Maui Hotel & Lodging Awards $20K in Scholarships

May 16, 2017, 4:09 PM HST · Updated May 16, 4:11 PM
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The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recently awarded at total of $20,000 in scholarships, including $9,000 to six University of Hawaiʻi Maui College students and $11,000 in scholarships to nine Academy of Hospitality students from Baldwin, and Maui High Schools.

Maui Hotel & Lodging Association presents scholarships to UH Maui College students (from left to right): Christine Christensen, Membership and Events Coordinator, MHLA; John Torres; Daniel Iwasaki; Paola Jacobo; Danielle Sulliban; Chayce Cardenas; Lisa Paulson, Executive Director, MHLA; Angela Nolan, Area Managing Director for Vistana Signature Experience Hawaiʻi and MHLA Board President

Three students from the Maui Culinary Academy and three Business & Hospitality students each received a $1,500 scholarship.

Students were recognized as outstanding achievers by their department coordinators.

Recipients from the UH Maui College Business and Hospitality Department included: Ryan Borger, Daniel Iwasaki, and Paola Jacobo. Recipients from the UH Maui College Culinary Academy were: Chayce Cardenas, Danielle Sulliban, and John Torres.

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These future industry leaders were honored at the Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine’s ʻAipono Restaurant Awards gala held on Sunday, April 23 at the Hyatt Regency Maui in the presence of hundreds of business and restaurant industry principals.

In a special luncheon honoring graduating students in the Academy of Hospitality & Travel on May 15, 2017, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recognized 54 Maui seniors and presented a total of $11,000 in scholarships to six recipients who have successful completed the two-year Academy of Hospitality & Travel.  The program includes curricula designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the travel industry.

Maui Hotel & Lodging Association presents scholarships to AOHT high school students (from left to right): Lisa Paulson, Executive Director, MHLA; Karly Cairme; Kristyn Aiwohi; Tehani Mo’ikeha; Sharmaine Domingo; Justin Yago; Den Wilfred Lizada; Angela Nolan, Area Managing Director for Vistana Signature Experience Hawaiʻi and MHLA Board President

AOHT Scholarship recipients who were recognized as outstanding achievers included from Maui High School: Sharmaine Domingo, Dean Wilfred Lizada, Justin Yago; and Baldwin High School’s: Kristyn Aiwohi, Karly Cairme, Tehani Mo’ikeha.

Scholarship funds for UH Maui College students and Maui AOHT graduates are made possible with proceeds from the annual Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s “Excellence in Education” golf tournament. The 2017 tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

“It’s an honor to be able to provide for our future leaders. These students have excelled in their individual areas and have been justly awarded for their achievements. We look forward to watching these students turn into the next generation of industry leaders,” said Lisa Paulson, MHLA Executive Director.

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to advocate for the Visitor Industry. The organization also provides educational opportunities and scholarships, and gives back to the community via the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Excellence in Education golf tournament and Kupuna Dinner.

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