Outrigger Hospitality Group has celebrated a substantial milestone this week (Apr 25), with the formal Grand Opening of the company’s flagship home, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Seaside Resort, following an comprehensive US$80 million transformation.
Somewhere around 500 VIP company, including elected officials, critical executives, companions, musicians and beloved neighborhood customers, gathered at the iconic resort for a standard Hawaiian blessing by Kumu Blaine Kia and dedication ceremony for the contemporary beachfront retreat, rooted in Hawaiian tradition.
The event symbolised a different enjoyable stride towards completion of the resort and further emphasised Outrigger’s pride of position in its hometown of Waikīkī, in accordance to Outrigger’s President and CEO, Jeff Wagoner.
The CEO shared terms of aloha with the audience, reiterating the company’s push for reliable hospitality and renewed commitment of the spot – divulging that Outrigger is paying out upwards of US$300 million throughout its Hawai‘i belongings to uplift the location while preserving and perpetuating the vivid heritage of the Islands.
“It is with good pride that we welcome buddies outdated and new to rejoice our reimagined Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach front Vacation resort,” he stated.
“Through this substantial transformation, our intention was to be certain that this was a put for locals and readers alike to come and get pleasure from Waikīkī as it must be – exactly where Hawaiian songs lifts our spirits, wherever regional foods nourish our bodies and local society enriches our minds.”
In true Outrigger style, an excellent line-up of award-successful area musicians done throughout the night.
Artists bundled GRAMMY Award nominee Amy Hānaialiʻi with Jeff Peterson, 3-time GRAMMY Award-successful recording artist Kalani Pe‘a and beloved slack-critical guitarist Sean Na‘auao. Impromptu appearances by treasured Hawaiian songs artists including: Kimié Miner, Josh Tatofi, Bobby Moderow and much more, further more improved the night’s merriment.
A spotlight of the night was the commitment of the phase at Kani Ka Pila Grille to Cyril Pahinui – legendary slack-essential guitarist who was a typical performer at Kani Ka Pila Grille and bestowed the location its name – which signifies “let’s enjoy music” in Hawaiian.
The lively songs was complemented by ono (delightful) food items furnished by acclaimed Chef and Outrigger lover, Peter Merriman, who will spearhead the resort’s newest oceanfront eatery, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, slated to open up in late 2022.
Furthermore, an iconic Outrigger canoe from the Mates of Hōkūle‘a and Hawai‘iloa served as the evening’s dazzling centrepiece in the swimming pool – a nod to Outrigger’s rich voyaging heritage. The pair in the canoe extra to the magic of the evening as ahead of they exited, he acquired down on a person knee for a marriage proposal – to which she happily accepted.