arrange a vineyard tour alongside a wine
tasting and catered dinner at Vineyard
Winery. During the wine tasting, the
resident vintner will produce a distinctive
array of wines available only on the Hawaiian Islands.
Groups can also arrange a more adventurous outing through KapohoKine
Adventures to accompany the meal, such
as a four-mile crater hike, evening volcano
excursion or a ziplining activity.
Ingredients Culinary Series,
Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa
The Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at
Keauhou Bay offers a quarterly event called
the Ingredients Culinary Series that showcases various ingredients grown locally on
the Island of Hawaii. The most recent Ingredients event showcased Hawaiian cacao
and Kona coffee, which were then used to
create a five-course dinner.
Rays on the Bay (the on-site restaurant)
partnered with the local farm community
and Jackson Family Wines for the meal,
which also included a farm tour at the
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory.
A similar experience can be crafted for
groups meeting at the property situated on
the lava rocks of the Kona coast.
Farmers Market Visit, Waikoloa
Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Executive Chef Jayson Kanekoa at the
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is
known for his “seed-to-table” approach
to cooking and also makes a mean poke
dish (essentially small cubes of marinated
fish sometimes served within a salad or on
rice). He is reigning champ at the Hawaii
Food & Wine Festival’s Best Poke contest.
Groups meeting at the Waikoloa Beach
Marriott Resort & Spa can partake in the
Farmers Market Experience where they
are given the opportunity to explore one
of several local farmers markets on the Big
Island while Kanekoa or a member of his
award-winning culinary team purchases
ingredients to use in a meal later that day.
Kanekoa works closely with WOW Farm
Inc., and groups can also explore the farm
where Mike Hodson and his family cultivate highly sought-after organic tomatoes,
which are sold to resorts across the island.
The Fairmont Orchid
Groups meeting at The Fairmont Orchid
along the Kohala Coast can arrange a visit
to a local taro farm and learn the story
behind one of the most significant dietary
staples of the Hawaiian culture. Taro can be
used as an ingredient to make everything
from burgers to a Polynesian dish called
poi that is common in Hawaii.
During the excursion, groups will venture into Waipio Valley and learn about the
loi (taro patch), the kalo (the taro plant)
and ohana (family). Guests are then asked
to separate into three groups, with one
harvesting the taro plants, one cutting the
stalk from the existing plant and the other
replanting the stalk. The activity is designed
to connect the group with Hawaiian culture
and the local community.
The Fairmont Orchid’s executive chef,
Hubert Des Marais, can also put together
specialized menus that utilize the taro
plant and other traditional local ingredients for groups meeting at the property.
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
One of the Island of Hawaii’s most cherished beverages is its Kona coffee, which
is made from some of the highest quality
(and most expensive) coffee beans around.
Groups looking to learn more about the
world-famous coffee can explore the Kona
Coffee Living History Farm, which tells the
history of Kona’s coffee pioneers while also
showcasing various farming techniques
from past to present.
Groups will also be invited to sample
the farm’s 100 percent Kona coffee and can
purchase some beans to take home with
them. The Kona Historical Society that runs
the farm is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Big Island Bees Tour
Big Island Bees is a family-owned
business that sells raw, organic
honey produced by bees that
are located on-site at the
property’s bee farm. The
honey is said to have
a more intense flavor
profile than conventional honey due to
its single floral source
with no heating or
Groups can attend an
educational event about
bees, beekeeping and
honey with a local beekeeper
who will perform an open beehive
demonstration, showing how a hive is organized. Free tours are also available.
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