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The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

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Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

September/October 2014

The Gathering Place Of The Kohala Coast

The Gathering Place Of The Kohala Coast

The tagline for Waikoloa Beach Resort is “The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast,” and it is well earned. With more shops, restaurants, concerts, sporting events, and cultural activities than anywhere else along the stretch of coastline from the airport to Kawaihae, there really is a lot going on at Waikoloa.

“Everything we do at Waikoloa Beach Resort is geared toward both enhancing the guest experience and supporting the local community,” says Scott Head, Vice President Operations. “Whether it be the many authentic cultural programs found here on a daily and weekly basis, or high-quality entertainment that comes in for special occasions, resort visitors and the Hawai`i Island community alike benefit.”

Among the many happenings at Waikoloa Beach Resort are:

CULTURAL EVENTS
Each week throughout the resort, numerous activities are offered that spotlight everything from Hawaiian culture — such as hula shows, ‘ukulele lessons, lei making lessons, and petroglyph tours — to local musicians, a Wednesday farmers’ market, and more. Family fun is emphasized with monthly movies under the stars and monthly concerts.


WHEEL… OF… FORTUNE
During the month of September, Wheel of Fortune, which reaches 28 million weekly viewers, will return to Waikoloa Beach Resort with its cast and crew of 270 to tape 20 episodes at Hilton Waikoloa Village. The shows will be divided into four themed weeks: “Wheel Goes Waikoloa,” “Best Friends,” “Hawaiian Adventure,” and “Second Honeymoon.” The episodes are slated to air in November and February.


AMERICA CONCERT
The renowned band known as America will grace the Grand Ballroom stage at Hilton Waikoloa Village on September 27 and play songs from their more than four-decade
catalogue of music. You can be sure they’ll crank it up with mega-hits “Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “Sister Golden Hair,” and many more. This is one of several major concerts sponsored by Waikoloa Beach Resort, which over the past years have also featured marquee names such as Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire.

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HAWAI`I FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Hawai`i Island and Waikoloa Beach Resort hosted the opening night of the Hawaii Food & Festival on Friday, August 29. Themed “Aloha ‘Āina, Aloha Kai — Love of the Land, Love of the Sea,” the six-course sit-down gala dinner was held at Waikoloa Beach Marriott in partnership with Hilton Waikoloa Village. Participating chefs included Charles Charbonneau of the Hilton Waikoloa Village and Jayson Kanekoa of Waikoloa Beach Marriott, along with several visiting chefs from Hawai`i and the Mainland. “To have the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival here at Waikoloa Beach Resort is a true testament to our resort’s commitment to the culinary culture of the island,” said Chef Charbonneau. “Not only does this event showcase the bounty of local produce, meats and seafood, but it raises money for some very worthwhile causes.” Last year, for example, the Festival raised more than $200,000 for local beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawai`i.

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  TASTE OF THE RANGE
On September 26, the 19th Annual Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival will be held at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Thirty of the state’s top chefs will converge on Waikoloa Beach Resort to prepare dishes using pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, goat, and wild boar; along with a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices, and beverages. While “tasting,” attendees can meet Hawai`i’s food producers and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. They can also enjoy exhibits related to local agriculture and healthy foods.

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THE GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE
Hosted by the Waikoloa Canoe Club, the 12-mile Great Waikoloa Canoe Race is one of outrigger canoe racing’s premier events on the Big Island. The 2014 race took place on August 23, staged in Anaeho‘omalu Bay. Canoe building and paddling are two of the more significant aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture, and this race gives both the local community and visitors to the island a chance to see and interact with dedicated paddlers whose stated mission is “to strengthen family and community relationships, improve ourselves both mentally and physically, help eliminate social differences, create positive interdependence, and help preserve local customs and traditions by perpetuating the sport of outrigger canoe racing.”


SWINGIN’ WITH THE TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA
“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” Duke Ellington once said. On August 17, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott sponsored the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in their Naupaka Ballroom, and the community came out to swing and dance to the tunes of one of the greatest big bands of the Swing Era. Presented by the Kahilu Theater, this jumping night of live music featured 25 musicians, singers, and dancers on stage, along with tributes to Benny Goodman, Harry James, and Artie Shaw. Hilo’s Hep Cats made a special appearance.


HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL— 30 DAYS OF ALOHA
This month-long celebration seeks to perpetuate the cultural traditions and aloha spirit of the Big Island through various signature and affiliated events. Among those held at Waikoloa Beach Resort in August were: Investiture at Anaeho‘omalu Bay; the Ms. Aloha Nui 2014 Pageant, honoring the “beautiful, boldest, and large” women of Hawai`i; the ever-popular Poke Contest; and the amazing Kindy Sproat Falsetto Concert, this year honoring the late Pua Garmon, the event’s longtime and beloved chairperson who recently passed away. Suffice to say, there’s always something happening at Waikoloa Beach Resort … “The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast!”

September/October 2014

Tropics Ale House

Tropics Ale House

Waikoloa Beach Resort welcomes its newest restaurant, Tropics Ale House, which opened for business in August in the space formerly occupied by Buzz’s Sand Trap. Guests will find 24 craft brews on tap — including a nice selection of West Coast and local IPAs — eight rotating on a regular basis, along with what managers Sergio Ellis and Brian Flynn promise will be “the best pizza on the Kohala Coast!” Alongside pizza, regular menu items such as sliders and ribs will be complemented by lunch and dinner specials. To-go orders are welcome (perfect for hotel guests) and several flat screens will be showing the days sports in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Beach Golf Course. Tropics is under the same ownership as Tropics Tap House in Honolulu, well known for its lively entertainment, jubilant atmosphere and popular pizza.

Located within Waikoloa Beach Resort (a right turn at the fifth stop sign), Tropics Ale House is open for Lunch and Dinner daily, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., with Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. Live entertainment is provided Friday and Saturday night, with breakfast and Bloody Mary bar offered during football season. 

For more information, call 808-886-4287

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July/August 2014

Play Golf Like A Champion

Play Golf Like A Champion

Left: May working with 2005 U.S. Women's Open Champion Birdie Kim

As anyone who plays golf regularly knows firsthand, the game can be both fun and frustrating … often on the same hole. We buy new clubs, spend hours at the practice range, and try every new swing technique we see on the Golf Channel … all in the hopes of shaving a few precious strokes off our handicaps.

One of the most effective ways of improving your game is taking lessons from a PGA professional; better yet, a professional who has played on the PGA Tour. For guests at Waikoloa Beach Resort, other hotels and resorts on the island, as well as for residents of Hawai`i Island, that opportunity is coming your way during the month of July, as the Bob May Golf Academy takes up residence at the Kings’ Course from July 2 - 31.

May burst into the national golf spotlight at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla. Though he had played on the 1991 Walker Cup team (with Phil Mickelson) and won the British Masters in 1999, it was at Valhalla that he really shone. There, he tied Tiger Woods — then in the midst of an historic year — at the end of 72 holes and the two played what has become a legendary three-hole playoff. Though Tiger prevailed, May’s determination, calm demeanor, and shot-making skills impressed golf enthusiasts around the world, and inspired Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck to write, “May played like a champion. Woods played like a god…”

Mickey Holden from The Golf Channel prepares to interview May before this year’s PGA Championship

It looked like a turning point for May, a Southern California native who played his collegiate golf at Oklahoma State University. Indeed, he had breakout years on the PGA Tour in 2000, 2001, and 2002. In addition to pushing Tiger to the brink at the PGA Championship, he won more than $2 million in prize money and finished in the top 25 more than 20 times during that span, raising him to the elite level of the PGA Tour.

Unfortunately, he says, “I injured my back at the Byron Nelson in 2003 and didn’t touch a club for more than two years.” He made a comeback in 2006/2007, finishing second once and in the top 10 several times, but the pinched nerves he experienced a few years earlier and the nagging pain that ensued never really allowed him to compete at the level he knew he was capable of on a consistent basis. “Plus,” he says, “my kids were getting a little older and my focused shifted to them. I wanted to change my quality of life.”

Kim and hugging it out with Tiger Woods at the 2000 PGA Championship

The decision to start a golf academy and share his insights into the swing and the mental side of the game came to him one day on the practice range in his hometown of Las Vegas. “A buddy of mine who owned the course said, ‘You should open a golf academy,’” he says. So with his friend, Jeff Gallagher, another PGA Tour standout, he did just that. “I used to travel in a big bus when on Tour,” May says, “and Jeff used to travel with me quite a bit.”

The two traveling buddies launched the Bob May Golf Academy in 2012, with two locations now open in Las Vegas. As to his teaching philosophy, May says he learned a lot from the golf professional from whom he took lessons as a kid, Eddie Merrins. Affectionately known as “Little Pro,” Merrins espouses a method he calls “Swing the Handle” that is widely praised. “As a tour player, I don’t want to hear the swing goes here to there,” said Fred Couples. “I mean Swing the Handle, how much simpler can it get?”

But in addition to teaching swing mechanics, May equally emphasizes the mental side of the game. “I learned so much from Little Pro,” he says, “I was always thought of as a non-emotional player, but that’s what Little Pro taught me. He said he shouldn’t be able to tell if I was playing good or bad … you don’t want to be on an emotional roller coaster on the golf course.

“Getting nervous is natural, but it’s what you do with it that makes a difference. I’ve played in all the majors, and so I’m personally familiar with all the emotions that someone can have on a golf course. If you are properly prepared and emotionally in check, then you are ready to play your best and reach your goals. Winning a golf tournament is not the goal; winning a tournament is the reward for reaching your goals.”


Private, one-on-one lessons with Bob May for adults, juniors, and couples, as well as all-day clinics, all with “Trackman” performance analysis, can be scheduled by calling (702) 595-1950 (Las Vegas). Discounted package rates for multiple lessons with the same golfer are also available. See waikoloagolf.com for details

So while you may not be in a playoff with Tiger Woods anytime soon, nor playing against the best players in the world on the PGA Tour, May’s teaching philosophies can help you become a better player and reach your goals, whether those goals include breaking 100 for the first time or breaking 80 for the first time.


“I’m hoping to bring my knowledge of the game not only to the locals on the Big Island, but to guests of Waikoloa Beach Resort,” May says. “I feel very fortunate to have played at the highest levels of the game. But for me it is equally rewarding to be able to share my knowledge and give back to the game that has given so much to me.”

Spoken like a true champion.

July/August 2014

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune, reaching 28 million weekly viewers as America’s top-rated game show, makes a triumphant return to Hawai`i to tape on the Big Island for the program’s 32nd season. Featuring footage captured on-island, in September, the 20 episodes will fall into four themed weeks: “Wheel Goes Waikoloa,” “Best Friends,” “Hawaiian Adventure,” and “Second Honeymoon.” The arrival of the 270-person cast and crew to Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Resort marks the fifth time Wheel of Fortune has taped in Hawai`i since 1996. The episodes are set to air weeknights in November and February on KHON2 in Hawai`i, and on 210 syndicated stations on the mainland.

For more information and for tickets visit khon2.com or HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com

May/June 2014

A Festival of Culinary Delights

A Festival of Culinary Delights

Memorable cuisine adds greatly to a memorable vacation, and in Hawai`i, dining is one of the true pleasures of your stay.

For guests staying in Waikoloa Beach Resort, there are more than 30 dining options scattered throughout the resort, serving everything from deliciously prepared and exceedingly fresh seafood to pizzas and burgers to local-style barbecue to ethnic favorites. Venues range from sit-down meals in scenic settings, to grab-and-go snacks and fast food for busy schedules.

Four years ago, to celebrate the excellence and diversity of Hawai`i’s cuisine, two of the Aloha State’s most prominent chefs, Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s Restaurants) and Alan Wong (Alan Wong’s Restaurants), launched the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival. Noted for bringing together the “who’s who” of internationally acclaimed master chefs, master sommeliers and top-tier winemakers from Hawai`i, the mainland U.S., Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan, this year’s Festival takes place August 29 – September 7. hawaii food and wine 2014

The big news for Hawai`i Island this year is that the opening night of the Festival (Friday, August 29) will be held at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Themed “Aloha ‘Āina, Aloha Kai — Love of the Land, Love of the Sea,” the six-course sit-down gala dinner is being held at Waikoloa Beach Marriott in partnership with Hilton Waikoloa Village.

“With strong support from Hawai`i’s hospitality and visitor industry, the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival is able to continue to expand to our neighbor islands,” says Roy Yamaguchi. “We hope to bring the Festival and our celebrity chefs to all of the major Hawaiian Islands by 2016 to benefit the Hawai`i’s culinary and agricultural community statewide.”

hawaii food and wine 2014
“With more than half of the agricultural lands in Hawai`i on Hawai`i, the Big Island, there will certainly be a diversity of local products for our chefs to choose from,” says Alan Wong. “With local beef, coffee, abalone and kampachi sourced from Hawai`i Island, we look forward to seeing some great innovation and creativity from our guest chefs.”

Participating chefs at the Waikoloa dinner include Charles Charbonneau (Hilton Waikoloa Village), Jayson Kanekoa (Waikoloa Beach Marriott), Sheldon Simeon (MiGrant restaurant, Maui), Mark & Tedd Pomaski (Full Moon Café, Hilo), Marcel Vigneron (Modern Global Tasting, Inc., Los Angeles), Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery, Los Angeles) and Jenn Louis (Lincoln Restaurant, Portland).


