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With the Opening of the Pali Tower, Kokua Hospitality Completes First Phase
of Construction on the 191-room Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach in Hawaii

Second Tower, the Diamond Tower, with 235 Additional Rooms to Open Spring 2012


(CHICAGO, IL; December 08, 2011)— Amongst a sea of guests, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach today opened the doors of the Pali Tower, the first of two towers being constructed at this property, celebrating the launch of the first Hyatt Place hotel in the Hawaii market. Situated  just steps from Waikiki Beach, one of Hawaii’s most renowned recreational beaches, the hotel sets a new standard in gracious hospitality while combining stylish design and practical amenities with forward-thinking technology and purposeful service.

"Today marks a special moment in our company’s history, with the opening of our first Hawaiian property," said Rob Kline, co-chairman of Kokua Hospitality , the management company overseeing the development of Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach. "We are so proud of the team and their dedication to providing a remarkable hotel experience for all of our guests and visitors."

To toast the completion of the first phase of construction at Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, Kokua Hospitality is hosting a traditional “LuWOW” reception with esteemed guests that include local dignitaries, hospitality professionals, shareholders and friends.  The opening party will include traditional customs such as a blessing by a native Hawaiian Minister (Kahu), as well as entertaining performances by hula dancers and fire eaters on the expansive pool deck on the third floor.

In addition to the pool deck, the beautifully designed property features 191 rooms, and 235 additional rooms will be available when the second tower, the Diamond Tower, opens in spring 2012. While checking in at the spacious open-air lobby just a block from the ocean, guests can choose from a variety of options, including ocean-view rooms. All rooms feature balconies, offering gorgeous views of the Waikiki Beach neighborhood, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi access, a 42-inch high-definition television, a plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and a sectional sofa sleeper. Additional amenities include a business center and tourism desk located in the lobby; an intimate Bakery Café offering specialty coffees, premium beers, wines, and cocktails; and a Grab ’n Go case stocked with freshly made items, including sandwiches, salads, tropical fruit, rice,  a few authentic Asian cuisine items and more.

"Guests continue to seek authentic and genuine experiences when they travel, and we plan to distinguish ourselves by fulfilling this expectation," said General Manager Bonnie Kiyabu. "Our personalized service will ultimately define us."

All guests receive a complimentary hot breakfast, served on the expansive pool deck, which features a fire pit, Tiki torches and seating for up to 200 people. The hotel also offers a StayFit@Hyatt fitness center with cardio equipment and gym accessories, such as free weights, yoga and Pilates mats. The second floor features elegant rooms ideal for meetings , receptions and conferences. With 4,200 square feet of function space, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is an exceptional setting for any type of occasion from intimate weddings to business meetings to lavish celebrations.

Travelers hoping to escape the freezing temperatures this winter will appreciate the hotel’s prime location. Situated close to the southwest end of the beach, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach offers guests access to the best views and the clearest and warmest water, perfect for surfers. Its close proximity to Waikiki’s exclusive shopping district, world-class restaurants, natural attractions such as the famed Diamond Head volcanic crater and a variety of other important sights and museums in Waikiki makes it the perfect hotel for both leisure and business travelers.

For additional information about Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, or to reserve accommodations, please visit www.HyattPlaceWaikikiBeach.com

About Kokua Hospitality, LLC
Kokua Hospitality, LLC, is a hotel management firm founded by its parent, The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC, with the mandate to become the operator of choice for strategic institutional and select private lodging investors by producing superior results as turnaround specialists. Created by veteran lodging investment and management experts to appeal to an investor’s sensibility, Kokua Hospitality blends best-in-class operating practices with an owner’s DNA. Kokua Hospitality manages a growing portfolio of hotels and resorts nationwide. For more information on Kokua Hospitality, please visit www.kokuahospitality.com and follow us on Twitter @kokuahotels or kokuahospitality.wordpress.com.

About Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place, a brand of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, offers more than 160 locations throughout the United States.  Located at 175 Paoakalani Avenue, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach features guestrooms offering multiple areas to work and relax, including the Cozy Corner, an eight-foot sectional sofa sleeper; plush Hyatt Grand Bed; and ergonomic work center. Every guestroom is also equipped with a state-of-the-art media center that allows electronic devices to plug directly into the 42-inch, high-definition television, giving guests instant access to the technological amenities they’re accustomed to accessing at home or in the office. For more information or to make a reservation, call 1-888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or visit www.HyattPlaceWaikikiBeach.com. For flash updates about the property, please follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
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Contact:

KOKUA HOSPITALITY, LLC
541 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
312.644.4800
www.KokuaHospitality.com

WAGSTAFF WORLDWIDE, INC.
Karla Ikpi | Cat Taylor
312.943.6900
karla@wagstaffworldwide.com | ctaylor@wagstaffworldwide.com
 

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Also See: Kokua Hospitality Prepares for Opening of Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, the First Hyatt Place in the Hawaii Market / October 2011

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Chartres Lodging to Rebrand the 425-room Ocean Resort Waikiki as Hyatt Place Waikiki; Kokua Hospitality to Manage Property and Oversee its Renovation / January 2011
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