Special to KPUA.net by H.I.E.D.B
Island Businesses Garner Recognition With Awards
Hawaii Island Economic Development Board is a private non-profit organization whose mission is, "To provide and promote private-sector support and expertise for balanced economic growth in Hawaii County, in partnership with federal, state, county and private resources."
The accolades that are bestowed annually on Hawaii Island businesses are varied and numerous. There is reason to appreciate the effort necessary to achieve excellence. Many awards bring national recognition through extensive media coverage to the businesses themselves and to Hawaii Island.
An exploration of awards relating to golf courses, course landscaping and even pro shops shows that within the past five years, no less than 40 such awards have recognized the effort of course designers and maintenance staff on Hawaii Island. Golfers often research for awards and accolades to determine where the best courses are for a golf vacation. What they will find is that the Fairmont Orchid, Mauna Lani Resort, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Four Seasons Hualalai have been listed among Conde Nast Traveler's Best Golf Resorts. Hilton Waikoloa Village and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel have been listed among Golf Digestıs Top Golf Resorts. Mauna Lani Resort and Four Seasons Hualalai have received Gold Medal Awards from Golf Magazine. Numerous other on-island golf-related awards mean that when golfers are deciding where they want to play, Hawaii Island, the Golf Capital of Hawaii, has courses at the top of many lists of the worldıs best places to play.
Within the meetings and convention realm, Hawaii Island resorts and hotels excel. The recognition resulting from awards means meeting planners can book any one of a number of our island hotels with the assurance that the staff is professional, well trained and dedicated to providing the best service to attendees. Most meetings awards are from surveys and polls of meeting planners and attendees themselves. They rank facilities, food, service, activities and more. No less than 30 various meetings-related awards since 2000 adorn offices of island hotels. Among the more prestigious and sought after are Successful Meeting's Pinnacle Award, Meetings and Conventionıs Gold Key Award and Corporate Meeting & Incentives Paragon Award, all of which have been presented to island hotels. "We absolutely brag about our awards," says Hilton Waikoloa Village director of sales and marketing Debbie Hogan. "They are a valuable sales tool and a list is in every sales kit and every media kit we send out."
On the leisure side of the spectrum are awards that recognize family-friendly hotels, great dining and spas. Again, Hawaii Island restaurants, hotels and resorts excel. Honolulu Magazine readers vote on their favorite Big Island restaurants each year. Brownıs Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid and Canoe House at Mauna Lani Resort are the most recent recipients of this magazineıs accolade, called the Hale Aina Award. Kilauea Lodge in Volcano Village and Café Pesto in Hilo and Kawaihae are among our islandıs past winners.
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau recently held its 12th Annual Keep it Hawaii awards program. The capacity crowd broke in to thunderous applause when the overall winner was announced; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park "After Dark in the Park" program. Each year, a panel of judges sifts through applications and then designates a Kahili Award winner as "best" in a particular category along with a certificate of merit winner. It is with pride that Hawaii Island can hold their collective head high when it comes to "Keeping it Hawaii." The island has strutted home with "best of show" five of the six years the honor has been given. Kahili Awards were also presented this year to Mauna Lani Resort for their Kalahuipuaa Fishponds in the category of historic preservation, Pacific Islanders in Communications for Holo Mai Pele in the broadcast media category, and Parker Ranch Store in the retail category. Hawaii Island was also well represented with Keep it Hawaii Certificates of Merit. Certificates were presented to Group 70 International in the architecture category for Parker Ranch Center, Hawaii Forest and Trail for their Kohala Mule Train Adventure in the attractions category, Parker Ranch for the Parker Ranch Tree Project in the category of environmental preservation and Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant for the Chock Inn Store, Est. 1900, in historic preservation category.
Leisure travel awards. Tennis and golf awards. Dining awards. They all add up to recognition and recognition inevitably adds up to more business. By striving for excellence and being recognized both locally and nationally, Hawaii Island businesses can remain competitive.