Hualālai Magazine 25th Anniversary Issue

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Spectacular New Suites A Quarter Century of the Hualālai ‘Ohana Signature Land-and-Sea Excursions

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Three reimagined villas present a world of new possibilities


Unforgettable moments in the resort’s incredible

quarter century.

resort on Hawai‘i’s Kona-Kohala Coast has never


longtime Hualālai chefs. B Y S H I VA N I V O R A





Your time at Hualālai promises to be memorable, with many

For the devoted employees who’ve been with the resort from

adventures and activities to pursue from the picturesque

the beginning, Hualālai is much more than a workplace.

Fine cuisine begins with the flavors of childhood for two

In the 25 years since its grand opening, the beloved




12 HUAL ĀL AI THEN & NOW been better.

for guests of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.

mountainside of the resort to the sparkling Pacific.









58 TAKING IT ALL IN Perspective is the foundation on which Hualālai’s beautiful indoor-outdoor residences are built.



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aloha ALOHA KĀKOU, Patrick Fitzgerald President and CEO

Rob Kildow Director of Residential Sales, Principal Broker

Charlie Parker General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

Violet Terawaki Marketing and Public Relations Manager

IN CE LE B R ATION OF HUA L Ā L A I R E SOR T ’ S 25TH A NNIV E R SA RY, we’re inspired to reflect on the rich history of this special destination while looking enthusiastically to the future. The past 25 years have defined the quintessential Hawaiian luxury that is synonymous with Hualālai, and we’re grateful to celebrate this milestone with our ‘ohana. Essential to our resort’s foundation are our Members, who call Hualālai home and were some of the first to see the vision for our one-of-a-kind community. In this issue, we explore the past through the eyes of our longest-serving employees, who’ve crafted Hualālai into what we know it to be today. We also look ahead to the next era of our beloved resort. October 2021 marks the completion of the reimagined premier villas—Hawai‘i Loa, Makaloa, and Ho‘onanea—and the finale of Hualālai’s $100 million–plus renovation. These villas—the first of their kind in Hawai‘i—are the country’s most luxurious accommodations. Each features three to five bedrooms, indoor-outdoor living spaces, expansive lānai with private pools or spas,


Mary Franz Art Director

Dora Dalton Copy Editor Contributing Writers

Samantha Brooks Jocelyn Fujii Sheila Gibson Stoodley Margaret Kearns

two levels for more room and optimal views, and Hualālai’s signature Suite Concierge service. In “Home Suite Home” (page 32), you’ll read about their redesign and how we breathed new life and the soul of Hualālai into each unique villa. While such amazing upgrades were underway at the resort, our Hualālai Realty team was running at full speed, beating the previous sales record set in 2007 of $238,990,000 by almost $50,000,000. More important, we added 32 new Members to our ‘ohana. This tremendous achievement speaks to the resort’s incomparable lifestyle and sense of aloha. The last 25 years have seen incredible growth within our community—growth that would not have been sustainable without ownership’s ongoing commitment that Hualālai maintain its position as one of the world’s top resort communities. We applaud all our hardworking employees, some of whom we highlight in this issue, for bringing the structures and amenities to life through their aloha. As we look to the next 25 years, our Members, guests, and employees will guide us forward— for the connections and memories made here are what Hualālai’s legacy rests upon. Mahalo,

Shivani Vora


Bruce Wallin Chief Content Officer

Hualālai 72-100 Ka‘ūpūlehu Drive


Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 800.983.3880 PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES

Charlie Parker

Rob Kildow

General Manager Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

Director of Residential Sales, Principal Broker, Hualālai Realty





ualālai Resort may be awash in luxury, but its beginnings were

Spectacular amenities, premier accommodations, and a committed

decidedly primal. From 1800 to 1801, volcanic eruptions from a

cultural program remain our signature. Our predecessors practiced

mountain called Hualālai poured lava downslope to the ocean,

ho‘okipa—hospitality—and it remains our guiding principle. Aloha is

forming what is now Ka‘ūpūlehu. Beneath the golf courses, architecture,

our aspiration, our identity, and the foundational definition of Hawai‘i.

and greenery that distinguish the resort today remain the footprints

Lava created the landscape, and the original Hualālai team and

and legacy of the people of old. They were fisherfolk and villagers. They

visionaries manifested their inspiration of luxury. Amid the challenges

summoned their gods. They harvested what they could—seafood from

of building a community on an arid landscape of lava, we have endured

the ocean, taro and breadfruit from the uplands. Now, on the 25th anni-

and blossomed. We give thanks to those who have walked these lands

versary of this celebrated resort, we look to the past and honor our pre-

before us and have joined us in forwarding our vision. To that end, we

decessors, who remain the soul and the legacy of Ka‘ūpūlehu.

present here a timeline of the milestones that have shaped Hualālai, and

In 25 years, we have gone from modest meetings in a trailer on a lava

those who recall the beginnings and the evolution of the resort share

field to a lush, modern development enjoying international acclaim.

their memories.




From Lava to Luxury


hualālai resort: a timeline

1790 The schooner Fair American is captured at or near Ka‘ūpūlehu, at a time when these lands are

home to their first occupants. Later, the ‘ohana of Ka‘ūpūlehu—families Keakealani and Maka‘ai— live on these lands or frequent them with utmost kuleana (responsibility) to the place.

1800–1801 Hualālai volcano erupts, shaping the coastal

lava-rock landscape that Hualālai Resort will inhabit nearly two centuries later.

1989 A six-story resort under construction on these lands has its lease taken over as Cosmo World buys out IDG and Princess Hotels.


1992 Cosmo World is bought out by Kajima Corporation, and Hualālai Development Company is formed.

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> “Our first meeting was in a

tourism—helped us define and

trailer re-creating the resort.

create the authentic hospitality

I have special memories of

experience. At the conference

everyone coming together to

table where we met, his first

work toward a unified vision:

words were, ‘I can feel the mana

we were an ‘ohana (fam-

of this place.’ It was a powerful

ily), assembled on a lava field


to create a luxury resort—

Jeff Mongan Former vice president (1992–1997), Ka‘ūpūlehu Land Company, aka Hualālai Development Company

“Many gifted people worked together to create this ocean-

Ka‘ūpūlehu resembled an idle

front haven, including Hannah

rock quarry in a broader lava

Kihalani Springer—scholar,

field. As construction was

cultural practitioner, descen-

ramping up, in 1994, the late

dant of Hawaiian royalty—who

George Kanahele—a respected

worked with us for years at

author and adviser on cultural

her up-country ranch, enlightening us on history, cultural practices, and the genealogy of the land itself. Billy Mitchell joined our team, too, as our

—Jeff Mongan

kahu, creating an environment in which aloha prevailed. Roger Harris and Heather Cole

construction of a canoe hālau

worked tirelessly to educate

on the shoreline.

us newcomers about all things

“I recall a team-building

local, the history of the prop-

highlight that brought us

erty, and government proto-

together: we would meet Sun-

cols. Voyager Clay Bertelmann

days at sunrise to outrigger

assisted in programs with the

paddle with Kahu Billy, who

Hawaii Island–based Makali‘i

led us to Kua Bay and back.

voyaging canoe—part of our

In our time on the ocean, we

cultural engagement that led to

were often in the company of

educational programs and the


hualālai resort: a timeline 1997


1993 The partially built resort is taken down in favor of a plan more befitting of the land and local culture.

Hualālai hosts the first Mastercard Championship.

