POSTED: 4:33 p.m. HST, Jan 14, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 6:22 p.m. HST, Jan 14, 2014
A Sheraton Waikiki cafeteria cook took top honors on Tuesday during a luncheon to celebrate the annual Hawai'i Lodging & Tourism Association's (HLTA) Na Po'e Pa'ahana (the hardworking people) statewide awards.
Kervin Leval, who has worked at the Sheraton Waikiki since 1986 and now serves as the chef at the employee cafeteria Mokihana, was named outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year. Leval, who started his career as a 15-year-old bus boy at the Sheraton Maui, said he was shocked and honored to receive his industry's highest award.
"It's a small industry and I work with so many great people," Leval said. "I was sure that another employee who was there on stage with me would be the winner."
The Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year was one of nine award categories presented at the annual ceremony, which is in its 24th year.