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Hokuli’a appoints new General Manager and Director of Golf

David Stepetic General Manager (left), and Duane Otte, Director of Golf.

Hokuli’a, a premier residential community in Hawaii, appoints David Stepetic as General Manager and Duane Otte as Director of Golf amid property enhancements and strong real estate sales.

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI’I – Hokuli’a, a premier 1,260-acre oceanfront residential community located on the stunning Kona Coast of Hawai’i Island, has announced the appointment of two key executives. David Stepetic has been appointed General Manager, and Duane Otte has been appointed Director of Golf. Both leaders join the Club at Hokuli’a following a successful year of real estate sales and exciting enhancements throughout the property, including updates to the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course with newly renovated bunkers and greens, a refreshed dining restaurant lanai, refinished tennis courts, and new pickleball courts.

In his new role as General Manager, Stepetic will oversee the daily operations of the Club at Hokuli’a, ensuring the highest level of service and satisfaction for members. With over 25 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, Stepetic joins the Club at Hokuli’a from the Mauna Lani Resort, Auberge Resorts Collection, where he served as Resort Manager. He brings experience from a nearly two-decade career with Four Seasons across six properties and three countries, as well as from General Manager positions at various island resorts around the world. Stepetic’s extensive management background and ties to Hawaii position him as a strong leader and influential mentor for the Hokuli’a team.

The newly appointed Director of Golf, Duane Otte, is a 28-year member of the PGA and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the golf industry to the Club at Hokuli’a. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Golf at Mauna Kea Resort. Otte also previously served as a Golf Professional at Kona Country Club, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Four Seasons Nevis in the Caribbean, and The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Otte will oversee all golf operations at Hokuli’a and ensure a memorable experience for all members.

“We are delighted to welcome David Stepetic and Duane Otte to the Hokuli’a team,” said Bruce Totten, Club President. “Their connections to Hawaii, extensive industry knowledge and passion for delivering exceptional service will undoubtedly enhance the Hokuli’a community.”

Hokuli’a is the Kona Coast’s most spacious and private luxury residential golf club community, designed for active, health-conscious adventurers and avid golfers. The community is renowned for its unparalleled amenities, including an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, a stunning open-air clubhouse designed by DeReus Architects, a three-lane lap pool, ocean adventures, tennis and pickleball courts, a spa oasis, coastal hikes along the 140-acre Hokuli’a Shoreline Historic Park, and more. Luxury custom homes and homesites are set amidst breathtaking ocean views and lush greenery, with prices starting at $500,000.

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