BY PAUL RICHARDSON — I am pleased to join human resources in announcing two management appointments: Gana Maheshwaran as general manager of the Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger® (KPR) rental program and Akuila Tuleca as human resources manager at Castaway Island, Fiji Resort.
Gana took his official post as general manager Jan. 1, 2017; he has been acting general manager of our largest rental program (140 units) since August of last year and reports to Kris Nickelsen, regional director, Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger®.
The Kiahuna Plantation management structure was recently reorganized with separate general managers for the rental program and the condominium association, both of which are independent entities with separate Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger® (HVC) management contracts. At the direction of the association board, Chris Gampon, who was formerly general manager of both entities, is now focused exclusively on the expansive 330-unit condominium association, also reporting to Kris Nickelsen.
As the rental program general manager, Gana ensures rental department operations are effectively managed in a professional manner to the satisfaction of hosts, owners and guests.
Gana knows the ins and outs of KPR having held positions of assistant general manager of both Kiahuna Plantation entities, revenue manager and executive housekeeper. He is familiar with other brands as facility services manager at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and also having worked at Embassy Vacation Resorts and Westin Kauai Resort.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Gana and his partner Tiru moved to Kauai in 1999 to escape the crowded mainland. Four rambunctious cats and home renovation take up most of his free time, but when he does have time to relax, Gana enjoys gardening, inventive cooking and creative mixology where the maxim, “go ahead, throw it in,” has led to some memorable – and not so memorable – results.
As human resources manager Akuila has been reporting to General Manager Steven Andrews as of Dec. 28, 2016.
With extensive experience in labor relations, Akuila was a senior labor officer based in Nadi before joining Outrigger. His work involved employer minimum work and wage standard compliance and also workshops and seminars on corporate culture in the labor market. Akuila has also acted as an advisor to the industry on new government policies; appeared before the Employment Tribunal representing employees on civil and criminal matters; ensured responsive and effective responses to workmen’s compensation investigations; and assisted the legal officer on compensation and labor compliance cases.
Akuila also took a Fiji National Training Council Course on managing conflicts and resolving disputes effectively through mediation; was a team leader on the Workmen’s Compensation Investigation Taskforce; and acted as team leader in the settlement of informal employment grievances and employment disputes in the Central and Eastern division.
A graduate of Nasinu Secondary School and Fulton Seventh Day Adventist College at Tailevu, Akuila has completed a wide range of courses in employment relations, including leadership workshops, stakeholder training on child labor, advocacy and practical inspection courses. In 2014, he received a government outstanding achievement award for a special case investigation.
Married with four children, Akuila confesses to having a weakness for Jackie Chan movies and lists his pastimes as reading and spending time with his family.