HANA -- Agents seeking a refined Maui hideaway for their clients
can put the newly refurbished Hotel Hana-Maui back in their
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
"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
The Hotel Hana-Maui has 66 suites, cottages and guest rooms,
comprised of 19 units in the main hotel complex and 47 Sea Ranch
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
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.
Phone: (808) 248-8211
Rates: $275 to $655 per night
Amenities: Spa, swimming pool, tennis courts,
croquet, horse stables