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Hawaii, 22 January 2014 Guest list, travel and transport Accommodation Things to do About the Big Island The wedding day Click on these IMPORTANT – an e-visa is required for people from outside the USA… go to http://www.visacentro.com/ and request a B-2 visahttp://www.visacentro.com/ No GIFTS!!!!! (please make your menu selection by 10 Jan 2014)
The Big Island is the youngest volcanic island of the Hawaiian archipelago, with beautiful stretches of beaches and many, many isolated smaller beaches. Because of constant volcanic activity, you'll find white sands, green sands and black sands on Hawaii Island! There are billions of things, well millions, at least hundreds anyway… of things to do here. Like take a few days off and get married. We chose Hawaii because it is half way between our two families. We chose the Big Island because it is our style – chillaxed! We hope the info in this pack is helpful – just click the arrows and home icons above to navigate. We have two properties reserved for all our guests – the Hawaiian Oasis and the Kona Bungalows. The accommodation is all paid for – it is our way of saying thank you for joining us to celebrate and we hope you enjoy your time on the Big Island! If anyone wants to do their own thing though before or after the dates we have provided then you can look at the Four Seasons – just ask Darren Burns – he has a $900 a night discounted rate for you. Remember– no gifts please. Just come and chillax. Welcome to the Big Island With love, Andrew & Amanda Phone = +61 415417181 Email = AAA@neelos.com Skype Andrew = andrew.j.nielsen Skype Amanda = amanda.hamilton22
From the airport (KOA)to Hawaiian Oasis Hawaiian Oasis
From the airport (KOA)to Kona Bungalows Kona Bungalows
From the Hawaiian Oasis to Kona Bungalows Hawaiian Oasis
Good to know Parking/shopping in town: There is a new pre-pay parking lot right in town at the corner of Alii and Hualalai Street which can catch out the unsuspecting tourist $7.00 after 17:00h in fine print There is plenty of free parking in town off Alii drive (go up the street past this lot, look on the left or right for free lots, or above the ABC Market at the big banyan tree in central town) The KTA supermarkets are probably the best for any supplies Kona Farmers (International) Market – found in town at the corner of Alii Drive and Hualalai Street on Wednesday to Sunday. It is in the same neighborhood as the Kona Brew Pub. Locals never buy produce at the grocery store because you will get far superior quality produce at the markets for 1/3 the price. You can often score 5 or 6 papayas for a dollar! They also have local Kona coffee, nuts, jams, jewelry and crafty stuff, and wonderful flowers. Tsunami alert: THE VERY, VERY LOUD SIREN OF THE TSUMANI ALERT IS TESTED THE FIRST DAY OF EVERY MONTH (CAN YOU SAY RINGING IN THE EARS?!) AND IT WILL GO FOR ~5 MINUTES THEN DROP OFF. IF YOU HEAR REPEATED SIRENS, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY TV OR RADIO WILL INTERUPT EVERYTHING IF THE ALERT IS FOR REAL A Tsunami is a VERY RARE EVENT (LAST ONE TO HIT THE BIG ISLAND WAS 1950 – that is until 11 March 2011 when the tsunami from the Japanese earthquake struck the Big Island, causing damage to Kailua-Kona, wiping out the historic Kona Village hotel, and sweeping many houses off their foundations) THEY DO TRAVEL VERY FAST, SO IF ITS THE REAL McCOY, HEAD UPHILL – follow evacuation routes – YOU CAN WALK FROM THE HAWAIAN OASIS PROPERTY TO SAFE GROUND A TRAFFIC JAM ON ALII DRIVE SHOULD BE EXPECTED IN THE EVENT OF AN IMMEDIATE SHORELINE EVACUATION (DONT WORRY, WITH TODAYS WEATHER FORECASTING YOU SHOULD HAVE PLENTY OF WARNING TO GET EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING TO A SAFE AREA) However, keep in mind that the Hawaiian Islands are prone to earthquakes, and if you are visiting and you feel a big quake, get yourself to high ground immediately (the Japan tsunami came ashore 20 minutes after the quake!). If you are at the Hawaiian Oasis, no worries!
Arrivals and departures PartyNamesPaxArriveDepartNightsFlights etcOrigin NielsenAndrew, Amanda, Alexa3Sat 18 th 21:15Tue 28 th 06:1410In AA247, out HA107USA NielsenBarb, Pete, Kate, Gabe, Bat5Mon 20 th 15:16Sun 26 th 06:146In HA358, out HA107AUS ReaderKarl, Amanda, Alex, Olivia4Fri 17 th 21:15Thu 23 rd 22:456In HA358, out HA107AZE Hart BurnsVic, Darren2Sat 18 th 11:55Fri 24 th 09:006Approx timesAUS PaechDarren, Emily2TBC HKG Paech WmanAnita, Karl2Tue 21 st 10:44Mon 27 th 16:157In HA168, out HA327AUS PaechMerri1Tue 21 st 10:44Mon 27 th 16:157In HA168, out HA327AUS ThruppPeter, Vaaldir2Mon 20 th 10:44Fri 31 st 10:317In HA168, out HA331AUS LewisRoshan3Sun 19 th 11:38Sun 26 th 07:007In HA208, out YV1011AUS HamiltonJaneen1Thu 16 th 15:14Tue 28 th 06:14In US663, out HA107USA Hamilton FordChris, Aria2Sun 19 th 22:00Mon 27 th 12:008Approx timesUSA HamiltonMa, Pa2Thu 16 th 20:49Tue 28 th 22:45In AA7911, out AA246USA MattsonJean1Mon 20 th 15:14Fri 24 th 23:454In US663USA BottMary1Mon 20 th 15:14Fri 24 th 23:454In US663USA ShearerLyle1Mon 20 th 22:00Sat 25 th 12:008Approx timesUSA Some other people were invited but you are the lucky folks who are coming! If you want any contact numbers or emails just ask Amanda or Andrew. IMPORTANT – and e-visa is required for people visiting USA…go to http://www.visacentro.com/ and request a B-2 visahttp://www.visacentro.com/
Transport options Taxis: In the Kona area there is a 24 hour taxi service available with Kona Taxi Cab – phone (808)324-4444 Taxis are available curbside at Kona International Airport Private transfer services can be booked with Gold Coast Town Cars or Principle Limousine Speedi Shuttle can be booked for airport transfers Car rental: The following major car hire companies operate out of Kona International Airport: Alamo National Avis Hertz Budget Thrifty Dollar Enterprise You might want to check out... www.discounthawaiicarrental.com www.rentalcars.com www.economycarrentals.com Bus: Hawaii County offers free mass transit via the Hele On (Lets go) Bus – go anywhere on the island! There are stops all around Hawaii Island, with service between Kona and Hilo offered Mon through Sat. All buses are wheelchair accessible The Keauhou Honu Express Shuttle that runs along Alii Drive is a good alternative to using a car to get around Kailua-Kona – $2 per person each ride. NOTE: the driver does not make change!
