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Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show to open

The inaugural Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show, which will feature the latest in lodging, hospitality and food service, is set for Wednesday and Thursday at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

It is sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

“Our first show will feature such notable brands as Enterprise Rent A Car, Samsung and Hawaiian Electric Company alongside suppliers from across the Islands and beyond,” Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, said in a statement. “Attendees will experience live demonstrations and new trends at the Technology & New Products Pavilion — from cyber security to sustainability and social media to food & beverage.”

The Star-Advertiser, which is adding this event to its annual lineup of exposition and fair products, will be able to use “valuable experience to provide professionals with the knowledge they need to compete locally, nationally and internationally,” according to Dennis Francis, president and publisher of the Star-Advertiser.

“The Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show is an all-inclusive resource that brings the best of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Rim together,” Francis said. “We are also pleased to announce that a portion of the event proceeds will go to HLTA and HRA (Hawai‘i Restaurant Association) student scholarship funds.”

Hawaiian Electric Co. is sponsoring free parking for the first 600 vehicles at the convention center. Afterward a discounted rate of $8 applies. Complimentary trolley shuttle service is also available between selected Waikiki hotels and the convention center courtesy of Waikiki Trolley.

To register or for more information, go to hawaiihotelandrestaurantshow or call Star Events at 529-4377.


Bennet Group Strategic Communications has announced the following:

>> Megan Tsuchida has been promoted to a vice president for the firm. She was previously one of Hawaii’s top communications professionals at Bennet Group for six years, managing strategic planning and various issues for clients in the areas of education, real estate development and health. Prior to Bennet Group, Tsuchida served as a marketing intern at Modern Luxury Magazine and worked in accounting and finance at ONTS CPA LLP.

>> Dylan Beesley has been promoted to vice president for the firm. He recently worked with Maunakea Observatories. Prior to that, Beesley served as an adviser to U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as well as senior adviser and Hawaii director for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and campaign manager for Lt. Gov. Doug Chin’s 2018 congressional campaign.

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