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Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Hires Four New Employees in Third Quarter

Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel Adds Top Talent Across Food and Beverage, Ho'okipa and Sales and Marketing Departments

LAHAINA, HI. August 15, 2017 – Ka’anapali Beach Hotel announces the recent appointment of four new hires this quarter across varying departments including Gayle Miyaguchi, Hawaiian cultural resource advisor, Gladys Sim-Avergonzado, catering sales manager, Willow Longoria, sous chef and Cheryl Black, marketing coordinator.

Mike White, general manager states, “We are thrilled to announce these impressive new hires at an exciting time of growth and expansion for the hotel. At Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, many of our employees stay with us decade after decade and we look forward to welcoming our latest new hires and to their leadership within each respective department.”

Miyaguchi, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s new cultural advisor, is originally from Makawao in Maui County, Hawaii and spent the past 22 years making hula instruments and Hawaiian crafts such as Nâ Kani O Hula. An avid fan of Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s annual Hula O Nâ Keiki event which takes place every November, Miyaguchi truly feels at home at KBH. She looks forward to lending experience from her past roles in agriculture, growing up and living on a farm, running her own business and making hula implements to her current position within the Ho’okipa department. Most recently and within her first few days, Miyaguchi worked with Director of Training Poʻokela & Hoʻokipa, Dee Coyle, to introduce five new cultural activities to the hotel’s existing schedule of cultural programs for guests and visitors.

Coyle states, “We are fortunate to have Gayle leading the Ho’okipa Department because she brings so much knowledge about native Hawaiian plants and their uses. Her personable demeanor integrates easily with the current team so I know we have a great future ahead, sharing Hawaiian culture with our guests.”

Sim-Avergonzado, catering sales manager, holds an extensive background in wedding and event planning working for Makena Beach and Golf Resort and the Grand Wailea Resort and is well regarded for her successful collaboration with clients on their dream wedding day. She considers her clients to be ‘ohana (family) and looks forward to planning future weddings at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and helping couples start their journey through life together.

Longoria, sous chef at the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Tiki Terrace, is originally from Florida and moved to Maui just two months after graduating from high school. She honed her culinary talent working at several restaurants on Maui.

Chef Tom Muromoto, head of Food and Beverage states, “We are pleased to welcome two new members to our Culinary and Food and Beverage team. Willow offers new innovative flavors and cooking abilities to our team and Gladys, with her rich background of banquet and catering experience, brings new ideas on events, weddings, and catering to the table.”

Black, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s marketing coordinator, possesses over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, with a specific focus working on catalogs, print publications, and various advertising materials. In her new role, she looks forward to utilizing and expanding upon these skills to facilitate impactful digital advertising campaigns.

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About Kâʻanapali Beach Hotel

The beachfront, 432-room Kâʻanapali Beach Hotel is set majestically on a three-mile stretch of sandy beach along the sunny western shores of Maui, making it an ideal setting for a memorable Hawaiian experience. Kâʻanapali Beach Hotel offers a variety of free cultural activities for the entire family, cementing its status as Hawaiʻi’s Most Hawaiian Hotel. These include a sunset hula show, live Hawaiian entertainment, hula and ukulele lessons, lei making, cultural garden tours, lauhala weaving and ocean activities. Each visit also includes the Farewell Lei Ceremony. For more information and reservations, visit or call 1-800-262-8450.

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