Room allocations = Kona Bungalows = Hawaiian Oasis PartyNames Th 16Fr 17 Sa 18 Su 19Mo 20 Tu 21 We 22 Th 23Fr 24 Sa 25 Su 26 Mo 27 NielsenAndrew, AmandaK - Moana Hale (master)H - Aloha NielsenPete, KateK - Moku NielsenGabrielleK - Moku NielsenSebastianK - Moku NielsenBarbaraK - Moku ReaderKarl, AmandaK - Honu ReaderAlexK - Honu ReaderOliviaK - Honu Hart BurnsDarren, VicK - Moana Hale (bed #1) PaechDarren, EmilyH - Ohana PaechAnita, KarlK - Kahakai PaechMerriH - Garden ThruppPeter, VaaldirH - Waterfall LewisRoshanK - Kahakai HamiltonJaneenK - Moana Hale (bed #3)H - Ohana Hamilton FordChris, AriaK - Moana Hale (bed #4)H - Ohana HamiltonMa, Pa, AlexaK - Hoku MattsonJeanH - Aloha BottMaryH - Aloha ShearerLyleK - Moana Hale (bed #2)
Hawaiian Oasis Estate Accommodation Property Hawaiian Oasis Estate URLs http://www.vrbo.com/72476 and http://hawaiianoasis.com/ Location 74-4958 Kiwi St. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 10.5 miles from the Kona airport, 5 minutes to downtown Kona. Description Located above the historic coastal town of Kailua-Kona and below the cool mist of Kona coffee country and the artists village of Holualoa. At the pool house Tiki Bar there is a kitchen, including a Gas BBQ. The waterfall pool, spa and tennis court are available at all times, but a quiet time of 9:00pm applies out of respect for our neighbors. Wifi access everywhere on the estate. Beach gear & beach towels provided. Status Booked from Mon 20–Tue 29 January upstairs living room backyard pool & tiki bar front main entry
Hawaiian Oasis Estate (cont.) Private bedrooms: Aloha Suite King bed and full size sleeping nook - upstairs main house Waterfall Suite King bed – downstairs main house Ohana Suite has 2 separate sleeping areas with 1 Queen bed in private bedroom and in the main room there is an additional sleeping nook with a Queen bed – downstairs main house Garden Suite with Queen bed is in the lower level of the building just next to the main house (it has its own private outdoor entry) Additional sleeping options: Music Room (a lounge area between the Waterfall and Ohana Suites) can be used as a sleeping space – it has a Queen sized bed and Queen Sleeper sofa Aloha Suite Waterfall Suite Ohana Suite Garden Suite Garden Suite Entry
Kona Bungalows Accommodation Property Kona Beach Bungalows URLs http://www.konabeachbungalows.com / Location 75-6130 Alii Dr Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Description Kona Beach Bungalows is considered the only private, oceanfront, vacation rental Estate in the Hawaiian Islands in which can accommodate up to 34 people. (15 Bedrooms and 11 baths). The homes, all on the same Estate, can be rented out separately for couples or family getaways as well. People come for the evenings lounging on the lanai watching the sunset, of wading at the bay with the mystical turtles (HONU), or of the joyous weddings with the legendary Hawaiian sunset in the background. Conveniently located 1 mile south of downtown Kailua-Kona and 7 miles south of Honokohau Boat Harbor. Status Booked from Fri 17–Tue 29 January gourmet kitchen area backyard pool ocean front property billiards room
Kona Bungalows (cont.) Property features: Ocean front pool, jacuzzi, private sandy beach, snorkel out from the front yard, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Walk across the street to the 'Alii Gardens Market Place (handmade gifts and local produce) Down the street are snorkel and surf beaches. Close to town and activities, minutes from the shoreline, just a short walk to watch turtles, surfers and beautiful sunsets. Nearby, you will find Hawaii's best Scuba diving, big-game fishing, kayaking, dolphin and whale watching and other ocean activities. 1 main home, 4 bungalows: Moana Hale: 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bath Moku: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath Kahakai: 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bath Honu: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath Hoku: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Hoku Bungalow Honu Bungalow Kahakai Bungalow Moana Hale Moku Bungalow Lanai and ocean
Things to do Beaches along the Kona Coast Zipline Mauna Kea summit – sunset and stargazing Lava tube tours Kahua Ranch - horse riding, quad bikes, BBQ Kayaking – the Kohala Ditch Trail Whale watching Manta ray night snorkel Golf Pearl Harbour Volcanoes tour Swim with the dolphins Submarine Quad bikes and buggies Sea Strike – Deep sea fishing Other activities… More beaches… Eating out
Beaches along the Kona Coast One remarkable thing about The Big Island, unlike the other Hawaiian Islands, is that almost every beach on the Big Island has remained free of mega-resorts and condo complexes. You can click on this link for a map of beaches along the Kona Coast.map of beaches along the Kona Coast There are great beaches and snorkeling within a 10 to 20 minute drive of our accommodation – the most distant beach on the northern tip of the Big Island is one hour drive. The Hawaiian Oasis accommodation is located near shortcut routes that make a drive to the north or south of the island efficient. The closest beaches are at the Honokohau Harbor, The Energy Lab (llittle known place that is great for small children and has sheltered inlets for when the ocean is kicking up), Kikaua Point Beach, Kekaha Kai State Beach, and Kua Bay. Except for Kua Bay, these are all sheltered beaches when the surf is high.Kikaua Point BeachKekaha Kai State BeachKua Bay The big state beaches are north in the Waikoloa district, and from the Oasis you're looking at a 30 minute or so drive. Along the way are some other really great snorkeling and swimming beaches, some of which are remote, empty of people, and worth the effort (at Makalewena for instance, without question the most beautiful beach on the Big Island, youll be rewarded with a pristine beach that rivals any in the world). Makalewena A-Bay (Anaehoomalu Bay) is well sheltered, a good swim, and about 8-10 minutes closer than Hapuna State Beach (Hapuna is 32 miles from our accommodation, and was noted by Conde Naste magazine a few years ago as the best beach in North America).A-BayHapuna State Beach Beaches Bicycling trails
Zipline Activity = Zipline flying fox URL http://www.ziplinehi.com/tours/zipline- tour.html Location Hilo Description, testimonials Soar over Hawaiian rainforests and the lush Honolii river and its thunderous waterfalls on a dual- track zip course (side-by-side) Waterproof jackets provided Cooler temperatures at the beginning of the course and warmer temperatures at the end 1,000 foot total elevation drop Elevated platforms with suspension bridges and suspended staircases Light snacks and beverages What to bring: Closed toe shoes are required Shorts, pants and t-shirts are ok Light jacket, sunglasses and hat Bring your still or video camera to take advantage of photo ops galore Address 224 Kamehameha Ave. #106 Hilo HI 96720 Cost $169 You can also get picked up at the Kona airport in a helicopter, then dropped off to go through the forest and mountains on Hummers to the zipline areas. Spectacular views, rainforests, waterfalls, and old trees you have to see to believe.
Mauna Kea summit – sunset and stargazing Activity = Mauna Kea summit Speak to… Pat Wright email@example.com Phone 808-329-7919 P.O. Box 9027 Kailua Kona, Hawaii, 96745 URL http://www.maunakea.com/ Reservations = http://www.maunakea.com/reservatio ns.php http://www.maunakea.com/reservatio ns.php Description, testimonials Pick-up points in Kailua Kona, Waikoloa or highway 190/200 jctn Van Terra 4x4 micro-coaches Superb scenery and photo opps with Sunset on the summit Arctic style hooded parkas, gloves Hearty 3 cheese lasagna supper served on the Visitors Center's lanai about 1.5 hours before sunset 11" Celestron CPC 1100 fully computerized telescopes with premium oculars Stargazing program with powerful telescopes (weather permitting) Cost $212
Lava tube tours Activity = Lava tube tours Speak to… Nahuku = (808) 985-6000 URL http://www.kilaueacavernsoffire.com/ OR… http://www.gohawaii.com/big- island/regions- neighborhoods/kau/nahuku-thurston- lava-tube Description, testimonials Kazamura Lava Tubes: The longest and deepest system in the world Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube): The most easily accessible lava cave on the island. 500-years old located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Reserve a spot on a guided park ranger tour of Pua Poo lava tube – call or visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center, the earlier in the day the better. Address Nahuku = Hawaii National Park, HI 96718 Cost TBC (maybe nothing!)
Kahua Ranch - horse riding, quad bikes, BBQ Activity = Kahua Ranch Speak to… Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) email@example.com URL http://www.kahuaranch.com/ Location Kahua Ranch Kamuela, Hawaii 96743 Description, testimonials Transportation from lodgings Kona Brewing Co.'s Award Winning beer, wine, soft drinks and tropical juices which are included throughout the night Grilled steak and chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh greens, ranch style baked beans, fresh Hawaiian bread, and Macadamia Nut Pie for dessert Watch the sun set into the Pacific with live music and line dancing! Meet the Mascot Piggly Wiggly. Paniolo Activities include learning how to rope (or show us your skills), pitching some horse-shoes, brand a souvenir to take home Campfire sing-along with s'mores Celestron Telescope for stargazing!
