The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association’s 2nd Government Affairs meeting took place at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on November 24, 2015.
Guest speakers Senate President, Ron Kouchi, Senate Tourism Chair, Gilbert Kahele, and Waikiki District Senator, Brickwood Galuteria, joined us for a talk story hour to share their thoughts and insights on the tourism industry for 2016.
We thank the Senators for their time and knowledge and look forward to working with our State’s Senate this upcoming legislative session on issues that pertain to our tourism industry.
Special thanks to Marriott International’s Hawaii Vice President, Mr. Chris Tatum, for hosting the meeting.
On November 17, 2015 the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association held its 4th annual Ka ‘Ikena Dinner at Kapiolani Community College. Nearly 100 people attended as we dined on delectable creations both made and served by the students of the KCC Culinary school.
This event is an opportunity for our association to support the aspiring students of the KCC Culinary Arts program and it allows them the opportunity to showcase their talents. All proceeds from the Ka ‘Ikena dinner go to the Culinary Arts program.
During the event the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association also awarded its 2nd annual KCC Culinary Arts Scholarship to student recipient Adrienne Ishizu.
Seen in picture (left to right): Karen Wataru-Nakaoka HLTA Executive Director, Adrienne Ishizu (2015 scholarship recipient), Chef Warren Uchida – Kapiolani Community College, Mufi Hannemann – HLTA President & CEO, Takuto Hoshigami (2014 scholarship recipient), Ben Rafter- HLTA Chairperson, Glenn Vergara HLTA Oahu Chapter Chairperson
Pacific Edge Magazine recognizes 11 featured local leaders in the hospitality industry at their Oct-Dec 2015 Issue Launch!
On November 5th Pacific Edge Magazine launched their October – December issue at T Galleria Hawaii by DFS. At this event coined “A Toast to 2015″ 11 hospitality leaders were honored for their contributions to the tourism industry. We are very proud to see our members being celebrated for the amazing work they have put forth to making our industry No Ka ‘Oi!
HLTA members recognized:
Mufi Hannemann, President & CEO, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association
Rodney Ito, General Manager, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Patsy Narimatsu, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pacific Beach Hotel
Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer, Halekulani Corporation
Cheryl Williams, General Manager, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
Denise Wardlow, General Manager, The Westin Princeville Resort Villas
Angela Nolan, General Manager, Westin Ka`anapali Ocean Resort Villas
George Szigeti, President & CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority
Greg Dickhens, Vice President, Prince Resorts Hawaii
Rick Egged, President, Waikiki Improvement Association
Judy Bishop, Owner, Bishop & Company
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