Directly on the heels of recent exciting announcements from Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and Gov. David Ige, the island of Oʻahu is overjoyed to welcome visitors to our shores in 2022. With COVID-19 restrictions on Oʻahu having ended on March 5 and the sunset of the State of Hawai’i’s Safe Travels Program on March 25, the island of Oʻahu invites visitors to experience its majestic beaches, savory cuisines and vibrant shopping experiences with an added regenerative tourism mindset and perspective of the island destination.
In the past few months, the Oʻahu Visitors Bureau (OVB), in conjunction with the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), has been committed to fulfilling Oʻahu’s Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP). With the successful implementation of O’ahu’s DMAP, the goal is to rebuild, redefine and reset the direction of the island’s tourism over a three-year period, reduce tourism’s negative effects to enhance the visitor experience, and improve quality of life for residents.
“As our island is pleased and eager to continue welcoming travelers, this is a unique opportunity to promote and advance DMAP’s core values of regenerative and mindful tourism that will generate purposeful bonds with new travelers and reconnect with those who previously had to reschedule or cancel their vacation plans,” says OVB Executive Director Noelani Schilling-Wheeler.
With the ongoing Mālama Hawaiʻi campaign, OVB continues to share the spirit of aloha — a gift of love, hospitality and education without the expectation of a reward — with island visitors.
“Oʻahu has a bountiful list of impactful programs, activities and hotel partners led by cognizant leaders who share OVB’s passion for the Mālama Hawaiʻi campaign,” adds Schilling-Wheeler. “This is a paramount campaign and a meaningful priority for OVB that enables travelers to experience environmental treasures and educate them on restoring Hawaiʻi’s rich culture and history.”
The ‘ōlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language) word mālama means “to take care of, preserve and protect.” Through the Mālama Hawai’i program, visitors can enjoy a more meaningful and enriching vacation experience in the Islands — and qualify for special hotel rewards — by participating in select voluntourism activities. For more information on Mālama Hawai’i and the program’s participating partners, visit www.gohawaii.com/malama.
We are also excited to share with you the latest news and updates from the O’ahu attractions, activities, restaurants and hotels in the listings below. We look forward to sharing even more new programs and offerings with you throughout 2022.
Activities and Attractions
Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience
● Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience is a showcase of more than 400 of French painter Claude Monet’s most iconic works of impressionism, coming to the Hawaiʻi Convention Center from June 15 through July 31. Notable Monet artworks, including his Water Lilies series and Impression: Sunrise and Poppies, will be part of the display. With an enchanting musical score, breathtaking projections and stunning set pieces, Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience encourages infinite interpretations of Monet’s work. http://www.monethonolulu.com/.
Bishop Museum
● The Bishop Museum exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia is currently running through July 4. Samoa’s tatau is one of the world’s most distinct tattoo traditions. Featuring photographs shot in a studio and on location in Samoa, Tatau: Marks of Polynesia showcases the work of traditional tatau masters as well as younger practitioners and artists adopting tatau’s motifs and styles for new media and art forms. The exhibition was curated by master tattoo artist Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura. It also highlights Samoan tattooing implements curated by Bishop Museum from its cultural collection highlighting items from Hawaiʻi and Samoa. www.BishopMuseum.org
● Bishop Museum’s Science and Sustainability Festival is an annual event offering attendees opportunities to explore sustainability and connect with museum scientists and partners throughout the state. This year’s festival theme focuses on the kula (field or pasture) region of an ahupua’a (mountain-to-sea land division) and, specifically, the conservation and sustainability of ‘āina (lands) providing food and other resources. Admission to the event is free for all Bishop Museum members and at a reduced admission price for non-members. All visitors are welcomed to take the Parley Pledge for a discount on festival entry. www.BishopMuseum.org
ʻIolani Palace
● After a nearly two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Hawaiian Band has returned to ʻIolani Palace for its popular lunchtime concerts. The concerts are free, open to the public and held on most Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, ʻIolani Palace invites kama’āina and visitors to spend their lunch hour enjoying the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band on the palace grounds. Once known as the King’s Band, the Royal Hawaiian Band was created by King Kamehameha III in 1836 and is the only full-time municipal band in the U.S. The band has grown in prominence over its many years, playing at state occasions, parades, national competitions and other international venues. For a full list of concert dates, visit www.IolaniPalace.org.
