Harris Chan, area vice president for Marriott International for Hawaii and French Polynesia, has announced that Tomo Kuriyama has been appointed general manager of The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort in Honolulu.
Most recently, Kuriyama served as deputy general manager of the 1,636-room Sheraton Waikiki.
Kuriyama got his start in the industry more than 15 years ago as an intern at Sheraton Waikiki. He then went on to becomes a guest service agent at the Sheraton Maui Resort.
During his tenure at Sheraton Maui, he took on additional roles such as guest service manager, outlet manager and assistant front office manager.
He eventually returned to the Sheraton Waikiki as a front office manager, until being promoted to director of rooms.
As a 28-year-old director of rooms at the Sheraton Waikiki in 2006, he helped oversee the resort’s massive $200 million renovation project that overhauled the resort.
In 2010, Kuriyama relocated to Thailand, accepting the role of hotel manager at the Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel. He then later became general manager of the Sheraton Pattaya Resort, before returning to the Sheraton Waikiki as deputy general manager in 2016.
Opened in 1927, the 528-room The Royal Hawaiian celebrated its 90th anniversary in February of last year. In 2016, the Mailani Tower at The Royal Hawaiian upgraded 179 guest rooms and suites with ocean or pool views and private lanais. And that was following a massive multimillion-dollar facelift. Clients now get a private check-in, dedicated concierge service, curated amenities and experiences and access to the exclusive poolside Mailani Lounge.