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Hilton Waikoloa Village Appoints Jennifer Kadota as Director of Catering and Events

WAIKOLOA, HI. October 9, 2017 – Hilton Waikoloa Village, a 62-acre Pacific playground located on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, proudly announces Jennifer Kadota as the resort team’s new Director of Catering and Events. In her newly appointed role, Kadota will provide guidance to the entire Events team to enhance Hilton Waikoloa Village meetings and events offerings and advance the hotel’s catering services based on current trends in the hospitality industry.

“We’re thrilled to have Jennifer leading our Catering and Events operations at Hilton Waikoloa Village,” said David Givens, General Manager of Hilton Waikoloa Village. “Jennifer represents the ideal choice for this position and we look forward to her bringing a wealth of previous expertise to further the growth of the resort.”

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Kadota most recently served as Food and Beverage Manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village, where she oversaw all group dining in the resort’s Food and Beverage outlets. Prior to that position, the University of Hawaii at Hilo graduate held executive-level roles for various hospitality brands, including the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles.

The award-winning Hilton Waikoloa Village is a sweeping Pacific playground and alluring destination on the sunny Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii. The resort offers island hospitality with beautifully appointed guest rooms and stunning vistas of Waiulua Bay and tropical surroundings. Guests enjoy two distinct lodging experiences from premium accommodations in MAKAI at Lagoon Tower to a grand atrium welcome at Palace Tower. Amenities include three swimming pools, an ocean-fed snorkeling Lagoon Beach, waterfalls and waterways, locally-inspired treatments at Kohala Spa, and a wide variety of dining outlets that include Legends of Hawaii Luau, Kamuela Provision Company featuring panoramic sunset dining over the Pacific Ocean, Kona Tap Room, offering craft brews from Kona Brewing Company; and a Museum Walkway with 1,800 unique art pieces. Adventures within the surrounding Waikoloa Beach Resort range from two championship golf courses to world-class shopping. Hilton Waikoloa Village is a gateway to the Island of Hawaii, engaging travelers in the area's rich history through such interactive activities as hula and ukulele lessons and is the perfect starting point for the exploration of island attractions including active volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, breathtaking waterfalls, colorful beaches and deep culture, embodying the Island’s Aloha Spirit.

For more information, please visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com or call 808-886-1234

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