Hilton Continues To Change The Face Of Waikiki

This information originated in American English.

March 31, 2010

HONOLULU -  Hilton Worldwide announced today an ambitious multi-year master plan to renovate and rejuvenate Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, its premier Waikiki property.

Jerry Gibson, Hilton Worldwide Area Vice President, said, "By implementing this visionary master plan, Hilton is underscoring its continued long-term commitment to Waikiki and to Hawaii."

The new plan for Waikiki's only true destination resort features expanded retail and restaurant space to serve the more than 2 million guests, visitors and local residents it hosts annually; an improved guest arrival experience and numerous upgraded amenities, including additional children's and adult pools. It also calls for the construction of two new timeshare towers, which will add approximately 500 units to the vacation ownership pool. Information about the master plan is posted at: www.HHVmasterplan.com.

"The multi-year, multi-stage project comes at an opportune time," said Gibson. "It will add a new vibrancy to the entrance of Waikiki, adding to the state's tax base, creating long-term visitor-industry jobs and providing our beleaguered construction industry with hundreds of quality jobs."

Concern for the environment, both natural and cultural, plays a prominent role in the plan according to project planner Jeff Overton of Group 70 International. "The Village will retain its park-like setting with 50 percent of its 22 oceanfront acres remaining open space." He added, "We will also perpetuate the celebration of the Hawaiian sense of place at the Village through the use of Native Hawaiian-inspired elements in the architecture, paintings, sculptures and other artwork displayed throughout the property, as well as by featuring indigenous plants in the landscaping."

Since the first 70 guest rooms and suites opened their doors in 1955, the Hawaiian Village has continued to grow, ensuring a vibrant Waikiki. By 1968 the Village consisted of four multi-storied towers. Within the next two years the Mid-Pacific Conference Center, the largest meeting and convention facility in the Pacific, and the Rainbow Bazaar, with its 40 shops and restaurants, were opened. The iconic Hilton Dome, a Buckminster Fuller-designed geodesic dome and the first of its kind in the world, came down in 1999 to be replaced in 2001 by the 453-room, 35-story Kalia Tower. The 38-story Grand Waikikian Tower, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club timeshare property, was added to the Village-scape in 2008.

Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort & Spa now comprises 3,627 guest rooms, suites and timeshare units, and "true to our history," said Gibson, "we continue to plan new ways to improve the Hawaii experience and contribute to the vitality of Waikiki and our local community."

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For more than 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

Contact:
Cynthia Rankin, Hilton Hawaii
+1 808 947 7817
cynthia.rankin@hilton.com

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