Kayaking – the Kohala Ditch Trail Activity = Kayaking Speak to… Call (808) 889-6000 or 1-888-288- 7288 URL http://kohaladitchadventures.com/ Location ATV Outfitters and Kohala Ditch Adventures Description, testimonials Hawaiis most cultural and historical kayak adventure is back! An inspiring guided kayak tour. A completely new and ultimate Eco-adventure floating in mountain Kayaks exploring the famed Kohala Ditch System. Tour times = 0800, 0830, 0900, 1200,1230 and 1300h. What to bring: Water shoes, tennis shoes or sandals with a strap are required NO slippers or flip-flops Clothes you don't mind getting wet Change of clothes, towel and waterproof camera! Address Kapaau, HI 96755 www.atvoutfittershawaii.com Cost $139
Whale watching Activity = Whale watching Speak to… Andrew Nielsen URL http://www.hawaiioceansports.com/ht ml/whale_cruises.html Also try the private tours with Kona Sea Sports that combine private charters combining sport fishing with snorkeling/whales/dolphin swim.Kona Sea Sports Location FREE round-trip transportation Description 3 Trips Daily from within the National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary Waters Stable and Spacious Catamarans Highly Trained Naturalists Hydrophones to hear the Humpacks Haunting Songs Morning Trips are Guaranteed! See a Humpback, or ride again FREE! Address 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive Waikoloa, HI 96738 Cost Kids 6-12 ride for 1/2 price and Kids under 6 always ride for FREE! 08:00 - 10:00h = $119 10:00 - 12:00h = $99 15:00 - 17:00h = $119 Unlike other locations in Hawaii, the Big Island is not only the seasonal home for the famous Humpback whales but is also home year round to a selection of Sperm whales, Pilot whales, Pygmy Killer whales, the Melon Headed whales and the rare beaked whales. Travelling 3,500 miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska, the Humpbacks put on a show as they reach the warm, clear waters of Hawaii to breed and give birth. The Kona coast of the Big Island provides stellar opportunities for observing whales.
Manta ray night dive (or snorkel) Activity = Manta ray night dive Speak to… Andrew Nielsen URL http://www.swimwithdolphinsandmant as.com/swimming-with-mantas/ Location Check in at the Bite Me Sportfishing charter desk, Honokohau Marina which is 5 miles south of Kona airport Description, testimonials 17:00h - 20:30h (check in 16:00h) GUARANTEED SIGHTINGS or come again for FREE! Be on the Ocean for the Sunset What to bring: Towel, jacket/sweatshirt/Dry clothes, camera Address 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua- Kona, HI 96740 Cost $79 per adult $59 per child 11y.o. and under. $59 per ride-along What is included: Mask, fins, snorkel, wet suit, flotation devices, poke, ceviche, fish dip, soda/water, dry snacks, hot coffee and hot chocolate The manta ray night dive (or snorkel) is an experience not found anywhere else in the world All dive shops run these trips Even jaded scuba divers who have seen it all are amazed by this experience The manta rays come close and perform summersaults underneath you while they eat plankton that gets concentrated by the lights
Golf Activity = Golf Speak to… Darren Burns +61 409902633 firstname.lastname@example.org URL Various Location Various Tuesday 21 January 2014 Blokes golf day in the morning being organised by Dr Darren Burns – script writers and stunt designers from the movie Hangover Part 4 will be there to gather ideas Address Various within 10 mins to 1 hour of our lodgings Cost Ranging from $85 (plus clib hire) up to $300 Course suggestions: Mauna Kea – $300 including golf club hire not including tax, many people go to Mauna Kea, a hotel resort about 45 km north of Kona airport Mauna Lani – $185 pp plus club hire, 35 km north of Kona airport, two courses, both look good Big Island Country club – $80 plus cub hire, 30km up into the mountains Makalei golf club – $85 plus club hire ($50), 12km from airport and up into the mountain Waikoloa beach resort – $190 including club hire, 2 courses 30km north of Kona airport Waikoloa village club – Looks nice but may not have enough clubs for hire Manu Lani Makalei Manu Kea
Pearl Harbour Activity = Pearl Harbour Speak to… Darren Paech URL http://www.viator.com/tours/Big- Island-of-Hawaii/Oahu-Day-Trip- Pearl-Harbor-Honolulu-and- Punchbowl-from-the-Big-Island/d669- 2360H_A2 Location Meet the Airport Representative at Kona Airport Description, testimonials Full-day Oahu trip to Pearl Harbor Honolulu from the Big Island Ride in a Navy launch across Pearl Harbor Honolulu to the Arizona Memorial Guided tour of the USS Missouri, historic downtown Honolulu, Kawaiahao Church, Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha statue, Waikiki Departure approx 05:00 - 06:00h (call 72 hours in advance to reconfirm exact departure time) Return approx 20:00 - 21:00h Cost From $356
Volcanoes tour Activity = Volcanoes tour Speak to… Karl Reader URL http://www.gohawaii.com/big- island/regions- neighborhoods/kau/hawaii-volcanoes- national-park Helicopter tour = http://www.viator.com/tours/Big- Island-of-Hawaii/Volcano-Helicopter- Tour-and-Private-Paradise- Landing/d669-5120_H0007 http://www.viator.com/tours/Big- Island-of-Hawaii/Volcano-Helicopter- Tour-and-Private-Paradise- Landing/d669-5120_H0007 Bike tour (full day, half day summit, active lava flow adventure) = http://bikevolcano.com/ Location Volcanoes National Park map = http://hawaiioutdoorguides.com/wp- content/uploads/2012/07/Hawaii_Volc anoes_National_Park-map.jpg http://hawaiioutdoorguides.com/wp- content/uploads/2012/07/Hawaii_Volc anoes_National_Park-map.jpg Description, testimonials Mostly downhill, level easy riding What is included: All equipment, food beverages Van support and pick-up locations Address Drive from Kona is 2 to 3 hours Cost Helicopter tour = $473 upwards Bike tour = $109 upwards
Volcanoes tour (continued) Volcanoes National Park: If you plan to go to Volcanoes National Park, because of the recent active lava flows, contact the Park Rangers for up to the minute info about where to go and what road closures there may be. Get an early start, dont dawdle too much on the way, bring warm clothes, be at the lava viewing area at sunset to see the lava action, and plan for a long drive home (the park is 30 miles southwest of Hilo, about 1½ to 3 hours to Kona – the park is big!). Bring tennis shoes, flashlight and lots of water – especially if youll be walking out to the lava flows at night. Binoculars can really add to the experience. The most active volcano in the world is on the Big Island and been continuously erupting for 20 years. Helicopter touring can be a fantastic experience. If you have the time and the interest, you might want to spend the night up there. Refer to the Big Island Revealed book for lodging and details about Volcano National Park. There are also nice B&Bs up there. Volcano House: The Volcano House hotel overlooking Halemaumau Crater has been operating since it was a grass shack in 1846. Even Mark Twain once stayed here on his visit to Hawaii. The hotel has recently undergone renovations and is open under new management. TIPS = For daily Kilauea eruption updates – (808) 967-7328 or http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/ orhttp://www.gohawaii.com/big- island/guidebook/topics/volcano-eruption-updatehttp://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/http://www.gohawaii.com/big- island/guidebook/topics/volcano-eruption-update For a live view of Halemaumau Crater – http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/KIcam/ http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/KIcam/ For Hawaii County Civil Defense updates – (808) 935-0031 or http://www.lavainfo.us/http://www.lavainfo.us/
Volcanoes tour (continued) The worlds only drive-n volcano: Watch the landscape change before your very eyes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 30 miles southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. Kilauea is sometimes called "the world's only drive-in volcano." This prolific volcano currently produces 250,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava per day, enough to resurface a 20-mile-long, two-lane road daily. As of January 1994, 491 acres of new land have been created on Hawaii Island. The current eruption may last another 100 years or stop tomorrow. There is a Crater Rim Drive of 10 miles that circles Kilauea Caldera. Driving around this loop will take you to the park's main attractions – the Kilauea overlook, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater, Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Crater overlook and Thurston Lava Tube. Halemaumau Crater – steam vents plume from this massive crater, known as the home of Pele, the volcano goddess. In 1967, this crater was filled with a lake of lava that eventually drained away. Great respect should be paid at this sacred site. Puu Oo Vent – currently Kilauea's lava activity isn't centered in its caldera (the large depression at the top of the volcano) but at the Puu Oo vent in the East Rift Zone. Puu Oo's lava flood underground tubes that empty dramatically into the sea. You can watch this spectacle at the end of Chain of Craters Road or get a closer look from the new Kalapana viewing site outside the park. Chain of Craters Road – Ranger station is open daily: between 10:00 and 21:00. Veering south of Crater Rim Drive is Chain of Craters Road. This 3,700-foot drive eventually ends where a lava flow has literally overtaken the road.
Swim with the dolphins Activity = Swim with the dolphins Speak to… Andrew Nielsen URL http://www.swimwithdolphinsandmant as.com/swimming-with-dolphins/ Location Check in at the Bite Me Sportfishing charter desk, Honokohau Marina which is 5 miles south of Kona airport Description, testimonials Dolphin and reef tour 08:30 - 11:30h 3 hour coastline tour in Kona You can jump in the water and swim with dolphins What to bring: Towel, sunscreen, camera, bathers Address 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua- Kona, HI 96740 Cost $89 per adult $59 per child 11y.o. and under. $59 per ride-along What is included: Mask, fins, snorkel, wet suit (if necessary), flotation devices, poke, ceviche, fish dip, soda/water, dry snacks
Submarine Activity = Submarine Speak to… Atlantis Submarine (1-800-548-6262) URL http://www.atlantisadventures.com/ko na Location Check-in at the Atlantis ticket office Description, testimonials See the other 96% of Kona you can't see any other way Treat yourself to Kona's most beautiful and captivating scenery, habitats, and isolated treasures 7 days a week beginning at 10:00h (weather permitting) Children must be 36" or taller to ride the submarine Passengers must be physically capable of ascending and descending a near vertical ladder in order to ride the submarine Actual underwater time is 45 mins Address Alii Drive located across from the Kailua-Kona Pier Cost Adult $99 Child $35
Quad bikes and buggies Activity = Quad bikes and buggies Speak to… Peter Nielsen URL http://www.ridetherim.com/ Description, testimonials Mile-wide vistas of black sand beach to the 1200-ft splendor of the twin Hiilawe Falls, Hawaii's highest single-fall waterfallsRide your own ATV through breathtaking scenery and grandiose panoramic views Pass through eucalyptus and ginger forests in former sacred royal land where access is limited Swim in the headwater of Hiilawe, see the back side of the Parker Ranch lands, go to the top of Waipio – be one of the few! 3 hours ride Address Waipi'o Valley Artworks 48-5416 Kukuihaele Rd Honokaa, Hi 96727 Cost $179+tax (16y.o.+) on ATVs $149+tax (16y.o.+) on Ranger buggy $99+tax for kids on Ranger buggy
Activity = Deep sea fishing Speak to… Chris Hamilton, or call Kona Fishing on 808-895-1972, 1-800-264-4595 URL http://www.kona-fishing.com/ Location North side of the Honokohau Harbor, makai (ocean) side of the 2nd ramp Description, testimonials Types of fish caught: Pacific Blue/Striped/Black Marlin Short Nose Billfish Broadbill Swordfish Pacific Sailfish Mahi-mahi Ono (wahoo) Ahi (Tuna) Sea Strike provides all tackle and bait, ice, ice chests, captain and crew. Anglers need only bring food and beverages for the day, plus personal items such as sunscreen, hat etc. Kona waters are almost always calm– most fishing is within 5 miles of shore. Cost Full Day/ 8 hours - $700 3/4 Day/ 6 hours - $550 Half day/ 4 hours - $400 Rates are for private charters and are subject to change. Crew tip 15-20%. Sea Strike – Deep sea fishing Kona has world class fishing. With the recent economic troubles a lot of the fishermen are hungry, and word on the street is you can go down to the harbor and wheel and deal with these guys for a great price. Make sure you arrange to keep some of the fish you catch! Hawaiian Oasis had a guest do exactly this, it was very reasonably priced and they ran into a school of mahi-mahi and landed 75 fish!
