On The Scene
TRAVEL INDUSTRY PIONEERS HONORED
: Twenty-six people important in the development of Hawaii's visitor industry were honored Nov. 20 as the UH-Manoa School of Travel Industry Management and its International Alumnae Association joined with the Hawai'i Hospitality Hall of Fame in presenting the "Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism" awards dinner at the Hawaii Convention Center. Nina Keali'iwahamana Rapoza, second from left, attended as the representative of Webley Edwards and Mary K. Robinson. Florence "Johnny" Frisbie, left, Haumea Hebenstreit Ho, Dwight Ho, Lydia Ho and Dori Ho represented Don Ho.
Betty Ho and her son, Stuart Ho, represented 2007 Hawai'i Hospitality Hall of Fame inductee Chinn Ho, whose contributions to the visitor industry included developing the Ilikai Hotel and the Makaha Resort. Stuart accepted the award on behalf of his father.
Hawai'i Hospitality Hall of Fame trustees John Brogan, left, and Larry Johnson welcomed Jeanne Rolles and Patsy Hemmeter. Rolles was there to represent her parents, Hall of Fame inductees Roy and Estelle Kelley, the founders of Outrigger Hotels. Hemmeter returned to Hawaii to accept for her husband, luxury hotel developer Chris Hemmeter, creator of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Hyatt Regency Maui and Hyatt Regency Waikoloa.
Peter Fithian, left, vice chairman of the board of trustees, and board Chairman Robert Herkes presented board member Priscilla Texeira with a whimsical special award, a tube of Perfect Glue on a hardwood trophy stand, for her tireless work in "keeping it all together" during the planning and preparations for the awards dinner.
Pamela Anderson and her brother, Leith Anderson, displayed the award they accepted on behalf of their father, R. Alex "Andy" Anderson. Although "Andy" is known worldwide as a composer of hapa-haole hits -- "Mele Kalikimaka" and "Lovely Hula Hands," for example -- he also played an important role in modernizing the Hawai'i Tourist Bureau and expanding its role in marketing the islands.