The Travaasa Hana resort has appointed Sharon Jahns as its director of food and beverage and chef Jason “Jay” Johnson as executive chef.
“We are very excited for Sharon and Jay to lead our culinary team into the next chapter,” said David MacIlwraith, general manager of Travaasa Hana. “We’re looking forward to enhancing our culinary offerings and increasing our support of the local ranchers, fishermen and farmers in Hana.”
Jahns, who will oversee all food and beverage outlets for Travaasa Hana, most recently worked at Joe’s Bar and Grill in Wailea, where she served as general manager for the past 15 years. Prior to that, Jahns was general manager at Sam Choy’s in Lahaina.
Johnson most recently served as executive chef of the Volcano House Hotel on the Big Island. Johnson has more than 20 years of culinary experience in Hawaii Island restaurants and hotels, including stints at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Waikoloa Country Club Restaurant, Roy’s Bar and Grill, Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Restaurant, Fisherman’s Landing, and his own restaurants, Jay’s Island Tapas and Jay’s Cuisine.
In addition to announcing the new members of its food and beverage team, Travaasa Hana announced that Longhi’s will no longer manage dining outlets at Travaasa Hana. Instead, the resort will handle all F&B operations in house.
Photo of Sharon Jahns courtesy Travaasa Hana, Maui