• Hawaii has made the list of the latest list of U.S. Green Building Council's Top 10 States for LEED. USGBC calculates the list using per capita figures to allow for a fair comparison of the level of green building taking place among states with significant differences in population and number of overall buildings. According to the Council, the Aloha State earned a place on the list thanks largely to the Hawaii Convention Center, which achieved LEED Gold certification. The facility is focused on measuring its environmental performance to improve visitor experience and has adopted Arc, a new digital platform that uses various data to help measure and improve its sustainability efforts.
• In related news, the Hawaii Convention Center has launched an environmental initiative called Hoomaluo, meaning "to conserve, to use or manage wisely" to reduce waste and conserve resources in each stage of the event process. The program also includes the One Million Trees effort, which lets attendees sponsor trees for reforestation in the state.
• Guests heading for the Four Seasons Resort Lanai can bypass airport transfer waits in Honolulu with Lanai Air's private daily air-charter service to the island. Parties of up 8 are accommodated.
• The 563-room Prince Waikiki has completed a $55 million renovation. The hotel also upgraded its meeting space, including the 6,960-square-foot Piinaio Ballroom, and added two meeting rooms.
• Following a $60 million renovation, the former Aqua Wave Waikiki is now the 251-room Laylow, part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. Upgrades include a rooftop restaurant.
• The 791-room Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach, has completed a $20 million refresh. Guest rooms and the Beach Club have been upgraded. The hotel has a 10,782-square-foot conference area.
• The 405-room luxury Alii Tower has debuted at the 3,400-room Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The tower has its own front desk, concierge and fitness center, and offers guests priority seating at the resort's 20 restaurants and bars.
• The 232-room Hapuna Beach Resort Prince Hotel, on the Big Island, became the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort this spring, following a $46 million overhaul. The property, which has 85,000 square feet of meeting and event space, provides an array of new offerings, including four dining spots: Meridia, Naupaka Beach Grill, Ikena Landing and Piko Coffee+Bar. The redesigned guest rooms offer signature Westin-brand furnishings, including Westin Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Showers. Among other enhancements are an adults-only pool; a lobby that include a "living wall" vertical garden and interactive check-in pods; and a variety of new wellness-based areas such as a Crossfit studio, a Westin Workout gym, the Westin Kids' Club and the Hapuna Spa.
• The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at Puu Kekaa on Kaanapali Beach, Maui, has unveiled a $26.5 million upgrade of its 508 guest rooms. The project included modernized bathrooms and living spaces. Also on-site, a new signature restaurant, Rocksalt, led by executive chef Lyndon Honda, serves globally inspired dishes that combine fresh local Hawaiian produce with exotic spices and ingredients, available in small and large plates. Now celebrating its 55th anniversary, the property recently instituted new sustainability measures, banning single-use plastic straws and introducing eco-safe sunscreen, which is complimentary for guests who wish to help preserve the health of the region's coral reef. The resort has approximately 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a business center, a fitness center and a spa.
• The Montage Kapalua Bay resort on Maui has completed a redesign of 50 luxury, residential-style accommodations. Overseen by Dallas-based interior and architectural design firm Wilson Associates, the new décor draws inspiration from the land and sea around it, using native koa wood and natural-color flooring balanced with accents of taupe, beige and whites. The property also offers a full-service Spa Montage and more than 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
• The 463-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, has unveiled a propertywide renovation. The resort has 12 meeting rooms and more than 173,000 square feet of outdoor function space.
• Mandarin Oriental will be returning to Oahu with a hotel featuring 125 guest rooms and 100 private residences. Scheduled to open in 2020 at the Ala Moana Center, the property will have a rooftop restaurant and bar with views of the ocean, Honolulu and Diamond Head from its terraces. Other offerings include a fitness center and swimming pool, a lobby lounge and event spaces.
• The 288-room Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani, a boutique sister hotel to the neighboring Halekulani resort, will open in Oahu in fall 2019. The property, the former Waikiki Parc Hotel, is currently undergoing a $60 million renovation. When completed, the Halepuna will offer an eighth-floor pool deck and bar, a fitness center and a hospitality lounge. The new lobby will feature custom light fixtures, vaulted ceilings and artwork in partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art. A new full-service restaurant will be adjacent to the lobby, complete with an open-air kitchen, an outdoor terrace surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and a separate chocolate kitchen.
• The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is undergoing a $5 million refresh that includes upgrades to its 1,000 guest rooms. The property has a total of 14,000 square feet of meeting space.
• The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on on the island of Hawaii will become the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, joining that notable portfolio following a $100 million redesign and renovation set to finish in late 2019. As part of the revamp, the total number of hotel rooms will be reduced, and oceanfront and oceanview suites will be added. The Mauna Lani Bungalows, with their own private pools, butler service and a secluded resort-within-a-resort setting, also will be refreshed.