Friday, May 9, 2014

FilCom selects award-winning Creations in Caterng as in-house catering provider

Creations in Catering announced a partnership with the Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center) to offer quality catering service and manage short-term rental arrangements at their community center in Waipahu.

Located at 94-428 Mokuola Street in Waipahu, the FilCom Center spreads over two acres in the former sugar mill town.  The three-story Center covers 50,000 square feet and is the largest Filipino Community Center outside of the Philippines.

The partnership with Creations in Catering ensures quality catering and special event handling for the Waipahu community and especially for the residents in West Oahu looking for a place to meet or celebrate special occasions.  As an award-winning and locally-owned company, the team easily anticipates the unique needs and tastes of the multi-cultural guests and feedback from the community is always outstanding. 

FilCom offers beautiful indoor and outdoor venues with a grand, old world charm and stunning Spanish-influenced architecture including:

·         A 6,000 square-foot Casamina-Flores Ballroom
·         Conference room for 12 people
·         Meeting rooms for up to 38 people
·         The Consuelo Courtyard, complete with a fountain and cafe seating
·         Ballroom accommodating 380 people for a sit-down dinner
·         Ample free parking

Creations in Catering coordinates all rental and catering arrangements for banquets, meetings and conference room reservations.  Individuals and small groups interested in taking a tour of the FilCom facilities or book a meeting or special event can call (808) 680-0451 where David Webb, Special Events Coordinator at Creations in Catering, has an office. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Luana Waikiki offers $99 kamaaina rate during April and May

A new addition to the Aqua ohana, Luana Waikiki is extending a $99/night rate to kamaaina looking to spend a few days in Waikiki.

Luana Waikiki is a contemporary boutique hotel overlooking Ft. DeRussy, at 2045 Kalakaua Avenue.  The AAA three-diamond property has 225 rooms with lanai and features a Hawaiian-style design and spacious accommodations. Hotel amenities include:

·         sundeck with swimming pool and barbecue area
·         large fitness center
·         Protea café
·         Ville de Coco spa and nail salon
·         complimentary coffee and tea service daily
·         complimentary yoga in the park on Wednesday and Sunday
·         complimentary folding bikes
·         WiFi Internet access throughout

Guest rooms have flat-screen televisions and safes for extra security. Many rooms also include kitchenettes (if you like to prepare snacks and small meals during your stay) and living areas.

For those that do want to take advantage of the special, please email your reservation request to Mark Turina (Guest Service Supervisor), or Sunny Chan (Guest Service Manager) @

For more information about the hotel, property, visit

Monday, March 17, 2014

Free Golf for guests of Hilo Naniloa Hotel

The Hilo Naniloa Hotel is offering a “Free Round of Golf” at the Naniloa Golf Course to guests when booking a stay at the hotel, now through December 14, 2014.

Naniloa Golf Course is a beautifully landscaped 9-hole facility overlooking Hilo Bay, designed by Alexander Kahapea and built in 1970.  It is open daily, offering golf instruction, putting green and driving range. 

“Free Round of Golf” at Naniloa Golf Course features:

  • 9 holes of golf per person, per stay, when booking a Bay View room category or higher
  • Set of golf clubs per person, based on availability
  • Additional 9 holes of golf available at $10 per person
  • Cart rental available at $10 for 9 holes and $15 for 18 holes, based on availability
  • Tee times booked at check-in and subject to availability

The par 35 Naniloa Golf Course is a great amenity conveniently located across the street from the Hilo Naniloa Hotel. 

Hilo Naniloa Hotel amenities include:

  • Comfortable and affordable accommodations featuring views of Hilo Bay, Hilo Harbor and Mauna Kea
  • Daily complimentary continental breakfast
  • Free self parking
  • Bayside swimming pool and sun deck
  • Meeting and banquet facilities
  • Business center
  • 72 landscaped acres

Hilo Naniloa Hotel’s location near historic downtown Hilo with its interesting museums, galleries, restaurants, unique shops; nearby waterfalls; scenic attractions and Hilo International Airport makes it a perfect for a quick getaway.  Extended stays are best when including a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located 30 miles southwest on Highway 11.

