BY KATHY OYADOMARI — On July 22, we bid mahalo (thanks) and a warm aloha to Virginia “Virgie” Asakawa, who retired after 34 years of dedicated service. Dr. Chuck Kelley, Barry Wallace, Bitsy Kelley and Alan Naito expressed their appreciation to Virgie on behalf of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts for her dedication and contribution to Outrigger.
Virgie’s career with Outrigger started in housekeeping at the Outrigger Waikiki Village. She also worked at the Ala Wai Terrace, where she met her husband Robert, the Outrigger Maile Sky Court, the OHANA Waikiki West and most recently the Holiday Inn Resort® Waikiki Beachcomber (OBC) as executive housekeeper.
Virgie is looking forward to finishing projects at home, like the renovation of her kitchen, bathroom and backyard. She also plans on spending time doing what she enjoys – people watching and window shopping at Ala Moana Center; eating (anything sweet and pork dishes); watching her favorite TV programs; and relaxing with a glass of wine.
Virgie plans to take cooking classes with Debbie Murakami and future travel includes Seattle to visit her daughter; Las Vegas to visit her brother; and Alaska to visit her sister.
She is grateful to Outrigger for the opportunity to learn and grow from so many experiences. Virgie is so happy and feels blessed to be a part of Outrigger. She says she will miss her OBC family.
To everyone who has touched her life at Outrigger, Virgie shares, “Don’t try to please everyone, just do what is right. Enjoy life and be happy. Life is short.”