“From every market segment, culture is
becoming thankfully more relevant—it’s
sort of a competitive advantage,” said Ka-
inoa Daines, director of sales for the Oahu
Visitors Bureau and cultural advisor for the
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Authority
since 2002. “Adding culture to an agenda is
almost becoming very necessary. At the be-
ginning of a conference, you have to have a
Wherever groups gather in Hawaii, there
is history, heritage and plenty of warm
aloha hospitality in store.
The compelling balance of Polynesian and
American heritage sets Oahu in a class by
itself culture-wise, according to Daines.
The unique mix includes some of the
country’s most prominent attractions:
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (www.
bishopmuseum.org), Iolani Palace (www.
iolanipalace.org) and Pearl Harbor (www.
“Iolani Palace is a beautiful venue, and
it’s the only royal palace on U.S. soil,”
Daines said. “The ambience is immediately
elevated when you hold events there. Every
event is worthy of royalty, as if the king or
queen were attending.”
The opulent former regal residence, built
in 1882, is a treat to tour, while it is also well
suited for events. Iolani Palace has numer-
ous spaces for private functions, including
attractive outdoor lawn areas, and can
accommodate up to 8,000 people.
Bishop Museum, known as the Hawaii
State Museum of Cultural and Natural
History, is another stellar choice for group
tours and events.
“Bishop Museum has an excellent gigan-
tic great lawn and it’s a historic museum,”
Daines said. “It has the largest collection of
Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts and art,
and it is Hawaii’s first museum.”
The Bishop was founded in 1889, and its
14-acre site features an exceptional array
of space for events, including conference
rooms and outdoor lawns.
There’s only one place in the world where you can walk in the footsteps of
monarchs, be a paniolo for
a day, learn how to hula
and stand on the battleship
where a world war officially
ended. That place is the
Hawaiian Islands, and for
all its natural wealth, it
is just as endowed with
IMAGES LEFT TO RIGHT: KAUAI MUSEUM; BISHOP MUSEUM, OAHU;
KAHANU GARDENS, MAUI; KAMEHAMEHA STATUE, THE ISLAND OF HAWAII
By Lori Tenny
The Hawaiian Islands are havens
of history and heritage