MHLA presents Po‘okela Awards

Maui Hotel & Lodging Association honored individuals as well as a superior overall property and business that contributed to Maui’s hospitality industry through exceptional service, professionalism and the “aloha spirit” at a ceremony Sept. 21.

This is the second year for the annual Po’okela Aawards in the following categories: Outstanding Property; Outstanding Allied (Business) Member; Outstanding Employee; Legacy Award.

This year’s winners: Outstanding Property — The Andaz at Wailea Resort; Outstanding Allied Member — Maui Electric Co.; Outstanding Employee — Lucie Ormsby, banquet waithelp, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; Legacy Award — Jim Coon, CEO, Trilogy Excursions.

“These annual awards are another way for us to honor the outstanding work we see in our industry,” said Lisa Paulson, MHLA executive director. “We are an organization that represents Maui County’s visitor industry, and therefore we like to give recognition and show our appreciation for those who continue to make Maui a premier destination.”

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to advocate for the visitor industry.

The organization also provides educational opportunities and scholarships, and gives back to the community via the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Excellence in Education golf tournament and Kupuna Dinner.

For additional information, visit or contact the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association at 244-8625,