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The Holiday Season is the one of the busiest times of the year on the Big Island. You will find that many of the most popular restaurants and activities are either sold out weeks in advance or are not available, especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Rental Cars It appears that most of the rental cars are sold out. Some companies may have extra vehicles that do not show available online so if you are having trouble finding a vehicle, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whale Watches/Sunset Sails/Luaus/Helicopter Tours These are the four most popular activities during the holidays and typically are sold out weeks in advance. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding these activities. Mauna Lani Charity Trees at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort From December 3rd-December 28th the lobby will be filled with trees decorated by local organizations and charities participating in the 21st Annual Charity Trees. This event helps raise awareness and funds for local non-profit organizations. Everyone is invited to view the entries and vote for their favorite tree ($1 donation per vote). Mauna Lani Bay will be awarding cash prizes to the organizations whose trees receive the highest number of votes. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining Options December 24, 2014: Christmas Eve Royal Luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: Santa will share holiday aloha during this special Christmas Luau, featuring Polynesian entertainment, ‘ono Hawaiian food including kalua pig fresh from the imu, holiday desserts, and an open bar. Adults $102; children $48. Christmas Eve Buffet at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: Enjoy prime rib, steamed snow crab legs, hand-crafted sushi, shrimp, and vegetable tempura, and other scrumptious items inspired by holiday flavors. Adults $50; children $30. December 25, 2014: Christmas Dinner at the Hilton Waikoloa Village: A full carving station will be serving turkey and prime rib, plus we’ll be offering lots of delicious chef-designed soups, salads, sides and desserts … and live entertainment! Adults $79 plus tax and 15% gratuity (includes one glass of champagne); children 5 – 12 $31 plus tax and 15% gratuity; children 4 and under free with paid adult. Christmas Dinner Buffet at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: At Hawaii Calls Restaurant, enjoy a bountiful feast that includes lamb chops, mahi mahi, prime rib, chilled jumbo shrimp, and egg nog cheesecake, along with other holiday treats. Adults $69; children $30. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding these dining options or would like to make reservations. Recommended Churches for Holiday Services There are several churches on the Kohala Coast offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea offers Christmas Eve masses at 5 pm and 10 pm. The 5 pm mass is family friendly. The Christmas Day mass is at 8 am. It is a beautiful church with windows throughout which allows visitors to see the mountainous terrain in Waimea. Please click here to view a map of how to get to Annunciation Catholic Church. New Hope Waimea is a nondenominational church in Waimea and offers a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 pm as well as a Christmas Day service at 10 am. The Christmas Eve service is typically a child friendly service. Click here to view a map of how to get to New Hope Waimea. Ascension Catholic Church is one of the closest churches to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. It offers a Christmas Day mass at 10 am and is about a 10 minute drive from the Waikoloa Beach Resort. These times are tentative and may be updated as the holidays get closer.. New Year’s Eve Events Tropical Hawai’i New Year’s Eve Part at the Hilton Waikoloa Village: Dance in the New Year at Hilton Waikoloa Village to the energetic sounds of the Son Caribe Band. Dinner stations will be open from 7 – 9 pm, but the party goes on even after New Year is rung in. Adults $129 (general seating); teens $89 (general seating); children 5 – 12 $49 (general seating). All prices plus tax and 15% service charge. Upgrade to Ali`i seating (includes tableside pupu, additional drink ticket, preferred seating) $40 plus tax and 15% service charge. Reservations are required. New Year’s Eve Buffet and After Party at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: Ring in the New Year with a dinner buffet; $89/adult and $40/child (6-12). After dinner join them for an after party which will include a DJ, desserts and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. There will be a cash bar as well with drink specials. The after party is $30/person. If you decided do the dinner buffet you get the after party at 50% off, so $15/person. Dinner reservations are recommended, however, reservations are not required for the after party. If you are still looking for accommodations, please check out one of the largest selection of Waikoloa condos.
