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$5-million renovation of Ko kicks off Monday at Fairmont in Wailea

August 12, 2011 - Carla Tracy

In Wailea, the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s signature restaurant, Ko, will close for a $5-million renovation Monday. But you may still savor Ko’s plantation-inspired cuisine at another outlet in the hotel and, if you're a kamaaina, you will get discounted prices.

”Following the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s multi-million dollar renovation to every pool deck, suite and villa, the resort’s signature restaurant, Ko, will embark on a complete remodel,” says Megan Haertling, director of public relations.

Beginning Monday, August 15, Ko restaurant will begin the six-month transformation into Wailea’s next hot spot. The new design, created by Island Design Center in Wailuku, will feature sweeping curved walls, a floating shaded roof, a dynamic action bar, built-in seating banquettes and porcelain tile flooring. Each design element has been carefully selected to complement the plantation-inspired cuisine.”

The complete Ko menu will continue to be served nightly in the resort’s open-air and poolside Kea Lani Restaurant. Kamaaina will get 50 percent off all pupu, salads, entrees and desserts from Aug. 15 until the new year.

Locals “get” Ko’s plantation-inspired cuisine, which covers all the bases in our ethnic salad bowl, from Japanese lobster tempura, dipped in sauces of spicy sesame, pineapple-sweet-chili-and- garlic and grapefruit-soy to Filipino steamed fresh Manila clams topped with chorizo, sweet Kula corn and watercress.

The blend of cuisines featured also includes Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese and Korean. These represent the ethnic cuisines from the various plantation “camps,” neighborhoods that housed people who worked in the fields.

“We hope the community considers the renovation period a chance to try out Chef Tylun Pang’s immensely popular Ko menu at half off,” says the resort’s General Manager Charles Head. “The impressive renovation is very exciting and we can’t wait to unveil the new Ko to the people of Maui this winter.”

For more information or for reservations, call 875-4100.


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Artist renderings of the renovated Ko