Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hawai‘i's Newest Events Pavilion

The best new place to hold a wedding reception in Hawai‘i is at Holualoa Inn's newly unveiled Malulani Pavilion. Clad in cedar with beamed ceilings and stunning views, this open-air venue is provides the perfect spot for hosting a special event, be it a corporate gathering, fundraiser, family reunion, yoga retreat or reception.

Situated amid the Zen backdrop of the Inn's gorgeous 30-acre coffee estate, the pavilion holds up to 120 guests and features a kitchen, bar area, spot-lit garden and an expansive lawn that can be tented for additional space. The Inn's experienced event planners can recommend local vendors and professionals to help groups create a one-of-a-kind experience in paradise. For smaller gatherings, the Inn also features a poolside gazebo and additional private niches on site.

Recently, Holualoa Inn invited event professionals and media to an exclusive, sneak peak of Malulani Pavilion. Catered gourmet food, beverages and wine were on the menu. Last month, an organization of fine artists from the Big Island rented the pavilion to host its annual art auction, with proceeds to benefit local students.

Holualoa Inn is a Hawaiian boutique hotel located in the heart of Kona Coffee Country in the charming, upcountry village of Holualoa. We're just a few short minutes from the beaches and water activities of Kailua-Kona, too. 

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holualoa Light and Music Festival

It's that time of year again when Historic Holualoa Village rolls out the holiday red carpet, inviting visitors and residents to ring in the holidays, Hawaiian style. On Saturday, December 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Holualoa lights up the night with the annual lighting of the town Christmas tree, plus an appearance by Santa, lots of live music, gallery gatherings, art openings, food, drink and more!

Gallery owners will open their doors to kick off the holiday shopping season, while at the same time bringing the local community together for a night of socializing, mingling and fun. Shops will be serving up complimentary pupus and beverages, holiday treats and of course, 100-percent Kona coffee. It's a chance for attendees to catch up with old friends, make new friends, or put names to familiar faces.

During the stroll, Holualoa Inn will conduct tours of the Inn including tours of our newly unveiled Malulani Pavilion events venue. Our Holualoa Inn ohana are busy decking the halls with amazing floral arrangements created of beautiful botanicals from our property. With the glow of our wood-burning fireplace illuminating the Great Room, guests will get to see the magic of Holualoa Inn at night, up close and personal. During the day, homemade cookies, pastries and a bounty of breakfast delights fill the Inn with the aroma of the holidays. Our Kona Hawai‘i bed and breakfast is the perfect place to book a stay during the holidays.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Visitors at Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park are experiencing a rare treat this week with the arrival of a wild Hawaiian monk seal that has been swimming in the bay and sleeping on the sandy beach fronting the Royal Canoe Landing.

The only species of seal that is native to Hawai‘i, the Hawaiian monk seal is among the most endangered marine mammals on the planet—with fewer than 1,100 seals total frequenting Hawaiian waters. Most of the monk seal population is concentrated in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, but there are a handful of seals that live near the eight primary islands, including right here on the Big Island. Hawaiian monk seals are protected under the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and under state law in Hawai‘i.  It is illegal to approach, touch or harass a monk seal, whether it is in the water or on land.

The visiting monk seal at Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau doesn't seem to mind folks watching it as it sleeps on the beach. The area is cordoned off by yellow tape that keeps visitors a safe distance from the mammal. If ever you spot a Hawaiian monk seal on a beach or in the ocean, be sure to contact NOAA Fisheries Service so that they can keep tabs on these highly endangered creatures.

Did you know that the Hawaiian monk seal is Hawai‘i's official state mammal? And here's another interesting fact: In Hawaiian, the monk is known as llioholoikauaua, which means "dog running the rough seas." It's also sometimes called "na mea hulu," which means "the furry one."

Guests of Holualoa Inn enjoy close proximity to the best water activities on the island, including snorkeling tours, whale-watching charters, submarine rides and glass-bottom boat tours. Just a ten-minute drive to Kailua Pier, the Inn offers beautiful ocean views and a great central location in the heart of Kona Coffee Country.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Kona Coffee Festival in Full Swing

It's that time of year again when Kona celebrates all things coffee during the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival 2012. The festivities kicked off last weekend in Holualoa with the Village Coffee & Art stroll, where visitors wandered art galleries and boutiques while sampling 100-percent Kona coffee. Here at Holualoa Inn, we invited visitors to tour our historic coffee estate and see first-hand our newly unveiled Malulani Pavilion, the perfect venue for receptions, gatherings, meetings and special events.

Last week, coffee pickers of all ages participated in the UCC Hawai‘i Kona Coffee Picking Contest, also held in Holualoa. Festival-goers got the chance to try their hand at picking ripe coffee cherry fresh off the tree. With the festival still in full swing, this coming Thursday, the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition will present the finalists chosen by a panel of expert judges for the prestigious title of best Kona coffee. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa in Keauhou.

For the grand finale, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Parade takes place on Saturday, November 10 in Historic Kailua Village. Floats, marching bands and lanterns light up the parade route as the local community celebrates Kona's coffee heritage. The festival concludes on Sunday, November 11 at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, where the Aloha Makahiki Concert showcases top musicians and hula halau performing traditional Hawaiian music and dance.

Located in the heart of Kona coffee country, Holualoa Inn occupies a 30-acre estate brimming with more than 5,000 coffee trees as well as an abundance of tropical botanicals, fruit orchards, and edible gardens. Guests wake up to the aroma of our own freshly brewed Kona coffee, grown right here on the beautiful grounds of the Inn.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn