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WHAT'S NEW LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020
NEW HOTEL DEVELOPMENTS
Following a yearlong renovation, the former Waikiki Parc hotel reopened on October 25 as the Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani. The new luxury boutique hotel encompasses 284 guest rooms; four suites; the first ever Halekulani Bakery and Restaurant, a full-service, all-day casual dining concept; an eighth-floor pool deck and bar; and a fitness studio. Inspired by its neighboring sister property Halekulani, the Halepuna, or “House of Welcoming Waters,” is described by its team as “the first upscale boutique hotel in Waikiki.” www.halepuna.com
To mark the milestone of its 10th anniversary, the Trump International Hotel Waikiki is offering a new, limited-time vacation offer. The hotel’s "Celebrating 10 Years of Trump Waikiki" special anniversary package includes accommodations in a one-, two- or three-bedroom suite; a bottle of champagne with Trump logo keepsake champagne flute glasses; a luxurious 60-minute Trump Customized Massage treatment for two at The Spa at Trump; and private chauffeured round-trip ground transportation from the airport. The package can be reserved for stays from now through March 31, 2020. Use the promo code 10YR, book as “Celebrating 10 Years of Trump Waikiki Offer, “or call (877) 683-7401. www.trumphotels.com/waikiki
White Sands Hotel, a classic Waikiki Beach property renovated for modern travelers, is aiming to tap into what the hotel’s team describes as “the Kuhio Avenue ‘Bamboo Bar’ lounge culture of the early 70s.” The hotel’s public spaces, as well as its culinary offerings by Fete Restaurant Group, are set to be revamped in the months ahead. www.whitesandshotel.com
The new Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, A Sensei Retreat has begun accepting reservations for stays from from November 1 and beyond, with a focus exclusively on wellness retreats. The new adults-only all-inclusive property offers a comprehensive and fully customizable program tailored to individual needs. Four Seasons has partnered with Sensei, the well-being company founded by Larry Ellison and Dr. David Agus, as well as Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, to create what it describes as “a new dining concept for an extraordinary level of wellness, luxury hospitality and dining expertise all under one roof in a location as private and beautiful as Lanai.” www.fourseasons.com/koele
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui resort recently completed an extensive makeover of its breakfast restaurant, fitness center, ballroom and foyer. The completely reimagined Kea Lani Restaurant offers guests a contemporary design, alfresco dining and innovative menu, featuring a farmers-market selection of produce and proteins, and an international menu of breakfast favorites with island flavors. The resort’s brand-new fitness center offers panoramic views and new equipment, including immersive Peloton bikes, dynamic training areas and flexibility zones. The transformation of the Kea Lani Ballroom and Foyer embraces tropical tones to create an appealing backdrop for galas and signature events. www.Fairmont-Kea-Lani.com
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is finishing the second phase of its property transformation with a multimillion-dollar renovation of its lobby. Slated for completion in November, the renovated space will welcome guests with a new lobby bar and café, lounge, and reception area in an open-air setting designed to bring the outdoors in with an expansive lanai and viewing deck, offering panoramic views of Kaanapali Beach. Renovations will also include a new family game room on the lower lobby level. The resort completed renovation work on its 508 guestrooms and suites in July 2018. www.marriott.com
The all-new Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection is set to debut in January 2020 on the island of Hawaii following a resort-wide reimagination and renovation. Described as a luxury lifestyle resort, the property will open with contemporary guest rooms and suites, five private bungalow residences, five restaurants and lounges, three distinct pools, and a signature spa and wellness haven, as well as its Kainalu active-pursuits program, Living Culture program and interactive Holoholo Kids Circle. www.aubergeresorts.com/maunalani
Koloa Rum Company recently broke ground on its new headquarters on Maluhia Road in Koloa town. The expansion will more than double the size of its current facilities, creating a 45,000 square-foot distillery and warehouse, which will also include a tasting room, company store and free-standing café. To recognize and honor the agricultural heritage of Koloa town – where Hawaii commercial sugar production operations were first introduced in 1835 – expansion plans also include the planting and cultivation of 10 to 12 acres of on-property sugar cane fields. Koloa Rum will also refurbish old plantation camp structures into workforce housing and a museum that will share the rich history of sugarcane production in the area. Completion of the project is currently projected for September 2020. www.koloarum.com
Chef John Mastubara recently opened his new restaurant Feast in Oahu’s Manoa Valley neighborhood, featuring a menu of dishes refined throughout his career working in a number of prestigious kitchens. His menu includes a hamburger steak aiming to match the comforting flavors of a Hilo diner. www.feastrestauranthawaii.com
Bar Maze, a collaboration between Bar Leather Apron co-owners Tom Park and Justin Park, and Chris Kajioka, chef/co-owner of Senia, is currently under construction in Honolulu's Kaka‘ako neighborhood. Overseen by Justin Park, Bar Maze’s cocktail program will aim to offer an inventive and convivial bar experience with thoughtful service, while Chef Kajioka’s food menu showcases ingredients sourced largely from Hawaii farmers, ranchers and food purveyors. Bar Maze will feature classic and new cocktails alongside bubbles, beer and bottled cocktail offerings, all complemented by Chef Kajioka’s peak-season cuisine.
