Resort Reopens in Waikiki Beach
Rockwell Group, Pacific Asia Design renovate ʻAlohilani Resort’s guestrooms, public spaces
ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach reopened this week on Hawaii’s Oahu island. New York-based design firm Rockwell Group transformed the resort's lobby, guestrooms and suites, restaurants and infinity pool and deck, while Pacific Asia Design Group of Honolulu enhanced the space with FF&E that evoke the locale’s Hawaiian spirit.
Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant, Momosan, also debuted with the resort. Other F&B venues within ʻAlohilani include Swell Bar at the seascape pool deck, Lychee Restaurant and O Bar, which is part of the 280,000-gallon saltwater Oceanarium that houses more than 1,000 indigenous marine animals. Additionally, later this year ʻAlohilani will be rolling out its own Waikiki beach club.
"ʻAlohilani has been five years in the making," says Vann Avedisian, principal of Highgate Holdings, the property’s owner. "Our objective was to develop a contemporary resort in the heart of Waikiki Beach, creating something the market hasn’t seen. We aimed to give our guests incredible pool, beach and dining experiences in the heart of Waikiki's shopping district, while at the same time connecting them to our Hawaiian heritage. "
The resort also announced a partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI), a non-profit organization committed to returning the indigenous koa, milo and sandalwood trees back to Hawaii. The property has pledged to plant 100,000 indigenous trees on Oahu and the Big Island.