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by Matt Alderton | July 19, 2016
The Pacific Beach Hotel in Honolulu's Waikiki Beach will undergo a $115 million redevelopment and transformation, owner Highgate announced last week.

Scheduled for completion in fall 2017, the project will include a re-conceptualization of the hotel's façade, accommodations, and public areas. Highlights will include:

• A makeover of its 839 guest rooms and suites, each of which will be redesigned to incorporate natural materials and touches of native Hawaiian culture;

• A renovation of its lobby, which will be updated with new guest services and concierge areas, a lobby bar, a business and education center, and a new group arrival lounge;

• The addition of a destination pool deck, which will feature a new saltwater infinity pool, a pool bar, exclusive cabanas, and a new shallow-water pool for kids; 

• An extensive upgrade of the hotel's famous oceanarium, which will be updated with new coral reef formations and new educational programming; and

• New dining options, including two new concepts from celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto.

"We are thrilled to be working on the redevelopment of the Pacific Beach Hotel," said Shawn Sullivan, partner at the Rockwell Group, which is leading the project's design efforts. "Influenced by Kuhio beach, we are blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor to connect guests to the ocean. The Morimoto restaurants and pool deck will have stunning views of the water, while neutral hues and organic forms will transform the lobby, retail areas, and guest rooms into warm, welcoming spaces."

Along with updated facilities, the hotel will emerge from the renovation with a new name: Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach. The name "Alohilani," Hawaiian for "the heavenly brightness," was chosen to honor Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii's last reigning monarch, who called her royal residence in Waikiki "Kealohilani."

"Our team is delighted with the opportunity to welcome guests to an all-new experience next year," said General Manager Rob Robinson. "We're committed to honoring our unique history and the Hawaiian culture in a thoughtful and authentic way which will serve as the foundation for everything that we do; from our cultural programming to our elevated levels of service."