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Royal Lahaina Resort’s Gilbert Sablas Honored With Po’okela Legacy Award

Guest services manager at Royal Lahaina Resort recognized by Maui Hotel & Lodging Association for a lifetime of service

LAHAINA, Hawai’i, October 10, 2016 – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association honored Gilbert “Uncle Bobo” Sablas, guest services manager at Royal Lahaina Resort, with the inaugural Po’okela Legacy Award at its annual membership meeting. The Po’okela Legacy Award honors a professional who exemplifies visionary leadership and has made lasting contributions to Maui’s hospitality and visitor industry.

“Over the past 48 years, Uncle Bobo touched thousands of lives and has nurtured relationships with our guests into lifelong friendships,” said Tom Bell, president of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, the hotel management group for Royal Lahaina Resort. “He is revered at our resort, beloved throughout Maui, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.”

Sablas’ dedication can also be seen in his tireless community involvement. He actively participates in the Aloha Week Festival and King Kamehameha Day celebrations, and he volunteers countless hours to the Keiki Na Mele O Maui song competition and the March of Dimes. He also contributes to the Visitor Industry Charity Walk each year.

Bell added, “Uncle Bobo exemplifies the true aloha spirit and strives to live his life in a manner consistent with his favorite saying, ‘always give, don’t expect and you will certainly receive a life of happiness and fond memories.'”

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. The resort is home to a 10-court tennis ranch and is adjacent to two championship golf courses. Its natural beauty, traditional Hawaiian ambiance and dedication to five-star service provides 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

As pioneers in Hawaii tourism, Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts is a hospitality management group with a growing portfolio of properties totaling over 1000 rooms. Born out of hotel ownership, Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts has a unique understanding of the Hawaii market, offering Hawaii hotel owners measureable results in profitability and guest satisfaction, and unparalleled management experience. For more information, visit www.hawaiihotels.com.

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