and expansive lawn overlooking the ocean. During the day, HäLani offers an idyllic gathering place for family and friends to savor breakfast together; while in the evenings, the restaurant transforms to a modern artisanal grille featuring globally inspired coastal Mediterranean cuisine. Breakfast from 6:30-11:00am; Dinner from
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 &
Queens’ MarketPlace The Most Dining Options On The Kohala Coast Dining
Bistro at the Cinemas Charley’s Thai Cuisine Kuleana Rum Shack Romano’s Macaroni Grill Sansei Seafood, Steak & Sushi Bar
Aloha Bol Big Island Burritos Dairy Queen/Orange Julius Ippy’s Hawaiian BBQ Lemongrass Express Marble Slab Creamery®
Paradise Pizza & Grill Starbucks Subway Sandwiches and Salads
Island Gourmet Markets
808-886-8822 | queensmarketplace.com Waikoloa Beach Resort | The Kohala Coast 20 miles north of Kona International Airport on Queen Kaahumanu Highway
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E X P LOR E B E YON D T H E HORIZON Inspired by the Mediterranean, Meridia’s menu is innovative and dedicated to the islands. A charcuterie and crudo bar, brilliant cocktails, and a global wine list are complemented
Open Daily: Dinner
by ocean views and attentive service.
5:30pm - 9:00pm Voted Best New Restaurant by Hawai’i Magazine and
For Reservations Call (808)880-1111 or visit meridiarestaurant.com
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62-100 Kauna’oa Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743 USA
EAT + DRINK 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. (808) 880-1111. 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) 8825810. 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 4pm-10pm daily. Visit peleswok.com or call (808) 3158811 for more.
2020 Best Food, Best Value, Most Booked | OpenTable Best 18th restaurant in the country | Yelp Gallery Certiﬁcate Of Excellence 2016 | Trip Advisor 2018 Hale ‘Aina Award | Honolulu Magazine
“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 INDOOR & OUTDOOR SEATING
Located at Waikoloa Village Highlands Center in Waikoloa Village Reservations are highly recommended
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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 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 Kings' 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) 8864321 or royshawaii.com. 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 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. SURF SHACK Inspired by Hawaii’s iconic surf hangouts, Surf Shack is the ultimate toes-in-the-sand destination, offering all day beverages and light bites in a stylish, yet casual dwelling with nods to vintage surf culture woven throughout the design aesthetic. Open daily 11:00am-6:00pm. Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Call (866) 990-1257.
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EAT + DRINK 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.
THE MARKET The Market is a contemporary outpost featuring locally sourced specialty meats, artisanal sandwiches, farm fresh salads, organic pressed juices, kona coffee, and wholesome market finds. Build a picnic to-go and hit the road with local craft beers and unique wines to enjoy, all with a focus on the outdoors, social responsibility and sustainable practices. Hours of Operation: 5:30am-9:00pm. Located at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Call (866) 990-1257. ‘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
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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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.
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farmers MARKETS One of the best things about the Big Island is the bounty of fresh and island-grown produce available year-round. For those looking for organically grown fruits and veggies, here is a list of farmers markets to navigate the when and where, connecting you with the local farmers. Some markets sell handmade crafts, fresh cut tropical flowers, and have great food, smoothies and coffee—all are a great place to talk story with the locals.
Keauhou Farmers Market, South of Kailua-Kona Saturdays 8am to noon KeauhouFarmersMarket.com Hosted by the Kona County Farm Bureau in the parking lot of the Keauhou Shopping Center off of Aliÿi Drive, Keauhou Farmers Market is the place to grab the freshest local ingredients grown by the farmers themselves. Lots of organic goodies can be found here, including citruses, avocados, papayas, dragon fruit, greens, eggs, as well as locally caught fish, Kona coffee, jams, and fresh flowers. Pure Kona Green Market, Captain Cook Sundays 9am to 2pm Facebook.com/SouthKonaGreenMarket This gem is located at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. Featuring artisans who sell everything from feather lei for your most prized hats, origami earrings, microgreens, bee salves, and delicious Kona coffee, this small popular market has something for everyone. Enjoy the live music, bring your dog, and take in all the local goodies that this side of Kona has to offer. Kings’ Shops Farmers Market, Waikoloa Wednesdays 8:30am to 2:30pm KingsShops.com/Weekly-Events The Kings’ Shops Farmers Market is a convenient place to grab locally grown food, especially if you’re staying in one of the Kohala Coast resorts. A perfect place to pick up some gifts for friends and family back home, such as homemade jams, jellies, and macadamia nuts, or a few freshly baked goods or fruits and vegetables 80
to enjoy on the spot or your next stop on your Big Island adventure; you simply can’t beat the convenience. Under the Banyan’s Farmers Market, Häwï Saturdays 8am to 3pm HawaiiHomegrown.net/TalkingStory/109-TheHawi-Farmers-UnderThe-Banyan-Trees Häwï is a small town near the northernmost part of our island, home of King Kamehameha, and a happening farmers market. Lots of organic produce is available, some grown using aquaponics, as well as some noteworthy freshly made items like lumpia (Filipino fried dumplings) and stuffed croissants. You can also find locally grown macadamia nuts, sold roasted or raw, as well as in a pesto. There’s live music, lots of locals talking story with each other, and a great convivial atmosphere. Waimea Town Market at Parker School Saturdays 7am till noon WaimeaTownMarket.com This is one of the most popular farmers markets on the whole island, with visitors and locals traveling miles to seek out some of the best produce and specialty goods found nowhere else. Get a freshly blended smoothie, tonic, coffee or lemonade to quench your thirst as you cruise around looking at all the amazing offerings. Grab a bite of some locally made bacon by the pound, smother your food with some yummy raclettemelted cheese or take home fresh baked goods. Maybe you’re more in the mood for a crêpe, or açaí bowl, or gelato, or maybe you’re on the look out for some Lebanese, Brazilian or Mexican food. Perhaps you’re
searching for specialty sea salts, alpaca fiber, beautiful blooming orchids or maybe Fido back home needs some delicious dog treats. Whatever you’re looking for, Waimea Town Market at Parker School is sure to have it, and more! Waimea Midweek Farmers Market, Pukalani Stables on Parker Ranch Wednesdays 9am to 2pm WaimeaMidweekFarmersMarket.com Not every great farmers market has to take place on the weekends. Pick up some freshly baked cookies, pies, breads, mochi, or perhaps some gluten-free baked goodies. Don’t forget to grab some grass-fed beef, island-laid eggs, some pork and goat meat, sauces, honey, and vegan products as well! Cold press juices, coffee, poi and much more to discover here. Hilo Farmers Market Every day 7am to 4pm HiloFarmersMarket.com Though open every day, Hilo Farmers Market really comes alive on Big Market Days (Wednesdays & Saturdays from 6am to 4pm) with over 200 vendors. First time visitors should plan their trips on these two days, as the sheer amount of amazing produce, locally crafted treasures, and delicious food vendors dominate the bayfront area. Some construction might be taking place relocating the market a bit, so please be sure to check out their website for the most up-to-date information about where to locate the market. However, anyone who’s ever been to the Hilo Farmers Market on one of their Big Market Days knows that the effort is worth it. With unusual tropical fruits, stunning orchids and anthuriums for sale, goat
cheese, soaps, musical instruments, colorful and intricately designed paintings, and much, much more, this is a must-stop for any Hilo adventure. Makuÿu Farmers Market in Pähoa Sundays 8am to 2pm Facebook.com/MakuuFarmersMarket One of the best places to find any number of interesting items from Samoan coconut trees and handcrafted soaps to that new blueberry plant you’ve been wanting to grow, as well as tons of locally grown fresh fruits and veggies. Makuÿu Farmers Market is the place to see and be seen near Pähoa Town. Locals and visitors alike come to enjoy live music, grab a quick bite to eat from the many vendors cooking food to order, and enjoy the fun vibe. There’s a $2 parking fee at the entrance, but it’s worth a visit even if you’re not interested in buying something. This is a local favorite for a reason, and you won’t want to miss it if you’re in the area. The Cooper Center’s Farmers Market in Volcano Sundays 6am to 10am TheCooperCenter.org Volcano Village is quaint enough on its own to warrant a visit, but come Sunday morning, the town villagers and visitors come alive at The Cooper Center, where freshly baked pastries, locally grown fruits and veggies, and all sorts of other goodies, including crafts and fresh flowers, are for sale. This is the perfect farmers market for early birds, as items sell out quickly. Get here before the crowd to score some of the best items and talk story with the vendors. -By Brooke Rehmann BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
SEA SO NA LITY SUS TAINA BILITY CR EATIV ITY Discover a contemporary outpost serving up locally sourced specialty meats, artisanal sandwiches, farm fresh salads, organic pressed juices, kona coffee, & wholesome market finds. Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast aubergeresorts.com/maunalani | 866-990-1257
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Indelible Hawaiian memories are made at the edge of the ocean as top dancers and musicians perform and Mauna Kea chefs put on their own dazzling show featuring imu-roasted kalua pig and the island’s most bountiful buffet.
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Casual dining in a beachside atmosphere, with fresh fish grilled just so, imaginative kabobs and island-fresh salads.
Every beach vacation needs that perfect place to unwind with refreshing tropical With sweepinga views of Kauna‘oa Bay,cocktail, a killer view, and tasty food. Hau Tree, gather located friends and families forwithin the iconic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, is such a place. Sit under the covered bar or under an umbrella and watch mixologist-crafted cocktails and wine the waves roll in as you sip a Fredrico, the resort’s signature complemented by gastropub cuisine.
drink. Bacardi light rum and Jack Daniel’s whiskey are blended together with tropical juices and ice to create a cool libation to sip on a sunny day or watch the sun slip below the horizon. Try Hau Tree’s Blackened Fresh Catch Tacos, using locally caught fish, wrapped in a warm corn tortillas, and topped with a taco cabbage slaw, bright pineapple pico de gallo, and creamy avocado. Another must-try is the Build Your Own Poke Bowl. Pick your own base from options ranging from wonton chips, jasmine rice, or mixed greens and cherry tomatoes. Then choose a poke: traditional Hawaiian style shoyu (Japanese style soy sauce), spicy
poke, or a vegetarian tofu poke “gomadare sauce” (sesame sauce) style. Next, add a sauce, choosing between a wasabi aioli, spicy aioli or a sweet unagi sauce, and top it off with additional addTimeless happens here. ons ($2 each) including avocado, tobiko, kimchi, edamame, or seaweed salad. C A L L 8 0 8 - 8 8 2 - 5 8 1 0 F O R R E S E R VAT I O N S Steps away from a world-class beach, Hau Tree is just the place M AUNAKE ABE ACHHOTEL .COM to unwind and take in the beautiful scenery with good food and drinks. Hau Tree is located beachside at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel along the Kohala Coast. Lunch is served daily from 11am to 5:30pm, and cocktails are available until sunset. Dinner is served from 5:30pm to 8pm daily, and Saturdays feature a seasonal Clambake from 6pm to 8pm. For more information, visit maunakeabeachhotel.com/dining or call (808) 882-5707. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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When you dream of heavenly, creamy, delicious ice cream, you may not initially think of vegan products. Yet, Hawaiian Licks, located in Hilo, delivers a delightfully ultra creamy, indulgent vegan dessert experience, without the usage of any animal products. After taking their homemade “nice cream” to various potlucks, even a few non-vegans needed more. Using a coconut cream base, Hawaiian Licks adds in local flavors, grown and sourced from our own island backyard. Try the Ka‘u Coffee, which features 100% Ka‘u Darkwood espresso from Big Island Coffee Roasters, mixed with their luscious coconut base, and a hint of organic Big Island vanilla bean. Don’t miss the Backyard Lemon, featuring the juice of Meyer lemons grown on the owners’ Kalapana property, with a tiny hint of zest to take it to a whole new level—if you like any kind of lemon dessert this one is for you. Other flavors to look for are Ube Cardamom, which uses Puna grown Okinawan purple sweet potatoes that are roasted and then combined with single source, freshly ground yellow cardamom. myhawaiitraveler.com
