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Say aloha to the future: Hawaii in 2019

It looks like future visitors have plenty to look forward to in Hawaii. Here we look at some of the new initiatives, events and hotels coming next year and beyond.

Image Big Island Visitors Bureau/Lehua AhNee


The big shows 

There are a host of popular events and festivals planned for 2019. 

# March: Merrie Monarch Festival – The island of Hawaii. This week-long festival features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, a Hawaiian arts fair, hula shows and a grand parade through Hilo town.

# June: Maui Film Festival – Maui. 

# July: K?loa Plantation Days – Kauai. Enjoy a traditional parade with floats and marching bands that passes through Koloa Town followed by a day of local ethnic foods, all day entertainment, keiki activities and Kauai's largest craft show at the Anne Knudsen (Koloa) Ball Park. 

# September: Aloha Festivals – Hawaii Island, Maui, L?nai, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai. 

# October: Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – Oahu. The Festival takes place over three weekends on multiple islands, featuring a roster of more than 150 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, wine and spirit producers. 

# October: Ironman World Championship – The island of Hawaii. 


Image HTA/Dana Edmunds


Hotel happenings 

The Atlantis Resort is scheduled to break ground in 2019 and is projected to cost a staggering $2 billion, the most expensive hotel project in the world. 

The Mandarin Oriental Honolulu project near the Hawaii Convention Center is also set to break ground soon, with a scheduled completion date in 2021. 

The project will mark the return of the Mandarin Oriental brand to Hawaii and will include 19 floors as Mandarin Oriental hotel space, topped by 17 floors of condominiums named The Residences at Mandarin Oriental Honolulu. 

The construction of Hilton Grand Vacations new tower in Waikiki will begin in 2019, with a projected completion date of early 2022. The tower will have 32 stories and will be the sixth property in Honolulu for Hilton Grand Vacations. 

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach on Oahu debuted its Diamond Head Tower in October.

Marking the completion of Oahu’s first Ritz-Carlton Residences resort, the new 245-residence Diamond Head Tower complements its existing 307-residence ‘Ewa Tower. 

The tower includes an expanded spa with four treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and a 269-square-metre infinity pool with private cabanas.

Timbers Resorts recently opened Hokuala on Kauai, offering oceanfront residences, championship golf, pools, spas, outdoor adventure activities, shopping and dining.

Honua Kai Living Room - Image Barbara Kraft Photography

The Pono Pledge

Hawaii is one of the most geographically diverse destinations in the world and sustainability is ingrained in the culture of each island community.

Hawaiians have always been conscious of preserving the natural aspects of their islands. Sustainability is weaved into every activity, whether it is simple adjustments like using reef safe sunscreen during a snorkelling excursion, or larger initiatives to minimise environmental footprints.

There is a shift towards travellers and the tourism industry taking steps to minimise their impact and focus on more authentic and sustainable experiences.

The Island of Hawaii recently launched the ‘pono pledge’, a new public information campaign aimed at educating and encouraging residents and visitors to be safe, responsible and respectful to each other and the environment while enjoying the island’s natural resources and wildlife.


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Written by: Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 4 December 2018

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