KAPAA — One of the leading hotel management companies in the state recently entered into a new management contract with a long-time Eastside resort.
Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, a member of Hogan Hospitality Group, will lead the 200-room Kauai Shores Hotel in Kapaa. HHR will retain the property’s existing 40 employees, including its leadership team.
“We strive to provide tourists dream Hawaii vacations, as well as be a great corporate citizen with the communities that we are located,” said Tom Bell, HHR president. “We pride ourselves on supporting the communities and local charities in Hawaii, and it is important to us to provide a safe and rewarding work experience for our over 600 employees.”
HHR said the chance to manage the resort was a “wonder growth opportunity” to build its management company in the state.
The company operates over 1,200 rooms in resorts on Hawaii Island, Maui and now Kauai.
“Kauai Shores is one of the premier hotels on Kauai’s famed Royal Coconut Coast and we couldn’t be more honored and excited to be awarded the management contract for the property,” said Gary Hogan, chief executive officer of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts. “We expect a seamless transition as we focus all our energy on making Kauai Shores a preferred destination for visitors from all over the world.”
The move has been business as usual for the long-time resort, according to Anna Carvalho, Kauai Shores Hotel guest service manager and employee over 30 years.
Last year, the hotel completed an extensive renovation and opened its signature restaurant, the Lava Lava Beach Club.
The new renovations keep with the spirit of the resort, Carvalho said.
The beachfront property is two miles from Kapaa and boasts modern decor, WiFi, complimentary yoga classes and a business center.
“We’ve built our full-service hospitality management company specifically to meet the needs of independent hotel owners and help them strengthen their own brands,” Bell said.
Jansen Medeiros, Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts managing director, said the resort offers guests a personality unlike other resorts in the state.
“When you look at this property here, you’ve got bright colors — a modern, eclectic vibe,” he said. “You don’t see that on the island. Frankly, you don’t see that in Hawaii.”