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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, July 29, 2002

Trade Winds

Advertiser Staff

• City Bank vice chairman and chief executive officer RONALD K. MIGITA — who was installed earlier this year as president of the Hawai'i Bankers Association and president of the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council —became the 77th chairman of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce at the annual installation banquet this month.

Other officers installed were chairman-elect Arnold s. Hirotsu, president of PSH Insurance; first vice chairman GREGG E. MUELLER, KIKU-TV general manager; second vice chairman GLENN S. YAMADA, American Savings Bank assistant vice president/branch manager; secretary YURI GIGA, president and chief executive officer of Halekulani Corp.; treasurer RAYMOND S. ONO, First Hawaiian Bank senior vice president/Banking Center manager; and auditors MILTON T. HIURA, Campbell Estate manager/accounting, WAYNE H. KIRIHARA, Central Pacific Bank senior vice president for marketing/Corporate Development Group, and BRIAN H. SUZUKI, president of Hawai'i Air Cargo.

• LUANA KAWA'A has assumed the position of Hawaiian cultural adviser for the Westin Maui hotel at Ka'anapali. Kawa'a is founder of the Hawaiian Learning Center, which offers classes in 'olelo (language) and culture, and also founded Halau Hula Ka Makani Kili'o'opu in Wailuku. She has also been a preschool and elementary teacher at the Hawaiian-language immersion schools Punana Leo O Maui and Punana Kaiapuni o Pa'ia, and continues the Hawaiian mo'olelo (story/journal) program in Hawaiian and English on KNUI radio. At the Westin Maui, she circulates weekly informational audio e-mails to employees to encourage knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture.

• Local optometrist JEFFREY M. SAKAI has been elected to the board of directors of Honolulu printing company Edward Enterprises Inc., which was founded by his grandfather Edward Sakai.

The company also appointed two longtime employees to corporate positions: account executive JYUN KANEMURA, named assistant vice president; and controller MILES TAKUSHI, named treasurer. SANFORD MORIOKA, who returns to Hawai'i after 17 years working in the Pacific Northwest printing industry, has been named account executive at Edward Enterprises.

• Former City Bank senior vice president and chief financial officer DEAN K. HIRATA has been named the company's executive vice president. Before joining City Bank three years ago, Hirata was controller of First Hawaiian Bank and, earlier, a senior manager for KPMG.

• Two local chefs, originally from other countries, have been named to positions with Hawai'i establishments:

  • DANIEL MAIO, who comes from a family that has been in the pastry business in Argentina, has been named pastry chef for Sam Choy's Restaurants in Hawai'i. In Hawai'i, Maio is known for his mango soufflé and "chocolate manapua." He has had 10 years experience in food service, primarily confectionary, in Washington, D.C., where he was with the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, and in Maryland.
  • Moroccan-born ABDERRAZAK "ABDUL" CHADLI, a former chef de cuisine for the 'Ohana Outrigger Waikoloa Beach, has been named executive chef of the Big Island oceanfront sister property, the 'Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort. He will be responsible for overall food production, including recipes and menu development for the hotel's signature restaurant, the open-air Kama'aina Terrace. Chadli has also worked for the Hyatt Regency Maui Hotel.

• KATHRYN J. ACORDA, former director of marketing for Marc Resorts Hawai'i/Embassy Vacations Resorts Hawai'i, will move over to the same position with Castle Resorts & Hotels. She will work with their 20 hotels and condominiums on O'ahu, Maui, Moloka'i, the Big Island and Kaua'i, and in Micronesia and New Zealand. Acorda has also served as manager of programs and public relations for Aston Hotels and Resorts.

• Communications Pacific has promoted two senior executives:

  • ALISON RUSSELL, who previously headed the company's corporate communications group as vice president, has been named senior vice president with companywide responsibilities.
  • RUSSELL PANG has been named vice president, directing the company's corporate communications practice.

• Businesswoman MARCIA E. LEE, who has served on the HONOLULU THEATRE FOR YOUTH board of trustees for six years, has been chosen president of the board. Other officers are vice presidents STANFORD CARR and TONY PISCULLI; secretary KRISTINE ALTWIES NICHOLSON; and treasurer WALLACE G.K. CHIN. New board members are TIM BOSTOCK, WALLACE CHIN, JANET HENDERSON, LORIE NAGATA and MARY WEISMAN.

• Prince Resorts Hawai'i has announced two appointments in its Asia-Pacific department, for its four Hawai'i properties: Hawai'i Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club; Maui Prince Hotel, Makena Resort; Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

• Twenty-year travel industry veteran ARLYNNE AKEMI NORIMOTO, new director of sales and marketing for the Asia-Pacific area, was most recently director of Asian sales for The Westin Maui, Princeville Resort and Kapalua Bay Hotel.

• YOSHIHIRO "NICK" NEMOTO was promoted to senior sales manager for the Asia-Pacific area. Before joining Prince Resorts Hawai'i as sales manager, Nemoto worked at The Westin Tokyo and Hilton Resorts Hawai'i.

Announcements of promotions and job changes can be sent to: Trade Winds, Business Section, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802, or faxed to 525-6763. Photographs may be included, but must be identified on the back.