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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Names Rudy Fao and Joshua Gahret to Management Positions at Recently Added Properties

February 18, 2014

Honolulu, Hawaii – Aqua Hotels and Resorts® ( announced recent management appointments for Rodolfo “Rudy” Fao at Luana Waikiki and Joshua Gahret at Aqua Pacific Monarch. Both properties recently were added to the Aqua Hotels and Resorts collection in Waikiki.

“We are very fortunate to have experienced managers like Rudy and Joshua assume key roles at these two properties,” said Ben Rafter, president and CEO of Aqua Hospitality. “Each has the skill set needed for his position, as well as the positive outlook and flexibility that is so important as we continue to grow and add new hotels to our portfolio.”

Rudy Fao, General Manager, Luana Waikiki
Fao oversees all aspects of the Luana Waikiki, a recent addition to the Aqua Hotels and Resorts group.

Most recently, Fao was general manager of the Volcano House on Hawaii Island – a historic property located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Prior to Aqua, Fao’s background includes more than 14 years in the hospitality industry, including Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, where he worked his way up from housekeeping manager to assistant general manager. Previously, Fao worked at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa and Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki.

Fao is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in business administration and travel industry management. Born in Macao, China, Fao is fluent in English and Cantonese.

Joshua Gahret, Hotel Manager, Aqua Pacific Monarch
Gahret transferred from the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head where he was hotel manager for the 51-room boutique property. In his new role, Gahret oversees operations for Aqua Pacific Monarch, a 216-unit condominium featuring studios and one-bedroom suites.

Prior to joining Aqua in 2009, Gahret worked at Aston Waikiki Beach Tower, Fairmont Kea Lani and Hotel Hana Maui, where he started his hospitality career working as a reservation agent, bellman/bell captain and guest services agent.

Gahret received his Associate of Science in Nursing diploma from Indiana University in Bloomington.


About Luana Waikiki
Luana Waikiki is an AAA three-diamond property with easy access to area beaches, dining, attractions and nightlife. The hotel boasts a contemporary Hawaiian-style design and spacious accommodations that make it ideal for business and leisure travelers. Hotel amenities include a sundeck with swimming pool and barbecue area, a large fitness center and laundry facilities. The hotel also features a café, spa and nail salon onsite.

The 225 guest rooms include a lanai or patio, travertine marble floors, tropical décor with pineapplemotif furnishings, WiFi Internet access in-room and throughout the hotel, flat-screen televisions and safes for extra security. Many rooms also include kitchenettes and living areas. Luana Waikiki, an Aqua boutique hotel, is located at 2045 Kalakaua Avenue.

About Aqua Pacific Monarch
Aqua Pacific Monarch is a condominium resort just a block and a half to Waikiki beach. The resort features 216 recently renovated spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to dramatic ocean or Waikiki views.

The 34-story building offers one-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and studios with kitchenettes that include microwave, stovetop and mini-refrigerator. Guests enjoy an ocean view rooftop deck with pool, spa and sauna, as well as an expansive hospitality lounge and street-level
restaurant specializing in Japanese cuisine. Located at 2427 Kuhio Avenue, Pacific Monarch is within walking distance to the area’s best beaches, shops, dining and nightlife.


About Aqua Hospitality®
Aqua Hospitality is a Hawaii-based management company founded in 2001. The company provides full-service management including sales, marketing, Internet distribution, individualized branding, reservations, as well as revenue management to maximize profitability. Currently representing 29 contemporary properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Hawaii Island and Guam, Aqua
offers full-service resorts, stylish boutique hotels, comfortable budget properties and a historic hotel within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information on the company, individual hotels, and its three brands of hotels – Monogram Hotel Collection, Aqua Hotels and Resorts and Lite
Hotels – visit or call 1-808-943-9291. Aqua Hospitality is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.

About Aqua Hotels and Resorts® offer stylish hotels with excellent service and plenty of personality. Savvy travelers will appreciate the many added amenities that make a stay at Aqua Hotels and Resorts fun, friendly and positively practical.