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New Sales and Catering Services Executives Named for
he 353-room Modern Honolulu in Waikiki, Hawaii

HONOLULU, HI – (May 9, 2012)The Modern Honolulu in Waikiki announces the addition of five new members to their executive sales and catering teams.  These experienced resort professionals (who also happen to be locally grown) will ensure the stylish property remains at the forefront of Hawaii’s luxury resort marketplace.

Lisa DeCambra

Michael Howe

Kelly Kitashima

Joy Tomita

Jodi Ching

Lisa DeCambra, Director of Sales & Marketing, brings 23 years of luxury resort sales and marketing experience to The Modern.  A long time veteran of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii, DeCambra directed sales and marketing at The Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and supervised sales activities at 14 Sheraton resorts on seven islands. Her executive resume also includes Classic Vacations/Expedia, Molokai Ranch & Lodge, the former Kahala Mandarin Oriental Resort, Hotel Hana Maui and Princeville Hotel and Resort.  Lisa was born and raised on Maui, and graduated from University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business.

Michael Howe:  Howe joins The Modern as Director of Catering & Convention Services.  He was previously at the Royal Hawaiian in the same capacity since 2008. Howeʻs executive resume also includes the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, Four Seasons Resorts Aviara, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Caesars Palace, Bally’s and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

Kelly Kitashima:  Kitashima is the new Director of Group Sales at The Modern Honolulu. She was previously responsible for group sales, representing four distinct branded hotels and resorts, including:  Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaii, Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani.  Kitashima is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas and holds a Bachelors degree in Business & Hotel Management.

Joy Tomita:  Tomita joins The Modern as Director of Leisure and Corporate Sales after six years as sales manager at the Halekulani & Waikiki Parc Hotel.  She was a sales manager for the Oahu Visitors Bureau & Hawaii Visitors Convention Bureau from 2002-2005.  Joy is a 2001 graduate of University of Hawaii’s Travel Industry Management School, and was born and raised on Oahu.

Jodi Ching:  Ching is the Human Resources Manager at The Modern and has extensive experience in resort personnel management.  Her resume includes FCH Enterprises, Inc., the Halekulani, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  Ching has a Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute, is a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has always called Honolulu home.


A cutting-edge lifestyle hotel where innovative design meets barefoot luxury, The Modern Honolulu debuted in September 2011.  Located at the edge of Waikiki, within walking distance to popular Waikiki beaches, Hawaii’s largest open-air shopping center and a selection of luxury boutiques and retail stores, The Modern Honolulu is brilliantly laid back: both stilettos and slippers are welcome.  The 353-room marina-front resort is noted for its chic not overdone design, personal, friendly modern service and incomparable food, beverage and entertainment options including a restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto; an urban spa; the vibrant ADDICTION nightclub; a sophisticated lobby bar; two refreshing pools, poolside bars and spectacular views of the Pacific. Extensive indoor and outdoor banquet and private event facilities include a 9,100 square foot Ballroom, Sun Suite with open-air terrace, four meeting studios and three pre-function galleries with state-of-the-art audio and visuals.

For more information and reservations, contact The Modern Honolulu toll-free, at 866-970-4161, or visit the website at

Sweetie Nelson, Jeong Ku Hwang
Phone:  808.949.4131


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