Hawaii Hotel Recovers from March Tsunami
The Hawaii Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties has bestowed a 2011 NAIOP Hawaii Kukulu Hale Award to King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel for “Commercial Renovation over 40,000 square feet.” Renovated by Honolulu’s Group 70, the two-year project transformed the Hawaii hotel’s guestrooms and suites with all new furnishings. The Hawaii hotel’s $35 million renovation was completed in 2010, yet the hotel was damaged by the March 11 tsunami. While none of the 452 rooms were damaged, the hotel’s lobby, restaurant and Oceanside grounds sustained damage. The hotel has already replaced the sand fronting the hotel on Kamakahonu Bay. Additionally, the hotel’s tropical landscape has been upgraded with over $500,000 in improvements. King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Restaurant is being completely reimagined with a remodeling that will transform the establishment into an elegant indoor-outdoor dining room experience, making it a must visit on a Hawaii tour. Lobby furnishings have already been replaced and by the end of the month the new custom carpet will be installed. Most importantly, the Herb Kawainui Kane art collection will be reinstalled after the carpet is laid. This unique display of 40 original limited-edition giclees is the largest single hotel collection of the late artist’s work here in Hawaii.