Paradise is...a meeting in HAWAII.It's no wonder more than half a million people visit Hawaii each year for conventions, conferences, and trade shows. An international business center where East meets West, Hawaii is an ideal location for meetings with a global focus, and the perfect place to rejuvenate re·ju·ve·nate
tr.v. re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing, re·ju·ve·nates
1. To restore to youthful vigor or appearance; make young again.
2. the mind, body, and soul. Delegates are drawn to this full-service destination for its unparalleled beauty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a special hospitality that even has its own name: the Spirit of Aloha.
THE ISLANDS OF HAWAII
Each of the Hawaiian Islands makes a breathtaking backdrop to any meeting. And activities and attractions abound, creating incredible possibilities for pre- or post-functions and nontraditional meeting spaces.
The new $350 million convention center in Hawaii's capital city of Honolulu is the crown jewel Crown jewel
A particularly profitable or otherwise particularly valuable corporate unit or asset of a firm. Often used in risk arbitrage. The most desirable entities within a diversified corporation as measured by asset value, earning power, and business prospects; in takeover on the island of Oahu. And in nearby Waikiki, convention-goers can enjoy some of the finest cuisine and entertainment around. More than two dozen resorts and 38,000 guest rooms can be found on Oahu's five surrounding islands, and each offers its own distinct culture and charm.
Maui, "The Magic Isle," is the site of Kaanapali, the world's first master-planned resort. Now it's been joined by two more exquisite properties--Kapalua and Wailea--and all three are ideal spots for groups large or small. The island is famous for whale watching Whale watching is the practice of observing whales and other cetaceans in their natural habitat. Whales are watched most commonly for recreation (cf. bird watching) but the activity can also be for scientific or educational reasons. , spectacular golf courses, and the awesome beauty of Mount Haleakala, a 10,000-foot extinct volcanic crater. Off the beaten path, the rural town of Hana has waterfalls and tropical jungles, and Lahaina's one-time whaling port is, now a quaint historical district.
Mother Nature shows her stuff on Kauai, Hawaii's "Island of Discovery" From the rugged Napali Coast to Waimea Canyon, the island features some of the world's most beautiful mountains and beaches. Major resorts and hotels at Poipu, Kalapaki Beach, Wailua-Kapaa, and Princeville together offer more than 4,000 guest rooms and some of the most picturesque golf courses in the world.
Hawaii's Big Island, as it's called, covers more than 4,000 square miles of stunningly diverse terrain, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 209,695 acres (84,926 hectares), on Hawaii island, Hawaii; est. 1916. The park contains two of the most active volcanoes in the world—Kilauea with its fire pit, called Halemaumau, and Mauna Loa with the active Mokuaweoweo crater , the No. 1 visitor attraction in the state located in lush, tropical Hilo. The Kohala Coast on the island's northwest side boasts world-class resorts and meeting facilities--more than 3,700 rooms in all.
The smaller, more secluded islands of Molokai and Lanai Lanai (lənī`), island, 141 sq mi (365 sq km), central Hawaii, W of Maui island across the Auau Channel; Mt. Lanaihale (3,370 ft/1,027 m) is the island's highest point. For many years the island was used for sugarcane raising and cattle grazing. offer great getaway opportunities for smaller gatherings. Elegant hillside lodges and beachfront beach·front
A strip of land facing or running along a beach.
Situated along or having direct access to a beach: beachfront hotels; beachfront property.
Noun 1. hotels make wonderful spots for board retreats and strategic-planning meetings.
With its range of venues, Hawaii offers meeting executives the opportunity to get creative when it comes to conference planning. The American Association of Orthodontists The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, is an American advocate group for orthodontists. Most American orthodontists, about 95 percent, are members. They are also dentists and are members of the American Dental Association. , St. Louis, Missouri, for example, plans to convene on three different islands during its 2003 meeting. The group of 20,000 will begin its program at the Hawaii Convention Center The Hawai'i Convention Center, located at 1801 Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, Hawai'i on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu in Waikiki, is the flagship civic exhibition center in the State of Hawai'i. before breaking away to neighboring islands for educational sessions--the goal being to allow attendees to experience as much of Hawaii as possible, while showcasing the special charm each island has to offer.
HAWAII CONVENTION CENTER: FORM, FUNCTION, AND THE FEELING OF PARADISE
Honolulu is already an impressive meeting destination, and the new convention center has made it all the more so. Opened in 1998, the Hawaii Convention Center is as dramatic and steeped in the spirit of the islands as Hawaii itself. Historians worked side by side with architects to achieve a contemporary Hawaiian sense of place: Landscaped grounds, terraces, and courtyards account for more than 6 acres of the 10-acre site, while inside, paintings of volcanoes, mountains, ocean, and waterfalls grace the walls alongside those depicting Hawaiian gods and myths. Rooftop canopies recall images of Polynesian sailing canoes and the first island settlers. But, best of all, the four-story facility ensures the utmost in convenience, flexibility, and state-of-the-art features.