…other activities Hawaii Forest and Trails www.hawaii-forest.com Too many awesome things to list. Everything from an observatory trip to Mauna Kea to guided hikes through restricted forest areas. Go to their website. Mention you are referred from the Hawaiian Oasis Bed and Breakfast please!www.hawaii-forest.com Historical sunset dinner cruise Sunset cruise on the 65 ft Body Glove catamaran goes from Kailua-Kona pier to Kealakekua Bay and back. Historical stories, nice buffet dinner and dancing to the unequalled sounds of a Kona musical favorite, LT Smooth. Go to www.konahistorical.org for more info.www.konahistorical.org Holualoa coffee farm The tour is fun and educational, and it is a favorite Kona coffee. If you like coffee, youll love Kona coffee. Volcano winery http://volcanowinery.com Nani Mau gardens and restaurants http://www.nanimaugardens.com/ Fairmont Orchid Luau An exceptional buffet dinner and a unique and well performed show. (A cross between Cirque de Solei, professional Island dancers and a well choreographed Musical stage show. LOTS of great tropical food and an amazing dessert bar. Come in nice Aloha wear. $82pp. Mushroom factory http://hamakuamushrooms.com/ – The Extraordinary Specialty & Exotic Mushroom Factory Tour!http://hamakuamushrooms.com/ 4D movie ride http://www.thegreat4dmovieride.com/ TIP = Check out the following website which has a lot of hand-picked deals: http://www.viator.com/big-island- of-hawaii/d669-ttd?pref=02&aid=g2193http://www.viator.com/big-island- of-hawaii/d669-ttd?pref=02&aid=g2193 Akaka Falls Hiking www.hawaiianwalkways.com/ testimonial – Hawaiian Walkways helped us plan and execute terrific hikes into the Waimanu Valley and to the top of Mauna Loa. Our guides friendly manner and extensive knowledge of the local history and flora enriched the trip more than any guide book ever could. I highly recommend a hike with Hawaiian Walkways.www.hawaiianwalkways.com/
…other activities (continued) Reference books and local news For a complete listing of whats going on locally (events, music, art, etc), get a copy of the free weekly Hawaiian Island News. Its at most news-stands and grocery stores. There is also a great website with lots of local happenings and more- www.konaweb.com.www.konaweb.com Without a doubt, the best guide for the Big Island is the blue Big Island Revealed. This book is also available at the WalMart or Costco in Kona if you dont pick one up ahead of time. Pacific Tsunami Museum Monday-Saturday (09:00 - 16:00), admission $8 130 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawaii 96720 Phone: (808) 935-0926 http://www.tsunami.org/visitor.html#exhibits The southernmost point of the USA Travel to the southern cliffs of Hawaii Island in the Kau region and gaze out at the endless Pacific Ocean. Can you believe theres nothing but deep-blue ocean between the spot youre standing on and Antarctica? Thats because you're at Ka Lae, also known as South Point or simply The Point, the southern most point in the United States. It is believed that the first Polynesians to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands disembarked here at Ka Lae somewhere between 400 and 800 A.D. The offshore currents and winds are notoriously powerful here and swimming is not advised. The actual point is a short walk in front of the black- and-white light beacon, where there are no cliffs. To get to this rocky shoreline you need to take the narrow South Point Road 12-miles through open ranch lands lined with white windmills. There is a small heiau (sacred place of worship) near Ka Lae so visitors should treat the area with great respect.
