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The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Welcomes Pualani Fernandez as Resort Manager

Fernandez brings nearly 20 years of hotel industry experience to her role


Pualani Fernandez

HONOLULU โ€” 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.

โ€œPualani is a hospitality industry veteran with a passion for perpetuating and sharing Hawaiian culture,โ€ said Joe Ibarra, general manager of The Kahala Hotel & Resort. โ€œHaving 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 guestsโ€™ experience at The Kahala.โ€

โ€œIโ€™m excited and humbled to join The Kahala ohana and work with the talented team at this iconic resort.โ€ Said Fernandez โ€œI look forward to building upon The Kahalaโ€™s meaningful legacy and sharing the Hawaiian culture and heritage with guests from around the world.โ€

Fernandez is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and earned her bachelorโ€™s and masterโ€™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 Waikฤซkฤซ, 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 hotelโ€™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 Hokuโ€™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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