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NEW DEVELOPMENTS

  • The new GoHawaii App, the state of Hawaii’s first travel destination mobile app created by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), offers valuable travel tips for each of the six major Hawaiian Islands: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the island of Hawaii. App users will discover useful information to help them enjoy Hawaii’s wide variety of sites, activities, special events and cultural festivals statewide. A special app feature is a collection of “Locomoji” – Hawaii-inspired emojis that can be shared with family and friends. HawaiiTourismAuthority.org
  • Hokuala Kauai, a Timbers Resort, has begun renovation work on its Ocean Course – a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course – as well as an expansion of its practice facility. Construction will begin this fall on a luxurious new clubhouse featuring an enhanced pro shop, lagoon-side restaurant and bar, and tennis garden. The rejuvenated Ocean Course (formerly known as the Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons) is scheduled to reopen in November 2016. While renovation of its front nine holes is being completed, the Hokuala Golf Club has introduced a new scorecard for the course’s back nine holes, with alternate tee boxes for golfers looking to play a full 18-hole round while enjoying one of golf’s most dramatic oceanfront settings. Hokualakauai.com
  • Honeybees are “checking in” to the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. The resort recently welcomed a few new additions to its ohana (family): two queen bees and approximately 15,000 honeybees. All are comfortably settling into two new Flow Hive “hotels,” ideally located in close proximity to the delicious kiawe tree blossoms near the resort. Adding to Fairmont Orchid’s existing sustainability initiatives, the resort plans to introduce the honey into its food, beverage and spa offerings. Fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii
  • A new Hyatt property will open in Waikiki this fall in the former Waikiki Trade Center. The Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach will feature 230 guestrooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling window views, contemporary state-of-the-art amenities, spa-like bathrooms, an outdoor swimming pool with private cabanas and an entertainment deck, a bar and restaurant, and a fitness facility. The new Hyatt hotel will anchor the renovated building, which will include a two-story, 34,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and branch of American Savings Bank. HyattCentricWaikikiBeach.com
  • The revitalized International Market Place will debut on August 25, introducing a Waikiki retail, dining and entertainment destination for Oahu residents and visitors alike. Encircling the former market place’s iconic, century-old banyan tree, the new open-air shopping center will debut with 75 stores, including Hawaii’s first Saks Fifth Avenue department store, and nine restaurants. Among the center’s anticipated new eateries are Hakkasan Group’s social dining concept Herringbone, and Japanese-inspired Baku, both opening their first Hawaii locations. James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina will also debut his StripSteak, and multi-concept gourmet social house, The Street. InternationalMarketPlace.com
  • Pacific Beach Hotel has announced plans for a $115 million redevelopment that will completely transform the Waikiki hotel. The hotel’s exterior façade, 839 guestrooms and suites, and public areas (including its 280,000-gallon lobby aquarium) will be re-conceptualized, and a destination pool deck with two new pools will be added. Two new restaurants from celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto will be created exclusively for the hotel. PacificBeachHotel.com
  • The Residence Inn Maui Wailea, the first Residence Inn hotel in Hawaii, opened in July 2016. Guests at the condominium-style hotel can take advantage of its state-of-the-art fitness center and fuel up with a complimentary fresh breakfast buffet. They can also spend time with family exploring the island on the hotel’s local-area shuttle or at the property’s outdoor pool, which features a fire pit, barbeque area and putting green. ResidenceInnWailea.com

