Royal Hawaiian Center has announced the hiring of Aaron J. Sala as its director of Cultural Affairs.
Sala will join the Festival Companies’ executive management team and is responsible for direction and oversight of all resources and activities promoting Hawaiian culture at the centre. He will also assist in integrating both Hawaiian management practices and ho‘okipa (hospitality) in order to enhance the guest experience at the centre.
Sala joins Royal Hawaiian Center after having held various instructional positions within the University of Hawaii system over the last 12 years, most recently as assistant professor of Hawaiian Music and Ethnomusicology at UH-Manoa. He has also served as a sought-after cultural and programming consultant for over 10 years with a wide range of organizations including the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education, the East-West Center, Walt Disney Entertainment, and the Center for Hawaiian Music and Dance.