“To have the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival here at Waikoloa Beach Resort is a true testament to our resort’s commitment to the culinary culture of the island,” says Hilton Waikoloa’s Chef Charbonneau. “Not only will this event showcase the bounty of local produce, meats and seafood, but it raises money for some very worthwhile causes.” Last year, for example, the Festival raised more than $200,000 for local beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawai`i. Charbonneau says he also relishes the opportunity to work with other chefs, and points out that several of his kitchen mates that evening were born and raised on Hawai`i Island, giving the event a very authentic flavor.

hawaii food and wine 2014

Chef Kanekoa of Waikoloa Beach Marriott, for example, was born and raised near Waipio Valley on the northeastern shore of the Big Island. Kanekoa says his love of cooking “Hawaiian inspired” foods and flavors comes from his grandfather, a taro farmer who made his own poi. “It’s great to be able to share the foods that I grew up eating with visitors from around the world,” he says.

Among the visiting chefs, Sheldon Simeon, executive chef at MiGrant restaurant on Maui, says he had so much fun at last year’s festival that it was a no-brainer to participate again. “Plus,” he says, “being born and raised on Hawai`i Island, I was very excited to take part in the Friday night dinner. My cooking is influenced by my Filipino heritage. That’s what is super-cool about growing up in Hawai‘i … if you grew up here, you have a sophisticated palette, even if you don’t realize it. You’re familiar with cuisines from all over the Pacific … Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese … all the foods we grew up with. What I’ll be contributing at the Food & Wine Festival dinner is something with a Filipino influence…I guarantee you that!”

Pomaski, who own Full Moon Café in Hilo, are first-time participants in the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival. They too grew up on Hawai`i Island, and though both eventually left for the mainland, taking separate paths to culinary success, they moved back to Hilo last October. “My brother always says this island is like a pantry for us,” says Mark. “We buy our fish locally, and as much of our produce locally, as well. And, we integrate ourselves into the community, something I learned when working for Roy Yamaguchi. You have to give back.”

The Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival is the perfect opportunity for these talented chefs, emerging and renowned alike, to give back to the Hawai`i Island community, while at the same time showcasing the creative cuisine that helps makes Hawai`i such a special place to visit.

May/June 2014

Lavaman 2014

On Sunday, March 30, nearly 1,000 athletes gathered at Waikoloa Beach Resort to compete in the 2014 Lavaman triathlon. The event, which consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer ride and a 10-kilometer run, is considered one of Hawai`i’s premiere races, drawing entrants from around the world.

This year’s overall female winner was Magali Tisseyre (33) from Victoria, British Columbia; and overall male winner was Tim Marr (35) from Honolulu. Highlighting the age diversity of the athletes, a total of seven competitors were ages 70 and older, with two aged 79.

More than 150 keiki aged 5-14 showed up at Anaeho’omalu Bay on Saturday, March 29, to compete in the LavaKids Aquathon, with 9-year-old Henry Eggers of Cheyenne, Wyoming, taking first place in the boys division; and 8-year-old Jada Keen of Kailua- Kona taking the girls title. This popular swim/run competition has taken place adjunct to Lavaman for 13 years, and race director Gerry Rott has recently announced plans to expand the scope of LavaKids significantly, offering year-round programs for kids to “take control of their own health.”

March/April 2014

DREAMY DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS

DREAMY DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS

Hawai`i is considered one of the most romantic places on earth, and Waikoloa Beach Resort is no exception. The year-round 80-degree weather, temperate swimming waters, gentle trade winds, and swaying palm trees are the perfect spot for a destination wedding, and enough to tempt couples back year after year for their wedding anniversaries, special occasions and annual fun-in-the-sun vacations. At Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hawai`i’s natural attractions are enhanced with an unbeatable array of amenities ranging from golf to world-class dining to luxuriant spas to shopping for unique items from original artwork to tropical chic fashions.

“It is so easy to relax and reconnect with your loved one here at Waikoloa Beach Resort,” says Scott Head, Vice President of Resort Operations. “Guests can fill their days with shared activities such as bike riding, snorkeling and standup paddle boarding, or seek out secluded corners to quietly while away their time in paradise. Whether they are looking for the perfect romantic dinner or that special gift, guests to Waikoloa Beach Resort have unlimited choices and will easily find what they are looking for.”

PARADISE WEDDINGS

Waikoloa Beach Resort has also proven to be an ideal spot for a destination wedding. At Hilton Waikoloa Village, for example, four outstanding wedding locations are available, including Hale Aloha, a Plantation-style chapel with ocean views and doors and windows that open up to let the warm breezes blow through. Koa wood furnishings and a lovely stained glass picture window add gracious Hawaiian touches to the ceremony. “Waikoloa is a very special place to have a wedding,” says Ms. Robin Paulos, Catering Manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village. “In addition to the amazing location, it is our goal to ensure that every aspect of your special day happens exactly as you dreamed it would. We will prepare your favorite dishes, serve your favorite libations ... you name it and we are at your service.”

Weddings - Waikoloa Beach Resort

At the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, guests can choose from a number of very attractive wedding packages, or create a completely customized event that speaks to their specific needs and desires. Included in every package are the basics: wedding site, minister, flower lei (a must in Hawai`i!), music, and upgraded accommodations for the bride and groom’s entire stay. Add-ons to wedding packages can include champagne, cake service, additional flowers, cheese platters, and a stay in the resort’s luxurious Cabana Suite on the wedding night.

Mr. Enoch A’ana of Pele’s Wedding & Events is the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s wedding and events partner. His passion to create the perfect wedding makes for very satisfied couples. “We’re excited about every element,” he says, “from the way the tables are set, to the moment you enter as bride and groom, to your final farewell.”

Lava Lava Beach Club can also provide an ideal destination for a worry-free dream wedding or honeymoon; a fun, beachfront venue to say “I Do,” then dine, drink, celebrate, and revel in the laidback luxury of one of four contemporary Hawaiian cottages while getting some sand between your toes!

MAGICAL MOMENTS

Couples don’t have to be getting married to find the romance of Waikoloa Beach Resort. Depending on shared interests, anything from a late afternoon round of golf to a long sunset stroll on the beach followed by a candlelit dinner can make for a very romantic experience.

Here are some suggestions on ways to make YOUR vacation at Waikoloa Beach Resort more romantic:

Sunset Romantic Dinner at Buddha Point

Shoreline walk along ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay

Champagne Sunset Sail

Table 12 at Roy’s

Late afternoon round of Golf

Cocktail at Lava Lava Beach Club

There are dozens of romantic ways to spend your dreamy days and starry nights at Waikoloa Beach Resort … make your Hawaiian vacation time special!

Visit WaikoloaBeachResort.com for information and updates on golf, dining, and other opportunities throughout the resort.

 

 

March/April 2014

Cocktail at Lava Lava Beach Club

Cocktail at Lava Lava Beach Club

Order your favorite cocktails, kick off your shoes, and dig your toes in the sand, and a smile immediately comes to your face. That’s a surefire recipe for a romantic experience. You can do just that with your loved one at Lava Lava Beach Club, where tables are set up in the sand close enough to hear the splashing waves of the ocean. Stay for dinner under the stars and your evening will be complete.

March/April 2014

Late afternoon round of Golf

If you and your significant other enjoy playing golf together, sign up for a late afternoon tee time on the Beach Course. The crowds and the heat of the day will be past, and what you’ll have instead is a leisurely stroll in the park, in idyllic light and temperature, with a colorful sunset and breaching whales.

photo courtesy of Waikoloa Village Beach Resort Golf

 

March/April 2014

Table 12 at Roy’s

Everyone has their favorite dish at Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill at Kings’ Shops, from locally caught and expertly prepared fish dishes to locally sourced farm fresh vegetables, all bearing the trademark European sauces and spicy Asian flavors that have made Roy Yamaguchi one of Hawai`i’s most respected chefs. To make your dinner even more romantic, ask for table 12, located in the back corner of the restaurant with windows on all sides looking out upon the serene lake behind Kings’ Shops.

photo courtesy of Waikoloa Village Beach Resort

 

Shoreline walk along ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay

This expansive stretch of white sand beach that fronts the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a great place to spend a romantic day. Activities here include snorkeling in protected waters, windsurfing and standup paddle boarding, swimming, or enjoying quiet hours doing nothing more strenuous than reading a book. Behind the beach are two ancient Hawaiian fishponds that once served Hawaiian royalty, and a walking trail follows the coastline to the neighboring Hilton Waikoloa Village, passing tide pools, ponds, and a turtle sanctuary where green sea turtles can often be spotted sunbathing on the sand.

photo courtesy of Waikoloa Village Beach Resort

 

 

Champagne Sunset Sail

There’s no better way to end a day than with a sunset cruise with Ocean Sports along the beautiful Kohala Coast on a power catamaran. Their Paniolo Barbeque Buffet is included in the cruise and includes BBQ ribs, fried chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, green salad, guava dinner rolls, and dessert — all prepared by an award-winning local chef. Sip on beverages from their complimentary open bar featuring island brews on tap, the Captain’s Signature Cocktails, and refreshing tropical juices. Toast the elusive Green Flash with Champagne at sunset - a perfect end to an island day.

photo courtesy of Waikoloa Village Beach Resort

Sunset Romantic Dinner at Buddha Point

Let the skilled staff of Hilton Waikoloa Village set up a special oceanfront table for you overlooking a colorful sunset at Buddha Point. The Red Sunset option includes a chef’s tableside preparation of chilled crab and avocadotini with cognac aioli; and butter poached cold water lobster tail with grilled Angus tenderloin among other delicacies.

photo courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village

 

 

January/February 2014

GOLF’S FUTURE STARS SHINE AT WAIKOLOA KINGS’ JAN| FEB 2014

GOLF’S FUTURE STARS SHINE AT WAIKOLOA KINGS’ JAN| FEB 2014

When Jordan Spieth teed it up as part of the U.S. Presidents Cup team in October, it showed clearly that he had reached an elite level among the world’s best golfers. When you consider that 2013 was his rookie season on the PGA Tour — a season that saw him win once and net nine top-10 finishes out of 23 events played Chips— Spieth’s status among the stars of the sport is that much more amazing.

But it was only two years ago that Spieth and his Texas Longhorns were competing in the annual Amer Ari Tournament at Waikoloa Beach Resort. One of collegiate golf’s most important tournaments, many participants in this event have gone on to successful careers on the professional tours and throughout golf. Past medalists include some of today’s best-known PGA Tour stars, including Notah Begay (Stanford, 1994), Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech, 1999 and 2000), and Anthony Kim (Oklahoma, 2004).

In February, you can see golf’s future stars up close and personal as they tackle the Waikoloa Kings’ Course, when the Amer Ari returns for its 24th playing (February 5 – 8, 2014). A total of 20 teams are scheduled to participate this year, including seven of the top 25 ranked teams in the U.S. Golf fans will get a chance to see No. 2-ranked Georgia Tech — led by No. 1-ranked NCAA player Ollie Schniederjans — along with No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State, No. 11-ranked Stanford University, and No. 15-ranked UCLA. This year’s field is among the best of any tournament in the country.

“We are proud to have the Amer Ari played on the Big Island,” says Earl Tamiya, men’s head golf coach at the University of Hawai`i Hilo, which is the tournament host. “It’s a chance to see some of golf’s brightest young stars in action.”

The Kings’ Course has proven to be an ideal layout on which to contest the Amer Ari over the years. Requiring a combination of length to handle the 7,074-yard tournament tees and accuracy to avoid the lava rock out-of-play areas and yawning bunkers, even the most accomplished players can have their hands full. And then there are the ever-present trade winds that are so typical of Hawai`i golf.

“The public is welcome to come watch the action,” says Kevin Ginoza, head golf professional at Waikoloa Beach Resort. “It will be interesting to see how these talented collegiate golfers handle the challenges of the Kings’ Course, particularly if we get some wind.

“But one of the other great things about the tournament being played at Waikoloa Beach Resort is that resort guests can play the same course,” Ginoza says. Designed by the renowned team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, Ginoza says, “The Kings’ Course demands respect and delivers reward. It’s got the length and the trade winds to protect par, and delivers the right mix of tough challenge and exciting play for a great day of golf.”

The 7th green, WaikoloaBeachResort.com

Resort guests also enjoy the Beach Course, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. design that winds its way past historic petroglyph (Hawaiian rock carvings) fields, and through dramatic lava formations before emerging at the signature ocean side 7th hole. The 7th green sits on a lava peninsula, framed by a sweet curve of coconut palms, while waves crash on the rocks below to send sea spray billowing into the air. In whale season, it’s not uncommon to spot the spouts and splashes of humpback whales as they breech and slap the surface, or spinner dolphins playing just offshore.

At just more than 6,500 yards from the back tees, the Beach Course is a fun and scenic round of golf for all players…and just perfect for budding Jordan Spieths!

Annually ranked as one of the best golf resorts in the United States by the national publications, Waikoloa Beach Resort offers everything a golfer — or a golf fan — could ever want.

November/December 2013

BIG ISLAND BOUNTY

BIG ISLAND BOUNTY

A traditional lū‘au includes an imu pig, shown being removed from the earthen oven where it is cooked. The lū‘au tradition in Hawai`i dates back almost 200 years. When first introduced by King Kamehameha II in 1819, it represented a complete break with ancient Hawaiian custom which saw men and woman eat their meals separately, and commoners and women of all ranks were forbidden to eat certain delicacies.

