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MHLA AWARDS $53,500 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO MAUI STUDENTS

Naomi Cooper on May 18th, 2024

Visitor Industry Gives Back to Future Industry Leaders of Maui WAILUKU, MAUI – (May 16, 2024) The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) awarded a total of $53,500 in scholarships to graduating students of Lahainaluna, Maui High, Baldwin High, Kamehameha Schools Maui and Maui Prepatory Academy, as...

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45th Maui Charity Walk Raises Over $1 Million for the 8th Year

Naomi Cooper on May 6th, 2024

WAILUKU, MAUI – (May 4, 2024) The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) celebrated its 45th year of giving back to the community with the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, May 4th. Nearly 1,600 walkers attended the in-person event at the War Memorial Complex. Walkers finished 2.5 miles of exercise and...

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Maui Visitor Industry Feeds Na Kupuna & Maui Residents

Naomi Cooper on April 15th, 2024

WAILUKU, MAUI - On April 15, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) fulfilled another year of caring for senior citizens of Maui County through The Spring Na Kupuna Appreciation Event. Andaz Maui, Four Seasons Resort Wailea, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui Marriott Ocean Club, Montage Kapalua Bay, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, The Westin...

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​Maui Visitor Industry Donates to Hui No Ke Ola Pono

Naomi Cooper on March 27th, 2024

WAILUKU, MAUI – Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) responded to Hui No Ke Ola Ponoʻs request for sunscreen items for the two public community events taking place this Spring break. On Saturday, March 16th, The Kaiwahine Village Spring Festival will host an easter...

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Angela Vento to Chair the 45th Maui Charity Walk

Naomi Cooper on February 23rd, 2024

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) is excited to announce that Angela Vento, General Manager of Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui, will chair the 2024 Maui County Charity Walk. Mrs. Vento along with the organizing committee, will oversee the Charity Walk held for Maui County on Saturday, May 4th, 2024. “It is...

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Visitor Industry Bakes Holiday Pies for Na Kupuna

Naomi Cooper on December 12th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – On Friday, December 8th, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association gifted 500 fresh pies and presents to Maui County seniors throughout the island. Partnering with Kaunoa Senior Services, Meals on Wheels, and Maui County staff and volunteers, seniors were delivered custom baked pumpkin and apple pies...

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​MHLA Donates $2,500 to Maui’s Coral Reef Restoration

Naomi Cooper on December 7th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – This past weekend, MHLA sponsored Trilogy Excursions’ environmental outreach program with $1000 towards the Blue ʻAina Reef Clean-Up and a $1,500 donation to its beneficiary nonprofit of the clean-up, Maui Nui Marine Resource Council (MNMRC). The event...

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​Visitor Industry Executive Lisa Paulson Recognized as Leader in Hawaii

Naomi Cooper on November 29th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – Maui Hotel & Lodgingʻs Executive Director, Lisa Paulson, has been honored with numerous recognitions this year including the “Hospitality Executive of the Year” Business Achievement Award by Pacific Edge...

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​Visitor Industry Delivers 16,800 Pounds of Rice for the Holidays

Naomi Cooper on November 22nd, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – This past week, MHLA delivered 16,800 pounds of rice throughout Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lanaʻi for the Thanksgiving Holiday. This yearʻs Rice for the Holidays event started on Saturday, November 18th partnering with Triology Excursions for the 30th Annual “Turkey & Rice Holiday Gifting”. MHLA boarded Trilogyʻs charter and...

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​Visitor Industry Raises Over $42,000 for Maui Scholarships

Naomi Cooper on November 21st, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – The 26th Annual Excellence in Education Golf Tournament presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits took place this past Friday, November 10th, 2023 at the Kaanapali Golf Course. Through this tournament, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) raised over $42,000 for Maui’s students pursuing the hospitality industry. This year, applicants directly...

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Visitor Industry Supports Future Leaders for Maui

Naomi Cooper on October 30th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) recently partnered with UHMC’s Hospitality & Tourism Career & Customer Service class (HOST 100) in providing the first on-site visit for Maui High School students enrolled in the early college class. Maui High School students joined UHMC students at The Grand...

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​MHLA Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors

Naomi Cooper on September 22nd, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) announced their 2023 – 2024 Board of Directors at their annual meeting held on September 19th, 2023. The induction was held virtually, as many members are still in the midst of wildfire relief efforts and therefore, unable to attend in person....

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Maui Visitor Industry Hand Delivers Charity Walk Checks to Nonprofits

Naomi Cooper on August 23rd, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – This week, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) distributed $1.3 million to over sixty Maui nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits were unable to receive their funding allocations at the Maui Charity Walk Reception Breakfastthat was postponed in wake of the wildfires. Therefore, MHLA responded by hand delivering awarded funds raised from the Maui Charity Walk to those...

