The 432-key hotel spanning 11 acres of coastline fits in with Outrigger’s focus on barefoot luxury and authentic cultural experiences.
The acquisition of this beach hotel is expected to reach completion on July 26, 2023. At this time, the property will be rebranded as Outrigger Kā‘anapali Beach Resort. The hotel sits on Kā‘anapali Beach, which was recently ranked the best beach in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.
Jeff Wagoner, President and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group, commented: “From Maui to Maldives, Outrigger is bullish about our mission to be The Premier Beach Resort Company in the World, simultaneously elevating our current assets and strategically adding complementary resort products to our global portfolio.”
“OUTRIGGER’s investment in a full-service Maui resort underscores our confidence in this iconic destination and our commitment to its community.”
“With its pristine location along a three-mile stretch of sand, deep cultural connections and authentic Hawaiian hospitality, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel has tremendous synergy with the OUTRIGGER brand; we are honoured for the opportunity to become stewards of this coveted property.”
“Our intention, once the sale is finalised, is to craft a thoughtful plan to further enhance the resort grounds while retaining unique attributes that guests have cherished for years.”
An enduring connection
Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel recently emerged from a $75 million property-wide renovation. The property is set apart by its offering of Hawaiian cultural classes as well as for employing high-impact sustainability initiatives. The property is considered a pioneer in preserving and supporting Hawaiian culture.
Outrigger’s link to the beach hotel extends back over three decades with the creation of its values-based management approach, Ke ‘Ano Wa‘a, which translates to The Outrigger Way.
The hotel’s General Manager, Mike White, said: “When the renowned scholar Dr. George Kanahele and I created the state’s first Hawaiian cultural training course for hotel employees in 1986, Outrigger’s leadership understood and appreciated the value of this curriculum – so, 30 years ago we guided them in creating a version tailored for Outrigger called Ke ‘Ano Wa‘a.”
“It’s uplifting to know that this platform of caring for host, guest and place remains intact today and will be a foundation of this exciting next chapter for Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel.”
As a part of this transaction, Outrigger will also acquire The Plantation Inn in historic Lahaina Town.