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Hawai‘i is home to a kind of paradise and people that put authenticity on the map. From rich traditions to precious landscapes, there’s simply no place like it on Earth. This year’s festival is set in the heart of Hawai‘i - O‘ahu. Home to a fusion of East and West cultures, O‘ahu offers ancient mystique with a modern twist. To learn more about this island themed “The Gathering Place,” visit the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau website at www.gohawaii.com.

Getting Here

 

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past nine years (2004-2012) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

Staying Here

 
 
 

Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort that encompasses two championship golf courses and over 3,000 guest rooms in two upscale hotels, and seven luxury condominiums and vacation home properties.  The Resort also includes award-winning Queens' MarketPlace and Kings' Shops, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, services and dining experiences, plus free entertainment and cultural programs.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii, the Big Island is located on 15 oceanfront acres overlooking ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay and ancient Hawaiian fishponds. The resort offers 555 contemporary guest rooms and suites with private lanai and spectacular views, the world-renowned Mandara Spa and a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment from cardio to free weights.  The Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge has available outdoor lanai seating for a spectacular ocean view dining, the popular Sunset Luau dinner and show, three pools including the Infinity pool with lava pots, the nearby Waikoloa Golf Club offering 36 holes of championship golf and shops, restaurants and boutiques at The Kings’ Shops and the Queens’ MarketPlace.

Hilton Waikoloa Village

A resort like no other, the award winning Hilton Waikoloa Village is an oceanfront 62-acre playground and alluring destination unto itself. The resort offers island hospitality with 1,241 beautifully appointed guest rooms. Cruise on mahogany canal boats along tranquil waterways. Explore our resort by tram or take a leisurely stroll along our Museum Walkway. Hilton Waikoloa Village lets you experience breathtaking tropical gardens, abundant wildlife, award-winning dining, world-class shopping, art and culture, and an array of activities ranging from golf and tennis to an interactive Dolphin Quest program and the island inspired Kohala Spa. Other amenities include 3 fresh-water swimming pools; an ocean-fed snorkeling lagoon; Club Keiki program; and a seaside putting course. Hilton Waikoloa Village is a gateway to cultural immersion, engaging travelers in rich history through such interactive cultural activity as hula and ukulele lessons. With so much to do, you may never want to leave.

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu(r) introduces cosmopolitan chic for leisure pursuits in Hawaii.  With sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and city skyline, we deftly combine sexy and sophisticated in everything we do.  Every element is original; authentic or custom-designed to enhance our guests' experience.  Featuring a fusion of sophisticated cuisine, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto plates international fare at Morimoto Waikiki and Executive Chef Scott Toner delivers organic, local and house-made culinary pleasures for poolside and in-room dining.   The Modern Honolulu's gourmet delights are complemented by vibrant nightlife, intimate pool settings, exhilarating spa treatments and all that Oahu has to offer - luxury shopping, beaches, nature - all blending to create a feeling of progressive luxury, as refined as it is relaxed.  We invite you to make the most of every moment with us.  

 

Halekulani

Halekulani, which means house befitting heaven in Hawaiian, certainly lives up to its name. The legendary hotel on the beach at Waikiki has been offering visitors an oasis of tranquility for more than a century.  The signature pool, with an orchid design comprised of more than a million individual glass tiles imported from South Africa, has become globally recognized as icon since its unveiling at the hotel’s reopening in 1983.

Three award-winning restaurants feature stunning views framed by the iconic Diamond Head and the deep blue Pacific, but it’s the unforgettable cuisine using Hawai‘i’s freshest local ingredients, that will take your breath away. Halekulani proudly notes that its neoclassic French restaurant, La Mer, has been awarded the highly respected AAA Five Diamond Award since 1990, the only restaurant in the state to receive the honor for this many years.

Relax at SpaHalekulani, the first spa to fully explore the healing traditions of the Pacific Islands. Choose from a full menu of rejuvenating massages, facials, body wraps or salon services.  At O‘ahu’s most prestigious resort, you’ll find a refined atmosphere, gracious hospitality and energizing environs- the perfect setting for the discerning traveler, letting you enjoy a total renewal at Halekulani.

