set in the lush countryside of Ulupalakua Ranch, offers customized tours, wine tastings and other private events for up to 75 guests. The grounds include King's Cottage, the former guest house of King Kalakaua, the last reigning king of Hawaii, and now a tasting room for the winery. (808) 878-6058
AQUATIC EVENT SPACE
Make a splash by taking your group to the Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku. The venue's undersea setting offers spectacular views of Ma'alaea Bay and Hawaii's rich marine life. Attendees can enjoy the exhibits and dine under the stars in the Harbor Plaza, among sharks and rays in the Open Ocean exhibit, or at the Seascape Restaurant.
• The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is undergoing a $26.5 million facelift. Among the property upgrades slated for completion this summer are the resort's 508 guest rooms and suites. Situated on 23 oceanfront acres at iconic Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock) on Ka'anapali Beach, the resort has 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
• Beginning in 2018, state lodging taxes increased by 1 percent to help finance a $9 billion rapid-transit project in the capital city of Honolulu on Oahu.
• On Maui's North Shore, the 463-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, has unveiled a propertywide renovation. The resort has a total of 173,000 square feet of outdoor function space and 12 meeting rooms.
• The $100 million reimagined Wailea Beach Resort--Marriott, Maui, now offers five pools (one with Hawaii's longest waterslide), a movie house, 543 redesigned guest rooms and suites, and upgraded indoor/outdoor meeting and event spaces. Also in-house are six new dining options, including Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi, Whale's Tale oceanfront juice bar and Mo Bettah Food Truck.
Meeting Hotels: Meeting and incentive properties include the 806-room Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa; 780-room Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; 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; 450-room Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui; 383-room Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, and 297-room Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.
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, $10-$45
Taxes: Room tax, 10.25%; sales tax, 4.16%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.41%
Group Venue: Set against the stunning backdrop of the massive Haleakala volcano, the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center provides a variety of settings for hosting events for up to 250 guests. Among the individual venues available on the lushly verdant 25-acre grounds are a solarium and a reflection pond. (808) 572-6560
Contact: Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, (808) 923-1811