King Kamehameha Day Parade June 10, 2017

Hawaiian culture is celebrated all year long and there are many opportunities to experiences our music, dance, crafts and more!

One “must see” event is the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade that starts at 9 a.m. on June 10, 2017 in Kailua Kona. It’s just an enjoyable scenic drive from Mauna Lani  Point.

The Festival is part of the Kamehameha Day celebration that was first established in 1871 as a national holiday of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. Kamehameha Day was created to honor the memory of Kamehameha the Great (c. 1758-1819) who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 to became Hawai‘i’s first King.

This year’s parade theme is “Hoʻohiwahiwa No Kamehameha,” translated as “Honoring Kamehameha.” The Hawaiian tradition of pāʻū riding, celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) traditions introduced in the 1820s. Resplendent in the foliage and colors of each island, beautiful women and handsome men make their way along the Parade route.

The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. from the Royal Kona Resort 75-5852 Alii Drive, and continues along Aliʻi Drive, past Kamakahonu by the pier, then up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway.

After the parade, enjoy the Hoʻolauleʻa (music and art festival) at historic Huliheʻe Palace. Also from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, there will be music, crafts, and food at Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au. Enjoy local food, see masters create traditional arts and crafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians.

Just ask our Mauna Lani Point concierge for insider information on drive time and where to park for a good viewing point. If you can’t schedule your Mauna Lani Point condo vacation to include June 10, just ask the concierge for other ways to experience Hawaiian music and dance.

The condo rentals of Mauna Lani Point, managed by Classic Resorts, are the perfect home base for Hawaii Island adventures.

Parade photos courtesy of King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade

 
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Big Island Chocolate Festival – A Sweet Event Not to Miss

If you’re staying at Mauna Lani Point in Hawaii this month, then you’re in luck: The Big Island Chocolate Festival is taking place at the end of the month, and it’s an event you can’t miss! Here’s everything you need to know to attend this tasty event!

About the Big Island Chocolate Festival

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc: The purpose is to promote the cacao industry in Hawaii. This event is a great outreach and educational opportunity for local cacao farmers in the area, and, well, pretty much anyone who likes chocolate.

Events You Can’t Miss

The festival isn’t just a good excuse to eat chocolate. It’s a great place to learn more about how chocolate is made – how it is grown, harvested, and made into decadent desserts. Here are a few of our favorite events:

Cacao Plantation Tour: April 28th, 11:00am – 12pm

Most of us don’t realize that chocolate grows on trees. You’ll learn all about how cacao is grown and harvested at the cacao plantation tour, which takes place at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. This is the first company to grow, hand-pick, sun-dry, and process Hawaii’s cocoa beans into chocolate. You’ll be able to walk through the orchard, and tour the factory. This “tree to bar” factory is truly a treat to tour.

Chocolate Culinary Demonstrationa: April 29th, 9:30am – 2pm

Now that you’ve learned how cacao is grown and turned into chocolate as we know it, learn how chefs turn it into the decadent desserts we know and love. The first session is “Small Chocolate Bites” by Donald Wressel (an execute pastry chef at Guittard Chocolate Company). During this demonstration, you’ll learn about and get to taste three mini-chocolate desserts. The second demonstration is “Chocolate Crystallization & Tempering,” by Alicia Boada (the West Coast Technical Advisor for Barry Callebaut Chocolate). In this demonstration, you’ll learn what’s happening in the contemporary pastry and chocolate world. The final demonstration is “Creating a Artistic Chocolate Showpiece,” by Stephane Treand, (of The Pastry School). Yu’ll learn how to add flair to any of your chocolate creations at home.

Mauna Lani Point: The Best Accommodations in Hawaii

When it comes to accommodations in Hawaii, Mauna Lani Point is the best option. That’s because our location can’t be beat (easy access to all the activities you want to enjoy in Hawaii), our condos are spacious, and you get all the benefits an amenities of a hotel, without paying resort fees. Book your stay today!

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Reserve with Classic Resorts for a professional staff

You’ll feel the Classic Resorts difference at Mauna Lani Point.  When you reserve your Mauna Lani condo through Classic Resorts, your condo vacation is securely in the hands of professionals.  The hotel-like services of Hawaii-based Classic Resorts provide a safety net for your vacation  needs.

This is the Classic Resorts difference at Kaanapali Alii.

Compare free daily maid service versus a mandatory cleaning fee.  And compare the pleasure of a freshly made bed and a sparkling clean bathroom versus doing chores on your vacation! Your Classic Resorts condo rental also includes the services of our professional staff for front desk, bell services, concierge and maintenance. Yet you’ll enjoy the savings of No Resort Fee.

And when you’re ready for check out, there are no extra fees, no cleaning fees, and no surprises!  Just blissful vacation memories.

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