HONOLULU—BT Kalakaua, LLC, a joint venture between BlackSand Capital, a Honolulu-based real estate investment firm led by Chairman and CEO B.J. Kobayashi, and Tsukada Global Holdings Inc., a Tokyo-based hospitality company, has retained Private Label Collection, a full-service luxury hospitality management company founded by Honolulu native Jonathan McManus, to manage and bring to life a new vision for Kaimana Beach Hotel and its culinary offerings. This marks the first time BlackSand Capital and Private Label Collection, known for the award-winning Hotel Wailea, the only Relais and Châteaux property in Hawaii, have teamed up on a hotel project. The 122-room hotel will remain open and begin operating as the reimagined Kaimana Beach Hotel effective December 1, 2020.
“Our significant investment in the Kaimana Beach Hotel underscores our commitment to the hospitality industry in Hawaii and reinforces our strategy of creating value through repositioning,” said B.J. Kobayashi, Chairman and CEO of BlackSand Capital. “We are confident we have brought together a team of partners exceptionally suited to properly celebrate the legacy of the Kaimana Beach Hotel, while creating an experience unique to the Waikiki hotel landscape.”
Situated on the sands of Kaimana Beach, along the Gold Coast of Waikiki Beach, the hotel has been an integral part of the fabric of Oahu for over five decades. In its next chapter, Kaimana Beach Hotel will celebrate its mid-century architecture, while unveiling a fresh perspective on the facets of the hotel. The centerpiece of the hotel will be an updated version of the famous Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant. Private Label Collection has tapped James Beard Award-nominated and celebrated local Chef Chris Kajioka, to introduce a beach-chic casual experience for on-the-sand dining.
“All of us at Private Label Collection are thrilled to craft a new era for the Kaimana Beach Hotel,” said Jonathan McManus, Founder, Private Label Collection. “As we look to the future of Hawaii, it’s more important than ever to offer independent, free-thinking experiences for guests to connect to our world-class sense of place.”