Hawaii's Makena Beach Resort Announces Closure

The popular Maui resort will close its doors this summer By: Kenneth Shapiro
Makena Beach & Golf Resort will be closing its doors this summer. // © 2016 Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Makena Beach & Golf Resort will be closing its doors this summer. // © 2016 Makena Beach & Golf Resort

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ATC Makena Holdings, owner of the 1,800-acre Makena Resort, has announced the closure of the 310-room Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Formerly Maui Prince Hotel, the property will officially close at noon on July 1.

Why It Matters:
With summer approaching, travel agents should immediately review their Hawaii bookings to make sure there are no clients holding reservations beyond July 1 at the popular Makena resort property. However, according to a press release, resort management says it is working with neighboring hotels and travel partners to relocate any reservations booked after that date. A new development, Makena Golf & Beach Club, managed by Discovery Land Company, will open on the site, but the date has yet to be announced.

Fast Facts:
- Discovery Land Company estimates 400 new construction jobs will be created during this initial phase of development with many of these positions lasting throughout the duration of the project. In addition, they say that upon the project’s completion, hundreds of additional jobs will be created at the club and within the local community to meet staffing demands.

- Currently, Discovery Land Company has 18 properties each located in a unique destination and renowned for its natural beauty, respect for the local culture and environmental sustainability.

What They Are Saying:
“Our attention will be closely focused on the employees of the hotel over the coming weeks to ensure that they are receiving the assistance that they need as we work through the closure of the hotel,” said Declan McCarthy, general manager of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. “The planning process has been underway for some time now and included early employee notifications, planned training on resume writing, interviewing skills and job search tools.

We will work closely with County and State government agencies for assistance and have already begun planning a job fair at the hotel in the near future.”

“We are very excited to begin the next phase of this development and for what it will mean to the local community,” said Michael S. Meldman, chairman and CEO of Discovery Land Company. “We are also conscious of the fact that Makena Golf & Beach Club is just one small part of the larger Makena-Wailea community. Building strong relationships and good rapport with the larger community is vital to our success here and providing our residents and members with the type of authentic, distinctive lifestyle experiences they have come to expect from Discovery Land Company. We are in this for the long term, and are committed to being a good neighbor, by helping the entire community prosper.”