Hualālai Golf Course—a Jack Nicklaus design— makes its eagerly anticipated debut, and soon after the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai opens its doors. Hualālai also sells its first residential property, as villas and lots are made available for sale.

1999 Kajima purchases phase two of Hualālai, adding 240 acres to the resort. The Four Seasons Resort Hualālai receives the first of 22 AAA Five Diamond awards.



Hualālai Resort. At the time,

“We would meet Sundays at sunrise to outrigger paddle with Kahu Billy, who led us to Kua Bay and back. In our time on the ocean, we were often in the company of dolphins.”


Mitsuyoshi “Yoshi” Tamura Former assistant treasurer (1992–2007), Ka‘ūpūlehu Land Company, aka Hualālai Development Company/ Kajima Corporation

> “In 1995, the first pads of

misinterpreted by the local

velvety grass—designated to

press. It really hurt us, as we

be the future Hualālai Golf

sincerely thought it would be

Course—were placed onto

best for the donkeys, as well as

topsoil imported from Waimea.

for the golf course.

The donkeys, who abandoned

“Everyone on our team wanted

the coffee plantations to roam

Hualālai to be a genuine Hawai-

Ka‘ūpūlehu freely, came in

ian resort imbued with the spirit

joy and innocently feasted on

of aloha. We built the Ka‘ūpūlehu

the grass. After consulting

Cultural Center as a symbol of

with wildlife authorities, we

our dedication to Hawaiian cul-

decided to transport them to

ture, and under the stewardship

a Waimea ranch, where they

of Earl Regidor, it thrives. My

were expected to live a better

daughter still proudly cherishes

life. They went by helicopter,

her Hawaiian name, Maile, given

which required some gentle

to her by Auntie Cynthia, one of

lifting. Sadly, our efforts were

the center’s founding kūpuna.”

2002 The Hualālai Club membership program is introduced. The front nine holes of the Weiskopf Golf Course—now the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course—open.



Hualālai Coffee Company opens.

Hualālai Canoe Club— the first of Hualālai’s

“We built the Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center as a symbol of our dedication to Hawaiian culture, and under the stewardship of Earl Regidor, it thrives.” —“Yoshi” Tamura

two Members-only clubhouses—greets its first guests. Residents of Hualālai form the resort’s charitable Ohana Foundation benefitting employee families.

2004 The back nine holes of the Ke‘olu Golf Course are unveiled.


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Colin Clark Former regional vice president and general manager (2017–2020), Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

> “During my time at Hualālai, there were very deep

up. As he stopped the ATV and

opinions about the Mauna

pointed to the structure, Kim

Kea Thirty Meter Telescope.

announced proudly, ‘A lot of

We formed a gathering of 80

things will change here, and this

of our ‘ohana, allowing every-

partially built metal in the sky is

one to speak freely with no

“Hualālai still adheres to the spirit and aesthetic of the book that inspired us, Under the Hula Moon, by Jocelyn Fujii.”

the antithesis of what we will be.’ Now, some 25 years later, we can

Toni Alexander

all look around and agree that his words were prophetic. Thank-

President and creative director, InterCommunications

fully, Hualālai is like no other place. It still adheres to the spirit

> “The day I first set foot on the

and aesthetic of the book that

project, while taking a tour of

inspired us, Under the Hula Moon,

the property on one of the ATVs

by Jocelyn Fujii. Hualālai led the

with [Hualālai Development

way in being not just another

Company’s president] Kim Rich-

resort in Hawai‘i, but a truly

ards, I saw the [unfinished] hotel

Hawaiian resort embracing things

structure from the previous

organic and natural and, most of

owner. It had remained in the

all, staying true to history.”

—Toni Alexander

boundaries. Instead of having the senior people on stage, everyone sat in a circle. Emotions ran high, yet we all left the gathering knowing that we are even stronger together, and that everyone’s opinions and thoughts were important to each of us. We became even more united, bolstered by a shared sense of caring. I am confident that those who attended remember the loving atmosphere, too.”

hualālai resort: a timeline 2006 Hualālai Investors LLC takes ownership of Hualālai Resort. Ke‘olu Clubhouse opens.

2009 The newly renovated Beach Tree restaurant and Seaside Boutiques open; the revamped Hualālai Sports Club and Spa are

now twice their prior size at 28,000 square feet; and the Four Seasons unveils 20 new “Bridge” Suites.

2011 A new adults-only swimming pool and swim-up bar take center stage in the resort’s post-tsunami, enhanced Palm Grove area.


2012 Fresh off a makeover, Pahui‘a reopens as ‘Ulu Ocean Grill.

2013 TripAdvisor ranks the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai the number one “Top Luxury Hotel in the World.”


ground, reaching several floors

“We all left the gathering knowing that we are even stronger together, and that everyone’s opinions and thoughts were important to each of us.” —Colin Clark

Kathleen Horrigan Former general manager (1996–2006), Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

> “Overseeing the opening as general manager was a privilege and undoubtedly the pinnaPORTRAIT: DAN BRANSFIELD; TOP: KECK OBSERVATORY; BOTTOM LEFT/RIGHT: ETHAN TWEEDIE

cle of my Four Seasons career. Everything came together in the most magical way. From a barren lava field grew the most

“The employees are astonishing in their authenticity, diversity, commitment to the culture, and the openness of their hearts.”

beautiful resort and residential community. Of course, the most important aspect of the success of Hualālai is the people. The employees are astonishing in their authenticity, diversity, commitment to the culture, and the openness of their hearts. When we opened, Isadore Sharp said Hualālai was ‘the first of a new generation of resorts.’ It continues to set the

—Kathleen Horrigan

standard for luxury residential and resort experiences.”

opens with two new bocce ball courts.

2016 2015 Ke‘olu Golf Course boasts newly remodeled and expanded comfort stations, and the Hualālai Trading Company (with Hualālai Coffee Company inside)

Hualālai’s tally of residential properties sold reaches 193 villas and 181 lots/homes.

2017 An additional swimming pool plus new decks and

seating emerge at the enhanced Hualālai Canoe Club.

2019 Condé Nast Traveler puts the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at the top of its Gold List, ranking it number one in Hawai‘i.


