Earthquake Damage Closes Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
The luxurious Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island
of Hawaii was closed December 1, 2006 for an indefinite period of time,
due to serious damage caused by the October 15, 2006 earthquake
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM PRINCE RESORTS HAWAII
December 1, 2006
It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision
to commence closing the Mauna kea Beach Hotel to employees
and guests for an indefinite period of time, beginning
Friday, December 1, 2006. The decision was based upon an
engineering consultant's report that identified new structural
damage resulting from the Big Island's October 15, 2006 earthquake.
After removing portions of the building interior a team
of consulting engineers retained by the hotel discovered
unexpected damage to the lateral bracing system in sections of
the roof in the Main Building. The consultant's report
categorized the condition as a significant safety hazard that
should be addressed as soon as possible.
There is nothing more important to us then the safety of our
guests and employees, and after reviewing our consultant's report,
we immediately decided to close the hotel. The hazard is not
necessarily imminent but does pose an unacceptable risk, especially
in light on on-going seismic activity of the past few weeks.
This is an "Act of God" situation that we have no control over.
Nonetheless we regret the hardship it is causing our employees
and the inconvenience to our guests. our initial assessment is
that it will take many months to repair and restore the Mauna
Kea Beach Hotel to its original luster and prominence.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will not accept any new reservations and
current guests will transition off the property by close of
Saturday, December 2, to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.
Guests holding future bookings are being contacted and every effort
is being made to find them alternate hotel accommodations through the
Plans are being drawn up for the orderly layoff of most of the hotel's
420 employees with the exception of those deemed essential to the
hotel while it is closed and under repair. In deference to the holiday
season, layoffs will not take effect until early in 2007.
The Mauna Kea Golf Course and clubhouse will remain open.
We have already spoken with representatives of ILWU are in the
process of consulting with federal, state, and county agencies to
marshal their expertise and resources to best assist our employees
and their families during this difficult time. We will also work
closely with other hotels to find employment for our displaced employees.
We appreciate your consideration and understanding of this difficult
situation. We look forward to the time when we're re-opened and back better
Donn Takahashi, President
Prince Resorts Hawaii
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