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“Shotgun Tom” Kelly at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa – Day 1

It’s a change of scenery and resort for “Shotgun Tom” Kelly for the next couple of days, now broadcasting live from the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.  As part of his busy day at the Resort, “Shotgun Tom” spoke with Brian Soma, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Resort; Geri Marino, Director of Events at the Resort; and Randi Fernandez, Account Executive at the Resort.

“Shotgun Tom” Kelly’s interview with Brian Some, Director of Sales and Marketing at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa:

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Highlights of the interview:

  • The Resort is located northwest of Honolulu.
  • It’s in a secluded area of Oahu similar to Maui, in a self contained environment.
  • They have their own marina, dive boats, luau, and much more.
  • They’re located on the west coast island of Oahu with spectacular sunsets every night.
  • The Resort has had many big changes, including the renovation of their guest rooms with yellow and blue colors, creating a coastal chic atmosphere.
  • There’s a virtual market on their website where you can order amenities or activities through their site, ihilani.com.

“Shotgun Tom” Kelly interviews Geri Marino, Director of Events at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa on the next page.

“Shotgun Tom” Kelly’s interview Geri Marino, Director of Events at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa:

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Highlights of the interview:

  • The property is a resort destination, about 45 minutes from Waikiki.
  • They gave the largest ballroom outside of Waikiki which holds up to 1,000 people for a plated dinner.
  • It’s the perfect location for weddings, conferences, incentive travel, and more.
  • Chefs create special meals for receptions, taylored to the local flavors using local ingredients.
  • They can also do high end dinners, such as a BBQ on the beach, or the Ihilani menu showcasing local foods.
  • To book a meeting or visit go to ihilani.com.

“Shotgun Tom” Kelly interviews Randi Fernandez, Account Executive at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa on the next page.

“Shotgun Tom” Kelly’s interview with Randi Fernandez, Account Executive at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa:

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Highlights of the interview:

  • They infuse the Hawaiian culture into the resort.
  • Associates are from all parts of the island, who love to share talents, music, and dance.
  • Twice a year they put on a show for the guests in their lobby featuring hula and music.
  • Randi is part of the Hawaiian Hula Group, and her family has generations of hula dancers.
  • The hula dances tell stories from generations to generations.
  • They want all guests to leave with a nice overall feeling with knowledge of the history, which will bring them back to Hawaii.
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