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OHANA Reef Lanai Hotel in Waikiki is Hawaii’s
First Completely Smoke-free Hotel
HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII -October 18, 2003 -  In a state famous for fresh air laced with the scent of tropical flowers, the OHANA Reef Lanai hotel in Waikiki is going one step further by becoming Hawaii’s first completely smoke-free hotel.

On November 20, the 12-story hotel overlooking Fort DeRussy Park and just steps from Waikiki Beach, will become the Aloha state’s first 100 percent smoke-free hotel. Appropriately enough, the conversion date coincides with the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smoke Out.” 

To commemorate the smoke free conversion date, all day long hotel management will be handing out free “kick-the-habit kits” consisting of chewing gum, teeth 


OHANA Reef Lanai
225 Saratoga Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
whitening toothpaste, herbal tea and a pamphlet with tips for kicking the smoking habit and health benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle.  The kits will be available to registered guests until December 31, 2003, while supplies last.

The 110-room boutique style hotel has spent more than three months to complete the painstaking process of cleaning and renovating all rooms and public areas. All fabrics, carpeting, furnishings, wall coverings and air filtration systems are being replaced, cleaned or chemically treated to remove the remnants of smoke and smoke odor. Cost to complete the conversion was not disclosed.

“Over the last few years, we have noticed a decreasing demand for smoking rooms and an increasing sensitivity to any odor or exposure to cigarette smoke,” said director of brand development Bitsy Kelley. “With twelve properties in Waikiki, it made good business sense to convert one of our properties to a 100 percent smoke-free environment. We’re hoping it strengthens our guests’ loyalty to OHANA Hotels for future visits.” The smoke-free policy even extends to Buzz’s Steakhouse, which operates a bar and restaurant located on the lobby level.

Guests holding reservations for smoking rooms have been contacted and transferred to other OHANA hotels.  The OHANA Reef Lanai, at 225 Saratoga Road, is one of OHANA Hotels’ family-friendly budget hotels offering close beach access, spectacular ocean and park views, rooms with balconies and some with kitchenettes.

OHANA Hotels & Resorts operates 16 moderately priced properties located on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii’s Big Island and Guam. The brand is a division of Outrigger Enterprises, Inc., the largest locally owned lodging company in Hawaii and one of the fastest growing lodging companies in the Pacific.


 
Contact:
Jim Austin, Director of Public Relations
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts / OHANA Hotels & Resorts
2375 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815-2992
(808) 921-6941
public.relations@outrigger.com
www.ohanahotels.com
Also See: OHANA Reef Lanai Receives $1.3 million in Property Upgrades / Feb 2002
Outrigger Launches New Hotel Brand - OHANA HOTELS - 15 Existing Outrigger Properties Will be Renamed / June 1999


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