Sheraton Waikiki Completes Significant Ballroom, Banquet Upgrades
For the first time in nearly a decade, Sheraton Waikiki’s meetings and convention spaces have a new look, thanks to a $1.4 million project over the summer 2017. The hotel features one of Oahu’s preeminent meeting and convention facilities with one of the largest hotel ballrooms in Waikiki with the Hawaii Ballroom at nearly 26,000 square feet.
The 1,636-room resort is a top choice for groups of any size – between 10 and 2,500. In addition to the ballroom, there are other intimate suites and breakout spaces, several with spectacular ocean views. The Hawaii Ballroom foyer also now features new furnishings, which create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere upon entry. Additionally, the entire second floor features the most sophisticated technology necessary for today’s groups.
Inspiration for the 100,000 square feet of custom-designed carpet came from Hawaii’s archipelago and its importance to the Pacific region. The carpet design details ocean current-inspired charts, while the colors were inspired by the surrounding land, ocean and sky. The carpet design also matches many of the cultural works of art housed at the Sheraton Waikiki, including the one-of-a-kind sand sculpture in the lobby and the mural in the Aloha Landing that depicts a lei being sewn.
In addition to the new customized carpet, more than 200 gallons of paint and primer were used. The upgraded ballroom also features 3,000 new banquet chairs. The work lasted about a month and opened on Friday, September 8, when The Queen’s Health Systems (QHS) became the first group to have a function in the new space. Queen’s is the leading healthcare company in the islands and Pacific Region and had more than 1,000 of its stakeholders attend its annual Benefit Dinner event.
“We love that the Sheraton offers so many different types of venues and rooms for different types and sizes of parties,” said Tricia Fetui from QHS’ Fund Development Department. “From large corporate events to smaller more intimate events, Sheraton offers something for every budget and size.”
An integral part of the event experience at the Sheraton Waikiki is its culinary offerings from Food & Beverage Director Ron Richter, Director of Culinary Daniel Delbrel, Executive Chef Matt Naula and their teams. The teams now have more than $200,000 in state-of-the-art buffet equipment as part of the upgrades.
In addition, Sheraton Waikiki’s food and beverage operations adhere to a “Farm-to-Table” concept, serving only the freshest local ingredients, ensuring distinctive culinary creations that offer the highest-quality products and sustainability.
According to Fetui, QHS also held Hoʿolauna O Nā Kauka “Gathering of the Physicians” a physicians’ engagement event at the Helumoa pool deck at the Sheraton earlier in the year. “This was another wonderful intimate event where the food was delicious and the guests greatly enjoyed the beautiful Waikiki sunset and grounds of the Sheraton,” she continued.
The upgraded facilities also complement the Catering & Event Management team, led by Bill Hedgepeth. The strong team oversees events of all sizes at Sheraton Waikiki and beachfront sister properties, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort and the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. From meetings and large-scale functions, banquets and galas, to creative theme parties, the 26-member team can do it all, including back-to-back events with unprecedentedly turnaround times. Each event can be customized integrating company logos, images, welcome messages and any useful links that can be posted or e-mailed to attendees. The team also features members with Asian language proficiency (Japanese, Chinese – Mandarin and Korean) that’s unsurpassed in Waikiki.