Tourism

What’s new in the Hawaiian Islands

Thinking of heading to Hawaii soon? Check out what’s new!

Hawaiian Legacy Forest at Gunstock Ranch offers guests an opportunity to plant a legacy monarch milo tree on acreage overlooking O‘ahu’s North Shore and personalize their tree planting adventure any way they wish, all while taking in sweeping views of the coastline.

Visitors on each of Hawaiian Legacy’s four tours are invited to plant their own monarch milo sapling provided by the nonprofit. The trees are native to Hawai‘i and known for their showy yellow flowers. www.gunstockranch.com

Knots Coffee Roasters and Wine Bar on O‘ahu, located in the Living Room of the recently renovated Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel Waikīkī Beach, is one of the Waikiki’s newest purveyors of coffee and tea creations.

Its menu of offerings also includes a selection of beers and wines to accompany the hotel’s sunset views and curated grab-and-go offerings for beach or park picnics. www.knotscoffee.com

Kiawe Roots recently opened in Pō‘ipu on Kaua‘i at The Shops at Kukuiula with a menu matching southern smoked barbecue with Asian and Latin flavours. The roots of Kiawe Roots go back to spring 2017 and owner/operators Mark and Tricia Ruiz’s launch of their food truck Roots in Culture.

As the truck’s first anniversary in business approached, the Ruiz’s were presented with an opportunity to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Kiawe Roots is the result,
open for brunch, happy hour and dinner. www.eatatkiawe.com

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach on O‘ahu debuted its Diamond Head Tower this month, marking the completion of O‘ahu’s first Ritz-Carlton Residences resort.

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The resort’s new 245-residence Diamond Head Tower complements its 307-residence ‘Ewa Tower and includes an expanded spa with four treatment rooms and a relaxation lounge and a 2,900-square-foot infinity pool with private cabanas. www.ritzcarlton.com/waikiki.

The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki recently underwent a $4 million renovation to fit its new theme, “Neon Meets Nature.” The intent of the redesign, according to the Shoreline team, was drawing more millennial guests to stay at the boutique hotel.

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Colourful backdrops throughout the hotel are intended to make the Shoreline an Instagrammable hotel ideal for guests seeking multiple photo opportunities during their vacation. www.shorelinehotelwaikiki.com

The Waikiki Parc Hotel on O‘ahu recently launched an estimated $60 million property overhaul with an expectation of reopening in 2019 as the Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani.

The renamed property will feature 288 one- to two-bedroom suites, a new full-service restaurant, an eighth-floor pool deck and bar, fitness centre and hospitality lounge. The new lobby will feature custom light fixtures, vaulted ceilings and artwork in partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art. www.halepuna.com

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