Friday, August 27, 2010

Labor Day Weekend Special Events on Hawaii Island

Labor Day weekend is creeping up & Big Island visitors & residents most difficult task will be deciding among the numerous happenings scheduled island-wide -- many at locations just minutes away from Holualoa Inn!  Action begins Friday September 3 & Saturday, September 4 at Hualalai Resort. 'Taste of Hawaii Island" features the island's top chefs dishing up their specialties all for a great cause -- The American Cancer Society Hawaii Chapter. The evening includes great entertainment, food, drink & a silent auction with stellar items that will go home with the winning bidders! On Saturday, it's your choice: run, golf or play (tennis) for the same great cause. It's a fun-filled day of good-spirited competition. Click on the Hualalai Resort link above for more details or phone 808-325-8000. The annual Hawaii Island Festival, "30 Days of Aloha" kicks off at Waikoloa Beach Resort on Saturday, September 4 & Sunday, September 5 & offers everything from hula & poke contests, to fashion shows & the best falsetto voices in the islands! For tickets & more details: Hawaii Island Festival. Even closer to your home at Holualoa Inn the Annual Hawaii Slack Key Guitar Festival takes place at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 5. Complimentary admission for this afternoon of music. Enjoy! 

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hawaii Island's Most Romantic -- and delish -- Restaurants

Situated just minutes above Kailua-Kona Village, Holualoa Inn is perfectly located for guests looking to enjoy some of Hawaii Island's most romantic dining venues -- all of them dishing up culinary bliss! Just 10 minutes downhill from Holualoa Inn, La Bourgogne dishes up the ultimate in French country cuisine in a dining room that will make you believe you've been transported to Provence! The space is intimate & dimly lit, so be sure to request a booth -- best for snuggling between courses! In the heart of Kailua-Kona, you'll find Huggo's. An institution here on the Island's west side, Huggo's has been welcoming guests to it's bay front location for more than 40 years & its pint-sized southern lanai is an insider find for those looking for great food and privacy. For tropical romance at its finest, book your table for two on an evening sporting a full moon! Overlooking White Sands Beach just south of Kailua-Kona, the venerable Jameson's boasts intimate lanai and indoor dining. Seafood is a specialty, along with arguably the very best Mai Tai cocktail on the island! Closer to home, it's an easy stroll from the Inn to Holuakoa Gardens & Cafe, one of the island's top dining destinations. Enchanting gardens, organic ingredients and Chef Wilson at the's all part of Holuakoa Gardens' recipe for success! Kau-Kau (eat up & enjoy!)  

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hawaii Special Events -- Paniolos & Palaces!

Events abound this month -- from  festivities just down the Road from Holualoa Inn to hoe downs in Waimea's "cowboy country" -- August is action-filled here on the Big Island! Follow the upper highway for a scenic coastal and dryland forest panorama or head down to Queen K Highway where you'll skirt ocean and lava fields to make the 45 minute drive to historic Waimea Town on Saturday, August 14, 2010. The "Real Beef by Real Cowboy" event (cowboys from 10 Hawaii Island ranches dish up their favorite beef, bread and dessert recipes for a delicious hoe down) at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center from 3-6 p.m. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for Sunday, August 22 for the Hulihee Palace Concert featuring vocals by the "Merrie Monarchs" and hula performed by the award-winning "Halau Na Pua Ui o Hawaii". The complimentary concert begins at 4 p.m. and  takes place on the Palace lawn overlooking scenic Kailua Bay. See you there! 
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hawaii's Official Team Sport -- Outrigger Canoe Paddling!

A growing sport internationally, outrigger canoe paddling is a cultural treasure of historic significance in the Hawaiian Islands, and it has been designated the state's official team sport. The first settlers of these islands paddled more than 2,000 miles to get here, relying on the stars to guide them. Today, the challenge and sport of outrigger canoe paddling is preserved through numerous clubs consisting of more than 2500 competitive paddlers throughout the state. Recreational paddlers add thousands to that count! Canoe Regattas are hosted annual May through September on various Saturdays at a number of locations. On Hawaii Island, catch the long distance racing action that takes place up and down the Kona-Kohala coastline on the following dates and at these locations -- all within an easy 30 to 45 minute drive from Holualoa Inn: August 21, Honaunau; August 28, Waikoloa Beach Resort; September 4 & 5, Kailua-Kona to Honaunau; September 11, Waikoloa Beach Resort to Keauhou Bay. Kick back on our Holualoa Inn makai (ocean facing)  lanais and view the regattas scheduled September 2010 without leaving "home"! You don't have to compete or join a club to enjoy this exciting and challenging sport. A number of local experts provide instruction, canoes, guided tours and more, among them HYPR Nalu situated across from the pier in Kailua-Kona, and Kona Beach Boys located on the small beach fronting King Kamehameha Hotel in Kailua-Kona. For more information on outrigger canoe paddling and for an annual calendar of competitions phone (808) 324-1541 or online Moku O Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Association.     

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