● Iolani Palace’s He Mele Lahui Hawaii program will resume on Wednesday, May 25, with live performances by Na Hoku Hanohano award winning Hawaiian entertainer Kuuipo Kumukahi in the Palace’s Imprisonment Room on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. He Mele Lahui Hawaii is presented in partnership with the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. www.IolaniPalace.org
Vida Mia
● Prince Waikiki is launching a new partnership with Honolulu luxury sea charter company Vida Mia this year to create an exclusive menu of customizable group and wedding/elopement yacht-charter experiences that can be added to any stay. Built in 1929 and recently restored to her original elegance, the 61-foot wooden yacht, Vida Mia, has been host to intimate affairs, bustling parties and other moments on the water for decades. The new menu of offerings for Prince Waikiki guests includes a daytime or sunset cruise for small groups, an elopement ceremony and a wedding package, each including food and beverage and entertainment options for guests to customize as they wish. www.TheVidaMia.com
Waikiki Beach Services
● Waikiki Beach Services, one of Hawai’i’s longest-operating surf schools, was recently honored by Hawaiʻi Magazine as its 2022 choice for Best Surf School. Waikiki Beach Services has instructed generations of visitors on how to surf and canoe paddle, all under the tutelage of the legendary generations of watermen known as the Waikīkī Beachboys. www.WaikikiBeachServices.com.
Waikiki Trolley
● Explore historic downtown Honolulu with a ride on the Waikiki Trolley. Hop aboard the company’s brand-new Heroes and Legends tour to discover and hear stories about the district’s historical figures and their groundbreaking accomplishments. www.WaikikiTrolley.com
Retail & Shopping
Aloha Stadium (Buy Local)
● On the first Friday of each month, Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and Marketplace invites visitors and residents to attend its Taste of Oʻahu night market featuring food and live entertainment. Tickets are $10 for attendees ages 12 and older, $5 for keiki (children) ages six to 11, and entrance for those ages five and under. Tickets can be bought online or at the event. www.MillwoodOhanaProductions.com
Ka Makana Ali’i (Buy Local)
● Jewelry boutique Ocean Creations recently opened its first brick-and-mortar location, offering handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Ocean Creations also provides customizable options for customers to create and personalize their own charm bracelets. www.OceanCreationsHawaii.com
● Family-owned dessert shop Milky Cereal Bar recently opened its first Oʻahu location, serving frozen desserts combining ice cream with sweet cereals and a range of other delicious toppings. www.MilkyHawaii.net
Kailua Beach Center (Buy Local)
● Clothing brand Twin Islands and healthy eatery Sunrise Shack recently launched a joint partnership to occupy a 1,002-square-foot space at Kailua Beach Center. www.SunriseShackHawaii.com
Noʻeau Designers (Buy Local)
• At it’s newly opened location on the 3rd floor of the Ala Moana Center, Noʻeau Designers provides Native Hawaiian and Hawaiʻi-based artisans a place to showcase their products to both kamaʻāina and visitors. With over 100 vendors both in-store and online, buying local at Noʻeau Designers is a fantastic way to give back to the community on your visit to Oʻahu.
