HONOLULU, HAWAII—Prince Resorts Hawaii (PRH) has been named the number one Best Place To Work In Hawaiian Hospitality in the state and one of the Best Places To Work in Hawaii across all industries by Hawaii Business Magazine in its annual survey of the state’s employers. PRH is one of ten large companies named as the Best Places To Work and the only one to receive the Best Place To Work In Hawaiian Hospitality award.
According to Hawaii Business Magazine, all nominated companies face two tests: a confidential survey of their employees, which accounts for 75 percent of each company’s score, and an extensive questionnaire about company benefits and policies. PRH ranked highly in both of those areas because of its policies, benefits, and procedures, especially during this difficult time in the travel industry.
“We are a hospitality company whose people-first values are reflected in the dedication and passion of our employees. Industry awards and exceptional staff loyalty demonstrate the success of our simple formula: value people, combine with a supportive, collaborative environment, then add a healthy dose of mentoring and empowerment that encourages employees to go beyond the expected,” said Shigeki Yamane, President of PRH.
PRH’s “people first” philosophy is exemplified in its Lifetime Wellness program, focused on employee physical, personal, financial and social wellbeing, including increased 401K options, annual company-sponsored Health Reimbursement Arrangement distributions, access to industry experts and paid community service days.
Employees Take Community Service Days
Community leadership and involvement matter to the company. The hotels participate in environmental protection programs, local food sourcing and waste diversion efforts. Youth are mentored through multiple programs, including ClimbHi LEI, and nonprofits receive financial support and volunteers through the employee paid community service days.
Severely tested during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company’s commitment to its 1,600 employees has never wavered. Despite a slow recovery, consistent wage increases have continued as planned and medical and dental benefits continue uninterrupted for employees and their families regardless of qualifying requirements. PRH is one of the few hotel chains in Hawaii to keep these benefits going for their employees without interruption.
During the shutdown, management offered to pay for renovation projects to keep staff employed. Camaraderie was on full display as housekeepers, valets and others worked with engineers to refresh the hotel.
Recognized by Travel+Leisure in its list of top Hawaii hospitality properties, PRH owns three luxury hotels and golf courses: Prince Waikiki, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii Prince Golf Club, Hapuna Golf Course and Mauna Kea Golf Course. Prince Waikiki was recently awarded a 4 Diamond rating from AAA and received a Hawaii Green Business Award. PRH is a subsidiary of Japan’s Seibu Holdings, Inc., and part of that company’s international family of Prince Hotels.