Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Other News From Hawaii

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is about to begin a restoration. Plans are in progress to close the hotel for seven months on or around June 1, 2008 and reopen in late 2008.

Construction on the Trump Waikiki Hotel is up to the 11th floor. Completion is scheduled for August, 2009.

The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center will be the new home of Hilo Hattie's 29,000 sq. ft. flagship store when it relocates to Waikiki in the early summer of 2008. The two-level store, occupying the first and second floors with direct access from Kalakaua Avenue, will further enhance the $84 million revitalization that is taking place at the Center.

Jimmy Buffett plans to open a restaurant in Waikiki. Expect occasional appearances by singer/author Jimmy Buffett at a new Waikiki restaurant that will bear his name and is expected to open later this year on Kalakaua Avenue in the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber. It will be known as Jimmy Buffett's At The Beachcomber and will occupy a prominent location on Kalakaua Avenue above Macy's on the hotel's lobby level.