After a $30-million renovation that wrapped up in late 2013, the posh guest rooms once again gleam with understated elegance, outfitted in new mahogany cabinets, stone-tiled bathrooms, quilted bedspreads, and ceiling fans behind the signature plantation shutters, also newly refinished. They’re still angled for premium ocean views, all with private lanais; some look over the ancient fishponds and historic cottage where the popular “Twilight at Kalahuipua'a” monthly storytelling —one of many free cultural programs—takes place. The pool area has been expanded, but the atrium lobby needs refreshing; koi ponds and evening entertainment help offset its stark decor. Although the opulent two-bedroom bungalows have also been updated, it’s less costly to splurge on dining at the Canoe House or on a treatment at the thatched-hut spa, with a unique outdoor lava rock sauna. The two beach areas are on the small side but are popular with green sea turtles; some may have been raised by the hotel and released at the annual July 4th celebration. Helping turtles is just one of the hotel’s many environmental efforts, which include low-impact care of the two championship golf courses .
- Jeanne Cooper