Mel Kaneshige Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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Release Number: 23/13

Outrigger Enterprise Group Executive Earns Top Honor at the 2013 NAIOP Hawaii Kukulu Hale Awards

Mel Kaneshige

Mel Kaneshige

HONOLULU, HAWAII– Mel Kaneshige, executive vice-president of real estate and development at Outrigger Enterprises Group, was met with a standing ovation as he accepted the Lifetime Achievement – Holo Pono Award from NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) Hawaii at its 2013 Kukulu Hale Awards. The award was presented at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on May 3, honoring Kaneshige for his major, sustained contributions to Hawaii’s commercial real estate industry and his civic and community involvement which have created a significant and positive awareness of commercial real estate in Hawaii.

“For more than 17 years, Mel has been an invaluable member of the Outrigger ohana; we congratulate and give thanks to him for his dedication, determination and vision that gave rise to this well-deserved honor,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group.

In his current position, Kaneshige oversees the acquisition, development and management of real estate assets for Outrigger Enterprises Group, as well as the acquisition of new hotel and condominium management contracts. He has been a key player in the growth and repositioning of the Outrigger real estate portfolio which has grown from its Hawaii roots to the Asia-Pacific region and now includes 44 properties with nearly 11,000 rooms in Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Fiji, Bali, Thailand, Vietnam and Hainan Island, China.

Kaneshige also spearheaded the redevelopment and repositioning of signature Outrigger properties throughout Hawaii, including the $1.75 billion Waikiki Beach Walk® development and the overall revitalization of Waikiki. His 10-year effort to amend the City’s zoning code enabled the largest development in Waikiki’s history – one that celebrates the heritage and culture of Hawaii today and led the way for over $3 billion of redevelopment projects in Waikiki. 

An active member of the community, Kaneshige is currently vice chairman and past chairman of the Waikiki Improvement Association; director and past chairman of the Hawaii District Council of the Urban Land Institute; a member of the board of governors of Iolani School in Honolulu; a director of Girl Scouts of Hawaii; and a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Honolulu. He is also a member of the American and Hawaii State Bar Associations and the American Planning Association.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Kaneshige is a graduate of Iolani School and cum laude graduate of Harvard University. He earned his law degree and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with 65 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites®, Best Western®, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 44 properties with close to 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Bali; Thailand; Vietnam; and Hainan Island, China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia. For on-line information, log on at and


NAIOP (National Association of Industrial & Office Properties) Hawaii is the state’s leading association for commercial real estate industry’s decision-makers. This influential group of developers, owners, investors, asset managers, lenders and other industry professionals plays an active role in legislative representation, professional development and networking at both the local and national levels. Founded in 1967, today NAIOP comprises 16,000+ members in 55 North American chapters, providing networking opportunities, educational programs, research on trends and innovations and strong legislative representation.

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