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Hi I'm Daren

I'm a Father, a Marriott VP of Sales, I surf and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. I like to surf. Im a VP of sales for Marroitt International. Im a father of 3 kids that I love dearly. I love my wife dearly. I dont drink, dont smoke and Im a Morman.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young man I had a desire to learn more about my Maori heritage. I went to Graceland College. There I met Professor Kauila Clark. He became my mentor in the arts, culture and spiritual matters. Kauila created a one month class that would be held in Hawaii in January. The highlight of the class would be a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). I remember how impressed we all were as we entered the PCC. It looked like paradise. Soon we entered “Aoteroa” the village representing New Zealand and the Maori people. Within a matter of minutes I found my self surrounded by Maori college students. My peers had let them know that my roots came from New Zealand. They knew my Grand father, aunts and uncles, better than I. Over the course of the next 18 months these wonderful young people began a campaign to recruit me to BYU- Hawaii and work with them at the PCC. They sent cards and letters and bore strong testimony through wonderful example. Eighteen months later I was admitted as a student. Not long after I started my first job as a dancer in the evening show. After only a few months I was in a terrible car accident, a head- on collision as we returned to Laie from Haliewa. I woke up in Queens Hospital. As I lay there in pain two men looked in the doorway. I asked the nurse who the men where. “They were your ambulance drivers. They wanted to know how you were doing”, she said. I responded “that is nice”. She laughed and said, “not really, they had a bet and wanted to see if you were dead”. Soon after I returned to Laie. I had a full leg cast and was restricted to walking with crutches. One afternoon I heard a knock on my door. I peaked out the window and saw the missionaries. In the past when I heard them I would slip out the back door and ride off on my strategically placed bicycle. This time I could not escape. This time I let them in. This began an amazing spiritual journey that I am still part of today.

How I live my faith

After studying with the Missionaries for over a year I joined the Church. Sixteen months later I had graduated with a Bachelors Degree and departed for a full-time mission in Ventura California. Upon returning I learned about a job at the Turtle Bay Hilton. They were looking for someone with a college degree and two years work experience. United Airlines was about to go on strike and they needed someone to go “door-to-door” to find local business. After a brief interview and a description of what I had experienced on my mission they hired me. I have now been in the hotel industry for 26 years. It has been a wonderful career. My family and I have been blessed. The self confidence I gained by working at the PCC and the spiritual foundation I started at BYU-Hawaii has been a great foundation and a platform for success. I now serve in the church as a counsellor to our Bishop. In this church calling I work with the young children, the missionaries, help plan the Sunday program and do what I can to be a good example to all. I know that God lives. I feel his Spirit in my Life and the lives of my family. I know I am richly blessed by keeping the commandments and trying to live as the Savior would have me live.