Post-tsunami improvements nearly complete at King Kamehameha Hotel


Repairs and improvements are nearly complete at the Big Island’s King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, whose ground-floor lobby and surrounding property were damaged in the March 11 tsunami.

According to a June 22 statement from the hotel, a delivery of sand has restored the beach fronting the property, and more than $500,000 was spent on landscaping. The hotel’s tennis courts have also been resurfaced, new equipment has been installed in the fitness room and new lobby furnishings have been set up on the ground floor.

New lobby carpets are scheduled to arrive this week, while renovations to the property’s heavily damaged oceanside Kona Beach Restaurant are scheduled for completion early this fall.

The hotel is also planning to reconfigure former retail space on its ground floor into new meetings and conference rooms, complete with a lounge featuring “media pods for checking email or printing boarding passes,” hotel officials said.

Although the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel did not close March 11, and none of the property’s guestrooms were damaged, at least a foot of water swamped the ground-floor lobby, damaged outdoor common areas and washed away most of the sandy beach fronting the hotel and Kamakahonu Bay.
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