I'm excited to be on board as the new Association Director of Kapalua Resort Association. I'd like to introduce myself and tell you a little about my career, my family and my goals for this new position.
I am blessed to have been a resident of Maui for 18 years. I arrived here in July of 1991 for a three-week contracting job on the Royal Lahaina Resort tennis courts in Ka'anapali and knew the moment I arrived that I would never leave. I can still remember working on the courts and watching one rainbow after another cascade down the West Maui mountains. I sold my contracting business in Southern California and made the move to Maui. Soon after, I joined the team at Compadres Mexican Restaurant and fell in love with the hospitality business. This part-time job turned into a career in restaurant management, including time at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort, Hard Rock Café and Kapalua's own Plantation House Restaurant.
As any of you who know me are aware, my family is my life. Kimberly and I met in 2001; within two weeks of our first date we were inseparable and within a month of dating, we had put our names on the waiting list for a home lot in the Kahana Wai community and started planning a life together. The years since have been a whirlwind of events, including our wedding in 2002, building two homes, career advancements for both of us and the birth of our two beautiful children, Aiden and Lauren (who plan on being the official touring professionals for Kapalua Golf on the PGA and LPGA tours).
I am thrilled to again be working in Kapalua Resort, especially since it will be working directly with you, the residents and members of the Kapalua community. I recognize that Kapalua is unique not only to Maui but to the world, and while there have been recent economic challenges, this community will continue to grow and improve.
My initial few months as Association Director will involve a tremendous amount of listening and observing as there are so many facets to the position. I will be spending a great deal of time working directly with the departments within the Association to learn their operations and see how they can better serve the community. I will be reaching out to you as community members for your input and advice with regularly scheduled opportunities to meet and discuss issues. You'll also see me out on the street, walking and biking the sidewalks, trails and common areas with you, taking note of areas in which we could improve.
Over the years, many visiting friends and family have, upon observing my connection to the community and people of West Maui, called me the "Mayor of Lahaina." Our website describes Kapalua as being similar to a small town and I see my role as something of a behind the scenes "Mayor of Kapalua" – someone who works tirelessly to ensure the needs of the community are met.
I look forward to working with you all as we continue to enhance the beauty and sense of place in our "town" of Kapalua,
Paul D. Brown