TIM International, Inc. is teaming up with the Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association for the September Hospitality Industry Pau Hana (HIP) where TIM School alumna Kelly Sheather (1997), sales manager at the Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, will be presented with the coveted Kahiau Award (meaning, selfless generosity).




When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


$25 members; $30 non-members. includes one (1) complimentary beer, wine, or soft drink and pupus.


If you would like to attend, please go to http://bit.ly/2bqVec8.


Event Date: 
Wed, 2016/09/07 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

TIM International, Inc. will be hosting a Pau Hana Reception on Friday, October 14, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (New Time) at the Sheraton Kauaʻi Resort’s Lava's Restaurant (New Location). Enjoy pupus and drinks while networking with your TIM ‘ohana!


Click here to access the flyer and registration form. RSVP deadline is Monday, October 10, 2016.


Event Date: 
Fri, 2016/10/14 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

2016 Spring/Summer Graduates. Photo courtesy of Clinton K. Inouye.


The TIM School and TIM International, Inc., honored the Spring & Summer 2016 TIM graduates with a Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. in George Hall 227.


Emcee Rachel Kaiama, the TIM School’s director of professional programs, started the program with a beautiful oli. Dean Bingham congratulated all the graduates on their hard work and dedication. He also recognized and congratulated the parents of the graduates for the support they have given to their children while they were pursuing their TIM degree. Clyde Min, vice president of TIM International, Inc., spoke to the graduates about the importance of networking with fellow TIM alumni and the value of being a member of the alumni association. Keynote speaker Julie Arigo, general manager of the Waikiki Parc Hotel and TIM School Hall of Honor inductee, delivered an inspiring speech about her journey from TIM School graduate to being a GM at a Waikīkī hotel. Finally, student representative Timothy Rafael talked about his experiences as a TIM student and how it positively impacted his college career.


After receiving their certificates of achievement, the graduates joined their family, friends, and supporters at a reception in the TIM School’s Sunset Reference Center.


Congratulations to the following Spring & Summer 2016 graduates:


Bachelor of Science


Keito Adachi Presley Adams Seongjin Ahn
Natasha-Ann Akee † Christopher Alemdar η Erica Calilung
David Cheng η Tsz-Ki Cheng Kelsey Coley †
Pinnifen Dangtuw Alany-Grace Eder Kai Hong Gao
Kylie Gee η†∆ Austen Gersonde η Rachel Gima
Jose Joaquin Gonzalez Reece Hotoke Lena Huang
Min Hwangpo † Kenji Iwamoto Kei Iwasawa
Olivia Jackson Gary Johnson Candace Kahue
Valerie Kan Ashleigh Karaitiana † Hyungjin Kim
Iyo Kishimoto Martina Kostalova η†Ω* Miharu Kubo ∆
Hiuwa Law Jessica Lee Christopher Li
Rebecca Lockhart Mingwei Luo Victoria McLean
Ian Miao Danielle Miller Maya Miller
Keita Naito Alex Nakashima William Oh
Riko Okada Shohgo Oki † Yajing Ou
HeuiJine Park Johlie Anne Pascua η Gigi Polo-Lung
Timothy Rafael ηπ Brianna Ramos Murielle H Rodrigue
Tracie Sakane Kathleen Sander † Brandee Sasaki
Risa Seguerre Maile Shaw Chihiro Shibata
Danelle Shimabukuro Silvia Shin Lianne Sipraseuth
Leiomalama Solomon η†∆ Christy Stutzel Hannah Tang
Minami Ushio Allison Vining Shuang Xia
Kallen Yamasaki η†∆ Diane Yang η∆Ω * Yiwei Yang
Juzhen Zhang Mingwei Zou  


Master of Science


Samantha Brow

Wenyi Cao




∑ Summa Cum Laude

Ω Magna Cum Laude

∆ Cum Laude

η Eta Sigma Delta

† Dean’s List

π ASUH Officer

*UHM Commencement Student Marshalls

2016 Spring/Summer Graduates. Photo courtesy of Clinton K. Inouye.

Two TIM School professors won Best Paper Awards at the 2016 Academy of Global Hospitality and Tourism Conference (AGHTC) held in Seoul, South Korea, from May 20-23, 2016.


Junwook Chi, PhD


Assistant Professor Junwook Chi, Ph.D., won for his paper titled, Exchange rate nonlinearity in the US inbound tourism demand from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain: New evidence from partial decomposition models.” This is the second Best Paper Award that Dr. Chi has received this summer.


