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AAA Hawaii Announces AAA Five, Four Diamond Hotels, Restaurants

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The Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu is a new AAA Four Diamond recipient. Photo credit: Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

AAA has unveiled 119 hotels and 67 restaurants nationally that earned the AAA Five Diamond designation in the past 12 months, qualifying them for this year’s AAA Five Diamond Award list. Of the entire list of AAA Five Diamond hotels, three are in Hawaii. 

The 2020 Diamonds announcement comes on the heels of the unveiling of the new AAA Diamond Program, which included rebranding the Diamonds from ratings to designations, and updating inspection criteria.  More diamonds indicate more elaborate surroundings and attention from service staff.

“The AAA Five Diamond designation reflects the hotels that offer world-class luxury, amenities and indulgence and restaurants that offer leading-edge cuisine and preparation with extraordinary guest service,” said AAA Hawaii’s Liane Sumida. “AAA Hawaii congratulates the Aloha State’s Five Diamond establishments which are the ‘best of the best’ of the AAA Diamond Program.”

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

The AAA Five Diamond hotels with the year designated:

Location

Year

Ka’upulehu (Hawaii)

 

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

1998

Lana’i City (Lana’i)

 

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i

2016

Wailea (Maui)

 

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

1991

AAA Five Diamond restaurants with year designated: 

Honolulu (Oahu)

 

 

Chef Mavro

 

2008

La Mer

 

1990

 

AAA Four Diamond Properties Announced

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The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast is a new AAA Four Diamond recipient. Photo credit: Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

AAA Hawaii also announced the local AAA Four Diamond® hotel and restaurant designations, including these three hotels that received the designation for the first time: The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, the The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach and the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort; and these two restaurants that received the designation for the first time: Allen Wong’s Honolulu and Ka’ana Kitchen.

The AAA Diamond Program provides consumers with the broadest coverage of any evaluation system, geographically and by number of properties, including the U.S, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean.  AAA began inspecting hotels and restaurants in 1937.

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

The local AAA Four Diamond hotels with the year designated:

Location

Property

Year

Honolulu

Halekulani

2001

 

Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

2018

 

Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

2017

 

The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations

2018

 

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

2006

 

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts

2010

 

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

2019

 

Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

2010

Ka’anapali (Maui)

Honua Kai Resort & Spa

2012

 

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,

2012

 

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

2017

Kohala Coast (HI)

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

1991

 

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

2019

Poipu (Kauai)

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

1991

 

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort

2019

 

Koloa Landing at Poipu, Autograph Collection

2018

Princeville (Kauai)

Princeville Resort

2010

 

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

2012

Waikoloa (Hawaii)

Kings Land, Hilton Grand Vacations Club

2015

 

Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations

2018

Wailea (Maui)

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

2014

 

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

2017

 

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

1999

 

Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux

2014

 

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

2008

 

   
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Alan Wong's Honolulu is a new recipient of the AAA Four Diamond designation. Photo credit: Alan Wong's Restaurants

The AAA Four Diamond restaurants with the year designated:

Location

Property Name

Year

     

Honolulu (Oah’u)

Alan Wong’s Honolulu

2019

 

Bali Steak & Seafood

1989

 

Hoku’s

2002

 

Orchids

1995

Kapalua (Maui)

The Banyan Tree

2017

     

Kohala Coast (Hawaii)

Brown’s Beach House

2011

 

Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar

2014

     

Lanai City (Lana’i)

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2016

     

Poipu (Kauai)

Red Salt

2015

     

Wailea (Maui)

Ka’ana Kitchen

2019

 

Spago

2010

 

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea

2016

Wailuku (Maui)

The Mill House

2016

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