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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, August 8, 2005

Trade Winds

Advertiser Staff


  • JOHN HECKATHORN, who stepped down July 15 as editor of Honolulu Magazine and editorial director of parent company PacificBasin Communications, will help launch a Web portal, IamHawaii.com, combining content from the PacificBasin media family including Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Business magazine, HawaiiHome+Remodeling and KKEA radio.

    Heckathorn was named director of integrated media for aio Live!, part of the aio Group, ventures of which include the radio station, the new IamHawaii.com Web portal, Catalyst Creative Services Group and BHayman. PacificBasin is among aio Group companies.

    Heckathorn will also relaunch his radio program, "Heckathorn's Hot Plate," 6 p.m. weekdays on KKEA 1420-AM, beginning Aug. 29. The new IamHawaii.com site also will offer e-commerce and information designed specifically for a local Web audience.

    Hilton Waikoloa Village, the Big Island's largest private employer, has announced a new director of human resources and a new executive chef, who will oversee production of more than 5,000 meals a day.

  • EVANGELINE SOBREPENA has been named director of human resources at Hilton Waikoloa Village. She will oversee a workforce of 1,230, including 727 food-and-beverage employees, 22 landscapers, 24 transportation employees, 76 bellmen, 81 laundry workers, 178 housekeepers and 41 security officers. Sobrepena, who joined Hilton in 1993 at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel, has been in the hospitality industry more than 20 years.
  • KENNY OMIYA has been named executive chef of the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Omiya has been in the hotel culinary industry for more than 20 years. He joined the Hilton Waikoloa resort in 1988 with its opening; his previous experience was in Honolulu and in the hotel kitchens of several Maui resorts. He will oversee chefs in the Waikoloa property's 10 restaurants and banquet facilities.

  • BARBARA FALVEY, a 21-year human resources veteran in the gambling industry in Nevada, has been appointed head of Hawaiian Airlines' personnel programs. As new senior vice president of the People Services Group, she will oversee benefits, hiring, employment contracts and other human resources activities. She also will be responsible for the firm's general training programs, employee incentive program and the consumer affairs department. Most recently, she was corporate vice president of human resources for Ameristar Casinos Inc. in Las Vegas.

  • KEITH DeMELLO, former senior account executive with public relations agency McNeil Wilson Communications Inc., has been named account supervisor of the agency's corporate/ public affairs division. He has been with MWC since 1999 and oversees accounts that include the USS Missouri Memorial Association Inc., Architects Hawaii Ltd and PBS Hawaii. He is also public relations chairman of the local chapter of the American Marketing Association.

  • M'LISS H. MOORE has been promoted to First Hawaiian Bank senior vice president and co-director of equity at Bishop Street Capital Management, the bank's financial services subsidiary. She joined First Hawaiian in 2000 as senior analyst and was named vice president in 2002.

  • Attorney and foreclosure specialist MARVIN DANG, of the Law Offices of Marvin S.C. Dang, has been elected for a sixth year as chairman of the The Collection Law Section (debt collection and foreclosures) of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Also elected: vice chairman, STEVEN GUTTMAN (of Kessner Duca Umebayashi Bain & Matsunaga); secretary, THOMAS WONG (of Devens Nakano Saito Lee Wong & Ching); and treasurer, DAVID FARMER (of David Farmer, attorney-at-law).

  • American Savings Bank has promoted ROSS SUGIBAYASHI to vice president and manager of enterprise projects.

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