May 24, 2017 8:53 pm Pacific/Honolulu

Diamond Head Tower

Kyo-ya's plan to redevelop the Diamond Head Tower will not only provide world-class accommodations to visitors and residents, but it will also provide significant community benefits and position Waikiki as a premiere visitor destination for decades to come.

Kyo-ya has gone to great lengths to ensure this project is done right, including participation in numerous public meetings and consultation with experts in architecture, beach erosion, wave action, and Native Hawaiian culture, as well as community and government leaders.

The new 26-story tower will have a much smaller footprint than the existing Diamond Head Annex, opening up views of the ocean from Kalakaua and Kaiulani Avenues and views of the mountains from the shoreline, in addition to revealing the facade of the historic Moana Banyan Wing - all views that haven't been seen in 50 years.

"Waikiki - Inspiration Renewed" examines how Waikiki became one of the world's most famous visitor destinations and the economic engine for a state dependent on tourism. Through interviews with numerous community and industry leaders, the video program explains how Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts' plans to redevelop the Diamond Head Tower of the Moana Surfrider - a Westin Resort - will help to ensure Waikiki remains globally relevant and competitive long into the future.