All of us here at Holualoa Inn are getting ready for a weekend filled with beauty, song and dance. Celebrations abound throughout Hawaii Island to celebrate "Lei Day" on Saturday, May 1. Just down the hill, our Holualoa Inn neighbors are hosting a Garden Tour and Thai Lunch to benefit the Kona Outdoor Circle, a non-profit group dedicated to keeping Big Island gardens and roadways lush, green and flowering! The event is planned from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with one tour prior to lunch, the second tour following lunch. The private home and gardens are Thai inspired --thus the lunch menu selection --and gorgeous! Details and reservations: 331-2426. Meanwhile, several Lei Day festivities are planned along the Kona/Kohala "Gold Coast". One, a day-long family favorite that includes various cultural demonstrations, great food, music, hula and other entertainment, will be hosted at Waikoloa Beach Resort's Queen's Marketplace. It's an easy and scenic ocean highway drive (about 30 minutes) from Holualoa Inn. No reservations or entry fee. Wishing you a very special weekend of fun and cultural explorations,
Today may be Earth Day but the celebrations continue on throughout the week and through this weekend here on Hawaii Island's "Kona Side". The 21st Annual Hawaii Community college Earth Day Fair, featuring live entertainment and numerous complimentary events and activities, is on for Friday, April 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the upper grounds of Hawaii Community College. On Saturday, April 24, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, together with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program, hosts its 2010 Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Keauhou Beach Resort & Kahalu'u Beach Park...a short and easy drive from Holualoa Inn! The Fair showcases more than 60 exhibits and activities focused on raising awareness about recycling, coastal restoration and preservation, ocean literacy, energy and conservation, sustainable living and "green" Hawaiian cultural practices. The educational and fun activities include tide pool exploration, whale and dolphin games, encounters with "Reef Teach" and "Green Power Girl" who will teach children all they need to know to care for the planet. Entertainment includes dance performances by the Hula Halau O Po'ohala and slack key guitar master Makana. Get more details at: 808/329-1758. Meanwhile here at Holualoa Inn, we embrace organic and sustainable farming -- in our produce and fruit gardens, and in the coffee orchards. Our happy chickens graze freely, producing 100% organic eggs. All of these delicious products make up the foundation for Chef Brian's uber delicious and hearty Holualoa Inn breakfasts! Keeping it "Green" all year round -- our land stewards Kat and Chris (pictured).
Saturdays bring farmers to Holualoa Village to share their naturally grown products with Island residents and vistitors. A short stroll from Holualoa Inn, the weekly Farmers Market is hosted at Holuakoa Cafe & Gardens from 8 a.m. til about noon. Mostly organic farm fresh produce, tropical fruits, Kona coffee, honey, preserves and just laid eggs are among the goodies. It's a short drive to Kailua-Kona from Holualoa Inn, and Sunday the Kailua bay side town hosts its Kailua Village Stroll along the charming Alii Drive which is shut down to traffic, becoming a delightful pedestrian boulevard! Local musicians perform; artists and craftspeople share their work and, of course, there's plenty of food and beverage to be enjoyed! Life is good on Hawaii Island...hope to see you here soon!
Hawaii Island's largest, longest running annual cultural festival kicked off in Hilo last night. The 46th annual Merrie Monarch Festival takes place now through Sunday, April 11 with hundreds of hula halaus (groups) from throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the mainland and as far away as Japan performing in competitions over the next few days. The festival of dance and Hawaiian traditions is dedicated to the memory of King David Kalakaua who reigned over the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1874 until his death in 1891. He was affectionately known as the "Merrie Monarch". A patron of the arts, during his rule, Kalakaua restored many of the nearly extinct cultural traditions of the Hawaiian people, including the hula, which had been forbidden by missionaries for more than 70 years. All hail to Hawaii's Merrie Monarch for preserving this culturally rich, significant and beautiful art form!
Make a visit to historic and charming Holualoa Village part of your Big Island itinerary. In the heart of the internationally acclaimed Kona coffee growing region, numerous farms offer tastings and tours, while the village is filled with unique gift shops, art galleries, studios and workshops! Be sure to save time to drop by Holualoa Inn for a tour (offered between 11 and 4 daily) of our gardens, coffee orchards and the Inn. We look forward to welcoming you soon!