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  • 2012 EOY


    The Modern Honolulu Lotus Honolulu

    MAUI Hotel Wailea Maui


    Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki Aqua Bamboo Waikiki Aqua Ilikai Hotel & Suites Aqua Palms Waikiki Aqua Park Shore Waikiki Aqua Queen Kapiolani Aqua Skyline at Island Colony Aqua Waikiki Joy Aqua Waikiki Pearl Aqua Waikiki Wave

    KAUAI Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

    MOLOKAI Aqua Hotel Molokai

    Lanai Aqua Hotel Lanai LITE HOTELS OAHU

    Ewa Hotel Waikiki Maile Sky Court Pagoda Hotel Polynesian Plaza White Sands Hotel

    MAUI Maui Beach Hotel

    KAUAI Kauai Sands Hotel

    Message from the President I hope everyone had a nice holiday season and New Year’s celebration. With December behind us, we can officially welcome 2013 and (in a few weeks) the Year of the Snake! It will be hard to beat the success of Aqua in 2012, as the tourism market helped our properties achieve success at unprecedented levels. Most of this success was led by the hard work of our team members at the home office and the properties. Thus, January’s 2013 Na Poe Paahana (“the hard working people”) awards will be something of a coming out party as Aqua’s reigning industry Manager of the Year, Lynette Eastman, will lead the opening blessing. Aqua also has what is believed to be the highest number of honorees of any company in Hawaii with 47 nominees. January also brought our first new property of the new year. Officially joining the Aqua family is the Waikiki Joy on Lewers Street. We will be fully renovating the property later this year before launching it as a more upscale member of Aqua’s family. We will also be renovating December’s new addition, the Polynesian Plaza. With a full renovation and an expected room rate of approximately $250/night, the Polynesian Plaza will be a part of our Monogram (see below) collection. These two renovations join the ongoing or recently completed renovations of Aqua Skyline at Island Colony, Aqua Park Shore Waikiki, Aqua Ilikai Hotel & Suites, and the upcoming renovations at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki. February will formally bring in the Year of the Snake and with it Aqua will be excited to announce the biggest structural changes and investment in the history of the company. Specifically, we will be forming three operating divisions to reflect the diversity of our properties. Our luxury and upscale properties, each with a distinct name and identity, will be part of our new Monogram™ Collection. We will be paring down the Aqua properties to a core group of 3 and 3.5 star properties under the Aqua Hotels and Resorts® brand. Finally, our budget and local properties will be offered under the Lite™ Hotels brand.

    Later this year, we will be re-opening of Volcano House, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most sacred places in all of Hawaii. We view this as a chance to give back to Hawaii, along with mid-2013’s other big announcement, the formal launch of our foundation, Aqua Blue. We have designed Aqua Blue to infuse the art of giving into guest and employee experience, with the purpose of supporting the incredible ocean and ecosystem that makes Hawaii unique. Aqua Blue will join our other key charitable events which include the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk (raising over $1,000,000 for Hawaii charities) and the Hawaii Food Bank to which we have given several tons of food over the years. Most importantly, I am again looking forward to working with you in 2013. As we continue to grow it becomes more difficult to visit with all of you. However, please keep contributing suggestions, ideas, criticisms and everything else that keeps Aqua as the leader of Hawaii’s tourism industry. Whether team member, owner, distribution partner, service partner, or friend, your support is appreciated! Mahalo, Ben

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    NEW ADDITIONS TO THE AQUA OHANA IN 2012 In 2012, Aqua Hotels and Resorts was the only Hawaii hotel company that increased their portfolio by five hotels on four islands: Ewa Hotel Waikiki and Polynesian Plaza in Oahu, Kauai Sands on Kauai, Maui Beach Hotel on Maui and Volcano House on Hawaii Island. This brings the total number of hotels to 23 with one more coming on board in January, making it 24. Here’s a quick look at the hotels that were added: EWA HOTEL WAIKIKI, March

