by Michael C. Lowe | November 01, 2014
Why here?
With abundant cultural activities and adventure tours played out across dramatic landscapes, our 50th state is a perennial favorite with attendees year-round. Groups also will enjoy updated hotel inventory, including a new Montage resort in Maui, with direct access to Kapalua Bay Beach (above).

Aloha to Wellness
The 450-room Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, unveiled its Willow Stream Spa last December, with 13 interior treatment rooms and three outdoor spa cabanas.

The 793-room Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort and Spa, now offers a "Be Well Meeting Program," featuring midday wellness breaks and a post-meeting revitalization program wherein attendees reflect on the day's learning experiences.

Magical Maui
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 72-suite Hotel Wailea has completed a $15 million upgrade. The property has a new pool, an apothecary-style bar and event space for up to 250 guests.

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Local Update

The Outrigger Enterprises Group has announced a $100 million revitalization project for the 635-room Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Waikiki. The project will create a 34,000-square-foot recreation space with swimming pools, landscaped lounging areas and open-air dining facilities, in addition to a new 200-room tower. Construction is set to begin in 2017, with completion slated for 2019. The property currently has more than 2,500 square feet of function space, a spa, an activities center, and a newly renovated swimming pool and deck.

On Oahu's North Shore, the 452-room Turtle Bay Resort recently wrapped up a multimillion-dollar upgrade that included enhancements to all standard and premium guest rooms. The property also revamped two restaurants and opened the new Nalu Kinetic Spa. Indoor function space spans 25,500 square feet.

The 528-room Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, recently opened a new 6,000-square-foot outdoor meeting space called the Gardens at Helumoa. The venue is near the resort's signature Mai Tai Bar. In all, the property offers 12,000 square feet for indoor meetings and an additional 66,000 square feet for outdoor events.

All 645 guest rooms at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel have been refreshed. The property features complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, a restaurant and nearly 3,000 square feet of function space.

The Waikiki Joy Hotel is now the 96-room Aqua Oasis and is part of the Aqua Hotels and Resorts brand. The property underwent $2.5 million in renovations and now sports redesigned guest rooms, common areas and exterior landscaping. The hotel does not have meeting space but does offer group rates for blocks of more than 10 rooms.