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Sunday, December 10, 2006

`Imiloa Astronomy Center to offer new holiday Planetarium show

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Contact: Gloria Chun Hoo, Marketing and PR Manager

808-969-9705 gchunhoo@imiloahawaii.org

`Imiloa Astronomy Center to offer new holiday Planetarium show

Mystery of the Christmas Star opens day after Thanksgiving

Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem with us to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the wise men followed to find the

baby Jesus. “Mystery of the Christmas Star,” a new planetarium film opening nationally in November, will soon be playing in Hilo at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center as part of its holiday programming.

This new film investigates recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during the time of the birth of Christ. We’ll see which of these signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon just to see a newborn King. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

Mystery of the Christmas Star opens at the 'Imiloa Planetarium on Friday, November 24. There will be one show daily, at 1:00 pm. The Center’s custom-produced feature planetarium show, Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky, will continue to show each day at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The cost of the Planetarium show is included in the admission price. Visitors who wish to see both the new show and the Maunakea show on the same day, will be charged a fee for the second show, $6 for general admission, $5 for kama'aina, and $3 for keiki.

Mystery of the Christmas Star is scheduled to run only through January 10, 2007.

Sky Tonight Program also focused on Christmas Star

November "Sky Tonight at 'Imiloa"

'Imiloa's Astronomer-in-Residence Dr. Richard Crowe will speak about "The Christmas Star" as part of the November "Sky Tonight" show on Saturday, November 25.

The show begins at 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 6:00 pm. The café will be open for light meals, and the museum store will be open for shopping. Admission to the Sky Tonight show is free for `Imiloa members and $5 for non-members. Reservations are required and space

is limited. To reserve your seat, sign up at `Imiloa’s front desk, call (808) 969-9711, or send an email to rsvp@imiloahawaii.org. Include your name, the event (November Sky Tonight), telephone number, and the number of people in your party.

`Imiloa Astronomy Center is located at 600 `Imiloa Place in Hilo, off of Nowelo and Komohana Streets. The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org or call 808-969-9700.

Gloria Chun Hoo

Marketing and PR Manager

`Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i

600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Phone: 808-969-9705

FAX: 808-969-9748

gchunhoo@imiloahawaii.org

www.imiloahawaii.org

Free Holiday Concert in Volcano

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Free Holiday Concert in Volcano
The Volcano Art Center presents its 19th Annual Holiday Concert, "Peace on Earth," on Wednesday, December 20 at 7 p.m. at KMC Theater in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The concert is VAC’s yearly "gift of music" to the community: a free performance of music, song, and dance, complete with an audience sing-along of traditional Christmas carols.


"It’s an evening of fun for the whole family," says concert coordinator Susan McGovern. "Our 2006 theme promotes ‘Peace on Earth’ this holiday season--and all year long."


One of the many special treats for this year’s concert is the guest appearance of Greg Shepherd, a classically trained bass-baritone who is traveling from Kaua‘i to sing Franz Schubert’s exquisitely beautiful "Ave Maria." Shepherd has been Music Professor at Kaua‘i Community College since 1988; is director of the highly acclaimed Garden Island Singers; teaches voice, chorus, piano, music theory, and drama; and is currently appearing in the lead role of Emile DeBecque in a professional dinner-theater production of the musical "South Pacific."


"We are delighted to have a vocalist of Greg’s caliber join us for this festive evening of yuletide entertainment and to lead the audience in the carol sing-along," McGovern says.


Volcano resident Ron Serrao, who also emceed in 2005, returns to the stage to introduce the following performers: Na Mohai Aloha O Ka Laua‘e, the Ha‘aheo Elementary School hula students of kumu hula John Ku’uhoamele Cuban, who were a hit last year with their keiki hula; the Volcano Chamber Players, a classical chamber music ensemble playing Bach and "Winter’s Complaint," an original composition by Susanella Noble; and the Hilo High Ambassadors, the award-winning choral group directed by Volcano’s own Wendell Ing.


Also on the line-up are Marsha Hee and Howard Shapiro, doing a Christmas reading and original song, "Listen to the Forest," which shares a message from the misty rain forest; the middle school students of Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, led by music teacher Kolea Quincey; Shizuno Nasu, a classically trained dancer who performs to a solo played by flutist Susanella Noble; the third graders of Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, presenting an excerpt from the spring musical "Memoir of a Water Droplet" led by performers Dina Kageler and Kate Schuerch; and VAC’s Holiday Hula Class, the students of kumu hula Ab Valencia doing an opening chant and a special Christmas hula.


VAC’s holiday concert runs for 90 minutes with no intermission, and is free--though calabash donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-seated (with no tickets necessary). Dress warmly for cool Volcano weather, and carpool if possible due to limited parking. For more information, please contact VAC at 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.


