Landmark Hotels Group, management company of The Kahala Hotel & Resort, has announced the appointment of seasoned international hotelier Thomas Pauly as general manager of the iconic 338 room resort. Pauly will oversee daily operations for the legendary hotel. The Kahala celebrated its 45th anniversary in January this year and recently unveiled over $52 million in updates to its guest rooms and suites, meeting space, lobby and public areas.
“I’m excited to be in Hawaii and am captivated by the unique spirit of aloha of these islands,” said Pauly. “The outstanding commitment of our employees has undoubtedly contributed to the exceptional reputation of The Kahala and I look forward to complementing their efforts and setting a successful course for the resort in this challenging global environment.”
Most recently, Pauly was the general manager – Mexico for Landmark Hotels. He has over 20 years of executive experience overseeing both branded and independent resorts and corporate hotels on several continents.
Pauly is originally from Germany. Before his stint in Mexico, Pauly was in San Juan, Puerto Rico as general manager of the historic boutique hotel, The Normandie. Previously, he was with Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ Cancun properties as hotel manager at the Westin Regina. His other assignments in Mexico have been with Camino Real Hotels between 1993 and 1996. Pauly has also served as general manager for the Intercontinental Hotel in San Salvador and for Grupo Real Hotels in El Salvador and Guatemala.
Pauly is a graduate of Les Roches Hotel Management School in Bluche, Switzerland and is fluent in English, German and Spanish. He and his wife have four children and look forward to becoming part of the Honolulu community.
“Thomas has been assisting me with operations in Landmark’s Mexico developments and hotels and is the ideal candidate to take over as general manager of The Kahala,” said Charles Sweeney, chairman. “Thomas’ extensive management career is the perfect catalyst to ensuring the resort’s hospitality legacy endures.”
Landmark also recently announced Kahala’s representation in Japan by the reservations arm of Okura Hotels & Resorts. The hotel is also a member of Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts.