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Waikiki’s Halekulani Hotel will close until mid-2021

Management at Waikiki’s iconic Halekulani Hotel informed employees that the Honolulu, Oahu, property will close until July 2021 for renovations it says it can no longer wait to complete. In a video message, the hotel’s chief executive officer thanked employees for their courage and perseverance during the ongoing pandemic — but said the uncertainty brought on by coronavirus necessitated the decision to begin the improvements.

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