Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.
Krislyn Hashimoto and Maria Hartfield
(808) 523-8802
June 19, 2018


OAHU – The Island of Oahu, known as the Heart of Hawaii, sets the rhythm of the islands with exciting, new improvements, changes and additions on an ongoing basis. Below is a glimpse of new and dynamic updates with Oahu’s hotels and resorts, activities and entertainment, restaurants and cuisine, shopping, and festivals and events.


Hotels and Resorts

The Island of Oahu has a variety of hotels and resorts for travelers of all ages with varying budgets, and a multitude of packages to make any trip unforgettable.

  • Equus Hotel introduces The Paniolo, a cafe and bar in the lobby of this boutique hotel on Waikiki’s “West Side,” within walking distance of Ala Moana Shopping Center. Kelly Jeffers, well-known for his creative libations as bar manager at Mud Hen Water in Kaimuki, serves as a beverage consultant and will use many local products from Hawaii distilleries and breweries behind the bar, as well as some of his popular drink additives.
  • In 2018, Hilton Hawaiian Village celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Rainbow Tower with the 50 Years of Aloha package. The package begins with a room in the iconic tower including corner rooms with panoramic views, ocean front rooms with views of Diamond Head, and junior suites perfect for a family vacation. Guests then receive commemorative items such two rainbow fedora hats and a specialty beach bag, along with two complimentary Hawaii Five-0 cocktails from Tropics Bar & Grill or Tapa Bar. Travelers who book 50 Years of Aloha then get to expand their vacation through exclusive offers. When guests book any 50-minute massage at the resort’s Mandara Spa, they can receive $50 off a second treatment of equal or lesser value, and when booking one Snorkel Sail on the Spirit of Aloha catamaran, they can receive a second one at 50 percent off. To top it off, DFS Galleria will offer a buy one get one free deal on a specialty commemorative item in store.  
  • Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, a AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel located in cosmopolitan Waikiki, presents “Bubbles & Beats.” The weekly Saturday event features food, drink and live music at all-night happy hour prices. Starting at 4 p.m., pupu (appetizers) and drinks are served at happy hour prices until 10 p.m. at The Lanai bar. Stand-out specialty drinks include strawberry champagne with house-made strawberry puree, lychee martinis and strawberry mules. During the prime social hours of 6-9 p.m., local musicians provide live entertainment with ample seating at the bar, poolside or around the fire pit.
  • The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel presents its newly-renovated Diamond Head Wing. To celebrate the hotel’s newly-remodeled rooms, guests can book and stay under the Leahi package which includes Waikiki Aquarium tickets, dining credit, and special discounted rates.
  • Perched above world-famous Waikiki Beach, the brand-new Voyager 47 Club Lounge at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort will warmly welcome its first guests July 1, 2018.  Exclusive to resort guests staying in Voyager 47 Club level rooms and all suites, the premier club lounge provides a serene, oceanfront retreat for guests to enjoy complimentary, locally sourced bites, as well as premium coffee, craft beer and specialty cocktails. The venue can also be booked for private events, offering an inimitable setup with sweeping views of Diamond Head, iconic surf breaks and stunning sunsets.
  • Following a $35 million renovation, the Queen Kapiolani Hotel relaunches this summer. Located on Kapiolani Park, the Queen Kapiolani’s unique location—where Diamond Head meets Waikiki—speaks to all that Hawaii offers. At 19 stories, the hotel offers 315 guest rooms, a large open-air lobby that fronts Kapiolani Park, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an 8,000-square-foot, third-floor lanai and pool. In addition, the unveiling introduces a new culinary concept, DECK. The Queen Kapiolani partnered with Plan Do See to create the fun, yet relaxed restaurant, which serves cuisine inspired by local fresh catch and produce in a sharable style, as well as an array of craft cocktails.  
  • In partnership with Aqua-Aston Hospitality, the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is committed to raising the volume on efforts towards sustainable living and sustainable tourism in Hawaii. With the ever-increasing amount of plastic waste in the ocean and environment, paired with the alarming statistic and potential health implications of microplastics- which are found in 90 percent of bottled water, the Surfjack is launching a reusable water bottle program.


