Monday, July 26, 2010

Hawaii Island Special Events – August 2010

Endless summer action is in full swing on the Big Island this month with a number of events to choose from on both the Kona and Hilo sides! Make plans to visit Hilo (allow 2.5 hours each way to and from Holualoa Inn)between August 6-8, 2010 to visit the volcano, while leaving time to check out the 58th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show at Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium. Thousands of rare and unusual orchids will be on display at this three-day floral extravaganza! Times vary slightly each day; for complete information email hiloorchidshow@gmail.com or phone (808) 333-1852. Closer to home, a mere 10 minutes down the hill from the Holualoa Inn in Kailua-Kona Village, check out the 2nd Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival at Royal Kona Resort (just off Ali’i Drive in the center of town) on August 14, 2010. Bartenders from around the globe compete for the coveted title of “World’s Best Mai Tai” and $10,000 in cash prizes. Lots of “ono” (delicious) food, entertainment, demonstrations and, of course, Mai Tais! For details, phone (808) 214-8133 or visit www.hawaiianhotels.com. On August 29, 2010 the first annual Lavaman Triathlon & Sports Festival takes place in Keauhou with action beginning at 7 a.m. This Olympic distance triathlon includes a 1.5 mile swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Activities include a family health, sports and fitness expo at the Keauhou Shopping Center (just 10 minutes from Holualoa Inn). For more information, phone (877) 532-8468 or visit www.lavamantriathlon.com.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hawaii Island's Exotic Breadfruit


At once exotic, erotic and evocative, breadfruit (known as ulu in Hawaiian) is rooted in absolute practicality and sustenance. The breadfruit tree is tall and proud, with a lush canopy of uniquely formed foliage which shields its large, round globes of green fruit. The tree is not indigenous to the state, but rather, was imported to the Hawaiian Islands via canoe by the first Polynesian settlers from regions in the South Pacific. A staple of these ancient Hawaiians’ diet, ulu is a nutritious starchy melon of light yellow flesh. When roasted and eaten before it is fully ripe, ulu not only feels like fresh bread, but smells and tastes a lot like bread as well, explaining its name.  Prized for its life sustaining fruit, the ulu tree also is sought out for its wood. Extremely light, the wood is highly valued by artisans who for centuries have used it to construct everything from outrigger canoes, surfboards and drums to bowls and artwork. Artists of nearly every medium – watercolor and oil paintings, ceramics, textile prints and quilts – depict the beauty of the tree’s foliage and fruit in many of their pieces. Look for the unmistakable broad, bold leaf patterns and voluptuous fruit in various works of art found in galleries and boutiques scattered throughout the island, including many of the studios right here in Holualoa town! It’s just a short jaunt up Holualoa Inn’s entry drive to Mamalahoa Highway where your gallery hopping begins.  


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hawaii Cultural Events for July 2010

Kona's Kealakekua region is rich in cultural and natural history and the Kona Historical Society offers a number of fascinating programs year round at its H. N. Greenwell Store Museum. This month discover the art of making Portuguese Sweetbread in the traditional style using an outdoor fornu oven  and/or enjoy storytelling sessions by the Island's kapuna (elders) and guest speakers -- both sessions are offered weekly on Thursdays. Kealakekua is a scenic 20-30 minute drive south from Holualoa Inn. You can spend a day -- or a lifetime exploring this spectacularly beautiful and historic region of the Big Island! 

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pele -- Hawaii Island's Fire Goddess

Do you know Hawaii Island is nicknamed the Big Island for good reason? The island is by far the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands with a landmass of 4,028 square miles, and it's still growing as hot lava continues to pour from its Kilauea Volcano, the most active volcano in the world today! The ancient Hawaiian Fire Goddess Pele is said to make home in the fire pit named Halema'uma'u Crater at the Summit of Kilauea. Her explosive temper is on display nearly daily, in at least one or more forms: fiery eruptions, dramatic lava flows or smokey plumes. A day trip to Volcanoes National Park from Holualoa Inn is a must-do activity during your stay with us! Plan a full day, allow 6 hours round trip to make the drive to the southeast end of the island (which allows time for a few scenic stops to and from) and another two to three hours minimum to view the volcanic action, explore the Park, and poke around its information-packed visitor center. 
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hawaii Island Celebrates 4th of July in a Big Way!

Choose your favorite festivity to celebrate this national holiday -- parades, fundraisers and, of course, fireworks are all part of the fun here on the Big Island of Hawaii! One of our Holualoa Inn favorites is the Annual Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Resort on the beautiful Kohala Coast. The honu is our special talisman after all! But we'll save that story for another post. Back to the event at Mauna Lani Resort. Known for its active role in managing the rich natural resources on its property, including the coastline and marine life, Mauna Lani Resort grows and cares for endangered Green Sea Turtles throughout the year. Those that are large enough to be released back to their ocean home are set free each July 4th. It's a fun and informative family event -- one you must experience at least once in your lifetime! Just south on the Kohala Coast, the Waikoloa Beach Resort hosts its annual Great Waikoloa Rubber Ducky Race & 4th of July Extravaganza -- a day long event with activities benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii. Live music, various activities and fireworks over King's Lake are all part of the fun. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and are on-going til 9:30 p.m. Right down the hill from Holualoa Inn in Kailua-Kona Village, activities take place from 4 - 10 p.m. Highlights include the annual parade at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks over Kailua Bay at
8:30 p.m.  
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