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Kumano Named Asia
Sales Manager at Sheraton Kona
Modern Honolulu Names New GM
The luxury boutique hotel Modern Honolulu's Managing
Director Gerald Glennon is now director emeritus and senior
advisor; Kelly Hoen, an award-winning hotelier and veteran of
Hawaii's tourism industry, took over as the hotel's new general
manager in December.
A Honolulu hospitality veteran, Glennon joined the
Modern Honolulu's executive team in October 2012 and
assumed both the managing director and general manager
roles. Under Glennon, the hotel ranked No. 2 on TripAdvisor,
AAA Four-Diamond rating, Forbes Four-Star hotel and one
of Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice for best hotels in
Hoen brings nearly 35 years of experience to the Modern
Honolulu, including her tenure as general manager of The
Royal Hawaiian, where she guided the hotel through its
renovations, re-opening and market repositioning for the
last six years. Active in the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism
Association, she also serves on the Aloha United Way board
and was named Pacific Business News' Business Woman of
the Year in 2012.
Hale Koa Tabs Tsuchiyama, Cruz
Mark Tsuchiyama has been named executive chef and Jess
Cruz has been appointed executive housekeeper at Hale Koa
Hotel, a Fort DeRussy Armed Forces Recreation Center.
Tsuchiyama will oversee all of the hotel's food and
beverage operations that include Bibas, Koko Café, Barefoot
Bar and Warrior Lounge as well as the Banyan Tree Sunday
Brunch and the Hale Koa Luau. He was most recently director
of culinary and restaurant operations at the Hualalai Resort
& Kona Village Resort on the Big Island.
"We are looking forward to experiencing his diverse,
distinctive fusion of innovative dishes," said Hale Koa Hotel
General Manager Richard
LeBrun. "Mark will be a
welcome addition to our team
Cruz will oversee the
housekeeping and laundry
plant operations at the 818room oceanfront resort. He
has been in the hospitality
business for more than 20
years, serving most recently as
executive housekeeper of The
Fairmont San Francisco.
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The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay recently
named Yukiko Kumano as Asia sales manager. She will be
responsible for securing and managing group and leisure
accounts within the Asia region.
"Yukiko did an outstanding job working with our
international guests as a guest service manager the past
year, so it made perfect sense to bring her bilingual and
interpersonal skills to the sales team," said Matthew Grauso,
general manager at the Sheraton Kona. "We look forward to
supporting Yukiko as she takes the lead on strengthening our
relationship with the Asia market."
worked in Honolulu at a
printing and publishing
company as an account
executive and at the Kahala
Hotel & Resort as an assistant
guest service manager.
Born and raised in
Shimane, Japan, Kumano has
lived in Hawaii for 12 years.
She earned her MBA and her
bachelor's in Travel Industry
Management from Hawaii
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club
announced four new appointments: Paul Shiroma as banquet
manager, Daniel Nakamura as IT systems manager, Casey
Collado as catering administrative/social media assistant and
Jason Higashi as director of loss prevention.
Shiroma's more than 30 years of hospitality experience
started at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki and included stints at
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero and Waikiki Beach Marriott
Resort & Spa. He has also held various catering positions at
Kakaako Kitchen, Creations in Catering and Centerplate.
served as a network systems
engineer for Hawaiya
Technology Inc. He has
previously held positions at
Spirent Communications and
Hawaii Technology Services.
In this newly created
position, Collado will provide
administrative support and
manage digital and social
media efforts on behalf of the
Previously she worked as
an event assistant at Waialae Country Club. A Hawaii Prince
Hotel employee since 2007, Higashi most recently served as a
reservations agent and sales specialist.
Higashi also has worked for American Professional
Transport and was a personal banker at Bank of Hawaii.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hawaii Hospitality January/February 2015
Women & Their Power
HLTA’s Culinary Gala
HRA for the Holidays
When Visitors Get Sick
Luxury Limo Services
Na Poe Paahana Awards
Tips from Engineers
Women in Lodging
At the Table
Hawaii Hospitality January/February 2015