Where Meetings are Made EasyFeatures Inside Feature
August 25, 2015
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: NATHALIE WALKER
Situated conveniently on the second floor of Dole Cannery in Iwilei, Pomaika‘i Ballrooms offers elegance and style in a warm, inviting atmosphere — without the stress associated with fighting traffic into and out of Waikiki.
Business leaders and their dedicated staffers will be pleased to hear that Pomaika‘i Ballrooms features state-of-the-art amenities and exquisite cuisine, all just minutes away from downtown Honolulu. With the “Back to School Jam” in full effect, Pomaika‘i Ballrooms allows businesses to hold important meetings while sparing employees from stress-inducing commutes away from the business district.
The venue recently introduced its 2015 Meeting Package for those looking to get optimal production and value out of their meetings, gatherings and functions. The Meeting Package is available for meetings now through Nov. 30, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. As a reminder, all prices are subject to change and are subject to service charges and state tax.
For just $47 per person (plus current applicable service charge and tax, 20 person minimum), groups utilizing the Meeting Package start the day with an energizing Continental Breakfast. The spread includes sliced, fresh seasonal fruits and berries, the chef’s assortment of fresh-baked breakfast pastries — including mini-Danishes and coffee cake — croissants with preserves and butter, orange juice, freshly brewed and decaffeinated coffee, as well as a selection of Harney & Sons hot teas.
Attendees also will look forward to the Pasta Lunch Buffet included in Pomaika‘i Ballrooms’ Meeting Package, which is designed to keep attendees alert and awake throughout the meeting’s duration. The energizing lunch includes a choice of mixed greens with dressing, spinach salad with shallot vinaigrette, Caesar salad with Parmesan and croutons or Oriental chicken salad. Guests also will enjoy penne pasta, assorted grilled fresh vegetables with Asian aioli, Italian sausage marinara, white clam sauce, garlic cheese bread and French pastries, along with the aforementioned beverages and Mango Breeze Iced Tea.
The stellar menu is accented with local flavors and influences from Pomaika‘i Ballrooms heart-of-the-house team led by executive chef Freddie Billena and sous chef Eddy Ayau.
“One of the highlights of our facility is its convenient downtown Honolulu location, and customers remark that when they’re here, it feels like an elegant hotel setting,” says Pomaika‘i Ballrooms general manager Jeff Marcello. “For businesses, this is a meeting destination, and we also have the capability of creating ‘breakout’ rooms within our two ballrooms for smaller gatherings.”
The Meeting Package also includes a host of complimentary and discounted amenities that provide even more value within the awesome offering. Those hosting functions via the Meeting Package will receive: complimentary Wi-Fi internet for all attendees (regularly-priced at $150 per 15 people plus tax and service charge, some restrictions may apply); complimentary stage setup; complimentary replenishment of hot coffee and tea throughout the day; complimentary parking (normally priced at $6 per car with validation); and a discounted 9-by-12-foot LCD Projector Package for $359 plus tax (regularly priced at $459 plus tax).
Pomaika‘i Ballrooms serves as an ideal locale for any gathering and offers an enhanced level of quality and value via delectable dining options and impeccable customer service. Guests are encouraged to utilize the ballrooms for an array of events, including business functions, weddings, baby luaus and graduation celebrations.
The spacious facilities include Hokulei Ballroom (11,194 square feet) and Pi‘ilani Ballroom (7,399 square feet), which can be subdivided to accommodate 700 and 400 people, respectively, based on stage setup, and well over 1,000 and 600 when arranged reception-style. Pomaika‘i Ballrooms also features a 6,000 square-foot foyer, which can accommodate various events from receptions to expos with booths and product showcases. The venue offers approximately 1,200 parking stalls, a revamped air conditioning system, Wi-Fi Internet throughout, enhanced stages and accompanying sound and lighting systems that serve as key amenities for virtually any gathering.
Dole Cannery, second floor
735 Iwilei Road, Honolulu
Hours vary by event
NOTE: Guests are encouraged to log on to PomaikaiBallrooms.com to view additional menu options, learn about the venue’s accommodations and even take a virtual photo tour of the facilities. Pomaika‘i Ballrooms accepts checks and credit card payments, and its skilled staff is standing by to assist with arranging the ideal event.