Renewal project bringing major upgrades to Kaanapali Beach Hotel

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Artistic Rendering of Guestroom, subject to change. Courtesy of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel.

Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel is about to further enhance the presence of Hawaiian culture throughout its majestic oceanfront property.

Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, situated on a 3-mile stretch of sandy beach on Maui’s western shores, is kicking off a $65 million enhancement project in the spring of 2020 that it says is more of a renewal than a renovation.

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“The focus of our upcoming $65 million project is to enhance our opportunities to provide the exceptional and culturally enriching guest experiences for which Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel has become known,” general manager Mike White said. “The direction from our owners is that the project must reflect and respect the Hawaiian culture and support our Po‘okela programs that have been ongoing for over 30 years. In fact, our ohana of nearly 300 will remain fully employed at KBH, ensuring continuity for our guests throughout this process.”

Redesigned rooms, a new oceanfront restaurant, a refreshed courtyard and an additional floor of parking are among the exciting changes coming to the 432-room Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel as part of the “Kealaula” project.

Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel upgrading 180 rooms

Exciting changes are scheduled for the 180-room Kauai wing, where each room will be upgraded and infused with modern features while maintaining a strong connection to Hawaiian culture. Makamae shadow boxes, made by employees, will be placed in each room and feature mākau (fishhooks), lūhe‘e (octopus lure), lei kūpe‘e (nerite lei), lei pipipi (nerite lei) and mea kaua (weapons).

New oceanfront restaurant coming to Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel

Huihui is a new, 5,000-square-foot oceanfront restaurant coming to Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel. The restaurant will offer a relaxing dining experience with unobstructed ocean views and a theme built around Hawaiian wayfinding. It will also serve as an extension of the hotel’s canoeing program and, eventually, a sailing academy, with space to house Hawaiian paddling and sailing canoes.

Refreshed courtyard to feature native Hawaiian plants

Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel’s sweeping courtyard will get a refresh as part of the “Kealaula” project, with additional native Hawaiian plants added to the beautiful landscape fronting the Pacific ocean.

The upgrades are scheduled for completion near the end of 2020. The hotel’s Lanai, Maui and Molokai wings will remain available for guests during construction, as will dining options at the Tiki Terrace, Tiki Bar & Grill and the Grab N Go.

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