BeachDescriptionLocation Puu Honua O Honaunau Also caleld Place of Refuge – historical area, great snorkel, dolphins in the bay, follow the seawall on your right to find big eels at a depth of 10-15 feet (they wont bother you, just dont stick your fingers into any rocks). Kealakekua Bay Some of the best snorkeling and swimming, and several places to rent kayaks. Punaluu Black Sand Beach One of the most famous black sand beaches in Hawaii, you may also discover large honu (Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, protected so do not touch them please), swimming isn't ideal, picnic area, restrooms. Between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the small town of Naalehu Honomalino Beach One of the most romantic beaches on the West side of the island. Local Hawaiians use this beach on weekends, so please respect their space and visit only on weekdays. Black sand crescent beach..About 45 minutes south to MiloliI. Kuamoo Bay Little know, even by locals. You wont see signs for it, but its easy to find. Walk over the lava trail, head to the right and look for a good spot to get in. The small coves are wonderful snorkel and dipping spots. Alii Drive. Go to the very end (southern tip) of Alii Drive, after Keauhou shopping center and King Kam III road. Kahaluu Beach Reliably safe even when the surf is big and youll always see turtles here. This is a marine preserve, and like swimming in an aquarium. Good snorkeling for timid swimmers or first-time snorkelers, but enough to see that everyone will have a good time. Surf lessons, snack bar and bathroom/shower facilities. At mile 5.5 on Alii Drive Kua Bay Kua Bay road is just opposite the road (signed) to the Veterans Cemetery (beach turn-off is NOT marked). Always gets surf. 15 miles north of Kailua-Kona Honokohau Harbor Reliably fine regardless of surf conditions, and is also a good dive and snorkel spot. Bonus – next door at the Harbor restaurant is the coldest (and cheapest) beer in town, a schooner! Also, theres a great fish shop at the right side of the Harbor.. At the end of the road leading to the Harbor. Just head off down to the left over the lava. Magic Sands Beach Popular boogie boarding and a friendly locals beach. Depending on the surf patterns the sand can disappear overnight (usually after a big storm), only to magically return with a change of wave pattern. Soft sand, great snorkeling off the right side in front of Magic Sands Condos. at mile 4.5 on Alii Drive (between our Hale Honu and Keauhou-Kona Surf and Racquet homes) Pahoehoe Beach Park Small, quiet, green-grass and park bench kind of park that also has a small sandy beach with ocean access (perfect for little ones), Great place to find beach glass and seashells. Good snorkeling here, and if you swim around the reef to the north, youre in turtle cove and the backyard of Hale Honu. Hapuna, Mauna Kea and A-Bay The beaches up in this area (Kohala) are big expanses of sandy beaches with good swimming and boogie boarding. Hapuna was named Conde Nastes Best Beach in America in 2004! There are always people here, but it never feels crowded. North of Kona town 30-45 minutes, but worth the drive! North Kohala Coastline The shore along the desert Northern end of the big island is sheltered and pristine. Great snorkeling. Well reputed for humpbacks breeching and pectoral slapping. Not on any maps, between Kawaihae and Hawi take the dirt road off the highway, then walk …and more beaches
RestaurantDescriptionLocation Kona Brew Pub The brewery has wonderful pizza, salads, sandwiches, and of course, lots of micro-brewed beer (the bottled version of their beers is actually brewed in California, and is inferior to what is on tap here). The food is great, and the atmosphere is wonderful too. Outdoor garden seating, and free live music every Sunday starting at 17:00. With some regret, it has been discovered, and the days of walking right in and sitting down at peak hours are over. But you can enjoy a cold one while waiting! one block mauka (toward the mountains) from the north end of Kona town. You wont see it from the road – adjacent to a small shopping center and can be accessed from there (the back way), or through an industrial area (the front way). The front way…take Kuakini Rd away from town (North). Turn right on Kaiwi St, then right on Pawai. Go to the very end. Rapanui The food here is amazing and very reasonably priced. The chef is from New Zealand, and the unique dishes are intensely flavorful, some spicy, with good vegetarian choices…think Asia/Indian/Thai food. The fried banana won ton desert is unbelievable, the combo plates give you wonderful value, and beef sate is not to be missed. 75 Alii Drive, 808-329-0511, in the Banyans center Original Thai A nice atmosphere and does a great take-out.In shopping center at Kuakini and Palani Rd behind Firestone Tires Krua Thai Their Tom Ka Gai (chicken coconut soup) is the best ever.On Kuakini – a few blocks from Original Thai BaLe (Vietnamese) Vietnamese restaurant (with a French flair), with great Lemongrass Chicken Salad or Sandwich (on home-made French baguettes). At the KTA supermarket shopping center on Palani Road Hayashis You-Make- the-Roll (sushi) A take-out sushi bar ($3.50 to 5.50 for a big roll, and you can make up your own combination). A few tables outside, prices are good. On Alii Drive, just up the alley from Pancho and Leftys Kinishi Pacific (sushi) Upscale sushi and Asian rim fare. Pricey but excellent sushi!in the Keauhou Shopping Center Quinns Almost by the Sea For a great burger, Fish salad or sandwich. A small and friendly locals favorite and dining in a covered outdoor garden patio. Across from the King Kamehameha Hotel Jackie Reys Consistently excellent. Everyone raves about it! 15:00-17:00 half- price appetizers. Also have Wino Wednesdays, with bottles of wine at half-price, and on Sundays they do a wine tasting with food. Kuakini Highway (in the off-beat Pottery Terrace business complex) Marthas (Mexican) The islands first real Mexican food – can be tricky parking the car.Pink bldg, Kuakini Hwy, south of Henry St. Tacos El Unico (Mexican) A darn good little taco place. Authentic, a little lacking in ambience, with an outdoor patio area in a car park (not as bad as it sounds). Huggos on Rocks Nice ambience, oceanfront bar, pretty good food though a bit pricey.In town Costco (fish) Fresh and awesome local (although the selection can be small). Honokohau Harbor Fresh catch each afternoon (were talking right off the boat here).3 miles north on Queens Highway Da Poke Shack (Hawaiian style) Native fast food – super fresh, good variety and ono (delicious) poke! Ask for a taster to see what you like best. Great lunch specials. A real Big Island treat! Alii Drive – in a little shop at the Kona Bali Kai condos between Kona Makai and Hale Honu Last but not least – eating out! NB NOT RECOMMENDED = Jamisons by the Sea, next to Magic Sands Beach
Ceremony and reception Venue: Ceremony and reception will be held on the oceanfront lawn of Moana Hale – this is the main house at Kona Beach Bungalows Approx timeline: 16:00h = Ceremony 17:00h = Champagne reception 18:00h = Dinner 22:00h = Take it indoors… (NB *The 'Big Island' has an island-wide noise curfew from 10pm where amplified music is no longer allowed – while we don't have to end the party, we do have to quiet down at this time out of respect to the locals) Weather in Kona: Kona average temp in January ranges from a high of 82F to a low of 67F (28C to 19C) For suggestions on what to pack for the weather, take a look at the virtual tourist website for Konavirtual tourist website for Kona Wedding dress code: 'Beach Chic = classy and comfortable Suit and tie strictly prohibited...shoes are optional! No GIFTS!!!!!
