For the first time in nearly a decade, Sheraton Waikiki’s meetings and convention spaces have a new look, thanks to a recently completed, $1.4 million renovation project. The hotel features one of the largest ballrooms in Waikiki—the Hawaii Ballroom—offering nearly 26,000 square feet of space.

The 1,636-room resort is a top choice for groups of up to 2,500. In addition to the ballroom, there are other intimate suites and breakout spaces, several with spectacular ocean views. The Hawaii Ballroom foyer received new furnishings, which aim to create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere upon entry.

The renovation included the addition of 100,000 square feet of custom-designed carpet. Inspiration for its design came from Hawaii’s archipelago and its importance to the Pacific region. The carpet design details ocean current-inspired charts, while the colors were inspired by the surrounding land, ocean and sky. The carpet design also matches many of the cultural works of art housed at the Sheraton Waikiki.

In addition to the new customized carpet, more than 200 gallons of paint and primer were used. The upgraded ballroom also features 3,000 new banquet chairs. The upgrade work lasted about a month and opened on Friday, Sept. 8, when The Queen’s Health Systems (QHS) became the first group to have a function in the new space. Queen’s is the leading healthcare company in the islands and Pacific region.

An integral part of the event experience at the Sheraton Waikiki is its culinary offerings from Food & Beverage Director Ron Richter, Director of Culinary Daniel Delbrel, Executive Chef Matt Naula and their teams. The teams now have more than $200,000 in state-of-the-art buffet equipment as part of the upgrades. In addition, Sheraton Waikiki’s F&B operations adhere to a localized “farm-to-table” concept.