The Kahala Hotel & Resort has announced the promotion of Joe Ibarra to resort manager and the appointment of Steven Tabiolo to director of front office operations.
In his new position, Ibarra will oversee and manage The Kahala’s front office, housekeeping, engineering, security and spa and recreation departments. He brings more than 15 years of hospitality experience to the position.
He joined the resort in 2014 as director of front office operations, and was promoted to the position of director of rooms in 2015. Previously, Ibarra held a number of management positions at various hotels and resorts in Hawaii.
Over the years, Ibarra has been awarded several honors for his work and achievements in Hawaii’s hospitality industry including the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association Manager of the Year Honorable Mention in 2013, 2014 and 2016; nominee of the JW Marriott Award in 2014 and winner of the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa Leader of the Quarter in 2013; The Waikiki EDITION Hotel Leader of the Quarter in 2013; and Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Manager of Quarter in 2009 and Front of the House Associate of the Month in 2005. Ibarra was also The Kahala Hotel & Resort Manager of the Year in 2015.
Steven Tabiolo will be joining the team in the position of director of front office operations. He will oversee the resort’s front desk, concierge, front services, guest services and PBX departments.
Tabiolo has 34 years of front office management experience. Prior to The Kahala, Tabiolo was at Halekulani as the director of front office operations and has held various hotel management positions. He also worked as front office manager at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Outrigger Wailea and the Whitehall Hotel in Chicago.