In lieu of creating a large block of rooms—common of earlier hotels in Honolulu—the architects sought to create an intimate setting for the 510-room Sheraton Maui. Taking advantage of the natural beauty of the site, the architecture is ‘merged’ with the landscape, with each room and suite directly facing the Pacific Ocean. The architecture sensitively incorporated aspects of traditional Hawaiian design based on the concept of the heiau, the highest point on the Ka’anapali coast, a site with historical, cultural and importance.
In order to provide convenient and efficient service to each building, an underground service spine was created.
KGP Principal Don Paine served as the design architect for the project.