HANA, Hawaii -- The Hotel Hana Maui is making changes since new
owners took over in August. The hotel named a new general manager
and a new chef, added a travel agent bonus program and is working
on room upgrades.
Passport Resorts of San Francisco bought the Hana resort from
Chicago-based Meridian Financial Resources. The resort named
Douglas Chang manager. Chang most recently was manager of the Kauai
Marriott and served as the chair of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. He
also is president of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality
In a move to improve the food service at the resort, the hotel
named a new chef, Larry Quirit, who most recently was the chef at
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, a restaurant at the Grand Wailea Resort,
also on Maui.
A spokeswoman said both appointments were made to bring a
stronger sense of Hawaiian culture and history to the hotel. "You
cannot just put Hawaiian guest programs in place and call it
Hawaiian culture," said Chang. "You have to start deep within the
soul of each individual employee and allow their feelings of
hospitality to come out and be shared amongst the staff, and when
that happens it will happen at the rest of the resort."
For travel agents, the 66-room hotel is offering a $50 booking
bonus for reservations made through Dec. 20 for travel any time
before or after that date. The hotel also is upgrading its rooms
and cottages. By June, each room will have a massage table and new
beds and bathtubs. It also is planning to build a new spa and an
executive conference room, but no firm construction date has been
Rates for the 19 garden bungalow rooms range from $235 to $255
per night, per room through the end of the year. On Jan. 1, rates
will go up to $275 for all rooms. Rates for the 47 cottages range
from $295 to $655 a night. The hotel spokeswoman said it was
unclear if the hotel will raise those rates in January. For
details, call the Hotel Hana Maui at (800) 321-4262 or visit www.hotelhanamaui.com.