David MacIlwraith has recently been named general manager of Travaasa Hana resort. MacIlwraith comes to his new position from the historic Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park near Hilo, where he oversaw lodging, dining, retail operations, campgrounds and cabins. Prior to his work on the Big Island, MacIlwraith was general manager at Death Valley National Park in California. He’s also worked for the National Park concession companies and Vail Resorts.
“We are thrilled David MacIlwraith has joined our leadership team in this important position,” said Adam Hawthorne, the president of Travaasa Experiential Resorts. “Along with his extensive hospitality and business experience, his track record of success in Hawaii makes him uniquely qualified to be the steward of Travaasa Hana as we invest in developing the physical property to meet the high standards already being set by the team.”
MacIlwraith—who now lives in Hana–will oversee all Hana-based operations for Travaasa, which is located at what is considered “the end” of the famous Road to Hana.
The original property opened in 1946 and became a favorite retreat for generations of travelers seeking barefoot elegance, unspoiled natural beauty and a Hawaiian sense of place. Travaasa Experiential Resorts states that the company’s philosophy is to provide an escape for those looking to experience something new, enrich their lives and immerse themselves in local traditions, which pays tribute to the hotel’s original intention. The Travaasa portfolio currently includes two properties: Travaasa Austin, an Austin, Texas hotel which opened in May 2011 in Texas Hill Country and Travaasa Hana, Maui, which opened in June 2011.
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