With a combined 40 years of hospitality experience, of which 23 years have been in Hawaii’s Destination Management industry, we are your team for success!
Lauren’s Story
Lauren grew up in Lahaina, Maui, graduated from Lahainaluna High School and Oregon State University. She spent six years between Oregon and Southern California before she was recruited back home to Hawai’i where she worked for almost a decade at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. At Mauna Lani she worked in wedding, catering, leisure and group sales before joining a local Hawai’i DMC. After six and a half years, she decided to join Whitney to make their dream of being successful business owners a reality. Lauren married a Kona boy and together, she and Leabert are proud parents of three energetic boys – Layne, Layden and Layke. In her free time, she loves to join her family at the beach for a day of fishing, visiting family on Maui and Oahu, practice cooking recipes, taking photos and sharing her love of hula with friends and family. In all of her extra free time, she also is passionate about supporting her community by serving on the Waikoloa Dry Forest volunteer committee, West Hawai’i Explorations Academy Governing Board and volunteers for the MPI Oregon/Aloha Chapter (she is the former MPI Aloha Chapter President).
Whitney’s Story
Whitney grew up in Kula, Maui and the suburbs of Washington DC. She graduated from Baldwin High School on Maui and University of Maryland. Whitney enjoyed six years of the So Cal sun before making the decision to move home to Maui and join a local DMC (and later moved to another DMC). Sixteen years later, Whitney joined Lauren and created, “Makana Hawai’i Incentives.” She’s operated programs from small intimate groups of 30 guests to large 1,000+ multiple wave programs. Whitney is happily married to Trent and they have a beautiful daughter, Ava. They enjoy taking care of their six chickens who provide their family with lots of delicious eggs (and a rabbit, who does nothing)! Whitney also enjoys reading, hiking and her husband’s cooking.
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