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Ka‘ana Kitchen earns Four Diamond status

The Maui News

Ka’ana Kitchen in the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort received AAA Four Diamond status in 2019, among five restaurants in Maui County holding that rating, the AAA Hawaii announced Wednesday.

The other restaurants are The Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; One Forty at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i; Spago at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea and The Mill House at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

There were no Five Diamond restaurants in Maui County.

Two of the three Five Diamond resorts are in Maui County — Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, which was designated in 2016, and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, designated in 1991. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii island is the other resort.

“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.

The resorts undergo in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays and an expert panel review. Fewer than half of 1 percent of nearly 27,000 AAA hotels receive the AAA Five Diamond status. The Diamond program is being rebranded from ratings to designations with updated inspection criteria. More diamonds indicate more elaborate surroundings and attention from service staff.

AAA began inspecting hotels and restaurants in 1937.

The nine Maui County Four Diamond hotels and the year they were designated follow: Honua Kai Resort & Spa (2012), The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas (2010) and The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas (2017) in Kaanapali; Montage Kapalua Bay (2014); and Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (2014), Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui (2017), Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (1999), Hotel Wailea, Relias & Chateaux (2014), and Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (2008).

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.

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