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King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel unveils refurbished West Tower

The newly renovated rooms in the West Tower are now available. (Photo courtesy of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel)

The newly renovated rooms in the West Tower are now available. (Photo courtesy of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel)

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King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel has completed an extensive renovation of all 230 rooms in its West Tower, thereby making one-half of the property virtually brand new.

Phase One of renovations – scheduled for completion Aug. 1 – also includes modernization of the elevator, fire, life and safety systems; energy-efficient electrical and plumbing upgrades.kkkbhbug

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel has invested $25 million in Phase One alone. Phase II includes rooms in the East Tower and a scheduled completion date in 2010. 

The new West Tower rooms, available now, bring the Big Island’s definitive identity indoors. Plush carpeting seems to flow in whorls of lava, reflecting the very foundation of the island; new wood chairs are upholstered in a Kona coffee bean print with a carved coffee leaf pattern; textiles such as pillow shams, wall coverings and dusters borrow hues from the Hawaiian rainforest: a multitude of fern greens, rich browns and the occasional splash of fiery orange magma.

The resort sits on 13 beachfront acres adjacent to the Kailua Pier, and encompasses the land where King Kamehameha the Great peacefully resided and governed after uniting all the Hawaiian Islands under his rule, until his death in 1819. 

Also on the property is the temple that Kamehameha restored, Ahuena Heiau, dedicated to Lono, the Hawaiian god of peace, agriculture and prosperity.

“The renovations are nothing less than a renaissance for King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel,” General Manager Jak Hu said. “Our guests who have been coming to the property since it opened 34 years ago will be ecstatic about the transformation, and guests discovering the resort for the first time will definitely want to return.”

Brand new bedding has been added to each room, and solid wood furniture is chiseled in bold Polynesian tattoo motif. Bathroom upgrades include new tubs, toilets, showers and shiny fixtures, plus luxurious Bath & Body Works products and hotel basics like new hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. 

Complimentary coffee and coffee makers are available in each room, as is complimentary wireless Internet. The resort also added a mini-refrigerator and a large flat-screen television in every room.

The new rooms were designed by Group 70 International, an award-winning design firm of architects, planners, interior designers and asset managers, based in Honolulu.

Phase Two, scheduled for completion in early 2010, includes the beautification of 224 rooms and six suites in the East Tower, which is now closed. 

Phase Three includes dramatic upgrades to the public spaces, including the lobby and its outstanding collection of artwork and artifacts (oil portraits of Hawaiian royalty, a stunning mural by Big Island artist Herb Kane, a treasured feather cape, enormous Pacific blue marlin mounts and much more), to be completed in mid-2010. 

The pool, landscaping and retail areas will also be revamped, and 110 spaces will be added to the parking lot.

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is the only property in Kailua-Kona located on a white sandy beach. Excellent snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and stand-up paddle surfing are some of the many activities guests can enjoy, in addition to the famous Island Breeze luau. 

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel has long served as the gathering place of the West Hawaii community. It is the proud sponsor of Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, the annual Kona Brewers Festival, Ironman World Championship Triathlon, and other signature events.  

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is owned by Pacifica Hotel Company. Pacifica Hotel Company focuses on hotel acquisition and development in key coastal regions, and on premium hotel brand development in strategic and emerging markets in California, Florida, and Hawaii. 

Pacifica Hotel Company owns and manages properties in cities from San Diego to San Francisco as well as in Port St. Lucie, Fla. that feature superior locations, AAA 3-diamond ratings, insightful amenities and high standards of guest service. 

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel rates start at $179 per night, with a special grand re-opening discount of 30 percent off per night available. Visit www.konabeachhotel.com for more information, or call 329-2911.

For complete hotel descriptions and reservations, visit www.pacificahotels.com or call (800) 720-0223.

 

The West Tower has reopened with completely refurbished rooms. (Photo courtesy of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel)

The West Tower has reopened with completely refurbished rooms. (Photo courtesy of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel)

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