Wayfarer TV exclusive: exploring the spectacular Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa in Hawaii

by James Wilkinson

The Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa is one of the Hawaiian-based hotel chain’s newest additions and one of its most spectacular.

Perched above the lava-rock cliffs of Keauhou Bay on the lush southern end of the Kona coast of Hawai’i Island, the 22-acre Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, where graceful manta rays swim right up to the shoreline and whales breach in the distance.

Each of the rooms at the property offer a private, spacious lanai (balcony) overlooking either the Keauhou Bay cliffs and ocean, or the hotel grounds.

Wayfarer recommends upgrading to a Club Room, where you’ll have access to the Voyager 47 Club Lounge that overlooks the cliffs of Keauhou and offers a continental breakfast and evening pupus (small plates) served with wine and beer.

The property also features a large, lagoon-style pool complete with a water slide, several restaurants and bars, a day spa, cultural tours and the Feast and Fire Luau, which is one of the most spectacular evening events in all of Hawaii.

To find out more about the property, Wayfarer Host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, spoke exclusively on camera to Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa General Manager, Steve Solberg, in Hawaii recently (click on the YouTube video above).


The best way of getting to Kona in comfort and style.

Book a seat in Hawaiian’s brilliant Business Class cabin


Hawaiian Airlines flies to Honolulu and onto Kona from Sydney, Auckland and across the mainland United States. Hawaiian’s brilliant onboard experience includes a stylish Business Class cabin and more Extra Comfort seats on the widebody Airbus A330 aircraft.

In Business Class, you’ find flatbed seats, in a 2-2-2 configuration, that fold down into 180-degree beds that are 20.5 inches wide by 76 inches long.

Also expect a Mai Tai on arrival (and during the flight), a Hawaiian-styled meal service and after dinner, a sleeper service on the overnight flight to Honolulu that features pink duvets and pillows, and new amenity kits. Entertainment comes in the form of large-format iPad tablets that sit on a telescoping arm – something also ideal if you want to watch content on your own device.

It’s also an exciting time for Hawaiian Airlines as the United States carrier re-boots its global network, prepares for the delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and focuses its efforts on being more sustainable than ever before.

Hawaiian has also upgraded its Hawaiian Miles program, taken delivery of Airbus A321s and launched free inflight WiFi and to find out the latest, Wayfarer host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, spoke exclusively on camera in Honolulu recently with the airline’s Senior Vice President, Avi Mannis.

To find out what’s hot and new at Hawaiian, click on the YouTube video above.