HALEKULANI APPOINTS DAVIDE BARNES HOTEL MANAGER
Accomplished Hospitality Executive to Lead Oahu’s Legendary Hotel
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Jan. 4, 2023 – Halekulani, Oahu’s most acclaimed luxury hotel just steps away from Waikiki beach, today announces the appointment of Davide Barnes to the position of Hotel Manager at Halekulani. Mr. Barnes, who brings with him extensive luxury leadership experience across numerous iconic hotels around the world, will join Halekulani on Jan. 16, 2023 and will be responsible for directing all aspects of day-to-day management and operations of the legendary 453-room property. The announcement was made by Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation.
“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Mr. Barnes as Hotel Manager of our iconic and beloved property,” said Mr. Shaindlin. “I know that his wide-ranging hospitality leadership expertise, tenacity and values will sustain Halekulani’s unmatched standards of excellence, as well as its world-renowned reputation, for many years to come.”
“I am thrilled to take on the role of Hotel Manager of Halekulani, an iconic property I have long admired for its rich history and unrivaled service,” said Mr. Barnes. “I look forward to partnering with its distinguished and extraordinary team of professionals committed to Halekulani’s tradition for delivering gracious hospitality.”
Mr. Barnes brings with him over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as Director of Operations at The Lodge at Kukuiʻula for Destination Residences Hawaiʻi/Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Kauai. In addition, he has extensive luxury leadership experience, including tenures as Hotel Manager and Acting General Manager at the Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai, China; Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills; General Manager of the Four Seasons Prague, Czech Republic; Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons, Philadelphia; General Manager of the Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, California, and prior to that, executive hospitality experience with Benchmark Resorts.
Mr. Barnes’ business experience also included a six-year stint with Apple Inc. in California, where he applied his executive hospitality experience to the technology industry, as a market leader focused on increasing annual sales and financial performance, improving customer service, and expanding business development opportunities.
About Halekulani Corporation
Halekulani Corporation owns and operates the globally acclaimed luxury resort Halekulani and the new luxury boutique hotel Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani in Hawaii. Halekulani represents a luxury hospitality legacy of unique and iconic proportions and has been globally recognized with more than 500 awards. Halekulani is home to award-winning SpaHalekulani, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge, Orchids and La Mer, Hawaii’s longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star Restaurant. Following a multi- million-dollar transformation, Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani debuted with the Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant. The hotel, which is situated in close proximity to its iconic sister property Halekulani, was designed by acclaimed New York City-based firm Champalimaud providing hospitality hallmarks of the Halekulani brand such as innovative guest experiences and gracious service.
Since its inception in 1984 as one of the world’s finest and most acclaimed independent luxury hotels, Halekulani has received more than 500 awards, most recently, Travel + Leisure 2020 readers’ poll, the “Best Service in North America,” as well as voted one of the Best Hotels in Hawaii by USA Today’s 10Best. Halekulani is home to SpaHalekulani, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge, Orchids, Cattleya, and La Mer, Hawaii’s longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star Restaurant. For over twenty years, Halekulani has maintained a strong commitment to arts and culture in the community through exclusive alliances with Oahu’s most iconic cultural venues. Halekulani is operated by the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, a brand management division of the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, which also oversees the newly opened Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani. Halekulani is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is aligned with Tokyo’s legendary Imperial Hotel. For further information, please visit www.halekulani.com.
About Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa, the second hotel from the leading Hawaiian resort of the same name and first outside Hawaii, is a luxury beach resort located in Onna Village on the main island of Okinawa. Featuring a variety of accommodations built to emphasize the geographic features of its surroundings, Halekulani Okinawa sits on 32 acres of lush land within the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park and faces approximately one mile of coastline. Halekulani Okinawa is home to a diverse array of facilities including eight restaurants and a bar. In addition, the property features the prestigious SpaHalekulani, a fitness center, a luxury boutique, over 2,550 ft2 of meeting and convention space and five swimming pools, one of which is adorned with nearly 1.5 million mosaic tiles in the shape of Halekulani’s signature Cattleya orchid. Halekulani Okinawa is the third property in Japan to join The Leading Hotels of the World, an exclusive collection of the world’s most extraordinary luxury establishments. For further information, please visit www.okinawa.halekulani.com.
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