WAIKIKI, Hawaii – The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach opened its doors to a new wave of global travelers on the majestic island of Oahu in world-renowned Waikiki. The much-anticipated residential resort marked its official opening with a Hawaiian blessing and ceremony that was attended by community leaders and dignitaries.
“Our journey on this monumental and exciting project started three years ago, and it is truly an honor to celebrate this momentous occasion with everyone involved in transforming The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach from a vision yesterday, to a reality today,” said Lance Wilhelm, Managing Principal of Irongate, developer of The Residences. “Our resort would not have been possible without the many hands that touched this project, from the hundreds of construction workers to the many members of our surrounding communities, and we would like to send a very special mahalo for their continued support and kokua.”
The Ritz-Carlton Residences are the latest addition to the Waikiki skyline, featuring the ultimate in residential resort-style experiences with expansive ocean views from every residence, global culinary experiences, exceptional amenities and legendary service.
Construction of The Residences started in Summer 2013. Architect Guerin Glass, inspired by Hawaii’s natural elements, designed the 38-story tower using a mauka (mountain) to makai (sea) vision that is seen in the resort’s stunning exterior through artful details and inspired craftsmanship. The exterior front reflects the ocean, sky and wind and the exterior back reflects the mountains and Honolulu’s urban metropolis. A three-dimensional, modern interpretation of traditional Hawaiian kapa (bark cloth) design covers the first three floors of the tower.
“The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach brings elegance and luxury to Kuhio Avenue, adding a level of sophistication to a part of Waikiki undergoing significant enhancements. It is vital that Hawaii’s tourism industry is able to offer a variety of quality lodging accommodations to match the desires and pocketbooks of global travelers. Ritz-Carlton is a brand name of choice for discerning travelers and will provide them with another reason to choose Waikiki as their preferred destination. Congratulations to the entire Ritz-Carlton team on this exciting day,” said George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of Hawaii Tourism Authority.
“This is an exciting day for us as we continue to redefine the standard for luxury hospitality in Hawaii,” said Doug Chang, General Manager of The Residences. “As manager of the first Ritz-Carlton Residences on the island of Oahu, we will deliver a highly-sensory respite in Waikiki for residence owners and guests from near and abroad.”