King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel Appoints New General Manager

Edward Braunlich

The Kona Beach Hotel at Courtyard King Kamehameha announced this week the appointment of Edward Braunlich as the hotel’s general manager.

As a seasoned professional with over 35 years of experience in domestic and international hotels and resorts, Braunlich’s new role marks his official return to the island of Hawaii, having most recently served as General Manager. acting from the hotel. Her first hotel role at the Hyatt Regency Waikoloa (now Hilton Waikoloa Village), helped Braunlich develop her passion for Hawaiian hospitality and culture.

“In many ways, it really feels like a kind of homecoming to welcome Ed back to the Big Island,” Scott Warner, senior vice president of operations, Pacifica Hotels, said in a press release announcing the appointment. . “There is no one who brings the level of expertise, passion and collaborative spirit that Ed brings – he is truly unparalleled as a passionate leader and veteran of hospitality, and we couldn’t be luckier to have him on our team at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

The 455-room hotel encompasses the land where King Kamehameha the Great peacefully ruled after uniting the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. In honor of this deep history, visitors will find endless historical and cultural experiences throughout the hotel.

Braunlich brings a 25-year tenure with Hyatt; eight years at the Ritz-Carlton and experience at six premier resorts in Hawai’i, in addition to having opened 11 hotels in his many years in the hospitality business, to his role at the Kona Beach Hotel.


He also served on the task force at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, helping to reopen the resort after a $200 million renovation. Throughout his career, Braunlich also held general manager positions at the Gingko Standard Hotel in Ybin, China, where his leadership led to the successful opening of the 300-room hotel; at the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch in San Antonio; Hyatt Siesta Key Beach Resort in Sarasota, Florida, and Hyatt Residence Club Bonita Springs, Coconut Plantation, Florida, among others.


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