Deals on Cool Things To Do, See and Eat in Hawaii

Dolphin Whisperers Hawaii

My good friend Jan Salerno leads tours of any size out into the waters of West Hawaii. She is fantastic with people who may be swimming or snorkeling for the first time and want to feel comfortable in the ocean. She also leads whale watching tours of which I have had the pleasure to take my 365Kona ohana out on!

Jan owns a boutique charter company catering to adventure seekers desiring those life changing close encounters. Jan frequently helps her guests encounter friendly Spinner Dolphin, Spotted and Bottlenose, Pilot Whales, seasonal Humpback Whales and so much more.

Skilled staff offer an educative & safe environment for the first time snorkeler while providing ample edge for the seasoned.

Check out the Facebook page for photos and more info:

Call Jan Salerno 619.309.5236. Jan offers group trip discounts if you have six people on your charter. She also offers kama’aina discounts, too! Let her know that 365Kona sent you!

Lodging in West Hawaii

My friend Ania Noll, recently renovated a cottage (urban tree house if you will) and has it ready to go go on AirBnB! Ania is a great hostess and offers lots of inside tips on enjoying your stay

Come enjoy your vacation in our charming, elegantly renovated Studio in Kona Palisades. Centrally located on the Gold Coast of Kona. 15 min away by car from the Kailua Kona Village ( the heart of the town). Less than 10 min away from Kona Airport, 15 min away from Kua Bay beach! Enjoy your stay in this high end fully furnished studio. with queen sized bed, twin sofa sleeper and twin ottoman.

Check the link for more info and calendar. 

$95 a night

Ania also has a small studio under her home for rent (photo on the right is from that studio) for only $75 a night. Contact her for availability.

Hawaiian Inspired Art

A new line of Hawaiian woodcut botanical pillows are artist Andrea Pro’s latest creation in her quest to encourage people to fall in love with the gorgeous flowers, ferns and trees that are native to this exquisite island.  Working with a fabric company and a Kona seamstress, Braylene Jones, Andrea turned her woodcut botanical designs into these unique colorful pillows that are transforming living spaces. “I’ve enjoyed taking fine art off the walls and onto sofa’s and beds in a way that is affordable and beautiful,” Andrea states. Enjoy shopping for pillows on her art site special discount pricing of only $80 each and $215 for a full set. To receive the special discount, please email Andrea to order at

Andrea is also offering a set of a 5 greeting card pack when you buy 2 or more pillows.


Discounts on Hawaiian Specialty Foods

Hawaii Coffee Connection is a purveyor of locally sourced, and oftentimes, organic Hawaiian specialty foods. By using the coupon code “365HCC” you can get 20% off of ANYTHING on the website! Kona coffee, passion fruit products, spices/sauces, and more! By using this coupon code, you are letting them know “365Kona sent us!” Mahalo!

Looking to entice visitors looking for fun things to do in West Hawaii?

Contact me today about offering a deal/discount and get some new fans! Julie at Ziemelis dot com.

Personal Recommendations For Professionals In Kailua Kona:

Facials and eyebrowsMarty DeanFacial Fitness Hawaii – Marty has been working with me to “arrest” the aging process that occurs a little faster here in Hawaii due to the sun. She was the one who caught a bump on my forehead that turned out to be cancerous and I had it removed at an early stage. (I still got about 8 stitches after a MOHS treatment!) She dispenses not just amazing advice about skin care, but also her secrets about health and beauty that she uses to look fantastic at her age. She does a great job of waxing my entire face-(yes, I admit to chin and nose hair, too). Her favorite treatment is permanent cosmetics, but I am not there, yet! She has a facial treatment she calls “the Red Carpet” treatment that all the Hollywood stars get before a big takes about two hours and it tightens up all the lines on my face. I get this before leaving the island for conferences. Marty is just fantastic-I love this woman.

Real EstateLance OwensLUVA Real Estate,-Lance helped us short sale our in-laws condo when the market turned and they could no longer afford to hold onto their investment property in Kona. Lance is a short sale expert, but is also VERY knowledgeable about a wide range of properties. I have personally referred him to three of my friends and they had a great experience with him. He and I are some of the most tech savvy people on the island and I love his sense of humor. After the sale of my in-law’s property, we became friends and share an enjoyment of adventures on the island and real estate. He is one of the most authentic people I know and we have enjoyed working with him on our real estate referral business. Tell him Julie sent you! 😉

Best Adventure ExperienceNancy SweattDolphin Journeys -Nancy and I became friends when I first moved
to Kona for only a year in 2005. I had been on the island for about three weeks and we found each other sitting next to one another after church. I asked her what she did and she said, “I own a dolphin excursion company”..I sat bolt upright and squealed, “YOU SWIM WITH DOLPHINS?!” I had wanted to do that my whole life and had actually read about her company before I moved here. She specializes in intimate groups of six as to provide a more rewarding experience on the ocean. She is one of my enlightened and metaphysical friends who can connect anyone who has felt “called to the island” with groups of like minded people. She truly talks to the dolphins and is a wealth of nautical and cetacean information.

Personal TrainerAimee Zettel, The Club in Kona-Aimee kicks our butts. Clean and simple. She is our personal TRX trainer and a bigger dynamo in a 5’2″ body, you will never meet. She teaches MANY of the classes at the Club, as well as provides personal training services. She is about my age and I ask her what she eats for breakfast all the time. (she points to the supplements they sell at the Club!) She knows when and how to push both my husband and I through our personal pain points. I get comments all the time on my abs and arms and doing TRX once a week with Aimee has helped me get into the best shape of my life. (Living in Kona, you find you are in bathing suits and shorts all the time, so getting into and staying in shape is a key to happiness here!)