HLTA Updates

REMINDER:  HLTA General Membership Meeting, Oct. 3–5, Hilton Waikoloa Village

Jared S. Higashi Joins HLTA as Director of Government and Community Affairs

The Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) has hired Jared S. Higashi as its new Director of Government and Community Affairs.

In his new position, Higashi will represent HLTA members and liaise with government and elected officials, in addition to managing the Association’s many community and charitable programs, including the Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

“Jared comes to HTLA with a background in government, politics and marketing as well as enthusiasm and fresh ideas,” said George D. Szigeti, HLTA President and CEO. “He will be an integral member of the organization as we move into the future.”

Higashi previously worked for the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives as a legislative aide. Prior to that, he handled advertising and marketing for Sigona’s Farmers Market in Palo Alto, California.

Higashi is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in radio/television and film. He is also an accomplished athlete, with 17 years of judo training under his belt.

Register by Aug. 20 to Attend the HLTA Oahu Chapter Meeting

“Housing First – Addressing Homelessness”
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Haleakala/Kilauea Room
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
HLTA members, please submit registration form and payment by August 20.

Nominate Employees Now for HLTA’s 25th Annual Na Po‘e Pa‘ahana Awards

This is your chance to show your gratitude and appreciation for the exceptional work our lodging industry professionals exemplify by nominating them for recognition.

Official Forms can be downloaded HERE.

Nomination deadline is October 6, 2014. There will be no extensions.

Go the to HLTA’s Na Po‘e Pa‘ahana Awards web page to learn more about the Awards.

The awards ceremony will be held on January 8, 2015, at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Register to Attend the Hawaii Women in Lodging Inaugural Event

The Hawaii Women in Lodging & Tourism Invites you to our inaugural quarterly membership event, Thursday, August 21. 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Ballroom

Special Guest Speaker Jane Tatibouet

Membership and event registration information.


photo of mayors of Hawaiian islands

From left to right: HLTA president George Szigeti, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Mayor Billy Kenoi, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Charity Walk statewide chair Kelly Hoen

Mayors’ Charity Walk Challenge Winner and Results Announced

HAWAI‘I – The results are in! The Mayors of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island have been participating in a friendly competition to raise money for the annual Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association’s (HLTA) Visitor Industry Charity Walk, which took place in May.

The County with the largest percentage growth over the previous year was announced as Hawai‘i Island, which raised a total of $276,218, amounting to a 21 percent increase from 2013. As a reward, Mayor Billy Kenoi of Hawai‘i Island received a special Koa wood slipper plaque that symbolizes the Walk.

Overall, the 36th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk raised a record-breaking $1,887,010, a 12.9 percent increase from 2013.

Read the full press release: VICW 2014 Mayors Challenge Results

Register for the 15th Annual HLTA Golf Tournament

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Hawaii Prince Golf Club

Sign up to play or donate prizes. See details.

2014 Legislative Update

For a complete list of bills tracked by HLTA, click SENATE BILLS or HOUSE BILLS. These lists include HLTA’s position on each bill.

For information on the legislative process, the Hawai‘i State Legislature has a wonderful resource called “A Citizen’s Guide to Participation in the Legislative Process,” which you can find here.

You may also view the bills, status of bills, committee reports & hearing notices at the legislative website:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov