The Rainbow Tower of the Hilton Hawaiian Village is one of the most recognizable hotels in Waikiki, frequently appearing in scenes of the new Hawaii Five-0 television series. While the exterior remains the same, the inside will soon get a 45 million dollar makeover.
The renovation project is scheduled to begin April 10 and conclude by the end of the year, although Hilton hopes to have much of the work done by the time Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings are held in November. According to an article in the Pacific Business News, “the tower’s top-to-bottom makeover will include new furnishings, carpets, wall coverings, bathrooms, tubs, fixtures, drapes and even modernized, high-speed elevators.”
Hilton officials tell the Pacific Business News that the hotel chain is financing the project itself, a sign of confidence that Hawaii’s visitor and tourism sector is recovering.
Several other Hawaii hotels and resorts have either announced renovations (such as the conversion of the Ocean Resort Waikiki into Hawaii’s first Hyatt Place) or have recently completed upgrades (such as Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani).
While many hotel owners have decided it’s time to enhance their Hawaii properties, the time in Hawaii does not change. When clocks on the mainland “spring forward” overnight, those of us in Hawaii go to bed with no need to change the alarm. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time; we’re always on Hawaiian time in the islands.