Hawaiicon 2018 Tours

Hawaiicon 2018 Tours will be released for sale in early August. Sales will be first opened to VIPs, followed by 4-Day Pass ticket holders, then to everyone else. Everyone in your party must have purchased a pass in order to take advantage of these tours. Thank you to all of our attendees and vendors for supporting Hawaiicon, and providing us with the resources to create a unique convention that funds STEAM education on the Big Island of Hawai'i! 

And now, in reverse chronological order:


Manta Ray Snorkel and Sunset Cruise- Sunday, September 16th.

Hawaiicon is pleased to partner with Kona Style to provide a champagne sunset cruise on a 50-foot catamaran. Our goal is to view the breathtaking Kona horizon as it drops into darkness, before immersing ourselves in the waters of Keauhou Bay for an amazing snorkel with majestic manta rays

This is a thing that you should do, if you can do, in your lifetime. We are grateful to Kona Style for their partnership, in helping us to bring this experience within the reach of the Hawaiicon Ohana!

We will be joined by Kate Vernon, Luciana Carro and their families.

Tour leaves the Mauni Lani lobby at 3:45PM, returning at approximately 9:00PM. Glass of aloha champagne complimentary for all 21+ adults.  Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, hot cocoa and tea. All other beer/wine/spirits may be purchased on vessel at a cost of $5 per drink.  This tour is $120, excluding optional purchases of alcoholic beverages.

Guests should bring a towel, swimsuit, sunglasses, personal snorkel equipment if desired (if you do not have your own snorkel equipment it will be provided) and a camera/gopro. Guests may (should!) also choose to bring dry clothes to change into.


Morning Petroglyph Hike and Snorkel- Saturday, September 15th

Taking advantage of our Waikoloa location, Hawaiicon is pleased to offer a morning hike along the Puako petroglyph trail, followed by snacks and snorkeling. Transportation is provided.

On the trail, participants should wear good walking shoes.  The trail is not long, but it is not well-groomed. Guests should bring a towel, swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal snorkel equipment if desired (if you do not have your own snorkel equipment it will be provided) and a camera/gopro. Guests may (should!) also choose to bring dry clothes to change into.

Tour leaves the Mauni Lani lobby at 7AM, returning at approximately 11AM.  This tour is $25. All proceeds are donated directly to local keiki arts programs.


Morning Snorkel on the Kohala Coast- Friday, September 14th.

Hawaiicon is pleased to partner with Kohala Divers to provide a morning snorkel trip aboard their brand-new, 46-foot vessel, Namaka! Turtles, fishes, dolphins, perhaps. The stunning blue of the Kona ocean, the barren vista of the Kohala volcano. Low key access, suitable for all skill levels.

We will be joined by Colin Ferguson, Femi Taylor and their families.

Tour leaves the Mauni Lani lobby at 7AM, returning at approximately lunch time. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be provided. This tour is $100.

Guests should bring a towel, swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal snorkel equipment if desired (if you do not have your own snorkel equipment it will be provided) and a camera/gopro. Guests may (should!) also choose to bring dry clothes to change into.


Pu'ukohola National Historic Site and Mo'okini Heiau Tour- Thursday, September 13th.

Walk in the footsteps of the King.

Hawaiicon is honored to be able to introduce guests to two of the most important historical, and spiritually powerful places in the Hawaiian Island chain. We will begin with a visit to the Mo'okini Heiau, believed to the first heiau ever built by Hawaiians. Mo'okini was build in dedication to Ku, the god of war, and was the site of many human sacrifices. Due to this site's power, the mother of King Kamehameha traveled here for his birth. We'll then turn south for an interpreted tour of the Pu'ukohola Heiau, built by this same king in order to fulfill the prophecies that led to his domination of the Hawaiian Islands.

We will be joined by Herb Jefferson, Jr., Jeff Parazzo, and Kevin Duhaney.

Tour leaves the Mauni Lani lobby at 7AM, returning to approximately lunch time. This tour is $30. All proceeds from this tour will be donated to the entities responsible for the care of these sites.

Guests should bring a sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera/gopro.