Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson to manage Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, which is set to open in 2022 after a complete renovation of the property. Located on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the iconic Hawaiian retreat that has laid dormant since 2011 will once again open its doors. Spanning 81 acres, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, will draw inspiration from the history of the site, local culture, and natural elements to create a guest experience that complements the Hawaiian setting.
Conceptualized and developed by Johnno Jackson in the early 1960’s, the original Kona Village Resort was best known for its free-standing, palm thatch roof hales and tranquil location. However, the history of the Kona Coast dates back long before it became a vacation destination. Inhabited nearly 1,000 years ago, the site was once home to migrating settlers from Polynesia. Navigators and sailors by nature, the village became a place of trade and commerce due to easy access to the coast. Petroglyphs can be found in and around the boundaries of Kona Village today.
“We are honored to bring Rosewood’s ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy to such a hallowed resort in the most stunning of destinations,” said Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group. “Kona Village’s illustrious history and vibrant culture provide the perfect backdrop for Rosewood’s first property in the Hawaiian Islands. This is a defining development, not only for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, but also for Hawai‘i, and we are grateful to Kennedy Wilson for allowing us to be a part of it.”
“We have a long history of investing in Hawai‘i and we are humbled to be the next steward of Kona Village. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts shares our vision for creating a resort that honors the history of the region,” said Bill McMorrow, chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson. “In coordination with our talented team of designers, architects, and now with Rosewood onboard, we are on track to deliver a world-class experience in a tremendously special location.”
Located less than 10 miles north of the Kona International Airport, Kona Village will debut 150 standalone guest hales with locally-inspired décor. Spearheaded by Hawai‘i-raised architect Greg Warner of Walker Warner Architects, each accommodation will offer a private lānai and outdoor shower.
The property will have an array of dining venues, including the original resort’s Shipwreck Bar and Talk Story Bar. Guests will have access to new leisure facilities including Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a fitness center, as well as multiple pools and tennis courts. A diverse outdoor recreational program will include ocean sports and activities designed to inform, inspire, and excite travelers of all ages.
Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort will embrace sustainability while working closely with the local community to respect, honor, and perpetuate the cultural significance of Kona and the State of Hawai‘i. The resort will have a cultural center that will give both locals and visitors access to Hawaiian lineage, providing a link between the resort and its surroundings.
Walker Warner Architects, together with VITA Planning & Landscape Architecture, will incorporate sustainable practices and indigenous materials throughout the design of the resort. In keeping with Kona Village’s commitment to preserving its surrounding environment, the development team has engaged Re-use Hawai‘i, a local non-profit, to deconstruct deteriorated buildings by hand and salvage up to 80 percent of the materials for reuse and recycling, minimizing the volume of landfill waste and the need to grow, harvest, produce, and transport new material on island.