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Check out what’s new in Hawaii!

Thinking of going to Hawaii? Here’s all the updates on the tropical paradise!

Pearl Harbour’s USS Arizona Memorial to open in March

The USS Arizona Memorial, which has been off-limits to visitors since workers first noticed structural damage on the visitor loading ramp this May, is set to be re-open by the end of March 2019. Currently, in lieu of USS Arizona Memorial programs, visitors will be taken on a 30-minute narrated harbour tour of Battleship Row and the area around the USS Arizona Memorial.

Tickets are still required. Visitors can get walk-in tickets at the visitor centre on a first come, first served basis, or reserve tickets online at www.recreation.gov. https://www.nps.gov/valr/faqs.htm.

Aston Waikīkī Beach Hotel

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Live, Love, Eat at the Beach Package – Located steps from the ocean, wake up and catch some waves or make a splash in the heated outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy either breakfast, lunch or dinner daily for two at Wolfgang Puck Express.

Booking window starts November 19, 2018 for travel January 03, 2019 and onward. Restrictions apply, see website for more details.

KapohoKine Thanksgiving Volcano Tour

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The “Thanksgiving Volcano Tour” promotion offers a chance to get back inside the recently reopened Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Kīlauea volcano. Guests will hike throughout the Park including to the new cracks in the paved road out to Keanakāko‘i Crater, Kīlauea Visitor Center, Steaming Bluff, Volcano House and more.

Expect to see a dramatically different Kīlauea Caldera that now showcases a new, massive 1,000+ foot deep crater that just recently held a lava lake. Thanksgiving dinner will be unlike any other with the special location of the Volcano Winery. Typically only open for tastings, guests will receive a vineyard tour to learn about the shallow volcanic topsoil that provides a unique terrain and nutrient-rich soil for the vineyard.

After a wine tasting, a traditional dinner is served with turkey and ham, stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, tossed salad and pumpkin pie. A glass of wine is also included, as well as coffee and tea. Available on November 22, 2018. Price is $279 per person plus tax from Kona-Kohala Coast, and $239 per person plus tax from Hilo. Kona-Kohala Coast guests also visit a working 24-acre coffee farm with stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the monument to Captain James Cook.

Wanderlust at Turtle Bay Resort

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Wanderlust bring together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat at Turtle Bay Resort, an oasis on Oahu’s North Shore.

Choose your own adventure with multi-level yoga and meditation sessions, mouthwatering organic foods, heart-pumping music, inspiring lectures and workshops, and boundary-pushing outdoor activities.

Lahaina Loft, Maui’s Premier Celebration Venue, Welcomes Bookings for Holiday Celebrations

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Lahaina Loft, an oceanfront celebration venue located on historic Front Street, features 2,000-square-feet of air-conditioned event space with limitless capabilities for a customized experience for up to 150 guests. Its outdoor balcony overlooks Lahaina Harbor, offering picturesque ocean and sunset views.

Working closely with partner vendors, Lahaina Loft is equipped with exceptional furnishings, table settings, decorative pieces, floral arrangements, and food and beverage to execute the latest trends on theme parties and corporate events. Whether for trendy festivities or a traditional fete, Lahaina Loft’s open-concept design allows hosts and event planners to easily transform the space into the celebration they desire.

Morimoto Asia Waikīkī Happy Hour

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Morimoto Asia Waikiki presents another enticing reason to visit the restaurant with its new Happy Hour menu. You’ll want to gather and wind down at Morimoto’s Bar & Lounge to savour their happy hour items for only five dollars. Available from 5:00 – 7:00 pm daily, the Happy Hour’s delicious drinks include Frozen Beer, Lychee Spritz Cocktail, and Segura Viudas Cava Bubbly.

Tasty appetizers include favourite menu items like Rock Shrimp, Wagyu Meatball Sliders, and Yakisoba. Morimoto Asia Waikiki, conceived by internationally acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, is the signature restaurant of Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.

Mindful Impact Travel Opportunities in Hawai’i

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travel2change is a Hawaii based nonprofit organization that imagines travellers as a catalyst for creating positive impacts. Their mission is to make travel meaningful and beneficial by offering unique opportunities that the typical traveller would not ordinarily experience.

The activities are hands-on, off the beaten path, authentic, and include tours like guided hikes to waterfalls with native tree planting along the way, beach cleanups that offer tools & education to enjoy the water in a way that leaves no negative environmental impact, outrigger canoe paddling lessons to sustain a Hawaiian tradition, treks through botanical gardens while removing invasive species, yoga combine food drives, and cultural walking tours that encounter social issues rather than detour around them, just to name a few.

Romance Remembered in 2019 at Halekūlani

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Consider Halekulani for your clients’ next vacation. To ensure your guests fully experience the romance and cuisine of our “House Befitting Heaven,” this package offers you a Chef’s Special dinner for two at Orchids restaurant as well as full daily breakfast. This package requires a minimum four consecutive night’s stay.

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