Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts says it has notified associates at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani that the hotel could close as soon as Aug. 1, 2014 to begin a long-planned, multi-million dollar redevelopment project.
"Reinvestment in Waikiki is critical to ensure Hawaii remains competitive with
destinations around the world," said Greg Dickhens, president of Kyo-ya Hotels &
Resorts, LP. "This is the first of many steps we will be taking in the months ahead to
bring us closer to commencing redevelopment of the property."
In preparation for the anticipated closing, Kyo-ya has been working closely with
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which manages its properties in Waikiki, to ensure a
smooth transition for associates at the hotel. Together with Unite Here Local 5, a
comprehensive plan has been developed to assist each associate with his or her
interest in continued employment within Starwood.
"As we move forward with the next exciting phase of our continued reinvestment in
Waikiki, we are focused first and foremost on ensuring our associates at the Sheraton
Princess Kaiulani have the support they need," said Ernest Nishizaki, executive vice
president of Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP.
Eric Gill, Secretary-Treasurer of Unite Here Local 5, commented, "We have been
anticipating the closure of the Princess Kaiulani for several years now, and the Union
has an agreement with Kyo-ya and Starwood regarding options available to Princess
Kaiulani workers affected by the temporary closure of the hotel."
"The employer has proven its care and concern for workers in this agreement, which
goes far beyond what most employers have offered their employees in similar
circumstances," continued Gill. "The longstanding positive relationship between Kyo-ya and Local 5 is proving once again to be a good thing for Hawaii’s people."
The redevelopment of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is the next big step in Kyo-ya's
billion-dollar investment in Waikiki that began in 2007 with the renovation and
rebranding of the historic Moana Surfrider as A Westin Resort & Spa, followed by the
transformation and repositioning of The Royal Hawaiian as a Luxury Collection Resort and the renovation of the Sheraton Waikiki.