ClimbHI and HLTA Recognize Two Hawaii Educators with New Hospitality Award

Hawaii workforce development’s nonprofit ClimbHI has partnered with the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) to recognize two educators, Alyssa Alcos from Waiÿanae High School (WHS) and Fern White, a West Hawaiÿi District Resource Teacher for Career & Technical Education programs with a new award.

Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery Stories

Workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association have teamed up to create a new award to provide learning experiences and mentorship in hospitality to Hawaii educators.

HLTA – Mufi’s Message

HLTA and ClimbHI awarded $1,000 scholarships to two outstanding educators to gain experience in and understanding of our industry.

A Visitor Industry that Inspires Students

As Hawaii legislators consider a wide range of cuts to cultural, educational, safety and research programs run by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), it is critical to understand how this will affect our keiki today and for generations to come.

ClimbHI Holds First Virtual Event

ClimbHI Holds First Virtual Event By Jennifer Sudick | March 31, 2021Hawaii workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI is hosting its first-ever virtual Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration (LEI) hospitality industry program on April 9, 2021, for up to 2,000...

Helping Teens Climb Higher

Helping Teens Climb Higher By Julie Morikawa| MidWeek March 31, 2021As a junior at Mililani High School, Raven Petersen attended her first Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration event, which was organized by Hawai'i workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI. The...

Program Open to Students Interested in Hospitality Industry

Program Open to Students Interested in Hospitality Industry ClimbHI interview on KHON2 By Nexstar Inc. | March 19, 2021Even in high school, Geraldine “Denden” Ilan knew she wanted a career in sharing aloha. The 2016 graduate of Waipahu High School on the...

Tourism-Focused Workforce Development Event Moves Online This Year

Tourism-Focused Workforce Development Event Moves Online This Year by Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News March 17, 2021Students learn about the hospitality industry during a ClimbHI event in 2019 at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. ClimbHI Bridge, which was...

ClimbHI Finds New Ways to Connect Amid Covid

ClimbHI Finds New Ways to Connect Amid Covid By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News February 18, 2021When workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI first launched its virtual career training portal in 2019, President and CEO Julie Morikawa envisioned that it...

ClimbHI Connects Public School Students To Career Resources

ClimbHI Connects Public School Students To Career Resources By Staff and Wire Reports | Hawaii Tech January 18, 2021Students at public high schools across the state can now connect with career opportunities through an online portal. Under a new partnership between the...

Hoʻomaikaʻi to our 2021 Woman of the Year!

Hawai'i Women in Lodging & Tourism Hawai'i Lodging & Tourism Association | WIL's February Newsletter February 01, 2021Quote of the Month:There is power in allowing yourself to be known and heard in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.Advice from a...

ClimbHI Bridge Steers Students Toward Careers

ClimbHI Bridge Steers Students Toward Careers by Duane Kurisu | Honolulu Star-Advertiser December 20, 2020Public school students are getting a leg up on career opportunities through an online portal known as ClimbHI Bridge, which links educators with local businesses...

ClimbHI Bridge Help Keiki Climb Higher

ClimbHI Bridge Help Keiki Climb Higher By Stephanie Shinno | The Garden Island September 17, 2020Students meet Gov. David Ige in Honolulu at a pre-COVID-19 ClimbHI event. (Photo courtesy of ClimbHI)LIHU‘E — Julie Morikawa, president of ClimbHI Bridge, appreciates the...

Connecting Kids with Careers

ClimbHI aims to educate students about future career options. Its largest initiative is the LEI program (for lead, expose, inspire), an annual event sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority where high schoolers spend a day learning about the hospitality industry through hotel tours and a career fair filled with tourism-related businesses.

Program Fills Students’ Ambition Sails with Wind

The theme of this year’s Lead, Expose and Inspire Program, LEI, April 16-17 on Hawaii Island was the wind of the Hawaiian Islands, and like the makani of the Hawaiian Islands, each person’s wind sets them on a different journey — one that consists of their dreams and aspirations.

Visitor Industry Looks to Attract High Schoolers

A visitor industry-supported workforce development program kicks off this week to encourage young people to pursue tourism careers, an important recruitment step at a time when the state’s visitor industry is vying to attract candidates amid record unemployment lows.

Checking Out Careers in Hotel Industry

King Kekaulike High sophomores Savanna Valdez and Madison Dutro chat with Barbie Dofa, Napili Kai Beach Resort director of human resources Wednesday during a career fair at the Sheraton Maui.


April has now been declared Leadership, Exploration, and Inspiration Month in the State of Hawaii!

Tourism Climbing High

Chef Michael Young of the Sheraton Kauai Resort, leads a line of Kauai Community College culinary arts students and other chefs in serving up Niihau Lamb during the ACF Breakfast at the Kauai Community College in this February photo.

Inspiring The Next Generation

LEI is the largest workforce development program in Hawaii, and was created to inspire Hawaii’s youth to select careers in the local visitor industry.

‘Pick Me,’ says Visitor Industry

The visitor industry is working hard to find the next generation of local hospitality workers. Kapiolani Community College students Anna Huertas, second from left, and Rita Barrientos talk with Julie Morikawa, right, and Grant Durant, an intern at ClimbHi.

Workforce Program Reaches Kauai

Waimea High School student Kamryn Kenney was thrilled to be part of the Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration workforce development program Friday at the Sheraton Kauai Resort.

Kezeah Bautista, Included in HTA’s Monthly Update for the Month of April

In honor of Tourism Month, the HTA would like to share an editorial piece by Kezeah Bautista, an 11th grader at Farrington High School, who recently participated in the Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration (LEI) tourism industry career development program held at the Hawaii Convention Center on April 10, 2015.


We just finished the spot for LEI. Will share with you the air schedule once we have it from Oceanic.

LEI Is Not A Program

I want to express my sincere appreciation for giving my the opportunity to participate in this year’s Leadership Exploration Inspiration (L.E.I) event.

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Hawaii preserves the island in means of taking care of their people and those who wish to experience the true meaning of aloha. Over time, Hawaii eventually became the most desirable destination to visit, putting the hospitality and tourism as the leading industry on each of the islands. ClimbHI’s effort to promote jobs to local…

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