But in 1819, Kamehameha II abolished many of the “outdated” traditional religious practices, and to symbolize this break with the ancient ways, he brought men, women and ali‘i together for a regal feast, and the lū‘au  was born.Today’s lū‘au are often spectacular affairs with Polynesian music, chanting and dancing, and of course bountiful plates of food. One of the best examples of the traditional lū‘au  that resort guests can experience is found at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

“Our Sunset Luau is definitely traditional,” says Chef Jayson Kanekoa. “We do an imu pig that goes into the ground at 8:45 am and comes out at 5:45 in the afternoon… plus traditional poke and poi as well as comfort foods.” (Waikoloa Beach Marriott is renowned for their poke, having won first prize in the annual Great Waikoloa Poke Contest for three years running.) Following dinner, the Sunset Luau presents a Polynesian review during which guests enjoy traditional songs and dances from Hawai`i and elsewhere in the Pacific.

Born and raised near Waipio Valley on the north shore of the Big Island, Kanekoa says his love of cooking “inspired Hawaiian” foods and flavors comes from his grandfather, a taro farmer who made his own poi. “It’s great to be able to share the foods I grew up eating with visitors from around the world,” he says.

TASTES OF THE WORLD

In addition to excellent lū‘au, the cuisine of the islands offers a great diversity, reflecting the many peoples and cultures who have migrated to Hawai`i over the years. At Waikoloa Beach Resort, visitors can find authentic Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Italian cuisines among others, as well as a very popular and unique blending of local ingredients with traditional American preparations aptly called Hawai`i Regional Cuisine.

In all, Waikoloa Beach Resort features close to 30 different dining options, from sitdown meals in scenic settings, to grab-and go snacks and fast foods for busy schedules; from juicy burgers in the Kings’ Grille after a round of golf, to an aromatic cup of coffee enjoyed during a morning stroll. Some of Hawai`i’s best-known and well-established chefs have eateries at Waikoloa Beach Resort, including Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill), Peter Merriman (Merriman’s Mediterranean Café), and D.K. Kodama (Sansei Seafood, Steak & Sushi Bar). Macaroni Grill

Nationally known chains such as Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Dairy Queen/ Orange Julius, Marble Slab Creamery, Starbucks Coffee, and Subway Sandwiches & Salads share the Waikoloa food stage with local chefs and restaurants unique to the Big Island, such as Charley’s Thai Cuisine, Island Fish & Chips, Paradise Pizza & Grill and Lemongrass Express.

LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD

Two exciting new outlets opened within the past year under the direction of up and-coming chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona, who recently shined on Season 8 of Food Network Star: Ippy’s Hawaiian Barbecue (Queens MarketPlace) and The Three Fat Pigs Restaurant and Gastropub (Kings’ Shops).

“At Ippy’s Hawaiian Barbecue,” Aiona says, “we serve a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch. It’s a mix of food from all the different cultures that came to Hawai`i… foods I grew up with on the Big Island. We have Korean chicken, teriyaki beef, plantation-style beef stew…a mix of what plantation workers would have eaten, but dressed up a bit by me. And yes, we serve two scoops mac, one scoop rice,” he says, referring to the beloved side dishes of the traditional plate lunch in Hawai`i.

Aiona’s second eatery at Waikoloa Beach Resort is The Three Fat Pigs Restaurant and Gastropub. “A ‘gastropub’ is a place for us younger chefs to cook creatively, offer a great selection of craft beers, and do it in a fun setting,” Ainoa says. “At Three Fat Pigs the menu changes all the time, depending on what’s seasonal and local. We also have a big selection of craft beers from Maui Brewing, Kona Brewing, Sierra Nevada and elsewhere. It is really a place for me to share what I know about food and have fun doing it!”

BAREFOOT & HUNGRY

At the beachfront Lava Lava Beach Club you can get some sand between your toes and enjoy lunch or dinner prepared by the same folks who have been pleasing visitors and locals alike for many years at Kona’s renowned Huggo’s. Surrounded by swaying coconut trees and tropical trade winds, Lava Lava features fresh fish tacos and burgers as well as Chef Jeff Readman’s creative preparations of steak, Hawaiian seafood and more.

Lava Lava Beach Club View“Lava Lava is an absolutely perfect spot for a restaurant,” Readman says. “The water is right there in front of you. We’re a casual, fish tacos type of restaurant during the day, but more fine dining during the evening…even though you can still come in with no shoes and no shirt. In that regard, it’s unique in the state…the only four walls are in the kitchen…everything else is open to the outdoors.”

With a dinner menu that includes everything from hukilau chowder to ahi burgers to lobster tails, Lava Lava sources as much as they can locally. “The ingredients we find on-island are some of the best I’ve ever seen anywhere,” Readman says. “The lettuce, seafood, beef, mushrooms…it is all wonderful, and cooking with such fresh ingredients is a treat.” Lava Lava

A special beer dinner is planned (Nov. 9) with suds from the Big Island Brewhaus, and Readman says they are working on a series of wine dinners too.

RESORT FARE EXTRORDINAIRE

Over at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, in addition to a popular, thrice-weekly lū‘au , seven dining options range from the Lagoon Grill (casual dining overlooking frolicking dolphins in the Dolphin Lagoon) to Kamuela Provision Company, a Pacific view sit-down dinner restaurant where steaks and fresh seafood are featured along with a Wine Spectator-awarded wine list. For a great breakfast buffet with a lagoon view, Big Island Breakfast at Water’s Edge is the popular choice, and after a day of fun, several tempting options await you for dinner, including Dona & Toni’s Pizza, Imari Teppan & Sushi, and Kirin Chinese.

November/December 2013

SUNSET LUAU

SUNSET LUAU

The beachfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is the place to be for a taste of Hawaiian cultural offerings at the new Sunset Luau. Billed as Hawaii Island’s most authentic luau show at sunset, the entertainment takes guests on a journey to Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa and Hawaii through the songs and dances of these Pacific Island cultures, including the spellbinding Samoan fire knife dancing. It is a spectacular sight against the dazzling backdrop of the picturesque sunsets over ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay.

Held every Saturday and Wednesday at the resort’s Luau Grounds, the Sunset Luau includes:

  • Traditional ceremony to unearth the imu (underground oven) to reveal the Kalua Pig that will be enjoyed during dinner
  • Open bar with specialty Hawaiian cocktails
  • Hawaiian dinner buffet by Executive Sous Chef Jayson Kanekoa featuring traditional and contemporary dishes
  • Aloha welcome with picture-taking
  • Hawaiian crafts and games including ‘ulu maika (bowling with a round stone through wood pegs), coconut husking and Polynesian tattoos
  • Pu (conch shell) blowing contest
  • Talk story with Hawaiian entertainers
  • Lively Polynesian music and dance performances culminating with the spellbinding Samoan fire knife dance!

Rates:

  • General seating prices are $102 (without taxes) for adults and $48 for children 6-12 years old. Keiki five years old and under will attend for free.
  • Premier seating includes preferred first row seating, lei greeting and Hawaiian pupu (appetizer) for an additional $25 per seat.
  • Rates are inclusive of gratuity and are plus tax.  Subject to change without notice.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased from 4pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa concierge desk. Seating begins at 5:00 p.m. Large parties are advised to arrive at the Luau Grounds early accommodate group seating. Tickets cans be purchased from 4pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Luau Desk. For more information or to make reservations, please call 808.886.8111 or visit sunsetluau.com.

 

November/December 2013

Legends of Hawaii, our Big Island Story Luau

Legends of Hawaii, our Big Island Story Luau

Treat yourself to the once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion of our lū‘au at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Brought to you by Tihati Productions, the Legends of Hawai`i Luau dinner and show brings to life the ancestral songs and dances that retell the epic stories of Hawai`i Island and her remarkable people.

Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday
Doors open at 5:30 pm
KAMEHAMEHA COURT

Our lū‘au buffet includes island favorites such as hulihuli chicken, seared island catch-of-the-day and Parker Ranch shoyu marinated ribs, the traditional imu kālua pig, and fresh daily Hawaiian style desserts.

Our signature mai tais are made with fresh pineapple juice. And we have a keiki buffet for our friends ages 12-and-under.

General seating prices are $109 plus tax for adults, $99 plus tax for seniors (65+), $99 plus tax for teens (ages 13-18), $54 plus tax for children (ages 5-12) and children age 4 and under are complimentary. Upgrade to Ali‘i seating ($26 + tax per person) includes new family style premier seating, enhanced menu on dedicated food stations, dessert and coffee/tea service table side, gratuity and complimentary valet parking. Showonly seating available for $60 plus tax.

For reservations and information please call (808) 886-1234, Ext. 54, or visit hiltonwaikoloavillage.com

November/December 2013

WEDDING EXPO 2013

WEDDING EXPO 2013

Saturday, Nov. 16, Noon - 8 pm

All the latest trends and fashions in weddings will be on display at the Wedding Expo 2013, including renowned designers Haku Formals (Hilo), Attractions (Kona) and Manuheali`i (Honolulu), plus 40 other vendors.

TICKETS: $25 at the door For more information visit WaikoloaBeachResort.com.

September/October 2013

In Tune with the Islands

In Tune with the Islands

Music and dance tell you as much about the people, culture, and traditions of a place as any guide book ever could. When you hear mariachis serenading, you understand something about the romanticism of Mexico; likewise, the swinging beat of ragtime jazz clues you in to the festive, rollicking mood of New Orleans.

In Hawai`i, it is the hula dancers, ukulele and guitar players, and the falsetto singers who reflect the cultural depth and poetic soul of the Hawaiian Islands. At Waikoloa Beach Resort, the beautiful sounds and sights of island-style music and dance are seen and heard every day of the year.

“You can be sitting poolside at one of the resorts, strolling through our shopping centers, or enjoying a meal... chances are an authentic Hawaiian musician or dance troupe will be there to entertain you,” says Scott Head, Vice President of Resort Operations. “There are also special performances throughout the year where we bring in bands such as Chicago for our guests and the local community. We believe music and dance are relaxing, entertaining for the entire family, and often educational, too. That’s why providing high-quality local entertainment for our guests is a priority throughout the resort.”

World-Class Musicians

John KeaweJohn Keawe is a perfect example of a well- known local musician who enjoys sharing his talents with Waikoloa Resort guests. A Hawaiian musician and slack key guitar player from Hawi in the North Kohala district of the Big Island, Keawe has toured throughout Hawai‘i and the Mainland U.S., but says he particularly relishes his regular Tuesday evening (7 pm) performances on Center Court Stage at the Kings’ Shops. “My passion since the 1970s has been to write songs and use the Hawaiian slack key,” Keawe says. “My songs are very reflective of life on the Big Island. When people hear me sing — particularly on songs such as “The Big Island…Is My Home” — I hope they get just a little better understanding of what a special place the Big Island is.”

On the first, second, and fifth Wednesdays of each month (7 pm), Hula dancers are entertaining, but reflect the deeper cultural roots of the Islands. Kahulanui (The Big Dance) performs on Center Court Stage at Kings’ Shops to the delight of listeners. A four-man band, Kahulanui’s music is inspired by three generations: from grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo Jr. Lolena remembers the stories his grandfather would tell of being a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music, a style which influences his playing today.

The Poetry of Hula

Hula dance has become beloved around the world. But there’s nothing quite like experiencing a hula performance in its birthplace of Hawai`i. Stop by Kings’ Shops any Friday afternoon around 6 pm and you will find a talented local halau (troupe) showcasing their talents. Aulani’s Hula Halau (who also perform at Queens’ MarketPlace) showcase their talents on the third and fifth Fridays of each month; while Na Kamali`i O Kona Halau performs on the first Friday of each month; and Halau Waiau performs on the fourth Friday of each month.

“The resort is a nice forum for our youngsters,” says Lani Isaacs, executive director of ‘Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy, whose halau performs on Fridays at Queens’ MarketPlace. “They study the art of hula during the week, and when they get to perform what they know it is truly an educational experience. I tell my audiences that I hope they truly experience the essence of Hawai`i while they are here, and we want to show that there is more to hula than what is depicted in Hollywood movies. The hula is an art ... it is not just coordinating hand and foot movements ... it is a discipline. What makes the hula different than other dance disciplines is that it is a study of our language, our history, our traditions ... our dancers are perpetuating their culture through the hula.”

Queens’ MarketPlace comes alive with hula every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the center also features live music by local artists every third Saturday at the Coronation Pavilion (6 - 8 pm). A good family experience, the Coronation Pavilion offers hardscape and lawn seating and is conveniently located close to the Queens’ MarketPlace Ono Food Court, where you can find everything from pizza to Hawaiian barbecue to Subway sandwiches to ice cream.

“In 2013,” Head says, “the Queens’ MarketPlace decided to have monthly ‘mini- concerts’ in the Coronation Pavilion area to feature local groups from the Big Island that played different genres of music.” Indeed, there has been something for everyone to enjoy, from the soulful jazz music of Tropical Vibrations to the melodic vocals of Betsy Curtis; from a Bluegrass concert by Friends of Bluegrass to the hip-hop-contemporary style of Mystic Rythmz.

Upcoming monthly mini-concerts include Ekolu Mea Nui with popular Hawaiian music entertainers Kunia Galdeira, Kevin Kealoha and Grammy Award winner Sonny Lim; Krazzy Bone, a rock and roll band from Hilo; and Hawaiian Soul artist Pomai Longakit (of Pomai and Loeka).

Concerts, Movies & More

LoraxBut the entertainment at Waikoloa Beach Resort doesn’t stop with music and dance. Every fourth Saturday of the month, families gather for the ever-popular “Movie Under the Stars” night at Queens’ MarketPlace. This monthly event is free to the community and offers a safe outdoor setting for everyone to enjoy family friendly movies.

