Meanwhile another Edition employee has written to HotelChatter to describe some of the turmoil going on behind the scenes (as well as a little style note on how to correctly write the hotel's name.)
As you can tell this has not been a peaceful change of ownership and there are many innocent families and individuals caught in the middle. I am an hourly employee, I chose not to sign with Aqua. While ultimately this was not Aqua's fault, but rather M Waikiki's doing, I cannot find it in me to sign over to a company that would eagerly go along with this "black ops" take over.
I have been with The EDITION brand long before it opened and I am extremely connected to this brand both emotionally and mentally. I would not be able to cut EDITION out of any towels, throw away any candles, t-shirts, soaps, shampoos, pencils, or anything that said EDITION on it.
Building a brand is not easy and if M Waikiki and Aqua Hotels and Resorts feels that they can do it any better, than good luck...but I will not; not for one second stand behind a company that willingly utilizes intimidate and scare tactics. Where is your integrity? Where is your Aloha? For a company that is locally based...shame on you and shame on M Waikiki for putting nearly 300 peoples lives into jeopardy.
For my peers still fighting for gracious and sophisticated service, know that we support you and love you for all that you are doing and we know that you are fighting for your families at this point. Let them deface our name, but they will never destroy our hearts and souls. We built this brand and NO ONE can take that away from us...NO ONE.
On a personal petition, may I please ask that you follow EDITION Brand Standards when posting anything about The Waikiki EDITION? It is capital T, W, and all caps EDITION, always. Please protect my family and my brand.
Do you work at Edition Waikiki/The Modern Honolulu as well? Wanna tell us more of what it's like behind the front lines? Let us know! Anonymity assured!