Oahu - Waikiki

Oahu Fact Sheet

"The Heart of Hawaii"

See also: Why Oahu, Map of Oahu (PDF)

Oahu Highlights

  • Principal City and State Capital: Honolulu
  • Population: 983,000
  • Number of Rooms: More than 30,000
  • Top Venue Regions: Waikiki, Kahala, North Shore, Ko Olina Resort

Oahu Overview

Oahu, the "Heart of Hawaii," is Hawaii's political and economic center — home to Honolulu, the state capital, and iconic locations and attractions, including Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Leahi (Diamond Head) and more.

Oahu draws more meetings than any other island and offers a multitude of convention and incentive opportunities, including the Hawaii Convention Center, world-class hotels and resorts, exciting activities and iconic off-site venues to accommodate any sized group and program.

The Oahu Advantage

Centered between East and West, Oahu's value as a meetings destination is unparalleled and plays a significant factor in drawing attendees from all over the world. Nonstop airlift from major markets, a bounty of delectable dining and a variety of pre- and post-convention services make Oahu an easy event destination choice.

Oahu's accommodations and meeting facilities are also constantly being refreshed to provide attendees with a first-rate experience. Recent updates include:

  • Outrigger Enterprises Group's announcement of its $100 million revitalization of its oceanfront Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Waikiki slated for completion in 2019
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa's $100 million renovation in 2015 including all guest rooms
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa recently completed a $22 million renovation featuring new design of its lobby area, front desk registration and port cochere; the property’s main ballrooms and special events rooms have also been refreshed, with the crowning touch of the transformation a 60- by 20-foot carved wooden work of art by local artist Kaiwi Nui Yoon, intended to reflect Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, and her love for the people of her kingdom.

Hawaii Convention Center

The "crown jewel" of meeting venues for the state is the award-winning, 1.1 million square foot Hawaii Convention Center, conveniently located eight miles from the Honolulu International Airport and within a mile of more than 6,000 hotel rooms, as well as premier shopping, dining and entertainment options.

HCC staff's dedicated service and aloha spirit, along with the facility's captivating architecture, inviting interiors and open-air ambiance, have ensured many productive and successful events for leading organizations, including the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader's Meeting in 2011 and the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit.

Hawaii Convention Center was also recently selected for the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in 2016.

Waikiki Accommodations & Venues

Within walking distance of the Hawaii Convention Center is Waikiki, Oahu's main hotel and resort area, with more than 30,000 hotel rooms, including international hotel brands, historic estates, contemporary boutique hotels, value properties and family-friendly condominiums.

Oahu's two largest meeting hotels, Sheraton Waikiki and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, respectively provide more than 25,000 sq. ft. and 43,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and numerous conference centers, elegant ballrooms, boardrooms and function sites.

Kahala Accommodations & Venues

A five-minute drive from Waikiki, the luxury resort area of Kahala features quiet beaches and beautiful scenery. Here, The Kahala Hotel & Resort offers more than 13,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor space and 11,000 sq. ft. of picturesque outdoor space suitable for any event. The resort has served as an event venue for international diplomats, tech geniuses, product launches, media presentations, board meetings and more.

Other Accommodations & Venues

Many properties outside of Waikiki have excellent indoor and outdoor meeting facilities for smaller groups. Oahu's quiet countryside provides a striking contrast to the busy city life of Honolulu and Waikiki, just an hour out of town on the island's North Shore and West Side:

  • Meeting planners can organize a group workstation at Turtle Bay Resort, which offers an array of activities conducive to fostering team unity, including tennis, golf tournaments on two championship golf courses, yoga retreats, sky diving, kayaking, surf lessons, Segway tours and horseback riding
  • For a different experience, an excursion to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina Resort offers storytelling that vividly brings Hawaiian culture and landscapes to life, creating a deeper understanding and appreciation of Hawaii amid the enchantment of Disney magic
  • A convenient two-minute ride away via Aulani's complimentary shuttle, Ko Olina Golf Club features a challenging 18-hole course for seasoned golfers and offers the perfect opportunity for island exploration by land and sea, including guided hiking tours and swimming with wild dolphins
  • One-of-a-kind attractions also available as meeting and event venues include the Bishop Museum, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Pacific Aviation Museum, Waimea Valley, Hawaii State Art Museum, Kualoa Ranch, Iolani Palace and Waikiki Aquarium.