Hilton Hawaiian Village reopens as Hawaii tourism slowly recovers

The reopening of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, the state’s largest hotel property, and the start of COVID­­-19 vaccinations in Hawaii are major milestones on the still long and winding road to tourism recovery.

HHV’s Tuesday reopening is expected to return some 250 to 300 employees to work. It also has allowed many of the property’s contractors, including Hatsuhana Japanese Restaurant Hawaii, Lappert’s Hawaii, Blue Water Shrimp, CJ’s New York Style Delicatessen, Rocky Japanese Steak Teppan Restaurant and Round Table Pizza, to resume operations.

But by week’s end only two of the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s five towers will have opened: the Rainbow Tower on Tuesday and The Ali’i tower, a celebrity playground where Michael Jackson once stayed, on Friday.

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