There’s also something going on every night of the week in the Malolo Lounge at Hilton Waikoloa Village, whether it be ukulele music, guitar music, or high- energy soul and R&B.

“We try to provide a good variety of music for our guests,” says Leanne Pletcher, Director of Marketing Communications. “Depending on the night of the week, you might find country or you might find local talent. The Malolo Lounge is a very comfortable room, and it’s right off our main lobby, so it is very popular with hotel guests and visitors to the resort. Plus, some of the bartenders have been working there since the resort opened, and it’s almost like coming home for some of our longtime guests.”

September/October 2013

Hawaii Island Festivals 30 Days Of Aloha

Hawaii Island Festivals 30 Days Of Aloha

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Saturday, September 7

11 am — Poke Contest

6 pm — Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto and Storytelling Contest (doors open to the public at 5 pm)

Join us as we celebrate the Hawaiian culture with a fantastic mix of falsetto performances, food, and live entertainment. If you’re looking for a taste of “real Hawai`i,” this is your chance!

September/October 2013

Mealani’s Taste Of The Hawaiian Range

Mealani’s Taste Of The Hawaiian Range

Hilton Waikoloa Village
Friday, October 4
6 - 8 pm

Grand Ballroom and Lagoon Lanai Dry-aged, 100 percent grass-fed beef—prepared using local produce and products—is what’s for dinner at the 18th Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival. Thirty-five chefs are preparing a wide variety of succulent beef cuts—everything from tongue to tail—to wow attendees.

It’s all part of the culinary adventure at this annual event that showcases the Big Isle’s grass-fed beef industry while bringing together local ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs, and eager eaters to celebrate a bounty of locally produced food. Whether you’re a foodie, locavore, chef, rancher, farmer, aquaculturist, or just plain hungry, Taste of the Hawaiian Range has something for you.

Tickets: $40 Pre-sale, $60 at the door.
Available at the Kohala Spa Essence Shop in the Main Lobby.

For more information go to tasteofthehawaiianrange.com or call (808) 969-8228.

September/October 2013

Happy HalloQueen!

Happy HalloQueen!

Thursday, October 31
5 - 7 pm

Bring your family to Queens’ MarketPlace for some safe Halloween fun! Find our candy stations situated around the shopping center. Enjoy the music from our live DJ.

September/October 2013

Safe Halloween Fun

Safe Halloween Fun

October 31
5pm- 7pm

Safe Trick or Treat throughout the center. The first 100 children to arrive will receive a trick-or-treat bag with candy from Kings’ Shops. At 6 pm The Great Barusky will perform Tricks N’ Treats, a magic show, which will be followed by a costume contest. FREE cotton candy and popcorn for all while supplies last.

For more information visit KingsShops.com.

September/October 2013

Dennis Rose Invitational

Dennis Rose Invitational

Monday and Tuesday,
October 28-29

The University of Hawaii at Hilo will host selected NCAA Division II schools in the Annual Dennis Rose Invitational golf tournament at the Waikoloa Beach & Kings’ Courses. Open to the public.

July/August 2013

Weddings In Paradise

Weddings In Paradise

In the 1961 film, Blue Hawaii, Elvis Presley sang “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” and millions of girls around the world swooned. What person in love could resist the sweetheart lyrics:

“This is the moment
I’ve waited for
I can hear my heart singing
Soon bells will be ringing
This is the moment
of sweet Aloha
I will love you longer than forever
Promise me that you will leave me never
Now that we are one
Clouds won’t hide the sun
Blue skies of Hawaii will smile
On this, our wedding day.”

These days, having a wedding in Hawai`i is easy, and particularly so at Waikoloa Beach Resort, where wedding specialists can assist with everything from booking the ideal location to catering your reception dinner, and everything in between.

Adding to the attraction of Waikoloa for your destination wedding are elegant accommodations from cottages to suites to private villas, two golf courses, spa and beauty services, and two retail shopping centers — Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops — where you can find last-minute wedding gifts, and everything else you might need from beachwear to jewelry to souvenirs to haute couture to fine and casual dining.

Hilton Waikoloa Village

At Hilton Waikoloa Village, four outstanding wedding locations are available, including the Hale Aloha, a Plantation-style chapel with ocean views and doors and windows that open up to let the warm breezes blow through. Koa wood furnishings and a lovely stained glass picture window add gracious Hawaiian touches to the ceremony.

The Palace Garden is another favorite setting to exchange your wedding vows at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Framed by swaying palm trees and overlooking Waiulua Bay, a sunset ceremony here helps every couple’s dream wedding come true.

“Waikoloa is a very special place to have a wedding,” says Robin Paulos, catering manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village. “In addition to the amazing location, it is our goal to ensure that every aspect of your day happens exactly as you dreamed it would. We will prepare your favorite dishes, serve your favorite wines ... you name it and we are at your service.”

Hilton Waikoloa Village offers quite a number of reception venues, indoors or out for any weather, and for parties of any size. Choose from four ballrooms — the circular Water’s Edge Ballroom is a popular choice because of its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a scenic waterfall — while more intimate gatherings might prefer a special table set up at the beautiful Buddha Point overlooking the Pacific or at the Hale Aloha Chapel lanai.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

You can choose from a number of very attractive wedding packages at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, or create a completely customized event that speaks to your needs and desires. Included in every package are the basics: wedding site, minister, flower lei (a must in Hawai`i!), music, and upgraded accommodations for the bride and groom’s entire stay. Add-ons to wedding packages can include champagne, cake service, additional flowers, cheese platters, and a stay in the resort’s luxurious Cabana Suite on the wedding night.

Mr. Enoch A’ana of Pele’s Wedding & Events is the Marriott’s wedding and events partner. His passion to create the perfect wedding makes for very satisfied couples. “We’re excited about every element,” he says, “from the way the tables are set, to the moment you enter as bride and groom, to your final farewell.

“Pele’s Wedding & Events will guide you through the entire process, helping you customize your ideal wedding package with all the best services. We’ll do everything required to make sure your special occasion is perfect and personalized to your every wish.”

The Marriott offers several excellent outdoor locations suited to morning, daytime, and sunset wedding ceremonies, the most popular location being the Kings’ Knoll, an intimate grassy lawn overlooking an ancient Hawaiian fishpond and the coconut palm fringed shores of ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay.

Lyndsey Beach is another coveted location for a wedding ceremony. A private sandy beach on the shores of an ancient Hawaiian fishpond, this location is perfect for a wedding ceremony of two to 80 people.

Lava Lava Beach Club

The newest venue at Waikoloa for a destination wedding is Lava Lava Beach Club, where a beachfront location makes for a smile-inducing toes-in-the-sand ceremony under majestic kiawe trees. For those who prefer to keep their high heels on, the club also offers a manicured Lava Lawn.

Receptions are also fun and easy here, as full catering is available through Paradise Gourmet Catering or, for smaller parties, ordering off the regular Lava Lava Beach Club restaurant menu. A few steps up the beach from the restaurant, four contemporary Hawaiian cottages can be booked, allowing newlyweds to slip quietly away for some much-needed private time after a full wedding day.

“Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially planning one at a destination you may not be familiar with,” says Jean Thompson, special events manager for Paradise Gourmet. “But rest assured ... we can handle all aspects of your event. We are committed to making your wedding day memorable and making sure every aspect is just perfect.”

July/August 2013

Family Fourth

Family Fourth

Thursday, July 4, 12:30 - 9:30 pm

This fun-filled event at Queens’ MarketPlace will feature great entertainment, balloon sculpting, popcorn, cotton candy, the Zoo Choo, and lots of great family fun all day long. the fun begins at 12:30 pm, and continues throughout the day until the fireworks extravaganza at 8 pm. Wind down after the fireworks with relaxing music from Full Circle until 9:30 pm.

All proceeds benefit Special Olympics West Hawaii.

Schedule:
12:30 pm — Salsa Latinos 2 pm — Vizion 20/20
3 pm — Life in Pursuit
4 pm — I`land Boiz
5pm—Bobby G and the Generous Thieves
8:30 pm — Full Circle

Call (808) 886-8822 for more information

July/August 2013

4th of July All American Buffet

4th of July All American Buffet

Thursday, July 4, 4 - 9 pm
Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge

Enjoy all-American favorites with ocean views. Adults $35, Children ages 6-12 $20. Ages 5 and under eat free. Excludes tax & gratuity.

For reservations, please call (808) 886-8111.

July/August 2013

22nd Annual Rubber Duckie Race

22nd Annual Rubber Duckie Race

Thursday, July 4, 10 am - 6 pm
FREE entertainment, fun games and exciting contests from duck waddling to eating. the fun begins at 10 am with live entertainment, food booths and games. Adopt a duckie for a chance to win one of the many fantastic prizes. Race starts at 3 pm. A benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Hawai`i.

Girl eating a watermelonSchedule:
10 - 11:30 am — Kahikina’s Nahenahe `Ohana
11:45am-1pm—DamStr8
1 - 1:30 pm — Merriman’s Market Café Watermelon Eating Contest
1:30 - 3 pm — Three Fat Pigs Cooking Competition
3pm—Race
3:30 - 5 pm — Mystik Rhythmz
5 - 5:30 pm — Duck Waddling/Duck Calling Contests (adult & children)
5:30 - 6 pm — Honoring our First Responders & Awards

Vendors and Activities throughout the center from 10 am - 6 pm, including glitter tattoos, Hana Hou Photo Booth, Balloon Sculpting, Kettle Corn, and more.
Call (808) 886-8811 or visit KingsShops.com for more information.

July/August 2013

4th of July Spectacular

4th of July Spectacular

Thursday, July 4
Doors open at 5 pm;
Show starts at 5:15 pm
Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens

Waikoloa Bowl opens with the high energy of Vizion 20/20 at 5:15 pm. At 6:15 pm, get ready to boogie as Bump City takes the stage. Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy a free evening of music under the stars. the fireworks begin at 8 pm with a live accompaniment by Bump City.

Note: This is an alcohol- and drug-free event.

July/August 2013

Hawaii Bike MS - Go Big or Go Home!

Hawaii Bike MS - Go Big or Go Home!

Join us for our 5th annual ride! 2 days/115 miles cycling Event
Friday, August 2 through
Sunday, August 4
Registration: $30 Fee,
$300 Fundraising minimum,
Registration is on Friday, August 2.
Each day starts and finishes at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Take a cycling journey through volcanic rock landscapes, breathtaking ocean views, paniolo ranches, and historical towns reminiscent of old Hawai`i. the sense of accomplishment that you’ll feel can only be matched by the difference you’ll be making in the lives of people affected by MS. Both days will cover parts of the ironman triathlon bike portion route — accumulating approximately 115 miles.
For more information or to sign up, call (808) 532-0808 or go online bikemshawaii.org.

July/August 2013

Family Golf Days

Family Golf Days

May – August
Starts daily at 3:30 pm

Enjoy 9 holes of golf on the Kings’ Course with your family. Juniors aged 6-17 play for $25 with complimentary rental clubs while adults are $50 with $25 rental clubs. tee times for these special rates begin at 3:30 pm daily.

For more information or to make a tee time call the golf shop at (808) 886-7888 or visit WaikoloaBeachGolf.com

July/August 2013

Lava Lava Beach Club

Lava Lava Beach Club

Lava Lava Beach Club restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, is popular for sunset cocktails, delicious dinners or fun family gatherings and Lava Lava Beach Club cottages include all the comforts of a private home, the convenience of a beach front hotel, and excitement of a (high-end) surf shack. Media is taking note. Articles about Waikoloa Beach Resort’s newest place to stay have been published in Out Magazine, Modern Luxury Hawaii, Sunset Magazine, the New York Times, TravelAge West, Fodor’s, and Seattle Gay News. Here is what the editor at TripStyler.com had to say: “I had a hunch I’d love Lava Lava Beach Club before I even arrived, based on the name and logo alone! ... my suspicions were correct — and then some. The cottages’ contempo-aloha interiors make you want to split your day between beach, bed, and shower.”

May/June 2013

5 Ways to Tell the Family What You Really Want for Father’s Day

5 Ways to Tell the Family What You Really Want for Father’s Day

Photo courtesy Hilton Waikoloa Village

Daddy, Pops, Father Man, Coach, Uncle, Gramps,  Banker,  Pest Controller, Mechanic, Mediator (with Mom), Taxi Driver, shoulder to cry on and sometimes rule-enforcer.  You have a big job description, Dad, and don’t think we haven’t noticed.  That’s why Waikoloa Beach Resort wants to help you enjoy this Father’s Day more than ever—your way.  Chances are good that you don’t need any more coffee mugs, baseball caps or fishing gear, but how do you let the family know?  Here are five simple tips to help give them the hint.

