BY SHANNON YADON — On Friday, April 13, the Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk Resort celebrated the opening of their newly renovated lobby. Tiffani ‘Napualei’ Saunders led a cultural ceremony and blessing including the ceremonial untying of Maile lei. The Hawaiian story of the Naupaka flower, which served as an inspirational muse in the design of the lobby, was shared with all those in attendance. Guests could see carvings of the flower on the new front desk and the actual plant housed in planters around the resort. This ‘ohana-style celebration invited resort employees and in-house guests to share in the ceremony and a social mixer, with sparkling cider and Naupaka-decorated cupcakes, that followed.
The renovation work began March 12, and the resort staff found this the perfect opportunity to correlate the renovation work with the display of their Ke ‘Ano Wa‘a Paddle 2 project – a timeline of the resort’s physical building and key dates in our employees’ lives. The partition walls set in place by the renovation team were decorated with colorful dates and photographs allowing our owners and guests to get a glimpse into the past while the renovation crew was hard at work behind the scenes. The installation crew worked day and night and finished the renovation nearly two weeks ahead of schedule; when the timeline-decorated partition walls came down, guests, owners and employees were thrilled with the beautiful result.