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8 Things Hawaiʻi Companies Should Know About Hiring Interns

8 Things Hawaiʻi Companies Should Know About Hiring Interns

8 Things Hawaiʻi Companies Should Know About Hiring Interns By Krista Rados | Hawaii Business Magazine August 25, 2021How to start a program, paid vs. unpaid interns, college students vs. high schoolers, and more. Plus five tips for students.Illustration: Getty...

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A Public-Private Partnership that Actually Works

A Public-Private Partnership that Actually Works

A Public-Private Partnership that Actually Works By Steve Petranik | Hawaii Business Magazine August 12, 2021Traditional way for kids to learn about careers was for teachers to invite dads, moms and anyone else they knew to speak to the class or show up at career...

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ClimbHI Honors Hawaii Businesses and Educators

ClimbHI Honors Hawaii Businesses and Educators

ClimbHI Honors Hawaii Businesses and Educators By Star-Advertiser Staff | The Honolulu Star-Advertiser August 4, 2021Hawaii workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI is recognizing three Hawaii businesses /organizations and three educators for their involvement with...

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Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery Stories

Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery Stories

Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery Stories By Kamaʻāina Economic Recovery June 23, 2021Aloha Mai Kākou Mahalo again for sharing stories of our state’s economic recovery. Your partnership helps us find the best stories to publish — and helps us reach more Hawaiʻi households...

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Julie Morikawa and ClimbHi for our Youth (Hospitality Hawaii)

Julie Morikawa and ClimbHi for our Youth (Hospitality Hawaii)

Julie Morikawa and ClimbHi for our Youth (Hospitality Hawaii) By ThinkTech Hawaii June 23, 2021ClimbHI Helping Hawaii's Youth. The host for this episode is Jon Conching. The guest for this episode is Julie Morikawa. In this discussion we learn about Julie Morikawa,...

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ClimbHI, HLTA Launch New Award for Hawaii Educators

ClimbHI, HLTA Launch New Award for Hawaii Educators

ClimbHI, HLTA Launch New Award for Hawaii Educators By Christina O'Connor | Pacific Business News June 16, 2021EUGENE TANNER | PBNWorkforce development nonprofit ClimbHI and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association have teamed up to create a new award to provide...

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HLTA – Mufi’s Message

HLTA – Mufi’s Message

Mufi's Message By Mufi Hannemann, President & CEO | Hawai'i Lodging and Tourism Association June 10, 2021Aloha, Yesterday, HLTA and ClimbHI awarded $1,000 scholarships to two outstanding educators to gain experience in and understanding of our industry. This has been...

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A Visitor Industry that Inspires Students

A Visitor Industry that Inspires Students

A Visitor Industry that Inspires Students By Julie Morikawa | Honolulu Star-Advertiser March 25, 2021As 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...

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ClimbHI Holds First Virtual Event

ClimbHI Holds First Virtual Event

ClimbHI Holds First Virtual Event By Jennifer Sudick | khon2.com 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...

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Helping Teens Climb Higher

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...

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Program Open to Students Interested in Hospitality Industry

Program Open to Students Interested in Hospitality Industry

Program Open to Students Interested in Hospitality Industry ClimbHI interview on KHON2 By Nexstar Inc. | khon2.com 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...

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ClimbHI Finds New Ways to Connect Amid Covid

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...

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ClimbHI Connects Public School Students To Career Resources

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...

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Hoʻomaikaʻi to our 2021 Woman of the Year!

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...

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ClimbHI Bridge Steers Students Toward Careers

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...

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ClimbHI Bridge Help Keiki Climb Higher

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...

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Our Schools Need Your Help Now

Our Schools Need Your Help Now

Our Schools Need Your Help Now By Steven Petranik | Editor Hawaii Business Magazine August 27, 2020IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION IN HAWAI‘I, the time is now, during this education crisis caused by the pandemic. And if you wonder how to help, one valuable way...

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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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