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Kona Village Resort Reopens on Big Island of Hawaii

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii— After being closed for 12 years, the Kona Village Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii reopened in July. The resort closed after a March 2011 tsunami destroyed much of the oceanfront property and its signature hale, or bungalows.

The resort offers nearly 23,000 square feet of outdoor venue space. Surrounded by pristine views of lagoons and gardens, the Hale Ho`okipa Lū`au and Event Grounds features seating for 250 guests, a stage for entertainment, an imu pit for traditional cooking experiences and an open-air atmosphere for guests to enjoy an evening under the night sky.

Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company, bought the property in 2017 and began renovations. Kona Village, now a Rosewood Resort, officially reopened on July 1.

The 81-acre property overlooks the Kona Coast of the west side of the Big Island and is located less than 10 miles from Kona International Airport.

The resort features 150 thatched-roof bungalows, including five that were rebuilt on foundations from when the resort first opened in 1966. Each standalone hale features locally inspired decor, natural materials and distinct color palettes, evoking the spirit of a traditional Hawaiian village while providing the seclusion of a private residence.

The property also offers five restaurants and bars, two pools, a beach area, spa, fitness center, cultural center and sports amenities like tennis, pickleball and bocce. Other resort activities include snorkeling, stand-up paddleboard, boat tours, eco tours and more.

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