BY KATHY OYADOMARI — This month, we bid a fond aloha to Mercy Mariano from the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Han Qin Wang from the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.
At the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort (OWK), Mercy Mariano retired after 44 years of service. In 1972, Mercy started as a housekeeper at the OWK and also worked as an inspectress, control clerk and assistant housekeeper. Dr. Chuck Kelley, Bitsy Kelley, Barry Wallace, Robert McConnell and fellow OWK hosts joined Mercy in celebrating this special day.
Mercy’s future travel plans include visiting relatives in Seattle at the end of the month and traveling to Vancouver and Victoria, Canada. Mercy says she’ll keep busy babysitting her grandson twice a week and helping her son at his hair and makeup salon. She also looks forward to spending more time on her flower and vegetable garden, walking three times a week and watching Filipino and Korean soap operas.
Mercy shared the following words of wisdom with her OWK ‘ohana: “Learn a lot and maintain what you learn. Learn from your mistakes. Keep smiling to the guests and your co-workers. Be happy and in good spirits. Don’t worry because life is short.”
Mercy extended a thank you to the Kelley family, to her supervisors and to her co-workers and expressed that she will miss everyone at the OWK.
Management and fellow hosts of the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort (ORF) celebrated the retirement of Han Qin Wang “Wang.” Dr. Chuck Kelley, Bitsy Kelley, Barry Wallace and Clyde Min expressed their appreciation on behalf of Outrigger Resorts for his hard work and dedication.
Wang began his career with Outrigger in 1989 and he has always worked in housekeeping at the ORF. His retirement plans include a trip to San Francisco in October to visit his daughter. At the end of the year, Wang will travel to China to visit relatives. After the near-term traveling, Wang says he’ll be very busy watching his three grandchildren (ages 3, 2 and 1) with his wife. He’ll also tend to his vegetable and flower garden and take daily 45-minute walks with his mother who is 93 years young. Wang also hopes to have some free time to watch Chinese soap operas.
Wang shared that working for Outrigger was his first job when he arrived from China. He is grateful to the Kelley family for giving him an opportunity to work for a wonderful company that allowed him to care for his family. Wang expressed that he will miss everyone at the ORF.
With thanks and well wishes, we bid our fond aloha to Mercy and Wang.