New Hawaiian Cultural Awareness Programs At The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa.
The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, is taking steps to provide guests with programs that will add to Hawaiian cultural awareness and education of the surrounding area, and Hawaii. The Story of Haleo, and a guided cultural tour are two of the new additions to the resort’s list of activities. General Manager of the Sheraton Keauhou, Steve Lindburg, said “Our number one goal was to offer an entertaining yet educational experience for our guests”. The Story of Haleo – the Voice of Life, celebrates the ahupua’a (land division) called Keauhou. This show is a journey through Hawaiian history and highlights the birth of Kauikeauoli (eventually Kamehameha III) at Keauhou bay, and other stories of the local area. Before the show guest will have the chance to meet, and speak with the performers so that they may gain a better understanding of the stories to be told before the show begins. The show includes education about Polynesian arts and crafts, such as coconut husking and lauhala weaving, and a mouth-watering Hawaiian style buffet.Adjacent to the resort is a cultural preserve area.The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa will now offer a complimentary guided tour of the area twice a week (self-guided tours are available at any time). Lisa Morrill, director of sales and marketing at the resort, expressed the resort’s sense of responsibility to acknowledge, preserve, and share the history of Keauhou. Aunty Lily Kong, a kupuna (elder) of Keauhou, has compiled significant information from cultural surveys that were conducted years ago as well as the knowledge and wisdom of the local people, information that will be included in the guided tour. These exciting new programs exemplify the cultural awareness of the resort, and will add significant cultural value to each guests stay. The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort will secure itself as a caring, culturally sensitive establishment in the eyes of tourists and locals alike, and paired with its upcoming 15 million dollar renovations it will be a preferred destination throughout the Hawaiian Islands.