Activities & Entertainment

The Island of Oahu is brimming with fun-filled activities for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can explore Hawaii’s special culture and iconic history, or choose from a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities to energize the spirit.

  • With Atlantis Adventures new Sunset Appetizer Cruise patrons can take in the beautiful sunset while enjoying delicious appetizers on a cruise that travels along Oahu’s famed Waikiki coastline. Guests will enjoy a modern cocktail lounge lined with windows – perfect for soaking up the stunning views. The cruise includes complimentary transportation from select Waikiki locations, a welcome cocktail, and a hosted beverage package. 
  • Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese plantation workers to Hawaii – known as the gannenmono. Drawing from Bishop Museum’s rich plantation-era collections, Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawaii will use first-hand accounts, historic illustrations and authentic cultural objects to unfold the harrowing tale of the first approximately 150 Japanese workers to cross the vast Pacific from Japan to Hawaii, and how their trials, perseverance and victories shaped the history of the two island nations. The exhibit will be on display June 5, 2018-Feb. 24, 2019, in the historic Picture Gallery of the Hawaiian Hall complex.
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has launched a new Oahu tour named Pali Makani. This 30-minute tour by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters departs from Honolulu and soars over spectacular sights such as the Honolulu Harbor, graced by the renowned Aloha Tower; downtown Honolulu and Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in America; Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific; Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach Park; the legendary vistas of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head; and the iconic Pearl Harbor and Arizona Memorial.
  • The Polynesian Cultural Center will unveil Huki, its new, one-of-a-kind water show in July 2018. The show will celebrate the great ocean highway of the Pacific through captivating and intriguing stories performed by drummers, dancers, singers and storytellers on a new fleet of canoes.
  • SpaHalekulani at the Halekulani Hotel hosts the Living Well Series and Lectures that encourages guests to embrace and maintain a wholesome healthy lifestyle while traveling. For non-hotel guests, the cost to participate is $25 per session. Paying participants will receive a spa gift from SpaHalekulani.

Restaurants, Cuisine & Chefs

Oahu is known for its diverse culture, which is exhibited by the assortment of cuisine found throughout the island. With wonderful choices and an array of culinary options, there’s a restaurant fit for everyone.

  • The world’s largest open-air shopping center recently unveiled a new foodie destination. Lanai @ Ala Moana Center now features Agave & Vine, Ahi & Vegetable, BRUG, Da Spot, HiTEA Cafe, Mahaloha Burger, Sobaya, Musubi Cafe Iyasume, Teppanyaki Farmer and Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha. The remaining eateries, including Ike’s Love & Sandwiches and Seoul Mix 2.0 are opening soon. Lanai @ Ala Moana Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The contemporary food hall offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and grab-and-go options, and features indoor and outdoor seating for up to 450 customers.
  • Grondin hosts live jazz every last Sunday of the month during brunch in Honolulu’s historic Chinatown district. Enjoy brunch classics and cocktails in a New York-style bistro setting while listening to renowned jazz musicians play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additionally, Grondin offers Smash Burger Wednesdays starting at 5 p.m. at the bar featuring $7 Smash Burgers and $8 Chanchitos.
  • Hoku’s restaurant at The Kahala Hotel & Resort was renewed this Spring with a multi-million-dollar renovation, contemporary culinary concept and an exquisite new global Hawaiian cuisine menu by Chef de Cuisine Eric Oto.
  • In partnership with Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Mahina & Sun’s at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is making efforts towards a plastic free Hawaii. The Ed Kenney restaurant serves only sustainable seafood sourced mostly from local purveyors including MAO Organic Farms. In addition, the trendy eatery uses only biodegradable containers, doesn’t offer the use of plastic straws and is constantly redesigning the menu to promote a zero to low waste approach.
  • Merriman’s Honolulu is slated to open on Oahu in June 2018 in Ward Village in Kakaako. This will be Merriman’s Hawaii founder and pioneer of Hawaii Regional Cuisine Peter Merriman’s first Oahu location with Jon Matsubara as executive chef. The 6,000-square-foot space will seat up to 200 people with indoor and outdoor seating and a 14-person seat bar.
  • Waialua Estate Chocolate is now making bean-to-bar chocolate at its factory in Dole Cannery, next to The Coffee Shop. Patrons can watch as the chocolate bars are made, wrapped and packaged. The cocoa beans for the chocolate come directly from Waialua Estate’s 20-acre orchard on Oahu’s North Shore.


