Hilton Waikiki Beach on Kuhio in Honolulu has introduced Henry Perez as its new general manager. He leads a team of more than 300 people.
“I’m privileged to be joining a team that embraces and practices the Aloha spirit,” said Perez in a written release. “Our motto is, ‘we will make it right,’ and we always do. My primary job is to take care of our team, they are our biggest asset. I will make sure they have everything they need, tools and confidence, so they can do their jobs well, be happy and make our guests happy. I love to walk the hotel several times a day and speak directly to our team members.”
Perez’s priorities are to continue the team’s focus on guest service, increase food and beverage revenues, continue cultivating its relationship with the local kamaaina market and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture. A resident of Hawaii for more than 25 years, sharing the history and culture of the destination is very critical to Perez.
Hilton Waikiki Beach on Kuhio stands on a section of a previous site called Pualeilani, or "flower from the wreath of heaven," that belonged to Prince Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Piikoi – a descendant of ancient royal families.
In respect to Prince Kuhio’s legacy and the nature and culture of Hawaii, the southwest corner of the hotel’s lobby is a dedicated Prince Kuhio Room with historical photographs, manuscripts and relics. An artistic form of the Prince Kuhio vine, a bright magenta blossom from a flowering vine, is incorporated throughout the exterior and interior design of the hotel.
“This is an area that I will be putting a greater emphasis on,” said Perez. “Hawaii’s culture is beautiful, and it has an important history worth sharing. It is our responsibility to share this with the local and visiting community.”