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Julie Mitchell
Education Coordinator
Volcano Art Center
PO Box 129
Volcano, HI 96785
Phone: (808) 967-8222
Fax: (808) 967-8512
Email:
info@volcanoartcenter.org
www.volcanoartcenter.org

Kohala Spa at Hilton Waikoloa Village Introduces TRUE, a New, Cutting-Edge Skin-Care and Make-Up Line

CONTACT:

Leanne Pletcher

Marketing Manager

Hilton Waikoloa Village

(808) 886-2860

leanne_pletcher@hilton.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kohala Spa at Hilton Waikoloa Village Introduces TRUE, a New, Cutting-Edge Skin-Care and Make-Up Line

TRUE is equipped with the anti-aging idebenone and provides the ultimate in skin care

KOHALA COAST, HAWAII’S BIG ISLAND (December 5, 2006) – Kohala Sports Club & Spa at Hilton Waikoloa Village has just introduced TRUE, an innovative line of make-up and skin-care products.

TRUE’s mineral based cosmetic line contains idebenone, a new, cutting-edge, and multi-functional anti oxidant compound that is extremely effective and helps skin become smoother, brighter, and unstressed. One is able to see remarkable, measurable differences in just six weeks or even in just one reveal facial peel session. But unlike most other effective de-agers, idebenone is gentle and works without any signs of irritation or additional vulnerability to the sun or environment. Idebenone is equipped with a 95% EPF (environmental protection factor) and is proven the most effective antioxidant protector.

“We are extremely honored to be one of the first spas on the island to carry this exciting new product, said Kohala Spa Director Crystal Poe-Cabatbat. “A TRUE regimen will equip its users with the knowledge on how to improve their skin and will leave them looking and feeling youthful and vibrant. This innovative line is extremely effective and efficient and is a product I stand behind,” she continued.

The skin-care line offers several options for every skin type from comforting (compromised/sunburn) and restoring (dry skin) to balancing (combination skin) and harmonizing (oily skin). TRUE skin care never contains artificial fragrance, artificial color, harsh surfactants, oils derived from nuts, paba or comedogenic ingredients.

Additionally, the truly modern make-up line brings future-thinking benefits and ancient knowing to enhance beauty and is equipped with idebenone. The powders and compacts also have SPF 17 sunscreen, allowing for the make-up products to be an extension of the skin-care. For example, the facial treatments at the spa are finished with a mineral dusting from the make-up line that leaves guests feeling and looking radiant, young, and healthy. A portion of proceeds from the lip glosses benefit the American Cancer Society.

TRUE is available for sale at the Kohala Spa retail shop and is utilized in several treatments offered at the Kohala Spa from facials to aromatherapy and consultations.

For more information or reservations at Kohala Spa call 808-886-2828 or visit www.kohalaspa.com, www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com, or www.truecosmetics.com.


About the Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island offers lush tropical gardens, exotic wildlife, cascading

waterfalls, tranquil lagoons and waterways, playful dolphins, three swimming pools, beautifully appointed guest rooms and extensive indoor and outdoor meeting and event venues. The resort also boasts two championship golf courses, a seaside putting course, world-class tennis, the luxurious Kohala Sports Club & Spa, nine international cuisine restaurants, the Museum Walkway, Camp Menehune children’s program and Hawaiian cultural activities.

Hilton Waikoloa Village has been named the #1 Top Family Resort in Hawaii and the #7 Top Family Resort in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure Family Magazine.

For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) from the U.S. and Canada or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call the resort directly at (808) 886-1234.



CONTACT:

Leanne Pletcher Meredith Wertz

Marketing Manager Marketing/P.R. Coordinator

Hilton Waikoloa Village Hilton Waikoloa Village

(808) 886-2860 (808) 886-2867

leanne_pletcher@hilton.com meredith_wertz@hilton.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kohala Spa at Hilton Waikoloa Village Introduces TRUE, a New, Cutting-Edge Skin-Care and Make-Up Line

TRUE is equipped with the anti-aging idebenone and provides the ultimate in skin care

KOHALA COAST, HAWAII’S BIG ISLAND (December 5, 2006) – Kohala Sports Club & Spa at Hilton Waikoloa Village has just introduced TRUE, an innovative line of make-up and skin-care products.

TRUE’s mineral based cosmetic line contains idebenone, a new, cutting-edge, and multi-functional anti oxidant compound that is extremely effective and helps skin become smoother, brighter, and unstressed. One is able to see remarkable, measurable differences in just six weeks or even in just one reveal facial peel session. But unlike most other effective de-agers, idebenone is gentle and works without any signs of irritation or additional vulnerability to the sun or environment. Idebenone is equipped with a 95% EPF (environmental protection factor) and is proven the most effective antioxidant protector.

