HONOLULU -- Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is taking its
sports-friendly reputation a step further by making the Ohana Reef
Lanai in Waikiki a smoke-free property beginning Nov. 20. The
change will coincide with the Great American Smoke Out day.
Outrigger claimed a smoke-free property is a first for
Hotels in Hawaii typically designate about 50% of rooms for
A property official said there's been decreased demand from
smokers for rooms, and more sensitivity from guests about
It took three months "to remove the remnants of smoke and smoke
odor;" all fabrics, furnishings, wall coverings and air-filtration
systems were replaced or cleansed, the official added.
Even the bar and restaurant, Buzz's Steakhouse, will be
In other Hawaii hotel news, the Waikiki Terrace Hotel will
change ownership and undergo an $11 million renovation as it will
be converted to upscale condominium units in April.
It will then be rebranded the Outrigger Luana Waikiki.
Plans include converting the 242-room hotel to 217 condominium
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts will begin managing the 17-story
building in December, when new owner Waikiki Terrace LLC comes
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