The Kahala in Honolulu Names New Execs

Photo by The Kahala Hotel and Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently announced the promotion of Joe Ibarra to resort manager and the appointment of Steven Tabiolo to director of front office operations. 

In his new position, Ibarra oversees and manages The Kahala’s front office, housekeeping, engineering, security, the Kahala Spa and the recreation departments.

Ibarra brings more than 15 years of hospitality experience to The Kahala Hotel & Resort. He joined the resort in 2014 as director of front office operations and was promoted to the position of director of rooms in 2015. 


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Prior to The Kahala, Ibarra held a number of key management positions at various hotels and resorts in Hawaii including front office manager and event manager at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa; assistant front office manager and reception manager at The Waikiki EDITION Hotel; and front desk manager and front office supervisor at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.

Tabiolo joins The Kahala team in the position of director of front office operations. Tabiolo oversees the resort’s front desk, concierge, front services, guest services and PBX departments.

He brings more than 34 years of front office management to The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

Prior to The Kahala, Tabiolo was at Halekulani as the director of front office operations and various hotel management positions for 24 years. He also served as front office manager at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Outrigger Wailea and the Whitehall Hotel in Chicago.


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