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Kahala Hotel goes independent

Kahala Hotel Investors will rename the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii when the property will become The Kahala and management of the resort will be turned over to Landmark Hotels.Charles M. Sweeney, chairman of Trinity, said, “The Mandarin Oriental
Group has revitalized this historic property beautifully and with a certain
grace over the past 11 years. We will continue all the historic hospitality
traditions that have made The Kahala a favorite of kama’aina and visitors
since it opened in 1964. We will renovate the hotel, care for it, and
transform it into a destination that exceeds its current luxury status. We
have already been accepted as a member of Leading Hotels of the World.”
  “The Kahala is recognized around the world as one of the few icons among
luxury properties. Now we will make changes and enhancements that will take it
to another level of service and product so that it continues to be Hawaii’s
reigning luxury resort hotel.”
  Landmark has managed a number of Trinity assets in the past. It has
operated independent and branded hotels under franchise agreements for over
23 years. It has been a luxury hotel operator in Hawaii and Arizona, and is
now involved in hotel operations in Mexico. In Hawaii, Landmark operated The
Kea Lani Resort, Villas and Spa from 1992 to 2001. During that time, The Kea
Lani became one of the leading luxury resorts in Hawaii, in both market share
and profitability.
    Chuck Sweeney has considerable experience with the traditions of Hawaii
hospitality. “During my tenure as president of Amfac Hotels in Hawaii and on
the mainland, I learned to love the islands. The experience I shared then with
some of the legendary hoteliers of the time has shaped my philosophy and
vision for the resort of today.”