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The last major renovation — a 15-month, $40-million facelift — to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu was completed in August 2009. It was the biggest renovation to the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort since it opened in 1996. It included the creation of 20 new suites ranging between 1,150 and 1,950 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space; extensive updates to its 28,000-square-foot Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa; the building of a beachfront restaurant, lounge and bar; and the addition of two new retail stores.
Unfortunately, the resort was impacted by the storm surge generated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011. The storm brought water, sand and debris onto the grounds of the property, mainly impacting pool areas, landscaping, its oceanfront restaurant and 12 guest rooms. The resort was closed for six weeks to repair the damage.