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New for April 2013 and Beyond on Hawaii Island, the Big Island

By April 3, 2013

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Spring has finally arrived and while Hawaii Island, the Big Island, is a great place to visit any time of the year, I personally love spring the best. The weather is a bit nicer now that winter storms and their accompanying high surf have, for the most part ended. School is still in session most places on the mainland and in Hawaii, so for couples visiting the island, a more peaceful atmosphere is found. Let's take a look at some of the things going on this month and in the next couple of months.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu
We begin with congratulations to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu who recently have once again been honored as the island's first and only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort. In additon the resort's ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge was honored with a AAA Four Diamonds award, and the Hualalai Spa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai received a Forbes Four Stars rating. The Resort is currently offering the Experience More package, providing guests with a $1,000.00 resort credit that can be applied to incidental charges during their stay. For more information, visit their website or call (888) 340-5662.

Big Island Film Festival
Movies under Hawaii's stars, stellar celebrity events and more will make this Memorial Day Weekend one to remember, as the Big Island Film Festival rolls out May 23-27, 2013, with special guest Kate McKinnon from NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The weekend festivities include free family films at The Shops at Mauna Lani and nightly double features with gourmet pupu (hors d'oeuvre) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Special room rates are available. For more information, visit their website or call (808) 883-0394.

Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
TennisCize tennis management and Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's newly restored tennis complex now offers two well-lit hard courts and a pro shop. The hotel's Director of Tennis Donnia Bondallian, who is the only female Master Professional of the United States Professional Tennis Association in Hawaii, has put together an impressive array of programs and activities including daily clinics, lessons, round robins, tournaments, and Tenniscise cardio clinics to help players improve their game. For more information, please call (808) 960-5119.

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
You can now enjoy daily Floating Yoga courses at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Glide out into the Pacific waters on stand-up paddleboards for a serene floating yoga session while enjoying Hawaii Island's picturesque views. Instructors will guide guests through 40 minutes of rejuvenating sun salutations, balancing poses and more exercises guaranteed to strengthen the core and improve balance. For more information, visit their website. You can also read our review of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Hawaii Forest and Trail
Congratulations to Hawaii Forest and Trail for being voted your Favorite Activity Company on Hawaii Island, the Big Island, by our readers as part of the 2013 About.com Hawaii Travel Readers' Choice Awards. This superb eco-adventure company offers tours that are sure to please any visitor to the island. Kudos to Rob Pacheco and his entire teams for jobs well done.

Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals
Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals recently added a new location to its repertoire, the Blue Kehena, ideal for relaxing large group or multigenerational family vacations. Surrounded by lush forests in the Kalapana and Kehena region, the Blue Kehena features a custom layout with four bedrooms and three baths to house up to 10 people. Its location also offers easy access to the island's unique black sand beaches and the Kalapana lava viewing area. For more information, visit their website or call (808) 965-0400.

Imiloa Astronomy Center
Explore the heavens with Astronaut 3D, Imiloa Astronomy Center's newest planetarium show offered daily at 3 p.m. This spectacular experience launches visitors into space and beyond - all in high-definition 3D. Float around the International Space Station and maneuver through microscopic regions of the human body. The planetarium also offers daily its signature shows, Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky at 1:00 p.m. and Awesome Light II: Seeing the Invisible at 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call (808) 969-9703.

King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade
Celebrate Hawaii Island's rich cultural heritage at the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Kailua-Kona. Starting at 9:00 a.m. near Royal Kona Resort at Walua Road, more than 100 riders on horseback will proceed along Alii Drive passing through town near Kailua Pier, up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway, and end near West Hawaii Today. The spectacular show features marching bands, equestrian units, hula halau, a horse-drawn carriage, and floats. After the parade, enjoy a hoolaulea (celebration) inside the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For more information, visit their website or call parade chairman Barbara Nobriga at (808) 322-9944.

Kona Boys
Visitors can once again explore the waters of Kealakekua Bay with Kona Boys on a guided kayak and snorkel tour in the morning or afternoon. To ensure a fun and safe experience for children and adults alike, all guides are lifeguard, CPR, and first aid certified. Prices range from $75 to $159 per person. Kayak and snorkel gear, healthy snacks and drinks are included. To make a reservation, email info@konaboys.com or call (808) 328-1234. For more information, visit their website.

Volcano House
Enjoy special early bird rates at the historic Volcano House in celebration of its highly anticipated opening. Be one of the first to experience the renovated Volcano House between March 22 - May 31 with Crater View Rooms available for $200 per night and Namakanipaio Cabins at $55 per night. The Historic Volcano House will remain partially open while the renovation process is completed. For reservations and information, visit their website or call (808) 441-7750 or 1 (866) 536-7972.

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