Hilton Hawaiian Village tower to get overhaul

WAIKIKI -- The Hilton Hawaiian Village will throw out all furnishings, carpeting and wall coverings in all 453 rooms of its year-old, 25-story Kalia Tower in Waikiki because of mold contamination.

The removal of all soft and hard goods will begin in the next week and take about six to eight weeks to complete. Hilton has not set a reopening date for the tower, which was closed when the mold problem came to light in July.

The cost of the project was included in the $10 million charge against earnings taken by Hilton Hotels Corp. in second-quarter 2002.

"While it would be nice to salvage some of these goods and perhaps find other uses for them, proper disposal is the sensible and responsible action to take," said Peter Schall, managing director of the hotel.

The items removed, which include beds, desks, dressers, armoires, nightstands, sheets, carpeting, wallpaper, drapes, will be disposed in a landfill or incinerated, the company said.

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