Big Island

Thomas Wilmer

The Big Island's Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, an iconic destination on the Kohala Coast since 1994, is presently completing a $50 million dollar renovation. The resort's public relations director, Vicky Kometani, talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about the resort and its historic connection with developer and environmentalist Laurence Rockefeller. 

Courtesy of Jackie Milligan

Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast serves as a memorable educational experience for resort guests. But Dolphin Quest’s unsung program is educational field trips for Hawaii’s school children. 

Thomas Wilmer

The reason the 4,000-square-mile island of Hawaii is fondly dubbed the 'Big Island' is because it’s the size of Connecticut—it’s so big, all of the other Hawaiian Islands would fit within the boundary of the island. 

Simon Amos Hotel Manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii visits with correspondent Tom Wilmer
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Join Simon Amos as he shares tales of his early career path in London and Paris, and international career with Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Equally fascinating is his mission to source fresh, local culinary offerings on the Big Island of Hawaii and his ongoing quest for environmental solutions and initiatives at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Manta Restaurant Executive Sous Chef Rio Miceli (Left) and Wendle Lesher (Center) Director of Food and Beverage at Mauna Kea Resort talk with correspondent Tom Wilmer
Mauna Kea Resort

Executive Sous Chef Rio Miceli and Wendle Lesher Director of Food & Beverage at the Mauna Kea Resort’s Manta Restaurant talk story about honoring and showcasing Hawaii’s multi-ethnic cuisine. 

Hawaiian Ho’okipa Ambassador of Culture and Activities, Nani Kupihe
Thomas Wilmer

A visit with Sheraton Kona’s Hawaiian Ho’okipa Ambassador of Culture and Activities, Nani Kupihe on the Big Island of Hawaii. I will forever remember Nani and her sweet lyrical-way of teaching Hawaiian culture, and her most touchingly infectious Aloha Spirit. 

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Ryan Nakata drying Kona coffee beans at the Kona Historical Society's Uchida Coffee Farm
Thomas Wilmer

Just a short hop down the road from the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa is Kona Historical Society’s, Kona Coffee Living History farm, the onetime home of the Uchida Coffee farm founded in 1913.While staying at the Sheraton Kona, one of the most memorable nearby explorations was discovering how Kona coffee was grown and harvested by the pioneering Japanese farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii.