The $20 million restoration of a Hilo hotel is now underway. Ed Bushor leads Tower Development, the group that now owns the Naniloa.
Last week a formal groundbreaking and Hawaiian blessing ceremony was held at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel and Golf Club, located on the Big Island to celebrate a $20-million restoration project.
The restoration project is expected to last until spring 2016, when the iconic property will be repositioned as a destination hotel and re-launched by management company Aqua-Aston Hospitality as the DoubleTree by Hilton Hilo at the Naniloa.
The DoubleTree by Hilton brand is the first national flag to enter Hilo. There is currently only one other DoubleTree-branded hotel in Hawaii, which is on Oahu.
The hotel will remain operational throughout the restoration with approximately 150 rooms on offer.
In addition to increasing the number of guest rooms from 150 to 388, the restoration project will include upgrades to all guest rooms, the lobby, lounge, and banquet facilities; a new waterfront restaurant and poolside bar; a fitness center; retail shops; and a concert hall and event space where Willie K. will headline.