Meet Our Staff

Hoʻokipa

Our Hoʻokipa (hospitality) team is dedicated to offering unique and authentic cultural experiences to guests of Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel. We have four cultural advisers on site daily, each with their own specialty subject—from ‘ukulele and hula to Hawaiian medicine and language.

Poʻokela

Since 1986, all members of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel's staff—from the groundskeeper to the general manager—have received cultural training. Our Poʻokela (excellence) program covers topics such as Hawaiian language, geography, religion, mythology, economics and history, including field trips to significant cultural sites. This extensive training program means that all our employees offer a wealth of cultural knowledge, enriching the Maui experience.

Mike White, General Manager

Mike White

Mike White has been the General Manager of the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel since 1985 and has 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 Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, Mr. White and Dr. George Kanahele implemented Project Poʻokela—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 Poʻokela 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.

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