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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, March 6, 2006

Trade Winds

Advertiser Staff

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  • ALLAN PARKER, Hawai'i district representative of the Operating Engineers, Local 3, has been named the new president of the Hawai'i Building and Construction Trades Council of the AFL-CIO. The council consists of 17 construction unions and 26,000 members statewide, and works to support legislation regarding better wages, hours and working conditions through collective bargaining. The council also works to resolve jurisdictional disputes within the construction trades. The 39,000-member Operating Engineers, Local 3 which covers Hawai'i, Northern California, Northern Nevada and Utah makes up the largest construction trades local in the United States. Most are heavy-equipment operators and construction workers, but membership also includes public employees, such as maintenance workers and police officers.

  • Maui native TASHA ELDRIDGE, most recently station manager for Hawaiian Airlines' charter flight operations in Anchorage, Alaska, has been named station manager for Hawaiian's San Francisco flight operations. The six-year company veteran will oversee operations, including ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage handling. Hawaiian offers daily Boeing 767-300 flights between here and San Francisco International Airport. Eldridge has also served as assistant station manager for Hawaiian's Phoenix, Ariz., operations.

  • Planner GRANT T. MURAKAMI has been promoted from senior associate of design and planning firm PBR Hawai'i to principal. As principal, he will continue to serve as lead planner/urban designer on company projects, including the University of Hawai'i West O'ahu campus in Kapolei; master plans for Ka'anapali Development Corp.'s Waine'e and Ka'anapali 2020 lands in West Maui, and an urban design plan for Lihue Town for Kaua'i County. The certified planner joined PBR in 1994, and specializes in preparation of land use master plans, urban design plans, site plans, design guidelines and land use entitlement applications for private developers and public agencies. His past work has included award-winning projects such as the UH West O'ahu Campus Long-Range Development Plan; the Waipahu 2000 Update; Ka'anapali 2020 Master Plan, and Maui and Big Island campuses for The Kamehameha Schools. Murakami has also served as president of the American Planning Association's local chapter, and as a lecturer in the University of Hawai'i's Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

  • Dr. Stacy Lau has joined the Kapolei Family Medical Center, Inc. She is a board-certified family physician with special interests in preventive medicine, asthma management, pediatric, adolescent and women's health.

  • LANCE KAWANO, former operations manager, personal lines, for Atlas Insurance Agency Inc. has been named vice president, Personal Lines Division. The more than 15-year finance industry veteran has also served as vice president of Kinsman Capital LLC, San Diego, Calif., and an associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and Corporate Finance Group of Prudential Securities in New York City.

  • TOM WATSON has been named senior manager for SendOut Cards.com, a novel computer-generated greeting card service that mails out personally selected cards, with features including photos, and signature and message in the customer's own handwriting. Watson joined the company in November, 2005, and was named manager in January. The cards printed, put in envelopes and mailed by the company are being used by real estate agents, car dealerships, entrepreneurs, time-share resorts and private citizens to generate the "hand-written" card for sales events or major holidays. The service has plans to expand from O'ahu to Kaua'i, Maui and the Big Island. The local affiliate of the Salt Lake City-based company is at www.SendOutCards.com/pma.

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    Correction: Lance Kawano has been named vice president of the personal lines division of Atlas Insurance Agency Inc. An earlier version of this story was incorrect.