Hula Lessons What is Hula? Momi Palmieri, Hula teacher, says "Hula is chant and dance. It is history; it is the bird that bears the feathers of an ancient culture into today’s world... Hula is deeply serious and spiritual. Hula is also raucous, silly and playful. Hula is the lifeblood and the guardian of Hawaiian language, myth, history and genealogy. Hula is Hawai`i. Hula is life." We have some wonderful hula teachers here on the Big Island, who will give you a taste of the heart of the Hawaiian culture, and share with you some of the treasures inherent in its teachings. Click here for a calendar of hula lessons, ukelele lessons, ipu clases, and more at the Queen Shops
Lu'au Legendary Lu'au or Aha'aina (feast) presents a blend of traditional Hawaiian fare. Hula tells the stories of the people, their lands and the Gods. Exotic dances of the Pacific Rim, accompanied by a buffet dinner featuring a variety of fruits, salads, fresh island fish, several tradtional favorites, and a lavish display of Island-style desserts. Choose from a variety of lu'au offerings, from the more traditional Hawaiian to the excitement and flash of high energy Tahitian dances and Samoan Fire Knife dances. Check our Lu'au page for details on different locations and prices of lu'au options.
Swimming with Wild Dolphins is about as far off the beaten tourist track as you can get. Slip into the liquid velvet of our warm ocean waters, and prepare yourself for a life-changing, heart opening experience. Morning boat tours usually last four hours. The Hawaiian Spinner dolphin is a year-round resident of our warm coastal waters, and they come in from their nocturnal deep ocean feeding to sleep, play, and make babies along the shoreline, safe from predators. Dolphins are used to human visitors, and as long as we respect their needs by not chasing them, or trying to touch them, they are happy to share their waters with us.
Helicopter Tours are the best way to get to the secret wonders of Hawaii, to enjoy her pristine beauty and rich diversity. Designed with the passenger and his camera in mind, helicopters offer photo opportunities denied to anyone else. Over and over again, you will hear from those who have experienced helicopter tours..."If you can only do one thing, by all means, don't miss this one!" Helicopter tours are widely varied, and cover all of the islands. Truly, the sky is the limit!
Golf on the Big Island of Hawaii is golf at its best! Golfers will find that the Big Island offers beautiful and challenging links in settings as varied as the island itself. With 20 magnificent courses to choose from, some crafted by the biggest names in course design, Hawaii’s Big Island offers more than its fair share of the world’s most scenic holes, two of which are consistently rated among the world's top courses by golfing magazines. Golfers will find their sweet spot for blissful play.
Manta Ray Night Snorkel/Dive Manta Rays have no real teeth, no stinger, and a harmless disposition, in spite of their 8 to 14 foot "wing" span. Most of the 400 Manta Ray on the Kona Coast are named and catalogued by frequent divers. The dive boat leaves at sunset, and all snorkel or dive gear is provided. The actual night snorkel or dive lasts about 45 minutes, during which time Manta Rays feed on plankton attracted to the lights. Experience the thrill of a lifetime as these gentle creatures swim gracefully around you. Price starts at $115 per person, plus tax..
Hiking Tours Hiking in the Hawaiian Islands offers residents and visitors many opportunities to experience a unique natural environment. Known throughout the world for a wide variety of ecosystems, trails in Hawai`i can take you to coastal dunes, shrublands, rainforests, and high alpine deserts. The Big Island offers hiking for all of us - from the short scenic view hikes such as Akaka Falls, to the more rigorous Halini Pali 7-mile trail down the side of the Kilauea Volcano. Call for custom pricing.
Surf Instruction on the Big Island of Hawaii. All surf instruction is tailored to you with our ultimate goal of getting you up and riding waves on your very first day. We will teach you about Hawaiian waters and something about the sea in general. Lessons are a great way to interact with Mother Nature in her environment. All surf classes are held in mild crystal clear surf and our staff is trained to ensure your surfing experience is safe, fun, and educational. Private lessons also available. Call for pricing.
Whale Watching Humpback Whales winter in Hawaii from December through April. The Hawaiian Islands host the largest seasonal population of Humpback Whale activity in the world. The only location in the United States where a population of whales come yearly to mate and give birth to their young. Besides whales, Spinner Dolphins, Bottle Noise Dolphins, pilot Whales, sea turtles, mantas and more frequent these waters year round. You never know who you might see on a boat tour! Private tours available for your family or group.
Snorkeling The Big Island of Hawaii is simply the best place on earth to snorkel! Some of the very best locations are only accessible by boat. Allow us to schedule you with a tour which will guide to you to the best and safest places to swim with the sea life. Preserving our abundant wildlife is also important, so entering the water from a boat saves harmful trampling of delicate coral reefs. Visit marine sanctuaries where one school of fish compete with another for beauty and breathtaking abundance. Private/custom tours available.
