Outrigger Hospitality Group offically welcomed Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa into its portfolio of premier beach resorts with a traditional Hawaiian blessing and ceremony.
On the first day of the resort being an Outrigger, a traditional Hawaiian blessing was led by Kumu Keala Ching and Kumu Kaipo Ho, alongside the resort's long-time cultural advisor, Rolinda Bean. There was also a sharing of mea 'ai (symbolic foods) - followed by an exchange of gifts: four Koa paddles engraved with each of Outrigger's Values and a framed copy of a chant that was written by Kumu Keala Ching for the hosts of the former Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, now regifted to the new Hosts of the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa.
"Outrigger has provided heartfelt hospitality in Hawai'i for nearly 75 years and our commitment to this destination remains steadfast; we're proud to invest in our island home - especially amidst these challenging times," said Jeff Wagoner, president and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group.
"We deeply appreciate land-owner Kamehameha Schools for entrusting Outrigger with the stewardship of this culturally significant land and look forward to showcasing its illustrious past throughout the resort's design, artwork and guest activations in an authentic and captivating way," added Wagoner.
Hospitality veteran Steve Solberg, the resort's new general manager, is conversant with the values of Outrigger Hospitality Group as he led Outrigger's resort in Guam for six years.
"The energy and splendour of this destination are palpable; I'm grateful for the opportunity to be part of this resort's next chapter and work alongside a dedicated team to create unforgettable experiences for our guests," said Solberg.
Images supplied Ourigger Kona Resort & Spa
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