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Kona’s crown jewel bestowed with WAVE Award

The lobby and check-in area has new furniture and new carpet. An oil painting by Herb Kane fills one wall.

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The iconic King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel was recently lauded with a TravelAge West 2011 Editor’s Pick Award for “Best New Resort or Major Renovation, Hawaii.”

The hotel completed a two-year, $35 million renovation in 2010-the largest, most comprehensive enhancement in the property’s 35 years of operation.

The accolade is part of TravelAge West’s annual Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence (WAVE) Awards, which give Western U.S. travel agents the opportunity to recognize outstanding qualities and services of travel-supplier partners. Editor’s Picks were chosen through product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of travel agents and online research.

As an Editor’s Pick honoree, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is a nominee for a “Best of the Best” WAVE Award in its category. Winners are determined by TravelAge West magazine and online readers during April and announced June 2 at the WAVE Awards Gala Dinner in Beverly Hills.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the editors of TravelAge West and excited to be in the running for a Best of the Best WAVE Award,” said Deanna Isbister, director of sales at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

The seaside resort’s mega-facelift also resulted in another recent accolade-this one lauding the new infinity-edged pool. The San Francisco Chronicle ranked it as one of “Hawaii’s Best Pools,” citing its location to the popular Billfish Bar and views of the property’s on-site Island Breeze luau.

The pool, with a lava-rock whirlpool, overlooks Kamakahonu Bay and shoreline, the site that served as King Kamehameha the Great’s personal and final residence, after he united the Hawaiian Kingdom.

It is also home of Ahuena Heiau, the king’s temple he devoted to peace. The heiau is now a National Historic Landmark, one of many significant Hawaiian sites in historic Kailua Village.

Other highlights of the hotel’s restoration include fresh decor in all 452 rooms and new retail shops.

The lobby’s breezeway, which opens to the shops, boasts a signature display of 40 signed and numbered limited-edition giclees by the late artist-historian Herb Kawainui Kane.

Depicting Hawaiian life during Kamehameha’s reign and beyond, the installment is the largest single hotel collection of his work. The new exhibit joins an original Kane mural located in the hotel lobby that illustrates the monarch at Kamakahonu Bay.

Renovation continues at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel as it embarks on a complete remodel of its hallmark Kona Beach Restaurant. The popular gathering spot will transform into an indoor-outdoor dining experience.

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is a sponsor of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, annual Kona Brewers Festival, Ironman Triathlon, and other signature local, national, and international events.

Pacifica Hotel Company, owner and manager of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, 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.

— Find out more:
www.konabeachhotel.com
www.pacificahotels.com

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