With Kauai resort, Wyndham enters Hawaii’s luxury market

The Koloa Landing Poipu Beach, a Wyndham Grand Resort on Kauai, recently celebrated its official opening, making it the hotel chain’s first luxury property in Hawaii.

“Koloa Landing Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand is an incredible addition to Wyndham’s growing portfolio of luxurious hotels and resorts in the world’s most sought-after vacation destinations,” Wyndham Hotels and Resorts President Jeff Wagoner said during a ceremony at the property in April. “We are incredibly proud to celebrate this milestone and look forward to offering travelers the utmost in high-end accommodations and personalized services.”

Comprising 85 two-, three- and four-bedroom, residential-style luxury villas, the $150 million project is home to what Wyndham says are the largest guest accommodations on Kauai.

Courtyard by Marriott set for Maui

Work began April 26 on a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel at a site minutes from Maui’s Kahului Airport.

“With Kahului being Maui’s commercial hub and Wailuku the seat of county government, we believe this new hotel will fill an important niche,” said Chris Tatum, vice president of Marriott Resorts Hawaii.

The 138-room hotel is expected to cost $16.5 million to build and is scheduled for completion in early 2012. The property will include a fitness center, pool, complimentary WiFi in every guestroom and 1,663 square feet of meetings space.

New ticket lobby for Hawaiian

Hawaiian Airlines has spent $6 million on the redesign of two ticket lobbies at Honolulu Airport, an upgrade the carrier says “will revolutionize the speed and convenience of its check-in process.”

“Hawaiian is bringing a dramatic transformation to the check-in process at our Honolulu hub that Hawaii’s residents and visitors alike will find to be a faster, easier and superior experience,” Hawaiian President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said in a statement. “This new lobby design is a quantum leap forward.”

Hawaiian is replacing its traditional counters with six circular ticket islands in the airport’s Terminal 2 building. Each island offers eight self-service stations for interisland, mainland or international flights.

The redesign will create 48 locations at which travelers can also weigh baggage, pay fees and print destination baggage tags. Passengers can then drop off baggage at just one conveyor belt location for screening by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Agriculture.

Hawaiian said the lobby improvements should be completed this month.
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