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POSTED: Sunday, November 15, 2009

Awards note Waikiki improvements

The Waikiki Improvement Association recently announced the recipients of its annual awards.

The Hoowehiwehi Nui Award went to the Grand Waikikian. The award honors a new development or project for its “;significant contribution toward the revitalization of Waikiki's physical, cultural and/or economic environment.”; In announcing the award, the WIA said “;The 38-story Grand Waikikian evokes the ambiance of a grand Hawaiian Hotel, while offering the amenities and comforts of a world-class resort condominium.”;

Three Hoowehiwehi Lihi Awards were bestowed. This award is aimed at projects that enhance existing structures or facilities. The winners were:

» The Royal Hawaiian Hotel restoration. “;The project restated, enhanced, restored and expressed the Hawaiian history and presence of the land and grace of this place in a manner befitting its royal past with an eye on its future,”; the WIA announcement said.

» The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Beach Resort & Spa. Developed in the 1950s, the lagoon was restored with a state-of-the-art circulation system and enhanced landscaping.

» Outrigger Reef on the Beach. The hotel's $110 million makeover pays “;homage to Hawaii's extraordinary voyaging history and cultural heritage and many aspects of its metamorphosis were done in collaboration with Hawaiian cultural experts,”; the WIA said.

The George S. Kanahele Hookipa Award award was given to the Mohalapua O 'Ilima program at the 'Ilima Hotel. The program involves classes for hotel employees on such topics as Hawaiian music, hula, traditions, history and Hawaiian arts and crafts.