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Outrigger Hotels and Resorts names assistant general managers for Outrigger-managed Wyndham properties

RELEASE NUMBER 40/15

Karen Villarmia
Karen Villarmia

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Barry Wallace, executive vice president, Hospitality Services, is pleased to announce the appointments of Karen Villarmia as assistant general manager at Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk® and Maria Caravalho as assistant general manager at Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort.

At the Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk®, Villarmia will manage the day-to-day operations of the resort to ensure financial stability and conformance to brand standards. She will also assist in association governance as well as with capital projects.

For the past 10 years, Villarmia has been the general manager of the OHANA Waikiki West, and before that she held various management positions at the OHANA Waikiki Surf, OHANA Waikiki Surf East, OHANA Waikiki Malia and OHANA Maile Sky Court. She began her Outrigger career 27 years ago in the Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk® location, then the Outrigger Reef Towers, as front desk clerk/cashier. She said returning to begin a new chapter in her career is very exciting, and she is looking forward to joining the Wyndham ‘ohana.

Villarmia has a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and has earned her Certified Hotel Administrator certification. She volunteers her time and expertise as a judge for the DECA hospitality competition, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in various careers.

In her new position at the Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort, Caravalho will ensure resort department operations are effectively managed in a professional manner to the satisfaction of hosts, owners and guests.

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Maria Caravalho

Caravalho was operations administrator since last year and prior held the same position for four years at the Kanaloa at Kona by Outrigger®. Before joining Outrigger, Caravalho helped to run her family’s farm, Peter J. Caravalho Farms, providing lei to Greeters of Hawaii on all islands. Earlier hospitality experience includes executive housekeeper at Kanaloa at Kona by Outrigger® and front office manager at Kona Reef.

Caravalho holds a bachelor’s in business management from Brigham Young University in Lā‘ie and is a member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Kona.

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