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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...

Program Offers High School Students Peek into Tourism Industry

HONOLULU (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 industry leaders about the benefits of staying home in the islands and following their...

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....

The Future Workforce of Tourism

Hawaii 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 helping high school students throughout the entire state follow their...

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Sixth LEI Program Opens Doors for Students in Hotel, Tourism Industries

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...

Checking Out Careers in Hotel Industry

King 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 fair was part of the LEI (Leadership, Exploration,...

LEI 2016 Program on Hawaii News Now

Annual 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 Inspiration) program. Sponsored by...

Tourism Climbing high

Photo 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 the ACF Breakfast at the Kauai Community College in this...

Article in The Garden Island (Kauai)

Inspiring the next generation 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 created to inspire Hawaii’s...

‘Pick me,’ says visitor industry

CRAIG 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 Huertas, second from left, and Rita Barrientos talk with Julie Morikawa, right, and...

Workforce program reaches Kauai

by 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 the Sheraton Kauai Resort. “This is a great opportunity for hands-on...

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...

Hundreds of Students Get Inside Look at Visitor Industry

Hundreds 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 introduce students to various visitor-oriented operations, and even...

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...

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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....

read more

The Future Workforce of Tourism

Hawaii 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 helping high school students throughout the entire state follow their...

read more