Three New Trams Take To The Rails At Hilton Waikoloa Village

A Hawaiian blessing introduced Kaiona, Hōpoe and Pāoa in early April

This information originated in American English.

April 27, 2009

BIG ISLAND, Hawaii -  Hilton Waikoloa Village introduced three new trams, Kaiona, Hōpoe and Pāoa, to its ohana during a Hawaiian blessing in early April at the resort.

During the celebration, each tram was initiated with a traditional Hawaiian oli (chant) and hula as appropriate with the given Hawaiian name of the tram. Following is an explanation of the legend behind each tram name:

"Kaiona" is "Goddess of the Guiding Birds" in Hawaiian. According to Hawaiian legend, although the Goddess Kaiona was blind, she could see through her kind birds... birds she would also send out to seek those who were lost to help them find their way.

"Hōpoe" translates to "Dancing Stone" in Hawaiian. Hawaiian legend tells us that Hōpoe befriended Hi'iaka, the favorite sister of Pele... the volcano goddess. Hōpoe taught Hi'iaka how to dance the hula, weave beautiful leis and dive for fish.

"Pāoa," means "the Magic Fire Stick" in Hawaiian. Legend tells us that Pele, the volcano goddess, received a magic fire stick from her uncle Lonomakua. She carried the fire stick across all eight Hawaiian islands searching for a place to live. Pele settled here on the Big Island, living first at the Halema'uma'u Crater, and today residing and displaying her power of fire in the active Kīlauea Volcano.

Hawaiian names have been given to the trams as part of the resort's initiative to share Hawaiian traditions with guests and visitors through story telling and cultural events on property.

An advanced tram audio system also provides a tool to share cultural stories with the guests as they journey through the resort. More than a dozen different cultural vignettes educate guests about the legends of Waikoloa and the resort.

The new trams are an important component of Hilton Waikoloa Village's three year $100 million enhancement project. From design through engineering and manufacturing, the trams were delivered to the resort within 18 months. The high-tech trams replaced the original trams that were a part of the resort since it first opened in 1988.

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Waikoloa Beach Resort -- a 1,350-acre Resort located under the sunny skies of the Kohala Coast on Hawaii's Big Island -- offers a wide array of accommodations, including Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hilton Grand Vacations Club and a variety of condominiums and vacation homes. Waikoloa Beach Resort is a gateway to cultural immersion, engaging travelers in the area's rich history through interactive cultural entertainment and luaus, historic Petroglyph tours, authentic local treatments at the Kohala Spa, Dolphin Quest educational center, dining outlets with Island-oriented meals inspired by local ingredients, a Museum Walkway with 1,800 pieces of art and children's programs at Camp Menehune. Waikoloa guests enjoy incredible weather year-round, with outdoor adventures ranging from championship golf at the Beach Course and Kings' Course and shopping at Queen's Marketplace and Kings' Shops to casual family fun at the private ocean-fed snorkeling Lagoon, seaside putting course and expansive tennis complex.

Leanne Pletcher, Hilton Waikoloa Village

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