The History of Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort, A Luxury Kauai Hotel
Located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, lining the shores of picturesque Po`ipu Beach, the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is set on the footprint of the old Po`ipu Beach Hotel devastated by the 1992 Hurricane Iniki.
Hurricane Iniki (/iːˈniːkiː/ ee-NEE-kee; Hawaiian: ʻiniki meaning "strong and piercing wind") was the most powerful hurricane to strike the U.S. state of Hawaii in recorded history. Forming on September 5, 1992, during the strong 1990–95 El Niño, Iniki was one of eleven Central Pacific tropical cyclones during that season. It attained tropical storm status on September 8 and further intensified into a hurricane the next day. After turning north, Iniki struck the island of Kauaʻi on September 11 at peak intensity; it had winds of 145 miles per hour (233 km/h) and reached Category 4 on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale. It had recorded wind gusts of 225 as evidenced by an anemometer that was found blown into the forest during clean up. It was the first hurricane to hit the state since Hurricane Iwa in the 1982 season, and the first major hurricane since Hurricane Dot in 1959. Iniki dissipated on September 13 about halfway between Hawaii and Alaska.*
Iniki caused around $3.1 billion (1992 USD) in damage and six deaths. At the time, Iniki was among the costliest United States hurricanes.*
In 2009, the resort was reborn and reconstructed to what is now the Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort. The nomenclature, Ko'a Kea, means white coral in Hawaiian, to celebrate the rebirth of the famed Poipu Beach Resort. Represented by coral found throughout the resort, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is a luxury beachfront hotel in Kauai that embodies a rebirth and rejuvenation. From the sand to the guest rooms, guests will find delicate touches that keep true to the essence of Hawaii while welcoming in a sense of romantic relaxation.
*Source: Wikipedia April 5, 2019