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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Makes Key Appointments
within their Operations Group

May 15, 2012 - WAIKIKI BEACH, Hawaii – Aqua Hotels & Resorts ( is adding new positions and hiring from throughout Hawaii’s hotel industry.  Recently, Aqua announced management hires and a promotion within the operations group.

“As a major Hawaii hotel company, it is important for us to embrace technology, ensure we are operating efficiently and protect and evolve our brands and brand integrity,” said Ben Rafter, Aqua’s President and CEO.  ”Jeff, Lyn and Dennis will help us lead this charge by implementing programs and adopting new procedures that will help us ultimately exceed guest and owner expectations.”

L-R  Jeff Caminos, Lyn Aoki, Dennis Hall

Jeff Caminos, Director of Aqua Hotels and Resorts
Jeff brings more that 30 years of in Hawaii hospitality experience to Aqua.  In this newly-created position, he will be responsible for operational efficiencies within the Aqua branded hotels group and help to expand the company’s core product line.

Prior to joining Aqua, Jeff was Vice President of Operations with Castle Resorts and Hotels.  His early career was spent in operations with Sheraton, Park Lane, Colony and Aston Hotels and Resorts and he has worked in all aspects of hotels, from houseman to general manager.

Jeff can be reached at

Lyn Aoki, Corporate Director of Guest Services and Brand Standards
In this newly-created position, Lyn is responsible for updating and implementing brand standards, policies and procedures across Aqua’s three hotel groups to ensure Aqua continues as a leader in guest satisfaction and customer service.

Prior to joining Aqua, Lyn was the Special Projects Manager with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.  In this role she was responsible for 44 capital projects from concept to fruition.  Lyn was also responsible for creating a critical path and specific brand procedures for all departments within Starwood.  Lyn’s career also included stints as a Resort Manager with Wyndham and Director of Operations, Director of Rooms and Director of Housekeeping with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Lyn can be reached at

Dennis Hall, Manager, Information Technology
As Manager of Information Technology, Dennis manages a team of technicians and together, they are responsible for supporting computers, servers, networks and systems at Aqua’s Home Office as well as at all hotels throughout the State.

Dennis has been with Aqua since 2006 and was most recently Systems Administrator.  Prior to returning to Hawaii, he was Network Specialist with Affordable Home Furnishings in Louisiana, where he maintained and built intranet and websites for their 20+ retail furniture stores.  Dennis also worked for the Lafayette Parish School System, working with 45 schools as the lead computer technician.

Dennis can be reached at

About Aqua Hotels & Resorts
Aqua Hotels & Resorts is a Hawaii-based management company founded 2001. The company provides independent hoteliers and individual owners with full-service management including sales, marketing, Internet distribution, individualized branding, reservations as well as revenue management to maximize profitability.

Currently representing 22 contemporary properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii, the Big Island, Aqua offers luxury lifestyle full-service resorts, stylish boutique hotels, comfortable budget properties and a historic hotel within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Headquartered in Waikiki, Aqua is Hawaii’s first employee-owned hotel company since executing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2008.  For more information on the company and individual hotels, visit or call 1-808-943-9291.

For more information on the company and individual hotels, visit or call 1-808-943-9291.

Sandi Yara
Phone: 808-221-2759


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