What’s New in Hawaii for 2019?
Home to breath-taking landscapes, white sandy beaches, waterfalls and canyons, Hawai‘i has something for all types of travellers, whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure or luxury.
Visitors can spend their days hiking, lounging or swimming, whilst experiencing the culture, cuisine and customs of Hawai‘i and the Aloha spirit. See below for what’s new in Hawai‘i this year.
For the adventurous…
Hawai‘i Forest and Trail is launching three never-before-offered custom outdoor adventures on O‘ahu. The ‘Farm to Forest’ adventure offers guests an opportunity to experience the local history and culture of O‘ahu through the island’s unique sights, stories and food. The ‘Honolulu Heights’ adventure will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a birds-eye view of O‘ahu and discover how Honolulu’s volcanic past continues to shape and influence island life, whilst guests embarking on the ‘Birds and Wildlife of O‘ahu’ adventure will have the chance to track native and exotic species at a private-access forest reserve high in the Wai‘anae Mountains. Hawai‘i Forest and Trail is dedicated to helping conserve Hawai‘i ’s endangered environment by educating tourists about it.
For those wanting a bit of everything…
KapohoKine Adventures is welcoming travellers on its new, all-day Hawai‘i Island Odyssey tour, an adventure exploring multiple Island of Hawaiʻi highlights. Guests on the tour, which departs from Kona and South Kohala, will visit and enjoy sample treats from Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm and Factory, Big Island Candies, and Kona coffee grower Bay View Farms. Scenic sites on the tour include Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach, ʻAkaka Falls State Park, Waipiʻo Valley and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The tour starts from $169 (£128) per-person, plus tax, and includes roundtrip hotel transportation and park entrance fees.
For the eco-warriors…
Holo Hale‘iwa is a new shuttle and eco-tour service offering narrated roundtrip transportation from Waikīkī to Hale‘iwa on the North Shore of O‘ahu. Guests are offered the flexibility of exploring surf town Hale‘iwa and its eclectic blend of local boutiques, surf shops, island eateries, and world-class surfing on the North Shore’s scenic beaches.
For sea lovers…
Maui Ocean Centre’s new Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit and Sphere is set to open in early 2019. Hawai‘i’s humpback whales, which embark on one of Earth’s greatest migrations from the North Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands each fall, are revered for their beauty, intelligence and awe-inspiring power, yet hold one of nature’s most profound mysteries. The ocean centre’s new exhibit explores these mysteries, sharing knowledge of the whales’ nomadic lifestyle, behaviours, song, and cultural significance. The centre’s new 3D Sphere theatre, the first of its kind in Hawai‘i, will allow guests to experience a virtual encounter with Maui’s humpbacks in the whales’ own environment.
For art lovers…
The Honolulu Biennial is an international contemporary art exhibition on O‘ahu bringing together artists from Hawai‘i, the Pacific, Asia and the Americas. The public is invited to explore the Honolulu Biennial’s collection of contemporary art, all of which is connected by the Pacific Ocean, from more than 50 artists and art collectives during the exhibition, at a dozen locations throughout Honolulu. Attendees will also get to take in a slate of Honolulu Biennial public programming, including art workshops, artist talks, dance performances, film screenings, fashion shows and live music. The exhibition will run Friday 8 March to Sunday 5 May.
For the creatives…
The Waikīkī Beachcomber by Outrigger will be unveiling its newly restyled property, featuring enhancements to its guest rooms, exterior and pool deck. The new lifestyle property will boast brand new guest rooms featuring an underwater photo mural by local Hawaiian artist, Zak Noyle, who specialises in producing surf and wave photography. The O‘ahu hotel will also be introducing a Beachcomber Experience Package, which includes daily credit to spend at Maui Brewing Co. Waikīkī, and trips on the Waikīkī Connection Trolley, which allows guests to explore nearby neighbourhoods, before returning to the hotel for an evening of relaxation. For more information or reservations, please visit:
For the romantics…
2019 marks the 25th anniversary since the grand opening of The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, an impressive property that stretches along its namesake white-sand beach on the Island of Hawai‘i . To celebrate, the property is offering a special $25,000 package for two. The package includes suite accommodation for seven nights, a helicopter transfer to and from the resort and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole, a rental car, $2,500 worth of food and beverage, unlimited rounds of golf at Mauna Kea Resort, a private cooking class and a selection of other island activities. The Kohala Coast is known for its world-class shoreline, as well as for cultural and archaeological gems nestled between centuries-old lava fields. For more information or reservations, please visit:
For further information about Hawai‘i, please visit GoHawaii.com/UK.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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