Gayle Miyaguchi, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel‘s cultural advisor, is originally from Makawao in Maui County, Hawaii and spent the last 22 years making hula instruments and Hawaiian crafts such as Nā Kani O Hula.
An avid fan of Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s annual Hula O Nā Keiki event which takes place every November, Miyaguchi truly feels at home at KBH and lends experience from her past roles in agriculture and teaching to her position within the Ho’okipa department.
Within days of joining the team in 2017, Miyaguchi helped to introduce five new cultural activities to the hotel’s schedule of cultural programming for guests and visitors. She continues to be a vital asset to Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and further perpetuates the sense of Hawaiian culture at the hotel.
What was your first impression of Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel?
My first day of work was spent getting to know my co-workers, the hotel and determining what my role with the hotel and Hale Hoʻokipa would entail. I already knew most of my co-workers, so it felt very comforting and welcoming, and it still feels the same today.
What has changed since that day?
What has changed is the confidence I have in doing my job and knowing I can rely on my co-workers not only in the department but other departments as well.
What’s your favorite thing about going to work?
I love to make Hawaiian crafts, and although working on all the makamae was hard work, I enjoyed every minute. I’m proud that they will be on display in all of the enhanced rooms for guests to enjoy. I also love to weave — and I belong to an ʻieʻie cohort — so being able to coordinate Kauluhiwaolele each year is another highlight of the job.
What’s one word to describe Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel?