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Actress Kristin Chenoweth, Godmother of Cruise Ship

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Triple-threat, Emmy and Tony award-winning Kristin Chenoweth, is adding yet another accolade to her impressive resume: godmother to Royal Caribbean International’s much anticipated new cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas.  The cruise line announced the appointment, which is steeped in maritime tradition, in an unconventional way during a red carpet-inspired commercial that aired during ABC television network’s broadcast of the Oscars.

 

 

 

Exemplifying what it means to be a leading lady both onstage and off, Chenoweth was chosen for her effervescent personality and ability to wow audiences. Her versatile range of roles made her a natural fit, given that Quantum of the Seas, set to debut in fall 2014, is poised to introduce unprecedented experiences and amenities only attainable on Royal Caribbean International.

Historically an honor reserved for heads of state, politicians and celebrities, godmothers not only break a bottle to christen a ship, but also serve as guiding spirits to its guests and crew. Royal Caribbean looks to capture the essence of the role by choosing women whose life lessons and achievements illustrate the kind of courage, dedication and determination that are an inspiration to all.

“Kristin’s effortless grace and dynamic performances align perfectly with our newest class of ships and we could not be more honored to have her represent Quantum of the Seas,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.  “Working with such a remarkable and versatile woman for one of maritime’s longest standing traditions is an exciting experience.”

Known for their world class entertainment, Royal Caribbean was the first cruise line to introduce fully-licensed Broadway productions onboard its ships and currently features Saturday Night Fever, Hairspray and Chicago: The Musical.  With Chenoweth’s renowned background as an entertainer, the two perfectly complement each other with their commitment to delivering authentic and engaging entertainment.

“I am so excited to be named godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas. I have been lucky to play many roles and I am looking forward to this one,” stated Kristin Chenoweth. “I think the Royal Caribbean brand is the perfect match for me, especially with their history of providing exceptional entertainment experiences to their guests.”

The Quantum class of ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, will build upon Royal Caribbean’s legacy of revolutionary ship design and bold innovation. At 158,000 gross registered tons (GRT) and with a capacity of 4,100 guests based on double occupancy, the ships will debut in fall 2014 and spring 2015, respectively.

“Our ships have always been designed for WOW and with Quantum of Seas, we are excited to introduce Quantum cruising and the ‘at sea’ firsts that our guests have come to expect from Royal Caribbean,” said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We look forward to working with Kristen and having her officially name our ship when she is delivered in the fall of 2014.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  CALL A TRAVEL SPECIALIST AT TWEET TRAVELERS TRAVEL DEPARTMENT at 1.888.551.7077

 

 

Dancing With The Stars Cruise

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“Dancing with the Stars” is one of the biggest television shows on earth, teaming celebrities and professional dancers to compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy. Cruise guests can learn the steps, meet the stars, and join in the fun. Five theme cruises in 2013 and early 2014 will feature “Dancing with the Stars” events including dance lessons; a chance to meet the dancers, ask questions and take photos; and a dazzling production starring celebrities and the famed dance pros, complete with glamorous costumes and routines from the TV show.   Call 1.888.551.7077 to book a cruise with Dancing With The Stars theme and meet dancers.

Disney World Orlando – Save 30% At Walt Disney World Resort

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Save up to 30% at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort

Call Tweet Travelers Travel Planner at 1.888.551.7077

Flower Power

 

 

Disney’s All-Star Resorts
3 nights from $186

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
3 nights from $256

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
3 nights from $270

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
3 nights from $484

When you travel now through June 14, 2013 you’ll enjoy huge savings on some of the best Disney Resort Hotels. Filled with fun for adults and kids, nobody makes dreams a reality like Disney. Experience it for yourself and start making unforgettable memories.

And be sure to book a DEAL room category by March 7, 2013 for an even greater discount!

Plus, get a Taste of Spring at the 20th Annual Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival.

The annual festival presented by HGTV from March 6 to May 19 is one of the largest, longest-running flower and garden festivals in the world.

This festival has something for everyone: Hands-on activities for all ages, how-to seminars led by expert gardeners and Disney’s team of master horticulturists, appearances by HGTV celebrity designers and an exciting lineup of musicians from the 60s and ’70s every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

The Flower Power Concert Series At Epcot

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The Flower Power Concert Series At Epcot During the International flower and Garden festival.

Audience members sway their arms in the air to a singer performing on stage at Flower Power Concert Series

As the sun sets, gather your friends for some peace, love and rockin’ tunes from the ’50s through the ’90s at these weekend performances––scheduled March 8 through May 19, 2013 at Epcot.

