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 Aqua Hotels & Resorts Appoints Three
to GM Posts in Waikiki
WAIKIKI BEACH, Hawaii – March 21, 5007 - Aqua Hotels & Resorts recently announced key operations appointments at several of its Waikiki hotels.  The appointments are comprised of new hires and promotions within the organization.
 
Joseph Yamaoka
Yamaoka has been named general manager of the 262-room Aqua Palms & Spa where he oversees the overall operations of this AAA three-diamond hotel which consistently ranks in TripAdvisor’s top ten Waikiki hotels.  Yamaoka has been with Aqua since 2001 and was most recently area manager for Aqua’s Boutique Hotels.  He is a graduate of Purdue University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Tourism Management.  
 
KeAlii Alexander
Named general manager of Aqua Aloha Surf, Alexander oversees operations of the 202-room hotel including front desk, housekeeping and maintenance.  Alexander was most recently with ResortQuest Hawaii where he was assistant general manager of their Waikiki Beachside and Waikiki Beach Tower properties.  He is a University of the Pacific graduate.
 
Terry Yasuhara
Yasuhara is the new general manager of the 740-room Aqua Island Colony.  He brings over 20 years of sales and management experience in Hawaii’s hotel and resort condominium management to Aqua Hotels & Resorts.  He has held general manager positions at Kona Reef Resort, Inn on the Park, Sands of Kahana and most recently, Shores at Waikoloa.
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Joseph Yamaoka

KeAlii Alexander

Terry Yasuhara
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Other appointments include:

Kahealani Doss – assistant general manager of Aqua Palms & Spa where she assists in the daily operations of the hotel and guest relations.  Aqua is pleased to welcome Doss back to the company and in her new position.  Her prior hospitality experience includes Marc Resorts, Aqua Hotels and most recently, The Kahala Hotel & Resort.
 
Julian Martinez – assistant general manager of Aqua Island Colony.  Martinez previously worked for Castle Resorts at the Island Colony and Hawaiian Monarch hotels.  Most recently, he was Guest Services Manager at the Aqua Palms & Spa.
 
Shelley Tokuda – guest services manager for Aqua Aloha Surf where she will be responsible for front desk operations and other front office functions.  Shelley comes to Aqua from The Kahala Hotel & Resort.
 
About Aqua Hotels & Resorts
Aqua was founded in 2001 by Hawaii hotelier Mike Paulin to manage and operate hotels and hotel-condominiums in Hawaii.  In 2005, the company introduced Aqua Boutique Hotels, a select group of properties responding to the sense of style and attitude of today’s 
sophisticated traveler.  Aqua Boutique Hotels feature lifestyle amenities comprising the seven pillars of the Aqua brand – AquaSPA, AquaFIT, AquaFRESH, AquaKIT, AquaCONNECT, AquaSTART and AquaPROMISE. In 2006, Aqua Lite, representing the company’s value product, was added.  Currently, Aqua’s chain-wide inventory of 10 properties is located exclusively in Waikiki.  

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Contact:

Sandi Yara
Phone:  808-221-2759
Email:  sandiyara@hawaii.rr.com
http://www.aquaresorts.com/

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Also See: The Island Colony, a 740 room unit Hotel-condominium in Waikiki, Joins Aqua’s Hotel / October 2006
Aqua Hotels & Resorts Restructures Operations Group; Albert Roque Promoted to Director of Operations / August 2006

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