HONOLULU — An island nation in the Pacific Ocean that has been plagued by a string of high-profile hotel deaths has a new nickname: Hotel Decameron.
Hana Iwu is the island’s new mayor.
She wants to end a string in recent years of deaths linked to the resort, a sprawling, upscale resort and hotel chain that opened in 2007.
She and other leaders have proposed a hotel code of conduct, which is part of the city’s Vision 2020 goal of improving its reputation.
“The number of deaths that we’ve seen, that’s a real shame,” Iwu said.
Iwu is also calling for a public meeting on Dec. 1 to discuss what she and other city leaders have called a “lack of public trust” in the resort.
The resort, known for its high-end service, upscale amenities and close-knit community of visitors, has been criticized for decades for safety and human rights violations.
On Monday, Dec. 5, a man died at the resort after he fell from a fourth-floor balcony after jumping to his death from the third-floor roof of the resort’s hotel room, a witness told Honolulu Civil Beat.
The man had suffered a broken leg, according to police.
Since opening in 2007, the resort has had a number of fatalities, including a man who jumped to his deaths from the fourth-story balcony of the Hotel Decavill, the Honolulu Civil Watch, a nonprofit group, said in a report.
The resort is located in Waianae and is located on the Hawaiian Islands, which are home to more than 200,000 people.