Through the front doors, the grand entrance begins with a warm,
welcoming procession between gold leaf walls overlaid with a fish
scale pattern in Hawaiian koa wood. To create the gold leaf walls,
genuine Italian 23. 5 karat gold was carefully rolled into delicate
ribbons—repeatedly hammered by hand and gently applied, piece by
fragile piece. This decorative leaf is the same that adorns the ancient
churches and domes of historical structures throughout the world.
From the richness of this intimate entrance, the lobby opens to
reveal a 180-degree view of Kaua‘i’s crown jewel—the world famous
Hanalei Bay. The breathtaking scenery is nothing short of amazing.
Raining down from the lobby’s center is the magnificent Waterfall
Chandelier, an awe-inspiring vision that transforms this chic space
into an enchanting wonderland. The surrounding area is a warm and
inviting “room within a room,” with plush and cozy furniture and
décor. Adding to the lavishness, the 4,225 incandescent hand-blown
glass droplets of the Murano chandelier cascade from the central
skylight in glorious imitation of the the Na Molokama waterfall that
you see in the distance from the lobby—it represents the “bubbles” in
the water cascading down the mountain side.
Just to the left of the Grand Lobby are the large and powerful
Polynesian totems created by artist Steve Jensen. Using naturally
fallen cedar, he created a robust celebration of the region’s
indigenous culture by using the patterns of native tattoos found
throughout the islands. Past the totems, two large burn bowls
appear to float on the surface of a placid water feature that fronts the
enormous picture windows. These handcrafted bowls are replicas of
the pohokano, or stone lamps, used by the ancient Hawaiian people
to shed light in the darkness. Hawaiians would use the oil from the
kukui nut (candlenut) and kapa (Hawaiian bark cloth) to light a flame
that would burn throughout the night.