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Royal Lahaina Resort Welcomes New Executive Chef

LAHAINA, Hawaii (Nov. 28, 2018) – Royal Lahaina Resort, located on world-famous Kaanapali Beach, has hired Dylan Montano as its new executive chef. Chef Montano will oversee the culinary direction for the hotel’s signature restaurant, the Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge, as well as other food and beverage initiatives.

Originally from California, Montano has held culinary positions at several well-known restaurants and hotel properties throughout San Francisco, including Jardiniere, Quince, Delfina, and Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. Since moving to Lahaina in 2013, he has served as executive chef at Koa’s Seaside Grill and Star Noodle, chef de cuisine at Montage Hotels & Resorts, and most recently as chef de partie at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua.

“Chef Montano has a diverse background in French, Italian, Mexican and Pacific Rim fusion cuisine and we’re excited by the fresh new ideas and flavors he brings to our resort,” said Tom Bell, president of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, the hotel management group for Royal Lahaina Resort. “With his direction, we look forward to providing an elevated dining experience for resort guests and offering a variety of delicious catering options for weddings, meetings and other special events.”

About Royal Lahaina Resort

Set amidst 27 acres of tropical gardens, the Royal Lahaina Resort is nestled alongside a secluded half-mile stretch of Kaanapali Beach. The resort’s original beachside cottages are reminiscent of Hawaii’s plantation era, while the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower features contemporary island-inspired guestrooms and amenities. In addition to the 10-court tennis ranch, the resort is adjacent to two championship golf courses. Its natural beauty, traditional Hawaiian ambiance and dedication to five-star service provide guests with the timeless and subtle elegance of cultural celebrations, relaxation and tranquility. For more information on the Royal Lahaina Resort, visit www.royallahaina.com.

About Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts and Hogan Hospitality Group

As pioneers in Hawaii tourism, Hogan Hospitality Group is a hotel management company with a growing portfolio of properties. Its flagship business in Hawaii – Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts – manages over 1,200 rooms on Kauai, Maui and the Island of Hawaii. Born out of hotel ownership, Hogan Hospitality Group and Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts have a unique understanding of the hospitality industry, offering hotel owners measurable results in profitability and guest satisfaction, and unparalleled management experience. To learn more about Hogan Hospitality Group, visit www.hoganhospitalitygroup.com

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