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December 20, 2016

The Latest Event Hotel News in Hawaii


The news this week of plans for a massive new Atlantis resort in Hawaii is only the latest in a flurry of updates from event hotels in the destination. 

The new Atlantis Ko Olina will be part of the Ko Olina development, which sits on 642 acres on the white sand beaches of Oahu. China Oceanside and Kerzner International Holdings Limited, who are developing the new resort, have billed it as a sophisticated lifestyle experience. 

The new resort will have event space for both small and large gatherings, according to the two companies, although no further details were available as of yet. With a design that aims to celebrate the natural elements of Hawaii’s environment, the resort will have approximately 800 guest rooms and suites, as well as approximately 524 residences. Guests and residents will be able to enjoy a variety of unique amenities, from private gardens and private pools to a variety of experiences to a Beach Club. Luxury retail boutiques will be curated to offer a wide and interesting selection for shopping. The resort will also house a Spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, as well as a fitness centre. Younger guests will experience their own adventures, from discovering exotic marine life, to culinary lessons, to the latest innovations in technology. 

The move will mark the first Atlantis resort in the United States, along with the brand’s flagship in Dubai, Atlantis, The Palm and the new resort in China, Atlantis, Sanya Hainan which will open in 2017, as well as The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai. Kerzner said the company has plans to continue to grow and develop the Atlantis brand globally.

The New Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

Closer in, Hyatt plans to open the first Hawaii property in its Millennial-friendly Centric brand, the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, on January 19. 

The 230 room hotel will have a set of open-air, nontraditional meeting spaces situated off the hotel lobby. For food and beverage, Chef Yoshi Ohata will helm The Lanai bar and restaurant, offering a menu based on Pacific fusion cuisine. Other amenities will include a lounge pool, fire pits and a 24/7 fitness center. 

Marriott Wailea Beach Resort to Wrap Renovations

In renovations news, Marriott is set to finish renovations at the Wailea Beach Resort on Christmas Eve. The new event spaces at the property will span 30,000 square feet of indoor meeting and function space, along with 72,000 square feet of outdoor event space. All venues, including the new Makai Oceanview Ballroom, will offer sweeping Pacific Ocean views, enhanced Wi-Fi and a dedicated onsite A/V team. 

The update also encompasses the hotel’s 419 guest rooms and 56 suites, which now have new furnishings and enhanced in-room technology like mobile device mirror-casting, custom music streaming and personalized Netflix and Hulu content, as well as a slate of new dining concepts. The new Humble Market Kitchin by Chef Roy Yamaguchi is imagined as an ode to the chef’s grandfather Henry, who immigrated to Hawaii, set on the property’s highest point and offering an indoor/outdoor dining experience drawing influences from Japanese, Filipino, Chinese and Hawaiian cuisines. Kara Bar & Grill offers poolside cocktails, while the oceanside Whale’s Tale serves morning and afternoon snacks like cold pressed juices and local fruit smoothies, coffee drinks, breakfast pastries and acai bowls. 

hyatt regency maui new event lawn

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Expands Meeting Space

Also recently the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa announced a new expansion to its meeting and event space, which included the creation of a new outdoor space named the Halona Kai event lawn and expansions to the resort's Regency Club and Monarchy Ballroom. The enhancements aim to improve lighting and air quality, as well as reduce energy usage.

The newly redesigned Regency Club has been relocated to the resort's lobby level and now offers a larger outdoor terrace with ocean views and the resort's Oriental Gardens. The resort's remodeled Monarchy Ballroom is now more than 18,000 square feet with the ability to be divided into seven breakout rooms. It also now has an open-air pre-function space.

Overlooking Ka'anapali Beach, the new Halona Kai event lawn is more than 9,500 square feet with capacity for up to 500 guests for seated events or receptions. It is situated above the resort's half-acre pool, and it has been designed with acoustic and audio/visual systems and wired with 200 amp outlets and data and television cabling. 

The refreshed, 18,000 square foot Monarchy Ballroom has a new color scheme inspired by the island’s sunsets and floral colors, as well as a new Monarchy Terrace outdoor perfection space with an open-air walkway. New floor-to-ceiling windows have low-emissivity-coated glass, which helps minimize ultraviolet and infrared light, and indoor air quality was also improved with modern automation controls. Occupancy lighting sensors and LED lighting have reduced wattage and electricity usage by approximately 65 percent. 

Visit www.maui.regency.hyatt.com

Four New Hotels From Hilton

Finally, Hilton recently debuted four new hotels of its own in Hawaii. 

The 623-room Hilton Garden In Waikiki Beach opened in June with a 500 square foot event space that can host groups of up to 30. At 25 minutes from Honolulu International Airport and two blocks from Waikiki Beach, the hotel also has a new rooftop pool area with poolside bar, as well as the Holoholo Café & Market, which serves grab and go food.

June also saw the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, while in late September the company opened the Grand Naniloa, a DoubleTree Hotel, in Hilo Bay on Hawaii Island, making it the first global brand to have a presence in the area in decades and the second DoubleTree in Hawaii. In late September, the Hampton Inn and Suites Kapolei opened at the new Ka Makana Ali’i Mall in the West Oahu town of Kapolei. When completed later this year, the 1.4 million square foot mall will offer Hawaii residents and visitors approximately 150 shops and restaurants, a movie theater and two hotels including the Hampton.

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