DINING

  • BLT Steak’s cooking classes offer a unique opportunity for budding chefs to learn tricks of the trade from restaurant Chef de Cuisine Guillaume Thivet. The series of classes at the Waikiki restaurant will cover everything from curing and pickling, to exotic Espana cuisine. Offered monthly through the end of the year, classes include a 90-minute cooking demonstration by Chef Guillaume and a three-course lunch with two glasses of house wine and assorted beverages.e2hospitality.com/blt-steak-waikiki
  • Fete is a new restaurant on the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Hotel Street in downtown Honolulu founded by New Yorkers Robynne Maii and Chuck Bussler. The restaurant incorporates traditional American cuisine and Asian fusion in dishes such as its fried chicken over grits, foie gras gyoza and grilled kalbi-marinated bavette pasta. Utilizing as much local and seasonal ingredients on its menus as possible, Fete supports local producers like Kula Country Farms, Ho Farms and Naked Cow Dairy Farm and Creamery. FeteHawaii.com
  • With 100-plus beers set for its taps, including a large selection of local and Mainland beers, and local kegs, Growler USA recently opened in August in the former Hee Hing Restaurant space on Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu, minutes from Waikiki Beach. When the pub opens, beer fans are invited to step inside and enjoy a craft beer in taster’s pours, pints or growler fills. GrowlerUSA.com
  • Opening in Honolulu’s up-and-coming SALT at Our Kakaako development, Moku Kitchen will embrace Chef Peter Merriman’s passion for Hawaii regional and sustainable cuisine with a fun, urban and artistic twist. The 7,000-plus-square-foot establishment continues his Handcrafted Restaurants tradition of creating everything from scratch and embraces an “Upcountry Downtown” vibe. Moku Kitchen will have one of Hawaii’s first keg wine systems, featuring 12 sustainable and biodynamic wines on tap. The restaurant will also entice guests with a visible kiawe wood-burning pizza oven, Expo rotisserie roaster, 36 craft beers on tap, and indoor-outdoor seating. Mokukitchen.com
  • Piggy Smalls, the “little brother” branch of ever-popular Honolulu restaurant The Pig & the Lady is slated to open in Kakaako’s Ward Village in September. The new restaurant will offer all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner service seven days a week. Its menu will feature best-of items from The Pig & the Lady restaurant and an expanded breakfast menu to include housemade jams, soft-poached eggs, pastries, breakfast pho and an assortment of pickled items. WardVillage.com
  • Located in Kahului, Tin Roof Maui is the new eatery from Chef Sheldon Simeon of Bravo TV’s Top Chef fame. The name of the takeout restaurant was inspired by Sheldon’s Hawaii Island hometown of Hilo, where tin roofs top many homes. His humble Kahului food hideout brings gourmet flare to traditional lunch plates with a menu of proteins and veggies served in rice bowls with add-ons, and salads, noodles and sandwiches. Tin Roof Maui works closely with local farmers, fishermen, ranchers and other purveyors to provide honest and ono (tasty) food to its community. TinRoofMaui.com

ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Join Bike Volcano on a “fiery” summit-to-sea bicycle adventure to Kilauea volcano’s active lava flow. The journey begins in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a challenging oceanside bicycle ride. Bike Volcano’s experienced guide next takes guests on a brief hike to see and feel the heat of Earth’s newest land. Post-hike, guests will visit the park’s famous Nahuku (aka Thurston) Lava Tube and witness Kilauea volcano’s erupting summit crater Halemaumau. BikeVolcano.com
  • Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s new multifaceted, original exhibit Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands” aims to unveil the rich legacy and natural wonder of the northernmost Hawaiian Islands. From Aug. 13, 2016, through Jan. 29, 2017, the Journeys exhibit will offer visitors an opportunity to marvel at the stark natural beauty, scientific treasures and cultural significance of our nation’s most extensive marine national monument, Papahanaumokuakea. BishopMuseum.org
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui invites guests to dream bigger with its highly customizable “Unforgettable Experiences.” The experiences are a collection of starter ideas for guests seeking out-of-the-box and over-the-top ways to experience Maui and even a bit of the island of Hawaii. Options include a Kona coffee helicopter tour, Maui photo adventure, serenity pool after hours experience, and (during Hawaii humpback whale season from December through May) whale watch photo excursion. FourSeasonsResortMaui.com
  • In celebration of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s 2016 Centennial, special events planned for park guests throughout the year include a monthly ranger-guided “Centennial After Dark in the Park and Hike” series highlighting the park’s vast natural and cultural resources. Also making the Centennial special? New lava flows from the Puu Oo vent in Kilauea volcano’s remote east rift zone, which were recently moving over Pulama Pali (pali is the Hawaiian word for “cliff”) and into the ocean on the Puna coastline. Although portions of the new flows are within the national park, the closest location to see them is the County of Hawaii’s Kalapana lava-viewing area off Route 130, near the eastern border of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The viewing area is open daily from 3 to 9 p.m.NPS.gov/HawaiiVolcanoes
  • Visitors seeking adventure and off-the-beaten-path experiences can trek to beautiful scenic lookouts, hike forested trails, and even walk along cliff summits withKauai Hiking Tours. The outdoor adventure company’s mission of “sharing Kauai’s beauty with aloha” is integrated into each of its hiking tours, backpacking trips and driving tours, which are designed to appeal to all skill levels and age groups. Kauai Hiking Tours’ expert guides offer guests local and historical knowledge, and an understanding of the sacred and fragile nature of the island’s landscapes. KauaiHikingTours.com
  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai recently reopened after four months of renovations. During the refuge’s closure, the concrete trail for Kilauea Point and the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse was stabilized and its pathway repaved. The refuge on Kauai‘s rugged north coast is home to some of Hawaii’s largest populations of nesting seabirds. On a visit to the refuge, visitors may see spinner dolphins off the coast and Hawaiian monk seals on the point’s rocky shoreline, along with native Hawaiian coastal plants and nene geese, Hawaii’s state bird. The refuge is open to visitors Tuesdays through Saturdays.KilaueaPoint.gov
  • Outfitters Kauai’s newest attraction, the Kahuna Zipline Trek, allows guests to soar above forest canopy, rivers, waterfalls and the famous Kipu Ranch sites where Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Descendants were filmed. Each of the Kahuna Zipline Trek’s six lines is unique and thrilling. There are no beginner lines on the trek, which includes a 1,800-foot line boasting the longest airtime of any zipline on Kauai. Outfitters Kauai also offers a variety of fun activities for adventurous visitors, including kayaking and standup paddle boarding on the Huleia River, ATV tours at Kipu Ranch, a water zip into a natural lava rock swimming pool, and more. OutfittersKauai.com

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

  • Help ensure the next 100 years of the Hawaiian rainforest at the summit of Kilauea volcano by volunteering for “Stewardship at the Summit” programs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, happening now through September 2016. HawaiiVolcanoesNationalPark.com
  • Festivals of Aloha honors Native Hawaiian culture and traditions from generation to generation, sharing knowledge with visitors and community residents. Maui will jumpstart this year’s annual Festivals of Aloha celebrations with a lively First Friday street festival on September 2 complete with live entertainment, hula, food, artisans, crafters and shopping in historic Wailuku town. FestivalsofAloha.com
  • Enjoy a weekend of award-winning jazz and blues music on Maui at the 6th annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival, happening September 8-10 at the Royal Lahaina Resort. The fest will feature performances by blues guitarist and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker, jazz/rock guitarist and “Godfather of Fusion” Larry Coryell, and other musician guests. MauiJazzandBluesFestival.com
  • The 4th annual Kapalua Wellness Weekend, this year themed “E Malama Kou Kino (Care for Your Body),” at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Maui is set for September 16-18. Visitors and residents are invited to take part in the three-day experience aimed at helping balance mind, body and spirit through fitness workshops led by leading health and wellness practitioners. KapaluaWellness.com
  • The 7th annual Jazz & Wine Festival, happening September 17 at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, offers a musical evening under the stars, featuring select wines and island-inspired cuisine from Kauai’s top chefs. Relax and “wine” down as you listen to the soothing sounds of jazz musicians performing live. WestinPrinceville.com
  • The inaugural Hawaii Island Birding Festival will celebrate the opening of the new Hawaii Island Coast-to-Coast Birding Trail on September 24 and 25. Festival attendees will have opportunities to get a birder’s eye view of notable native Hawaiian bird species, such as the nene goose, amakihi (honey creeper), omao(thrush), elepaio (flycatcher) and more. The fest will also feature family-friendly activities, guest speakers, land and sea birding tours, workshops, an art fair and more.HawaiiBirdingTrails.com
  • Celebrating its sixth year in 2016, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will feature more than 100 master chefs, farmers, winemakers, mixologists and brewmasters from Hawaii, the mainland and around the world at dining events happening between October 14 and 30 on Maui, the island of Hawaii and Oahu. Co-founded by Hawaii-based James Beard Award-winning chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the festival is a showcase of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities, with dishes highlighting Hawaii’s bounty of fresh ingredients and value-added products sourced from local farmers, fishermen and food purveyors. HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com
  • The annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival celebrates the legacy and cultural traditions embedded in the world-famous beans and brews of the island of Hawaii’s Kona Coast coffee-growing region. Each November, festival (and coffee) fans gather in Kona for the 10-day heritage festival, which celebrates its 46th annual go-round this year. The festival schedule is filled with fun activities for all ages and interests, and, of course, lots of opportunities to taste Kona-grown coffee and experience the region’s celebrated lifestyle. This year’s Kona Coffee Cultural Festival happens November 4-13. For a complete list of events and festival information, visit KonaCoffeeFest.com
  • December 7 of this year will mark the 75th anniversary of the 1941 attack on U.S. military installations at Oahu’s Pearl Harbor. Commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will take place at the museums and memorials of Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, which will host a series of special events from December 1-11, including movie nights on Waikiki Beach, an AJA veteran’s luncheon, the premiere of the documentary film Remember Pearl Harbor, and much more. PearlHarbor75thAnniversary.com

