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Kō’s contemporary design, created by Maui’s Island Design Center, is reflective of its unique culinary concept. The colors, textures and design elements of the new restaurant blend effortlessly with the cuisine, ultimately resulting in a dining experience that breathes new life into Maui’s sugarcane plantation era.

Influenced by Nature

Cloud-like roof

  • The largest and most impressive architectural addition
  • A seamless extension of the iconic white Kea Lani curved architecture
  • Supported without exterior beams, the roof appears to floating
  • Designed to emulate a cloud hovering over a sugarcane field in central Maui
  • The bottom is painted an iridescent white with warm khaki accents, much like the color of a cloud reflecting the green of a field

Maui Rain Steel Beads

  • Hanging from the bottom of Kō’s roof are rows of thousands of small, stainless steel beads
  • They are reminiscent of the sun cascading through Maui’s misty rain, especially when they catch the sunlight and dance in the breeze
  • The beads are arranged in organic swirls, to signify Maui’s daily trade winds

Plant Materials

  • Native to Hawai΄i, ohia trees greet guests at the entrance of Kō.
  • Eye-level herb garden, tropical foliage, and of course, sugarcane is planted around the south side of the restaurant.
  • Bear grass is pressed between frosted acrylic and natural Brazilian granite, as well as large hollowed stone pendants, frequent the bar tops and tables.

Agriculture Inspired

  • Linear elements to reflect the repetitive rows of sugarcane crops are found throughout the space. The flooring is arranged in thick, even rows
  • The upholstery on the bar cushions is striped with shades of greens and browns
  • The circular backsplash around Kō bar features repetitive columns of recycled glass
  • Fire is incorporated through odorless torches and glowing acrylic sconces symbolize the sugarcane smoke rising into the Maui sky at harvest.