Two firms combine for Maui-inspired meeting space expansion of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

The architect for the resort's renovation project was Los Angeles-based Houston/Tyner. Clear on Black designed the interior spaces.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa completed a sustainability-focused Maui-inspired renovation, which included the creation of a new outdoor space (the Halona Kai event lawn) and expansions to the resort's Regency Club and Monarchy Ballroom. The meeting and event space enhancements, with Hawaiian designs and sustainability features, are expected to improve the property's lighting and air quality, as well as reduce energy usage.

The architect for the resort's renovation project was Los Angeles-based Houston/Tyner. Clear on Black, also out of Los Angeles, designed the interior spaces.

Beachside Expansion

The Regency Club was relocated to the resort's lobby level and now has a larger outdoor terrace with ocean views and the resort's Oriental Gardens. The resort's remodeled Monarchy Ballroom now covers more than 18,000 square feet, and can be divided into seven breakout as well as an open-air pre-function space.


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Overlooking the Ka'anapali Beach, the new Halona Kai ("lookout to the ocean" in Hawaiian) event lawn is more than 9,500-square-feet wide and can accommodate up to 500 guests for seated events or receptions. Perched above the resort's half-acre pool, the space is enveloped in greenery, local flora and a koi pond. Additionally, the area is set up for acoustic and audio/visual systems and is wired with 200-amp outlets and cabling for both data and television.

The renovated Monarchy Ballroom now covers more than 18,000 square feet, and its design reflects the history and culture of Maui. The colors are inspired by the island's sunsets and floral colors. Leading into the Monarchy Ballroom, the renovated Monarchy Terrace space has an open-air walkway and an overhead design with views of the Hawaiian landscaping. New floor-to-ceiling windows use low-emissivity-coated glass that minimize ultraviolet and infrared light, and indoor air quality was also improved with automation controls. Occupancy lighting sensors and LED lighting have reduced wattage and electricity usage by approximately 65 percent.

The ballroom's linear motif design, seen in its carpeting and lighting fixtures, evokes the bamboo beater-sticks used to color and imprint the patterns on Hawaiian tapa cloths. This pattern is also carried into the design of the columns in the pre-function area, which are clad in a neutral colored, horizontal textured stone.

The resort's new 3,333-square-foot Regency Club has a lounge with beach and pool access, as well as lanai seating with views of the Pacific Ocean and the resort's Oriental Gardens that has wildlife, waterfalls and Swan Lagoon. The Regency Club Lounge has natural light and has seating that references Maui's history of handcrafted furnishings. It also has light-colored and textured walls.