Thursday, October 15, 2009

Disney Resort at Ko Olina on West Oahu under Construction

Yes, Hawaii's first Disney Resort is under way, as the 3rd floor starts to take shape. The company has made a $800 million commitment to the islands, planning to complete the 1st phase in 2011 and eventually employ 1,000 people at the 21-acre oceanfront resort.

Hawaii's tourism industry has suffered with the global economic slump, so the investment certainly offers hope for increased visitor arrivals and dollars.

Disney plans to blend Hawaiian culture into its magical kingdom. A big part of the job for Disney's top man in Hawai'i, Djuan Rivers, is building community ties and spending time learning more about Hawai'i's native culture. In the past several weeks, Rivers and his assistant, Johnlyn Doi, took two sessions of professional training in Hawaiian hospitality at Kapi'olani Community College. Michael Yee, graduate of St Louis High School with a MBA from UH, is the new project manager for facilities and operation services.

Rivers said he expects Disney to work with cultural experts and the people of Hawai'i in telling the stories. He has moved permanently to Hawai'i and will be a part of the team that remains and operates the resort.

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(photo and resource courtesy of Honolulu Advertiser)

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