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Island of Hawai'i, HI Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 12
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,695
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 540
Committable Meeting Rooms* 26
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $189
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $103
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $275
*Maximum for a single hotel

Island of Hawai'i, HI Meeting Planning Overview

The largest island located in the U.S. state of Hawai'i, Island of Hawai'i, is often referred to as the Big Island, or Hawai'i Island. Covering an area of 4,028 square miles, Island of Hawai'i is larger than all of the other islands in the Hawaiian archipelago combined.

From the tropical climate of Kailua-Kona on the west coast to the lush east-side town of Hilo - a sleepy little bayside town speckled with small mom-and-pop shops, the Big Island is a place of stunningly distinct environments. Kohala Coast, also simply known as "South Kohala," is home to some of the island's finest resorts, lots of ecotourism opportunities, and sacred historical sites, all waiting to be explored.

Eight miles north of Kailua-Kona, Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole (KOA) serves western Hawai'i island, including the town of Kailua-Kona and the resorts of the North Kona and South Kohala districts. The eastern side of the Big Island is served by the Hilo International Airport (ITO), which is about 70 miles from the Kohala Coast.


There are no stand-alone venues in Kohala Coast; instead, hotels offer substantial meeting space. These include the 350-room Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which has nine meeting rooms and an 8,428-square-foot ballroom, and the 341-room Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, which has 10 meeting rooms and a 4,810-square-foot ballroom. The 243-room Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Northwest Kona Coast features nine meeting rooms with 40,000 square feet of meeting space.

Kohala Coast is also famous for offering ideal meeting venues, like the 252-room Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, which has 15 meeting rooms covering a total of 75,00 square feet of interior and exterior meeting space. Kohala Coast business travelers also frequent the Hilton Waikoloa Village, which is situated on 62 oceanfront acres and features 1,243 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space. The Hilton Waikoloa Village features a 24,720-square-foot Grand Ballroom, as well as a 10,584-square-foot Water's Edge Ballroom, overlooking the Lagoon Lanai and waterfall.

Key Stats:

  • 266 miles of coastline
  • 4,500 Domestic Direct Flights into Kona (815,000 Seats)
  • 15,500 Interisland Flights (1,147,000 Seats)
  • 12 Hotels
  • Over MCI 5,000 rooms
  • 669 Restaurants
  • 436 Outdoor Activities
  • 158 Parks and Reserves
  • 84 Spa’s and Wellness
 
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