Destinations / GO HAWAII
SEE Amid all the losses during last year’s volcanic eruption in the remote
Puna district, something spectacular was gained: a new black sand beach,
lagoon (formerly a boat harbor) and thermal ponds at Isaac Hale Beach
Park in Pohoiki. It’s a beautiful setting for marveling at the power of Pele.
The drive there, from rural Highway 130 in Pahoa to jungly Highway 137
and then over a road carved out of the recent lava, is equally memorable.
DO Thought about trading the busy Bay Area for the island life? Novato
native Marty Corrigan and partner Greg Colden did just that when
they left Oakland in 2004 for a five-acre farm in Holualoa. Some of the
cacao and coffee they grow makes it into bars of Kona Natural Soap,
which Greg crafts on site and sells at Alii Gardens Marketplace. Call to
schedule one of his informative, intimate tours held every Thursday.
$10, konanaturalsoap.com, 808.322.9111
EAT Raised on the coast of Brittany, Four Seasons Hualalai execu-
tive chef Thomas Bellec has a special appreciation for the Big Island’s
marine resources, including salt and shellfish harvested at the resort.
His custom Chef’s Table at Ulu Ocean Grill includes wine pairings for
dishes such as oysters with lilikoi mignonette, shrimp carpaccio with
dashi gelée, octopus terrine, glazed Keahole lobster with puffed rice,
steamed Hawaiian snapper with silken tofu and Hilo corn and miso
butterscotch pudding. $295, fourseasons.com/hualalai, 808.325.8000
STAY Adventurers and romance seekers find an exotic haven in
Mahinui Na Lani, a treehouse for two ($295) in lush Volcano. Owner
and San Anselmo native Gail Armand also gives tips for visiting
dramatically transformed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park nearby.
Guests at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel have easy access not only to one
of Hawaii’s best beaches, but also to snorkeling with manta rays in the
company of a leading researcher on the elusive creatures. James and
Martina Wing take small groups out twice nightly Monday through
Saturday ($110). From $595, maunakeabeachhotel.com, 808.987.5580
SEE The teeming reef life around Kaanapali’s Black Rock, or Puu Kekaa
in Hawaiian, always puts on a colorful variety show for snorkelers, but
in early spring, whales add their song to the underwater soundtrack.
Not a swimmer? Head here to observe the daily torch lighting and
cliff-diving ceremony at sunset.
DO You can also navigate around Black Rock on a six-person outrigger canoe, Boki Board raft or stand-up paddleboard. Book a 90-minute
outing from Hale Huakai, Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s new water activities
kiosk. Manager and culturally savvy waterman Kepa Naeole makes sure
the friendly staff share his safety first, eco-conscious approach. Canoe
snorkel tour, $97–$107; Boki Board snorkel tour, $69; SUP lesson, $87.
Clockwise from top left:
Stay in a treehouse for
two in the Big Island’s
Mahinui Na Lani; the
Sheraton Maui; views on
the Hawaii Forest and
Trail tour on Oahu.