For those who want to catch all the good vibes or just try something a bit unusual, try the Hippie Juice, with locally grown turmeric juiced and combined with young ginger, Hämäkua honey, Saigon cinnamon, and a small hint of Puna-grown black pepper or Tropic Thunder for the ultimate taste of the tropics with papaya, pineapple, apple banana, lilikoÿi and organic coconut flake. Hawaiian Licks also features various seasonal flavors, including Sweet Kona Mango, Pumpkin Pie, and Star Apple, and can be found in their Hilo storefront, local restaurants and grocery stores island wide. Once you try one flavor, you are going to want to try them all. Hawaiian Licks can be found at their brick and mortar store in downtown Hilo, located at 180 Kinoÿole Street, Ste. 104. Their scoop shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am until 5pm. Look for their products in freezer sections island-wide, as well as in local restaurant dessert menus. Visit hawaiianlicks.com for more information. 83
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For a town as small as Kailua-Kona, it sure does have a lot of Thai restaurants per square mile. Yet, one of the best is the hardest to find, tucked behind a small shopping plaza right on the corner of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway. Original Thai has been serving the addictive flavors of Thailand since 2006, and is owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters. Here, they share the flavors of mom Saing’s homeland with the community, delighting locals and visitors alike. The restaurant has a steady stream of customers on any given night of the week, showing how special this place is, since you would never stumble upon it unless you knew where to look for it. Recently featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Original Thai shared one of their best selling dishes, the SSS Duck. A half duck is breaded and fried and served with a sweet, sour, and spicy sauce that will have you licking your plate and digging in for more. Other standouts include the Panang Curry, a zesty, sweet, rich curry with carrots, zucchini, Thai basil leaves, and makrut lime leaves giving it a flavorful, aromatic taste. The Phad Thai is also a popular dish, as is the Pad Kee Mow (drunken noodles), using a wide, flat noodle and stir fried with bell peppers, garlic, Thai basil, green onions, egg, carrots, and bean sprouts. On the side, they 84
serve a small container of their “mom” sauce, which packs a punch of spice and flavor. They’ve recently begun to sell this, as well as other sauces (including their peanut sauce used with their incredibly well seasoned chicken satays), and the sweet and sour dipping sauce (served with their delightfully crunchy spring rolls) in a small fridge by the register. They also offer specials including the Rama Chicken, which always has a number of other guests looking on enviously. Small bits of chicken, marinated in the same marinade as their chicken satays, are served alongside lightly steamed cabbage and broccoli, and topped with their amazing peanut sauce. Their food is vegetarian friendly, and those with other dietary restrictions can also enjoy a delicious night out. Just be sure to look around the corner from the Dolphin Spit Saloon—you will be happy you found it! Original Thai is located at 74-5629 Kuakini Highway in downtown KailuaKona. They are open Tuesdays through Sunday, from 11am to 3pm; reopen for dinner at 5pm until 9pm. They are closed on Mondays. For more information, visit www.ogthai.co or call (808) 329-3459.
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The dining scene in Waimea town just got a lot hotter. Moa Kitchen, a new ramen and Japanese food eatery centrally located on Highway 19, has only been open for a short while, but has already made its mark on the culinary landscape. Using locally raised, organic whole chickens, the chefs at Moa Kitchen (moa is the Hawaiian word for chicken) butcher each bird and use all of its parts to create flavorful, delicious food. Start off with the housemade pickles, using vegetables grown from five different local farms, which provides a great palate cleanser between dishes. Then, order up the Yakitori Set, a selection of the chefâ€™s favorite parts of the chicken, lightly marinated and grilled to perfection. Follow this up with the Karaage, a version of Japanese fried chicken. Using deliciously tender and juicy parts of the bird, lightly battered in potato starch, and deep-fried to a light golden brown, these tender nuggets are worth the trip alone. The chefs of Moa Kitchen are well disciplined in their crafts, taking great pride in the products they serve to their customers. That extends to the selection of ramen dishes, which feature a chicken broth, a slight twist on the more traditional pork broth typically found in Japanese ramen shops. The Nouko Shio Ramen in particular features a rich, creamy chicken broth with a small amount of delicate sea salt to create a memorable base. Alongside the bouncy wheat noodles (or rice noodles myhawaiitraveler.com
upon request), the dish includes green and white onions, succulent slices of chicken, as well as tasty chicken meatballs. Menu notables include Gyoza (vegetable or pork), Moa Hot Tera-Kara (deep fried spicy chicken wing), Takoyaki (grilled octopus pancake balls), Fried Squid Legs, Tonkatsu (breaded deep fried tender pork cutlet), Crispy Soft-Shell Crab, and Moa Curry Rice just to name a few. Be sure to add a glass or bottle of sake to your dish, each hand-selected by the staff to ensure a quality beverage experience to accompany the stellar food. A limited selection of beer, wine, Shochu are also available. You can bring your own wine for a $30 corkage fee. The interior is bright and airy, featuring lots of locally sourced woods. Peer into the open kitchen to see the chefs hard at work preparing your dishes, and join the regulars whoâ€™ve already seen what a great new restaurant they have in their midst. Moa Kitchen is located at 65-1298 Kawaihae Road in Waimea. They are open for lunch from 11am to 2pm, and dinner from 5pm to 10pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and only serving dinner on Sundays from 5pm to 9pm, and closed Mondays. For more information, visit moakitchen.net or call (808) 3397887 for reservations or take-away orders. 85
