WAILUKU – Due to the widespread use of social media, one of the three surviving passengers on the plane that crashed last night on Lana‘i issued a statement today.
Because his name has been mentioned numerous times in the news and in social media, James Giroux, Deputy Corporation Counsel with the County Maui, asked the media to help reassure his family members and friends.
He would like to let them know that he does not have life-threatening injuries, and that he is recovering.
By Anne Sage, Casey & Sayre Group
KAPALUA – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Resort was sold today to a partnership between Michael Rosenfeld’s Woodridge Capital Partners LLC and Colony Capital, LLC and its affiliates including Colony Financial. The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a stunning destination resort on the Island of Maui, which was again voted “Best Island in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler for the 19th consecutive year. The property is situated on 54 oceanfront acres, within the world famous Kapalua Resort renowned for its two championship golf courses and award-winning restaurants. The new owners intend to make further investment to enhance the resort which will continue to be operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
“The combination of The Ritz-Carlton brand, a welcoming and nurturing Hawaiian culture and the nature and magic of Maui will make an unbeatable combination,” stated Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Colony Capital.
The luxury resort features 463 guestrooms, including 107 residential suites, with expansive pools overlooking the dramatic Maui coastline and the Island of Molokai. The resort was built in 1992 and underwent a $190 million renovation in 2007 including the introduction of The Ritz-Carlton residences. The property offers three in-hotel restaurants and a lounge complemented by a pool bar and café and an outdoor restaurant, The Beach House, that sits adjacent to neighboring D.T. Fleming beach, is considered one of the finest in the United States.
“We have great respect for the traditions of the islands,” said Rosenfeld. “With its special character, remarkable location and precious natural resources, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a rare property that would be nearly impossible to duplicate today.”
The resort’s spacious rooms and suites, all with lanais, and 207,000 square feet of meeting space, including 35,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 172,000 square feet of outdoor space, make it a premier venue for luxury events and corporate meetings in Hawaii. A large spa, fitness center, tennis facilities and 4,600 square feet of retail and convenience shops complete the resort.
A unique aspect of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program offering an environmental and cultural education center.
Acquisition financing was provided by Deutsche Bank.
Founded by Chief Executive Officer Michael Rosenfeld, Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC (“Woodridge”), is a Los Angeles‐based real estate development and investment company, and through its affiliates, are owners and developers of a broad range of residential, hotel, resort, and commercial real estate projects throughout the United States. Woodridge’s holdings include The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii and The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. They received the 2008 Single Asset Transaction of the Year Award by the Americas Lodging Investment Summit and the San Francisco Business Times Hotel Deal of the Year Award. www.woodridgecapital.com
Founded in 1991 by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Colony Capital is a private, international investment firm focusing primarily on debt and equity investments in real estate-related assets and operating companies. The firm has invested $54 billion in over 32,000 loans/assets through various corporate, portfolio and complex property transactions. Colony has a team of more than 400 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Boston, Scottsdale, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Beirut, Hong Kong, and Seoul. For more information, visit www.colonyinc.com.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com/Kapalua. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).
KAHULUI – Watch the Mayor’s Press Conference on the Lānaʻi plane crash that killed three people and injured three others, on Akakū Channel 55 at 11:45 a.m. today and streaming at www.akaku.org.
The pilot and two employees of Maui Planning Department were killed in the crash. Two department employees are in critical condition after being pulled from the wreckage by Deputy Corporation Counsel James Giroux, now in serious condition. The three surviors suffered burns and were taken to Queens Medical Center on Oʻahu.
Mayor Alan Arakawa will hold a press conference at 11:45 a.m., covered live by Akakū: Maui Community Television.
Maui Police say a 40 year-old Maui man is the focus of their search after the Bank of Hawai’i branch inside Safeway was robbed in Kihei Sunday.
The Maui Police Department is looking for Kristopher Michael Sharrott for questioning regarding a Bank Robbery which occurred at the Bank of Hawaii in the Safeway store in Kihei. He also has an outstanding bench warrant.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 242-6966 or the MPD non-emergency line at 244-6400.
Read the original report here.
WAILUKU – Three people were killed and three injured after a Maui County chartered plane crashed just outside of Lanai Airport Wednesday evening. Mayor Alan Arakawa will hold a press conference this morning to release the latest details on the tragedy.
The deceased were identified as the pilot of the plane and two Department of Planning employees. Two other planning employees were in critical condition and a deputy attorney for Corporation Counsel was in serious condition. All three survivors were airlifted to the Queens Medical Center on O’ahu after the crash.
The group had been on Lanai earlier that evening to staff a Lanai Planning Commission Meeting which was scheduled to run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Maui County chartered a return flight on Maui Air which left at around 9:05 p.m.
Emergency dispatch said at 9:23 p.m. they received a 911 call from a man who said he had been in a plane crash. Maui County fire and police crews responded to the crash area, known as Miki Basin, located about a mile southeast from Lanai Airport.
When fire crews got to the scene they had to put out a small brushfire ignited by flames from the wreckage. The man who called 911, the deputy attorney for Corporation Counsel, said he had pulled two of his co-workers away from the fire as best he could because they could not move on their own. All three survivors suffered burn injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation and Safety Board have been notified of the crash. Maui police investigators will be on scene at the crash site at first light Thursday morning. The identities of the victims will be released by police after they conduct their investigation.
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