2020 The Hualālai Golf Hale debuts, and a renovation of the Hualālai Golf Course is completed.

2021 Hualālai celebrates the completion of a resort-wide renovation,

including new and improved suites—for a total of 249 rooms—at the Four Seasons and an upgraded King’s Pond replete with a new pool and marine center.




rowsing through then-and-now photographs of Hualālai placed side by side makes a closer look brings something less obvious into focus: the Hualālai community’s ethos of kulia i ka nu‘u. The credo of Queen Kapi‘olani in the late 19th century, the Hawaiian phrase means “to strive to reach the summit,” and it’s through such purposeful effort that Hualālai not only meets but surpasses what continue to be the highest of expectations. Twenty-five years and counting, the majestic property—fresh off a multimillion-dollar renovation—takes island living to the next level.



clear that, from the outset, the resort has had the advantage of a sublime location. But

Historic Hawai‘i Long before the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai made its debut in 1996, the hotel’s grounds were home to an ancient fishing village, and reverence for those roots remains palpable. Among the myriad features of Hualālai Resort’s 865 acres (above, an aerial view over the Hualālai Golf Course, and left, an early-1990s look at the land pre-Hualālai) is the Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center, where you can learn about the ancient Hawaiians’ first arrival in the islands, craft a hula skirt from ti leaves, or participate in a traditional Hawaiian chant called an oli. “Our guests just want to be immersed in the Hawaiian culture,” says the center’s longtime manager, Earl Regidor. “They like hearing the stories of Hawai‘i’s ancestors. From the plants to the ocean, they took only what was needed, and that way of life allowed the communities to thrive.”


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Royal Blue The clear blue water at the newly enhanced, swimmable King’s Pond looks so inviting, you won’t hesitate to dive right in every time you’re there, thanks to improvements at the site of the original swimmable pond (above). The pond—a 1.8 million-​gallon aquarium where guests can float alongside 1,000-plus tropical fish and sea creatures—now has a pool (right) at its very edge, giving swimmers another perch from which to peer at sea turtles, Kainalu the spotted eagle ray, and more. Seeing marine life up close also is possible at Kumu Kai, Hualālai’s new 400-square-foot marine center, where tide-pool talks and squid dissections are part of the program.




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Suite Sensation If you stayed in the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s premier accommodation, the Hawai‘i Loa Presidential Villa, say, 10 years ago, among your most vivid memories might be the mesmerizing Pacific Ocean view from the large private deck. Today, the deck remains, as does its breathtaking vista, but it has been expanded and the villa itself is different—delightfully so, with modern styling and a host of current conveniences. Revitalized during the resort’s recent renovation, Hawai‘i Loa now has a spacious second-story master bedroom—the only bedroom with a bed that faces the ocean—replete with an expansive master bathroom and so that as many as six guests can soak up the sun from the deck or walk straight out to the breaking surf. The standalone villa offers direct beach access.


an indoor-outdoor living room,



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Natural Beauty The Hualālai Golf Course unfolds along the coastal lava rock so beautifully, you could imagine the 7,100 yards just naturally occurred there—unless, of course, you are golf starter Derek Haspe. Haspe has been with Hualālai from the very beginning—he joined the staff in December 1995, before the course’s 1996 debut—and he witnessed firsthand much of the painstaking work that went into creating the inimitable property. Before coming aboard at Hualālai, he’d been looking for what he describes as “a little change of scenery” from his work on computers and drafting boards in an architectural office, and he’d golfed since he was a kid. Hired by the resort to work in golf operations and quickly appointed to golf starter, the Hawai‘i Island native has never looked back. Course conditions, maintenance, how the greens are rolling—he’s up on all of it, including changes made during the resort’s recent renovations. “The fairways are pristine with paspalum turf and have expanded INSET: ED GROSS; MAIN: EVAN SCHILLER

by wrapping around the bunkers,” he says. “The greens have added subtle angulation to make the experience enjoyable for beginners as well as casual golfers, and yet challenging for avid golfers.” Look to Haspe to get you ready for an unforgettable 18 holes.

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Sea Change When the beloved Hualālai Canoe Club reopened in 2017, there was much more for the club’s Members to love. A thoughtful renovation of the retreat had brought forth a second ocean-view swimming pool, several expanses of ipê decking, plenty of additional lounge seating, and a new Alaka‘i Nalu Adventures center. Longtime Hualālai employee and Alaka‘i Nalu member Daniel Perez has witnessed the evolution over the years. “I like variety, I like change, and I don’t like to do the same things over and over again,” says the expert waterman from Kohala. Still, he has his favorites. “Canoeing is probably extra-​extra special to me—the outrigger canoe—because it originates with my people, the native people, and it’s connected to history.”



Room to Play Accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai have always been geared toward guests’ complete comfort and enjoyment, but today’s rooms and suites are the most accommodating yet, taking full advantage of modern design touches while staying close to the resort’s authentic Hawaiian roots. All 249 hotel rooms have been remade, retaining the Kona up-country style but updating it with a decidedly modern flair. Contemporary furnishings make for an instantly welcoming environment. You’ll find 65- or 75-inch TVs in the new media walls, which also house a food-and-beverage experience tailored to the individual guest, and in the new bathrooms, granite has been replaced with travertine-type marble. The rooms feature indirect, dimmable lighting to enhance the mood, and on the suites’ outdoor terraces, new lounge furniture provides a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the Pacific.


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Pond to Table In 2015, a Los Angeles Times article described a “posh resort on the Big Island of Hawai‘i” that was “giving new meaning to the words ‘fresh seafood.’ ” The writer was referring, of course, to Hualālai and the tasty oysters cultivated on-site in the resort’s Pūnāwai Lake. Today, the story continues, with the number of oysters raised in Pūnāwai having grown from 9,000 six years ago to some 60,000 today. It was 2003 when marine biologist David Chai, Hualālai’s longtime director of natural resources, oversaw the digging of Pūnāwai (above)—the manmade 3 million-​ gallon saltwater pond. It was even earlier, back in 1990, when he surveyed the land to ensure that the eventual resort would preserve and rejuvenate any existing ponds. Today, Pūnāwai is an award winner, recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2005 for its design innovation, and the bivalves it produces are hailed by chefs and diners alike at the resort’s restaurants.



Best Dressed For years, shopping at the resort’s upscale emporiums has

from women’s and men’s designer apparel, resort wear,

been part of the unique Hualālai experience—and, like the

and jewelry to athletic equipment and one-of-a-kind art-

entire resort, these standout shops get even better with

works and gifts. Especially popular are the shops’ seasonal

the passage of time. Today, Seaside Beach (above right)

trunk shows, where Hualālai Members and guests peruse

and Seaside Luxe, along with the Club Shop and Tennis

the latest wares from some of the world’s top designers

Shop and the Hualālai Trading Company, offer everything

and brands.



HUALĀLAI’S 25-YEAR EMPLOYEES 1. Kahu Billy Mitchell 2. Terry Lynn Silva, Sammie Shafer 3. Scott Donager, Kalai Carey 4. Violet Terawaki, Sherri Fernandez 5. Ellen Carvalho






Tried &True Loyal employees who’ve been with Hualālai from the start share what makes the resort feel like home. BY SHEILA GIBSON STOODLEY


tried & true 1

A number of talented

Seasons Resort Hualālai. He staffs the gatehouse from 5:30

and dedicated employees have been with the Four

a.m. to 1:30 p.m., lifting the bar to admit you to the property.