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hose looking for really good Chinese food on the Big Island look no further. Chef Aaron Murai, of Pele’s Wok Bistro & Bar, located in The Shops at Mauna Lani, grew up surrounded by the flavors of his family’s Chinese heritage, learning recipes from grandparents, aunts and uncles along the way. Aaron met James Babian, chef and owner of Pueo’s Osteria and Pele’s Wok, nearly 12 years ago when they worked together at Four Seasons Resort Hualälai. He became Babian’s right hand man at Pueo’s before the opening of Pele’s Wok a little over a year ago. Here, Executive Chef Aaron shares these revamped, upscale recipes with guests in a fun, relaxed setting, showcasing his unparalleled skills for all to enjoy. What initially sparked your passion for cooking? I knew ever since I was young I always liked to eat good foods—that was my thing. I guess my sauces are my thing, too. I had to eat what was on the table, but you could manipulate it with a sauce to make it better. What was one of your first dishes you ever cooked, and what made it so memorable? I started cooking when I was young. The first industry dish I remember: I started in pantry, so it would be the perfect club sandwich, as boring as that sounds. You make the bread from scratch, then get the golden toast, you cure your own bacon, roast the turkey, you find the perfect tomato, perfect lettuce, make your own mayo…I know it sounds boring, but if 86
you could just see the end product—all from scratch, making sure every component was perfect—it was memorable. How does your cultural heritage influence your cooking? For Pele’s Wok, it’s pretty much everything. I was brought up and raised on Chinese food. Everything that I put into my dishes here I learned from family members, grandma, aunties, uncles—a lot goes into it here. They are family recipes that I have adapted to our upscale clientele. You have been known to feature Plantation Wok Cuisine in your style of cooking. Can you tell us a little about that? As you know Hawaiÿi was a big plantation, sugar cane, pineapple, it was a melting pot with all the different cultures coming in, different vegetables available, and techniques being used. In Hawaiÿi, Chinese food is totally different than in the different provinces in China. With Plantation Cuisine, we use the freshest stuff available and make it taste really good, using different cultural techniques and ingredients, always changing with the season and with the weather—we use what’s readily available. There’s never just a staple. Instead of always having something on the menu, say, we don’t have bok choy, but we have a different cabbage that has a different flavor and texture, we then adjust to its cooking needs, and its flavor profile. It’s all about using the freshest ingredients available. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
When you have a day off, what do you like to cook for friends and family? I have actually been working my smoker lately, smoking a lot of fish and meats. Just got a whole bunch of Hawaiian mackerel, akule, and marinating them and planning my day off, so I’m going to get some wood and smoke akule. If we were to take a peek into your refrigerator/pantry, what is the most surprising ingredient we’d find? With me being a chef, I pretty much have everything. I have all the way from saffron to Chinese black garlic; I have everything in my pantry that a chef could imagine. What’s one food item you can’t live without, and what makes it so craveable? That would have to be Chinese pork belly. If you pull that off perfectly, it should be very soft, non-fatty, and very crisp skin. You shouldn’t have to season at all. Tell us about the transition from Pueo’s Osteria to Pele’s Wok. What was that journey like for you? The transition was actually really simple. Italian and Chinese cuisines use pretty simple ingredients. Both use the freshest, best quality ingredients. The biggest change is just flavor profile and cooking style, going from a normal sauté pan to a high fire wok. But from a food sense, simple ingredients, simple recipes, and you can’t mess it up. Don’t overthink your dishes; and plain and simple is sometimes the best. What can guests look forward to at Pele’s Wok? At Pele’s Wok we’re trying to show the Big Island that there’s more to Chinese food than just food court Chinese. Everyone’s typical mindset is all Chinese food is Panda Express, or food court. We provide à la carte service. With Chinese food it’s hard to know the quality of the dish. We want to provide a high quality Chinese cuisine, and show our guests that it’s better than a food court. I make each dish to order, à la carte, even the fresh dumplings. It’s very different. We’re trying to get away from the ‘Chinese food is cheap’ mindset—a lot of people have that concept. We’re trying to showcase Chinese cuisine as a very intricate and craftful art to make the perfect dish every time. I’m actually surprised it doesn’t cost more with all the butchery, and all the folds in the dumplings, and the art of cooking noodles. It should be up there with the best. What are some must-try dishes on the menu? What makes them so special? We’re one of the very few that bring in whole fresh fish; I don’t know any other Chinese restaurant doing this on this island. We can steam, fry, cook it however you want it. I try to get fresh fish right off the boat. Everyone comes for the fish, and also the crispy pork belly. Are you able to adapt your dishes for different dietary restrictions, and if so, how? We’re very food-friendly about it. Now, we have a whole vegan menu. Most people don’t know that Chinese food is about 90% vegetarian and vegan. We’re also very glutenfriendly, and I use Aloha brand gluten free soy sauce so all my sauces are gluten-free. I have sourced some of the best non-meat options. Before Burger King did the Impossible Burger, I sourced that out and we tasted and tasted, and I put it in front of the staff and asked what cut of beef was it, or chicken, and they couldn’t tell the difference. Low sodium diets are also not a problem. If you have something you really want, and it’s not on the menu, 99% of the time I can recreate that dish for you. I recently had a guest from Toronto and they wanted a crispy noodle stir-fry, and I recreated it for him. Never be afraid to ask the server—I’m very flexible, so with dietary restrictions, or if you have something you’re really craving, 99% of the time, if I have the ingredients, I can make it for you. Pele’s Wok Bistro & Bar is located within The Shops at Mauna Lani, and is open nightly from 4pm to 9pm. Takeout and off-property catering is available. Lucky 8 Happy Hour daily from 4pm to 6pm. For more information, visit www.peleswok.com or call (808) 315-8811.
