Lanai native and tourism industry veteran Kurt Matsumoto will take over as the COO of Lanai Resorts Inc. early next month.
The company is responsible for overseeing the 97% of Lanai purchased by billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison in June for a reported $500 million, including two resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Lanai, the Lodge at Koele; two 18-hole golf courses; several luxury home developments; and the island’s utilities.
Matsumoto was in charge of the Pineapple Isle's Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay hotels from 1991 through 2001, prior to their rebranding as Four Seasons properties, when he served as vice president of resorts and administration for Lanai Co. Inc. He also spent time in tourism industry positions on the U.S. mainland and in the Caribbean and worked as general manager of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island of Hawaii.
“I’m honored to join Lanai Resorts,” said Matsumoto, who will leave his current position as general manager of the Club at Kukuiula on Kauai Dec. 1. “Lanai is my home. I never imagined I’d get an opportunity like this. It’s a blessing for Lanai to have someone like Larry Ellison come in with a great appreciation for the island as well as the willingness to work with the community.”