"HONOLULU—Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club has embarked on a $55.4-million redevelopment and repositioning.
Once completed in spring 2017, the property will emerge as a brand new hotel with a brand new name: Prince Waikiki. The eight-month refurbishment marks the hotel's first major remodel since its grand opening on April 20, 1990.
The property will include 563 oceanfront guestrooms and suites, all-new dining options, a modernized lobby, a new infinity pool and a meeting space. Hawaii-based G70 (formerly Group 70 International) is the project's lead architect. Los Angeles-based Creative Resource Associates (CRA) Design will focus on interior design.
"In working with our design team and identifying our Hawaiian heritage, we decided to focus on key elements that would really elevate our sense of place and bring our story to life throughout the resort," said Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii. "They are the muliwai, or abundant, thriving estuary; the Piinaio, a convergence of three fresh-water streams from the mountains; the naio flower, which is an indigenous restorative plant; the hinana, which is a nourishing juvenile fish; and limu eleele which is a rejuvenating seaweed."
Prince Waikiki has partnered with several new food and beverage companies. Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo will open its first overseas location on the hotel's lobby level in December. Watabe Wedding expects to host its first wedding parties in spring 2017. Honolulu Coffee will be located in the hotel's new lobby. "