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September 17, 2009, 3:13 PM HST
* Updated September 18, 7:18 AM
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Benchmark Hospitality International officially today took over management of the Maui Prince from Prince Resorts Hawaii.  The new name of the property is Makena Beach & Golf Resort, a name selected to highlight the location, which stands beyond Wailea as the sole hotel in Makena.

Image courtesy Makena Beach & Golf Resort Maui.

Image courtesy Makena Beach & Golf Resort Maui.

“We are so pleased to bring a fresh start to this wonderful resort located in this remarkable region of Maui,” stated Burt Cabañas, chairman and CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International.  “Makena’s history dates to ancient Hawaii and we celebrate and highlight this rich heritage with the resort’s new name.”

Benchmark Hospitality International formally assumed management of the 310-guestroom resort at 12:01 AM today (Thursday, September 17, 2009).  Company officials say they anticipate a smooth transition for the property, its employees and guests.  “Our goal is to provide a seamless change-over for all parties involved,” stated Bob Boyle, vice president and regional director of operations for Benchmark, who will oversee the property in addition to Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore.  “We want this to be a celebration of renewal for the resort.”

In keeping with this, Burt Cabañas and Bob Boyle will be at the resort for the transition, and plan to meet with employees today to formally welcome them into the Benchmark Hospitality family.

Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark’s international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile.


(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by Benchmark Hospitality International & Makena Beach & Golf Resort.)

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