Robbie Kaholokula learned much about the visitor industry by having a family history deeply rooted in Hospitality. He held every conceivable entry level position as a teenager when His parents operated and were part owners of the first Vacation Condominium Property on East Kauai's Royal Coconut Coast, The Kapaa Sands.
Kaholokula also comes from a well know musical family. His skills in this area earned Him recognition as a Na Hoku Hanohano Winning Recording artist at age 18.
While managing a lucrative music performance career at numerous Major Hotel Showrooms during the 1980's and 1990's, Robbie also held key executive positions with Outrigger and Holiday Inn Hotels on Kaua'i. He also became a trainer of hospitality employees in a program focused on Hawaiian Culture and Sense of Place created by Dr. George Kanahele.
In 2004, Kaholokula was hired by Mayor Bryan Baptiste. Robbie was assigned to the Office of Economic Development as a Tourism Specialist IV. His area of focus was as the County's liaison with the Hawaii Tourism Authority where He managed the County's interest in Tourism Product Development Grants, the HTA Greetings Program at the Lihue Airport and Nawiliwili Harbor, and more. Robbie also served on the HTA's Hawaiian Culture Advisory Committee.
After a new Mayor was elected for the County of Kauai in 2009, Robbie was hired as the Executive Director for the Kaua'i Museum where he retired in 2010 after a brief illness.
Today Robbie Kaholokula is retired and spends his time producing music in His private recording studio in Kapaa, Pua Olena Recording He is often asked to speak at special events on the topic of Music, Hawaiian Culture, and Tourism. He remains a valued member of the HTA Hawaiian Culture Advisory Committee for nearly 10 years.
Robbie lives in Kapaa with his wife, Kumu Hula, Puamohala Kaholokula
Negotiated contracts for Hotel Wholesale Business on a Yearly Basis.
Negotiate contracts for Meetings, Conventions and Incentive business to Hotels.
Manage up to 36 Grant Programs and file reports on County Deliverables on a timely basis.
Professional attitude, Educated, takes initiative to lead a team or to work as an individual to achieve the desired result or better. Time management focused. Fast Learner.
Always tries to accomplish a win-win result in satisfying the customer or project supervisor.
As a Hotel management Candidate, Robbie was promoted 5 times in the period of 18 months from a management candidate to Executive Staff.
As a Director of Sales and Marketing, Robbie introduced new and innovative marketing programs to wholesalers that took the Hotel from a floundering 12% Market Share to Lead the Market share on Kaua'i in a period of two weeks after implementing the New Program.
Robbie took a failing and unattended investment portfolio and brought it to stability within a maturity quarter.
Robbie is a motivated leader and was honored as a team leader by many of his past employers with certificates of recognition.
Robbie was at this position for less than a year and retired after a brief illness. In His time there, He was able to restore credibility to the events associated with the facility, bringing in record attendance to the Museums Signature Event, The May Day Lei Contest. Robbie also stabilized the museum's investment portfolio and identified problem areas for the Board of Directors to focus their efforts.
Hired By Mayor Bryan Baptiste to work in The Office of Economic Development. Robbie's many years of Tourism Experience was highly suited to manage the many NEW parts that went with this job description. Among them, to be the liaison between the County and Hawaii Tourism Authority's Product Development Program and other programs focused on Tourism. This included, Multiple Grant Management, Program Management and Developing new programs to enhance the visitor experience. Robbie's office also worked closely with the Kauai Visitors Bureau.
Started as Na K Productions, This Company run by the Kaholokula Family was the Business Arm of their Live Entertainment Contracting Business and Hula Halau. A Recording Studio was added in 1990 and exists till today. The Name was changed to Trinity Pacific Productions to bring attention to it's three business areas of focus, Music, Hula and Hawaiian Culture. TPP also contracts with Music production company's globally to promote it's original music in the Hawaiian music genre and Praise and Worship music.
Robbie developed new marketing strategies for this renovated property to increase market share with Hawaii wholesalers and other vendors.
Robbie earned his officiants License through Kauai Bible Church and from the State of Hawaii to perform Wedding Ceremonies in the State of Hawaii. Robbie has performed over 400 weddings as an entertainer and a Licensed Officiant.
Robbie developed his visitor industry skills while working during this 5 year period for Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. Developing relationships with vendors while gaining experience with Outrigger's pilot hospitality education program called, KE ANO WA'A. Robbie became a trainer of employees and was certified by the Resort Company as an EXPERT Cultural Resource Specialist.
Robbie led the popular Hawaiian Music Recording and Performance Group, Na Kaholokula during this period. Na Kaholokula performed at Showroom Venues for at The Sheraton Coconut Beach, Aston Kaua'i Resort, Sheraton Kaua'i, Sheraton Princeville, S.S Monterey and Outrigger Hotels on Kaua'i and Oahu. Then, Robbie and His wife Puamohala became a very popular lounge duo performing at the Outrigger and Raddison Resort for eight years.
Robbie won numerous writing and music awards while in High School and was awarded a Music Scholarship by the Mokihana Club of Kaua'i for College.
Robbie studied at KCC for 2 Years
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