Outrigger plans renovation for returning resort


The Pacific hotel firm has acquired Kauai Beach Resort & Spa and plans to enhance the resort and provide an exceptional experience for both its employees and guests.

Pivotal step

Located in the picturesque town of Lihue on the ‘garden island’ of Kauai, the resort is spread across 25 acres (10 ha) of beachfront property and showcases 350 well-appointed guestrooms that offer ocean views.

Kauai Beach Resort & Spa holds a special place in Outrigger’s history, having been managed by the company in the 1990s. The acquisition marks a pivotal step in the firm’s expansion strategy and strengthens its presence on the four largest Hawaiian Islands.

Traditional transition

The transition was marked by a traditional Hawaiian blessing led by Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia – who started his career with Outrigger 25 years earlier at the resort. The poignant ceremony included a mele kahea chant, which asked permission for Outrigger to return to this location. It was reciprocated by a mele komo chant of acceptance and invitation.

A moment of silence was observed for the sister island of Maui, where wildfires recently devastated the town of Lahaina.

Embracing new beginnings

Jeff Wagoner, president and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group, acknowledged that it was an emotional time for Hawaii: “Outrigger feels the heartache of the Maui fires deeply. But in times of sorrow, there is a certain healing in embracing new beginnings and being intentional to lift people up. 

“The tying of the maile lei was about bringing people together, not only here, but across Hawaii and across the world. It is an important symbol for us to be able to link ourselves together and move on into the future.”

Aloha spirit

Kumu Blaine Kia added: “It’s that unity of coming together – like no like, kekahi i kekahi – one with each other, and trying to make sure that we raise our consciousness in the aloha spirit. I feel strongly, without a doubt, that Outrigger Resorts & Hotels carries that spirit. I want to make sure we sustain and perpetuate it for many generations.”

The acquisition of Kauai Beach Resort & Spa marks another step in the brand’s expansion journey, highlighting its deep-rooted connection to Hawaii and its local communities.


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