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 Award. This year’s winners listed below:
Outstanding Property: The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Outstanding Allied Member: First Hawaiian Bank
Outstanding Employee: Ernesto Cabrera, Bellman – Maui Beach Hotel
Legacy Award: Joyce Tihada, PBX Operator – Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
“These Annual Awards are another way for us to honor the outstanding work we see in our industry”, said Lisa Paulson, Executive Director. “We are an organization that represents Maui County’s visitor industry, and therefore, we like to give recognition and show our appreciation for those who continue to make Maui a premier destination”.
Visit the Po'okela Awards page to learn more about the rules and qualifications for each award, download entry forms, and see past winners!
(Left) 2017 Po’okela Award Outstanding Employee: Ernesto Cabrera, Bellman – Maui Beach Hotel.
(Right) 2017 Po’okela Award Legacy Award: Joyce Tihada, PBX Operator – Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to advocate for the Visitor Industry. The organization also provides educational opportunities and scholarships, and gives back to the community via the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Excellence in Education golf tournament and Kupuna Dinner.