Summer is here and LUVA Vacation Rentals has some great new ideas for your vacation in West Hawaii. New activities are available to entice the whole family to play in the ocean, on a golf course, on the road or in a bar!

Monthly Wine Tasting at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar

Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is now hosting monthly wine tasting events from 5:30-7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. The tasting event includes a rotating schedule of regional wines from California’s Napa Valley, Sonoma/Russian River and Central Coast region to Oregon and Washington varietals. Each tasting includes five wines to include reds, whites and a sparkling wine along with plated appetizers to pair with the wine for only $20. Seating is limited to 30. Each guest is given five coupons to create their own tasting “schedule” so red wine lovers can sip and sample nothing but Cabernet and Pinot Noir or white wine lovers can double up on Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with a sparkling wine capper at the end.  The tastings are a fun way to meet new people and go ahead and stay for free live music.  www.GertrudesJazzBar.com

Stargaze, Play Glow Golf and Lounge in a StarDome 

Makani Golf Club just launched the first-of-its-kind stargazing activity in Hawaii. The golf club, located on the upper highway between Waimea and Kailua-Kona , offers the perfect elevation and remoteness to allow for epic stargazing,. While waiting for full dark and the cosmos to fully appear, Makani offers glow golf, where players put, chip and hit LED golf balls towards LED hole markers creating a surreal lighted experience. Step inside a StarDome with a beverage and lounge in an environmentally controlled space where you can view the stars. Firepits add to the ambiance as families and groups can have fun together and then learn about the constellations as the stars appear and a tour guide discusses the night sky. 

Learn more, see photos and video at https://www.makanigolfclub.com/stargazing. Contact Taikobo Tours to book a starry, starry night at Hawaii@Taikobo.com 

Be A Speed Demon for the Day 

New to the Big Island, are the Polaris SlingShots, which are available at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort. Experience 360-degree views of the island from an open-air roadster. There’s nothing quite like a three-wheeled scenic drive as you zip around the resort areas or take it out for a joy ride on the highway to all points on the Big Island.  We picked it up and drove up to the Mauna Lani Resort area and zipped around to HoloHolo Beach Park and the Puako petroglyphs. Since it IS open air, going to places such as Hilo, where rain may play a part of your day, may not be the best destination, but anywhere in West Hawaii will be a chance to yell, “Zoom Zoom.”   https://adventures.polaris.com/adventure/waikoloa-village-slingshot-rentals/ 

Snorkel In A Marine Sanctuary and Zip Across the Ocean 

If you enjoy speed, learning about the marine environment and the history of a variety of historic sites, and seeing pods of dolphins and snorkeling in pristine bays, then jump on hard-bottomed inflatable boat with Kona Snorkel Trips. The boat holds 16, so you can bring your family and friends on board the Orca, The staff is very knowledgeable and will tell you the stories of Captain Cook and his demise at Kealakekeua Bay and showyou hidden caves and coves along the coast. This charter does not swim with the dolphins, but the playful cetaceans do enjoy running the bow of the boat. All snorkel equipment is provided with option of pool noodles and swim vests.  Flying along the ocean with the beauty of the island on the right and the blue open ocean on the left is a thrill.  Kona Snorkel Trips also offers manta dives in front of the Kona Sheraton and their sister company, Honu Divers, offers diving along the coast of West Hawaii.  www.KonaSnorkelTrips.com

Are you planning your next vacation to the Big Island? LUVA Vacation Rentals has beautiful vacation rentals in Hawaii for you to consider. We offer top-notch service for all of our properties and can provide more ideas for your time visiting our beautiful island.