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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Appoints Jernell Mendonca, General Manager
and Luana Kekaula-Castillo, Sales Manager for Maile Sky Court, Waikiki

WAIKIKI BEACH, Hawaii – May 2010 - Aqua Hotels & Resorts welcomes Jernell Mendonca, General Manager and Luana Kekaula-Castillo, Sales Manager of the Maile Sky Court.

“We’re pleased to have both Jernell and Luana become part of the Aqua team in Waikiki,” said Guy Underkoffler, Aqua Sr. Vice President.  “They both bring many years of experience and dedicated service in Hawaii’s visitor industry.”

Jernell Mendonca, General Manager
Mendonca has more than 20 years of Hawaii hotel and lodging experience.  She has held management positions with Aston Hotels & Resorts and Castle Resorts & Hotels at various properties including Waikiki Shore, Hawaiian Monarch, Inn on the Park and, as general manager of the Waikiki Terrace (now Luana Waikiki).

Mendonca has been general manager of the 596-room Maile Sky Court since July 2008.  She leads a team of dedicated employees who make this property a favorite choice of travelers on a budget.

Aqua Hotels & Resorts assumed management of the Maile Sky Court in December 2009. 

Luana Kekaula-Castillo, Sales Manager
With over 25 years of hospitality experience, Kekaula-Castillo handles all aspects of sales generated from all market segments for Maile Sky Court referred from Aqua’s home office as well as through her own partnership and development efforts.  She also handles group requests for the hotel and assists revenue and reservations with rates, availability, contracts and projects. 

Prior to her position with Maile Sky Court, Kekaula-Castillo held sales management positions with Castle Resorts & Hotels, Business Leisure Holidays, Aston Hotels & Resorts and Ala Moana Hotel.  She graduated from Cannon’s College of Business and has completed sales and marketing management training programs with Holiday Inns and Best Western Hotels.
Kekaula-Castillo can be reached at

About Aqua Hotels & Resorts

Aqua Hotels & Resorts is a management company founded in 2001 by Hawaii hotelier Mike Paulin.  The company provides independent hoteliers and individual owners with full-service administration including revenue management, Internet distribution, sales, reservations, as well as individualized and brand advertising and marketing for maximum profitability.
The company is headquartered in Waikiki and represents 16 contemporary hotels and resorts located on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai.
For more information on the company and individual hotels, visit or call 1-808-943-9291.
For reservations, see your preferred travel agent, book online or call Aqua toll free from the U.S. and Canada at 1-866-406-2782.  From Hawaii, call 808-924-6543.  Aqua is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Travel Reflections, South Korea by Pacific Air Agency Group, China by Aloha Consultant Company, Japan by ARM International and United Kingdom by First Public Relations.

Sandi Yara
Phone: 808-221-2759


Also See: Markus Schale and Terry Dowsett Appointed to General Manager Posts with Aqua Hotels & Resorts / March 2010

Ilikai Hotel Set to Reopen Following Agreement with UNITE HERE Local 5 for the Rehiring of 50 Employees; Hotel to be Managed by Hotel Management Services, LLC / July 2009

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