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.
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!
Next 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.
If 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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!
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.
“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.”
A 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.
“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.
“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!
The 13th Annual Great Waikoloa `Ukulele Festival
Saturday, March 2, Noon - 7 pm
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!
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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.
16th Annual Lavaman Triathlon Events
Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24
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/
Arts Under the Stars
Second Saturday of each month
March 9 & April 13, 5-8pm
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
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).
Detailed Team Results
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.
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!
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!
New Year, New You at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Many people’s New Year’s resolutions include doing more exercise, eating more nutritious foods, losing weight, and taking better care of themselves. If that includes you, Hawaii is the perfect place to start positive new habits, or amplify the good health habits you already have.
The Big Island in particular is known for its wealth of sports and recreational opportunities, health-conscious menus, and outdoor activities of all kinds. Here in the land of triathlons and fresh foods from the land and sea, it’s hard not to be active and eat well. With a year-round climate suited for everything from hiking to surfing, from bicycling to golf, residents and visitors alike make a point of doing something outdoors every day.
At Waikoloa Beach Resort, your options for a healthy lifestyle are endless. Ocean sports abound, spas and fitness centers are conveniently located, healthy cuisine is available on most menus, and classes from yoga to strength training are offered just about every day of the week.
The Perfect Place to Get or Stay Healthy
“Waikoloa is the perfect place to get or stay healthy,” says Scott Head, Vice President of Resort Operations. “From the moment you wake up in the morning until you turn in at night, you can do yoga, snorkel, paddle a kayak, bike, run, play golf, work out in a spa…there are so many options here that there’s certain to be something everyone will enjoy.”
If you and your family want to rent a bicycle for a day of exercise and sightseeing, head over to Big Island Motorcycle Company in Kings’ Shops or Bike Works Beach and Sports in the Queens’ MarketPlace, where a complete line of rentals are offered. The roads in Waikoloa Beach Resort are perfect for leisure rides, and more adventurous riders can trace the cycling portion of the Ironman Triathlon along Queen Kaahumanu Highway if they so desire.
State of the Art Fitness
A state-of-the-art fitness center with a full schedule of classes is found at Kohala Spa inside the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Daily classes given by certified instructors include Pilates and yoga, core conditioning, body sculpting, stretching, and more.
At the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, guests can enjoy a peaceful morning yoga on ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay, or exercise the entire body with stand-up paddleboard adventure; build upper body strength with a daily kayak excursion; or rent mask, snorkel, and fins for a colorful underwater exploration. The resort’s hydro-bike is also a popular way to enjoy working out while admiring paradise on ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay.
And the knowledgeable concierge staffs at both resorts can assist guests with everything from surf lessons to hiking and bird-watching tours with the experts from Hawai’i Forest & Trail, through both the rainforest and dryforest of Pu’u La’au on Mauna Kea.
Back on resort grounds, golf enthusiasts should try walking the Kings’ or Beach golf courses when you play. It’s a scenic — and healthy — day of fun.
Fresh from Land and Sea
When it comes to dining, resort guests are well taken care of. Fresh fish from local waters is on almost every menu, and most chefs find most or all of their produce from local — some organic — farms.
At Waikoloa Grill’n Bar, for example, patrons find a menu that includes several lighter, healthier menu choices. “Our dishes feature fresh island flavors that you want to taste when you’re on vacation, because you don’t find them anywhere else,” said owner Dickie Furtado. “We make a paella with fresh-caught mahi mahi, clams, shrimp, garlic, Maui onion, and saffron. Our Grilled Caesar Salad can be customized with choice of shrimp, chicken, or blackened ahi. And wait till you taste the Signature Calamari!”
At Hilton Waikoloa Village, head to Kamuela Provision Company for a full range of fresh seafood choices. If you prefer a completely vegetarian meal, try the Hamakua Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil paired with an Organic Caesar made with locally-grown Romaine lettuce and Big Island avocados.
“Fruits here in Hawaii are fantastic,” says Charles Charbonneau, executive chef at Hilton Waikoloa Village. “So our breakfast buffets feature fresh fruits year-round, depending on what is in season. At all of our restaurants, we put an emphasis on local produce and local fish, and we adjust our menus as produce comes into season… right now we’re adding a roasted beet salad with local greens and Puna goat cheese.”
At Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge in the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, lighter dinners include fresh fish in a variety of tasty preparations, and salads crafted from locally sourced produce.
If you are interested in preparing fresh, locally grown foods for yourself, head to the Kings’ Shops Farmers Market, held every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here you’ll discover the best of the local bounty, talk story with farmers about their harvests and island-made products.
“If you are someone who already practices great health habits, you will find Waikoloa Beach Resort a very supportive place,” Head says. “And if you’re someone whose New Year’s resolutions include starting a healthier lifestyle in 2013, there’s no better place and no better time to start than here and now.”
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
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.)
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.
Some 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.
One 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.
At 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!
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.
Designing Waikoloa— Architect Ted Garduque
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.
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
Legends Of The Pacific Luau: The Most Popular Luau On Hawaii Island
Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, Doors open at 5:30 pm
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
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 5 pm
Enjoy traditional Hawaiian dishes, as well as familiar favorites, from salads to tempting dessert selections and a full open bar. Following dinner, journey to Tahiti, New Zealand, Hawai`i and Sāmoa through the songs and dances of these Pacific cultures. The spellbinding Samoan fire dance is a spectacular sight!
General seating prices are $97 for adults, $43 for keiki 6-12 years old, and keiki 5-and-under are FREE. Premier seating includes preferred first row seating, lei greeting and Hawaiian pūpū (appetizer); additional $25 per seat.
Rates do not include Hawai`i state sales tax and are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased from 4 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the hotel in our lobby. Seating begins at 5 pm. Large parties are advised to arrive at the lū‘au grounds early to accommodate group seating.
For more information or to make reservations at Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge or the Sunset Lu’au, call (808) 886-8111.
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.
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
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.”
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).
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
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
Hilton Waikoloa Village
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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.