Business roundup: 04-09-18

Resort appoints new management positions

Mauna Kea Resort, home to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Resort, announced two strategic executive appointments and two key sales promotions.


Stephen Dowling was appointed as director of property management and Brad Doell as director of sales and marketing, in addition to the sales promotions of Libby Child as associate director of leisure sales and Maylyn Caravalho as leisure sales manager. It reflects a seasoned team tapped to shape the evolution of Mauna Kea Resort as Hawaii’s top resort community.

“Building a strong and forward-thinking executive team that inspires others is our priority,” said Craig Anderson, vice president of resort operations at Mauna Kea Resort.

The collection of new roles marks an exciting time for Mauna Kea Resort as it is poised to introduce the transformation of Hapuna Beach Resort to The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in spring 2018 following a multi-million dollar renovation.

Tourism student career fair slated

The LEI program, a workforce development program encouraging over 1,000 students to finish high school and proceed to post, secondary educations or employment, is hosting a career day this month.

The goal is to encourage students by educating them about future career paths in Hawaii’s largest industry – hospitality and tourism.

Throughout the state, students attend events that include leadership training, inspirational speakers, site visits to hotels, advice on job/college applications, and career fairs. The LEI program is produced by the local nonprofit ClimbHI in partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

This year’s Big Island event will be April 17-18 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Small Business Development Center offering workshop

The West Hawaii Small Business Development Center will be offering a workshop, “How to Write a Business Plan” from 9-11:30 a.m. April 11 at Hale Iako, 73-970 Makako Bay Dr., Kailua-Kona, on the NELHA (OTEC) campus.


Learn how to create a mission and a brand, develop a marketing plan, project sales and expenses, plan your staffing needs, and much more.

Registration is $20 and space is limited. Register online at, click on the Events and Workshops link on the homepage, or call 333.5000 for more information.

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