Sunset Sail Enjoy a typically spectacular Hawaiian sunset on one of our beautiful sail boats, while you partake of your choice of refreshments, from champagne to heavy pupus. Departures from the Kohala Coast or Kona. For the romantic at heart, you can renew your vows or simply relax into the serenity of the moment, while enjoying the scenic coastline. Prices start from $100 per person. Private tours available. Call for pricing and availability.
Kayaking is for everyone, from 8 to 80! Through the help of your guide the tour is designed to be comfortable for the novice and effortless even for the inexperienced! We know all the right places to put the boat in, and take it out. Leave the planning to us! We move at a relaxed pace, focusing on the scenery and marine mammals that may come our way. Be sure to wear sun screen, or dress for exposure to the sun, and enjoy a leisurely paddle to sites and scenes unparallelled. Plenty of time to drop out of the canoe and snorkel, or even enjoy a pod of dolphins if we get really lucky!
Come to paradise and partake of the abundance of our tropical haven. Activities abound, and our competent staff can help you access the most choice among them. Let us get to know you, and craft the vacation of a lifetime, with all members of your family in mind, so that each individual can enjoy every morsel of your time here. Choose from our abundant array of joyful events, and call for pricing and availability.
Deep Sea Fishing Experience some of the best places for big game charter fishing in the world. The calm waters off the Kona Coast on the Big Island are famous for big Pacific Blue Marlin, as well as Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi), Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo (Ono), and Spearfish. Charter fishing in Hawaii is great year-round! Morning and afternoon private charters available for 4 to 6 hours, with fares starting at $600. Check out either private or shared tours.
Local Beaches All beaches in Hawaii must have public access and be open to the public. Many resorts ask for occupancy verification (key card, etc.,) for use of beach amenities (chairs, towels, etc.). Most of our owners provide such equipment for use of their guests. Click anywhere here to be taken to a list of local beaches, their locations, individual features, and available activities. For even better descriptions and driving directions, see the great little Hawaii handbook entitled Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed, found in stores everywhere.
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Big Island Farmer's Market Guide to farmer's markets on the Big Island. Stroll among the locals, catch breakfast at a picnic table, talk story over a cup of hot coffee, meet old friends and new...and, oh yes! pick up a few fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses, island delectables and even a few Hawaiian tunes, as the farmers share not only their bounties of the Island, but their colorful music as well. Farmer's Market is a well-established island staple, and one of the best ways to feel right at home and stock your pantry as well. Come early! stay late....and partake of Island abundance right from the land and people.
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Stand-Up Paddling is an individual water sport that uses a style of paddling similar to that of the outrigger canoe, but you stand upright on a specially designed SUP board and utilize an elongated paddle! SUP has been practiced for centuries in a variety of forms and cultures and in its recent modernized version has become one of the most popular and fastest growing water sports in the world! It is extremely unique in that you can self-propel while standing across any body of water that skill level warrants without the necessity of wind, waves, or engine power.
Scuba Diving An amazing 30 percent of Hawaii’s marine animals are found nowhere else in the world. The 500 plus native underwater life include: giant sea turtles, moray eels, eagle rays, raccoon butterfly fish, the Hawaiian turkeyfish, and several species of scorpion and trigger fish. The water along the coast is clear year-round, often exceeding 100-foot visibility, with ocean temperatures ranging from 72 degrees in the winter to 80 degrees in the summer. Come on in, the water's always warm!
Zipline Tours Tour consists of 8 ziplines, 1 suspension bridge.Locally prepared snacks. Foods include freshly made banana cake, with fresh local fruit kabobs, trail mix, and macadamia nuts to crack and enjoy. Drinks served will be Aloha juice and water.
Tours are limited to 10 Guests to ensure personal attention. Approximate tour time is 3 hours. During peak season please make your reservations in advance to assure your space. Cost- $169.00 + Tax per person
Dining on the Big Island - Complete list of dining from shirt-sleeves to black tie, from the tip of the Kohala Coast at Hawi, to Waimea and the South Kohala resort area. Dining, dancing, karaoke, music - it's all within a short drive from your Waikoloa Beach or Mauna Lani Resort condominium. Come, indulge in our island delights, and be sure to let us know which ones you like the best. We are always anxious to share your experiences with other guests on our user reviews and our blog.
Massage, Spa, and Rejuvenation Services The Big Island is often referred to as the "Healing Island" and no where is that better reflected than in our lomi-lomi. From high-end resort spas to individually-owned Day Spas, from cranio-sacral to colonics, we have a selection of qualified providers to meet your every rejuvenation desire.