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Marriott ends contract but Ihilani to stay open

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KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

This is the last day of Marriott's contract to brand and manage the Ihilani resort at Ko Olina, but owner Jeff Stone is proceeding with his plan to keep the hotel open for three more months.

A spokeswoman specified today that “any employee who wants to stay will have a job,” the hotel will be resupplied, and a new website is under construction.

The Marriott website for Ihilani was taking no reservations today.

Stone announced months ago he would close the hotel and undertake extensive renovations and new construction, then reopen the property as a Four Seasons. More recently, however, he revealed plans to keep open beyond the original Jan. 9 closing date.

Since federal law requires 60-day notice of layoffs of 50 people or more, layoff notices had already gone out, with the end of the Marriott contract timed to the same date. Marriott has been winding down its tenure, in part by not resupplying the hotel. Attendees at a recent wedding found the bar poorly stocked because of that.

The supply shortages and lack of a working website can be addressed rapidly.

Even an extension of just a few months – Stone spoke of staying open into April – is good news not only for employees but also for those local residents for whom a weekend at Ko Olina has sometimes proven to be a lower-stress, lower-cost alternative to flying to the mainland for a brief holiday.

The Four Seasons brand serves the luxury tier, with room rates that could be beyond the means of many who could afford current Ihilani rates. Oahu does not currently have a Four Seasons hotel.

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