Aqua-Aston Hospitality and DeBartolo Development have announced Wade Gesteuyala as general manager and Leslie Cho as director of sales of Hawai‘i’s first Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, which is currently under construction in the city of Kapolei on the island of O‘ahu. The 175-room hotel is scheduled to open this fall and is owned by Ka Makana Ali‘i Hotel LLC and managed by Aqua-Aston Hospitality. The hotel will be the only focused-service hotel offering budget friendly, quality accommodations with Hilton Honors program benefits, free hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi in West O‘ahu.
Located within the new Ka Makana Ali’I shopping center, the hotel is one of the highlights of the 1.4 million-square-foot development that will include more than 150 exciting shopping, dining and entertainment offerings, and LEED-certified office space.
As general manager, Gesteuyala will lead all aspects of hotel operations, including guest services and satisfaction, hotel administration and overseeing marketing efforts. Previously, he served as the general manager of Hawai‘i Prince Hotel Waikiki and has two decades of industry experience.
Cho, as director of sales, will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategic sales plans for the hotel. Prior to this position, she was manager at Ala Moana Hotel and has accumulated more than 25 years of hospitality experience with various hotel brands.
“Wade and Leslie will be the cornerstones of this property. They play integral roles in the success of this hotel and will be instrumental in providing exceptional customer service to our guests,” said Matt Bailey, president and chief operating officer, Aqua-Aston Hospitality.
Hampton by Hilton properties participate in Hilton’s award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including exclusive member rates, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.