Hyatt Regency Waikoloa
Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii
Completion Date: 1988
Total Building Area: 1,350,000 sq. ft.
Architect: Lawton, Umemura & Yamamoto
Interiors: Hirsch Bedner
Contractor: Hawaiian Dredging & Construction
Renowned as "the most spectacular resort on Earth," the Hyatt Regency Waikoloa extends over 62 lushly landscaped acres on the famed Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Now under Hilton management, the 1.5 million-square-foot project encompasses 1,241 guest rooms in three six-story towers, 40,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting rooms, and 20,000 square feet of retail space. In addition to the 23,000-sq. ft. swimming pool and lagoon, the resort features a unique interactive dolphin program serving as an enriching, educational experience for visitors. It also incorporates 8 restaurants and 12 lounges, a mile-long museum walkway featuring Pacific and Oriental arts, a complete health, fitness and sports medicine facility, over a mile of waterways to transport guests via canal boat, and an electric tram system which offers an alternative means of travel.