Seasons Resort Hualālai since its debut 25 years ago,

“Familiar faces make my job easier,” he says. “When you’re

and it is their heartfelt service to Hualālai’s Mem-

familiar with the homeowners and the employees, it’s like

bers and guests, and to each other, that makes the place

a family. We all know each other’s names. It’s so cool, and so personal. There’s no awkwardness. It’s so comfortable.”

their striving to make your meal, your round of golf, your

Singson is equally comfortable welcoming to Hualālai the

meeting, your much-needed respite, your time in Hawai‘i

“celebrities that come over here, people I see in the news,

the best it can be. Though their jobs differ, through their

princes from Saudi Arabia, members of Congress, movers and

varied work they bring to you the same warmth, caring,

shakers, sports legends—I get to meet them all, because I’m the

and generosity of spirit—the spirit of aloha. Thankfully,

only entryway,” he says. “I don’t have a long interaction, but

they’ve remained with Hualālai for a quarter century—52

I greet them all. Where else can I get a job like that? I love it.”

stalwart staff members whose unwavering devotion and ser-

Brozie Ambrosio, superintendent of golf maintenance,

vice we honor in the images and captions on these pages.

wakes at 2:30 a.m. at his home on the other side of the island

You know Kapena Singson, even if you don’t recognize his

and commutes for 100 minutes to ensure he starts work at

name. His is the first face you see when you arrive at the Four

least two hours before the first tee off at 7:30 a.m. at the



truly special. Simply put, you feel the love. You benefit from

2 3

25-YEAR EMPLOYEES 1. Leonard “Brozie” Ambrosio, Tiani Jardine (granddaughter), Tia Harris (daughter) 2. Lila Roback, Esther Rosales, James Cantyne, Charlie Long, Jane Hashimoto 3. Vivian Tobias 4. Summer Hai-Kelly, Franklin Weiser, Momi Okamoto 5. David Chai




tried & true and monitor the anchialine ponds on the land that eventually became

the course on any given day. So many of them return again and again to

Hualālai. “The pools are unique in the United States; they’re only in

play Hualālai, he says, because of his staff’s dedication to making the golf

Hawai‘i. They move with the tide, but have no connection to the ocean,”

course immaculate. Ambrosio and his crew of 19 mow the grass, rake

says Chai. “Different animals live in them that are found nowhere else in

the bunkers, and add water to dry places and remove it from wet places.

the world.” He cleared out mud, sand, and vegetation that weren’t native

“My favorite part of the job is observing what the staff does. Some guys I

to the ponds and ultimately created a robust natural filtration system.

like to watch mowing the fairways and the greens; it’s amazing how they

Later, in 2003, he installed a 3 million–gallon pond, Pūnāwai Lake, near

keep the lines straight,” he says, referring to the patterns mowers impart

the fifth hole of the resort’s Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course. The lake

onto the grass. “That takes talent. It makes me feel proud inside, what

doubles as an aquaculture site: if you’ve ordered oysters from a resort

we do here—we did this, and it looks awesome. Admiring and enjoying

menu recently, Chai likely deserves thanks for the meal.

the fairways and greens that make the execution of each shot amazing—

Science can be a solitary pursuit, and the notion of working full time

this is what makes the Hualālai Golf Course a memorable experience.”

at a luxury resort wasn’t on Chai’s radar when he was studying for his

The resort’s director of natural resources, David Chai, knows some-

master’s in geology at the University of Hawai‘i way back when. “Before I

thing about memorable experiences, too, thanks to his uncommon posi-

was here, I worked solo. I was independent,” he says. “Now I have five staff

tion in the realm of hospitality. In 1990, he was recruited to restore

under me, and four have marine biology degrees. I’ve learned to do more







resort’s 18-hole Hualālai Golf Course. Between 150 and 200 golfers play

Hualālai Heroes

How resort employees’ quick actions helped save a life.

“We saved his life. It’s one of the highlights of my career. We saved his life.”

Security employee Kapena Singson has seen many mishaps in his 25 years at the Four Seasons Resort


Hualālai gatehouse. Most

(pictured below right)

are simple accidents, but one that took place in 2019 stands out. After unhitching his trailer of vendor’s goods at the resort, a driver helming a truck cab turned around and headed for Singson’s gatehouse. Between making the delivery and moving to depart, the driver suffered a heart attack that rendered him unconscious, with his foot pressing the gas pedal. “He went right over the speed bump, and I thought, ‘What the hell is going on?’” Singson says, recalling that the cab continued rolling for about 100 yards before crashing into a lava field on the property. Singson and his colleagues in the gatehouse grabbed a medical kit, ran to the vehicle, and extracted the man, whom they found leaning against the driver’s side window. They performed CPR, applied electric-shock paddles, and administered oxygen. “We saved his life,” he says. “It’s one of the highlights of my


career. We saved his life.” Singson hasn’t seen the driver since, but a month after the incident, the


man’s wife and some of his

1. Doug Schulman, George Glyn 2. Dominic Cacal, Marilyn Tanabe, Rudy Delos Santos, Clifford Buendia 3. Loida Enriques, Derek “Brown Bear” Haspe, Jan Stegehuis 4. Amy and Earl Regidor 5. Ken Stover, Lloyd Mendes, Rebecca Hill, Kapena Singson

coworkers visited the resort gatehouse to express their gratitude with a gift bag, thank you note, and Life Savers candy. —S.G.S.



tried & true 1

25-YEAR EMPLOYEES 1. Pranee Cook, Honey Girl Martinez, Estrella Enojardo 2. Gene Macion, Jim Murray 3. Rey Simpliciano, Cora Venzon, Maggie Viloria, Mitchio Nedic 4. Kahu Billy Mitchell, Jenny Mitchell (spouse) 5. Mike Navarro, Kalani Ignacio, Preciliano Soria, Mel Palea Jr., Glen Nagata, Chance Lincoln 6. Jurenne Tenorio




“I don’t want to retire. I really don’t want to. I love what I do, and I love the people I work with.” MOMI OKAMOTO




with others, to work all together for

office pink while she was away on vacation. “Everything was put back

a common goal. That goal is to edu-

in the right place—they took pictures to make sure; they told me the

cate anyone interested in learning

hardest part was picking a pink I would like,” she says. “I look forward

about our natural resources, on the

to coming here and working with my coworkers. We’ve developed close

land and in the ocean. Any of our

relationships with each other in the department.”

programs will teach you a little bit

That feeling of closeness, of ‘ohana (family), is also familiar to staffer

of the ocean, marine life, or land

Momi Okamoto, who has four children, 16 grandchildren, and 13

while you’re having fun.”

great-grandchildren, but her Four Seasons Resort Hualālai colleagues

For Marilyn Tanabe, an adminis-

know her as Auntie Momi. If you’ve called the resort to ask a question

trative assistant in the resort’s engi-

or arrange a wake-up call, chances are you’ve heard her voice. From the

neering department, days are about

instant her shift begins at 6 a.m. and for the eight hours that follow, she

preventing potential disasters and

is busy—so busy that she struggles to pinpoint the number of calls she

providing the special touches that

typically handles. She enjoys helping guests with whatever they need

make guests feel comfortable. If you’ve ever lost your wedding ring,

and ensuring they’re connected to the right department to make their

engagement bracelet, or other cherished jewelry down the drain at the

stay comfortable and stress free. Whether a bride needs a last-minute

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, Tanabe probably sent the plumber who

adjustment to her wedding gown—this has happened many times—or

rescued it. Or maybe she saw to it that your broken shoe or sandal was

a groom needs a spot removed from a suit, she sends the right person

repaired when you needed it to complete the perfect outfit for a special

to their room to make their special day extraordinary.

evening. Small tasks, perhaps, but they matter. The greater measures

Okamoto half-jokingly proclaims she’ll stay on “as long as I have

of support are also important, of course. Tanabe will find you or your

two front teeth and can say ‘Hello, Four Seasons Hualālai,’ ” but she

family member a medical bed during your stay if you request one, or

knows her working life will end as a new chapter begins. “I don’t want

extended safety railings for help going up and down to your guest room.

to retire. I really don’t want to. I love what I do, and I love the people

Going the extra mile for guests is Tanabe’s specialty, so her fellow

I work with,” she says. “We’re there for each other. We laugh. It’s fun.

ninjas did the same for her five years ago, surprising her by painting her

There’s no place like the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. There isn’t.”