To book the “Free Golf ” special, call toll free: 855.309.5483 or visit  Schedule your tee time and club rental at check-in.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Kit n Kitchen --- 'new' neighborhood restaurant

Tried a new neighborhood restaurant recently called Kit n Kitchen, Euro-Asian Cuisine in Pearl City and it’s their second location on Oahu.   

I had read about it somewhere so when we happened to be at the complex where it was located, we checked out the menu taped on the glass and peeked in.  It looked fine but, not wanting to take the chance on a new place for dinner, we returned the next day for lunch.  Inside was much nicer than it looked peeking in and we were pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the food was for the reasonable price. 

There wasn’t any background information on their website so had to dig and … according to a food review that was in the local newspaper on February 2012:

”It's headed by a chef, Kit Yiu, from Hong Kong, trained in Japan in Italian-style cooking (for the Angelo Pietro chain), who spent part of his early career in Hawaii’s multicultural atmosphere. All this shows. The menu is quirky at first glance, but easily figured out: It's composed of a small assortment of spaghetti plates and a lot of baked dishes (seafood, prawns, fish, chicken, pork chops and short ribs), any of which is served over your choice of rice or spaghetti. An odd configuration, but at least it's different.”

Here's a few photos taken at lunch: 

Inside was clean and very nice

 Chicken Panini --- came with soup and a little bit of salad with house-made ginger dressing

 The starter green salad which came with my lunch 'set' was very nice with a great Sesame Miso Dressing

Part 2 of the set was the Farmhouse Pizza with the 9" hand-rolled thin and crispy crust (minus a bite I took before taking this pix) was excellent

A nice idea --- a 99 cents menu encourages people to 
try a few items

The food critic visited the Honolulu location and said, “After a pair of visits during which we tried quite a number of dishes, I have concluded that Yiu and I have very different palates.” 

I’m not a paid food critic and found the dishes I tried to be very good and plan a return visit soon for dinner.  Apparently, I must have the same palate preferences as Yiu

Kit n Kitchen 1029 Makolu Street, Pearl City (across from Walmart and Wendy’s)
Open daily 11 am – 10 pm

There is also a location at 1010 University Avenue.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Volcano House reopening in March and offeriing special introductory rates

courtesy of NPS

archive photo of the 'old' restaurant
Over three years have passed since this world-famous hotel closed so the new operator (Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC; an affiliate of Aqua Hospitality), is pleased to report that the first of the newly renovated rooms are opening later this month.  Special soft opening rates are available for a limited time while final renovations continue in the public spaces, scheduled to open in early June.

Early bird rates are effective March 22 – May 31 for:  Crater View Rooms at $200 per night and Nāmakanipaio Cabins at $55 per night.

As announced earlier, Volcano House remains partially open during the renovation process.  The National Park Service recently spent $4M in retrofitting and safety upgrades and an additional $2.5M – $3M are being invested by owners, Ortega Family Enterprises, to renovate and refurbish this unique hotel located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Guest rooms feature upgraded furnishings and amenities.  Retail space is already open with gifts and snack items available for sale, while other public spaces and outlets, including the restaurant with spectacular panoramic views of steaming Halema‘uma‘u Crater, will open in early June.

The early bird rates present an opportunity to be one of the first to experience the new Volcano House and the unique environment of Volcanoes National Park.

For reservations, see your preferred travel agent or call 808-441-7750 or 1-866-536-7972.

Some background on the Volcano House:

Historic Volcano House is a hotel that enjoys a unique location on the edge of Halema‘uma‘u Crater within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – designated an International Biosphere Reserve (1980) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (1987).

Debuting in 2013 with a grand reopening, the restored Volcano House will offer 33 historic guest rooms, dining room, snack bar, lounge and gift shop, along with cultural events and demonstrations. Ten newly refurbished camper cabins in the nearby Namakanipaio Campground are also part of the property.

For more information about Volcano House visit or call