This award-winning 500-room resort stretches out among lush gardens and lagoons in a series of attached four – story buildings (none taller than the tallest palm tree) radiating from a central pavilion. A striking example of traditional Hawaiian architecture, this hotel was modeled after the 1920s Academy of Arts and Sciences in Honolulu. Even with architecture that is monumental, there is an elegance in the detailing – from koa wood millwork to exposed wood beams and floral motifs throughout – that echoes the Plantation – era. That view sets the pace for this resort where Hawaii’s natural beauty is the dominant theme.
Client: Ainako Development Corporation
Interior Design Firm: Hirsh/ Bedner & Associates
Senior Designer/ Project Manager: Ruth Preucel
Amenities: 25,000 square feet – foot health and fitness spa; 18 – hole Robert Trent Jones II championship golf course
Architect: Winberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG)