What's On in Hawaii

Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Heading to Hawaii? We've rounded up some of our favorite places to stay, eat, and relax during your island getaway.

If you're a foodie, Hawaii Island's Kailua Village Business Improvement District (KVBID) is working with Kona eateries to promote the Third Annual Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week from September 16 through 23. Participating restaurants will offer special dinner menus throughout the week.

The event officially begins Sunday, September 16 in conjunction with Kokua Kailua, when Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace.

Paris will be meeting Hawaii at The Kahala Wine & Food Festival: A Celebration of France. This is part of Bon Appétit! A Tribute to Julia Child—a month-long series of culinary events in honor of the 100th birthday anniversary of American chef Julia Child starting August 18. Guests will can sample a variety of French wines from several vintners paired with The Kahala's tribute to Julia Child's French fare.

Music junkies ought to visit the Four Seasons Resort Maui, which will present an evening with the virtuoso violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performing on the Red Violin. Pitcairn will perform at the resort on December 7 as part of the first annual Wailea Wine & Food Festival, which will run from December 6 to 9. Her instrument of choice is the famous 1720 "Red Mendelssohn" Stradivarius, which was purchased by her grandfather at auction in 1990 for well over $1 million. (The purchase reportedly inspired the 1999 Academy Award-winning film The Red Violin.)

Tying the knot on the islands? Visitors looking for exclusive spots in Hawaii for social functions (think wedding receptions or small business meetings for p to 30 guests) will want to check out the newly renovated Cliff House at The Kapalua Villas Maui

The Cliff House’s 500-square-foot top floor can accommodate up to 20 people for seated events; or 30 people for a cocktail-style reception. If guests want to prepare their own meals, the facility’s kitchen includes a convection oven, barbecue grill, refrigerator, ice machine and microwave. The lower level of the Cliff House has hot showers for additional convenience for guests returning from a day at the beach. Use of the Cliff House is available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Luxury travel advisors should take note of Questex Travel Group's Hawaii Travel Exchange, which will return for a third year from October 21 to 24, 2012 at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island. Presented by Luxury Travel Advisor  and Travel Agent magazines in partnership with the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, the event is now accepting travel advisor applications and supplier positions at TheHawaiiTravelExchange.com.

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