A suite at the Hotel Hana-MauiA traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony was held Aug. 20 at the Hotel Hana-Maui to mark a new beginning for the property under the management of Green Tea.

"You can't help falling in love with this place and the people here," said Joy Berry, Green Tea's president. "Hotel Hana-Maui's uniquely warm charm and intimacy amid the magical ambience of Hana really can't be duplicated."

Green Tea is a subsidiary of the Denver-based real estate development and investment company Amstar Group, which closed a deal to buy the 70-room Hana property on May 20.

"We've made broad operational changes at the hotel and have received positive feedback from our guests and employees," Berry said. "We are planning physical improvements to the property, and we are working on introducing several new guest activities that interact with the community. Overall, the property is in good shape. The key to success will be in the branding of the hotel and Hana experience."

Employees, hotel guests, members of the community and several of Maui's elected officials attended the Hawaiian blessing held on the 70-acre property. Opened in 1947, the hotel has long been a favorite of those seeking an alternative to the island's larger, busier resorts. Located on Maui's secluded eastern coast, the property features 47 plantation-style Sea Ranch cottages with dramatic ocean and mountain views, 22 low-rise bungalow Garden View suites and the renowned Honua Spa.

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