      1.  Get on the ball.   Sneak a golf ball into your pants pocket on laundry day.  It’s sure to get someone’s attention in the dryer.  And to make sure they book the spectacular Beach Course or Kings’ Course at Waikoloa, use an indelible marker to write this number on the ball:  886-7888.
      2.  Put on your puka pants.  Wear your oldest, most raggedy board shorts or faded, worn-out aloha shirt.  If somebody mentions it, sigh and say, “Yes, I know, but I just haven’t had time to go shopping for a new one.”  Don’t know where to look?  Here are some ideas:  http://www.waikoloabeachresort.com/index.php/big-island-shopping
      3.  Beach about it.  Change your screen saver to a wistful ocean view, or make your ring tone sound like the surf.  Absent-mindedly sing “White Sandy Beach” while you’re driving the kids to school.  Shuffle through the garage for your snorkel and fins.  And when they ask about it, just say, “I sure miss going to the beach with you guys.”  Remember, one of the island’s favorite beaches, ‘Anaeho‘omalu, is easy to reach and a fun place to play—with plenty of free parking and lots of choices for snacks, beach supplies and cold drinks close by.
      4.  Hunger games.  At dinner time (after you compliment whatever’s on the table), say, “Wow, this is so delicious—it reminds me of the wonderful ________ we had at ________ !”  (fill in the blanks with your favorite food and restaurant).  Need a couple of suggestions?  Check out these great choices for family dining:  http://www.waikoloabeachresort.com/index.php/big-island-dining
      5.  DIY.  Do it like Frank Sinatra—your way! Book a mini family stay-cay at a Waikoloa Beach Resort condo, vacation home or hotel, and surprise them with a getaway weekend with all the amenities.  Relax by the pool, dine out in style, splash in the ocean, meet your friends for a round of golf and treat yourself like the #1 Dad you really are.

Happy Father’s Day from Waikoloa Beach Resort!

May/June 2013

Don’t go home without it!

Don’t go home without it!

Top 7 must-have Big Island things to take home

Many a great Hawaii vacation includes a shopping list for friends and family back home.  At Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii, The Big Island, shopping is easy and fun—with so many stores, choices for every budget, a convenient resort shuttle and beautiful tropical surroundings just about everywhere you look.  We’ve put together a list of suggestions, in no particular order, to help you get started on your shopping spree!

1.  FOOD.  Take a taste of Hawai’i home to share all year long—like world-famous Kona Coffee, available by the bag in 100% Kona, flavored blends and decaf varieties at Resort locations.  Your co-workers will go nuts for fresh-roasted Hawaiian macadamia nuts too. 

2.  FASHION.  Everybody loves vacation tee shirts, and you can do more, at Waikoloa Beach Resort’s fashionable selection of boutiques and clothing shops for men, women and children.  Teens love surf wear; the little ones are big fans of colorful gecko shirts and shorts; moms and dads are always styling in aloha shirts and dresses.  And did we mention slippers? 

3.  FINE ART.  Capture memories of your dream Hawaii vacation in a stunning original work of art and make it a part of your home forever (or just eliminate the word).  Visit our galleries for the wistful ocean-scape, the tropical still life or magnificent piece of sculpture that speaks to your heart—and have the experts ship home it for you.

4.  FANCY BLING.  Are you on your honeymoon?  Celebrating a birthday, retirement or special anniversary?  Find something that sparkles with the joy you feel today.  Explore our Waikoloa Beach Resort jewelers for stunning selections in diamonds and fine gemstones, Tahitian pearls, designer originals and Hawaiian heirloom jewelry.  Both Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops shopping centers and Hilton Waikoloa Village have made-in-Hawaii jewelry for men and women that embrace the spirit of the islands.

5.  GOLF.  ‘Fore you forget, stop by the golf shop at Kings’ Course, and pick up a dozen balls or a logo visor for the golfer in your life. 

6.  BAGS & LUGGAGE.  Fill up your luggage already?  We can help!  Kings’ Shops and Queens’ MarketPlace have stores that offer sturdy, island print bags and more, or pick up reusable Hawaii themed totes, great for taking home as gifts.

7.  MADE IN HAWAII.  For yourself, from the islands.  Do yourself a favor and “shop local” to find that one special thing just for you, made here on the island, with aloha, by a local artisan.  Touch the gleaming koa wood pens and picture frames.  Toss a vivid batik pareau around your shoulders on a chilly day.  Admire handcrafted Christmas ornaments in ceramic or shell.  Feel the tropical breeze in Hawaii-made fragrances and bath products.  Splurge on Island jewelry or special works by local artists and “live aloha” wherever you go.

May/June 2013

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Any vacation that involves a swimming pool is likely to please the little ones in the family. When waterslides are involved, so much the better. Add long stretches of white- sand beach, a warm ocean, and whales frolicking offshore during winter months, and you get a vacation that the entire family will thoroughly enjoy.

Such a place is Waikoloa Beach Resort, where two hotels and a host of condominium accommodations offer pools, places to splash and play, and easy access to the Pacific Ocean.

“Waikoloa was designed with kids and families in mind,” says Scott Head, Vice President of Resort Operations. “The vision of the developers more than 30 years ago was to create a place where families could spend quality time together, play together, and create lasting memories. We have preserved and enhanced that vision over the years, and we are very proud to offer such a variety of family experiences to our guests. Waikoloa is really very unique on Hawai`i Island, as it is in the entire state.”

At the Hilton Waikoloa Village, visitors will find one of the most distinctive water experiences in Hawai`i at Dolphin Quest. Whether you are simply enjoying lunch at the Lagoon Grill overlooking the dolphins playing in their lagoon, or participating in an actual dolphin encounter, the experience is thrilling. Several encounter programs are offered, ranging from a 10-minute introductory experience for toddlers (ages 2-4) to longer snorkel encounters for older kids and adults.

The Hilton also offers three freshwater pools, including one that features a popular 175-foot twisting waterslide…talk about keiki fun!

Waikoloa Family VacationNext door at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, families can gather for the day at two meandering swimming pools, one of which includes a shallow, sandy-bottom kids area; while the other is where the waterslide is found. Or, you can stroll down to ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay and the half-mile long swimming beach that fronts the hotel. On this protected beach, older kids can snorkel or ride boogie boards; or the whole family can sign up for glass- bottom boat rides, hydro-biking, or kayak adventures.

Family GolfIf your family enjoys playing golf together — or if you are looking for a great way to introduce your kids to the game — a special experience awaits at Waikoloa Kings’ Course. Called Family Golf Days, during the summer months (May through August), families can play the Kings’ Course after 3:30 p.m. for only $50 per adult and $25 for juniors including complimentary junior Nike rental clubs. One of the most scenic courses on the island, there’s no better way to spend a few hours playing together than on the Kings’ Course.

If sailing, scuba diving, or whale watching excursions are of interest, Ocean Sports has multiple locations around Waikoloa Beach Resort to get you going. This company has been specializing in family recreation on the Kohala Coast for more than 30 years. In addition to ocean excursions, they can also give you a lesson and get you set up on a stand-up paddleboard. “Every day is an adventure!” says Kay Brooks, director of sales and marketing for Ocean Sports. “Come and have your Big Island adventures with us!”

“The range of activities we offer is what sets us apart,” Head says. “From learning to dance the hula to playing a round of family friendly golf, from a trek through historic petroglyph fields to an ukulele lesson, Waikoloa Beach Resort offers something fun for everyone. You can even arrange a helicopter tour to fly over the lava flow at Kilauea…now that’s an experience everyone remembers.”

Once the sun sets, activities give way to entertainment. Both Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offer exciting luau several times a week, replete with great food and traditional Polynesian dancing and story-telling.

Plus, at the Kings’ Shops and Queens’ MarketPlace, live music, cultural shows, and entertainment is offered almost every night of the week. Movie nights are popular, as are free monthly concerts, and seasonal activities from Easter to Fourth of July to Christmas are celebrated with fun events and festivities.

“Waikoloa is a special place,” Head says. “Our primary goal is to provide families a retreat, a safe place where they can enjoy one another, enjoy the environment, and create memories that last forever. If we can do that, our guests will want to come back year after year.”

May/June 2013

Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar

Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar

Kings’ Shops welcomes Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar to its collection of luxury and boutique stores. Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar offers some of the finest `ukuleles found on the island.

Founded in 2012 by Robert Yates, a local musician and luthier here on the Big Island of Hawai`i, Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar is fast becoming the `ukulele shop of choice for many local players. By teaming up with fellow luthier Sam Li, Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar is able to offer fine handcrafted instruments using only the finest solid tone woods and building them to exacting specifications and standards.

The guiding vision behind Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar was to create a `ukulele and guitar shop for everyone from the most seasoned musician to the beginner. The shop offers fine handcrafted Hawaiian-style `ukulele and guitars made from the finest woods available, at a price that is still affordable to the average enthusiast, as well as more moderately priced instruments of high quality and playability, making the joy of music accessible to people of all ages.

May/June 2013

Lavaman Sunset 5K Run / Walk

Lavaman Sunset 5K Run / Walk

The Lavaman Sunset 5K Run/Walk presented by Bike Works Beach & Sports took place at Waikoloa Beach Resort in March, with 205 entrants crossing the finish line. Ziggy Bartholomy of Hawi, Hawai`i was the overall and men’s division winner with a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds. Gabe Dennison from Somerset, United Kingdom was the runner-up at 19 minutes, 53 seconds. In the women’s division, Robyn Noel from Victoria, British Columbia finished first with a time of 23 minutes, 21 seconds; followed by Renee Mevs of Waikoloa, Hawai‘i at 23 minutes 24 seconds.

It was an international field with runners/walkers from Brazil, British Columbia, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom participating, as well as 15 U.S. states, ranging from California and Oregon to New York and Alaska. A number of Big Island residents also participated. Of the finishers, 12 participants were under the age of 9, and four were over the age of 70.

The 2013 event raised donations for several Big Island nonprofit groups, including PATH—Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii; Multiple Sclerosis Society of Hawaii; Hawaii Cycling Club; Francis MS Charity Ride Team; and the Helgi Olafson AS Foundation.

May/June 2013

Charity Walk

Charity Walk

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Hawai`i Lodging and Tourism Association’s annual Charity Walk. On May 11, hotels as well as other businesses in the hospitality industry come together for the sole purpose of giving back to the community. Last year $196,000 was raised and awarded to 48 Big Island organizations. The goal for 2013 has been set at $200,000. The epicenter of the Charity Walk will be at Queens’ MarketPlace on the beautiful Waikoloa Beach Resort. Registration will begin at 5:30 am - 7 am, with the race starting at 6:30 am and the walk at 7 am. The after party will include food stations presented by participating hotels and restaurants from various Waikoloa Beach Resort proper- ties. Emceeing the event will
be funny man Tony Sylva from the Braddahs and Friends and entertaining will be the one and only Anuhea.

$35 mandatory donation per walker;
$25 for children ages 5-12

Call 886-1234, ext. 2884 or visit charitywalkhawaii.org for more information.

March/April 2013

Celebrate the Spirit, Lavaman 2013

Celebrate the Spirit, Lavaman 2013

The Lavaman, attracting more than 1,500 triathletes, took the plunge into ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay, with friends and family enthusiastically cheering them on.  This exhilarating sports event charges up the whole resort, as top competitors complete the 1,500-meter ocean swim, 40K bike race and 10K run in championship times.

Chris Leito (41) a pro triathlete who lives part-time in Kona sped across the sandy home stretch to the finish first, at 1:53:55.  First place female winner was Rebecca Sherlock (40) of Vancouver, B.C., with a time of 2:16:07.

Sports fans were treated to a new twist on Lavaman this year, as Hawaii’s own Sunny Garcia and BJ Penn vied for the mixed martial arts fighters’ division—which Garcia won by nearly 5 minutes.  How exciting to have Hawaii Island’s very own Mayor Billy Kenoi finish his second Lavaman Waikoloa, at 3:37:47.  Way to go, Mr. Mayor!

(photo by Hawaii Photoman)

March/April 2013

Fashion Splash, Egg Dash and Passion for Food

Fashion Splash, Egg Dash and Passion for Food

Spring is in the air at Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Although the beautiful hibiscus, plumeria and birds of paradise are flowering year-round, the Spring season is the time of year when the stylish apparel shops at Queens’ MarketPlace add a splash of fashion showcasing the latest popular colors of this year’s spring season. 

With so many shops to choose from, here are two locally-owned apparel stores to help get you started.  Stylish chicks—and ducks and bunnies too—will find a great selection of dresses, tops, wraps, shoes and sweaters at Persimmon in Queens’ MarketPlace, with young Hawaii designs from Vitamin “A” to Fighting Eel, Seven for All Mankind, Tiare Hawaii and Vix.  Their head-turning swimsuits and glamorous wraps will have you styling on the beach as well.

On the other side of the “springing fountains,” Exclusive Designs boutique is in bloom, with a great mix of top-brand aloha wear by Tori Richard, Bamboo Clay, Simply Silk and Princess Ka‘iulani, among others.  Check out the new collection by East Hawaii Clothing Company, and browse for gifts, bags and sun bonnets (perfect for Easter or any time).

All dressed up and no place to go?  No way!  Dash over to Waikoloa Bowl on Saturday, March 30, and join the fun of our epic Egg Hunt on the lawn, with approximately 10,000 prize-filled eggs for a fun morning.  Registration starts at the top of the Waikoloa Bowl at 9 a.m., and only keiki are allowed on the field, by age group, during the hunt.  Egg Hunt will start at 10 a.m. 

From 10 a.m. to 12 noon, bring the family and take your own photos with Pualani Cottontail at the Coronation Pavilion located at Queens’ MarketPlace.  Pualani’s helpers will be there to share complimentary popcorn, cotton candy, and face-painting too from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Remember to make your dining reservations.  With a passion for culinary excellence, Chef Charles Charbonneau at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, and Chef Jayson Kanekoa at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa invite you to Sunday Easter Brunch.

At the Hilton’s Palm Terrace, a grand brunch buffet is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., presenting made-to-order breakfast favorites (like warm, Big Island malasadas), seafood bar with shrimp cocktail, carving stations including roast leg of lamb with minted macadamia nut pesto, and of course chocolate desserts.  $69 adults, $25 children 5-12, kids 4 and under free.  (808) 886-1234.

