HTA Staff

HTA is administratively attached to the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). HTA’s president and chief executive officer reports directly to HTA’s board of directors and is responsible for assisting the board in its responsibility to fulfill the mandates of Chapter 201B of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes.

HTA Executives

Daniel Nahoopii
Interim President & CEO
Chief Administrative Officer

Kalani L. Ka‘anā‘anā
Chief Stewardship Officer


Isaac W. Choy
Vice President, Finance

HTA Staff

Carole Hagihara-Loo
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

Caroline Anderson
Director of Planning

Dede Howa
Brand Manager (Destination Stewardship)

Ilihia Gionson
Public Affairs Officer

Iwalani Kūaliʻi Kahoʻohanohano
Senior Brand Manager (Branding & Marketing)

Jadie Goo
Senior Brand Manager (Branding & Marketing)

Jennifer Bastiaanse
Brand Manager (Branding & Marketing)

Kristen Colburn
Procurement Specialist

Lindsay Sanborn
Brand Manager (Destination Stewardship)

Maile Caravalho
Account Specialist


Maka Casson-Fisher
Brand Manager (Destination Stewardship)

Michele Shiowaki
Administrative Assistant, Planning

Sunnie Lasconia
Contracts and Administrative Manager

Talon Kishi
Budget and Fiscal Officer

Tracey Fermahin
Procurement Manager

Trishia Mendoza
Administrative Assistant, Branding & Marketing


Maʻemaʻe Toolkit

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Partnership Opportunities

HTA's Global Marketing Team offers a variety of consumer, travel trade, and MCI marketing opportunities. Partnership opportunities include digital and social media marketing, public relations, travel trade, and meeting sales programs.

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