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Kealakehe Students Participate in HTA LEI Program

March 26, 2015, 11:29 AM HST
* Updated March 26, 11:31 AM
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Forty Kealakehe High School students will visit the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on Friday, April 10 to take part in the Hawai’i Tourism Authority’s Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration visitor industry workforce development program, coined “LEI.”.

Now in its fourth year, LEI is a partnership between HTA and ClimbHI, a nonprofit organization that fosters learning through business partnerships at a variety of levels. The program has gained support from over 60 businesses throughout Hawai’i, 21 of which are full-service hotels like the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

During the Kealakehe students’ visit to the hotel, team members will give them a front-and-back tour, which will end in lunch at the hotel’s signature dining room, the Coast Grille. At lunch, students will learn napkin folding and complex place settings. Students will even have the opportunity to learn proper dining etiquette.

“We are excited to welcome LEI students to the Mauna Kea Resort for the second year,” said Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawai’i. “Through these types of partnerships, we are confident we can excite and interest students who may become important members of our future workforce.”

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