Each new villa takes in stellar sea views. Here, a deck off the Hawai‘i Loa Presidential Villa is a natural extension of the indoor living areas.



Hualālai opens up new possibilities with its trio of top guest villas.


f the guiding aesthetic behind the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s new villa-style suites is “less is more,” it’s because some things have been intentionally left out and not a thing is miss-

ing. For starters, each accommodation’s recent renovation focused on only the most thoughtful, purposeful amenities. Designers from the San Francisco–based firm BAMO reimagined each suite for multigenerational family travel, with indoor-outdoor flow and spaces that prioritize entertaining and maximize connection with the surroundings. “Our goal was to create an enhanced suite product that feels like your favorite home,” says Patrick Fitzgerald, Hualālai president and CEO. “We wanted to fill [the suites] with energy and create more of a residential feel,” adds Jay Uyeda, Hualālai’s vice president of development. “But, of course, our goal is to always take advantage of our amazing location.” Indeed, “the ocean is very present throughout the entire guest experience,” says Fitzgerald. Each suite overlooks crashing waves, expanses of sea, or the resort’s lush landscaping and ponds. Here and on the next pages, we go inside—and outside—the three suites, which were completed in September.


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> Of the three suites, the Hawai‘i Loa Presidential Villa is closest to the ocean. It not only features direct beach access, but also affords 5,500 square feet of space that flows seamlessly from indoors to out. “When you slide back the lānai pocket doors, the whole living room opens onto the terrace,” says Michael Booth, a founding principal of BAMO. “We expanded and rearranged the existing decks so that, when you arrive, the big wow factor is the view directly out to the ocean.” The two-story villa is “very special” for its “proximity to the water combined with the quality of the finishes,” says Fitzgerald. It offers four bedrooms, including a new second-floor master suite featuring a window-wall that optimizes the vistas. “This is the only bedroom where the bed faces the ocean,” says Uyeda. “You have views to the sea, but also to the north and northwest. Even in the bathroom, there is space in between the vanity mirrors so that you can look out to the views.” Features such as a freestanding bathtub, indoor shower with dual heads, outdoor shower, and expansive custom closet exude a residential feel. Other elements have been kept intentionally minimalist. “We designed these accommodations to host three generations of families, likely here for 7-to-10-day vacations,” says Booth. “We felt strongly that taking up space with a large kitchen wasn’t the way to maximize usage.” Thus, the design team opted for a well-stocked pantry and prep area along with large, comfortable spaces for gathering, lounging, and connecting. “Throughout all of the new suites,” he adds, “we eliminated the formal dining rooms, which we noticed were always going unused. Instead, we pushed the dining outside, which is where everyone wants to be.”


Pocket doors in this bedroom of the Hawai‘i Loa Presidential Villa open to let in sweeping Pacific Ocean views. At the foot of the bed, a TV rises from the cabinet at the press of a button.

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Large media walls indoors and generous seating outdoors are among the elements that merge seamlessly in the Ho‘onanea Villa.


> Also overlooking the ocean, the Ho‘onanea Villa is all about flexibility. Guests can use the single-story freestanding suite as a one, two, or three bedroom, depending on their needs. Amenities include outdoor living and dining areas, a second-floor sundeck, plunge pool and hot tub, firepit, and various daybeds. “There’s a lot of privacy here,” says Uyeda. “You can really enjoy these outdoor spaces without feeling like you’re on view for other people to see.” Guests will also enjoy the styling of Ho‘onanea and the other two suites. “We had a nickname for our design aesthetic here,” says Booth. “The Big Island is so different—it’s not Honolulu, it’s not Wailea. Here, you’re immersed in lava rock, stretches of greenery, and expanses of undeveloped space. We called the style we were designing Kona Ranch.” The look embraces large-scale furnishings and color schemes that mimic Hawai‘i Island’s black lava stone and deep blue sea. Rich mahogany pairs with teak—woods accented by a textile palette of white, black, sky blue, and foliage green.


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> Located amid luxuriant greenery near the resort’s sea-life-filled Waiakauhi Pond, the Makaloa Villa offers up to five bedrooms. The ocean-view suite—Hualālai’s most secluded—boasts a private pool, hot tub, and expansive second-floor outdoor living room, and the villa’s five bedrooms have large walk-in closets, well-appointed bathrooms, and, on the lower floor, outdoor lava-rock showers. A new focal point is the light-filled, two-story entry leading to the open-flow living room, which offers pond and sea views. “We pulled out the front of the building to create a new arrival experience here with a big foyer and grand staircase,” says Uyeda. “I can’t think of another resort that has a hotel unit with an upstairs-and-downstairs experience like this, that’s also in proximity to the ocean and offers the quality of fixtures and finishes you see here.” Although the new suites trio is but one aspect of the resort’s multimillion-dollar renovation, their redesign is a standout. “The property has such a loyal following that we really wanted to respect the heritage of Hualālai and what makes it unique,” says Booth. “We hope that it sets the standard for hotel accommodations in the future.”


The Makaloa Villa highlights a dramatic new entryway, private outdoor pool, and second-floor lānai, among other amenities.





Chefs Ebreo and Garrett dazzle with fresh takes on everything from poke bowls to Waimea baby green salads—and beyond.

James Ebreo

Eric Garrett


Big Island beef tartare at Hualālai Grille


ingredients of success ood is of the essence at Hualālai. For 25 years, the resort has been

Ebreo’s hot rock appetizer

making the cuisines of its restaurants a top priority, and accolades from the likes of Wine Spectator and Food & Wine have ensued. Today, seven stellar dining venues and a dynamic team of more than 50 chefs and line cooks create experiences that stay with guests long after the dessert plates have been carried away. Two of these chefs—James Ebreo, a 22-year veteran of the team, and Eric Garrett, with 19 years on staff—know especially well how to craft an unforgettable Hualālai dining experience. But aside from being long-standing resort employees, they have something else in common: Each chef draws on his childhood influ-


ences to make delectable dishes that are both

They’ve created hundreds of recipes

culinary experience,” says Ebreo. “It brings

worldly and world class.

during their tenures at Hualālai Resort,

together everything I love about food—

but that doesn’t mean chefs James

ginger, garlic, Asian flavors, and fun.”