Hawaii Calls Restaurant and Lounge at the Marriott brings its brand of brunch to the table, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Starting with asparagus-crab soup and “honey bunny” rolls, they will add a “tempura Easter Basket & sushi bar” to the festivities in addition to New York cheesecake, cupcakes and an ice cream station.  $60 adults, $25 children 6-12, kids 5 and under free.  (808) 886-8111.

Splash into Spring at Waikoloa Beach Resort!

March/April 2013

Super ‘Ukulele Celebration

Super ‘Ukulele Celebration

The 13th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival on Saturday, March 2, brought approximately one thousand fans of the little instrument with the big sound into Queens’ MarketPlace.  Starting the annual festival was a free instructional class taught by noted teacher Roy Sakuma and his staff.  Sakuma is the protégé of the world famous “Ohta-San” who also graced the stages with guitarist, Nando Suan.  The fun day was filled with great Hawaiian music on two stages.  Master of Ceremonies “Mr Aloha” Danny Kaleikini enchanted the crowd with ageless songs, and young ‘ukulele artists like Nick Acosta, Tamlyn Tamura, and You Tube star Aidan James, stole the show.  One of the best highlights was when Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Sean Na‘auao was joined by Auntie Aulani Young and her ohana for beautiful, impromptu hula with the band.

If you missed the ‘Ukulele Festival, you can still enjoy wonderful hula and Hawaiian music when you visit Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Queens’ MarketPlace showcases three different hālau (troupes) three nights a week at the Coronation Pavilion, plus monthly “mini concerts” with some of the Big Island’s favorite entertainers, all complimentary.  Kings’ Shops hosts free weekly performances on Center Stage, including slack-key master John Keawe, the big-band stylings of Kahulanui, folk artist Rob Decker, and keiki (children’s) hula on Aloha Friday.  And, don’t forget our newest member of the family, Lava Lava Beach Club at ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay, with live Hawaiian music and hula every night!

 

March/April 2013

Shop ‘Til You’re Happy

Shop ‘Til You’re Happy

You swam with the honu, watched in awe as migrating whales spouted and played in the waters offshore, you feasted like Hawaiian ali‘i, played the best round of golf of your life, and felt your heart soften as the sky turned a hundred shades of orange each day at sunset.

A trip to Hawai`i creates memories that last a lifetime, whether this is your first visit, or you’re a Big Island regular. Preserving those amazing memories of your travels, sharing them with friends and family back home, is in many ways just as important as the trip itself, because through them you are able to live the experience again and again.

There are many retail stores and specialty shops found around Waikoloa Beach Resort where you can find exactly the right gifts, souvenirs, and mementoes to help you do exactly that. Whether you’re looking for macadamia nuts, Kona coffee, aloha shirts and resort wear, original works of art, island-made jewelry, or a comfy new pair of “slippahs,” you’ll find something that fits the bill right around the corner.

watches“Waikoloa Beach Resort has more than just accommodations, great weather, and golf,” says Margo Harumi Mau Bunnell, sales and operations manager, “we also have fantastic shopping. From national brand name stores, to luxury goods, to a wide range of locally owned mom and pop shops, the Waikoloa shopping experience is one that everyone can enjoy.”

Two distinct shopping centers — Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops — provide resort guests options…lots of options. Queens’ MarketPlace property manager Dawn Deehan lists the cornucopia of options: “We have it all, from groceries to great movies, bikinis to board shorts, t-shirts to tours, dolls to diamonds, hats to haircuts, sculptures to snorkels, bikes to boogie boards, a food court to fine dining, and frappuccinos to furniture. It’s really easy to have a great time at Queens’ MarketPlace.”

Queens' MarketPlaceA must-visit Queens’ MarketPlace store is Island Gourmet Markets, where in addition to delicious packaged and prepared foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a wide selection of beer and wine, shoppers will find aisles packed with souvenirs and fun trinkets to take home with them.

“Queens’ MarketPlace has something fun for the whole family,” Deehan says. “People play, shop, and dine here, then stay for the ambiance and entertainment. Live music, hula dancers, beautiful landscaping, unique shops, and friendly folks…you can’t beat it!”

Across the street from Queens’ MarketPlace is Kings’ Shops. “Resort guests will discover an extraordinary selection of luxury brand stores such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Coach along with upscale boutique shops like Cinnamon Girl and Mary Jane’s, and famous retailers such as Tommy Bahama, Macy’s, and Maui Divers,” says Becky Ryan, marketing manager. “Our restaurant experiences range from excellent fine dining to delicious take out.

Kings Shops

“Genesis Gallery is just one of the many exquisite galleries that present a lineup of international, national, and local artists in a variety of different mediums that are sure to impress even the most selective collector. Martin & MacArthur features the finest koa wood furniture and beautiful home accessories which are all made in Hawaii.

T-Shirt“In addition, our weekly Farmers Market offers locally-grown produce and flowers along with many one-of-a-kind gifts visitors can take home as souvenirs,” says general manager, Steve Schwartz.

Guests at Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa will find shops close to their rooms or in their hotel lobbies; and golfers can shop at the Kings’ Clubhouse to take home logo items such as shirts and golf balls to commemorate their rounds on the Beach and Kings’ courses.

In this issue of Naupaka News, we introduce our new Shopping Guide (see pages 6), your roadmap to all the many wonderful shopping discoveries you can make at Waikoloa Resort. Enjoy!

March/April 2013

The 13th Annual Great Waikoloa `Ukulele Festival

The 13th Annual Great Waikoloa `Ukulele Festival

Saturday, March 2, Noon - 7 pm
Queens’ MarketPlace

Queens’ MarketPlace hosts the Great Waikoloa `Ukulele Festival each year as a way of showcasing one of the state’s favorite and most unique instruments. This festival is a terrific opportunity for all ages to immerse themselves in an important aspect of Hawai`i’s culture by getting up close and personal with the `ukulele, learning how it is made, how to play one, and listening to songs played by talented artists.

2 -5 pm – `Ukulele Lessons (FREE), `Ukulele Making demonstration (FREE) Lei Making (FREE) while supplies last Ipu & `Umeke Making (small fee applies)

`Ukulele Workshop (FREE)
Saturday, March 2, 10 - 11 am
Queens’ MarketPlace Studio

Learn all about the `ukulele with Roy and Kathy Sakuma in this fascinating and instructive workshop. A fun time for all ages! Bring your own `ukulele to the workshop for a chance to win a `ukulele!

» Click to see the Full Schedule

March/April 2013

Spring Egg Hunt

Spring Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 9 am
Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens

Hey Kids! Come join in the fun at the Annual Waikoloa Spring Egg Hunt. Registration starts at the stage in the Waikoloa Bowl at 9 am.

March/April 2013

16th Annual Lavaman Triathlon Events

16th Annual Lavaman Triathlon Events

Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24
`Anaeho`omalu Bay

The 16th Annual Lavaman starts with a Sunset 5K run on Friday at Queens’ MarketPlace. The LavaKids event is on Saturday at `Anaeho`omalu Bay. On Sunday, come watch as 1,800 triathletes compete in this Olympic distance event starting at `Anaeho`omalu Bay, consisting of a one- mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 10K run.

For more information visit lavamantriathlon.com/waikoloa/

March/April 2013

Arts Under the Stars

Arts Under the Stars

Second Saturday of each month
March 9 & April 13, 5-8pm
Center Stage

Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort announces Arts Under the Stars, a new series of Free events that will take place on the second Saturday of each month. The public is invited to meet the artists of Kings’ Shops who will be showing their creations in an outdoor art walk. Numerous stores will be holding in-store events that include interactive games, sparkling wines with elegant pūpū, and countless special offers. Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill will be selling their famous Szechuan Baby Back Ribs and Merriman’s Market Café will be selling Gelatos in a street fair fashion. Stroll under the stars to delicious aroma of good food and the sweet sounds of inspiring music. it will be an evening reminiscent of a warm Parisian night.

For more information visit www.kingsshops.com or call (808) 886-8811

March/April 2013

The Amer Ari Invitational

The Amer Ari Invitational

The 23rd Annual Amer Ari intercollegiate golf tournament was held at Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Kings’ Course in February, with 20 of the top teams in the country participating. After three days of play, UCLA and the University of Washington tied for first place with team scores of 22-under par, with UCLA taking the title after one playoff hole. The defending champs, the Longhorns of the University of Texas, finished fourth.

The individual medalist was Dominic Bozzelli of Auburn, with a three-day total of 11-under-par. Past medalists in the tourney include some of today’s best-known PGA Tour stars, including Notah Begay (Stanford, 1994), Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech, 1999 and 2000), and Anthony Kim (Oklahoma, 2004).

Amer Ari Invitational
Results from Day 1

Individual Results

Team Results

Detailed Team Results

March/April 2013

Local Boy Makes Good

Local Boy Makes Good

The Three Fat Pigs, a new restaurant under the direction of Chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona, who recently starred on Season 8 of Food Network Star, will be open at Kings’ Shops in March. A gastropub which promises patrons plenty of delicious, fine dining options like duck confit potpies or whisky-battered lobster, fish and chips, The Three Fat Pigs will also offer a charcuterie bar, with delicious cured meats, cheeses, and homemade jams. There will also be wide variety of craft beers on tap.

Kings’ Shops is delighted to add Three Fat Pigs to its collection of Hawaii’s own celebrity chef restaurants such as Roy Yamaguchi’s Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill and Peter Merriman’s Merriman’s Market Café.

January/February 2013

Love is ♥ ♥ ♥

Love is ♥ ♥ ♥

The Hawaiian vacation you always promised each other.  And on Valentine’s Day, what could possibly be more romantic?

Write love letters in the sand, walk hand in hand along entrancing beaches or through tropical gardens, lined with beckoning palms.  Splash and play in the ocean, wander to your heart’s delight and find your own private corner of Paradise. 

Enjoy the allure of sweet steel guitars, ‘ukulele music and hula, and experience aloha in a fragrant flower lei.  For a sentimental touch, explore the pleasures of couples’ massage in an oceanfront cabana or luxurious spa, breathe deeply in the magic of aromatherapy or treat each other to a day of beauty, leading up to an unforgettable evening.

Enhance the romance with the diamond of her dreams, selected from some of the best jewelers in the world, represented for you here at Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Or, consider the perfect gemstone to match those angel eyes, the rare treasure of “chocolate” Tahitian pearls, the pure gold of an engraved Hawaiian bracelet.  It’s not just shopping this time of year; it’s capturing Forever.

And if music be the food of love, play on in one of our melodious restaurants, made even more enticing for you and your Valentine.  At Lava Lava Beach Club, the chef has created a special “Love is the Air” menu, starring steak, lobster, and a dessert called “Chocolate Love Triangle.”  Of course you can choose from numerous options in cuisine and ambience at Waikoloa Beach Resort, from a private Japanese tea house, to white tablecloths and candlelight, or barefoot bliss—for the Big Question, or a little bit of eternity.  Bon Appetit!

January/February 2013

Chicago Cranks it Up

Chicago Cranks it Up

A sense of electricity charged the air January 12th, as excited fans from all around the island filled Waikoloa Bowl to hear and cheer for the multi-platinum sounds of “Chicago” in concert.  More than 3,000 people danced in the grass and sang out loud to one of Billboard’s Top 100 Bands of All Time, and the classic ballads that cross generations Made us Smile, Colored our World and kept the beat going until hardly Anybody Really Knew What Time It Was.  Even more epic on the big stage under the stars, Chicago’s iconic horns and explosive performance called for three “hana hou’s” (encores), stirring up memories and merry-making that Waikoloa is still talking about.
 
We’ll have more information on the hottest upcoming concerts soon – a hui hou!

 

January/February 2013

Chicago in Concert

Chicago in Concert

Saturday, Jan. 12, Doors open at 6 pm, concert at 7:30 pm Waikoloa Bowl

Grammy Award-winners Chicago will perform in Waikoloa as part of their 2012- 2013 world tour. Chicago, one of America’s most dynamic, high-energy bands, has had an amazing 25 Top Forty singles and five consecutive #1 albums; they are among Billboard’s Top 100 artists of all time at #13. With 33 albums to their credit, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums across five decades, with 25 of them certified platinum. Worldwide, their music has sold more than 100 million records. (No outside beverages, outside food, cans or bottles, coolers, or chairs of any kind.)

General Admission tickets are priced at $65 and $49. On sale at Persimmon at Queens’ MarketPlace, or Ticketmaster outlets at Walmart in Hilo and Kona.

A limited number of reserved section $95 tickets are available online only at ticketmaster.com or waikoloanights.com

January/February 2013

Chef Takes the Helm at Lava Lava Beach Club

Chef Takes the Helm at Lava Lava Beach Club

Since the first day, Jeff Readman stood apart as a culinary wizard who understood that food should be delicious, well-priced, and fun. Come in and try some of his new menu items! Together with Lava Lava’s corporate chef, Ken Schloss, Readman has created new menu items and updated renditions of some favorites from the menu. Lava Lava is also happy to provide beach chairs for anyone who buys a drink, lunch, or a pūpū. (Chairs are on a first-come, first-served basis.)

