The HAWAI'I HOTEL ASSOCIATION is in the midst of a name change to the HAWAI'I HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION in part to include new segments of the industry, such as timeshare and vacation clubs. The change also will bring the name of the local group into line with the national organization, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, which changed its name in 2001. The local group was founded in 1946 with a membership of 16 hotels. Today the group has a membership of more than 180 hotels offering more than 51,500 rooms.
Based on ratings of rooms, service, food, location, design and activities, the HYATT REGENCY KAUA'I RESORT AND SPA has been included in the 2002 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List of "The World's Best Places to Stay." More than 28,000 of the magazine's subscribers cast their votes for "the best" in hotels, resorts and cruise lines throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Pacific and Europe in the Ninth Annual Readers' Choice Poll. This is the Hyatt's fifth consecutive placement.
Massage techniques from across the Pacific and Asia including lomilomi, pohaku, Polynesian nonu, Swedish, Thai and Ton Ton Amma and treatments using fresh island ingredients will be offered when the HALEKULANI'S new SpaHalekulani opens next month. Exploring the healing traditions of Hawai'i's diverse cultures, especially those from Pacific islands such as Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti, the new facility will offer guests a full menu of treatments, massages, facials, pedicures, steam showers, body and facial therapies, and hair and nail care services. Architectural elements, art and artifacts from across the Pacific will be featured, including shoji doors, wooden tropical grass window coverings, Thailand bleached wood, and bamboo and tumbled stones from Thailand. The spa, with seven relaxation suites, including two for couples (one of which can be transformed into a bridal room) is part of the hotel's multimillion-dollar refurbishment.
STEVE GOODENOW, founder and former owner of both Goodenow Associates Inc. and Safeguard Services Inc., has opened a new firm, Steve Goodenow, CLI, CFE, a full-service investigation, security and consultation company. The new firm is in the Topa Financial Center (formerly Amfac Center), 700 Bishop St., Suite 2000.
The new accounting firm of LYCHYWEK & JENNINGS CPAS INC., formerly known as Richard R. Lychywek CPA Inc., has opened in Suite 730 of the Pan Am Building, 1600 Kapi'olani Blvd. James D. Jennings, president and chief executive officer, was manager of the former company.
JAMES M. "JAMIE" BROWN, former vice president and office division manager of Colliers Monroe Friedlander, has opened a new company, HAWAI'I COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LLC, a specialized commercial real-estate services company. He will specialize in serving both owners and tenants in the leasing of mid-rise and high-rise Honolulu office buildings; and sales of buildings, hotels and income-producing real estate statewide. The company is at 1132 Bishop St. (formerly First Hawaiian Tower), Suite 1585.
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