Turtle Bay Resort, the only destination resort on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, is embracing a balance of work and play in a new meetings program, where cutting-edge companies in search of a fresh approach to incentive programs are packing up their offices and bringing them to the beach.
It’s a concept called “Workation,” giving businesses the freedom to take work on the road while enhancing morale, idea generation and team building – all while continuing business as usual.
Employees need to decompress, reconnect with their team and strategize about opportunities in an environment that provides a professional dedicated work space, as well as numerous team-building experiences found nowhere else. The resort works with each business on a tailored plan that emphasizes relaxed and flexible meeting schedules accommodating activities ranging from on-site spa treatment sessions and expert-led relaxation and meditation breaks to team sky diving, surfing and horseback riding experiences – all on Oahu’s fabled North Shore.
The Workation Programs are designed to:
• Enhance productivity
• Provide flexible schedules
• Create a relaxed, positive atmosphere
• Encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration
• Promote wellness, adventure and the Spirit of Aloha
• Instill a sense of stewardship through give-back opportunities
Turtle Bay Resort’s top-of-the-line meeting spaces provide all the comfort and technological connectivity needed for a seamless transition from the office without disruption to customers – and give employees sweeping ocean views, as well as a premium on-site food and beverage service, while they work.
Portland, Oregon based e-commerce company TheClymb.com has chosen Turtle Bay Resort for its Workation getaway for the past two years. The company’s 70 employees enjoy a workday that starts early, leaving the afternoon free to experience Hawaii’s most storied coastline.
The Workation program also encourages the enhancement of important outdoor and cultural sites along the North Shore through giveback opportunities, promoting stewardship, with an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian values such as laulima (cooperation) and m?lama (to take care of). Participants come away with a sense of accomplishment and a stronger connection to Hawaii. Opportunities include habitat maintenance for 117 species of birds at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge; agricultural restoration through the planting and harvesting of taro; shoreline clean-ups along Turtle Bay Resort’s adjacent coastal dunes, beaches, bays and tide pools; and the maintenance of cultural sites in Waimea Valley’s 1,875 beautiful acres.
Looking to dive into Hawaii’s great outdoors? Enjoy an afternoon of beach games, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding while immersed in the natural beauty of Kawela Bay. Then slow things down for an incredible meal right at the bay, with choices including grilled vegetable lettuce wraps, Pulehu rib eye steaks, lamb chops and shiracha aioli gilled shrimp. Ice-cold beer and a selection of wine and tropical cocktails round out the menu.
Time: Four hours
Learn about Hawaiian history, culture and tradition by participating in a traditional hukilau at the resort’s Bay Beach. Work as a team to gather a delicious catch from the sea for the evening’s meal. Led by a Hawaii artisan, guests will also learn the basics of traditional hula and storytelling. Afterward, relax on the resort’s expansive lawn for an unforgettable luau featuring your very own catch, fresh from the sea.
Time: Three hours
Nothing beats hands-on learning, especially when your “classroom” is Hawaii’s Fabled North Shore. To earn a passing grade at our scavenger hunt, teams compete to be the first to identify and photograph select North Shore and/or resort landmarks, with the final clue leading to the best reward of all – a delicious beach barbeque shared with friends at one of three breathtaking locations: Kawela Bay, Bay Beach Lawn or Kuilima Point.
Time: Up to three hours
“Chef Kahuna” Competition
If you’ve ever watched a cooking show and found yourself thinking ‘I could do that!’ now you have the chance to show off your skills, working with a team to wow a panel of esteemed North Shore judges with taste, presentation and creativity. Under the guidance of the resort’s chef, teams create one dish using a selection of Hawaii-sourced products, all set against the stunning ocean scenery of Kuilima Point. The winning team earns a special prize from the chef. This friendly competition is followed by a celebratory toast and mouth-watering feast on-site. Bragging rights included!
Time: Three hours