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NEWS BRIEFS Kumano Named Asia Sales Manager at Sheraton Kona Gerald Glennon Kelly Hoen 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 Hawaii. 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 of professionals." 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. Mark Tsuchiyama 28 Hawaii Hospitality January/February 2015 ■ 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." Kumano previously 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 Yukiko Kumano Pacific University. Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Appoints 4 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. Nakamura previously 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 catering department. Casey Collado 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
Gun Tourism
When Visitors Get Sick
Luxury Limo Services
Na Poe Paahana Awards
Tips from Engineers
Women in Lodging
Aloha Ambassadors
News Briefs
Talk Story
At the Table

Hawaii Hospitality January/February 2015