Beyond their impressive natural beauty, the Hawaiian Islands also feature a number of exciting hotel and venue developments. Here's a run-down of what's new and upcoming on the meetings and events scene.
Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach in Kapa‘a is undergoing a complete transformation to become Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach later this year. Enhancements are being made to guest rooms, public spaces, the pool and the lineup of resort activities, and a large meeting space is also in the works.
All meeting spaces at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa were recently refreshed, including modernizing the resort’s 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and adding two new spaces. Additional guest room renovations continue in 2019.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa announced a multimillion-dollar renovation, beginning fall 2019, of the guest rooms. The two-year project will revamp guest rooms to feature authentic Hawaiian touches with a modern twist. The property also plans to implement a variety of energy saving aspects in order to continue with its sustainability practices including the retrofitting of the air conditioning systems.
The renovated guestrooms will elevate the experience for meeting and incentive groups at the resort, which is home to 100,000 square feet of flexible function areas, from beachfront venues and terraces to boardrooms with ocean views.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is in the middle of a large transformation of its oceanfront property on Ka'anapali Beach. The newly designed and completely renovated Beach Tower is completed, along with its reimagination of the 56,000-plus square feet of meeting spaces that now feature interior design inspired by the Pacific Ocean, waves and wildlife.
By spring 2020, the resort will unveil new retail spaces on the lobby level of the Beach Tower, new beach bar and dining experiences, a transformed workout facility and spa, new pools and redesigned walkways through the lobby gardens.
Four-star Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Waikiki Beach completed a $35 million renovation in October 2018. Built in the mid-1960s on lands once reserved for Hawaiian royalty, the retro-chic beach getaway now is home to 315 updated guestrooms that offer views of Diamond Head and the ocean.
Reimagined common spaces include its open-air lobby, third-floor lanai, state-of-the art fitness center and meeting and event spaces, such as:
- the third-floor Le‘ahi Lanai, and Le‘ahi pre-function spaces, which together offer over 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space;
- the new culinary concept, Deck, which is adjacent to the third-floor swimming pool and in direct view of Diamond Head;
- and Kapahulu Terrace, which houses the Royal Art Gallery with refurbished portraits of Queen Kapi‘olani and King Kalākaua for a unique space for breakouts, networking or cocktail receptions.
Renew is debuting its propertywide redesign and rebrand summer 2019, which will include activities to get guests outside of the hotel and experience the island like the locals do.
Renew's Wellness Concierge can organize special group outings and activities focused around rejuvenation like beach yoga followed by beach cleanups, treks through botanical gardens removing invasive species and more.
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