The Christmas season is the one of the busiest times of the year on the Big Island. Many of the most popular restaurants, activities and area stores are either sold out weeks in advance or are not available at all on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Rental Cars– It appears that most of the rental cars are sold out. Some companies may have extra vehicles that do not show available online so if you are having trouble finding a vehicle, please contact us at email@example.com. Hilton Waikoloa Village Day Use Room– Many guests reserve a day use room during their stay. During the holidays these are very limited so if you would like to take advantage of one of these rooms, the activity needs to be planned a week in advance. The day use room costs $160 for a family of four. If the hotel is full, pool utilization will not be available. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we may help arrange the activity. Currently, the resort will only offer the day use rooms seven days or less from the intended date of use. Whale Watches/Sunset Sails/Luaus/Helicopter Tours– These are the four most popular activities during the holidays and typically are sold out weeks in advance. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding these activities. Mauna Kea Christmas Day Brunch– Mauna Kea hotel typically has the best Christmas Day brunch from 10am to 1:30 pm. It is about a 10 minute drive north from Waikoloa Beach Resort on Queen K Hwy. This event is typically sold out weeks prior to Christmas Day. Their direct phone number is (808) 882-7222 for reservations. Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Charity Trees at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel– Each year the Mauna Lani Bay hotel hosts a Christmas tree contest. This year they are helping local non-profit organizations. Each agency decorates a Christmas tree, which is placed in the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel lobby for the contest. You can walk through the lobby to view all of the trees while casting your vote for a minimal donation of a dollar per entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the non-profit agencies based on a first, second or third place finish. This is a great way to entertain the family and support the local community. Restaurant Reservations– Most restaurants are sold out for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve weeks in advance. The Hilton Waikoloa Village, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows and the Mauna Kea Resort have some holiday dining options available. It is recommended that reservations are made as quickly as possible. Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals are welcome to contact us at (808) 333-1910 or email email@example.com for reservation assistance. Recommend Churches– There are several churches on the Kohala Coast offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea offers Christmas Eve masses at 5 pm and 10 pm. The 5 pm mass is family friendly. The Christmas Day mass is at 8 am. It is a beautiful church with windows throughout which allows visitors to see the mountainous terrain in Waimea. Please click here to view a map of how to get to Annunciation Catholic Church. New Hope Waimea is a nondenominational church in Waimea and offers a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 pm as well as a Christmas Day service at 10 am. The Christmas Eve service is typically a child friendly service. Click here to view a map of how to get to New Hope Waimea. Ascension Catholic Church is one of the closest churches to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. It offers a Christmas Day mass at 10 am and is about a 10 minute drive from the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Click here to get directions. These times are tentative and may be updated as the holidays get closer. Church services will be available Saturday, December 24th at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Beginning at 7:30 pm. Grocery Shopping– The Island Gourmet Market at the Queens’ Marketplace will be open from 7 am – 11 pm both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you would like to have your grocery shopping done for you please contact us with a list of desired items. The charge is 30% of the cost of the groceries and will be charged to your credit card on file. Golf Tee Times– All of the desirable tee times are usually booked well in advance leaving open only afternoon tee times. Currently the Waikoloa Golf Courses offer the best rate if you reserve your tee time through them directly. They can be reached at (877) WAIKOLOA for Waikoloa Beach Courses and (808) 885-6622 for Mauna Lani Courses. If you want to play outside of the resort in which you are staying, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help arrange your tee times in advance. Late Check Outs- We are unable to offer late check outs or early check ins during this very busy season. If you have a late flight on your departure date we can help arrange you a day room at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott or Hilton Waikoloa Village if available. Please let us know if you would like for us to make this reservation for you. Miscellaneous Holiday Activities– The Hilton Waikoloa Village has activities available for families during the month of December. Please contact the Hilton Waikoloa Village at (808) 886-1234 for further details. Photos with Santa are available at the Queens’ Marketplace beginning Saturday, December 17th. Personal cameras are necessary to take part in the event. Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals can call (808) 333-1910 or email email@example.com for additional information regarding resort activities or photos with Santa Claus. We hope you find this information helpful and please contact us for help scheduling any of your activities while you are on the Big Island of Hawaii and staying with Waikoloa Vacation Rentals.
