Festival Site Updates
May 2, 2019
Congratulations on being accepted to the COGWA Feast site on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii!
So far, we have nearly 400 who have registered for the Feast in Hawaii. Plans are underway for inspiring messages each day of the Feast, and a number of activities, including a welcome reception on the beach with a sunset buffet dinner, catered Holy Day luncheon buffets, teen/young adult/senior hospitality receptions, a family chartered sailing/snorkeling cruise, a teen beach party, a young adults flume trip and dinner, a family beach fun day and a golf tournament. We will send you more information (and how to sign up) for these activities later.
A number of you will be making travel plans soon, and for those of you who may want to come a little early, I wanted to let you know that we are going to have Sabbath services in the morning of Oct. 12 at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. Also scheduled on that Saturday is the International Iron Man World Championships. I assume none of you will be participating in those events, but Highway 19 (from Kona to north of the Fairmont Orchid Hotel) will be closed that Saturday for the bike race portion of the competition. If you are staying on property at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel that should not present a problem.
The first Feast service will be on Monday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. We will also have a buffet luncheon that day and an afternoon service at 2 p.m.
As you noticed in the online housing and the Hawaii site description, we are encouraging attendees to make reservations and stay at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel for the Feast. We have booked a large block of rooms at the hotel at drastically reduced rates. If we fill our room block at the hotel, the hotel will give us the entire meeting and break-out space we need for our services and activities during the Feast. It will save the church over $20,000 in meeting space rental. That is a great savings to the Church budget! Thank you for staying at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel!
As a reminder, you may begin making housing reservations on Monday, May 13. To book online, visit book.passkey.com/go/FeastofTabernacles2019. The reservations toll-free number is 1-800-257-7544. (To get the negotiated room rate, please remember to mention you are reserving your room in the COGWA room block.) The reduced rates are also good for three days before/after the Feast. You may check the amenities and restaurants available at the hotel on their website: fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii.
We recognize that some larger families and other attendees with special needs (like dietary restrictions) may need a larger house/condo with a kitchen. The Church has not arranged or negotiated for any housing other than the Fairmont Orchid Hotel because most homes and condos are privately owned and their condition, quality and financial arrangements vary widely, even in the same complex or community. Those arrangements would need to be made on your own and at your own risk.
Since all of you will be looking into airfares, you may have noticed that Southwest Airlines has now opened routes to Hawaii. That additional competition appears to be bringing airfares down a bit. In considering which airline is best for your travel plans, please remember that most airlines charge extra for checked bags. Southwest lets you check up to two bags per person for free.
Regular updates, announcements, discount coupons, attendee comments and photos may be viewed on the Facebook Group: facebook.com/cogwafotkohalacoast.
If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.
We look forward to seeing all of you in Hawaii for the Feast!
David and Linda Register
COGWA Hawaii Festival Coordinator
April 25, 2019
Aloha Feastgoers! Here is some more detailed information about housing at the Fairmont Orchid (all of the following rates do not include tax):
$205 per night – Garden view
$235 per night – Partial ocean view
$265 per night – Ocean view
$535 per night – Garden view suite
$635 per night – Ocean view suite
$1,065 per night – Ocean front suite
$365 per night – *Gold garden view
$465 per night – *Gold ocean view
$515 per night – *Gold premium ocean view
*Gold level provides access to the concierge lounge with complimentary beverages, breakfast, afternoon appetizers and honor bar.
As a reminder, early housing reservations begin Monday, May 6, and regular housing reservations begin Monday, May 13.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
We will be returning to the Big Island of Hawaii this year for the Feast, meeting at the Fairmont Orchid, a hotel and resort about a half hour north of the city of Kona. This is a very popular resort area on the “dry side” of the Big Island.
This area north of Kona, on the west side of the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, is the world-famous Kohala Coast. We will be returning to the four-star Fairmont Orchid, which hosted us in 2017.
The Fairmont Orchid is located on over 33 acres of lush, tropical oceanfront grounds that include not only the resort with its seven restaurants, but also a private bay with a children’s beach, two championship golf courses, a fitness center, spa, 10 tennis courts, pools, gardens and coastal hiking trails through a historical park.
We are expecting between 300 and 400 to attend the Feast on the Big Island this year. All of our services and meetings will be held in the ballroom at the resort, where we have reserved a large block of rooms at deeply discounted rates.
The hotel is offering us complimentary meeting space for our services and activities if most attendees stay at the hotel. Those staying at the hotel will help save the Church thousands of dollars in rental fees, and we appreciate your support in reserving rooms and staying at the hotel during the Feast.
There is plenty to do and see on the Big Island—sightseeing, shopping, fine dining, ocean water sports and beaches abound. Organized Feast activities will include Family Day on the beach, a teen beach party, a young adult kayaking and snorkeling excursion, a family sailing and snorkeling adventure, and a traditional Hawaiian luau.
You will find plenty of helpful information and pictures on our Facebook page—COGWA FOT – Kohala Coast, HI. We look forward to seeing you on the Big Island! Aloha!
Fragrance-controlled room available: No.
Tax rate for accommodations: 14.416 percent.
Closest airport: Kona (KOA), 23 miles.