PACIFIC 19 Kona, a re-envisioned island-urban hotel for independent travelers seeking design-forward accommodations and authentic experiences, is now accepting reservations for April 1, 2023 and beyond. The 122-room hotel is located on the Hawaii Island (the Big Island) and sits on the 19th parallel, which draws a line across the Pacific Ocean connecting east to west.
“PACIFIC 19 Kona is focused on providing adventure travelers with the tools needed to experience the best of Kona and Hawaii Island,” said James Evans, Managing Partner, Nine Brains. “With the debut of this modern hotel, guests will have access to custom-tailored island itineraries to explore the 4,000 square miles of Hawaii Island with the best experiences of Kona at their fingertips.”
Honolulu-based design team The Vanguard Theory is concepting the new look for PACIFIC 19 Kona, creating intentional spaces meant to bring the outside in. A giant monkeypod tree and lush flora anchor the open-air lobby entrance. The designers are creating the lobby as an inviting space for guests to be greeted at a large reception table, made from reclaimed monkeypod by local woodworker Ryan Donnelly. The living room atmosphere is accentuated by lush planters, teak slat walls, matching wood shelving, and custom wallpaper designed by local artist Lauren Trangmar that features native royal palms, papaya, ohia, and koa trees. Steps outside of the lobby, guests can relax on a daybed, swim laps in the pool, or lounge around one of two firepits.
In the guest rooms, a palette of sandy taupe, palm green, black lava, and whitecap accentuate natural wood furnishings to create accommodations that reflect the landscape of Kailua-Kona and inspire guests to go out and experience nature. Each furniture piece is custom designed specifically for the hotel – from the wooden credenzas to upholstered headboards – and each piece pays tribute to the island’s spirit and warm aloha. The boutique hotel has thoughtfully selected in-room offerings including luxurious 100% cotton linens and towels, high-end bath amenities, and purchasable locally-sourced provisions that encompass the mission of PACIFIC 19 Kona – encouraging guests to go outside and explore. All guestrooms include a private lanai and a macro bar featuring snacks and purchasable adventure gear.
In collaboration with its network of local content creators, the hotel has designed its rotating art program, website, and social media to serve as an insider’s guide to Hawai’i Island for the modern explorer. Through storytelling, photography and art, PACIFIC 19 Kona highlights the best of the Big Island beaches, hiking, and local attractions and encourages travelers to discover the island in an authentic way.
The hotel is home to the PACIFIC 19 Cafe, which will serve coffee, artisanal teas, and lite bites and a lobby retail shop featuring stylized essentials for exploring the island such as coolers, snorkel gear, beach blankets, and more. Guests can also enjoy programming centered around art, music, culture, wellness and adventure including daily yoga classes, live music and food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays, rotating lifestyle pop-ups by local designers and artists, and off-property island experiences all aligning with PACIFIC 19 Kona’s vision to inspire guests.