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Take a Second Look at These Local Getaways

IJfke Ridgley | December 16, 2020 | Travel & Recreation Relax and Renew Plush Hotel Rooms Travel

Some of our preferred Hawai‘i hotels took the chance to revitalize their properties in 2020, with breathtaking results.


The Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra (410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, 955.4811, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020, and the iconic property has never looked better. It recently completed a $16 million renovation, boasting an eye-catching porte-cochere, resortlike pool deck and a lobby refresh with stunning handpainted murals of Hawaiian flora by local artist Kamea Hadar. We’re especially looking forward to the Pint & Jigger bar and lounge and Dada Salon additions later this year.

On Maui, the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel (2525 Ka‘anapali Parkway, Lahaina, 661.0011, has just finished its first phase of a $75 million renewal with a focus on Hawaiian culture. Notable updates to the “Most Hawaiian Hotel,” a glorious beachfront property in Lahaina, include room enhancements care of Philpotts Interiors, the addition of native Hawaiian plants and a new oceanfront restaurant, Huihui. The 5,000-square-foot eatery will be themed around Hawaiian paddling and sailing canoes.

The hotly anticipated renovation of the Halekulani Hotel (2199 Kalia Road, Waikiki, 923.2311, halekulani.‌com) will be completed in mid-2021, with updates focused on the landscaping and public spaces. The guest rooms of this ultraluxe hotel will retain their signature “seven shades of white” while being enhanced with natural elements for an understated elegance, so as not to compete with the awe-inspiring views.

Photography by: courtesy of Ala Moana Hotel