Outrigger Enterprises Rolls Into 2006

Company announces expansion and Beach Walk progress

By: Dawna Robertson

Outrigger Enterprises, Inc. has never been a company to rest on its laurels. It’s quite the contrary, as evidenced in the exciting Waikiki Beach Walk project and its focus on Hawaii and Asia-Pacific.

In December, Outrigger announced plans for further expansion in Hawaii and the Pacific as well as new initiatives into Asia and the West Coast of North America. The moves are designed to take the company into the next phase of growth and firmly position it as the premier hospitality company in the region.

"We've successfully grown Outrigger to become one of the largest, fastest-growing, privately held lodging and hospitality companies in the Pacific," said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises. "Our new strategy calls for us to continue to build on that rich legacy and to deliver the Outrigger promise of an authentic vacation experience for our guests, both here in Hawaii and to new destinations throughout Asia and the Pacific.”

The company noted that with the huge, long-term growth potential of travel in and around Asia, Outrigger will have great opportunity to apply its unique brand of hospitality management.

"Our new plan calls for us to aggressively add even more properties to our portfolio of destinations and to export our unique Outrigger brand of hospitality throughout Asia and the Pacific. As the Asian and Pacific markets grow and mature as tourist destinations, we want Outrigger to be right there with them," Carey said.

Waikiki Beach Walk Update
Outrigger has more big news on Oahu. Waikiki Beach Walk is the largest private development project ever to be undertaken in Waikiki. The ambitious and much awaited plan will transform 7.9 acres along Lewers Street, Beach Walk, Kalia Road and Saratoga Road into a lively pedestrian-friendly gathering place designed to appeal to both visitors and local residents.

Last month, Outrigger announced a second group of tenants to sign on as part of the $460 million development. Topping the list is Holokai Grill, a new island-themed restaurant that will offer casual, upscale dining with a menu focusing on dishes that use fresh, locally grown ingredients.

For those with a different taste, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will offer consumers the finest grades of Arabica coffee, full leaf teas and light fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs and Coconut Willy’s bar and grill will join other committed tenants that include Crazy Shirts, Maui Surf Co. Swimwear, Island Pearls, Na Hoku jewelry, King Jewelry, Tabora's Diamond Head Gallery, Marco Polo Watch Collection, Peony Arts and international retailer Folli Follie.

"Our goal is to keep Waikiki Beach Walk dynamic and diverse," Carey explained. "While we are working to bring in premium national establishments, we also want to make it our priority to preserve the spirit of aloha through retaining a good mix of the top island restaurants and retailers."

With demolition of the older hotels along Lewers Street now complete, the project has moved into the new construction phase.

Waikiki Beach Walk will boast up to 40 retail shops, six restaurants and bars, and an open pedestrian plaza integrated among four new and/or completely renovated hotels and vacation ownership properties.