Ko Olina Resort

Ko Olina is a 642-acre master-planned resort community on the western shore of the island of O‘ahu. Resort partners include the iconic JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Marriott’s most successful vacation club product in the world, Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort luxury condominium residences, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Disney’s first family destination resort outside of its theme park developments, Ko Olina Golf Club and the state-of-the-art Ko Olina Marina.  The resort, known as O‘ahu's premier vacation destination, also features seven pristine oceanfront lagoons connected by 1.5 miles of shoreline pathways, access to a diverse selection of ocean and outdoor activities and the island’s best weather.

 

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Uniquely designed for families and inspired by the wonders and traditions of Hawai‘i, Aulani is a family paradise with a touch of magic. Aulani offers kids, adults and families Hawaiian vacation experiences that combine the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian Islands and culture with a special magic that only Disney can create. Delightful rooms and spacious Disney Vacation Club villas, a perfect location on a beautiful beachfront lagoon, and renowned Disney service and enchanting entertainment let dreamers of every age savor their time together on Hawai‘i as never before.

 

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa

The luxurious JW Marriott Ihilani offers 387 spacious guest rooms, including 36 suites, which have been completely transformed to feature a residential resort look-and-feel and upgraded amenities, and is ideal location for group meetings. Resort activities include 18 holes of championship play at Ko Olina Golf Club, tennis courts with ocean views and a variety of restaurants showcasing unique and distinctive island cuisine, including the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Azul restaurant. The world-class Ihilani Spa, voted one of the “Top Spas in the World” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines, has been completely redesigned with a new layout, couple’s treatment room, the brand new Ho‘onanea suite for private events, and a 24-hour fitness center. The resort recently ranked as one of the “Top 15 Hawaii Golf Resorts” by Conde Nast Traveler, one of the “World’s Best Hawai‘i Resorts” by Travel + Leisure, and number one in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s "Best of the Best Hotel & Resort” poll voted by island readers.

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of exceptional properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world.  The beachfront resort hotel caters to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense.  JW Marriott Ihilani artfully provides highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of Hawai‘i’s unique setting and locale so that guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them.

 

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

Balanced between the idyllic beauty of the legendary Waikiki Beach and the dynamic city center, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is a vibrant destination combining relaxation and adventure with true Hawaiian hospitality. Each of the 1,230 guestrooms, including 19 suites, offers Hawaiian elegance and private lanai with panoramic beach, mountain, and city views. With an unrivaled location just steps from world-famous waves, the resort affords effortless exploration of the island’s attractions, from Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium, to world-class shopping, sophisticated dining and expert surfing lessons. Offering endless amenities including luxurious treatments at the 10,000 square foot Na Ho’ola Spa, StayFit Fitness Center, freshwater swimming pool overlooking Waikiki Beach, fresh regional seafood dishes with upscale American cuisine at Shor American Seafood Restaurant, Pacific Rim at Japengo and more than 60 boutiques on site. Hyatt Regency Waikiki promises Hawaiian-style excitement paired with the warmth of authentic Aloha spirit.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Ideally situated on forty acres on Ka’anapali Beach, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers an authentic Hawaiian experience in a setting of tropical luxury. Enjoy elegant rooms with private lanais; a half-acre pool and water playground, Maui’s only oceanfront spa and salon, and a selection of international dining options. Activities include golf, tennis, SCUBA, wildlife tours, Hawaiian cultural lessons and the acclaimed “Tour the Stars” astronomy program.

Choose from four restaurants and five lounges that offer unique dining experiences and nightly entertainment. Japengo, known for world-class steaks, seafood and sushi inspired by the Pacific Rim offers indoor and outdoor seating, a chic sushi lounge, and an elegant bar. ‘Umalu, the resort’s poolside restaurant serves specialty cocktails, lighter fare and local dishes. Swan Court presents an extensive breakfast buffet and Son’z at Swan Court, home of Maui’s largest wine cellar, serves up fine Italian and American cuisine. Drums of the Pacific Luau presents a journey through Polynesia complete with a traditional imu ceremony, Hawaiian buffet, and the memorable Samoan fire-knife dance. Rounding out the perfect Maui vacation are nearby shopping destinations, art galleries and island excursions.