America Gardens Theatre
Friday – Sunday: 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 8:00 PM

Micky Dolenz of The Monkeez
March 8 – March 10, 2013
Known for “Last Train to Clarksville”

Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
March 15 – March 17, 2013
Known for “The Twist”

The Guess Who
March 22 – March 24, 2013
Known for “American Woman”

Nelson
March 29 – March 31, 2013
Known for “Garden Party”

The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
April 5 – April 7, 2013
Known for “Happy Together”

Paul Revere & The Raiders
April 12 – April 14, 2013
Known for “Good Thing”

The Village People
April 19 – April 21, 2013
Known for “Y.M.C.A.”

The Orchestra Starring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
April 26 – April 28, 2013
Known for “Don’t Bring Me Down”

Tommy Roe
May 3 – May 5, 2013
Known for “Dizzy”

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
May 10 – May 12, 2013
Known for “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am”

Starship Starring Mickey Thomas
May 17 – May 19, 2013
Known for “We Built This City”

Please note: Entertainment is subject to change without notice. Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the playlist.

May 17-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas.

Enjoy World Class Villa Experience

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Tweet Travelers Travel Concierge Department now offers accommodations are truly world-class in the Caribbean  . There are more than 150 private villa rental properties available through Tweet Travelers Concierge Service.   Vacationers that dream of a luxurious vacation that will make them feel like the “Rich and Famous” can realize their dream by renting a villa or luxury condo in the Caribbean, Mexico,  Hawaii, France or Italy.

The villa rentals in Barbados come with a full staff; including a maid, cook, laundress, and some even have a butler.  There are also many luxury condo townhouses for rent, making Barbados a vacation rental dream.

In this lovely Caribbean island, visitors will feel like it is their home and will want to come back again and again to Barbados: A unique Caribbean paradise, surprisingly sophisticated, friendly, fun and always Naturally Charming.  Book Book by 3/31/13 for travel 4/15/13-12/15/13.  Call 1.888.551.7077 to reserve a luxury villa.

A villa vacation is all about a luxurious travel experience where relaxation and privacy are paramount goals. We also feature villas that are perfect for special needs like HoneymoonsDestination WeddingsGolf Vacations, or Corporate Meetings.

 

Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Tweet Travelers Travel Concierge offers several activities for travelers that want to experience an amazing vacation in Los Angeles.  Here are a few activities for travelers visiting Los Angeles.  In order to book any of the tours, please call 1.888.551.7077.

1. Hollywood City Pass -Visit five famous Hollywood attractions for one amazing price! Includes tickets to Madame Tussauds Hollywood, “Hollywood Behind-The-Scenes” Tour, Starline Movie Stars’ Homes Tour, Starline City Sightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off Multilingual City Tour, Dolby Theatre Guided Tour OR The Hollywood Museum. See more and avoid most ticket lines! CityPASS is good for nine days beginning date of first use – it’s perfect for a weekend or a week!

2.  Electric Bikes – Try something new on your Los Angeles vacation! See places you can’t get to in your car or on a tour bus as you try out a unique and fun activity – riding an electric bicycle! While you cruise the canals of Venice and along Santa Monica Beach, you choose if you want to pedal traditionally or use the electric power. It’s a bike tour with a twist that will allow you to see the best of Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

3.  J.Paul Getty Museum -Visit one of Southern California’s favorite museums, the J. Paul Getty Museum. Enjoy round-trip transportation with admission to the museum and see a wide range of Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, sculptures and American treasures. One of Los Angeles’ largest cultural attractions, this museum is truly something not to miss during your visit to Los Angeles!

4.  Night Tour Of Los Angeles & Tours – Visit one of Southern California’s favorite museums, the J. Paul Getty Museum. Enjoy round-trip transportation with admission to the museum and see a wide range of Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, sculptures and American treasures. One of Los Angeles’ largest cultural attractions, this museum is truly something not to miss during your visit to Los Angeles!

5.  Hollywood Movie Location Tour – Journey through the streets of Tinseltown as you take an unforgettable ride through some of the most memorable locations featured on the silver screen. From some favorite horror films to the iconic classics, this Hollywood Movie Tour is the perfect way to explore Los Angeles and experience first-hand the city’s deeply rooted cinematic culture.

