|Sharon Jahns. // Photo courtesy of Travaasa Hana|
Travaasa Hana on Maui has appointed two key positions in its food and beverage department. Joining the team as director of food and beverage is Sharon Jahns. Stepping into the kitchen as executive chef is Jason “Jay” Johnson.
Jahns will oversee all food and beverage outlets for Travaasa Hana. She arrives in Hana from Joe’s Bar and Grill in Wailea, where she served as general manager for the past 15 years. Prior to that, Jahns was general manager at Sam Choy’s in Lahaina.
Jason “Jay” Johnson. // Photo courtesy of Travaasa Hana
Johnson joins the Travaasa Hana team having recently served as executive chef of the Volcano House Hotel. He arrives in Hana with more than 20 years of culinary experience in Hawaii Island restaurants and hotels, including Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Waikoloa Country Club Restaurant, Roy’s Bar and Grill, Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Restaurant, Fisherman’s Landing, and his own restaurants, Jay’s Island Tapas and Jay’s Cuisine.
Johnson was born and raised in Hilo, and graduated from Hilo High School. He appreciates the Hawaiian cultural sensibilities and sense of place in Hana. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and barbecuing.
As part of an ongoing food and beverage transition, Longhi’s will no longer manage dining outlets at Travaasa Hana. Instead, the resort will handle all food and beverage operations.
Travaasa Hana is located at the end of the famous "Road to Hana." The original property opened in 1946 and became a favorite retreat for generations of travelers seeking barefoot elegance, unspoiled natural beauty and a Hawaiian sense of place.