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Waikiki, HI – ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach today announced the appointments of Executive Chef David Lukela, and the hire of Jed Inductivo to the new role of Director of Vibe.  Inductivo alongside Chef Lukela will guide the overall guest experience in atmosphere and food and beverage programming, driving forward the property’s fresh perspective on hospitality in Waikiki.  The two have established an ʻAlohilani “Think Tank” that will be creating bold and innovative initiatives and unique offerings for ʻAlohilani guests. Both positions report to General Manager Matthew Grauso.

“I am thrilled to have joined ʻAlohilani,” said Inductivo.  “The team here has already proven themselves to be among the most creative in town.  Together we will be developing a second-to-none guest experience that will elevate what visitors and locals alike expect from Waikiki hotels.”

“ʻAlohilani is such a remarkable property,” added Chef Lukela.  “I can only say to expect the unexpected as we create a completely new vision for the Honolulu dining scene.  As we further build our culinary program we promise to deliver only the best for our guests.”

With over 18 years in the food and beverage industry Jed Inductivo will guide the overall programming, entertainment, ambiance, menus and service as ʻAlohilani’s Director of Vibe. Prior to joining ʻAlohilani Resort, Inductivo co-founded and was VP of Operations of fresh BOX, a whole-food based meal kit delivery service start-up.  Responsible for several aspects of the company’s success including, operations, human resources, and sales and marketing, Inductivo continually grew the business year over year. Inductivo also previously held the position of General Manager of RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki and Lounge Manager at NOBU Waikiki.

The wildly popular local chef David Lukela will work in tandem with Inductivo to establish special menus befitting of the many incredible spaces at the resort. The duo will create enticing fare for the seascape Swell Pool & Bar deck, the two-story Oceanarium destination at O Bar, abundant breakfast at Lychee and catering menus for the soon-to-be revealed expansive new ballroom and event spaces. From intriguing twists to time-honored Hawaiian ingredients to dishes incorporating seasonal local produce and flavors, Chef Lukela will put a new slant on what it means to enjoy resort food and beverage through his exceptional culinary approach.  Before joining ʻAlohilani Resort, Chef Lukela oversaw a staff of 10 at the Beachhouse Restaurant at Moana Surfrider as well as at the Vintage Cave restaurant.

“We are excited to bring Lukela and Inductivo’s nearly 30 years of collective experience in Waikiki hospitality to ʻAlohilani,” continued Matthew Grauso, General Manager. “As a team, they have an immense amount of local knowledge and I’m confident they will execute extraordinary moments for all who visit.”

About ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach sits where the city meets the sand with a sophisticated, awe-inspiring design that pays homage to Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage.  With airy rooms surrounded by serene blue and green ocean, Diamond Head and Waikiki, ʻAlohilani offers a refreshing balance of energy and relaxation in a lively, beachside location. ʻAlohilani Resort is a destination for travelers and locals alike with exclusive amenities including two restaurants by internationally acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, a seascape pool deck with infinity pool, a soon to come signature beach experience, a captivating 280,000-gallon Oceanarium, a rooftop fitness experience including, sunset yoga, tennis lessons, batting cages, and more. Room rates start at $289 per night.  For more information, visit www.alohilaniresort.com

Contact: Sarah Greenberg or Michelle Fox

alohilani@foxgreenberg.com / 323-933-8900

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