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WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS – JULY 2012
Experience what's new with Hawaii's events and attractions, developments in the islands, accolades, and transportation updates.
EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS
- Catch the new Broadway-inspired musical “Honu By the Sea” created and composed by Johnson Enos at The Royal Hawaiian’s Monarch Room every Wednesday and Sunday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Ronald Bright, a mainstay in Hawaii’s theater community, will direct the 14-member cast for the show’s three month run from July 4 to September 30. Guests will take a journey under the sea with Kainoa, a Waikiki Beach Boy, where he meets a honu (sea turtle) named Malia and her ocean friends who are on a mission to rescue Malia’s mother. Spending the day with his new friends, Kainoa learns the value of friendship and caring for the ocean environment. For more information, visit HonuByTheSea.com.
- Families have a new reason to visit the Honolulu Zoo (Oahu). The all-new Children’s Discovery Forest features three demonstration zones including strand vegetation, dryland mesic forest species, and Polynesian-introduced species and cultivars. Keiki (kids) will learn about the native Hawaiian forest, cultural values such as kuleana (responsibility) and malama aina (care for the land), and sustainability. For more information, visit HonoluluZoo.org.
- Be a paniolo (cowboy) for a day out on Oahu’s Waianae Coast on a new Day Experience at the Historic West Oahu Riding Stables offered by E Noa Tours. Saddle up for a horseback ride to a centuries-old stone corral, followed by a hike to an ancient heiau (ancient Hawaiian shrine), and a Paniolo-style picnic lunch. The Twilight Experience is a second option that includes a horseback ride along the beach and a Paniolo BBQ dinner alongside a campfire. For more information, visit ENoa.com.
- Discover the lush windward side of Oahu on Bike Hawaii’s new hike and bike adventure. The tour includes a guided 2.25-mile moderate hike and 5-mile paved downhill bike ride where guests can explore the Koolau rainforest and a set of extinct cinder cones. For more information, visit BikeHawaii.com.
- Waikiki Trolley is offering two new walking tours, “History Through the Eyes of the Queen” and “Honolulu 1941,” highlighting two important periods of Oahu’s history. The first takes visitors through the Iolani Palace neighborhood recounting the life of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, and her final years on the throne before the native government was uprooted. During “Honolulu 1941,” guests will receive a rare glimpse of life in Honolulu during the WWII era. For more information, visit WaikikiTrolley.com.
- Located just minutes from the Kahului Airport, the Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport made its debut last month. Maui’s newest hotel offers 138 rooms, two meeting rooms, an outdoor pool and exercise center, and The Bistro, an American style restaurant open for breakfast and dinner. For more information, visit Marriott.com.
- Oahu’s Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach received an $18 million makeover. Highlights of the renovations include a new pool and pool-deck area, new elevators and interior upgrades to guest rooms, including beautiful new glass railings to oceanfront rooms ensuring unobstructed ocean views. For more information, visit OutriggerWaikiki.com.
- Enjoy live contemporary and Hawaiian entertainment, refreshing “Skinni” drink specials, island style cuisine and panoramic sunset views all at the newly rejuvenated Moana Terrace at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Oahu. Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the restaurant features a new menu complete with “Fit For You” dishes for health conscious diners, Happy Hour specials on food and drink items from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and a diverse line up of nightly entertainment from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit MarriottWaikiki.com.
- REAL a Gastropub is Ward Centers’ newest addition located in the former Tropics Bar and Lounge location on Oahu. Diners can choose from more than 200 bottled beers and 24 taps, and a tapa-style menu featuring local produce and meats. For more information, visit RealGastropub.com.
- A new brewpub and brewery Aloha Beer Co. opened last month near Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch and Crab on Oahu. Brew master Dave Campbell, who also brews beer for Sam Choy’s restaurant, features seven of his exclusive beers on tap: the Aloha Lager, Aloha Red, Aloha Dark, Aloha IPA, Aloha Blonde, Steam Ship Lager and Kiawe Honey Porter. Guests can enjoy a fresh brew along with a new menu created by Sam Choy’s kitchen featuring luau crab dip, spicy ahi with kale chips, and turkey legs along with some of its traditional favorites. For more information, visit Twitter.com/AlohaBeerCo.
- Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk on Oahu has added the art of yoga to its abundant list of complimentary amenities. Enjoy free weekly yoga classes taught by a certified instructor on the resort’s Grand Lanai. Yoga mats are provided, so no need to pack one. The resort is also unveiling a new in-suite yoga channel featuring Hawaii-based yoga classes streamed 24/7, so the suite’s living-room space becomes a private yoga studio. For more information, visit EmbassySuitesWaikiki.com.
- Beginning in November 2012, Hawaiian Airlines will commence nonstop service to Brisbane, Australia, becoming the only U.S. carrier to service the city, a key hub for onward travel throughout the country. The thrice-weekly flights between Honolulu (Oahu) and Brisbane will launch on November 27, increasing Hawaiian’s service between Oahu and Australia to 10 flights per week with daily service already operating to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. For more information, visit HawaiianAir.com.
- Guests of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Waikiki (Oahu) can now take advantage of the Starwood Waikiki Shuttle for seamless and affordable transportation between the Honolulu Airport and Starwood’s four iconic resorts – Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa, and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. The cost for a shared ride in the air-conditioned 21-passenger vehicle is $20 per person round trip or $12 per person one way and includes a lei greeting at the arrival gate and curb-to-curb hassle-free baggage handling. For more information, visit OnlyInWaikiki.com.
- The Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu received the Prime Site Award from Facilities & Destinations magazine for the 14th consecutive year. The honor recognizes excellence in several areas including location convenience, facility attractiveness and maintenance, staff professionalism, food and beverage, and technological capabilities. For more information, visit FacilitiesOnline.com.
- Café Pesto on Hawaii Island and The Oceanarium and Pagoda Floating Restaurant on Oahu each earned an OpenTable 2012 Diners’ Choice Award for being one of the “Top 75 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the U.S.” The list was compiled from nearly 5 million reviews submitted by diners on OpenTable. For more information, visit OpenTable.com.
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.