The convention center's high-tech offerings include
* simultaneous multilingual translation in all major meeting rooms;
* satellite up- and down-link capability;
* the ability to support up to 400 computers in one meeting room;
* a connection to the Maui Super Computer, one of the world's most powerful;
* coaxial cable for video interconnects in all major areas;
* fiber optic and category 5 twisted-pair cable for highest speed and quality voice/data communication--no additional cabling required to access the Internet;
* pressroom with global links to any country in the world; and
* electronic message boards throughout the building.
The convention center can be adapted to accommodate the particular needs of meeting and event planners. The 200,000-square-foot, ground-floor exhibition hall is located just beyond the center's main entry and registration area to maximize its accessibility to delegates and exhibitors. The fourth-floor., ballroom offers more than 35,000 square feet of space under its 25-foot ceiling. It can also be divided into three rooms, each with its own food-service capabilities.
The center's 107,426 square feet of meeting room space can be configured into 47 meeting rooms, the largest with seating for 1,200. Two high-tech, multimedia presentation theaters offer tiered seating for more than 300 and 400 respectively, and an open concourse on the meeting level makes a refreshing change of pace for delegates between programs.
HAWAII CONVENTION CENTER AT A GLANCE Exhibit halls 200,074 sq ft Meeting rooms 107,426 sq ft Batlroom 35,990 sq ft Lobby/prefunction 240,653 sq ft VIP/boardroom 4,352 sq ft Parking 260,000 sq ft
OTHER MEETING SPACES AND PLACES
The convention center is just one of many venues Hawaii has to offer. Within walking distance, Hilton Hawaiian Village The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, formerly the Kaiser Hawaiian Village Hotel, is one of the most popular hotels in Waikiki — based on name recognition and visitor statistics — on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. offers 100,000 square feet of function space, the most of any Waikiki resort. And the llikai/Hotel Nikko Waikiki celebrated its 35th anniversary last year with a $2 million renovation of all 358 rooms in its Yacht Harbor Tower. This 800-room resort features 25,000 square feet of meeting space: a 15,340-square-foot ballroom, 11 breakout rooms and five multipurpose mul·ti·pur·pose
Designed or used for several purposes: a multipurpose room; multipurpose software.
Adjective executive suites perfect for small meetings or entertaining.
The Outrigger outrigger, canoe-type vessel with a wood or bamboo float attached to the side of the craft and extending out over the water. The term outrigger also refers to the float itself. Prince Kuhio on Oahu recently completed a $7 million renovation to all its guest rooms. As part of the refurbishment, the property expanded its business-service center to better meet the needs of today's executive travelers. Outrigger also just completed a multimillion dollar renovation of its Big Island property on the Kohala Coast: formerly known as the Royal Waikoloan Hotel, this 535-room resort is now called the Outrigger Waikoloa Beach and features stunning upgrades to its guest rooms, meeting facilities, and public areas.
Also on the Big Island, the Aston Keauhou Beach Resort completed a $15 million renovation last year, updating its guest rooms and suites.
This one-time vacation spot for Hawaii's royalty, located just a few miles south of bustling Kailua-Kona, is well-equipped to accommodate smaller groups of 10-500, indoors and out.
Two of Maui's five-star resorts also made recent enhancements that add to their appeal. The Ritz-Canton, Kapalua enhanced its outdoor meeting space with a 19,200-squarefoot pavilion, a permanent meeting facility with more than 5,000 square feet of function space surrounding it The layout accommodates receptions for 1,800 and theater seating for up to 1,500 Inside, 30,OQO square feet of meeting space includes the hotel company's largest ballroom, 10 permanent meeting rooms, and Maui's only amphitheater. Four Seasons Resort Maui The creator of this article, or someone who has substantially contributed to it, may have a conflict of interest regarding its subject matter.
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Lookout in the form of a turret, cupola (small, lanternlike dome), or garden house set on a height to give an extensive view. Few late-18th- and 19th-century rustic gazebos survive, but 17th-century turrets built up in an angle of the garden wall are not uncommon. with views of the Pacific and seating for a small group. Its Health Centre doubled in size to include state-of-the art weight training equipment and a shaded outdoor exercise space. The resort also features 24,000 square feet of indoor meeting and function space, as well as oceanfront luau grounds and lawns.
