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A Fairmont Kea Lani Renovation Project

2022 – 2023

In March of 2022, we are excited to embark upon our hoʻomaka hou (a new beginning) multimillion-dollar transformation of our collection of Suites and Villas. Each of our 413 one-bedroom suites and 37 two-story villas will be completely reimagined from top to bottom to create an ultimately luxurious space that evokes stories of our island’s rich cultural heritage. We have curated the finest furnishings, touchpoints and amenities to ensure every guest feels genuinely cared for in an exquisitely designed space.

In August 2022, improvements to our Grand Entrance and Lobby will begin. This impressive makeover will include dramatic water features, 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 designed in the southwest area of the lobby. A brand-new expansive food and beverage venue will flow from the southeast end of the lobby. This enchanting venue will seamlessly transition from the lobby into a space of its own commanding arguably some of the best views of the resort.

As the enhancements unfold, it is our promise to ensure our guests continue to have an exceptional stay. To minimize the impact to resort guests, the hoʻomaka hou project will follow a strategic phased approach.

Inspired by the Elements of Maui

Bamboo Forest Maui
Maui Upcountry Sunset From Kula
Aerial view of Maui Reef
Fire torch at Fairmont Kea Lani
Mauka to Makai tile design

From Mauka to Makai

The design of our luxury suites and villas is inspired by the beauty of the island mauka to makai (mountain to sea) which draws upon the elements of our natural surroundings.

Intricate tile work is inspired by the Hawaiian kapa patterns that represent mountains.

Abstract artwork reminiscent of moonlight rippling over the water

ʻAlalākeiki and Kealaikahiki Channels

The ʻAlalākeiki and Kealaikahiki channels, the prime waterways connecting South Maui with the nearby island of Kahoʻolawe, serve as the design inspiration for our Ocean and Island One-bedroom Suites. Textures, colors and patterns that are reminiscent of the ocean, water currents, and coastlines define the look of each elegantly appointed room.

Abstract artwork reminiscent of moonlight rippling over the water.

Ancient Fishing Village

The resort’s South Maui shoreline location, the Palauea ahupuaʻa (an ancient fishing village), influences the style, color palette and furnishings for The Villa Collection. Luxurious features drawn from our tropical waters, sandy beaches, and vibrant native plants combine with breathtaking colors and peaceful fabrics to create a brand new look for these beach-chic oceanfront villas.

Woven lau hala resembles traditional weavings in our ahupua’a

Water droplets on green leaf

Bringing the Outdoors Inside

The extensive transformation of the lobby and grand entrance is inspired by the Hawaiian song and moʻolelo (story) Ka Wai a Kāne. This follows the wai (water) of Kāne, the diety associated with freshwater. In Hawaiʻi, Wai is a gift from the gods. It is revered for the life it gives to all things. Wai is of such importance in old Hawaiʻi that the Hawaiian word for wealth and prosperity is waiwai.

Lush gardens comprised of native flora will fill the grand open-aired lobby, bringing the tropical splendor of the outdoors inside.

Yellow Hibiscus - Native Hawaiian Flower

Talk Story Immersion

The cultural lounge will be designed as an immersive space sharing the moʻolelo (story) of our ahupuaʻa, Wailea and Maui, Hawaiʻi through activities, interactive displays and more. This central space will provide a welcoming space for guests to engage and enjoy.

Native to the Hawaiian Islands, the Yellow Hibiscus represents royalty and communicates power and respect – it is also endangered, so if you encounter one, be sure to treat the plant with care.

Glass of wine at sunset at Ko Restaurant at Fairmont Kea Lani

Captivating Epicurean Experience

A meticulously designed fusion of culture meets culinary-hot-spot blends the natural elements of Maui with the five senses of each guest in the brand new venue. The expansive footprint of the new venue will seamless transition from the gardens of the lobby to breathtaking views of the sun setting over the ʻAlalākeiki and Kealaikahiki channels.

Enviable sunset views for guests perched at the open-air long bar.

Green plate artwork representing salt ponds on Maui

Our Ongoing Efforts in Environmental Sustainability

The hoʻomaka hou project provides a tremendous opportunity for Fairmont Kea Lani to embark on significant projects that will result in large scale reductions of water usage and further advance our on-going efforts in environmental sustainability.

Honoring Maui’s native resources and focusing our efforts on Mālama Pono (taking good care)


The schedule for this project is designed to help minimize guest disruption. The transformation will be completed in phases created to isolate individual hotel towers and to insulate the majority of construction to those areas. 

  • The Suites + Villas portion will take place primarily between March 2022 through September 2022—at which time 65% of all accommodations will be newly renovated.
  • The first phase of newly renovated Suites will welcome guests in early Summer 2022.
  • In August 2022, the Grand Entrance/Lobby phase begins. These public areas will reopen in mid-December 2022 prior to the festive holiday period.
  • The final phase of Suites and Villa renovation is planned to resume in mid January 2023 and wrap in late April 2023.


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