A great venue available for wedding ceremonies and receptions on the Big Island is Honuala’i, or the Sullivan Estate. Located on Puako Bay, this 11,000 square foot, one and a half acre private property, can host any size function up to one hundred people. Originally, the property was designed and built as an exclusive corporate retreat location. Since 1985, it has hosted parties and guests along with movies and commercials with its understated elegance and perfect location. With an oceanfront setting, large travertine pool deck, available open air living area, and much more, Honuala’I is certain to create a completely memorable experience. Availabile for daytime and evening events, the six bedroom, eight bathroom estate with lush tropical foliage, manicured grounds, and picture perfect setting will add to the experience. Honuala`i is the ideal wedding location, with a wide open lawn area on the point facing northwest towards the setting sun. Privacy and tranquility abound. The property does have preferred vendors and outside catering, entertainment, and any event support will be necessary. The Honuala’I staff will work with the catering staff and outside vendors to ensure a successful event. There are deposit, insurance, and other requirements necessary to host an event, but it will be well worth it. The estate has hosted many functions and the staff truly understands what it takes to make any wedding or party successful. Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance and information. Click here to view a selection of nearby luxury beachfront vacation rentals.
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Beaches, sunsets, lei’s, waterfalls, the ocean breeze, and the aloha of Hawaii can make any wedding even more memorable. Whether there are three people or one hundred and three in the wedding party, the Big Island has everything to make it a total experience. According to Frommers, a world-renowned travel resource, “Hawaii is a great place for a wedding. The islands exude romance and natural beauty and after the ceremony, you’re already on your honeymoon. The members of your wedding party will most likely be delighted since you’ve given them the perfect excuse for their own island vacation.” When deciding where, when, and how to get married, many questions may arise. Over the years, Waikoloa Vacation Rentals has hosted several wedding parties at their vacation rental locations. Here are some things learned along the way that may be helpful. One option available for wedding services here on the Big Island of Hawaii is the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village. The property offers full service wedding planning, catering, and a large assortment of ceremony and reception venues able to accommodate three to three hundred guests or more. These venues currently have pricing structures based on the time of day as well as the season. The Hilton Waikoloa Village has four different venues for a ceremony. Each of these venues were specifically selected by the hotel to create a truly memorable experience based on view, size, and overall atmosphere. Some of the sites do have a specific number of guests they can accommodate, making them that much more intimate. The Wedding Chapel is a smaller venue for up to eighteen guests while the Palace Garden and Grand Staircase can accommodate up to one hundred attendees. Buddha Point is a very private venue, located at the north end of the property, along the coastline. With a fabulous view of the ocean and the surrounding area, it is the perfect location for up to forty guests. This can truly be a place for a spiritual event. After the ceremony, the property has five different locations available for the reception. Based on the size of the party, the decision may be difficult, as each venue is very different from the next offering an exciting location for any group. These venues have rental fees; however, they can be waived with an established food and beverage minimum. Donatoni’s, The Palm Terrace, and The Ocean View Terrace are great venues that can accommodate a wide variety of groups and their needs. The Lagoon Lanai can accommodate up to three hundred guests or, two hundred with a dance floor and head table. The backdrop is a lagoon, tiki torches, and the stars above. Should weather become an issue, a covered area just off the lanai is available for the festivities to continue. If a larger area is necessary, ballrooms are available for up to nine hundred guests. This venue is great for the groups looking for more square footage or protection from the weather. The property does all of its catering in-house. Sample menus, preferred vendor lists for entertainment, photography, florists, spa options and more can be viewed below. If a wedding party has an outside vendor in mind such as a photographer or disc jockey, they may work the event. If they are not a preferred vendor with the hotel, there will be an additional charge for them to work on property. This allows them access to the grounds and the event. The wedding department has some fantastic packages including everything necessary to create an unforgettable experience. An à la carte menu is also available with specialty items such as harpists, solo acoustic guitarists, and more. Shuttle service is available between the property and your villa or condo using SpeediShuttle, a reliable transportation provider throughout the islands. SpeediShuttle is available for larger groups at 877-242-5777. Another available avenue is a private wedding coordinator to help with the arrangements. There are quite a few wedding planners on the island. These planners can offer a preferred vendor list for services such as catering, photography, makeup, entertainment, floral arrangements, etc. They can also assist with marriage certificates and public area permits. As these choices are extremely personal, viewing credible resources can be a valuable tool as well. Please contact Waikoloa Vacation Rentals for recommendations regarding these companies. When contacting wedding planners, vendors, or anyone who may have an integral part in the event, there are a few extremely important things to consider and evaluate. Do they respond appropriately? What feeling do they evoke with their communication via email and telephone? Are they prompt? Do they offer confidence during the conversation? All of these criteria can help ensure the greatest of service and most positive overall experience. Any of the wedding coordinators will have their preferred locations based on the needs of the client, size of the group and other various requests. Some of these locations can host the reception, ceremony or both. Wedding planners can assist with those decisions as well. Some ceremony locations include Kukio (Hualalai) Beach, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, Kikaua Point Beach Park, Saint Peter’s Church, Paradise Cove, and Secret Beach, just to name a few. Some of these venues do require permits if money is changing hands for goods or services rendered, especially if it is a public space. Any coordinator or authorized vendor can assist with these regulations. Reception locations for a truly unique island experience are Anna’s Ranch, Parker Ranch, Kahua Ranch and the Sullivan Estate among many others. Some Big Island properties are equipped to host receptions too. Some of the advantages to getting married on the Hawaiian Islands are the unique rehearsal dinner venues. Luaus are a great option as they are interactive and complete with food, beverage, atmosphere, and entertainment. Local restaurants such as Merriman’s Waimea, The CanoeHouse at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, or any of the larger hotel properties can host such events as well. In Hawaii, tradition and culture reign supreme and are part of daily life. Their place in weddings is no different. Some examples are both the lei presentation, a symbol of love, respect and spiritual connection and the blowing of the conch shell. This act symbolizes the desire of all men and women to use their breath of life, also known as ‘ha’. The shell is a form of communication with anyone whom can only be present in spirit. As these examples are extremely important to the Hawaiian culture, they most certainly are a part of the Hawaiian wedding celebration. The inclusion of the lei is typically part of the ceremony but please ask if the blowing of the conch shell is of interest as well. An extremely important decision necessary to complete the total Hawaiian wedding experience are the accommodations. Considerations in regards to amenities and group dynamics are necessary. Waikoloa Vacation Rentals has quite a few luxury vacation rental selections available. These vacation rentals range in size from two bedrooms with 1,020 square feet of space, to three bedrooms, three and a half baths with 2,147 square feet. There are additional floor plans and sizes in between. These options will ensure any wedding party remains comfortable and allows everyone to be close to each other while also having plenty of space to relax. With amenities such as expansive lanais, additional outdoor kitchens, Anaeho’omalu Bay and both the Kings’ and Queens’ Shops within walking distance, there are plenty of activities and options for everyone. Feel free to contact Waikoloa Vacation Rentals at (808) 987-4519 if you have any questions regarding accommodations or planning a wedding on the Big Island of Hawaii. Additional Hawaii wedding information For marriage license inquiries, visit http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/vitalrecords/marriage/index.html#howto. Information regarding public area permits is available at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/land/forms-1/forms.
