The goal for this ambitious project – completed in 2008 – was to completely re-design the resort to better reflect the historic Hawaiian culture and complement its spectacular setting, surrounded by majestic mountains, three golf courses and an historic pineapple plantation. Using indigenous materials appropriate to the tropical setting, and with a renewed focus on indoor/outdoor living, the new design will imbue the resort with the casual elegance of old Hawaii. All major public spaces were renovated, as were all guest rooms, with nearly half converted to larger, more family-friendly condo-hotel units.
The most significant challenge for this project was the extremely tight design and construction time frame. Following a condensed design schedule, the project moved from conceptual design to permit submittal in a matter of months, received unanimous planning commission approval upon first submittal, proceeded to complete construction documents in less than six months, and then opened – on-time and on-budget – six months later.