“We are extremely honored to be one of the first spas on the island to carry this exciting new product, said Kohala Spa Director Crystal Poe-Cabatbat. “A TRUE regimen will equip its users with the knowledge on how to improve their skin and will leave them looking and feeling youthful and vibrant. This innovative line is extremely effective and efficient and is a product I stand behind,” she continued.

The skin-care line offers several options for every skin type from comforting (compromised/sunburn) and restoring (dry skin) to balancing (combination skin) and harmonizing (oily skin). TRUE skin care never contains artificial fragrance, artificial color, harsh surfactants, oils derived from nuts, paba or comedogenic ingredients.

Additionally, the truly modern make-up line brings future-thinking benefits and ancient knowing to enhance beauty and is equipped with idebenone. The powders and compacts also have SPF 17 sunscreen, allowing for the make-up products to be an extension of the skin-care. For example, the facial treatments at the spa are finished with a mineral dusting from the make-up line that leaves guests feeling and looking radiant, young, and healthy. A portion of proceeds from the lip glosses benefit the American Cancer Society.

TRUE is available for sale at the Kohala Spa retail shop and is utilized in several treatments offered at the Kohala Spa from facials to aromatherapy and consultations.

For more information or reservations at Kohala Spa call 808-886-2828 or visit www.kohalaspa.com, www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com, or www.truecosmetics.com.


About the Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island offers lush tropical gardens, exotic wildlife, cascading

waterfalls, tranquil lagoons and waterways, playful dolphins, three swimming pools, beautifully appointed guest rooms and extensive indoor and outdoor meeting and event venues. The resort also boasts two championship golf courses, a seaside putting course, world-class tennis, the luxurious Kohala Sports Club & Spa, nine international cuisine restaurants, the Museum Walkway, Camp Menehune children’s program and Hawaiian cultural activities.

Hilton Waikoloa Village has been named the #1 Top Family Resort in Hawaii and the #7 Top Family Resort in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure Family Magazine.

For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) from the U.S. and Canada or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call the resort directly at (808) 886-1234.



HAWAI`I’S BIG ISLAND, DECEMBER 2006 Sizzlin' News

Media Contact:


Jessica Ferracane, (808) 961-5005, bivbpr@hvcb.org

Czarin Chan, (323) 882-8333, cchan@novom.com


HAWAI`I’S BIG ISLAND – HAWAI`I’S ISLAND OF ADVENTURE

Come to the Big Island and discover “Everything Hawai`i, from chill to sizzle.”

HAWAI`I’S BIG ISLAND, DECEMBER 2006 – Continue Receiving News From Hawai`i’s Big Island in 2007! The Big Island Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that beginning January 1, 2007, the public relations agency representing Hawai`i’s Big Island will be Irondog Communications. Located in Hilo, Irondog Communications is a boutique public relations agency founded by Jessica Ferracane. Ferracane has served as BIVB’s on-island public relations specialist since May 2006, working closely with Novom Marketing in Los Angeles. To continue receiving monthly news updates from Hawai`i’s Big Island, please contact: Jessica Ferracane, Public Relations Specialist, representing the Big Island Visitors Bureau, phone: (808) 961-5005 or email bivbpr@hvcb.org.

HAWAI`I’S BIG ISLAND – Adventures, Events and Activities

  • Hershey’s has unveiled a sweet new treat for the holidays: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Kisses. The scrumptious new tropical Kiss features macadamia nut nuggets enrobed in a creamy milk-chocolate dome, and wrapped up in blue foil. The white “rip cord” that unwraps the Kiss is stamped with the word Aloha. Available exclusively in Hawai`i at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitors Center in Hilo, and select retail outlets. Call (808) 966-8613 for more information.

  • `Imiloa Astronomy Center reveals the Mystery of the Christmas Star in a new film that investigates recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. Viewers will discover signs in the sky that could have been remarkable enough to cause wise men to travel across the desert just to see the newborn king. Shows once a day at 1:00 p.m. at `Imiloa Planetarium, Monday through Saturday. Show ends Jan. 10, 2007. The cost of the Planetarium show is included in the admission price, $14.50 for adults, $7.50 for children four to 12. Visit www.imiloahawaii.org for details.

  • Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park offers a free “People and Land of Kahuku Hiketo celebrate the human history of this remote area. The hike is offered on Dec. 10, and again on Jan. 21, 2007. The Kahuku gate, located on the mountain side of Highway 11 near the 70 mile marker will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Guided hikes begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at noon. The moderately difficult hike traverses 2 ½ miles of rugged terrain, including lava fields, pastures and historic ranch roads. Boots, long pants and raingear recommended. Call (808) 985-6014 for more information.

  • Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival (Sat., Feb. 3) - This popular festival held in the community of Waimea celebrates Japanese traditions and culture and includes cherry blossom viewing, music, demonstrations, exhibits, crafts, entertainment, ethnic foods, a farmers’ market and visiting performers and artisans from Japan. For additional information contact (808) 961-8706.

  • Kona Honu Divers was selected by readers of Scuba Diving magazine as one of the Big Island’s best dive operators in their annual Reader’s Choice issue. Readers cited the friendly personalities and professionalism of the dive staff, and raved about Big Island dive sites like Suck ‘Em Up, Turtle Pinnacle and Manta Ray Heaven, a popular night dive. Visit www.konahonudivers.com or call (888) 333-4668 for more information and reservations.

  • Na Mea Hawai'i Hula Kahiko (Sat., Jan. 27) - Traditional hula and chant are performed outdoors on the hula platform overlooking Kīlauea Crater at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Hawaiian crafts demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (Park entrance fees apply). Other performances set for March, May, June and August. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Hawai`i’s Big Island – Hotels, Resorts & B&Bs

  • Keauhou-ho-ho-ho! The season’s festivities are celebrated throughout December at the Keauhou Shopping Center. On Saturdays and Wednesdays, top Hawai`i performers will provide free entertainment, including Amy Hanaialii Gilliom on Dec. 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Other performers include Walter Boy Tavares & Friends (Dec. 16) , the Olliephonics (Dec. 20), Kenneth Makuakane & Friends (Dec. 23), and more. Photos with Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides are also offered. Call (808) 864-6360 for more details.

  • The Hot Lava Cool Daze Package at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort offers a red-hot deal that stretches from this holiday season well into the new year. Included are a minimum of three nights, one car entrance pass into Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, breakfast for two daily, and a pair of Lava Flow drinks at the hotel’s Verandah Lounge. A rental car can be added for an additional charge. The three-night package starts at $597 for an oceanview room, and is available Dec. 22, 2006 through Dec. 21, 2007. For reservations and information, call toll-free (800) OUTRIGGER, or visit www.outriggerkeauhou.com.

  • The Hilton Waikoloa Village decks its halls this holiday season with an amazing array of special events and activities. Don’t miss “Holiday Hula” featuring dancers and music of the Pacific Rim accompanied by a lavish dinner buffet. Offered Dec. 22, 26 and 29, with a 5:30 p.m. check in at the Kamehameha Court, 6:00 p.m. imu ceremony, 6:30 p.m. dinner and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. $82 for adults; $41 for children five to 12. Price includes gratuitiy, tax and one beverage. For reservations and information, call (808) 886-1234, ext. 54.

  • MasterCard Championship at Hualālai ( Jan. 19 – 21) – This annual PGA golf event at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai Golf Club is the first match of the year on the PGA Champions Tour. It features 36 top golfers who have won Champions Tour or other PGA majors or money events in a 54-hole competition for a total purse of $1.7 million. Contact (800) 417-2770 or visit www.pgatour.com/tournaments.

For more information on Hawai`i’s Big Island, please visit www.bigisland.org

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Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Holiday Happenings

CONTACT:

Leanne Pletcher

Marketing Manager

Hilton Waikoloa Village

(808) 886-2860

leanne_pletcher@hilton.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Holiday Happenings

The resort is packed with holiday events and festivities through out December

KOHALA COAST, HAWAII’S BIG ISLAND (November 29, 2006) – Hilton Waikoloa Village will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays in December. Below is a listing of the hotel’s happenings during the holiday season:

· Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Annual Holiday Train Display Unveiling and Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 5:15 p.m.: Help kick off the 2006 holiday season and enjoy this winter wonderland in the main lobby of Hilton Waikoloa Village with a festive performance and live entertainment. This year’s majestic model railroad train display created by Executive Sous Chef Alfred Mueller measures an enormous 22 x 16 feet with five miniature locomotives and is a replica of Hawaii’s Big Island complete with Mauna Kea and Kawaihae Harbor. During the festivities, General Manager Dieter Seeger will present checks to the Dolphin Days beneficiaries, the Pacific Marine Life Foundation and Hawaii Shriners Hospital for Children. Complimentary and open to the public.

· The Gallery- Hilton Waikoloa Village, Special Holiday Exhibits

o Artist in Residence Program - Visitors are invited to view a whole new art experience watching artists paint and sculpt on the spot to see how a piece of art is crafted from beginning to end. Visit our artist in residence Christopher Aaron Upp on Thursday, December 21st from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for a glass blowing - sculpting demo. Or visit award-winning artist in residence Aelbert Aehegma who has been creating and exhibiting in Hawaii for over 20 years with his light-filled, post-impressionistic style, “Luminalism.” Monday’s and Friday’s from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Check with The Gallery for other artist schedules.

o Holiday Charity Tree - During the month of December a special charity tree is featured in The Gallery. Participating artists have donated an ornament or small gift for sale and nominated a charity of their choice. The customer purchasing the ornament/gift, then makes out their tax deductible check directly to that charity. If the artist did not nominate a favorite charity, the customer can nominate their charity of choice.

