What’s Blooming on the Garden Island
Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and the Daniel K Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse is now open Wednesday-Saturday. An entry ticket must be purchased in advance at www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/300018. Cost is $10 per adult plus $1 reservation fee.
Kaua’i Surfrider implements the Ocean Friendly Visitor Program designed to encourage and provide visitors with ways they can be an ocean friendly visitor while on Kaua’i. The website also provides a list of Ocean Friendly Restaurants on Kaua’i. https://kauai.surfrider.org/ocean-friendly-visitors-program/
Anaina Hou Community Park starts new “farm to fork tour”, Local Grown Culinary Experience. Under the guidance a tour guide, navigate the largest gathering of local farmers on Kaua’i, while selecting fresh island ingredients for your ‘ohana meal. Every pair on the tour assists in prepping the unique ingredients before combining everyone’s efforts to create an amazing farm fresh baked meal to share. www.anainahou.org
New, Lū’au Ka Hikina at the Sheraton Kaua’i Coconut Beach Resort. This new lū’au is held every Tuesday & Thursday in the property’s new open air event pavilion, Hālau Ho’okipa featuring a torch lighting ceremony, locally sourced foods and a celebration of the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture under the direction of award- winning kumu hula Leilani Rivera Low. www.luaukahikina.com
Kaua’i ATV debuts SkyBike Tour. This is the ONLY Sky Bike in the USA. Located on 22,000 acres on the South Shore of Kaua’i in the historic town of Kōloa. Ride on a bike harnessed to a zipline, over 30 feet above the ground, over water for 1,400 feet.
Puakea Golf Course and Puakea Grill are now open. Significant upgrades have been made after a nearly two- year temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Puakea features improved course conditions, an updated club membership program, easy online tee-time booking, a refreshed pro shop, and a renovated “Puakea Grill” restaurant and bar. www.puakeagolf.com
When shopping on Kaua’i, be sure to look for the Kaua’i Made Logo. These products are identified by the ho’okupu, an offering of an “honored gift” in traditional Hawaiian custom. In the Kauai Made logo image, the gift is wrapped in ti leaf. Often the ho’okupu was a lei or an item of exceptional hand crafting and value. To carry the Kauai Made logo, a product maker must demonstrate that the product is made on Kaua’i, by Kaua’i people, and where possible, using Kaua’i materials. www.Kauaimade.net
News, Updates and Aloha from O’ahu
ʻIolani Palace offers new programming: 1) the Royal Hawaiian Band presents free lunchtime concerts held on Fridays at noon; 2) Hear Hawaiʻi Workshops bring Hawaiian voices and stories to life every second Saturday; 3) He Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi program offers live performances by Kuʻuipo Kumukahi each second and fourth Wednesday; 4) the Fashion Fit for Royalty specialty tour highlights wardrobe and jewelry of Hawaiian royalty in the 19th century. www.iolanipalace.org/event-category/
Every second Friday of each month Bishop Museum After Hours (5:30 – 9 p.m.) allows visitors to explore Hawaiian Hall, experience unique changing exhibitions, hear about the latest scientific discoveries, engage with Hawaiian cultural practitioners or just spend a lovely evening under Honolulu’s star-lit sky on the Great Lawn with food and drinks for sale by local vendors www.bishopmuseum.org/after-hours
Formerly the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, the 12,000-square-foot renovated and renamed Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum showcases daily informative and educational museum wings detailing the history of the U.S. Navy’s submarine force; a mix of traditional exhibits, multi-media, and interactive displays highlighting the rise of and importance of submarine warfare; and, exterior and interior displays of various submarines. Located next to the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. www.bowfin.org
The Consolidated Rent-A-Car (Conrac) facility at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) opned to improve efficiency of operations and customer experience at Hawaiʻi’s busiest airport. The $377 million project hosts a wide range of car rental companies. Shuttle service is available to the facility. hidot.hawaii.gov
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort will restart a more than 30-year Waikīkī tradition with the relaunch of its weekly Friday Night Fireworks on June 3, 2022 at 8pm. https://www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/
