Posted by: hualalaihale | February 24, 2014

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival now in Kona!

Courtesy of Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is adding a day on the Big Island to this year’s festival, which will be held from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7 on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu.

he Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific.  Set in the lush island paradise of O‘ahu, Big Island,  and Maui, our five-day Festival features a roster of over 75 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival in Maui, Honolulu, and Ko Olina Resort will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.

Courtesy of Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Festival co-chairs plan to expand the festival to all of the major Hawaiian Islands by 2016.

The festival will open with a sit-down gala at the Waikoloa Resort on the Big Island, in partnership with the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Hilton Waikoloa Village.

he Hawaii Food and Wine Festival will feature more than 80 internationally-renowned chefs and culinary professionals and experiences highlighting ingredients local to Hawaii. Each participating chef will showcase his or her talents using locally-sourced ingredients and will create dishes inspired by Hawaii’s culinary and cultural traditions.

“With more than half the agricultural lands in Hawaii on the Big Island, there will certainly be a diversity of local products for our chefs to choose from,” Wong said. “WIth local beef, coffee, abalone and kampachi sourced from Hawaii Island, we look forward to seeing some great innovation and creativity from our guest chefs.”

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Posted by: hualalaihale | December 9, 2013

Hualalai Resort launches iPhone App

In this day and age of technology, we tend to digest information right at our fingertips.  Hualalai Resort have catered to the smart phone crowd, introducing a new app for iPhone users.

“Just released this month, our members and their guests have access to the Hualālai app. A GPS-enabled app, makes it easy for guests to find restaurants, pools, spa facilities or neighborhood locations while on this 865 acre resort property . A key component of the GPS functionality is a “Find Me” key that shows your location, and using the “Directions” key will allow you to type in your desired destination and show you the quickest route to get there.

Other specialty keys are the “Orientation” and “Live View” keys. If you are not sure which way is East, West, North or South, the “Orientation” key helps you find your way. App users may be more comfortable with the “Live View” feature that provides live augmentation with location signage as you walk the property. Everyday information can be viewed in the Directory. For things to do on the resort, check out the “Activities” or “Events” key. This can help you plan activities you are interested in attending. Once you are ready to make your plans, just click on the “Reservations” key and you will be connected to the appropriate department. An easier way to view these pages can be done by clicking on the icons on your map.”

For more information, you can visit their site here.

Posted by: hualalaihale | November 5, 2013

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

The 13th Annual Kona Coffee Festival is well under way this week. Starting November 1st, this event runs through the 10th, featuring a diverse lineup of special events that include, the Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll, UCC Hawaii Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant, KTA’s Kona Coffee Recipe Contest, Sugai Kona Coffee Talent Night and the UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee Picking Contest.

Coffee & Artwalk

Festival Weekday Events continue with signature events including the prestigious Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition, Kona Coffee Market Day and Cultural Events, Kona Barista Jam & Ultimate Barista Challenge Hawaii, Keauhou Resort Kona Coffee Label & Website Display & Competition and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour.

Festival Finale Weekend Events with Festival favorites including the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Parade and Bon Dance, Kona Coffee Marketplace Festival of Artists and Ethnic Foods day, Kona coffee industry seminars, Big Island Running Company Miracle Mile Run, Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Parade and the Aloha Makahiki Concert.

Miss Kona Coffee 2009

Admission to Festival events requires the (one-time) purchase of a $3 button which is available at the events. For more info, visit http://konacoffeefest.com

Posted by: hualalaihale | October 22, 2013

Four Seasons at Hualalai tops Conde Nast’s Traveler’s List

Congratulations to for Seasons at Hualalai for being chosen as the #1 Resort destination in Hawaii!  The Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai edged out the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i –The Lodge at Koele, for the top spot by a one-tenth of a point in the survey.

Four Seasons at Hualalai Resort

This year, a record-breaking 79,268 readers participated in the survey, almost double the number of survey takers in 2012. These dedicated and discerning travelers cast 1.3 million votes for more than 16,000 properties around the world.

Writes Conde Nast, “”The perfect example of a hotel designed to fit its surroundings,” this traditional Hawaiian resort sits on black lava rock. Palm fronds drape over low-rise bungalows, and earth-tone guest rooms have lots of bamboo, thatch, and slate. “Intuitive staff anticipate your every need from the moment you arrive. How did they know I needed a complimentary mai tai after that long flight?” Each room, with a private lanai, is built around a water feature or the Jack Nicklaus golf course. Book a ground-floor unit for an outdoor shower. Spa treatments incorporate crushed macadamia nuts.”

Posted by: hualalaihale | August 27, 2013

Run for Hope 2013 at Four Seasons Hualalai

Three days of fundraising kicks off the annual “Run For Hope” event at Four Seasons Hualalai begining with the Taste of Hawaii Event, on Friday, September 7, 2013. Attendees can bid on enticing prizes, sample morsels from the island’s best restaurants and have a great time doing something good.

Saturday, September 8th, introduces the Golf Scramble and Tennis tournament portions of fundraising.

The Run for Hope event at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a non-competitive 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) run or 5-kilometre (3.1-mile) walk event that takes place the first weekend in September. Proceeds from this weekend events will benefit the Cancer Research Center in Hawai’i.

For more information, call the Event Hotline at 808.325.8052. Registration forms are available at http://www.fsrh.net/pr/run_for_hope.pdf. For more information, call 808-325-8079, email monica.balanay@fourseasons.com or visitwww.fourseasons.com/hualalai

Posted by: hualalaihale | August 20, 2013

Kona Coffee at Hualalai

Kona Coffee is infamous throughout the world for its rich, bold flavor.  What many people might not know, however, is that Kona Coffee comes from the Kona region on the Big Island of Hawaii.

