New Courtyard Marriott on Oahu, Kilauea ‘hike ‘n glow’, ATV adventures among Hawaii’s newest developments

An ever-evolving destination with tourism as its backbone, Hawaii is consistently updating its product and introducing new attractions.

Robyn Basso, senior director of travel industry partnerships, HVCB, offers her list of some of Hawaii’s newest highlights for travellers can get excited about:

1. Hawaiian Legacy Tours is offering a new ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ tour in partnership with Paradise Helicopters on Hawaii Island. Guests will have the opportunity to view natural landmarks by air including active lava flows and cascading waterfalls and stop at the Hawaiian Legacy Forest to plant a koa legacy tree. A two-hour flight and planting experience is included in the six-person charter tours and all-day charters are also available. and


2. Maverick Helicopters, a division of Maverick Aviation, announced its latest helicopter operations in Maui. Taking flight starting in spring 2015, the company plans to offer new Maui tours in its EC-130 ECO-Star Helicopters, which feature individual seating for up to seven passengers. During the flight, guests can enjoy personal narration from the helicopter pilot through voice-activated headsets as the group explores the iconic and remote Hawaii scenery.

3. Waikiki’s hottest new variety show, CabaRAE, is officially open at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, featuring a stunning custom-designed 10,000-square foot theatre. An international cast of stars thrills audiences with stunning aerial artistry, daredevil feats of strength, spellbinding emotion, interactive comedy and sublime entertainment. The show runs nightly Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. and the chic late night ultra-lounge is open to the public from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

4. The Big Kahuna Luau offers island guests an intimate setting located in the lush rainforest of Tantalus, just a 15-minunte scenic drive from Waikiki. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Honolulu coastline as well as fun and interactive cultural activities from the site of Hawaii’s first macadamia nut farm, The Nutridge Estate. The luau features world-class entertainment that will take visitors on a journey through Hawaii and Polynesia while enjoying epic, locally inspired cuisine.


5. The all-new Hukilau Marketplace at the Polynesian Cultural Center is now open for business from 10 a.m – 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, bringing new shopping and dining options to the North Shore for the whole family. More than just a shopping center, the Hukilau Marketplace revives the storied history of Laie with storefronts paying homage to former community businesses and many of the vendors having connections to the quaint North Shore town. Highlights of the new marketplace include the signature restaurant Pounders, Laie General Store with gifts, souvenirs and local favorite snacks like cracked seed, and island-style home furnishings at Hapa Home Store.

6. Kapoho Kine Adventures has announced a new ‘Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow’ tour for travellers looking to immerse themselves in adventure at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The experience takes guests beyond the visitor centre with an educational walk through Thurston Lava Tube and four-mile trek across the crater floor on the Kïlauea Iki Trail. The tour also includes dinner at the world-renowned Volcano House and the opportunity to experience the red glow reflected by Halemaumau Crater.

7. The Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai has introduced Sunset Golf Cart Tours, a unique and fun way for guests to experience the scenic vistas of the famed Makai Course at sunset. Situated on Kauai’s spectacular north shore, set between ocean and mountains, the Makai Golf Course boasts an extraordinarily beautiful setting so much so it was named one of the ‘Top 5 Great Golf Settings in the U.S.’ by National Geographic Traveler in 2011. Guests can follow the cart paths meandering through the 18 holes, stop and linger to take photos wherever they wish and watch the sun set over Hanalei Bay. Call 808-826-1863.


8. Princeville Ranch Adventures has an exciting new way for visitors to explore Kauai’s lush north shore: by ATV! The new open-air ‘Polaris’ off-road vehicles take visitors through the hidden nooks and crannies of the ranch while also enjoying expeditions through pastures and forests to various historical sites. From the panoramic view of the north shore to a beautiful private waterfall visitors will have a chance to experience the Princeville Ranch like no one has before.

9. A new Courtyard by Marriott Laie is currently being built adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu’s North Shore. Scheduled to open mid-2015, the 144-room hotel will feature an upscale pool, a bistro, and meeting space. The two and three-floor hotel is part of a vision to revitalize and sustain the Koolauloa region.

10. Hampton Hotels recently announced that Hawaii’s first Hampton Inn & Suites will be located in West Oahu as part of a new development called Ka Makana Alii, a family friendly, mixed-use gathering place for travellers and community members alike. Construction of the 175-key Hampton Inn & Suites will begin in mid-2015. Ka Makana Alii will feature a 1.4 million-square-foot regional shopping centre with more than 150 new shops and restaurants, a cinema and LEED-certified office space. The first phase of Ka Makana Ali‘i is scheduled to be open in 2016.

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