Kelley family and Outrigger Timeline
Roy and Estelle Kelley build their first hotel: the five-story, 50-room Islander Hotel on Seaside Avenue, the first in Waikiki to cater to middle-income travelers and families. Four more hotels follow over 12 years.
The Kelleys acquire the Queen Emma Estate. Four years later, The Outrigger Waikiki opens on prime Waikiki beachfront.
1970 – 1973
Five more Outrigger hotels built.
Son Richard R. Kelley becomes president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises after shelving his Harvard medical degree to focus on the family business.
The Kelleys consolidate their three hotel chains – Outrigger, Reef and Waikiki – into Outrigger Hotels. After adding two more properties, the room count tops 7,000.
Outrigger sells six of its hotels, but maintains long-term management contracts, to focus on renovations and expansion outside of Hawaii. Day-to-day decision making passes from Richard Kelley to his son-in-law, David Carey.
Outrigger opens its first property outside of Waikiki, The Royal Waikoloan Hotel, on Hawaii Island.
Outrigger opens its first property outside of the U.S., The Outrigger Marshall Islands Resort.
Roy Kelley passes away at the age of 91. Estelle Kelley follows a year later, also at 91.
Outrigger opens its first property in Australia.
Outrigger begins its expansion into Asia.
Outrigger announces its first full purchase of an Asian property in Phuket, Thailand.