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Halekulani and Waikiki Parc and Waikiki Parc Announce New Appointment to Sales and Marketing Team

Robert Oneha Joins as Sales Manager and Bonnie Bise Transitions to Public Relations Manager

WAIKIKI, HI. August 14, 2017 Ė Oahu hotels, Halekulani and Waikiki Parc, announce the appointment of Robert Oneha to Sales Manager and the transition of Bonnie Bise from Sales Manager to Public Relations Manager.

Robert Onehaís responsibilities will include the development and implementation of sales and marketing strategies to increase sales for existing and new accounts, conducting educational tours for international travel agents and local corporate clients and growing Australian, Canadian, European and local sales relationships.

Prior to joining Halekulani and Waikiki Parc, Robert Oneha held the positions of Senior Account Manager and Key Account Manager while opening the permanent Honolulu office for e-commerce travel company Booking.com. Oneha has also held the positions of Director of Westbound Sales at Roberts Hawaii and Hawaii Market Manager at Expedia, Inc.

In her new role, Bonnie Bise will be responsible for all aspects of public relations and marketing communications for Halekulani and Waikiki Parc. As Public Relations Manager, Bise will plan and direct all traditional, digital, and social media communications strategies. Her prior experience as Sales Manager is a key asset for this position in understanding the key differentiators of each hotel to raise awareness for.

With their extensive skills and experience in sales and marketing communications, Halekulani Corporation welcomes Mr. Oneha and Ms. Bise in their new roles effective immediately.

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