KAHULUI, HI -- (Marketwire) -- 07/17/12 -- The Kahului Airport area of Maui was abuzz with the sounds of partying Thursday evening as the new 138-room Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport hotel celebrated its grand opening Hawaiian style. It is the first Courtyard property on the Valley Isle and the fourth in Courtyard's Hawaii portfolio.
More than a hundred dignitaries enjoyed a traditional Hawaiian blessing followed by an outdoor party featuring colorful Japanese taiko drummers, hip-swaying Hawaiian music and dazzling hula performances by Kumu Hula Makaala and Halau Hula Wehena o Ke Ao and the world-renowned Tihati dancers. Island inspired cuisine featuring locally grown products added to the festivities in the tiki-torch lit lawn area adjacent to the hotel. Among the notable guests were Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife Ann, hotel developer and builder Bob Olson, members of the Maui County Council and leading Hawaii tourism officials. As part of Marriott's Spirit to Serve, a corporate program designed to foster goodwill in the community, Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport and R.D. Olson Development did a check presentation for $5,000 to the Maui Food Bank.
Speaking at the affair, Mayor Arakawa thanked General Manager Kaleo Kenui for his hospitality, and added, "We congratulate Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport and R.D. Olson on your grand opening. We are confident this hotel will be successful."
Chris Tatum, Area Vice President, Hawaii, Marriott International, acknowledged Mayor Arakawa and his administration for their help in moving the project forward and thanked many others who had a hand in bringing the new property to life. "Mahalo for being here tonight to join us in celebrating the comfort this new Courtyard hotel brings to Maui. With its location here in Kahului and close proximity to Wailuku, Paia, and Upcountry Maui, it's going to be a big hit with business and vacation travelers."
Owned and built by R.D. Olson Development, of Irvine, California, the four-story hotel near Wailuku is located less than a mile from Kahului Airport (OGG) and provides a complimentary airport shuttle service.
It is the first Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Hawaii to feature the "refreshing business" lobby that provides services and amenities that allow guests a variety of choices, creating a healthy balance between work and play.
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