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Island Hopping

For Sunday, March 25, 2012

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services


Spear throwing lets guests go native

The Polynesian Cultural Center is inviting guests to try their hand at spear throwing, a new activity featured in the center's "Go Native!" program.

"Guests learn how to throw a traditional wooden spear using an underhand technique. The objective of the game is to hit a coconut set atop a tall pole placed 20 feet away. Competitors throw their spears simultaneously and the winner is determined by who hits the coconut," according to a release.

Spear throwing sessions are scheduled daily from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other "Go Native!" activities include cooking demonstrations, umu making, coconut tree climbing and outrigger canoe paddling.

For more information, call the center's ticket office at 800-367-7060 or visit On Oahu call 293-3333.

Golf package offers 3-course vacation

Golfers can play three of Hawaii island's courses in three days in a golf package offered by the Sheraton Keau­hou Bay Resort & Spa.

The courses include the Kona Country Club, Maka­lei Golf Club and Big Island Country Club. The Kona Golf Trail Package begins at $259 per night for two golfers in a partial ocean-view room. The package requires a minimum three-night stay.

For more information, visit www.shera­ton­keau­ and www.kona­golf­, or call 866-716-8140 and request the rate plan KNAGLF.

Kilauea's behavior will be focus of talk

Geologist Don Swanson will explain Kilauea's eruptive cycles, what they mean and the hazards they present during a free talk in April.

The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 10 at the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. It is part of the park's ongoing After Dark in the Park series.

Swanson is a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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