The city of Los Angeles is the star of this tour! Catch a glimpse of all the highlights while cruising the streets on this “Movie Theater on Wheels”. On board you will see scenes from over 50 films while in front of their filming locations – some you’ll recognize straight away and some you’ll probably never want to see again! On this tour you will:

  • Experience the horror of films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and disaster films like The Day After Tomorrow.
  • Bow to the classics like Sunset Boulevard,Chinatown and Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda, as well as modern classics like L.A. Confidential, Back to the Future and Ed Wood.
  • Join the excitement of Hollywood and learn about films like Hancock, Roger Rabbit, Knocked Up, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Pretty Woman, Bugsy, Grease, Dead Again, Rebel Without a Cause, The Jerk, The Aviator, Terminator, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and lots more!

Movies are what put Hollywood on the map and this tour showcases some of the best of them.

6.  Los Angeles farmers Market and 3rd Street Food Walking Tour– Discover the food stalls and restaurants that make up the Original Los Angeles Farmers Market! This historic location dates back to 1934 and is a favorite of local residents. On this small-group food-tasting walking tour, you’ll go behind the scenes of what locals know is the best restaurant and best grocery store in town. You’ll also explore LA’s lively 3rd Street.

Excite your taste buds with flavors from around the world at the Los Angeles Farmers Market! On this 3.5-hour food-tasting walking tour, sample delicious world foods while listening to stories about Los Angeles that you won’t hear anywhere else. The Farmers Market, dubbed “The Original,” is home to family businesses owned as far back as the 1930s, as well as local restaurants, cafés and gourmet grocery shops that are frequented by celebrities.

Your local tour guide will keep you entertained with stories about the history of the Market and its colorful merchants, some of whom have been here since the market first opened in 1934. Indulge in several tastings, from French cheeses to Brazilian churrascaria to what many believe are the world’s best doughnuts. From the Farmers Market at the corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, your epicurean stroll takes you down 3rd Street nearly to the stylish Beverly Center at La Cienega Boulevard.

3rd Street is an eclectic shopping street best known for its designer boutiques, fine restaurants, hole-in-the-wall eateries and celebrity clientele. As you graze your way along 3rd Street, your tour will stop at several local favorites, including an iconic deli-marketplace-café and an under-the-radar authentic Japanese noodle house.

7. TMZ Hollywood Celebrity Hot Spot Tour In Los Angeles – From the website and TV show that keep you up-to-date on all things Hollywood comes the ultimate celebrity-spotting tour in Los Angeles! Board the 24-person TMZ bus and scour the streets of Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills in search of your favorite celebrities. The open-air bus allows better visibility of sunny LA and is led by a camera-ready guide who knows the local hot spots where you can see celebs. As you travel through the city, your TMZ guide will dish juicy stories about the stars.

Explore the streets of Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills with the team from TMZ! As you travel through Los Angeles and drive down the Sunset Strip, be on the lookout for athletes, TV personalities, actors, singers and more. These areas are teeming with Hollywood’s most talked-about stars who are running in and out of coffee shops, shopping, walking their dogs and enjoying lunch at local restaurants.

The custom-made 24-person open-air TMZ bus provides great vantage points, and the tour is led by a knowledgeable guide who knows all the hot spots frequented by the celebs.

Produced by the same team that created TMZ.com and its corresponding TV show, TMZ on TV, this ‘show on wheels’ will not disappoint.

8.  Warner Bros, Studio Tour, Sighseeing & Tours – Go behind the scenes of your favorite shows and movies at the Warner Bros. motion picture and television studio on this exclusive 4-hour tour. Gain access to backlot streets and sound stages, and entrance to both the Warner Bros. Museum and the Transportation Museum. Upgrade to the Stars’ Homes & Warner Bros. Studio VIP Tour for an inside look at more than 40 homes of some of today’s hottest celebrities.

You’ll walk on the set of television shows like The Ellen Show, The Mentalist and Two and a Half Men (depending on availability), and your VIP tour guide will provide you with the inside scoop and history on each set you visit.

You’ll hear movie sound effects, see how sets are constructed and watch a special effects demonstration.

You can step onto the recreated set from the hit television show Friends and take a seat on the famous orange couch, or you can visit the prop department to see the fixtures of numerous movies and TV shows.

You’ll see movie memorabilia at the Warner Bros. Museum, and you’ll get an up- close look at the real vehicles from your favorite movies and television shows at the Transportation Museum.

Upgrade to the Stars’ Homes & Warner Bros. Studio VIP Tour for a 2-hour narrated tour of some of the most beautiful mansions in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Los Angeles. You’ll see more than 40 homes, some of which belong to stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Tom Cruise. You’ll also see the iconic Hollywood sign, the historic Walk of Fame, the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

9.   Disneyland Resort Tickets – 2 Day Disneyland Resort Ticket, Anaheim ~ Disneyland Resort Ticket includes admission to either Disneyland Park OR Disney California Adventure Park.

