AAA Hawaii Announces AAA Five, Four Diamond Hotel Ratings; More Local Lodgings Added

Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach earned its first Four Diamond Award in 2017. (Photo Courtesy-Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach)

AAA has unveiled 121 hotels nationally that earned the AAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for this year’s AAA Five Diamond Award list. Honorees run the gamut from regal historic inns to sleek high-tech high-rises and sprawling coastal resorts. Of the 121 hotels, four are located in Hawaii. 


“Hotels that aim for a AAA Five Diamond rating must differentiate themselves through advanced design concepts, highest quality furnishings and scrupulous attention to guest service,” said AAA Hawaii’s Regional Manager Liane Sumida.  “AAA Hawaii congratulates our state’s four AAA Five Diamond establishments for making exceptional customer service happen every day.”


Hotels receiving a Five Diamond Rating undergo in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays and, finally, an expert panel review to ensure credibility. Fewer than half of 1 percent of the more than 27,000 AAA Inspected & Approved hotels receive the AAA Five Diamond Rating.


AAA Hawaii also announced the local AAA Four Diamond® ratings, including the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas and the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, which all received AAA Four Diamond ratings for the first time in 2017. 


The AAA Diamond rating system provides consumers with the broadest coverage of any rating system, geographically and by number of properties rated, including the U.S, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean.  AAA began inspecting hotels (and restaurants) in 1937. (The AAA Four and Five Diamond ratings for restaurants will be announced in February.)


Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA trip planning products: the  AAA Mobile® app for tablets and smartphones, the TripTik® Travel Planner and Travel Guides on and AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA/CAA offices. 


The AAA Five Diamond Award ratings for local Hawaii hotels with the year rated:
Hotels Year Rated
Kapalua (Maui)  
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua  1996
Ka’upulehu (Hawaii)  
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 1998
Lanai City (Maui)  
Four Seasons Resort Lana’i 2016
Wailea (Maui)  
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 1991
AAA Hawaii also announced the local AAA Four Diamond hotels:  
Hana (Maui)  
Travaasa Hotel Hana 2011
Honolulu (Oahu)  
Halekulani 2001
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach 2017
The Kahala Hotel & Resort 2006
The Modern Honolulu 2010
Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk 2010
Ka’anapali (Maui)  
Honua Kai Resort & Spa 2012
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 1995
The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas 2010
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas 2017
Kapalua (Maui)  
Montage Kapalua Bay 2014
Kapolei (Oahu)  
Aulani-A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii 2012
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina 2017
Kohala Coast (Hawaii)  
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows  1999
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii 1991
Poipu (Kauai)  
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa 1991
Princeville (Kauai)  
The St. Regis Princeville Resort 2010
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas 2012
Waikoloa (Hawaii)  
Kings Land, Hilton Grand Vacations Club 2015
Wailea (Maui)  
Anduz Maui at Wailea Resort 2014
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui 2002
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 1999
Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux 2014
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 2008