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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, May 24, 2010

Hotel Hana-Maui says in-house staff reduced to 90 ‘for now’

The Maui News

The developing reorganization of Hotel Hana-Maui has cut its in-house staff from nearly 200 positions to about 90 "for now," according to a news release from the new management company, Green Tea.

About 100 jobs will be involved in outsourcing contracts with Hana-area businesses, Green Tea said.

It said the goal is to return the 70-room hotel to a stable financial footing, following a period in which the previous owners were close to foreclosure by their lenders.

"Our first priority is to restore the equilibrium between expenses and income," said Joy Berry, a partner in Green Tea. "That meant stabilizing the work force in line with the size and performance of the property — about 90 employees for now — with new job descriptions that provide greater flexibility. We are bringing the focus back to our core proficiency — which is to drive room nights — and paring away operations that can be better and more cost-effectively performed by specialists.

"As such we have outsourced several functions to date that have created about a hundred job opportunities in the Hana community."

Longhi's, one of the oldest and most famous restaurants on the island, has been retained to manage food and beverage operations including the hotel's two restaurants and the Hana Ranch roadside restaurant, which is owned by the hotel.

Longhi's is hiring 75 to 80 workers from the Hana area to staff the operation.

Landscaping and maintenance service has been contracted to Pulama, a Hana company that is hiring eight local workers.

The contract to operate the hotel-owned Hana Ranch Store has been awarded to Terry Mynar, who is hiring eight to 10 local employees.