being a constant innovator in the tourism industry, Hawaii has been able to
remain relevant and to attract both longtime and first-time visitors due to the
diversity of experiences available across all islands.
visiting the state, travelers are welcomed to new hotels, activities, and
products that range from exclusive vintage boutique properties, to
unforgettable sunset dinner sails – all customizable to fulfill any travel
ESPACIO, The Jewel of Waikiki (Oahu), is a new boutique hotel scheduled to open in September. The property offers nine suites on nine floors, dedicated butlers, Italian marble baths with dry sauna and Jacuzzi, a full kitchen, and the use of a car.
Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani (Oahu) is a boutique version of the famous Halekulani hotel, and is accepting reservations from October 25 onward. It will offer luxurious accommodations with a variety of views and a selection of amenities at booking – including adjustable arrival and departure times, resort credit, room upgrades or daily breakfast, an infinity pool with a view of the Pacific, and a Halekulani Bakery store. Unlike most hotels in Waikiki, it will not charge a resort fee.
White Sands Hotel (Waikiki, Oahu) is a newly renovated property designed as an homage to the 1960s, with its throwback walk-up design. Guests will enjoy a remodeled garden and pool courtyard with a bar-adjacent hot tub, and modern takes on 1960s throwback cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant. Note: White Sands Hotel rooms are completed and ready for occupancy, but the common areas are currently undergoing renovations and are expected to be completed by fall 2019.
Fairmont Kea Lani (Maui) introduced a new suite designed for health-minded travelers. The one-bedroom suite offers vitamin-infused showers, linen designed to promote productive sleep, skincare and aromatherapy amenities, spa experiences, and in-suite fitness equipment.
Food & Beverage
Liliha Bakery, famous eatery in Honolulu (Oahu), is now open at the Macy’s Ala Moana Center. The restaurant seats 170 with direct rooftop access, offering the same menu as the Nimitz location.
Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate is opening a new factory this year and taking the next step in single-origin estate chocolate production on Maui. The company had its first harvest of cacao in the spring of 2018 and the new factory will allow enhanced production of Maui grown and produced chocolate.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has partnered with Maker’s Mark to design a blend of bourbon exclusive to the hotel. The finished product is a blend of whiskeys from 10 finishing staves, which were combined and aged a further nine weeks. The bourbon is available at the resort’s food and beverage outlets and is also included in a new signature ginger julep cocktail, which combines the bourbon with muddled mint, ginger, rock candy, and Maui Brewing Company ginger beer.
Kaua‘i Coffee has a new two-hour farm tour that will showcase the island’s largest coffee fields. Visitors will tour the red-dirt coffee plantation in open-air trucks and learn about the production of coffee from seed to cup. They’ll even have an opportunity to plant a new coffee tree. Of course, the tour ends with a cup of the brew, which is grown, harvested, roasted, and brewed right on the estate.
Merriman’s on Hawai‘i Island (or “Big Island”), diners can get a 20 percent discount on rides with Lyft using the code “Merrimans” on the Lyft app.
Attractions and Tours
Hawai’i Forest and Trail (Oahu) has a new personalized tour option for larger groups of up to 12 guests. The four-hour minimum tour includes transportation, snacks, and beverages, and can be customized with options such as a waterfall swim, beach walk, or a selection of overland hikes – one of which includes a mountain picnic.
Alii Nui Sailing Charters (Maui) has a new 2.5 hour Royal Sunset Sail. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and open bar in the open-air cabin or topside on the upper deck while sailing from the centrally located Ma’alaea Harbor. The tour price includes transportation to and from the vessel from most south and west side resorts.
Fairmont Orchid (Hawai‘i Island) offers guests a complimentary guided hike of the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve twice a week. It is a short walk from the hotel where hikers will be able to see some 3,000 rock carvings that have been carbon dated as far back as year 1200.
Source: travelpulse.com, “Visitor Update: What’s New in the Hawaiian Islands for fall” by Scott Laird. July 22, 2019