MAUNA LOA, Hawaii -- Differences in vision for the future of the
Molokai Lodge & Beach Village and perhaps the island itself led
to the "friendly" dissolution of a two-year partnership between
Starwood and owner Molokai Properties, spokesmen for both firms
"Both parties have to share the same vision for a property to
evolve. It just didn't develop that way," a Starwood spokesman
Molokai Properties CEO Peter Nicholas said the two were "parting
Problems arose when Starwood wanted to expand the lodge by 38
rooms at a cost of $8 million, according to the Starwood
Molokai Properties demurred, stating that the addition would
compromise the authenticity of the setting and rile local
"There is a history of aggravation between the community and the
ranch," said Nicholas. "We are trying to maintain eco-awareness in
order to 'stay in cahoots' with the conservationists and maintain
the area as a special place that is true to Molokai's rich cultural
Molokai Properties instead proposed renovating the 144-room
Kaluakoi, a former Sheraton hotel, now abandoned, that sits on
6,000 acres of oceanfront property adjacent to the lodge.
The hotel, closed since the late 1980s, has a golf course, which
Molokai Properties said would attract new guests.
Plans are moving forward to redo the Kaluakoi as a 120-room
Nicholas said he is unsure if the Kaluakoi will retain its
identity or become part of the Molokai Lodge & Beach Village.
The Molokai Lodge will drop the Sheraton brand and will be managed
The hotel recently became a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the
World, which will handle bookings beginning May 1.
In the interim, reservations can be made by calling the hotel
directly at (888) 627-8082.
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