November 27th, 2009
The Seafood Bar offers a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy a fantastic mai tai. The Seafood Bar has an indoor area with seats around the bar and a wrap around lanai to sit out on an enjoy a beautiful evening in Hawaii. Their pupu (appetizer) menu is limited, but the food that is on there is great. The Harbor Grill is conveniently located next door to give you a place to eat dinner if you would like.
You can often find live entertainment at night. You can contact them at (808) 882-1368 to find out the schedule.
November 27th, 2009
Cafe Pesto offers the quality of food you would receive in the resorts at a better rate. The lunch menu is filled with delicious salads and pizzas made to your liking. The dinner menu consists of some of the same items that the lunch menu offers, but also offers some other amazing dishes. You can find amazing seafood dishes prepared with the catch of the day. They also have a wonderful beef tenderloin with tiger shrimp. Don’t miss out on the shrimp nachos for appetizer!
If you show up early you can enjoy a lounging area near the bar. The Mango Colada is great for a tropical libation.
Cafe Pesto does not take reservations, but typically is not overwhelmingly busy. Sometimes during the winter months there can be a rather long wait.
To get to Cafe Pesto, exit the resort and take a left traveling north. When the road splits you will take a left and you will find Cafe Pesto just a few miles down on the left.
August 25th, 2009
Pasa’s is one of the newest restaurants in Waimea. Here you will find a comfortable setting for all kinds of entertainment. Pasa’s televises all the major sporting events on the big screen televisions throughout. Throughout the week you will find live Hawaiian bands as well as karaoke nights.
Pasa’s offers reasonably priced cocktails and pupus (appetizers). All the pupus are priced under $10, but the portions are large enough to fill you up.
You can contact them at (808) 887-6700 to find out what the entertainment schedule is for the week.
I would highly recommend Pasa’s for a place to go and have a good time at a reasonable price.
July 18th, 2009
The Hawaiian Islands have a lot to offer. Regardless of which island you are staying on it is a good idea to be well prepared for your vacation. The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau offers great information on your stay. From volcano updates for the Big Island of Hawaii to even calendars for any island, it is sure to have what you need to make your trip special.
If you are planning a conference or planning on attending a conference on any of the Hawaiian Islands, The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau offers a resource center. You can find great discounts and deals that are only available to your group.
June 28th, 2009
The Big Island is home to a new and exciting activity that is in great demand. Once used as a mode of transportation for people and goods, zip lining started a craze for adventurous folks looking for an adrenaline rush. The start up of Big Island Eco Adventures Zipline Canopy Tour has combined the beauty of the Big Island with the thrill of the zip line. This low impact activity requires low to moderate physical strength, which expands it’s popularity among more than just the adrenaline junkies.
Located in Kapa’au, just past the King Kamehameha statue is the check in base yard for the Zipline Canopy Tour. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Waikoloa Beach Resort. The maximum group count per tour will not exceed ten guests to ensure personal attention. Guests are then tucked into a Pinzgauer, a 6wd Swiss Army vehicle, for a 30 minute off road journey. The beauty of North Kohala provides gorgeous scenery as the ride takes you from a few hundred feet above sea level to the 2200’ level. Keep on the look out for wild pigs and wild cows.
Once you arrive at the course, a brief hike will deliver you to the first zip line which is in the 200’ long range. It is the keiki line, and it designed to gently welcome you to the ziplines. The remaining 7 ziplines increase in length, with the last one spanning approximately 1100’ feet. The ziplines give you an awesome view of the forest, ravines and at least 3 waterfalls. The last two will take your breath away with views of Maui, the Kohala Lighthouse and a waterfall. You may be an expert steersman by the end of the tour.
The course also includes a wooden bridge and a suspension bridge. A cantilevered pavilion affectionately known as the “Mac Nut Hut” offers a vantage point overlooking a 32’ waterfall. Delicious homemade snacks such as granola energy bars, pineapple or banana bread, or crackers with lilikoi butter have been prepared for you by a local children’s group. Home grown fresh fruits, macadamia nuts and Aloha drinks are also part of the snack stop.
The four hour adventure ends with your downhill Pinzgauer safari. During the winter season, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for whale sightings. This tour is one of the hottest new attractions, sure to leave you with a distinct memory of the Big Island that is only now available.
The tours are daily on the hour from 8 to 2.
June 28th, 2009
The 4th of July is a special time for locals and visitors alike to connect with each other and with the community to kokua (help) and celebrate.
The morning kicks off at the Mauna Lani Resort at 10:30 am with The Celebration of Turtle Indepence Day, which incorporates the local culture and marine life education. The Mauna Lani Resort has been raising juvenile honu (turtles) Oahu’s Sea Life Park for over 20 years. The honu are cared for in the saltwater ponds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Once they reach a predetermined weight and size they are released to the ocean every 4th of July. Many locals as well as vacationers gather to enjoy this fascinating event.
As Turtle Independence Day ends, the Waikoloa Beach Resort offers activities for the remainder of the day. The 18th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race and 4th of July Extravaganza is an all day fundraiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii held at the Kings’ Lake. The Kings’ Shops proudly sponsor this annual event where rubber ducks are adopted for a $5.00 donation and are set to race to the finish line where prizes will be awarded. The day’s events take place from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm and include great entertainment, face painting, magic shows at the Queens Shop. The end of the evening culminates in an eruption of fireworks over the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Gardens.
There are also many activities going on outside of the resorts that may interest you.
Saddle up for the Parker Ranch Rodeo at the Parker Ranch Arena in Waimea on July 3. The Parker Ranch Rodeo is typically held on July 4th, but this year it is July 3. Experience paniolo (cowboy) action including horse races, team sorting, double mugging and team roping. Activities for the keiki and great food complete a day of fun for the whole family. This event kicks off at 9:00 am till noon and costs $6.00 at the gate. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free.
In Kona town, the theme for this year’s 4th of July parade is “Celebrate Freedom!” The parade begins at 5:30 pm at the Kona Kekuaokalani Gym and follows the traditional route down to Alii Drive, ending at the Coconut Grove Marketplace. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks show which will be launched from the Old Kona Airport at 8:30 pm.
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