Although the popular Twilight at Kalahuipua’a contiunes to have financial problems they will continue the program into 2011. The current scheduled dates are: January 15 – February 19 – March 19 – April 16 – May 14 – June 18 – July 16 – August 13 – September 10 – October 8 – November 12 – December 10 The program is held between 5:30 am and 8:30 pm and includes local history, music, Hawaiian culture, and is a great setting to enjoy a beautiful Hawaiian sunset. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverages and snacks. The dates above are subject to change so you will want to call Danny at (808) 885-6622 ext 7065 to confirm.
Within the Christmas season all the resorts on the Big Island try to make the resort and the hotels more festive. None of them do it as well as the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Every year I look forward to going to the hotel to see what they have to offer. The lobby is filled with various Christmas trees decorated by classes at local schools as well as non profit organizations around the island. You will also find the palms decorated with lights as well as beautiful poinsettias spread throughout the lobby. If you vacation to Hawaii during the Christmas holidays I would highly recommend spending an evening dining at the CanoeHouse at Mauna Lani Bay and walking around enjoying the festive setting. Mauna Lani Terrace offers some upscale vacation rental condos nearby.
Located on the slopes of Hualalai you will find a beautiful Kona coffee farm ran by Mountain Thunder. Mountain Thunder offers some amazing Kona coffee tours and well as an assortment of 100% pure Kona coffee items. The coffee plantation is a family owned business that is the home of not only coffee, but many other things. While on your tour you will find other Hawaiian fruits such as guava, lyche, and much more. There is also wildlife running throughout the farm. Kona Coffee Tours Mountain Thunder offers an array of tours to meet anyones needs. They have group tours daily that start on the hour every hour from 10 to 4. If you are a big coffee lover you may want to take a private tour. This tour allows you to have a detailed, personalized tour of the grounds and the mill. If you choose, you may make your own bag of coffee, package, and label it. The tour takes roughly three hours and you must book in advance by calling 888-414-KONA. Pure Kona Coffee and Organic Kona Coffee Mountain Thunder offers the best pure Kona coffee on the Big Island of Hawaii. They are also known to offer some of the only organic 100% Kona coffee in Hawaii. At their store you will find an array of 100% Kona coffee flavors along with several other items including chocolate covered coffee beans, organic teas and herbs, coffee scented sundries, Mountain Thunder t-shirts/mugs and much more. Contact Mountain Thunder at 888-414-KONA to set up a great Kona Coffee Plantation tour or just to stop by and purchase some of their great products. Click here to view a map from Waikoloa Beach Resort to the Mountain Thunder Kona Coffee Plantation.
The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most diverse places on the earth. Given this, there are a variety of unique beaches on the island that offer something for everyone. From green sand beaches to fun filled state parks, the Big Island has it all. Green Sand Beach at South Point
The Green Sand Beach is located at the very south end of the Big Island. It is in a very remote location but worth the effort to see. To reach the beach, go down the South Point Road. Follow the road to the left and go to the boat ramp. If the soil is dry and you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you can drive farther. However, we recommend you park near the ramp and walk the mile to the beach. You will have to descend the remains of a collapsed cinder cone to the beach. This is steep and somewhat precarious. The beach is the result of the front half of a cinder cone collapsing into the ocean, leaving a sandy beach. There are no public facilities in this area.
