Waikiki's Aston Island Colony Complete $500,000 Renovation

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HONOLULU -- The Aston Island Colony in Waikiki completed renovating all 57 of its one-bedroom suites and public areas.

Each unit was repainted and has new carpeting, new tiling in the kitchens and bathrooms, a new vanity sink, mirrors and toilets and new kitchen countertops.

The kitchens were equipped with new refrigerators with automatic ice makers, plus new microwaves, toasters, coffee makers and rice cookers.

Also new ceiling light fixtures were installed in the dining areas, kitchens and hallways.

About $500,000 was spent on the project, which began last September.

Aston has 344 units in the rental program; the rest are hotel rooms and studios.

According to Douglas Okada, the property's general manager, 75 of the studios and hotel rooms will be upgraded this fall. The 44-story property also recently completed the renovation of hallway and recreation deck areas.

In hallways, the ceilings and walls were repainted and the floors recarpeted, and signage was improved to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The recreation deck has new landscaping and picnic tables.

Early last year, the lobby was refurbished, including the addition of new furnishings, carpeting and upholstery.

The property, located at Seaside Avenue and Ala Wai Boulevard, opened in 1979.

The rates start at $110 for a superior category hotel room, to April 4 and from June 1 to Sept. 6, with one-bedroom units ranging from $180 to $200.

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