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Outrigger to buy “Hawai‘i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel”

Resort company OUTRIGGER Hospitality Group will purchase well-known Hawaiian beach resort Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel in Maui.

Resort company OUTRIGGER Hospitality Group will purchase well-known Hawaiian beach resort Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel in Maui.

Upon completion of the sale, expected to close on 26 July 2023, the 432-room property will rebrand as OUTRIGGER Kā‘anapali Beach Resort.

OUTRIGGER has not disclosed the purchase price for the property it calls “Hawai‘i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel”. But you can bet the resort didn’t come cheap, especially considering the hotel recently completed a US$75 million (AU$115 million) renovation spanning two guest-room wings.

“With its pristine location along a three-mile stretch of sand, deep cultural connections and authentic Hawaiian hospitality, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel has tremendous synergy with the OUTRIGGER brand; we are honoured for the opportunity to become stewards of this coveted property,” OUTRIGGER Hospitality Group president and CEO Jeff Wagoner said.

The future OUTRIGGER Kā‘anapali Beach Resort.
The future OUTRIGGER Kā‘anapali Beach Resort.

“Our intention, once the sale is finalised, is to craft a thoughtful plan to further enhance the resort grounds while retaining unique attributes that guests have cherished for years.”

“OUTRIGGER’s investment in a full-service Maui resort underscores our confidence in this iconic destination and our commitment to its community.”

OUTRIGGER currently owns and/or operates 26 resorts and vacation apartment properties in Hawai’i’, including seven condo resorts in Maui, and has added five beach properties to its portfolio in the past two years alone including OUTRIGGER Kona Resort & Spa on Hawai‘i Island, three resorts in Thailand, and a luxury resort in the Maldives.

Whilst offering all of the services one would expect of an international property, Kā’anapali Beach Hotel prides itself on its sustainability initiatives and focus on the preservation of local culture.

The future OUTRIGGER Kā‘anapali Beach Resort.

Most notably, Kā’anapali Beach Hotel has installed solar panels, charging stations for electric vehicles and water refill stations across the property, and offers a dozen Hawaiian cultural classes.

It has also won numerous state and national awards for its focus on culture, community and environment.

Three-decade ties

OUTRIGGER and Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel actually have a long history.  

“When the renowned scholar Dr George Kanahele and I created the state’s first Hawaiian cultural training course for hotel employees in 1986, OUTRIGGER’s leadership understood and appreciated the value of this curriculum – so, 30 years ago we guided them in creating a version tailored for OUTRIGGER called Ke ‘Ano Wa‘a,” said Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel general manager Mike White, who has led the hotel since the 1980s. 

“It’s uplifting to know that this platform of caring for host, guest and place remains intact today and will be a foundation of this exciting next chapter for Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel.” 

OUTRIGGER Kā‘anapali Beach Resort will retain the Lei Aloha platform and also join the OUTRIGGER DISCOVERY loyalty program.

As part of the sale of the Kā’anapali, OUTRIGGER will also acquire the 18-room bed and breakfast, The Plantation Inn, which is located just steps away from famous Front Street in Maui’s historic Lahaina Town.

Meanwhile, find out how you can stay and save at Kā‘anapali Beach Resort.