WHAT’S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
HAWAII – Spring is always an exciting time to visit the Islands. And with humpback whale watching season in full swing, the recent unveiling of extensive renovations at several Hawaii hotels, and fresh culinary and activity offerings, there’s no better time to visit than now.
You’ll find the top highlights of the season listed below, but there is so much more. For additional updates, please reference the newsletters for each of our island chapters: the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau and Oahu Visitors Bureau.
NEW HOTEL DEVELOPMENTS
The Aqua Kauai Beach Resort on Kauai recently completed a refresh to its rooms and public spaces. The Hawaii plantation-style resort has rolled out a new renovated deluxe-room category – with mountain, lagoon, pool and ocean view rooms – featuring bright, modern décor and private lanai. kauaibeachresorthawaii.com
Wailea Beach Resort, on the island of Maui, recently unveiled its $100 million refresh, which includes 491 spacious, reimagined guest rooms and 56 suites offering residential-style accommodations designed for the modern traveler. marriott.com
Its $115 million renovation making steady progress, the Pacific Beach Hotel on Oahu is being transformed into a tranquil oasis in the heart of Waikiki. The property will reenter the market as the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in fall 2017. pacificbeachhotel.com
Following a $60 million transformation, the former Aqua Wave Waikiki re-emerged on March 22 as The Laylow hotel. Oahu’s first Autograph Collection hotel, The Laylow’s boutique-style design evokes the 1960’s Hawaiian Modern aesthetic. In addition to the hotel’s 251 rooms, guests are invited to enjoy the property’s rooftop restaurant, The Hideout. Featuring the culinary creations of Executive Chef Bryan Byard, The Hideout offers Pacific Rim cuisine with a modern-American twist, including kiawe wood house-smoked meats. marriott.com
Celebrating the abundance and variety of quality ingredients and produce on Maui, Japengo in the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is excited to announce its 2017 Maui Tastemakers Series featuring new flavors and local partners, and more dining experiences than past years. Because of the series’ popularity, Japengo is now offering a Maui Tastemakers menu every Friday in May, July and every other month thereafter. maui.regency.hyatt.com
The Shops at Kukuiula recently welcomed its latest addition to the south shore Kauai dining experience, The Lanai Restaurant and Bar. Featuring a selection of modern island-inspired cuisine, sourced from high-quality ingredients, the restaurant’s specialties include stuffed acorn squash, miso baked mahimahi, an Angus beef burger with brie, and a refined island-style loco moco. thelanaikauai.com
One of the most buzzed about new restaurants on Oahu, Senia represents a shared culinary vision influenced by the individual cultural experiences and culinary backgrounds of Hawaii-born chef Chris Kajioka and U.K. chef Anthony Rush. Senia features Kajioka’s and Rush’s takes on regional American cuisine, showcasing their diverse cooking styles with a menu of dishes exploring and celebrating Hawaii’s abundance of fresh, high-quality ingredients. restaurantsenia.com
The Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay’s new Holoholo Market is scheduled for completion in quarter two of 2017 on the island of Hawaii. The store’s open market concept will specialize in grab-and-go sandwiches, snacks, salads, cold and hot drinks, and an espresso bar. Open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily, Holoholo Market will offer guests a modern convenience for food and beverage. sheratonkona.com
ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Inspired by ancient Polynesian traditions of navigation, Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is pleased to showcase “#FSWayfinders,” an ongoing weekly series featuring art, culture, history and in-depth workshops. fourseasons.com/oahu
In addition to taking in the International Market Place’s multiple shopping and dining options on Oahu, visitors to the Waikiki center are now invited to enjoy “O Na Lani Sunset Stories,” a free daily hula and storytelling performance kicking off at sunset with a ceremonial lighting of the Market Place’s Lamaku Torch Tower on Kalakaua Avenue. shopinternationalmarketplace.
From May through August, National Tropical Botanical Garden will host movie nights under the stars in McBryde Garden on Kauai’s south shore. Ideal for a date night or family outing, the garden’s movie nights will feature silver screen favorites, with favorite eats for sale from a food trucks and vendors. ntbg.org/tours/kauai-south/
Nui Pohaku Adventure Tours on the island of Hawaii has added a lava ocean-entry hike to its two combo tours, the “Kilauea Volcano Sunset and Lava Walk” and the “Kilauea Volcano Bike and Lava Adventure.” Both excursions offer guests an extensive tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park before embarking on a hike to the Kilauea volcano lava flow’s ocean entry. nuipohaku.com
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Honolulu Biennial, happening on the island of Oahu through May 8, is a new, contemporary visual arts festival featuring displays and events at multiple locations throughout the city. honolulubiennial.org
Save July 8 for the 37th annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival and BioBlitz at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii. Visitors and residents will be welcomed to engage in Hawaiian cultural practices and learn about how Hawaiians lived their lives as stewards of the land. nps.gov/havo/index.htm
Mele Mei is an annual series of musical performances held at multiple venues in Hawaii and Japan. Featuring more than 70 performances, Mele Mei offers Hawaii residents and visitors from around the world an opportunity to immerse themselves in the music and culture of the Islands. melemei.com
Hawaii Tourism United States (HTUSA), managed by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) for marketing management services in the continental U.S. The HTA, the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs. For more information about the Hawaiian Islands, visit gohawaii.com.