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The Islands of Hawaii

McNeil Wilson Communications
Rebecca Pang
Senior Account Supervisor
(808) 539-3424

For Immediate Release

April 09, 2013


Experience what's new with Hawaii's events and attractions, developments in the islands, accolades, and transportation updates. 


  • A new 15-acre resort will open its doors in Maui this summer. Andaz Maui at Wailea will have 297 rooms and suites, including seven three-to five-bedroom villas; a 15,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adults-only pool, apothecary retail and fitness facility; more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space and two restaurants, including Morimoto Maui, celebrity chef, Masaharu Morimoto’s second restaurant in Hawaii. Rooms are enhanced with private lanais for admiring the magnificent sunsets over Mokapu Beach, opulent bathrooms with ocean and garden view showers, and luxurious body products that invigorate the body and mind. For more information, visit
  • La Mer restaurant at Halekulani (Oahu) unveiled a new menu as part of a recent renewal of the hotel. Chef Alexandre Trancher designed the delectable menu, featuring a six-course “Menu Degustation,” which includes a cured foie gras with pineapple chutney and balsamic glaze, millefeuille of seasonal truffles and scallops on bok choy and sauce perigueux, and kadaif crusted lamb loin with eggplant caviar, lemon scented onion and thyme jus. La Mer recently received the top spot for restaurants in the 2013 Zagat Hawaii guide. For more information, visit
  • Travaasa Hana, Maui has revealed a special elopement package, featuring an inclusive stay, complete with gourmet meals, spa treatments, activities, and the personal services of a wedding specialist. Lush vegetation and black lava rock bluffs hugging the edge of the sparkling Pacific Ocean provide a dramatic setting for an intimate wedding (or civil union) and honeymoon.Located at the end of the famous Road to Hana on Maui’s picturesque eastern shore, Travaasa Hana is a quiet retreat made up of 70 cottages and suites, surrounded by natural beauty and known for its Hawaiian cultural heritage and small town charm. For more information, visit
  • Four Seasons Resorts Lanai recently completed several property enhancements at Manele Bay and The Lodge at Koele, refining the overall design aesthetic of the resorts to capture a distinct sense of place synonymous with Hawaii. The beauty, history and vibrancy of the culture are woven throughout both resorts, from the design to experiences. The most notable enhancements include new décor and furniture, debut of a private fine art collection showcasing local Hawaiian artists, Hawaiian themed tropical gardens and landscaping, and new restaurants and lounges, including the highly anticipated debut of Nobu Lanai. For more information, visit
  • Playing on the classic fairy tale, “The Three Little Pigs” Phillip “Ippy” Aiona, a finalist on Food Network’s Food Network Star last year has opened a new restaurant and gastropub in Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa (Hawaii, the Big Island). Three Fat Pigs, Restaurant & Gastropub opens in mid-March and promises patrons plenty of delicious fine dining options such as duck confit potpies and whisky-battered lobster fish and chips as well as a charcuterie bar offering delicious cured meats, cheeses and homemade jams. The bar above the restaurant will serve a wide variety of craft beers on tap from around the globe. For more information, visit
  • The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii (Hawaii, the Big Island) rolled into the New Year, completing an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation to its 495 guestrooms. The renovations were the largest guestroom refurbishment on the property since 1990. The new room décor is modern and luxurious with clean lines, incorporating uniquely Hawaiian elements into subtle touches throughout the space, highlighted by artwork by esteemed island artists. The hotel’s 54 suites now feature a new sectional sleeper, accent and coffee tables, a sleek dining area with a torchiere lamp, faux coral framed mirror and the same quiet hues and clean lines that give the guest rooms a refreshed look. For more information, visit


