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NEWSBriefs Margerison Ends Quest at Mauna Kea Golf Course From Augusta National to Pine Valley to the Big Island, Rick Margerison can now say he’s played every course on the Golf Digest’s 1987 “Top 100 Golf Courses in America” list, a quest he culminated on May 27 at Mauna Kea Golf Course. Margerison, a former Legacy Associates Investments president and CEO, was cheered on at the last hole by Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Golf Course staff. He received a special Mauna Kea Golf Course plaque and signature orange polo shirt, a bottle of sparkling wine and a kukui nut lei. Mauna Kea Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, opened in 1964 and was christened by a televised match among golf’s Big 3: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. In 2008, course architect Rees Jones renovated his father’s original layout. Charity Walk Raises Record $1.67M The 35th annual Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) Visitor Industry Charity Walk in May raised a record $1,671,436. “A lot of heart goes into this event by Hawaii’s lodging industry and other members of our tourism community,” said Mel Kaneshige Julie Arigo, Visitor Industry Charity Walk chairwoman, gets a lift as she cheers on 6,800 walkers on Oahu. George Szigeti, president of HLTA. “We’re happy to know that the results of our collective efforts will make a positive difference to the hundreds of nonprofits that support people in need across the state.” A total of 14,736 walkers on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Big Island participated in the fundraiser. Maui raised the most funds of the Islands for the third consecutive year with an $701,716—a record for the Island. “Our visitor industry works hard all year to put together this event that serves Hawaii’s nonprofits and communities. I’m so proud of this recordsetting Charity Walk by the people and friends of our visitor industry,” said Julie Arigo, Charity Walk chair and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel. “It’s a wonderful outpouring of kindness and kokua that exemplifies our aloha spirit.” A Aloha, Tina At the end of May, Tina Yamaki resigned as executive director of res e the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism th h Association (HLTA), capping a As 23-year career with the statewide 23 trade association that represents tr more than 600 member companies. m “I have really enjoyed working at the HLTA,” she wrote to HLTA a staff and members. “Throughout s the years, we have survived t hurricanes, tsunamis and the Tina Yamaki economy. We fought higher taxes ec and rallied for more marketing dollars. … We addressed issues on security, OSHA, nuisance birds, greening of the industry, child care, homelessness, food safety, liquor and more. Rick Margerison at the Mauna Kea Golf Course on Hawaii Island in late May as he completes his quest of playing all courses on Golf Digest’s “1987 Top 100 Golf Courses in America” list. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAUNA KEA GOLF COURSE Visitor Industry Charity Walk By Island Island Walkers Raised Kauai 2,133 $200,992 Oahu 6,800 $452,000 Molokai 300 $62,606 Lanai 182 $26,003 Maui 2,327 $701,716 Hawaii 2,994 $228,119 Total 14,736 $1,671,436 NAIOP Honors Outrigger’s Kaneshige Mel Kaneshige, executive vice-president of real estate and development at Outrigger Enterprises Group, received the Lifetime Achievement – Holo Pono Award from NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) Hawaii at its 2013 Kukulu Hale Awards. The award was presented at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on May 3, honoring Kaneshige for his contributions to Hawaii’s commercial real estate industry and his civic and community involvement. “For more than 17 years, Mel has been an invaluable member of the Outrigger ohana; we congratulate and give thanks to him for his dedication, determination and vision that gave rise to this well-deserved honor,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. Kaneshige oversees the acquisition, development and management of real estate assets for Outrigger as well as the acquisition of new hotel and condominium management contracts. He spearheaded the redevelopment of Outrigger properties throughout Hawaii, including the $1.75 billion Waikiki Beach Walk® development. “I am so grateful for the many adventures, experiences, memories and all of the wonderful friends I made throughout my tenure here.” Yamaki will continue working the hospitality industry as director of sales at Roberts Hawaii. “Tina has been a valuable asset to our Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association; her high energy, strong initiative and loyalty to our organization and to its members will be missed,” says George Szigeti, president of the HLTA. “We all want to wish Tina the very best as she opens this new chapter in her life and in her career.” Two years after graduation from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in political science in 1988, Yamaki joined the HLTA staff where she has risen through the ranks and became a major factor in the success of the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk. www.hawaiihospitalityonline.com 17 http://www.hawaiihospitalityonline.com

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New Restaurants
Beverage Trends
Guest Services
Beyond Waikiki
Talk Story with George Szigeti
Association News
News Briefs
Clean Talk with Rose

Hawaii Hospitality - July/August 2013