Travelers often gain a new appreciation for culture when exploring the great outdoor playground of Hawaii Island. Read on for tips by Jaisy and Brian who are eager to share their recommendations on unexpected land and sea experiences found nowhere else in the world.
Director of Public Relations Jaisy Jardine, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
“For our guests, the cultural resort hikes that are offered daily by the Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors are very popular. For years, travelers to the Kohala Coast have wondered about the ancient Hawaiians who passed this way long before they were born.
“At Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, members of the Hui Holokai Beach Club Program might hand you a walking stick and set off on the same lava footpaths now worn smooth as they share the stories, lore and history of Kalahuipuaa “the gathering place” now known as Mauna Lani Resort.”
“Ranging from the ancient lava cave dwellings to pictorial petroglyphs (lava etchings) and sacred ahu (shrine), the guided hikes lead you through inland fishponds once reserved for the alii (royalty), along oceanfront trails and more. You might even learn an oli, or Hawaiian chant, as well to take home in voice and song!
“We also offer a year-round Keiki Aloha Adventure Program, daily and complimentary, featuring “turtle talks” and “talk story” with Hui Holokai Beach Club Ambassadors. The sheltered lagoon is perfect for the little ones and all restaurants feature a kid-friendly menu, and a separate kid-size breakfast buffet.”
Exhilarating Activities Beyond the Resort
“Growing up deep sea fishing with my dad is one of my favorite childhood memories.”
“And hands down, one of my favorite things to do is to hike along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, beginning at Anaehoomalu Bay, hiking south and ending up at a beautiful alkaline pond nestled in the middle of the lava field. It’s stunning!”
Owner Brian Ross, Photo Safari Hawaii
“We are the only company that offers exclusively private, interpretive tours in air conditioned, luxury Toyota Sequoia 4X4 SUVs. In addition, our friendly and knowledgeable guides offer insights on Hawaii Island’s culture, history, geography, flora and fauna, specific to the locations we visit. In fact, our guides are certified by the National Park Service as we conduct tours within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and beyond.”
“As location scouts, our guides safely transport beginners and advanced photographers to the most accessible, photogenic locations on Hawaii Island. During the safari, our fine art photography exercises are mini photo assignments in the field, allowing photographers to explore the creative photographic process and pursue a more profound nature experience.
“One of our guests shared, ‘The whole experience was very relaxed and low key, but I learned a great deal. It is the type of tour that any skill level will enjoy. I could easily see how a whole family with older children and teens could go together and have fun together.’”
-by Big Island Visitors Bureau