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ALL'S WELL AT KONA VILLAGE RESORT IN WAKE OF HURRICANE INIKE

     ALL'S WELL AT KONA VILLAGE RESORT IN WAKE OF HURRICANE INIKE
    KA'UPULEHU, The Big Island of Hawaii, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite high surf and the buffetting of gale-force winds, Kona Village Resort has sustained no damage in the wake of Hurricane Inike, according to an announcement by Fred Duerr, general manager of the acclaimed luxury hideaway on The Big Island of Hawaii.  Inike struck neighbor island Kauai yesterday with the Grade-4 force packed by recent Hurricane Andrew, which devastated south Florida and Louisiana.
    "Because of the protection of the mountains on The Big Island, it is almost as if Hurricane Inike hit a wall and rolled around us," said Duerr.  "We could see the storm moving northwest, well to the west of us, and many of the guests went out to the beach with their cameras. There was no danger, and the resort remained fully operational throughout."
    Kona Village Resort's multi-million dollar upgrade and improvement program currently in progress -- which includes the renovation of the resort's two restaurants, the addition of two guests laundries, the expansion of the swimming pool to include a whirlpool jacuzzi and much more -- was unhampered and will continue on schedule.
    All of the guests -- many of whom are at Kona Village resort for "September Romance Month," a three-week celebration of affection for couples -- chose to remain at the authentic Polynesian hideaway comprised of 125 individual thatched roof "hales" (cottages) set on the site of an ancient fishing village.  "It was an interesting experience for them.  Some of them had never seen a hurricane before," said Duerr. "Our guests and staff are like a family and there was no curtailment of services, so once they realized that they were in an unaffected area and that thee is plenty to do here, everyone decided to stay rather than cut short their vacation plans.  We are obviously pleased that they did."
    Duerr, who has lived on the Kohala Coast of The Big Island for 27 years, said that hurricane are rarely a threat to that part of the state, due to the mountainous landscape.  "The last hurricane that hit Hawaii was ten years ago, and that was only a Grade-1 storm," he added.
    In addition to the status of the resort, Duerr reported that flights from Oahu (Honolulu) to The Big Island are "normal and operating on schedule," and that flights from the mainland have been resumed.
    Kona Village Resort takes pride in its dedication to the preservation of Hawaiian tradition, including no in-room telephones, radios or televisions to disturb the tranquility.  A full schedule of daily activities is offered, as well as tennis, three meals daily and one of the most authentic luaus in the islands, all included under Kona Village Resort's Full American Plan rates.
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    /CONTACT:  Kona Village Resort, P.O. Box 1299, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96745; toll free in the U.S. and Canada, 1-800-367-5290 or interisland 1-800-432-5450 or Maryellen Nugent or Alice Diaz of M. Silver Associates, 212-704-2020 for Kona Village Resort/ CO:  Kona Village Resort ST:  Hawaii IN: SU:


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