TRANSPORTATION

  • Hawaiian Airlines recently launched a permanent nonstop route between Los Angeles and Kauai, offering three flights weekly. The new schedule marked the carrier’s first offering of direct service from Los Angeles to Kauai outside of a seasonal route. A bonus for travelers looking to fly soon? From now through September, Hawaiian Airlines is increasing its schedule on the Los Angeles-Kauai route to daily flights. HawaiianAirlines.com
  • Hawaiian Airlines recently welcomed its first Airbus A330 aircraft, which features full lie-flat seating in a premium cabin and modern island-inspired design. The aircraft’s 18 lie-flat seats, whose curved shells evoke gentle ocean waves, fold out into 180-degree beds measuring 20.5 inches wide and 76 inches long, maximizing passenger space and providing options for both privacy and a shared flight experience. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are tailored to leisure guests (couples, families, honeymooners) while offering superior functionality to business travelers. The Airbus A330’s lie-flat seats feature intuitive seat controls and access to multiple power ports, including two USB connections and an AC outlet. HawaiianAirlines.com
  • Island Air has added flights to Kona on the island of Hawaii and Kahului on Maui to its interisland schedule through the end of Labor Day weekend on September 5. Island Air has also added a round trip flight between Honolulu on Oahu and Kona on Fridays and Sundays, and three round trip flights between Honolulu and Kahului on Fridays and Sundays. Island Air offers 238 flights each week between Oahu, Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii. IslandAir.com

ACCOLADES

  • Wine Spectator magazine recently recognized several Hawaii restaurants with its 2016 Best of Award of Excellence. The magazine’s annual restaurant awards highlight the best places to visit for a glass of wine, selecting winners from all 50 states and 72 countries around the world. According to Wine Spectator, recipients of the awards offer more “extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.”

2016 Best of Award Excellence winners in Hawaii were:

  • Il Lupino, Oahu
  • La Mer, Oahu
  • Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Oahu
  • Lahaina Grill, Maui
  • Longhi’s Lahaina and Longhi’s Wailea, Maui
  • Merriman’s Kapalua, Maui
  • Nick’s Fishmarket, Maui
  • Hawaii has been included once again in Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards. Each year, the magazine ask its readers to share their selections for the world’s top cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines and more. Hawaii won multiple category honors in the magazine’s 2016 World’s Best Awards polling, including:

World’s Best Islands:

  • No. 9, Kauai
  • No. 7, Maui

World’s Best Cities:

  • No. 11: Honolulu, Oahu

World’s Best Domestic Airlines:

  • No. 3: Hawaiian Airlines

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