• Alohilani Resort Debuts New Sustainable Ballroom

     
    POSTED October 23, 2019
     
  • Alohilani Resort Debuts New Sustainable Ballroom

     
    POSTED October 23, 2019
     

After undergoing several months of renovations, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach has revealed its new ballroom. The new space is designed to be sustainable, with energy efficient upgrades like LED lighting, digital signage and sliding windows with low E-glass, to name a few. Environmentally friendly materials such as avocado straws and bamboo stir sticks are available for all meetings and events, and guests are provided with custom refillable water bottles for use at available water stations. 

“The property is committed to giving back to the community and ensuring the land is protected. We see it as our duty to instill sustainability initiatives wherever we can to ensure the beauty of our surrounding environment is protected for generations to come,” says Cheryl Williams, regional vice president of sales and marketing, Highgate Hawaii.

With a lot of flexibility, the ballroom can be divided into two spaces, either a 5,600- or 6,300-square-foot room, or an expansive space that can hold up to 1,100 people in a theater-style setting, or 800 people for a banquet. The ballroom’s adaptability makes it an ideal venue for meetings, events, conferences and wedding receptions. Full-service on-site planning and event professionals are readily available to offer their help and expert advice.

Williams describes the ballroom as “a serene space with natural elements that bring the outside beauty of the island indoors. There are distinctive design features that symbolize the vast ocean that connects the islands. Custom printed wood grain panels by carbon-neutral company Arktura create waves across the artful ceiling, and accents of Afrormosia wood dress the walls. Aquatic nuanced carpeting and sconces are additional custom pieces. LED lighting in the ceiling cove can be customized to create 36,000 different colors to enhance any event mood.”

Along with the newly renovated ballroom space, the Alohilani Resort is offering guests a unique chance to experience its wellness driven programming. “Guests want to feel good while traveling and this is especially true during special events,” explains Williams. Other than the expected wellness programming like fitness classes and various spa treatments, executive chef David Lukela and chef Robin Abad have cultivated a menu that incorporates flavors native to Hawaii, food options for the health conscious and traditional remedies like mint, cucumber and turmeric said to aid in things like stress, fatigue and inflammation.

The Alohilani Resort extends its programming to the outdoors by taking part in the Hawaii Legacy Reforestation Initiative, giving guests the opportunity to plant a tree in Alohilani’s forest on the north shore. For meeting and event groups interested in helping the community and environment, this is a special and memorable team building activity.

“The Ballroom offers experiences brand new to the market. More than anything, when booking an event in the Alohilani Ballroom guests will leave feeling good - whether that is from the incredible food and beverage selections, to the programming, contributing to the wellbeing of the environment by planting a tree, and so much more,” says Williams.

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