LAHAINA, HAWAII—Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has created a new outdoor event space dubbed The Halona Kai event lawn and enhanced the resort’s Regency Club and Monarchy Ballroom. The meeting and event space enhancements will feature Maui-inspired designs and sustainability features to improve lighting and air quality and reduce energy usage. The LEED EBOM-certified resort will unveil the transformed meeting and event space later this fall.
Overlooking the Ka’anapali Beach, The Halona Kai event lawn is over 9,500 sq. ft. with the capacity for up to 500 people for seated or cocktail events. Perched above the resort’s half-acre pool, this lawn entertaining space will be ringed with lush greenery and local flora. Surrounded by a koi pond, the space will allow for presentations or wedding ceremonies without additional equipment. Additionally, the area will be updated with acoustic and audio/visual systems and wired with 200-amp outlets and data and TV cabling for seamless technology connectivity.
The enhanced Monarchy Ballroom will be transformed into a contemporary 18,000-sq.-ft. room that reflects the history and culture of Maui. Bold colors inspired by Maui’s sunsets and floral colors of the island, as well as a layering effect reminiscent of Maui’s long tradition of hand-woven goods, aim to create an authentic design.
A linear motif to the design of the ballroom, carpeting and lighting fixtures attempts to create a metaphorical reference to the bamboo beater-sticks used to color and imprint the patterns on Hawaiian tapa cloths. This textured pattern is also carried into the design of the columns in the pre-function area, which are clad in a neutral colored, horizontal-textured stone.
The chandeliers are clusters of wooden boxes in various sizes, which have linear slivers of light projecting from their sides. Included in this renovation will be low-e coated glass to minimize ultraviolet and infrared light, while maintaining the amount of natural light transmitted. Indoor air quality will be improved with modern automation controls. Meeting rooms will have occupancy lighting sensors and lighting will be replaced with LED, reducing wattage and electricity usage by approximately 65%.
Debuting this fall, the resort will introduce a Regency Club Lounge offering a lounge and beach access, as well as lanai seating with views of the Pacific Ocean and the resort’s Oriental gardens that feature wildlife, waterfalls and Swan Lagoon. The Regency Club Lounge will be flooded with natural light and appointed with lounge seating that nods to Maui’s history of handcrafted furnishings.