The 17th Annual Wailea Village Mochi Pounding will be held on December 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Akiko's Buddhist Bed & Breakfast located 15 miles north of Hilo along the Hamakua Coast. Activities include mochi (rice cake)pounding, crafts, calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan drumming, and a hearty local style lunch available for purchase.
Hilton Waikoloa Village invites guests to ring in the New Year at the Monarchy Grand Ballroom with specialty dinner stations prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Charles Charbonneau and the high-energy sounds of Son Caribe, one of Hawaii's top Latin music bands. At 11 p.m., Hawaii favorite, "DJ Tiger" will take the stage to ring in 2015, playing hits until 1 a.m. Advance reservations are required. Visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
On December 31, Rays on the Bay at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will celebrate New Year's Eve in style from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The festivities include live entertainment by local musician LT Smooth, heavy pupu (appetizers), handcrafted libations such as the "Smoldering Guava" cocktail, and a midnight champagne toast under the stars. For parties of 10 or more, the Ulu Lounge at Rays on the Bay is available for VIP treatment and bottle service.
KapohoKine Adventures is offering an all-new "Zippin' Lava Eve" package for an unforgettable Hawaii Island experience to usher in 2015. The tour includes a zipline adventure covering nearly two miles of tropical river gorges, a stimulating trek through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park led by a certified guide, delicious dinner followed by dancing and champagne at Volcano House, and a satisfying breakfast on January 1. The package price of $2,999 for up to four guests includes round-trip ground transportation, one-night deluxe accommodations, and meals. A no-host bar is also available on New Year's Eve.