Kwanglim Seo, PhD


Assistant Professor Kwanglim Seo, Ph.D., also received a Best Paper Award for his paper titled, “Franchising and investment-cash flow sensitivities: An examination of the U.S. restaurant firms.”


Five papers received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 Academy of Global Hospitality and Tourism Conference with the TIM School winning two of the five awards! Dr. Chi’s and Dr. Seo’s papers will be published in the special conference issue of the Academy of Global Hospitality and Tourism Journal.


The TIM School congratulates Dr. Chi and Dr. Seo for their noteworthy achievement!



TIM alumnus Kevin Iwamoto (1977), Senior Consultant at GoldSpring Consulting LLC, is featured on the cover of the June 2016 issue of MeetingsNet Magazine as one of twenty meetings industry Changemakers for 2016. Kevin is one of the original founders of the Strategic Meetings Management program, which has become the standard for the meetings industry.


Kevin also received the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Award for Meeting Industry Leadership during the MPI 2016 World Education Conference that was held in Atlantic City from June 10 - 14, 2016. This award honors individuals who have positively changed the global meeting and event industry. It also recognizes sustained commitment and substantial contributions to the meeting and event community.


In addition to the above honors, Kevin has given back to the TIM School by establishing an annual scholarship that will allow a student to attend his alma mater.


Congratulations, Kevin, on these well-deserved honors!

Dr. Junwook Chi

Assistant Professor Junwook Chi, Pd.D., received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference held in Hong Kong, from May 16-18, 2016. His paper, “Asymmetric tourist responses to own- and cross-price changes: Evidence from US tourism demand for the UK, France, and Italy,” investigates how tourists from different countries respond to price fluctuations.


“I am honored and grateful to receive this prestigious award,” said Dr. Chi. “I hope this award helps build an international reputation of the TIM School and UHM as a strong research institute.”


The TIM School congratulates Dr. Chi on this well deserved honor!

The School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a gala “Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism” event on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the Sheraton Waikīkī.


570 people attended to honor HAWAII FIVE-0 and Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov, as the TIM Legacy recipient in the field of creative media. Noel Trainor, Principal of Savoy Consulting LLC, was presented with the TIM Distinguished Service Award and TIM alumnus, Daniel Chun, Regional Manager—Sales & Community Marketing—Hawaiʻi, for Alaska Airlines was inducted into the TIM Alumni Hall of Fame.


“This is the first time ever that the TIM Legacy winner comes from the field of creative media,” said Thomas Bingham, dean of the TIM School. “It is also fitting because 2016 is of particular significance as the TIM School commemorates its 50th anniversary as a premier tourism education program that has produced leaders for our industry not only in Hawai‘i but also nationally and internationally,” added Bingham. “Since we have previously honored hoteliers, airlines, travel publisher, honoring HAWAII FIVE-0 would highlight this important media segment of the visitor industry.”


“I’ve always believed that the Hawaiian Islands are the true stars of the HAWAII FIVE-0 series,” said Peter Lenkov, executive producer of HAWAII FIVE-0. “The majesty of your beaches, mountains, cities and lush forests, unlike any other place on the planet, take viewers on a tropical adventure in paradise each week. And for us to be able to convey the beauty of your great State and bring film-making, tourism and jobs to Hawai‘i is a great honor, one that we are grateful for and something we never take for granted,” he added.


“I am truly honored to have been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Hawaii, TIM School,” stated Noel Trainor upon receiving his award. “There are, indeed, many attendees here tonight who qualify and are very worthy of receiving this very distinguished recognition. I am grateful as well as excited. Thank You."


On his induction into the TIM Alumni Hall of Honor Daniel Chun stated, “While I know that I should have done more to deserve this, I am completely humbled and grateful, and it really just encourages me to do more - to be sure that I live up to this incredible recognition and all of our many distinguished alumni worldwide.”


100% of the net proceeds raised from the “Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism” event go to fund scholarships for deserving TIM students.


UH's Pep Band entertains guests before the start of the formal program.
Governor Ige welcomes guests to the TIM School's 50th Anniversary Gala.
Emcees Emme Tomimbang & Dennis Chun, Hawaii Five-O Executive Producer Peter Lenkov, Dean Bingham, and Al Harrington.
TIMI Board Member Ted Sakai, Noel Trainor, and Dean Bingham.
Dean Bingham, Daniel Chun, and HLTA President & CEO Mufi Hannemann.
TIM Students and Honorees.


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