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Hilton Hawaiian Village Wraps Revamp of Ali`i Tower

Monday January 7th, 2013 - 10:12AM

HONOLULU, HI—Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort completed a seven-month, $25.5 million refurbishment project of its exclusive Ali’i Tower.

The makeover included all 323 guestrooms, including new finishes and furnishings, new bathrooms and the reconfiguration of eight junior suites and four, two-bay suites. In addition, all guestroom corridors were redone, as were the lobby and reception desk.

The final phase of the project, which will include upgrades to the tower’s second floor Ocean View Terrace, is scheduled for completion in May. Two presidential suites were renovated previously as part of the same project.

Ann Matsunami, partner at Pacific Asia Design Group, oversaw the architectural design as well as the interior design for the suites; interior design for rest of the project was led by Jonathan Staub of Philpotts and Associates.

The theme for the Ali`i (“chief” in Hawaiian) guestrooms draws on the textures and traditions of the islands’ royal history, with colors of purple and blue paired with rich woods and natural tones. Art and carpeting designs incorporate the history of the island of Oahu in abstract motifs. In addition, the designers integrated patterns, treatments and objects found within the environment, including ocean-inspired driftwood collages and conch shell lamps.

“The Ali`i Tower has been treasured and beloved by guests for decades,” said Jerry Gibson, area VP of Hilton Hawaii. “It was critical that we maintained its tradition of grandeur but at the same time create a vibrant, modern look.”

The renovation included the addition of a guest library and lounge adjacent to the lobby with multiple seating areas, Wi-Fi access and computer terminals. Hawaiian artifacts, including wooden bowls, woven hats and carved gourds, are displayed throughout the lounge. Presiding over guests checking into the tower are chandeliers that are echoes of natural forms created with natural materials by local artists. A mosaic behind the front desk follows a Hawaiian kapa (fabric made from tree bark) pattern.

As part of its “hotel-within-a-hotel” concept, the Ali`i tower has its own reception desk and concierge. A pool deck, whirlpool spa, bar, fitness room and terrace on the second floor are for the exclusive use of Ali`i tower guests.

The Ali`i Tower’s renovation project follows on the heels of Hilton Hawaiian Village’s $45 million renovation of its Rainbow Tower, which was completed in December 2011. In the past year, Hilton has invested more than $90 million into its product, including the two beachfront towers, the Tapa Pool, the Coral Ballroom and retail space improvements.