Homegrown Hawaii at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Guests can immerse themselves in Big Island culture through recent dining, spa and activity upgrades By: Marty Wentzel
Hilton’s executive chef has refreshed the resort’s menus in honor of the island’s increased emphasis on farm-to-table dining and sustainability. // ©...
Hilton’s executive chef has refreshed the resort’s menus in honor of the island’s increased emphasis on farm-to-table dining and sustainability. // © 2011 Hilton Waikoloa Village

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When clients visit Hilton Waikoloa Village, they know exactly where they stand. Thanks to a recent infusion of local culture into its dining, spa and activity programs, guests of the Kohala Coast resort can immerse themselves in the unique heritage of Hawaii’s Big Island and come away with a profound sense of place.

For instance, Hilton’s executive chef has refreshed the resort’s menus in honor of the island’s increased emphasis on farm-to-table dining and sustainability. Clients can experience a wide range of dishes created from island ingredients such as ahi with Hawaiian salt, kukui nuts, local avocado and limu (seaweed); organic greens from Kealaola Farm; and a Kona lobster burger. In addition, guests can savor island-grown coffee from family-run Kona Mountain Thunder Coffee, a state-licensed coffee farm found right on the Big Island.

The hotel’s Kohala Spa features a renewed spa menu influenced by Big Island legends. New treatments unite ingredients from Hawaii's land and sea to connect spa-goers with the island. The result includes such indulgences as the signature white naupaka flower ritual; lehua sugar honey scrub and wrap; Hawaiian salt renewal; and Kona coffee fruit facials.

Hilton Waikoloa Village’s new cultural tours and activities provide an insider’s glimpse into the Hawaiian traditions and legends that inspire the core of the aloha spirit. As guests take part in stargazing tours, the Hawaiian legends discovery program, hula and ukulele lessons and the Evening Under the Stars program with Hawaiian storytelling, they can feel like locals as they learn about Big Island lifestyle.

As guests traverse the 62-acre resort on one of its state-of-the-art trams, they have yet another opportunity to learn about the myths and legends of Hawaii. The system’s speakers broadcast countless stories about the island’s history and its local flora and fauna, many of which can be spotted along the tram’s path.

Clients can escape to this cultural oasis by booking the advance purchase bed and breakfast package, featuring resort room accommodations and daily breakfast for two. Package rates start at $199 per night (rate code CX09AP).

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