The Waikiki Business Improvement District Association has selected Trevor Abarzua as its new president and executive director, the nonprofit announced Wednesday. Abarzua’s appointment will be effective beginning May 22, 2023. The Waikiki Business Improvement District Association is a collaboration between businesses, government leaders and the community that works to help to create a “clean, safe, vibrant resort destination area” for both residents and visitors in an effort to promote economic prosperity, according to its website.

Abarzua has experience in business advocacy and economic development, most recently as the associate vice president of business advocacy for the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. He also previously was the vice president of business attraction and development for the Arizona Commerce Authority.

In his new role with the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association, Abarzua will be responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization and working with stakeholders to address key issues in the area.

“I am honored and excited to join the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association as its president and executive director,” said Abarzua in a statement. “I look forward to working with the board, the WBIDA staff and Aloha Ambassadors, our partners, and the Waikiki community to build on the district’s successes and continue to ensure that Waikiki is clean and safe. Together, we will continue to make Waikiki a premier destination for both locals and visitors.”

In the release announcing the appointment, Waikiki Business Improvement District Association noted that Abarzua was selected through an “extensive national executive search.”

“Mr. Abarzua’s proven track record of advocating for businesses at the state and local level and his knowledge of Hawaii’s unique culture made him an excellent choice among a strong pool of candidates,” the association said in a statement.

Paul Kosasa, the association’s board chair and CEO of ABC Stores, said that the board members “look forward working with Trevor.”

“We are confident his leadership will make a lasting impact on the entire Waikiki community,” Kosasa stated.

By: Christina O’Connor – Pacific Business News