Hyatt Regency Maui is another beachfront setting for meetings and events, with terraces to accommodate up to 800 guests in addition to its 50,000 square feet of flexible function space, including six meeting suites, an elegant boardroom, and three ballroom configurations with large stage and state-of-the-art light and sound systems. This spring the resort will open Hawaii's first oceanfront spa, so convention attendees can unwind with fitness classes, martial arts This is a list of martial arts, broken down by region and style. African martial arts
Also on Maui, the Outrigger Wailea Resort will undergo $25 million in major improvements in 2000, one in the company's growing portfolio of premier, full-service properties. A new 32 2,000-square-foot, garden court featurings a waterfall and koi pond will impress visitors upon entry, and will also serve as an outdoor breakout area for the Conference Pavilion The Pavilion offers three levels of flexible meeting and banquet space, including the newly renovated Lokelani Ballroom with hand painted murals and spectacular views of the ocean and West Maui Mountains The West Maui Mountains or West Maui Volcano, known to the Hawaiians as Mauna Kahalawai, form a much eroded shield volcano that constitutes the western one-quarter of the Hawaiian Island of Maui.
The port of Lahaina lies on the southwestern slope. . Additional ballrooms and 60,000 square feet of dramatic oceanfront property and garden lawns create opportunities for beautiful outdoor events. Other enhancements include refurbished guest rooms, new restaurants and lounges, and a water activity area for children and adults alike.
On Kauai, the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa's 65,000 square feet of function space includes formal gardens and five meeting rooms that can be arranged to accommodate anything from an intimate business meeting to a reception for 2,000. The Hyatt expanded its business center in April 1999 to include graphic design services, computer rental capabilities, and high-speed Internet See broadband. access.
As an alternative meeting place, Molokai Ranch, set upon 54,000 acres of beautiful Molokai, offers a variety of meeting, training, and seminar facilities as well as the rustic luxury of Perfect for corporate retreats or post-function getaways, Molokai Ranch offers custom packages that combine business and pleasure, including team-building programs designed to bring people together in a relaxed and social environment.
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In addition to the wonderful and varied meeting possibilities in Hawaii, convention attendees confirm that the region's culture, history, and heritage add to the draw It's not surprising that many delegates extend their trips, or bring their families, with so many attractions and activities to enjoy The state boasts one of the finest museums in the Pacific--Honolulu's Bernice Pauahi Bishop Bernice Pauahi Bishop (December 19, 1831 – October 16, 1884) was a Hawaiian woman, a direct descendant of the royal House of Kamehameha, aliʻi, and philanthropist. Museum--a symphony orchestra, opera, ballet, and art galleries, as well as a rich yearlong offering of native Hawaiian, Asian, and other ethnic events.
Like the meetings industry itself, hookipa (hospitality) and hanalima (working together) are the cornerstones of Hawaiian values. And this generous spirit comes through in everything from the traditional welcome garlands (leis) and tale-telling traditions to the open architecture and friendly atmosphere of the resorts and hotels.
The Ritz-Canton, Kapalua offers a "sense of place" tour through the Honokahua Preservation Site, highlighting the significance of the lush grounds to ancient Hawaiians and its role in today's Hawaiian renaissance The Hawaiian Renaissance (also often called the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance) was the Hawaiian resurgence of a distinct cultural identity that draws upon traditional kānaka maoli culture, with a significant divergence from the tourism-based "culture" which Hawai . And many hotels are doing their part to preserve Hawaii's precious environment with recycling and environment-friendly programs. Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki, for example, was one of the first major recyclers in the industry, collecting more than 600 tons of glass and paper since the program began 10 years ago. Hyatt Regency Waikiki has gone paperless, conserving trees, energy, and water and preventing more than 60 pounds of pollution. And the Hilton Hawaiian Village recycles food and water from its restaurants to fertilize and help keep the pristine island's natural beauty intact.
Hawaii is actually far accessible than you may think Airfares to the islands have the lowest cost per mile of any destination--regular discount fares are available, and additional savings can be secured with wholesale packages for early-bird registrants. Hawaii is served by two international airports, Kona International Airport Kona International Airport at Keahole (IATA: KOA, ICAO: PHKO) is an airport on the Island of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i. The airport serves both the town of Kailua-Kona and the major resorts of the North Kona and South Kohala districts (leeward or kona and Honolulu International Airport For the United States Air Force use of this facility, see .
Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL, ICAO: PHNL) is the principal aviation gateway of the City & County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii and is identified as one of the busiest airports . The Honolulu facility is the world's 15th busiest airport and one of the largest in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . And Honolulu International Airport's sophistication so·phis·ti·cate
v. so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing, so·phis·ti·cates
1. To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly.
2. as a travel hub makes things simple--23 major airlines serve the city from the mainland and account for more than 2,600 arrivals and departures each month. Travel time from the West Coast is about five hours; travel from the East Coast takes a few hours longer. But you re bound to agree Hawaii is well worth the trip.
Hawaii is a place that will dazzle, inspire, and unite convention-goers like no other. It's easy to see why ASAE ASAE American Society of Association Executives
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HAWAII: FAST FACTS
Population: 1.2 million, including more than 800,000 on the island of Oahu
Area: 6,425 square miles
Capital: Honolulu on the Island of Oahu
The status of being a state, especially of the United States, rather than being a territory or dependency. : August 21, 1959
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Miles of coastline: 750 miles
Annual visitors: 6.87 million
Average Temperature: 77 degrees Farenheit
Major airports: Honolulu International Airport, Oahu; Kona International Airport, The Big Island; Kahului Airport Kahului Airport (IATA: OGG, ICAO: PHOG) is a regional airport in the State of Hawai'i, located 3 miles (5 km) east of Kahului, Hawaii on the island of Maui near Haleakala. The airport code pays homage to aviation pioneer Bertram J. ,. Maui; Lihue Airport Lihue Airport (IATA: LIH, ICAO: PHLI) is a small airport located two miles (3 km) east of Līhuʻe, on the southeast coast of the island of Kaua , Kauai (neighbor island flights only)
Safety: Of cities with population more than 500,000, Honolulu is the No. 1 safest city. in the U.S. (Money magazine)
25 FUN THINGS TO DO IN HAWAII
1. Eat a roadside mango.
2. Visit Captain Cook's monument at Kealakekua Bay Ke·a·la·ke·ku·a Bay
An inlet of the Pacific Ocean on the western coast of Hawaii Island. Capt. James Cook landed here (January 1779) during his second voyage to the islands and was killed (February 14) during a beach fight with the islanders. .
3. Taste ohelo berry wine at the Volcano Winery Volcano Winery is one of two commercial wineries in the U.S. state of Hawaii, and the first winery founded on the Big Island of Hawaii in the town of Volcano, Hawai'i, at the base of the active shield volcano Kīlauea. It is the southernmost winery in the United States. .
4. Whale watch along the Kohala Coast.
5. Stay in a tree house in Waipio Valley Waipiʻo Valley is a valley located in the Hamakua District of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. .
6. Mountain bike through fields of wild orchids.
7. Get beachfront massage.
8. Snorkel snorkel, tube through which a submarine or diver can draw air while underwater. When in use, the top of the snorkel tube extends above the water surface into the air. with turtles at Kahaluu Beach Park.
9. Sample saimin, a tasty broth of noodles noo·dle 1
A narrow, ribbonlike strip of dried dough, usually made of flour, eggs, and water.
[German Nudel. , green onion, and Hawaiian fish.
10. Take the 11-mile scenic Crater Rim Drive around Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes.
11. Go nuts over the world's largest macadamia macadamia (măk'ədā`mēə), name for the nut of the Macadamia ternifolia, an evergreen tree native to Australia, but cultivated in Hawaii. The nuts, also called Queensland nuts, are eaten roasted or raw. orchard.
12. Hike through a lava tube Lava tubes are natural conduits through which lava travels beneath the surface of a lava flow, expelled by a volcano during an eruption. They can be actively draining lava from a source, or can be extinct, meaning the lava flow has ceased and the rock has cooled and left a long, .
13. Spend a night in a "tentalow" at Molokai Ranch.
14. Catch the early morning fish auction at Kewalo Basin Kewalo Basin is a small beach park on the Honolulu waterfront, located adjacent to the larger Ala Moana Beach Park. This park is good for swimming, picnicking and sightseeing. It can be accessed from the corners of Ala Moana Avenue and Ward Avenue. .
15. Test your wits with Konane (Hawaiian checkers).
16. See the flower farms in up-country Maui.
17. Watch sunset at South Point, the southernmost point in the United States.
18. Unlock the mysteries of old Hawaii's petroglyphs, drawings carved in lava rock.
19. Get a fresh fruit facial at the Sheraton Maui's Seaside Salon and Day Spa.
20. Visit the town of Waimea's Parker Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the United States.
21. Buy a vintage Hawaiian shirt.
22. Visit a noodle factory in Oahu's Chinatown.
23. Kayak the Kona coast.
24. Find the banyan tree Mark Twain planted.
25. Drink milk from a coconut.