Hotel Hana-Maui sports new look, refitted digs

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HANA -- Agents seeking a refined Maui hideaway for their clients can put the newly refurbished Hotel Hana-Maui back in their Rolodexes.

The property completed a $5.5 million restoration of its Sea Ranch cottages, its main dining room, bar, lobby and grounds as part of a $10 million, multiphase renovation project.

In addition, a $2.5 million spa is set to open next fall.

According to general manager Doug Chang, the project was completed under the aegis of San Francisco-based Passport Resorts, whose principals also manage the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif., and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort.

The Hotel Hana-Maui is the only property in the Hawaiian islands to be a member of the Small Luxury Resorts group.

Chang said the property's emphasis on heritage and Hawaiian hospitality has been carried through as part of the upgrade.

The new design of its public areas incorporates original artwork by painter Arman Manookian, whose work spotlights the Hawaii of the 1930s (his native subjects, painted in vivid colors, provided the palette used in the redesign and furnishings of public areas, which are reminiscent of the period), and the Sea Ranch cottages are representative of traditional plantation houses, using indigenous textures, materials and patterns.

Chang said the property's management will continue to focus on its FIT business, predominantly targeting domestic visitors from the West Coast, Boston, Chicago and New York as well as from international markets.

"Marketing [in 2003] will continue based on our partnerships with wholesalers and travel agents," he said, adding that a public relations campaign aimed at consumers and the trade has been launched to promote the changes and upgrades to the property.

Retailers might already know Chang from his previous incarnations as the general manager of the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club, general manager of the Hanalie Bay Resort and as a former president of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association.

The Hotel Hana-Maui has 66 suites, cottages and guest rooms, comprised of 19 units in the main hotel complex and 47 Sea Ranch cottages.

Accommodations also include the Plantation House, which, for $1,500 per night, sleeps four and also can accommodate small groups for meetings and special events.

As part of the upgrade, the property added pampering guest services, including nightly turndown, complimentary beverages in guest room refrigerators, in-room dining and poolside beverage service.

The Hana Town Center and Hana Ranch restaurant also were improved, as was the garden pool pavilion.

In addition, new executive chef Larry Quirit upgraded the main dining room's menu, with cuisine that features fresh local produce, herbs and fish.

The property also reinstituted its Wednesday-night manager's reception, serving complimentary mai tais and pupus.

Hotel Hana-Maui
Phone: (808) 248-8211
Web:www.hotelhanamaui.com
Rates: $275 to $655 per night
Amenities: Spa, swimming pool, tennis courts, croquet, horse stables

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