by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 01, 2016
Why here?
Hawaii offers groups a number of inspiring settings, including the urban outposts and beaches of Oahu (as in Waikiki, pictured), the beautiful and varied resorts of Maui, the secluded luxury of Lanai, a wealth of adventure activities on Kauai, and the stunning beaches and volcanoes of the Big Island.

 The 200-room Residence Inn Maui Wailea -- the first of the extended-stay brand to open in the state -- will debut in June. The property will have two meeting rooms.

 The 759-room Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka'anapali has completed a $70 million renovation of all 553 guest rooms in the Ocean Tower. The property has 46,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space, several dining options and a spa.

The bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing, welcomes visitors to Waikiki's Kuhio Beach. Fans pay homage by placing leis on the iconic landmark before snapping a selfie.

Hawaii has its own delicious snacks, often riffs of mainland favorites. Hawaiian Brand kettle chips, for example, come in flavors like Luau BBQ and Island Lemon, making them a tasty welcome treat for attendees.
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Local Update 
 The 1,636-room Sheraton Waikiki has completed a $188 million renovation. The project included upgrades to guest rooms and suites, public areas and convention facilities, and also added two new restaurants. Guest rooms now offer HD TVs, Hawaiian artwork and custom-designed furnishings. The hotel has more than 40,000 square feet of function space, including a nearly 26,000-square-foot ballroom.

 The 1,310-room Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa recently wrapped up a $22 million redesign. Included in the work were upgrades to the main lobby, public spaces, and all 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The 2,860-room Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort has completed a $21 million renovation of its 17-story Diamond Head Tower. The structure's 380 guest rooms now feature a new color scheme and furnishings, and flat-screen TVs. The property offers more than 150,000 square feet of function space.

 The 528-room Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, on Waikiki Beach, has unveiled a multimillion-dollar renovation of its Mailani Beach Tower, whose 179 guest rooms now feature revamped lanais. The resort has a grand total of 16,436 square feet of function space.

 Turtle Bay Resort, on Oahu's North Shore, recently completed a $45 million renovation. Included in the project were upgrades to its 410 guest rooms (all of which feature oceanfront views), an expansion of the Nalu Kinetic Spa & Fitness center and the completion of the luxury beach cottages. Also new is a partnership with famed chef Roy Yamaguchi, whose on-property restaurant, Roy's Beach House, lets guests literally dine with their feet in the sand. Other enhancements include an upgrade of the property's beach, near Kuilima Cove, including the addition of luxury day beds, cabanas, service kiosks, a wood-plank beach walk, improved showers and more.

 The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani features a colorful new evening show, Te Moana Nui, which highlights the history and culture of the Pacific. Visitors to the 1,000-room resort can experience the vibrant stage presentation three nights a week in the Ainahau Showroom.

 Hawaiian Airlines has unveiled a newly designed international business lounge at Honolulu International Airport. The third-floor Plumeria Lounge now serves gourmet pastries from La Tour Café, beer crafted by the Maui Brewing Co., wines selected by master sommelier Chuck Furuya and other local treats.