November 2, 2016

By: Joe Pike

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Travel Agent breaks down some of the hottest holiday offerings on Hawaii Island, from Thanksgiving feasts to Christmas tree displays.

Here’s what you need to know to sell them.

KapohoKine Adventures’ Thanksgiving Nohona Event

KapohoKine Adventures is inviting hands-on foodies to eat what you harvest this Thanksgiving at the company’s first-ever Thanksgiving Nohona Hawaii event. 

Clients will harvest kalo (taro) from KapohoKine Adventures’ mala (garden) along with other canoe plants and traditional vegetables. They will also learn how to prepare kalo for planting, harvesting and cooking. 

After a cooking demonstration, guests will enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner incorporating several of the ingredients harvested. 

The Thanksgiving Nohona Hawaii will be held on Thanksgiving, November 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is $499 per person, plus tax. Event attendance will be limited to 10 participants. 

Visit www.kapohokine.com

The 28th Annual “Christmas with the Chefs” Culinary Event

Tell clients to join the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel for the 28th annual “Christmas with the Chefs” culinary event, taking place on December 3. 

Travelers will gather in the evening at the hotel’s luau grounds overlooking Kamakahonu Bay to enjoy dishes by more than 20 Hawaiian chefs, along with live music and a silent auction. 

Tickets for this annual culinary scholarship benefit are $85 per person if purchased in advance, and $90 per person if purchased at the door. The Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is also offering special room rates for event guests. 

Visit www.konabeachhotel.com

Check Out Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows’ Decorated Christmas Trees

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will celebrate its 23rd annual Charity Trees at Mauna Lani holiday season display from Dec. 2-28. 

Visitors will find the hotel’s lobby filled with colorfully adorned trees decorated by local non-profit organizations.

A $1 donation allows visitors a single vote for their favorite tree. The hotel will award $3,500 in prizes to the winners, with money raised from voting donations shared among the remaining organizations. 

On New Year’s Eve, a buffet dinner at the hotel’s CanoeHouse restaurant will be followed by an oceanside party and fireworks at midnight.

Visit www.maunalani.com

Check Out the Annual Art Studio Tour and Sale Over Thanksgiving Weekend

The Volcano Village Artists Hui will host its 30th annual Art Studio Tour and Sale over Thanksgiving weekend, from Nov. 25-27. 

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet artists in their studios and view artwork covering a wide spectrum of media, including hand-blown art glass, wood and metal sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, paintings, prints and photography.

A special drawing for artworks contributed by each artist will be held at the end of the sale. The Art Studio Tour and Sale will be open each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Visit www.volcanovillageartistshui.com

Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Two Festive Celebrations

Hilton Waikoloa Village invites Hawaii Island visitors and residents to enjoy the holiday season with alii-style treatment. 

Feel the embrace of aloha with two festive celebrations offering a menu of seasonal fare and live entertainment. 

Reserve a seat at the resort’s Water’s Edge Ballroom for Thanksgiving dinner, happening Nov. 24 from 3 to 7:30 p.m., and Christmas dinner on Dec. 25. 

Visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com and keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com for all your latest Hawaii travel news. Be sure to follow Travel Agent’s Joe Pike on Twitter @TravelPike.

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