‘ULU OCEAN GRILL + SUSHI LOUNGE It’s a challenge to find a restaurant that has it all. From good food, service, vibe, aesthetics, and location, these “unicorns,” rare as they may be, do actually exist. Fortunately for those of us on the Big Island, one such gem is ÿULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge, located beachside at the Four Seasons Resort Hualälai. Blessed with talented chefs dedicated to their craft, memorable dishes using the freshest and highest quality ingredients, much of it local, plus an enviable sunset view and service only a restaurant at a Four Seasons Resort can provide, dining at ÿULU Ocean Grill is a must for anyone who appreciates an evening out wining and dining. As you first arrive at the restaurant, walking over Punawai Pond across the wooden bridge, you know you’re in for a real treat. With beautiful architecture, low-key lighting, and stunning views of the 88
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Pacific, few restaurants here or anywhere else can boast such enviable environs. Even though the setting of ÿULU is incredibly striking, it doesn't feel pretentious—the ambiance and vibe feel effortless, friendly, and familiar. Once you are seated, and taken care of by the amiable and knowledgeable servers, it’s time to dive in. Some of ÿULU’s standout dishes include ÿAhi “Loco Moco.” This twist on a local staple, which typically includes a hamburger patty, beef gravy, a fried egg over white rice, takes things to a whole new level. ÿULU’s refined version includes a fresh ÿahi tartare, quail egg, and topped with a sweet and salty kabayaki gravy. Another can’t miss dish is the Tableside ÿAhi Poke. Typically, fresh-made poke found in Hawaiÿi is already put together for consumption. However, at ÿULU, trained servers bring all of the BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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ingredients to the table deconstructed, and put them together in front of the guests even allowing for some personal preferences on flavor. For those who love poke (and really, who doesn’t?), this is a great way to learn how to make one of Hawaiÿi’s greatest culinary gifts to the food world, while also enjoying a fun tableside experience. Don’t forget the exceptional sushi, handcrafted by masters of their trade, including 10-year veteran Chef Nuri, who is incredibly passionate and dedicated to the intricacies of this complex art. Try the Ebi Tempura, with succulent shrimp dipped in a crunchy tempura coating, deep fried to a light golden brown, and served with creamy avocado. Order the Negihama, featuring buttery hamachi (Japanese yellowtail tuna), with green onion, crunchy puffed rice, and furikake, a Japanese seasoning typically made from seaweed and other spices. The Whole Fish, perfect for two, is an impressive, enticing dish. Featuring whole fried snapper served with smoky ponzu, ginger scallion oil, and preserved vegetables to perfectly complement the delicate, delicious meat, this is sure to the envy of all of your dining neighbors. If you are an oyster aficionado, then you are in luck as ÿULU serves oysters grown right outside the restaurant. The property’s Natural Resources team is currently tending to two kinds of oysters, Pacific and Kumamoto. You definitely want to order the Hualälai Oysters as an appetizer on the half shell accompanied by ÿULU’s own housemade hot sauce in orders of half or a full dozen. These plump, succulent, and briny delights are standouts in the fact that they are grown just steps away from the restaurant—you simply won’t eat a fresher oyster on this island, or anywhere else for that matter. You don’t have to be a seafood lover to dine at ÿULU as they have some standouts on their Mauka (From the Land) menu including lip-smacking Braised Paniolo Short Ribs with green apple purée, caramelized Hämäkua mushrooms and pickled mustard seeds. If you’re in the mood for steak, the Black Pepper Prime NY Steak with kiawe-smoked potatoes, fennel creamed Kekela Swiss chard and edamame always hits the spot. ÿULU also features a weekly Mauka to Makai dinner each Saturday night from 6pm. For $175 per person (plus tax and tip), guests can enjoy a seven-course feast complete with wine pairing. ÿULU’s own Chef de Cuisine Takashi Harada, alongside Executive Pastry Chef Kalani Garcia take diners on a culinary journey through their childhood, using locally sourced ingredients to make for an exceptional dining adventure. Adding to this pleasurable experience, ÿULU’s Manager Paul Jennette pairs wines expertly with each dish to elevate an already special dinner. Rounding out this exquisite evening is the ambiance, as dinner is served in an intimate setting, allowing the dishes to shine brighter and the culinary journey to stand out for its uniqueness. Whether you’re joining for dinner or enjoying a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine and appetizers in the lovely ambiance, dining at ÿULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is a must. ‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is located within the Four Seasons Resort Hualälai. Complimentary valet for diners. For more information, visit www. fourseasons.com/hualalai or call (808) 325-8000. myhawaiitraveler.com
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The change in seasons typically brings about a change in our diets, wardrobes, and also a chance to swap the style of wines we typically reach for embarking on new adventures in the world of wine. The renewing energy of spring and warmth of summer brings about a time to emerge from the chill in search of wines with moderate weight, bright acidity, and a flirtaciousness to match the exuberance of the sunshiny days. From high-toned whites to substantial rosĂŠs, the wines of warmer weather are often far from the ordinary. 90
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Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are two of the main influences that impact wines produced in the Ontario region of Canada. The lakes moderate air temperatures and retain heat during the cold months preventing roots from freezing. The climate and terroir are reasons wines from Ontario are on everyone’s lips at the moment. With over 150 wineries and 17,000 acres of vines, varietals from Cabernet Franc to Pinot Noir shine, but one notable variety to search for from Ontario is their superb rendition of unoaked Chardonnay. A thin-skinned grape originally from Burgundy, France, Chardonnay is a varietal noted for its neutrality and ability to be affected by the terroir of the vineyard and vinification techniques of the winemaker. The 2014 Peninsula Ridge INOX Chardonnay ($15.95 USD/bottle; lcbo.com) is one noteworthy bottling bursting with a bright acidity to add structure to the bright citrus and delicate florality extracted from this grape. Inox, a French term for stainless steel, harkens to the vinification technique used to ferment this wine allowing the characteristics of the grape to come through without being overpowered by an overlay of oak. This extra-dry white wine begs for a food pairing with a bit of heft such as baked Brie whose mild, creamy, and slightly nutty taste is balanced by the palate-cleansing lemony flavors of this wine and piercing acidity, which will cut through the weight of this cheese. Another stellar pairing with this unoaked style of Chardonnay would be a dish of crab with roasted garlic. The ripe Asian pear and bouquet of white blossoms of this wine would complement the delicate sweetness of the crab while the savory heat imparted by the roasted garlic will by the perceived sweetness of this vintage. Rosé, the quintessential summer wine, often earns the misnomer of being an unserious wine but, in recent years, strong, mid-weight rosés have been springing up throughout the world vinified till completely dry with a surprising amount of complexity and character. Argentina, the fifth largest producer of wine in the world, is known for their high-altitude wines of the Mendoza region being a peerless star of the region for decades. Bordeaux varietals do well in this region with Malbec being one of the most popular varietals grown in Mendoza. This thick-skinned, purple grape produces an inky, dark wine with robust tannins, which are a result of the thick skin of the grapes combined with tight clusters of tiny berries. The 2018 Crios de Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec ($11.99 USD/ bottle; wine.com) is a top-notch option when looking for a Malbec myhawaiitraveler.com
rosé from Mendoza. This bottling features a dazzling palate of wild strawberries and hints of spice coupled with a lingering finish. While this wine lends itself to a multitude of pairings, one awesome coupling would be with a balsamic steak salad. Despite its standing as a rosé, this wine’s bursting tannins would cut through the fats and balance the juiciness of a steak marinated in balsamic and brown sugar while the whisper of earthiness of this bottling would match the wilted greens of the salad and any roasted vegetables you might add such as sweet corn or roasted tomatoes. Another fabulous wine that is really great no matter the season is an elegant, yet flavorful, bottling of Pinot Noir. Originally from the Burgundy region of France, this grape is now grown worldwide with exceptional bottlings coming from non-French regions such as California and Oregon. One region that often flies under the radar for its Pinot Noir is Switzerland, which impressively grows 250 grape varietals on just 37,000 acres of the country’s total vineyard. To put this interesting detail into perspective, this small alpine country, which is roughly one-sixteenth the size of Texas, grows hundreds of varietals on just one-fifth of one percent of the world’s vineyards. Known for its voluptuous perfume and a broad range of red and black berries on the palate, one outstanding Swiss bottling is the 2018 Georg Schlegel Pinot Noir ($10 CHD/bottle; www.georgschlegel. ch.shop). Radiating with succulent black cherries, tart ripe raspberries, and a fine finesse of silky tannins, this bottling is created by a 5th generation winemaker whose 16-acre vineyard was inherited from his grandmother. A classic way to enjoy this wine is with a dish of flavorful cioppino. This Italian-American dish is a blend of crab, shrimp, mussels, clams, and white fish simmered in a wine-based broth with assorted vegetables and herbs. Such a blend of mouthwatering seafood and spices can create a dilemma when selecting a pairing, but this elegant bottle of Pinot Noir will lend just the right amount of acidity to cleanse the palate between bites while also offering a smooth, uncomplicated, and sensual palate of ripe fruits that will balance any heat in the dish from the fresh bits of chopped garlic. Whether sourcing an elegant Pinot Noir or a crowd-pleasing white, discovering new wines of the world are always an enjoyable pastime. Go beyond the familiar wine regions and explore the endless options to discover a delicious bottle that is sure to delight and surprise you. Cheers to the glorious days of summer! 91
SPORT + ADVENTURE
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? Hawaiâ€˜i Island boasts world-renowned golf, spas, dive and snorkel sites, the best hiking and camping, one of the worldâ€™s most active volcanoes, the clearest night skies for stargazing, and endless activities in which to experience it all. 92
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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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AIR TOURS PARADISE HELICOPTERS
Experience Kona’s most unique summer activity! Join us 100 feet below the surface and explore the depths of Kona’s waters! atlantisadventures.com | ( 8 0 8 ) 3 2 7-1 4 4 1 | #atlantishawaii EX PLOR E OU R KON A
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.
