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April Chock, left, Aka Oclinaria, right, and Amber Popken strip ti leaves in preparation for a Christmas party at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Hyatt sous-chef George Lemson, left, and chef tournant Kyle Higa go over a menu. Lemson has been at the Hyatt for 24 years and is training Higa, who has been at the Hyatt for seven months. Higa says staying in Hawaii and working under Lemson has offered advantages that he would not have found elsewhere.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Jerry Westenhaver, left, is general manager of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, and Alaina Fukui is executive assistant to Westenhaver. More than half of the state's tourism managers are over 45, and about 25 percent are over 55 years old.