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Preparing Teens for Tomorrow

Preparing Teens for Tomorrow

Preparing Teens for Tomorrow By Noelle Fujii-Oride | Hawaii Business Magazine April 1, 2020Schools and businesses are partnering in unprecedented ways to develop the state’s future workforce. This is Part I of a two part report where we look at how Hawai‘i’s public...

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Alaska Airlines Foundation Donates $260,000 to 24 Nonprofits

Alaska Airlines Foundation Donates $260,000 to 24 Nonprofits

Alaska Airlines Foundation Donates $260,000 to 24 Nonprofits By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News August 6, 2019Alaska Airlines Foundation, the charitable arm of the airline, has awarded $260,000 to 24 nonprofits in Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington. The six...

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Connecting Kids with Careers

Connecting Kids with Careers

Connecting Kids with Careers By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News March 29, 2019As a high school student being told that she already had to choose a college major, Julie Morikawa didn’t feel fully equipped to make such a big decision. “Why, when we’re in high...

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Program Fills Students’ Ambition Sails with Wind

Program Fills Students’ Ambition Sails with Wind

Program Fills Students’ Ambition Sails with Wind By Rowlie John Flores | West Hawaii TodayThe 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,...

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Visitor Industry Looks to Attract High Schoolers

Visitor Industry Looks to Attract High Schoolers

Visitor Industry Looks to Attract High Schoolers By Allison Schaefers | Honolulu Star Advertiser April 3, 2018Students from 37 schools participated in last year’s LEI program, including the Maui high schoolers pictured above. This year’s annual event will include...

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Program Offers High School Students Peek into Tourism Industry

Program Offers High School Students Peek into Tourism Industry

Program Offers High School Students Peek into Tourism Industry By KHON2 News April 4, 2018HONOLULU (KHON2) - There's a great opportunity for high school students who are thinking about pursuing a career in Hawaii's tourism and hospitality industry! They can hear from...

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The Future Workforce of Tourism

The Future Workforce of Tourism

The Future Workforce of Tourism By John Steinhorst | The Garden IslandHawaii businesses can expand students’ horizons through the state’s largest workforce development program. For the past seven years, the LEI (Lead, Expose, Inspire) program of ClimbHI has been...

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Checking Out Careers in Hotel Industry

Checking Out Careers in Hotel Industry

Checking Out Careers in Hotel Industry By The Maui NewsKing Kekaulike High sophomores Savanna Valdez and Madison Dutro (first photo) chat with Barbie Dofa, Napili Kai Beach Resort director of human resources Wednesday during a career fair at the Sheraton Maui. The...

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Proclamation

ProclamationApril has now been declared Leadership, Exploration, and Inspiration Month in the State of Hawaii! Very big mahalo to Hawaii Govenor, David Ige and Lt. Governor, Shan S. Tsutsui for recognizing ClimbHI and its intentions of teaching, guiding, and inspiring...

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LEI 2016 Program on Hawaii News Now

LEI 2016 Program on Hawaii News Now

LEI 2016 Program on Hawaii News NowAnnual leadership program to help inspire next generation of Hawaii's hospitality industry. HONOLULU - In April of 2016, ClimbHI and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) will kick off the 5th annual LEI (Leadership, Exploration, and...

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Tourism Climbing High

Tourism Climbing High

Tourism Climbing High By Jenna Carpenter | The Garden IslandPhoto by: Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island 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...

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Inspiring The Next Generation

Inspiring The Next Generation

Inspiring The Next Generation By The Garden Island (Kauai)LIHUE — In April, ClimbHI and the Hawaii Tourism Authority will kick off the 5th annual LEI (Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration) program. LEI is the largest workforce development program in Hawaii, and was...

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‘Pick Me,’ says Visitor Industry

‘Pick Me,’ says Visitor Industry

‘Pick Me,’ says Visitor Industry By Allison Schaefers, Craig T. Kojima | Star AdviserCRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM The visitor industry is working hard to find the next generation of local hospitality workers. Kapiolani Community College students Anna...

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Workforce Program Reaches Kauai

Workforce Program Reaches Kauai

Workforce Program Reaches Kauai By Dennis Fujimoto | The Garden Islandby Dennis Fujimoto - The Garden Island POIPU — Waimea High School student Kamryn Kenney was thrilled to be part of the Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration workforce development program Friday at...

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Hundreds of Students Get Inside Look at Visitor Industry

Hundreds of Students Get Inside Look at Visitor Industry

Hundreds of Students Get Inside Look at Visitor Industry By KHON2Hundreds of high school and college students got an inside look at Hawaii’s tourism industry Friday. The 4th annual LEI Program features more than 60 businesses, including 21 full-service hotels, that...

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LEI TV Spot

LEI TV Spot

LEI TV SpotWe just finished the spot for LEI. Will share with you the air schedule once we have it from Oceanic. Click Here to watch the video on youtube.

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The Program Expanded My Meaning of the Hospitality Industry

The Program Expanded My Meaning of the Hospitality Industry

The Program Expanded My Meaning of the Hospitality Industry Casey Anacleto | Kauai High SchoolHospitality and tourism is a great and wide beneficial industry. After the LEI program I felt honored to be part of the event. The benefit of attending the program expanded...