BODY GLOVE CRUISES
All of our cruises are complimented by the firstclass 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.
SPORT + ADVENTURE 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 fair-wind.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 maunalaniseaadventures.com.
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 94
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 Keöpüolani 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.
KINGS' SHOPS LAKESIDE PUTTING COURSE
Come experience the new nine-hole professional putting course on the Kings’ Lake at Kings’ Shops. The first of its kind on the Big Island, Kings’ Shops Lakeside Putting caters to the seasoned golfer as well as offering a family-friendly entertainment option in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The course was designed and installed by Southwest Greens, a Nicklaus Design affiliate. The Kings’ Shops Lakeside Putting course features stateof-the-art “Golden Bear” branded products that are environmentally friendly and do not require watering, fertilizing, or mowing which significantly reduces impact on mother nature and requires far less maintenance. Open daily, 12pm-8pm. Located at Kings' Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort.
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.
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.
PU‘UHONUA O HŌNAUNAU
Also known as Place of Refuge, this national historical 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
HILO FARMERS MARKET
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., sunrise to 4 p.m. BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
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MOKUPAPAPA: DISCOVERY CENTER
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.
Come and experience the best Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Sunsets and Scuba Diving along the Kohala Coast!
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive Kohala Coast, HI 96743 maunalaniseaadventures.com
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 accounts from the tsunami survivors. Located at 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo. Open Mon-Sat 9-4. Call (808)935-0926.
SCUBA • SNORKEL SAIL • SUNSET SAIL • WHALE WATCH • BEACH ACTIVITIES
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.
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.
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.
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Enjoy a Hilton Waikoloa Village ResortPass for the day, with access available to: • The largest pool complex on the island • Water slides and hot tubs • Saltwater Lagoon beach with sea turtles and fish • Cabana and Day Bed rentals • Kohala Spa sauna, steamroom and whirlpool
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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.
HUALĀLAI GOLF COURSE
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
FOR THE LOVE —AND FUN— OF THE GAME
THE HUALĀLAI GOLF HALE WORDS MARGARET KEARNS
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If there is anything Eddie Lee loves more than golf, it’s sharing the game with others. His enthusiasm is infectious, his knowledge seemingly infinite, his ability to analyze a players stroke nearly instantaneously unparalleled. It’s no surprise then, that the singular Four Seasons Resort Hualälai—a five-star resort located at historic Kaÿüpülehu—tapped this veteran golf professional to lead the team at its state-of-the art teaching facility and chic hospitality center when it opened early this year. Bringing nearly 30 years of experience to his role as Director of Instruction at the new Hualälai Golf Hale, PGA member and respected golf coach Lee says, “Golf can be enjoyed by players of all ages and abilities, and that is what I love most about teaching a game that can be appreciated by everyone.” His goal, he says, is to ensure his students have both a fun and informative experience, one that will give them the confidence to enjoy the game for years to come. That goal has guided his path from the time he accepted his first position as an assistant golf pro at Kapalua Golf Course on Maui in 1991. Most recently Lee served as Director of Instruction at the Leadbetter Golf Academy in Wailea, Maui for 24 years. Now at the Hualälai Golf Hale located adjacent to the resort’s award-winning Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Lee leads a team of professionals offering cutting-edge technology complemented by the most contemporary teaching methods. The beautifully appointed 3,000-square-foot facility, he says, is the ultimate destination for beginners, scratch players and everyone in between. myhawaiitraveler.com
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THE PXG WAY
Less than five years after disrupting the golf industry with its bold, limitless approach to product design and development, PXG has established itself as a major contender in the golf world. Recently, the company revealed its latest technology, PXG 0311 GEN3 Irons. The industrial design is again turning heads. And, the performance—thanks to proprietary Impact Reactor Technology—is shattering expectations. “When we released our flagship 0311 Irons, the clubs that put PXG on the map, they were nothing short of exceptional,” PXG founder Bob Parsons reflected. “As we continue our R&D eﬀorts, our approach has not changed. New GEN3 Irons are our best irons ever. It is what our customers have come to expect and what we are proud to deliver.” Bucking the trend of transactional golf club sales, PXG clubs are available to golfers through a world-class, custom fitting experience. To schedule a fitting, visit PXG.com.
