Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort
PLEASE NOTE: Donald Trump and Melania Trump are scheduled to land in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi on the afternoon of Friday, November 03. The Trumps are expected to stay in Waikīkī Friday night and depart for Asia on Saturday, November 04. Any time the President is in town, we should expect delays in air travel and significant traffic delays due to road closures along the motorcade route. Travel plans can change at any time without warning. If you are arriving to our conference on Friday or Saturday, please plan accordingly.
A block of rooms have been reserved for October 31, 2017 - November 10, 2017. The special room rate of $199 will be available until October 11, 2017 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. We also have an array of discounted suites available for those wanting to share a larger space or will be enjoying the conference with their families. Please note: To confirm your sleeping room, there is a first night's deposit refundable up to 72 hours or three days in advance of the start of the conference. Any changes to your reservation must be completed by October 11, 2017.
Hotel reservations are open and booking is simple. To book a standard room, CLICK HERE. To book a suite, please contact the hotel directly at 1-808-949-4321.
Questions regarding existing reservations, please contact the Hilton Hawaiian Village directly at (808) 949-4321.
If you have general hotel and room reservation questions, please contact:
Sabrina Fallejo Uganiza at [email protected] or call (808) 956-3290
Request Meeting Space
Western Regional Conference 2017 is the perfect place for constituent groups, institutions, and NASPA leaders to host brainstorming and/or planning meetings for the next year. It is also the perfect place to host networking and social events after a long day of professional development.
Submit a Meeting Space Request for Monday, November 06, 2017
Hawaiian Airlines Airfare Discount
We are excited to announce a 5% off discount on Hawaiian Airlines web fares for your travel to Hawai'i. Booking a reservation is quick and simple using the hot link. The hot link will take you directly to the booking page, bypassing the login page. Click on our ‘Travel’ tab to the right for more information.
Brief History of Waikīkī
Waikīkī means "spouting water," a reference to the rivers and springs that richly flowed from the Koʻolau mountain range and flooded the area with an abundance of fresh water. In the 1400s, Chief Kalamakua designed an irrigation system to take advantage of Waikīkī’s water resources. Fishponds were built and taro patches were planted allowing for a refined system of agriculture. In the 1450s, Waikīkī was established as the governmental center of Oʻahu.
Waikīkī was also the setting for one of Hawaiʻi’s historic battles for the unification of the Hawaiian archipelago between Kamehameha I (supreme chief of Hawaiʻi Island) and Kahekili (supreme chief of Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe). In 1794, Kamehameha I arrived from Hawaiʻi Island with a fleet of canoes landing on the beach of Waikīkī. Kamehameha then set out for the Nuʻuanu Pali (cliffs) to take Oʻahu from Kalanikūpule, son of Kahekili. After a successful battle, the Hawaiian Islands were united under one ruler, King Kamehameha I.
Throughout the 1800s, Waikīkī remained a place of productive agriculture for commoners and residences for the royal families who maintained homes in the area. The streets in Waikīkī are some of the most historic in Hawaiʻi as the names reveal the stories of particular areas.
The ahupuaʻa (traditional land division) of Kalia, located on the most western end of Waikīkī, was home to the chiefly Paoa family. Duke Kahanamoku, legendary surfer and multiple Olympic gold medalist, was raised in this fishing and ocean-faring family who lived on this land. The Pi‘inaio Stream fed into the ocean there next to where the Hilton Hawaiian Village currently stands, creating a rich reef and offshore area with an abundance of fish, seaweed, and other marine life to feed surrounding families.
Did you know…
September 2 is the birthdate of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Born Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Kamakaʻeha, she would ascend the throne in 1891 after the death of her brother King Kalākaua. Queen Liliʻuokalani was a staunch supporter of education, health, children, and women’s issues. She was a prolific writer and song composer, crafting over 160 songs in her lifetime. One of her most famous compositions is Aloha ʻOe.
On January 4, 1893, Queen Liliʻuokalani signed into law An Act to Establish a Bureau of Agriculture and Forestry which would, in 1907, become the land-grant college that grew to become the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Thirteen days after enacting this historic foundation to our university, a group named the “Committee of Safety” staged a coup to overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government. Wishing to spare her beloved people a bloody conflict with the United States, Liliʻuokalani temporarily yielded her authority as executive to the United States under protest until the matter could be officially settled. On July 4, 1894, the minority provisional government claimed to establish a Republic of Hawaiʻi to rule the Islands. The Queen was arrested on January 16, 1895, by Republic forces and charged with "misprision of treason"—knowing about a forceful attempt to overthrow the Republic without informing the government. A military tribunal found her guilty and sentenced Hawaiʻi’s queen to five years imprisonment and a $5000 fine. Her sentence was later reduced and the Hawaiian queen was held under house arrest in a single room of ʻIolani Palace for over five months. In 1898, a second attempt to annex the Hawaiian Islands failed after anti-annexation protests from the great majority of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) combined with US legislators arguments that "it would be out of accord with the spirit of a democratic government to annex against the will of the majority” to prevent a two-thirds majority needed to pass a treaty of annexation. Arguments that taking Hawaiʻi was a military necessity for fighting the ongoing Spanish-Fillipino/American war pushed the taking of the islands by the United States weeks later.
On September 2, we celebrate the enduring legacy of Queen Liliʻuokalani that includes the Liliʻuokalani Trust which she established in 1909 “for the care of orphaned and destitute children in Hawaii.” The student services center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is named the Queen Liliʻuolani Center for Student Services. Student Affairs programs there serve the students of the University of Hawaiʻi and their education. Every year, the building is the hub of a day long celebration in honour of Her Majesty Queen Liliʻuokalani.