Aloha Festivals: for off-season Hawaii
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
As the fall season of Aloha Festivals and athletic competitions - all designed to attract offseason visitors - approaches, here's a look at news in lodging, dining and activities.
Kamehameha Schools, the owners of Keauhou Beach Resort, will eventually demolish the hotel after it closes Oct. 31, but the Outrigger management is vowing to provide all services until then.
The ill-fated hotel by Kahaluu Beach is not to be confused with the former Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort, which has a new lease on life after owners put in $16 million in recent renovations.
Newly renamed the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa by Keauhou Bay, this hotel now features renowned Hilo designer Sig Zane's artwork in guestrooms, flat-screen TVs, more cultural programs and new restaurants, such as Rays on the Bay, debuting today. Room rates start at $129. www.sheratonkona.com.
While fans of the tsunami-damaged Kona Village Resort press for its reopening, possibly as soon as 2013, the beautifully restored Four Seasons Hualalai next door is expanding its dining options.
The Hualalai Grille now serves classic American steakhouse fare, while the oceanfront Beach Tree restaurant has introduced two weekly themed dinners: a Friday night Tuscan-style beach barbecue and a Monday night communal chef's table. www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
The restaurateur behind Huggo's and Paradise Catering has opened four luxury cottages on Anaehoomalu Beach in the Waikoloa resort. Called the Lava Lava Beach Club, the 576-square-foot cottages range from $450 to $495 a night, with multi-night and dining discounts. www.lavalavabeachclub.com.
Pedestrians heading to Diamond Head will be able to use a new, wider, multiuse path with picnic and rest areas this fall, once the new Fort Ruger Pathway opens. Scheduled to be ready in November, the 1.3-mile trail will ease the way for those walking along Diamond Head Road, much of which has no sidewalk.
Those planning to rent a kayak at popular Kailua Beach Park will also have to do some walking. Last month the Honolulu City Council banned all commercial activity at the park, so many kayakers must wheel their crafts to the white-sand beach from several blocks away.
Guests ages 16 and older at the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk can stretch their legs with free one-hour yoga classes Tuesday and Friday mornings on the Grand Lanai, or in the privacy of their rooms, thanks to a new yoga video channel using Hawaii-based instructors. embassysuiteswaikiki.com.
The Princeville Ranch combines yoga with horseback riding on a new private tour. It begins with centering and stretching, and includes techniques to "deepen the rider-horse bond," along with 30 minutes of standing yoga poses in a scenic hidden spot, for $245. Discover Princeville Ranch
At the Grand Hyatt Kauai, you may learn how to keep your distance from the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, which despite its dwindling numbers can be frequently spotted resting on beaches in the area. Free educational programs take place at the poolside Dock area at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month and at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Thursdays. kauai.hyatt.com.
Toast the return of a Garden Isle brew pub at the Kauai Island Brewery & Grill, which opened in August in Port Allen. The restaurant offers 10 house beers on tap, a full bar, pub fare and five giant flat-screen TVs. www.kauaiislandbrewing.com.
The inaugural Wailea Wine & Food Festival will showcase the resort's chefs and sommeliers, as well as top California winemakers, Dec. 6-9. Tickets go on sale Monday at waileawineandfoodfestival.com.
Just up the road in Kihei, popular dinner spot Sarento's on the Beach in Kihei is now open for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. The menu features local products, with binoculars on tables to enjoy the views. sarentosonthebeach.com.
Work off those calories with a core workout from stand-up paddling: Tiki Man Stand Up Paddle now has two exclusive sites for private and group lessons, Napili and Kapalua bays. Rates start at $90 per person for 90 minutes. www.tikimansup.com.
First Father Damien, now Mother Marianne: Come Oct. 21, the latter will be the second person associated with the former leper colony of Kalaupapa to be canonized by the Vatican. The German-born nun from upstate New York served many years there, but unlike St. Damien, never contracted the disease.
Celebratory Masses and other services take place around the islands between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, with special events in Molokai Nov. 2 at the new St. Damien Church in Kaunakakai, and Nov. 3 in Kalaupapa, now a national historical park; see www.catholichawaii.org for details.
Oracle founder Larry Ellison's purchase of 98 percent of the island from fellow billionaire David Murdock may have been big news in June, but so far the yachtsman has made few waves on the tiny island. One small splash: He reopened the community swimming pool in Lanai City, the only public pool on an island where most beaches require four-wheel-drive to access.