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Hawaiian Culture

Are you ready for a deep dive into the culture of Hawaii? String a lei, play the ukulele and weave hala (pandanus)! If you’re the adventurous type, we’ll take you on an archeological hike to the nearby petroglyph fields, the largest in the Hawaiian islands. We’ll guide you through ancient lava shelter caves and man-made fishponds stocked with seafood once restricted only to the ali’i (Hawaiian royalty) of old.

HUI HOLOKAI ADVENTURES


Hui Holokai, our Fairmont Orchid Beach Club Ambassadors, look forward to sharing their cultural knowledge, ocean skills, storytelling talents and aloha with you. There’s just as much to do in the water as on the water and along the shore. Pair island whale watching with a sunrise canoe adventure. Picnic on the beach and look out for spouting humpbacks. Reel in the big one and how to snorkel with the masters.

KALĀHIKI CANOE EXPERIENCE (1 hr.)
The arrival of the sun
$79 per person | 6:20 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
A truly unique way to begin your day. Join our Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors and witness the arrival of the sun over the majestic Maunakea. The blowing of the conch to welcome the sun, along with an ancient Hawaiian ‘Oli (chant) will surely give you what we call “chicken skin.” This is the only way to start your day!

OUTRIGGER CANOE TOUR (1 hr.)
$79 per person
Embark on a journey with our Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors by paddling a traditional Hawaiian canoe and learning the history of the Hawaiian method of transportation within the islands.

CANOE SNORKELING ADVENTURE (1 hr.)
$135 per person/hour
Discover the captivating Kohala coastline while paddling with our Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors. Spot sea caves, underwater arches and stunning coral formations where the abundance of different reef fish are thriving!

SNORKEL AT MAKAIWA BAY (2 hrs.)
$150 per person
Guided tour via shuttle and short walk to Makaiwa Bay, which is teeming of vibrant marine life and lively coral!

CANOE FISHING ADVENTURE (1 hr.)
$135 per person

Hawaiians never say they are ‘going fishing’—it is said that the fish hear this and hide in caves or rocks, so you will not catch anything to feed your family! Therefore, in true Hawaiian custom, we use the term holoholo for this adventure instead.

EXPLORE PAUOA BAY SNORKEL (1 hr.)
$79 per person

Let our Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors guide you through an underwater tour of our very own Pauoa Bay. See our resident honu (Hawaiian sea turtles) and learn about sea urchins and the important role they play in the reef ecosystem. You’ll have a chance to spot an octopus, various reef fish and even an eagle ray! We will supply the gear—just bring your swimsuit and adventurous spirit!

STAND UP PADDLE ADVENTURE (1 hr.)
$99 per person

Paddle boarding originated in Hawai‘i and is now considered the fastest growing water sport on the planet. Learn from our Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors and explore stand up paddle boarding beyond the lagoon and into the deep blue!

PUAKO PETROGLYPH HIKE (1 .5 hrs.)
$69 per person

Enjoy a leisurely hike along the Kohala Coast. The 223-acre Puako Petroglyph Archeological Preserve boasts more than 3,000 ancient petroglyphs (ki‘i pohaku—lava rock carvings etched into stone) dating back to 1200 AD. Although the true meanings of the petro-glyphs are unknown, it is generally thought that these carvings are records of births and other significant events in the lives of the people who lived on the island of Hawai‘i long ago.

HISTORICAL KALAHUIPUA‘A & FISH POND HIKE (1.5 hrs.)
$69 per person

Embark an experience that will take you back in time. Learn about ancient Hawaiian shelter caves, fish ponds, and tour the grounds of Kalahuipua‘a, known as a gathering place for ali‘i (royalty) and special visitors.

ADVANCED COCONUT FROND WEAVING (1 hr.)
$69 per person

Learn how to weave a bowl, platter, or purse with guidance from our Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors. These are great keepsakes to take home and commemorate your trip to Hawai‘i Island.

SHORELINE FISHING (1 hr.)
$75 per person

Let our Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors take you to their favorite fishing spot along the shoreline and see what will bite! This is a catch and release program.

PRIVATE MILOKUKAHI TREASURES HIKE (1.5 hrs.)
$69 per person

Learn about the unique landmarks that are within this 32 acre oceanfront property. From the beautiful Pauoa Bay to the ancient petroglyphs, there are many treasures to see along the way.

Prices shown are per person, all equipment provided by guide. Age requirements: Canoe activities are for children 10 years and older. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18 and older. One family per activity. All activities are confirmed based on availabil-ity of staff and ocean conditions. Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance. All activities can be confirmed with a minimum of 2 persons and maximum of 6 persons.

For more information or reservations please visit the beach shack or call +1 808 887 7524.

Garden at Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Ulu Pono Garden Experience

An immersive experience in the property’s Chef’s Garden awaits. Join Fairmont Orchid’s Director of Hawaiian Culture, Ka’iulani Blankenfeld, on a special tour of the garden, and hear the stories of the plants and people that make Hawaii Island so special. Learn about a variety of native plants and trees while harvesting fruits, vegetables and herbs. Taste select items & understand the importance of Hawaiian plants to our culture and culinary landscape.

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HAWAIILOA LUAU

An evening at the Hawaiiloa Luau is full of Hawaiian tradition and hospitality. A hosted bar and a spectacular dinner offer the freshest and finest ingredients found in the islands.

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TRADITIONS

TORCH LIGHTING | Held prior to sunset beginning at the Luana Lounge Terrace, this time-honored tradition, the blowing of the conch shell or “pū” by our Hui Holokai Ambassadors signifies the ending of another beautiful day in paradise. A must see for keiki (children) and adults alike!

ALOHA FRIDAY AT AHUAKŪPUNA (ALTER) | Join us to honor our kūpuna (ancestors) past and present in a moving ceremony.

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