For more information call The Gallery at 808-886-2199.

· Red Sail Sports Holiday Family Fun – Thursday, December 21 & 28

Scavenger Hunt at Kona Pool Volleyball Court at 1 p.m. Call 808-886-1234 extension 1200 for more information.

· Kohala Tennis Holiday Clinics – Special daily holiday tennis clinics for all ages! Clinics include: Adults at 8 a.m.; Tiny Tots for children ages 4 – 8 at 8 a.m.; Kids ages 8 - 12 at 9 a.m.; and Rock-n-Roll Tennis at 3 p.m. For more information call Kohala Tennis at 808-886-2222.

· Holiday Cheer Hawaiian Style ­– Thursday, December 21 – Monday, December 25; Thursday, December 28 - Saturday, December 30; 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join us in the Main Lobby and enjoy Christmas cheer and island favorites by the Na Kaholoku Trio.

· Legends of the Pacific Dinner Show and Holiday Hula, December 22, 26, & 29

Rated as one of the best luaus in Hawaii, Tihati Productions presents “Holiday Hula” featuring exotic dances and music of the Pacific Rim accompanied by a lavish dinner buffet prepared by Hilton Waikoloa Village’s culinary experts. A variety of fruit, salads, fresh island fish, tender braised short ribs and traditional Imu pig await along with an array of Polynesian dessert specialties. 5:30 p.m. check-in at Kamehameha Court; 6 p.m. Imu Ceremony; 6:30 p.m. Dinner; Show begins at 7 p.m. $82 for adults and $41 for children ages 5 – 12. Price includes gratuity, tax, and one beverage of your choice. Watch as the Imu (underground oven) is prepared at 8 a.m. at Kamehameha Court on these dates, too. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54.

· Camp Menehune Holiday Drop by Activity - Sunday, December 24, 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Complimentary activities for children under the age of 13 include cookie decorating, ornament making, stocking decorating and much more! Call 808-886-1234 extension 1202 for more information.

· Cavalry Community Church Musical Entertainment – Sunday, December 24, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singing and hula in the Main Lobby followed by a Candlelight Service at the base of the Grand Staircase.

· Christmas Dining, December 25

Hilton Waikoloa Village’s signature restaurants offer delicious set Christmas menus. Orchid Café features a four-course meal from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for $25.95 plus tax and gratuity. The Palm Terrace Christmas Buffet is open from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and is $55 for adults and $23 for children ages 5 – 12, plus tax and gratuity. Kamuela Provision Company takes a Pacific Rim twist from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $78 plus tax and gratuity, and Donatoni’s celebrates Christmas Italian style from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $71 plus tax and gratuity. Christmas at Imari is from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $92 plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54.

· Sweet Treats: Cookies and Gingerbread Class, December 26

Spend an afternoon at Holiday Cooking Class at Kamuela Provision Company learning delicious new recipes. In this class you will make two new cookies and a flavorful Gingerbread recipe just right for the winter holidays. We’ll also discuss techniques to stop your own cookie recipes from spreading, sticking, and burning. $38 per person. Class starts at 2 p.m. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54. Class size is limited.

· Holidays with Chopsticks, Far East Sushi Class, December 27

Learn how to buy the freshest, most delicious fish and how to cute and prepare it properly. Explore the creative art of sushi making and design an Asian meal for you and your friends. We will demonstrate how to make Sushi rice, a variety of Sushi rolls (Nori), Sushi on rice (nigiri), spicy Sushi, and how to display and serve with garnishes and sauces. This will truly be a Far East experience. Lunch follows including food prepared by participants and is paired with Japanese Sake. $49 per person. Class starts at 2 p.m. at Imari. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54. Class size is limited.

· Holiday Paniolo Cookout, December 27

A special Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) feast is presented at Lagoon Grill from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Join us for all of your barbeque favorites including Kalbi ribs, spicy buttermilk country fried chicken, Cajun fish fillets, garlic butter Dungeness crab clusters, and steamship round of beef on Kiawe spit. $48 for adults and $24 for children ages 5 – 12. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54.

· Buone Feste, Italian Holiday Cooking Class, December 28
Learn how to make a complete Italian dinner with all the basic Italian cooking techniques and secrets at Donatoni’s at 2 p.m. Make a wide range of Anti pasta’s including Bruschetta Crostini and Crostatina Con Prosciutto. Make Risotto Al Funghi Porcini and Tortelli Ricotta the authentic way with typical Northern Italian ingredients and delicious sauces along with Pollo Marsala with Mushrooms and Polenta. Lunch follows including food prepared by participants and is paired with Italian Chianti. $49 per person. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54. Class size is limited.

· Dolphin Quest Cetacean Celebration –December 31, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – An action packed program where onlookers will be able to observe the grace and beauty of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. For more information call Dolphin Quest at 808-886-1234, extension 2875.

· New Year's Eve Gala Dinners, December 31

o Celebrate the New Year in Water’s Edge Ballroom amidst elegant ice carvings at an elaborate dinner buffet from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. featuring a raw bar, smoked salmon, imported cheeses, sushi, sashimi, prime rib, shrimp, fresh Hawaiian fish and lots more including a chocolate fountain and delicious dessert display. $95 for adults (plus tip and tax), and $55 for children ages 5 -12 (plus tip and tax).

o The resort’s signature restaurants- Donatoni’s, Imari, and Kamuela Provision Company- will feature special New Year’s Eve Set Menus as well as our regular a la carte menus from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Kamuela Provision Company is $77 plus tax and gratuity, Donatoni’s offers Italian specialties for $80 plus tax and gratuity, and Imari serves a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner for $89 plus tax and gratuity.

For reservations or more information call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234 extension 54.

· New Year’s Eve Concert Celebration, December 31

Be a part of the largest New Year's Eve celebration on the Kohala Coast with Cheap Trick live in concert in the Grand Ballroom. With smash hits "Perfect Stranger" and "Give it Away," Cheap Trick has dominated the music scene since 1978. Doors open at 8 p.m. with a live disc jockey and dancing, show begins at 10 p.m. and carries past midnight. Tickets are $125 per person. For adults, the ticket price includes one drink and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are on sale now at www.kingmichelconcerts.com, Big Island Surf Co., Soundwave Music, ‘A’ama Surf & Sport, CD Wizard, Kona Brewing Company, Pacific Island Fitness, and Kohala Essence in the Main Lobby of Hilton Waikoloa Village. Tickets will also be available at the special events desk in the resort’s main lobby. Visit www.kingmichelconcerts.com for more information or email king@kingmichelconcerts.com.

· New Year’s Eve Celebration for Keiki and Teens, December 31

While the adults enjoy Cheap Trick in concert or a romantic gala dinner, keiki (children) and teens can have their own fun at a party just for them to bring in the New Year. For more information or reservations, call 808-886-1234, extension 1202.

o A Night in Hollywood for children ages 5 - 12 (Children 4 and under must be accompanied by a babysitter). 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. $60 per child (7 p.m. - 10 p.m. program) or $85 per child (7 p.m. – 12 a.m. program). Includes dinner, a mini-carnival, art activities, picture taking, a costume contest and lots more!

o Vegas, Vegas, Vegas for teens 13-17 years old. 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. $60 per teen. Includes dinner, card games and gambling for prizes, karaoke, music and dancing, a costume contest, and more!

For more information on all of the Hilton’s Holiday Happenings, call Special Events/Guest Activities Manager Debbie Wund at 808-886-2884 or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.


About the Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island offers lush tropical gardens, exotic wildlife, cascading

waterfalls, tranquil lagoons and waterways, playful dolphins, three swimming pools, beautifully appointed guest rooms and extensive indoor and outdoor meeting and event venues. The resort also boasts two championship golf courses, a seaside putting course, world-class tennis, the luxurious Kohala Sports Club & Spa, nine international cuisine restaurants, the Museum Walkway, Camp Menehune children’s program and Hawaiian cultural activities.

Hilton Waikoloa Village has been named the #1 Top Family Resort in Hawaii and the #7 Top Family Resort in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure Family Magazine.

For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) from the U.S. and Canada or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call the resort directly at (808) 886-1234.



CONTACT:

Leanne Pletcher Meredith Wertz

Marketing Manager Marketing/P.R. Coordinator

Hilton Waikoloa Village Hilton Waikoloa Village

(808) 886-2860 (808) 886-2867

leanne_pletcher@hilton.com meredith_wertz@hilton.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Holiday Happenings

The resort is packed with holiday events and festivities through out December

KOHALA COAST, HAWAII’S BIG ISLAND (November 29, 2006) – Hilton Waikoloa Village will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays in December. Below is a listing of the hotel’s happenings during the holiday season:

· Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Annual Holiday Train Display Unveiling and Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 5:15 p.m.: Help kick off the 2006 holiday season and enjoy this winter wonderland in the main lobby of Hilton Waikoloa Village with a festive performance and live entertainment. This year’s majestic model railroad train display created by Executive Sous Chef Alfred Mueller measures an enormous 22 x 16 feet with five miniature locomotives and is a replica of Hawaii’s Big Island complete with Mauna Kea and Kawaihae Harbor. During the festivities, General Manager Dieter Seeger will present checks to the Dolphin Days beneficiaries, the Pacific Marine Life Foundation and Hawaii Shriners Hospital for Children. Complimentary and open to the public.

