Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort sets sail


HONOLULU, May 10, 2022: Outrigger Hospitality Group celebrated a milestone last week with the official grand opening of the company’s flagship property, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, after an extensive $80 million transformation.

Approximately 500 VIP guests, including elected officials, key leaders, partners, musicians and community members, gathered at the resort for a traditional Hawaiian blessing by Kumu Blaine Kia and a dedication ceremony for the contemporary retreat in seaside, steeped in Hawaiian culture. The event symbolized another exciting step towards the station’s completion and further underscored Outrigger’s pride in its hometown of Waikīkī.

From left to right: Jeff Wagoner, President and CEO; Luana Maitland, Director of Cultural Experience; Markus Krebs, Managing Director; Blaine Kia, Kumu; Mike Shaff, vice president of operations; Monica Salter, vice president of global communications; Sean Dee, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

Outrigger President and CEO Jeff Wagoner shared words of aloha with the audience, reiterating the company’s dedication to genuine hospitality and its renewed commitment to Hawaii. He said Outrigger is spending more than US$300 million in its Hawaiian assets to elevate the destination while preserving the islands’ vibrant heritage.

“It is with great pride that we welcome friends old and new to celebrate our reimagined Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort,” said Wagoner. “Through this extensive transformation, our goal was to ensure that it was a place where locals and visitors alike could come and enjoy Waikīkī as it should be – where Hawaiian music lifts our spirits, where local foods nourish our body and local culture enriches our spirits.”

In true Outrigger fashion, an exceptional line-up of award-winning local musicians performed throughout the evening. Performers included GRAMMY Award nominee Amy Hānaialiʻi along with Jeff Peterson, three-time GRAMMY Award winner Kalani Pe’a, and beloved guitarist Sean Na’auao. Impromptu appearances from treasured Hawaiian musical artists, including Kimie Miner, Josh Tatofi, Bobby Moderow and more, further heightened the cheer of the night.

One of the highlights of the evening was the dedication of the Kani Ka Pila Grille stage to Cyril Pahinui – a legendary slack-key guitarist who was a regular Kani Ka Pila Grille performer and gave the venue its name – who means “let’s play music”. in Hawaiian.

The music was complemented by ono (delicious) food provided by acclaimed chef and Outrigger partner Peter Merriman, who will run the resort’s new beachfront restaurant, Monkeypod Kitchen Merriman, which is slated to open in late 2022. Fresh Oysters grown in Hawaii from Kualoa Ranch were served and shucked by Hawaii’s one and only mobile oyster bar – Oysters Hawaii, alongside Superb Sushi’s fresh fish stations. Guests sipped custom cocktails including the famous Monkeypod Mai Tai and beers from the Kona Brewing Company throughout the evening.

Event partners for the grand opening included: Travel Weekly, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Superb Sushi, Kualoa Ranch, Royal Hawaiian Helicopters, HARA, Hawaiian Agriculture Foundation, Hawaii Volcanic Water, Kona Brewing Co., Polynesian Voyaging Society, Orchid Lei Co. and Southern Glazer Wines and Spirits of Hawaii.

Outrigger CARES – a newly created corporate foundation, was the recipient of the event, with $5,000 earmarked to support local Hawaiian and nonprofit organizations.

For more information or to book a stay at the newly transformed Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, please visit www.Outrigger.com


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