Green Sea Turtle in one of the Tidal Pools of the Keauhou Beach Resort
In what for me was a very sad bit of news, my friend and top Hawaii Island blogger, Damon Tucker, reports that Kamehameha Schools announced yesterday that it has instructed its for-profit subsidiary, KBH, Inc. to give Outrigger Hotels' management formal notice that it will close the Keauhou Beach Hotel at the end of October.
My wife and I stayed at the resort in November 2008 when I was on the island to cover the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival for which the resort was, for many years, the host hotel. At that time, following a significant renovation in 2007, I reviewed the resort and found it to be one of the favorite places I had stayed in Hawaii.
According to Damon's blog post, the resort had fallen on hard economic times in recent years and would have required another significant investment to bring it up to today's standards. I recall that the following year I stopped by and noticed that the main restaurant had been closed for dinner.
The majority of recent reviews on TripAdvisor have remained quite positive, although some have indicated that the rooms once again were in need of renovation.
The owners plans are to close the resort at the end of October and at some point demolish the property and attempt to restore the site to its original, historic land plan and use the property for cultural and educational purposes.
Be sure to check out Damon's blog post for much more detail on the reasons for the closure, the effects on staff and future plans for the property.