The youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands (4,028 sq. miles and still growing!)
Capital City: Hilo
Number of Rooms: more than 6,000
Top Venue Regions: Kohala Coast, Kona, Hilo
The island of Hawaii is often referred to as "Big Island," not due to its population, but rather its size. All of the other Hawaiian Islands can easily fit within its periphery (or perimeter or boundaries). With active volcanoes, Hawaii's energy is one of creation and discovery, a state-of-mind that sets the stage for rewarding and productive events.
With all but four of the world's climate zones represented in its diverse terrains, Hawaii provides inspiration at every turn – in the deep blue ocean and sandy beaches, at cultural and historical sites or while hiking its lush valleys and rainforests.
Each of the island's towns has a distinctive flair — from the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) feel of upcountry Waimea to the artist vibe of Hawi. Hawaii Island is also a place to indulge in culinary adventures and world-class spas to heal spirit and soul.
Planners will find Hawaii's meeting and convention options as distinct as the island itself, from elegant ballrooms to oceanfront settings perfect for corporate retreats. Hawaii Island has more than 6,000 hotel guest rooms (not including alternative accommodations such as retreats/lodges, vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts and more).
Outside of the major resorts, off-property venues can be found in verdant pastures (Kahua Ranch), amidst acres of coffee farms (Holualoa Inn) or on manicured, emerald green lawns surrounded by pitch-black lava (Waikoloa Bowl).
Home to Maunakea, the world's tallest sea mountain; Maunaloa, the world's most massive mountain; and Kilauea, one of the planet's most continuously erupting active volcanoes, Hawaii offers adventures that form lifelong memories:
Snorkeling some of the 266 miles of coastline and the most marine conservation districts in the state
Learning ancient methods of ocean navigation by the stars at Imiloa Astronomy Center
Interpreting the natural science, culture and history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and surrounding marine environment at Mokupapapa Discovery Center
Witnessing primal geological formations and processes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kohala Coast Accommodations & Venues
While individual properties are equipped to accommodate meetings and events, the Kohala Coast — home to many fine resorts and meeting facilities, all located within a 20-minute drive from each other — is often referred to as the "convention center without walls," with its year-round ideal weather and numerous outdoor venues:
Celebrate 50+ years of timeless magic at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the new glass-walled Kaunaoa Ballroom, where groups can enjoy the hotel's beachfront wing for an unparalleled "hotel within a hotel" experience
The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea's sister property, sits on one of Hawaii's most beautiful white sand beaches; the resort offers four conference rooms, two executive boardrooms and 8,000 square feet of outdoor courtyard space
The Fairmont Orchid, a luxurious resort inspired by culture, well-being and genuine aloha; the 540-room property offers 36,000 square feet of indoor space and 76,000 square feet of outdoor venues
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows offers spacious indoor and outdoor meeting facilities, including the popular 10,800-square-foot Aloha Pavilion, and an attentive event staff, making this Hawaii conference venue a great destination for productive and enjoyable corporate events
Soft ocean breezes and tropical foliage inspire creativity and ingenuity at Hilton Waikoloa Village, where stunningly beautiful indoor and outdoor meeting spaces offer an ideal setting for special events, from the resort’s 235,000-square-foot convention center to from free-form pool decks, lawn areas and more than 175,000 square feet of outdoor space
The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers an array of outdoor event areas and indoor meeting rooms, conveniently located at Anaehoomalu Bay, home of Ocean Sports, offering an array of Pacific adventures right off the bay
Kona Accommodations & Venues
Meeting planners can choose from indoor and outdoor venues at the Five-Star, Five-Diamond Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at in North Kona
Further south, historic Kailua Village is a lively seaside town in the heart of Kona and a destination for accommodations, dining and great souvenir shopping, all within walking distance along historic Alii Drive
More than 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and function space, including the oceanfront Luau Grounds, await at The Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Nearby, Royal Kona Resort offers 10,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space with breathtaking views, perfect for events from 20 to 500 people
Still further south, next to Keauhou Bay, is the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa; with 17,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, the resort is perfect for larger groups, corporate seminars and private functions
Hilo Accommodations & Venues
Flipside of the Kohala Coast is the district of Hilo, a gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, accented by dramatic waterfalls and lush tropical gardens:
Roughly one mile from downtown, the 286-room Hilo HawaiianHotel offers stunning views of Mokuola (Coconut Island), Maunakea and the dramatic North Hilo coastline. This recently renovated classic has nearly 6,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space
The Queen's Court restaurant (5,600 square feet) can also be used as a private dining option for luncheon meetings.