Our Faculty

The faculty of the Travel Institute of the Pacific is comprised of active industry professionals with years of experience and solid academic credentials. They combine in-depth industry knowledge, superb teaching skills and a genuine interest in the success of their students. Our instructor group represents some of the best talent in the industry.

The following individuals head the Institute's professional staff:

JAMES E. HUGHES, CTC - CEO

Founder and President of the Institute, Mr. Hughes has managed hotels in Waikiki and California for over 25 years. He is considered an authority on operating independent properties, and is a widely respected industry consultant. He is the author of the text "Front Desk Operations" which is used, not only at the Institute, but also throughout the United States.

FRANK N. GREEN, CTC - President

Before joining the Institute, Mr. Green was a PSR for ALITALIA Airlines and prior to that, the Director of Tour Programs for Rigoni Tours in Trento, Italy. As a consultant, he has opened numerous travel agencies and, as manager of American Express Travel, pioneered the first installation of airline computers in an agency. Considered one of the nation's finest industry trainers, Mr. Green is also the author of the "SWITCH" program, used for cross training on airline reservation systems.

MITSUO YAMAMOTO - School Director

After finishing college Mr. Yamamoto went to work with the Sheraton Hotels in Hawaii and later to the Ihilani Resort where he served as the Director of Guest relations. He joined the Institute in 1997 and currently serves as the school's Director and oversees the Financial Aid office.

Program Instructors

Culinary Arts:

  • Chef Shayne Kobatake
  • Chef Masayuki Oshiro
  • Chef Barry Yado
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  • Chef Chad Nakamura
  • Chef Salvo Coppola