Kennedy Wilson appointed Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to manage Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, which is set to open in 2022 after a complete renovation of the property. Located on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i, the Hawaiian retreat laid dormant since 2011. Spanning 81 acres, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort will draw inspiration from the history of the site, local culture and natural elements.
The original Kona Village Resort was conceptualized and developed by Johnno Jackson in the early 1960s.
Located less than 10 miles north of the Kona International Airport, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort will have 150 standalone guest hales with locally-inspired décor and views. Spearheaded by Hawai'i-raised architect Greg Warner of Walker Warner Architects, each accommodation will have a private lānai and outdoor shower.
The property will have several dining venues, including the Shipwreck Bar and Talk Story Bar. New leisure facilities will include Sense, A Rosewood Spa; fitness center, as well as multiple pools and tennis courts.
Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort will also be sustainable. Walker Warner Architects, together with VITA Planning & Landscape Architecture, will incorporate sustainable practices and indigenous materials throughout the design of the resort. In keeping with Kona Village's commitment to preserve its surrounding environment, the development team engaged Re-use Hawaii, a local non-profit, to deconstruct deteriorated buildings by hand and salvage up to 80 percent of the materials for reuse and recycling, minimizing the volume of landfill waste and the need to grow, harvest, produce and transport new material on island.