The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel opened in 1994 as the second property in the Mauna Kea development from Laurance S. Rockefeller.
Since then the property has seen a small refresh, but is now in the midst of its biggest transformation to date. Work is underway on a $46 million renovation that will touch nearly every aspect of the hotel, including rooms, amenities, pools, dining options and more. In March, after the majority of the work is complete, the property will rebrand as the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. It will remain owned and managed by Prince Resorts Hawaii.
"We have a great property in a great location. Hapuna Beach is one of the best beaches on the island, and the hotel is located right above the beach," said Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel manager Tom Cross. "It was time for this renovation because properties need to refresh themselves and recreate themselves as years go by."
A new adults-only pool is being installed, which not only offers a quieter atmosphere for guests but will also provide flexibility for events.
"Our existing pool is pretty large. People even do laps in it. Now if one pool is rented out for a special event, we can have the other pool open for guests to continue to enjoy," Cross said.
The lobby is being redesigned, including the addition of a living wall vertical garden and interactive check-in pods. While the 232 guestrooms and 17 suites are being redone, the standard accommodations will all maintain their ample dimensions (630 square feet including lanai) and every room features an ocean view. The rooms will get new Westin features such as the Heavenly bed and Heavenly shower, and the decor is highlighted by natural wood and stone touches. The fitness area is also getting enhancements including a new CrossFit Studio.
"Some people don't mind leaving their workout routine behind when they're on vacation," Cross said. "But we are increasingly finding other travelers, the extreme workout people, who want to be able to stick to their workout and regimen."
After burning off the calories with Olympic-style lifts, burpees and pull-ups, guests will be able to choose from four new dining options coming to Hapuna Beach.
Meridia will be a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant offering an outdoor dining area and craft cocktails that is scheduled to be completed in February. Naupaka Beach Grill is a more casual, poolside option, with local brews on draught. Ikena Landing is the property's al fresco breakfast spot, with both a buffet and a la carte menu and fresh juices concocted by The Juicery. Finally, Piko Coffee+Bar will serve 100% Kona coffee, alcoholic drinks, and a selection of grab-and-go meals and snacks.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which features the Hapuna Golf Course, shares nearly 1,900 acres with Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and guests of either one may bill services at both properties to their rooms and take advantage of a shuttle ferrying visitors between the two resorts.
"Hapuna was built on the hillside with all of the rooms facing the ocean and there is a certain airiness about it," Cross said. "Mauna Kea is great in its own right, but Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is kind of a younger and fresher presence."