HAWAII HOTEL WORKERS voted to authorize a strike
at Waikiki hotels if negotiations for a new contract aren't
successful, the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 5
in Hawaii said. Major issues include increased workloads and lack
of job security for the union's 6,000 members, Eric Gill, the
union's financial secretary, told Travel Weekly. He said the strike
authorization covers workers at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Royal
Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, and the
Moana Surfrider. Gill said union negotiators would meet with
management for talks on Aug. 22 and 23, so any strike would come
after those dates.
HILTON received two permits from the Honolulu
City Council to develop a second vacation ownership tower at Hilton
Hawaiian Village. The planned $80 million Waikikian would house 340
vacation ownership units in a 35-story tower, according to Bryan
Klum, director of marketing, Hilton Grand Vacations Co. A
restaurant also is part of the proposed project, which does not yet
have a build schedule. Like the resort's 24-story, 264-unit Lagoon
Tower, which opened Jan. 2001 after a $36 million renovation,
inventory primarily would be one- and two-bedroom suites with full
kitchens and full-size appliances.
THE HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS will open a new
gallery for Islamic art -- named, appropriately enough, Arts of the
Islamic World -- on Oct. 27. Funding will be provided by a grant
from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. To celebrate the
opening of the gallery, the academy will host a free Islamic
Cultural Festival the afternoon of Oct. 27, as well as a Persian
classical musical concert featuring Iranian vocalist Parisa the
evening of Oct. 5.
MEANWHILE, the academy on Nov. 6 will begin
public tours by reservation of Shangri La, the estate residence of
the foundation's namesake, American heiress and philanthropist
Doris Duke. Duke built her home Shangri La in 1939 following trips
to Morocco, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and India. For more
information, call (808) 532-8700 or go to www.honoluluacademy.org.
CHRIS RICCARDI was hired as director of western
region sales for the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui. Riccardi is a
former Maui resident who was director of sales for the
Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Fla. He is based in Irvine, Calif., and
covers the western U.S.