November/December 2012

Variety is the Spice of Life When Dining at Waikoloa

Variety is the Spice of Life When Dining at Waikoloa

For the first-time visitor to the Hawaiian Islands, going to a lū‘au is a must. So much of Hawai`i’s traditional Polynesian culture, cuisine, dance, and song are packed into a lū‘au that it becomes a feast for all the senses and an exciting, eye- opening education at the same time. To that end, two of the very best lū‘au on Hawai`i Island are found at Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Legends of the Pacific Lū‘au at Hilton Waikoloa Village; and the Sunset Lū‘au at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Both of these lū‘au shows are a treat for the entire family, with delicious food (think hulihuli chicken, fresh fish, shoyu marinated beef ribs, and the traditional imu kālua pig), thrilling fire dancing, and captivating songs and dances of the Pacific.

But the cuisine of the islands is far more varied than that. Reflecting the diversity of the peoples and cultures who have migrated to Hawai`i over the years, visitors are treated to authentic Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and other cuisines; as well as a very popular blending of local ingredients with traditional American preparations that is called Hawai`i Regional Cuisine.

Best of all is the fact that Waikoloa Beach Resort is a place where the very best of these many cuisines are found. In all, Waikoloa features close to 30 different dining options, from sit-down meals in scenic settings, to grab-and-go snacks and fast foods for busy schedules; from juicy burgers in the Kings’ Grille after a round of golf, to an aromatic cup of coffee during a morning stroll.

desertSome of Hawai`i’s best-known and well-established chefs have eateries at Waikoloa, including Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’sWaikoloa Bar & Grill), Peter Merriman (Merriman’s Market Café), and D.K. Kodama (Sansei Seafood, Steak & Sushi Bar). But just as exciting is a new Hawaiian barbecue joint that is opening under the direction of up-and-coming chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona, who recently starred on Season 8 of Food Network Star.

Nationally known chains such as Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Marble Slab Creamery, Starbucks Coffee, and Subway Sandwiches & Salads share the Waikoloa food stage with local chefs and restaurants unique to the Big Island, such as Charley’s Thai Cuisine, Island Fish & Chips, Paradise Pizza & Grill and Kona Brothers Coffee.

burgerOne ever-popular choice for lunch or dinner is Waikoloa Grill’n Bar (formerly known as Buzz’s Sand Trap). Co-owner Dickie Furtado offers diners lighter, healthier menu choices, side by side with timeless favorites such as steak and salad meals.

At the beachfront Lava Lava Beach Club you can get some sand between your toes and enjoy lunch or dinner prepared by the same folks who have been pleasing visitors and locals alike for many years at Kona’s renowned Huggo’s. Surrounded by swaying coconut trees and tropical trade winds, Lava Lava features fresh fish tacos and burgers as well as the Chef’s creative preparations of steak, Hawaiian seafood, and more.

And in addition to the popular lū‘au format, each of the two hotels at Waikoloa are known for the excellence of their culinary offerings. Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a three-meal-a-day restaurant where patrons will find all their favorite foods from back home, plus prime rib and cracked crab buffets on Friday and Saturday evenings that leave no one wanting more.

catapillar rollAt Hilton Waikoloa Village, nine dining options range from the Lagoon Grill (casual dining overlooking frolicking dolphins in the Dolphin Lagoon) to Kamuela Provision Company, with a spectacular sunset view featuring steaks and island fresh seafood. For a great breakfast buffet, you can head to Water’s Edge, and after a day of fun, several tempting options await you for dinner, including Dona & Toni’s Pizza, Imari Teppan & Sushi, and Kirin Chinese.

Wherever you are at Waikoloa Beach Resort, you are certain to find culinary delights that will please your whole family. The only problem is choosing from so many tempting options!

November/December 2012

18th Annual Na Lima Hana Craft Fair

18th Annual Na Lima Hana Craft Fair

Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov.25, from 9am-4pm

Hilton Waikoloa Village Convention Center

Over 100 crafters from the Big Island will be on hand to showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. You’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list, including Hawaiian quilts, wood carvings, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and Kona coffee.

September/October 2012

Designing Waikoloa— Architect Ted Garduque

Designing Waikoloa— Architect Ted Garduque

From thatched roof Polynesian hale to sprawling Plantation-era structures and modern tropical palaces, the architecture of these islands tells a fascinating tale. Perhaps no one knows that story better than Ted Garduque, whose Honolulu- based architectural firm, Garduque Architects, LLC, has been adding new chapters since 1987. Among his many professional achievements are several of the most prominent buildings in Waikoloa Beach Resort: Queens’ MarketPlace, Kings’ Shops, and Kings’ Clubhouse.

Architecture in Hawai`i is a wide mix of styles, each representing a distinctive period of the island chain’s history, and more importantly, reflecting the diverse peoples and cultures that have migrated here over the years to call Hawai`i home.

From thatched roof Polynesian hale to sprawling Plantation-era structures and modern tropical palaces, the architecture of these islands tells a fascinating tale. Perhaps no one knows that story better than Ted Garduque, whose Honolulu- based architectural firm, Garduque Architects, LLC, has been adding new chapters since 1987. Among his many professional achievements are several of the most prominent buildings in Waikoloa Beach Resort: Queens’ MarketPlace, Kings’ Shops, and Kings’ Clubhouse.

A graduate of the University of Oregon (BArch) and Cornell University (MArch), Garduque has taught architecture at the University of Hawai`i, University of Oregon, and Cornell University. “Architecture in Hawai`i is so diverse that it is an absolute joy to be working in the islands, and drawing off so many influences,” he says.

When Garduque set about designing the buildings at Queens’ MarketPlace, his idea was to incorporate many of those influences in one location. “Shoppers experience a bit of
what old Hawai`i felt like during different historical periods,” he says. “We wanted visitors to get an authentic sense of the different cultural influences — from native Hawaiian, to Chinese, to missionary, to Japanese, among many others — that have made Hawai`i the special place it is today.”

The Kings’ Clubhouse, adjacent to the Kings’ Golf Course, was “inspired by a reference to the Royal and Ancient traditions,” Garduque says, referring both to the ali`i (royalty) of old Hawai`i and to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, and its grand clubhouse overlooking the first hole of the Old Course.

“in fact, the gray color of the clubhouse is called ‘St. Andrews Gray,’” he notes. “While the architecture does not mimic the Royal and Ancient, it strives to present a regal and stately posture.”

Garduque grew up in Honolulu, and apprenticed with several of Hawai`i’s most influential architects. “That gave me an important sensitivity to the historic architecture of the islands,” he says. So when he started his own firm and began making his own mark on the architecture of the islands, he possessed a very deep knowledge.

His affiliation with Waikoloa dates back to 1987, when he was brought into the project by then-President of Waikoloa Land Company, Thos Rohr. “We had many discussions over the years, ” Garduque says. “How could we create our own image, our own interpretation of what architecture should be at Waikoloa? What would be our sense of place and make us different from Mauna Kea or Hualalai? Waikoloa appeals to a broader spectrum of the market than some of the other resorts on the island, but we always wanted to retain a sensitivity to the ali`i of the islands.”

Visitors to Waikoloa Beach Resort often remark how they are treated like modern-day royalty. They owe thanks, in part, to architect Ted Garduque and his architectural design for making them feel that way.

November/December 2012

Waikoloa Beach & Kings’ Courses

Waikoloa Beach & Kings’ Courses

HAWAI`I’S BEST GOLF VALUE

The more golf you play at Waikoloa Beach Resort, the better the deals get! Enjoy 2, 3, 4 rounds of golf starting at $96.25 per person, per round when prepaying for a four round golf package with no time or course restrictions. Cost includes green fees, shared cart, bottled water and use of the practice facilities. Rental clubs are $55.00 plus tax, per person for the first round and $35.00 for each additional round up to 4 rounds. Rounds beyond 4, rentals are complimentary. Rental clubs include new premium Callaway Diablo Woods and Razor X Irons.

For more information or to make a tee time call the golf shop at (808) 886-7888 or visit WaikoloaGolf.com

November/December 2012

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Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, Doors open at 5:30 pm

KAMEHAMEHA COURT
Treat yourself to the once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion of our lū‘au at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Brought to you by Tihati Productions, the Legends of the Pacific Luau dinner and show presents dramatic Polynesian dances and music of the Pacific Rim.

Our lū‘au buffet includes island favorites such as hulihuli chicken, seared island catch-of-the-day and Parker Ranch shoyu marinated ribs, the traditional imu kālua pig, and fresh daily Hawaiian style desserts.

Our signature mai tais are made with fresh pineapple juice. And we have a keiki buffet for our friends ages 12-and-under.

General seating prices are $109 plus tax for adults, $99 plus tax for seniors (65+), $99 plus tax for teens (ages 13-18), $54 plus tax for children (ages 5-12) and children under age 5 are complimentary. Ali‘i upgrade includes premier seating, complimentary valet parking, open bar, family-style food service to your table by exclusive butler and gratuity. Additional $26 plus tax per seat. Show only seating available for $60 plus tax.

For reservations and information please call (808) 886-1234, Ext. 54, or visit hiltonwaikoloavillage.com

November/December 2012

Sunset Luau

Sunset Luau

The beachfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is the place to be for a taste of Hawaiian cultural offerings at the new Sunset Luau. Billed as Hawaii Island’s most authentic luau show at sunset, the entertainment takes guests on a journey to Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa and Hawaii through the songs and dances of these Pacific Island cultures, including the spellbinding Samoan fire knife dancing. It is a spectacular sight against the dazzling backdrop of the picturesque sunsets over ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay.

Held every Saturday and Wednesday at the resort’s Luau Grounds, the Sunset Luau includes:

  • Traditional ceremony to unearth the imu (underground oven) to reveal the Kalua Pig that will be enjoyed during dinner
  • Open bar with specialty Hawaiian cocktails
  • Hawaiian dinner buffet by Executive Sous Chef Jayson Kanekoa featuring traditional and contemporary dishes
  • Aloha welcome with picture-taking
  • Hawaiian crafts and games including ‘ulu maika (bowling with a round stone through wood pegs), coconut husking and Polynesian tattoos
  • Pu (conch shell) blowing contest
  • Talk story with Hawaiian entertainers
  • Lively Polynesian music and dance performances culminating with the spellbinding Samoan fire knife dance!

Rates:

  • General seating prices are $102 (without taxes) for adults and $48 for children 6-12 years old. Keiki five years old and under will attend for free.
  • Premier seating includes preferred first row seating, lei greeting and Hawaiian pupu (appetizer) for an additional $25 per seat.
  • Rates are inclusive of gratuity and are plus tax.  Subject to change without notice.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased from 4pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa concierge desk. Seating begins at 5:00 p.m. Large parties are advised to arrive at the Luau Grounds early accommodate group seating. Tickets cans be purchased from 4pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Luau Desk. For more information or to make reservations, please call 808.886.8111 or visit sunsetluau.com.

 

September/October 2012

Dream Team Cuisine

Dream Team Cuisine

Waikoloa Grill’n Bar has added two innovative new chefs to their culinary team, and introduced a new all-day menu. The mouth-watering results are already generating “buzz” in the restaurant formerly known as Buzz’s Sand Trap. New chefs Helgi Olafson and Gabriel Rao will work with co-owner Dickie Furtado to offer diners a fresh flair for lighter, healthier menu choices, side by side with timeless favorites and comfort food from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm daily. “The chefs’ new dishes feature fresh island flavors that you want to taste when you’re on vacation, because you don’t find them anywhere else,” said Furtado. “They make a paella with fresh-caught mahi mahi, clams, shrimp, garlic, Maui onion, and saffron. The Grilled Caesar Salad can be customized with choice of shrimp, chicken, blackened ahi, or steak. And wait till you taste the Signature Calamari! But not to worry, our tried-and-true favorites are still on the menu — the classic steak and salad meals, our Big Island meatloaf, and Friday-Saturday Prime Rib Special.”

For reservations and more information, call (808) 886-8797 or visit www.waikoloagrillnbar.com.

September/October 2012

Family Friendly Fourth

Family Friendly Fourth

The Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza is one of Waikoloa Beach Resort’s signature events that allows us to give back to the community. This annual alcohol-free and drug-free event is a family-friendly celebration. This past July, two local bands were highlighted at the event, one from Kona and one from Waikoloa. Both bands wowed the crowd with a variety of energetic dance hits from the 1970s and ’80s and gave audience members a chance to enjoy each other’s company and dance to some great live music while waiting for the 8 pm hour when the fireworks show began. This year, two non-profit organizations benefited from the events at Kings’ Shops and Queens’ MarketPlace: The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii and The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank. Mahalo to the Hawaii County Fire Department and the County of Hawaii for helping to sponsor this year’s fireworks

July/August 2012

A Tribute To Waikoloa’s Visionary— Ronald F. Boeddeker, 1938-2010

A Tribute To Waikoloa’s Visionary— Ronald F. Boeddeker, 1938-2010

The Boeddeker family dedicating the plaque to Waikoloa’s visionary in 2011.

The name Ron Boeddeker may not be as well known to resort guests as Bill Marriott, Conrad Hilton, or other titans of the leisure industry. But that is exactly how Ronald F. Boeddeker would have wanted it. He did not seek the spotlight, spoke to the media infrequently, and preferred to remain low-key and behind the scenes. Without Boeddeker‘s vision, though, Waikoloa Resort may never have happened. “My dad had a special gift,” says Cary Krukowski, Boeddeker’s daughter, who spent many months as a youngster living with her family on the Big Island while the resort was being developed. “He was the kind of visionary that doesn’t come along very often. He had no fear of failure, no boundaries to his vision. He was always looking to create something extraordinary.” Boeddeker first laid eyes on what today is Waikoloa Beach Resort in 1972. At the time, the land from makai to mauka (beach to inland) was not much more than vast lava fields as far as the eye could see.

