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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

  • 72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, U.S.A.

    September 1996

Physical Features

Total Number of Rooms: 243

  • Guest Rooms: 192
  • Suites: 51
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Design Aesthetic:

  • Low-rise bungalows in mid-20th-century Hawaiian style with natural woods and neutral colour palette
  • Resort is designed to maximise ocean views, and encompasses natural lava formations

Architect: Hill Glazier Architects

Interior Designer(s):

  • James Northcutt Associates, now Wilson & Associates (original)
  • Babey Moulton Jue & Booth (2008/2009 new suites and 2008/2009 spa enhancements )
  • Julie Cline (art consultant, original and enhancements)
  • Rob Iopa, Watanabe Chun Iopa & Takaki (2008/2009 enhancements)

History: Resort sits in the ancient land division known as Ka'ūpūlehu, once a thriving fishing village


  • Located on a half-mile (0.8-kilometre) stretch of beach on the northwest Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island
  • Approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) north of Kona International Airport (KOA)

Opening Date: September 1996 (enhancements, 2008/2009)

Interior Designer: Babey Moulton Jue & Booth (2008/2009 enhancements)

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Design Aesthetic:

  • Indoor/outdoor design, with massage hales (thatched huts), indoor/outdoor showers, glass-walled steam room
  • Decorated with dark woods to inspire relaxation

Signature Treatment:

  • Polynesian Niu (coconut) Scrub (50 minutes)
  • Hualālai Hot Rock Massage (80 minutes)

Special Features:

  • Apothecary – signature body wraps and scrubs made with 100% natural plant and mineral resources, many from Hawaii, custom-blended for each guest by a Spa Concierge
  • Waiea Garden (Water of Life), featuring a stream lined with multi-textured rocks from around the island

Examples of Locally Sourced Ingredients:

  • Kona avocado
  • Big Island goat cheese
  • Waimea red and yellow tomatoes
  • Hamakua mushrooms
  • Kona cold lobster
  • Volcano white organic honey
  • Kona baby abalone
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Signature Dish:

  • Steamed local market catch, soy-ginger Hamakua mushrooms, cilantro, sizzling sesame oil
  • Hawaiian Anthology – deconstructed 'Ahi poke, Liliko'i barbecued Kalua pork steamed buns, Hawaiian abalone,
    Hawaiian kanpachi

Restaurant: 'ULU Ocean Grill

  • Indoor Seating: 44
  • Outdoor Seating: 118
  • Designer: EDG Interior Architecture & Design
  • Decor: Stylish blend of indoor/outdoor Hawaiian architecture and modern flair

Lounge: 'ULU Sushi Lounge

  • Indoor Seating: 38
  • Designer: EDG Interior Architecture & Design
  • Decor: Modern design with lounge furniture, oceanview bar and firepit on beachside terrace

Restaurant: Beach Tree

  • Cuisine: Californian with Italian influence
  • Indoor Seating: 58
  • Outdoor Seating: 36
  • Décor: The open air, beachfront design includes blue accents against dark woods.

Restaurant: Hualalai Grille

  • Indoor Seating: 70; 20 in the bar


  • Number of Tennis Courts: 8
  • Tennis Lessons: For a fee
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  • Name of Course: Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course
    • Date Open: January 1996
    • Designer: Jack Nicklaus
    • Par: 72
    • Yardage: 7,117
    • Number of Holes: 18
    • Special Holes: 17th – with waves crashing along the shoreline, a challenging green that is also an ideal vantage point to view humpback whales in season
    • Additional Services:
      • Pro shop
      • Golf instruction available
      • Driving range
      • Putting green
      • Clubs rental

Off-site Activities:

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding


  • Number of Pools: 7
    • Includes a lap pool, two adult pools, a family friendly pool and two specialty pools
    • Keiki Pool (Children's pool) - a free form, sand bottomed wading pool
    • King's Pond - a 1.8-million-gallon (6.8-million-litre) lava rock aquarium, home to 4,000 tropical fish and spotted eagle rays

Fitness Facilities:

  • Size: 15,000 sq ft / 1,393 sq m
  • Special Features:
    • Three open-air gyms
    • Outdoor half-basketball court
  • Sample Fitness Activities:
    • Fitness walks around the Resort and exclusive hikes through volcanic landscapes
    • Bikram yoga, PiYo (a combination of Pilates and yoga)
    • Sunrise meditation
For Younger Guests

Kids for All Seasons: Supervised programme in dedicated facility, year round

  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Hawaiian arts and crafts
  • Keiki (children's) hula
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  • Ka Hui seasonal teen programme
Meeting Rooms

Total Size: 23,384 sq ft / 2,172 sq m

Largest Ballroom: 6,175 sq ft / 574 sq m

Meet and Feed Capacity: 200

Banquet Capacity: 300

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Outdoor Banquet Capacity: 300

Breakout Spaces: 5

Private Dining Room Capacity: 32

Unique Meeting and Event Facilities: Extensive outdoor event space offers opportunities for luaus

Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Participates in Annual Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai kickoff in January to raise funds to support the Rotary Club of Kona, Kealakehe High School, Big Island Junior Golf Clubs, turf renovation at Kona soccer fields and state-of-the-art equipment at Kona Community Hospital
  • Coordinates Annual Run For Hope weekend to benefit cancer research in the State of Hawaii
  • Sustainability programmes incorporating traditional local practices, including aquaculture farms, herb farms, pond reclamation, preservation of fish populations, working with local farmers
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Special Features
  • Art collection – extensive collection of local art from 1775 to the present
  • Ka'ūpūlehu Cultural Center – exhibits, interactive programmes, Hawaiian cultural specialists and historians
  • Alaka'i Nalu – "leaders of the wave" ocean ambassadors share skills and insights for enjoying water sports and adventures
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