BY BUCK QUAYLE
Kaanapali Dedication Day
Saturday was dedication day at Kaanapali.
In the morning, Whalers Village; at noon, a new wing of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel; and in the evening, an addition to the Royal Lahaina Hotel.
Festivities began at 11 a.m. as Peter Sandborn, Kaanapali manager for Amfac Properties, presided over the grand opening at Whalers Village.
Orchids, dropped from a helicopter, fell over the crowd of several hundred as Jimmie Greig, the Boarders Chorus and the Lahainaluna Choir performed. The event was complete with an honor guard in period dress of the 1850's.
The eight-acre, $2 million development is designed to house 28 specialty shops, restaurnats and offices, and features 100 outdoor displays documenting the 19th century whaling days of west Maui.
At noon, Lyle Guslander, president of Island Holidays Resorts, was on hand to dedicate the three-story, 94-room addition at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. The hotel now has 251 rooms.
The opening of the 12-story Lahaina Kai Wing of the Royal Lahaina Hotel, another Island Holidays hotel, rounded out the day at 6:15 p.m. Jimmie Greg and his Lahainaluna group again performed, along with the Aulani Dancers.
The wing includeds 350 rooms, a dining area which seats 200 persons and a banquethall which can seat 500 people, theater-style.
Buck Quayle at the Maui Lahaina Sun bureau circa 1970
Reporter/Photographer Buck Quayle in 1971 in Maui with the Cartagenian in the background
Another Day At The Office Haleakala National Park