Marleen ‘Ākau is the General Manager, Vice President of The Royal Hawaiian Center. With over 33 years of experience, Marleen’s leadership roles in the management, leasing and marketing of major shopping center properties are highly regarded throughout the Hawaii retail and tourism industry. Marleen joined Festival in 2004 and since then, she has played an integral role in the Royal Hawaiian Center’s successful redevelopment and ongoing revitalization initiatives, guiding and inspiring her management team, merchants and industry partners through her talented leadership and vision. Marleen serves as the ambassador for Royal Hawaiian Center with prospective tenants, dignitaries and stakeholders. Her corporate responsibilities include strategic alliances within The Festival Companies Hawaii portfolio.
Marleen serves on the board of business and community organizations and is the Past Chair and a current board member of the Waikīkī Improvement Association (WIA) Board of Directors and board member of the Waikīkī Business Improvement District (WBID). She is a also a member of the Hotel Lodging and Tourism Association and Retail Merchants of Hawaii.