Hawaii Mauna Kea and Westin entering partnership By Tovin Lapan / October 06, 2017 Share 1 -- Mauna Kea Resorts has signed a franchise agreement with Westin Hotels and Resorts for Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, currently undergoing renovations.A $46 million renovation of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel started in August. When the work is complete, which is expected in February, the property will be rebranded as the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. The hotel is expected to begin participating in the Starwood Preferred Guest program this fall, and the property will still be part of Prince Resorts Hawaii. The hotel, located on Hawaii Island south of Kawaihae, will see changes to the main lobby, dining rooms, guestrooms and the addition of a new pool during the renovation. "Well-being is a big part of the local culture here, so we couldn't be more excited to bring the Westin brand to the island of Hawaii," Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii, said in a statement. "With longtime Westin veteran Craig Anderson at the helm, we're confident that his leadership will allow us to leverage the brand's successful lifestyle positioning and elevate the guest experience."Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel opened in 1994 as the second phase of Laurence S. Rockelfeller's development on the Kohala Coast. The hotel shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront land with Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The hotel has set up a website with more information and renderings of the renovations.