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Kea Lani Heartist Spotlight – Marilyn M.


“Marilyn demonstrates extraordinary commitment to her team and to the Maui community. She is a leader who manages the breakfast operation on the line as well as the main spokesperson on behalf of the culinary team. During the pandemic, Marilyn showed her compassionate and generous nature by donating a portion of the Hawaii Restaurant Card she received from the state which was distributed to those on unemployment and impacted by COVID-19. Marilyn did not think twice to contact a local Food Truck to sponsor Kupuna (elder) Meals! Each year Marilyn volunteers in the Kupuna Holiday Dinner, where she will not only prepare the food she will also invest her time and money in creating magnificent and memorable festive centerpieces for the guests to bring home. Marilyn loves to share her culinary passion and experiences with the students on Career Day at the local elementary school, Kihei Elementary and has been presenting to the students year after year. Marilyn is a remarkable role model and pleasure to have on our culinary team.

Her superpower:  Marilyn’s superpower is that she is 100% selfless – she is humble and will always put others first, she is generous and considerate and loves to serve her family and community. She is a single mother of 3 and during her spare time watches her grandchildren.”

“Mahalo Ke Akua! Thankful, grateful and blessed for being nominated and then selected as the contest winner. BIG Mahalo to all those involved in the Fairmont Kea Lani SuperHero Contest. I am truly honored for being chosen as the recipient of the Fairmont Kea Lani SuperHero Heartist. But, to me, all of the Fairmont Kea Lani Heartist are SuperHeros for returning to work, adjusting and adhering to new protocols and working hard to keep yourselves and everyone around you safe and well. As well as doing your everyday duties. Also, Mahalo to the Culinary ʻOhana for being such an awesome crew to work with. You guys/gals ROCK! Most of all, Mahalo to my ʻOhana, especially my three children for all the love, support and patience in all that I do. “Summing up this past year: “This past year has definitely been a challenge. But, regardless what they were, it has also humbled me more than ever to appreciate all that I have and accept what I don’t. I am truly BLESSED”

Get To Know Marilyn M.

How long have you worked at Fairmont Kea Lani?
MM: I originally started with Kea Lani in 1996 but left in 1999. I returned in January 2003. So, this time around 18 years.

What is your favorite memory of working at Fairmont Kea Lani? 
MM: I’ve made so many memories since I started working at Fairmont Kea Lani its hard to pick a favorite. But, one my favorite about working for the Fairmont Kea Lani is the Heartists that work here, especially the culinary team.

What is your favorite part of Maui? 
MM: Maui No Ka Oi! Plus its just a ferry ride away from my home island of Lana’i.

What is the best part of the Fairmont Kea Lani guest experience?
MM: The ALOHA that they receive from our Heartist that they come in contact with.

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