Hula, cultural demonstrations on tap at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The Merrie Monarch fest may be over, but hula continues at Volcano Art Center, where Halau Hula O Kahikilaulani, under the direction of kumu hula Rae Fonseca, will perform 10:30 a.m. May 9 in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

The halau’s traditional hula and chant takes place rain or shine. (Bring ground mat, sunscreen and rain gear.) Hawaiian cultural demonstrations also are planned from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VAC Gallery with lei-making, kapa (bark cloth) making and ‘ohe kapala (bamboo design stamps).

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m daily. Events are free; park entrance fees may apply. 808-967-8222,

While staying at Mauna Lani Resort, at Mauna Lani Point or The Villages at Mauna Lani, we recommend a visit to Volcanoes National Park.  This attraction is a wonder of nature and plays a big part in understanding the traditional culture of our Hawaiian people.

This post is courtesy of the Honolulu Advertiser


Chef Sam Choy’s Oriental Lamb Chops with Rotelli Pasta

Serves 4 to 6

2 or 3 lamb chops per serving (8-18 chops total)



1/2 cup shoyu
3/4 cup garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp. chili flakes
1/2 cup basil, minced
1/2 cup Chinese parsley, minced

Salt to taste

Combine marinade ingredients, massage into meat for 5 to 10 minutes, then let marinate 4-6 hours in refrigerator.  Broil to perfection (about 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium rare, or to your liking.)

Rotelli Pasta:

2 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 medium carrot, julienne
2 medium zucchini, julienne
2 cups shiitake mushrooms, julienne
1/2 cup Chinese parsley, coarsely chopped
12 oz. bag rotelli, cooked according to package direction, drained
6 cups heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat, cook garlic for about 1 minute, without browning, then add vegetables and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes.  Add drained cooked pasta and stir-fry another minute.  Add heavy cream, bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.  Just before serving, fold in 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and let cook 1 minute.

Serve in large pasta bowls with 2 or 3 lamb chops on top, garnished with sprigs of fresh basil.

Recipe provided by Chef Sam Choy, Hawaii’s favorite chef.  Chef Choy lives on The Big Island of Hawaii and his recipes are developed to bring out the best in Hawaii cuisine.  Please enjoy these Hawaii recipes as you dream about your next Big Island vacation.

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Mauna Lani Point – Entrée to the Oceanfront Beach Club is just the beginning…

Guests of Mauna Lani Point at Mauna Lani Resort discover unparalleled space, privacy, entrée to the oceanfront Beach Club with an idyllic sandy beach cove for swimming & snorkeling plus a choice of enticing offers.

One of the many luxuries easily arranged for guests of Mauna Lani Point is the services of a private chef.  A gourmet dinner of your favorite foods can be prepared just for you by an award-winning chef and served in the luxurious comfort of your own Big Island vacation home.  A sunset dinner on your private lanai overlooking the golf course or the blue Pacific is sure to create memories for a lifetime.

Mauna Lani Point offers elegant one-and two-bedroom luxury villas ranging from 1,400-1,900 square feet with spectacular views of the ocean and the championship golf course. Couples love the unparalleled spaciousness, privacy and serenity of Mauna Lani Point.

All villas feature a fully equipped kitchen, private lanai, separate dining room, and personalized butler provisioning and the services of a “personal concierge” during your stay.

Guests of Mauna Lani Point enjoy exclusive use of a private pool pavilion with a beautifully landscaped l swimming pool, spa, and inviting garden area equipped with gas grills.  There is daily maid service, concierge and bell staff, a resort shuttle, and free parking.  The Islands is gated to provide maximum privacy.

The weather is perfect and each day guests can play golf and enjoy the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club with tennis, a lap pool, saunas, an 18-hole putting course, and complete fitness facilities.  The adjacent Mauna Lani Spa offers uniquely Hawaiian treatments in indoor and outdoor treatment areas.  Also there are beach activities, catamaran sails, historic nature strolls, and signing privileges at a variety of resort restaurants.

Mauna Lani Point is managed by Classic Resorts, a Hawaii-based condominium management company specializing in luxury properties in unique locations.  For reservations call 1-866-966-5985 or email info@classicresorts.  Visit Mauna Lani Point on the web at


Popular site offers dramatic evening views of lava exploding into the ocean

Hawai‘i’s Big Island – New lava is flowing into the ocean. Every day, hundreds of wide-eyed visitors at the Kalapana viewing area stand on lava rock from a 1991 flow, staring amazed as fiery sprays from Kīlauea volcano explode into the sea, sending up voluptuous plumes of steam. And so, still more acreage is added to Hawai‘i’s Big Island.

The popular Kalapana viewing area boasts not only stunning vistas of the planet birthing, but also convenient parking and port-a-potties. Since its opening on Mar. 8, 2008 through the end of that year, more than 240,000 people came to gaze upon the spectacular display at this area expertly managed by Hawai‘i County workers.

Admission is free.

As of Feb. 1, viewing and parking hours at the Kalapana overlook are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Visitors must be parked by 8 p.m.

Conditions near the viewing area can change at any time depending on the direction and volume of the lava flows. That’s part of the thrill – this isn’t Disneyland. The area will be closed if visitors’ safety is ever in doubt.

Meanwhile, up at the summit of Kīlauea in Halema‘uma‘u crater within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the eruption continues. No molten lava has yet spilled out of the vent that suddenly cracked open last Mar. 11 (the first eruption at the summit since 1982), but the steam plume continues to rise sometimes a mile above the crater, offering visitors a good look at Hawai‘i’s seductive volcano goddess, Pele.

“Yes, Pele continues to put on quite a show for us up here on the summit,” says park superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We never know what she has in store for us next, but we’re prepared and always put visitor safety first.”

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is the only World Heritage Site in Hawai‘i.

The latest information for the Kalapana viewing area is available on the Lava Hotline:  (808) 961-8093 . Or visit and click on “Volcano Eruption Update.” For the latest conditions at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, visit or call (808) 985-6000.

Mauna Lani Resort – Mauna Lani Point, The Islands at Mauna Lani and Pauoa Estates provide for the perfect luxury vacation accommodations from which to experience all of the wonders of Hawaii’s Big Island