· The Gallery- Hilton Waikoloa Village, Special Holiday Exhibits

o Artist in Residence Program - Visitors are invited to view a whole new art experience watching artists paint and sculpt on the spot to see how a piece of art is crafted from beginning to end. Visit our artist in residence Christopher Aaron Upp on Thursday, December 21st from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for a glass blowing - sculpting demo. Or visit award-winning artist in residence Aelbert Aehegma who has been creating and exhibiting in Hawaii for over 20 years with his light-filled, post-impressionistic style, “Luminalism.” Monday’s and Friday’s from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Check with The Gallery for other artist schedules.

o Holiday Charity Tree - During the month of December a special charity tree is featured in The Gallery. Participating artists have donated an ornament or small gift for sale and nominated a charity of their choice. The customer purchasing the ornament/gift, then makes out their tax deductible check directly to that charity. If the artist did not nominate a favorite charity, the customer can nominate their charity of choice.

For more information call The Gallery at 808-886-2199.

· Red Sail Sports Holiday Family Fun – Thursday, December 21 & 28

Scavenger Hunt at Kona Pool Volleyball Court at 1 p.m. Call 808-886-1234 extension 1200 for more information.

· Kohala Tennis Holiday Clinics – Special daily holiday tennis clinics for all ages! Clinics include: Adults at 8 a.m.; Tiny Tots for children ages 4 – 8 at 8 a.m.; Kids ages 8 - 12 at 9 a.m.; and Rock-n-Roll Tennis at 3 p.m. For more information call Kohala Tennis at 808-886-2222.

· Holiday Cheer Hawaiian Style ­– Thursday, December 21 – Monday, December 25; Thursday, December 28 - Saturday, December 30; 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join us in the Main Lobby and enjoy Christmas cheer and island favorites by the Na Kaholoku Trio.

· Legends of the Pacific Dinner Show and Holiday Hula, December 22, 26, & 29

Rated as one of the best luaus in Hawaii, Tihati Productions presents “Holiday Hula” featuring exotic dances and music of the Pacific Rim accompanied by a lavish dinner buffet prepared by Hilton Waikoloa Village’s culinary experts. A variety of fruit, salads, fresh island fish, tender braised short ribs and traditional Imu pig await along with an array of Polynesian dessert specialties. 5:30 p.m. check-in at Kamehameha Court; 6 p.m. Imu Ceremony; 6:30 p.m. Dinner; Show begins at 7 p.m. $82 for adults and $41 for children ages 5 – 12. Price includes gratuity, tax, and one beverage of your choice. Watch as the Imu (underground oven) is prepared at 8 a.m. at Kamehameha Court on these dates, too. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54.

· Camp Menehune Holiday Drop by Activity - Sunday, December 24, 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Complimentary activities for children under the age of 13 include cookie decorating, ornament making, stocking decorating and much more! Call 808-886-1234 extension 1202 for more information.

· Cavalry Community Church Musical Entertainment – Sunday, December 24, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singing and hula in the Main Lobby followed by a Candlelight Service at the base of the Grand Staircase.

· Christmas Dining, December 25

Hilton Waikoloa Village’s signature restaurants offer delicious set Christmas menus. Orchid Café features a four-course meal from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for $25.95 plus tax and gratuity. The Palm Terrace Christmas Buffet is open from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and is $55 for adults and $23 for children ages 5 – 12, plus tax and gratuity. Kamuela Provision Company takes a Pacific Rim twist from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $78 plus tax and gratuity, and Donatoni’s celebrates Christmas Italian style from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $71 plus tax and gratuity. Christmas at Imari is from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $92 plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54.

· Sweet Treats: Cookies and Gingerbread Class, December 26

Spend an afternoon at Holiday Cooking Class at Kamuela Provision Company learning delicious new recipes. In this class you will make two new cookies and a flavorful Gingerbread recipe just right for the winter holidays. We’ll also discuss techniques to stop your own cookie recipes from spreading, sticking, and burning. $38 per person. Class starts at 2 p.m. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54. Class size is limited.

· Holidays with Chopsticks, Far East Sushi Class, December 27

Learn how to buy the freshest, most delicious fish and how to cute and prepare it properly. Explore the creative art of sushi making and design an Asian meal for you and your friends. We will demonstrate how to make Sushi rice, a variety of Sushi rolls (Nori), Sushi on rice (nigiri), spicy Sushi, and how to display and serve with garnishes and sauces. This will truly be a Far East experience. Lunch follows including food prepared by participants and is paired with Japanese Sake. $49 per person. Class starts at 2 p.m. at Imari. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54. Class size is limited.

