Exclusive Hawaii Experiences Abound as Waikoloa Beach Marriott Invites Visitors to Experience Big Island, Hawaii Hotel & Event Venue Through Kupuna's Eyes

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Waikoloa Beach Marriott now offers authentic Kona Kohala Coast event planning and accommodations on Hawaii's Big Island, offers visitors a unique celebration of ancient Hawaiian traditions.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

As seen through the Hawaiian kupuna's eyes (Hawaiian grandparents, ancestors or esteemed elders who pass their knowledge on to others), Hawaii's unique cultural heritage is filled with legends and stories that have been passed through oral history from generation to generation. For the kupuna, it is here at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott - a 15-acre oceanfront Big Island, Hawaii hotel and special event venue - where there is a deep sense of Hawaiian place and feel amidst the tropical splendor. Now, thanks to relationships with local venues and the property's knowledgeable hotel staff, visitors to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott can experience this magnificence. And, through those ancient eyes one can reconnect with the land, sea and sky to feel the spiritual "mana," or strength, of Hawaii's Big Island.

With an array of natural and cultural attractions offered throughout our Big Island hotel's grounds and surrounding area, guests can experience an authentic Hawaiian vacation, with knowledgeable hotel staff to assist with both on- and off-resort Kona Kohala Coast event planning needs. From hiking to see the nearby Petroglyphs to observing the Hoaka Ho'omalu ceremony, guests can experience the wisdom of the kapuna at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, a Big Island, Hawaii special event venue.

Petroglyphs

The Ala Kahakai (shoreline trail) located outside our Big Island, Hawaii hotel & special event venue is one of three ancient Hawaiian paths preserved by the resort as part of the overall cultural preservation program. The Ala Kahakai is part of the National Trails System for the National Register of Historic Places. It is 700 miles in length, originating from North Kohala and ending at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Closer to the popular Kings' Shops, located across from our Hawaii hotel and special event venue, there is the Ala Loa trail. It connects visitors to adze quarries scattered throughout the resort. This trail opens to the ancient Hawaiian petroglyph field, containing more than 12,000 images carved in stone.

Lava Rock Garden

The kupuna at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa created the Hoaka Ho'omalu program designed to return lava rocks from those who took the rocks from the natural environment. Hawaiian legend states that if anyone removes lava from its rightful place here in Hawaii, one would encounter misfortune. Returning the rocks to Hawaii is said to restore the spiritual energy (mana) to its origin. The Hoaka Ho'omalu program is conducted on the first Wednesday of every month at our Big Island hotel, where a lava rock garden is surrounded by native plants on the resort grounds. Hotel guests are invited to witness the ceremony, which includes chants performed by the resort's cultural specialists. After the ceremony is concluded, the resort's cultural staff mails a personal letter to the sender informing him that the lava rocks were returned to the land in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony. Twenty pounds of lava rocks are returned in the mail each month by visitors.

Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond

Anaehoomalu Bay was the site of several ancient Hawaiian settlements. For Hawaiian chiefs, they traveled by canoe to meet, rest and enjoy fish raised in the royal ponds. King Kamehameha I ruled the Kohala and Kona coast and came upon this tranquil area that offered a fresh supply of drinking water and natural fishponds. Ancient Hawaiians designed a way to catch fish easily by cutting the channels that lead out to the ocean and building wooden gates across the openings. The gates, called makaha, allowed small fish to enter the pond and feed on lush vegetation. When the fish became too large to pass through the gate, they became confined and were subsequently caught by net for food. The ancient Hawaiians were the first to develop this type of aquaculture.

Ceremonial Religious Offerings

As early as the 1300s, two rock structures were placed by the ancient Hawaiian fishponds and were used for the highly structured, religious system of the Hawaiians. The men's eating house, or Ka Hale Mua, is the larger of the two and consists of three rooms. Men visited to worship their gods and eat food together. Women were forbidden to eat with men in ancient Hawaiian times. The sleeping house, or Noa, is a one-room structure where men and women met freely and slept together. The coral pile structure was used for ceremonies of religious offering.

Naupaka Flower

The naupaka flower dots the grounds of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are two different types of naupaka: the mountain variety and the beach variety. Each bears what appears to be one half of a blossom. When they are placed together, they form a perfect circle. Hawaiian legend tells the story of two lovers who became forever separated because of the wrath of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. Pele desired the young man and, enraged by his refusal, hurled lava at him and pursued him into the mountains. He became the mountain variety called "Naupaka Kuahiwi". Then, Pele turned on the young woman and chased her to the sea where she became the beach naupaka, or "Napaka Kahakai." The two lovers exist today, each one half of a blossom never to be united again. This romantic atmosphere is recreated at our Big Island hotel, where experienced wedding planners help coordinate Kona Kohala Coast event planning for all kinds of romantic and religious occasions.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii's Big Island is located on 15 oceanfront acres overlooking 'Anaeho'omalu Bay and just 18 miles north of the Kona International Airport at Keahole. Completed highlights of the $50 million renovation includes all 555 beautifully refurbished guest rooms, suites and cabanas featuring Marriott "Revive" bed and linen collection, the new porte cochere and lobby offering a fresh, contemporary Hawaiian guest arrival experience, public areas, the 5,750 square-foot world-renowned Mandara Spa and a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment from cardio to free weights, the newly remodeled Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge which provides an expanded outdoor lanai for ocean view dining, two pools including the newly built Infinity pool with lava pots, a children's program and nearby Waikoloa Golf Club offering 36 holes of championship golf and shops, restaurants and boutiques at The Kings' Shops and the newly-opened Queens' MarketPlace. For more information, reservations, or Kona Kohala Coast event planning, please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/koamc-waikoloa-beach-marriott-resort-and-spa/ to learn more about this Big Island, Hawaii hotel and special event venue, or call toll-free at 800 922-5533 or the hotel directly at 808 886-6789.

Contact:

Bernie Caalim or Erin Kinoshita
McNeil Wilson Communications
1003 Bishop Street, 9th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813-6429
Phone: (808) 531-0244
Fax: (808) 521-7163

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