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VOLCANO HOUSE ON HAWAII ISLAND PREPARES FOR JUNE COMPLETION WITH PRE-LAUNCH RATES

Cultural Events and Activities Make June and July Prime Travel Months

Honolulu, Hawaii – May 10, 2013 – As the renovation of historic Volcano House on Hawaii Island nears its June completion, the property has announced special pre-launch rates. Inviting guests to book now and save during the busiest travel months to Hawaii, the pre-launch rates are available for booking May 15-31 for travel to the property May 15-July 31. The special rates start from $255 per night (Rainforest View). For reservations, call 808-441-7750 or 1-866-536-7972.

“Anticipation for this property is amazing,” said Elizabeth Churchill, senior vice president sales and marketing, Aqua Hospitality. “We’re thrilled by the pent up demand and want to thank those guests who have waited to book the property and let them know we value their loyalty.”

The National Park Service recently spent $4 million in retrofitting and safety upgrades and an additional $2.5 – $3 million are being invested by Ortega Family Enterprises to renovate and refurbish this unique hotel located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 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 erupting Halemaumau Crater, will open in early June. As previously announced, Volcano House remains partially open during the renovation process.

People love to come to the Hawaiian Islands for its climate and culture. Summer time highs average 85 degrees, the longest days are 13.5 hours long and the water temperature is about 81. Add to that the vast cultural events and activities on Hawaii Island in June and July, and it makes Volcano House the ideal place to be. Events include:

King Kamehameha Day in Hilo
Celebrate King Kamehameha Day in Hilo on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, with an all-day festival at Mokuola, Coconut Island. Starts at 9 a.m., closing ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m. with hula, music, food, and crafts.

Parker Ranch 4th of July Races and Rodeo
Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea comes alive with horse races and a rodeo, a Fabulous Fourth. See all the traditional and Hawaii-only rodeo events for adults and keiki (kids). A terrific spectator event held at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Grounds in Waimea. Thursday, July 4, 9 am until noon.

33rd Annual Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival
The popular cultural festival returns to the summit of Kilauea on Saturday, July 13, at the Kahua Hula overlooking Halemaumau Crater, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring cultural demonstrations, ono food, Hawaiian music, hula, and more. Park entrance is free all day.

Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival
Enjoy authentic Hawaiian music – including ukulele, slack key and steel guitar – and falsetto singing at this always popular two-day event featuring artists from around Hawaii. Two days, Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14 at the Hilo Civic Auditorium from noon – 6 p.m. each day.

About Volcano House
Historic Volcano House is a hotel that enjoys a unique location on the edge of Halemaumau Crater within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – designated an International Biosphere Reserve (1980) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (1987). Debuting in summer 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. Volcano House is managed by Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC; an affiliate of Aqua Hospitality. For more information about Volcano House visit www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com or call
1-866-536-7972.

MONOGRAM HOTEL COLLECTION represents an elite group of stand-alone and independent hotels and resorts providing a highly personalized experience. Each hotel has a distinct identity and is unique in personality, environment and design. All properties offer a boutique experience and promise to be the highlight of any getaway.

About Aqua Hospitality®
Aqua Hospitality is a Hawaii-based management company founded in 2001. The company provides full-service management including sales, marketing, Internet distribution, individualized branding, reservations, as well as revenue management to maximize profitability. Currently representing 23 contemporary properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island, Aqua offers lifestyle full-service resorts, stylish boutique hotels, comfortable budget properties and a historic hotel within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information on the company, individual hotels, and its three divisions of hotels – Monogram Hotel Collection, Aqua Hotels and Resorts and Lite Hotels – visit www.aquahospitality.com or call 1-808-943-9291.