This ticket is not valid for visits to both theme parks on the same day.

10.  Hollywood Movie Location Tour – Journey through the streets of Tinseltown as you take an unforgettable ride through some of the most memorable locations featured on the silver screen. From some favorite horror films to the iconic classics, this Hollywood Movie Tour is the perfect way to explore Los Angeles and experience first-hand the city’s deeply rooted cinematic culture.

The city of Los Angeles is the star of this tour! Catch a glimpse of all the highlights while cruising the streets on this “Movie Theater on Wheels”. On board you will see scenes from over 50 films while in front of their filming locations – some you’ll recognize straight away and some you’ll probably never want to see again! On this tour you will:
Experience the horror of films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and disaster films like The Day After Tomorrow.
Bow to the classics like Sunset Boulevard, Chinatown and Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda, as well as modern classics like L.A. Confidential, Back to the Future and Ed Wood.
Join the excitement of Hollywood and learn about films like Hancock, Roger Rabbit, Knocked Up, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Pretty Woman, Bugsy, Grease, Dead Again, Rebel Without a Cause, The Jerk, The Aviator,

Terminator, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and lots more!

Movies are what put Hollywood on the map and this tour showcases some of the best of them.

11. 1 Day Universal Admission, Theme Parks

  • Why watch the movies when you can live them at Universal Studios Hollywood – the world’s biggest and busiest television and motion picture studio theme park! Be a part of movie magic with an action-packed day of spine-tingling rides, thrilling shows, explosive stunts, and amazing adventures! Put yourself in the spotlight as you hang out with your favorite characters and step into the scenes of your favorite movies.
  • Gives you a front row seat in the world’s biggest and busiest television and motion picture studio theme park!

12.   Tandem Paragliding In Malibu – Ever wanted to fly like a bird with a parachute strapped to your back? Experience the feeling of flying like a bird during a tandem paragliding ride over Malibu. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary!

Enjoy an aerial view of the vast Pacific Ocean and Malibu hills in the company of a certified paragliding instructor, as you experience the feeling of flying like a bird during a tandem paragliding ride.

All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary! You will have a 10 minute briefing and safety lesson, before embarking on your tandem flight, which will usually last between 25 and 30 minutes (for a non-powered flight) or 15 minutes (for a powered flight), depending on weather conditions. With an experienced instructor piloting your flight, you will launch from the beach (for powered flights) or a mountain top (for non-powered flights) and soar like a bird along the mountains and over the Pacific Ocean.

All instructors are highly experienced, having performed thousands of tandem flights over many years, and they also have a perfect safety record.

 

All Activities can be booked through Tweet Travelers Travel Concierge Department  – Let us plan an amazing vacation for you!

Hollywood Hotels Worth An Oscar

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It’s Oscar night in Hollywood  ~ so we gathered a list hotels of worth an Oscar in and around Hollywood!

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  • Near Museum of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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  • Near Paley Center for Media

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Near Paley Center for Media

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  • Near Paley Center for Media

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African Safari

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Tweet Travelers travel concierge department offers safaris in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  Our tour companies promote eco-friendly and sustainable tourism by using our own reliable, tested, and strong network of registered local specialist guides and drivers.  Call us at 1.888.551.7077 to book your African Safari.

 

 

2013 Tours

Date Name Cost Description

April 8 – 17, 2013 APRIL HIGHLIGHTS US$ 2965.00 per person sharing * 3 Nights Cape Town / 4 Nights Private Game Reserve
April 16 – 21, 2013 Optional Add-On:
Chobe and Victoria Falls
US$ 1625.00 per person sharing * 1 Night Johannesburg / 2 Nights Chobe / 1 Night Victoria Falls



June 19 – July 2, 2013 JUNE HIGHLIGHTS US$ 4525.00 per person sharing * 3 Nights Cape Town / 4 Nights Private Game Reserves / 1 Night Johannesburg / 2 Nights Chobe / 1 Night Victoria Falls

This trip is divided into 3 portions: Cape Town; Safari in Private Game Reserves; and Chobe & Victoria Falls. See PDF Download for full details.



Sept. 20 – Oct.2, 2013 SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS US$ 4445.00 per person sharing * 3 Nights Cape Town / 3 Nights Private Game Reserve / 1 Night Johannesburg / 2 Nights Chobe / 1 Night Victoria Falls

This trip is divided into 3 portions: Cape Town; Safari in Private Game Reserves; and Chobe & Victoria Falls. See PDF Download for full details.



