Sustainable Ocean Practices Shared
in a "Maldives Cross-Exposure"
Who knew that when David Chai, Director of Natural Resources, restored the natural ponds here along the north Kona Coast his practices and methods would start a new generation of sustainable ocean practices. Since 1990, David Chai and his department of marine life and ocean ambassadors have developed and discovered natural processes to restore these ancient ponds that were once used to raise fish for the ali‘i. Today his department is comprised of marine life and ocean scholars who educate the community and visiting guests and maintain these culturally significant ecological sites. This summer Melissa Van Der Merwe of the Natural Resources team spent time at the Four Seasons Maldives to learn their local ocean practices and share the Hualālai Resort method of teaching marine biology concepts in a wide variety of activities that promote preservation of the planet. Visit our Natural Resources page to view these activities for visiting guests and the Hualālai residential community.
Roast & Roots
This July the Hualālai Grille culinary team participated in the first annual "Roast & Roots." This event was a collaborative project between the Hawai‘i Coffee Association, Kamehameha Schools and the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture. Set up as a culinary competition, the chefs from each restaurant and resort are paired with students from Hawai‘i Community College, Kealakehe, Konawaena and Waiakea High School. The objective of the pairings is to encourage learning between team members that was shared with the local audience. The local farms provided the protein and produce used in the all the dishes prepared. This provided more awareness to the local sustainable food movement on Hawai‘i Island and encouraged the community to "buy local."
After the judges tasted the entries the tables were open to the community. In the end, AJ Andres from Hawai‘i Community College, Chef James Ebreo and his culinary team from Hualālai Grille won the "People's Choice" award. Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa took the judges award. For our culinary team it was the "People's Choice" award that meant a lot to the team.
Recipe of the Month: Coffee Braised Short RibsView the Coffee Braised Short Ribs recipe here.
Hualālai iPhone App
Visiting the Hualālai Resort or Four Seasons Resort Hualālai this summer? Download our iPhone app to help make it easy for you to locate resort information and navigate around the resort with our GPS-enabled app. The app will help you locate the restaurants, pools, spa facilities and neighborhood locations if you are staying at a home or villa. The property is 865 acres and having a mobile app helps you find your destination quicker. A key component of the GPS functionality is a "Find Me" key that shows your locations, and using the "Directions" key will allow you to type in your desired destination and show you the quickest route to get there.
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Hualālai has been fortunate to have received a number of industry awards and accolades. We are proud of this recognition and strive to remain a top destination for world travelers. Take a look through our latest Awards, Press and news.
The World's Top 100 Resorts
Premier Resorts 2014-2015
World's Best Awards 2014: #1 in Hawai‘i, #22 in the World