www.NoeauDesigners.com
Ward Village (Buy Local)
● Always a.line recently opened a location at South Shore Market in Ward Village. Local designer Lynn Sakutori launched the brand in 2013 as a unique women’s clothing boutique featuring thoughtfully designed pieces for modern Hawai’i living. Locally designed and produced, the brand’s prints and fabrics are meant to elevate warm-weather style. www.Alwaysaline.com
Festivals & Events
King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade: June 11, 2022
● Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the colorful King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade honors the reign of the Kingdom of Hawai’i’s first monarch, who united the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. The June 11 parade, as is its tradition, will feature brightly decorated floats, energetic marching bands and traditional horseback pā’ū riders representing the Hawaiian royal court. A ho’olaule’a (celebration) follows the parade. www.Hawaii.gov/Kamehameha
Pan-Pacific Festival: June 10-12, 2022
● The Pan-Pacific Festival began in Hawai’i in 1980 as a cultural exchange between the state and Japan. Visiting participants from Japan were invited to enjoy the familiarity of Japanese music, crafts, traditions and foods, while Hawai’i residents and other visitors were offered opportunities to gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese sensibilities and cultural heritage. Today, the festival features events held throughout Waikīkī showcasing Japan’s pageantry and includes a ho’olaule’a (celebration) block party, art fair and hula performances, culminating with a grand parade on Waikīkī main street Kalākaua Avenue. The 2022 festival is set for June 10 through 12. www.Pan-Pacific-Festival.com
45th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival: July 16, 2022
• The 45th annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, named in memory of the Kingdom of Hawai’i monarch who ruled as King Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872, honors his contributions to Hawaiian culture. This year’s virtual event will bring together native Hawaiian hula practitioners, craftsmen and educators from across Hawai’i to share their manaʻo (knowledge) and hula. www.MoanaluaGardensFoundation.org
52nd Annual ʻUkulele Festival Hawaiʻi: July 17, 2022
• At this largest annual gathering of ʻukulele players in the world, top musicians, casual players and beginners are invited to share and celebrate their love of the globally famous instrument. Hosted virtually this year, the planned five-hour event will include workshops, concert showcases and conversations with performing ‘ukulele masters and players.
www.UkuleleFestivalHawaii.org
Korean Festival: August 2022
● This year’s 18th annual Korean Festival celebration is poised to share, promote and celebrated the Korean culture and its community in Hawai’i. Residents and visitors are invited to experience and enjoy the culture’s cuisine, art, dance, music, crafts, entertainment and more. www.KoreanFestHawaii.com.
Duke’s OceanFest: August 20-28, 2022
• After cancelling its slate of 2020 and 2021 events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke’s OceanFest returns to Waikīkī Beach this summer for ocean competitions honoring legendary Hawai’i waterman, Olympian and festival namesake Duke Kahanamoku. The weeklong festival will feature a diversity of exciting water sports competitions including longboard surfing, surf polo, swimming, standup paddling and other skills. OceanFest activities culminate with a lei draping ceremony of Waikīkī’s Duke Kahanamoku statue on the anniversary of Kahanamoku’s birthday. www.DukesOceanfest.com
Hotels
ʻAlohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach
● ‘Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach on Oʻahu recently announced that it is on track to become the first carbon neutral hotel in the state of Hawaiʻi. The resort’s upcoming carbon neutral certification underscores its existing sustainability initiatives, commitment to plant 100,000 indigenous trees in its legacy forest, and use of renewable electricity throughout the property. In addition, credits for Beach Candy Waikiki are now included in the resort amenity fee to further enhance guests’ Hawaiʻi experience while helping preserve the environment and reduce waste. www.AlohilaniResort.com
Aqua-Aston Hotels
● Aqua-Aston Hospitality is moving away from single-use plastic this year to convert 100% of its properties to bulk bathroom amenities. The Honolulu-based hotel management company continues to advocate for sustainability and marine life across its 25-plus properties in Hawaiʻi by limiting plastic usage and partnering with local, environmentally friendly brands. Aqua-Aston recently introduced a new reef-safe sunscreen amenity to its properties through a partnership with mom-owned Little Hands Hawai’i where guests receive access to samples of the lightly coconut-scented sunscreen at its front desks. www.AquaAston.com.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei
● Stay four nights at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei and get your fourth night free. A minimum four-night stay is required to qualify for the offer, with your free night calculated as 25% off the hotel’s best available rate. Further discounts are available for Hilton Honors members. The offer is valid for all suite types based on hotel availability, and there is a 14-day booking window and 24-hour cancellation requirement. The offer is bookable through the hotel website, Global Distribution System, your preferred wholesaler or Online Travel Agency, and is valid for travel through December 31, 2022. www.OahuKapolei.EmbassySuitesByHilton.com
The Equus Hotel
● The Equus Hotel recently partnered with Shaka Power Yoga, a Hawaiʻi-themed yoga studio in Houston, Texas, to provide yoga practitioners a relaxing visit with the SUP Yogadventure package. Participants experience Oʻahu via a curated itinerary led by Power Yoga Hawaiʻi-trained yogipreneurs Jenny Normand and Mariah Dailey. Together, they showcase O’ahu’s town and country spirit for participants, all of whom stay at the Equus Hotel in Waikīkī. www.EquusHotel.com
Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani
● Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani is extending its Best of 2021 Package into 2022. The extended Best of 2021 Package includes daily breakfast for up to two people at Orchids restaurant (located at sister-property Halekulani), a $25 daily resort credit, a Sparkling Wine welcome amenity, fitness classes and Halepuna Access complimentary admissions to the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Bishop Museum. www.Halepuna.com.
● Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani is introducing its first-ever suite package, Suite Escape. The package features daily breakfast for up to two people, a two-day pool cabana rental with two cocktails daily, fitness classes and one 45-minute couples massage during the guests’ stay. A four-night minimum stay is required. www.Halepuna.com.
Halekulani
● Honolulu-born artist John Tanji Koga is known for his abstract sculptures and paintings inspired by Hawaiʻi’s breathtaking ocean and scenic mountains. Koga’s special exhibit, “Rising Light,” is currently on display at Halekulani daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of April. Another new offering at the hotel is its Art of Wellbeing Lectures led by Halekulani’s team of resident experts and “designed to empower participants on their own journey to achieve optimal health and wellness.” The 75-minute lectures are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and are $25 per person. Upcoming lecture topics in the series include “Eating Well to Thrive,” “Dream Interpretation,” “Clearing the Clutter,” “Movement as Medicine,” “The Healing Power of Crystals,” and “Aromatherapy — Nature’s Remedy.” www.Halekulani.com.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
● After a two-year hiatus, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort will restart a more than 30-year Waikiki tradition with the relaunch of its weekly Friday Night Fireworks. The fireworks show, which has run nearly continuously since 1988, was put on hold in March 2020 due to pandemic restrictions. The fireworks will debut once again on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 8 p.m. and will continue on a weekly basis. www.HiltonHawaiianVillage.com
Outrigger Hospitality Group
● Five of Outrigger Hospitality Group’s Hawaiʻi properties — Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, Waikiki Malia by Outrigger and OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger — were recently honored by the State of Hawai’i’s Green Business Program for exceptional environmental stewardship. The properties were acknowledged for undertaking energy efficiency and sustainable business practices to advance Hawai’i’s clean energy and sustainability goals. Outrigger is now striving to gain Green Seal Certification. More details on can be found here.
● Alongside Global Hotel Alliance’s (GHA) network of 35 distinct brands, Outrigger Hospitality Group recently launched a newly redesigned GHA Discovery program with rewards and benefits designed to increase customer satisfaction. Rewards include local offers, experiences and activities connecting guests to the culture and local traditions of each destination. Click here for additional information.
