Kauai hotel to rebrand as a Hilton Garden Inn

The owners of the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel in Kapaa, Kauai signed a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide to operate and convert the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

The 216-room beachfront leasehold hotel is owned by Aloha Beach Partners, a partnership led by Calfornia-based real estate investment firm DiNapoli Capital Partners. Aloha Beach Hotel Partners purchased the hotel for $4.8 million in August 2014. The land is owned by the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

The hotel, located next to Kauai’s Wailua Bay, is and will continue to be managed by Aston Hotels & Resorts. It will undergo a renovation and open in early 2016, and it will be the only Hilton-branded property on the island.

It is the second Hilton Garden Inn in Hawaii to be announced. The 659-room Ohana Waikiki West Hotel, which closed last month, is currently being renovated and will be converted to a Hilton Garden Inn.

“Hilton Garden Inn is the ideal mid-market brand for developers and consumers alike, and we look forward to bringing the brand to life in Kauai, a key market with potential for development,” said Bill Fortier, senior vice president of development - Americas for Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT), said in a statement.

Renovation plans include a complete refurbishment of all rooms, lobby, meeting space and exteriors.