But Boeddeker saw something more. “He took my mom to look at the property,” Krukowski tells. “‘Look at this land,’ he said to her. ‘Can’t you see golf courses and hotels?’ My mom looked around and said, ‘Are you crazy?’ All she could see was black lava and a beautiful ocean.” Not one to be easily dissuaded, Boeddeker persisted. Eventually he found others who saw the same potential in the land that he did, and were willing to invest. Early investors to the project included the Texas-based financiers the Bass brothers, hotel developer Chris Hemmeter, and Johnny Bellinger, the longtime powerful head of First Hawaiian Bank. “He’d run into all kinds of people who would say ‘No,’” Krukowski says. “But he had a way of making people believe in his vision.” One of the things that makes Waikoloa so unique is the resort’s support for the local community and for the Hawaiian culture. The music, dance, arts and crafts of Hawai`i are celebrated year-round throughout the resort. That directive came early on directly from Boeddeker, and is gladly adhered to today by every Waikoloa employee.

“My dad was very fond of the Hawaiian culture, and of the people of Hawai`i,” Krukowski says. “He embraced everything Hawaiian. He greatly respected the deep traditions of the islands, and loved the fact that the culture is so family oriented. He was very family oriented himself, and that gave him a strong bond with the people of Hawai`i.”

Boeddeker passed away in 2010 at 71 years of age. His family installed a plaque to his memory that guests pass on their way to the beach from the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Krukowski says that is exactly where her dad would want to be. “Waikoloa is a beloved place to our family,” she says. “This is where my dad really started to dream big, and it is so gratifying to see this special place he envisioned more than 40 years ago become a world-class resort enjoyed by so many.”

July/August 2012

Legacy of the Hula

Legacy of the Hula

Ēwe O Ka Hula (Legacy of the Hula) The 10th Annual Celebration honoring Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, with collaboration from local hālau, schools, youth organizations, and hālau from Japan and Europe, drew an appreciative crowd of over 2,500 on Saturday, May 5. This annual fundraiser benefitted Nā Wai Iwi Ola, a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and traditions through the art of hula, and included Nā Hokū Hanohano’s Group of the Year 2012, Waipuna. As Kawaikapu took the stage during an evening filled with aloha under the fullest moon, he reflected the legacy awarded him as he shared a beautiful quote, “‘O ke aloha ka mea i ho`ōla ai,” (It is love/ compassion that brings healing).

July/August 2012

Waikoloa Family Golf Days

WAIKOLOA BEACH & KINGS’ COURSES
During the months of July–August, families can play the Waikoloa Kings’ Course after 3:30 pm for only $50 per adult and $25 for juniors including COMPLIMENTARY junior Nike rental clubs. Adult Callaway rental clubs are also available for only $25. Waikoloa Family Golf Days are a wonderful opportunity to create lifetime memories with the entire family, and experience resort golf at very affordable rates. Whether you are an experienced golfer or a beginner, the Kings’ Course will offer a complete test of golf skills. Be sure to bring your camera! For more information or to make a tee time call the golf shop at (808) 886-7888 or visit WaikoloaGolf.com

July/August 2012

Hawai`i’s only “toes in the sand“ restaurant, Lava Lava Beach Club

Hawai`i’s only “toes in the sand“ restaurant, Lava Lava Beach Club

Waikoloa Beach Resort‘s newest dining and accommodations option is also Hawai`i’s only “toes in the sand“ restaurant, Lava Lava Beach Club. Located just south of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and managed by the same folks who have been pleasing visitors and locals alike for many years at Kona’s renowned Huggo’s, “Lava Lava Beach Club is a place people can come enjoy the beach and the sunset in a very relaxed environment,” says owner Scott Dodd. Set upon more than 10 acres of prime beachfront land, Lava Lava Beach Club also offers four contemporary Hawaiian vacation cottages and an event lawn. For weddings, family reunions and other special occasions, the exclusive rental of the four cottages will provide the perfect home for any beachside celebration. lavalavabeachclub.com

May/June 2012

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton A veritable playground for kids of all ages, Hilton Waikoloa Village has often been described as “Hawai‘i’s Fantasyland,” and the fun starts the moment you enter the lobby. While kids are busy trying to get one of the sociable lobby parrots to talk, parents check in. Then, the whole family jumps into a tram or a canal boat which takes them to their room. What a way to start a vacation!

Activities are seemingly endless, but swimming with the dolphins is a must. This once-in-a-lifetime experience with Dolphin Quest allows guests to have up-close-and-personal encounters with the impressive mammals, during which they can touch, feed, play, learn and swim with them.

Hilton Slides Club Keiki offers a variety of arts, crafts and games for kids ages 5-12; while older kids can swim in the lagoon or one of several pools, or frolic on the 175-foot water slide at Kona Pool. A life-size checkerboard is also popular.

When it comes time to dine, Hilton allows kids 4-and-under to order from a “Kids Eat Free” menu at participating restaurants with an adult purchase of a main menu item. The kids menus provide select items that are FREE, as well as other value-priced items. Keikis are also encouraged collect a series of colorful wristbands that win them prizes.

May/June 2012

Ocean Sports

The premier ocean recreation company on the Kohala Coast, Ocean Sports has been specializing in family recreation for more than 30 years. With multiple locations around Waikoloa Beach Resort, whether you’d like to sail, snorkel, kayak, scuba dive or whale watch, Ocean Sports can take you there…and kids under 5 go free on any cruise, any time.

On the other hand, maybe you’d like to try your hand at the latest ocean craze, stand-up paddle boarding. A lesson will get you started, and the rest is up to you. You can join one of many regularly scheduled excursions—including a kid-favorite glass-bottom boat ride—or design a custom charter just for your family.

“Our motto is ‘Every day is an adventure,’” says Kay Brooks, director of sales and marketing for Ocean Sports. “So come and have your Big Island adventures with us!”

May/June 2012

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

At Waikoloa Beach Marriott, kids are prized and entertained. The popular Sunset Luau is always a family favorite. Guests gather as the sun sets over the Pacific, and enjoy a sumptuous feast of traditional Hawaiian dishes, mixed with familiar favorites from salads to tempting desserts. Following dinner, a fascinating show takes guests on a journey to Tahiti, New Zealand and other parts of the South Pacific through the songs and dances of these Polynesian cultures…topped by the thrilling sight of the Sāmoan Fire Dance!

Days at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott are filled with play, starting at the pools. One pool finds a shallow sandy bottom that always makes for great splashes and fun; and another pool is popular for its long, winding waterslide.

More water-oriented family fun is found on the half-mile-long beach that fronts the resort, where older kids can snorkel, boogie board and swim, and the whole family can sign up for glass-bottom boat at rides, hydrobikes, or kayaking adventures.

In Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge, children 5-and-under eat free at the breakfast buffet as well as the dinner buffet that is offered on Friday and Saturday nights.

May/June 2012

Lavaman Keiki

The 15th annual Lavaman Triathlon was held at Waikoloa Beach Resort on Sunday, April 1, with more than 1,600 people taking part in the Olympic-distance races.
But perhaps even more fun to watch were the Lavakids events which were held the previous day. In the Aquathon race for kids aged 7 to 10 (a 50-meter swim and a one-mile run) 10-year-old Caleb Westfall outpaced Silas Wiley by seven seconds to take first place in the 65-participant field.

In the Youth Triathlon for kids aged 11 to 15 (a 100-meter swim, a one-mile run, a two-mile bike, and a .5-mile run) 12-year-old Jamie Hellard beat 12-year-old Malcolm Davis by four seconds and 15-year-old Alexa Clark by six seconds to win in a tight finish. A total of 28 participants took part.

March/April 2012

LAVAMAN 2012

LAVAMAN 2012

The 15th annual Lavaman Triathlon will take place at Waikoloa Beach Resort on Sunday, April 1. The Olympicdistance race begins at 7:30 am with a 1.5 km (.9 miles) swim in `Anaeho`omalu Bay. The swim portion is followed by a 40K bike ride and 10K run, with an awards party and beach barbeque to celebrate and finish the day.

More than 1,200 people participated in the 2011 race, making it one of the biggest events of the year at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Last year’s champions were 25-year-old Erich Wegscheider (1:53:31) of San Jose, CA, in the Elite Men’s Division, who finished first overall; and 32-year-old Bree Wee (2:04:28) of Kailua-Kona in the Elite Women’s Division. It was the second consecutive year that Bree won the Elite Women’s Division, and her 2011 time was good enough for a 14th place finish overall.

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The ages of participants ranged from the youngest at 15, Allen Mercer-Love of Albuquerque, NM, to Dieter Heycke, 76 years young, of Honolulu, HI. Racers of all ages came from across the United States and Canada, with several from Japan taking part as well.

“As the Lavaman Triathlon comes into its 15th year, we are proud that it has become one of the top triathlons in the U.S. and definitely one of the most popular, selling out this year in only a few days,” says race director Gerry Rott. “We have been named ‘The Best Party in Triathlon’ because our competitors not only enjoy the challenges that the Lavaman course offers, but also the inviting atmosphere of Waikoloa Beach Resort and what it offers not only for the athletes, but for their families and friends as well.”

Starting in waist-deep water that averages 80 degrees in April, swimmers start and return to the south end of the beach fronting the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The bike ride segment travels out and back on the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway (using a portion of the same bike course that Ironman participants follow) then back into the resort. The run portion is through the Waikoloa Beach Resort and the grounds of the Hilton Waikoloa Village, with varied terrain consisting of lava, sand, coral trail, road, lawn, and flagstone path with a beach finish.

“We have competitors from the pro ranks—such as former two-time Ironman World Champion, Chris McCormack, who calls it his favorite Olympic Distance Race—to those athletes racing in their very first triathlon and raising money for worthy causes,” Rott says.

Ranked as one of the “100 Best Races” by Triathlete Magazine, the 2012 race is sold out with more than 1,600 entrants, but volunteers are always needed, and there are many activities throughout the weekend that everyone is invited to join, including a Sunset 5K Run/Walk on Friday, March 30; and a Lavakids keiki race on Saturday, March 31.

For information or to sign up to volunteer, go to lavamantriathlon.com/waikoloa/ Competitors swimming in `Anaeho`omalu Bay; Left: 2011 champions Bree Wee and Erich Wegscheider. 2STAY IN STYLE What’s Happening? Entertainment & Activities 4 6WAIKOLOA DINING GUIDE Eddie Aikau Restaurant

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March/April 2012

Future PGA Tour Pros At Waikoloa

Future PGA Tour Pros At Waikoloa

The future stars of the PGA Tour were on display at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course in early February, participating in the 22nd Annual Amer Ari collegiate golf tournament. The University of Texas Longhorns (pictured above), the No. 1-ranked team in the country, held a wire-to-wire lead for a 5-stroke victory over the USC Trojans. The Trojans, though, celebrated their teammate Jeffrey Kang, who beat Texas’ Jordan Spieth in a sudden death playoff to take home low medalist honors for individual play. “It was a great week,” said Earl Tamiya, Men’s Head Golf Coach at the University of Hawai`i Hilo, tournament host. “We are proud of all the teams who came to the Big Island and participated, and we’d especially like to congratulate the Texas Longhorns for an impressive win.” A total of 20 teams participated in the Amer Ari in 2012, including eight of the top 15 ranked teams in the U.S.

Diners will be encouraged to “get some sand between their toes” when dining at the new Lava Lava Beach Club, opening at Waikoloa Beach Resort in April. Located just south of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and managed by the same folks who have been pleasing visitors and locals alike for many years at Kona’s renowned Huggo’s, “Lava Lava Beach Club will be a place people can come enjoy the beach and the sunset in a very relaxed environment,” says owner Scott Dodd. “Whether you are out for a fun night of casual dining or just coming off your paddleboard, you’ll feel right at home at Lava Lava Beach Club.”

The restaurant will have a comfortable feel, with many options to sit directly outside on the beach. Surrounded by swaying coconut trees and tropical trade winds, the restaurant will feature “relaxed island cuisine” and a varied menu with options for light dining on fresh fish tacos and burgers as well as the Chef’s creative preparations of steak, Hawaiian seafood and more upscale options.

March/April 2012

Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh

Curious about local foods, produce and community? The Kings’ Shops Farmers Market is the place to be! This open-air market, held every Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is the gathering place for local growers and artisans who come together and present the best of their local bounty, talk story about their harvests and island-made products. Come enjoy the outdoors while perusing freshly baked breads and pastries, locally made jams and jellies, Hawaiian salts, locally grown & roasted macadamia nuts, fresh fruits, vegetables and juices. Whether you want a snack for your hotel room, need to stock the refrigerator in your condominium or want to take home a piece of Hawai`i, the Kings’ Shops Farmers Market has many of the best things the island has to offer. For more information call (808) 886-8811

March/April 2012

Lava Lava Beach Club

A perfect spot to watch the Big Island’s stunning sunsets, Lava Lava Beach Club’s bar will feature innovative beverages, tiki torches, live music and couches in the sand. “Nothing really compares to wiggling your toes in the sand and watching the sun go down,” Dodd says.

Set upon more than 10 acres of prime beachfront land within the Waikoloa Beach Resort, in addition to the restaurant, Lava Lava Beach Club will also incorporate four vacation cottages and an event lawn. For weddings, family reunions and other special occasions, the exclusive rental of the four cottages will provide the perfect home for any beachfront celebration.

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