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Wednesday, April 19, 2000

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Holly Porter, relaxing with an ice tea after getting a
massage yesterday at the Na Ho'ola Spa, looks out
at the view of the Hyatt and Waikiki.

Hyatt unwraps
full spa in

It is the first of its kind
in the tourist district

By Russ Lynch


The Hyatt Regency Waikiki was to officially open its first full-service spa today, providing a luxury service that is increasingly popular in resorts around the world.

A grand opening was planned for 2 p.m. for Na Ho'ola, which the hotel says means "many healers" in Hawaiian, a 10,000-square-foot facility on the fifth and sixth floors between the hotel's twin towers.

The spa, with a view over Waikiki Beach, will offer a variety of massages, body treatments, body wraps, facials, hair treatments and even help with makeup.

It has 19 treatment rooms, an exercise area, a sauna, steam showers, jet baths and a refreshment area, as well as a retail shop with Na Ho'ola logo items.

Paul Tang, Hyatt Regency general manager, said a spa is needed in Waikiki and Na Ho'ola will provide a unique cultural experience because Hawaiian consultants helped plan it.

The Kalakaua Avenue hotel is now marketing itself as the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa.

There is already a hotel spa at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina but nothing of that scale in Waikiki.

Officials of the Sheraton-managed Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Waikiki hotels said last week they will soon open a full-service spa to serve the four Sheraton/ Starwood hotels in Waikiki.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village also is building a spa in the Kalia Tower, now under construction and due to open next spring.

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