Six of the best... new incentive options in Hawaii

C&IT checks out six of the best new options Hawaii has to offer for incentive groups, from creative community projects to adrenaline-fuelled adventure excursions.

Six of the best...new incentive options in Hawaii (© iStock Photos)
Six of the best...new incentive options in Hawaii (© iStock Photos)

Reforesting Limiahilo Garden and Preserve

The St Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai island has recently collaborated with Limahuli Garden and Preserve, a National Tropical Botanical Garden, giving groups the opportunity to play their part in the vital reforestation efforts in the area.

After helping plant one of the island’s rare native canopy trees, delegates get to take home a personalised certificate detailing their efforts in helping to preserve the area, which are home to century-old ancient terraces and rare plant conservations.  When the activity is finished, the gardens are free to roam, with stunning photo opportunities aplenty.

Hawaii for the adventurous

Hawaii’s Paradise Helicopters has partnered with outdoor adventure park Kohala Zipline to combine their services, offering groups a spectacular journey through the island. The adventure takes delegates over the soaring landscapes and blue oceans via helicopter before landing in Kohala.

As quickly as the chopper has hit the landing pad, guests will be fitted with harnesses and sent on their way through the Hawaiian rainforests on zip lines, with quick drop-offs on suspension bridges and towering tree platforms.

Giving back to the local communities

Hawaii’s selection of rewarding CSR teambuilding activities are a great for organisations wanting to make as much of an impact into the local community as on their own delegates.

Trade-Winds Management Group will bring teams of delegates together to take part in a range of interactive and creative activities, including building bikes for young children, assembling wheelchairs to help American veterans or repairing and painting local classrooms.

Rappelling from Hawaai's largest waterfalls

The island’s latest extreme adventure is the Hawaiian Dundee tour, where groups trek inland and rappel from the summit of two of Kauai’s largest waterfalls, the 30-foot Bamboo Falls and the 60-foot Papakolea Falls. The five-and-a-half hour tour begins in Island Adventure’s own private jungle trail, plush with passion fruits and exotic plants.

The group will arrive at the 30-foot waterfall first, which will test their rappelling abilities before the more challenging Papakolea Falls really puts them through their paces. The day ends with a gourmet picnic lunch made by local food suppliers that can be enjoyed overlooking the rivers and the Haupu Mountain Range.

'Farm-to-table' food tours

Food is as much a part of the Hawaiian culture as any other destination and a culinary tour is one of the best ways for delegates to indulge in it. The Royal Coconut Coast Kauai Food Tour is the latest on the scene.

It begins at a family-owned farm where traditional Hawaiian food is sampled whilst groups learn about ‘taro farming’ and the plantation history and culture of the island. The tour then hits the street food scene, giving delegates a taste of some of the east side of the island’s best ‘farm-to-table’ restaurants.

A perfect spot to see the sunrise, with a twist

In a destination like Hawaii, there’s always something a bit different on the cards. If there’s a day of meetings on the schedule, motivate the group beforehand with an early morning CrossFit session at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa on the ocean’s edge, led by the hotel’s general manager himself. 

A fun, interactive workout to get the group mixing is made all the more special with the early morning sunrise reflecting off the Pacific Ocean. Sessions can be personalised based on group size, schedules and fitness levels.

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