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
● As part of its ongoing $80-million renovation, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is beyond thrilled to invite guests to experience its newly created A’o Cultural Center. Opened on March 8th, the resort’s expanded cultural center features complimentary guest activities, including lei-making, ʻukulele, and hula lessons. Along with the new cultural center, the resort has also revamped its Herb Kane lounge, adorned with new local artwork and a more open structure. www.Outrigger.com
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
● A new Waikiki Surf History Wall curated by Bishop Museum exhibit designer Michael Wilson is now on display in the second-floor lobby of Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. The wall’s visual storytelling celebrates the history and future of surfing in Waikīkī while a resort tour offers guests an opportunity to meet legends of the sport before heading to Faith Surf School on the beach fronting Outrigger Waikiki to rent a board and surf. As part of the resort’s Surfer In Residence program, guests can meet and greet the key surfer in residence for the month. www.Outrigger.com
Prince Waikiki
● Prince Waikiki continues to enhance its cultural and sustainable initiatives by working with local artists, businesses and musicians to support the local community. The hotel is home to one of Waikīkī’s largest collections of contemporary art by Hawaiian artists, including original paintings by Solomon Enos and sculptures by John Koga and Kaili Chun. Signature pieces in the collection include a breathtaking copper-sculpture ceiling installation by Chun featuring 800 copper pieces spanning the length of the hotel’s lobby. The sculpture, Hulali i ka lā — which translates as “glistening in the sun,” — has as its design inspiration the heritage of the hotel’s location as a historically prominent gathering place. www.PrinceWaikiki.com
Turtle Bay Resort
● Turtle Bay Resort debuted its first Paniolo Pāʻina at The Stables on March 24, hosting it weekly each Thursday thereafter. The event will regularly feature live entertainment, food and cocktails, as well as interactive activities for the whole family honoring Hawaiian cowboy culture, which dates back to 1800s. Activities will include the Pony Experience offering kids a chance to pet and feed ponies, paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) storytelling, fire-knife and hula dancing, and a night cap of s’mores by the campfire. www.TurtleBayResort.com
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
● The Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger recently debuted Gallery Waikiki by Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, an exhibition space for contemporary art, unique retail and artisanal coffee on Kalākaua Avenue. The space spotlights the works of emerging and established artists. www.Outrigger.com
Mālama Oʻahu
Bike Hawaii
● Join Bike Hawaii’s seasoned nature guides for a rare opportunity to hike a 1,600-acre private property in O’ahu’s Waiʻanae mountain range. Located just a short drive from West Oʻahu hotels and resorts, the hiking trail traverses a cool, shaded 2,400-foot-elevation forest offering bird’s-eye views of Honolulu and Nānākuli Valley. www.BikeHawaii.com
Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei
● The Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei is all about “full-service, all-suites and for giving guests more with every stay while incorporating sustainable practices.” Through a conservation fee, the property helps reforest and preserve island landscapes via the work of the nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative. The hotel also offers an added free night for guests taking part in the Mālama Hawaiʻi initiative. Guests of the hotel can combine fun and stewardship of the island with a visit to Gunstock Ranch on Oʻahu’s north shore to plant their own legacy tree or support reforestation efforts remotely by sponsoring the planting of a legacy tree. www.OahuKapolei.EmbassySuitesByHilton.com
Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve
● Established in 1850, Kualoa Ranch’s vision is to be role-model stewards of its 4,000 acres: Kualoa, Hakipuʻu and Kaʻaʻawa. Kualoa Ranch realizes its vision with a hands-on Mālama ‘Āina (“to care for and protect the land”) experience offering guests opportunities to learn how to protect and create sustainable practices preserving the land’s natural beauty. The eco-adventure voluntourism tour includes knowledge of the cultural importance of kalo (taro); cleaning, planting and harvesting kalo; and helping mālama (“care for”) laʻau lapaʻau (medicinal plants) growing in the area. www.Kualoa.com
Prince Waikiki
● Prince Waikiki is one the first lodging properties on Oʻahu to partner with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s Mālama Hawaiʻi campaign. Working with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii — a local, grassroots nonprofit inspiring communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups — Prince Waikiki offers guests opportunities to help preserve Waikīkī’s coastlines and scenic beauty. In exchange for participating in a DIY beach cleanup with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, Prince Waikiki guests booking the Mālama Hawaiʻi package receive every fourth night of their stay free and a commemorative sustainable gift. Prince Preferred members also receive waived resort charges and an additional 5% off their stay. www.PrinceWaikiki.com
Sea Life Park
● Sea Life Park is presenting its new Hawaiian monk seal talk story session, Meet Kekoa. Session participants learn about the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, and Kekoa’s incredible journey and contributions to human understanding of the hearing capabilities of Hawaiian monk seals, all of which are integral learnings in protecting future generations of the seals. The program happens on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. www.SealifeParkHawaii.com.
