Kona Coffee Festival

Coffee cupping competition Here in Kona coffee country, the annual Kona Coffee Festival has been in full swing all week, featuring events, workshops, tours, competitions, and even a parade, to celebrate all things coffee. And at today’s prestigious cupping competition, our own Brazen Hazen coffee was among the select finalists for the coveted award and …
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2011 Standup Paddling Awards

Jenny Kalmbach: 2011 Female Paddler of the Year Standup Paddling (SUP) is a relatively new sport that’s really taken off in Hawai‘i and around the world. Here at Holualoa Inn, our very own Jenny Kalmbach was recently crowned the world’s top female paddler at the 2011 SUP Awards held in California last month. If you …
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Tips for Watching Ironman

Each year in October, Kona is transformed by the arrival of elite athletes from around the world. The prestigious Ford Ironman World Championship takes place this coming Saturday, October 8, providing the biggest forum for professional and amateur triathletes to compete on the world stage. If you are visiting Kona during Ironman, there are many …
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Manta Ray Gives Birth in Kona Waters

Big Bertha, as photographed by James L. Wing. Our friends at Fair Wind snorkel cruises just informed us that a female Manta Ray known to frequent the waters near Keauhou Bay has recently given birth. Affectionately named Big Bertha, the mother ray is one of the most recognizable among the Manta Rays that glide along …
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Hawai‘i Flag Day

Did you know that every year on July 31, the state of Hawai‘i celebrates Hawai‘i Flag Day, otherwise known as Ka Hae Hawai‘i? A day to contemplate the meaning and the history of the flag, Hawai‘i Flag Day came about in 1990, proclaimed by then-governor of the state of Hawai‘i, John D. Waihee III, in …
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Fourth of July on the Big Island

With Fourth of July just around the corner, fun and festivities are starting to brew on the Big Island. While many folks head to the beach or a barbecue, plenty of local-style community events offer a good time for the entire family: Green Sea Turtle Turtle Independence Day takes place at the Mauna Lani Bay …
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Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau Cultural Festival, 2011

As the famous song goes, everybody loves a hukilau. But how many of you have actually seen a real hukilau in person? This year’s festival marks the park’s 50th anniversary. Visitors to Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will have the opportunity to witness the ways and lifestyles of Old Hawai‘i, when the park presents …
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King Kamehameha Day Parade, Saturday, June 11

This coming Saturday on June 11, a floral parade honoring Hawaii’s first monarch will take place on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona beginning at 9 a.m. With more than 100 riders on horseback, the parade will showcase pa‘u equestrian units, marching bands, private mounted units, hula halau, floats, a horse-drawn carriage and more. Beginning at the …
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