· Holiday Paniolo Cookout, December 27

A special Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) feast is presented at Lagoon Grill from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Join us for all of your barbeque favorites including Kalbi ribs, spicy buttermilk country fried chicken, Cajun fish fillets, garlic butter Dungeness crab clusters, and steamship round of beef on Kiawe spit. $48 for adults and $24 for children ages 5 – 12. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54.

· Buone Feste, Italian Holiday Cooking Class, December 28
Learn how to make a complete Italian dinner with all the basic Italian cooking techniques and secrets at Donatoni’s at 2 p.m. Make a wide range of Anti pasta’s including Bruschetta Crostini and Crostatina Con Prosciutto. Make Risotto Al Funghi Porcini and Tortelli Ricotta the authentic way with typical Northern Italian ingredients and delicious sauces along with Pollo Marsala with Mushrooms and Polenta. Lunch follows including food prepared by participants and is paired with Italian Chianti. $49 per person. For reservations or more information, call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234, extension 54. Class size is limited.

· Dolphin Quest Cetacean Celebration –December 31, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – An action packed program where onlookers will be able to observe the grace and beauty of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. For more information call Dolphin Quest at 808-886-1234, extension 2875.

· New Year's Eve Gala Dinners, December 31

o Celebrate the New Year in Water’s Edge Ballroom amidst elegant ice carvings at an elaborate dinner buffet from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. featuring a raw bar, smoked salmon, imported cheeses, sushi, sashimi, prime rib, shrimp, fresh Hawaiian fish and lots more including a chocolate fountain and delicious dessert display. $95 for adults (plus tip and tax), and $55 for children ages 5 -12 (plus tip and tax).

o The resort’s signature restaurants- Donatoni’s, Imari, and Kamuela Provision Company- will feature special New Year’s Eve Set Menus as well as our regular a la carte menus from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Kamuela Provision Company is $77 plus tax and gratuity, Donatoni’s offers Italian specialties for $80 plus tax and gratuity, and Imari serves a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner for $89 plus tax and gratuity.

For reservations or more information call restaurant reservations at 808-886-1234 extension 54.

· New Year’s Eve Concert Celebration, December 31

Be a part of the largest New Year's Eve celebration on the Kohala Coast with Cheap Trick live in concert in the Grand Ballroom. With smash hits "Perfect Stranger" and "Give it Away," Cheap Trick has dominated the music scene since 1978. Doors open at 8 p.m. with a live disc jockey and dancing, show begins at 10 p.m. and carries past midnight. Tickets are $125 per person. For adults, the ticket price includes one drink and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are on sale now at www.kingmichelconcerts.com, Big Island Surf Co., Soundwave Music, ‘A’ama Surf & Sport, CD Wizard, Kona Brewing Company, Pacific Island Fitness, and Kohala Essence in the Main Lobby of Hilton Waikoloa Village. Tickets will also be available at the special events desk in the resort’s main lobby. Visit www.kingmichelconcerts.com for more information or email king@kingmichelconcerts.com.

· New Year’s Eve Celebration for Keiki and Teens, December 31

While the adults enjoy Cheap Trick in concert or a romantic gala dinner, keiki (children) and teens can have their own fun at a party just for them to bring in the New Year. For more information or reservations, call 808-886-1234, extension 1202.

o A Night in Hollywood for children ages 5 - 12 (Children 4 and under must be accompanied by a babysitter). 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. $60 per child (7 p.m. - 10 p.m. program) or $85 per child (7 p.m. – 12 a.m. program). Includes dinner, a mini-carnival, art activities, picture taking, a costume contest and lots more!

o Vegas, Vegas, Vegas for teens 13-17 years old. 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. $60 per teen. Includes dinner, card games and gambling for prizes, karaoke, music and dancing, a costume contest, and more!

For more information on all of the Hilton’s Holiday Happenings, call Special Events/Guest Activities Manager Debbie Wund at 808-886-2884 or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.


About the Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island offers lush tropical gardens, exotic wildlife, cascading

waterfalls, tranquil lagoons and waterways, playful dolphins, three swimming pools, beautifully appointed guest rooms and extensive indoor and outdoor meeting and event venues. The resort also boasts two championship golf courses, a seaside putting course, world-class tennis, the luxurious Kohala Sports Club & Spa, nine international cuisine restaurants, the Museum Walkway, Camp Menehune children’s program and Hawaiian cultural activities.

Hilton Waikoloa Village has been named the #1 Top Family Resort in Hawaii and the #7 Top Family Resort in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure Family Magazine.

For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) from the U.S. and Canada or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call the resort directly at (808) 886-1234.