Bar Podmore, a new bar by Senia chef/co-owner Anthony Rush and Senia co-owner Katherine Nomura, is aiming for a 2020 opening in downtown Honolulu. barpodmore.
ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
On Kayak Kauai’s new Whale Watch and Snorkel Tour, guests guide a sea kayak along the south shore coast of Po‘ip?, experiencing the scenic area that is home to Spouting Horn, Lawai Valley, Nomilu Pond and the cove of Wahiawa. By kayak, guests paddle sea paths taken by early Polynesians and whaling captains, from Kloa to Port Allen. The Poipu Whale Watch and Snorkel by Sea Kayak is offered from October through April. www.kayakkauai.com
On Kauai ATV’s Makauwahi Cave Tour, guests are invited to see mankind’s impact on a fragile ecosystem and become a part of preserving native endangered species and Hawaiian culture. The tour visits Kauai’s fossil-rich, limestone Makauwahi Cave, which has attracted archaeologists and visitors from around the world. Guests learn about the history of the cave’s ecosystem gleaned from fossils and artifacts found by scientists, stroll through a tortoise ranch and visit a thousand-year forest populated by Native Hawaiian plants. The tour also visits Kauai movie-production sites and shares the history of sugar plantations in Hawaii. A portion of the tour’s proceeds support the Makauwahi Cave Reserve. www.kauaiATV.com
Bishop Museum will present its new original exhibit “Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaii,” from December 14, 2019, through May 3, 2020, in its Castle Memorial Building. Utilizing the museum’s research and collections in partnership with the local surfing community, the exhibit will explore surfing’s history and its ongoing technical and cultural developments, which have made the sport an international phenomenon. Highlights of the exhibit include displays of the oldest traditional Hawaiian surfboards alongside surfboards belonging to legendary surfers like Duke Kahanamoku. Interactive displays will teach visitors about surf forecasting. And archival photos and rare memorabilia at the exhibit will share surfing’s roots in traditional Hawaiian culture and influence on modern Hawaii culture. www.bishopmuseum.org
In December, the Polynesian Cultural Center will unveil its all-new Alii Luau Show “‘Onipaa,”a tribute to Kingdom of Hawaii monarch Queen Liliuokalani. (Onipa‘a is Hawaiian meaning “steadfast.”) Guests will experience a Hawaiian luau “fit for a Queen,” including lei greeting, unveiling of the imu (underground oven) and blessing of the food. Visitors to the center’s Hukilau Marketplace can now grab a bite to eat and get a taste of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s offerings on the new Holoholo Canoe Ride, a 25-minute guided tour highlighting activities guests can experience at the center’s six island villages representing Tonga, Fiji, Aotearoa, Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti. www.polynesia.com
The $6 million, two-story Damien and Marianne of Molokai Education Center is set for a fall 2020 opening on Kal?kaua Avenue in Waikiki. The center will share the history of the villages of Kalawao and Kalaupapa on Molokai’s Kalaupapa Peninsula, the Hawaii Hansen’s Disease patients who were exiled on the peninsula for more than a century, and Roman Catholic Saints Damien De Veuster and Marianne Cope. The center will include interactive exhibits, historic displays and artifacts, and video presentations. www.damienandmarianne.org
Bike Hawaii recently introduced a solar powered bike tour to its lineup of eBike tours of Honolulu’s Koolau mountain rainforests. The 250-watt electric-assist mountain bike eases the tour’s 5-mile uphill climb before the road’s eventual descent. Bike Hawaii also recently introduced a full-day private Koolau Waterfall Hike and Kamehame Ridge combination tour, which covers the scenic visitas of two privately-owned Oahu properties. www.bikehawaii.com
Hawaii Forest and Trail recently launched new private, exclusive Oahu tours for up to 12 guests. Guests can choose to personalize their adventure and do a waterfall swim, beach walk or two great hikes – one of these also incorporating a mountain picnic – within a four-hour minimum tour. Transportation, snacks and beverages are included. Also new is Hawaii Forest and Trail’s tour of Oahu’s ridgeline Palehua trail. www.hawaii-forest.com
The Honolulu Museum of Art is presenting its second major exhibition of 2019, “Contemporary Landscapes: Li Huayi,” now through January 5, 2020. The museum praises Li as “one of the leading innovators in Chinese ink painting at a time when (the) field is experiencing a remarkable transformation. His intricate landscapes are a joy to view, and immerse the viewer in breathtaking environments that present a bold new vision of contemporary aesthetics.” The main exhibition of Li’s art is accompanied by a focus exhibition in the Oahu museum’s Atsuhiko and Ina Tateuchi Thematic Gallery, juxtaposing the artist’s contemporary interpretations of the Buddhist concept of the Pure Land with historic artworks from the museum’s collection, including its renowned 14th century Taima Mandala. www.honolulumuseum.org
Hawaii-based helicopter company Paradise Helicopters is readying to launch two new Oahu air tour experiences: a 90-minute Legends of West Oahu Tour, and a nearly five-hour Oahu Eco Landing Tour. The latter includes a landing and native tree planting at Gunstock Ranch’s Hawaiian Legacy Forest. Both tours depart from Kalaeloa Airport in west Oahu.www.paradisecopters.com
Hoku Hawaii Tours recently launched its Haleakala Sunset Dinner and Stargazing Experience, offering guests a view of the sunset from the summit area of the Maui volcano, followed by dinner and an evening of telescope stargazing. According to Hoku Hawaii, participants will “learn about the history of Maui, the Native Hawaiian (culture) and discover the ancient art of wayfinding,” while listening, “to legends passed down for generations that perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.” www.hokuhawaiitours.com