Click here to view directions from Waikoloa Beach Resort to the Green Sand Beach. A’Bay at Waikoloa Beach Resort A’Bay is the only sandy beach in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, which is one of the top vacation destinations for families. This crescent moon shaped beach spans over a mile in length and sits just in front of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort giving these guests easy access. The Queens Shops are also a short walk away if you decide to take a break for lunch. Given that this beach sits on a bay, it is great for children and there is very little surf. Ocean Sports has a shack on the beach making beach toys, snorkel gear, and water sport equipment readily available. A’Bay is a five star beach for families with small children. Black Sand Beach at Pololu Valley Pololu Valley is one of the most beautiful places on the Big Island of Hawaii. Located at the bottom of the valley is a beautiful black sand beach, which offers a setting for amazing photographs and tranquility. Pololu Valley is a hikers dream. It is about a 30 minute hike down into the valley, which great aerial photographs available along the way. Once you reach the bottom of the trail you will find a beautiful beach along with a lot more landscape to hike. The water at Pololu Vally is typically very rough so you will want to be very cautious if you enter. The Black Sand Beach at Pololu Valley is an excellent beach for photographs and for the adventurous person. View Directions to Pololu Valley From Waikoloa Beach Resort Hapuna Beach State Park Hapuna Beach is the most well known beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hapuna Beach features is one of the largest white sand beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii. The waters are also very friendly for families, with the exception of the winter months where you can find very rough surf. There are picnic tables, bar b que pits, as well as showers for use while spending the day there. Hapuna Beach State Park is a great beach for anyone. View Directions to Hapuna Beach State Part From Waikoloa Beach Resort Mauna Lani Bay The beach at Mauna Lani Bay is a snorkelers dream. Mauna Lani Bay offers calm waters with a white sand beach just in front of the Mauna Lani Bay hotel. The Mauna Lani Bay hotel has a program where they raise sea turtles and then release them when they are ready. This happens on July 4, Turtle Independence Day. Due to this many sea turtles call the Mauna Lani Bay “home”. While spending a day at Mauna Lani Bay you are sure to see turtles swimming in the waters as well as resting on the beach. Mauna Lani Bay is great for families and snorkelers. View Directions to Mauna Lani Bay From Waikoloa Beach Resort
The original Sunset and Stargazing tours started 25 years ago. Back then, Pat Wright conducted his tours from an old Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser has since been replaced with Deluxe Arctic Survival Parkas and Gloves. What has not changed is the passion with which this tour continues today. The trip begines mid-afternoon. Depending on your pick up location (starbucks in the Waikoloa Kings Shops), an exclusive Van Terra vehicle will transport you. Your tour time will last 7 to 8.25 hours. Informative guides will teach you about geology, natural history, and the geography of the island, as they take you on your journey to Mauna Kea. These spacious four wheel drive vans can easily hold 13 passengers. Oversized windows, heating and air conditioning systems, upgraded suspension, overhead storage, and an aisle height of 6’2″ are some of the luxurious features. The initial stop at the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Center will allow you to acclimate to the 9,000′ elevation and enjoy a hearty supper. Select in advance one of the following delicious meals to be served at the Onizuka Visitors Center Lanai: KhoChu Jang Glazed Beef Ribs (spicy sweet), Jasmine Rice, Namasu (cucumber) Salad (Served Hot) Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, Jasmine Rice and a Pineapple Relish (Served Hot) Tofu Spinach Wrap with a Cream Sauce and a Cranberry Tabouleh Salad (Served cold) ** Can be made vegan All choices are served with a scrumptuous, homemade chocolate brownie. Beverages with dinner are not provided, but may be purchased at the Visitors Center, or you may bring along a non-alcoholic drink. Marvel at the telescope viewings, learn about the astronomers who work there, then snuggle into your parka and gloves for the steep 1/2 hour drive to the summit area. Here your guide will point out the observatories as they begin to open and rotate into position. Grab a photo opportunity of a lifetime as the sun begins to set. When the sunset colors have passed, you will descend to mid mountain where the sky is equally clear, but the climate and air is more comfortable for stargazing. Hot drinks and cookies served halfway through the evening. Tour Rate: $197 Please provide an approximate men’s parka size for each guest. Restrictions: This tour is not for those with heart or respiratory conditions or who have/or will scube dive within 24 hours of the tour. No children under the age of 9 and no children under 13 allowed above 9000 ft. Tips: Bring a sweater, a bottle of water, and a beverage to have with your dinner and snacks. Bring fresh camera batteries. Cancellation Policy: 72 hours This tour is very popular and you will need to reserve it weeks in advance. Contact us at (808) 987-4519 or email@example.com to reserve your Mauna Kea Summit Adventures.
