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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort marks soft re-opening with Hawaiian blessing

After suspending operations to complete the first phase of its US$80 transformation, the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort received a traditional Hawaiian blessing, as part of a soft re-opening of the flagship retreat – located directly on the golden sands of Waik?k? Beach.



The property has always been a favourite with Aussie travellers, traditionally hosting one in eight guests from Australia. It will be sure to impress return travellers once borders are open with its newly designed upscale residential-style rooms and suites, chic poolside furniture and a fully reimagined Kani Ka Pila Grille – the home of Hawaiian music.


An intimate group, including Outrigger Hospitality Group’s President and CEO Jeff Wagoner, gathered as the Kahu Blaine Kia orchestrated a traditional Hawaiian blessing of the beachfront resort. His words of aloha extended to the many hands that worked on the transformation and the hosts who will maintain the property and provide exceptional service to guests.


“At Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort our goal is for guests to experience Waik?k? as it should be – a place rooted in Hawaiian culture, harmonious with nature and filled with art and music of the islands,” said Markus Krebs, general manager of Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.


“Today marks the beginning of a grand new voyage for Outrigger; we are excited to bring our hosts back to this special property and warmly welcome guests to come enjoy this beachfront destination, which was historically a place of healing and rejuvenation – something we all could use more of...”.


From the striking canoe-hale arrival experience to the artfully appointed accommodations, the resort design and feel emulate an elegant Hawai‘i beach house. Carefully curated art exhibits adorn the resort, including historical photography, contemporary sea-life illustrations and an impressive body of original voyaging artwork from celebrated Native Hawaiian historian Herb K?ne.


As part of Outrigger’s connection to the Polynesian Voyaging Society as well as the Friends of H?k?le‘a and Hawai‘iloa, a “Grand Navigator Experience” at the property links a collection of penthouse suites atop the Pacific Tower that are named in honour of Hawai‘i’s esteemed Pwo Navigators. The property also has a few dozen larger rooms with three double-beds, ideal for traveling families and friends.


The second phase of the property, including the Diamond Head Tower, Waiola Wellness Wing, Coral Kids Club and ‘?lelo Cultural Center is slated to be complete this . The anchor restaurant, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, is planned to open by the end of the year.


For a worry-free stay in paradise, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort follows Outrigger’s Clean Commitment – an enhanced safety platform developed with Ecolab, the global leader in hospitality sanitation that incorporates state-of-the-art technology, cleaning products and procedures.


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Published: 3 May 2021

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