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Meet the Turtle Bay Team

DANNA HOLCK

VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER

A native of Hawaii, Danna Holck returns to Oahu after two decades on the mainland and in Puerto Rico, serving most recently as general manager for Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande. Ms. Holck has held numerous general manager and executive-level positions at major brand properties in resort destinations throughout the United States. She began her career in hospitality sales and marketing at hotels in California, Hawaii and Florida.

"This is a full-circle career trajectory for me," said Ms. Holck, referring to her return home to Hawaii. "I'm looking forward to working with my team at Turtle Bay Resort and to reconnecting with my kama'aina friends of many, many, years. It's good to be home!"

Danna Holck, who is of Hawaiian, Japanese and Norwegian descent, was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, on Oahu. Ms. Holck grew up in a military family -- her father was a soldier with the U.S. military's most highly decorated unit, the 442nd Infantry. She embraced the traditional values of her native Hawaii, including dancing the hula from age 5 and dreaming of becoming a professional hula dancer. Ms. Holck, who is trained in judo and jujitsu, attended the University of Hawaii, School of Travel Industry Management. She is relocating to Kahuku.

FILIUS LAURENT

RESORT MANAGER

Filiuis joined the Turtle Bay team in 2013 and brings more than 25 years of hotel experience throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. Filiuis previously worked at several Marriott hotels where he was recognized with the prestigious President and Chariman Awards. He has worked at a number of Hyatt properties including his most recent tenure at Hyatt Regency Bonventure Resort and Spa in Florida. There, he was awarded Food and Beverage Director of the Year for all Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in 2011. He was also awarded employee of the year and manager of the year.  Filiuis is active in the North Shore community. He is on the board of directors for Ko'olauloa Health Centers and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. On his free time, Filiuis enjoys playing soccer & cricket, golfing and listening to jazz and reggae music. He also enjoys cooking and eating local dishes.

KENI SUMPTER

DIRECTOR OF SALES

For twelve years Keni Sumpter served as Director of Sales for Doubletree by Hilton Alana in Waikiki. Most recently he performed as Regional Group Sales Manager representing The Kahala Hotel & Resort and Makena Beach & Golf Resort on Maui. Prior to both of these positions he progressed over seventeen years in various capacities at the then Hilton Turtle Bay Golf & Tennis Resort eventually attaining Assistant Director of Sales.

LAUREN RAWLINS

DIRECTOR OF LEISURE SALES

Lauren has nearly a decade of experience in the hospitality industry.  Rawlins earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was raised in Kahaluu on Oahu. 

DIDA HERNANDEZ

DIRECTOR OF CONFERENCE SERVICES

Over the past fourteen years, Dida Hernandez has steadily progressed to positions of increased responsibility at Turtle Bay Resort, most recently serving in the senior leadership role of director, conference services. She has previously held positions at the resort as senior conference manager, conference manager and catering sales manager. Ms. Hernandez originally joined Turtle Bay Resort as catering coordinator.

Prior to her tenure with the resort, Ms. Hernandez worked for GO International Travel and for The Travel Lodge of Auckland, New Zealand.

Dida Hernandez obtained her Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation and is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). A native of Auckland, New Zealand, who spent much of her formative years in Denmark, Ms. Hernandez is fluent in both Danish and English.

 

MIKILANI IKALANI

CATERING SALES MANAGER

Mikilani was raised on the North Shore of O'ahu and grew up playing on the shores of Turtle Bay. Now Mikilani has returned to her childhood playground helping couples make their wedding dreams a reality. Mikilani received her Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University Of Hawaii, Manoa and has amassed over twenty years of experience in the food service industry serving in all capacities from service line staff through Store Manager at the famous local eatery, Zippy’s Restaurants. Mikilani originally joined the team at Turtle Bay as an Assistant Restaurant Manager and while observing all of the weddings on property she quickly developed an interest in becoming a Catering Event Manager. When a position opened up she submitted her application and prayed for the best…the rest as they say is history. Mikilani services numerous weddings annually from elopements to large three to four hundred guest events. Mikilani shares, “It is truly rewarding to be able to meet my clients and their guests as strangers and embrace them as my ‘Ohana. It brings me great joy to be able to share with them the spirit of not just Aloha, but the true spirit of Hawai’i.”

