The Aloha State is an opus of six islands, but if there’s one that sets the tempo, it’s Oahu. Hawaii’s most populated and third-largest island has a rhythm all its own — an energy that meeting and convention travelers feel the moment their plane touches down in Honolulu.
Throughout the capital city, from downtown to the beachfront resort area of Waikiki, the beat pulses in business, entertainment and cultural events. Honolulu’s attractions are exciting, its population diverse, and its ambiance chic.
But where there's modern verve, there's also history and relaxed, island style. Known as "Hawaii’s Gathering Place," it is an island of impressive contrasts, and while Honolulu bustles with activity, the areas surrounding it afford a more leisurely experience. The perfect Oahu programs showcase it all, pairing city with country, surf with style, tradition with innovation and commerce with culture.
The Ways of Waikiki
Iconic Waikiki Beach is Honolulu's crescent-shaped, silken-sand paradise just blocks from the Hawaii Convention Center. Lining Waikiki’s beachfront and on both sides of Kalakaua Avenue, the main boulevard that parallels the shoreline, are a wide range of hotels and resorts affording stunning views of the city, mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Waikiki is home to internationally renowned hotels and resorts as well as boutique and value-oriented properties, with a combined 30,000 overnight rooms. Many of Waikiki’s properties are meetings powerhouses, offering extensive meeting space, sprawling ballrooms, dedicated conference centers and distinctive event venues.
It’s also easy and safe to get around in Waikiki, so when business ends, attendees can confidently pursue whatever adventure captures their imagination: watersports, luau, dining, shopping or something as simple as people-watching, lounging, or an evening stroll on the beach.
Oahu’s Top Attractions
Iolani Palace, official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, premier museum of Hawaiian culture and history
Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Arizona Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu Zoo, Chinatown and Sea Life Park Hawaii
Diamond Head (Leahi) State Monument, the 560-foot-high tuff crater that plays backdrop to Waikiki Beach
Oahu's Exclusive Resort Areas
The ultimate Oahu experience combines the cosmopolitan capital with different neighborhoods and laid-back locales. With the island being just 44 miles from tip to tip, planners can easily incorporate Oahu’s many personalities into programs with short daytrips.
North Shore (60 minutes from Waikiki): Haleiwa Town is the gateway to Oahu’s big-wave surfing mecca, and its shops and cafes reflect the casual, understated culture that stems from the wave-riders of Waimea Bay. A premier meetings resort caters to groups here with all the desired amenities.
Ko Olina (45 minutes from Waikiki): High-end waterfront living is the style in this area on Oahu’s west side. There's a marina offering a variety of activities, pristine golf courses and two first-class, meetings-friendly resorts with sumptuous amenities. In Ko Olina, attendees have every luxury in arm’s reach and can focus on work with worry-free abandon.
Kahala (10 minutes from Waikiki): East of downtown Honolulu in one of the island's most luxurious residential neighborhoods is an exclusive resort with a private lagoon, dolphin swim experience, spa and more. For celebrities, royalty and meeting groups alike, it’s a secluded haven of hospitality a short trip from Honolulu.
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