What's New in the Hawaiian Islands

hawaiiFrom new developments to new attractions and more, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) recently released some new sales pitches for the Hawaiian Islands.

New Developments


A new 15-acre resort will open its doors in Maui this summer. Andaz Maui at Wailea will have 297 rooms and suites, including seven three-to five-bedroom villas; a 15,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adults-only pool, apothecary retail and fitness facility; more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space and two restaurants, including Morimoto Maui, celebrity chef, Masaharu Morimoto’s second restaurant in Hawaii. Rooms are enhanced with private lanais for admiring the magnificent sunsets over Mokapu Beach, opulent bathrooms with ocean and garden view showers, and luxurious body products that invigorate the body and mind. Visit www.Maui.Andaz.Hyatt.com.

Events and Attractions


Maui will soon be home to Ocean Vodka, producing the only vodka in the world made from deep ocean mineral water and organic cane sugar. Opening in this month, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery will offer tours of the facility and tastings in a martini garden, highlighting fresh, locally grown ingredients like lavender, passion fruit, citrus, strawberries and pineapple. The water used to make the vodka is harvested from deposits 3,000 feet below Hawaii Island and shipped to the distillery to produce a 100 percent certified USDA organic, gluten-free product. Visit www.OceanVodka.com.

The Pan-Pacific Festival returns to Oahu from June 7-9, celebrating the rich and storied history of Japanese visitors to the Hawaiian Islands and bringing a weekend of fun and educational events for the entire family to enjoy. The festival begins with the Pan-Pacific Hoolaulea (festival), followed by the Performing Arts Showcase and Hula Festival. The weekend culminates with a grand finale, the Pan-Pacific Parade through Kalakaua Avenue in world famous Waikiki. Every year, hundreds participate in the vibrant parade. Visit www.Pan-Pacific-Festival.com.

Flight News


On February 9, Allegiant Air began a new, non-stop service between Spokane, Washington to Honolulu. The airline is offering a $179-each-way introductory fare for the new route. Visit www.AllegiantAir.com. 

Hawaiian Airlines was ranked No. 1 as the most on-time carrier in the nation in 2012. The airline has now earned the top ranking by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Consumer Report for the past 9 years.

Hawaiian Airlines also continues to make it easier to visit and explore the Hawaiian Islands with new developments, including bolstering its routes between Honolulu and Oakland, California and Portland, Oregon.  From June 15 to October 3, Hawaiian will increase the Oakland flights from four days a week to daily. Starting May 10, the Portland route will see an increased flight capacity from 264 to 294 seats, adding 11,000 new air seats per year. Naming its new interisland airline, Ohana by Hawaiian, the airline will fly between Honolulu and Molokai and Lanai. Visit www.HawaiianAirlines.com.

Visit www.gohawaii.com.

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