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has a few tips for avoiding holiday crowds at the park. Want to see changes to Kilauea volcano resulting from last year’s dramatic eruptive events? Set your alarm! Park rangers advise arriving at sunrise to avoid holiday crowds if your wish list includes scenic viewpoints at the volcano’s summit like Steaming Bluff, Crater Rim Trail and Kilauea Iki Overlook. If you arrive at the park during peak hours, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., head down Chain of Craters Road for a view of Kilauea volcano’s ocean side, or head up Mauna Loa Road to experience the park’s other volcano, 13,679-foot Maunaloa. The park’s Klauea Visitor Center will open one hour earlier beginning December 20, and will limit its park movie to six shows a day, before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but everyone’s first stop should be its official website www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes for park alerts and even more tips on avoiding visitor congestion.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu invites residents and visitors to come taste the fresh, local flavors of one of Hawaii’s most popular dishes, poke, at the inaugural Kauai Poke Fest, set for November 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include a poke competition featuring Hawaii restaurants and chefs, a farmers market showcasing island vendors, a celebrity chef panel – with Kauai pro surfer Sebastian Zietz and Mel Tanioka from Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering on Oahu – and a poke demonstration by renowned Hawaii chef Sam Choy. Proceeds from the event will benefit Kauai Habitat for Humanity. For more information on participating, competing or attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fourth-annual Poipu Food & Wine Festival – a partnership between Poipu Beach Foundation, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kauai Community College (KCC) and the Hawaii Tourism Authority – is set for November 6-9. The foodie event will include a chef demonstration and farmers market, a series of hands-on cooking classes, and an inaugural fundraising gala showcasing the island’s best chefs and student culinary leaders of the future cooking side-by-side. Proceeds from the gala will help KCC’s Culinary Arts Program provide financial assistance for students. KCC’s program annually trains 60 students, many of whom move on to careers in the local culinary industry. www.poipufoodandwinefestival.com
Hokuala Kauai, A Timbers Resort will host the three-day Chuck Cook Golf Camp, January 12-15, offering participants an opportunity to play the resort’s 18-hole Ocean Course with PGA Pro and Golf Instructor Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Cook. The golf camp will include a casual fireside Q&A with Cook, hands-on instruction, 18 holes of golf and a dinner celebration featuring a special presentation by Cook. The cost of the golf camp is $1,900 per guest, and the camp will be limited to 16 participants. For more information, call (877) 204-2954, or email email@example.com
Na ina Kai Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park will host its annual Hoaloha Day on January 20, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering guests opportunities to stroll the gardens’ Kaula Lagoon, bronze sculptures, waterfall, shower tree park, Japanese teahouse, herb garden and other landmarks. The day will feature performances by local musicians and halau hula, and docents will be on hand to share knowledge and history of the gardens. Entry is $10 per person. www.naainakai.org
The Pearl Harbor National Memorial will host daily events leading up to the 78th commemoration of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. From December 1-7, participate in a variety of events from family-fun History Day to Art in the Park, to the 78th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration; each day will encourage visitor’s appreciation for history through educational, interpretive and interactive activities. As always, entrance to the memorial, as well as event activities each day, are free. www.pacifichistoricparks.org
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a trio of professional surfing competitions, held on the famed surf breaks of Oahu’s North Shore, annually crowning the World Surf League’s world champion. Competitions happen this year between November 13 and December 20 at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, Sunset Beach and Ehukai Beach Park (aka the Banzai Pipeline). The trifecta is also highlighted by a diversity of social community events on the North Shore, spearheaded by longtime partner Vans, other event sponsors and local businesses. www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com.
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, one of Hawaii’s longest-running food festivals, is set for its 49th annual edition, November 1-10. The festival, which celebrates all things related to the coffee farmers, farms, roasters and world-renowned coffee beans grown on the island’s Kona Coast, includes nearly 50 events spread out over its 10 days. Festivalgoers are invited to enjoy coffee tastings, cupping competitions judging Kona’s best coffee, farm and mill tours, coffee art exhibitions, an evening lantern parade through historic Kailua-Kona, food events, and lots more. www.konacoffeefest.com.
The Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival is a free, open-to-the-public, family-friendly festival featuring performances by masters of Hawaiian steel guitar, alongside private workshops and jam sessions where festival guests can play steel guitar alongside the masters. The third annual edition of the festival is set for February 7-9, 2020, at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. www.hawaiisteelguitarfestival.com.