KAANAPALI, Hawaii -- The Westin Maui here will begin renovating 458
rooms in the hotel's Beach Tower sometime in the fourth quarter,
according to Epi Rabanal, director of leisure sales for the hotel.
The hotel finished a $16 million renovation to its 300 Ocean
Tower rooms in December.
The Westin Maui is the only hotel that Starwood Hotels &
Resorts owns and manages in Hawaii.
Also in December, the Westin opened a $2 million ultra-modern
beachfront restaurant called Tropica.
This restaurant features delicious food in a cosmopolitan
atmosphere not found in many places in Hawaii.
The restaurant is so new and so different from most hotel
restaurants that passersby on the promenade that runs the length of
the Kaanapali resort area could get the impression it's a place of
fine dining at high prices.
In fact, the restaurant is very reasonably priced and, once
inside, the atmosphere is casual.
for appetizers range from $6 for a lobster clam chowder to $12 for
the Deconstructed Crab Cake Dynamite.
A wood-burning oven produces pizzas priced from $12 to $18.
The main dishes run from $18 for a roasted pork loin in banana
leaf with Big Island hearts of palm and a Hana fern salad, to $32
for barbecued Kona lobster with caramelized peppers, Kaanapali corn
flan and fried rice.
The restaurant can accommodate groups, as well, in two
side-by-side, stainless-steel structures that resemble
In addition to the new restaurant, the Westin Maui has two other
major restaurants, Koa Ala and Ono's Bar and Grill; a sushi bar,
and a place that serves continental breakfast.
For reservations or additional information, call (800) 937-8461
or check the Web at www.westin.com.