Christmas is the busiest time of year on the Big Island of Hawaii so it is best to plan out your stay in order to get to do everything you want to. Many of the restaurants, rental car companies, and activities are sold out. Here is some information that you will find helpful for your stay this Christmas: Rental Cars– It appears that most of the rental cars are sold out. They also have some extra vehicles that do not show available online so if you are having trouble finding a vehicle please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hilton Waikoloa Pool Pass– Many guests get day passes to use the Hilton pool for a day during their stay. During the holidays these are very limited so if you would like to take advantage of one of these passes you need to plan well in advance. If the hotel is full they do not sell pool passes. Contact us at email@example.com so we can set it up for you. Whale Watches/Sunset Sails/Luaus/Helicopter Tours– These are the three most popular activities during the holidays and typically are sold out a month in advance. Some are typically available down in Kailua-Kona, but if you are staying in the Waikoloa Beach Resort or Mauna Lani Resort you may not want to drive down there. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding these activities. Mauna Kea Christmas Day Brunch– Mauna Kea Hotel typically has the best Christmas Day brunch. It is about a 10 minute drive north from Waikoloa Beach Resort on Queen K Hwy. This is typically sold out two weeks prior to Christmas. The Charity Trees at Mauna Lani– Each year the Mauna Lani Bay hotel hosts a Christmas tree contest for the local schools. Each class decorates a Christmas tree and it is placed in the Mauna Lani Bay hotel lobby for the contest. You can walk through the Mauna Lani Bay and see all the trees as well as the hotel being dressed with poinsettias. It is great to get you into the Christmas spirit and it’s FREE! Restaurant Reservations– Most restaurants are sold out for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve two weeks in advance. Recommend Churches– There are several churches on the Kohala Coast. Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea offers Christmas Eve masses at 5 pm and 10 pm. The 5 pm mass is a children’s mass. The Christmas Day mass is at 8 am. It is a beautiful church with windows throughout which allows you to see the mountainous terrain in Waimea. Please click here to view a map of how how to get to Annunciation Catholic Church. New Hope Waimea is a nondenominational church in Waimea and offers Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day services. The Christmas Eve service is typically a very kid friendly service. Click here to view a map of how to get to New Hope Waimea. Ascension Catholic Church is one of the closest churches to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. It offers a Christmas Eve mass at 7:30 pm and Christmas Day mass at 10 am and is just about a 10 minute drive. Click here to get directions. These times are tentative and will be updated as the holidays get closer. Grocery Shopping– Many of the local stores are closed Christmas Eve and all of them are closed Christmas Day. If you would like to have your grocery shopping done for you please contact us with a list of desired items. The charge is 30% of the cost of the groceries and will be charged to your credit card on file. Golf Tee Times– All of the desirable tee times are usually booked well in advance leaving open only afternoon tee times. Currently the Waikoloa Golf Courses offer the best rate if you reserve your tee time through them directly. They can be reached at (877) WAIKOLOA for Waikoloa Beach Courses and (808) 885-6622 for Mauna Lani Courses. If you want to play outside of the resort you are staying at, please contact us at email@example.com and we can arrange discounted rates for you as long as you reserve your tee times two weeks in advance. Late Check Outs– We are unable to offer late check outs or early check ins during this very busy season. If you have a late flight on your departure date we can arrange you a day room at the Marriott or Hilton at a good rate. It is very important to do this now as both hotels are typically sold out. Please let us know if you would like for us to make this reservation for you. We hope you find this information helpful and please contact us at (808) 987-4519 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help scheduling any of your activities while you are on the Big Island of Hawaii. New Years Eve– There will be fireworks at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The show more than likely will be at Queens Bowl, which is towards the front of the resort. They typically release where they will be shot off from a few days prior to New Years Eve. If it is clear, the best spot is to go to Kawaihae to the Seafood Bar and enjoy cocktails there and then to watch all the fireworks get shot off from the various resorts along the coast from where the road “y’s” going down into Kawaihae Harbor (this can only be done on a clear New Years).