More news from the controversial Modern Honolulu, which began in 2010 as the flagship Waikiki Edition and was rebranded less than a year later: The hotel has named Vittal Calamur as its new general manager. Calamur has been involved in the development of the hotel from its initial development phase in 2007 and new brand transition in 2011. In addition to The Modern Honolulu, Vittal has introduced and operated other boutique properties across the country in various executive capacities including pre-opening design work, brand development and hotel operations management.
The new general manager's hospitality background includes participating in the growth of the W Hotel brand from two to 18 hotels; opening The Keating (the first hotel by Pininfarina, designers of Ferrari and Maserati); TOWER23 Hotel, located on the Pacific Beach boardwalk in San Diego; the JAMES Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona; and the Montage Resort & Spa.
Calamur will oversee all day-to-day activities at The Modern Honolulu. Since arriving in Honolulu, Calamur has worked to incorporate the hotel into the local community. For example, the property now participates annually in the Duke Kahanamoku Challenge, the Visitor Industry Charity Walk, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival and most recently, the month-long Mele Mei celebration of Hawaii music.
For more information about the hotel, visit www.themodernhonolulu.com.