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​Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Gives Back-to-School Supplies to Lahaina Keiki

Naomi Cooper on August 8th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – Last week, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa surprised the West Maui community with much needed school supplies. The Sheraton Maui hosted their own in-house collection of supplies and delivered 2,560 items to Princess Nahi`ena`ena and King Kamehameha III Elementary Schools in time for the new...

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Maui Keiki Receive Back-to-School Supplies from the Visitor Industry

Naomi Cooper on July 27th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – This summer, the Visitor Industry joined forces with The Salvation Army’s Adopt a Backpack Campaign to supply Maui’s keiki in need with school supplies for the upcoming school year. MHLA hotel properties and allied members successfully delivered the supplies requested in addition to $5,000 of monetary donations. Six members of MHLA hosted their own in-house...

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Maui Visitor Industry Donates to Kipahulu and Kaupo Communities

Naomi Cooper on July 3rd, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – Today, the Visitor Industry and Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) responded to Maui County & American Red Cross’s request for emergency assistance items for the communities of Kipahulu and Kaupo. The rockslide occurrence on May 11th left these areas inaccessible and in need of life-saving equipment during times when emergency services response is...

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Maui Visitor Industry Supports the Maui Homeless Community

Naomi Cooper on June 7th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – On June 5th, the Visitor Industry and Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) responded to Maui District Health Office’s (MDHO) Donation Request for Homeless Outreach to serve the needs of the congregate populations of domestic violence, substance abuse and homeless shelters. Due to logistics, MDHO is seeking assistance from the community to...

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MHLA Awards $61,500 in Scholarships to Maui Students

Naomi Cooper on May 21st, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – This past week, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) awarded a total of $61,500 in scholarships to Maui high school and college students. Twenty-four outstanding individuals were awarded through three scholarship programs: the UH Maui College Hospitality and Culinary Program, the Academy of Hospitality (AOHT) program and the MHLA Member...

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44th Maui Charity Walk Raises Over $1 Mil For The 7th Year

Naomi Cooper on May 8th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – (May 6, 2023) The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) celebrated its 44th year of giving back to the community with the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, May 6. Over 1,700 walkers registered for the War Memorial Event of fun-filled early morning exercise, ‘ono breakfast and delights, giveaway prizes, and local entertainment, including band, NuffSedd. An...

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​Maui Visitor Industry Gives a Big Mahalo for Na Kupuna Success

Naomi Cooper on April 28th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – On April 21st, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s Spring Na Kupuna Appreciation Event successfully delivered fresh tropical bouquets along with hotel prepared meals to over 500 homebound seniors of Maui! Starting at Kaunoa Senior Services in Paia, volunteers from MHLA hotel properties and allied members, along with the...

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Michael Pye to Chair 44th Annual Charity Walk

Naomi Cooper on January 20th, 2023

WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) is excited to announce that Michael Pye, Regional Vice President Fairmont Hawaii and General Manager of Fairmont Kea Lani Maui will chair the 2023 Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Mr. Pye will oversee Maui County Charity Walks that include Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi communities, scheduled for Saturday,...

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15th Annual Rice for the Holidays Distribution

Lisa Paulson on November 30th, 2022

Visitor Industry Gives Back to the Maui County Community WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) distributed 16,800 pounds of rice throughout Maui County this November. The annual Rice for the Holidays program began in 2008 when MHLA partnered with Jim Coon of Trilogy Excursions in their annual giveaway of turkeys to the...

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2022 Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Maui County Awards Over $1 Million in Grant Funding to Maui County Nonprofits

Lisa Paulson, Executive Director on November 14th, 2022

WAILUKU, MAUI - The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association announced its Charity Walk final amount raised for Maui County during the 43rd Annual Visitor Industry Charity, which reached its one-million-dollar goal for the sixth year with an impressive $1,063,027. In a special Charity Reception held at The Andaz Maui at Wailea, Maui, on November...

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Maui Hotel & Lodging Association PAC Endorses State and County Candidates in the 2022 General Election

Lisa Paulson on September 23rd, 2022

WAILUKU, MAUI – The Board of Directors and Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association announced its endorsements for state and county candidates in the 2022 General Election. The following endorsement slate includes candidates that were supported in the Primary and those that have been vetted for the current election. The Maui Hotel &...

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MHLA Announces New 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Lisa Paulson on September 22nd, 2022

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) announced their 2022-2023 Board of Directors at their annual meeting held on September 21 at the Grand Wailea Resort. Board members were elected from a list of candidates nominated by MHLA property and allied members earlier this year. “I am pleased to welcome this new board and look...

