Meet Hawaii has released an update on new group programs, meeting venues and accommodation offerings available throughout its islands. Here’s what’s happening in the Aloha State.
- The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has been revitalized, inside and out. Improvements include freshly painted and carpeted hallways; new Hyatt Grand Beds™ in the guestrooms; new rubber mat flooring, Precor cardio and weight training equipment and free weights in the Anara Spa’s fitness centre; and new fire pits on the resorts grassy terrace rooftop and around its pools.
- Completion of an extensive resort-wide $70-million renovation project at the 22-acre, all-suite and villa Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui. Highlights include the $5.1 million rebuild of Ko Restaurant; the $9 million Willow Stream Spa (opened in 2014); complete renovation of the one-bedroom suites, and two- and three-bedroom villas with contemporary island decor; and the refurbishment of all corridors, landscaping, elevators and public areas including the new poolside restaurant and swim-up bar, Ama.
- Destination Resorts Hawaii’s remodeling of the penthouses at Wailea Beach Villas (Maui) with everything from new furnishings, soft goods and fabrics to new wall colors and art, the latter created and inspired by the Hawaiian Islands.
- The $7 million renovation of the Tapa Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort on Oahu. The transformation of the 16,536-square-foot space (1,900 person capacity) includes new chandeliers, a large three-dimensional sculpture commissioned by local artists, and tapa (traditional Hawaiian cloth) patterns throughout the ballroom and meeting room.
- Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa (Oahu) is putting the finishing touches on a $100 million reno of its 1,230 guestrooms. Updates include pillowtop bedding, bidet-style toilets, furniture with clean, modern lines, outlet pods and dimmer-equipped light fixtures.
- Unveiling of the newly-transformed Mailani Beach Tower at The Royal Hawaiian on Oahu. Improvements include re-imagined balcony terraces (lanai) in the 179 guest spaces, and the revamp of guest floor hallways and elevator landing areas. The Mailani will also offer an exclusive Mailani-only reception area for check-in and dedicated areas for guests, including the newly-constructed Mailani Lounge.
- Eighteen million dollars in enhancements to the guest arrival areas are underway at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Oahu. The project includes upgrades to the porte cochere, hotel lobby, guest registration desk area, meeting spaces, and the Kuhio Beach Grill. The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2015.
- The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Hawaii Island is now part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, which will allow the hotel to participate in the Marriott Rewards loyalty program. It is the first Hawaii resort to join the Autograph portfolio.
New team-building and experiential activities include:
- waterfall rappelling (Island Adventures);
- team-building CSR events (eg. building bikes for the Boys and Girls Club of America, assembling wheelchairs to help American veterans, and repairing and painting local classrooms) available from Trade-Winds Management Group (TMG);
- The Royal Coconut Coast Food Tour, is a new food tour introduced by Tasting Kauai that explores the cuisine of Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast;
- “Brand your own hoe (Hawaiian canoe paddle)” program at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay;
- customized CrossFit session led by Sheraton Kona Resort GM Matthew Grauso;
- tours to Kokoleka Lani Farm, a working cacao and coffee farm in Kona (Home Tours Hawaii);
- a new Fly & Zip tour on Hawaii Island offered by Paradise Helicopters in partnership with Kohala Zipline;
- “Spaception” at the Moana Lani Spa (Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa on Oahu); and
- Culinary Challenge Hawaii, a MasterChef-style cooking lesson/experience organized by Gourmet Events Hawaii.