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November 30, 1998 Reprinted with permission

Kohala Coast defies
state's hotel occupancy woes.
Outdoor activities, especially golf, attract visitors from all directions and generate business for Big Island hotels.

     Timothy Ruel PBN Staff Reporter

A boon for the Kohala Coast of the Big Island, where hotel occupancy jumped 21 percent in October from the same time last year, comes from the Big Island's most obvious advantage: its space and amenities.
   Kauai, Molokai and Oahu showed hotel occupancy decreases of 8.74 percent, 2.84 percent and 7.89 percent respectively for the same periods. Occupancy on the Big Island as a whole rose 7.6 percent, according to PKF-Hawaii.
   Hotel managers on the Kohala Coast cite the abundance of golf, cultural activities, fishing and open vistas on the Big Island as contributing to a growing number of arrivals.
   Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's recent growth in occupancy has mainly come from Californians, who want more cultural and physical activities than Oahu has to offer, said General Manager Kathleen Horrigan.
   But arrivals are also coming from Asia. Kohala's recent occupancy-rate jump, from 53.8 to 65.23 percent, mainly stems from a direct flight from Narita, Japan, to Kona that started daily service at the beginning of the year.
   Japan Airlines posted 10,430 passengers on its Narita-Kona flight, up from 6,000 from the same time last year, according to Gilbert Kimura, Hawaii sales representative for JAL.
   JAL took the flight from three to four times a week and turned it into a daily flight to persuade Japanese travel agencies to sell visitors on the Kona-Kohala area.
   Boosting Japanese tourism can be slow and a lot depends on marketing.
   "When they say Hawaii, it's Waikiki. We had to sell Hawaii, but it's Kona," Camera said.
   Japanese had to become accustomed to visiting Kona as a destination, according to Kimura. Sellable aspects of Kona-Kohala for the Japanese include the Big Island's golfing, fishing and vast outdoor space, he said.
   "The Japanese are looking for beautiful golf courses," agreed Fred Duerr, general manager for Kona Village Resort.
   Visitors can play four or five nearby courses, including the Mauna Lani Resort and Mauna Kea Beach Golf courses and the Kona International Country Club.
   Those visitors who want to golf aren't just the Japanese. October is traditionally a strong month for booking conventions from the mainland, according to Bill Sayce, general manager for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.
   Vacations are ending and people get down to business again, which includes conventions. With its many golf courses and relaxing atmosphere, the Big Island has become an ideal setting.
   A Sun Microsystems Inc. convention during the middle of October took up roughly 1,700 rooms on the coast, according to Dieter Seeger, general manager for Hilton Waikoloa Village.
   The Iron Man Triathlon, which occurs annually during the beginning of October, fills up Kona hotels, mostly with westbound arrivals from Europe and the mainland, Seeger said.

 


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RESORTS

   Aston Kona by the Sea, 75-6106 Alii Drive,
   Keauhou Beach Resort, Hawaii, 78-6740 Alii Road , Kailua Kona
   Kona Village Resort, Hualalai Resort, 7 miles from airport
   Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hualalai Resort, 7 miles north of airport
   Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kamuela, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive
   Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea Resort
   Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Mauna Lani Resort
   Kolea Luxury Vacations, Waikoloa Resort, 69-1000 Kolea Kai Circle, Waikoloa, HI
   Aston Shores at Waikoloa, Waikoloa Resort, 69-1035 Keana Place
   Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Resort, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
   Waikoloa Colony Villas, Waikoloa Resort, Waikoloa Beach Drive


HOTELS

   Kohala Village Inn, Hawi, 55-514 Hawi Road, Hawi
   Kamuela Inn, Kamuela, Kawaihae Road, near Opelo Road
   Waimea Country Lodge, Kamuela, Lindsey Road, near main intersection
   Hawaii Island Retreat, Kapaau, 54-250 Maluhia Road


BED & BREAKFASTS

   Mountain Meadow Ranch B&B, Ahualoa, 46-3895 Kapuna Road, Ahualoa, Hawaii
   Kalopa Homestead Guest House, Hawaii, 44-2541 Keahua
   Hawaii's Best Bed & Breakfasts, Kamuela,
   Waimea Gardens Cottage, Kamuela,
   Cook's Discoveries Waimea Suite B&B, Kamuela, 64-5246 Iokua St - 5 minutes from Waimea town
   The Jacaranda Inn, Kamuela, 65-1444 Kawaihae Road
   Waiaka View At The Rainbow, Kamuela, 66-1683 Kohala Moutain Road
   Aaah the Views Bed and Breakfast, Kamuela, 66-1773 Alaneo Street
   Kamuela's Mauna Kea View Bed & Breakfast, Kamuela, End of Kalake St Bordering ranchlands
   Ka'aawa Home Stay, Kamuela, Lae Lae Way
   Beings In Touch Bed & Breakfast, Kamuela, laneo St. on Stream 1/2 mile below museum
   Kohala Country Adventures Guesthouse, Kapaau, mauka of Statue of Kamehameha,1/4 mile
   E walea by the Sea, Puako, 25 Puako Beach Drive


CAMPGROUNDS & CAMPING



VACATION RENTAL SERVICES

   Hawi Hideaway, Hawi,
   Cabin in the Treeline, Hawi, 56-867 Kamalei st
   Waiaka Homestead, Kamuela,
   Trekking Hawaii, Kamuela, 62-1217 Waiemi Pl
   Sandalwood Cottage, Kamuela, 64-1008 Kaula Waha Place
   Wai'aka Homesteads, Kamuela, 64-1664 Wai'aka St. Kamuela Hi. 96743
   EKO Farm Hosted Vacation Rentals, Kamuela, 64-782 Ainahua Alanui, Puukapu Farmlot
   Waimea Vacation Rentals, Kamuela, 65-1259 Kawaihae Rd
   MacArthur & Company Vacation Rentals, Kamuela, 65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Suite 104
   The Cottage at The Jacaranda Inn, Kamuela, 65-1444 Kawaihae Road
   AlohaDebbie Properties, Puako,
   Abbey Vacation Rentals, Waikoloa Resort, 69-1010 Keana Place, E202, Waikoloa, HI
   Outrigger Condomimium Collection, Waikoloa Resort, Waikoloa Beach Drive
   South Kohala Management, Waikoloa Village, PO Box 384900, Waikoloa, HI 96738
   Rent Our Condo in Hawaii., Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Villas, Lua Kula St


ANYTHING WE MISSED!!

   Waimea Villa, Kamuela, Puuki Place
   Hale Kawaihae, Kawaihae, 41 Kawaihae Village



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