Coinciding with the start of the extensive renovation project was the official launch of sales for the resort, which is the company's seventh timeshare resort in Hawaii. The property is located at the site of the former OHANA Islander Waikiki Hotel and was acquired from Outrigger Enterprises Group by HGV in May 2011. The resort is anticipated to open in late 2013.
Architectural firm Group 70 International of Honolulu has been commissioned to design the 14-story resort, which is said to balance Hawaiian aesthetic with modern elements. Los Angeles-based studio Indidesign will oversee the interior design, and Hensel Phelps has been selected as construction manager.
Hokulani Waikiki will be comprised of 143 one-bedroom suites with personalized touches, which include a living room, boutique kitchen and spacious bathrooms. Both interior and exterior designs will utilize natural elements and tones to showcase Hawaii's cultural heritage and environment.
Mahina, the open air lobby, will provide an arrival experience as well as a personalized area. Guests and owners will also have access to Nalani, an exclusive rooftop deck with a pool lounge, bar, private cabanas and views of Waikiki.
According to Bryan Klum, Hilton Grand Vacations-Asia/Pacific EVP, Hokulani Waikiki was created with the “sophisticated and active traveler in mind”. As such, a number of features and design elements have been incorporated into the property to “distinctively set Hokulani Waikiki apart from other timeshare resorts in Hawaii”.
More specifically, the suites at Hokulani Waikiki have been designed with features and a decor approach that “interprets Hawaiian motifs in a modern way”. This is expected to appeal to those with “urban sensibilities and appreciation for quality".
Hokulani Waikiki is located at 2181 Kalakaua Avenue, adjacent to Lewers Street. Upon its completion, Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club will join the company’s other properties, Oahu's Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, and Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii's Big Island.