October 1 – 8, 2013 DISCOVER SPECTACULAR
SOUTH AFRICA
US$ 2530.00 per person sharing * 3 Nights Cape Town / 3 Nights Private Game Reserve
October 8 – 12, 2013 Optional Add-On:
Chobe and Victoria Falls
US$ 1660.00 per person sharing * 1 Night Johannesburg / 2 Nights Chobe / 1 Night Victoria Falls



Nov. 7 – 14, 2013 “OUT OF AFRICA” SAFARI US$ 2520.00 per person sharing * 3 Nights Cape Town / 3 Nights Private Game Reserve
Nov, 14 – 19, 2013 Optional Add-On:
Chobe and Victoria Falls
US$ 1660.00 per person sharing * 1 Night Johannesburg / 2 Nights Chobe / 1 Night Victoria Falls

 

 

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Coachella Valley Music Festival

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Coachella Valley Music Festival is a Must-See for All Music Lovers!

This spring Coachella will take place on two separate weekends, April 12-14 and April 19-21. The lineup includes major artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Modest Mouse and The Postal Service, as well as up-and-coming artists like The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and Two Door Cinema Club. Passes for this event can be purchased directly on the festival’s website, and for those looking to attend the entire weekend, there are a variety of camp sites, hotels and vacation home rentals available nearby you can search on iTrip.net with Promo Code: TWEETTRAV

 

 

 

Hawaii’s Big Island

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   Adventure Experiences

Is that sound you hear the helicopter or the beating of your heart? As you hover above Kilauea Volcano’s steaming Puu Oo vent it’s hard to tell.
With surroundings ranging from lava-strewn deserts to tropical plantations and gardens, you can engage in every imaginable outdoor activity here. Snorkel or scuba with manta rays off the Kona Coast. Horseback ride in the grassy plains of paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country in Waimea. Discover the 442-foot Akaka Falls and the 80-foot Rainbow Falls in Wailuku River State Park. Hike along the 150 miles of volcanic desert and tropical trails at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

With so much to do and see, Hawaii’s Big Island is known as “Hawaii’s Island of Adventure,” and it won’t take long for you to see just how appropriately named it is.

  •  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. Taking a helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye view of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the rest of the island’s hidden waterfalls, lush valleys and balmy beaches is just the beginning of an exhilarating Big Island expedition. 
  •  Swim with manta rays – One of the most memorable experiences you can have on Hawaii Island is a swim with manta rays. Book a sunset dive tour and head out to the Kona or Keauhou coast to either scuba dive or snorkel with these gentle mantas (mantas don’t have stingers like sting rays or eagle rays). You’ll marvel at how these otherworldly creatures glide within inches of you as they feed on microscopic plankton in the illuminated waters. 
  •  Akaka Falls – At Akaka Falls State Park, located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike. The pleasant 0.4-mile uphill hike will take you through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns. As you follow the paved footpath, you’ll first see 100-foot Kahuna Falls. Continue to follow the loop around the bend, and you’ll discover towering Akaka Falls which plummets 442-feet into a stream-eroded gorge. Beautiful Akaka Falls is perhaps the Big Island’s most famous waterfall. 

   Arts & Culture Experiences

The Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s premier hula event, is just one example of how the people of Hawaii’s Big Island live comfortably in the present but with great respect for the past. The mana (spiritual power) is still strong at important historical places like Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Puukohola Heiau Historic Site and Mookini Heiau State Monument. Hilo town is also home to an array of museums, galleries, and performance venues where you can admire the work of local painters, sculptors, musicians, storytellers, and crafts people. Today, with an active volcano still shaping the land at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the people of Hawaii���s Big Island continue to forge their own history.

 

  •  Merrie Monarch Festival – The Merrie Monarch Festival is the world’s premier hula event held in Hilo. This weeklong celebration of the native art of the hula happens every Easter with halau (hula schools) from every island and the mainland practicing year-round for the event. This moving expression of music, dance and storytelling is part of how the people of Hawaii’s Big Island continue to perpetuate and interpret the Hawaiian culture and its uniquely affirmative spirit of aloha. 
  •  Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park – Located on the coast of Honaunau Bay in south Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau immerses you in Hawaiian culture. This 180-acre national historic park was once the home of royal grounds and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers. Hundreds of years old yet beautifully restored, Puuhonua o Honaunau remains one of Hawaii’s most sacred historic places. 
  •  Mookini Heiau State Monument – Over 1500 years old, Mookini Heiau State Monument is one of Hawaii’s oldest and most sacred historical sites. A heiau is an early Hawaiian religious temple, and Mookini Heiau was also a luakini heiau, or a temple of human sacrifice. This hallowed site located in North Kohala on the northernmost tip of Hawaii’s Big Island should be treated with great reverence. A short walk south and you’ll find another revered Hawaiian site. A sign that reads, “Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau,” in front of a thick stone wall marks the birthplace of King Kamehameha I, Hawaii’s greatest king.