SHERI CHANG

CATERING SALES MANAGER

For more than 15 years Sheri has been in the wedding business. Sheri has shared and demonstrated her extraordinary talent at Turtle Bay since 2006. Sheri loves meeting new people and making people happy, finding her position at Turtle Bay to be the perfect fit for her. She has successfully made clients' dreams reality, including a bride's wish to be married by a Rastafarian Pastor. Sheri contributed to the success of countless events at the resort with her diverse experience, skills and talent. Her first marketing skills and relationship with Turtle Bay began when she obtained a contract with the Hotel to sell her creations in the hotel lobby as well as teach Hawaiiana crafting to hotel guests.

MELINA PATRICK

CATERING EVENT MANAGER

Melina has over seven years of event management expertise from various sectors within the events industry. In 2006, during her college years in California, Melina began her love for events by starting her own event planning company called Sweet M Events as a side business while working at a restaurant, going to school at CSU Long Beach, and finishing her internship experience at travel agency. Just before graduating with a Bachelor’s in Recreation & Leisure Studies in 2008, Melina took a full time position at CTC Destination & Meeting Management in Long Beach, where her sales and event planning skills could really shine as a Meeting & Event Manager. Here Melina oversaw the sales and execution for all types events, from small corporate retreats to city-wide annual conferences. Three years later, Melina moved to Honolulu where she became the Events Coordinator for the Hawaiian Humane Society. It was here that she could merge her love for animals and events while helping a great local non-profit. Melina planned an average of 75 special events per year at the Humane Society, ranging from pet-adoption events with 20 guests to high-profile fundraisers with 4,000 attendees. But after two successful years of helping the animals, she decided to make her way back to the hospitality industry.Melina has now joined the Turtle Bay team as a Conference Services Manager, where she services numerous events annually from intimate ceremonies on the beach to large corporate conferences. With over seven years, and a wide variety of event management experience under her belt, Melina is excited and eager to help you plan your dream wedding or the perfect company retreat here on Oahu’s fabled North Shore.

BRINA FRITZSCHE

GROUP SALES MANAGER

Brina has 7 years of experience in the hospitality industry on three different Hawaiian Islands, most recently as Group Sales Manager for three Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Ka’anapali, Maui.   Fritzsche earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She was born and raised in Kailua on Oahu and enjoys Cross Fit. 

LEIMANA FONOIMOANA

GROUP SALES MANAGER

Leimana joined the Turtle Bay Sales Team in August 2013. Previously she worked at the Polynesian Cultural Center serving as the Hawaii sales manager. She was formerly a flight attendant for Aloha Airlines and as a Realtor for Prudential Locations on Oahu.Fonoimoana served as Mrs. America and Mrs. Hawaii in 2011-2012 and was a Hawaii State Department of Health spokesperson for obesity prevention. She graduated from Brigham Young University, Hawaii with a bachelor’s degree in university studies and an emphasis on entrepreneurship and business finance.

CONRAD AQUINO

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Conrad Aquino is the executive chef at Turtle Bay Resort.  He has held a number of culinary positions of increasing responsibility for leading properties in Hawaii, including the Royal Hawaiian and the Kahala Resort. Chef Aquino’s skills and exemplary reputation during his years with Starwood Hotels resulted in his being selected as task force chef for many of the company’s properties throughout Hawaii. Mr. Aquino was born, raised and educated in Hawaii, were he also studied under a number of renowned chefs. He received his Culinary Arts degree from Kapiolani College, and gained international culinary experience through internships in England. He is the past recipient of numerous “Manager of the Quarter” honors. A man of many interests, Chef Aquino is a certified private pilot who attended the Hickam Air Force Base Flight Academy.

JOHN ARMSTRONG

CHEF DE CUISINE

John is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and worked at several notable hotels on the mainland before coming to Hawaii. He began his culinary career in the Islands working for The Halekulani as Sous Chef. He previously came to Turtle Bay Resort as Chef de Cuisine for 21 Degrees North in 2003 and now Pa'akai.