GERALD MORIHARA, former dean of the College of Continuing Education, University of Hawai'i, has been named chief administrative officer for the Kamehameha Schools. During his tenure at UH, he served as a management analyst, as well as continuing education associate dean and dean. Morihara was most recently director of education for Kaplan Education Center, consultant to the dean of the UH Outreach College, and with special projects for the UH community college system. He assumes his Kamehameha duties June 26.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named Hilo-born LORRAINE PUALANI SHIN as the Hawai'i state director for USDA Rural Development. Shin is president and owner of Polynesian Management Corp. and Polynesian Ho'oponopono Corp., commercial and residential property management firms and, since 1994, has served as vice president of Waiakea Center shopping complex. Shin was formerly with the Hawai'i County Board of Ethics and one of the Hawai'i Tribune-Herald's Women of the Year in 1993. USDA Rural Development is the lead federal entity for rural development needs.
JOHN M. LANGAN, who went on from beverage manager of the COMPADRES BAR AND GRILL at Ward Center to become general manager of the chain's Lahaina Cannery location, will return to the restaurant's flagship location at Ward Center as general manager. The restaurant also maintains sites in Napa Valley, Palo Alto and Piedmont, Calif.
GARY K. KOBASHIGAWA has joined Hawai'i National Bank as vice president in the corporate banking department's loan division. His banking and finance industry career of more than 30 years has included work at two other local financial institutions and the state Department of Planning, Economic Development and Tourism.
RADHA ARORA, most recently hotel manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, has been named general manager of the 380-room Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Arora, who has almost 20 years' service in hotel management, was resort manager at the Four Seasons Resort Goa in India, and the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. He is the son of an ambassador and grew up in Moscow, Paris and London. Arora, meanwhile, has named MARK SIMON director of marketing for the Five Diamond Maui property, overseeing group and travel industry sales, catering, conference services and public relations departments. Simon was most recently director of marketing at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo and, before that, director of sales at Regent Hotels Hong Kong and Melbourne, both in the Four Seasons family.
CARON DEAN SHORE has joined the architectural, planning and consulting firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo as worldwide director of human resources and administration, overseeing more than 250 professionals in offices in Honolulu; Newport Beach, Calif; London; and Singapore.
FRANKIE CHUNG, McDonald's Corp. senior operations manager, overseeing corporate stores and field service, has been promoted to the region's second-in-command corporate position of multidepartment head for McDonald's Restaurants of Hawai'i. As such, he will expand responsibilities for training and field service for the corporate restaurants, and franchisee relations in Hawai'i, Guam and Saipan.
Former Boeing Co. technical recruiter SUNSHINE WALKER has been named manager of staffing and recruiting for Adtech, the Honolulu-based division of Spirent Communications. In addition to staffing and recruiting responsibilities, Walker will work with local business and government agencies to promote high-technology employment opportunities in the state. Walker began her Adtech career as technical recruiter, securing technical employees, primary in engineering, product management, technical support and executive-level positions.