Hawaiʻi is home to exceptional farmers and food producers, including cacao! Mānoa Chocolate is involved in the Bean-to-bar movement, privileging quality over quantity and rafting only the finest beans into chocolate under one roof. https://manoachocolate.com/
Lonohana Estate Chocolate is a family-owned farm located on Oʻahu’s North Shore. With a solar-powered factory in Honolulu, cacao is honestly grown and hand-crafted into delicious chocolate right on Oʻahu. https://www.lonohana.com/
Message from Maui Nui
Southern Airways Express SAAB 340B (30 seats) will be adding 2 flights daily from HNL to Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi. Believe start is this summer. iflysouthern.com
New Astrotourism – Lānaʻi Observatory “The Kilo Hōkū Experience”. Love Lānaʻi Cultural Advisors share how indigenous Hawaiian and people of the Pacific utilized the stars to guide their way on the ocean. Journey on a tour of the night sky at the Lana’i Observatory. https://www.fourseasons.com/lanai/landing- pages/property/love-lanai/
Hui Hui Restaurant – Newest addition to the Kaʻanapali Beach Hotel. Voted Hawai’i Magazine’s best new restaurant statewide for 2022 & voted Hawai’i Magazine’s Best Breakfast on Maui for 2022 https://huihuirestaurant.com
Hawai’i Wildlife Discovery Center at Whalers Village. 5000 sq. ft multimedia, interactive venue with over 30 exhibits featuring native marine life, conservation, marine debris, whaling era, and Hawaiian cultural values. No admittance fee, only donations. www.hawaiiwildlifediscoverycenter.org
Delta Airlines – New Atlanta to OGG direct flight starting in November 2022. https://www.delta.com
Ocean Vodka – Maui is home to local vodka distillery located Upcountry Maui. This organic farm and distillery sits on 80 acres on slopes of Haleakalā. Offering tasting tours. The Cafe at The Point offers food and drinks daily from 11:30 am – 6:30 pm. To learn more and book your tasting: oceanvodka.com
What’s Sizzlin’ on the Island of Hawai’i
Kahaluʻu Bay is now a Mission Blue Hope Spot. Hope Spots are marine environments that are scientifically identified as critical to ocean health. For decades, staff and volunteers of Kahaluʻu Bay Education Center (https://kohalacenter.org/kbec) have promoted reef-friendly practices through education, research, and advocacy. To learn more about Hope Spots, visit www.mission-blue.org/hope-spots.
Hawaiʻi Forest & Trail’s Maunakea Summit and Stars Giveback Experience includes an interpretive walk where native seeds are collected for future plantings. Guests then enjoy a sunset dinner and private telescope stargazing atop Maunakea. A $20 donation per guest is included in the tour price and goes to the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative to assist their conservation efforts. For more information, visit www.hawaii-forest.com.
Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf now offers a premier 27-hole golf experience comprised of three nine-hole loops: the Beach Nine, Lakes Nine, and Kings’ Nine. Each nine-hole loop presents its own unique landscape for golfers. Players can choose to play any of several nine-hole combinations to complete an 18-hole round of golf. For more information, visit www.waikoloagolf.com.
Pono Pledge helps educate, protect, and preserve Hawaiʻi Island’s natural resources and wildlife; encouraging residents and visitors to be safe, responsible, mindful, and respectful to each other and the environment while enjoying the island. Watch the 2022 Telly-award-winning video, translated and produced by Hawaiʻi Island residents, at www.ponopledge.com, then, take and share the pledge. #ponopledge
Pololū Valley Trail Stewards is a partnership of Kupu Hawaiʻi, the State of Hawaiʻi’s Nā Ala Hele Trails Program, area lineal descendants, and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. The goal is to protect the natural and cultural resources of the valley, mitigate visitor impacts, and educate hikers on the historical significance of this wahi pana (legendary place). The stewards also support trail maintenance, data collection, safety, etc. To view a video visit https://vimeo.com/713466758
Kona Sea Salt is located on 7 acres of oceanfront land on Kona Keahole Point. Kona Sea Salt hand harvests Hawaiian Salt from pristine deep ocean waters, 2200 feet below the surface of the Kona Sea. Being on a Kona Sea Salt Farm Tour, you will learn about the salt harvesting process, the significance of salt in Hawaiian culture and a brief historical overview of the ancient Hawaiian settlement Ho’ona. Lastly, finish the tour with a salt tasting of our Kona Pure and Flavored Salts. Store hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm. https://konaseasalt.com
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