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by Deanna Ting | November 06, 2014
Plans were recently confirmed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, resort owner and developer The Resort Group (TRG), and Canada-based luxury developer Westbank to develop a Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, an integrated beach resort and private residence that will be a part of the master-planned Ko Olina development on Oahu, Hawaii.

This new Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, which does not have a scheduled opening date, will be the brand's fourth Hawaiian property and its first on the island of Oahu. It will replace the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort, which will close next year to undergo a major renovation. The JW Marriott Ihiliani was the first property to be built as part of the Ko Olina development.

Ko Olina encompasses 650 acres of land on the western coast of Oahu and was originally conceived of in the mid 1980s. Its most recent addition was Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, which opened in 2011. Other properties include Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club and the the Ko Olina Golf Club. It is approximately 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport.

"This is the fulfillment of a long-held dream for Ko Olina," said Jeffrey R. Stone, TRG founder. "Four Seasons previously explored bringing its quality, elegance and prestige to Oahu as the company has done so well on Maui, Hawaii Island and Lanai. We will oversee this new development with the same stewardship, integrity and sustainability that have made Ko Olina a lasting success. This project will generate substantial, long-term economic benefits to the area for future generations."

Four Seasons President and CEO J. Allen Smith added, "Four Seasons is committed to Hawaii with our existing four hotels on three islands, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to bring the brand to Oahu, the travel and business hub of the Pacific."

Westbank will lead development on the property and its renovation, and has enlisted James K.M. Cheng Architects, 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Toyo Ito, Group 70 International, Philpotts Interiors, and SWA Group among others as part of its design team.