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Anna Piergallini
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April 03, 2018

WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SPRING 2018

HAWAII – Spring has sprung and there’s no better way of welcoming the season than experiencing it in the Hawaiian Islands. Make plans for the annual return engagements of a handful of popular Hawaii food, coffee and beer festivals, and the world’s most-renowned hula competition. This spring will also see the completion of multimillion-dollar renovations at two large resorts on Maui and the island of Hawaii, and a handful of notable restaurant openings. Read about all of it in our roundup below of top Hawaii spring highlights for the months just ahead.

For additional updates regarding each island, please reference the appropriate newsletter of each Island Chapter: the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau and Oahu Visitors Bureau.

NEW HOTEL DEVELOPMENTS

Hapuna Beach Resort on the island of Hawaii is undergoing a nearly $50 million renovation and will debut as The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort this spring. The renovation’s highlights include new dining concepts/restaurants Meridia, Naupaka Beach Grill, Ikena Landing and Piko Coffee+Bar; an adults-only pool; and wellness-inspired guest experiences, including a CrossFit studio, Westin Workout, Westin Kids' Club and Hapuna Spa. The resort’s lobby will feature a Living Wall vertical garden and interactive guest check-in pods, and its 232 guestrooms and 17 suites will be refurbished with Westin-brand signature room furnishings and fixtures. www.hapunabeachresort.com

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui recently announced the completion of property-wide renovations, which included transformed guest rooms, suites and residences; an enhanced lobby and pool experience; and the new food and beverage outlet Kai Café. The renovations coincide with the resort’s celebration of its milestone 25th anniversary. www.ritzcarlton.com

Sheraton Kauai Resort, situated alongside the white sands of Poipu Beach with views of the island’s south shore coastline, recently announced a full transformation of its 20-acre property, including guestrooms and suites in its Ocean Wing. Refreshed room categories include deluxe garden view, deluxe oceanfront, luxury oceanfront and ocean suite units. All guestrooms and suites will receive modern furnishings highlighted by an island-inspired color palette. Renovation of the resort’s Beach Wing is set for completion in April. www.sheraton-kauai.com

CULINARY

World-renowned chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame recently opened Morimoto Asia in the newly renovated Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. The 250-seat hotel signature restaurant is open for dinner only, with a menu integrating traditional Asian and Western ingredients, and specialty items, including dim sum plates, Peking duck and traditional wok fry dishes. www.alohilaniresort.com

Opening in the Hotel Wailea on Maui, Ondine is a new dining concept from noted Hawaii chefs Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush of Senia restaurant on Oahu. Ondine will be situated in three Hotel Wailea dining venues, including a private chef’s kitchen with a tasting counter, a garden with a view of the kitchen, and a private tree house. The chefs’ fare will focus on Maui regional ingredients procured from farming relationships exclusive to Ondine. www.hotelwailea.com

ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Honolulu Biennial Foundation announces the launch of Visions of the Future, a new Oahu programming initiative debuting with the collaborative photography and multimedia exhibit Flooded, featuring photography by Heami Lee, art direction by Allie Wist, food styling by C.C. Buckley and prop styling by Rebecca Bartoshesky. The six-week, pop-up exhibition is set for display on the ground floor retail suite of Luxury Row – an exhibit co-partner – at 2124 Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. The pop-up exhibit will mark the public debut of Flooded. www.honolulubiennial.org

Kapalua Golf Academy on Maui is offering a golf camp for kids designed to improve their game and develop athletic ability through development of their fundamental-movement and golf-specific skills. The camp is taught by PGA professional and academy Junior Development Instructor Chris Armanini who modeled it on Titleist Junior Development courses. Programs are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, and Fridays, with camp for juniors ages 5-10 from noon-1:30 p.m., and camp for juniors ages 11-17 from 2-3:30 p.m. Kapalua Golf Academy Junior Development Camp is priced at $250 for a two-day school, or $400 for a four-day school. www.golfatkapalua.com/junior-golf.com

The Kauai Museum recently unveiled Multimedia Table, a new interactive tool showcasing the museum’s home island of Kauai and its deep history and culture. Museum guests utilizing Multimedia Table will learn more about the island, meet a handful of its cultural representatives, and listen to song and chant. Kaua‘i Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.kauaimuseum.org

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

The 55th annual Merrie Monarch Festival is set for April 1-7 in Hilo on the island of Hawaii. In addition to its three nights of world-renowned hula competition, the festival features a number of free events that are open to the public. These include a kick-off hoolaulea (celebration) beginning at 9 a.m., April 1, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, and the Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair, featuring the works of local artisans and crafters, alongside live entertainment on April 4-6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And don’t miss the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade through downtown Hilo, hitting the streets at 10:30 a.m. on April 7. www.merriemonarch.com

This spring’s 10th annual Kau Coffee Festival will celebrate a decade of honoring the award-winning coffees grown in the island of Hawaii’s Kau district with its usual array of coffee-related activities, including the Miss Kau Coffee Pageant, a recipe contest, stargazing sessions, coffee farm tours, a scenic hike to the mountaintop water systems irrigating the district’s coffee fields, and more. As always, the two-week festival will culminate with its popular daylong community hoolaulea (celebration), this year set for May 5 at the Pahala Community Center and featuring live entertainment, hula performances, farm tours and coffee-infused arts, crafts and eats. The Kau Coffee Festival happens April 21-May 6. www.kaucoffeefestival.com

The Kauai Brewers Festival is set for April 28, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club, welcoming attendees for an afternoon tasting of craft beer from local and mainland breweries, food from Kauai restaurants, and live music. Tickets are $75 with early-bird purchase, $85 if purchased at the door. The festival, a benefit for Junior Achievement Kauai, is open to adults ages 21 and older. Early bird tickets may be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/kauaibrewersfestival

Lantern Floating Hawaii will take place on Memorial Day, May 28, in waters off Oahu’s Ala Moana Beach Park. At sunset, residents and visitors will float more than 7,000 lanterns on the beach’s calm waters, each carrying personal messages of remembrance for loved ones who have passed away or wishes for world peace. The annual event’s theme, "Many Rivers, One Ocean - Resonance," reflects the ceremony’s bridging of multiple backgrounds and cultures, and its collective message of peace. Lantern Floating Hawaii is officiated by Shinnyo-en and presented by its nonprofit Na Lei Aloha Foundation. The event is free and open to the public. www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com

The 37th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival will be held at Maui’s Kapalua Resort on June 7-10. Master sommelier Michael Jordan will again oversee a festival lineup of winemakers from around the world, Maui chefs and celebrity chefs – including Hubert Keller, Nancy Oakes and Nancy Silverton – for a weekend of tasting dinners and vino. Topics for the festival's interactive wine-tasting panel discussions will cover wines from California's Santa Maria Valley, Cabernet Franc wines, famous Pinot Noir wines, international wines and more. The festival schedule also includes a champagne and caviar wine seminar and tasting. www.kapaluawineandfood.com

TRANSPORTATION

Hawaiian Airlines announced it will begin daily nonstop flights between Long Beach, California, and Honolulu this summer, offering Southern California travelers another option for direct air service to Hawaii. The route will launch May 31 on the carrier’s new Airbus A321neo aircraft, complementing Hawaiian Airlines’ current daily flights from nearby Los Angeles International Airport. In addition, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota-based carrier Sun Country Airlines will launch a new Minneapolis-Los Angeles-Honolulu route in May with flights offered through August. www.hawaiianairlines.com www.suncountry.com