The Fairmont Kea Lani's signature restaurant, Ko, has reopened after nine months of renovations. The project totaled $5.1 million dollars and was carried out by Island Design Center in Wailuku.
The literal concept of 'ko,' which is the Hawaiian name for sugarcane, was a central inspiration for the new design. The renovated restaurant is supported without exterior beams, and the new curved roof appears to be floating like a cloud hovering over a cane field in central Maui.
Led by executive chef Tylun Pang, the menu utilizes local ingredients to showcase the cuisines of Hawai'i's sugarcane plantation era through Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese dishes.
Ko is now open daily for lunch and dinner. Kama'aina are invited to enjoy the Ko dinner menu at 50 percent every night from 5 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.