A dozen years ago, when Paul Brown diverted his energy from his successful Hawaii salons to create his boutique Hawaii branded hair care products, he took a big leap which lead to a great success.
Now the world-renowned hair stylist and hair products magnate is thinking outside the box again, creating and managing a full-service, luxury spa at the flagship Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, overlooking the world-famous beach of the same name. Spa Olakino Salon opens November 7, 2003, and is the first venture of Paul Brown`s that does not bear his name.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with a great organization like Marriott International and look forward to Spa Olakino Salon creating its own identity and becoming a worldwide brand,” said Brown, who is chief executive officer and president of Paul Brown companies which include Paul Brown Salons & Day Spas, as well
as the internationally sold “Paul Brown Hawaii” and “Hapuna” lines of hair care products.
“We believe that Spa Olakino Salon will become known for the unique, personalized treatments we will exclusively create for each client,” Brown said.
Paul Brown conceptualized and designed the 6,000 square-foot facility featuring faux lava rock with petroglyphs (primitive rock carvings), water features and marble.
Honolulu-based architect Brian Fujiwara worked with Brown to bring this project to fruition. Spa Olakino Salon will have 10 treatment rooms divided into six massage treatment rooms; two wet and dry treatment rooms, one of which is the couple’s room with a Japanese furo soaking bath; and two facial rooms.
There will also be three hair dressing stations, one makeup station, two manicure and pedicure stations, a women’s and men’s locker room, and four steam showers.
A 24-hour fitness and exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment will be located next to the spa. With glass windows all along the 75-foot-long lounging area, Spa Olakino Salon patrons will delight in breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach and the blue Pacific.
UNIQUE SPA TREATMENTS
In keeping with the Hawaiian concept of olakino, or general wellness, fresh Hawaiian plants and fruits will be abundant in the spa.
Hawaii grown papaya, Kona coffee beans, and aloe vera are but a few items available to mix and apply on clients for body scrubs, masks or skin treatments.
The signature spa treatment is the Olakino Experience. It is an all-day affair starting with a foot wash using warm mineral water, Hawaiian salt and peppermint oil. Next is the signature Magic Island massage, a fusion of Thai massage, lomi lomi, shiatsu and reflexology, using an infusion of grape seed oil and Awapuhi Kauiwi (wild ginger).
A pineapple and papaya enzyme body scrub follows the massage. The Aloe and Hawaiian spirulina (sea kelp) wrap ends the body treatment, leaving a relaxing aromatherapy facial to complete the Olakino Experience. A healthy lunch and champagne cocktail are included in the service.
Stan Engeldorf, general manager at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, said, “The addition of Spa Olakino Salon is the crowning touch to our $60 million modernization.
The spa will, indeed, fully enhance this resort with superior guest accommodations, services and amenities consistent with Marriott brand standards.” “Spa Olakino Salon will be of the highest caliber with the exceptional levels of service that have become synonymous with the name Paul Brown,” said Engeldorf.
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort completed a $60 million modernization in 2002. The resort offers 1,310 guest rooms and suites with a private lanai
providing a spectacular view of world-famous Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach or mountain views; Kuhio Beach Grill, featuring Continental and Pacific Rim cuisine; Moana Terrace, offering live traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music featured nightly; Arancino di Mare, offering authentic Italian pasta dishes and warm homemade pizzas, providing guests with a little slice of Italy in Waikiki; Restaurant Run, contemporary sushi bar; Seattle1s Best Coffee; Spa Olakino * Salon, a 6,000 sq. ft. full-service spa overlooking Waikiki Beach created and managed by world-renowned hairstylist Paul Brown; two freshwater swimming pools that are heated; a 24-hour fitness facility; business center with 24-hour Internet access; shops and boutiques; a children`s program and Hawaiian cultural activities.
Master hairstylist Paul Brown is an educator and businessman who heads an international company, promoting his beloved Hawaii all over the world. His hair care line operation is 12 years old.
Today there are four Paul Brown Salons, day spas and spas in Hawaii: the flagship Paul Brown salon and day spa is located in Honolulu at Ward Centre; there are two more full-service salons on Oahu and a salon and spa at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel at Mauna Kea Resort, located on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.