Meetings Today LIVE! Hawai'i Kicks Off at Hilton Waikoloa Village


Attendees from all over flew into Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, this week for Meetings Today LIVE! Hawai'i 2023, and the event is officially underway. Our host hotel, Hilton Waikoloa Village, greeted attendees with authentic Hawaiian leis and front-row seats to a dolphin show before planners boarded one of the resort's four electric duffy boats for a site visit. 

Hilton Waikoloa Village is one of the only hotels in the world that transports guests around the 63-acre property via monorail and boats, said Simon Amos, hotel manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village. When guests are on the property, there's truly no need to leave. 

Following an exciting afternoon, attendees gathered within the resort's 66,000 square feet of indoor meeting space for dinner with a menu highlighting local fare like Hawaiian paella. Entertainment for the evening included authentic Hawaiian hula and fire dancers.

Take a look at a few highlights from the opening reception at Meetings Today LIVE! Hawai'i 2023. 


Meetings Today LIVE! Hawai'i 2023 Opening Reception

Waterfall at Hilton Waikoloa Village
Dolphins at Hilton Waikoloa Village
Planners taking a boat tour of Hilton Waikoloa Village
Opening Reception at Hilton Waikoloa Village
The Meetings Today team at Hilton Waikoloa Village
Dancers perform the traditional Hawaiian hula at Hilton Waikoloa Village
Fire dancers at Hilton Waikoloa Village
Hilton Waikoloa Village Sunset
The Meetings Today team at Hilton Waikoloa Village
A hula dancer at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Meetings Today LIVE! Hawai'i 2023 - Day One

Group Photo at Meetings Today LIVE! Hawai'i
Breakfast at Hilton Waikoloa Village
Kainoa Daines (HVCB)
Chefs prepare lunch at Fairmont Orchid Hotel
Lunch at Fairmont Orchid
Planners at Fairmont Orchid
Dinner at Mauna Lani with Sunset
Dinner at Mauna Lani
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Taylor Smith joined Stamats in May 2022 as a content developer, destinations and features for Meetings Today. Smith has experience covering everything from travel to breaking news and graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in news and magazine journalism. Previously, she’s written for St. Louis Magazine and worked as an editorial assistant and apprentice for Aubree Nichols, who has been published in premier publications such as The New York TimesELLE and The Los Angeles Times.