By Nancy Daniels
On October 22, more than 300 visitor industry professionals, government officials, and other invited guests gathered at the Royal Hawaiian Theater for the Waikiki Improvement Association’s (WIA) annual meeting, during which winners of the Ho‘owehiwehi Awards were announced. Walking away with one of three Ho‘owehiwehi Lihi Awards presented that afternoon was Outrigger Hotels & Resorts for the Outrigger Reef on the Beach’s just completed $110 million transformation. Accepting the award on behalf of Outrigger were President and CEO David Carey, General Manager Bill Comstock, and Senior Projects Manager Bob Finan.
Aimed at projects that enhance existing structures or facilities, the WIA’s Ho‘owehiwehi Lihi Award recognizes a company, organization, or group for a significant contribution toward the enduring revitalization of Waikiki’s physical, cultural, and/or economic environment. The Outrigger Reef’s top-to-bottom extreme makeover certainly accomplished all that and more!
With its ideal setting along famed Waikiki Beach, and as the beachfront anchor to the new shopping, dining, and entertainment district of Waikiki Beach Walk®, the Outrigger Reef is now an extraordinary new vacation experience in Waikiki.
Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in repositioning the Outrigger Reef on the Beach and transforming it into a stunning new haven of elegance, comfort, and gracious hospitality with an unparalleled commitment to Hawaiian culture.