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HLTA recognizes state’s top hospitality industry employees

By Staff | Jan 23, 2014

HONOLULU – Kervin Leval, a cafeteria chef and second cook at the Sheraton Waikiki, was named the Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year last week at the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association’s Na Po’e Pa’ahana (the hardworking people) awards luncheon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Leval was selected to receive the lodging industry’s top annual award based on his exceptional professionalism, service on the job at the Sheraton Waikiki and outstanding community service.

The Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year award was one of nine honors presented at the annual statewide luncheon honoring Hawaii’s top hospitality industry employees.

George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, said, “Our winners and finalists are an example of the thousands of employees that make Hawaii such a special destination.”

Recipients of HLTA’s accolades are selected based on nominations submitted by their supervisors and coworkers. They are judged on the basis of outstanding and exceptional service to lodging guests, coworkers and the community. This year was the 24th annual luncheon.

Na Po’e Pa’ahana award winners and runners-up from Maui are: Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year – Edward “Eddie” Mahoney, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, third place; Bell/Valet Person of the Year – George “Tosh” Fujita, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, second place; Security Officer of the Year – Kirk Togashi, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, first place.