Aug 17, 2017 5:19 am Pacific/Honolulu

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani FAQ

What exactly is Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts proposing for the
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani?

Kyo-ya is seeking to redevelop the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani property as part of its substantial reinvestment in Waikiki. Like many of the properties in Waikiki, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani was built more than 50 years ago, during the initial tourism boom in Hawaii, when travelers were looking for a different experience than they are today. Now, guests have higher expectations of the hotel industry and Kyo-ya is striving to meet and exceed those expectations with its plan to redevelop the property into a contemporary hotel that pays tribute to the legacy of the Princess.

Kyo-ya’s plan entails redeveloping the entire Princess Kaiulani parcel. To improve traffic and pedestrian mobility, the current layout will be reconfigured and the current retail promenade will be overhauled to provide additional retail opportunities, with substantial open space along Kalakaua and Kaiulani Avenues.

Why is Kyo-ya proposing this now?
With more than 50-years in the Hawaiian Islands, Kyo-ya is committed to Waikiki for the long term, which is why it believes it is important to make major investments in the future of hospitality. Combined with its other renovation and restoration projects in Waikiki, Kyo-ya is proposing to invest nearly $1 billion in Hawaii’s economy. This investment comes at a time when the tourism industry and the state’s economy are just beginning to recover from the recession. These projects will bring new vibrancy to Waikiki and improve the experience of our visitors and residents alike.

Will the properties convey a “Hawaiian sense of place?”

Absolutely. As the owner of other landmark Waikiki hotels, Kyo-ya is well aware of the importance of establishing a “Hawaiian sense of place.” The property’s architectural design, materials and landscaping will reflect Native Hawaiian culture. Throughout the planning process, Kyo-ya has actively participated with cultural resource groups, led by Peter Apo, to ensure any development not only protects, but promotes, Native Hawaiian culture.  

How will Kyo-ya address parking issues that may arise with the new development?
The proposed development plan includes the construction of a new 630-stall garage with two access points to alleviate traffic congestion in and around the property.

How will these projects impact traffic congestion in the area?
Kyo-ya is aware of current congestion issues in the area, and has designed the project to address the issue. It is important to keep in mind that our redevelopment plan results in a net reduction in total units, so we expect less traffic volume in the area.

At the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, a new porte cochere will be relocated away from Kaiulani Avenue and a new, elevated motor court will be accessible via a ramp in alignment with Prince Edward Road. Access to the new parking garage will be provided through the motor court and a new ingress/egress point on Kaiulani Avenue (toward Kuhio Avenue) will accommodate loading and unloading activities.

The design also includes a separate staging area with the property for group arrivals, which will remove buses from Kaiulani Avenue.

What impact will there be to historic, cultural and archaeological sites, including burials?
Kyo-ya understands the importance of historic, cultural and archaeological sites, including burials, and will do everything possible to mitigate the affects of the redevelopment. It is important to remember that Kyo-ya is planning to build on a site that is already developed and the project will have a smaller footprint than the existing towers. This will substantially reduce the likelihood of any impacts on historic, cultural and archaeological sites.

Will these projects create more public open space?
As part of the new retail promenades along Kalakaua and Kaiulani avenues, there will be significant street setbacks that will allow for ample landscaped public areas. This will greatly enhance the pedestrian experience in this area and encourage additional public activities.