    One of Waikiki’s best kept secrets, Ewa Hotel Waikiki is located on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki, near Kapiolani Park, Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Beach. Ewa Hotel Waikiki offers comfortable and affordable island-style accommodations with free amenities including daily local newspaper in the lobby, kitchenette facilities and bicycle and surfboard racks. All rooms, except the Moderate category, have kitchenettes which add to their overall popularity. The Ewa Hotel Waikiki’s location and amenities are excellent matches for price-conscious and long-stay customers. MAUI BEACH HOTEL, March

    Maui Beach Hotel has an excellent Central Maui location and outstanding selection of amenities which make the hotel a great choice for travelers visiting the island for business, golf and entertainment. Located on Kahului Bay at 170 Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului, the 147-room Maui Beach Hotel offers the Rainbow Terrace Restaurant & Lokelani Lounge, meeting facilities, free airport shuttle (6am to 9pm), free fitness center access and more. VOLCANO HOUSE, April

    Historic Volcano House is a hotel that enjoys a unique location on the edge of Halemaumau Crater within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park*. The current Volcano House dates back to 1941 but the original was built in 1846.

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    Continued from previous page Recently, National Park Service spent $4M in retrofitting and safety upgrades. An additional $2.5M - $3M will be invested in renovating the hotel in 2013 *Recognized internationally for having outstanding universal value, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve (1980) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (1987). Ten Camper Cabins are part of the concession contract and are located in the Namakanipaio Campground. Camping is available on a first-come basis. Entrance fee to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park apply. Opening date for the hotel is tentatively scheduled for end of March. KAUAI SANDS HOTEL, June Offering oceanfront accommodations without the high price tag, Kauai Sands Hotel is situated on a mile-long, crowd-free beach on the secluded shores of Wailua on east Kauai’s Coconut Coast. The 206-room Kauai hotel sits on six acres of lush lawns and tropical gardens. The comfortable accommodations include island-style décor and private lanais. POLYNESIAN PLAZA, December

    The 55-room Polynesian Plaza located at 2131 Kalakaua Ave. It is a charming oasis in the heart of Waikiki, just one block to Waikiki Beach. Comfortable studios and one-bedrooms feature private lanai balconies and fully-equipped kitchenettes with 2-burner stovetops, microwaves, and mini-refrigerators. A secluded outdoor swimming pool and sundeck provide the perfect setting for island leisure. The property is scheduled to undergo complete renovations in 2013 – no details are available at this time. As of January 1, 2013

    Aqua assumes management of the WAIKIKI JOY HOTEL, a boutique property in the heart of Waikiki. Located at 320 Lewers Street, the hotel is within walking distance to the area’s best beaches, shops, dining

    and nightlife. Under the new Aqua management, Waikiki Joy will undergo a significant renovation in 2013 that will transform it into an urban-centered, stylish boutique hotel. The Waikiki Joy is a relaxed retreat and a great home base for experiencing the abundant offerings in Waikiki and throughout the island of Oahu. The intimate 93-room boutique hotel currently features an open-air lobby and comfortable guest rooms and suites. Room categories include Standard, Superior, Club Suite, Junior Suite and One- Bedroom Executive Suite. Guest rooms have private balconies, in-room jet spas, WiFi access, refrigerators, coffeemakers and some categories include kitchenettes. Complimentary Continental breakfast is available in the lobby area. The hotel also has a fitness center, swimming pool, sauna, Japanese restaurant and karaoke venue.

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    Aqua - Investing in Hawaii The only company with hotels on six Hawaiian Islands, Aqua’s on-going mission is to reinvigorate the image of Hawaii. The company is currently completing over $40 million of enhancements across a number of its 24 hotels. Comprehensive improvements range from lobbies to rooms to meeting space. A sample of properties currently undergoing or recently completing renovations include Aqua Skyline at Island Colony, Aqua Park Shore Waikiki, Lotus Honolulu, Hotel