Hilton Hawaiian Village renovates space

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WAIKIKI, Hawaii -- The Hilton Hawaiian Village here added a comprehensive 24-hour business center and is renovating and adding meetings space.

The hotel also is constructing a $95 million, 453-room tower, called the Kalia Tower, that will have three meeting rooms and guest rooms catering to business travelers.

"The Kalia tower will have a walkway to the Coral Ballroom that we are renovating right now, so the ballroom will be really easy for people to get to," said Roberta Rinker-Ludloff, area director of marketing for Hilton Resorts Hawaii.

Earlier this summer, the Xerox Business Center opened in the ground level of the Diamond Head Tower.

The center offers Internet access; copy services; equipment rental, including copiers, printers, fax machines, computers, pagers and cellular phones; mailing services; overnight delivery; word processing services, and office supplies.

In September, the Hilton Hawaiian Village finished adding new carpet and wall coverings to its 16,000-square-foot Tapa Ballroom. The ballroom also was fitted with high-speed T1 Internet lines.

At the entrance to the ballroom, an existing staircase was removed to make the space larger. That area is called the Palace Lounge.

The Hilton's biggest ballroom, the Coral Ballroom, is undergoing an addition of 4,524 square feet that will bring its total space to 24,524 square feet when it is finished in December.

Although the Hawaii Convention Center has a larger ballroom in terms of square feet at 35,000, Rinker-Ludloff noted the Hilton's ballroom is allowed to hold more people because it has more fire exits.

For more information on the Hilton's meeting spaces, call (808) 949-4321.

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