Janelle takes a tour of the Big Island

March 27, 2009 4:57:18 PM PDT
Aloha Friday! Here are some things to do on Hawaii's Big Island:

About the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, a 32-acre, AAA Four Diamond resort located on the exotic Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. Enjoy a stay in one of our 538 guest rooms and suites, offering spectacular garden, mountain or ocean views. Relax and rejuvenate your spirit with a treatment at our unique Spa Without Walls. Savor our wide variety of dining options or take a stroll along the water on our private lagoon beach. Surrounded by lush mountains, volcano and tropical rainforest, the Fairmont Orchid promises pleasure for days on end.
Website: http://www.fairmont.com/orchid

About Janelle's Big Island Helicopter Tour with Sunshine Helicopters
Experience the fiery lava vents of the Big Island's active volcano, Kilauea. The intensity of the live volcanic landscape will surely take your breath away. This is just one of the unique sights you'll find on an island boasting 11 out of 13 climate zones present on Earth. Let our Black Beauties whisk you through the hidden tropical valleys of the Kohala mountains, alive with dozens of roaring waterfalls, and lift you above the beautiful rainforest of the Hamakua coast.
Website: http://www.sunshinehelicopters.com/index.html

About Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture. The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/havo/

About Warren Costa with Native Guide Hawaii
Warren Costa is the owner of Native Guide Hawaii. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Warren served his community as a Natural and Cultural Resources Manager, and as a School Teacher. He has earned a reputation as a warm, knowledgeable, and caring teacher and guide with a proven track record of successfully working with socio-economically, culturally, and intellectually diverse youth and adults. Since starting Native Guide Hawaii, Warren has worked hard to create a truly original and personalized visitor experience. Drawing upon his background in science and teaching, his local and cultural knowledge, and his love of sharing, Warren takes his clients beyond the traditional tourist experience. Warren believes that it is important to connect with people on a personal level in order to help them to understand what they are seeing and experiencing. Whether it is a volcano tour out to an active lava flow, or a trek along the coastline, there's something fun and unique about each place. Warren Costa is married to Kehaulani Costa, an Administrator at Malamalama Waldorf School, and they have three sons, Keahi, Kala, and Kamalani. The Costa family also includes a dog named Jake and four happy chickens.
Website: http://www.nativeguidehawaii.com/Home.htm

Bay Area residents are encouraged to visit GoHawaii.com/LotsofSmiles, a new HVCB microsite that will engage them with interactive promotions, offer information about Hawaii events in the Bay Area, and let them plan their vacation.

Hawaii's six major islands are green-capped mountains lifted from the bottom of the sea, decorated with shimmering rainbows, majestic green peaks, surrounded by unfailingly warm waters, and rimmed by endless, white sand beaches.

Kauai is a lush, garden paradise favored by Hollywood for its tropical splendor that became backdrops for many movies, including "South Pacific," filmed 50 years ago, and Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii." Gorgeous resorts are also found from Lihue to Poipu to Hanalei.

Oahu, with its capital city of Honolulu, offers everything from cosmopolitan Waikiki and historic sites such as Iolani Palace and Pearl Harbor to the scenic North Shore with its legendary surf. Maui, dominated by the peak of Haleakala, is known for the tranquil paradise of Hana and the colorful whaling town of Lahaina. Warm waters and sun-bathed beaches abound and attract visitors from around the world to popular resorts including Kapalua, Kaanapali, and Wailea.

Molokai, the most rustic of the islands, is bordered by the world's highest sea cliffs and is home to Kalaupapa Peninsula, the hauntingly beautiful former leper colony. Father Damien, the Catholic priest who oversaw the colony in the 1800s, is being ordained as a Saint this year.

Lanai is a rural community centered around the quaint town of Lanai City and is the setting for two of the world's most acclaimed resorts with superb golf courses.

And Hawaii's Big Island is home to the towns of Kona and Hilo and many quaint plantation-era style communities, as well as luxurious resorts in Kohala with world-class golf courses. Two active volcanoes and a diversity of climates have created lush rainforests and dramatic lava landscapes within miles of one another.

No matter where one travels in Hawaii, an astonishing variety of activities beckon to help renew inner strength, replenish the heart, and bring one closer to what really counts in life - happiness, health, family, loved ones, and the earth itself.

For more information about Hawaii, the Islands of Aloha, visit www.GoHawaii.com.