Statewide News Releases
- WHAT’S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - APRIL/MAY 2016
- May 3, 2016
Following the completion of more than $110 million in renovations, the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki is scheduled to open in summer 2016, becoming Oahu’s first Hilton Garden Inn and the chain’s largest property worldwide. The new resort will offer 623 rooms, including 32 suites redeveloped to satisfy modern, multigenerational travelers. Renovations will also include a full-service restaurant and lounge, a grab-and-go market, an upgraded contemporary lobby with a two-story cathedral ceiling, an enhanced pool deck, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. HiltonGardenInn.com
- WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016
- February 1, 2016
Recently developed 808 Center is Honolulu’s newest three-story restaurant and entertainment complex. Located in the heart of the city, and a 10-minute walk from Ala Moana Shopping Center, 808 Center features 11 dining options, two full service salons and a karaoke entertainment center. Coming soon to 808 Center are Jean Marc French Cuisine by JJ, Flower and Spoon, Café Plumeria (formerly known as Ailana Shave Ice), Cake M, Hawaii Voice, Kapalau Custom Jewelry and Jean Marc Patisserie by JJ (also known as JJ Bakery). 808 Center features Hawai‘i’s first vertical parking garage and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Facebook.com/808Center
- THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, FROM THE ICONIC TO THE UNEXPECTED
- January 12, 2016
Six distinct islands provide surprising experiences at every turn.
- HAWAII RECOGNIZED WITH PRESTIGIOUS TRAVEL TRADE AWARDS
- December 17, 2015
Travel Weekly Honors Hawaii as “Best in Destinations, U.S. State” and Maui as “Best in Destinations, Hawaii” for 12th straight year.
- WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - HOLIDAYS IN HAWAII AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016
- November 18, 2015
Named after the paakai (salt) ponds that once dotted the low-lying wetlands of what is now Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood, SALT at Our Kakaako is designed to become the city’s epicenter for local culture, food, shopping, and innovative events. Repurposing existing area structures, landowner Kamehameha Schools is planning a lively, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Set for opening in late 2015, SALT at Our Kakaako is expected to be Hawaii’s first urban mixed-use, mixed-income community. OurKakaako.com
- HAWAII VISITORS AND CONVENTION BUREAU NAMES TOM MULLEN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
- October 19, 2015
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) is pleased to announce Tom Mullen has joined the organization in the newly created position of senior vice president and chief operating officer. He began work on Sept. 1, replacing Wayne Arita, HVCB’s chief financial officer, who retired in September.
- HAWAII VISITORS AND CONVENTION BUREAU NAMES MARY NEISTER VICE PRESIDENT OF MEET HAWAII
- October 5, 2015
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) welcomes hospitality sales and marketing veteran Mary Neister to its team as vice president of Meet Hawaii. In this position, she will have the responsibility of leading HVCB’s sales efforts for meetings, conventions and incentives (MCI), and work in partnership with the Hawaii Convention Center team to grow the meetings market for the Hawaiian Islands.
- What's New In The Hawaiian Islands - September 2015
- September 1, 2015
An $18 million dollar renovation of the beachfront Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Oahu is currently underway. Upon completion of renovations in October 2015, guests will notice a dynamic redesign of the resort’s porte cochere, main lobby and front desk area. In addition, the grand Kona Moku Ballroom’s new design concept will include new wall covering, lighting, carpeting, doors, wood paneling, painting and new signage.
- WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - JULY/AUGUST 2015
- July 23, 2015
Reopening in 2016, the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel will be rebranded as Hilton Garden Inn Kauai/Wailua Bay. In addition to gaining a new name, the property will undergo a renovation to include the complete refurbishment of all rooms, its lobby and meeting spaces, and exteriors. Once completed, the renovated property will be the only Hilton branded hotel on Kauai and the second Hilton Garden Inn in Hawaii.
- HAWAII HONORED WITH TRAVELAGE WEST WAVE AWARDS
- June 22, 2015
The Hawaiian Islands received top honors at the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards for “Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, USA” and “Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support.” The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) accepted the awards on June 11 in Marina Del Rey, Calif.