January 2018

Club Traveler

Get a Taste for Hawaii Island

Does your palate crave paradise? Journey to Hawaii and say aloha to an island of flavors.

Coffee

Though Kona is the region most known for its coffee on Hawaii Island, caffeine addicts can sip on beans grown just above (or inside) lava in Puna. The spectrum of Puna coffee flavors can vary, but these beans tend to be aromatic and have a high acidity. Tour Big Island Coffee Roasters and try its take on this unique blend, Kazumura, named after the Kazumura lava tube.

Macadamia Nuts and Chocolate

Get a taste of two more staples of the region at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation. Here you can see where the plantation processes its nuts and chocolate, attend chocolate demonstrations and, of course, satisfy your sweet tooth with samples.

Poke (po-kay)

A Hawaiian word meaning “cut” or “cubed,” poke (above) is also a must-eat for seafood fans visiting Hawaii Island. Though preparations of this dish vary, traditionally poke is seasoned with Hawaiian salt, seaweed and roasted nuts, among other ingredients. Contemporary takes on the dish marinate with a variety of ingredients — from onions and soy sauce to avocado aioli, peppers, seeds and other seasonings. Stop by the casual, superdelicious Da Poke Shack. Grab it to go, and enjoy this uber-fresh fish at a beachside picnic table.

Beer

End a day spent on the beach with a Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Company, just one of several craft breweries found on the island. Pick up a six-pack for your room from many local grocery stores, or visit the brewmasters themselves on a tour of Kona Brewing Company in Kona, The Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea or the Mehana Brewing Company in Hilo. If you visit Kona Brewing Company, pair your beer with a slice of Hawaiian-style pie, which Club Member Lenna S. raved was “the best pizza I’ve ever eaten.”

Where to Stay?

Club Members can start planning and book up to nine months in advance to stay at Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations Club or The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

*Photo by Proformabooks, Getty Images.