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
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
"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.