* Kaleo Kenui has been named opening general manager for the new, 138-room Courtyard by Marriott Maui Airport hotel. The hotel is currently under construction and slated to open in July.
His appointment became effective Jan. 14.
Prior to accepting his new post, Kenui was director of room operations at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa with dual responsibility for Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island.
General manager at new hotel
"We're confident in Kaleo's ability to successfully manage the newest Marriott hotel in the state and the newest Courtyard hotel worldwide," said Chris Tatum, Marriott International area vice president of Hawaii, Northern California, Pacific Northwest and Utah. "He has an exceptional track record with Marriott and a solid understanding of the dynamics of Maui's visitor industry."
Kenui's hotel career began on Maui in 1995 as a front office desk agent at the Royal Lahaina Resort, where he was later promoted to housekeeping manager and then front office manager. He joined Marriott International in 1998 as front office manager for Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. In 2009, he was promoted to director of room operations at the hotel, a responsibility that was later extended to include Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
Kenui was named Royal Lahaina Resort Manager of the Year in 1997 and in 2005, Manager of the Year at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. In 2011 he received Marriott's EDGE Award (Excellence in Delivering the Guest Experience), a prestigious recognition for exceptional rooms leaders worldwide.
Kenui was born and raised on Oahu, where he attended Waipahu High School and Leeward Community College. He resides in Kihei.
* Ruth Molina has been promoted to restaurant general manager of the Pukalani Pizza Hut. Most recently, she served as assistant manager in charge at the restaurant.
TD Food Group owns and operates 67 Pizza Hut and Taco Bell stores in Hawaii. It also owns and operates Long John Silver's and A&W All American Foods Restaurants in Hawaii.