Hawaii Authenticity Andaz's goal By Johanna Jainchill / March 18, 2013 Share 1 -- The 15-acre Andaz Maui at Wailea, the Andaz brand's first resort, is scheduled to open this summer on the island's southwest Mokapu Beach.The 297-room property will feature three- to five-room residential villas, a 15,000-square-foot spa, a collection of cascading infinity pools and two full-service restaurants, including Morimoto Maui, the second Hawaii location for "Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto.Like other Andaz properties, the resort has been designed to reflect its surroundings. To do that, the Andaz Maui at Wailea works with a local "cultural practitioner" to ensure the authentic and genuine spirit of Hawaii is threaded throughout the resort. In addition, the food and beverage offerings will focus on local products; the spa will employ an herbalist who will forage local ingredients to be used in the services; and the property's bath products, Malie Organics, are sourced from the native, Hawaiian malie vine."Andaz Maui at Wailea bridges the character of Hawaii with the experiences travelers seek when they visit great destinations around the world," said Michael Stephens, general manager of the Andaz Maui.The property will be Hawaii's first resort to be certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, better known as LEED. The resort is designed to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste and harmful emissions. Owned by Hyatt, the Andaz brand currently includes hotels in New York, Shanghai, London, Amsterdam and West Hollywood, Calif. The company plans to open three more resorts over the next three years, in Papagayo, Costa Rica; on Mexico's Riviera Maya; and in Tokyo.The Andaz Maui, which fronts a 1.2-mile-long beach, said its rooms and villas will be inspired by the fashion, art and music of today's Hawaii.Its dining options will be showcased by Morimoto Maui, which will focus on the integration of traditional Japanese culinary techniques with local ingredients. The resort will also offer a second full-service restaurant, called Ka'ana Kitchen, meaning "to share," as well as two poolside venues and a 24-hour Hawaiian food, beverage and retail market.Targeting the weddings and events market, the resort will have 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, comprising six indoor event Andaz Studios and three outdoor beachfront event lawns.The property's full-service spa will feature a private, adults-only pool; apothecary retail; and a fitness facility. Visit http://maui.andaz.hyatt.com.