Faces of Aloha

Meet the Faces of Aloha

We're All Ambassadors of Aloha

“Sharing the wealth of aloha and the aspect of aloha is extremely important because it brings emotion… it not only deals with your wellness and your sense of family but also deals with that respect to your past, thinking about the future, sharing, giving; this is all aloha.”

- Clifford Naeʻole, Hawaiian Cultural Advisor of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

It is no question that Hawaii is one of the most desirable visitor destinations in the world. With lush, tropical beauty, isolated, diverse climates, and a set of family values rooted from rich history, Hawaiiʻs way of living sets it a part from the rest of the world. However, it is the aloha spirit that makes these islands feel the way they do and one can experience aloha through the people who work, live and immerse into the culture here.

While Maui's popularity with visitors may have its challenges, Maui's economy is very much supported by the these visitors. The success of the hospitality industry has become a sustaining piece to Maui's way of life that cannot easily be replaced. For there are many businesses, artists, educational programs, food sources and even grants or funding opportunities created from this industry web. It is not just hotels, timeshares and restaurants whom rely on the visitor industry, as often perceived. Let us bridge the gap between those front-facing visitor services and those behind the scenes of Maui County's hospitality industry in this intertwined relationship of the Faces of Aloha.

Beneficiaries of Mauiʻs Visitor Industry

Your Family. Your Friends. Your Neighbors. And Likely, You.

The effect of the hospitality industry on Maui Countyʻs communities is deep and one depended on by many. Hear from a few of these beneficiaries, more Faces of Aloha.

Meet a Face of Aloha, RILEY COON, Co-Owner of Trilogy Excursions of Maui

December 26th, 2023

Meet some Faces of of Aloha, PREMIER RESTORATION TEAM at the Old Lahaina Luau.

December 26th, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, KALANI PEʻA, Grammy Award Winning Artist Sponsored by Alaska Airlines

June 2nd, 2023

Meet CLIFFORD NAEʻOLE, a Face of Aloha, Cultural Advisor of Ritz-Carlton and Iwi Kupuna

June 12th, 2023

Meet a Face of of Aloha, DAN RUDOY, Head Farmer at Hua Momona Farm

September 20th, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, CODY KEKOA WALTON, Director of Engineering at Sheraton Resort Maui

May 31st, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, JOHN CADMAN, Owner of Pono Pies and Maui Breadfruit Company

May 29th, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, AKASHA KAUHOLA, Guest Services at Courtyard Marriot

March 24th, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, ORALANI KOA, Manager of Hawaiian Programming at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

May 18th, 2022

Meet a Face of Aloha, MAKALAPUA KANUHA, Complex Director of Culture at The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas & The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas: LOBBY STORY

June 12th, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, CHRIS RABANG, General Manager at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

June 14th, 2022

Meet a Face of of Aloha, ZACH LAIDLAW, Executive Chef at Hua Momona Farms

September 20th, 2023

Meet a Face of of Aloha, TINA CARRANZA, President at Hua Momona Farms

September 25th, 2023

Meet a Sponsor of Aloha, KONA BREWING CO, Allied Member

September 25th, 2023

Beneficiaries of the Maui Charity Walk

Nonprofit Beneficiaries of the Visitor Industry

Meet a Face of Aloha, DR. MARY TROTTO, VP of the Board of Hale Kau Kaui and Fundraising Chair

March 7th, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, JAMIE LUM LUNG-KA'EO, General Manager of Hale Napili

March 6th, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, JENNY MILLER, Director of Development at Maui Humane Society

March 7th, 2023

Meet a Face of Aloha, MADDY POWELL, Board Member and Volunteer of Keiki Cupboard

March 6th, 2023


Cassie Akina-Ancog

Akina Tours Ambassador of Aloha

My passion is to spread the "Spirit of Aloha" with every customer as we share cultural experiences.

My influence perpetuates the traditions of our ancestors while honoring the legacy of our 'ohana.

My goal is to work in a manner that is pono - with honesty, integrity, care and compassion.

I am a part of the visitor industry. An essential part.


Lily Solano

Maui Ocean Center Ambassador of Aloha

My work fosters understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawai'i's marine life.

My influence helps others learn how to better care for the ocean.

My dedication impacts Hawai'i and beyond.

I am a part of the visitor industry. An essential part.

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