WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa is pleased to join A&B Properties, Inc and Marriott Resorts Hawaii in announcing the long-awaited groundbreaking of the County’s first airport hotel in Kahului.
The Courtyard by Marriott is expected to employ more than 200 local workers during its 13 months of construction according to project officials. Another 50 people will be hired to run the hotel itself once it is completed.
Mayor Arakawa was the first to tell the public about the Marriott hotel project moving forward during his State of the County address on Feb. 25th.
“We have needed a community based hotel like the Marriott,” said Mayor Arakawa during today’s groundbreaking ceremony. “This will not only benefit our local construction industry but also local business travelers and local families, who want to stay close to Central Maui.
This is why we are working to improve our permitting process, so that more critical projects like these won’t be held back any longer. It’s time to break the log-jam.”
The Courtyard by Marriott Maui is being built near the intersection of Haleakala Highway and Keolani Place on a 3.35-acre parcel of land. The site was identified by A&B planners years ago as an ideal hotel location. Construction on the $16.5-million project begins next week.
The 138-room hotel will be the first Courtyard by Marriott in Hawaii and will be managed by Marriott International, while the developer, R.D. Olson Development, will retain ownership.
“I’ve worked with government for years and I’ve never seen the level of cooperation that I’ve seen from Maui County, particularly Mayor Alan Arakawa,” said Robert Olson, CEO and President of R.D. Olson. “He was determined to make sure this project moved forward and we appreciate his help.”