Ebreo, executive sous chef and overseer of four restaurants at Hualālai, was born on Hawai‘i’s Hāmākua Coast and grew up on a sugarcane plantation, where he was surrounded by vari-

Ebreo and Eric Garrett don’t have their For Ebreo, it’s his hot rock at Hualālai

to Hawai‘i more than 15 years ago, the

Grille. The dish’s raw and thinly sliced

dish presents thinly sliced local fish

American Wagyu beef and locally

drizzled with truffle oil and soy sauce

caught kanpachi fish are presented side

and finished with Hawaiian sea salt for

cooking styles from a young age,” he says, “and

by side on a single plate, along with a

a bit of umami—Garrett describes it as

ginger and garlic became the foundation to every

hot lava stone. Diners sear the proteins

“crave-able.” “I got introduced to Asian

to their liking on the rock using chop-

flavors when I arrived and started exper-

sticks, then top them off with garnishes

imenting with recipes,” he says. “This is

such as a Thai dipping sauce or Ebreo’s

one of the dishes from that time, and it’s

famous chimichurri.

been on the menu ever since. I’ve seen

ous Asian ethnic groups, including Filipino, Japanese, and Chinese people. “I adopted their

recipe; they continue to be today.” These two ingredients find their way into almost all of Ebreo’s recipes. His wildly popular Ora King salmon at Hualālai Grille, for one, has a gingery honey glaze. Then there’s his Asian

“I came up with this around eight years ago when I wanted to offer an interactive

pesto, with ginger, garlic, and green onions, spooned over a steamed local fish like opakapaka or mahi mahi.

Garrett’s yellowfin ahi tataki

While Ebreo’s love for Asian flavors hasn’t changed, his style and his menus during the last two decades have evolved. “When I started the Hualālai Grille in 1999, our cuisine was THIS PAGE: DANA EDMUNDS; OPPOSITE: ANNA PACHECO

For Garrett, yellowfin ahi tataki is the top pick. Devised when he first came


described as food for the soul—stir-fry, salads, pizza and pasta, and anything that reminded you of a home-cooked meal,” he says. “We later featured a well-known chef, Alan Wong, and the cuisine evolved into Hawaiian regional cuisine; his Asian background inspired his menu. Then, we adapted to the needs of our guests with Pacific Rim cuisine and used more local products from the island, which led us to our current American steakhouse cuisine with fresh island fish and produce.”


diners order two and even three just for themselves.” —S.V.

ingredients of success Today Ebreo increasingly focuses on produce, seafood, and other ingredients from Hawai‘i. “As the years have passed, I’ve realized more and more that I can rely on the bounty around me rather than look to imports,” he says. “Every dish I create has to have a local flair or ingredient.” This Hawaiian touch is evident in Ebreo’s addictive brussels sprouts. Blanched, deep fried, and tossed with fish sauce and sriracha, they’re a nod to the Asian influence that permeates the island. His beef tartare is akin to the classic French version but presented with Hawaiian taro bread instead of the traditional crostini. Local chilis give his chimichurri just the right kick of spice and make for an ideal steak sauce. Ebreo’s current menu at Hualālai Grille is almost entirely gluten free, and his vegan dishes are a hit with both omnivores and non-meat eaters. “We’re well known on the island as one of the best steakhouses in west Hawai‘i,” he says. “Using the best-quality meats available, along with local produce, we satisfy not only meat eaters but also pescatarians and vegetarians. I’m offering more gluten-free and vegan dishes

At Hualālai Grille, guests can pair a perfectly cooked tomahawk rib eye, rack of lamb, or chateaubriand with salsa verde, chimichurri, and other sauces created by Ebreo or Garrett.

because that’s what guests want today.” His tempeh with Moroccan stewed vegetables and jasmine rice is among the most ordered entrees, as is the grilled portobello mushroom with cauliflower fried rice. Steak eaters ordering vegan dishes? Yes, Ebreo makes it happen. Like Ebreo, Eric Garrett has Hualālai home-


owners and hotel guests returning time and again for his cuisine. The chef de cuisine of

Fresh from the resort kitchens of Hualālai’s own James Ebreo and Eric Garrett, these condiments are sure to spice up your favorite at-home dishes.

the Residents’ Beach House—an all-day casual beachfront restaurant centered on seafood— Garrett grew up in Monterey, on California’s

Chimichurri Sauce

Honey Tamarind BBQ Sauce

From James Ebreo, Hualālai Grille’s executive sous chef

From Eric Garrett, Residents’ Beach House’s sous chef



½ oz.

1 cup


½ cup ketchup

2 oz.

¼ cup soy sauce

Italian parsley

everybody did, and the Salinas Valley, where most of the produce in the country grows, was a short drive away,” he says. “I learned how to cook with access to so much incredible seafood


½ oz. shallots

Central Coast. “Fishing was something that

and vegetables and fruits.” These early experiences were formative, shap-

4 tsp. finely diced ginger

ing Garrett’s culinary philosophy of cooking with

½ tsp. sambal

2 tbsp. tamarind concentrate

what’s seasonally available, because, in his words,

2 oz.

red wine vinegar

1 tsp.

chopped garlic

“it’s always going to be the freshest and tastiest.”

4 oz.

salad oil

1 tsp.


He also was surrounded early on by Latino, Ital-

Place all ingredients in blender.

Place all ingredients in blender.

Blend until smooth. Add salt and

Pulse until smooth.

ian, and Central American influences, which he infuses into his creations today. His menu at the Residents’ Beach House features fish tacos,

pepper to taste.



½ oz. basil

The Residents’ Beach House’s Chinese-style steamed local catch

Hualālai Grille’s tomato salad


ingredients of success and develop long-lasting friendships.” After a few years, the restaurant was also offering dinner for Members seven nights a week, and today dinner is open to hotel guests as well. “Many hotel guests discover the Residents’ Beach House during a stay and continue to return on subsequent visits, so we’ve developed a kind of following that continues to this day. Just a few days ago, a couple from New Jersey staying in the hotel told me, ‘We’ve been coming to the Residents’ Beach House for 12 years. It’s our favorite spot at the resort, and we look forward to coming back every year.’” There’s certainly much to look forward to, from what Garrett refers to as the restaurant’s “aloha spirit, warm atmosphere, and familiar faces” to the chef ’s own expansive culinary repertoire. His riff on a typical English fish and chips highlights beer-battered locally caught ono—he notes that it’s “a constant best seller”— while his dinner lineup is a long list of heartier entrees, some inspired by Asian cuisine. Standouts include a vegan Thai yellow coconut curry with vegetables such as kabocha squash. “There’s always something seasonally available from the Big Island that we can work onto our menu,” he says. For his art, Garrett relies on three cooking staples: garlic, shallots, and vinaigrettes that double as salad dressings and marinades. “I can add flavor to any dish using these ingredients,” he says. He makes staying at the forefront of the food movement and how travelers like to eat a priority: “I often hear from Members that the Residents’ Beach House is the first place they like to come after a long flight, to enjoy a cold drink Hualālai Grille’s Ora King salmon

and something tasty to eat.” His lighter cooking techniques reflect how plugged in he is. “People today are very interested

tomatillo salsa, and pico de gallo served with

in eating clean and healthy—they don’t want a

blue corn chips.

stick of butter in their food; I’m definitely focused

“When I started at the Residents’ Beach House

on giving our diners delicious dishes that are also

in 2002,” Garrett recalls, “it and Hualālai Grille

light,” he says. “Unchanged over my 19 years here

were the only two club restaurants on the prop-

is the freedom to create and cook what we feel

erty, and Residents’ Beach House was strictly

the guests will really enjoy.” Indeed, the guest experience is at the heart of

until sunset. But we did a weekly residents’ recep-

every Garrett or Ebreo culinary creation. How

tion where we got to create and offer a variety of

fortunate Hualālai guests are that each chef

small plates, and it was a great opportunity for

brings so much of his own experience to his care-

the restaurant staff to connect with Members

fully curated dishes.



lunch for Members and hotel guests, 11:30 a.m.


