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Soul Community Planet (SCP) has announced the purchase of the 138-room Hilo Seaside Hotel, located in Hilo, Hawaii. The hotel will undergo a $4.6-million renovation and reopen as the SCP Hotel Hilo on June 1.

Steeped in the rich Hawaiian tourism legacy of the William and Matilda Wassman Kimi family and their six children, the 2.23-acre seaside property was founded by Hawaiian native and tourism visionary Richard Kimi in 1956 and was continually operated by the Kimi family until this acquisition. Under the family’s management, the Hilo Seaside Hotel cultivated a deep spirit of Aloha, and became known as a place where island hospitality is at the forefront of the ancient Hawaiian culture.

Adding to the recently completed renovations of the hotel’s open-air lobby, pool, pool deck, and other public areas, SCP’s planned renovation scope will include updating guestrooms and bathrooms, the introduction of several new suites, along with the addition of SCP’s signature Peaceful Rooms. Also planned is the addition of an SCP Provisions market, offering healthy, plant-forward, fresh, immune-boosting, locally sourced food and drink. In keeping with the company’s commitment to improving sustainability, a full solar array and EV charging stations also will be added. SCP also plans to celebrate the hotel’s long history by featuring historic memorabilia of the Kimi family and island history throughout the property.

Photo: Courtesy of Hilo Seaside Hotel

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