It looks like the Ilikai won't close after all. The newly-appointed receiver for the landmark Waikiki hotel announced that he plans to keep the resort open, contrary to previous media reports.
In January, previous receiver Joseph Toy indicated that since the lender of the foreclosed property was going to stop funding hotel operations, the Ilikai would have to shut down. The new receiver, attorney George W. Van Buren, reversed that decision.
“We are excited about the recent announcement of George Van Buren and extremely happy that the Ilikai will remain open,” said Ilikai general manager Isaac Cockett. “Given the current situation, I’m most proud of the associates who work tirelessly towards a brighter future for the Ilikai, given its proud past.”
Cockett added, “We’d like to thank all of our guests, past and present, for their patronage and many calls expressing their support for the Ilikai, our employees and the future of the property. The staff and management of the Ilikai remain focused on providing exceptional guest services in the spirit of aloha, as well as ensuring a most relaxing and enjoyable vacation experience for all of our guests.”