“Service to others is the payment you make for your space here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

Noel Trainor, while continuing to occupy space on earth, is a long time supporter of community organizations in Hawaii.

In March 2016, the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) honored Noel with its Distinguished Service Award for his industry leadership and contributions to improving the University and the community.

Over the years Noel has played a key role in many organizations and charitable activities and, in many cases, continues to do so.

“For more than 20 years, I have witnessed and admired Noel Trainor’s ability to organize and manage people and projects from small informal gatherings to large complex events involving thousands. His insights into what motivates staff and what kind of detail it takes to produce a world-class event are the clear result of vast experience and a natural drive for excellence.  These qualities helped to raise the Hawaii Foodbank from an unknown, nearly bankrupt nonprofit to the #1 charity in Hawaii today.

“As Vice Chair, Noel continues to provide his guidance to keep us on top. Awesome.”

Linda Takayama, Chairperson, Hawaii Foodbank

Community Boards

  • Hawaii Foodbank Hotel Coalition (founder)
  • Oahu Visitor Industry Partnership (founder)
  • Hawaii Foodbank (vice Chair)
  • YMCA Annual Fundraising Event (former vice Chair)
  • Bishop Museum (former Board member)
  • Diamond Head Theater (former Board member)
  • Hawaii Alzheimer’s Association (former Board member)
  • University of Hawaii TIM School (former Advisory Board member)
  • Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head (advisor/fundraiser)
  • Ala Wai Watershed Association (former member)
  • Child & Family Services (former volunteer)
  • Aloha Patrol (former volunteer)
  • Hawaii Read Aloud Program (former volunteer)
  • Institute for Human Services (former volunteer)
  • Kau Kau Wagon (former volunteer)
  • Sisters Offering Support (former volunteer)
  • Highway Clean Up (former volunteer)
  • Waikiki Community Center (Board member)

Active Memberships

  • Hawaii Hotel Association (Chair)
  • Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (former Board member)
  • Oahu Visitors Bureau (former Executive Committee member)
  • Better Business Bureau (former member)
  • Chain Des Rotisseurs (former member)
  • Japan-American Society of Hawaii (former member)
  • Navy League (member)

Community Events in which Noel was Formerly Involved

  • Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk (former Chair)
  • American Heart Walk
  • Blood Bank of Hawaii Blood Drive
  • Goodwill Industries Clothing Drive
  • March of Dimes
  • School to Work Program


  • University of Hawaii at Manoa TIM School “Distinguished Service Award” (2016)
  • State of Hawaii Jefferson Award for Community Service
  • Bishop Museum Chairman’s Award
  • Top 100 Irish American Business People, Irish American Magazine
  • Hilton Diamond HHonors Recognition & Guest Loyalty Award (2002-2003)
  • Hilton Guest Assistance & Honors Service Award (2001)