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.
The Big Island of Hawaii is a great spot to spend New Years. It is one of the few spots in the US where you can stand outside comfortable and enjoy the firework display. In recent years every resort had a display of fireworks that were magnificent. This year Mauna Lani Resort is offering the entertainment. The Fairmont Orchid is offering a “Beach Bash” that will go until midnight when the fireworks go off in the resort. If you do not want the hotel experience, Tommy Bahamas at the Shops at Mauna Lani offers entertainment as well as nice dining and bar area. The lanai at Tommy Bahamas is a great spot to watch the firework display.
As 2010 comes to an end we just wanted to extend a special thanks to all of our guests and owners in helping us have a successful 2010. We look forward to seeing many of you in 2011.
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.
Twilight is the post popular monthly event at Mauna Lani Resort. On a Saturday each month closest to the full moon there is a gathering in the evening for music, storytelling, and sharing of Hawaiian culture elements at Eva Parker cottage at Mauna Lani Resort. It is a great time to relax and learn about the Hawaiian culture on a beachfront setting.
Here are the dates for 2010:
April 24, May 29, June 26, July 24, August 21, September 25, October 23, November 20, and December 18.
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Dates are subject to change so please contact Danny Akaka at (808) 885-6622 ext. 7065 or Pii at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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).
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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