By Sonia Isotov
Travaasa Destinations has announced the appointment of Danny Mynar, a third generation Hana resident, to general manager of the 70-room Travaasa Hana hotel.
Mynar succeeds Mark Stebbings, who is being promoted to managing director and will move to Travaasa’s corporate office in Denver. The appointments are effective today.
“We are thrilled to have Danny, who is so deeply rooted in the Hana community, as our general manager,” said Joy Berry, president of Travaasa Destinations.
“He brings extensive hospitality experience to the position, along with a unique understanding of this special and magical place that can only come from being born and raised in Hana.”
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Mynar. “I’m proud and privileged to have the honor of managing this iconic hotel that has been at the heart of the Hana community and my family for generations.
“As a boy, I would come here to watch my mom sing and entertain guests, so this hotel has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.”
Mynar was most recently assistant general manager at Travaasa Hana. He joined the property in 2002 as housekeeping manager and was later promoted to rooms manager.
He spent the early part of his childhood growing up in the old plantation camp, now the site of the hotel’s Sea Ranch Cottages. His grandfather worked on the old sugar plantation and later transferred to the hotel as groundskeeper. His grandmother, a native Hawaiian, worked as a housekeeper at the hotel, and his mother entertained guests and served in the food and beverage department for 29 years.
Mynar has extensive experience working at luxury resorts on Maui, including management positions at the Grand Wailea, Hyatt Regency Maui, and Fairmont Kea Lani. Prior to working in the hospitality industry, he served in the US Army as a field artillery officer.
Mynar attended Hana High School and earned a B.A. in Business from New Mexico State University. He currently serves on the board for Hana Maui Trust, and volunteers with Feed My Sheep, a partner agency of Maui United Way. In his leisure time, he enjoys fishing and other outdoor pursuits. He and his wife, Joyce, reside in Hana with their 11-year-old son, Darius.