Dinner menu 1. Appetizer: Chilled Vegetable Napoleon Waimea Vegetables, Maui Onions, Grilled Zucchini, Red Bell Pepper and Puna Goat Cheese, Puff Pastry Croutons with Eggplant Wrap, Fresh Herbs and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Macadamia Nut Crusted Shrimp with Caramelized Pineapple Kona Coast Crab Cake with Red Pepper Aioli and Fresh Mango Kiawe Grilled Tiger Prawns with Spicy Pineapple Relish on Lemongrass Skewer Lemon Pepper Crusted Scallops with Coriander Rub and Yuzu Tobiko Caviar Tableside Fish on Fire fresh Ahi Fired in front of you with Sesame, Chili and Wasabi Oils, Served with Maui Onion, Waimea Tomato and Limu Salad Kahua Ranch Lamb Chop with Wild Mushroom Polenta Fresh Ahi Napoleon with Molokai Sweet Potato Crisps, Lotus Root and Big Island Micro Greens, Poi and Coconut Vinaigrettes "Cake Walk Kona Coast Crab Cake with Red Pepper Aioli and Fresh Mango, Shrimp and Waipio Taro Cake with Cilantro Pesto Sauce and Ahi Cake with Curry Butter Keahole Lobster Risotto 2. Soup: Trio of Tropical Gazpachos Smoked Hamakua Hon Shimeji Mushroom Consommé Red Thai Curry Coconut Soup with Shrimp and Ginger Lobster Bisque 3. Salad: Waimea Butter Lettuce, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Pear Tomatoes, Basil with Garlic Vinaigrette Spinach with Bacon and Chopped Egg, Puna Goat Cheese, Red Onion, Parmesan Vinaigrette Manoa Lettuce, Avocado, Heirloom Tomatoes and Grilled Asparagus with Citrus Ginger Vinaigrette Spicy Asian Caesar Won Ton Crisp and Sesame Cilantro Dressing Waimea Butter Lettuce Stack, Seasonal Grilled Vegetables and Big Island Hearts of Palm, Tear Drop Tomatoes, Ciabatta Croutons, Roasted Maui Onion Vinaigrette Keala Farms Hearts of Romaine, Local Vine Ripened Tomatoes with Maui Onions, Puna Goat Cheese Crumbles, Big Island Lime Caesar Dressing "Edible Bouquet Waimea Greens and Vegetables, Fresh Pears, Edible Flowers and Ginger Vinaigrette Please make your choice in each of the 4 courses below (and overleaf), then let Andrew or Amanda know (there is also an ice cream dessert station, tea, coffee and cake)
Dinner menu (continued) FROM THE EARTH… Asian Vegetables and Fresh Tofu Wokked in Soy, Ginger and Chili Sauce Over Brown Rice Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Warm Black Bean Salad with Wild Rice Medley, Maui Onions, Bell Peppers, Asparagus, Roasted Tomato Sauce with Balsamic Syrup 4. Entrée (main course): FROM THE LAND… Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast with Maui Onion Confit, Caper Beurre Blanc Teriyaki Beef (Famous Recipe Since 1969) Green Pepper Crusted Muscovy Duck Breast Certified Angus Pride Brand® Prime Rib of Beef with Horseradish and Au Jus Open Flame Broiled Certified Angus Pride Brand® Filet of Beef Tenderloin with choice of: Light Sea Salt and Black Pepper Crust, Natural Jus & Crispy Huli Huli Onions Smoked Hamakua Hon Shimeji Mushroom and Natural Jus Green Pepper Crust and Gorgonzola Demi Glace Macadamia Nut Pesto, Puna Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers Cabernet Reduction, Crispy Huli Huli Onion Stack Hawaiian Cane Sugar & Soy Reduction FROM THE SEA… Fresh Island Fish from the Kona Coast with choice of: Tropical Fruit Relish Lime Ginger Butter and Mango Yuzu Relish Ginger Sake Lemongrass Butter Molokai Black Lava Salt, Red Miso Lemongrass Butter Red Miso Butter with Ginger Infusion Lemongrass Ginger Essence Maui Onion Waimea Tomato Relish and Pineapple Beurre Blanc Grilled Garlic Tiger Prawns with Lemongrass Butter Molokai Black Salt Crusted Snapper Lau Lau with Limu Edamame and Lomi Lomi Salsa Lobster Tail with Drawn Butter Whole Keahole Maine Lobster with Drawn Butter
The wedding party Amanda's attendants Janeen Hamilton, Maid Of Honor Sister of the Bride Roshan Lewis, Bridesmaid Friend of the Couple Heather Hamilton, Bridesmaid Cousin of the Bride (unable to attend as she is happily awaiting a visit from the stork!) Parents of the Bride Doris and Richard Hamilton Mother of the Groom Dr. Barbara Nielsen Host Couple Christopher Hamilton & Aria Ford Andrews attendants Peter Nielsen, Best Man Brother of the Groom Dr. Darren Burns, Groomsman Friend of the Couple Karl Reader, Groomsman Friend of the Couple