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Why here?
Brilliant topography, breathtaking beaches, legendary cuisine, bucket-list activities, immersive traditions, idyllic climate and signature aloha hospitality are just a few of the reasons why Hawaii is a favored destination for meetings and incentives.

The 350-room Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is in the midst of a propertywide, $46 million renovation. In February 2018, the resort will be reflagged as a Westin Hotel. The property offers 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

Construction has started to rebuild the Coco Palms Resort, a historic Kauai hotel devastated in 1992 by Hurricane Iniki. The Wailua Beach property is slated to reopen with 350 guest rooms in 2018.


Once the residence of Hawaii's reigning monarchs, Oahu's opulent Iolani Palace offers groups a number of event spaces such as the 1,500-seat Barracks Lawn and 1,000-seat Coronation Pavilion.


Local Update

 A $55 million, eight-month renovation of the newly rebranded, 563-room Prince Waikiki is complete. The former Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club also upgraded all of its meeting and event space.

The 1,000-room Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is undergoing a $5 million refresh that includes upgrades to the guest rooms, WiFi and more.

 A $115 million renovation will wrap up this month at the former 839-room Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki, now the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. New features include a 280,000-gallon lobby oceanarium, two pools and two restaurants -- the Momosan and Morimoto Asia.

A $60 million overhaul has turned the former Aqua Wave Waikiki into the 251-room Laylow, Oahu's first Marriott-flagged Autograph Collection Hotel. New details include a rooftop restaurant and a garden lanai with a fire pit.

A $20 million facelift has been completed at the 79-room Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach. Along with refreshed guest rooms and a stylish new Beach Club, the property also has a 10,782-square-foot conference area and new meeting venues.

A new luxury-style hotel has opened within the 3,400-room Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The 405-room Ali'i Tower offers its own front desk, concierge, fitness center and priority seating at the resort's 20 restaurants and bars.

Meeting Hotels: Group properties include the 3,400-room Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort; 1,230-room Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa; 1,636-room Sheraton Waikiki Hotel; 1,310-room Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; 839-room Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach; 832-room Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa; and 791-room Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: Hawaii Convention Center; exhibit space, 202,249 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 47. (808) 943-3500

Airport Transit: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, eight miles west of the Hawaii; Transfer cost by taxi, $35; by shuttle, $25

Taxes: Room tax, 9.25%; sales tax, 4.71%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.96%

Contact: Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, (808) 923-1811

Every November, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is held on Oahu's iconic, big-wave North Shore. Known as the "Super Bowl of Surfing," the 35-year-old event features the world's most accomplished surfers.

Outfitters Kauai offers the longest zipline and tallest launching pad in the 50th state. Spanning 4,000 feet with a 50-foot-high launch pad, the heart-thumping FlyLine Zipline features twin parallel lines that offer high-speed flight among scenery made famous in blockbuster movies like Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Local Update

 A $100 million facelift has been completed at the 543-room Wailea Beach Resort--Marriott, Maui. The project included an upgraded 45,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 21 breakout rooms.

The 370-room Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will debut this month on 16 acres of North Ka'anapali Beach property.

The 463-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, has renovated its guest rooms and suites. The luxury hotel also has initiated a "give back" program that invites guests, groups and corporate teams to take part in activities like cleaning local beaches, planting trees, and learning about local culture and ecosystems.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 1,021-room The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas; 806-room Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa; 780-room Grand Wailea; 759-room Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali; 543-room Wailea Beach Resort--Marriott, Maui; 508-room Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; 463-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; and 450-room Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Airport Transit: Kahului Airport, about 33 miles from Kapalua. Transfer cost by taxi, $100; by shuttle, $45; to Wailea, transfer cost by taxi is $50; by shuttle, $43

Taxes: Room tax, 9.25%; sales tax, 4.16%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.41%

Contact: Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, (808) 923-1811