About Us

Kyo-ya has a storied history in Hawai‘i. Founded by Kenji Osano in 1960 as a subsidiary of Japan-based Kokusai Kogyo, Kyo-ya Company, Ltd. first established itself in the islands in 1961. Since then, Kyo-ya has been committed to the communities they are in and has reinvested to maintain the original charm and character of these legendary properties on O‘ahu, Maui and California.


December 1961
Established Kyo-ya Co., Ltd.

January 1962
Purchased Kyo-ya Restaurant in Waikiki

July 1963
Purchased Princess Kaiulani Hotel

December 1963
Purchased Moana Hotel and Surfrider Hotel

Princess Kaiulani Ainahau Tower opens

Acquisition of Palace Hotel (San Francisco)

September 1974
Purchased the Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki, and Sheraton Maui Hotels from the Sheraton Corporation of America

March 1989
Sheraton Moana Surfrider $50 million restorations completed. Hotel reopened March 29, 1989

August 1989
Started $15 million construction of Kyo-ya Restaurant

February 1991
Re-opened new Kyo-ya Restaurant

Reinvested in Palace Hotel Major Restoration Project ($150 million)

Reinvested in Sheraton Maui Redevelopment ($165 million)

Sheraton Waikiki and The Royal Hawaiian Master Plan ($120 million)