Have you ever wanted to learn blacksmithing? I have!! I know it’s not for everyone. But what if I told you there was a chance to do this in paradise? And learn from a master blacksmith? Even if you haven’t ever thought about this, I bet you are now.
I recently received a press release from the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau letting me know that a favorite property of mine is offering their guests a once-in-a-lifetime type experience. That is to learn from master bladesmith Neil Kamimura. I got such a kick out of watching him in action on the show Forged in Fire! If you didn’t get that opportunity, I recommend at least watching this video.
The press release from the email that I received:
Exclusively for resort guests, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai introduced a private experience with Hawaii master blacksmith Neil Kamimura. The experience takes guests on a journey to a secluded coffee farm on the slope of Hualalai volcano where Kamimura crafts his state-of-the-art knives and shares his distinctive techniques. Guests assist Kamimura in forging, pounding and adding a custom handle to a personalized knife. The day includes a bento lunch featuring local ingredients crafted by Kamimura’s wife and a gourmet chef. Upon returning to the resort, guests are presented with their finished knives and participate in a knife-skills class with one of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s expert chefs. For more information, call (808) 325-8000 or visit https://www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/. Photo courtesy FSHualalai.
My experience at FSHualalai
I was a guest at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai when I was staff on board the #FSJet and it quickly became one of my favorite resorts anywhere in the world. I cannot recommend it highly enough to guests wanting to experience what is truly Hawaiian but with all the amenities of a luxury resort. My stay at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai combined luxury, privacy, cultural enrichment and delectable culinary experiences. Now, if you book this package, you can add ‘learn blacksmithing’ to that list.
I would return to do this, in a heartbeat!! Big Island is an alternative that should be considered if you’re planning a trip to Hawaii. Islands like Maui are being overrun and more culturally-minded, considerate tourists are needed in Hawaii. This experience, at this resort, is a great alternative to some of the other packaged options out there.
All images, except the one above of Neil Kamimura, were taken by me during my stay at FSHualalai in 2015.