Royal Lahaina sold to Hawaii: Travel Weekly

BlackSand Capital, an Honolulu-based real estate investment company, officially completed the purchase of the Royal Lahaina Resort on December 9.

Terms of the sale, including financial details, are not being disclosed.

The Royal Lahaina Resort spans 27 acres on Kaanapali Beach in Maui. The 500-room property, which opened in 1962, has three swimming pools, a spa, and luau gardens.

“The pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us in Hawaii, and the tourism industry has been hit particularly hard,” BJ Kobayashi, president and CEO of BlackSand, said in a statement. “As a Hawaii-based company investing in Hawaii, we see this acquisition as an opportunity to be part of the recovery effort, not only for the tourism industry, but for our local communities and all of us. our state. “

BlackSand has engaged Highgate Hawaii Concession Co., a subsidiary of Highgate Hotel, to operate the property. BlackSand and Highgate are also partners of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.

The property was previously owned and operated by Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, and updates have been made to the lobby, lounge, pool, restaurant, bedrooms and beachfront cottages while the resort has been closed. in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stephen Hinck has been appointed the station’s new general manager. Hinck, a 37-year veteran of the Hawaii hospitality market, joined Highgate in 2018 as General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn, Waikiki.

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