Amped and revamped hotel renovations
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina enlisted de Reus architects, G70 and other leading local design firms to elevate the property to Four Seasons quality and infuse the architecture, landscape and interiors with a Hawaiian sense of aloha while maintaining the enduring timeless classism of the property’s original 1993 design.
To enhance the guest arrival experience, the interior walls were removed to open the lobby up to stunning views of the Lanikuhonua coast and a new lanai deck. The interior Hokulea Bar and exterior deck were designed to work together for a seamless indoor/outdoor experience. The flooring and decking is made of Ipe wood (iron wood) to emulate the character of a yacht deck, and the railings are made of glass to allow for ocean views from lounge-seat level.
The resort’s two new pools have their own private realm and garden oriented to Lanikuhonua coast along with new pool cabanas designed to complete the private area and offer separation from the hotel guest suites behind the pool area. The hotel also refreshed the existing pool on the upper terrace. A secular chapel was designed alongside the Lanikuhonua coast to borrow scenery with the coast and the open garden next to the hotel; the chapel was designed with a traditional architectural style from Hawai‘i’s past.
Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club
With its hip, retro design inspired by midcentury Hawai‘i, the Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club is Waikiki’s newest hotspot where old-school beach culture meets modern aloha. The boutique hotel opened in a 1960sera building in March 2016 and houses the work of some of Hawai‘i’s most notable designers and artisans.
The Surfjack’s 112 vintage-inspired bungalows and one- and two-bedroom suites emulate the sort of rustic dwellings you might find on O‘ahu’s North Shore, complete with board and batten walls, reed ceilings, dreamy surf photography and bespoke handmade furnishings.
The hotel tapped local artists Kamea Hadar, Brendan Monroe and husband-and- wife duo Wooden Wave for its murals and enlisted Honolulu-based design studio The Vanguard Theory to lead the design of the Surfjack’s lobby, restaurant and other public spaces, including that of Mahina & Sun’s, the Surfjack’s signature eatery helmed by restaurateur and locavore chef Ed Kenney.
The Surfjack is replete with local-centric touches ranging from original Tori Richards aloha-print upholstery to shaka-print wallpaper custom designed by self-taught lettering and graphic artist Matthew Tapia, who also hand painted the “wish you were here” block letters glimmering at the bottom of the Surfjack’s lobby pool.
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club
After embarking on a $55.4 million redevelopment and repositioning, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club will unveil its first major remodel since its grand opening in 1990. Slated to debut this spring, the hotel’s thoughtful redesign and rebranding elements create a sense of place and bring the history and heritage of the site to life throughout the resort. The hotel’s central location at the epicenter of O‘ahu’s four most vibrant neighborhoods grant guests easy access to both natural and urban elements of modern Honolulu.
Led by lead architect G70 and with interior design by Los Angeles-based interior design firm Creative Resource Associates, the project included remodeling its 563 oceanfront guest rooms and suites, a new infinity pool, enhanced meeting space, a modernized lobby featuring a ceiling installation by local artist Kaili Chun, natural color scheme and design elements throughout the hotel and new eateries like 100 Sails, which offers panoramic vistas of Ala Wai Harbor, the Pacific Ocean and O‘ahu’s south shore.