Restaurants
100 Sails Restaurant and Bar
● Guests at 100 Sails Restaurant and Bar, Prince Waikiki’s signature restaurant, experience farm-to-table meals featuring ingredients sourced from local fishermen and farmers, as well as the hotel’s own rooftop aquaponics garden. The garden’s state-of-the-art closed-loop agricultural system produces crisp lettuces, herbs and more in support of the hotel’s mission of using local and high-quality ingredients whenever possible to offer restaurant guests the freshest dining experience possible. www.100Sails.com
1938 Indochine
● Rm. 38. is a new hidden speakeasy located on the second floor of 1938 Indochine restaurant. Its resident whiskey expert, Jake Lee, will be hosting a unique whiskey tasting, valued at $150 person, for three couples, featuring a curated whiskey flight paired with select dishes from the 1938 Indochine menu. www.AOKIGroup.com.
Aoki Teppanyaki
● Aoki Teppanyaki, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, is serving three refreshing new libations. The Hibiscus Mojito is a hibiscus tea-infused rose-strawberry vodka. The Li Hing Mui Ginger is a Hawai’i-inspired cocktail featuring ʻōkolehao (Hawaiian liquor made from mashed ti roots), ginger liqueur and li hing mui syrup. And the Peach Mimosa blends Duckhorn wine with peach puree and peach vodka. Each cocktail is priced at $14. www.AOKIGroup.com.
International Market Place
● Situated in Waikīkī, the Queens Waikiki Luau at International Market Place happens every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m., welcoming guests to enjoy dinner, bar access and interactive activities. Capped at 70 attendees, the lū’au’s Polynesian revue from across the Pacific includes music, song and the famed fire-knife dance. www.QueensWaikikiLuau.com
● ‘O Nā Lani Sunset Stories is welcoming audiences at International Market Place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, now through February 2023, for a presentation honoring the shopping and dining center’s rich history and sense of place with Hawaiian and Polynesian song and dance. Sunset Stories begins at sunset with the ceremonial lighting of the International Market Place’s Lamakū Torch Tower on Kalākaua Avenue in Waikīkī and leads to the center’s Queen’s Court stage. O Nā Lani Sunset Stories is free, open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. from March through August, and at 6:30 p.m. from September through February. www.ShopInternationalMarketplace.com
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
● With locations at Waikiki Beach Walk and in downtown Honolulu, Ruth’s Chris Steak House has been popular with O’ahu residents and visitors for more than 30 years. With Ruth’s Chris Prime-Time menu, guests can enjoy a three-course dinner with prices starting at $55.95. The Prime-Time menu includes a starter, entrée, side dish and dessert, and is available nightly from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at both locations. www.RuthsChris.com
Miscellaneous
Delta Airlines
● Delta Airlines recently announced it will be expanding its service to Honolulu later this year, launching nonstop flights from its Detroit hub to Honolulu beginning November 19, followed by launching of service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Honolulu on December 17. Delta will be the only carrier offering nonstop flights between the Detroit and Hawaiʻi markets. The air carrier also announced plans to resume hot-meal service in March for first-class patrons on flights longer than 900 miles. www.Delta.com
Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility
● The State of Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation opened its new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (Conrac) facility at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on December 1, 2021. The five-story $377-million facility hosts rental services for Alamo Rent A Car, Avis Car Rental, Budget Car Rental, Dollar Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz Car Rental, National Car Rental, Payless Car Rental, Sixt Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental. Shuttle service between the Conrac facility and HNL airport terminals is available for arriving and departing travelers. hidot.hawaii.gov
Hawaiian Airlines
● Hawaiian Airlines will ramp up its flight service to Japan in quarter two of 2022. www.HawaiianAirlines.com
Hawai’i Convention Center
● The Hawai’i Convention Center welcomed the new year by reopening for conferences, meetings and other events. The center is maintaining COVID-19 safety measures to welcome guests with industry-leading protocols for meetings and events, including the implementation of health and safety technologies, new food and beverage options, revised layouts for socially distanced gatherings, and extensive staff training. The Hawai’i Convention Center has also developed new virtual meetings packages to offer guests the convenience of attending meetings remotely. In addition, the center is excited to be booking large events three, five and 10 years out from 2022. www.HawaiiConvention.com
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