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Traditional Hawaiian Blessing Marks Start of Fairmont Kea Lani’s Hoʻomaka Hou (A New Beginning) Transformation Project

Wailea, (Maui) Hawai’i, March 24, 2021 – On March 9, 2022, Fairmont Kea Lani hosted a gathering at the resort’s ʻŌhiʻa Grove to recognize the beginning of the Hoʻomaka Hou (A New Beginning) transformation project.

The Hoʻomaka Hou project represents a 12-month, multimillion-dollar transformation of the resort’s collection of suites and villas along with a redesigned lobby, new food and beverage venue and creation of an immersive and engaging cultural center. The scope of the Hoʻomaka Hou project goes far beyond the physical features of the reinvestment into the Wailea property. It marks a cultural renaissance for the resort, led by a hui (group) of practitioners, Fairmont Kea Lani’s cultural heritage will come to life in new ways for guests and colleagues.

The project begins with the reimagination of the 413 one-bedroom suites and 37 two-story villas to create luxurious spaces that evoke stories of pre-contact Maui and the ahupuaʻa (land division) of Palauea as well as the waterways of the ʻAlalākeiki and Kealaikahiki channels. These channels are the prime waterways connecting South Maui with the nearby island of Kahoʻolawe. In August 2022, an impressive makeover to the grand entrance and lobby will commence. The design notes include dramatic water features symbolizing the moʻolelo (story) of Wai a Kāne, along with enhanced guest-experience touchpoints and immersive gardens. Positioned as a conduit for sharing the vibrancy of Hawaiian culture, a dynamic and interactive Cultural Center will be located in the southwest area of the lobby. A brand-new expansive food and beverage venue will seamlessly transition from the lobby into a space of its own commanding some of the best views of the resort.

The March 9th event opened with a traditional Pōmaika‘i kūkulu kahua, a Hawaiian protocol focused on blessing the foundation of the building with an eye toward the future. Led by resort cultural advisor, Kumu Kapono Kamaunu, the Pōmaika‘i kūkulu kahua began in the lobby with a blessing of the Pikai (water), Pa‘akai (salt) and Pūlo‘ulo‘u (ti leaf). Kumu Kapono Kamaunu was joined by two additional kahu (cultural leaders) and resort leaders in a procession across the entire 22-acre property from the four furthest corners of the resort to each guest-floor corridor of the 450 key all-suite and villa resort.

Following the Pōmaika‘i kūkulu kahua, the kahu were joined by key project leaders representing Host Hotels & Resorts and construction partners to acknowledge the connection and commitment being made together in the Hoʻomaka Hou project. This private ceremony was centered around understanding the importance of three Hawaiian values: Kuleana (right, responsibility, privilege), Laulima (cooperation, working together) and Mālama (to care for, to tend).

ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia. – No task is too big when done together by all.
-If everyone contributes to the task, it lightens the load. Ōlelo No‘eau # 142

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About Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Located on the coveted south shore of Maui in Wailea, Fairmont Kea Lani is Hawaiʻi’s only allsuite and villa luxury oceanfront resort. This distinctive property is located on idyllic Polo Beach amongst 22 acres of tropical landscape and offers authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences with genuine personal service which embody the spirit of Aloha. Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is known for distinctive dining venues, bars and a gourmet market, 3 swimming pools including an adultsonly tranquility pool, a comprehensive spa and wellness program, authentic Hawaiian cultural activities, as well as unrivaled access to the best adventures across the island.

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui has been repeatedly recognized as one of Hawai‘i’s top luxury resorts and is included in the iconic Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World list for 2021 as well as received numerous Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards and Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. For reservations or more information, call 866-540-4456 or visit Join the resort’s online communities at,, and The resort is located at 4100 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, Maui, Hawai’i, 96753.

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where the intimate equally coexists with the infinite – an unrivaled portfolio of more than 80 extraordinary hotels where grand moments of life, heartfelt pleasures and personal milestones are celebrated and remembered long after any visit. Since 1907, Fairmont has created magnificent, meaningful and unforgettable hotels, rich with character and deeply connected to the history, culture and community of its destinations – places such as The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and Fairmont The Palm in Dubai. Famous for its engaging service, awe-inspiring public spaces, locally inspired cuisine, and iconic bars and lounges, Fairmont also takes great pride in its pioneering approach to hospitality and leadership in sustainability and responsible tourism practices. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. | |

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