Top Venue Regions: Kāʻanapali, Kapalua, Lāhainā, Wailea, Hāna
Stretching 48 miles long, Maui is world-renowned for its golden beaches, forested mountains and endless sunshine, ideal for visitors seeking sophisticated diversions. From whale watching to hiking the volcanic landscape at Haleakalā National Park, or strolling down lively Front Street of historic Lāhainā town, a wide variety of accessible adventures await meeting attendees.
In small towns and airy resorts spread across the island, Maui recharges the senses and makes for successful meetings, offering planners an environment that stimulates thought and achievement through beautiful scenery and unparalleled Hawaiian hospitality.
The multitude of adventures and activities for guests, attendees and delegates exponentially increases Maui's desirability as a meetings location. Lūau, farmer's markets, championship golf, pampering spas, multi-ethnic dining, cultural excursions and group-friendly mountain and ocean experiences make for memorable and invigorating programs:
Many cultural activities are offered for families traveling with attendees, including learning a hula, stringing a lei, weaving a lauhala fan, hearing stories of the ancient voyaging peoples of the Pacific Islands or embracing the Hawaiian concept of hoʻoponopono (problem solving)
At the Maui Ocean Center, groups can take an educational day tour for a deeper understanding of Hawaiʻi's amazing marine life and experience the incredible Humpbacks of Hawaiʻi Exhibit and Sphere. Or groups can enjoy an exclusive evening event with sunset views and incredible food.
The Haliimaile Distilling Company offers group tours to educate guests on the importance of using local products and sustainable practices in the production of Pau Vodka and other spirits.
The hotels and resorts of Kāʻanapali, Kapalua and Lāhainā are destinations in themselves, with lavish spas and a range of dining options close at hand:
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua boast meeting venues with expansive event space and world-class services. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort also provides an opportunity for groups to participate in a volunteer activity with Pacific Whale Foundation through the Mālama Hawaiʻi program.
The group-friendly Westin Maui Resort & Spa works closely with groups on special banquet menus.
Nearby, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is a great retreat for incentive groups; the 6,560 sq. ft. Maui Ballroom accommodates up to 600 people for receptions and 500 people for banquets; function, meeting, and board rooms provide an additional 5,400 sq. ft. of exhibit space
The Royal Lahaina Resort is the perfect venue for small to medium-size groups, with over 14,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting and function space to accommodate virtually any business need.
From sunset cocktail receptions to lavish banquets, classroom-style meetings to Hawaiian-style lūau (feasts), the professional staff of Maui's resort venues work closely with meeting planners to custom design perfect programs for any event.
Wailea Accommodations & Venues
Tucked along the crescent-shaped beaches and stellar golf courses in south Maui is Wailea, home to opulent resorts and meeting properties like the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, each offering an unforgettable meeting experience for group incentive programs.
Hāna Accommodations & Venues
Along Maui's eastern coastline is the small town of Hana and the tranquil haven of Hana-Maui Resort. With more than 5,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor space plus 10,000 sq. ft. of beautifully landscaped outdoor function space, meeting attendees are immersed in settings that nurture creativity. Hana-Maui Resort offers a diverse course of experiences including morning yoga, ukulele lessons, coconut husking and lei-making.
Groups seeking public and private venues can gather at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului for an inspiring meeting facility. Approximately 10 minutes from the Kahului Airport, the Center provides a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, 1,200-seat, three-tier Castle Theater, the Founders Courtyard, bistro dining and built-in beverage and food service bars.
Year after year, Maui's properties — new and existing — continue to evolve to ensure that guest experiences will always be extraordinary.
Fairmont Kea Lani Transformation Project:
· In March of 2022, Fairmont Kea Lani embarked upon our hoʻomaka hou (a new beginning) multimillion-dollar transformation of our collection of Suites and Villas. Each of our 413 one-bedroom suites and 37 two-story villas will be completely reimagined from top to bottom to create an ultimately luxurious space that evokes stories of the island’s rich cultural heritage. The finest furnishings, touchpoints and amenities have been curated to ensure every guest feels genuinely cared for in an exquisitely designed space.
· In August 2022, improvements to the Grand Entrance and Lobby will begin. This impressive makeover will include dramatic water features, enhanced guest experience touchpoints and immersive gardens. Positioned as a conduit for sharing the vibrancy of Hawaiian culture, a dynamic and interactive Cultural Center will be designed in the southwest area of the lobby. A brand-new expansive food and beverage venue will flow from the southeast end of the lobby. This enchanting venue will seamlessly transition from the lobby into a space of its own commanding arguably some of the best views of the resort. Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort:
· Botero Lounge will be opening in May 2022 after a complete redesign of the space as part of ongoing enhancements to the iconic property. Enjoy a new signature cocktail menu and exceptional dining amid nine larger-than-life sculptures by the renowned artist Fernando Botero, the namesake of this stylish nightspot at the heart of our open-air lobby. The unique art lounge atmosphere creates an inspiring and dynamic setting, with nightly live music and our most exciting addition, the show stopping live-action sushi station. In addition, Grand Wailea will be unveiling a reimagined food and beverage outlet and event destination overlooking the beautiful Reflection Pool and Wailea Beach, as well as launching a modernized grab-and-go dining outlet with wellness cafe. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kāʻanapali:
· In December 2020 completed a $120 million resort-wide transformation, unveiling its centerpiece luxury beachfront guest tower Hōkūpaʻa at The Westin Maui. Taking its name from the Hawaiian name for the North Star, the new tower features 217 guest rooms and suites with ocean views, modern furnishings and intuitive design elements. Every guest staying in Hōkūpaʻa will have exclusive access to The Lānai, a welcoming venue on the tower’s second level offering culinary, cultural and recreational amenities inspired by the island of Maui. The resort’s extensive renovation also includes new restaurants and upgrades to the property’s iconic pool playground. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Debuts ‘Ilikai Villas:
· Following a traditional groundbreaking blessing in April, the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort announced the grand opening of its ‘Ilikai Villas, a collection of 19 brand-new, three-bedroom options at the resort. The newest of the resort’s luxury villa offerings, ‘Ilikai is located on the property’s high point and features expansive ocean views. Each 1,900-square-foot villa offers a Bosch Kitchen, a variety of bedding options, and a sprawling lānai to enjoy the views. Ground-floor units feature private plunge pools for relaxation. The ‘Ilikai penthouse villa offers more than 3,750 square feet of space and includes a glass-bottom cantilevered pool. Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel:
· A $75 million property-wide renaissance “Kealaula” resulted in the hotel’s Papakū South Wing and Kauhale Southeast Wing now having upgraded rooms featuring modern design and a strong sense of culture. Rooms feature employee-made makamae (precious) shadow boxes, with designs including mākau (fishhooks), lūhe‘e (octopus lure) and more. The hotel’s refreshed courtyard now conveys a sense of place and includes edible plants such as mai‘a (banana) and ‘ulu (breadfruit). Its new beachfront restaurant Huihui opened in 2021 and also functions as a sailing academy teaching the early Hawaiian skill of wayfinding.
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