HONOLULU, HAWAII—Leaders from Kamehameha Schools and ResortTrust Hawaii, the owner of The Kahala Hotel & Resort, gathered at the hotel today to celebrate the beginning of a new partnership created to honor the past, reconnect to the land and forge a path forward toward a sustainable future. The partnership was commemorated by a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony led by Kahu Daniel Akaka Jr.
“We believe we have a duty to honor the history of the land we stand on today, and a responsibility to carry on the legacy of The Kahala with respect to the heritage of the people who came before us,” said Shigetoshi Ogino, senior vice president of ResortTrust Hawaii. “We feel privileged to work hand in hand with Kamehameha Schools to achieve this vision.”
The organizations will collaborate on opportunities that advance the educational mission of Kamehameha Schools through an annual summer internship program for students and alumni, as well as career shadow days, which will offer opportunities for students to explore careers in the hospitality industry.
Additionally, the partnership will focus on ways to increase sustainability efforts at The Kahala while providing guests with experiences that honor the hotel’s Hawaiian heritage. A farm-to-table initiative will link The Kahala’s premier restaurant, Hoku’s, with farmers working on Kamehameha Schools’ lands to source locally grown produce. Kamehameha Schools will also lend its expertise to provide a historical and cultural context to events and activities at The Kahala.
“Working with the community is invaluable to achieving our mission of preserving and supporting Native Hawaiian culture, language and traditions,” said Kamehameha Schools CEO Livingston “Jack” Wong. “We look forward to seeing this relationship grow, and we are grateful to be working with organizations like ResortTrust that see the importance education plays in creating healthy and thriving communities.”
ResortTrust develops and operates public and membership-based hotels, golf courses, membership-based medical diagnostic and treatment support centers, and also markets hotel and medical club memberships primarily targeting corporate executives and affluent households. The company, which is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange, operates 47 hotels. The Kahala Hotel & Resort is ResortTrust’s first overseas hotel and is operated by local subsidiary ResortTrust Hawaii, LLC.
Kamehameha Schools embarked in 2015 on a bold, exciting voyage that envisions, in one generation, a thriving Lāhui in which learners achieve post secondary educational success, enabling good life and career choices.
Grounded in Christian and Hawaiian values, learners will be leaders who contribute to their communities both locally and globally.
At the heart of this new journey are those who share this vision to ensure that all Native Hawaiians have the opportunity to succeed. Strong community collaborations, donor participation and key state, national and international partnerships are vital to creating the means to propel learners onto knowledge and career paths of their choice. For more information, visit www.ksbe.edu
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.