Planners bringing groups to the Hawaiian Islands will have their pick of a slew of hotel projects, including a new Joie de Vivre property in Waikiki, major renovations to the Turtle Bay Resort (above) on Oahu's North Shore and the recently opened Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa.Surfside Soiree
The 497-room Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Maui features an on-site Te Au Moana Luau -- a spirited event that includes a buffet, craft-making and dancing. bit.ly/17fkl6PBranching Out
Hawaiian Legacy Tours leads visitors through primeval forests on the slopes of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, where the group plants a Koa Legacy Tree. hawaiianlegacyhardwoods.comIn the Know
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The 1,230-room Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
in September unveiled the new 3,087-square-foot, high-tech Kou Ballroom. The property now offers a total of more than 34,000 square feet of meeting and event space.Turtle Bay Resort
is undergoing a $60 million renovation, set to finish by year's end. The project includes upgrades to 397 of 443 guest rooms and an expansion of the Spa Luana to 11,000 square feet. In all, the 840-acre property has 28,000 square feet of conference space.Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa,
unveiled expanded pool and dining options in October. The 21-acre property features 359 guest rooms, 481 two-bedroom villas and 50,000 square feet of meeting space.
In July, the Hawaii Tourism Authority selected Anschutz Entertainment Group to manage the Hawaii Convention Center.Meeting Hotels
Properties in Honolulu include the 2,860-room Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort; 1,695-room Sheraton Waikiki; 1,310-room Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; 601-room Hilton Waikiki Beach; 426-room Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach; 359-room Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa; and 311-room Ambassador Hotel of Waikiki.
To find and compare properties, and send RFPs, go to mcvenues.com
Hawaii Convention Center; exhibit space, 204,249 square feet; meeting rooms, 49; (808) 943-3500; hawaiiconvention.comAirport Transit
Honolulu International Airport, eight miles west of the Hawaii Convention Center. Transfer cost by taxi, $35Taxes
Room tax, 9.25%; sales tax, 4.712%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.96%Group Venue
Established in 1850, the 4,000-acre Kualoa Ranch
stretches across steep mountain cliffs to the Pacific Ocean. The working cattle ranch features a variety of venues for events, including a rustic ranch house for up to 1,000 guests, with views of Kane'ohe Bay and Mokoli'i Island. Beachside, a space dubbed the Secret Island can accommodate 500 and offers white sand, kayaking, snorkeling and space for dining tents. (808) 237-8515; kualoa.comDining Out
Chef Quinten Frye of Salt Bar and Kitchen
received a James Beard Award nod for Rising Star Chef this past year. The Honolulu restaurant offers an inventive take on local ingredients, such as oxtail empanadas with golden raisin chutney, and a pork and lobster pierogi with fennel and charred lime yogurt. (808) 744-7567; salthonolulu.comTown Kaimuki
in Honolulu is helmed by Ed Kenney, whose rotating menu is based on the availability of indigenous island ingredients. Recent menu highlights have included local pork belly over polenta, and ahi tartare served with a risotto cake and balsamic vinegar. (808) 735-5900; townkaimuki.comContact
Oahu Visitors Bureau, (877) 525-6248; meethawaii.com
• The Sheraton Kauai Resort (sheraton-kauai.com
) wrapped up a $16 million renovation last April that included upgrades of the hotel's lobby, pool and restaurant.
• Following a $20 million renovation, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay (sheratonkona.com
) on the Big Island now features refurbished guest rooms, public areas and meeting spaces. The project was completed in September 2012.
• The new 15-acre Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa (maui.andaz.hyatt.com
) opened in September with 297 guest rooms, a 15,000-square-foot spa and more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space.