Lobby & Entrance: Reimagining the arrival experience – December 2022
Fresh water in pre-contact Hawaiʻi was considered the domain and kinolau, or body form, of the god Kāne.
The extensive transformation of the lobby and grand entrance exemplifies the tropical splendor of the Hawaiian archipelago. An emotive awe-striking arrival experience exudes the warmth of aloha and connects guests to the ethos of Hawai’i. The design embodies the moʻolelo (story) shared in the Hawaiian mele (song) Ka Wai a Kāne. This follows the wai (water) of Kāne, the deity 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.