Gersonde Named General Manager of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
MAUNA KEA RESORT, HI - Prince Resorts Hawaii
(PRH) has announced today the appointment of Jon A. Gersonde
as general manager of The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
on the Big Island of Hawaii.
joins the legendary hotel as it undergoes a $150 million restoration that will be completed by midDecember this year.
"Jon brings to The Mauna Kea strong leadership and many years of experience in managing luxury hotels in Hawaii and other resort areas," said Donn Takahashi, president of PRH.
Gersonde will be coming to Mauna Kea from The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki where he has been general manager since 2005.
He also was general manager of Kapalua Bay Hotel & Ocean Villas in Kapalua, Maui; The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, and was with Hyatt International for 10 years opening hotels and resorts throughout the Pacific Basin.
"The very name, The Mauna Kea
, is among the greatest names in hotels and I'm delighted and privileged to have this opportunity," said Gersonde
"My job will be to ensure that the unprecedented renovation that is underway elevates Mauna Kea
to a higher level of elegance, while at the same time ensuring that the fabled charm and classic style of the hotel remains timeless."
A graduate of Michigan State's School of Hospitality, Gersonde has 23years of luxury hospitality experience and he and the hotels he has managed have received numerous hospitality awards over his years in the industry.
has relocated to the Big Island with his
wife, Lynn and two of his
takes charge of one of the world's iconic hotels, the brainchild of Laurance S. Rockefeller who opened The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
in 1965 and personally oversaw every detail of its perfection.