P: 808/887-1719

Unforgettable Experiences from




to Makai Whether your chosen diversions deliver you to the resort’s mountainside, ocean-side, or someplace in between, your time at Hualālai will be well spent. BY M A R G A R E T K E A R N S

unforget table experiences

The question is never what to do at Hualālai but how to fit it all in.

Ways to Play Started in 1995 as Ambassadors of Aloha overseeing water safety and outrigger canoeing and surfing and sharing the stories of this place, Hualālai’s Masters of the Waves—better known as Alaka‘i Nalu (alakai​—has grown into one of the most comprehensive ocean sports programs in Hawai‘i. Now this team of expert watermen and

For 25 years, Hualālai has raised the bar for luxury resorts worldwide,

women, who operate from their oceanfront base adjacent to the Mem-

providing myriad one-of-a-kind activities and events for Members and

bers-only Hualālai Canoe Club, are surfing on terra firma and inviting

guests—and that effort is ongoing. Hualālai continues to unveil new

Members and guests to join them. “Early morning, before the golfers venture out, we lead a group of up

have fun and mālama (care for) the body and soul.

to nine adventurous souls on OneWheels to catch the curves and gentle

Depending on the pursuits you choose, you’ll likely be drawn toward

sloping terrain on the 15th and 16th holes of the Hualālai Golf Course,”

the resort’s mauka (mountainside), makai (ocean-side), or somewhere in

says Trent Fischer, director of Alaka‘i Nalu, who notes that the exciting

the middle, but all your experiences at Hualālai promise to be unfor-

new program caters to the sports enthusiast. “You’re likely going to fall,

gettable—and unique to this magical land- and sea-scape.

probably several times in the first 15 minutes or so, and the ground



facilities and of-the-moment programs to help you and your family

BAY WATCH From stand-up paddleboarding to undersea pursuits, the Alaka‘i Nalu’s sports program makes Hualālai the best base from which to explore Uluweuweu Bay and the Pacific.


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IN FULL SWING Thanks to a cadre of esteemed pros, including assistant director of instruction Scott Bridges (left), world-class coaching is part of every workout at the resort’s new Hualālai Golf Hale and at the long-standing Hualālai Tennis Club.

is not nearly as forgiving as water.” Of course, safety is a priority, and

training facility in California); he also brought numerous close rela-

traditional Hawaiian water sports like stand-up paddleboarding and

tionships with PGA touring pros and the nation’s top teaching pros.

scuba diving remain the group’s primary focus.

“These are Brady’s peers, and he has done a really terrific job in devel-

The emphasis at the new Hualālai Golf Hale (808.325.8244) is

oping a program that showcases them here at Hualālai,” says Brendan

on world-class instruction. When Brady Riggs joined as director of

Moynahan, director of golf. Members and guests choose from three-

instruction in late 2020, he brought with him more than accolades

or four-day packages that include clinics, demonstrations, and “talk

(Golf Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Teachers in America”

story” sessions, and can “pay to play” with a pro. In 2021, the resort has

for 14 consecutive years) and expertise (he developed a sophisticated

welcomed PGA Tour instructors Rick Sessinghaus and Terry Rowles, and Hawai‘i native Julie Brooks—the former LPGA Tour player and acclaimed college coach—among others. It’s been a good year for other sports, too. “If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic, we’ve made a lot of people better players in the past 18 months,” says Mark Willman, head tennis pro at the Hualālai Tennis Club (808.325.8656). Tennis, he says, has enjoyed one of its busiest years ever. “Many of our Members chose to shelter in place here and discovstress,” he says, noting that the growing popularity of pickleball has led to a reconfiguration of one of the eight tennis courts: as of November 1, court five is home to three pickleball courts. “Our Members and guests want it, so of course, we’re happy to add it to our offerings.” The list of things to do for 5- to 12-year-olds at Hualālai’s Kids for All Seasons (808.325.8800) is always expanding, too, and increasingly it’s about keeping children off technology, says the program’s assistant manager, Robyn Scott. “Everything we offer is extremely hands-on, from



ered one of the safest and most satisfying places to play and relieve

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unforget table experiences ISLAND WELLNESS At Hualālai, well-being involves relaxing with a lomilomi massage, shopping for Missoni goods, and enjoying the Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center’s Hawaiian music and dance.

painting and cooking to science projects and arts and crafts,” she says. “We use the entire resort as our playground and learning center. We explore tide pools and enjoy bamboo fishing with the natural resources team, participate in clinics with the tennis pros, and swim at the Seashell pool.”

Time to Unwind Immerse yourself in new indulgences at the Hualālai Spa (808.325.8440), where the possibilities range from a traditional lomilomi massage or a customized facial to a signature service, such as the Hualālai hot stones treatment or a body scrub that you rinse off in a garden-enveloped outdoor shower. “We recently partnered with Pure Mana Hawai‘i, a Hawai‘i Island producer of fine essential oils and serums, for our use in spa body treatments, with uplifting scents that provide grounding and balance,” says Amanda Schmiege, director of spa and wellness. “The sense of smell resonates with people—it’s something they will remember and associate with their time here at Hualālai.”

The Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center presents and honors the history, art, and values of ancient Hawaiians.

The Pure Mana Hawai‘i line is offered at Hualālai’s Seaside Beach and Seaside Luxe (808.325.8549). While you’re there, you can also treat renowned designers. This holiday season, known as Festive Season at Hualālai, will feature a Missoni pop-up at Seaside Luxe. “The pop-up will stay with us for at least six months and, in addition to the iconic clothing line, it will feature many home goods, from towels and wool throws to decorative pillows and furnishings with luxurious Missoni fabrics,” says Susan Welch, director of retail for Hualālai.

Much to Learn The Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s newest culinary experience is an educational one, bringing Members and guests together with acclaimed guest chefs from around the country, who showcase their signature cooking styles using Hawaiian ingredients. Each month, the weekend-long



yourself to the latest fashions from nationally and internationally

swe e t l ife interior design



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“We use the entire resort as our playground and learning center.” — ROBYN SCOT T

SEA KEEPERS Hualālai’s Kelsey Makida (left) and her colleagues on the resort’s natural resources team bring guests close to marine life at Kumu Kai.

Chefs in Residence (808.325.8000) includes cooking classes and a menu

Polynesian ocean voyagers,” says Regidor. “We plan to offer regularly

by the featured chef at ’ULU Ocean Grill. “Hualālai Club Members get a

scheduled lectures at the site once it is in place.”

sneak-peek preview of what’s coming up and an advance opportunity to

Talks also are part of the unique experience that is Hualālai’s new

reserve their space,” says Brigeth Brookins, director of food and beverage.

