Fresh Touches
The 759-room Westin Maui Resort & Spa has invested $500,000 to revitalize its meeting amenities, including new wicker lounge furniture, linen-free cocktail tables and mobile espresso brewers.

The 15-acre, 297-room, oceanfront Andaz Wailea Resort & Residences is scheduled to open in March 2013 with a spa, a fitness center, several food and beverage outlets, and an as-yet unspecified amount of meeting space.

The 508-room Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa recently completed a renovation of all of its guest rooms, adding new furnishings, traditional Hawaiian artwork and wireless Internet capabilities throughout the property. The resort, on Kaanapali Beach, also offers a spa, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and more than 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space.

The Courtyard by Marriott Maui is set to open this spring near Kahului Airport as the brand's first Maui hotel. The $16.5 million property will offer 138 guest rooms, a business center, 1,663 square feet of meeting space, a pool and a fitness center.

The 413-room, 37-villa Fairmont Kea Lani will reopen its signature restaurant, Ko, following a $5.1 million rebuild. Executive chef Tylun Pang's menu offers a farm-fresh, contemporary take on traditional island recipes. The hotel itself recently completed a substantial renovation of its pool decks, poolside cabanas, guest rooms and ballrooms. Groups can make use of 36,000 square feet of meeting space and a business center, and the property also features a 24-hour fitness center.

The 806-room Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa recently completed a refurbishment of its front desk area and lobby, including all concierge desks and check-in areas. For meetings, the resort offers approximately 100,000 square feet of space.

Other Islands
Disney's Aulani in Ko Olina, Oahu, opened last August with 359 guest rooms. For details, watch M&C's interview with George Aguel, senior vice president of Disney's parks and resorts, at

Hawaiian Airlines is adding nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Hawaii (HNL) in June.

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The Grand Hyatt Kauai recently completed a $45 million renovation of its 602 guest rooms.

The 521-room Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club has added flat-screen TVs and more to guest rooms as part of a $5 million renovation.

Meeting Hotels
Among the many properties on Maui with meeting space are the 806-room Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; 780-room Grand Wailea; 759-room Westin Maui Resort & Spa; 719-room Marriott's Maui Ocean Club; 546-room Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; 546-room Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; 516-room Royal Lahaina Resort; 508-room Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; 463-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; 450-room Fairmont Kea Lani Maui; 432-room Kaanapali Beach Hotel; 413-room Kaanapali Beach Club; 359-room Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, and the 310-room Makena Beach & Golf Resort.

Airport Transit
Kahului Airport, about 35 miles east of Kapalua, 30 miles east of Kaanapali and 15 miles north of Wailea-Makena. Transfer cost by taxi, $100 to Kapalua, $85 to Kaanapali and $60 to Wailea-Makena.

Room tax, 9.25%; sales tax, 4.16%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.42%

Group Venue
Attendees can experience ocean life up close at the Maui Ocean Center, which showcases more than 60 exhibits and hands-on activities. The aquarium is home to all manner of undersea creatures, from the smallest coral polyp to a 7-foot-long sandbar shark. Groups of up to 850 can take private tours before sitting down to a dinner at one of the facility's outdoor plazas. (808) 270-7000

Dining Out
Receiving Zagat's top food score in Maui, Gerard's serves new French cuisine such as escargot with a tomato fondue, Molokai shrimp consommé and Maui filet of beef from the island. The Lahaina restaurant is available for private parties of up to 150. (808) 661-8939

Maui Visitors Bureau, (888) 918-8444