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43rd Annual Maui Charity Walk Breaks $1M for Sixth Year

Lisa Paulson on September 13th, 2022

- Visitor Industry Raised $1,063,027 for Maui County Community – WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association has announced its Charity Walk final amount raised for Maui County...

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43rd Annual Maui Charity Walk Collects Close to One Million for Maui County

Lisa Paulson on August 20th, 2022

- Visitor Industry Gives Back to the Maui County Community – WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) celebrated 43 years of giving back to the community with its annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, August 20. Over 1,300 walkers gathered at the War Memorial Event Field for a fun-filled morning of exercise,...

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Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Announces Early Endorsement of Josh Green in Governor's Race

Christine Christensen on June 30th, 2022

WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) is excited to announce its early endorsement of Josh Green for Governor. This endorsement was supported by MHLA Board members representing hotels, restaurants, activities, and other businesses working with the Maui County industry. MHLA Executive Director Lisa Paulson...

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Maui Hotel & Lodging Association's "Excellence in Education" Golf Tournament Raises $40,000 for Scholarship Fund

Christine Christensen on June 28th, 2022

- Visitor Industry Gives-Back to Maui’s Future Industry Leaders – WAILUKU, MAUI, HAWAII (June 28, 2022) – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s 25th Annual “Excellence in Education presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits” golf tournament took place on Friday, June 24 at the Ka’anapali Golf Courses. The sold-out event raised...

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Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Awards $41,500 in Scholarships

Christine Christensen on May 25th, 2022

- Visitor Industry Gives-Back to Maui’s Future Industry Leaders – WAILUKU, MAUI – Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) awarded a total of $41,500 in Scholarships to nineteen Maui students. Outstanding individuals were awarded through three scholarship programs: the UH Maui College Hospitality and Culinary Programs;...

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Dena Roady and Shane Kahalehau to Chair 43rd Annual Charity Walk

Christine Christensen on April 21st, 2022

- Visitor Industry Gives Back to the Maui County Community - WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) is excited to announce that Dena Roady, Area Vice President – Hyatt Hotels Hawaii and General Manager of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, and Shane Kahalehau, Program Director at KPOA Radio, will chair the 2022 Maui County Charity Walk....

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Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Supports Kupuna & Students in April Events

Christine Christensen on April 15th, 2022

KAHULUI, MAUI, HI (April 14, 2022) – Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) kicked off April with two amazing events on Friday, April 8th, 2022, the Spring Na Kupuna Appreciation Event and the ClimbHi LEI Event. MHLA partnered with Kaunoa Senior Services, Meals on Wheels and Congregate Nutrition programs for the Spring Na...

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Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Announces a Toiletry Drive for Maui

Christine Christensen on March 27th, 2022

In Partnership with Maui Food Bank

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Nā Kupuna Appreciation

Christine Christensen on December 2nd, 2021

For many years, Maui Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA) had hosted an annual Nā Kupuna Dinner. Through the generosity of our MHLA Membership the Nā Kupuna event provided Maui’s senior citizens with a memorable evening of live entertainment, a lavish meal, and amazing makana (gift) to take home. Due to COVID-19, MHLA had not been able to host this event since December 2019. And while we...

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13th Annual Rice for the Holidays Distribution

Christine Christensen on November 30th, 2021

Visitor Industry Gives Back to the Maui County Community WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) distributed 16,800 pounds of rice throughout Maui County this November. The annual “Rice for the Holidays” program began in 2009 when MHLA partnered...

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42nd Excellence in Education Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser a Success!

Rod Antone on August 26th, 2021

Much mahalo to everyone who participated in or helped out at the MHLA's 24th Excellence in Education Golf Tournament on August 20th. Thanks to your efforts you have all helped to raise $30,000 in scholarship money for our local high school students. Many thanks goes out to all of our volunteers from the Maui Junior Golf Association, University of Hawaii Maui College Hospitality...

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The Visitor Industry Charity Walk is Online and Ready to GO!!!

Rod Antone on July 20th, 2021

42nd ANNUAL CHARITY WALK RETURNS TO HELP UP TO 100 MAUI NUI NONPROFITS - Giving back to the Maui County community has never been easier –

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Hana Highway Parking Update

Rod antone on July 9th, 2021

Citing safety concerns and illegal parking along scenic and popular stops along the Hāna Highway, the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation began installing “no parking” signs reflecting a $200 surcharge in addition to a $35 parking violation at several spots along the winding road into East Maui. State officials installed 10 signs eaerlier this summer at various locations. Some of...

