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Dec 08, 2015

Whole New Look for Waikiki Beach Marriott

The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has completed a $22 million renovation of its porte-cochere entrance, main lobby and meeting rooms.  The hotel, sitting on Trust land that was once the Queen’s summer home, celebrated its new look with a blessing in the Nanea Lounge, its newly renovated lobby.

Those in attendance included VIPs and dignitaries, with addresses commemorating the day by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, State Senator Brickwood Galuteria, and resort manager Chris Tatum.

The focal point of the new lobby area is Ka Maka Hinu (The Bright Face), a massive 60-by-20-foot carved wooden panel by local artist Kaiwi Nui Yoon, who at the blessing talked about his inspiration for this spectacular work of art. 

Yoon shared that the Hawaiian word “onipaʻa” came to mind for his design concept.  The motif is intended to honor Queen Liliʻuokalani and reflect her love for the people of her kingdom and the values she hoped to instill in them.  Full of imagery, the mural is an interpretation of the Kumulipo, the Hawaiian creation chant; it depicts the evolution of Native Hawaiians through layers of storytelling embracing the past, present and future.

Congratulations to the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa!  The beautiful improvements have transformed the hotel’s look and were well worth the wait.


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