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UPDATE: Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts Issues Statement on Strike

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UPDATE: 10.13.18

Michael Kirby, UNITE HERE Local 5 member who works at Westin Moana Surfrider, issued the following statement regarding negotiations with Kyo-ya

I understand that Kyo-ya wants to welcome the workers back. However, we haven’t heard anything from Kyo-ya about contract negotiations. They haven’t set a date to do any kind of contract negotiations. We have specific demands that we are asking for, and we’d like them to come to the table to discuss with us. Yet they have simply put us off.

We as Kyo-ya workers welcome Kyo-ya back to the negotiating table.

Video of Kirby’s statement can be downloaded here.



More than 2,700 Hawaiʻi hotel workers are on strike in five hotels operated by Marriott and owned by Kyo-ya, including the Sheraton Maui in Kāʻanapali.

As of 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, more than 325 Sheraton Maui hotel workers were on strike.

The strike comes as Marriott and Kyo-ya have failed to reach agreement on workers’ demand that “One Job Should Be Enough.”


Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts issued the following statement on Oct. 12, 2018:

We respect the right of our employees at Kyo-ya’s five properties in Hawai‘i to participate in a work stoppage which began on Monday, Oct. 8, and we are committed to continuing our good faith bargaining. Although Local 5 called for our employees to walk off their jobs, we value them and are ready to welcome them back.

In the meantime, we have implemented contingency plans which ensure that the Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and the Sheraton Maui continue to offer our guests an enjoyable experience during their stay in Hawai‘i. There have been some adjustments to staffing levels and services being offered at our properties. We have notified our guests and business partners of the situation and are providing them with ongoing updates. We encourage our current and future hotel guests to contact their individual properties for the latest information.

We understand that the demonstrations are causing some disruption. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of our neighbors, the community, and our guests.


Months of negotiations included discussion on key issues such as job security around technology and automation, workplace safety and adequate compensation for workers.

Honolulu and Maui Marriott Unite Here workers joined a nationwide strike totaling eight cities with 7,700 hotel workers from 23 hotels.

Workers have picketed at all five Hawaiʻi properties where the strike was authorized including: Sheraton Maui, Sheraton Waikīkī, The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani.


Maui Now: 325 Sheraton Maui Hotel Workers on Strike

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