Mauna Kea Resort inks franchise agreement with Westin Hotels & Resorts


Mauna Kea Resort LLC has signed a franchise agreement with Westin Hotels & Resorts to debut the renowned wellness hospitality brand on the Big Island of Hawaii, with the $46 million renovation and conversion of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel to become The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in February of 2018. The hotel will remain part of Prince Resorts Hawaii.

Beginning as early as September 2017, the hotel will participate in SPG® (Starwood Preferred Guest), one of Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty programs, allowing guests to redeems points to stay at the hotel.

“Well-being is a big part of the local culture here, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring the Westin brand to the island of Hawaii,” said Donn Takahashi, President of Prince Resorts Hawaii. “With longtime Westin-veteran Craig Anderson at the helm, we’re confident that his leadership will allow us to leverage the brand’s successful lifestyle positioning and elevate the guest experience.”

“Westin’s history of delivering a best-in-class product is perfectly suited for Hapuna and will reposition the hotel as a top competitor on the Kohala Coast,” continued Craig Anderson, Mauna Kea Resort Vice President of Operations.

Situated on the sunny Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has defined Big Island luxury since its opening in 1994. As the second phase in Rockefeller’s creation of Mauna Kea Resort, the hotel property shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront paradise with the legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Perfectly nestled into the bluffs above the idyllic Hapuna Beach, the hotel presents a flowing, contemporary Hawaiian style where guests experience the true essence of rejuvenation.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront property with the legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, which was the first resort on the island built in 1965 by visionary Laurence S. Rockefeller. The historic and storied hotel, now part of Autograph Collection Hotels, boasts two championship golf courses, luxury residences, townhomes and villas.

Prince Resorts Hawaii Inc., operates three luxury hotels and golf courses on two of the Hawaiian Islands: Prince Waikiki and Golf Club on the island of O’ahu; and on the island of Hawaii, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Golf Course, and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection and Golf Course on the Kohala Coast. Prince Resorts Hawaii is unique in offering all oceanfront locations along with championship golf courses, gracious island hospitality and award-winning cuisine.

Prince Hotels & Resorts owns and operates 42 hotels, Ryokan, Ski and Golf facilities, and aquariums, across Japan and seven others worldwide (Hawai’i, Taiwan and Malaysia). Prince Hotels & Resorts is committed to environmentally-friendly operations.