  • Maui will soon be home to Ocean Vodka, producing the only vodka in the world made from deep ocean mineral water and organic cane sugar. Opening in April 2013, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery will offer tours of the facility and tastings in a martini garden, highlighting fresh, locally grown ingredients like lavender, passion fruit, citrus, strawberries and pineapple. The water used to make the vodka is harvested from deposits 3,000 feet below Hawaii Island and shipped to the distillery to produce a 100% certified USDA organic, gluten-free product. For more information, visit
  • The Pan-Pacific Festival returns to Oahu from June 7-9, 2013, celebrating the rich and storied history of Japanese visitors to the Hawaiian Islands and bringing a weekend of fun and educational events for the entire family to enjoy. The festival begins with the Pan-Pacific Hoolaula (festival), followed by the Performing Arts Showcase and Hula Festival. The weekend culminates with a grand finale, the Pan-Pacific Parade through Kalakaua Avenue in world famous Waikiki. Every year, hundreds participate in the vibrant parade. For more information, visit
  • The International Waikiki Hula Conference (Oahu) offers a rare opportunity to learn, share and experience hula in the land of its birth, with respected masters and teachers. This year’s conference will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center from May 17-19, and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hilo’s famed Merrie Monarch Festival. All 80 workshops feature subject matter, mele (song), chant and hula with topics related to Hawaii Island, Hilo, Uncle George Naope and Aunty Dottie Thompson (founders of the Merrie Monarch Festival) and the Merrie Monarch himself, King David Kalakaua. For more information, visit
  • The 5th annual Kau Coffee Festival returns to Hawaii Island from April 26-May 4, 2013, celebrating the region’s world famous beverage with musical and hula performances, mill and farm tours, fun and educational events, delicious food and coffee. Last year’s festival added two new events, Kau Farmer’s Table: A Feast for the Senses and the Triple C Recipe contest. Both are returning for the 2013 festival, along with three new events, the Kau Coffee Experience, Coffee & Cattle Day and Kau Star Gazing. For more information, visit
  • In partnership with the Lanai community, and Jazz Alley TV, Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, is pleased to announce the third annual Lanai Ukulele Festival, June 21-23, 2013. The alluring sounds of the ukulele will sweep the island – from the beaches of Manele Bay to the upcountry of The Lodge at Koele. Throughout the free three-day event, guests will be treated to complimentary performances by legendary musicians. For more information, visit


  • On February 9, Allegiant Air began a new, non-stop service between Spokane (Washington) to Honolulu (Oahu). The airline is offering a $179-each-way introductory fare for the new route. For more information, visit
  • Hawaiian Airlines was ranked No. 1 as the most on-time carrier in the nation in 2012. The airline has now earned the top ranking by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Consumer Report for the past 9 years. Hawaiian Airlines also continues to make it easier to visit and explore the Hawaiian Islands with new developments, including:
    • Bolstering its routes between Honolulu (Oahu) and Oakland (California) and Portland (Oregon). From June 15 to October 3, Hawaiian will increase the Oakland flights from four days a week to daily. Starting May 10, the Portland route will see an increased flight capacity from 264 to 294 seats, adding 11,000 new air seats per year.
    • Naming its new interisland airline, Ohana by Hawaiian. The airline will fly between Honolulu and Molokai and Lanai. For more information, visit
  • In May 2013, Alaska Airlines will launch a Boeing 737-800 aircraft displaying artwork by the airline’s Paint the Plane contest winner, Kaiser High School student, Aaron Nee. Nee’s design reflects Hawaiian culture and history by depicting a voyaging Polynesian canoe, a yellow hibiscus, and a map of the Hawaiian Islands, and includes the tagline, “Spirit of the Islands.” For his grand prize design, Nee won a $5,000 scholarship and a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination. For more information, visit
  • Starting in early 2014, Princess Cruises will add two Hawaii sailings from Papeete (Tahiti) to Honolulu (Oahu). The 12-day voyage will include stops on Hawaii Island, Maui and Kauai. The ship will then sail from Honolulu to Vancouver (Canada), including additional stops in Kauai and Hawaii Island. For more information, visit


  • In January, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) received five Adrian Awards, including a coveted Platinum Award for its 2012 public relations efforts promoting “Hawaii’s Culinary Evolution,” at the prestigious Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards Gala Dinner Reception in New York. A Platinum Award is the highest honor bestowed in this global competition given to outstanding advertising, digital marketing and public relations campaigns in the hospitality industry. For more information, visit
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has been named the No. 1 Hotel in the World in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. The resort was also named the No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the World, No. 1 Hotel in the United States and No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the United States, as well as making the list of Top 25 Hotels for Service in the United States and World. It was also recently added to the TripAdvisor list of Top 10 Hotel Spas in America. For more information, visit
  • Ten Hawaii resorts are amongst the best in the country according to U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best Hotel rankings. At No. 2, The Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele was the top ranked Hawaii Resorts, followed by The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (7) and The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (13). The complete list includes 164 hotels. For more information, visit
  • Beach Bum Café, a coffee shop brewing only 100 percent Hawaiian coffee, was recently featured as a “must-try” coffee destination on a slideshow by the restaurant-rating website Zagat. The café roasts coffee in small batches by hand, a cup at a time to ensure the freshest taste possible. The slideshow showcased 50 exceptional coffee shops, one from each state in the country. For more information, visit