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Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism – Past Honorees

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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
2021 Paul Kosasa, President & CEO, ABC Stores
Glenn Vergara, Vice President and General Manager, Waikiki Resort Hotel
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-OThe 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

Hall of Honor Alumni Inductees

Established in 1992, the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) created the Alumni Hall of Honor to recognize graduates of the school who have distinguished themselves and brought honor to their alma mater through exemplary professional achievement, dedicated service to their communities and support for the TIM School.

Alumni Inductees

2019 Lee-Ann Choy
2018 Glenn Perry
2016 Daniel Chun
2015 Julie Arigo
2013 Kevin Iwamoto
2013 David Kong
2012 Allan Lum
2011 Joseph Toy
2009 Audrey Higuchi
2009 Alan Ong
2007/2008 Ed Wary
2007/2008 Anthony Wong
2006 All Alumni Honorees
2005 Dean Nakasone
2004 Lois Sismar
2003 Ren Hirose
2002 Tsuyoshi Sakata
2001 Paul Yokota
2000 Paul Tang
1999 Johnson Choi
1999 Theodore “Ted” Sakai
1998 Kathy Inkinen
1997 Richard Hartman
1996 Clyde Min
1996 Joseph Pluta
1995 Tim Marsden
1994 Michael White
1993 Roberta Wong Leung
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