The Top 10 Developments on Oahu in Early 2017

Oahu’s hotels are constantly updating and adding an array of activities and packages that are sure to make any trip to Oahu unforgettable. The island is also brimming with fun-filled activities that everyone can enjoy.

Let’s check out what’s new with Oahu’s Hotels & Resorts and Activities for the early part of 2017.

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    Ka Wa'a Luau at Aulani
    ••• Ka Wa'a Luau at Aulani. Photo Courtesy of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

    Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina recently opened Ka Wa'a, a luau that takes you on an exhilarating and enchanting journey through Hawaiian history.

    Inspired by the sacred canoe that brought the ancestors of Native Hawaiians to Hawaii, Ka Wa'a offers an imaginative dining and entertainment experience.

    Guests can feast on a sumptuous, local island buffet including a carving station with suckling pig and prime rib, fresh local seafood, authentic island fare and enticing Asian specialties plus family-friendly offerings, kids' selections and a decadent dessert bar, and enjoy lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance, including hula kahiko (ancient hula) and modern hula auana.

    For advance reservations, call (808) 674-6320 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. HST.

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    Recently opened Coral Crater Adventure Park, in Leeward Oahu in Kapolei, features safe, fun-for-the-whole-family activities that include a thrilling 40-mph zipline, an off-road side-by-side ATV tilted on a banked turn, and a king swing over a steep cliff.

    The park features thrilling rides, exciting challenges, formidable obstacles, games, and local food. Visitors can relax at the picnic area and enjoy food and drinks while playing horseshoes and other activities, or try out the state of the art Adventure Tower and climbing wall. 

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    Prince Waikiki Guestroom
    ••• Prince Waikiki Guestroom. Photo Courtesy of Prince Waikiki

    Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club is completing a $55.4 million redevelopment and repositioning aimed at attracting the next generation of travelers heading to Hawaii.

    When completed this spring, the property will emerge as a brand new hotel with a brand new name: Prince Waikiki. The redevelopment includes 563 transformed oceanfront guest rooms and suites, all-new dining options, a modernized lobby with elevated personalized services, a new infinity pool, and enhanced meeting space.

    The refurbishment marks the hotel's first major remodel since its grand opening on April 20, 1990.

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    The new GoHawaii App, the state of Hawaii’s first travel destination mobile app created by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), offers valuable travel tips for each of the six major Hawaiian Islands: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the island of Hawaii.

    App users will discover useful information to help them enjoy Hawaii’s wide variety of sites, activities, special events and cultural festivals statewide. A special app feature is a collection of “Locomoji” – Hawaii inspired emojis that can be shared with family and friends.

    The app is available for iOS and Android.

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    Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Guestroom
    ••• Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Guestroom. Photo Courtesy of Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

    A new Hyatt property opened in the former Waikiki Trade Center.

    The Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach features 230 guestrooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling window views, contemporary state-of-the-art amenities, spa-like bathrooms, an outdoor swimming pool with private cabanas and an entertainment deck, a bar and restaurant, and a fitness facility.

    The new Hyatt hotel anchors the renovated Waikiki Trade Center building, which includes a two-story, 34,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and branch of American Savings Bank.

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    Pacific Beach Hotel is completing a $115 million redevelopment that will completely transform the legendary Waikiki hotel.

    The hotel’s exterior façade, 839 guestrooms and suites, and public areas including a 280,000-gallon lobby oceanarium aquarium that serves as the home to more than 1,000 protected marine animals. will be re-conceptualized.

    A destination pool deck will be added with two new pools, including a new saltwater infinity pool overlooking the shoreline, a pool bar, tiered day beds, and stepping stones leading to exclusive cabanas perched above a new shallow water pool for kids.

    Two new Waikiki beach restaurants by celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto will be created exclusively for the hotel. Following the transformation, the hotel will enter the market as ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.

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    USS Bowfin, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
    ••• USS Bowfin, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. gregobagel / Getty Images

    Pacific Historic Parks is has announced its new tours for 2017, which include a new USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour with access to the National Park Service archives and three new Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Tours.

    The USS Bowfin has also launched its new Deluxe Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Tour for 2017, which features two USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tours, two admissions to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and lunch for two on the USS Bowfin.

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    Royal Hawaiian Hotel
    ••• Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Photo Courtesy of Starwood Resorts and Hotels of Hawaii

    February 2017 marks the 90th anniversary of The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, affectionately known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific” and the second oldest hotel on Oahu.

    Built in 1927, the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, ushered in a new era of luxurious resort travel to Hawaii. The anniversary will be celebrated with year-long promotions, resort packages, and a gala event on March 3, 2017 to honor the legendary resort.

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    Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is "Waikiki’s Hip New Place to Stay"

    Mahina & Sun’s
    ••• Mahina & Sun’s. Photo Courtesy of Surjack Hotel & Swim Club

    The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, "Waikiki’s Hip New Place to Stay" according to The New York Times, recently launched ongoing wellness activities for its guests that crave unique and tailored experiences.

    On and off-site wellness activities include pilates sessions on the property’s penthouse lanai and the complimentary use of custom-built bicycles to explore Waikiki with curated bike guides.

    Guests can enjoy one-of-a-kind off-site experiences like Surfjack’s Aloha Aina tour of two Waianae farms where Mahina & Sun’s, the property’s signature restaurant, secures some of its menu offerings.

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    Aerial View of the Turtle Bay Resort
    ••• Aerial View of the Turtle Bay Resort. Photo by John Fischer

    Turtle Bay Resort has concluded its $52 million, multi-phased renovation with the opening of celebrated Hawai‘i Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Roy’s Beach House, completion of the new upscale beach experience at Kuilima Cove, and the launch of the Vista Level service enhancements.

    Fronting Roy’s Beach House, the new beach experience features chaise loungers, daybeds, private cabanas, shower stations, guest information kiosks and a wooden beach walkway.

    The sixth floor of the hotel has been transformed into the Vista Level, offering elevated experience enhancements including premier key-card access, dedicated concierge services, premium room amenities and special activity offerings.