Kumu Kai Marine Center (808.325.8427), near King’s Pond. These

Introduced earlier this year, the program has featured the chef-owner

NERD (Nature, Environment, Resources, and Design) talks, led by the

of New York City’s Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton; chef-owner of San Fran-

resort’s natural resources team, take place twice daily at the tide-pool

cisco’s Slanted Door, Out the Door, and Hard Water, Charles Phan; and

touch tank. Much of the learning here is hands on, but some things—

chef-owner of Los Angeles’s Antico Nuovo, Chad Colby.

the 120-gallon display tanks, for example—cannot be experienced quite so close up. “One tank contains not-so-nice marine critters people should keep a distance from—spiny urchins and cone shells among

Hualālai Grille, across from the Four Seasons lobby, the center presents

them,” explains husbandry specialist Kelsey Makida. Such encounters

and honors the history, art, and values of ancient Hawaiians. In late

are among the latest offshoots of the natural resources program, which

2021, the center’s director, Earl Regidor, anticipates the installation of

has been integral to Hualālai Resort from the very beginning. More

a navigational star compass below the hotel lobby just mauka (toward

than 25 years ago, the team’s director, David Chai, was tasked with

the mountains) of the Beach Tree restaurant’s lawn. “This model of

surveying and revitalizing the property’s anchialine ponds—a first

the celestial navigation system is being crafted from native wood and

step in building an environmentally conscious resort that today teems

will expose many more Members and guests to the story of our ancient

with one-of-a-kind experiences, from mauka to makai.



Other ways to learn abound at the Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center (808.325.8520)—the very heart of Hualālai Resort. Located below


Hualālai’s private homes are pillars of a life rich in perspective. BY LORI BRYAN


These unique rooms from different Hualālai homes have spectacular views in common.


The premise was simple but profound: “All the build-

800-plus-acre property today, 25 years since the resort’s debut

ings should sit lightly on the land.” This, notes Rob Kildow,

and the community’s first residential sales. “Originally this place was approved for 1,100 units,” explains

community was being conceptualized more than a quarter

Kildow, Hualālai Realty’s principal broker and director of sales,

century ago. It is also, significantly, how life continues at the

but “ultimately it’ll be about 500.” Fewer residences than


was one of Hualālai’s founding principles when the resort


taking it all in the original low-density plan called for—that, he says, is what homeowners wanted as the community grew. The result of their wishes is an expansive ocean- and mountain-view retreat that breathes natural beauty. With their low profiles and complementary palettes, the properties—fairway villas, coastal estates, custom homesites—mesh seamlessly with their surroundings, paying homage to Hawai‘i’s lava-rock-edged seascape and giving residents prime vantage points to soak up Hawai‘i’s inimitable indoor-outdoor lifestyle. “People that purchase here are the most discriminating buyers in the world,” Kildow says, “and it’s the connection between the inside and outside space that calls them home to Hualālai.” A Hualālai homeowner himself with his wife, Barbara, Kildow understands the lifestyle’s appeal firsthand: “We never close the glass doors at our place—that’s why we live here,” he says. “We rarely turn the AC on. We basically have a six-degree temperature swing between winter and summer. You can come here anytime and feel something very similar every day. You can design a home with that in mind. You’re not going to see these designs in Aspen.” Designs at Hualālai tend to incorporate “big pocket doors that open to the lānai,” he says. “When you come into the home, you’re looking through it to the ocean—you get this big, expansive, inviting feel.” There’s a connectedness, a flow that carries

“We never close the glass doors

at our place—that’s why we live here. You’re not going to see these designs in Aspen.” — ROB KILDOW, Director of Residential Sales


you from the kitchen and great room to the lānai just outside,


Expansive windows and outdoor showers bring the outside in.


taking it all in across an indoor-outdoor boundary that is barely perceptible. Sea vistas are the rule with few exceptions.

a home, you were able to take advantage of all the view aspects. “Your perspective broadens as you spend time here,” he con-

Many Hualālai homes also have outdoor showers. In fact, the

tinues. “What drew us here initially was the beauty, the con-

Kildows like theirs so much, they’ve all but ignored the shower

sistent weather, the people.” And it’s the latter—the sense of

inside their home. “The indoor shower in our place—we’ve never

community and aloha spirit—that is perhaps the strongest pull

used it in the 21 years we’ve lived here. I’m sure it doesn’t even

for owners like the Kildows. The Hualālai Ohana Foundation,

work,” he laughs. “We just sort of pass through it heading to

he points out, is homeowners uniting in support of the resort’s

our outdoor shower.” It’s a small but telling example, he says,

employees and their families. Over two decades, the owners

of how the architecture helps tune you in to something beyond

have helped more than 8,600 people with medical and educa-

your four walls.

tional needs; in 2020 alone, that aid amounted to more than

The siting of every property—whether a $1.75 million

$1,165,000 in awards. This year, the owners have already raised

ocean-facing villa or a custom oceanfront estate priced north of

about $1 million to support the Hawai‘i Island Humane Society,

$30 million—is also key to that connection. “The spacing here, the

for which Barbara Kildow is co-chair of the fundraising effort.

open-space feel—they did a great job with the land plan,” says Kil-

“It speaks to our neighbors, their generosity, the culture, the

dow. “They didn’t have to manipulate the land for the ocean views;

heart and soul of the place,” says Rob Kildow. “Everybody hears

the site has such a nice, natural grade to it. Especially if you built

it differently; I just call it heart and soul.”



The indoor-outdoor flow of a Hualālai home attunes residents to what’s beyond their walls.

Hualälai Resort

Seaside Boutiques

room with a view

GREAT SEASCAPE A stunning Hualālai estate with more than 8,000 square feet of interior living space includes this great room looking out to seemingly endless sea and sky—and a 25-meter pool. Swimming laps surrounded by natural beauty is an exercise in freedom, and the lānai’s lounge space and pizza oven enhance the carefree vibe. Incredibly private, the six-bedroom oceanfront residence on a 42,483-square-foot lot overlooks the 16th and 17th holes of the Hualālai Golf Course, which flows

ensconced at home, but amenities like the Members-only Hualālai Canoe Club and the Alaka‘i Nalu Adventures ocean-pursuits base are steps away when the mood strikes.



away from the property down the fairway. The sense of seclusion may keep residents happily

Hualälai Realty Celebrating 25 years

dive into

Hawaii Blue


Rob Kildow R(B)

Regina Stuard R(B) Ku’uipo Valenzuela R(S) Chieko Madenokoji R(S) Vivian Tobias R(S)

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OAHU The Kahala Hotel and Resort Halekulani Hotel

Access to and use of private amenities at Hualālai Resort is available only to Hualālai Members. Hualālai Membership is not included with a purchase of a property. See Membership plan and other governing documents for terms, conditions and costs. Obtain the Property Report or its equivalent required by Federal and State law and read it before signing anything. No federal or state agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of the property/properties shown here. Warning: The California Department of Real Estate has not inspected, examined, or qualified this offering. All residential sales offered by Hualālai Residential LLC dba Hualālai Realty. © 2021 Hualālai Realty.