   Family Experiences

As far as childhood memories go, this may be hard to beat. Watch as kids run over several Japanese bridges in Liliuokalani Gardens. See them discover ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks at sites along the Kohala Coast. Let them stargaze through telescopes at the Ellison S. Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, 9,300 feet atop Maunakea (but note that the high altitude may not be suitable for younger children). Or join them and explore the planetarium and interactive exhibits in the amazing Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Outdoor adventures abound at family friendly parks and beaches with lifeguards and full picnic and restroom facilities. Build a sandcastle, explore tide pools, or snorkel with kids to catch a glimpse of the Big Island’s rich marine life. 

Back on land, learn about real-life paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) and take a wagon ride at the Kahua Ranch in Waimea.  Exploring the volcano tubes and lava fields from an active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an experience you’ll never forget. Whether it’s learning about astronomy, volcanology or oceanography, a child’s school excursions just won’t compare after this hands-on vacation.

 

  •  Kahua Ranch – Located on the western slope of the Kohala Mountains, 3000 feet above sea level, this 8 private ranch land provides a variety of landscapes. From grazing cattle, sheep and horses to vistas of ocean and coastal shoreline, visitors enjoy getting off the beaten path and embarking on a variety of exciting activities. 
  •  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – 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. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians. 
  •  Liliuokalani Gardens – Blink and you may think you’re in Japan as you stroll through peaceful Liliuokalani Gardens, named after Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Located on Hilo’s Banyan Drive, this authentic, 30-acre Japanese garden was dedicated in 1917 as a tribute to Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrants who worked in the Big Island’s sugar cane fields. This beautifully landscaped park features arching red bridges over fishponds, rock gardens, pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and a teahouse. Views of Hilo Bay and Moku Ola (Coconut Island) enhance this peaceful setting.

   Itineraries    

Because Hawaii’s Big Island is so big (it takes roughly 3 hours and 15 minutes to get from Kona Airport to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park), it’s best to plan your itineraries by location. Below you’ll find seven days of itinerary suggestions. Choose your itinerary depending on where you’re staying and the length of stay.

 Day 1: Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) and Keauhou
Lively Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is the heart of the Kona Coast featuring a variety of hotels, shops and restaurants lining Alii Drive. But Kailua Village is also an incredibly historic area, home to Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and Ahuena Heiau, all within walking distance of each other. Look into the past just north of Kailua-Kona at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, a place to learn about early Hawaiian culture. Take a surfing lesson or go snorkeling at Kahaluu Beach and other beaches in the Kailua Village and Keauhou resort areas. After a beautiful Kona sunset, enjoy nightlife along Alii drive with great food and live music. For the more adventurous, go on an unforgettable night-dive with manta rays.

 Day 2:  South Kona and Beyond
Visit Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park to step back in time and learn about early Hawaiian culture. Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District popular with snorkelers and the site of Captain James Cook’s death. In fact, south Kona’s beaches are a great place for snorkelers because of its calm and clear waters. Tour a Kona coffee farm in south Kona or in the art village of Holualoa and get a sip of 100% Kona Coffee. Then get off the beaten path and take a road trip to Ka Lae (South Point), the southernmost point in the United States.

 Day 3:  Kohala Coast & North Kohala
See the amazing contrasts between the black lava lined Kohala Coast and lush North Kohala. Start your day in Kohala’s fantastic resorts playing golf or indulging in a spa treatment. Then explore historic sites like the Puukohola Heiau National Historical Park and the Lapakahi State Historical Park. Head to the green pastures of Waimea and go horseback riding with an authentic paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). Then continue driving to lovely Hawi for delicious food and fantastic shopping. Along the way, be sure to visit sites like the Mookini Heiau State Monument, the King Kamehameha Statue in Kapaau and the breathtaking view from the Pololu Valley Overlook.

