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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 Association.

The Hotel Hana Maui is moving ahead with new food service, room upgrades and new management since the hotel was sold in August. 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 set.

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.

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