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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Restructures Operations Group; 
Albert Roque Promoted to Director of Operations
WAIKIKI BEACH, Hawaii – August 15, 2006 - Aqua Hotels & Resorts recently announced several promotions within its operations group. “In the spirit of Ohana and recognizing capable and hardworking employees, we reorganized and promoted qualified staff to accommodate Aqua’s recent brand transition and prepare for growth.” commented Guy Underkoffler, Aqua’s Vice President of Operations and Finance.  “The newly-promoted employees have been given oversight of areas where they have always excelled, enabling Aqua to focus on priority areas as we move forward.” 
Joseph Yamaoka has been promoted to Director of Owner Relations.  In this newly-created position, Yamaoka has direct responsibility for managing the associations of a number of Aqua properties, including maintaining regular communications with owners.  
Albert Roque has been promoted to the newly-created position of Director of Operations.  Roque will have full responsibility for Housekeeping, Maintenance and System Standards for all Aqua properties.

Joseph Yamaoka

Albert Roque
The promotion of Yamaoka and Roque from their previous group manager roles have resulted in the promotions of several qualified Aqua Hotel Managers.  David Saito (200-room Aqua Aloha Surf), Alvida Surpia (94-room Aqua Bamboo & Spa) and Anthony Sargent (156-room Aqua Kuhio Village) have been promoted to General Manager of their respective properties.  
Other promotions and reassignments include:
Lendy Ma assumed the role of Hotel Manager for the 143-room Aqua Continental and oversees the multi-million dollar renovations process taking place that will transition the property to an Aqua Boutique hotel by February 2007.  Formerly with the Aqua Palms & Spa, Ma will be assisted by Aaron Taylor, whose experiences with property transformations relocated from the Aqua Aloha Surf.
Shona Petersen assumed the role of Hotel Manager of the Aqua Aloha Surf and assists the general manager in the day to day operation of this boutique property.  She brings with her invaluable experiences has Hotel Manager of the Aqua Kuhio Village and, most recently, Hotel Manager of the Aqua Marina Hotel.  
About Aqua Hotels & Resorts
Aqua was founded in 2001 by Hawaii hotelier Mike Paulin to manage and operate hotels and hotel-condominiums in Hawaii.

Sandi Yara
Phone:  808-221-2759
Aqua Hotels & Resorts

Also See: Aqua Hotels to Manage the Former Mauka Tower in Waikiki; 72 room Hotel Renamed Ocean Tower Hotel at Waikiki Beach / January 2006
Aqua Hotels & Resorts Named to Manage the 247 room Coral Reef Hotel, the Waikiki Hotel Owned by Andre Tatibouet Since 1973 / January 2006

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