You are the best
Once again our trip to Hawai‘i was a resounding success due to Island Partners. You guys are the best team that I have ever worked with! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
-Private (Hugo Boss)
Island Partners Hawai‘i is a diverse team of extremely creative, active listeners, with proven skills and constantly evolving destination experience (including team members Certified with CMP, CSEP and DMCP), empowered by genuine passion, true pride and an unwavering “can do” aloha spirit.
- People with deep passion, who love what they do for you.
- People filled with personal pride in absolutely doing their best and giving their all.
- People who live Aloha, cherish their Island home, and are ecstatic to share this spirit and the authentic experiences Hawai‘i offers.
Andi McIntosh Sales & Program Design Coordinator
I recently graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Psychology, French, and Business and moved to Hawai‘i to join the Island Partners team. As a Michigan native, Hawai‘i has opened my eyes to a completely unique culture, exciting new sports, and the “aloha” lifestyle. I love spending time with my family and friends, being active and soaking up the sun, and exploring the islands that I now call home.
Aya Pacubas Senior Program Coordinator
I have 3 years of practical experience in the destination management industry and I love what I do. My flexibility, attention to detail, organizational skills, and dedication help contribute to my success in the operations team. I am also fluent in Japanese. In my personal time, I love to travel, eat, and dance hula.
Charlene Davè Director of Sales
Charlie Kealoha Manager, Operations & Travel Director Services
I am an 8th generation Hawai’i resident and I live for my grandkids, church, and helping out at Island Partners Hawai‘i. I have worked in the travel industry since 1974 and was a freelance travel director from 1991-2005 before joining IPH.
Jayann Gabrio Experience Design & Management
Born and raised in Hawai‘i, I have a growing passion for finding the undiscovered adventures and experiences my home has to offer. After returning to Hawai‘i from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, I have come to understand the privilege it has been to call paradise my home, and how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to show you our Hawai‘i. With a young, open mind and willingness to venture out, I have found a love for unearthing the hidden treasures of Hawai‘i and finding unique experiences.
John Anderson, CMP, CSEP Creative Director
I have over 17 years of experience in producing the largest events in Hawai‘i, and am also a classically trained chef. I am a world traveler, a Maui-based food writer, an authority on entertaining and have a passion for providing world class service.
Kelly Lafrance, CMP, DMCP Program Design & Development
Passionate about travel, I’ve spent 20+ years in the incentive & hospitality industry traveling the world for both work and adventure. In 2011, a love of astronomy, the ocean and the Hawaiian Culture guided me to my new home on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. I use my practical experience in planning, design and onsite program operations, to assist our clients in creating unique experiences customized to their specific goals and objectives.
Kimo Jenkins Director, Product Development & Cultural Guide
I am passionate about coaching youth football and basketball, my community church, and family events. Prior to joining IPH, I was a sales manager at Hilo Hattie, a tour manager at American Express, a tour guide & dispatcher at E Noa Tours and an apprentice archeologist at Waimea Falls Park.
Leona Balthazar Vice President of Sales
I am a 5th generation resident of Hawai‘i and am one of the co-founder of Island Partners Hawai‘i. I have had extensive experience in the destination management industry as a travel agent, Onsite Travel Director, Account Executive, Sales Manager, and Director of Sales. Animals are my passion, and I enjoy spending my time off with Ms. Kula (my yellow lab) and Ms. Lily (my Maltese).
Lillian Helton Systems & Standards Administrator
I believe in giving back to the community, especially to those that are less fortunate. I support the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Hawai‘i Food Bank, and Make A Wish Foundation. Prior to joining IPH, I worked at an animal hospital before deciding to join the travel industry and am loving the wonderful world of destination management services.
Matthew Winters, CMP Chief Creative Officer
Events are my passion. I am a 15 year veteran of the hospitality and special events industry. Creative design and a focus on the logistical details of large scale productions are my strong points. A love for my home, Hawaii, coupled with a keen eye for cutting edge trends in the industry offers our clients an unparalleled resource and advocate for success.
Melanie Bailey National Account Manager
I was born and raised in New York and attended college in New York City. In my early 20’s, I found myself re-locating to Hawai’i and I immediately became immersed in various facets of the visitor industry, which ultimately led to the exciting world of corporate events. Prior to joining IPH’s sales team in 2002, I worked in the Hawai‘i incentive industry for five years in an on-site operations capacity, in which I was responsible for the seamless delivery of events and destination services.
Michelle Moku Senior Program Manager
I love playing in the ocean & soaking up the sun with my husband and four children. Prior to joining IPH, I worked as a Sales Coordinator in the Corporate Meetings & Incentive (CMI) division at the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and am a proud graduate of the University of Hawaii’s School of Travel Industry Management (Bachelors of Science).
Noelani Kana‘e Manager, Program Design & Development
My extensive Island and vendor partner knowledge, coupled with proven expertise in “experience development” of activities and destination services, results in integrated program design for our clients and guests. I am passionate about my Hawaiian heritage, cultural values and my ‘ohana (family). Being born and raised in the islands allows me to incorporate a deeply-rooted “sense of place” into each experience designed for our clients.
Qian Wang Accountant
Shantal Pantohan Program Manager
I love spending time with my ‘ohana (family) and friends – especially when it involves cooking & eating. I enjoy collecting family recipes, as well as finding new recipes to experience. Prior to joining IPH, I worked in Seattle, WA for over 14 years managing programs with Microsoft and other technology corporations.
Sharla Ajifu Event Producer
Although I can be thought of as your typical local girl– loving to fish, sunbathe, and chowing down on the local Maui fare, I’m better known for my ability to creatively bring one of kind events to life. My passion for design and event production have always had a precious place in my heart and I can’t wait to help you create memories that you and your guests will cherish forever.
Teresa Nae‘ole Events Coordinator
Born and raised in the UK, I came to the United States at 21 to visit my dad. During that time I met and married my husband, and we soon moved back to his home of Maui to raise our children immersed in the culture of Hawai’i. Maui has been my home ever since, and I love it! My previous travel industry experience was with MC&A, Inc. for 12 years, as administrative support to the sales team. I am thrilled to be coming back to the fast paced, multi-tasking environment of event planning. During my free time I enjoy daily exercise, going to the beach and taking in the beauty of Maui on a new hike or driving adventure with friends.
Tony Vericella President
I love family time with my wife, Dana, our 26 year-old triplets, Catherine, Joseph, and Nicholas, and our extended ‘ohana. I ‘live to eat”, travel, play golf and watch movies. Since moving to Hawai‘i 31+ years ago, my Hospitality & Tourism career extended from Hawaiian Airlines, American Express Travel Related Services, Budget Rent a Car-Asia/Pacific, and the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, prior to joining Island Partners Hawai‘i.