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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, April 8, 2006

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Wedding chapel presentation off

Advertiser Staff and News Services

A presentation about a proposed wedding chapel in Waikiki has been removed from the Waikiki Neighborhood Board's Tuesday meeting agenda. Japan-based Good Luck Corp., which plans to build a chapel on the corner of Kuhio Avenue and Kai'olu Street, recently changed consultants. The new architect, Design Partners Inc., will make changes to the design plans of the chapel, said subconsultant Environmental Communications.


HEI CHIEF JOINS UH-MANOA STAFF

Hawaii Electric Industries Inc. chief executive officer Robert Clarke will join the University of Hawai'i-Manoa's College of Business this summer as an executive in residence to help create a stronger bridge between UH and the business community.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Bob as part of our faculty. He brings an added dimension to classroom learning and research, and a real-world perspective of the business community that will help us strengthen our curriculum," said Vance Roley, dean of the College of Business.

Clarke will serve in the position for one year. He joined HEI in 1987 and became president and CEO in 1991. He added the position of chairman to his duties in 1998. He is scheduled to retire from the company in May.


ALOHA LUMBER BOSSES HONORED

The Small Business Administration has selected Russell and Randall Boyer of Aloha Lumber Co. in Kapa'a as Hawai'i's Small Business Persons of the Year.

Russell is chief executive officer and Randall is president of the lumber company. The two are among more than 100 small-business owners from around the country who will be honored during ceremonies Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Four national awards will be announced at the event, culminating with the naming of the national Small Business Person of the Year.


MANA FOODS PLANS 2ND STORE

Mana Foods plans to open a second, larger organic store at the end of 2007 in the Upcountry Maui community of Kulamalu. The store will be about 50 percent bigger than the Pa'ia location. Kulamalu Town Center is part of Dowling Company's emerging pedestrian-friendly Kulamalu residential and retail project.


DELPHI GETS OK FOR JOB BUYOUTS

NEW YORK Auto parts maker Delphi Corp. can offer as many as 13,000 hourly employees lump sum payments of $35,000 to retire, a bankruptcy judge ruled yesterday, marking a key milestone in its effort to scale back staff amid falling production.

Delphi, one of the world's largest suppliers of auto parts, filed for bankruptcy protection in October and is trying to shed what it says are unsustainable labor agreements.