Calling All Visitor Industry Businesses!

The LEI (Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration) program, presented by ClimbHI, is proudly supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. This workforce development project strives to inspire Hawaii’s youth to select careers in the Hawaii visitor industry statewide by providing them with exposure to a variety of careers in hospitality and the different pathways to success.

It is now more important than ever to educate students and teachers on the dynamic industry and its value. From the student’s perspective, LEI represents an opportunity for Leadership, Exploration, and Inspiration. To the hospitality industry, LEI provides an opportunity to Lead, Expose, and Inspire Hawaii’s youth.
Students learning about the hospitality industry at a previous LEI event.
Photo Disclaimer: The image was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ninth annual LEI program will take place on Friday, April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. It will consist of multiple virtual elements all leading to leadership, exploration, and inspiration: a virtual conference, virtual exposure through videos, a career fair and guest speaking tool. The online conference will include 2,000 high school and intermediate students hailing from more than 50 schools across the state. The overall program will include high school and middle school attendees, college interns, and college students in classes with curriculum relative to the LEI program.

How can you help?
Inspire our keiki to learn more about Hawaii's visitor industry by being a part of the exposure options available to students and educators through ClimbHI's online portal.
To include your business on the ClimbHI Bridge website, please email

Participating businesses, associations and nonprofit organizations can log on to the free ClimbHI Bridge portal and post opportunities for students and teachers, including guest speaking, career fair participation, mentorships, and much more – all in just a few minutes. Teachers can easily search for guest speakers and send requests for class involvement, career fair participation, site visits and job-readiness activities.

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