* Several Maui employees were honored recently through the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association's 2014 Na Poe Paahana Awards held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.
Taking first place in the security officer of the year category was Kirk Togashi of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.
Other Maui winners were: Edward "Eddie" Mahoney of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, who took third place in the outstanding lodging employee of the year category; and George "Tosh" Fujita of The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, who took second place in the bell/valet person of the year category.
* Lani Starkey has been promoted to associate vice president, principal gifts, estate and gift planning for the University of Hawai'i Foundation.
Starkey will have offices and a regular presence on Maui and Oahu.
He will be a lead strategist for the foundation and help guide fundraisers on the principal gift program. Prior to the promotion, Starkey served as director of estate and gift planning for seven years. He is also a tax attorney and a certified public accountant.
* Channing Bridges has been named director of business development at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa.
He has nearly 30 years of hospitality experience, including 19 years in sales and marketing for various branded and independent properties in the islands and on the Mainland.
He most recently worked on Oahu, where he served as vice president for Royal Aloha Vacation Club.
At his new post, he will be responsible for growing membership in the Honua Kai Resort & Spa homeowner and rental program.
* Scott Ashworth has been named director of golf and grounds for the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, which includes the Manele Bay and Koele golf courses, according to an announcement.
Ashworth, a Professional Golf Association professional, was recently at the Kauai Lagoons, where he also served as a PGA director of golf and grounds.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the golf industry and has received many accolades while a member and president of the PGA Aloha Section, including Golf Professional of the Year for Hawaii.