Ohana starts $12M upgrade
The Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber, known for hosting Don Ho's show in his final years, has begun a $12.1 million refurbishment of the hotel that was inspired by the Waikiki of the 1950s and '60s when Ho was in his full glory.
The first phase of the renovation, which began last month, will upgrade the interior of all 493 guest rooms on the property. Some rooms will be ready for occupancy in late 2007, with all renovations slated for completion in February 2008.
After the transformation, guest rooms will have a more open feel featuring a more subtle color palette and a vintage tropical motif.
The complete interior remodel of the hotel's guest rooms will emphasize modern lines, neutral hues, sandstone accents, new carpeting, and upscale bedding.
"Our island hospitality is Ohana's greatest asset, and we want to make sure our guests feel comfortable and taken care of," said Tom Wakita, director of sales and marketing for Ohana Hotels & Resorts.
Each room's upgraded interior will feature new Alder and Cherry hardwood furniture and island artwork from Kerne Erickson and Mark Brown.
Textiles will reflect Hawaii's sun, sand, surf and marine life. Bathrooms will be upgraded with granite counters, custom hardwood cabinetry and tropical accessories.
During the renovation, Outrigger is offering $129 a night rates from Aug. 26 through Dec. 21. Guests also will receive an amenities package that includes free rides on the Waikiki Trolley, free local and long-distance calls to the United States and Canada, free Internet access, complimentary coffee, tea and a free daily newspaper.