Waikiki’s Renew Hotel Rebranded with Emphasis on Wellness

One of the city’s original boutique hotels, Renew has been redesigned with a modern décor and a deeper connection to the local spirit.

August 13, 2019
Waikiki’s Renew
The new rebranding and redesign of Waikiki’s Renew revealed a modern-yet-tropical property that is devoted to the local wellness community. Renew

Located at the eastern end of Waikiki, Hotel Renew has long been known as one of the area’s original boutique hotels. However, the property recently unveiled its new rebrand and redesign, reintroducing itself to the world as simply Renew. Boasting a look described as “mid-century minimalist meets tropical modern design,” Renew is now focused on introducing guests to the local wellness community.

“We are excited to welcome guests to experience a new type of wellness at Renew,” said Thomas Harris, general manager of Renew. “Renew is the starting and end destination for those who want to experience more than Hawaii’s traditional tourist spots, and we look forward to providing our guests meaningful and memorable stays with our revitalized property and amenities along with exceptional service.”

From the moment they arrive in the lobby, greeted by employees with a glass of iced pure Mamaki tea by Tea Chest Hawai’I, guests will embark on a journey that will be both educational and one-of-a-kind, as Renew’s Wellness Concierge will offer advice on everything from wellness-oriented restaurants to beach yoga classes. While the hotel is doing its part in preserving Hawaii’s beauty by eliminating single-use plastic throughout the property, guests also have a unique opportunity to learn about and care for the environment by participating in beach cleanups, snorkel excursions to restore Kāneʻohe Bay and reviving a historical fishpond, among other activities.


Guests can start off the day with craft coffee and tea at reVitalize, or grabbing to-go snacks from reFuel before heading out to one of Oahu’s iconic beaches. The hotel’s bar, reFresh, also offers craft cocktails made only with local spirits and ingredients.

Renew rooms with amenities
The redesigned Renew’s 72 rooms are stocked with Korres cosmetics and comfortable linens, while also featuring furniture crafted with a blend of natural and refined materials. Renew

Honolulu design company The Vanguard Theory handled the redesign, creating a new overall concept that is inspired by Hawaii’s iconic beaches and their natural colors, while aspiring to offer “a chic yet calming environment.” In doing so, Renew’s 72 rooms were fitted with custom-designed rattan furniture, American white oak paneling and deep lounge seating. Ocean and city views are available, with some rooms offering private lanais as well.

“We’re setting out to create a new chapter of Hawai’i tourism by developing hotels that only feature localized experiences,” said Ben Rafter of OLS Hotels & Resorts, which manages Renew. “We’re catering to the next generation of Hawai’i visitors who seek one-of-a-kind tailored experiences that they can only get when staying at a boutique property like Renew.”


In addition to the new look, rooms can also include workout kits by request, allowing guests to use fitness gear like resistance bands, weights, ab rollers, mini Pilates balls, Perfect Pushup rotating handles and yoga mats with privacy. Renew will also soon make Peloton bikes available.


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