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Three Hawai‘i Hotels Earn AAA Five Diamond Award Status

February 19, 2020, 8:58 AM HST
* Updated February 21, 6:07 PM
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AAA 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 Hawaiʻi.

“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 Hawaiʻi’s Liane Sumida. “AAA Hawaiʻi 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 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 hotels with the year designated:

Location Year
Ka’upulehu (Hawaiʻi)
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 1998
Lana’i City (Lānaʻi)
Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi 2016
Wailea (Maui)
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 1991

Wailea Beach panorama, vantage from Four Seasons Resort Wailea. Photo credit: Wendy Osher 2019.

AAA Five Diamond restaurants with year designated:
Honolulu (Oʻahu)
Chef Mavro 2008
La Mer 1990



AAA Four Diamond properties announced

AAA Hawaiʻi 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, Waikīkī Beach and the Koʻa Kea Hotel & Resort; and these two restaurants that received the designation for the first time: Allen Wong’s Honolulu and Kaʻana 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.



The local AAA Four Diamond hotels with the year designated:

Location Property Year
Honolulu Halekulani 2001
Hokulani Waikīkī by Hilton Grand Vacations Club 2018
  Hyatt Centric Waikīkī 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, Waikīkī Beach 2019
Trump International Hotel Waikīkī Beach Walk 2010
Kāʻanapali (Maui) Honua Kai Resort & Spa 2012
The Westin Kāʻanapali Ocean Resort Villas 2010
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas 2017
Kapalua (Maui) Montage Kapalua Bay 2014
Kapolei (Oʻahu) Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, 2012
Four Seasons Resort Oʻahu at Ko Olina 2017
Kohala Coast (HI) The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaiʻi 1991
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort 2019
Poʻipū (Kauaʻi) Grand Hyatt Kauaʻi Resort & Spa 1991
Koʻa Kea Hotel & Resort 2019
Koloa Landing at Poʻipū, Autograph Collection 2018
Princeville (Kauaʻi) Princeville Resort 2010
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas 2012
Waikoloa (Hawaiʻi) 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


The AAA Four Diamond restaurants with the year designated:

Location Property Name Year
Honolulu (Oʻahu) Alan Wong’s Honolulu 2019
Bali Steak & Seafood 1989
Hoku’s 2002
Orchids 1995
Kapalua (Maui) The Banyan Tree 2017
Kohala Coast (Hawaiʻi) Brown’s Beach House 2011
Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar 2014
Lānaʻi City (Lānaʻi) ONE FORTY 2016
Poʻipū (Kauai) Red Salt 2015
Wailea (Maui) Kaʻana Kitchen 2019
Spago 2010
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea 2016
Wailuku (Maui) The Mill House 2016
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