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Trip to the Volcano from Waikoloa Beach Resort

Friday, October 7th, 2011

If there is one thing Hawaii is known for, it is the volcanos throughout the state and more specifically the Big Island of Hawaii. Some lie dormant but others like Kilauea, do not.

Some days, onlookers can physically view lava while other days, only the steam vents can be seen. Typically, it is more impressive to watch volcanic activity during the early evening hours, as the red lava color can be seen in the darkness.

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano began in 1983 and continues today. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. According to Hawaiian mythology, the goddess Pele calls Kilauea her home. It is said, that she controls the volcanic activity. It is also a popular belief that bad luck befalls anyone who removes lava rock from where it was found on the island.

Travelers can expect the drive from Waikoloa Beach to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to take about least two and a half hours via Highway 190 without stopping along the way. Traveling distance is just over one hundred miles. In preparation for this adventure, it is important to call the Visitors Information Line for updates. With the most recent eruption in April, 2008 and the continuous emission of sulfur dioxide, hazards can include respiratory problems and road or park closures. There are different color-coded levels for sulfur dioxide conditions.

There are organized tours available if preferable to the group. Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (808) 985-6000
Volcano Eruption Update http://volcano.wr.usgs.gov/kilaueastatus.php

Sulfur Dioxide Conditions
http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/webcams/parks/havoso2alert/havoalert.cfm

ROUTE #1

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals recommends leaving at about 8am. There are some great sites and good food along the way. With no stops, it will take about two and a half hours to reach Volcano National Park.

From the resort, take a left on the main highway. Take a right on Waikoloa Rd (at the helicopter pad). Take that all the way up to HIGHWAY 190 toward Waimea, just past Waimea, the road turns into HIGHWAY 19, Breakfast and lunch are available at Tex Drive-in. This is a great local breakfast location with hot Malasadas there as well (It’s a kind of doughnut) Another restaurant Waikoloa Vacation Rentals recommends is Hokulani Steakhouse. They offer all day dining and a family friendly environment.

Along the way, Waipio Valley lookout, has a beautiful coastline view of the surrounding area. You can then stop at Akaka Falls, a 420 foot waterfall, with plenty of hiking nearby. To get a good viewing and enjoy, it should take about thirty to fourty-five minutes. Take that all the way around the island until you get to HIGHWAY 11 to the Volcano National Park.

To return to Waikoloa Beach Resort, going back the same way is an option. Another option is to take HIGHWAY 11 towards Kona and arrive from the south via HIGHWAY 19.

ROUTE #2– Saddle Road

This route is considered a bit faster but also a little bit more dangerous in terms of the terrain. Out of the resort, take a left on the main highway. Take a Right on Waikoloa Rd just as the directions state above. Take that toward Waimea. Take a left on 190 again, toward Waimea. Here is when the directions differ from above, take a right on HIGHWAY 200 (Saddle Road), this will later connect to HIGHWAY 19. Take a right on HIGHWAY 11 to Volcano National Park.

Waikoloa Beach Resort is reachable from the south. HIGHWAY 11 goes all the way around to Kona. Take Highway 19 North to the resort. The backside of the island is all black lava. Sunset is at about 7pm and it may be getting dark, depending on how much time was taken for the excursion.

If the lava is flowing and visible, we recommend getting to the hiking trail two hours prior to sunset to view it properly.

Once in the park, there will be a small fee. It is $10 per car unless there are more than fifteen people. It will be $5 per person.

There are some organized land and boat tours available for a cost, that show a different perspective. The crater can be seen by helicopter as well.

Luaus on the Big Island of Hawaii

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

What trip to Hawaii would be complete without the spectacular cultural experience of a Luau? Featuring traditional foods and entertainment, these gatherings highlight legends, music, dance, storytelling, and the spirit of the native islanders.

With entertainment options available all along the Kona Coast, any group looking for a unique experience can find one. Selections include The Sunset Luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Legends of the Pacific Luau at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, the Gathering of the Kings Luau at the Fairmont Orchid Plantation Estate, the Luau at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and the Island Breeze Hawaiian Luau at the King Kamehameha Hotel in Kona.

These luaus range from the traditional to more unique evolved performances and between the multiple venues, are offered almost every night of the week. Each one is distinct and unique from the others. Each has chosen its own focal point, yet the heart of the luau is evident in each performance as they join people together to share in incredibly tasty meals, and embrace the island ways of life through song and dance under the stars.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

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King Kamehameha Luau

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening beginning at 5:30pm, the King Kamehameha Hotel and Island Breeze Productions, present their Hawaiian Luau on newly renovated luau grounds. They offer authentic luau favorites featuring imu roasted succulent kalua pig, lau lau, poi, and more. Prepare to be dazzled by music, fire dancing, bravery, and skill throughout the event.

The price of the event, $78.80 per person, includes the buffet, open bar, tax, and gratuity. Discounts are available for children. For reservations, please call (808) 326-4969.

