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  • The Mauna Lani reopened in January following a 14-month, $200 million renovation of the South Kohala resort property. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Mauna Lani among best new hotels

Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection was recently recognized within Travel + Leisure’s 2020 It List of the world’s best new and renovated resorts.


Following the reimagination of the oceanfront Hawaiian resort, which debuted in January, the magazine celebrates Mauna Lani’s return as one of Hawaii’s most loved resorts.

The 15th annual list as determined by Travel + Leisure editors, is the culmination of months of research on hundreds of new and renovated hotels around the world. The It List is featured in the March issue.

“On behalf of our team, we are honored to be recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the best hotel openings of 2020,” said Vice President and General Manager Sanjiv Hulugalle. “Mauna Lani has been a beloved resort in Hawaii for over three decades and this recognition is a testament to the heart and soul our entire team has poured into this next chapter. Mauna Lani remains a place that celebrates the people of Hawaii, and we are excited to reignite that curiosity and discovery for years to come.”

FHB donates to Hawaii Island United Way


First Hawaiian Bank donated recently donated $35,000 to the 2019-20 Hawaii Island United Way campaign.

With the donation, HIUW will provide crucial funding to 32 partner agencies with 41 direct human services programs on Hawaii Island.

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