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Queen Kapiolani hotel to reveal $35 million renovation in October

The Queen Kapiolani Hotel has set an expected date of Oct. 23 for the reveal of its newly revamped property following a $35
million renovation.

In addition to all new public spaces and guest rooms, the project will bring two new dining options: Knots Coffee Roasters, which
opened in June, and pool terrace restaurant Deck, slated to open in early October. Japan-based Plan Do See is behind both concepts.

The renovation of the 315-room property began last summer, and is led by Honolulu architecture firm G70. John Hardy Group is serving as the construction manager for the project, while Philpotts Interiors is the lead designer. Kokua Hospitality will continue to manage the
Waikiki property.

The new style of the Waikiki hotel has been described as “retro-chic,” and it will maintain some aspects of the original property, like artwork, and the hotel’s popular Sunday brunch. The hotel partnered with Bishop Museum to have original prints in the property, including portraits of Queen Kapiolani and King Kalakaua.

The ground floor will also be home to three retail spaces, expected to be announced soon.

This is Plan Do See’s second Knots Coffee Roasters, located on the ground floor of the hotel. It is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and serves coffee, grab-and-go food, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. A full bar menu will be launched in the next few weeks.

On the third floor, Deck will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late-night happy hour menu, as well as a weekend brunch. The American-fare cuisine with local ingredients includes cheeseburgers, Jidori chicken wings and loco moco. The venue, which seats 125, will have nightly music and will partner with the hotel to host corporate and social events.

The two spaces will employ about 50 people.

Queen Kapiolani may be the start of something bigger for Plan Do See, which also operates in such cities as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

“Our focus right now is these two restaurants, but I can see us opening other food and beverage outlets, either in hotels or stand-alone,” Sharilyn Kazunaga, event sales and PR manager for Plan Do See Hawaii, told Pacific business News. “Queen Kapiolani was the perfect hotel for us to establish our new restaurants.”

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