LEI 2017 offers students opportunities

ClimbHI and Hawaii Tourism Authority will host the sixth annual Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration program on the Hawaiian Islands.

LEI 2017 will begin on Kauai on Tuesday and continue onto Maui on April 8, Oahu on April 18 and Hawaii Island on April 19-20. The objective of the program is to expose high school students to life past graduation and to introduce them to potential workforce opportunities.

“Encouraging Hawaii’s teens to follow a career in tourism is essential to the industry’s future success,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Among potential workforce options is the hospitality industry where students will have direct access to view and research a possible career path in the tourism industry,

“The LEI program provides the opportunity for students to engage with our veteran team of hospitality professionals for a hands-on experience to see the resort, taste the food and learn what opportunities are available to them as future leaders,” said Chip Bahouth, general manager of Sheraton Kauai Resort.

Through the 2013-2014 school year, Hawaii was one of only five states in the nation that had a decline in high school graduation rates, according to a news release.

“Our keiki have so much potential to shape the future and with the help of Hawaii’s visitor industry, many are setting out on career paths to reach their dreams. ClimbHI gives our youth the inspiration to graduate from high school, attain higher education, and visualize a life for themselves beyond their teen years.”said Julie Morikawa, president of ClimbHI.

To sign up for the career fair, email info@climbhi.org or visit www.climbhi.org.

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