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Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism

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“Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism” was initiated in 1999 to honor Dean Emeritus, Chuck Y. Gee as he retired from the School of Travel Industry Management after over thirty years of service.

The School has continued the tradition of honoring a “legacy in tourism” in partnership with its Advisory and Alumni Boards. The event honors an individual who has made significant and long-term contributions to the travel industry in Hawai‘i.  From 2007-2009, the School collaborated with the Hawai‘i Hospitality Hall of Fame to honor leaders (posthumously) that were influential in Hawaii’s tourism.

Over the years, the event proceeds from this celebration have provided support for the School’s programs such as the establishment of the Gee Technology Learning Center at the TIM School, scholarships, teaching awards, Nā Kukui (Executive Mentor/Student Program) and graduation receptions.  Since 2011, all proceeds have benefitted student scholarship awards.

Year Honoree
2019 Vicky Cayetano, President & CEO,
United Laundry Services, Inc.
2018 Jerry Gibson, Area Vice President,
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort
2016 Peter Lenkov, Executive Producer Hawaiʻi Five-O
The late Leonard Freeman, Creator
2015 Chris Tatum, Marriott International
2013 Patricia Tam, Halekūlani Corporation
2012 Ernest Nishizaki, Kyo-ya Company LLC
2011 Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines
2009 Hawai‘i Hospitality Hall of Fame Honorees (multiple honorees)
2008 Hawaiʻi Hospitality Hall of Fame Honorees (multiple honorees)
2007 Hawaiʻi Hospitality Hall of Fame Honorees (multiple honorees)
2006 School of Travel Industry Management (40th Anniversary)
2005 Peter Schall, Hilton Hotels Hawaiʻi
2004 Dr. Richard Kelley, Outrigger Enterprises, Inc.
2003 Ambassador L.W. “Bill” Lane, Jr. and Mrs. Jean Lane, Sunset Magazine
2002 Former Governor George Ariyoshi
2001 Robert Burns, Regent International Hotels
2000 John Brogan, Sheraton Hotels
1999 Chuck Yim Gee, School of Travel Industry Management

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is presented at the Celebrate A Legacy in Tourism Event.

Year Honoree
2019 Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
2018 Hawaiʻi Lodging & Tourism Association
2016 Noel Trainor
2004 Travel Weekly
2003 Club Managers of America Association – Paradise of the Pacific
2002 J. Hans Strasser
2001 Hawai‘i Hotel Association
2000 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
1999 Peter Fithian
1998 Sea Land Service
1997 Stephen R.P. Boyle
1996 Peter Schall
1995 Manuel Woo
1994 Japan Travel Bureau, Inc.
1993 ITT Sheraton Hawai‘i Japan
1992 Claire W. Engle
1991 Kahala Hilton Hotel
1990 Aloha Airlines
1889 Jean E. Rolles
1988 John C. Brogan
1987 Bernice C. Loui
1986 Robert J. Pfeiffer
1985 Gregory M.B. Tong
1984 Bill Lane, Jr.
1983 Robert H. Burns
1982 Richard T. Hashimoto
1981 Larry M.K. Tchou
1980 Kenneth F.C. Char
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