HONOLULU — The Kahala Hotel & Resort is pleased to announce that Pualani Fernandez has joined the executive team as resort manager, responsible for overseeing the overall operation and strategic management of the 338-room luxury hotel.
Fernandez brings nearly 20 years of hotel industry experience to her role, having worked in a variety of management positions in hotels in Hawaii and California, including JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach and Four Seasons Aviara San Diego. Most recently, she served as hotel manager for the Prince Waikiki.
“Pualani is a hospitality industry veteran with a passion for perpetuating and sharing Hawaiian culture,” said Joe Ibarra, general manager of The Kahala Hotel & Resort. “Having served at some of the most highly regarded properties in Hawaii and the West Coast, she brings a wealth of experience and leadership in luxury hospitality and will play a key role as we strive to enhance our guests’ experience at The Kahala.”
“I’m excited and humbled to join The Kahala ohana and work with the talented team at this iconic resort.” Said Fernandez “I look forward to building upon The Kahala’s meaningful legacy and sharing the Hawaiian culture and heritage with guests from around the world.”
Fernandez is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is active in the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club and Halau I Ka Wekiu.
About The Kahala Hotel & Resort
The legendary Kahala Hotel & Resort is an oceanfront, destination luxury property known for its gracious Hawaiian hospitality. Located just minutes from Waikīkī, The Kahala offers an exclusive ambiance of a neighbor island experience. The Kahala has been Honolulu’s social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. World leaders, royalty, rock bands and Oscar winners call the 338-room resort their Hawaiian home-away-from-home. The Kahala is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The resort is home to The Kahala Spa, lush tropical gardens and a natural ocean-water lagoon with the hotel’s own resident dolphins cared for by Dolphin Quest. The Kahala also has five restaurants: Plumeria Beach House, Seaside Grill, The Veranda, Arancino and the award-winning Hoku’s restaurant. Stay connected with The Kahala via www.kahalaresort.com, on Instagram at @kahala_resort or on Facebook at The Kahala Hotel & Resort and Twitter at @KahalaResort. Share your Kahala moment #AtTheKahala.
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