As 2023 comes to an end, the island of Hawai‘i is preparing for exciting events, activities and happenings in the new year filled with fresh beginnings and breathtaking adventures.

New and exciting offerings travelers can look forward to in 2024 include immersive tasting tours, café openings, tennis matches, lū‘au and more. Read on to learn more about what travelers can add to their island of Hawai‘i itinerary in the coming year. 

The State of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with the dedicated support of Friends of the Panaʻewa Zoo, has unveiled the newly renovated pueo (Hawaiian short-eared owl) exhibit at the Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens. Extensive renovations required for the new exhibit involved replacing aging wood components, installing new aviary mesh material, applying fresh coats of paint, and introducing native plants to enhance the pueo habitat both within and surrounding the enclosure.

Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, recently reintroduced its Kona Village Lūʻau, where guests can experience Hawaiian culture through traditional food, live music, song and dance. Located next to the property’s lagoon and gardens, the lūʻau offers guests a family-style feast featuring an array of dishes showcasing local and seasonal ingredients alongside a selection of wine and cocktails. A lūʻau highlight is a demonstration of the resort’s imu, an underground oven pit that early Hawaiians utilized for some of their cooking. The result for lūʻau guests? A 10-hour, imu-cooked bounty of kālua pork.

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