Leilani’s on the Beach to reopen following six-month renovation

The Maui News

Following an extensive, multimillion-dollar six-month renovation, Leilani’s on the Beach will reopen late this month at the Whalers Village in Kaanapali, according to an announcement.

The renovation included work on the main dining room and an extension of the lanai for more ocean-view seating.

“The goal of our renovation was to honor the Leilani’s of yesterday, today and tomorrow by incorporating traditional design with modern comfort,” said General Manager Jason Donez. “Guests will continue to enjoy the same great views and friendly hospitality for which we’ve been known since our opening in 1982.”

Custom lighting by artist Mark Chai is one of the featured remodeling elements as well as refinished koa tables, the addition and re-use of aa lava rock and new roofing.

One of the main design elements is a new teak tile wall depicting the West Maui Mountains, the announcement says. The design incorporates the seven original Pegge Hopper paintings that have been a part of the restaurant since its opening.

The restaurant’s menu will reflect Maui and Pacific ingredients. For example, the produce has been sourced from more than 40 family farms on Maui and all of the fish is fresh-caught in Hawaii, the announcement says.

Dinner is served in the upstairs dining room from 4:45 to 9:30 p.m. The Beachside Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is known for its fish tacos.

Leilani’s is owned by T S Restaurants, which operates 13 restaurants in Hawaii and California. Leilani is the Hawaiian word for “heavenly lei” and is the namesake for the daughter of one of the restaurant company’s founders.

For reservations or more information, call 661-4495 or visit www.leilanis.com.

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