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 Matthew Pickett Named Resort Manager for Kauai Beach Resort Hawaii

Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, Deceber, 2010 – Robin Graf, General Manager of Kauai Beach Resort recently named Matthew Pickett, Resort Manager for the deluxe 350-room property. 

“Matt is very qualified to fill this important role and I’m glad we have him on the team,” said Graf.  “His 16 years of experience in Hawaii’s hospitality industry, including Five Diamond service, and a great record of improving revenue maximization and operational efficiency will really complement our focus on guest service and enhanced food and beverage agenda.

As resort manager, Pickett oversees all aspects of hotel operations with a focus on food and beverage and assumes all resort responsibilities in the absence of the general manager.   

Some of the new initiatives include launching Naupaka Terrace’s Sunday Brunch; enhanced beverage programs including new wine lists, Art and Wine events and creative cocktail menus; and poolside entertainment.

Pickett comes to Kauai Beach Resort after five years with Halekulani and Waikiki Parc Hotels and was most recently Restaurant Manager at Orchids.  He also held management positions at Hawaii Convention Center, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts and Grand Wailea.

Pickett has a B.S; Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

About Kauai Beach Resort

Kauai Beach Resort is a 350-room deluxe five-story oceanfront resort, situated on 25 lushly landscaped acres which includes a 3-mile stretch of beach on the eastern ‘Coconut Coast.’   

Surrounded by exotic lagoons, cascading waterfalls and four swimming pools, Kauai Beach Resort offers an on-site spa, variety of dining venues and complete meeting and banquet facilities. The resort also offers a central and convenient location that is close to the Lihue airport, shopping, championship golf and all of Kauai's great activities and adventures. Kauai Beach Resort is managed by Aqua Hotels & Resorts; a Hawaii-owned and operated lodging hospitality company founded by Mike Paulin.  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.  For more information about Aqua Hotels & Resorts visit  For more information about Kauai Beach Resort, call 808-245-1955 or visit


Sandi Yara
  Phone: 808-221-2759

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