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LEI Is Not A Program

LEI Is Not A Program

LEI Is Not A Program By By Deyvon Savaiigaea-LeeI want to express my sincere appreciation for giving my the opportunity to participate in this year's Leadership Exploration Inspiration (L.E.I) event. This is my second year participating and I certainly have gained so...

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HTA Featured: Utilizing My Time and Energy

HTA Featured: Utilizing My Time and Energy

HTA Featured: Utilizing My Time and Energy By Randi Lee Oxentine | Kauai High SchoolWhen our time and energy is put to positive use, there will always have outcomes that will drive us to where we are supposed to be. Robin Williams has taught me that I am the plant,...

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HTA E-Bulletin: Leading, Exploring and Inspiring Aloha

HTA E-Bulletin: Leading, Exploring and Inspiring Aloha

HTA E-Bulletin: Leading, Exploring and Inspiring Aloha By Carlyn Abramo | Mililani High SchoolHospitality extends so much further than an industry. Through the HTA-supported LEI program on April 5, 2013, I was able to learn and experience what that industry does for...

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LEI 2013 Maui Program – April 2013

LEI 2013 Maui Program – April 2013

LEI 2013 Maui Program - April 2013On April 3, 2013, ClimbHI held its inaugural LEI Maui Program in an effort to reach out to high school students on The Valley Isle. With over 120 students from three high schools in attendance, the program was a great success. The...

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The Legal Exposure

The Legal ExposureThis is Court 12 at First Circuit in Honolulu. Are you wondering why we are here? We had the privilege to take a tour at the court room and witness a Civil Motion hearing with Attorney Anthony Suetsugu.   Today I learned a lot about the...

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Expedia Local Expert Tour

Expedia Local Expert Tour

Expedia Local Expert TourBeing an extern at ClimbHI is awesome! There are a lot of opportunities for you out there. I was given the opportunity to see and understand how Expedia Local Expert runs. By shadowing Mr. Pete Sherbrick, one of the Concierge Managers of the...

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The Outrigger Tour Opportunity

The Outrigger Tour Opportunity

The Outrigger Tour OpportunityOne of the greatest opportunities that you'll have as ClimbHI's extern is that you will be exposed to the different work field. Shanel and I's first journey were with Mr. Milton Lafitaga, Senior Sales Manager in Groups and Sports...

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LEI 2012 Short Clip

LEI 2012 Short Clip

LEI 2012 Short ClipTo lead, explore, and inspire 300 high school students of Oahu to the Hospitality Industry.  This video covers the whole day event and a must see! L.E.I Promo Click on the picture to watch both videos. Don't forget to visit our Youtube site and...

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LEI 2013 (Leadership Exploration Inspiration)

LEI 2013 (Leadership Exploration Inspiration)

LEI 2013 (Leadership Exploration Inspiration)On April 5, 2013 ClimbHI and the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) will kick off the 2nd annual LEI program.  LEI is a HTA-sponsored workforce development project to inspire Hawai‘i’s youth to select careers in the Hawai‘i...

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2012 LEI Hotel Visits

2012 LEI Hotel Visits

2012 LEI Hotel VisitsMemorable experiences and unforgettable memories for high school students as well as with their mentors and leaders. The students were enjoying their lunch at the leading hotels in Hawaii. [gallery link="file"...

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2012 LEI Wrap-Up

2012 LEI Wrap-Up

2012 LEI Wrap-UpThe LEI program had an awesome turn out last April 2012. There were great speakers who shared their knowledge, wisdom, and experiences to 300 high school students. The governor was also there to inspire the students to continue with their education....

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2012 LEI was a Success!

2012 LEI was a Success!It was an awesome day for everyone. We had so much fun, met new friends and aspiring leaders in the industry. We couldn't have done it without the help and support of everyone. [gallery link="file"...

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2012 The Road to a Brighter Tomorrow

2012 The Road to a Brighter TomorrowThe doors have opened to many opportunities. Students had fun and learned so much about the different career paths they can chose for their future. Many businesses have teamed up with ClimbHI supporting LEI program. [gallery...

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Inspiring Students To Reach Their Goals

Inspiring Students To Reach Their GoalsOn April 25, ClimbHI, a local nonprofit (501c3) organization, in partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, launched LEI, an inaugural workforce development project for 300 high school students from economically disadvantaged...

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Hawaii Tourism Authority E-Bulletin

Hawaii Tourism Authority E-Bulletin

Hawaii Tourism Authority E-Bulletin May is Tourism Month: We all Contribute to Hawai'i's Tourism Economy   The following commentary from Mike McCartney, president and CEO, Hawai'i Tourism Authority, ran on Sunday, May 6 in theHonolulu Star-Advertiser     Tourism...

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Leadership By Making LEI

Leadership By Making LEIOn Wednesday, April 25th, ClimbHI, a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), will be launching LEI, a new workforce development project for 300 high school students from economically disadvantaged areas...

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Visitor Industry Reaches Out to High Schoolers

Visitor Industry Reaches Out to High SchoolersA new program brings students to Waikiki to encourage young, local interest in tourism. Eugene Martinez, a McKinley High School senior, buses tables after school at the Sheraton Waikiki and dreams of the day when he can...

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