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2021 Scholarship Recipients

Christine Christensen on May 28th, 2021

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Associations is pleased to announce our 2021 Scholarship recipients. The MHLA awarded a total of $20,000 in Scholarships. Fourteen outstanding individuals were awarded through one of three scholarship programs: the UH Maui...

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MHLA Announces New 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Lisa Paulson on September 25th, 2020

WAILUKU, MAUI – On September 23, 2020 Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) announced their 2020-2021 Board of Directors during part one of two webinars held as their modified annual meeting. The kick-off for the meeting began with a lengthy discussion about the October 15 reopening date with none other than Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, who...

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3rd Annual Po’okela Awards

Lisa Paulson on October 10th, 2018

WAILUKU, MAUI – On September 21, 2018 Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) honored individuals as well as a superior overall property and business that contributed to Maui’s hospitality industry through exceptional service, professionalism, and the “Aloha Spirit”. This is the third year for the Annual Awards in the following categories: Outstanding Property; Outstanding Allied...

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MHLA Installs New Board At 2018 Annual Meeting

Lisa Paulson on October 9th, 2018

WAILUKU, MAUI – On September 21, 2018 Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) installed the 2018-19 Board of Directors at their annual meeting held at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Maui Visitor Bureau Executive Director, Sherry Duong was on hand to perform the formal induction. Board members are representatives of hotel properties and allied businesses that are MHLA members. The Board...

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22nd Excellence In Education Golf Tournament Results

Lisa Paulson on September 7th, 2018

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s 22nd Annual “Excellence in Education” presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Hawaii golf tournament took place on Friday, August 17 at Kapalua Golf, The Bay Course. The sold-out event raised $33,000 to support youth scholarships. While the top teams took home some great prizes, the real winners of the event are Maui’s youth. The...

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40th Annual Maui County Charity Walk Final Tally

Lisa Paulson on September 7th, 2018

40th Annual Maui County Charity Walk Breaks One Million Mark For Third Year Final Tally At $1,422,535 For Maui County The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association has announced its Charity Walk final amount raised for Maui County during the 40th Annual Visitor Industry Charity which broke records across the State and exceeded their one-million-dollar goal for a third...

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40th Annual Charity Walk Breaks Records!

Lisa Paulson on May 12th, 2018

Maui County’s 40th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk Once Again Breaks Records and Surpasses One Million Dollar Goal Raising $1,410,967 The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) celebrated 40 years of giving back to the community with its annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, May 12. Over 3,500 walkers gathered at the War Memorial Soccer Field for...

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9th Annual "Rice For the Holidays" Distribution

Lisa Paulson on December 6th, 2017

Visitor Industry Gives Back to the Maui County Community The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA), distributed 25,000 pounds of rice throughout Maui County this November and December. The annual “Rice for the Holidays” program began in 2009 when MHLA partnered with Jim Coon of Trilogy Excursions in their annual giveaway of turkeys to the residents of Lanai by...

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2nd Annual Po'okela Awards

Lisa Paulson on October 3rd, 2017

Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) honored individuals as well as a superior overall property and business that contributed to Maui’s hospitality industry through exceptional service, professionalism, and the “Aloha Spirit”. This is the second year for the Annual Awards in the following categories: Outstanding Property; Outstanding Allied (Business) Member; Outstanding Employee; Legacy...

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New Board of Directors

Lisa Paulson on October 2nd, 2017

Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) installed the 2017-18 Board of Directors at their annual meeting held at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Senator Rosalyn Baker was on hand to perform the formal induction. Board members are representatives of hotel properties and allied businesses that are MHLA members. The Board Members are: Nancy Chaplick, Spectrum Bill...

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39th Annual Charity Walk Final Tally

Lisa Paulson on August 11th, 2017

Visitor Industry Gives Back $1,212,066 to the Maui County Community WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association has announced its Charity Walk final amount raised for Maui County during the 39th Annual Visitor Industry Charity which broke records across the State and exceeded their one-million- dollar goal for a...

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Charity Walk 2017

Lisa Paulson on May 22nd, 2017

MAUI COUNTY’S 39th ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK ONCE AGAIN BREAKS RECORDS AND SURPASSES ONE MILLION DOLLAR GOAL RAISING $1,159,053– Visitor Industry Gives Back to the Maui County Community WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) celebrated 39 years of giving back to the community with its annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on...

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MHLA - 2017 Scholarship Release

Lisa Paulson on May 22nd, 2017

MAUI HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION AWARDS $20,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO UH MAUI COLLEGE STUDENTS AND ACADEMY OF HOSPITALITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS– Visitor Industry Gives-Back to Maui’s Future Industry Leaders – WAILUKU, MAUI – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recently awarded at total of $20,000 in Scholarships: $9,000 in scholarships to six UH Maui College students...

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