Keauhou Convention Center Woos Meeting Planners

Facility offers 36,000 sq. ft. of new meeting options

By: Dawna Robertson

When Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa opened its doors in October 2004, there was considerable anticipation among meeting planners seeking new Big Island options. Perched atop an ancient lava flow at the entrance to Keauhou Bay along the island’s Kona coast, the Sheraton property offers such an option. Its Keauhou Convention Center provides meeting, convention and incentive groups 36,000 sq. ft. of modern facilities.

The resort’s newly renovated, expanded and upgraded meeting space can accommodate groups as small as 20 for breakouts or board meetings within the hotel’s main building. Larger gatherings for up to 1,200 find all the flexible space they need within the adjacent Keauhou Convention Center. Outdoor venues are spacious enough for groups from 200-1,800.

“Our success in 2005 proves we have a product that planners are seeking in Hawaii,” said Revell Newton, director of sales and marketing. “We have a great team here that knows Hawaii and knows what is important to meeting planners. Groups love our location and close proximity to Kailua-Kona town without being in the hustle and bustle.”

Complete banquet catering enhances the Hawaiian experience with imaginative cuisine created and themed especially for every meeting planner’s needs. Wireless high-speed internet access is provided throughout the resort, including all ballrooms and meeting rooms.

Three dining options, the twice-weekly Origins luau, full service Hoola Spa, a complimentary 24-hour fitness center, two tennis courts, daily children’s program and activity center and numerous other resort amenities mean that meeting planners and individual travelers can enjoy an exciting new Big Island getaway.

Situated amid 22 lush oceanfront acres, the 521-room resort features Sheraton “Sweet Sleeper” beds, in-room coffee maker, resort-wide wireless access, iron and board, hair dryer, television and mini-refrigerator. The hotel’s location at the water’s edge makes it an ideal spot for viewing one of nature’s own unique exhibitions each evening as manta rays glide along the shoreline to feed in front of the hotel.