||Mike White has been the General Manager of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel since 1985 and represented the seventh district in the State House of Representatives from 1993 to 1998. In the Legislature, Mr. White has served on the Tourism, Economic Development and Finance Committees. During his tenure he has spearheaded the effort to educate his colleagues on the importance of increased and dedicated funding for visitor promotion as an economic development stimulator.
A lifetime resident of Hawaii, Mr. White received his degree from the University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management. His hotel career began in 1969 at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, bussing tables in the Hau Tree Terrace Restaurant. He has held various managerial positions at the Hawaiian Regent, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.
At Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Mr. White and Dr. George Kanahele implemented Project Pookela, a program designed to enhance employees’ understanding of the Hawaiian culture and its values so that visitors will have a more enriching and enjoyable visit. As a result of this process, hotel employees have created an atmosphere in which they freely share their aloha with visitors through song, crafts and education. The Pookela process has resulted in KBH being recognized as “Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel.” The focus on the Hawaiian culture has created true aloha and has provided the hotel with a uniquely different guest experience.