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Oahu North Shore’s Turtle Bay heightens Hawaiian experience

Courtesy Turtle Bay Resort

OAHU — Turtle Bay Resort this fall completes a multimillion dollar renovation that it began two years ago with the aim of packing more authentic Hawaiian experiences into its 840 acres, an hour’s drive from Honolulu on Oahu’s North Shore.

The resort has made changes in everything from guest rooms and its spa to its food and experiences. The 410 guest rooms in its main building (the resort has 443 rooms overall) have been redesigned using elements of contemporary and classic Hawaii. A spa and wellness center, the Nalu Kinetic Spa, has opened; it offers traditional and innovative treatments and uses organic products.

Chefs are sourcing local ingredients, for example, Kauai shrimp and Kona lobster. Traditional Hawaiian dishes, like short-rib beef hot pot and fresh poke, are on menus.

At Surfer, the Bar, surfers, watermen and other local characters tell tales during the resort’s Talk Story series, which runs each fall for several weeks. Turtle Bay has also launched the North Shore Guides Club, which matches locals with guests who want to learn how to surf, and where to hike and horseback ride or kayak.

A number of events that blend work and Hawaiian activities have been developed for meeting groups. Most take three to four hours. Among them is Kawela Barbecue, an afternoon of beach games, kayaking and standup paddleboarding on Kawela Bay followed by an Hawaiian cookout with Pulehu ribeye steaks, lamb chops and shiracha aioli grilled shrimp.

Another option is Hukilau, where groups work as teams to catch seafood for the evening’s meal, learn to hula and have a luau on the resort’s lawn.

Turtle Bay is the only resort on Oahu’s North Shore. Its 28,000-square-foot conference center includes two divisible ballrooms, up to six breakout spaces and a pavilion.