– The 7th annual LEI program saw student participation continue to increase; 1,000 high school students from 33 high schools across the state participated. Students attended from high schools across all of the islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawai’i Island, Moloka’i, Lanai, and Ni’ihau.
– Programs were hosted on four islands, with special considerations for the unique logistics on each island. For Oahu, Maui, and Kauai, the programs consisted of day-long events at central locations on the islands. For Hawai’i Island, an overnight program accommodated the driving distances allowing students from 9 high schools across the island to attend and experience the Mauna Kea Resort. Dates for the events: Maui, April 4th; Kauai, April 6th; Oahu, April 9th; Hawai’i Island, April 16th.
– 5 more hotels jumped in to help host students and provide an overview to their operations, taking the total number of hotels participating in the exposure portion to 33 hotels.
– The intern and Alaka’i programs also experienced growth. This year’s internship program included 6 college students from across the state: 4 based on Oahu, 1 on Maui, and 1 on Kauai. In 2018, over 125 mentors volunteered their time across four islands. Mentors complete a 2-hour training before assisting as an Alaka’i.
– The planning and execution of the career fairs have been developed into college curriculums and incorporated into coursework for Hawaii Pacific University on Oahu, Maui College on Maui, and Kauai Community College on Kauai. The career fairs on each island were very successful bringing together over 115 businesses.
– Post-LEI opportunities continue to grow and get more organized. Post-event opportunities included creating awareness about:

o Scholarships
o Job openings
o Internships
o Other Exposure Events

1,000 high school students participated in the LEI event from 36 different schools statewide

Oahu Schools
Admiral A W. Radford High School
Farrington High School
James Campbell High School
Kahuku High and Intermediate School
Kaimuki High School
Kaiser High School
Kalani High School
Kapolei High School
Mililani High School
Moanalua High School
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School
Pearl City High School
President Theodore Roosevelt High School
President William McKinley High School
Waialua High and Intermediate School
Waianae High School
Waipahu High School

Kauai Schools
Kapaa High School
Kauai High School
Kula Aupuni A Kahelelani Aloha
Waimea High School

Maui Schools
Baldwin High School
King Kekaulike High School
Lanai High School
Lahainaluna High School
Maui High School
Molokai High School

Big Island Schools
Ka’u High School
Kealakehe High School
Kohala High School
Konawaena High School
Hawaii Technology Academy
Hilo High School
Honokaa High and Intermediate School
Pahoa High and Intermediate School
Waiakea High School

33 hotels provided exposure to their operations and team members:

Oahu Hotels
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Halekulani/Waikiki Parc Hotel
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki
Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Ilikai Hotel and Luxury Suites
Laylow Hotel, Autograph Collection
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Prince Waikiki- Honolulu Luxury Hotel
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Sheraton Waikiki
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
The Royal Hawaiian
Trump International Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

Kauai Hotels
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club
Sheraton Kauai
The Point at Poipu – Diamond Resort
Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach

Maui Hotels
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Kaanapali
Royal Lahaina Resort
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Big Island Hotels
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Over 160 volunteers donated their time throughout the LEI Program including 125 current college students from the following 7 post-secondary institutions:

Brigham Young University
Hawaii Pacific University
University of Hawai’i Kapi’olani Community College
University of Hawai’i Kaua’i Community College
University of Hawai’i Maui College
University of Hawai’i West Oahu
University of Hawai’i Manoa

Over 110 businesses participated in the career fairs:

