Meet Hawaii, a collaboration of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and Hawaii Convention Center (HCC), reports that several new developments, renovations and venue openings are in the works in the Aloha State, one of the MICE industry’s most popular destinations.
What’s new in Hawaii?
- The oceanfront, 50-suite Montage Kapalua Bay has opened on the northwest coast of Maui following a $15 million renovation of the former Residences at Kapalua Bay.
- Outrigger Enterprises Group has announced a $100 million investment to revitalize the oceanfront Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Waikïkï. The planned renovation will see an existing five-story structure located on the beach torn down and replaced with a 34,000-square-foot open recreation space, including enhanced swimming pools, landscaped lounging areas, and open-air dining facilities. A new tower, set back from the shoreline along Kalia Road, will add more than 200 full-service hotel rooms to the property. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 and is slated for completion in 2019.
- The Four Seasons Resort Läna‘i at Manele Bay unveiled another phase of its multimillion dollar renovation with redesigned guest rooms and suites.
- Hilton Waikoloa Village will unveil 235,000 square feet of upgraded meeting, convention, and outdoor function areas by September. The Hilton Waikoloa Village’s conference center is receiving several updates, including additional hang-points to better facilitate technical audiovisual productions, enhanced lighting with flexible applications, and new wall and ceiling coverings to minimize audio reflection and provide clear acoustics.
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort opened a new business center and hospitality suite. In addition, guests with early arrivals and late departures may take advantage of the shower and changing facilities at the suite located on the first floor of the resort’s tower wing.
- The Royal Hawaiian Theater, where the popular Legends in Concert Waikïkï show is held, has been renovated and is available for high-profile events including award shows and incentive trips and conferences. The venue features a $1.7 million state-of-the-art lighting system and will cater the event to its client’s requests.
- To celebrate its Golden Jubilee, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is offering a glass of sparkling wine and gold dipped chocolate strawberry upon arrival for all groups booking its “Perfect Meeting and Incentive” promotion with arrival in 2014.
- Pacific Historic Parks has announced a breakfast and lunch Pearl Harbor speakers program for association and incentive groups to learn more about the infamous attack that occurred on Dec. 7, 1941. Programs are offered at the USS Arizona Memorial or at properties in Waikïkï, Turtle Bay, or West O‘ahu. In addition, Pacific Historic Parks has opened its new Diamond Head Crater Visitor Center, which offers specialized programs for groups that visit the Diamond Head State Monument.
- Destination adventure company CLIMB Works opened a new zipline experience at Keana Farms on O‘ahu’s North Shore with seven dual lines, unique sky bridges, and boardwalks.
- The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort will unveil CabaRAE, a two-hour show with music, acrobatics, magic, and more in a new 10,000-square-foot showroom and cocktail lounge this summer. CabaRAE is a collaboration of former Cirque du Soleil director Alan Goldberg and award-winning nightlife developers, RMD Group.
- Fourever Fab, The Beatles tribute band with shows at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikïkï, is now available for booking at private events and meetings.
- JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina offers a new feature for dining under the stars at its outdoor fire pit, ideal for smaller groups looking for the ambiance of a beachfront location surrounded by lighted torches.
- Four Seasons Resort Hualälai recently named Massimo Falsini as its executive chef overseeing all restaurants and culinary operations including menus for meetings, conventions, and events at the Hawai‘i Island luxury resort.
- Air Canada has announced that its leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, will expand its service to Hawai‘i with the introduction of year-round non-stop flights between Toronto and Honolulu. The new route will begin Nov. 26. In addition, Air Canada is converting its existing year-round non-stop service from Vancouver to Honolulu and Maui to Air Canada rouge, operating with the Boeing 767-300 aircraft on Nov. 21 and Dec. 1.
- Delta Air Lines is adding a new service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) beginning in December.
- ‘Ohana by Hawaiian, Hawai‘i’s newest interisland operation, will be expanding its route network this summer to include Maui. Starting in July, ‘Ohana will offer daily flights between Kahului, Maui (OGG) and Moloka‘i (MKK), Kahului and Kona, Hawai‘i Island (KOA), and Kahului and Hilo, Hawai‘i Island (ITO). In addition, Hawaiian has announced it will increase its existing service between Honolulu and Moloka‘i this summer, from thrice daily to four times daily between the two islands.
- Mokulele Airlines introduced non-stop flights between Kalaeloa, O‘ahu and Kahului, Maui scheduled to start in July. The airline offers three flights per day and operates on a nine-passenger seat, turbo-powered caravan.
- Sunny Po‘ipü Express Shuttle, a new transportation service operated by Roberts Hawaii, offers visitors to Kaua‘i’s Po‘ipü resort area an easy way to get to and from the airport.