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Legends of the Pacific Luau at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

On the Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Hilton Waikoloa Village does a great job offering the sights, sounds, and tastes of Polynesia every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday evening.

When the doors open at 5:30 PM, prepare to be greeted by the exotic Polynesian dances and the music of the Pacific Rim, highlighted by a Big Island Luau Buffet featuring a large variety of local flavors, fire knife dancing, and an imu presentation. The price of the event, $109 per person, includes two alcoholic drinks or kiddie cocktails, buffet, show, self-parking, tax, and gratuity. A keiki, or children’s, buffet is available for those under twelve years old.

Show only seating is available for less of a cost and upgraded seating is an option for an additional charge. Discounts are available for teens, children, and seniors. For reservations, please call (808) 886-1234.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910.

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Mauna Kea Resort Luau

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm, the Mauna Kea presents their luau with an ocean front location. They offer an extensive authentic menu featuring luau favorites such as kalua pig, island fish, lomi salmon, and more. Prepare to be dazzled by cultural dance, music, fire dancing, and much more.
The price of the event, $96 per person, includes the buffet, a complimentary mai tai or children’s drink, tax, and gratuity. Show only seating is available for $36 per person and discounts are available for children.

For reservations, please call (808) 882-5810.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910.


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Gathering of the Kings Luau at Mauna Lani Resort

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The Fairmont Orchid on the Mauna Lani Resort offers a luau experience with Island Breeze Productions certain to entertain family and loved ones.

The performance is comprised of traditional Polynesian and modern choreography depicting the journey across the Pacific to Samoa, Tahiti, Aotearoa, and Hawaii. This evolved performance is sophisticated, vibrant and creative with smooth transitioning, and modern dance. Culinary offerings nicely correlate to each distinct culture.

The property offers a performance on Saturday evenings for $99 per person, upgraded seating is available for an additional cost, and children receive a discount. For reservations, contact The Fairmont Orchid at (808) 885-2000 or Island Breeze Productions at (808) 326-4969.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910.

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Waikoloa Village Golf Course

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

A fifteen-minute drive inland will take golfers to the Waikoloa Village Golf Course. This public course lives in the foothills of Mauna Kea and displays views of the Pacific Ocean. It is a great location for anyone looking to play a round, but spend a bit less on the experience.

The Waikoloa Village Golf Course is a fully functioning, eighteen-hole golf venue with pro shop, clubhouse restaurant, driving range, and more. Rental clubs, walking and riding rates, as well as multi-round discounts are available.

This course may have special pricing based on both the time of day and time of year as well. For tee times and information, please contact (808) 883-9621.

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Mauna Lani Golf Courses

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

About ten minutes north of the Waikoloa Beach Resort is the Mauna Lani Resort, which offers two beautiful golf selections, the Mauna Lani North and South Courses. Between the two venues thirty-six holes of championship golf are provided for both avid and novice players.

The Mauna Lani North Course highlights rolling terrain and Kiawe (mesquite) forests which is very different from the Mauna Lani South Course. This selection has one of the most photographed over water greens in the world.

The resort also offers a keiki, or children’s, course great for families looking to play some golf without the need to be on the championship courses. Special rates are available for this experience.

Lunch and dinner are available at Huli Sue’s at Mauna Lani, daily from 11am to 8pm and a full service pro shop is onsite to assist with any questions or merchandise needs.

These courses may have special pricing based on both the time of day and time of year. For tee times, contact (808) 885-6655.

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Mauna Kea and Hapuna Golf Courses

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

A twenty-minute drive north from the Waikoloa Beach Resort along the Kohala Coast will take travelers to both the Mauna Kea and Hapuna Golf Courses. These thirty-six holes of breathtaking fairways were designed by golf legends Robert Trent Jones Sr. (Mauna Kea Golf Course) and Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay (Hapuna Golf Course). Offering some of the greatest golfing on the island, each course offers different views, challenges and overall experiences for any golfer.

Both courses offer a complete pro shop along with other facilities such as a driving range, locker rooms, shower facilities, and more. The Mauna Kea Golf Course does offer a clubhouse restaurant named ‘Number 3’ offering food and pupus from 11am to 5pm daily.

These courses may have special pricing based on both the time of day and time of year as well as golf instruction. For questions or tee times, please call the Mauna Kea Golf Course at
(808) 882-5400 or the Hapuna Golf Course at (808) 880-3000.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910.

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Big Island Country Club

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Located between Kona and the Waikoloa Beach Resort on Highway 190, or the Hawaii Belt Road, the Big Island Country Club offers eighteen holes of golf designed by acclaimed golfer, Perry Dye. This par seventy-two course was created with all golfers in mind, regardless of skill level.

This course may have special pricing based on both the time of day and time of year. Special group rates are available and the Big Island Country Club offers rentals and lessons as well.
This is a great golf venue for anyone wanting to get away from the resort environment and have a greater vantage point for island viewing.

The Big Island Country Club is located about a thirty minute drive from the Waikoloa Beach Resort. For tee times, contact the pro-shop at (808) 325-5044

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