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Big Island's Keauhou Beach Resort Re-branded an Outrigger; Property Enhancements Completed or Under Way

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Kona, Hawaii - March 31, 2005 - The Keauhou Beach Resort on Hawaii's Big Island has been re-branded an Outrigger, and has completed or is undergoing a series of enhancements to its restaurants, banquet facilities and public areas.

Formerly flagged as an OHANA property under Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort encompasses 309 rooms located on prime oceanfront acreage, adjacent to tide pools sheltering sea turtles and reef fish, and Kahaluu Bay Beach Park. The hotel offers meeting facilities, restaurants, salon and spa services, tennis courts, pool, shopping, ancient historical sites and Hawaiian cultural programs for adults and children.

As part of its re-branding, the hotel has completed a number of improvements to both its physical plant and amenities. Diners at the property can now enjoy a new Sunday Brunch or Saturday Lobster Night along with new menus, dining tables, ceiling fans, upholstery, restaurant decor, china and silverware. The public areas boast new interior finishes, upgraded room and suite amenities, new pool umbrellas and enhanced landscaping.

Additional enhancements are expected to be completed by the end of the year, including improved lighting for outdoor function areas and acquisition of new equipment.

"In addition to the high quality of service and accommodations expected of Outrigger's deluxe properties, all of the hotels in our division share certain special characteristics: an unsurpassed oceanfront location, gracious island hospitality, and exceptional cultural programs and activities for our guests," said Kimberly Agas, vice president of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts beachfront division. "Both the re-branding and enhancements at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort are a statement about what our guests can expect in the way of services, amenities, activities, and location, location, location."

Outrigger's commitment to preserving and sharing the Hawaiian culture is reflected throughout the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort. The hotel grounds contain a replica of King David Kalakaua's beach house, as well as the historical remains of three heiau -- ancient Hawaiian temples. Tropical gardens feature such native and indigenous flora as ulu (breadfruit), kukui (candlenut), hala (pandanus), plumeria, heliconia and monkeypod trees. The interior decor showcases murals by renowned island artist Herb Kane, outrigger canoes carved from rare koa wood, and delicate feather lei.

The hotel overlooks shallow tide pools where guests are able to spot sea turtles and colorful reef life, and is adjacent to a beach park where snorkelers and surfers frequently gather. Within a mile are a shopping complex and 36 holes of golf.

The Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort's food and beverage operations are headed by Director of Food & Beverage Mark Burson, who is also a trained chef, and Executive Chef Stephen Marquard, who has won culinary awards in Hawaii and Fiji for his innovative cuisine, such as pandanus hollandaise sauce and Fijian curry. The hotel has two restaurants and a cocktail lounge.

About Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is a family-owned and operated company deeply committed to providing authentic island hospitality in premiere destinations throughout the Pacific. Each Outrigger property embraces the local culture to create a true sense of place for guests. Outrigger Hotels & Resorts and OHANA Hotels & Resorts are divisions of Outrigger Enterprises, Inc., Hawaii's largest locally owned hospitality-company and one of the fastest-growing hotel companies in the Pacific managing over 50 properties with more than 12,000 rooms in Hawaii, Australia, Micronesia, Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand. 

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Contact:
Nancy Daniels, APR, PR Manager
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
808-921-6839
nancy.daniels@outrigger.com
www.outriggerkeauhou.com
Also See: Big Island's Keauhou Beach Resort Scheduled to Reopen March, 1999 / Sept 1998
Kevin Labang Named Director of Food & Beverage at OHANA Keauhou Beach Resort / Oct 2002
Gregg Enright Named General Manager of the OHANA Keauhou Beach Resort on Hawaii's Big Island / March 2004


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