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.
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.
• 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.
Aulani After Hours
On Oahu, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa,
offers a unique evening event space for groups of up to 50. Kula Wai, the spa's hydrotherapy garden, transforms into an intimate cocktail space under the glow of lights suspended from trees. A nice touch: Add massage stations to the mix.
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; 793-room Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa; 601-room Hilton Waikiki Beach; 528-room Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort; 426-room Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach; 359-room Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa; and 300-room Ambassador Hotel of Waikiki.
To find and compare properties, and send RFPs, go to mcvenues.com.
Convention Center: Hawaii Convention Center; exhibit space, more than 200,000 square feet; meeting rooms, 47; (808) 943-3500
Airport Transit: Honolulu International Airport, eight miles west of the Hawaii Convention Center. Transfer cost by taxi, $50
Taxes: Room tax, 9.25%; sales tax, 4.712%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.96%
Group Venue: Groups can take in panoramic views of Waikiki Beach and iconic Diamond Head from 30 floors up during events held at the Sheraton Waikiki's Leahi Club Lounge. The space accommodates up to 388 people and features comfortable lounge furniture, 42-inch flat-screen televisions and areas for refreshments. Delegates can access the venue via private glass elevators. (808) 922-4422
Contact: Meet Hawaii, (808) 923-1811