Hawaii’s Mauna Lani Hotel: A Focus on Serenity and Connection

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Nicole Franzen

The Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, has just undergone a stunning redesign led by renowned design firm Meyer Davis. The resort, aptly named Mauna Lani, meaning “mountain reaching heaven,” beautifully encapsulates the deep spirituality and cultural heritage that Hawaii represents. With its recent renovation, the property aims to create a meaningful connection between guests and the awe-inspiring natural surroundings.

Upon entering the resort, visitors are immediately struck by a modern yet organic aesthetic. The design concept focuses on tranquility and connectedness, employing natural materials like hardwood and a color palette inspired by the lush environment. Each living space exudes a sense of calm and serves as a sanctuary for guests, complete with furnished lanai balconies that offer breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean.

The Mauna Lani also pays homage to its Hawaiian roots by appointing resident historian and cultural ambassador, Danny Akaka, affectionately known as “Uncle” Danny. Akaka embodies the rich Hawaiian heritage that the resort seeks to preserve and promote. Furthermore, the resort has enlisted the expertise of Hawaii-native Kelly Sueda, who brings his artistic talent and knowledge of local culture to the design process. Sueda has curated unique furniture and sculptures, as well as oversaw the creation of two immense floor-to-ceiling murals that adorn the main lobby.

The Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection has seamlessly merged contemporary design with the essence of Hawaii’s cultural legacy. The property serves as a testament to the harmonious relationship between modernity and nature, while preserving and celebrating the spirit of the land.

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