Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Unveils $22 Million Transformation With Stunning Hawaiian Artwork

Waikiki resort hotel renovates lobby, transforms meeting and event spaces to speak to millennial travelers

Following the completion of its $22 million transformation, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa now features a refreshed interior and new Hawaiian artwork commissioned exclusively for the hotel.

Highlights of the renovation include:

  • Newly named Nanea Lobby with multimedia technology and flat-screen TVs
  • Ka Maka Hinu artwork
  • New state-of-the-art event spaces including the Kona Moku Ballroom

Ka Maka Hinu
The crowning touch of the multi-million dollar transformation of the Oahu beachfront hotel is a 60-foot by 20-foot carved wooden artwork, Ka Maka Hinu (The Bright Face), by artist Kaiwi Nui Yoon. Located in the center of the Nanea Lobby, the artwork is intended to reflect the love of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, for the people of her kingdom.

Resort Improvements and Remodeled Event Spaces
“Full of light, full of life and full of energy. This exemplifies Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s beautification project,” said Chris Tatum, Vice President and Market General Manager. “Every aspect of the transformation was made to keep in mind the next generation of millennial travelers. We are agile in adapting to new travel trends.”

In the remodeled Kona Moku Ballroom, a stunning blown glass chandelier defines this sophisticated space with a kaleidoscope of color. Custom lighting, new technology and a lanai overlooking the lobby’s new water feature make it an ideal location for meetings and events. The 6,993-square-foot ballroom accommodates 800 guests in a theater setup and 610 attendees for a banquet. The hotel was recently named Convene Magazine’s Best Place for Small Meetings 2015 by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

In the Nanea Lobby, there are now dynamic areas for groups to mingle and intimate spaces for solo travelers to work in comfort. As a vibrant gathering place, the lobby features new charging stations, flat-screen televisions and communal tables for Hawaiian crafts and activities.

“We are proud to welcome our guests to a resort with new amenities for the modern-day traveler while delivering the same gracious hospitality and aloha our associates have always offered,” Tatum said.