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WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS – JUNE 2012
Experience what's new with Hawaii's events and attractions, developments in the islands, accolades, and transportation updates.
EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS
- The National Football League (NFL) recently announced the Pro Bowl’s return to Oahu’s Aloha Stadium on January 27, 2013. Fans from around the world and state will have the opportunity to engage with NFL players and coaches during autograph sessions, practices, clinics and parties throughout the week leading up to the game. For more information, visit NFL.com/ProBowl.
- Get a behind the scenes look at the USS Missouri’s (Oahu) starring role in the Universal Studios’ feature film Battleship during a new Battleship the Movie Tour. Guests will tour filming areas from the movie and learn how Universal was able to restore the USS Missouri and transform her into a fully functioning film set. Lights. Camera. Action. For more information, visit USSMissouri.org.
- The Kahala Hotel and Resort on Oahu will honor the 100th birthday anniversary of American chef Julia Child with a series of culinary events throughout the month of August. The spread of feasts includes a gourmet French dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation on August 12, The Kahala Wine and Food Festival: A Celebration of France on August 18, and other French-inspired gastronomic experiences offered at Hoku’s and the Plumeria Beach House at the Kahala Hotel. For information, visit KahalaResort.com.
- The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) will pay tribute to Tahiti and New Zealand during two cultural celebrations this summer. On July 13 and 14, guests can enjoy the captivating sights and sounds of Tahitian dance during the 13th annual Te Mahana Hiroa O Tahiti (Tahitian Dance Festival) competition at PCC. The following month, the Te Manahua Maori Cultural Competition from August 9-11 will feature the native culture of New Zealand. Highlights of the weekend’s events include a haka (male posture dance) and poi-e (a dance implement with a twirling ball on the end of a string), a concert by Maisey Rika and Ria Hall, two of New Zealand’s top artists, and a Maori Performing Arts competition. For more information, visit Polynesia.com.
- Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay is pleased to offer a unique wellness-chic haven with the Art of Wellness: a Yoga Retreat from July 13-15. Designed for health and wellness enthusiasts in search of personal discovery and relaxation, the three-day event will include daily sessions that feature Viniyoga – a combination of meditation, asana and breath work. Packages start at $610 for a single participant and $770 for double participants. For more information, call 800-321-4666.
- The alluring sounds of the slack key guitar will sweep the island of Lanai – from the beaches of Manele Bay to the upcountry of The Lodge at Koele – during the second annual Lanai Slack Key Festival from August 17-19. Throughout the three-day event guests will enjoy complimentary performances by legendary musicians. For more information, call 808-565-2388.
- Enjoy a uniquely Hawaiian beachfront experience at the all new Lava Lava Beach Club at Anaehoomalu Bay. Hawaii Island’s newest choice for laidback barefoot luxury features four contemporary freestanding cottages, a 120-seat open-air restaurant and bar, and an outdoor event lawn that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. Each of the cottages were designed, constructed and decorated to reflect a toes-in-the-sand beach chic lifestyle. Each cottage includes a private covered lanai, outdoor natural lava rock shower enclosure, a king size bed outfitted with luxurious linens, a punee (day-bed) in the living room area and a kitchenette should guests decide to go from bed to breakfast to beach. For more information, visit LavaLavaBeachClub.com.
- Nico’s at Pier 38 on Oahu recently opened the doors to its new space, a 160-seat open air restaurant complete with a full bar and fish market, and is now open seven days a week with dinner served from Monday through Saturday. Located just steps away from the Honolulu Fish Auction, Nico’s has a reputation for serving the highest quality seafood and a gourmet menu with a “plate lunch” delivery. For more information, visit NicosPier38.com.
- Honolulu’s (Oahu) newest waterfront venue for meetings and events, Harbor View Center, is now open at Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 38. Centrally located between the Honolulu airport and Waikiki, Harbor View Center offers two spaces including the executive conference room for 60 guests and the grand ballroom for 300 guests, all with incredible harbor views, ample free parking, state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, and first-class cuisine provided by Nico’s restaurant located below. For more information, visit HVCHawaii.com.
- Champion’s Steak and Seafood made its debut last month at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Oahu. Guests can enjoy an ono (delicious) yet affordably priced Hawaii-style plate lunch served with high quality steak, seafood or chicken. For more information call 808-921-0011.
- Hawaiian Airlines is anticipating a hot summer ahead and an even hotter fall season with the inauguration of two all new routes, one domestic and another international. Earlier this month, Hawaiian Airlines successfully launched its highly anticipated nonstop service between New York’s JFK International Airport and the Honolulu International Airport (Oahu). Hawaiian is also working strategically with JetBlue airlines to extend the spirit of aloha up and down the east coast. Visitors from New England to Florida can catch a JetBlue morning flight to New York, and then connect on Hawaiian Flight 51 departing at 10 a.m. and arrive in Hawaii by 3 p.m. Customers can purchase single tickets combining travel on both carriers and redeem HawaiianMiles and TrueBlue frequent flyer points or miles for travel on either carrier.
Sapporo will be the fourth gateway city in Japan serviced by Hawaiian Airlines. Pending approval from the Japan government, the thrice-weekly nonstop service is scheduled to launch in November 2012 between New Chitose Airport on the island of Hokkaido and Honolulu International Airport. For more information, visit HawaiianAir.com.
- Island Air recently added two more flights between Honolulu International Airport (Oahu) and Kapalua Airport. In total, Island Air operates 12 daily flights between Honolulu and Kapalua allowing Maui visitors more convenient access to the west side of the island. For more information, visit IslandAir.com.
- The Hawaiian Islands are among some of the Top 25 Destinations in the World and U.S. according to TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Honolulu on the island of Oahu received the highest score in the state, earning the No. 20 spot in the world and No. 5 in the U.S. Lahaina on Maui and Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island were also named to the U.S. list, ranking No. 21 and No. 25 respectively. For more information, visit TripAdvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations.
- The Hawaiian Islands received several top honors on a series of lists published by U.S. News and World Report recognizing the “Best Vacations.” Of particular note, Hawaii Island and Maui were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 for the Best Beaches in the USA with Oahu coming in close at No. 4. The lists of top vacation spots are compiled based on the opinions of travel experts and consumers. For more information, visit Travel.USNews.com/Rankings.
- Readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, two of the nation’s top travel publications, have given Travaasa Hana located on Maui’s eastern shore high marks for its spa and resort service. The Spa at Travaasa Hana was voted the No. 1 resort spa in the Hawaiian Islands for the second consecutive year in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 spa poll. Travaasa Hana also received the highest score on Maui and second best in the state for resort service in Travel + Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best Awards. For more information, visit Travaasa.com/Hana.
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.