One coffee farm on the slopes of  Hualalai is Hualalai Mauka.

According to their website, “Mt. Hualalai, a dormant volcano overlooking Kailua-Kona, is the home of Hualalai Mauka Kona Coffee. Our very special pure Kona coffee is grown in volcanic soils which gives it a rich and full flavor. We take pride in hand-picking the beans at the peak of ripeness, the beans are then dried in the warm Hawaiian sun. Since our coffee is produced from beans grown exclusively on our estate, the result is an exceptional full-bodied flavor.”

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is another farm found on Hualalai.  You can visit their plantation and go on either their free or VIP Tours.  Their free tour includes, “FREE TASTING, DRY-MILLING, SIZING, GRAVITY TABLE, COLOR SORTING TOUR, ROASTING FACILITY AND BAGGING FACILITY TOUR. Get up close and personal with an authentic 100% Kona Coffee Tree!. Our expert tour guides will introduce you to what it takes to make a cup of Premium 100% Kona Coffee! Tour includes free showing of Discovery Channel’s Mike Rowe as he tours our farm and facilities from composting to cup. “

Coffee Plantations are just one of the many activities you can experience while staying at Hualalai Hale.

Posted by: hualalaihale | August 20, 2013

Ocean Film Fest at Hualalai Resort

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The Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) returns to Waimea and the Kohala Coast January 2 to 10, 2014. Enjoy films and programs showing in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid January 2 to 10, 2014, and at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai January 6 to 10.

The combination of exceptional and award-winning films, intimate breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, compelling speakers, artistic exhibits and receptions is not to be missed. In its fourth year, Ocean Film also offers a culinary event, Taste of the Island, and early morning activities, such as yoga on the beach.

Through thought-provoking films and discussion, the festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean, culture and self. Informative Q&A sessions after many films offer viewers the opportunity to delve deeper into the film’s message and production while posing questions to filmmakers.

Last year’s festival offered more than 60 Q&As and a dozen casual breakfast talks with filmmakers and experts associated with film topics.

“The Waimea Ocean Film Festival engages, educates and inspires attendees in a celebration of ocean and island culture,” Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and director, said. “It is about all that we love about Hawai‘i.”

Festival passes will go on sale in September, along with early bird rates designed for kama‘aina.

— Learn more:

www.waimeaoceanfilm.org

info@waimeaoceanfilm.org

Posted by: hualalaihale | August 16, 2013

‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge one of top 100!

Congratulations to ‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge at Hualalai Resort for being chosen as one of Open Table’s top 100 Scenic View Restaurants of 2013!

According to Open Table, “

he United States boasts beautiful scenery from Coast to Coast. Fortunately for you, OpenTable restaurants are located at some of our country’s most breathtaking spots. To help sort through all the amazing choices, we asked our diners to pick their best spots for feasting their eyes while feeding their stomachs.

The list of winners is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”

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We’re proud to be located within the same resort as ‘Ulu and know that Hualalai will continue to offer the same excellent service and beautiful views

Posted by: hualalaihale | July 26, 2013

5 Reasons Not To Stay At Hualalai Hale

There are many sites dedicated to telling you why you should vacation in Hawaii.  They rave about the benefits, the views and urge you to take your next vacation in paradise.  We, at Hualalai Hale, have decided to do the opposite.  Here are some reasons why you should NOT vacation at Hualalai Resort:

1.)  You hate Luxury.

Master Bedroom at Hualalai Hale

Absolutely abhor it. You despise being pampered and feeling like royalty. When it comes down to it, you’re all about roughing it – you’d rather sleep on dirt floors then in luxurious king-sized beds.   You prefer splashing your face with rain puddles, then soaking in a jetted tub. We get it, you’re the king of the jungle.

2.) Views. Yuck. Who needs a view?

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Sure, you could watch idyllic sunsets dropping over the azure pacific ocean.  Whales breeching and dolphins frolicking in the ocean? Pshaw.   You’re beyond that.  You want tall buildings, flat land, or sticks.  Yes, that’s it. Just throw some sticks over a barren field and you’d be thrilled. Who needs lush green mountains or lava flows anyway?

3.) You don’t care for cooling off in pools or lounging in jacuzzis.

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The Pool at Hualalai Hale

In fact, you want to go camping in the dessert.  You like sweating, your parched lips cracking in tepid temperatures.  I mean, swimming in your own personal pool is very overrated, isn’t it?  Who needs to relax in a hot tub, when you could sip water from a cactus!

4.)  You’d rather stay in a Yurt instead of a four-star resort, in your very own luxury home.

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Yurts make you feel like you’re communing with nature.  Ignore the fact that you can swim with native fish, lounge near turtles on the beach, or learn about native Hawaiian culture from experts.  Nothing says real nature like a yurt (and the colder the weather, the better).

5.) Warmth.  Tropical Warmth. Gross. No thanks, I like the Arctic.

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Hualalai Hale Pavillion

Sure, you’ll have balmy breezes, warm Hawaiian weather, and near-perfect temperatures. That’s disgusting.  We know, you prefer snow, and lots of it. Glaciers if possible.  Bring on igloos and polar bears, in fact. (To be fair, there is snow in Hawaii, if you should visit in the winter.)

So there you have it.  Five reasons why you should NOT stay at Hualalai Hale.  Who needs a perfect vacation when you can have real life?

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Sunsets at Hualalai Hale.
Photo Courtesy of Hualalai Hale, LLC

Fall is the perfect time to fall in love with paradise! Enjoy a 5-night minimum stay Hualalai Hale. Peace and quiet abounds during the tranquil season.

Rates at $1450 per night, during valid dates. Must book a 5-night minimum stay. Valid for stays between 09/09/2013 and 10/05/2013.  

Click here to make your reservation.  Offer valid through 7/26/13.

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