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Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017 1:15 am
KOLOA — Kylie Butts thought Tuesday’s Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration program was just going to be a field trip she could enjoy instead of being in a classroom.
What the Kauai High School senior didn’t expect was to learn so much about the local hotel and tourism industry.
“It was a lot more than I thought it was going to be,” Butts said. “There’s so many different departments you can work in — there’s a lot of room to grow.”
The sixth annual LEI program, hosted by ClimbHI and Hawaii Tourism Authority at the Sheraton Kauai Resort, gave about 160 high school students from five schools the opportunity to explore what Kauai’s tourism and hotel industry has to offer.
“We put on the largest workforce development program across the state,” said Julie Morikawa, president of ClimbHI. “These vendors are from all different aspects of the hotel and tourism industry and they’re here to do one-on-ones with students to really share and help guide these students to a path for success and to reach their dreams.”
Student-mentors from Kauai Community College guided high schoolers around for the day, all while gaining experience of their own. Leila Summers, a mentor and KCC student studying hospitality and tourism, sees the LEI program as an opportunity to give back to students looking to follow the same path she did.
“Being a mentor for high schools is just to enlighten and show them the different aspects to the hospitality industry and the different careers they can pursue,” Summers said. “I think this is a really fantastic experience for these high school students because it shows them that they have a lot of different ways that they can pursue, even with the slightest of interest.”
Summers, who volunteered as a mentor at the program last year, said they received great feedback and have double the attendees this time around. Brianni Higashi, another mentor from KCC, said the program is a great way to gain experience.
“It gets everyone interactive and helps them understand the industry and it helps us as mentors to help out and get more engaged,” Higashi said.
Lola Temme, a junior at Island School, didn’t realize how large and important the tourism industry on Kauai was until she participated in the LEI program.
In 2016, the hospitality industry employed around 118,200 people in the state and 9,600 people on Kauai. Jobs that were introduced to the students were security detail, concierge services, hotel management and retail positions.
Temme’s classmate, Lexi Warnock, said the guest speakers put her mind at ease concerning her immediate future.
“We had speakers today expressing how they wanted to major in one thing and how they totally changed their mind and that you don’t always have to have a set path,” Warnock said. “You’re going to find your way and plans can change. And it’s good to be open to that.”
LEI 2017 will continue on Maui on April 8, Oahu on April 18 and Hawaii Island on April 19-20.
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LEI 2017 offers students opportunities
Posted: Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:30 am
ClimbHI and Hawaii Tourism Authority will host the sixth annual Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration program on the Hawaiian Islands.
LEI 2017 will begin on Kauai on Tuesday and continue onto Maui on April 8, Oahu on April 18 and Hawaii Island on April 19-20. The objective of the program is to expose high school students to life past graduation and to introduce them to potential workforce opportunities.
“Encouraging Hawaii’s teens to follow a career in tourism is essential to the industry’s future success,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
Among potential workforce options is the hospitality industry where students will have direct access to view and research a possible career path in the tourism industry,
“The LEI program provides the opportunity for students to engage with our veteran team of hospitality professionals for a hands-on experience to see the resort, taste the food and learn what opportunities are available to them as future leaders,” said Chip Bahouth, general manager of Sheraton Kauai Resort.
Through the 2013-2014 school year, Hawaii was one of only five states in the nation that had a decline in high school graduation rates, according to a news release.
“Our keiki have so much potential to shape the future and with the help of Hawaii’s visitor industry, many are setting out on career paths to reach their dreams. ClimbHI gives our youth the inspiration to graduate from high school, attain higher education, and visualize a life for themselves beyond their teen years.”said Julie Morikawa, president of ClimbHI.
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HTA-sponsored statewide program to connect over 800 high school students with hospitality businesses
The Hawaii Tourism Authority and local non-profit ClimbHI are sponsoring the sixth annual Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration program to connect Hawaii’s students with individuals in the local visitor industry.
The LEI program, to occur on all Islands in April, will connect more than 900 high school and college students with about 85 hospitality businesses to discuss career paths in the industry. The day-long program includes speeches from industry leaders, tours of participating hotels as well as a cultural training program.
“Our keiki have so much potential to shape the future and with the help of Hawaii’s visitor industry, many are setting out on career paths to reach their dreams,” said Julie Morikawa, president of educational non-profit ClimbHI. “ClimbHI gives our youth the inspiration to graduate from high school, attain higher education, and visualize a life for themselves beyond their teen years.”
In a tourism roundtable event at Pacific Business News earlier this month, industry experts said recruitment efforts need to be doubled to bring and sustain talent for the future of local hospitality businesses.
“It is hard to get people to move to Hawaii because of the cost of living, so we focus more on recruiting and developing the people that are from Hawaii,” Richard said.
Island Air President and CEO David Uchiyama said one reason why so many tourism students leave Hawaii for the mainland is because not enough community colleges offer transferable credit for tourism classes.
“One of the weaknesses for us in Hawaii is workforce development. You have the local student who is interested in tourism but leaves for the Mainland because of the local education system,” Uchiyama said. “Students will take tourism classes in community colleges but they are not accepted at colleges here, and colleges on the mainland have capitalized on that so students go there to pursue it. We need to work on some kind of continuity in Hawaii to broaden the workforce overall.”
LEI 2017 will take place on Kauai on April 4, Maui on April 8, Oahu on April 18, and Hawaii Island on April 19.
Katie Murar covers tourism, restaurants, retail and residential real estate for Pacific Business News.
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