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Three hitting bays line the side of the building facing the driving range. Two outdoor bays allow golfers to hit onto the range, and may be converted into private classrooms. Each bay showcases TrackMan launch monitors that record club speed, ball spin rate, shot launch angle, carry distance and a host of additional tools for fostering and measuring improvement, Lee says. Instructional programs feature one-on-one coaching, video analysis, oncourse lessons, full-day retreats, indoor “learn and play” sessions using TrackMan flight simulation, club and ball fittings, as well as additional custom programs. “While improving your game by unlocking your potential is a major objective, our emphasis is always on fun and socializing with family and friends,” Lee says. For example, Lee points to the Hale’s Topgolf Swing Suite—the first in Hawaiÿi—which delivers hours of entertainment for the entire family, golfers or not. The Swing Suite provides a virtual sports experience—not only on the golf course, but also on numerous fields and courts from football and soccer to tennis and zombie dodge ball! For advanced players, Lee says, the Full Day Retreat package is the optimal experience. Participants spend the entire day one-on-one with one of the teaching pros that analyzes every part of their game using a fun, holistic approach. As the Golf Hale’s most comprehensive program, it includes: • Full swing and short game instruction • Golf swing video analysis • Club fitting evaluation • TrackMan flight simulation analysis • Golf fitness assessment • On-course instruction • Take-home video and gift bag • Lunch with the pro Lee’s final word of advice, “Never stop learning, if you’re not learning you’re not growing!” Hualälai Golf Hale’s lounge boasts a full bar, a great selection of gourmet snacks, and a number of indoor and outdoor living spaces outfitted with large-screen TVs. The Golf Hale is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm and is open to the public. Instruction packages range from $125 up to $1,850 for the Full Day Retreat. As an added bonus: this unique facility is available for buyout as a private event venue. For more information and to book your practice session or reserve the Hualälai Golf Hale for your private party, please phone (808) 325-8000 or visit hualalaigolfhale.com.
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KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK
SANDY BEACHES OF HAWAI‘I WORDS ANDREW WALSH
magine a beautiful, calm, sunny day. You are 100-feet offshore, quietly swimming a wandering path off the Kona Coast with a set of mask and fins. Beneath you, the vibrant reef life is unfolding just below the surface of the gentle waves. Colonial reef building corals glow bright shades of red, blue, and green covering every rock and crevice as far as the eye can see. Lobe corals glisten as the light dances across their yellowy surface, interrupted every so often by the scarred black lines of out-of-sight petroglyph shrimp that have etched their homes within the coral. A pair of Moorish idols swims lazily past a large group of sunshine-colored yellow tang that are grazing on a midday coral snack. Looking up, a Hawaiian green sea turtle slowly creeps its way to the surface for a breath before diving down into a hidden puka (hole/opening) for an afternoon rest. The life around and below you is otherworldly. On the surface you gaze back towards sandy shade and sun-kissed beaches flanked by palm trees silhouetted in the distance by the mass of mighty Maunakea and Mauna Loa. This is a daily scene played out below and above water off the Big Island’s Kona Coast. And nowhere is there easier access to experience this tropical dream unfold below your flippers than the shoreline of Kekaha Kai State Park. Located just north of the airport, a small sign and desolate looking road heading makai (towards the sea) into the barren black lava fields, marks one of the entrances to the island’s best beaches for relaxing and enjoying the tropics.
Kekaha Kai is composed of three beaches, including Mahaiÿula Beach, Makalawena Beach and Kua Bay (also known as Maniniÿöwali Beach). For the choosy beachgoer, this is a spectacular place to explore hidden local swimming holes, snorkel above tropical coral reefs, and bask, like the many turtles you might see, on idyllic sandy beaches. The first of the three beaches, Mahaiÿula, is the closest to Kona and is marked by a large sign off Mämalahoa Highway, just south of the veteran’s cemetery. A long paved/dirt track, winding over the 1801 Hualälai lava flow, deposits the sun worshiper at a parking area just steps from two distinct beaches to explore off the bay. The southern most beach is fringed with multiple coral and rock formations offshore. On a calm day it makes for a great snorkel exploration and stunning views on the vast Pacific. Following the coast north takes you into the belly of the bay, which is generally calmer and more inviting to swim. On the northern most flank of the sandy crescent beach adorning Mahaiÿula, is a wonderful spot to enjoy the scenery and sit with sand underneath one’s feet under a grove of palm trees shading overhead. Not that I’d want to move from this spot either, but the curious beachgoer might look north from their coconut grove and notice 102
a rocky desolate path heading into the lava field. Down this hot, un-alluring path is one of the best-kept secrets on the island— Makalawena Beach. 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 as just getting to the beach takes a treacherous 4-wheel adventure if you don’t take the path from Mahaiÿula. I recommend the path. 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. Don’t be surprised if you see some nude bathers on the shoreline here as this is a local favorite and island attire can be less formal. What is certain, is how much beauty this slice of Hawai‘i commands. It resembles a place visited in dreams of a romantic Pacific adventure on a lost island paradise. An afternoon on these sandy shores is sure to reset one’s clock to island time. Makalawena also hides a natural wonder that most visitors don’t notice as it rests mauka (mountain-side) from the beach instead of makai where most eyes are focused. ÿÖpaeÿula Pond (Hawaiian for BIG ISLAND TRAVELER
red shrimp) is a subtle, yet stunning, wetland area home to some of Hawaiÿi’s rare fauna. Listed as a National Natural Landmark it is one of the last remaining nesting grounds of the aeÿo (Hawaiian stilt), the ÿalae kea (Hawaiian coot), and the only known breeding ground for the ÿaukuÿu (black-crowned night heron). So enjoy, but tread carefully and respectfully. The last and most northerly of the three beach areas of Kekaha Kai State Park is Kua Bay. At its center is Maniniÿöwali Beach, perhaps the most accessible and frequented spot in the park by visitors and locals alike for the pristine sandy bottom and small waves that beginner boogie, body, and surfboarders enjoy. It is accessed by a paved road directly across from the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. There are now much-needed lifeguards to man the beach and with clean outdoor showers and a restroom, Kua Bay is the perfect beach to spend a day. Besides the wonderful swimming along the beach, there is a fascinating cluster of rocky formations to explore at the northernmost end of the shoreline. If the waves are up it isn’t advisable, but in calm conditions, snorkeling amongst these dried lava protrusions offers the intrepid ocean-goer a glimpse of the many fascinating reef creatures tucked away in all the nooks and crannies hidden underwater. myhawaiitraveler.com
Whichever beach you choose, Kekaha Kai offers a wealth of nature, beauty, history and culture. About 4-5 miles of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trailhead passes through the park. The Ala Kahakai is a grouping of ancient fishermen trails that followed the shoreline and crossed the traditional sea-to-mountain land divisions (ahupua‘a) in ancient Hawaiÿi. But for most, just relaxing by the easily accessible shoreline and taking in the sweeping land and seascapes will be the main afternoon activities. As with all beach adventures, wear (coral-safe) sunscreen and drink lots of water. Always, always monitor the conditions. Some beaches have lifeguards, some don’t. Hawaiÿi is notorious for changing water conditions and unexpected currents. If a swimmer gets caught in a rip (current pulling them out to sea) the correct action is to swim parallel to the shore. Most rip currents are very narrow and easy to swim out of parallel—the distance of half a soccer field should do it. Most importantly, value these local treasures. The cultural and local significance of these unique beaches can’t be overstated. Take care of them, and the locals will welcome visitors with open arms and might even share the secrets and stories they possess. Enjoy the sunshine and all the natural heritage and cultural richness Hawaiÿi has to offer—respectfully. 103
REEF ETIQUETTE As wonderful as time spent snorkeling can be for us, we want to make sure it’s a twoway 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 or kick the reefs as this can easily kill them. • Wear coral safe sunscreen. One drop of the oxybenzone in non-safe sunscreens can kill corals. Check the label, it will say “reef safe” or some version of that. Or just check if it has oxybenzone in the ingredient list. Try and apply at least 20 minutes before you enter the water. (Other potential harmful chemicals in sunscreen include: Butylparaben, Octinoxate, and 4-Methylbenzylidine 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 (turtles), dolphins, and monk seals. 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. • Know the rules if you decide to do any fishing or spear fishing. 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.
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BEACH GUIDE 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 and shore break. Lifeguard, picnic areas, snack stand, restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 19 adjacent to The Westin Häpuna Beach Resort with plenty of parking spaces. myhawaiitraveler.com
KAUNA‘OA (MAUNA KEA) BEACH
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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ISLAND EVENTS ONGOING 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 boutiquestyle 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 110
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 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. You never know who is going to step up on stage from legendary musicians to hula dancers. 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. Free. Please contact Mauna Lani Concierge at (808) 885-6622 to confirm date or visit aubergeresorts.com/maunalani/.
(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.
MAY 3RD ANNUAL HAWAI‘I KUAULI PACIFIC & ASIA CULTURAL FESTIVAL
(May 15-17) - A celebration of Hawaiÿi Island and its beauty as a cultural melting pot. This 3-day event is packed with food, fashion, and cultural expressions from Pacific and Asia. Festivities begin Friday evening with an opening celebration of protocol, music and dance. Saturday morning the festival showcases Pacific and Asian wearable arts in a fashion show. The evening includes a keiki (children) hula competition and the first ever Samoan
fireknife competition to be held in Kona. Sunday celebrates culinary arts with the Taste of Pacific & Asia. Throughout the weekend the festival marketplace will feature arts & crafts and food vendors as well as cultural workshops. At Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Visit www.hikuauli.com for more info or call (808) 331-8265.
JUNE 9TH ANNUAL BIG ISLAND JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL
(June 4-7)- Mauna Kea Beach Hotel presents an amazing weekend of jazz. The series of concerts include performances by Grammy Award Winners and Jazz & Blues Legends performing in paradise. Events all weekend including a Sunday Jazz Brunch at the beautiful Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. For more information, a list of performers and tickets, visit BigIslandJazzAndBluesFestival.com.
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
(June 11) - Kamehameha Day is recognized as a state holiday throughout Hawaiÿi, but North Kohala is a very special place to celebrate. Kamehameha I was born in North Kohala, where residents played a prominent role in saving his life as an infant. Although North Kohala is a small community, each year on June 11th it puts forth a large grassroots effort to present a full day of celebration and tribute to King Kamehameha I. Visitors are welcomed to take part in this unique local event. All events are free. Original statue draped in flowers starts at 8am. See the original statue of King Kamehameha I in all its holiday glory. The statue in Kapaÿau is decorated with many 25-foot-long floral lei created in tribute to the King. Lei draping ceremonies start with an opening blessing, followed by hula, history, and music. Traditional floral parade 9am-10:30am. At 9am, the road closes while honorees, hula dancers, päÿü riders and floral floats make their way from Hawi to the statue and Kamehameha Park in Kapaÿau. Music, crafts, food in the park 11am-4pm. Enjoy local food, see masters create traditional arts and crafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians. Visit KamehamehaDayCelebration. org.
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KAHILU THEATRE a r t s • e nt e r t a i n m e nt • e d uc at io n KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION, KAILUA-KONA
(June 13) - The annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Historic Kailua Village honors the great aliÿi, King Kamehameha I, who established the first capital of the united Hawaiian Kingdom in Kailua-Kona at Kamakahonu. Parade participants include regal päÿü riders on horseback, hula hälau, equestrian units, marching bands, horse-drawn carriages and more. After the parade, enjoy a hoÿolauleÿa (music and art festival) at Hulihe‘e Palace, including a free concert featuring Hawaiian recording artists. Then take time to visit the many shops, galleries and historic landmarks of Historic Kailua Village. Parade starts at 9am. KonaParade.org.
JULY GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE & 4TH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA
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(July 4) - An all-day, fun-filled family event features a wild and wacky rubber duckie race at Kings’ Lake at the Kings’ Shops Waikoloa with food booths, live entertainment and lots of exciting activities culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. Beach chairs and mats welcome. No coolers please. This is an alcohol and drug free event benefiting United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaiÿi. Visit WaikoloaBeachResort.com.
AUGUST 61ST HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
(Aug. 8-15) - The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT), founded in 1959, is the second oldest big game sport fishing event in the world. HIBT is a 5-day tournament built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association rules for big game fish world records and does not include cash prizes. Along with five full days of sport fishing, HIBT offers daily activities for family members traveling including hiking, snorkeling and sightseeing. Other tournament events include the new Opening Ceremony, the official recognition of teams from around the world; daily weigh-ins at Kailua Pier attracting hundreds of spectators. Call (808) 836-3422 or visit www.hibtfishing.com for more info.
All events are subject to change. myhawaiitraveler.com
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