Alan Wong’s
Alaska Airlines
Aloha Surf School
Aston Hotels and Resorts Maui
Atlantis Adventures
Atlantis Submarines
Aulani- Disney Hawaii Resort & Spa
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Bubba Gumps/ Landry’s Inc
Captain Andy’s
Central Pacific Bank
Cold Fyyre Artisan
Destination Residences Hawai’i
Embassy Suites Kapolei
Enterprise Holdings
FBI Agency
Four Seasons
Germaine’s Luau
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Grand Wailea
Hawaii Air National Guard
Hawaii Convention Center
Hawaii Employment
Hawaii Language Roadmap Initiative
Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association
Hawaii Pacific University
Hawaii Restaurant Association
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
Hawaii Tourism Authority
Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Outrigger Experience
Hilton Worldwide
HMS Host
Honolulu Cookie Company
Honolulu Police Department (HPD)
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Iolani Palace
Janet Becker Photography
Kamaaina Kids
Kapaa Shore Resort (Wyndham- World mark)
Kapi’olani Community College- Culinary Dept.
Kapi’olani Community College- Hospitality & Tourism Dept.
Kauai Beach Resort
Kauai Coffee
Kauai Community College
Kauai Marriot Beach Club
Kauai Museum
Kauai Visitor Bureau
Keoki’s Paradise Restaurant
Kipu Ranch
Kokua Communications
Kukuiuula Village
Leeward Community College
Leonard’s Bakery
Mana Kai Maui
Marriot’s Maui Ocean Club
Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Marriott’s Vacation Club
Maui C&C Fire Department
Maui Jim
Maui Visitor Bureau
Meadow Gold Dairies
Mutual of Omaha
Na Hoaloha Ekolu (Old Lahaina Luau, Star Noodle, Aloha Mixed Plate, Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, Hoaloha Farms)
Napili Kai Resort
Oahu Transit Services, Incorporation
Oceanic Time Warner Cable
OLS Banyan Harbor
Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation
Paradise Bay Resort
Pleasant Holidays
Roberts Hawaii
Roy’s Kaanapali
Royal Hawaiian Center
Royal Lahaina Hotel/ Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts
Sea Life Park
Sheraton Kauai Resort
Sheraton Maui
Silversword Studios
Speedi Shuttle
St. Regis Princeville
Stay Waikiki Hotel
Tanaka of Tokyo Restaurants
The Orchid Lei Company
The Plaza Assisted Living
Tihati Productions
Tommy Bahamas
TS Restaurants/ Hula Grill
UH Manoa (Travel Industry Management)
UH- Maui College
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
Vector Marketing
Vida Chic Weddings & Events
Vistana Signature Experiences
Waiohai Beach Club
Westin Ocean Princeville Resort
Windward Community College
Wyndham Bali Hai
Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Mahalo to the distinguished speakers and performers
Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige
Chris Simon, Overnight Resort Manager, Sheraton Kauai
Craig Anderson, VP Operations, Mauna Kea Resort
Daniel Chun, Alaska Airlines, Director of Sales, Community, & Public Relations- Hawai’i
Frecia Cevallos, Tourism Specialist, County of Hawaii
George Szigeti, CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority
Jon Snook, Hawaiian Airlines Executive vice president & COO
Julie Morikawa, ClimbHI President & Founder
Kansas Henderson, General Manager, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Katie Brenner, Hotel Manager, Sheraton Kauai
Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho
Kim Dumaguin, Enterprise Holdings, Human Resource Generalist
Maui Mayor Alan M. Arakawa
Michael Flory, Hospitality Consultant
Palakiko Yagodich, Asst. Professor, University of Hawaii- Kapiʻolani Community College
Rachelle Takeshita, Enterprise Holdings, Talent Acquisition Specialist (Recruiter)
Ross Birch, Executive Director for Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau
Tetsuji Yamazaki, Sheraton Maui, General Manager
Tihati Productions
Tom Cross, Director of Food and Beverage
Urahutia Productions

Very special Mahalo to our major contributors:
Hawaii Tourism Authority
Alaska Airlines
County of Hawaii
County of Kauai
County of Maui
Enterprise Holdings
Germaine’s Luau
Hawaiian Airlines
Kala Brand Music Co
Kauai Visitors Bureau
Kyoya Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Sheraton Kauai Resort
Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
The Island of Hawai’i Visitors Bureau