The events will be held at the following locations on each island:
- Oahu – Tuesday, April 5th at the Hawaii Convention Center
- Maui – Friday, April 8th at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
- Kauai – Thursday, April 14th at the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort
- Hawaii Island – Tuesday, April 26th – Wednesday, April 27th at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort
Example of LEI Full-Day Schedule
9:00am-11:30am: Students will engage with industry members and participate in activities to get an overview of the different departments in the hospitality industry
11:30am-1:00pm: Luncheon with leadership and inspiration through guest speakers and Hawaiian culture/sense of place trainings.
1:00pm- 2:30pm: Career fair to expose students to the variety of roles in Hawaiʻi’s leading industries and post-secondary education opportunities.
2:45pm-3:30pm: Program Closing, Awards, and Remarks
To get a glimpse of LEI, please use the link below to view a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFaM7nDZFNw
To get involved as a business or volunteer or to inquire about participation as a high school or college student, please reach out to email@example.com.
Throughout the program, I had felt completely comfortable being around everyone. Everyone was so quick to become friends with everyone that I felt the urge to create new friendships. The overall experience of connecting with other school leaders and enjoying ourselves was one of the highlights of the program. I am more than willing to come back and recommend the LEI program to my friends because it is an unforgettable, life-changing experience that everyone deserves. Additionally, I believe that everyone can take something away from being involved with the program because I did and I plan on carrying it with me to benefit the school and to use later in the future.
As mentioned, I was going into the LEI Program with zero knowledge of hospitality other than it was very important to the economy of Hawaii. Being able to experience first-hand what it’s like being in the hospitality industry behind the scenes was the climax of the whole event. The in-depth tour of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was so inspiring to me. I had fully understood the meaning of teamwork when I realized that managing a hotel was not a one-man job. It was a job for hundreds of people. Although there were unfilled employee spots in certain departments, everyone involved in the system is able to pull through and create an amazing experience for tourists and I find that astonishing.
Being a part of the program, I have a better understanding of the importance of hospitality to the State of Hawaii. Now realizing what it really means to share the Aloha Spirit, I look forward to the upcoming school years that I plan to make better for everyone. I’m so happy to have learned and grown so much during the two days of the event. The Lei program taught me so much about the system of hotels and hospitality that maybe I might work in the hospitality industry. I look forward to what I could offer to Pahoa High using the information I learned during the event. I count on coming back next year to the program to learn even more.
LEAD — EXPOSE — INSPIRE