Festivals & Events

Oahu is home to the largest number of festivals and events throughout Hawaii. Visitors can connect with the local community and experience renowned events showcasing the island’s rich arts and culture, the world’s top amateur and professional sporting competitions, and the many ethnic celebrations exclusive to Oahu.

  • Aloha Festivals, the largest Hawaiian cultural celebration in the U.S., occurs throughout the month of September. Visitors and residents will be treated to a spectacular celebration of the Hawaiian culture through four signature events: the Royal Court Investiture and Opening Ceremony on Sept. 1, the 66th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea on Sept. 22, and the 72nd Annual Floral Parade on Sept. 29. In partnership with Aloha Festivals, Pearlridge Center will also host the Pearlridge Keiki Hoolaulea on Sept. 15. This year’s theme “No Ke Kai Kakou E - We Are of the Sea,” honors Hawaii’s unique ocean heritage.
  • The Great Waikiki Beer Festival on Aug. 18, 2018 at Hilton Hawaiian Village will gather artisan brewers and the biggest names in beer in Hawaii and beyond for an unforgettable evening. Now in its fourth year, attendees will be able to peruse more than 100 beers under the Waikiki starlight. Beer-friendly bites will also be available, while sounds from top local artists will ignite the evening.
  • On June 30, 2018, Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina will present its quarterly Summer Moonlight Market on the Ocean Lawn, inviting guests to sip, shop and dine under the stars against the panoramic background of the Pacific. The event features a celebrated program of artisanal craftsmanship with more than 30 artists, fashion and lifestyle purveyors. In addition, leeward coast farmers, distillers, brewers and chefs will highlight locally-sourced produce and dishes that showcase the bounty of the island in innovative ways.
  • Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha, the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, will return to historic Iolani Palace this year on Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Presented by Moanalua Gardens Foundation, visitors will enjoy two days of ancient and contemporary performances by twenty top hula halau (groups) and more. Admission to Iolani Palace will be free during the festival on a first come first served basis.
  • Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor celebrates the 121st birthday of Amelia Earhart on July 24. The museum fronts Luke Field on Ford Island, where Earhart ground looped her Lockheed Electra on takeoff on March 20, 1937, while attempting her round-the-world flight. There will be a free birthday celebration with cake and punch at 11 a.m.
  • The Hawaii United Okinawa Association will host its 36th Okinawan Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center, Sept. 1-2, 2018.  The festival will feature Okinawan food, entertainment, shopping, exhibits and the largest indoor bon dance on Saturday evening.
  • Ko Olina Resort will present the 5th Annual Ko Olina Children’s Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, a benefit for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. The event will feature live stage performances, balloon twisters, face painters and concludes with a blockbuster movie on the beach at sunset.
  • Race Ko Olina presented by Four Seasons Oahu will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. The race will consist of five events including the Sprint Triathlon, 10k Run, 5k Run, Keiki Run-Swim-Run Biathlon, and the Keiki 1k Fun Run.



  • Hawaiian Airlines announced that it will begin daily non-stop flights between Long Beach (LGB) and Honolulu (HNL) in the summer, offering Southern California travelers another convenient option for direct service to Hawaii. The new route, being inaugurated May 31 out of Honolulu on Hawaiian’s new Airbus A321neo aircraft, complements the carrier’s popular daily flights at nearby Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
  • Southwest Airlines has announced in addition to offering service between the mainland and Hawaii, it intends to offer interisland service as well and will set prices lower than currently available.

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Contact:             Krislyn Hashimoto

Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.

Phone: (808) 523-8802