Mold woes continue at Hilton Hawaiian Village

HONOLULU -- Mold continues to wreak havoc at the Hilton Hawaiian Village here, which closed its year-old, 25-story Kalia Tower in July due to mold contamination.

The cost of repair work to the tower, originally estimated at $10 million, has climbed to $40 million -- about 40% of the entire $95 million pricetag on the tower build.

All furniture, carpeting and wall coverings in the 453-room Kalia tower were destroyed and will be replaced, and improvements will be made to the Lagoon Tower, where mold has crept into hallway ceilings.

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

Guest rooms in the Kalia Tower are expected to open again next Spring.

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