ClimbHI hosts hospitality program for Big Island students
Hawaiʻi workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI partnered with a dozen businesses and organizations to host its Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration (LEI) program on Hawai‘i Island
yesterday and today.
The free two-day program was held at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and Mauna Kea Resort, providing students with exposure to a variety of careers.
Nearly 50 high school and college students from across Hawai‘i Island participated in a fast-paced schedule of activities, starting yesterday at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Students then attended a luau on the grounds of the Mauna Kea Resort.
Today students rotated through a variety of hands-on sessions at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, including a poke-making competition judged by hospitality executives, as well as a lei-making session, contributing to the Waikōloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa’s attempt to earn the Guinness World Record for longest fresh flower lei.
Students also participated in a collaborative art project with award-winning artist Christian Enns, which was gifted to the Mauna Kea Resort, and planted native trees with Alaska Airlines.
The LEI Hawai‘i Island program follows LEI Maui on March 28, LEI O‘ahu on April 11, and LEI Kaua‘i on April 14. More than 800 students statewide participated in the LEI program’s 11th year.
“LEI is a win-win for students and for local businesses and organizations. These events create opportunities to build valuable connections in the hospitality industry and beyond,” said ClimbHI President Julie Morikawa.