Big Island Hawaii

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort's head gardener, who talks about the many environmental and economic benefits of using native Hawaiian plant species.

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Casey Anderson, senior marketing manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village on the island of Hawaii, shares insights about the fast-changing landscape of social media marketing platforms with correspondent Tom Wilmer. 

Thomas Wilmer

The Big Island of Hawaii’s 49th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival—with more than 40 individual events—is scheduled for the first ten days in November. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for an in-depth conversation with festival president Valerie Corcoran as she shares insights about Kona coffee’s history on the Big Island and highlights of the 2019 festival.


Lim Family Luau at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel pays homage to old Hawaii
Thomas Wilmer

The Lim family Luau has been performing at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel since Laurance Rockefeller opened the resort back in the mid-1960s. Today the luau is the oldest, continuously operating show on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lorna Lim talks story about her family’s passion for performing authentic song, hula dance, and tales of old Hawaii. 

Rolinda Bean teacher of Hawaiian history and culture
Thomas Wilmer

Hawaiian culture and history teacher Rolinda Bean talks story about her personal journey of teaching Hawaiian history and cultural mores that have been passed along generation after generation through genetic imprinting and story. Ms. Bean teaches Hawaiian culture and history on the Big Island of Hawaii and works at the Sheraton Kona Resort.

Executive Chef George Gomes at the Sheraton Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii
Sheraton Kona

George Gomes, the Executive Chef at the  Sheraton Kona Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii has been a passionate chef since he was a teenager. His first big break was a stint as a chef at the legendary Mauna Kea Resort on the Kona Coast. Gomes shares his culinary passions and lessons learned from stints around the world and close to home.