 Day 4:  Hamakua Coast
On the northeastern Hamakua Coast of the island, spend the day driving along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor to see amazing scenic views, waterfalls and botanical gardens. Spectacular waterfalls that are easily accessible include Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls in the Wailuku River State Park. See rare and exotic plants at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens and the World Botanical Gardens. Stop in Honokaa Town to browse the shops and art galleries. Finally, end your trip with an unforgettable view at the Waipio Valley Lookout.

 Day 5:  Volcano and Kau
You can easily spend a day exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Take a day hike through its miles of trails, see sights like Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Halemaumau Crater and see lava meet the sea at lookout points at the end of Chain of Craters Road or in nearby Kalapana. Beyond the park, take a trip to Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Kau to feel black sand between your toes.

Day 6:  Hilo Side
The lush Hilo side of Hawaii’s Big Island will be your home base for your visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Nearby you’ll find a variety of off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Visit the Puna area to find charming restaurants shops and amazing sights like Lava Trees State Park. You’ll also find even more interesting attractions like the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.

Day 7:  Downtown Hilo
Relax and experience the local side of Hawaii’s Big Island in Downtown Hilo. Visit incredible museums like the Lyman Museum and Mission House, the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, the East Hawaii Cultural Center, Mokupapapa Discovery Center and the Pacific Tsunami Museum. Shop at the Hilo Farmers Market and other local favorites to discover off the beaten path treasures. Then unwind in amazing parks like Liliuokalani Gardens after your busy trip to Hawaii’s Big Island.

   Must-Dos

First Time Visitors  

Home to Hawaiian cowboys, Ironmen and a volcano goddess, Hawaii’s Big Island offers experiences found in no other place on earth. A variety of climatic zones, from seasonal snowcapped mountains to black sand beaches, stretch across its vast topography creating rich pockets of adventure for first-time visitors to explore.

 

  • The must-see for any first-time visitor is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. At this World Heritage Site you’ll see the unforgettable spectacle of simultaneous creation and destruction: Arid deserts, cavernous lava tubes and the unpredictable Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting since 1983. 
  • You’ll also find cattle ranches and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) in the cool uplands of Waimea. 
  • Downtown Hilo offers a taste of local shopping, dining and culture with beautiful botanical gardens and waterfalls nearby.  
    • The eastern side of Hawaii’s Big Island, from Hilo to the Hamakua Coast,  blooms with unique gardens and plantations. They include Hilo’s Liliuokalani Gardens, a Japanese garden complete with bonsai trees, rock gardens and canal bridges; Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden featuring over 2,500 species of tropical plants; the World Botanical Gardens with impressive Umauma Falls and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, in the Volcano area, housing the largest orchid collection in Hawaii.
  • And with pristine beaches and world-class golf courses, it’s no wonder the Kohala Coast is the Big Island’s premier resort area. 
  • Take a fun day trip and follow the route of the Ironman World Championships along the Kohala Coast from the heart of Kona in lively Kailua-Kona Village to charming Hawi Town in lush North Kohala.
    • Spend a few hours browsing the peaceful haven of Hawi, North Kohala’s biggest little town,best known as the bicycle turnaround for the annual Ironman World Championship held every October. This historic town, set in the green northern tip of the island, was once the busy hub of North Kohala’s now defunct sugar industry. 

 Returning Visitors  

With so much beauty to discover, so many historic sites to explore and so many adventures to experience, a return visit to Hawaii’s Big Island is inevitable.

 

  • Whether it’s diving with manta rays, going on a whale watching tour, taking a sunset cruise or going on a snorkeling expedition, you’ll find some of the Big Island’s biggest surprises out at sea. 
  • You may have already seen lava meet the sea at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, don’t forget to look towards the heavens atop Maunakea for unparalleled stargazing.
  • Explore the small towns of the Big Island and discover treasures in the art and coffee village of Holualoa, Honokaa Town on the Hamakua Coast, and peaceful Hawi in North Kohala. 
    • On the northeastern side of Hawaii’s Big Island, just north of Hilo, lies the Hamakua Coast.
      With 84 inches of rainfall a year, this area is known for the Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive, a
      road trip along the coastline that passes by lush tropical rainforests, waterfalls and lovely
      seaside views.
  • The Pololu Valley Overlook just beyond Hawi and the Waipio Valley Overlook just past Honokaa are worth the trip alone.
  • Go on a hike and discover amazing petroglyphs on the Kohala Coast. 
    • Along the Kohala Coast, Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve features hundreds of
      petroglyphs and is a short walk from the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii and Holoholokai Beach.
  • See a hula competition or celebrate with locals at a cultural event or festival. 

On an island this size, there won’t be time to do it all. But with an active volcano still changing the landscape, all this and more will be waiting for you on your next trip back to the Big Island.

   Romance Experiences

On an island this big, you’ll remember the small moments. A snapshot together by Akaka Falls along the flourishing Hamakua Coast. A sea of stars in the ink-black sky above Maunakea. A glass of wine and a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine during sunset on the Kohala Coast. You’ll discover romantic settings of every scope and size on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Whether you’re strolling hand in hand down Punaluu Black Sand Beach or enjoying a couples massage at a world-class resort; seeing the island’s amazing assortment of orchids in Hilo or taking a sunset cruise from Honokohau Harbor along the lava-lined coastline; you’ll find that on an island of such epic scale, it’s the little things that you’ll long to relive again and again.

 

  •  Stargazing atop Maunakea – Hawaii’s Big Island is home to one of the most renowned astronomical sites on the planet. Perched high atop Maunakea, rising 13,796 feet above sea level, 13 telescopes representing 11 countries are watching the heavens and making discoveries beyond our imaginations. Here, on the tallest sea mountain in the world, experts and visitors are treated to a show few have experienced. At this elevation, and because of the clear air and minimal light pollution, the stars can light the sky like glitter. The sunsets above the clouds can also be spectacular. 
  •  Hamakua Heritage Corridor – Take a memorable day trip along the Hamakua Coast and drive along sea cliffs, through lush valleys and tropical rainforests. The beautiful Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive begins in Hilo and ends at the Waipio Valley Lookout. Along the way you’ll explore old plantation towns, see amazing waterfalls and discover scenic detours along the way. 
  •  Punaluu Black Sand Beach – Have you ever seen a beach with black sand? Because of constant volcanic activity, you’ll find white sands, green sands and black sands on Hawaii’s Big Island. Located on the southeastern Kau coast, Punaluu Black Sand Beach is one of the most famous black sand beaches in Hawaii. Its jet black shores are an unforgettable sight. Coconut palms fringe the upper edge of sand and you may also discover large honu, or Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, basking on the beach. Although swimming isn’t ideal, there is a picnic area and restroom facilities so you can have lunch while you experience the unique feeling of black sand between your toes.

   Unexpected Experiences    

Yes, it does snow in Hawaii. During winter months you may see the snow-capped peaks atop the 13,796-foot Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world. Stargazing or taking a tour atop Maunakea is just one example of the many unexpected attractions and activities you’ll find on the Big Island.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers the most unexpected sights of all. From hundreds of miles of trails through steaming lava fields, arid deserts and tropical rainfalls to walking through lava tubes and even seeing lava enter the sea, the natural wonders of the Big Island will leave you speechless. Other amazing land adventures include discovering waterfalls along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, seeing the stunning views from the Pololu Valley Lookout and the Waipio Valley Lookout, and exploring the beautiful oasis of Hawi Town and the charming art and coffee village of Holualoa.

And the Big Island’s coastlines offer even more surprises. Black, white and even green sand beaches encircle the island’s 266 miles of coastline, from Punaluu Black Sand Beach to Hapuna Beach. Scuba and snorkel in the clear waters of Kona and see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), humpback whales in the winter, and massive manta rays who harmlessly swim within inches of you, taking your breath away. With so much ground to cover on Hawaii’s Big Island, you’ll never know what you’ll find just around the corner.

 

  •  Pololu Valley Lookout – As you drive north on Highway 270 where the black lava landscapes of the Kohala Coast give way to the flourishing, green pastures of North Kohala, you’ll be rewarded at the end of your journey with an unforgettable view from the Pololu Valley Overlook. Park your car in the small parking lot that is literally at the end of the road and treat yourself to an inspiring view of the verdant cliffs of Pololu Valley and the dramatic northeastern coastlineYou can take a steep hike down to the valley floor and the black sand beach, although swimming is discouraged because of strong currents. Along with the Waipio Valley Overlook, this is one of the most spectacular panoramic views on Hawaii’s Big Island. 
  •  Holualoa – Java is the juice that powers Holualoa, the little village and art enclave in the heart of Kona coffee country. This is a great place to taste the rich flavors of 100% pure Kona coffee, a rare commodity exclusively grown in north and south Kona. Visit Holualoa’s thriving coffee orchards and learn about the meticulous harvesting process. Then explore the coffee mill and see how the beans are processed. As you finish your tour, sip a freshly brewed cup for yourself and experience the rich aroma and flavor that makes 100% Kona coffee so highly valued.
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