The Island of Hawaii
Island of Hawaii is a vibrant and magical place full of natural wonders and adventure experiences. The youngest of the Hawaiian Island chain, Hawaii Island is also the largest at 4,028 square miles – and still growing! Nicknamed the “Big Island,” all of the other Hawaiian Islands could fit, nearly twice, on the surface of Hawaii Island. The energy of the island is one of creation and discovery, a state-of-mind that provides the perfect foundation for a rewarding and productive meeting or event. Meeting attendees can take respite from daily routines and become focused and engaged by Hawaii Island’s sheer diversity. With all but two of the world’s climate zones found on one island, inspiration can be found at every turn – in the deep blue ocean and sandy beaches, at cultural and historical sites, or while hiking the lush valleys and rainforests in between. Hawaii Island is also a place to indulge in culinary adventures that please the palate and world-class spas that heal the spirit and soul.
BIG MEANS BUSINESS
Planners will find meeting and convention options as distinct as the island itself from elegant ballrooms to oceanfront event space 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) and the ability to meet the needs of all aspects of meetings, conventions, and incentive programs with an array of indoor meeting and outdoor event space options. While individual properties are equipped to accommodate meetings and events, the Kohala Coast is often referred to as the “convention center without walls,” with its year-round ideal weather and numerous outdoor venues. Outside of the major resorts, off property venues are available in equally diverse settings. Rolling upcountry pastures (Kahua Ranch), amidst acres of coffee farms (Holualoa Inn), on manicured emerald green lawns surrounded by pitch black lava (Waikoloa Bowl), and more.