JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa unveils Hokulani Ballroom

01/08/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Luxury Hotel Updates Meeting Facilities with Increased Capacity and Creative Flexibility

KO OLINA, OAHU, HAWAII – January 8, 2010 – The luxurious JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina has significantly enhanced Oahu’s banquet and meetings infrastructure with the unveiling of the highly anticipated Hokulani Ballroom.

Formerly known as the Pavilion at Ihilani, the renamed Hokulani Ballroom has been expanded to better serve meetings and banquet events. Enhancements include a stylish modular design,including exterior windows, retractable walls, new interiors and furniture, climate control and broadband wireless capability. The retractable windows allow the ballroom to open into the beautiful outdoor setting.

Measuring 15,600-square-feet, the expanded ballroom can also be divided into up to five separate breakout spaces, offering versatility for special events. It can comfortably accommodateup to 1,100 guests for banquets and 2,000 guests for theater-style presentations. The new structure supports a wireless infrastructure with a capacity providing 1,000 individuals usinginternet access.

“The Hokulani Ballroom will add to the appeal of our resort as a potential meeting and event location outside of Waikiki,” said Dan Banchiu, general manager of JW Marriott Ihilani Resort& Spa. “Plus, this will benefit the other Marriott resorts in Hawaii by bringing in more pre- and post-meetings guests.”

Corporate meetings, incentive groups and special events choose the elegant ambiance of JW Marriott Ihilani due to the self-contained resort services offering a total of 77,694 square feet of outdoor and indoor meeting space, the 35,000-square-foot world-class Ihilani Spa, championship golf, tennis, four tranquil beach coves and a private marina.

For more information or group bookings, call JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at (808) 440-2356 or visit www.ihilani.com.

The JW MARRIOTT IHILANI RESORT & SPA AT KO OLINA offers 387 guest rooms and 36 suites and is the only Hawaii resort to offer allergy-friendly PURE rooms. The award winning resort fronts the first of four lagoons on Oahu’s sunny western shore. Part of the 640-acre Ko Olina Resort & Marina and offering the island's most complete resort experience, the hotel features luxuriously appointed rooms; relaxed Hawaiian elegance; gracious, warm personalized service; secluded beaches; professional tennis courts; 18 holes of challenging championship playat Ko Olina Golf Club; and a variety of restaurants showcasing unique and distinctive international cuisine. The world-class Ihilani Spa, voted one of the “Top Spas in the World” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines, is internationally renowned for its full complement of invigorating body treatments and massages, using products harvested from the honua (earth) and the moana (ocean) here in the islands. The resortrecently ranked as one of the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” by Conde Nast Traveler and is heralded as the "Best of the Best Romantic Locale” in the islands by readers of The Honolulu Advertiser. The resort and its signature Azul restaurant have also been honored with AAA’s Four Diamond award.

Editor’s Note: JPGs of JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa and Hokulani Ballroom are available upon request.

For More Information, Contact:
Bernie Caalim or Noreen Kam
McNeil Wilson Communications, Inc.
Phone: (808) 531-0244
Fax: (808) 521-7163
Email: Bernie.Caalim@MWC-Anthology.com or Noreen.Kam@MWC-Anthology.com


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